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.... Show More

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March 3, 2021 70 min

Gilbert Bogle and Margaret Chandler died on the bank of the Lane Cove River in Sydney, NSW, Australia in 1963. Both were poisoned, then their bodies were bizarrely covered. 
In 1994 Kurt Cobain was found dead from a shotgun wound to the head in the greenhouse of his Seattle home with a suicide note nearby. 
Both of these cases are riddled with mysteries and conspiracy theories have persisted for years.

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What happened to 29 year old missing mom, Danielle Pruett?
Police in Tazewell, Virginia use the city’s traffic and business surveillance systems to piece together the final shocking moments of her life. 

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Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle was an accomplished silent film actor, director, and screenwriter when a scandal involving the death of an up-and-coming movie starlet derailed his career in 1921. 
Just a year later, the murder of wealthy textile manufacturer, Fred Oesterreich exposed a bizarre love affair between his wife and a man dubbed The Bat Man. 
This week we cover two cases linked to Old Hollywood. 

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Who could have murdered 23 year old Jacey McWilliams in Middleburg, Florida? Between the few suspects that turn up, one starts to stand out, and you won’t believe his motive!

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Melissa Shepard, also known as the Internet Black Widow, is responsible for poisoning 3 men and attempting to kill one more. 
Ray Copeland shot at least five men in the back of the head on the Missouri farm he shared with wife Faye, with seven more victims possible.

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When Krystal Dragan agrees to go on a Wiccan-themed public access TV show, she doesn’t realize how deep into obsession the host will become, and how her life will never be the same. 

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Bruce George Peter Lee is Britain’s most prolific serial killer with 26 arson murders attributed to him.  
In the US, Thomas Sweatt is credited as being the State’s worst serial arsonist with 350 fires set, but fortunately, he was only able to murder 3 people. 
Join us this week as Sherrie and Josh discuss these two cases and what happens in the mind of a firesetter. 

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January 28, 2021 32 min

Successful businesswoman Tara Lynn Grant goes missing after an argument with her husband in 2007. Could she have flown back to her job site  in Puerto Rico or did something more sinister happen to her?

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Hey guys, remote recording is hard! So please forgive my audio in this episode. I promise I’ll try to crawl out of my barrel real soon.   - S

We are doing unsolved murders this week and the first story is about the Frankford Slasher who is an unknown serial killer that murdered 8 women in Philadelphia between 1985 and 1990.  Our second story comes out of Tallahassee, Florida in 1966, where The Sims family was brutally murdered and t...

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What happened to Rick Post who disappeared from Baja Mexico in 1998? Was he the target of a drug cartel or someone closer to home? Find out this week as we recap and review season 1, episode 3 of Murder In Paradise, Spies, Lies, and Alibis

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In 1999 police discover 8 bodies in plastic barrels in an abandoned bank in Snowtown, South Australia. Four more victims are later tied to the killers, but who are they and what was their motive?
In Eching, Germany in 1981, 10 year old Ursula Herrmann doesn’t come home after dinner at her cousins house. How did she vanish in the spruce forest between the two houses and who could have been involved in her disappearance?
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Who killed popular businessman Bob Eidman in St Charles, Minnesota in 2007?
Was it his wife, upset about an affair,  a business rival who stole a client, or could it have been a complete stranger?
Find out who is responsible this week as we recap and review season 9, episode 2 of Nightmare Next Door, Risky Business. 

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In 2011, a man opened fire in a shopping center in Tucson, Arizona, killing 6 people and wounding 13 others, including US Representative Gabrielle Giffords.  
In 1984, 10 people were gunned down in their apartment in East New York on Palm Sunday. Two women and eight children were murdered as they relaxed after coming home from church. 
Listen in this week as Josh and Sherrie cover these stories of mass murder. 

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Who killed 16 year old Dinah Peterson on Valentine’s Day in 1975? Was it her forbidden older boyfriend, her angry dad, or her jealous friend?  The case goes cold for 30 years before new detectives take a fresh look and an arrest is made. 

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In 1958, the Martin family set out one Sunday afternoon to the Columbia River Gorge to gather greenery for Christmas decorations.  They were never seen alive again.  
In 2018, 13 year old Jayme Closs was abducted after an intruder murdered her parents, but she survived the ordeal. 
Tune in this week as Sherrie and Josh cover these two stories of disappearances.

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December 30, 2020 58 min

One more Patreon file to tide you over till Josh and Sherrie come back from the holidays.  
In this episode Josh explores whether the notorious serial killer H.H. Holmes could have been the secret identity of Jack the Ripper and Sherrie tells the gruesome story of the murderess Belle Gunness.

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Please enjoy one of our earlier Patreon episodes while we take a holiday break to spend time with family!

“On this month’s Patreon episode, Josh covers the murder of Angel Melendez by Michael Alig and Robert “Freeze” Riggs, all members of New York’s party scene in the 1990’s, then Sherrie delves into the case of British Columbia’s serial killer, Clifford Olson, who murdered 11 children before he was caught.”

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Millionaire Frank Griga and his girlfriend Krisztina Furton go missing from Golden Beach, Miami, Florida in 1995. When their Lamborghini is found abandoned in the Everglades National Park, investigators realize it may already be too late to find the couple alive.  


Audio clips courtesy of (in order of appearance)
1.  SecretCaskets Youtube Channel
2.  Saturday Night Live Youtube Channel

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Vicky Cilliers is an avid skydiver with more than 2,500 jumps under her belt. But when both of her chutes fail on a jump in 2015, she plummets 4,000 feet to the ground. She miraculously survives but the incident begs the question, was this an accident or a brutal act of sabotage?
In 1992, Jennifer Asbenson makes the mistake of accepting a ride from a stranger who turns out to be a serial killer. Her sheer will and bravery saves her ...

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December 3, 2020 17 min

When 21 year old Dawnia Dacosta doesn’t come home after church one night, her mother knows something must be terribly wrong.  Witnesses spot her getting into a strange van, so the search is on to find her and her kidnapper. 

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