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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.

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Confronting: O.J. Simpson

Confronting: O.J. Simpson

2019-06-1300:08:375

Introducing: Confronting O.J. Simpson. June 12th marks twenty-five years since the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. O.J. Simpson's arrest for the murders catapulted the United States into the "Trial of the Century". Now, Kim Goldman, sister of Ron Goldman, is going back to the vicious crime that changed her life forever. Finally, Kim gets answers to the questions that have been haunting her since the trial. She sits down with prosecutors, investigators, witnesses who never got to speak, and jurors who voted not guilty. Confronting: O.J. Simpson premieres June 12th.
Molly Young - 330

Molly Young - 330

2019-06-0301:02:2333

March 24, 2012. Carbondale, Illinois. After 3am, Molly Young, 21, was contacted by her ex-boyfriend, Richie Minton, because he needed help. Apparently, he was very drunk. She went to his apartment to help him, but just hours later she was dead. At 9am, Richie's roommate, Wesley Romack, called 911. During the call, Richie took over and told dispatch that Molly had overdosed. He would call again a little later to say that he found his gun and that Molly had actually been shot. While an investigation into Molly's death should have cleared up the question of whether she took her own life or was murdered, this case proved to be somewhat complicated. There was evidence that Molly was severely depressed at times. But Richie was a 911 dispatcher for the Carbondale police department and his father, mother, and aunt also worked for the police. Did he get special treatment and benefit of the doubt due to his law enforcement connections?
Barry Beach - 329

Barry Beach - 329

2019-05-2701:14:5131

June 15, 1979. Poplar, Montana. Barry Beach has an unusual story. He confessed to the 1979 murder of his childhood friend and neighbor, Kimberly Nees. During his 1984 trial, he claimed his confession was coerced and that he was innocent. The investigation into Nees' murder and the events that took place after have shrouded the entire case in a cloud of doubt. Prosecutors, however, felt that Barry was the killer and that anything he said, or that anyone testified to later, is irrelevant. Is this a case of injustice? Or are we to believe that Barry Beach is a murderer despite the numerous questions abut the case against him?
The Shrink Next Door

The Shrink Next Door

2019-05-2200:50:405

Psychiatrists see us in our most vulnerable moments. All of our problems and dysfunctions laid bare to a stranger. We hope that they keep our secrets and help us solve our problems. We place our inherent trust in them… but what if they used that knowledge against us for their own benefit? You’re about to hear a preview of The Shrink Next Door, in which you’ll meet host Joe Nocera and hear about a relationship that would go on to affect two people’s lives for TWENTY-NINE years.While you’re listening, go subscribe to The Shrink Next Door on Apple Podcasts or wherever you’re listening now, there’s also a link in the episode notes that will take you there. https://wondery.com/shows/shrink-next-door/
Ben McDaniel - 328

Ben McDaniel - 328

2019-05-1901:07:367

August 18, 2010. Vortex Spring, Florida. Thirty year old Ben McDaniel went scuba diving at Vortex Spring. The spring features a cave that has been mapped to a length of over 1600 feet but is said to be longer than that. Ben should not have been in the cave as only divers with the necessary certification can acquire a key to get past the gate, but after he was discovered to be missing an employee admitted to letting him in. Ben did dive in with his equipment but never came out. At least, no one witnessed him leaving. His truck and some of his possessions remained in his truck that was parked in the lot nearby. Rescue attempts were made but as time went on, some began to doubt that Ben was in the cave. Did Ben fool everyone to start over somewhere else? In the two years prior, he had several substantial setbacks. Could he have taken his own life? Could there have been foul play? A real life mystery, Ben McDaniel's disappearance has everyone wondering, where did he really go?Sponsor:FabFitFun.com and use code WHY for $10 off your first seasonal box.
Skylar Neese - 327

Skylar Neese - 327

2019-05-1200:50:433

July 6, 2012. Star City, West Virginia. Two BFFs became three when Shelia Eddy and Skylar Neese got to know Rachel Shoaf at University High School. Skylar was always known for being responsible and taking care of her responsibilities. When she disappeared from her home and didn't show up for work, her father knew something was wrong. Once an investigation got underway, Skylar's parents were upset with where it seemed to be headed, but detectives were focused on the missing girl's best friends. As clues were found and a secret was leaked, the truth of what happened to Skylar was both shocking and incomprehensible. What happened to Skylar Neese and why? Join us as we discuss a true crime case of betrayal and heartbreak.Sponsored by:Ziprecruiter, the smartest way to hire. Ziprecruiter.com/genwhySimpliSafe. Get a risk-free, 60-day trial with free shipping & free returns.Simplisafe.com/genwhy
Mel Ignatow - 326

Mel Ignatow - 326

2019-05-0500:55:203

September 24, 1988. Louisville, Kentucky. Brenda Sue Schaefer had not been lucky in love. When she was set up on a blind date with an older man named Mel Ignatow, she thought she had finally found the right guy. He was successful and gave Brenda a lot of attention. After a while, though, things began to sour and it was learned that Mel was very controlling and abusive. After Brenda broke things off with him, she went missing. Detectives got a lead when Mel Ignatow's ex-girlfriend, Mary Ann Shore was interviewed. But would this lead solve the case and bring a killer to justice? One thing is certain, once you have heard the details of this true crime case you will never forget it.
James Schnick - 325

James Schnick - 325

2019-04-2100:43:413

September 25, 1987. Elkland, Missouri. Early one morning, seven members of the Buckner and Schnick families were murdered. The only survivors were James Schnick and his two children. James said his nephew, 14 year old Kirk Buckner, shot him in his home and he was forced to kill him in self defense. It seemed as though Kirk had killed his family, Steve, Jan, Dennis, Tim, and Michael, and drove to his aunt and uncle’s house and killed his aunt, Julie. However, as detectives looked over the evidence, they began to notice discrepancies. Would these lead them to a different theory of what happened?Sponsored by:Robinhood is giving listeners of Generation Why a free stock like Apple, Ford or Sprint to help you build your portfolio. Sign up at: genwhy.robinhood.com
Death Of Rhonda Casto - 324

Death Of Rhonda Casto - 324

2019-04-1401:07:222

March 16, 2009. Hood River County, Oregon. A man called 911 to report that his girlfriend, Rhonda Casto, had fallen from a trail on a cliff at Eagle's Creek. He said that when he got down to where she had fallen to that she was already dead. The sheriff was suspicious of the man, Stephen Nichols, almost immediately due to his calm demeanor and how he seemed to talk mostly about his own discomfort. By the very next day the sheriff decided that this was a homicide investigation and the focus was on Nichols. What reason would Nichols have had to murder Rhonda? The theories, the evidence and the path of the case against Stephen Nichols wasn't as clear cut as prosecutors and Rhonda's family had hoped. Would they have enough to prove their case?
September 17, 2009. Malibu California. 24 year-old Mitrice Richardson was arrested by Los Angeles deputy sheriffs in Malibu, California, on charges of “defrauding an innkeeper” and “possession of (less than an ounce) of marijuana.” She had been acting strangely at a restaurant that evening and the manager and waitstaff were concerned for her. Richardson was brought to the remote Lost Hills sheriff’s station where she was held until shortly after midnight, and then released into a dark deserted nowhere. She had no ATM card, no purse, and no phone as it was all in her car that had been impounded. She would disappear until nearly one year later, when her body was found in an inaccessible wilderness area called Dark Canyon, in the Santa Monica Mountains. From the time that she was arrested to the time that her body was discovered, the LA Sheriffs Department was uncooperative. Join us as we discuss a tragic case involving a woman who didn't have to die.
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Comments (221)

Suzy

😪😪😪 I was so excited I thought you had a new episode! you guys should totally do an OJ episode cause use are the bestest!🥰 iam looking forward to this though

Jun 13th
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Britt Dobson

Suzy ugh me too!! haha.

Jun 14th
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Steve

Why would you possibly understand filing suit against the insurance company? At this point, they have no negligence.

Jun 7th
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Michaela Overbay

This breaks my heart! I can't begin to imagine how this family feels. Thank you for bringing cases like these out of the shadows. Awareness and questions are the best things this family can get right now. I hope some day they will be at peace!

Jun 3rd
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Dominic Garito

I am your investigator your problem solver

Jun 3rd
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Donna Eye

I am so glad you guys are the ones covering this story and hopefully bringing it to the light. This happened in the town next to me, and everyone here knows what happened. There are #justiceformolly signs on about every block. I haven't listened yet, but I'm getting ready to. I really hope this gets the attention of the ones who NEED to be paying attention....

Jun 3rd
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Donna Eye

Dominic Garito Its not my story to tell...

Jun 3rd
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Dominic Garito

Donna Eye tell me the story I'm your words

Jun 3rd
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Dominic Garito

email me

Jun 3rd
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Dominic Garito

are you without BV answers?

Jun 3rd
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Megan Pedersen

a tobaggan is a sled. a toque is a hat.

May 27th
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Marjan JAhanara Marjan Jahanara

🙏🙌

May 23rd
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Tara Lacey

listen to Cold, he does an amazing season on this!

May 23rd
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Jennifer McKenzie

I'm about 10 minutes into the episode, and you're on the topic of his brother's death. I don't think someone who overdosed can be an organ donor, as the drugs would be in their system.

May 20th
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JUICY

just finished the episode and there was a theory im surprised u didn't touch on! like u said, the vortex spring is connected to another source; it isn't stagnant water. one theory as to why Ben wasn't found is that his body ended up going through one of these sources and was spit out elsewhere. was a great episode with the kind of respect and realistic approach I've come to know from you guys; thanks again for covering!

May 20th
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JUICY

FINALLY!!! I've been interested in this case since before I got into true crime, and id wondered why no true crime or mystery podcast had ever covered this!!! I couldn't be more chuffed that the first podcast to cover it is you guys!! youre always very reasonable and unsensationalist in ur episodes and opinions, so ur perfect for this!! can't press play fast enough! thanks for covering!!

May 20th
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Alisha D

Good lord could you guys have less energy? At least sound like you're happy to be doing a podcast.

May 18th
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Victoria Rendon

Alisha D With 152K subscribers I think they're doing just fine the way they are and will be ok without you.

May 28th
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Alisha D

Victoria Rendon Maybe, but I'm not the one putting on a podcast I want people to care about.

May 28th
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Harley

"[Catcalling] is all bad, it's all going to make someone uncomfortable." you guys get it. bless you.

May 17th
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Suzy

if you have just discovered that someonehas taken your child why wouldyou leave the room , leavingthe twins to go tell someone?? Why not use your phone ?? Also why did the twins not wake up with all the commotion?? Becausethey where sedated??

May 10th
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Rachel Stogel

boring alert

May 10th
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Omar Powell

Great episode, not sure what more you want ice cream party, but sad to see you leave the family

May 8th
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Robert Bobby Kennedy

Dr. Spalding was my doctor when I was little and Brenda was always great with me as my nurse. She was an amazin person and wonderful nurse. Mel Ignatow was the embodiment of evil!

May 7th
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Icecream Party

Hey not sure if you’ll ever see this but you were my first* favorite true crime podcast I remember driving from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and listening to your stories I remember my favorite one was about the military man who at the end of the day had his hands taped to the steering wheel and crashed on the freeway and had clearly been tortured anyways I wanted to thank you for all that but moving forward I am unsubscribing because you’re missing something in your stories now... but I love you bye

May 7th
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K hearts

James McKone icr the exact episodes name but if you want to google it just put in San Antonio Tx, Boerne Tx military officer found in wrecked car duct taped to steering wheel. and it should pop up with his name and then you can google his name and gen why. sorry, i tried to look it up for you but my tablet is janky as fluts and won't open my damn browser lol

May 9th
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James McKone

Icecream Party what episode was that?

May 7th
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