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The Generation Why Podcast released its first episode in 2012 and pioneered the true crime genre in the podcasting world. Two friends, Aaron & Justin, break down theories and give their opinions on unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries and conspiracies.

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Rick Ennis - 503

Rick Ennis - 503

2023-01-3054:087

April 14th, 2022. Montgomery, Alabama. Rick Ennis was convicted of the murder of Lori Slesinski, a young woman who went missing in 2006 and has never been found. Until he was arrested, many people who knew Rick Ennis didn’t know this wasn’t the first time he was convicted of murder.Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Hosted by Ash Kelley and Alaina Urquhart from the hit show Morbid.When 90-year-old Laurence Pilgeram drops dead on the sidewalk outside his condo, you might think that’s the end of his story. But, really, it’s just the beginning. Because Laurence and others like him have signed up to be frozen and brought back to life in the future. And that belief will pull multiple generations of the Pilgeram family into a cryonics soap opera filled with dead pets, gold coins, grenades, fist fights, mysterious packages, family feuds, Hall of Fame baseball legends, and frozen heads — lots of frozen heads. From Wondery, comes a story about life, death, and what comes next.Listen to Frozen Head: Wondery.fm/FH_GWSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
August 13, 2013. Waltham, Massachusetts. Just two days after Jared Remy was arrested for assault and battery against his girlfriend, Jennifer Martel, he murdered her at their apartment. Before his relationship with Jennifer, Jared Remy had a long history of violence against former girlfriends. Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Scott Guy - 501

Scott Guy - 501

2023-01-1601:01:109

July 8, 2010. New Zealand. Scott Guy was fatally shot at the gates of his family farm on July 8th, 2010. Months later his brother-in-law Ewen Macdonald was arrested and charged with murder. The trial that followed revealed growing tensions between the two men, disagreements over farm management, and Ewen’s shocking criminal record.Get even more episodes from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
A Seattle-based celebrity photographer and hairstylist accused of criminal abuse is the focus of the latest season of top-rated Iris Award-Winning true-crime podcast Something Was Wrong from Tiffany Reese.Season 14 of Something Was Wrong features first-hand accounts of alleged abuse from eleven survivors who share their in-depth stories for the first time. They detail the physical, verbal, and emotional abuse they’ve suffered at the hands of this photographer which dates back as far as 2007, in hopes of seeking justice for his victims.Reese created the program in 2018 to validate abuse victims and educate the public about emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, coercive control, and gaslighting.Wondery.fm/SWW_GWSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1982 Investor Murders - 500

1982 Investor Murders - 500

2023-01-0901:12:126

September 6, 1982. Craig, Alaska. In the early morning hours of September 6th, 1982, someone boarded a fishing boat docked in Craig, Alaska and murdered everyone on board. Captain Mark Coulthurst, his pregnant wife, two children, and four crew members were killed and their remains were burned to ashes in a fire. This is the largest mass murder in Alaska’s state history. Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Tiffany Valiante - 499

Tiffany Valiante - 499

2023-01-0259:277

July 12, 2015. Mays Landing, New Jersey. 18 year old Tiffany Valiante suddenly disappeared after walking out of her house. Her parents had followed her out just one minute after but there was no sign of her. Tiffany's uncle was the first family member to find out the terrible news. Tiffany, who had been missing for hours by that point, had been struck and killed by a train. After some of the teenager's items were found and interviews with the train engineers, law enforcement and the family would disagree on how Tiffany ended up where she did.**Generation Why has much more for you to listen to: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Evaristo Salas Jr. - 498

Evaristo Salas Jr. - 498

2022-12-1901:00:4710

November 14, 1995. Sunnyside, Washington. Jose Arreola was fatally shot on November 14th, 1995. For almost six months his girlfriend, the main witness, could not identify anyone in a photo lineup, until she saw a photo of 15 year old Evaristo Salas Jr. She was sure that he was the shooter. Evaristo was convicted of murder, but his family, friends, and thousands of supporters believe he is innocent.Aaron & Justin have extra episodes available at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Marianne Shockley - 497

Marianne Shockley - 497

2022-12-1247:1414

May 11th, 2019. Milledgeville, Georgia. On May 11th, 2019 UGA professor Marianne Shockley died while spending the evening with her boyfriend and acquaintance at a home near Milledgeville, Georgia. Marianne and her two companions were found naked in what was described by the sheriff as a “bizarre” scene. Only Marianne’s boyfriend, Marcus Lillard, is still alive to testify to what happened that night.Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
December 16, 2012. New Delhi, India. On December 16, 2012, a young woman and her friend boarded a bus to go home. Instead, the pair were beaten and the woman was violently raped by multiple men in the moving bus before being dumped on the side of the road. Their attack sparked protests across India calling for changes to the laws surrounding rape and the safety of women. But can one woman’s death cause lasting change?Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Thomasdinh Bowman - 495

Thomasdinh Bowman - 495

2022-11-2157:2814

August 31st, 2012. Seattle, Washington. 42-year-old Yancy Noll was shot inside his car at an intersection in Roosevelt, Seattle. On September 21st a man named Thomasdinh Bowman was arrested and charged with murder. Dinh Bowman and Yancy Noll were strangers, and investigators were tasked with figuring out why Dinh Bowman would murder a man he didn’t know.Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Barry Jones - 494

Barry Jones - 494

2022-11-1401:37:0618

May 1, 1994. Tucson, Arizona. On May 2, 1994, Angela Gray rushed into the emergency room at Kino Community Hospital in Tucson, Arizona. Her 4-year-old daughter, Rachel, would be declared dead. Police began to investigate and quickly arrested Angela’s boyfriend, Barry Jones, for murder. He was later convicted and sentenced to death. In 2008, his attorneys dug deeply into his case and started to notice a pattern of incorrectly interpreted physical evidence and a string of witness statements that were not properly investigated.Get lots of bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhySee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
December 16th, 2000. Tallahassee, Florida. On December 16th, 2000 Mike Williams left home in the early morning hours to go duck hunting. He never returned. At first investigators believed that he drowned and his body was eaten by alligators in Lake Seminole, but this didn’t sit right with Mike’s family and some law enforcement officials. 17 years later a series of shocking events finally revealed the truth about what happened to Mike Williams.Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Skinwalker Ranch - 492

Skinwalker Ranch - 492

2022-10-3101:05:186

Uintah Basin, Utah. Skinwalker Ranch is said to be a most mysterious place. Sightings of humanoid creatures, unidentified flying objects, and other paranormal activity, has fueled speculation about what could be the source for these claims. Was a curse behind these sightings? Join Justin and Aaron as they discuss a mysterious area in Utah that has spawned many books and shows.Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
November 19, 1961. Netherlands, New Guinea. Michael Rockefeller, son of former US Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, went on an expedition to New Guinea to study the Asmat peoples and to collect art from them. On November 19. 1961 he disappeared after his canoe overturned. With him was a Dutch anthropologist named René Wassing who was rescued hours later. Did Michael Rockefeller drown? Or did something far more sinister happen to him?Carl HoffmanSavage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive Art https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/What-Really-Happened-to-Michael-Rockefeller-180949813/Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
December 28th, 2017. Wichita, Kansas. On December 28th, 2017 28-year-old Andrew Finch was fatally shot by a police officer outside his home in Wichita, Kansas. The officers realized too late that the call was a “swatting” prank. The next day a man in Los Angeles was arrested for making the false call. Investigators soon learned that the call that led to Andrew’s death was just one in a series of swatting incidents and false bomb threats all over the country.Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Chandler Halderson - 489

Chandler Halderson - 489

2022-10-1050:4015

July 1, 2021. Windsor, Wisconsin. Chandler Halderson reported his parents missing on July 7th, 2021. He said they had gone to their cabin in White Lake, Wisconsin and hadn’t come back on time. He spoke to news outlets hoping for their safe return. He was arrested the next day for lying to the police about his parent’s disappearance. A few days later, he was charged with first-degree murder. Why did Chandler Halderson murder his parents? The motive shocked the public when they found out. Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jody LeCornu - 488

Jody LeCornu - 488

2022-10-0348:499

March 2, 1996. Baltimore, Maryland. In the early morning hours of March 2nd, 1996, Jody LeCornu was murdered in a parking lot by an unknown male suspect while sitting in her car. There were multiple witnesses to the shooting and security cameras captured the suspect driving away, but twenty-six years later there have been no arrests and no strong leads in her case. Why was Jody murdered and who might have done it? Anyone with information can call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup. Or you can call the tip line 410-200-6284.Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Toforest Johnson - 487

Toforest Johnson - 487

2022-09-2601:16:5211

July 19, 1995. Birmingham, Alabama. Toforest Johnson was just 22 years old when he was convicted in the of capital murder of Deputy William G. Hardy and sentenced to death. He still sits on Alabama’s death row over 20 years later despite repeated false witness testimony, poor legal counsel, and allegations of severe prosecutorial misconduct. Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Johnny Cashman Jr - 486

Johnny Cashman Jr - 486

2022-09-1944:3311

April 19, 2022. Lynchburg, VA. On April 19, Johnny Cashman Jr.’s family is informed that he died of an apparent medical condition in Virginia. They are devastated and have his cremains returned to them in Maine. However, they later discover that his apartment is covered in an abnormal amount of blood and his neighbor’s camera picked up chilling audio on the day he died. They are now urging detectives to re-examine Johnny’s case because the evidence seems to indicate foul play.Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Erin Kimbro

This is from my hometown of Auburn. This was a wild case that everyone here remembers because this rarely happens here. So glad her family finally got their justice

Feb 1st
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An interested party

that's because each state has its own rules isn't it?

Feb 1st
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LeAnna Shane Tanenbaum

The misinformation and uneducated opinions in this episode are just......dangerous.. why would the fact that firearms were banned have anything to do with the perpetrators' act? Also, his therapist and all therapists are mandatory reporters. She did not break any privileges. They are mandated to report if their client has expressed any intent to hurt themselves or others. I understand we are all afforded the privilege to express our opinions unfettered but with an audience this size you have a responsibility to make those opinions as educated as possible or at the very least to clearly express that they are absolutely and unquestionably one person's uneducated opinion.

Jan 24th
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Zank Frappe

This one was rough for me.

Jan 24th
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گردونه Gardooneh

Afsaaneh, 45 years old, killed by her brother who is btw a university professor in Iran, because she "liked to party way too much." He only got 3 years in jail. appalling and unfathomable. This is the kind of sick situation women in Iran are dealing with on the daily. Jennifer's case disgusted me to my core and reminded me of poor Afsaaneh, who will never get the justice she deserves. Domestic violence is serious, be it in Iran or The U.S.

Jan 23rd
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ID22578714

500 episodes - an amazing effort from two excellent podcasters.

Jan 10th
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Johnny Utah

Of all the dirt bags in this world, I would absolutely love to get 15 minutes in a room with this POS Edwin and stomp his pathetic punk ass into a blood puddle and paint the walls blood red and punt his head against the wall a few hundred times.

Jan 6th
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Shawna Kemper

thanks for sharing.. enjoyed listening to it

Dec 29th
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james rogers

They said they were the first true crime podcast. However, Last Podcast on the left started in 2011, a full year before them. Come on man

Nov 29th
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An interested party

new evidence should always be considered. for goodnesd sakes. a man's life was on the line. it's crazy to send someone to death over a technicality. that's no justice!!!

Nov 15th
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Michael Brodie

Justice Clarence Thomas is a disgrace to the whole legal profession

Nov 14th
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An interested party

you guys did a great job with this. thank you!

Nov 14th
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BC

the girlfriend who was into true crime was a great witness. Good for her for collecting evidence of unusual events.

Nov 9th
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Tabitha Alain Michaud

They already posted this one a little bit ago, isn’t this a repeat?

Nov 7th
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Nick Hoffman

just covering this case? seems a little late

Nov 7th
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Amanda Williams

anyone know what other episodes are like this one?

Nov 5th
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Megan Folkens

Had to stop listening to this one when they went off on the alien book tangent. Did that get edited in from another episode perhaps?? I wasn't that interested in the original case anyway so I suppose it doesn't matter either way.

Nov 3rd
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Tabitha Alain Michaud

This episode is like … off topic for y’all

Nov 2nd
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Tasha Oveson

From Utah, born and raised. There are so many stories of Skinwalker Ranch. I know people that refuse to go near it. It will always be a mystery. Also, I commend you on pronouncing so many Utah town names correctly, such as Duchesne. 😆 Missed a few, but you've done better than most!

Oct 31st
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Jason Bissonnette

the wokeness in these podcasts are unbearable. hilarious, but inevitably, unbearable. stop being hypocritical. go turn yourself into your local native tribe to pay back your ancestors debts.

Oct 29th
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