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  • chris
    chris fl
    Friends Nic & Captain, What a wonderful year for you! I'd only note, as I listen to you both, I hear this admirable, understandable desire to help solve some of the unsolved cases. Captain addresses this directly toward the end, and yes that is fantastic motivation. I'd just add, please don't under-rate your effect recounting all of the cases, whether solved or unsolved. You are not only helping the victims of these crimes by telling their stories but potential future victims. The information definitely helps listeners *avoid* tragedies, and that is priceless. A couple years ago, I was nearly carjacked. I was exhausted that night, and my situational awareness was low. I was pulled off the road in a grocery parking lot in a not so great area trying to find a hotel room on my phone. My peripheral vision caught just a few shadows moving out in the darkness, and the movements I picked up almost subconsciously fit patterns I recognize from cases. At least two people were closing in on my car. I instantly threw it in drive and floored it. Knowing information like that which you're disseminating here does that to you. Take care. Keep up the great work. chris

    Friends Nic & Captain,

    What a wonderful year for you! I'd only note, as I listen to you both, I hear this admirable, understandable desire to help solve some of the unsolved cases. Captain addresses this directly toward the end, and yes that is fantastic motivation. I'd just add, please don't under-rate your effect recounting all of the cases, whether solved or unsolved. You are not only helping the victims of these crimes by telling their stories but potential future victims. The information definitely helps listeners *avoid* tragedies, and that is priceless.

    A couple years ago, I was nearly carjacked. I was exhausted that night, and my situational awareness was low. I was pulled off the road in a grocery parking lot in a not so great area trying to find a hotel room on my phone. My peripheral vision caught just a few shadows moving out in the darkness, and the movements I picked up almost subconsciously fit patterns I recognize from cases. At least two people were closing in on my car. I instantly threw it in drive and floored it. Knowing information like that which you're disseminating here does that to you.

    Take care. Keep up the great work.

    chris

  • #5: Darlie Routier #4: Detrez Green #3: Man with no Hands #2: Bodies in the Basement #1: Yogurt Shop Murders

    #5: Darlie Routier
    #4: Detrez Green
    #3: Man with no Hands
    #2: Bodies in the Basement
    #1: Yogurt Shop Murders

  • Jessica
    Jessica
    1. The Bone Breaker 2. Noah Donohoe 3. The Bone Breaker 4. Man with no hands 5. The Zodiac Love to hear you guys talk about the lost boys in Hannibal, Missouri .

    1. The Bone Breaker
    2. Noah Donohoe
    3. The Bone Breaker
    4. Man with no hands
    5. The Zodiac

    Love to hear you guys talk about the lost boys in Hannibal, Missouri .

  • Shana
    Shana Georgia
    1 Asha Degree 2 Tylenol Murders 3 The Delphi updates about James Brian Chadwell and the internet account 4 Jeffrey MacDonald 5 Noah Donohue I also want to add Detrez Green, The Beatrice 6, Chelsea Small, and If I Can't Have You were all really great episodes too. Thank you guys for all that you do.

    1 Asha Degree
    2 Tylenol Murders
    3 The Delphi updates about James Brian Chadwell and the internet account
    4 Jeffrey MacDonald
    5 Noah Donohue

    I also want to add Detrez Green, The Beatrice 6, Chelsea Small, and If I Can't Have You were all really great episodes too. Thank you guys for all that you do.

  • Melissa
    Melissa CO
    Hands down the Darlie Routier episode! IMO I really thought she was GUILTY , Now I really feel like she is innocent after this show. Those pics of her injuries are pretty bad & the sock! I LOVED this episode! I thought about it for quite awhile after I listened.

    Hands down the Darlie Routier episode! IMO I really thought she was GUILTY , Now I really feel like she is innocent after this show. Those pics of her injuries are pretty bad & the sock! I LOVED this episode! I thought about it for quite awhile after I listened.

  • Nicole
    Nicole Pennsylvania
    Love that you did this! I am always curious of the opinions of the podcaster(s) as your perspective as the researcher is so different than the listeners. My top 5: 1: Noah Donohoe 2: Logan Scheindelman 3. Asha Degree 4. LeeAnna Warner 5. Detrez Green I am most interested in missing persons cases. I like cases that are unsolved that allow for theories and discussion. You guys rock! Look forward to listening every week. Thanks for all you do! Case Suggestions: Sherin Mathews and Bryce Laspisa I know Bryce’s has been covered by other podcasts but I would love to hear your theories!

    Love that you did this! I am always curious of the opinions of the podcaster(s) as your perspective as the researcher is so different than the listeners.

    My top 5:
    1: Noah Donohoe
    2: Logan Scheindelman
    3. Asha Degree
    4. LeeAnna Warner
    5. Detrez Green

    I am most interested in missing persons cases. I like cases that are unsolved that allow for theories and discussion.

    You guys rock! Look forward to listening every week. Thanks for all you do!

    Case Suggestions: Sherin Mathews and Bryce Laspisa

    I know Bryce’s has been covered by other podcasts but I would love to hear your theories!

  • Tracy
    Tracy MA
    Thanks for doing this recap, it puts renewed focus on the crimes. I had somehow forgotten about the Chelsea Small case (I'm often so thrilled to see a new TCG episode that I'll listen even if I'm about to go to sleep), and I don't think it's ridiculous to think it's connected to the I-70 murders (which I firmly believe were committed by Neal Falls, whom the Small murder perp arguably doesn't *not* resemble). But one thing that gets me about the Chelsea Small case is that motive has been the big baffler, while one of the few things that's clear as day on the surveillance footage is the perpetrator putting a slim document or file in the drawstring bag (commenter Tommy in particular pointed this out on the episode page comments). It's been unclear to me whether what, if any, documents may have been missing from the business was ever investigated. To me the seizure of a title or other document associated with a loan is the only thing that makes sense as a motive in this case, given that such a hit-style crime occurred on a slow day and resulted in a mediocre monetary haul and doesn't otherwise fit with the victimology of Chelsea, who wasn't even supposed to be working that day. I just worry it won't be solved if the business paperwork wasn't scrutinized from the start. Anywhoo, just musings. Once again, thanks for your excellent, dedicated work. You guys go above and beyond (while being legitimately entertaining) and I always know that if there's an update on any case, TCG will give it to us ASAP in as much reliable detail as investigative minds want to know.

    Thanks for doing this recap, it puts renewed focus on the crimes. I had somehow forgotten about the Chelsea Small case (I'm often so thrilled to see a new TCG episode that I'll listen even if I'm about to go to sleep), and I don't think it's ridiculous to think it's connected to the I-70 murders (which I firmly believe were committed by Neal Falls, whom the Small murder perp arguably doesn't *not* resemble). But one thing that gets me about the Chelsea Small case is that motive has been the big baffler, while one of the few things that's clear as day on the surveillance footage is the perpetrator putting a slim document or file in the drawstring bag (commenter Tommy in particular pointed this out on the episode page comments). It's been unclear to me whether what, if any, documents may have been missing from the business was ever investigated. To me the seizure of a title or other document associated with a loan is the only thing that makes sense as a motive in this case, given that such a hit-style crime occurred on a slow day and resulted in a mediocre monetary haul and doesn't otherwise fit with the victimology of Chelsea, who wasn't even supposed to be working that day. I just worry it won't be solved if the business paperwork wasn't scrutinized from the start.

    Anywhoo, just musings. Once again, thanks for your excellent, dedicated work. You guys go above and beyond (while being legitimately entertaining) and I always know that if there's an update on any case, TCG will give it to us ASAP in as much reliable detail as investigative minds want to know.

  • Lilias
    Lilias
    5 527&528 Cathy Nameth 4 480&481 The Tylenol Murders 3 501&502 Circleville Writer 2 455&456 The Law of Disappearing 1 475&476 Asha Degree I got hooked on your podcast when I first heard your episodes on Jennifer Kesse. Her and Asha Degree’s disappearances have haunted me since I first heard about them, and I know when you research cases like that I’ll learn more. Thank you two for creating a podcast that is one of the things that gives me stability in this wild world. I don’t think you’ve covered the Kanika Powell case, and I’d love to hear your take on it.

    5 527&528 Cathy Nameth
    4 480&481 The Tylenol Murders
    3 501&502 Circleville Writer
    2 455&456 The Law of Disappearing
    1 475&476 Asha Degree

    I got hooked on your podcast when I first heard your episodes on Jennifer Kesse. Her and Asha Degree’s disappearances have haunted me since I first heard about them, and I know when you research cases like that I’ll learn more. Thank you two for creating a podcast that is one of the things that gives me stability in this wild world.

    I don’t think you’ve covered the Kanika Powell case, and I’d love to hear your take on it.

  • True Crime Garage
    True Crime Garage
    This is fantastic and makes us feel really good to see everyone posting their top 5's of 2021. Cheers to all! Nic

    This is fantastic and makes us feel really good to see everyone posting their top 5's of 2021.
    Cheers to all!
    Nic

  • Johanna
    Johanna Red Lion, PA
    I am in the process of listening to your old podcasts while also keeping up on the new ones. I listen on my commute every day so I can usually get in one old one and the new one for the week every week. So today I started listening to episode 116, Ryan Ferguson, and I’m about half way through the first episode (I know of this story so very interested in your take on it). Then tonight I sit down to watch Amazing race which the latest season premiered last night and I recorded it. And Ryan Ferguson is a contestant!! My mind was blown. So weird I started that episode today and there he is!! I just had to share with you. Thanks for your podcasts. I love them!!

    I am in the process of listening to your old podcasts while also keeping up on the new ones. I listen on my commute every day so I can usually get in one old one and the new one for the week every week. So today I started listening to episode 116, Ryan Ferguson, and I’m about half way through the first episode (I know of this story so very interested in your take on it). Then tonight I sit down to watch Amazing race which the latest season premiered last night and I recorded it. And Ryan Ferguson is a contestant!! My mind was blown. So weird I started that episode today and there he is!! I just had to share with you. Thanks for your podcasts. I love them!!

  • Patty
    Patty Ct
    So I absolutely love your show! I cannot pick 5 or 20 of my favs as I loved them all. I will say Asha Degree is just such a frustrating case. Someone in her circle must know where she was headed. You also discuss on this last podcast how some cases just effect you more than others and no rhyme or reason for it. I totally agree. It will be two years ago in march that I will be retired from the Ct probation department. I was a probation officer for over 20 years and have read some horrible police reports They sit with you. But there is a newer missing person case that haunts me more than anything. I am really not sure why except maybe the events occurred just a few miles from where I worked. So shortly before I retired a mother and daughter went missing. Family members asked the police to do a wellness check. They found the mother beaten to death and from what I remember was located In the bathtub. The 18 month old was not located. Fast forward. The mothers ex and father of the baby was arrested on u related charges. He was held on bond. The baby was never found. The father denies doing anything to his daughter. Two theories. One is he gave the baby to someone who still has her. The other is that he killed his daughter and hid her body. There is a police report you can find online. There is mention of a 911 call that was made from the apartment the night the mother was killed. Not what you would think. Some of my details may be off so I apologize. I just can’t read through all the articles agsin because it really makes me ill . But if you google Ansonia Ct and Vanessa Morales you will find the case. I would love to see some attention brought to this time this unsolved missing person. This poor little baby needs to be found. If you have any ideas on how I could bring some attention to this case I would appreciate some pointers. Thank for all you on this podcast. It makes a difference. Happy new year.

    So I absolutely love your show! I cannot pick 5 or 20 of my favs as I loved them all. I will say Asha Degree is just such a frustrating case. Someone in her circle must know where she was headed. You also discuss on this last podcast how some cases just effect you more than others and no rhyme or reason for it. I totally agree. It will be two years ago in march that I will be retired from the Ct probation department. I was a probation officer for over 20 years and have read some horrible police reports They sit with you. But there is a newer missing person case that haunts me more than anything. I am really not sure why except maybe the events occurred just a few miles from where I worked. So shortly before I retired a mother and daughter went missing. Family members asked the police to do a wellness check. They found the mother beaten to death and from what I remember was located In the bathtub. The 18 month old was not located. Fast forward. The mothers ex and father of the baby was arrested on u related charges. He was held on bond. The baby was never found. The father denies doing anything to his daughter. Two theories. One is he gave the baby to someone who still has her. The other is that he killed his daughter and hid her body. There is a police report you can find online. There is mention of a 911 call that was made from the apartment the night the mother was killed. Not what you would think. Some of my details may be off so I apologize. I just can’t read through all the articles agsin because it really makes me ill . But if you google Ansonia Ct and Vanessa Morales you will find the case. I would love to see some attention brought to this time this unsolved missing person. This poor little baby needs to be found. If you have any ideas on how I could bring some attention to this case I would appreciate some pointers.
    Thank for all you on this podcast. It makes a difference.
    Happy new year.

  • Tim
    Tim PA
    1. Darlie Routier 2. Asha Degree 3. Yogurt Shop Murder 4. Jeffrey MacDonald 5. Murder in Alliance For a story suggestion check on Cosmo DiNardo. Young man from SE PA that went insane, lured a bunch of kids to his family's compound with the promise of drugs, and killed them with his cousin.

    1. Darlie Routier
    2. Asha Degree
    3. Yogurt Shop Murder
    4. Jeffrey MacDonald
    5. Murder in Alliance

    For a story suggestion check on Cosmo DiNardo. Young man from SE PA that went insane, lured a bunch of kids to his family's compound with the promise of drugs, and killed them with his cousin.

  • Natalie
    Natalie IN
    5. LeeAnna Warner 4. The Tylenol Murders 3 . Jeffrey MacDonald 2 . Yogurt Shop Murders 1 . Asha Degree I love your show! You guys are amazing. I enjoy hearing your favorite shows, documentaries, and trailers. I don't have a case to suggest, but the true crime documentary "City of Angels, City of Death" on Hulu is very good and fascinating! Check it out!

    5. LeeAnna Warner
    4. The Tylenol Murders
    3 . Jeffrey MacDonald
    2 . Yogurt Shop Murders
    1 . Asha Degree

    I love your show! You guys are amazing. I enjoy hearing your favorite shows, documentaries, and trailers. I don't have a case to suggest, but the true crime documentary "City of Angels, City of Death" on Hulu is very good and fascinating! Check it out!

  • Emma
    Emma NC
    You should cover Elijah Keever’s case, murder suspect from Wilmington, NC. It’s an interesting case!

    You should cover Elijah Keever’s case, murder suspect from Wilmington, NC. It’s an interesting case!

  • JezMyOpinion
    JezMyOpinion Texas
    Her knife used to cut screen, jewelry wasn't taken at sink where clean up occurred, she named 2 men in her jail letters & freaked out on the stand when asked about it, blood under the glass & vacuum, no cuts on her feet, wine glass was latched wouldn't have been knocked down, Domain didn't bark, motion lites not on, she called media herself to film that grave scene. Her mother had the opportunity a few years ago to go on Dr. Phil? Worldwide attn and any dna testing? She refused. Why? She knows her daughter did this. Her fans say necklace was embedded, had to be surgically removed but it simply fell off when bandage removed. Bruising on her arms prob caused by boys kicking her off. Her wounds were superficial & she didn't know what/where carotid was. She was lucky she didn't kill herself. She was such a light sleeper that she would wake up when Drake turned over in his crib yet she slept through all that? She's guilty. http://www.darlieroutierfactandfiction DOT com

    Her knife used to cut screen, jewelry wasn't taken at sink where clean up occurred, she named 2 men in her jail letters & freaked out on the stand when asked about it, blood under the glass & vacuum, no cuts on her feet, wine glass was latched wouldn't have been knocked down, Domain didn't bark, motion lites not on, she called media herself to film that grave scene. Her mother had the opportunity a few years ago to go on Dr. Phil? Worldwide attn and any dna testing? She refused. Why? She knows her daughter did this. Her fans say necklace was embedded, had to be surgically removed but it simply fell off when bandage removed. Bruising on her arms prob caused by boys kicking her off. Her wounds were superficial & she didn't know what/where carotid was. She was lucky she didn't kill herself. She was such a light sleeper that she would wake up when Drake turned over in his crib yet she slept through all that? She's guilty. http://www.darlieroutierfactandfiction DOT com

  • Drew P Gambino
    Drew P Gambino Cape Cod
    1. Ayla Reynolds 503 504 2. Brice Rhodes 493 494 3. These Damned Hands 478 479 4. Bodies in the Basement 466 467 5. Asha Degree 475 476

    1. Ayla Reynolds 503 504
    2. Brice Rhodes 493 494
    3. These Damned Hands 478 479
    4. Bodies in the Basement 466 467
    5. Asha Degree 475 476

  • Bridget
    Bridget RI
    1) Asha Degree 475/476 This one to me is like the Adelphi case… it’s always in the back of my mind. 2) These Damned Hands 478/479 3) Jeffrey MacDonald 464/465 4) Darlie Routier 489/490 5) Noah Donahoe 458 Honorable Mentions: Chelsea Small 495/496 Darlie Routier 489/490 Great job this year as always. Cheers to 2022!

    1) Asha Degree 475/476 This one to me is like the Adelphi case… it’s always in the back of my mind.
    2) These Damned Hands 478/479
    3) Jeffrey MacDonald 464/465
    4) Darlie Routier 489/490
    5) Noah Donahoe 458

    Honorable Mentions:
    Chelsea Small 495/496
    Darlie Routier 489/490

    Great job this year as always. Cheers to 2022!

  • Janelle
    Janelle IL
    You guys did great last year, excited for what’s to come in 2022! Here’s my Top 5 for 2021: 5. Chelsea Small 4. If I Can’t Have You 3. The Bonebreaker Killer 2. Yogurt Shop Murders: 30 Years Later 1. The Zodiac

    You guys did great last year, excited for what’s to come in 2022! Here’s my Top 5 for 2021:

    5. Chelsea Small
    4. If I Can’t Have You
    3. The Bonebreaker Killer
    2. Yogurt Shop Murders: 30 Years Later
    1. The Zodiac

  • Tom
    Tom Manchester,NH
    5.Trish Haynes 4.The Law of Dissapearing 3.Lee Anna Warner 2.Ayla Reynolds 1.Hunting Humans Look into the case of Nina Obukhov in Bedford,NH murder suicide case

    5.Trish Haynes
    4.The Law of Dissapearing
    3.Lee Anna Warner
    2.Ayla Reynolds
    1.Hunting Humans

    Look into the case of Nina Obukhov in Bedford,NH murder suicide case

  • Jo
    Jo Umbria Italy
    Hi! Please tell me where I can find the music from this episode!! Cheers

    Hi!
    Please tell me where I can find the music from this episode!!
    Cheers

  • Juliana Brockham
    Juliana Brockham Chino Hills, CA
    Better late than never! Also, THANK YOU for the shout out on the first part of Derontae Martin! Made my whole week! ✨ 1- Asha Degree 2- Zodiac 3- Hunting Humans 4- Darlie Routier 5- Jeffrey MacDonald 1- I’ve commented and messaged about covering Asha for years. It’s my #1 case if I had a genie to get solved. I’m with Nic, I picture her terrified self more than I picture any other case and it breaks my heart. 2- Unpopular opinion, I’ve always hated anything Zodiac related because it’s so diluted with theories that when you break it down to facts, he’s just not that interesting to me. But I love that you guys stuck to facts as always and you covered it better than anyone. I’ve gone back and listened to all four parts three times. 3- I knew about Robert Hansen being a terrible serial killer but y’all describing him flying these women to the woods and literally hunting them once he let them go thinking they had a chance will haunt me for life. 4- Everything I’ve watched of Darlie Routier TOLD ME she killed her kids but your unbiased episode makes me 50-50 now. 5- Anything on Jeffrey MacDonald is interesting and to hear your take on a hugely famous case is always exciting. The guy had everything and whether he killed his family or not it’s just a complete waste of human life for all of them.

    Better late than never! Also, THANK YOU for the shout out on the first part of Derontae Martin! Made my whole week! ✨

    1- Asha Degree
    2- Zodiac
    3- Hunting Humans
    4- Darlie Routier
    5- Jeffrey MacDonald

    1- I’ve commented and messaged about covering Asha for years. It’s my #1 case if I had a genie to get solved. I’m with Nic, I picture her terrified self more than I picture any other case and it breaks my heart.
    2- Unpopular opinion, I’ve always hated anything Zodiac related because it’s so diluted with theories that when you break it down to facts, he’s just not that interesting to me. But I love that you guys stuck to facts as always and you covered it better than anyone. I’ve gone back and listened to all four parts three times.
    3- I knew about Robert Hansen being a terrible serial killer but y’all describing him flying these women to the woods and literally hunting them once he let them go thinking they had a chance will haunt me for life.
    4- Everything I’ve watched of Darlie Routier TOLD ME she killed her kids but your unbiased episode makes me 50-50 now.
    5- Anything on Jeffrey MacDonald is interesting and to hear your take on a hugely famous case is always exciting. The guy had everything and whether he killed his family or not it’s just a complete waste of human life for all of them.

  • Juliana Brockham
    Juliana Brockham Chino Hills, CA
    Also…your 500th episode was so much fun and I laughed my ass off the entire time. As much as I enjoy your take on cases, I LOVE when you guys throw out an episode where you answer questions or do Top Lists and we get to hear your personalities come out!

    Also…your 500th episode was so much fun and I laughed my ass off the entire time. As much as I enjoy your take on cases, I LOVE when you guys throw out an episode where you answer questions or do Top Lists and we get to hear your personalities come out!

  • Nykkie
    Nykkie Chicago
    Hey hey guys!!! Just a tiny thought about the Murdaugh murders is it a slight possibility that paul and maggie could be a murder /suicide??? Or even you mentioned that this family were the new caretakers of the property could they have been paid to do this kind of like a hit knowing that they had access to the property? Just a few things that popped in my head while listening to part two I always listen while I’m doing Uber and Lyft! It’s so funny some cases I’m sitting here screaming at my phone or somethings shocking happens and I look at my rearview mirror and my riders have this confused blank stare on their faces and don’t know what to think and then I have to tell them oh I’m listening to the captain and Truecrime garage!! More than not when I say that there’s a lot more fans out there that say oh you listen to them to or I am a true crime podcast fan to it is so funny how big this podcast thing has gotten! I love you guys keep doing the good work I love the heart and soul you guys put it every case!

    Hey hey guys!!! Just a tiny thought about the Murdaugh murders is it a slight possibility that paul and maggie could be a murder /suicide??? Or even you mentioned that this family were the new caretakers of the property could they have been paid to do this kind of like a hit knowing that they had access to the property? Just a few things that popped in my head while listening to part two I always listen while I’m doing Uber and Lyft! It’s so funny some cases I’m sitting here screaming at my phone or somethings shocking happens and I look at my rearview mirror and my riders have this confused blank stare on their faces and don’t know what to think and then I have to tell them oh I’m listening to the captain and Truecrime garage!! More than not when I say that there’s a lot more fans out there that say oh you listen to them to or I am a true crime podcast fan to it is so funny how big this podcast thing has gotten! I love you guys keep doing the good work I love the heart and soul you guys put it every case!

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