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The world can be a mysterious place. It can also be a boring place, so let’s focus on the mysterious. Rusty Hinges is a podcast that explores mysteries, hoaxes, natural phenomena, and weird history. Basically, anything that’s a bit… hinky.
 
When a crime ends in a conviction, the victims or their families are often allowed to give a statement to the court about the impact of the crime on their lives. But when these life altering events go unsolved, do not end in a conviction, or aren’t crimes at all, the victims and their families do not have this opportunity. The stories on this podcast are their Impact Statements.
 
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On May 4, 2001, Bonny Lee Bakley was found fatally shot in a car on a dark North Hollywood street. The prime suspect was her husband, famed actor Robert Blake. But Bonny, a longtime con artist, had plenty of enemies. She left behind a trail of men she’d scammed, and she had a volatile relationship with Christian Brando, the troubled son of movie st…
 
In 2013, Brandon Lawson disappeared. For years, his last 911 was analyzed. In 2022, a team of searchers found items that led to the recovery of remains. This case is *partially resolved* Upcoming events! August 27: True Crime Podcast Festival: https://truecrimepodcastfestival.com Sources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gARSaU0d2ebN8bGnrcPQH5Bw…
 
Introducing the true crime podcast Persona: The French Deception— the story of Gilbert Chikli, one of the greatest con artists of all time. What does it feel like to pick up the phone and scam someone out of $50 million? Host and award-winning journalist, Evan Ratliff, investigates how Chikli successfully duped some of the world’s most powerful peo…
 
Between 1979 and 1982, five people disappeared or were murdered in the Lewiston-Clarkston metro area, straddling the state line between Idaho and Washington. Though there is a person of interest who could be linked to four of the victims, the cases remain unsolved. Asotin County Sheriff's Office 509-758-2331 SLC FBI field office: 800-579-1400 Lewis…
 
When a K-9 officer in the Scott County, Tennessee Sheriff's Department winds up dead at the hands of his partner, a grieving widow takes it upon herself to untangle the truth from the lies. Was it just a catastrophic accident? Or premeditated murder? National Magazine Award-winning reporter Sean Flynn returns to Scott County two decades after the k…
 
In 1991, a woman was murdered by her abusive boyfriend at a motel as she was attempting to leave him. When police responded, they found that the woman used multiple aliases and her true identity was unknown. Until May of 2022, when genetic genealogy closed this case, she was known only as the El Dorado Jane Doe. https://closingthecase.com/solved-el…
 
The hosts of Date with Dateline join me to discuss all things Dateline and the latest Crimelines episodes on Tim and Larissa Schuster. Support the show! https://www.patreon.com/crimelines https://www.basementfortproductions.com/support Licensing: Theme music by Scott Buckley https://www.scottbuckley.com.au/ Cover Art by Lars Hacking from Rusty Hing…
 
In July 2003, Tim Schuster went missing during a prolonged and bitter divorce. When his body was found in his estranged wife’s storage unit, it seemed like a slam dunk case. But the stories that came out as the co-conspirators pointed fingers at each other threatened to confuse the jury. This case is *solved* Upcoming events! June 4: Meetup! Williw…
 
For about 15 years, Tim and Larissa Schuster were happily married. Then Tim said Larissa changed and the marriage became strained. Tim wanted to work on the marriage but Larissa insisted on a divorce. But she wanted Tim to walk away with nothing and that wasn’t something Tim was going to agree to. This case is *solved* Upcoming events! June 4: Meet…
 
I spoke with Caprice, the host of the UK-based Unseen podcast about Shannon Matthews, the reputations of council estates, and the types of cases she covers. You can find the Unseen podcast in your favorite podcast app! Music by Scott Buckley https://www.scottbuckley.com.au/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
When 9-year-old Shannon Matthews disappeared on her way home from school, the community took to the streets to search for the little girl and to rally around her family. The media faced criticism, comparing the coverage for Shannon to the coverage of Madeline McCann. But when this case came to a shocking resolution, the media swarmed. This case is …
 
When 29-year-old Frankie Pullian was killed in a hit-and-run crash, the responding officers thought something didn’t look quite right. So they carefully processed and documented the scene in spite of the medical examiner seeing this as an open and shut case. Then an insurance investigator started asking questions and the police hunch was proved cor…
 
Paul Holes worked as a cold case investigator and, on retirement, found himself thrust into the media spotlight. In his new memoir Unmasked: My Life Solving America's Cold Cases, he covers cases he's worked on with a look at his life behind-the-scenes and the toll his job took on his mental health and family life. Buy the book here. Remember to sel…
 
Sophie Sergie was visiting friends in Fairbanks when she was found murdered in a dorm at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The case went cold until the Golden State Killer was caught using genetic genealogy and Alaska State Troopers wondered if it could work in this case. This case is *solved* Podcast recommendation: War Cry Podcast Upcoming even…
 
In 2009, a young woman went out to celebrate Mardi Gras with her friends. When she didn’t return home, everyone was worried. But when the suspects pointed fingers at each other, learning what happened would be difficult, but even more difficult was the question of why. This case is *solved* Upcoming events! April 30: Meetup after CrimeCon in Las Ve…
 
In 1996, Keli Lane gave birth to a healthy baby girl named Tegan. After she left the hospital, she showed up at home without a baby. When a subsequent pregnancy uncovered Tegan’s disappearance, the police initially thought it was a custody issue. But it eventually became a homicide investigation. This case is *disputed* Upcoming events! April 30: M…
 
This case is a two-parter! I haven't done one of those in a while. The second part is available now for Patreon supporters and Apple Subscribers. It will be available FREE (ad-supported) on April 11th. ======================== In 1999, Keli Lane contacted an adoption agency to ask about placing her newborn with a family. As much as she wanted to ra…
 
Bob Motta, criminal defense attorney and host of the true crime podcast Defense Diaries, joins me to discuss difficult cases and other stories from the defense side of the courtroom. Upcoming events! April 30: Meetup after CrimeCon in Las Vegas June 6: Meetup in Anchorage (location TBA) August 27: True Crime Podcast Festival: https://truecrimepodca…
 
When Anne Marie Fahey went missing, a secret affair known only to a few of her closest friends was revealed. A secret affair with an attorney who would later become the world’s worst defense client. This case is *solved* Upcoming events! April 30: Meetup after CrimeCon in Las Vegas June 6: Meetup in Anchorage (location TBA) August 27: True Crime Po…
 
In 2013, Monique Clubb traveled from her home in Hervey Bay to Brisbane with friends. They returned but she never did. When I first spoke with her family nearly 2 years ago, they had been left in the dark as far as the investigation went. But then an inquest was held and, though they learned more, Monique remains missing. This case is *unsolved* Up…
 
In the early 2000s, the families of three missing girls received letters telling them what happened to their loved ones. The letters were mailed from the Manchester, NH area though none of the letters have brought definitive answers to what happened to Alicia Markovich, Colleen Orsborn, or Deborah Quimby. These cases are *unsolved* Read more about …
 
Jules from Riddle Me That and The Path Went Chilly joined me to discuss the gendered reporting in the media surrounding the Claudia Lawrence case as well as how we respectfully deal with cases where the victim may not have always "lit up a room." Support the show! https://www.patreon.com/crimelines https://www.basementfortproductions.com/support Li…
 
A 35-year-old old chef vanished on her way to work one morning. The media quickly picked up the case of the young and pretty missing woman. But when an investigator spoke of a supposed secret life, public perception changed and altered the course of the investigation. This case is *unsolved* If you know anything, contact Crimestoppers at 0800 555 1…
 
When an 18-year-old was accused of a horrific crime, public opinion was in his favor. By mortgaging their homes, the people of Litchfield County Connecticut helped pay for his defense. But would public support be enough to prove his innocence? This case is *disputed* Audiobook rec: Lies In Bone Sources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gARSaU0d2…
 
When Sonya Ivanoff disappeared into the night, it took a scared witness coming forward to lead to an unlikely suspect. Podcast shout outs: True Crime Fan Club and Reverie True Crime This case is *solved* Sources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gARSaU0d2ebN8bGnrcPQH5BwxiRJK4rqAN7SRNCpphM/edit?usp=sharing Sponsors: Bound By Oath The Generation W…
 
This is a short history series. Regular true crime content will return next week. American sign language was not everyone's preferred method of education. As the oral method gained popularity in the United States, the Deaf community worked to hold onto their language. Transcripts Sources Opening quoted voiced by Lanie Hobbs of True Crime Fan Club M…
 
This is a short history series. Regular true crime content will return next week. Deaf education develops in Europe in two directions: the oral method and the manual method. Let's talk about the series of events that decided which would be established in the United States first. Transcripts Sources Opening quoted voiced by Lanie Hobbs of True Crime…
 
This is a short history series. Regular true crime content will return next week. Deaf education develops in Europe in two directions: the oral method and the manual method. Let's talk about the series of events that decided which would be established in the United States first. . Transcripts Sources Opening quoted voiced by Lanie Hobbs of True Cri…
 
This is a short history series. Regular true crime content will return next week. Sign language in the present-day United States existed before American Sign Language. This episode goes over Plains Sign Talk as well as the communities of Martha's Vineyard, Henniker, and Sandy River. Transcripts Sources Opening quote voiced by Lanie Hobbs of True Cr…
 
When Darlene VanderGiesen went missing after work in 2006, the Deaf community of Sioux Falls rallied around her family. But when the investigation pointed to someone within their circle, the conversation began over how the legal system accommodates Deaf suspects. This case is *solved* Sources: Transcript (**Want to use this script for your podcast,…
 
Please listen to The Burger Chef episode first! ============================== When a crime scene is contaminated, crucial evidence is lost and the investigation struggles to make up for that lost ground. But what happens when a crime has two vital scenes and both are contaminated? You end up with a 40 year cold case. Thank you to Áine Caine and Ke…
 
When a crime scene is contaminated, crucial evidence is lost and the investigation struggles to make up for that lost ground. But what happens when a crime has two vital scenes and both are contaminated? You end up with a 40 year cold case. Lesser known case write ups: https://www.reddit.com/user/TheBonesOfAutumn/ Long Form on Burger Chef: The Murd…
 
In 1990, a kidnapped teen broke free from her captor and ran to the police. What they uncovered was a serial killer… according to some. Others believe it was just one piece of a human trafficking ring. More than 30 years later, the answer remains unclear. This case is *disputed* Sources Transcript (**Want to use this script for your podcast, YouTub…
 
In the era of some of the most heinous serial killers of all time, one murderous family went curiously unnoticed: The McCrarys. Led by a psychopathic patriarch and his cunning son-in-law, this Texas clan roamed the country robbing, kidnapping, and killing up to 20 people, most of them taken from donut shops. “Families Who Kill: The Donut Shop Murde…
 
A family feud carries over into tribal politics. When one person’s back was against the wall, they chose violence in one of the only modern mass shootings in Indian country. https://nonotoriety.com/ https://www.dontnamethem.org/ This case is *solved* Sources Transcript (**Want to use this script for your podcast, YouTube video, or article? Contact …
 
It's my annual chance to talk about myself. Thank you so much for your support over the last 2+ years! Approximate timestamps: 1 minute: talking about 2021 in review 5 minutes: Q&A about true crime topics 25 minutes: overview of changes in 2022 for Crimelines 44 minutes: detailed walkthrough of making a Crimelines episode 59 minutes: more general q…
 
An Army wife was killed by an intruder on a military reservation and the neighbors feared lax security was to blame. But they would soon find out that the killer was already in their neighborhood. Sources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gARSaU0d2ebN8bGnrcPQH5BwxiRJK4rqAN7SRNCpphM/edit?usp=sharing Sponsors: betterhelp.com/crimelines Transcript …
 
For years, police suspected a double murder in Milwaukee and a single victim in Raymond, Wisconsin were connected but it would take years before a tip came in telling them how. And the information sent two murderers to prison. Sources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gARSaU0d2ebN8bGnrcPQH5BwxiRJK4rqAN7SRNCpphM/edit?usp=sharing Support the show!…
 
In May 2002, Alexis Patterson walked to school and then disappeared. It has been nearly 20 years since anyone has seen her and conflicting witness reports have confused the timeline of the investigation. If you have information, call the Sheriff's Office at 414-278-4788 or 1 800 THE LOST Sources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gARSaU0d2ebN8bGn…
 
In 2017, South Dakota made it about 4 hours into the new year before they had their first murder of a trans woman. Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow was an active member of the Sioux Falls Two-Spirit and Allies group and her murder sent shockwaves through the community. For more information on the term/concept of 2 Spirit: ​​http://www.2spirits.com/PDFolder/…
 
A couple was found dead in 1975 and it is one of Daly City, California’s oldest unsolved crimes. If you have any information on the murders of Philip and Cheryl Beadles, you can call 650-991-8169 Research by Jessica Ann Sources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gARSaU0d2ebN8bGnrcPQH5BwxiRJK4rqAN7SRNCpphM/edit?usp=sharing Support the show! https:…
 
Lee Wackerhagen Jr spent 23 years as a wanted fugitive and was even added to the Texas most wanted list. But a reinvestigation into the case turned everything upside down and made a fugitive into a suspected victim. Investigators are asking anyone with information to call 1-877-553-2374. Sources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gARSaU0d2ebN8bGn…
 
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