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In 1929 an eccentric doctor, Friedrich Ritter and his mistress, Dore Strauch Koerwin, left Berlin to start a life on an uninhabited island in the Galápagos. They wrote articles about their life, surviving on nothing but hard work, philosophy and vegetables. Soon, more people followed to experience the same lifestyle. When a boisterous self-proclaim…
 
David Bain was found guilty of murdering his family. More than a decade later, he was acquitted of all charges. The Bain Family Murders divided opinion and remains one of the most controversial cases in New Zealand’s criminal justice history. What really happened at 65 Every Street, Andersons Bay, Dunedin on that cold winter’s morning in 1994? Spon…
 
On a cold winter’s morning, David Bain came home after his newspaper deliveries and found his whole family murdered. Both his parents, his two sisters and his brother were all shot without mercy. Police felt it was a murder/suicide committed by the father, Robin Bain, but soon came to a different conclusion… Sponsor: BetterHelp – The world’s larges…
 
He was a surfer, a musician, an artist and a movie stuntman. He would also add jewel thief, murderer and ordained minister to the list. This is the story of Murf the Surf. Sponsors: Beer52 - the most popular craft beer discovery club. Go to ​www.beer52.com/Evidence ​to claim your free case of 8 craft beers! June’s Journey - Play popular hidden-obje…
 
After being exposed to poltergeist activity in his home, a qualified commercial pilot decided to study Metaphysics. He wanted to understand the supernatural and find ways of explaining it to others. Gaurav Tiwari visited more than 6000 haunted sites in a decade and became one of the world’s most prolific paranormal investigators. When he was found …
 
A 23-year-old novice nun died after a botched exorcism ritual performed at the Tanacu monastery, in the isolated mountains of northeast Romania. She was tied to a cross and left with no food or water for three days. She died in the ambulance on her way to the hospital and her cause of death has not been clarified. Sponsors: June’s Journey - To join…
 
A 17-year-old teen went to Malta on vacation and died in a tragic accident. His body was repatriated back to his homeland of Germany without its organs, something Maltese authorities could not explain. Mike Mansholt’s family went on a quest to find out the truth behind the death of this adventurous and fun-loving young man. Sponsored by: Wild - Nat…
 
Patients who checked into the Allan Memorial Institute at Ravenscrag were subjected to sensory deprivation, shock therapy, large doses of LSD and psychic driving. Some were reduced to an infantile state and never recovered. Subproject 68 was a part of the CIA’s notorious mind control program, MKUltra. Patients suffered unimaginable torture at the h…
 
Mary Ann Cotton lost three husbands, eleven children, her mother, her best friend and her lover. She was left to raise her stepson alone and before long, the 8-year-old boy was dead too. A local shopkeeper raised his suspicions to the police and what they found was the shocking truth about what occurred behind closed doors at 20 Johnson Terrace, We…
 
The body of a beloved hotel manager was found in the woods outside of Paris. Her small hotel had ten rooms, and all were booked out on the night of her murder. Her killer was most likely one of the guests. The case that unfolded like a game of Clue, with many suspects but few answers. One guest’s name kept coming up in the investigation. Was the ki…
 
23-year-old Phoenix Coldon was last seen reversing out of the driveway of her parents’ home in Spanish Lake, Missouri. A couple of hours later, her car was found abandoned at a traffic light, but there was no sign of Phoenix. Was she abducted? Did she stage her own disappearance? Almost ten years on, her case remains a mystery. Anyone with informat…
 
When 40-year-old, high profile investment banker Rob Kissel failed to show up for work, his colleagues were immediately concerned. His wife said that he left after they had an argument and she did not know where he was. Two days later investigators discovered Robert’s body in a rolled-up carpet in a storage space of a luxury apartment complex. Spon…
 
When the bodies of 67-year-old Brigitte Scholl and her beloved dog were found in a forest outside Ludwigsfelde, police looked at her husband, former mayor, Heinrich Scholl. But was there more to the story? Sponsors: ExpressVPN – To get an extra 3 months FREE on a one-year package, visit expressvpn.com/evidence Raycon – For 15% off your order of wir…
 
Childcare worker Elaine O’Hara, was last seen alive in Shanganagh Park, Dublin on 22 August 2012. Her family came to terms with the fact that she had most likely ended her own life. Then, one year late, her remains were discovered at Killakee Mountain, south of Dublin. The investigation into her murder revealed a life of secrets and betrayal. The c…
 
Four youths from Hyvinkää in the south of Finland spent a Friday night in November 1998 getting wasted on moonshine and listening to Black Metal music. A minor confrontation between Jarno Elg and an unnamed friend turned into a deadly clash. It was to become one of Finland’s most gruesome murder cases ever. The court sealed the case for 40 years, d…
 
Funeral Director Dan O’Connell and intern James Ellison were shot and killed in Dan’s office at the O’Connell Funeral Home. Police were stumped as neither of the victims had any enemies, on the contrary, both were upstanding and beloved members of the community in Hudson WI. With no leads in the investigation, the case went cold. Until police decid…
 
On the night of 26 January 2008, radiation physicist Bob Chappell spent the day renovating his yacht in the River Derwent, Hobart. He decided to stay the night on the Four Winds. The next morning the yacht was sinking and there was no sign of Bob. His partner of 18 years, Sue Neill-Fraser, was charged with his murder. What followed was one of Tasma…
 
Stockholm, 1932. A young woman’s naked body was discovered in her apartment, lying face-down with fatal injuries to her head. Her clothes were neatly folded on a chair next to the bed and the rest of the scene was spotless. When a blood-stained gravy ladle emerged sometime later, investigators wondered if the killer used the ladle to drink his vict…
 
In the abandoned village of Santoalla in the Galician hills of Spain lived only two families. A local family who had witnessed the mass evacuation and a Dutch couple who had made their dream of running an organic farm come true. At first the families got on just fine, but after a couple of years, tensions began to rise. It seemed like the stone-rub…
 
On the night of 17 November 1973, five teenage friends went to the Gitchie Manitou Preserve to hang out by a campfire. They were playing the guitar and singing along, passing around a joint. In the dark of the night, they heard something in the trees… What followed seemed to be a scene straight out of a horror film. By the end of the night, four of…
 
On the day before her 21st birthday party, Leigh Matthews was abducted from the parking lot at Bond University in Johannesburg. Her parents received a call from the kidnapper, demanding a large sum of money. Her father paid, but 10 days later, there was still no sign of his daughter. This became one of the most publicised cases in South Africa and …
 
When family physician Dr John Schneeberger was accused of drugging and raping a patient, people in the small town of Kipling, Saskatchewan refused to believe it. He volunteered a blood sample to be tested against DNA evidence and it was not a match. However, the victim refused to give up. Two further tests showed that he was innocent, but was he? F…
 
Kate and Adrian Prout lived on Redhill Farm in the idyllic Gloucestershire countryside. He arranged pheasant shoots and ran a pipe-laying business. She catered for the shoots, arranged flowers in the local church, walked her dogs and did pottery. Life seemed like it couldn’t get any better, but behind closed doors, it was everything but perfect. Th…
 
When an outspoken journalist and political commentator failed to return home after a day’s work, his wife knew he had been kidnapped in an attempt to silence him. Four months later his decapitated body was found in the woods outside Kyiv. This is the story of Georgiy Gongadze, whose death brought about historical change in a country in turmoil. Spo…
 
Dear Evidence Locker listeners, Unfortunately, there will be no regular episode this week, as we've had some technical difficulties in recording remotely. We’ll be back next week with a new case! Meanwhile, here is a Q&A episode, phone conversation between Noel and Sonya, answering questions from listeners. Links to the episodes discussed in the co…
 
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