The Wardcaster Files: A True Crime Podcast

The Wardcaster Files: A True Crime Podcast

Listen in as Sherrie Ward and Joshua Lancaster tell stories of true crimes.

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July 20, 2021 37 min

What motivates a health care professional to commit the ultimate betrayal and do harm to their patient?  Sometimes it’s to spare the victim pain and suffering, but often there are other, nefarious reasons, like sex and greed.
This week on The Wardcaster Files, we discuss two cases of medical serial killers, Dr. Harold Shipman and Elizabeth Wettlaufer.
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In 2001, while her husband was at work, Andrea Yates drowned all five of her young children in the bathtub. 
In 1993 Edward Gingerich killed his wife in a frenzy and became the first Amish man to be convicted of murder. 
What motivated these two people to brutally end the lives of their loved ones, devastating their entire families?

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Who was responsible for killing and dismembering 12+ people in Cleveland, Ohio in the 1930’s?  Was it one of the city’s homeless population or a skilled medical professional?

In 1973 Patricia Sue Richmond was on her way home when she disappeared. Her burned car was found that same day but Susie’s body wasn’t found until two weeks later. Who could have brutally murdered this young mother?

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Danny Kovarbasich was only 16 years old when he violently beat and stabbed a friend of the family. 
Mary Bell was just 11 when she was convicted of murdering and mutilating two toddlers. 
What caused these two children to lash out and commit the ultimate crime?

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June 22, 2021 72 min

Jeffrey Lundgren created an RLDS splinter group and proclaimed to be a prophet of the Lord, but why did he despise and hate his followers, the Avery family so much? 
On the flip side, John Lawson believed he was the demon Pazuzu and lived his life in hatred and filth, which had unfortunate consequences for 2 people who crossed his path. 

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This  week we have special guest, Gavin Fish who tells us about the case of Amanda Wienckowski. Amanda’s nude, frozen body was found in a garbage bin, yet New York’s Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled her death an accidental overdose.   
Find out how Gavin has been working with the family to get Amanda’s manner of death changed and hear from her mother about how this heinous crime has impacted her life.

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Between 1978 and 1983 Dennis Nilsen killed 15 men in London, England.  He was only found out because of plumbing issues in his apartment building that lead to a grisly discovery. 
In 1998 21 year old Matthew Shepard left a bar in Laramie, Wyoming with two men who committed a hate crime against him so horrible that it still resonates with the LGBTQ community to this day. 

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Anita Cobby was abducted and brutally murdered when she was walking home from the train station in Blacktown, NSW, Australia. Who could be so deranged to commit such a terrible crime?
Years earlier, in 1968, another deranged killer roamed the streets of Salem, Oregon, killing at least four women. What set serial killer Jerry Brudos apart was his fascination with feet and necrophilia. 

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First up is Rodney Halbower, The Gypsy Hills Killer, who murdered between 2 and 5 women in 1976. His weapon of choice was a knife, so he also acquired the nickname The San Mateo Slasher. 
Further north, in Canada between 1983 and 2002, is the case of more than 40 women who went missing in the Downtown Eastside neighborhood of Vancouver, but their bodies were never found. Unfortunately, most of their deaths have been attributed to a ...

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In 2010, Assistant Professor Amy Bishop snapped and open fire in her Biology department staff meeting. 
Two years later, Adam Lanza went to his former elementary school and methodically shot students and staff. 

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In the 1890’s Jane Toppan killed 12 people and possibly many more with the ambition “to have killed more people—helpless people—than any other man or woman who ever lived.”
In 1931 Winnie Ruth Judd was accused of murdering her two best friends and stuffing their bodies in steamer trunks, earning her the nickname The Trunk Murderess. But was she really guilty?

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In Oklahoma in 2009, the Jamison family - dad Bobby, mom Sherilyn, and daughter Madyson - disappeared from the Sans Bois Mountains near where they were planning on building their dream home.  
In 2011, 23 year old Phoenix Coldon disappeared from her home in Spanish Lake, Missouri where she had recently moved back in with her parents.

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This week on The Wardcaster Files, we cover two cases of Wrongful Convictions. 
First, Josh covers the case of James Richardson, who was accused of poisoning his seven children, even though he wasn’t home at the time. 
Then Sherrie discusses Alice Crimmins, who was also accused of killing her two children despite evidence showing otherwise. 
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What happened to Kathleen Folbigg’s four babies between 1989 and 1999?  Did they die from unfortunate cases of SIDS or were they cruelly murdered by their own mother?
Myra Hindley is another woman who was involved in the death of children, but we know she is responsible along with her boyfriend, Ian Brady. They murdered five children between 1963 and 1965. 

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Ashlee and Emmett Corrigan seem to have the perfect marriage. True love, five beautiful kids, and a burgeoning new career. But one shocking night in March, 2011, turns all of that upside down. 

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Scottish-born serial killer Peter Tobin is responsible for at least three deaths from 1991 to 2006, but could there be dozens more?
In Australia, David and Catherine Birnie abducted, raped, and murdered four women in a rampage in 1986.  How did this murderous couple build up to these heinous crimes?

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Helle Crafts went missing in 1986 on her way to her sister-in-law’s house.  Why was her husband out that same night with a wood chipper next to the Housatonic River?
Jason Fox was murdered in a hate crime just last year when he went over to a “friend’s” house in Newport, Washington. Why was his sexuality such a threat to this group of young adults?

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In March 1st, 1975, firefighters discover the naked, burned body of Sherry Gibson in an abandoned farmhouse. After a chilling confession, officials believe the case is finally closed until they receive a shocking revelation 26 years later.*


*Quote from the ID network

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March 23, 2021 46 min

This week Josh and Sherrie cover stories of kidnappings. 
Josh recounts the case of Tad Cummins who abducted a 15 year old girl in 2017 and drove her across the US. 
Then Sherrie talks about the Yosemite Killer, Cary Stayner who murdered 4 women in 1999. 

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Recently widowed Marlys Sather doesn’t come back to work after lunch one day and what her family finds at her house is horrifying. 

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