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The Generation Why Podcast

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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.

All episodes are available for free, with ad-free episodes available for Wondery+ subscribers.

Our Editor's Take

The Generation Why Podcast focuses on tragedies that occurred across multiple eras. This podcast places events from the 1950s until the present day under the microscope. They include the racially-charged murder of Emmett Till that shocked America in 1955 and The “Pulse” Nightclub shooting in Florida that made headlines around the world in 2016.

More than 450 episodes of this compelling podcast await. With so many attention-grabbing episodes available now, The Generation Why Podcast leaves no stone unturned. With varying amounts of evidence and information available for each topic, listeners can play detective and come up with their verdict on what happened in each case.

Modern history is fertile ground for crime, and Aaron & Justin are the perfect hosts to investigate many unsolved cases. In one of the most exciting educational series, The Generation Why Podcast caters to all true crime enthusiasts.

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Israel Keyes: A Patreon Preview
Jan 23 2019
Israel Keyes: A Patreon Preview
Israel Keyes: A Patreon Preview is an introduction to the extra content that Justin & Aaron produce for the Generation Why Patreon page. Have you wanted more content from us but are all caught up on our nearly 300 episodes? Then we have a solution for you. Head over to Patreon.com/generationwhy and for just two dollars each month you will get an extra episode each month as well as any interviews or off the cuff discussions that we record. You will also have access to all previous episodes we have released there. As of right now there are more than 70 audio files available with more on the way. So, enjoy this 14+ minute preview of our Israel Keyes episode and head over to our Patreon page for this and many other episodes you have never listened to. Patreon.com/generationwhySee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Eric Haider - 473
6d ago
Eric Haider - 473
May 24, 2012. Bismarck, North Dakota. Eric Haider was working as a top grounds man for a plumbing and heating company. After the crew he was working with returned from lunch, Eric was never seen again. Eric’s family begged and pleaded with police to help find him. His coworkers said maybe he had walked away from work after his vacation request was denied. His family knew he never left the jobsite. Eric was found three years later. Just like his family suspected, he was buried at the jobsite his coworkers said he “walked away from.” Was Eric’s death a tragic workplace accident or was foul play involved?All caught up on Gen Why episodes? Get more here: www.patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Tair Rada - 472
Jun 13 2022
Tair Rada - 472
December 6, 2006. Golan Heights. On December 6, 2006, the body of 13-year-old student, Tair Rada, was found bloodied and slumped in a bathroom stall at Nofey Golan High School in Golan Heights. Roman Zadorov, a 29-year-old immigrant from post-Soviet Moldova and custodian at the school confessed to the murder and was later convicted for Tair Rada’s murder and perverting the course of justice. Zadorov’s conviction came into question when a lack of physical evidence connecting him to the crime, doubts over his confession, and the reenactment of the murder were deemed to be contradictory.All caught up on Gen Why episodes? Get more here: www.patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Lamonte McIntyre - 471
Jun 6 2022
Lamonte McIntyre - 471
April 15, 1994. Kansas City, Kansas. On April 15th, 1994, two men were shot while sitting in a parked car on a residential street of Kansas City, Kansas. The shooter was described as a black man wearing all black, with a braided hairstyle. Seventeen year old Lamonte McIntyre was arrested later that day, but he swore he didn’t know the victims and had no reason to hurt anybody.*Get even more episodes and bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Nona Dirksmeyer - 470
May 30 2022
Nona Dirksmeyer - 470
December 15, 2005. Russellville, Arkansas. Nona Dirksmeyer was a beauty pageant queen, a college student, and a girl loved by many people. She was found murdered inside her apartment on December 15th, 2005, brutally stabbed and beaten to death with the base of her own floor lamp. Two suspects were tried and acquitted in Nona’s murder, meaning her killer either walks free, or is someone the police never found.Generation Why has episodes you have not heard. Find them here: www.patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Kara Kopetsky and Jessica Runions - 469
May 23 2022
Kara Kopetsky and Jessica Runions - 469
May 4, 2007. Belton, MO. Seventeen-year-old Kara Kopetsky walked out of her high school on May 4, 2007, and disappeared without a trace. From those early days, her mother, Rhonda, suspected Kara’s ex-boyfriend, Kylr Yust, was involved in her disappearance, but there was no way to prove it without physical evidence. So Rhonda waited for a crack in the case. On September 8, 2016, 21-year-old Jessica Runions was last seen leaving a party with Kylr Yust and disappeared afterward. Two missing women almost ten years apart with connections to a single man. Was it a coincidence? Or was Kylr Yust involved in two disappearances and possible murders?All caught up on Gen Why episodes? Get more here: www.patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Marlene Warren - 468
May 16 2022
Marlene Warren - 468
May 26, 1990. Wellington, Florida. Forty-year-old mother of one, Marlene Warren, was enjoying breakfast with her son and his friends when she heard a knock at the door of her home in the Wellington Aero Club in Palm Beach County, Florida. Marlene walked from the kitchen to the front door to be greeted by a clown holding a basket of red and white flowers and two balloons. “Oh, how lovely!” she exclaimed as she opened the door and reached out to take the gifts. The clown produced a handgun and shot Marlene point-blank in the face. Who would want to kill Marlene and why? The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office was determined to find those answers.Get even more episodes from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Officer Christopher Horner - 467
May 9 2022
Officer Christopher Horner - 467
March 3, 1998. Haines City, Florida. On March 3rd, 1998. Officer Christopher Todd Horner made a routine stop at Oakland Cemetery, a known crime hotspot. He radioed dispatch that he was going to inspect a suspicious vehicle. No one heard from him again. Officer Horner was found dead at the cemetery, a single gunshot wound to the head, and the killer was nowhere to be found. What happened that morning? Join us as we discuss a case which divided detectives and prompted the question; was it suicide or homicide?Generation Why has bonus episodes you have not heard. Find them here: www.patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
The Death of Tamla Horsford - 466
May 2 2022
The Death of Tamla Horsford - 466
November 3rd, 2018. Forsyth County, Georgia. Tamla Horsford attended a party where she was the only black person among a group of white people. Tamla was found dead in the homeowner’s yard on the morning of November 4th. From the beginning, the police treated her death like an accident, but crime scene evidence, details of the party, and police conduct indicate there may be more to the story.Generation Why has bonus episodes. Find them here: www.patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Crystal Rogers - 465
Apr 25 2022
Crystal Rogers - 465
July 3rd, 2015. Bardstown, Kentucky. On July 3rd, 2015 Crystal Rogers spent her day with her boyfriend and youngest child. She stayed up late that night, while her boyfriend went to bed. The next morning, Crystal was gone. Her car was found two days later, and that was it. Crystal had vanished without a trace.Generation Why has even more episodes. Find them here: www.patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Lisa Bianco  - 464
Apr 18 2022
Lisa Bianco - 464
March 4th, 1989. Mishawaka, Indiana. On March 4th, 1989, 29-year-old Lisa Bianco was beaten to death near her home by her ex-husband, 38-year-old Alan Matheney. Despite assurances from prison authorities that Lisa would be informed if Matheney was out of prison, they failed to do so. Join us as we discuss a case that highlighted the need for proper enforcement of domestic violence laws and procedures.Generation Why has bonus episodes. Find them here: www.patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
The Death of Tina Watson  //Replay
Apr 11 2022
The Death of Tina Watson //Replay
When a newly married couple travel to Australia for their honeymoon, they expect to have the time of their lives. While scuba diving, though, something terrible would happen. The husband would surface without his wife. His version of events would characterize her death as an accident. She had dislodged his mask and after taking care of that he discovered that she was sinking down below him and he just couldn't save her so he went up to get help. Others, such as her father and a close friend, would challenge his story and the husband would be arrested amid suspicions of foul play. Did Gabe Watson murder his wife? Or was Tina's drowning death merely an accident?Generation Why has even more episodes. Find them here: www.patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Claude Dallas - 463
Apr 4 2022
Claude Dallas - 463
January 5th, 1981. Owyhee County, Idaho. To some, Claude Dallas is an outlaw hero who was wrongfully imprisoned for defending his freedoms. To others, he’s a murderer who fatally shot two game wardens after they caught him breaking Idaho trapping laws. Claude had no regard for law and order, and hated law enforcement so much he was willing to kill to avoid arrest. Claude’s early life and years of illegal trapping without being caught contributed to his feelings of invincibility, until his final arrest in 1987.Generation Why has even more episodes. Find them here: www.patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Amy Bishop - 462
Mar 28 2022
Amy Bishop - 462
February 12, 2010. Huntsville, Alabama. On February 12, 2010, Amy Bishop, a biology professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville stood up during a routine faculty meaning and shot six of her colleagues, killing three. After the news of her arrest hit the headlines, details of her past began to emerge, including what was ruled as the accidental shooting death of her 18-year-old brother in 1986, in which Amy was on the other side of a 12-gauge shotgun. There was more, too. In the end, many were left wondering how it was that Amy Bishop was ever in a position to do harm again.Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
The Thing About Pam and Generation Why, Live from Hollywood
Mar 22 2022
The Thing About Pam and Generation Why, Live from Hollywood
This episode was made in partnership with and sponsored by NBC. Aaron and Justin discuss NBC’s new limited series, The Thing About Pam from a live stage in Hollywood. The series stars two-time Academy Award winner Renée Zellweger, Judy Greer, and Josh Duhamel and is based on the riveting story of one of the most compelling true crime sagas ever told on Dateline. You’ll hear their take on the Pamela Hupp case and how the story was brought to life for television.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Dr. Teresa Sievers - 461
Mar 21 2022
Dr. Teresa Sievers - 461
June 28th, 2015. Bonita Springs, Florida. When Mark Sievers was informed that his wife hadn't shown up for work he phoned a neighbor to see if he would walk to the Siever home to check on his wife Teresa. What he found was Dr. Sievers' lifeless body on the floor. She had been the victim of a vicious attack. With Teresa's husband and two daughters one thousand miles away there were no obvious leads. It would take a very thorough investigation to solve the crime and seek justice.Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Melvin Ortiz - 460
Mar 14 2022
Melvin Ortiz - 460
December 23rd, 1997. Reading, Pennsylvania. Just two days before Christmas, Melvin Ortiz was out with friends at a child’s birthday party. That same night, a fatal shooting took place at a local business, Effie’s Pizza Villa, causing the death of owner George Clauser. Two witnesses came forward to tell the police that Melvin committed the robbery. Despite having a very solid alibi and strong evidence in his favor, Melvin was sentenced to life in prison at age 19. Many people believe that politics and a poor investigation led to the wrongful conviction of Melvin Ortiz.Get bonus content from Generation Why at: www.patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
The Redhead Murders - 459
Mar 7 2022
The Redhead Murders - 459
On this episode, Justin is joined by Shane Waters of the FoulPlay podcast to discuss a serial killer case he was involved in. In 2016, Shane had placed a red cross at the site where the body of a Jane Doe victim was found in Arkansas in 1984. This small act led Shane down a path of investigation, intrigue, and assistance from an unexpected source. Shane was able to discover the identity of the murdered victim and was able to connect additional victims to the investigation. Sometimes we don't realize how one small act of kindness will affect the world around us.  get enough Generation WHY? There is much more: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Charles Mark Cohen - 458
Feb 28 2022
Charles Mark Cohen - 458
November 12th, 1988. Hockessin, Delaware. Charles Cohen brutally attacked both his parents, then repeatedly stabbed them to ensure they were dead. Charles didn’t snap in a fit of rage. He carefully planned out exactly how he would murder his parents. But his crimes didn't end with the murders of his parents...Can't get enough Generation WHY? There is much more: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
The Watcher House - 457
Feb 21 2022
The Watcher House - 457
Westfield, New Jersey. Derek and Maria Broaddus purchased their dream home in June of 2014. They were excited to move in and raise their family in a beautiful neighborhood, but they never got the chance. They received a series of disturbing and threatening letters from someone known only as “The Watcher". The Watcher claimed ownership over the house, and asked for the “young blood” of the Broaddus children. Derek and Maria’s suspicions turned to their new neighbors, the people who were supposed to welcome them into the community.Can't get enough Generation WHY? There is much more: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
The Bain Family Murders //Replay
Feb 14 2022
The Bain Family Murders //Replay
The Bain Family Murders. June 20, 1994. Dunedin, New Zealand. A 22 year-old man sets out on his newspaper route early in the morning. Sometime after returning home before 7am, he discovers some members of his immediate family have been murdered. The victims were identified as 59 year-old Robin (father), 50 year-old Margaret (mother), 19 year-old Arawa (daughter), 18 year-old Laniet (daughter), & 14 year-old Stephen (son). Initially, the scene suggested a murder/suicide. A rifle was found on the floor next to Robin's body. As the investigation continued, though, all signs began to point toward the only surviving member of this home. The 22 year-old son, David Cullen Bain, who also happened to have an alibi.Get bonus episodes from Justin and Aaron on Patreon: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at