Last week, the body of Specialist Vanessa Guillen was found near a river. She was murdered. And she was not the only Fort Hood soldier to be killed since March. In this episode, Billy and Paul will delve into the eight cases of unsolved homicides and unknown causes of death of soldiers from the base. And with the help of Murder Squad listeners, they take a closer look at how the US Army investigates sexual assault, sexual harassment and missing persons amidst their ranks—including the case...
This week Paul and Billy look into two missing persons cases. The first is a soldier who went missing while on post. Vanessa Guillen was last seen at Fort Hood in Texas on April 22nd. The second is a mail carrier last seen on camera leaving her home. Kierra Coles was last seen outside her home in the Chatam area of Chicago on October 2nd, 2018.
Neither case is related. Each in a different part of the country and separated by over a year. But both cases still have families, friends and the...
In Elizabeth Short: The Black Dahlia Part 2, Billy and Paul turn their focus on who may have been capable of committing such a gruesome crime. They look into the usual suspects: the men in Elizabeth's life before her murder, Hodel and Dillon. But after digging to find other crimes that mirrored Short, two other possibilities take center stage. One with a tie to overseas and World War II.
After the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Paul and Billy examine the systemic racism that is resulting in the deaths of so many black men and women by police in the United States. And they explore how defunding the police could be seen as an opportunity to fix a broken crime solving system and actually solve more serious crimes. Retired LAPD Sgt. Cheryl Dorsey joins to discuss how to fix the problem within police departments around the country. And former prosecutor Loni Coombs...
Billy and Paul examine one of the most perplexing unsolved murders in America, the Black Dahlia. In the first of a two part series, Paul examines the autopsy summaries, and through the lens of advancements in forensics, identifies the wounds inflicted on Elizabeth Short. These new observations lead directly into new possible theories. This episode was part of a batch record before Paul went into surgery last week. At the top of the show, we address the immense importance of the Black Lives...
Paul and Billy look into an unsolved murder of an 18-year-old out of Little Rock, Arkansas. Ebby Steppach went missing in late October of 2015. The only sign left behind was her car with a dead battery, empty gas tank and the keys still in the ignition. Her family and friends searched for over two years before Ebby's remains were located. Now Billy and Paul are hoping the Murder Squad can help find justice for Ebby.
Billy and Paul look into one of the three men given the nickname "The Freeway Killer." Randy Kraft was caught redhanded with a victim in his car at the time of a drunk driving arrest in May 1983. But the search of his car led to a list of potentially 61 victims. Paul and Billy are joined by former NCIS Investigator Julie Haney who interviewed Kraft about one of his victims. The three discuss the possibility that Kraft's victims could actually be in the 100's.
Billy and Paul look into convicted serial killer Michael Magliolo, who hitched rides with truckers to find his victims on the road. They are joined by retired Nashville detective Pat Postiglione, the man who caught Magliolo—as well as one of the most infamous trucker killers—Bruce Mendenhall. All three think Magliolo has many more victims and need the Murder Squad to aid in their search.
Paul and Billy look into two separate cases nearly four decades apart, each haunted with a voice of the offender. The first case, from Canada, is searching for a murderer. A man picked up Amber Tuccaro as she hitchhiked her way into town. He didn’t know his voice was being recorded as she protested. The other is a kidnapping—the apparent abductor of Margaret Ellen Fox calling her parents. Billy and Paul are hoping that the Murder Squad may recognize these evil voices, and help deliver justice.
Billy and Paul look into the murders of 8-year-olds Christopher Byers, Michael Moore and Stevie Branch in West Memphis, Arkansas. Paul gives his unfiltered, professional opinion of what happened to the boys, as well as who he thinks may be responsible--listener discretion is advised. Billy and Paul also talk with one of the three men who was originally convicted of the murders.
If you would like to hear more about the case, you can watch "The West Memphis Three: An ID Murder Mystery" on...
Prisons and jails in each state are letting inmates out for fear of the coronavirus. Some before trial. Some early release. And scores of those are already back in prison for reoffending—some being accused of killing people in their small moments of freedom. On the other side of that coin is Walter Ogrod, who has been in prison for two decades for the murder of a 4-year-old girl. DNA says he most likely did not commit commit that murder. The victim’s mother and even the DA says he should be...
In the conclusion of "Can I Take Your Picture? Serial Killers with Cameras," Billy and Paul give updates on two photographer killers from season one--revealing the invaluable tips you gave and identifications of the women in that photos that are confirmed and still in the works. And they bring you one more possible serial killer with a camera who was just caught.
Paul and Billy delve deeper into The Dating Game Killer, Rodney Alcala, this time joined by NYPD Detective Wendell Stradford. Stradford was the cold case investigator who linked Alcala to even more crimes. Together they sift through the evidence, including murders and sexual assaults Alcala could be responsible for and give possible answers to the identities of the women in the photos he left behind.
Tiger King raised a lot of questions about cult-like behavior and animal cruelty. But the biggest question for us was: What happened to Don Lewis? Two months after filing a restraining order against his wife, he goes missing. His children never hear from him.
Paul and Billy look into Carole, Joe Exotic and take a deep dive into the timeline and circumstances behind the man who went missing from Easy Street. Plus, the announcement of the first Murder Squad Virtual Art Show.
In part 2 of "Can I Take Your Picture? Serial Killers with Cameras," Paul and Billy continue their deep dive into The Dating Game Killer-Rodney Alcala. With the help of retired detective Cliff Shepard, the guys discuss four cases in Los Angeles that were tied to Alcala. Shepard recalls his interactions with Alcala and why he calls Alcala "truly evil."
What happens if someone is murdered during the quarantine? How will the detectives proceed? How will first responders respond to a call where someone is in imminent danger?
In this special episode of the Jensen and Holes: The Murder Squad, Paul and Billy attempt to answer these questions, and offer resources for domestic violence survivors who might be at risk during self distancing.
If you-or someone you know-is in danger of domestic abuse, you can reach the US National Domestic Violence...
More than 20 killers have used this line to lure victims to their death. The second season of Jensen and Holes: The Murder Squad starts with a 4-part series focused on these killers--and the photographs they left behind. Photographs that could be other victims. In the season premiere, Paul and Billy delve deep into a missing who was last seen going to meet a photographer, and begin looking into serial killer Rodney Alcala, better known as The Dating Game Killer.
Season 2 of Jensen and Holes: The Murder Squad drops this Monday, March 16th.
Billy and Paul welcome actor, comedian and podcaster Paul Scheer to discuss his role as a fictional special agent as well as true crime. The guys discuss a case with a questionable confession. Plus Billy and Paul give their thoughts on the possible plea deal for the Golden State Killer.
This week Billy and Paul welcome Henry Zebrowski from Last Podcast on the Left. The three take a look at the first true crime case that interested Henry when he was just a boy--The Unabomber Ted Kaczynski.
This week Billy and Paul welcome Josh Mankiewicz from NBC's Datelineto talk about some of the most memorable cases he's covered. One case touched Josh on a personal level; the other was memorable for very different reasons. Josh also shares with the guys part of the process of producing true crime for television and what it's been like to see the genre come into its own.
This week's Winter Distraction features one of the original true crime podcasters, Phoebe Judge from the Criminal podcast. Paul, Billy and Phoebe discuss some of Criminal's most popular episodes--including one with links to the world of Harry Potter. And Phoebe talks about how the true crime podcast landscape has changed and what it takes to make a great episode.
On this week's Winter Distraction, Billy and Paul look into another case they are often asked about-the murder of JonBenet Ramsey. The six-year-old beauty pageant queen was found murdered inside the family home in December of 1996. The case remains unsolved. Billy and Paul weigh in on the evidence at the scene and give their impressions of the case.
On this week's Winter Distraction, Billy and Paul welcome Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark from My Favorite Murder. Billy, Paul, Karen and Georgia discuss the case that the guys get asked the most about--the death of Kathleen Peterson covered in depth on the Netflix series The Staircase. They discuss the case and specifically the "owl theory."