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The Mantawauk Caves

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Winner: Best Fiction Podcast, iHeart Podcast Awards. 

On the night of May 10, 2007, three boys entered a cave in Mantawauk County, Tennessee. Only one made it out alive. The other two were found ten days later. They had been attacked by someone - or something. The investigation that followed revealed town secrets as old as the caves themselves and put a third teenage boy, James Fincher, on death row. This haunting narrative follows Julien Solas, an amateur writer and James' friend who’s been haunted by the events ever since.  Now, with Fincher's execution looming, Julien returns home to reconcile his past and uncover the truth behind the killings. 

Created by filmmaker Dan Bush, The Mantawauk Caves is a riveting, immersive, binaural audio experience that weaves together the narrative threads of social drama, supernatural horror, and psychological thriller. A co-production of Blumhouse Television, iHeartPodcasts, and Psychopia Pictures. Starring Jonathan Tucker (Westworld) and Edi Gathegi (The Harder They Fall).

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16 Episodes
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Julien Solas, an aspiring writer, returns home to save his friend, James Fincher, from a death sentence fourteen years after he was convicted for the gruesome murder of two teenage boys. As Julien digs into the past, uncovering dark truths about himself and his family, he must work through his own psychosis while trying to uncover the mystery behind what happened in the caves of Mantawauk County. Jonathan Tucker (Westworld) and Edi Gathegi (The Harder They Fall) star in this original, immersive audio experience that weaves together the narrative threads of social drama, supernatural horror, and psychological thriller.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Lera Lynn once again entices the listener into her dark, twisted indie rock world with her new composition “A Killer Inside,” The Mantawauk Caves anthem. With echoes of her work from True Detective, “A Killer Inside” seduces the listener to the macabre with its strikingly arranged strings, driving drums, and Lynn’s signature electric guitar. Each spin of the song reveals new twists in melody and meaning.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1: The Remains

Episode 1: The Remains

2023-03-2245:426

Series Premiere. When Julien Solas receives word that James Fincher’s execution date has been set, he returns to Mantawauk County after 14 years to reconcile his past and uncover the truth behind the killings of two teenage boys.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 2: Devil's Prank

Episode 2: Devil's Prank

2023-03-2245:253

With the help of Jill Campbel, a mitigation specialist working on Fincher’s case, Julien acquires logs from the Hadley brother’s murder investigation and picks up a mysterious trail left by Detective Solomon Smith. He soon realizes he's up against more than he bargained for.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Despite the worsening nightmares and blackouts, Julien continues his investigation, connecting the dots between James Fincher’s fascination with the Mantawauk Caves and their disturbing history. The true identity of James Fincher’s nephew is revealed.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In order to get answers, and with only nine days left until Fincher’s execution, Julien must come to terms with his past actions. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 5: The Necklace

Episode 5: The Necklace

2023-04-1245:013

A key piece of evidence turns up that could prove Fincher’s innocence… or guilt. Tyler goes missing. Julien’s nightmares intensify.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Julien struggles to connect the dots between the Hadley murders and the dark history of the caves. His investigation takes him back to the Fowler estate, where he meets unexpected visitors and discovers a new lead. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 7: The Deal

Episode 7: The Deal

2023-04-2643:181

James Fincher’s time on death row has been anything but routine. Julien receives a warning. Ominous forces are closing in, and time is running out to stop Fincher’s execution.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Julien takes shelter at Dena’s house. Dena gets a house call from an unlikely friend but struggles to protect her son from malevolent forces. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Fincher is offered a deal. Julien discovers a haunting message left for him by Tyler; is it the rant of a madman or a key to the truth? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Tyler's cryptic message continues. Julien learns what became of his friend and picks up a new trail.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Desperate to uncover the truth, Juien’s investigation leads him a little too close to home, as old familial ties lead to shocking new discoveriesSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Description: Dena prepares for the worst. Julien’s struggle to stop Fincher’s execution takes a devastating turn.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 13: The Baptism

Episode 13: The Baptism

2023-05-3146:384

Season Finale. James Fincher’s gamble pays off for Dena and his nephew. Julien faces the truth and makes the ultimate sacrifice.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Introducing: The Passage

Introducing: The Passage

2024-02-0703:382

Built on a foundation of historical relevance and structured by a kind of dream logic, THE PASSAGE is an immersive, psychological, 3D audio experience that invites listeners to explore the collective American psyche from the perspective of its most legendary souls. This is an ongoing audio series penned by a brilliant and diverse pool of writers and performed by an unforgettable cast of character actors. Each week THE PASSAGE takes us on a ride into the land of the dead, traveling with the Ferryman as he collects the recently disembodied and delivers them to the hereafter. Each week we meet another illustrious American spirit and listen as they tell their extraordinary and often terrifying tale in an attempt to influence the Ferryman’s final destination— be it a comfortable place of eternal light, a haunted purgatory of regret, or one of the nine rings of hell.  Listen here or on the iHeartRadio app.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Comments (10)

Alaska

I really wanted to like this but I thought it was going to have a paranormal element. However, it seems to be more of a story about the horrors some people experience in small towns with awful, closed-minded people. I don't think I'm going to keep listening. The acting is good but it's so depressing. Rape, bullying, police corruption, poverty, violence, etc. ☹️

Aug 22nd
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janeoran

Love the oppressive gothic eerie atmosphere. Music and sound design excellent. Acting and script excellent.

Jun 4th
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LC

Struggling here. Is there a supernatural element, or just plain murder? Really enjoying it either way 😂. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Jun 2nd
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Tiffany lee

if finch dies I'm out.

Apr 23rd
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Wilson Palacios

this podcast is good for those ones who has sleep problems. It is so boring that I will make you sleep straight away.

Apr 13th
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Bella Ring

This reminds me of ‘small town horror’. So far ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Apr 8th
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Aaron Nemoyer

I wish the surname was Hagley instead of Hadley. 😏 (#whoputbellainthewychelm?)

Mar 29th
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Tiffany lee

with the memory loss thing this sounds exactly like strawberry spring.

Mar 24th
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