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Trace Evidence is a weekly true crime podcast that focuses on unsolved cases, from chilling murders to missing persons. Join host Steven Pacheco as he examines each case, diving deep into the evidence and exploring the theories which revolve around them. For each unsolved case, there are the victims and their families, who want answers and the abductors and murders who hide the truth.

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Trace Evidence Steven Pacheco

    • True Crime
    • 4.6 • 322 Ratings

Trace Evidence is a weekly true crime podcast that focuses on unsolved cases, from chilling murders to missing persons. Join host Steven Pacheco as he examines each case, diving deep into the evidence and exploring the theories which revolve around them. For each unsolved case, there are the victims and their families, who want answers and the abductors and murders who hide the truth.

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    196 - The Disappearance of Pamela Tinsley

    196 - The Disappearance of Pamela Tinsley

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    On a warm, lazy Sunday afternoon, nineteen year old Pamela Tinsley decided to take a ride down to one of her favorite Oklahoma City spots -- Lake Overholser. She'd had a rough few weeks and really needed a break from the hectic rat race of life. She never could have imagined that she wouldn't make it back home.

    According to friends at the Lake that day, Pam accepted an offer from a man she didn't know. He's drive her a ride around the lake on his motorcycle and then drop her right back off where he found her. Pam agreed, but neither was ever seen again.

    For more than twenty years investigators believed that Pam had been abducted by this lone, unknown man until an anonymous caller changed everything. Quickly the view of detectives shifted from this stranger to the people who last saw Pam alive -- her so-called friends and roommates who may have had a reason to want to see her gone.

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    195 - The Mysterious Death of Robert Hamrick

    195 - The Mysterious Death of Robert Hamrick

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    On a cold winter morning in March of 1970, Rock Creek, Ohio Police Chief Robert Hamrick radioed in that he was involved in a high speed pursuit. He never called in again. Hours later a deputy moving through the area came upon the scene of a hideous accident.

    Chief Hamrick was found lying across the front seat of his cruisers whose lights and engine were off. He had sustained massive head and chest injuries and was barely clinging to life. Despite being flown to Cleveland for emergency brain surgery, Chief Hamrick succumbed to his injuries just nine days later.

    While the Ashtabula County Sheriff's Department ultimately ruled Chief Hamrick's death to be the result of a car accident, rumors and speculation suggested something more sinister. Many believed there had been a massive cover up to conceal the truth: that Chief Hamrick was lured to that isolated stretch of road, ambushed and viciously beaten.

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    • 1 hr 38 min
    Special Q&A

    Special Q&A

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    This week I'm crisscrossing the country, making my way to CrimeCon in Last Vegas. Taking a break from our usually scheduled episode releases, Trace Evidence brings to you an episode driven by you, the listener. Host Steven Pacheco answers questions submitted by listeners and also addresses the progress being made on Episode 195, set to release next week!

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    194 - The Disappearance of Irina Malezhik - Part 2

    194 - The Disappearance of Irina Malezhik - Part 2

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    On a cool October afternoon in 2007, forty-seven year old Irina Malezhik walked out of her Brighton Beach apartment and mysteriously vanished. Nearly two years later, the FBI finally identified the prime suspect: Dmitriy Yakovlev. However, what they believed was an investigation into identity theft would quickly become something much more hideous.

    While the FBI dug into Dmitriy they quickly uncovered a complex history in which Yakovlev had been the last person to see Irina alive, but also two others; Michael Klein and Viktor Alexseyev. Klein, like Irina, has never been found. Alexseyev's dismembered remains were found just a few weeks after he was last seen alive.

    Quickly investigators uncovered a pattern; every two years someone Dmitriy knew vanished and within days he, and his wife, would reap the benefits of the missing persons bank account. It soon became clear that Dmitriy wasn't just an identity thief, but an active and previously undetected serial killer.

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    • 55 min
    193 - The Disappearance of Irina Malezhik - Part 1

    193 - The Disappearance of Irina Malezhik - Part 1

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    Forty-seven year old Irina Malezhik mysteriously disappeared from Brooklyn after leaving her Brighton Beach apartment in October of 2007. Employed at the time as a Russian translator for the Federal Court system, tackling cases involving the Russian mafia, many were concerned that Irina had been targeted by someone from the mob.

    However, as the FBI began digging into the case they quickly discovered that someone was using Irina's identity to make large purchases; expensive clothes, watches and linens. They'd even gone and withdrawn thousands of dollars from her bank account. That trail did not lead to organized from, but to a married couple with a direct connection to the missing woman.

    What began as a case surrounding identity theft quickly developed into something more intense. Soon, they discovered a second missing person tied to the married couple. Then, the dismembered remains of a third were also linked to the identity thieves. It became quite clear; this was not just a one off crime, but a series of murders and disappearances driven by greed at the hand of a yet unidentified serial killer.

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    • 54 min
    192 - The Disappearance of Sandra Prince - Part 2

    192 - The Disappearance of Sandra Prince - Part 2

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    Sandra Prince was well known throughout Florida's Bay Avenue for her dedication to the community, her craft real estate acquisitions and for being one of the nicest and kindest friends and neighbors you could ever want. For much of Sandra's life, things had gone just the way she'd wanted them to until the night she vanished.

    For months investigators struggled to gain a foothold on Sandra's life. Notoriously private, few people knew exactly what she was up to nor who she spent time with. Eventually, one name came to the surface: Earl Pippin. Pippin worked as a contractor for Sandra and, reportedly, had been in a relationship with her for close to five years.

    Nine long months after her disappearance, the Temple Terrace Police officially named Pippin as a person of interest in the case. The hunt for Sandra's remains began in earnest as detectives had few reasons to believe the missing woman might still be alive. Pippin, allegedly the sole beneficiary to her estate, valued at nearly $3 million, quickly became the central focus of their investigation.

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    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
322 Ratings

322 Ratings

JW691 ,

Favourite !

This is my absolute favourite podcast ! Created with such respect and thought to families and victims. Appreciate greatly how much work goes into each episode… and Steven’s voice just has this tone that is just so comforting- despite the subject matter !

kudosking ,

One of the best of its kind

There are a lot of true crime podcasts out there so for me it comes down to the host and this guy is among the best in my opinion.Keep up the good work.5 stars.

morganebony_ ,

Great stories, terrible reporting

I wanted to give this podcast a good go but it’s virtually unlistenable to me. I love the choice in stories, but the host is SO repetitive that it makes it hard to listen to. Yes, sometimes I need a little reminder of a fact from the start of the episode, but this podcast seems to tell the story multiple times and for some reason continues to repeat aspects over and over again.

I feel the cases aren’t covered in depth like many other podcasts do, and this seems to be making way for the second half of the episode to be based around theories. This would be fine if it wasn’t so repetitive. We generally hear at least part of the police theory in the main story, and then we hear the exact same thing repeated in the second half, often multiple times. I also don’t particularly care to hear about the hosts theories. I have heard the host say multiple times “the evidence doesn’t support this theory” or something along those lines, when there is no evidence. There isn’t any evidence so I don’t know how they can say “the evidence doesn’t support the theory of foul play” (as an example) when there is literally no evidence at all. There isn’t evidence to prove or disprove the theory, and I feel like there is bias coming in and instead of it being “there isn’t evidence”, the host should say “I don’t agree with this theory”. Saying there is no evidence to prove a theory is just poor reporting since there is also no evidence to disprove the theory, and the host is just trying to push the narrative towards his theory rather than following fact.

I appreciate what the host is trying to do, but I find this podcast genuinely painful to listen to. Reading other reviews from years ago, it seems like this has been a problem for a long time and it doesn’t appear that the host is willing to listen to feedback and address the listener feedback, which makes me not even want to support the podcast unfortunately.

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