Lost Hills: Dark Canyon

Western Sound and Pushkin Industries

Lost Hills investigates the dark side of Malibu, California. Beneath a seductive facade, this city of billionaires, celebrities, and surf bums is hiding something menacing.

On September 16, 2009, 24-year-old Mitrice Richardson was arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for failing to pay her bill at a restaurant in Malibu, CA. After being released from Lost Hills Station shortly after midnight, she disappeared. Eleven months later, her naked, skeletal remains were discovered in a canyon some six miles away.

For nearly 15 years, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Mitrice’s friends and family, and generations of internet sleuths have tried to crack the case.

To this day, her death remains an unsolved mystery.

The truth lies in the remote Malibu community where Mitrice was last seen. And now, finally, people are starting to talk.

Hosted by Dana Goodyear (The New Yorker) and produced by Western Sound and Pushkin Industries. Show artwork copyright Francesca Gabbiani.

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Our Editor's Take

Malibu isn't all rugged mountain peaks, famous surf breaks, and billionaire celebrities. The coastal enclave also has a bad side. Everyone in Malibu has a secret; Lost Hills: Dead in the Water is a podcast that exposes them.

The first season of Lost Hills: Dead in the Water covers the mysterious murder of a man in Malibu Creek State Park. And, importantly, it's also about the cops who could have stopped it. The case of Tristan Beaudette wasn't as cut and dry as everyone thought. But few knew what made this case unique. This podcast explores the details of the killing and the elements surrounding it. It also shows listeners that even the most beautiful places in California can harbor ominous energy. Listeners can consider this a true crime podcast unlike any other.

Why did the cops say they couldn't connect the crime to the primary suspect and then switch their answer? What was the motivation behind the Malibu murder? Was this a one-off incident or part of a pattern cops had not yet uncovered? Lost Hills: Dead in the Water answers these questions and more. Every episode guides listeners through the story of this murder. Host Dana Goodyear provides feedback, insight, and interviews with those close to the crime.

This podcast is episodic. That means listeners should hear episodes in order, beginning with the first episode. Each episode runs for about 30 minutes to an hour.

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