UNSOLVED DISAPPEARANCE: CINDY (HYUN JONG) SONG

When a Penn State University senior disappears without a trace on Halloween night, only one thing is clear: she didn’t vanish voluntarily. A heartbreaking mystery evolves into tales of real-life monsters in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to write this episode:

The Disappearance of Cindy Song (Medium.com / Josie Claxton)

Unsolved Mysteries: Cindy Song (Unsolved Mysteries)

Korean-Born Penn State Student ‘Just Vanished’ After Party (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / Tom Gibb)

8 Years After Penn State Student Disappeared, Case Narrows to 1 Active Lead (Penn Live / Sara Ganim)

Who Abducted Cindy Song? Unpacking the Cold Case of the Halloween Bunny that Disappeared Into the Night (Nathan Jolly / new.com.au)

Grand Jury: Dozen Bodies Found in Hugo Selenski’s Backyard (Elizabeth Skrapits / The Daily Call)

Help find Cindy: If you know anything about what happened to Cindy (Hyun Jong) Song, please contact the Ferguson Township Police (click here for contact info).

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With Journey into Darkness, Douglas provides more than a glimpse into the minds of serial killers; he demonstrates what a powerful weapon behavioral science has become. Profiling criminals helps not only to capture them, but also helps society understand how these predators work and what can be done to prevent them from striking again. Douglas focuses especially on pedophiles and child abductors, fully explaining what drives them and how to keep children away from them. As he points out, “The best way to protect your children is to know your enemy.” He includes eight rules for safety, a list of steps parents can take to prevent child abduction and exploitation, tips on how to detect sexual exploitation, basic rules of safety for children, and a chart, based on age, that details the safety skills children should have to protect themselves.

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UNSOLVED SUSPICIOUS DEATH: TOM BROWN

When a small town Texas teen goes missing, an entire community turns out to search the high prairie by land and air. A mysterious death, a contentious debate and shocking accounts of corruption are explored in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to write this episode:

High School Senior Thomas Brown Missing from Texas After Vanishing Over Thanksgiving 2016 (NBC News)

Family Asking for Prayers After Remains of Missing Texas Teen Thomas Brown Identified (NBC News)

Find Tom Brown (findtombrown.com)

Panhandle Community Searches for Evidence Regarding Thomas Brown’s Disappearance (ABC7 News)

TCOLE Investigation Reveals New Information About Thomas Brown Case (ABC7 News)

Remains of Missing Texas Teen Discovered Two Years After He Disappeared Under Mysterious Circumstances (Oxygen)

‘It’s disappointing’: Thomas Brown’s mom reacts to suspension of AG’s investigation (KFDA Amarillo News)

‘Sheriff Pearson Responds (The Canadian Record)

Hemphill County Deputy Let Go Following Letter Addressing Credibility from County Attorney (ABC7 News)

Help achieve justice for Tom: if you know anything about the death of Tom Brown, please contact the Texas Attorney General Criminal Investigation Division at 512-463-2100.

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A Last Seen Alive recommended listen!

Violent, provocative, shocking. Call them what you will … but don’t call them open and shut.

Did Lizzie Borden murder her own father and stepmother? Was Jack the Ripper actually the Duke of Clarence? Who killed JonBenet Ramsey? America’s foremost expert on criminal profiling and twenty-five-year FBI veteran John Douglas, along with author and filmmaker Mark Olshaker, explores those tantalizing questions and more in this mesmerizing work of detection.

With uniquely gripping analysis, the authors reexamine and reinterpret the accepted facts, evidence, and victimology of the most notorious murder cases in the history of crime, including the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, the Zodiac Killer, and the Whitechapel murders. Utilizing techniques developed by Douglas himself, they give detailed profiles and reveal chief suspects in pursuit of what really happened in each case.

The Cases That Haunt Us not only offers convincing and controversial conclusions, it deconstructs the evidence and widely held beliefs surrounding each case and rebuilds them—with fascinating, surprising, and haunting results.

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UNSOLVED HOMICIDE: LISA AU

When a 19 year old Hawaiian woman leaves a dinner party on a torrentially rainy night, the journey turns deadly—and not because of the weather. Fear grips the Island of Oahu as police search for a killer within their own ranks in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research / write this episode:

37 Years Ago, Her Murder Gripped Oahu. But From the Start, the Investigation Went Astray (Hawaii News Now)

Lisa Au (Honolulu Star Bulletin)

Detectives Hope DNA Can Link Man To Oahu’s Serial Killings (KITV)

Video: Buried Evidence: The Lisa Au Case (Hawaii News Now / Lynn Kawano)

Is the Honolulu Strangler Dead or Still at Large? (ActiveFugitives.com)

If you know anything about what happened to Lisa Au, please call the Honolulu Police Department at 808-529-3111 and share what you know. Or, if you prefer, you can click here to report a tip at website—honolulupd.org.

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Violent, provocative, shocking. Call them what you will … but don’t call them open and shut.

Did Lizzie Borden murder her own father and stepmother? Was Jack the Ripper actually the Duke of Clarence? Who killed JonBenet Ramsey? America’s foremost expert on criminal profiling and twenty-five-year FBI veteran John Douglas, along with author and filmmaker Mark Olshaker, explores those tantalizing questions and more in this mesmerizing work of detection.

With uniquely gripping analysis, the authors reexamine and reinterpret the accepted facts, evidence, and victimology of the most notorious murder cases in the history of crime, including the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, the Zodiac Killer, and the Whitechapel murders. Utilizing techniques developed by Douglas himself, they give detailed profiles and reveal chief suspects in pursuit of what really happened in each case.

The Cases That Haunt Us not only offers convincing and controversial conclusions, it deconstructs the evidence and widely held beliefs surrounding each case and rebuilds them—with fascinating, surprising, and haunting results.

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UNSOLVED DISAPPEARANCE: AMY WROE BECHTEL

When an accomplished long distance runner hits the trails in the central Wyoming mountains and never returns, investigators are tasked with answering the question: what—or who—did this Olympic hopeful fail to outrun? Strange journals, a serial killer with a history of terrible crimes against women and other theories are explored in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research this episode:

Long Gone Girl (Runner’s World / Jon Billman)

Unsolved Mysteries: Amy Wroe Bechtel (Unsolved Mysteries)

Bureau of Justice Statistics Selected Findings: Female Victims of Violence (BJS)

Break in Great Basin Murders? (ABC7 Denver)

Dale Wayne Eaton “The LIL Miss Killer” (Radford University Serial Killer Information Center)

Profilers: Denver Woman’s Murder Points to Serial Killer (ABC7 Denver)

The Disturbing Disappearance of Runner Amy Wroe Bechtel in Wyoming (StrangeOutdoors.com)

Running While Female (Runner’s World / Michelle Hamilton)

If you know anything about Amy Wroe Bechtel’s disappearance, please contact the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office at 307-332-5611.

UNSOLVED HOMICIDE: FAITH HEDGEPETH

When a college junior and aspiring pediatrician is beaten to death in her own bed, the bright future of a beloved young woman and active member of the Haliwa-Saponi tribal community is instantly destroyed. A bitter note, a fight captured on voicemail during an accidental pocket-dial and past police reports of violence weave a story of jealousy, cruelty and lingering mystery in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

 

Sources used to research this episode:

Three Years Later: Still No Answers for Murdered Native Student’s Family (Indian Country Today)

Murdered UNC Student’s Final Moments: What Police Say Happened to Faith Hedgepeth (ABC News)

On The Last Night of Her Life, an Uncertain Timeline for Faith Danielle Hedgepeth (The Daily Tarheel)

Losing Faith: the Hedgepeth Murder Mystery at UNC (True Crime Daily)

A Local Company is Helping Catch Cold Case Criminals from Coast to Coast. Here’s Where it’s Gone to Work. (Washington Business Journal)

Voicemail Found Left by UNC Student’s Phone on Night of Her Murder: Part 4

Voicemail Audio Recording Analysis (Crime Watch Daily / Arlo West)

Eriq Takoy Jones: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know (Heavy.com)

Discovery of DNA Prompts Profile of UNC Student’s Killer (WRAL News)

Faith Hedgepeth Homicide Unsealed Police Narratives and Search Warrants 

 

Did you know? Native American women are murdered at a rate of up to 10 times the national average (source).

You can do something to help change this statistic.

Make a donation to the Indian Law Resource Center’s Safe Women project in honor of Faith.

Direct your donation to the Safe Women Project and name Faith Hedgepath as your honoree.

If you have any information about Faith Hedgepeth’s murder, call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760 OR Chapel Hill / Carrboro / UNC Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.

UNSOLVED HOMICIDE: ROSE BURKERT & ROGER ATKISON

When a young couple sets off for a weekend away, disappointment awaits at their destination, where a mortician’s convention has the hotel fully booked. A last-minute vacancy proves to be more deadly than lucky, resulting in a double ax murder with an incredible array of possible suspects in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources mentioned in this episode:

Amana Slayings Still Puzzle Authorities (Cedar Rapids Gazette via Iowa Cold Cases)

Rose Z. Burkert and Roger E. Atkinson: Double Homicide (Iowa Cold Cases)

FBI ViCAP Alert: Seeking Information on Murder of Rose Burkert & Roger Atkinson

Rumors Surround 1980 Killings (St. Joe News-Press / R.J. Cooper)

Charles Ray Hatcher (Radford University Dept. of Psychology / Serial Killer Database)

Cold Case: 32 Year Old Murder Still Leaves Questions (The Register-Mail)

Criminal Territories: The Murders of Rose Burkert and Roger Atkinson (onenie.com)

 

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Your tip may make all the difference for the families and friends of Rose and Roger. If you know anything about this crime, or other homicides with similar details, please contact the Iowa County Sheriff’s Office at 319-642-7307.

UNSOLVED HOMICIDE / WRONGFUL CONVICTION: FATHER RYAN PATRICK / JAMES HARRY REYOS

When a brutally murdered John Doe turns out to be a Catholic priest leading a double life, blame falls upon a young man who was in a different state at the time of the murder. A wrongful conviction, mysterious pattern of priestly killings and an anonymous suicide at the confessional paint a twisted picture in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources:

Who Killed Father Ryan? (Austin Chronicle)

The Unholy Mystery of the Murdered Priests (Inside Hook)

Where’s Your Evidence? (IAPE)

Rev. Patrick Ryan: A Case Study of Sexual Abuse and Murder (Crossland Foundation / Leon J. Podles)

Also check out:

Innocence Project of Texas

Know Something? Say something!

If you know anything about the murder of Father Ryan, please contact Odessa Crime Stoppers at 432-333-8477, or submit a tip online at odessacrimestoppers.org.

UNSOLVED DISAPPEARANCE: PATRICK CARNES


When an elderly World War II veteran and his loyal dog embark on a cross-country road trip, all goes smoothly until they reach The Big Lonely: a remote stretch of highway in the northern Nevada desert suspected to be a hunting ground for serial killers. The unexplained disappearance of man and dog launch an enormous search that yields nothing but mystery in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources mentioned in this episode:

Find Patrick Carnes (Family-Run Informational Site)

Patrick Carnes Missing–America’s Most Wanted Video Segment (Vimeo)

Elderly Man’s Disappearance Linked to Serial Killer? (KTNV)

I-Team: Is a Serial Killer Hunting Motorists in Northern Nevada? (8 News Now Las Vegas)

FBI Highway Serial Killings Initiative (Federal Bureau of Investigation)

Missing Reno Man May Have Stopped in Elko (Elko Daily)

Missing: Judith Ellen Casida (Charley Project)

Crime Victimization in Adults with Severe Mental Illness: Comparison with the National Crime Victimization Survey (National Center for Biotechnology Information)

Mentally Ill at Significant Risk of Becoming Murder Victims (MedScape)

Know something about Patrick or Judy’s disappearance? Say something! Your tip may mean everything to investigators and the families waiting for closure.

Contact Secret Witness of Northern Nevada and anonymously share what you know.

Or, contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

 

UNSOLVED HOMICIDE: KANIKA POWELL

When a young soldier leaves the Army to work as a physics lab security specialist with a top-secret clearance, civilian life turns out to be more dangerous than anything she faced in uniform. After a series of strange events culminates in her being brutally gunned down, the mystery of her death spawns theories of conspiracy and serial killing that we explore in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources mentioned in this episode / further reading:

Prince George’s Killing, Apparently Planned, Opens Host of Mysteries (Washington Post)

Unsolved: National Security Worker Gunned Down Amid Mysterious Circumstances (True Crime Daily)

‘Forget Me Not’ Cold Case, Kanika Powell Murder Mystery (Michelle Sigona for Women in Crime Ink)

Inside a Criminal Mastermind | Jason Scott (Brian Kuebler for ABC News via Murderpedia)

Maryland Serial-Killer Suspect Jason Thomas Scott ‘Evil,’ Victim’s Mom Says (ABC News)

United States v. Jason Scott, 12-4130 (4th Cir. 2013) (via Court Listener)

Man’s Violent Death a Mystery (Washington Post)

Know something about what happened to Kanika or Sean? Submit a tip–it may make all the difference.

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UNSOLVED HOMICIDE: BRIAN EGG

 

When the friendliest resident of San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood suddenly disappears, the entire neighborhood is suspicious. His neighbors’ worst fears are confirmed when a privately-hired crime scene clean-up crew arrives at his home, prompting police to respond and discover something gruesome concealed inside an aquarium in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

 

Sources mentioned in this episode:

‘It Appears They’ve Gotten Away with Murder’: San Francisco Murder Case Remains Unsolved One Year Later (ABC7 News)

Probation Revoked for Person of Interest in SF Torso Case (NBC Bay Area)

Headless Body Found in San Francisco Fish Tank Identified as Missing Man (SF Gate)

Egg Case Officially Ruled a Homicide (Bay Area Reporter)

Person of Interest in Headless Body Case Held at Santa Rita Jail (Bay City News via patch.com)

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