Episodes

Good vs Evil: Steven and Cary Stayner

March 23, 2021

When Steven Stayner was kidnapped in 1972, the world watched as police and his family searched for him. Then he emerged a hero in 1980 when he rescued little Timmy White from suffering the same fate of torture, molestation and rape he'd endured for 7...

Bringing Back the Firing Squad

March 19, 2021

With lethal injection and electrocution pretty much off the table in most states, some are reconsidering firing squad as a form of capital punishment. Is it really more humane than other methods of execution? You be the judge.

The Lurker in the Library: Serial Killer Gregory Davis

March 16, 2021

Little is known about the case of Mississippi Serial Killer Gregory Davis, but Lark pieces together his crimes and the aftermath. Ever feel like you were being watched through the stacks? Promo for Harpy Hour podcast.

Finally Solved: The Colorado Hitchhiker Murders

March 12, 2021

When two female hitchhikers were murdered in separate incidents on the same day back in 1982, the only evidence was some blood on a glove and a tissue. It took 39 years and many man-hours of genetic genealogy tracking to finally identify their killer....

Unjustified: The Tragic Execution of Joe Arridy

March 9, 2021

Joe Arridy's IQ was 46, meaning he had the mental capacity of a 6-year-old. When he was arrested for the rape and murder of 15 year old Dorothy Drain in 1936, he didn't understand what was being asked in his interrogation. There were so many things...

The Case of the Suspended ME

March 5, 2021

What happens when a respected veteran medical examiner is found to have missed something major on an autopsy? Do you call into question every autopsy he performed in his 40 years of service? That's a decision being mulled over in Fort Worth, Texas as...

Torture Mother: The Slow Murder of Sylvia Likens

March 2, 2021

When Sylvia Likens's parents dropped her and her sister, Jenny, off at the home of Gertrude Baniszewski for a few months while they traveled, they never imagined the horrors their daughter would go through. Starvation finally claimed Sylvia's life,...

Forensic Friday and the Deep Freeze

Feb. 19, 2021

Sorry, folks. No Forensic Friday episode this week. Here's why, and have a wonderful weekend. See you next week! Stay safe and warm.

Solving the Murder of Christy Mirack

Feb. 16, 2021

Christy Mirack was violently murdered in 1992 as she was getting ready for work. But who would kill the beloved 25-year-old school teacher? No one knew the answer for over 25 years. Then genetic genealogy stepped in. photo from ABC News

The Police Chief's Harem

Feb. 12, 2021

In this story, that's still developing, Lark discusses the Facebook face-off of a small town police chief's mistresses, their comparing of notes, forged paperwork, and the downfall of a small town officer of the law.

Attack on Lover's Lane: The Colonial Parkway Murders

Feb. 9, 2021

A series of unsolved homicides between 1986-1989 that still haunts us today. Young couples in love, going to their favorite parking spots, never expecting to be the next victims of a sadistic serial killer. Will we ever know who the killer really was?...

Stupid Is As Stupid Does: The Lighter Side of Crime

Feb. 5, 2021

Instead of Forensic Friday, today we have Funny Friday. Stories of criminals being dumb. Really dumb.

Satanic Sacrifice: The Murder of Elyse Pahler

Feb. 2, 2021

When three teenagers decided they wanted to make a human sacrifice to the devil in the hope it would make their heavy metal band famous, they chose the purest girl they knew: Elyse Pahler. But how they killed her, and what they did to her body...

Social Sciences

Death Row Widows: Why Do Women Fall for Murderers?

Jan. 29, 2021

There is a term for women who fall in love with serial killers on death row: hybristophilia. From Ted Bundy to Richard Ramirez, some women go for the ultra bad boys. It's a complex psychological issue that Lark explains in this episode of Forensic...

Gypsy Rose -- A Lifetime of Abuse Avenged

Jan. 26, 2021

This is the story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, who was physically and emotionally abused by her mother, who suffered from Munchausen's by Proxy. After years of fear of her mother's punishments and abuse, Gypsy made a deadly plan to escape.

The Identification of Mostly Harmless

Jan. 22, 2021

When a hiker identified only by his trail name, Mostly Harmless, was found dead in his tent near the Florida everglades, the mystery surrounding his true identity grew. Was he a dying man trying to complete his bucket list of a hike from New York to...

True Crime History

The Walker Family: Murdered in Cold Blood

Jan. 19, 2021

What happened when Christine "Tilly" Walker came home early on December 19, 1959? Who was at the home who would rape and murder her, then wait until her husband got there 30 minutes later and slaughter him and their two young children? Was it all tied...

Obsessive Love: The Murder of Alisha Bromfield

Jan. 15, 2021

Twenty-one-year-old Alisha Bromfield was 6 and a half months pregnant when her boss, who had verbally and sexually harassed her for five years, murdered her and her unborn daughter. He claimed he was too drunk to know what he was doing. Alisha's...