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For years, some law enforcement agencies have replaced the faces of traditional playing card decks with images of missing and murdered people and distributed those cards in prisons hoping inmates would come forward with information needed to crack these cold cases wide open. Now, audiochuck is dealing you in. Each week, we will be working with investigators and family members to bring you the details of some of the coldest cases from around the country in hopes that someone listening can finally bring these victims the justice they deserve.


May 24, 2023 20 mins

Our card this week is James Foster III, the 4 of Clubs from Virginia. 

It was a normal, warm Virginia day in April 2021 for a group of friends mingling outside a convenience store when out of the blue they were shot up by someone driving by, and 18-year-old James was killed. Over the past two years, Richmond police have uncovered evidence they think points toward the killer — but they’re still waiting for the missing piece to prove ...

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Our card this week is Cody Woodson, the 10 of Hearts from Virginia. 

What began as a normal April day in 2021 ended in heartache for the family of 20-year-old Cody Woodson when the college student was gunned down in the streets just outside of his apartment in an attack that police now believe was not meant for him.

If you know anything about the murder of Cody Woodson in 2021, please call Crime Stoppers at 804- 780-1000.

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May 17, 2023 33 mins

Our card this week is Tonya Teske, the 2 of Spades from Idaho.

Tonya Teske was a free-spirited 18-year-old who chose to live her life on the open road by hitchhiking around the mountain west. On August 13, 1997, she was last seen in Montana at a truck stop before her body was discovered two days later on the side of a highway in Idaho.


If you have any information about Tonya’s murder, you’re asked to call the Bonneville County Sheri...

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Our card this week is Gregory Goodson, the Ace of Clubs from North Carolina. 

When 16-year-old Gregory vanished from a bus stop in September 2005, his family immediately knew something wasn’t right. A few days later, a terrifying discovery would prove that their worst fears were right and send police on a desperate search for answers that now, even 18 years later, has yet to end. 


If you know anything about the murder of Gregory Go...

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Our card this week is Barbara Dreher, the King of Hearts from Washington D.C. 

It was a warm Saturday evening in 1984 when 39-year-old Barbara disappeared from the streets of Washington, D.C. Almost 40 years later, the blatant missteps in the early days of the investigation still haunt her case… and may be what stands in the way of it being solved. 


If you know anything about the disappearance or murder of Barbara Dreher in 1984, p...

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April 26, 2023 23 mins

Our card this week is Sheree Allen, the 2 of Hearts from Utah.

 Sheree Allen was last seen alive at the (former) Colonial Motel in downtown Salt Lake City on January 23, 2005. The next night, her body was found in a dumpster in West Valley City, Utah wrapped in trash bags. There have been several viable leads in the case, but none have ever resulted in charges or arrests. 

If you have any information about Sheree’s murder, you’re ask...

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April 19, 2023 30 mins

Our card this week is Ivery Green, the Jack of Spades from New York. 

Ivory was just 17 years old when she vanished while on her way home in Utica, New York. Despite a slow start to the investigation, investigators have tried to make up for lost time, spending years putting together the pieces that point toward the people responsible — people who refuse to talk, even 19 years later.


If you know anything about the disappearance of Iv...

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April 12, 2023 31 mins

Our card this week is Sylvia Baker, the 3 of Spades from Connecticut. 

Sylvia Baker, 28, went downstairs on July 17th, 1982 to take out the trash. Sylvia never returned to her apartment, where her two young kids were watching TV. When she was found the next day, nude and bound with pieces of her own clothing, her family remained in a state of shock as police worked to track down her killers. Over 40 years later, no one’s been held a...

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Our card this week is Lawrence O'Connell, the Jack of Spades from Washington DC. 

One Friday afternoon in 1994, 35-year-old Lawrence O’Connell seemingly vanished into thin air after leaving his workplace, and a disturbing discovery the following day left everyone with more questions than answers. 

If you know anything about the murder of Lawrence O’Connell in February 1994, please call the Metropolitan Police Department’s Synchronize...

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Our card this week is Aaron "Peanut" Lamont Smalls, the Ace of Spades from Virginia. 

Aaron Lamont Smalls, also known as Peanut, was only 25 years old when his body was found in York County, Virginia, in 2001. In the search for his killer, investigators uncovered several key pieces of evidence and received a mountain of tips. But despite their efforts, the case slowly turned cold.   

Now, 20 years later, investigators and Peanut’s fa...

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March 22, 2023 14 mins

Our card this week is Keryu Lolo, the Queen of Hearts from Colorado. 

Keyru was a kindhearted, family-oriented 24-year-old who was visiting relatives in Denver, Colorado, when he was brutally gunned down for seemingly no reason. For more than a decade, Keyru’s friends and family have waited in agony for the monster who snuffed out his bright light to be brought to justice.  

If you have information about Keyru Lolo’s murder in 2009, ...

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Our card this week is James Walker III, the King of Clubs from Kansas. 

When James Walker III is shot to death at a house party in 2017, investigators kicked off a search for the people responsible. But despite a large number of witnesses, no one would talk and with a lack of physical evidence the case quickly hit a dead end.  

 If you have any information about the murder of James Walker III, please contact Detective Addie Perkins a...

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March 15, 2023 32 mins

Our card this week is Sherry Black, the 9 of Hearts from Utah.

After Sherry Black’s vicious murder, police had her killer’s DNA, but no suspects or motive. It would take nearly a decade – and a dogged investigator – to crack this unsolved case.

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March 15, 2023 30 mins

Our card this week is Sherry Black, the 9 of Hearts from Utah.

 In November of 2010, the community of South Salt Lake was shocked by the vicious murder of Sherry Black, a beloved great-grandmother. Investigators chased leads and interviewed suspects, utilizing every resource at their disposal to learn who could have committed such a brutal crime – and why. But those answers...and justice...would remain elusive for nearly a decade.


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March 9, 2023 15 mins

Introducing The Deck Investigates. Our card this season is Darlene Hulse, the 4 of Hearts from Indiana.

Darlene Hulse was forcibly taken from her home in Argos, Indiana on August 17, 1984. Her two oldest daughters witnessed the attack but they didn’t recognize the man who took their mother. Though Darlene’s body would be found a day later, just six miles from her home, her killer has evaded law enforcement for almost four decades an...

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Our card this week is Deana Patnode, the 4 of Diamonds from Minnesota. 

In 1982, Deana Patnode, a vibrant 23-year-old, disappeared from a Minnesota bar without a trace. Decades later, a deck of cold case playing cards would ultimately lead to some closure in her case — but leave everyone with far more questions than answers. 

If you know anything about the murder of Deana Patnode, or if you remember seeing her at the Buck Board bar o...

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Our card this week is Joseph Pellicci, the Jack of Hearts from Connecticut. 

Joseph Pellicci was a father of three and a successful restaurateur when he was abducted and shot to death in 1973. Everyone in Stamford, Connecticut seems to know who’s responsible. The real mystery is...why hasn’t anyone ever been charged with his murder? 

Anyone with information about Joseph Pellicci’s murder is encouraged to call Stamford police at 203-9...

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February 22, 2023 26 mins

Our card this week is Cassandra Jones, the Queen of Clubs from Kansas. 

In December 1998, 20-year-old Cassandra disappeared from Wichita, Kansas, only for her body to be found months later on the side of a dirt road in rural Sedgwick County. For more than 20 years, investigators have struggled to make movement in the case, as the one person they think has the answers refuses to cooperate. 

If you know anything about the murder of Cas...

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Our card this week is Desiree Michaud, the Queen of Clubs from Connecticut. 

In 1984, 18-year-old Desiree Michaud was violently killed in a motel room in southeastern Connecticut. For nearly 40 years, her murder has haunted the community and stumped investigators as they’ve chased down every promising lead that’s come knocking on their door but have yet to find the answers they need to crack the case. 

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February 8, 2023 24 mins

Our card this week is Kyle Byrtus, the 8 of Hearts from Florida. 

In 2013, 25-year-old Kyle Byrtus was found murdered on the side of the road. For the past nearly ten years, his mother has spent her days fighting for justice — and recently, she learned that justice may not be as far out of reach as once thought.

 If you know anything about the murder of Kyle Byrtus in 2013, please reach out to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-80...

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