Park Predators

Park Predators

Sometimes the most beautiful places hide the darkest secrets.

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June 28, 2022 37 min

In the summer of 1958 a ten-year-old boy vanished from a Catholic church camp in Rocky Mountain National Park. The mystery surrounding what happened to him seemed straight forward, until horrific secrets of the camp he loved surface and sent investigators into an entirely new direction.

 

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Acadia National Park may exist on an island but in the late 1970's a human predator showed up there and started hunting. The identity of the killer has remained unknown for more than four decades and the mystery as to who killed Leslie Spellman is still waiting to be uncovered.

 

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June 14, 2022 48 min

In 2012 the disappearance of a young man working in the trucking and oil industry of North Dakota raised alarm for citizens...but the saga of events and murder-for-hire plots that followed left everyone in this portion of the badlands baffled and bewildered.

 

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June 7, 2022 31 min

In 2015, when a young man shows up dead in a doorway of a historic church in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, rumors about who stabbed him to death run rampant in communities surrounding Cherokee, North Carolina. The identity of the predators who took his life surprise those closest to the victim and people living on the sacred land they considered to be a sanctuary in its own right.

 

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May 31, 2022 23 min

In 2018, two seasonal workers at an inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia set out on a hike and only one returned alive. The reality of who was behind the demise of Sara Ellis is incomprehensible and to this day remains a horrific case for investigators and the victims' family to relive.

 

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May 31, 2022 31 min

On New Year's Day in 2012 park ranger Margaret Anderson encountered a violent man on an icy roadway in Mount Rainier National Park. The aftermath of their confrontation led authorities on a park-wide manhunt that sent questions flying as to how a predator carrying so much firepower made it through the gates.

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September 21, 2021 23 min

Park Predators Season 2 has wrapped, but Delia is bringing listeners one more story...an active murder mystery in Utah that has outdoor enthusiasts and the world wondering who shot two women in their campsite in August 2021? The FBI and state police are working tirelessly to catch a killer that is still lurking in the La Sal Mountains.

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August 31, 2021 33 min

A park ranger in Hot Springs National Park stumbles upon an illegal alcohol operation and pays the ultimate price. His murderers are still unaccounted for, leaving everyone in Arkansas mystified for nearly 100 years. Who really killed National Park Ranger James Cary and is the answer somewhere bubbling just beneath the surface?

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August 24, 2021 33 min

Two Dutch women visiting Panama vanish while hiking in the jungle. Cryptic clues, body parts and their camera point to foul play, but the question of what or who really happened to Kris Kremers and Lisanne Froon remains unanswered.

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August 17, 2021 37 min

A woman’s mysterious death in Grand Canyon National Park in 1993 reveals one man’s horrible secret. Robert Spangler ran from his dark past for years but could not suppress the predator within. 

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August 10, 2021 38 min

A rafting trip for the Rothgeb family in the summer of 1984 ends with a mother and teenage daughter dead and the father, David, under investigation for their double murder. His hidden lifestyle seals his fate in court, but just like the rivers in the Ozarks, many people are split as to whether the father was framed or a predator remains lurking on the riverways.

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August 3, 2021 34 min

A 30-year-old man disappears into the Jefferson National Forest, leaving his beloved dog behind in his car. His body is found at a popular swimming hole and pieces of critical evidence are placed beneath his missing posters months after his murder. Turns out, he isn't the only 30-year-old man to suffer a fatal fate on this section of the Appalachian Trail. The stories of Scott Lily and Chad Austin point to a predator who's ...

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July 27, 2021 38 min

In the dead of winter 1977 a suspected serial killer moonlighting as a military police officer abducts four teenagers who were out on a double date in the heart of the Ozarks. Johnny Lee Thornton's diabolical mind and dark deeds are revealed when the snow melts and the facade of his seemingly normal personality disintegrates. The question still lingering to this day is, did this predator have more victims in the Ozarks?

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July 20, 2021 49 min

For days in the summer of 1982 a predator stalked a family at their campsite in British Columbia, then made his move. The trail of death and destruction David William Shearing left behind is remembered by all who visit Canada's Wells Gray Provincial Park.

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July 13, 2021 33 min

At the start of the school year in 1976, 16-year-old Trenny Lynn Gibson disappeared while on a school field trip in Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Clingmans Dome. Did she fall? Was she abducted? The only witness to the awful mystery is the Appalachia itself.

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July 6, 2021 30 min

Young lovers, Chynna Deese and Lucas Fowler set out to visit as many national parks in Canada as they could in the summer of 2019. They didn’t make it far before diabolical predators stopped them in their tracks on Alaska Highway 97. Their murders were just the beginning of a homicidal rampage that would leave five people dead and authorities wondering what was really going on in the mind of two troubled teenage boys.

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June 29, 2021 42 min

A Labor Day family camping trip in Southwest Oregon launches one of the largest search and rescue operations in the country after the Cowden family fails to show up for a scheduled holiday weekend dinner. Months into the investigation, police uncover a massacre hidden in a cave and a prime suspect emerges but to this day authorities are no closer to catching a suspect still at large.

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June 22, 2021 43 min

In 2015, a Canadian tourist and California therapist are slain inside parks surrounding San Francisco, California just a few days apart. The hunt for their murderers leads authorities on a wild chase that reveals a single predator isn't behind the killings, but rather, a trio of young people holds the key.

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June 15, 2021 43 min

In 1960, three housewives from Chicago never make it out of Starved Rock State Park alive and police in Illinois quickly realize a piece of nature itself is the murder weapon. The investigation zeros in on a predator who was hiding in plain sight.

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June 8, 2021 27 min

On October 1, 1988 two people entered Presque Isle Park and only one came out alive. The question of who killed Paul Girard on a sacred Native American chief's grave may soon be answered. The key to solve the 33-year-old cold case may be buried in Lake Superior or it might be with scientists in Michigan.

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