The Wardcaster Files: A True Crime Podcast

The Wardcaster Files: A True Crime Podcast

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October 21, 2020 19 min

A routine investigation into a minor theft leads detectives to a cabin in the woods. What they find there uncovers the lair of two of California’s most prolific serial killers and kicks off an international manhunt.

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No tricks here! Just a sneak peek at one of our Patreon bonus episodes. 

“Our bonus episode this week covers two cases, one of a man who was famous before his death and the other, a woman who found infamy after hers.  Marvin Gaye was a world famous Motown artist who was murdered at only 44 years old and Elisa Lam was only 21 when her mysterious death captured the hearts and minds of the world.“

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October 14, 2020 28 min

Elijah “Bear” Diaz goes missing from his house in El Cajone, California one day in August, 2015. 
The very next day, Skylar Peterson Tosic turns up missing in Escondido, California, just 30 miles away. 
Are these two separate cases with different explanations, or is there something more sinister going on?

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Rebecca Coriam disappeared from the Disney Wonder cruise ship mere hours before her shift as a youth activities counselor started.  George Smith suffered a similar fate when he went missing during his honeymoon from the Brilliance of the Seas, leaving blood evidence behind. 
Listen in as Sherrie and Josh discuss theories about these two cases. 

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Who murdered Geneva McDonald with an axe then went on to terrorize 5 more families in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, Washington in 1990?  Find out this week as we cover season 4, episode 6 of Ice Cold Killers, The Axe Man Cometh.

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Twelve year old Marion Parker is abducted from school one day in 1925.  Seventy-five years later, Ashley Pond and Miranda Gaddis are taken on their way to their school bus stop.  Who abducted and murdered these innocent girls?

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How did Philadelphia teacher Ellen Greenberg die? Did she stab herself 20 times in a suicide as the police believe, or did someone murder her in her apartment then somehow close the security latch on the front door from the outside?  Find out what we think this week on The Wardcaster Files, Have You Seen This?! as we recap and review season 2, episode 1 of Accident, Suicide, or Murder, Behind the Locked Door. 

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The topic this week is crimes committed outside of the US.
Josh goes over Canadians Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka and Sherrie discusses the Englishman John George Haigh.

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Who butchered Betty Gore on Friday the 13th in 1980 and why is a newspaper in her dining room opened to an ad for The Shining? Was her murder committed by a slasher-movie copycat, or was something more sinister at play? Find out as we recap and review episode 3 from season 2 of The 1980's: The Deadliest Decade, Friday the 13th.

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The mass murders of Marcus Wesson and Devin Kelley are discussed. 

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September 17, 2020 22 min

Who murdered Laurie Colannino? Was it her current boyfriend or her on-again, off-again lover? Maybe it was someone she worked with at her job as a cocktail waitress. Find out this week as we recap and review episode 3, season 5 of Cold Blood, Evil Twin

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The murder of Sydney Loofe and a serial killer nicknamed the Boozing Barber are discussed this week. 

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September 9, 2020 25 min

A woman slowly begins to realize that there might be something very wrong with her boyfriend as he becomes more and more paranoid and violent over the years on season 8, episode 2 of Evil Lives Here, I Didn’t Know It Was Blood. 

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The deaths of celebrities Rebecca Schaeffer and Sam Cooke are discussed this week. 

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Was Ashley Wilson’s death a suicide or murder?  The police think they have it solved until a man walks into the station with a shocking revelation. 

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Elizabeth Olten was only 9 years old when her murder shook a small Missouri town. 
The Powell brothers, 7 year old Charles and 5 year old Braden, were also taken too soon in a shocking end to the case of their mother’s disappearance.
Listen in as we discuss these cases of murdered children this week on The Wardcaster Files. 

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August 26, 2020 22 min

Nashville detective Pat Postiglione launches a manhunt after a double homicide of college students at one of the states historically black universities. 

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What is the definition of a serial killer and do our killers discussed this week fit the profile?  Listen in as we go over the Toy Box Killer, David Parker Ray and the Internet Slavemaster, John Edward Robinson. 

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Etta Jean Westbrook is found dead on her living room floor, covered in blood. When accident is ruled out, homicide investigators turn to her family and friends for clues. Did Etta Jean know her killer?

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Obsession leads to stalking and murder in the lives of Mary Stauffer and Christina Grimmie. 

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