UNSOLVED HOMICIDE: KATIE JANNESS

When an Atlanta woman goes for a late-night walk in a popular park, she’s killed in one of the most shockingly-violent assaults the city has ever seen. Investigators work to identify a killer whose actions reveal a truly twisted psyche in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research this episode:

Autopsy Report Says Atlanta Woman Was Stabbed 50 Times and Had the Letters ‘F,’ ‘A,’ ‘T’ Carved into Her Chest (K.C. Baker / People.com)

Woman Killed at Piedmont Park Remembered as Intelligent, Gentle, Kind (Alexis Stevens / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Woman Killed With Dog In Atlanta Was Stabbed 50 Times, Had ‘F A T’ Carved on Chest (Megan Carpenter / Oxygen.com)

Piedmont Park murder: Autopsy Report Reveals Gruesome Details in Katie Janness’ Death (Elizabeth Nouryeh-Clay / Northside Neighbor)

An LGBTQ Woman and Her Pitbull Were Stabbed to Death in a ‘Gruesome’ Murder in Atlanta. Now the FBI Is Involved (Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime)

Katherine Janness’ Autopsy Report (Office of the Fulton County Medical Examiner)

Difference Between Lacerated, Stab and Incised Wounds (Forensic Yard)

Police Release 911 Call Made by Piedmont Park Stabbing Victim’s Girlfriend (Shaddi Abusaid / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

If you know anything about the murder of Katie Janness, please call the Atlanta Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 404-546-4235.

UNSOLVED HOMICIDE: OAKEY “AL” KITE JR

When a Colorado man advertises for a new roommate, he unwittingly attracts the attention of a profoundly sadistic murderer. Investigators attempt to identify the most difficult kind of killer to catch in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research this episode:

Murder of Aurora Man Remains Unsolved 15 Years Later but Police Still Believe Renter Killed Him (ABC7 News Denver)

Paul Holes Investigates Colorado Murder of Oakey “Al” Kite (Oxygen.com)

Kite, Jr., Oakie “Al” Albert (Families of Homicide Victims & Missing Persons)

‘Golden State Killer’ Investigator Paul Holes Helps Aurora Police Re-Examine 2004 Cold Case on TV Show (Quincy Snowdon / Aurora Sentinel)

A New Oxygen True Crime Show Investigates an Aurora Man’s Brutal, Unsolved Murder (James Burkey / Denver Post)

Turkish Hezbollah (encyclopedia.com)

Unusual Torture Methods and Mass Murders Applied by a Terrorist Organization (Mahmut Asirdizer, MD et all / American Journal of Forensic Medicine)

If you know anything at all about the murder of Oakey “Al” Kite, please call the Aurora Police Department at 303.739.6000. 

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HIGHWAY SERIAL KILLINGS: MURDER ON THE OPEN ROAD

It’s hard to catch a killer who never stops moving. So hard, in fact, that the FBI created a task force dedicated to finding and stopping serial killers who all share a single profession. We explore the connection between the open road and serial murder in this  subscribers-only bonus episode of Last Seen Alive.

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UNSOLVED DISAPPEARANCE: DR HILDEGARD HENDRICKSON

When a well-known mycologist disappears while on a routine mushroom-foraging trip, a search and rescue mission is launched in the Washington woodlands. After it becomes apparent that she’s nowhere to be found, investigators consider the possibility of foul play in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research this episode:

Into the Woods: 6 Years Later, the Mystery of Hildegard Hendrickson Remains (Jefferson Robins / iFiberOne)

Search Halted for Missing Mushroom Hunter; Foul Play Possible? (Jack Broom / The Seattle Times)

Family of Missing Mushroom Hunter: ‘We’re Living Day-to-Day’ (King5 News)

Update: Chelan County Search Continues for Missing Mushroom Hunter (KHQ Q6 News)

Hildegard Hendrickson (Seattle University Albers School of Business and Economics)

Dr Hildegard Hermine Roedig-Hendrickson (findagrave.com)

Minnow Creek Trail #1539 (Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, US Forest Service)

Commercial and Personal Use Mushroom Harvest (Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, US Forest Service)

If you know anything about the disappearance of Dr Hildegard Hendrickson, please contact the Chelan County Sheriff’s Department at (509)667-6851.

UNSOLVED SUSPICIOUS DEATH: TAMLA HORSFORD

When a Georgia woman attends a casual girls’ night in with other moms from her son’s football team, the last thing her family expects is for her to never come home. The party host and other guests say she must have fallen to her death while they all slept, but the physical evidence contradicts their story in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research this episode:

The Unanswered Questions of Tamla Horsford’s Death (Nile Cappello / Rolling Stone)

911 Call Re: the Discovery of Tamla’s Body (Forsyth County E-911 Communication Center via 11Alive News)

New Documents Detail Cops’ Bungling Response to Tamla Horsford’s Death (Nile Cappello / Rolling Stone)

Tamla Horsford Autopsy Report and Various Investigative Documents (Forsythe County)

justicefortam.org

Tamla Horsford Died at a Slumber Party in 2018. Her Family Still Wants Answers. (Emily Shugerman / The Daily Beast)

At What Height Do Falls Become Deadly? (safeopedia.com)

Zygomatic Arch Fracture (Jeffrey M. Bergeron and Blake S. Raggio / Statpearls / International Library of Medicine)

Cops: Forsyth County Court Officer Fired After Leaking Death Investigation Info (Zachary Hansen / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Court Officer Terminated for Allegedly Leaking Confidential Information (Alexandre Popp / Forsyth County News)

11Alive News Coverage of 1987 Racial Justice March in Forsyth County (11Alive News via YouTube)

#TamlaHorsford: Timeline of a Mother’s Death (Natalie Finn / 11Alive News)

Forsyth County Deputy Resigns, Accused of Sending Case Information to Girlfriends (Henri Hollis / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Former Deputy Sent Confidential Info to Two Women About Multiple Cases, Reports Show (Mike Petchenik / WSB-TV)

Forsyth County (Data Explorer)

If you know anything about the death of Tamla Horsford, please contact the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office at 770-781-2222 AND / OR the Georgia Bureau of Investigation at 404-244-2600. 


If you wish to write to the Forsyth County Sheriff, you may reach him via letter at:

Attn: Sheriff R. Freeman

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office

100 East Courthouse Square

Cumming, GA 30040

We’re finally on Patreon!

After years of looking forward to someday carving out the time to create bonus content, we’re finally on Patreon! We’re the only true crime podcast written, researched and hosted by a professional Crime Analyst. Our mission is to bring compelling cases to others interested in true crime while shining a light on unresolved homicides and missing persons—whether dead or alive—who are still waiting to be found.

Each of our regular episodes explores an unsolved case, and these will always be free for everyone. We created this podcast in order to spread the word about each case to as many people as possible, in hopes that this will result in listeners reporting potentially valuable tips to investigators.

However! We know there are many other aspects of true crime and criminal investigations that fascinate our listeners. We joined Patreon in order to share original, insightful bonus content that will entertain and inform our most dedicated listeners. If you enjoy Last Seen Alive and like the idea of broadening your knowledge of true crime and criminal investigations, this is for you. Your monthly support will give you access to a monthly bonus content episode, and will help to fund the ongoing production of the regular case-based episodes you know and love.

In our first-ever bonus episode, a serial killer exposes the dark underside of Golden Age Hollywood, and a savvy homicide detective believes that law enforcement needs a way to track serial offenders by analyzing crime scenes, behavior patterns and other factors, all in one place. Decades later, his idea is realized and the FBI appoints him as the first director of ViCAP, or the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program.

We explore ViCAP and the serial killings that inspired it in the very first bonus episode of Last Seen Alive

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UNSOLVED DISAPPEARANCE: JAMIE FRALEY

When a North Carolina woman asks a friend for a ride to the hospital, she expects to be home in time for an appointment the next morning. Instead, she disappears and an intense investigation uncovers an array of strange possibilities—but no concrete answers—in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research this episode:

Jamie Fraley (Disappeared Blog)

Heartbroken Mother Refuses to Give Up Search for Answers in 2008 Disappearance of North Carolina Daughter Jamie Fraley (Andrea Cavallier / NBC News)

Son of Man Found Dead in Trunk Speaks Out (Sarah Batista / WBTV News)

Her Alleged Murderer Was Found Dead In The Trunk Of Another Woman’s Car (Chrissy Stockton / Thought Catalog)

10 Years Later: No Answers in Gaston Cold Case (Adam Lawson / Gaston Gazette)

Missing Woman’s Angels Won’t Give Up Search (WCNC News)

Killer Confesses to More Crimes (Diane Turbyfill / Gaston Gazette)

Infamous Gaston County Killer Pleads Guilty to 2011 Murder of Teen Girl (Ken Lemon / WSOC-TV)

STATE of North Carolina v. Danny Robbie HEMBREE, Jr. (Supreme Court of North Carolina via FindLaw)

Mother Says She’s Still Looking for Her Daughter’s Killer (Torie Wells / WSOC-TV)

Jurors Hear Opening Statements in Man’s Second Murder Trial (WSOC-TV)

If you know anything about the disappearance of Jamie Fraley, call the Gaston County Police Department at 704-866-3320.

UNSOLVED HOMICIDE: BRITTANY LOCKLEAR

When a kindergartener is abducted while waiting for the school bus, hundreds of searchers scour small-town North Carolina and discover that their worst fears have come true. The murder of a beloved child haunts a community and remains an ongoing investigation in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research Brittany’s case for this episode:

‘It hurts’: Hoke County Residents Still Remember the Brittany Locklear Murder Case (Michael Futch / Fayetteville Observer)

Eight Years Later, Slaying of 5-Year-Old Remains Unsolved (WRAL News)

Death of an Angel: The Murder of Brittany Locklear (Jenn Baxter / Medium.com)

New Lead Emerges In Brittany Locklear Case (WRAL News)

Suspect ID’d in Slaying of 5-Year-Old (The Robesonian)

Brittany Locklear (uncovered.com)

N.C. Man Charged with 1986 Murder of 4-Year-Old Girl, Who Was Taken from Bed While Family Slept (Christine Pelisek / people.com)

Thomas Eric McDowell: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know (Jessica McBride / heavy.com)

If you know anything about the murder of Brittany Locklear, please contact the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office at 910-875-5111. 

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UNSOLVED DISAPPEARNCE: TONEE TURNER

Sources used to research Tonee’s case for this episode:

Family Desperate for Answers One Year After Young Pittsburg Artist Vanished (WPXI News)

Pittsburgh Police Continue To Investigate Disappearance Of 22-Year-Old Tonee Turner (Amy Wadas / CBS Pittsburgh)

Police, Family Search for Pittsburgh Artist, 22, Missing Since Dec. 30 (Crystal Bonvillian / Kiro 7 News)

Search For Missing 22-Year-Old Tonee Turner Leads Friends, Family To Hill District (CBS News Pittsburgh)

Have You Seen Tonee Turner? Pittsburgh Girl Joins Unfortunate List of Missing Black Girls (Stacy M. Brown / NNPA BlackPress)

Pittsburgh Police Searching for Missing 22-Year-Old Woman (WTAE News)

If you know anything about the disappearance of Tonee Turner, please call the Pittsburgh Police Department’s Missing Persons Investigation Division at 412-232-7141.

UNSOLVED HOMICIDE: ALAN WHITE

When a Dallas man doesn’t make it home from an early-morning gym session in time to start the work day, his family immediately launches a search. A missing persons case takes a tragic turn for the worst—and the mysterious—in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research this episode:

Family Pleads for Safe Return of Dallas Businessman Alan White Who’s Been Missing Since October (Andrea Cavallier / NBC News)

UPDATE: Alan White’s Car Has Been Found; He Remains Missing (Tammye Nash / Dallas Voice)

Trackdown: $20,000 Reward Offered to Help Find James Alan White (Shaun Rabb / Fox 4 News)

Police Upgrade Search for Missing Dallas Executive to ‘Endangered Missing Person’ (Allie Spillyards / NBC News)

Body of KPMG Executive James Alan White Found in Dallas 6 Months After He Was Reported Missing (Katie Campione / People)

Dallas Police Department Offense Record for Public Release:  083593-2021

James Alan White Dead: Cause of Death Remains Unclear (Heavy.com)

2 Men Arrested Following Kidnapping Incident Near Dallas Love Field (Jozelyn Escobedo / ABC News)

Dallas Man, 1-Year-Old Baby, Safe After Kidnapping, Carjacking (Fox4 News)

‘It’s a Disturbing Trend.’ Cities see Large Increases in Carjackings During Pandemic (Peter Nickeas and Priya Krishnakumar / CNN)

Dallas Violent Crime Update: Fewer Murders, Robberies, Aggravated Assaults Compared to 2020, Department Says (Eline de Brujin / ABC 8 News)

National Youth Gang Survey Analysis: Measuring the Extent of Gang Problems (National Young Gang Center / US DOJ)

If you have any information about the murder of Alan White, please contact the Dallas Police Department at 214-283-4818 and refer to James Alan White and / or case #188623-2020.

UNSOLVED HOMICIDE: CATHY SWARTZ

When a young mother is murdered in her Michigan home, the brutality of the crime is unprecedented in her small community. An enduring mystery remains unsolved despite a wealth of evidence in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research this episode:

Cold Case Files: Brutal Murder of Cathy Sue Swartz (Kristin Bien / WSBT News)

VIDEO: Cold Case Murder of Cathy Swartz (WSBT News via YouTube)

Summary Crime Reported by the Three Rivers Police Department 1985-2020 (FBI UCR Crime Data Explorer)

Jeffrey Wayne Gorton (Murderpedia)

Dayle Trentadue v. Jeffrey Gorton et al. (State of Michigan Supreme Court)

Former Orlando Subject is Suspect in Michigan Death (Doris Bloodsworth / Orlando Sentinel)

Also, this collection of newspaper clippings from the South Bend Tribune and others, from around the time of Cathy’s death and the following few years:

If you know anything about the murder of Cathy Swartz, please contact the Three Rivers Police Department at  269-278-1235.