Cold Case Files

A&E / PodcastOne

Based on the iconic, Emmy-nominated series on A&E, this show explores some of the most difficult-to-solve murders, which stymied investigators and went cold, sometimes for decades. In fact, one-third of all murders in America remain open. But thanks to dogged investigators and breakthroughs in forensic technology, these cases become part of the rare 1% of cold cases that are ever solved. Cold Case Files is hosted by Paula Barros. read less

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The Cold Case Files podcast combines unsolved murders and other sinister crimes. It's based on the Emmy-nominated A&E TV show of the same name. According to the show, only 1% of cold cases ever get solved. Advances in forensic technology can bring new perspectives on decades-old cases. Each episode explores a difficult-to-solve case, some under fresh investigation. Paula Barros hosts the podcast.

In the podcast episode “A Family Secret,” a teenager from Kentucky vanishes before school. Police find her phone with the number 911 half-typed on the screen. What starts as a manhunt ends with a case unsolved for 14 years.

“Murder In The Midwest” tells the story of Lori Nesson, whose body appears in a ditch in the 1970s. Lori's sister claimed knowledge of foul play. Yet this death was only ruled to be a homicide 40 years later. The Cold Case Files podcast episode investigates why this was the case.

Another Cold Case Files story plagued with false leads and dead ends is “Circle of Friends.” It's about a small-town murder of a teenager, which investigators struggled to solve. The end of the podcast episode reveals the end of the case as it's finally solved years later.

As well as unsolved murders, Cold Case Files also tells incredible survival stories. When a school teacher gets abducted, she must play a game with her kidnapper to escape. This story is so astounding that listeners won't believe it's real. What's most compelling is how she pretended to be friends with her abductor in her fight for survival.

In another episode, Michelle Renee and her daughter survive an armed home invasion. In this case, Michelle also played a game with their captors. She decided her only option was to help them carry out a planned bank robbery. Her story is impressive. She did all this with dynamite strapped to her back.

Cold Case Files has new mysteries each week. True crime fans may enjoy hearing every detail of a case, from crime scene descriptions to audio from those closest to the story.

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