Buried Bones - a historical true crime podcast with Kate Winkler Dawson and Paul Holes

Buried Bones - a historical true crime podcast with Kate Winkler Dawson and Paul Holes

By Exactly Right Media – the original true crime comedy network

On Buried Bones, journalist Kate Winkler Dawson and retired investigator Paul Holes dissect some of history’s most compelling true crime cases from centuries ago. Together, they explore these very old cases through a 21st century lens. With their years of expertise and knowledge of modern forensics, they reflect on how far science has come and bring new insight to old mysteries.  Together, Kate and Paul have examined many cases including the 1932 Lindbergh baby kidnapping, the first time fingerprinting was used as evidence in a courtroom and a possible serial killer in 1960s Nashville. They ask, was the right person convicted or was someone wrongfully accused? See pictures, diagrams and evidence from each case on Instagram @buriedbonespod. Buried Bones is part of the Exactly Right podcast network that provides a platform for bold, creative voices to bring to life provocative, entertaining and relatable stories for audiences everywhere. The Exactly Right roster of podcasts covers a variety of topics including true crime, comedic interviews, news, science, pop culture and more. The network is home to My Favorite Murder hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, This Podcast Will Kill You, That's Messed Up: An SVU Podcast, Tenfold More Wicked and more.

Episodes

Boy Genius

In this week's episode Kate and Paul take us to a town outside of Pittsburgh in 1902 where multiple murders take place in a single-family home. The suspect is caught in the act. But did they act alone?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/02/24·57m 55s

Bedside Manner

On today's episode, Paul and Kate head to 1975 New Jersey where a hospital sees a string of unlikely deaths in their patients. After some interesting toxicology and an eventful trial, is it enough to hold the suspect accountable?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/02/24·1h 1m

High School Sweethearts PT 2

In this conclusion of a two-part episode, Kate and Paul return to Lane County, Oregon to discuss DNA collection and analysis. Could that possibly be how the perpetrator of this double-murder is finally apprehended?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/01/24·53m 16s

High School Sweethearts PT 1

In this week's episode, the first part of a two-parter, Paul and Kate head to 1970s rural Oregon where a young couple has gone missing after a trip to the river. After a harrowing search, bodies are found, but far more questions than answers emerge. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/01/24·57m 18s

Smoke and Shadows

On today's episode, Kate and Paul travel to 1845 Boston where a hysterical man emerges from a burning house leaving behind a single dead body. What should be a simple case becomes a wildly unique one thanks to a strategy by the defense. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/01/24·1h 2m

Gone Astray

On this week's episode, Paul and Kate head back to 1903 Fairfield, CA where a wealthy woman doesn't return home from a hike, alarming her staff. After a long search and possible sightings along the coast, was foul play involved? Or was this an escape? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/01/24·1h 2m

If There's a Will PT 2

In this second part of a two-part episode, Kate and Paul return to 1830 Salem, Massachusetts to unravel the murder of a mogul in his mansion. Those who stand to inherit his wealth and the staff closest to him are all theoretically implicated, but who actually committed this heinous crime?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/12/23·49m 1s

If There's a Will PT 1

In this week’s episode Paul and Kate head back to 1830 Salem, Massachusetts for the first part of a two-part episode where an elderly man as wealthy as he is reviled is found dead in his mansion. With a long list of family and staff under suspicion, you'll be wise to get out your pen and paper.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/12/23·1h 9m

A Family Affair

On today's episode, Kate and Paul begin in Atlanta, Georgia in 1952 where a woman's husband is found dead shortly after the death of her child. Once she remarries and life insurance policies are taken out, can anything be done to keep her family safe?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/11/23·55m 32s

Manhunt

In this week's episode Paul and Kate head back to turn-of-the-century Northern California, where a suspicious man enters the picture of a well-off farming family. A single evening becomes the focus of our attention as tensions come to a head between everyone involved. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/11/23·1h 19m

Murder in Notting Hill PT 2

In the second part of this two-part episode, Kate and Paul are back in 1931 London trying to narrow down suspects in the murder of a 10-year-old girl. Under the forensic guidance of the legendary Bernard Spilsbury, the body and the evidence are expertly analyzed in this tragic case. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/11/23·53m 22s

Murder in Notting Hill PT 1

In this first part of a two-part episode, Paul and Kate head to 1931 London where a 10-year-old girl goes missing after running a quick errand at her aunt's home. After her body is found, the police do a thorough investigation uncovering much more than first meets the eye. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/23·48m 1s

Murder on the Menu

In this week’s episode, Kate and Paul head to 1950s Georgia where a string of deaths seems to surround an industrious young woman. Will the ensuing investigation prove they were coincidences or is something more malevolent going on?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/10/23·51m 5s

Check the Fine Print

Paul and Kate head to early 1900s England where a shopkeeper and his wife are found brutally beaten to death. After the investigation leans heavily on very nascent fingerprinting evidence, would the jury convict? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/10/23·1h 8m

The Sausage King

In this week’s episode, Kate and Paul head to 1897 Chicago where a sausage kingpin has engaged in some risky business and his wife has gone missing. Biology and science play huge roles in a trial that features the first testimony of a forensic anthropologist. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/10/23·57m 12s

The Meeks Family Murder

On today’s episode, Paul and Kate travel to 1894 Lynn County, Missouri where a young girl's story of survival after the murder of her family sets the stage for this episode. As an investigation seeks to verify her story, details emerge that make this an almost movie-like thrilling case. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/10/23·1h 1m

No Reservations

On this week's episode, Kate and Paul head to Soho, NY in 1885 where a restaurant owner is found dead in the middle of the day. Beyond a very robust crime scene, the investigation uncovers the interesting history of the victim and immigration in the US at the time.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/09/23·1h 1m

The Dayton Strangler

In this week's episode Paul and Kate go to early 1900s Ohio where a young girl sneaks out of a family gathering and doesn't return.  After her body is found and the circumstances are weighed a massive manhunt uncovers some disturbing patterns. Is there a Serial Killer in Dayton?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/09/23·1h 20m

House Calls PT 2

In this second part of a two-part episode set in the Northeast in 1937, Kate and Paul explore the investigation that sees a suspect apprehended AND THEN some truly unexpected accusations are made.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/09/23·51m 5s

House Calls PT 1

Paul and Kate travel all over the Northeast in 1937 for the first part of a double-header. A man is awoken in his car and soon after not one, but two bodies are found inside. But the driver's arrest is only the start of this very involved case.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/09/23·59m 13s

Bugged

In this episode, Kate and Paul go to 1958 Canada where a young girl doesn't come home when expected and soon after is found dead. An equally young suspect was quickly apprehended in a historic case that changed the Canadian legal system forever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/08/23·48m 31s

Hannah Mary Tabbs

In this week’s episode, Paul and Kate travel to late 1897 Pennsylvania where a torso is discovered on a shore and a suspect is named soon after. But when more characters come to light surrounding the suspect, the picture gets complicated very quickly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/08/23·1h 16m

Look Out

Kate and Paul head way back to 1700s London where a robbery gone wrong ends up becoming a triple homicide.  When someone involved confesses limited involvement, circumstantial evidence plays a pivotal role in their sentencing.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/08/23·50m 42s

Off to the Races

In this episode, Paul and Kate travel to 1840s England where a man with a winning ticket at the racetrack dies suddenly under very suspicious circumstances.  When the detectives follow the money, a horrifying realization leads them in the right direction.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/08/23·1h 1m

The Somerton Man

On today’s episode, Kate and Paul go to 1948 Australia where a man is discovered alive one day and dead the next in the very same place.  After quite some time, a determined professor shows us the value of good evidence preservation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/07/23·1h 21m

Crumbles Beach

In this week’s episode, Paul and Kate head to 1920 England where a 17-year-old typist has taken herself on vacation and subsequently goes missing.  When her body is found on the outskirts of town, a legendary investigator is brought in to help assess the evidence and find her possible killers.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/07/23·1h 6m

Warning Bell

On today's episode, Kate and Paul go back to late 1800s Virginia where a farmer finds his wife murdered. After ringing the bell to alert the neighbors of the incident, does the killer return to the scene of the crime or will an investigation produce a suspect? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/07/23·1h 15m

The Black Widows of Liverpool

In this episode, Paul and Kate head to Liverpool in the late 1800s where guests at a boarding house are dying in suspiciously similar circumstances. Add in the element of life insurance and a case starts to form that makes for a very captivating journey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/07/23·1h 2m

A Bridge Too Far PT 2

In this week's conclusion of a two-part series, Kate and Paul return to Dayton, Ohio in 1896 for the complicated investigation around an alleged suicide. More evidence and additional characters emerge surrounding the death of a young woman. It all leads to some courtroom theatrics and a harrowing verdict.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/06/23·54m 1s

A Bridge Too Far PT 1

On today's episode, Paul and Kate head to 1896 Dayton, Ohio for the first part of a two-part series. A woman is found in the river after a suspected suicide, but a persistent police chief starts to uncover concerns as he investigates. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/06/23·51m 54s

Family Ties

In this episode, Kate and Paul head to 1984 Iowa where a mobile home is engulfed in flames, but the owner's body is found four days later unburnt. As more people turn up murdered, can investigators find enough of a thread between the cases?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/06/23·57m 39s

Make it a Double

In this week's episode, Paul and Kate travel to 1922 San Francisco to discuss a suspected suicide. When the body is found with several gunshot wounds, the ballistics and circumstances surrounding those involved make this a fascinating case. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/05/23·55m 50s

Sounds Guilty

On today's episode, Kate and Paul take us to 1883 Long Island where a murder and a string of robberies confound police. Voice recognition from a blind victim leads police on a manhunt that takes them far from where they first were looking. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/05/23·1h 3m

The Game's Afoot PT 2

In this second part of a two-part series, Paul and Kate return to 1936 Boston to complete their analysis of a wealthy heiress and the disappearance of her boyfriend. A violent figure from the victim’s life appears, and the subsequent court case displays some of the more complicated elements of our legal system. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/05/23·46m 2s

The Game's Afoot PT 1

In this week's episode, Kate and Paul head to 1936 Massachusetts to learn about the murder of a woman whose severed legs were discovered in a river. In this first part of a two-part series, we learn about the suspects and the discovery of a crime scene. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/05/23·46m 20s

The Ties That Bind

In this week's episode, Paul and Kate go to 1967 Scotland where a young woman is found murdered in a small cemetery. Using the unique evidence found at the scene and testimony of some of the locals, a suspect is found. But is it enough for a conviction?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/05/23·1h 6m

Bad Reputation

In this episode, Kate and Paul are in 1882 Sioux Falls looking at a murder victim within a very suspicious crime scene. With multiple suspects, one person’s character is weighed heavily on the scales of justice.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/04/23·55m 34s

The Great Sheedy Murder Trial

On today's episode, Paul and Kate head to 1891 Lincoln, NE to discuss the case of a murder victim who was notorious city-wide. As the investigation unfolds, the multiple attempts on the victim's life paint a truly remarkable picture that leads to a grueling trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/04/23·57m 44s

Fare Shot

Kate and Paul look to South Carolina in 1961 where a cab driver is shot while behind the wheel.  We learn about some fascinating ballistics work and keen crime scene methodology en route to closing the case.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/04/23·1h 5m

The Woman in the Well PT 2

In this conclusion of last week's case, Paul and Kate return to 1799 Manhattan for a legal battle involving some of the most famous names of the era. After 75 witnesses take the stand, the outcome of the case is as shocking as the case itself.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/03/23·53m 2s

The Woman in the Well PT 1

In this episode, Kate and Paul go to Manhattan in 1799 to analyze the curious circumstances of the death of a newlywed woman. In this first part of a two-part story, we learn about boarding houses and how culture and society played a part in this case.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/03/23·55m 9s

Sacred Heart

In this week’s episode, Paul and Kate go back to 1960 McAllen, Texas where a young churchgoing woman goes missing after attending confession. A suspect is implicated but unique circumstances lead to this case staying open for far too long.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/03/23·1h 3m

The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

On today’s episode Kate and Paul go to WWI era France to discuss the case of a prolific conman.  While he successfully defrauded many people, forensic evidence and victim statements play a key part in identifying this week's subject.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/03/23·1h 8m

The Bushy-Haired Man PT 2

In part two of the Dr. Sam Sheppard case, Paul and Kate return to 1954 Ohio to examine the police-work and court case of Dr. Sam Sheppard in the murder of his pregnant wife, Marilyn. The twists and turns of the ensuing saga are, to say the least, unexpected. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/03/23·1h 11m

The Bushy-Haired Man PT 1

In this episode, Kate and Paul cover the case of Dr. Sam Sheppard and his slain wife, Marilyn, in 1954 Ohio.  They explore the marriage and analyze the gruesome crime scene in the first part of this two-part episode.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/02/23·45m 37s

Lover's Lane

Paul and Kate head to Montana in 1956 where a young couple is murdered at a remote location.  The suspects are plenty but the pool is narrowed down using well preserved evidence from the scene.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/02/23·50m 51s

Close to the Chest

In this week's episode Kate and Paul go to 1889 Pittsburgh where a well-known Black restaurant owner is found dead at the bottom of a staircase. A revolver is found on a table next to several empty beer bottles and two female suspects claim to know nothing. Was he murdered?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/23·55m 51s

The Trolley Problem

On today’s episode Paul and Kate are in 1927 Oakland, California as they sort out the cold case of 15-year-old Mabel Mayer. The victim was murdered just a few blocks from her home. Can victimology help solve the mystery? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/01/23·58m 24s

The Wayside Café

Kate and Paul take us to 1963 rural Idaho, where the owners of a small road-side diner and their son are involved in a murder.  Victimology and perspectives of the scene help paint a more complicated picture than you'd expect.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/01/23·1h 1m

Northern Exposure

In this week's episode Paul and Kate head to 1953 Vancouver, BC where two bodies are discovered in a park. Due to nature's toll on the evidence, the bodies remain unidentified until a breakthrough in detective work decades later helps change the outcome.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/01/23·53m 1s

Coincidence or Connection?

On today’s episode Kate and Paul are in 1960's Nashville as they analyze the deaths of three young girls.  Their locations and circumstances are similar, but was this a serial killer?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/01/23·59m 32s

An Aviator King’s Ransom

Paul and Kate go to 1932 New York to cover the kidnapping of aviator Charles Lindbergh’s 20-month-old son. Police track down a suspect, but the case is circumstantial, and the accused is pointing to someone else.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/12/22·1h 7m

A Bad Wrap

In this week’s episode, Kate and Paul take us to 1935 Great Britain to discuss the murders of two women whose bodies were found floating in a creek. The investigation gets aided by some very unusual sources en route to solving a rather grisly case.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/12/22·53m 55s

Overkill PT 2

In part two of the Jeff MacDonald case, Paul and Kate return to 1970 Fort Bragg to analyze the investigation and court cases that came from the death of McDonald's wife and two children. With the inclusion of over a thousand pieces of evidence, and multiple trials, this saga has a truly harrowing conclusion.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/11/22·53m 32s

Overkill PT 1

In the first half of this two-part episode, Paul and Kate investigate the 1970 military base murder of Jeff MacDonald’s family while he, a Green Beret Surgeon, was found alive at the scene in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Evidence suggests a home invasion, but things aren’t adding up.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/11/22·57m 42s

An Unsettled Debt

In this week’s episode, Kate and Paul survey the 1884 Boston case involving a doctor, a Harvard Professor, and a janitor.  An unpaid debt and some citizen-led investigation leads to a crack in this case. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/11/22·1h 5m

Soldiers of Fortune

On today’s episode, Paul and Kate take us to Revolutionary War times where we explore the case of an affluent woman trapped in an unhealthy marriage who meets a young wayward soldier.  Adding the politics of the time, multiple hit men, and an American judicial landmark, this case is not to be missed.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/11/22·1h 3m

The Windowsill

Kate and Paul explore the first ever case to use fingerprinting in court.  We travel to 1910s Chicago to learn about a Black man arrested for the killing of a White family in a case that changed detective work forever.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/10/22·1h 2m

Mrs. Dr. Crippen PT 2

In part-two of this two-part episode, Paul and Kate pick up the case of Dr. Crippen in 1910s London where Dr. Crippen and his mistress have now gone missing, his wife is nowhere to be found, and a body has been discovered in the basement. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/10/22·1h 1m

Mrs. Dr. Crippen PT 1

In part-one of this two-part episode, Kate and Paul dive into 1910s London to examine the disappearance of a wealthy doctor’s wife. A body is found in the doctor’s basement…was it his wife’s? Or was someone else murdered?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/10/22·54m 1s

Death at the Windmill

In this episode, Paul and Kate explore the death of 34-year-old Lee Camp from Hanford, CA.  In 1924, Camp appears to have fallen from the roof of a windmill on his foster parents’ ranch, but a subsequent autopsy shows that may not be what killed him.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/10/22·54m 55s

Stalked

On today's episode, Kate and Paul assess the evidence left at the scene of a Fresno, CA murder in 1935. Teenager Mary Louise Stammer is killed at home with her parents absent. But before the killer vanishes, he leaves behind clues.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/09/22·59m 28s

Coyote Flat

Episode three takes us to 1920s Eureka, CA. Kate and Paul follow the case of Jack Ryan, a Native American accused of murdering a young couple by a notoriously bigoted DA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/09/22·1h 4m

Overdrive

In episode two, Paul and Kate take us to 1930's Utah to figure out how a physician husband, a jilted lover, and a Persian Prince play into the vehicular homicide of Dorothy Moormeister. Buried Bones sources and show notes can be found at www.exactlyrightmedia.com/buriedbonesources. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/09/22·1h 2m

The Valet Did It?

On the first episode of Buried Bones, Kate and Paul cover the death, and potential murder, of Manhattan millionaire William Marsh Rice. A valet, a dubious attorney, and toxicology all loom large in this early 1900's case. Buried Bones sources and show notes can be found at www.exactlyrightmedia.com/buriedbonessources. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/09/22·1h 10m

Introducing: Buried Bones

Each week, Buried Bones explores some of history’s most dramatic true crime cases from centuries ago. Using their individual expertise, journalist Kate Winkler Dawson and retired cold case investigator Paul Holes bring new insights to old mysteries, like the Lindbergh kidnapping, the assassination of President James Garfield, and the suspected murder of the founder of Rice University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/08/22·2m 3s
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