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The Generation Why Podcast podcast

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.

 

#326

Death of Kayla Skeen - 416

September 1, 2013. Middleburg, Florida. A woman named Lois Kay Skeen is told late one evening that her granddaughter, Kayla Skeen, has hanged herself from a tree. The messenger is Kayla's boyfriend, Allen Marsh, who asked her to call 911 before running back to Kayla. The Clay County Sheriff's Office responded and conducted an investigation. It wasn't long before Kayla's death was ruled a suicide, but was it? Join us as we discuss the people, the evidence, and the circumstances surrounding the death of Kayla Skeen. ... Read more

05 Apr 2021

48 MINS

48:43

05 Apr 2021


#325

Wondery Presents: Spy Affair

A charismatic Russian woman arrives in the US on a mission to improve relations between the two countries,andshe soon makes some powerful friends. But who is Maria Butina?Andwho is she working for? As Maria gets closer to the richand connected she also attracts the attention of the FBI. In the politically charged world of US-Russia relations, everyone has secretsandalmost nothing is what it seems. From Wondery, the makers of The Shrink Next DoorandDr. Death comes SPY AFFAIR a story about deception, appearancesandbetrayal. Hosted by Celia Aniskovich. Listentoday at [wondery.fm/SA_GenerationWhy] (http://wondery.fm/SA_GenerationWhy) ... Read more

29 Mar 2021

05 MINS

05:46

29 Mar 2021


#324

Joy Aylor - 415

October 4, 1983. Dallas, TX. Rozanne and Peter Gailiunas decided to build their dream home, despite the fact that their marriage was on the rocks. Peter began to suspect that his wife, Rozanne, was having an with Larry Aylor, the man hired to build the new house. In October of 1983, Rozanne was found dead, the victim of a shocking crime.This case is full of affairs, divorce, murder conspiracies, and betrayal. Join us as we discuss a case that you'll be talking about for some time to come. ... Read more

29 Mar 2021

49 MINS

49:38

29 Mar 2021


#323

Dale Helmig - 414

July 29, 1993. Jefferson City, Missouri. On July 30, 1993, Dale Helmig reported his mother, Norma, missing from the home they shared. Two days later, her body was found weighted down in a nearby river. Dale was arrested and convicted of her murder. However, he insisted that he stayed the night in a hotel about an hour from their home and that the case against him was based on nothing but circumstantial evidence. Was Dale wrongfully convicted? Join us as we discuss a case in which time and effort finally revealed the truth about Dale Helmig... ... Read more

22 Mar 2021

1 HR 04 MINS

1:04:37

22 Mar 2021


#322

Introducing: MANslaughter

Listen now: [wondery.fm/MS_GenWhy] (http://wondery.fm/MS_GenWhy) MANslaughter tells intertwining stories about how one gunshot on a cold Wisconsin night in 1970 dramatically changed multiple lives. A bullet brutally tore through decorated law enforcement veteran LaVerne Stordock. Decades later, his niece, Dorothy Marcic, transformed herself into an amateur detective in a quest for truth and closure about that night. At the center of Dorothy’s investigation is Suzanne Brandon, LaVerne’s second wife, who confessed to the shooting -- and who Dorothy believes completely escaped justice. As it follows Dorothy’s discoveries, MANslaughter explores questions around the psychology of crime, the ways women are made responsible in families, and the lasting impact of trauma. A final encounter between Suzanne and Dorothy reveals a complex connection that even that gunshot cannot shatter. MANslaughter is based on the book, [With One Shot] (https://www.amazon.com/One-Shot-Family-Murder-Justice-ebook/dp/B07123J32X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1HCT1XE1FL5LO&dchild=1&keywords=with+one+shot+by+dorothy+marcic&qid=1614819965&sprefix=marcic+with+one%2Caps%2C164&sr=8-1) by Dorothy Marcic. ... Read more

17 Mar 2021

05 MINS

05:58

17 Mar 2021


#321

Dr. Thomas Burchard - 413

March 7, 2019. Las Vegas, Nevada. On a dirt road east of Las Vegas, police find the body of 71-year-old Dr. Thomas Burchard in the trunk of an abandoned car. He had been bludgeoned to death. Judy Earp, his longtime girlfriend, had known for days that Thomas was dead after he didn’t return from an impromptu trip to Las Vegas. What events led up to Thomas Burchard’s death? And who would be held responsible? //CrimeCon Austin - June 4th-6th. 2021// crimecon.com //CrimeCon UK - September 25th & 26th, 2021// crimecon.co.uk //Use code GENWHY21 for a 10% discount.// ... Read more

15 Mar 2021

51 MINS

51:01

15 Mar 2021


#320

Lt. Joe Kenda - 412

Lt. Joe Kenda is our guest as he answers questions about his career, his books, his shows, and even his personal life. If you're a fan of Homicide Hunter or American Detective, or you just wondered about the life of a detective and what they go through, you won't want to miss this. Disclaimer: Joe Kenda's replies and opinions are his own and in no way reflect those of Generation Why Podcast and its hosts. ... Read more

08 Mar 2021

59 MINS

59:40

08 Mar 2021


#319

The Said Sisters - 411

January 1st, 2008. Irving, Texas. Sarah and Amina Said were two normal, happy teenage girls trying their best to live a regular life. Unfortunately, they lived with an angry, abusive father, a mother too afraid to protect her children, and a brother who provided support to their father. On January 1st, 2008 Yaser Said murdered his two daughters, abandoning their bodies in his taxi and going into hiding. In an image that is now a representative for this case, just a few days before her death, Amina posted a picture of herself online with the caption, “I don’t want to become a memory.” Amina and Sarah knew how dangerous their situation was, but they had no one to protect them. Join us as we discuss a heartbreaking case that should never have happened. Sponsors: Care/Of: Care/of is a wellness brand that makes it easy to maintain your wellness goals. Get 50% off your first Care/Of order by visiting TakeCareOf.com and enter code genwhy50 Babbel: Learn a new language on the go. Right now, when you purchase of a 3-month Babbel subscription, you’ll get an additional 3 months for FREE. That’s 6 months, for the price of 3! Just go to Babbel.com and use promo code GENWHY. Babbel - Language for lfe. ... Read more

01 Mar 2021

48 MINS

48:23

01 Mar 2021


#318

Dr. Steven Haataja - 410

December 4, 2006. Chadron, Nebraska. In August 2006, Steven Haataja moved to Chadron, Nebraska to work as a mathematics professor at Chadron State College. On December 5, 2006, he was reported missing after he failed to show up to one of his classes. Ninety-five days later, his decomposed and badly burned body was found about a mile south of the school. However, investigators quickly reached a dead end. Was Steven murdered? Did he take his own life? Or did something else happen? You can find the Generation Why Podcast blog at: genwhypod.com The documentary Love & Terror mentioned in the episode: https://www.loveandterrorthemovie.com/ ... Read more

22 Feb 2021

46 MINS

46:21

22 Feb 2021


#317

Lululemon Murder //Replay

March 11, 2011. Bethesda, Maryland. In this replay of episode 157, we discuss the murder of Jayna Murray at a Lululemon store and the investigation into her coworker, Brittany Norwood, who stated that two intruders had attacked the women. This episode has been remastered to improve the audio quality of the original file. ... Read more

15 Feb 2021

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:18

15 Feb 2021


#316

Linda Stermer - 409

January 7th, 2007. Kalamazoo, Michigan. Linda and Todd Stermer fell hard for each other and had a sweet little family together. After 14 years of marriage, they started arguing about things most couples do: affairs and finances. But in 2007, a fire broke out at their home and Todd Stermer was found dead on the lawn. Were those arguments just arguments or could they have directly led to Todd’s death? Did Linda kill her husband on purpose or was it a tragic accident? Join us as we discuss a case that we know you'll be talking about... ::Sponsors:: // ThirdLove. Find your perfect fitting bra today at thirdlove.com/genwhy and save 20% off your first purchase. -- //Embark. Order the Breed and Health kit to learn more about your dog. Visit EmbarkVet.com and use promo code GENWHY to get free shipping and save $30 off your Embark Breed and Health kit today. ... Read more

08 Feb 2021

52 MINS

52:10

08 Feb 2021


#315

Mickey Shunick - 408

May 18, 2012. Lafayette, Louisiana. When Mickey Shunick rode her bike to a friend’s house, it was a normal occurrence. When she didn’t come home for her brother’s high school graduation, family knew something wasn’t right. Mickey was in a violent sex offender’s line of sight as she rode her bike and never made it home. Sponsors: Best Fiends. A puzzle game with more than 100 Million Downloads. Download on the apple app store or google play. Better Help. Professional counseling done securely online. Visit betterhelp.com/genwhy to get 10% off your first month. Babbel. The #1 language learning app. Visit babbel.com and use code genwhy to get 3 months free when you purchase 3 months. ... Read more

01 Feb 2021

44 MINS

44:14

01 Feb 2021


#314

James Kraig Kahler - 407

November 28, 2009. Burlingame, Kansas. Kraig Kahler, husband and father of three children, entered the home of his wife's grandmother andshot her, his wife and their two daughters. Only his son was spared. A seemingly perfect family was destroyed in a matter of minutes. Obsession, jealousy, and, potentially insanity, were possible reasons Kraig Kahler decided to kill his family in cold blood. Join us as we discuss a terrible mass shooting and the legal issues that followed. ... Read more

25 Jan 2021

48 MINS

48:28

25 Jan 2021


#313

Murder of Jason Kopack - 406

February 23, 1993. Dayton, Nevada. Fifteen year old Jason Kopack was found dead early one morning inside his home, wrapped in a blanket and with wounds from a 20-gauge shotgun. His best friend, Brian Simmons was arrested and charged with his murder shortly after. As details of that night were revealed, Brian’s guilt was questioned. Did Brian Simmons actually kill Jason Kopack? Or was he accused of murder due to the prejudicial assumptions of the prosecution and the jury about his assumed lifestyle and beliefs? Follow us on Instagram! @generationwhypodcast ... Read more

18 Jan 2021

1 HR 04 MINS

1:04:10

18 Jan 2021


#312

George and Lisa Revelle - 405

September 28, 1994. Fremont Hills, Missouri. Lisa Revelle, a mother of two and an elementary school teacher, was shot inside her home and died a few hours later in the hospital. Her husband George, a banker and mayor of the town, was convicted of her murder, but acquitted two years later. Lisa’s murder leaves people wondering if George is truly innocent, or a con man smart enough to cover his tracks. Let us know what you think after the episode by following us on instagram (@generationwhypodcast) or twitter (@genwhypod) ... Read more

11 Jan 2021

51 MINS

51:20

11 Jan 2021


#311

Christine Belford - 404

February 11, 2013. Wilmington, Delaware. Christine Belford and her ex-husband, David Matusiewicz, had a contentious relationship after their 2006 divorce that culminated in David and his mother kidnapping the couple's three daughters. Four years after she got her children back, Christine and her friend Beth Mulford stepped into the county courthouse to attend Christine’s child support hearing where they were shot dead. What prompted the shooting and why could no one prevent it? ... Read more

04 Jan 2021

47 MINS

47:20

04 Jan 2021


#310

Laurie Bembenek //Replay

Replay episode. May 28, 1981. Milwaukee, WI. Christine Schultz was found deceased in her home, the victim of a shooting. She had been bound prior to being shot in the back. Her two sons, ages 7 & 11, had been at home and the older one had witnessed the gunman. Despite a description of a male suspect by one of the boys, the police focused their investigation on the ex-husband's new wife. Were the police connecting the dots properly or were their instincts incorrect? ... Read more

28 Dec 2020

46 MINS

46:11

28 Dec 2020


#309

Angie Dodge - 403

June 13, 1996. Idaho Falls, Idaho. When 18-year-old Angie Dodge failed to show up to work, two of her coworkers went to her apartment looking for her. There they found Angie lying dead on her bedroom floor. She had been raped and murdered. In January 1997, police had a confession from 20-year-old Christopher Tapps. However, the DNA at the scene didn’t match Chris or the other two men he said were present at Angie’s death. Then Chris recanted his confession, claiming it was coerced. Who else was involved? And was Chris involved at all if there was no evidence of him at the crime scene? Sponsors ...LegacyBox - Preserve your photos and videos digitally. Go to LegacyBox.com/genwhy to get 50% off while supplies last... ...Ring - Monitor and secure your home with Ring today. Visit ring.com/genwhy for special holiday offers. ... Read more

21 Dec 2020

55 MINS

55:34

21 Dec 2020


#308

Aaron Mintz - 402

January 22, 1984. New Orleans, Louisiana. The police received a 911 call from the Mintz home. Aaron Mintz claimed thathe woke up to a loud bang and found his wife, Palma, dead in the master bedroom with a gunshot wound to the head. However, investigators suspected him of murder after they found a pillow with an obvious bullet hole in another room and Palma’s arm at an angle inconsistent with having shot herself. Did Aaron Mintz shoot his wife and stage it to look like a suicide? Or was there another explanation? ... Read more

14 Dec 2020

47 MINS

47:40

14 Dec 2020


#307

Murder of Samira Watkins - 401

October 29, 2009. Pensacola, Florida. When Samira Watkins, a two-months pregnant single mother, didn’t show up for work for two days or pick up her four-year-old son, her family knew something was wrong. A few days later her body was found floating in a duffel bag near Pensacola Naval Air Station. The investigation turned up two strong suspects: a violent former boyfriend who was the father of her son and a recent boyfriend who was the father of her unborn child. Who had murdered Samira and why? ... Read more

07 Dec 2020

44 MINS

44:18

07 Dec 2020


#306

The Zodiac Killer //Replay

In this rerun of episode 118, Aaron interviewed Mike Morford about his Zodiac Killer research, the investigation, the suspects, and the case as it stood in 2014. Will the Zodiac ever be identified? Mike Morford hosts several true crime podcasts these days, including Criminology. This episode has been re-edited and remastered. ... Read more

30 Nov 2020

1 HR 20 MINS

1:20:33

30 Nov 2020


#305

The Lindt Cafe Siege - 400

December 14, 2014. Sydney, Australia. In Martin Place, a Lindt Cafe's employees and patrons were held hostage by an armed man. As the manager of the cafe tried to keep things calm, the armed man became more paranoid. The cafe was surrounded by police and a psychiatrist was brought in to aid authorities in managing the situation. What happened from there on out would almost defy belief. Join us as we discuss one of the most frustrating cases that we have ever covered. /// This is our 400th episode and our 8th year working on this podcast. We are very grateful for the support you all have shown us. Seriously, thank you. - Justin & Aaron /// ... Read more

23 Nov 2020

1 HR 11 MINS

1:11:23

23 Nov 2020


#304

Brandon Teena - 399

December 31, 1993. Richardson County, Nebraska. In the fall of 1993, Brandon Teena, a transgender man from Lincoln, moved to Falls City, Nebraska to avoid legal trouble and make a fresh start. While there, he befriended a small group of friends and dated multiple women. On Christmas Eve 1993, John Lotter and Thomas Nissen, two of those friends, confronted Brandon about his gender identity. Bigotry and hate defined what followed. Join us as we discuss a triple murder that could have been prevented and the life of the young man who was targeted. This case was the basis of the 1999 movie Boys Don’t Cry and a centerpiece of trans rights in the 1990s, 2000's and beyond. ... Read more

16 Nov 2020

46 MINS

46:36

16 Nov 2020


#303

Hugues de la Plaza - 398

June 02, 2007. San Francisco, California. A French-American citizen enjoyed a night out with friends before heading back to his apartment before 2am. When he was discovered deceased the next day in his locked apartment an investigation was launched to discover what had happened and why. It wasn't long before the lead detective seemed to satisfy these questions in his own mind, but friends and family of Hugues had a different theory of his death. Join us as we discuss a locked room death case that remains open to this day. ... Read more

09 Nov 2020

51 MINS

51:59

09 Nov 2020


#302

Erin Valenti - 397

San Jose, California. October 7, 2019. We were going to take this week off, but Justin wanted to record an episode on a death that he became very interested in. How did Tinker Ventures' CEO Erin Valenti die? Erin went missing while visiting California in October of 2019 and her body was found in her rental car five days later. Join us as we discuss how a young and healthy tech CEO might have met her end and why. ... Read more

02 Nov 2020

43 MINS

43:40

02 Nov 2020


#301

DJ Fickey - 396

October 3, 2016. Flintstone, Georgia. A 27 year old man named DJ Fickeyand his high school sweetheart and wife, Brandy, wrestled with drug addiction and a volatile relationship. A series of alarming text messages preceded a 911 call that was reporting the suicide of DJ. The caller was a mutual acquaintance of DJ and Brandy who may have had a motive to kill. Join us as we discuss a tragic case that doesn't need to remain a mystery. ... Read more

26 Oct 2020

56 MINS

56:49

26 Oct 2020