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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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The Shrink Next Door

The Shrink Next Door

2019-05-2200:11:282

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

2019-05-1901:07:362

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

2019-05-1200:50:431

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

2019-05-0500:55:202

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

2019-04-2100:43:41

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

2019-04-1401:07:221

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.
Catherine Woods - 322

Catherine Woods - 322

2019-03-3100:53:1728

November 27, 2005. New York City, New York. Catherine Woods was a 21 year old dancer from Ohio who had moved to New York several years before to pursue a career in theater. Joining her in New York was an on again off again boyfriend, David Haughn, who lived with her in a second floor apartment in Manhattan. Catherine had also dated a man there by the name of Paul Cortez who was active in theater, music, and was a yoga instructor. After the young dancer was found murdered in her apartment one November evening, these two former love interests of Ms. Woods would both be considered suspects. Both seemed to have motives and both were confirmed to be in the area around the time of the murder. A bloody fingerprint and disturbing journal entries from one of these men shifted the focus of the investigation. But did detectives ignore crucial evidence in their quest to find the killer?
Pizzagate - 321

Pizzagate - 321

2019-03-1701:00:4729

October 30, 2016. Washington, D.C. During the 2016 Presidential election campaign in the USA, a conspiracy began to be posted about on message boards, facebook, and twitter. It apparently began after WikiLeaks made John Podesta's personal emails public. Hillary Clinton's campaign manager didn't have anything obvious in those emails that spelled out a conspiracy in government involving a "child sex ring" but believers in the conspiracy pointed to what they say were coded messages. At the center of this was a Washington D.C. restaurant named Comet Ping Pong. It was rumored that children were being held there. The pizza place's social media accounts were scoured and more 'evidence' of secret activities were unearthed. One man, a father of two, decided to take matters into his own hands and drove to the restaurant armed with various weapons, including an AR-15 rifle. So, was there a conspiracy involving pedophiles in government? Or was there something else at work behind the conspiracy known as Pizzagate?Sponsors on this episode:ThirdLove: thirdlove.com/genwhy for 15% off your first purchase. _Joybird: joybird.com/genwhy and use code GENWHY for 25% off your first order.
Matthew Shepard - 320

Matthew Shepard - 320

2019-03-1001:00:0024

October 6, 1998. Laramie, Wyoming. University of Wyoming student, Matthew Shepard, was lured out of a bar in Laramie by two men. He was then beaten, robbed, and left to die while tied to a rural fence. He died just days later in a Fort Collins, Colorado hospital. His murder started a national discussion on LGBT equality and crimes against people based upon their sexuality, race and religion. A federal hate crimes law was eventually passed in 2009 named the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. We discuss who Matthew Shepard was, what happened to him, and about the trial that decided the fates of his two attackers.
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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 Yes, we should all just be who you want us to be. I'd like you to be less judgey, you gonna change for me?

May 24th
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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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Lisa-marie Dekoster

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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Dave C. Monty

Great podcast.

May 6th
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Lana Mitchell

I honestly believe it was her mother. I think they were probably having some sort of argument and she pushed Leigh who banged her head on the door frame. I don't think she did it with the intent to kill her but it did and was an accident and then she covered it up. It is the only thing that seems to make the most sense.

May 5th
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Rebecca Miller-Wulf

bad job debunking bc now i actually believe in pizzagate when i didn't before. :-\

May 3rd
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Flynn Lambert

been listening since 2015 best episode yet

Apr 29th
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Apple Betty

This came out in January.

Apr 25th
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Joshua Willson

great show as always will explain well produced and well-spoken keep up all the great work I've listened to the beginning and loved every show even the early stuff LOL

Apr 23rd
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CLL

He got off because Acosta, Trump's Secretary of Labor, helped him get a sweetheart deal, one that a federal judge, recently, said was illegal because he didn't notify most of Epstein's victims & promised Epstein that none of his pedophile friends would ever be investigated or even named. Also, yes, Clinton did use his plane to fly to a couple events but so did Katie Couric... rich people using rich people's planes is one thing, being good friends with a pedophile, for decades, like Trump & Alan Dershowitz were. Trump has been quoted saying that he's good friends with Epstein, how Epstein has beautiful women & how many of them are "on the younger side." Dershowitz, who has done a 180 since Trump became president & completely disgraced himself (went from respected constitutional scholar & libertarian to Trump ass kisser), is mentioned in some court docs & he's terrified & trying to stop his portion from getting out. This last year, when it was revealed that he had spent time at Epstein's house & had some type of intimate relationship with girls/women there, he "dared" someone to call him a pedophile so he could "sue them for defamation," a reporter did & Dershowitz hasn't done shit about it. The journalist said that "he couldn't wait for the discovery." In the last month or two, Dershowitz has made the same "dare" but he was crucified on Twitter because everyone remembers that he tried it with that journo & never followed through. & that young girl that filed a suit against Trump, as a Jane Doe, for raping her when she was 13 (she dropped it after found out her real name & she started receiving tons of death threats), claims that it happened at Epstein's house & a few of her witnesses were other girls that Epstein controlled & manipulates. Everything I said can be easily looked up. ETA - I'm not saying Clinton can't be a pedophile, I'm just saying that outside of using his plane to fly to some fundraising/political events (Epstein donated money to a lot of shit), there's no evidence that they hung out or were friends. Teump on the other hand, bragged about being pals with Epstein.

Apr 22nd
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Gwyneth Jones

Really not up to par, this felt phoned in. The case was just not that interesting the way it was presented, which is saying something, considering the severity of the crime.

Apr 22nd
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