The Deck


For years, some law enforcement agencies have replaced the faces of traditional playing card decks with images of missing and murdered people and distributed those cards in prisons hoping inmates would come forward with information needed to crack these cold cases wide open. Now, audiochuck is dealing you in. Each week, we will be working with investigators and family members to bring you the details of some of the coldest cases from around the country in hopes that someone listening can finally bring these victims the justice they deserve. read less

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Card games are all about the hand that's dealt. This podcast follows suit. For any bad hand, there could be another good one right around the corner. The trick is to keep playing. There's always a risk that a loss is nearby. Or there's the risk that a big win is on the way—and if the game stops, that win might never happen. The Deck podcast dives into that same concept. Only this time, the card game is criminal investigation.

For years, criminal investigators have been playing a game of some risk. They've replaced the faces of traditional playing card decks with the faces of victims without justice. The decks—stacked with the faces of missing or murdered people-are distributed in jails. The Deck podcast from Audiochuck is here to tackle the concept behind that investigative approach. The idea behind this strategy is that luck—the right card ending up in the right hand—could finally crack a case that's gone cold.

The Deck stars producer Ashley Flowers and tells true crime tales of cold cases. Interviews with investigators and family bring light to never-before-heard details. The goal is to bring justice to the families and victims who disappeared without a trace.

With a new episode every Wednesday, listeners can expect a unique cold case story weekly. They'll hear the cold case details of Linda Smith, the nine of hearts from Idaho. They'll uncover details about Cindy Elias, the six of diamonds from Minnesota. Each episode will shine a light on new details. With the right amount of risk or luck, cold-case victims and families might get deserved justice.

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Renee McBreen (2 of Spades, Florida)
Jun 28 2023
Renee McBreen (2 of Spades, Florida)
Our card this week is Renee McBreen, the 2 of Spades from Florida.When Renee was 22 years old, her main goal was to provide a good life for her son Caleb. But in September 1992, Renee was attacked in her Jacksonville, Florida, home after hosting Caleb’s 3rd birthday party. While Renee’s killer spared Caleb’s life, their actions took away the person who loved him most and shattered his sense of safety and belonging for years to come.Today, a cold case detective is renewing the push for answers in Renee’s murder, hoping to finally repair some of the damage that was done over 30 years ago.If you know anything about Caleb’s birthday party or the reported trip to Dunkin Donuts that Renee and Caleb might’ve taken just before Renee’s murder, or anything else about the 1992 murder of Renee McBreen, please call the Jacksonville, Florida Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500 and ask for Detective Ray Reeves. To learn more about The Deck, visit To apply for the Cold Case Playing Cards grant through Season of Justice, visit To support Project: Cold Case, visit  Let us deal you in… follow The Deck on social media.Instagram: @thedeckpodcast | @audiochuckTwitter: @thedeckpodcast_ | @audiochuckFacebook: /TheDeckPodcast | /audiochuckllcThe Deck is hosted by Ashley Flowers. Instagram: @ashleyflowersTikTok: @ashleyflowerscrimejunkieTwitter: @Ash_FlowersFacebook: /AshleyFlowers.AFText Ashley at +1 (317) 733-7485 to talk all things true crime, get behind the scenes updates, and more!