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Best Episodes of Crime Junkie

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Whether you’re a seasoned fan or a newcomer looking to add to your collection of beloved true crime podcasts, I’ve curated a list of must-listen episodes that showcase the Crime Junkie’s compelling storytelling, meticulous research, and captivating narratives. From chilling unsolved mysteries to intriguing stories of infamous cases, these episodes will have you hooked and leave you craving more. So, sit back, grab your headphones, and get ready to explore the most enthralling episodes of Crime Junkie!

MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF: Ellen Greenberg

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Ellen Rae Greenberg seemed to have it all until tragedy struck. She was discovered dead in the apartment she shared with her fiancé, and police quickly ruled it a suicide—despite the shocking fact that she had sustained 20 stab wounds. Her devastated parents, convinced she was murdered, have embarked on a relentless quest for justice. Their determined search for answers has cast a spotlight on glaring inconsistencies in the investigation, leaving many to wonder: what really happened to Ellen Rae Greenberg?

MISSING: Bryce Laspisa

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On August 27, 2013, Bryce Laspisa’s behavior took a sudden and unsettling turn, alarming his friends just days into his sophomore year. Planning a trip home to see his parents, what should have been a straightforward 7-hour drive spiraled into a bewildering 30-hour odyssey. The mystery deepened when, at 5:30 am on August 30th, Bryce’s car was discovered overturned—but Bryce himself was nowhere to be found.

MISSING: Asha Degree

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In February 2000, 9-year-old Asha Degree carefully packed her book bag and waited for the perfect moment to sneak out of her North Carolina home. To this day, the reasons behind her sudden departure remain a mystery. Seen walking alone along Highway 18 at 4 a.m., Asha vanished into the night. The enigma deepened as her belongings began appearing along that same highway, scattered over 26 miles and 18 months. The baffling trail of clues has left investigators and Asha’s family grasping for answers in a case that continues to confound and captivate.

SERIAL KILLER: Charlie Brandt

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In 2004, a seemingly ordinary man committed an unthinkable crime, leaving police and friends in shock, struggling to understand what drove him to snap. The mystery deepened until his older sister stepped forward, unveiling a dark family secret that would dramatically alter the course of the investigation. This startling revelation not only shed light on his actions but also turned the entire case on its head, captivating all who followed the story.

WANTED: Austin Yogurt Shop Killer

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In the early ’90s, Austin, TX was rocked to its core when four young girls were brutally assaulted, murdered, and set ablaze inside an ICBY store. The crime shocked the community, and four men were swiftly accused. Yet, doubts about their guilt have lingered ever since. Recently, these doubts have intensified with the advent of new DNA technology, uncovering the presence of an unknown perpetrator’s DNA at the crime scene. This revelation has reignited the mystery, leaving everyone wondering who really committed this horrific act.

CAPTURED: Jennifer Pan

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The Pan Family appeared to have it all until a horrifying home invasion shattered their world in the most brutal way imaginable. The seemingly perfect facade was torn apart, revealing a night of terror that would leave an indelible mark on their lives.

CONSPIRACY: Ray Gricar

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In 2005, what began as a day of playing hooky for Ray Gricar spiraled into a perplexing mystery that has left friends, family, and the world speculating about a potential conspiracy. As clues dwindled and theories abounded, the enigma of Ray’s disappearance has continued to captivate and confound all who seek the truth.

INFAMOUS: Las Cruces Bowling Alley Massacre

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A typical Saturday morning at the bowling alley took a shocking and brutal turn, shaking a New Mexico town to its very foundations.

SERIAL KILLER: Israel Keyes

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Meet Israel Keyes—the most chilling name you’ve probably never heard of. Officials believe this elusive predator hunted and killed across the US and beyond from as early as 1997 to 2012. His dark and twisted escapades make him one of the most terrifying figures lurking in the shadows of true crime lore.

MURDERED: Robert Wone

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This might just be the quirkiest murder case Crime Junkie has covered. Enter the tale of Robert Wone, who faced a brutal attack while staying in a friend’s DC guest room. With a staged crime scene, a fishy timeline, and three tight-lipped suspects, the mystery of what happened in the Swann Street house on August 2, 2006, has all the twists and turns of a true crime rollercoaster.

MISSING: Katelin Akens

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In December 2015, Katelin was all set to board a plane from VA to AZ. She texted her mom that she’d made it to the airport and that her phone was dying, promising to text later. But Katelin never got on that flight, and she hasn’t been seen since. The investigation into her disappearance will make you question everything about Katelin’s last day. By the end, you’ll be left wondering whose story can be trusted in this baffling mystery.

BWBRSA: Operation Fireball

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Thanks to the podcast Something Was Wrong, Ashley uncovered a tale that left her utterly shaken. She’s convinced there’s a larger, undetected operation at play, and she needs your help to crack the case! Tune in, write in, and join the quest to solve this mystery. 

SURVIVED: Elizabeth Smart

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In 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart was snatched from her Salt Lake City bedroom at knifepoint in the dead of night. For over nine months, she was held captive by a cunning predator who managed to keep her hidden in plain sight. This unbelievable tale of survival is as thrilling as it is inspiring, shedding light on a story that captivated the nation.

MURDERED: Oklahoma Girl Scouts

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One of Oklahoma’s most chilling tales revolves around the tragic murder of three young Girl Scouts on their first night of camp. A Native American man was accused of the heinous crime, but decades later, the mystery endures as many still question whether the true culprit slipped through the cracks. This haunting story continues to intrigue and baffle those who seek the truth.

MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF: Lauren Agee

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What started as a fun-filled wakeboarding festival took a dark turn when a young woman’s body was found floating in the lake. Her family was told it was an accident, but they soon began to suspect that her friends might be hiding something. The mystery surrounding her death casts a shadow over the event, leaving everyone wondering what really happened.

MURDERED: Pamela Butler and Marta Rodriguez

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When a successful career woman vanishes in Washington, D.C., her family instantly senses something is amiss. The investigation takes a twisting, turning path that eventually circles back to the beginning. Determined to uncover the truth, her family’s relentless pursuit of justice leads to a jaw-dropping conclusion that no one saw coming.