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The Generation Why Podcast

By Wondery  

The Generation Why Podcast released its first episode in 2012 and pioneered the true crime genre in the podcasting world. Two friends, Aaron & Justin, break down theories and give their opinions on unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries and conspiracies.

The Generation Why Podcast released its first episode in 2012 and pioneered the true crime genre in the podcasting world. Two friends, Aaron & Justin, break down theories and give their opinions on unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries and conspiracies.

 

#290

Murder of Yingying Zhang - 381

June 9, 2017. Urbana, Illinois. In April 2017, Yingying Zhang came to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an International Scholar from China. On June 9, 2017, she failed to return to work after lunch and a search was launched for her. Through video surveillance, investigators were able to piece together her whereabouts until she got into a black Saturn Astra. As the authorities zeroed in on the killer, the truth of what had happened was revealed by an unexpected source and the details of the crime dealt a devastating blow to all who loved Yingying. ... Read more

29 Jun 2020

49 MINS

49:05

29 Jun 2020


#289

Rogers Family Murders - 380

June 01, 1989. Tampa Bay, Florida. A woman named Joan Rogers and her two teenaged daughters, Michelle and Christe, left Ohio for Florida on a much needed vacation. Hal Rogers, father and husband, stayed back at the dairy farm they owned to keep it going. But when his family failed to return when they were expected, Hal could sense something was terribly wrong. The Rogers family had already been through a lot, but the news that was to come would be even worse. In a case that required great detective work and dedication, the truth of what occurred and who was behind it would finally be answered. ... Read more

22 Jun 2020

1 HR 07 MINS

1:07:11

22 Jun 2020


#288

Wondery Presents: Murder in Hollywoodland

It's February 2nd 1922, and all of Hollywood is about to wake up and learn that William Desmond Taylor, the most famous film director in town, was murdered in his home last night. The investigation will shine a light on some of Hollywood's most scandalous affairs, backroom deals, and underground drug dens. This real life Murder Mystery is one of the most iconic "whodunnit" cases of the 20th century that will leave you guessing and second guessing who killed William Desmond Taylor for weeks to come. Co-hosted by Tracy Pattin & James Remar Listen to Murder in Hollywoodland: [wondery.fm/genwhyMiH] (http://wondery.fm/genwhyMiH) . ... Read more

17 Jun 2020

04 MINS

04:53

17 Jun 2020


#287

Michele Harris - 379

Tioga County, New York. September 11, 2001. Michele Harris and her husband, Cal, were in the midst of a divorce. Despite this, they continued to live in the same house with their four children. Still, it was no secret that there were serious issues between them. After Michele went missing, detectives were suspicious of Cal due to his actions around that time and his perceived lack of interest in her whereabouts. But as time went on, the case would take some turns that no one expected. Did Cal murder Michele? Or was there another person behind her disappearance? ... Read more

15 Jun 2020

1 HR 08 MINS

1:08:04

15 Jun 2020


#286

Clarence & Sue Shell - 378

March 3rd, 2011. Ridgely, Tennessee. Clarence & Sue Shell were brutally stabbed to death in their home. Their family was devastated. Detectives quickly got a lead and arrested a suspect. But a surprising claim was made at trial that created questions about who might have truly been involved and why. ... Read more

08 Jun 2020

54 MINS

54:20

08 Jun 2020


#285

Luke Batty - 377

February 12, 2014. Tyabb, Australia. Eleven year old Luke Batty was at cricket practice when he spotted his father. He was excited because his parents had split and he didn't see his dad that much. Rosie Batty, his mom, had ensured that any visits Greg Anderson had with Luke were supervised. Greg had been an abusive partner but had not been abusive towards Luke. But on February 12th, 2014, Greg Anderson would do the unthinkable in a public place with a number of witnesses looking on. Join us as we discuss a heartbreaking case involving family violence, a mother's drive to protect her son, and a story that reminds us of just how little control we really have. ... Read more

01 Jun 2020

50 MINS

50:21

01 Jun 2020


#284

Kalinka Bamberski - 376

July 10, 1982. Lindau, Germany. The morning after enjoying the waters at Lake Constance, 14 year old Kalinka Bamberski remained in her room. Her stepfather, Dieter Krombach, went to check on her before he left to go horseback riding. He found her deceased. Authorities accepted Dieter's account of what happened as did his wife, But Kalinka's father was not convinced that foul play wasn't involved and as troubling details came to light of what had happened to his daughter, Andre Bamberski set out to ensure that no matter the cost, her death would not go unpunished. ... Read more

25 May 2020

47 MINS

47:43

25 May 2020


#283

April Renee Tucker - 375

January 4, 1989. Emory, Texas. At 12:34 p.m., Debbie Loveless makes a desperate call to 911. Her four-year-old daughter, April Tucker, has a gaping wound in her thigh and a severed femoral artery. April is rushed to the hospital but dies on the operating table. Both Debbie and her common-law husband John Miller tell the sheriff’s office the same thing April told them: The dogs did it. However, investigators think the dogs are harmless and suspect that John and Debbie are in fact responsible for April’s death. What happened to April Tucker? Was she the victim of a rare and vicious dog attack? Or did her stepfather and mother concoct the story to get away with murder? ... Read more

18 May 2020

49 MINS

49:17

18 May 2020


#282

Royal Family Massacre - 374

June 1, 2001. Kathmandu, Nepal. The Nepalese Royal Family was gathered at the Narayanhity Royal Palace for one of it's bi-monthly reunion parties when King Birendra was gunned down by his son, Crown Prince Dipendra. While those around them and in the palace were shocked, none could have foreseen the violence that would follow. Join us as we discussa tragic mass shooting that claimed many lives and forever altered a nation. ... Read more

04 May 2020

51 MINS

51:30

04 May 2020


#281

Holly Bobo Revisited - 373

On this episode of Generation Why, we revisit the Holly Bobo case. We originally spoke about her case on episode #203 which was before Zach Adams' trial. Now we look back at the trial and discuss what happened as well as the questions that we continue to have despite the State having made its case and getting a conviction. Did Zach Adams kidnap and murder Holly Bobo in 2011? If you haven't listened to our episode yet (or are unfamiliar with the case) we would suggest that you do so as this is a followup episode. ... Read more

27 Apr 2020

52 MINS

52:33

27 Apr 2020


#280

Innocence Work - 372

On this bonus episode, Aaron interviewed Marc M. Howard, a professor at Georgetown University, and Marty Tankleff, a man who was exonerated after a wrongful conviction that sent him to prison for 18 years, about their work re-investigating possible wrongful convictions. https://www.marcmhoward.com/ https://www.martytankleff.org https://prisonsandjustice.georgetown.edu/ https://www.douglassproject.org/ ... Read more

24 Apr 2020

1 HR 14 MINS

1:14:56

24 Apr 2020


#279

Murder of Benjamin Eastman - 371

June 23, 2018. Randle, Washington. Benjamin Eastman III, or Ben as his friends and family liked to call him, went missing after leaving his house early one morning. His father, BJ, and other family and friends worked to get the word out to find Ben and to bring him home. Just days later, though, his body was located. Based on his injuries, he had been cruelly assaulted before being killed. Detectives on the case didn't have much trouble figuring out who had killed the 16 year old. Who did was surprising as it turned out to be a lifelong friend and his older brother.The real question was why they did it and who was in on the plot. Join us as we discuss a surprising case of family bonds and brutality from the northwestern United States. ... Read more

20 Apr 2020

46 MINS

46:38

20 Apr 2020


#278

Jason Payne - 370

December 11, 2007. Quitman, Texas. A call to 911 was made at at 9am by Jason Payne who reported that his wife and his stepson were dead. He had been away from the home with his two youngest kids and had discovered their bodies in their bedrooms. Emergency personnel and law enforcement were dispatched and arrived to find Nichole Payne and her son, Austin Taylor Wages, dead in the home. Both had died as the result of gunshot wounds. Early on in the investigation, though, there was a disagreement as to the manner of these deaths. Was it a double homicide or a suicide & homicide? Join us as we discuss a case that divided bothfamily and law enforcement. ... Read more

13 Apr 2020

1 HR 01 MINS

1:01:25

13 Apr 2020


#277

Nicole VanderHeyden - 369

May 20-21, 2016. Green Bay, Wisconsin. 31 year old Nicole "Nikki" VanderHeyden went out for an evening with her boyfriend, Doug, and some other friends. But after Nicole's battered nude body was discovered in a field the following afternoon, detectives were very interested in Doug Detrie in connection with the murder. As interviews were conducted, it became apparent that the couple had not been getting along. Could Doug have gone too far and murdered Nicole? Good detective work would reveal the truth of what happened to the well-liked mother of three. ... Read more

06 Apr 2020

46 MINS

46:50

06 Apr 2020


#276

Jordan Brown - 368

February 20, 2009. Wampum, Pennsylvania. Kenzie Houk, a pregnant mother of two, was asleep in her bed when someone shot her in the back of the head. Both Kenzie and her unborn son died. At the time, she was engaged to Chris Brown, who had a son named Jordan. When detectives investigated the home they could only come to one conclusion. That Jordan Brown was responsible for the crime. Their theory was that Jordan did not like how his life was disrupted by having a woman and her two daughters join his family with a little brother on the way. But was Jordan truly a murderer? Or could someone else have had a motive to kill Kenzie Houk? ... Read more

30 Mar 2020

1 HR 02 MINS

1:02:16

30 Mar 2020


#275

Martin Tankleff Part 2 - 367

In the late Spring of 1990, Martin Tankleff went on trial for the murders of his parents. Arlene & Seymour's deaths were brutal and prosecutors felt they had a solid case. But the Tankleff case wasn't over after a single trial. Martin's family held firm in their support for him and as time went on, he gained even more supporters. What was it about his case that produced so many believers in his innocence? Join us as we discuss Martin Tankleff's legal battles in his effort to win his freedom and exoneration. Sponsor: Green cleaners that actually clean and packaging that's landfill free? cleancult is the way to go. We both use cleancult and love it. cleancult.com/genwhy Get 25% off your first kit but act soon as this offer ends May 30th, 2020. ... Read more

23 Mar 2020

50 MINS

50:51

23 Mar 2020


#274

Martin Tankleff Part 1 - 366

September 7th, 1988. Long Island, New York. A high school senior woke up one morning to discover that his parents, Seymour and Arlene Tankleff, had been brutally attacked in their home. His mother was dead and his father was just clinging to life. While that is Martin's account, the detectives who began an investigation saw things very differently. The Tankleffs were very wealthy and might their teenaged son have attacked them to get them out of his way so that he could have their money and live the life he truly dreamed of? Join us on this first episode of a two part series that covers an unbelievable case of greed, violence, and conflicting narratives. ... Read more

16 Mar 2020

45 MINS

45:27

16 Mar 2020


#273

Ellie Nesler - 365

April 02, 1993. Jamestown & Sonora, California. Parents often say that if anyone ever harmed their child they would take action. Ellie Nesler's son, William, returned from a bible camp one summer but was almost a different person. His demeanor and his actions caused his mother concern but she could not get him to talk with her about it. One year later, William confided in an aunt and the truth came out. A dishwasher at the camp had sexually abused the six year old. Daniel Driver, who had encouraged William to go to the camp, had molested and raped children in the past but had only gotten a slap on the wrist. Little did he know that Ellie Nesler wasn't going to let him get away with his crime this time. Join us as we discuss vigilantism and the case of a family that would never seem to be at peace. ... Read more

09 Mar 2020

54 MINS

54:32

09 Mar 2020


#272

The Heidt Family Murders - 364

August 25th, 2008. Springfield, Georgia. A 911 operator had difficulty understanding a woman who called for help. After a number of minutes, police and emergency personnel are dispatched to the home of the respected Heidt family. The details were disturbing. Someone had entered the home while Philip, Linda, and their adult son, Carey, would be asleep. Linda was actually awake, though, and was disturbed by the sound of a shotgun. Her son, her husband, as well as herself were all shot. Only Linda survived the attack. Detectives found only a few clues but they would lead them to their prime suspect. But an arrest wasn't made right away. They wanted to wait and see if Linda, who was recovering from a shotgun blast to her face and neck, would be able to identify the one who had done this to her and her family. Join us as we discuss a disturbing crime that was difficult for most of the family members to come to terms with. ... Read more

02 Mar 2020

55 MINS

55:57

02 Mar 2020


#271

Adam Braseel - 363

January 7, 2006. Grundy County, Tennessee. Police are called to a house after a woman is violently attacked. Becky Hill's son, Kirk Braden, had made the call after chasing the perpetrator from the home they shared with her brother, Malcolm Burrows. He also said that Malcolm had left the house earlier with the attacker to help him with his car. Hill survived her injuries but her brother was discovered murdered down the road. As part of the investigation, interviews are conducted and someone gives the name Adam Braseel to a detective. This young man fit the description and the car he drove seemed pretty similar to the car spotted by Hill. After Braseel's trial, though, evidence would mount suggesting that Adam was not involved. Would his guilty verdict stand? Or would another suspect surface? Join us as we discuss this unbelievable case of similarities and possible corruption. ... Read more

24 Feb 2020

1 HR 21 MINS

1:21:22

24 Feb 2020


#270

Murder of Sarah Cherry - 362

July 6, 1988. Bowdoin, Maine. 12 year old Sarah Cherry was babysitting John & Jennifer Henkel's 10 month old daughter. Before she was taken to the Henkel's home her mother reminded her not to tell anyone that she was alone at the house and not to answer the door. Later that afternoon, Jennifer Henkel arrived home and noticed some strange things in the driveway, doors to the house ajar, and inside her home she found the tv on and some of Sarah's things. But no sign of Sarah herself. Jennifer's daughter was safe in her crib. A check of the rest of the house and outside told her it was time to call the police and then Sarah's mother. Over the next two days the police had a suspect and the body of Sarah Cherry, which had been covered by a pile of brush and just hundreds of feet from the suspect's truck. As the evidence mounted and the case moved forward, the question of what happened to Sarah Cherry was publicly debated. ... Read more

17 Feb 2020

1 HR 08 MINS

1:08:35

17 Feb 2020


#269

Lt. Joe Gliniewicz - 361

September 1, 2015. Fox Lake, Illinois. On the morning of September 1st, Police Lt. Gliniewicz radioed dispatch a number of times after he saw some suspicious men. Before 8am he acknowledged that he would like a second unit sent to his location; off a gravel road by an old concrete plant. Officers in three different cars raced to the location and arrived in minutes only to find Lt Gliniewicz face down and deceased. Authorities began a manhunt for the three men the downed officer had radioed dispatch about. But as time went by, the narrative of the situation began to change and hidden truths began to be revealed. What exactly happened that morning and what really happened to Lt. Joe Gliniewicz? Join us as we discuss a strange case where appearances can be deceiving. Sponsored by: Sun Basket. Get healthy foods delivered to your door. With recipes for all kinds of dietary preferences including Paleo, , Organic, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, and more, you'll be eating better and healthierevery week. Get $35 off your order when you go right now to sunbasket.com/genwhy and enter code genwhy at checkout. ... Read more

10 Feb 2020

48 MINS

48:29

10 Feb 2020


#268

Anthony Charles Graves - 360

August 18. 1992. Somerville, Texas. A grandmother, her daughter, and four grandchildren were discovered dead in a home that was the scene of a fire. All six had been brutally murdered. Investigators got a big lead in the case at the funeral for the Davis family members and it ultimately resulted in the confession of one suspect and the identity of his accomplice. But the case wasn't that simple. As time went on, issues with the interrogation of their lead suspect and a review of the prosecution's case would cast serious doubts on their theory of the case and the trial itself. Join us as we discuss a case that shows the hunt for justice and the hunt for the truth aren't always part of the same mission. ... Read more

03 Feb 2020

1 HR 11 MINS

1:11:08

03 Feb 2020


#267

The Parachute Murder Plot - 359

April 5, 2015. South West England, UK. Victoria Cilliers decided to jump out of a plane as her husband suggested she should. She was an experienced parachutist and instructor. Parachuting might be just the thing to do for herself. But after she jumped, she realized soon after that something was wrong. Her parachute wasn't working and the reserve didn't work correctly, either. Victoria plummeted to the earth while her fellow parachutists watched in horror. Join us as we discuss a case involving love, betrayal, and devious plots. //Sponsors: //PrettyLitter. Single bag per cat litter delivered to your door. Changes color to indicate potential health issues. prettylitter.com and use promo code GENWHY for 20% off your first order.//Feals. Use Feals CBD oil to naturally help reduce pain, anxiety, and sleeplessness. Become a member and get 50% off your first order. Visit: Feals.com/genwhy to sign up today. ... Read more

20 Jan 2020

53 MINS

53:57

20 Jan 2020


#266

Introducing - Deadly Misadventures

Hosted by Justin fromGeneration Whyand Tyler fromTheMinds of Madness. Wondery’snewest podcast explores some of the most-terrifying, real-life stories of people who came face to face with death. The podcast series raises the question on whether our choices control our destiny or if it all comes down to luck? A roll of the dice. At the end of each episode, it will be up to you to decide. To hear allDeadly Misadventuresepisodes, ad-free, exclusivelyonWondery Plusjust go to [wondery.fm/deadly] (http://wondery.fm/deadly) and subscribe today! ... Read more

14 Jan 2020

09 MINS

09:48

14 Jan 2020


#265

Broken Arrow Killings - 358

July 22-23, 2015. Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 at 11:30 pm a call came in to 911. The caller was twelve year old David Bever who reported that his brother was killing his family. This disturbing call from a nice suburb prompted an immediate response to the Bever home. Police found the home locked and blood was on the porch. By the next morning, five family members were confirmed dead, one was badly wounded, and another was found unharmed. The two older sons were located and arrested. What happened to this family and why? Join us as we discuss a case that involves isolation, obsession, and blood lust. ... Read more

13 Jan 2020

53 MINS

53:23

13 Jan 2020


#264

Murder Of Andrea Eilber - 357

November 14th, 2011. Lapeer County, Michigan. A young woman and her boyfriend, along with a friend of his, had been staying over at her Aunt's place over several days. Andrea had been house sitting while her relatives were away. On November 14th, she texted KC, her boyfriend, to have him meet her at the house. According to him, he arrived but the house was dark and he didn't see Andrea. Upset, he spent most of the evening with a friend from work. Friends and family became concerned for Andrea after she had gone missing since the 14th. Two days later her car was located. Then, a visit to her aunt's home resulted in Andrea being found. She was found dead in the laundry room as a result of a gunshot. Who had executed her? Police zeroed in on KC, but as the evidence in the case was collected and analyzed it seemed to point to someone else. Join us as we discuss the crime, possible motives and suspects in a case where timelines and evidence seem to lead to different theories of the crime. Sponsored by: //Sun Basket. Want healthy meals delivered? Are you interested in Paeleo, Gluten-Free orVegetarian diets? Generation Why listeners can get $35 off their order now by visiting sunbasket.com/genwhy and entering promo code genwhy at checkout./ //ThirdLove. ThirdLove knows there's a perfect bra for everyone so they are offering Generation Why listeners 15% off their first order. Go to ThirdLove.com/genwhy now to find your perfect fitting bra and get 15% off your first order. / ... Read more

06 Jan 2020

1 HR 02 MINS

1:02:17

06 Jan 2020


#263

Oklahoma City Bombing Pt. 2 - 356

This is Part Two of our Oklahoma City Bombing coverage. In this episode we talk about McVeigh's life, the trials, and give our thoughts on this devastating act of domestic terrorism. Happy Holidays, everyone. We'll be back in January of 2020. ... Read more

24 Dec 2019

54 MINS

54:08

24 Dec 2019


#262

Oklahoma City Bombing Pt. 1 - 355

April 19, 1995. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. A Ryder truck was parked outside of the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City before 9am on that Wednesday morning. Inside the truck was a homemade bomb that, after detonation, destroyed the building and ended the lives of 168 people, including nineteen children. More than 600 people were injured. What motivated the bombers to target this federal building? Join us as we discuss the OKC bombing and Timothy McVeigh, a former Gulf War soldier whose life once looked promising but who later opted to start a war against his own government. ... Read more

23 Dec 2019

56 MINS

56:39

23 Dec 2019


#261

The Unabomber - 354

1978-1995. USA. From 1978 through 1995, 16 bombs were either mailed or placed to terrorize the public. A government task force was formed and named UNABOM (University and Airline Bombing) after which the originally named Junkyard Bomber became known as The Unabomber. The bombs themselves were seemingly fashioned from stuff the individual had on hand. This mysterious figure behind the bombings also seemed to have a strong desire to speak to the public and in 1995 he revealed that if his essay was published that he would cease his terrorist activities. But was giving in to the demands of a terrorist the wrong course of action? Or was there good reasons to let him have his say? Join us as we discuss the case that changed not only how we operate our mail system, but also woke many people up to the fact that not all terrorists are from outside the nation. Sponsored by: Native. All natural, never tested on animals, aluminum-free deodorant that comes in a variety of enticing scents and actuallyworks. Eucalyptus & Mint is my personal favorite. For 20% off your first purchase, go to: nativedeodorant.com and use promo code GENWHY during checkout. We love it and believe you will, too. ... Read more

16 Dec 2019

1 HR 15 MINS

1:15:49

16 Dec 2019