Personal Stories 3. The Generation Why hosts are back with another set of personal stories. Justin tells the story of a murder and kidnapping that involved a friend's mother. Aaron speaks about a ufo that he witnessed on the way home one night. This is our last podcast episode of the year. We have enjoyed bringing stories of true crime, mysteries, controversies, & even the paranormal to you in 2015. Happy Holidays, everyone. We'll be back in 2016.
Samantha's Story. December 8th, 2007. Manitoba, Canada. Young love can blind us to even the most extreme red flags. Samantha had always hoped to meet a bad boy one day who could also be a loving man. Sometimes you get what you wish for, but the lifestyles some men lead can have dire consequences. Falling in love with Bekim would take her down a path of love and loss that changed the course of her life forever. For better or worse, until death do them part. Samantha spoke with Justin about this personal story of love, life, drugs, & death.
The Titanic Conspiracy. In 1912, the RMS Titanic was the largest luxury liner in the world. In April of that year it would set off on its maiden voyage. Carrying over 2200 passengers & crew, the ship was to ultimately travel to New York, but on April 14th disaster struck. An iceberg would damage the ship and would cause seawater to flood and sink her. Just over 700 would be rescued. Many years later, though, a man would come up with a theory. That this 'disaster' was no accident. The sister ship to the Titanic, the Olympic, had been damaged in a collision with a British cruiser, the HMS Hawke in 1911. Because it was damaged so extensively, a scheme was hatched where the two ships would be switched. The Olympic could go down and insurance claims made to recover the cost. Meanwhile, the Titanic could go on to make White Star Line money as the Olympic. Is there evidence supporting this theory? Did JP Morgan really endanger all of those people just to protect his company?
Author Stephen Williams. December 24, 1990. St. Catharines, Canada. A 15 year-old girl is enjoying the evening with her older sister and her sister's boyfriend at their parents' house. What she doesn't know is that her drink has been laced with sedatives. Later, she will be sexually assaulted by both and would die as a result of the attack. The details of what happened that night are disturbing, but this couple was far from finished. With her sister's death ruled an accident, Karla Homolka & Paul Bernardo would go on to attack other young women. Joining us will be author Stephen Williams who has written two books on the case and has corresponded with Karla herself. How his life changed because of his research into this case is also beyond belief. Be sure to read Invisible Darkness & Karla, his two books on the infamous couple.
Ruby Ridge. August 21, 1992. An isolated cabin in northern Idaho owned by Randy Weaver and his family is being monitored by US Marshals due to his missing a court date for a federal weapons violation charge. When the family's dog alerts them to danger, shots are fired leaving the man's son, his dog, & a Marshal dead. The government's response would be strong. 400+ officers, including snipers that were under rules to shoot armed adults on the property. Before the standoff ended, two more from the cabin would be injured and one more would die. How did the situation escalate so quickly? Was the government justified in changing the rules of engagement? Ruby Ridge was intended to provide an escape from tyrannical government, but for the Weavers it had the opposite effect.
Lululemon Murder. March 11, 2011. After two women close the Bethesda Lululemon Athletica store for the evening, they go their separate ways. Shortly after, one of them, Brittany Norwood, reaches out to the other, Jayna Murray, by phone to say that she had forgotten her wallet. Jayna agrees. They would enter the yoga store and leave it unlocked behind them. Before they could leave again they would be jumped. Both women would be attacked, leaving Brittany wounded and Jayna dead. But all of these details were given by the survivor and one detective would suspect that her story wasn't true. A true crime podcast.
Kurt Cobain. April 5, 1994. Shortly after arriving at a rehab center, a musician flees and heads back home to Seattle. Unbeknownst to his friends and family, he has hit the end of his road. Struggling with a heroin addiction and the realization that he could not change his course, he had made the decision to end his life. With his heroin, syringes, and a shotgun, he made his way to his greenhouse. In this room, essentially an attic, he would inject high doses of heroin and then turn the shotgun on himself and commit suicide. A suicide note would be left to convey the Nirvana singer's final words. That is the official story, anyway. Stories persist that this wasn't a suicide at all. Rumored to be responsible was none other than his wife, Courtney Love, who they say used him to gain money and fame. Did she kill her husband? Or was Kurt Cobain simply a tortured man who wanted to end his misery?
The Original Night Stalker. In the mid to late 70's, the East Area Rapist rapist was operating around East Sacramento, California. In the dark of night he would enter their homes and wake them. With a light shone in their faces, he growled commands through gritted teeth. Their wrists and ankles would be bound tightly with a diamond knot. Always one step ahead of authorities, he could not be stopped. Eventually he began to murder those he chose to attack. He has never been captured. A true crime episode.
May 28, 1981. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A woman is discovered bound, gagged, & shot. Her two sons were home with her and see a person fleeing the scene. The woman's ex-husband, a police officer, makes for a good suspect until he comes up with an alibi. A neighbor reports a plumbing issue and a wig is retrieved. The investigation would then focus on his new wife. Suspected of wearing a wig during the crime, they also decided that she must have used her husband's gun as well as a key that he had which would let her gain entry. The motive? Anger over alimony that her husband was having to pay the victim. A trial would end in a guilty verdict. Was she really guilty of this crime? Or was she wrongfully convicted? A true crime episode.
Hinterkaifeck. March 31, 1922. Groebern, Germany. Unsettling events led to horrific murders. A farmer reported to neighbors that he had seen footprints in the snow leading up to the back of his farmhouse from the woods, but not leading back out. Strange noises could be heard in the attic later, but a search revealed no evidence of an intruder. A missing key and scratches on a door lock further raised the farmer's suspicions. On March 31, each of the five Gruber and Gabriel family members, as well as a maid who had started working just that day, were murdered with a mattock. Even more mysterious, whomever had committed the horrible crimes stayed on for days after to attend to the animals on the farm and to eat and sleep there. Who could have done this and why? Was it someone they knew? Or was it just a psychotic person who stumbled across the remote farmstead? A true crime episode.
The Enfield Poltergeist. August 1977. Enfield, England. Peggy Hodgson contacts the police after furniture in her children's bedroom appears to move on its own. A series of witnesses and investigators over the next year would report seeing a child levitate, toys thrown by an unseen force, an unsettling, raspy voice coming from a young girl, as well as other strange phenomena. Things get creepier at the Enfield house when the voice seems to confirm that it belongs to a man who had died in the home prior to Peggy and her children moving in. Was a poltergeist responsible for the mischief in the house? Images and audio collected during periods of activity seem to support such a possibility. Join us as we attempt to tear the sheet off of the mystery known as the Enfield Poltergeist.
Matthew Hoffman. November 10, 2010. Howard, Ohio. Matthew Hoffman was an unemployed tree surgeon who entered a home to rob it. Or so he says. Three people ended up dead and a fourth, a 13 year-old girl, kidnapped and sexually assaulted for days before being rescued by a SWAT team. This seems like an open & shut case, but questions remain. What drove Hoffman to do what he did? Was it a robbery gone wrong or had he been stalking the young girl? And why is he so obsessed with trees? A true crime case.
Satanic Panic. August 12, 1983. Judy Johnson calls the Manhattan Beach police to report that the 25 year-old son of the owner of the McMartin preschool had molested her two and a half year-old son. In October of that year, Children's Institute International began interviewing potential victims of ritual, sexual abuse by employees of the school. By March, seven in all are charged with 115 counts of child sexual abuse. In the end, just two of them would face court and seven years and $15 million dollars later the entire prosecution of the members of the daycare center would end with a whimper. Who was Judy Johnson and why did she suspect her child had been molested? What did the children say happened at the school? What evidence did investigators uncover? Did the devil do it? Joel Osteen & Damien Echols are perceived as polar opposites, but just how big of a part do our perceptions play in this? How big of a role was the media and why?
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Cody Legebokoff. November 27, 2010. A Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer observes a truck speeding after it drives on to the highway and pulls it over. Inside the truck sat a young man with blood on his face and legs. The occupant would claim that he had poached a deer. Taking him at his word, a conservation officer was called who traced the path of the truck back to a logging road. The tire tracks would continue down to the lifeless body of a woman. The young man was no poacher. He was a killer. Joining us will be author JT Hunter who has written a book on Canada's youngest serial killer, Cody Legebokoff.
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Updates 2015. Justin & Aaron discuss updates that occurred this year on cases they have discussed in the past. Amanda Knox, Hannah Overton, Brian Carrick, the Elkhart 4, Adnan Syed, Flight MH370, & more.
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Hauptmann’s Ladder Restored. Author Richard T Cahill Jr. joins the podcast to discuss his book, ‘Hauptmann’s Ladder’. This highly researched look into the Lindbergh baby kidnapping case may finally put an end to questions people have had over the years regarding the investigation, convicted suspect ‘Bruno’ Hauptmann, John Condon, Cemetery John, the trial, & Charles Lindbergh himself. We highly recommend that interested listeners read Cahill's book. It is one of the very best true crime books you'll ever read.
Ben Padilla. May 25, 2003. A plane in Angola is being repaired after sitting idle for 14 months. A company had been leasing it, but had not been making payments on it and had accrued a massive bill just sitting at an airport. The owner of the plane had hired a man, Ben Padilla, to oversee a team of mechanics to get the 727 flight-ready. All of the seats beyond the cabin had been removed so that the plane could carry more than 5000 gallons of diesel fuel in 10 large tanks. For unknown reasons the plane would suddenly enter a runway and take off. Onboard were Padilla and a man from the Republic of Congo, John Mutantu. The plane and its occupants would not be seen again. Why was the plane stolen and where are the two men?
Q&A. Justin and Aaron answer questions submitted to the podcast by listeners. Questions about our lives, our hobbies, episode topics, & more. If you have ever had any questions about us or our episodes they may just be answered on this special edition of The Generation Why Podcast.
Zach Witman. October 2nd, 1998. A 13 year-old arrives home after school and is ambushed just after getting through the front door. He would be attacked with a knife and stabbed more than sixty times. His older brother, home sick that day, would call for help within minutes of the attack and report finding his […]
Charles Manson Behind Bars. The most infamous person in modern U.S. history? A career criminal who became a cult leader and ordered his followers to murder innocent people is what he became known for, but he has spent much of his life incarcerated. What do we know about Charles Manson? Can he even tell us? […]
White House Farm Murders. A wealthy farmer and his wife are spending an evening with their adopted daughter and her twin sons. That night the unthinkable would happen. Their adopted son who lived just miles away phoned police to report that his father had called him saying that his sister had a gun and had […]
Amelia Earhart. In the history of aviation, one woman stands out. Dreading a mundane life spurred her on to be a pilot and to attempt flights that most wouldn’t dare at the time. An inspiration to women around the world and an ability to draw large crowds meant that she was a celebrity and an […]
Sandra Bland Commentary. On this bonus episode we speak mostly off the cuff about the Sandra Bland situation. Sandra was asked to pull off of the Texas highway she was on after she failed to signal before changing lanes. After a verbal confrontation with the officer, Sandra was told that she could exit her vehicle. […]
Billy Meier Research. Mahesh Karumudi, from India, is an independent researcher who has done extensive investigation into the Billy Meier contacts case. He discusses his initial interest in Meier and his subsequent quest for verification of his many claims. He explains his findings on Meier’s claims of space images purported to be taken from spacecraft, […]
February 21, 2002. When a 6 month-old is dropped after bathing by her mother’s boyfriend, he believes that she will be ok and later puts her down to sleep. After the mother arrives home and checks on her she finds that her daughter is turning blue and is having trouble breathing. Unfortunately, young Chloe doesn’t […]