7 episodes

Millionaire businesswoman Pamela Hargan and her youngest daughter Helen are found dead in their family home in McLean, Virginia. The strange and haunting crime scene puzzled investigators – was it a murder-suicide or was it staged to look like one? There was conflicting evidence all around. 48 Hours correspondent Peter Van Sant examines the suspenseful case in this 6-episode series, Blood is Thicker: The Hargan Family Killings. Detectives try to untangle mixed motives from mother-daughter discord, to sibling rivalry, jealousy and a family fortune. Find out if blood is really thicker when it comes to the Hargan family.

Blood is Thicker: The Hargan Family Killings 48 Hours

    • True Crime
    • 4.2 • 65 Ratings

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Millionaire businesswoman Pamela Hargan and her youngest daughter Helen are found dead in their family home in McLean, Virginia. The strange and haunting crime scene puzzled investigators – was it a murder-suicide or was it staged to look like one? There was conflicting evidence all around. 48 Hours correspondent Peter Van Sant examines the suspenseful case in this 6-episode series, Blood is Thicker: The Hargan Family Killings. Detectives try to untangle mixed motives from mother-daughter discord, to sibling rivalry, jealousy and a family fortune. Find out if blood is really thicker when it comes to the Hargan family.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Home From Texas

    Home From Texas

    Pamela Hargan lived in a wealthy Virginia suburb, surrounded by family: her daughters Megan and Helen and her granddaughter all lived with her in her million-dollar home. From the outside, the Hargan women had it all. But when Pamela and Helen were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide, detectives had to ask: what was going on inside the Hargan household?

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    • 26 min
    The Boyfriend

    The Boyfriend

    On the day that Helen Hargan and her mother Pamela were found dead, Helen's boyfriend Carlos spent hours convincing 911 dispatchers to send help to the Hargan house. By the time police arrived, it was too late. But Carlos' story would blow a hole in the theory that the Hargan killings were a murder-suicide.

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    • 27 min
    A Killer in Plain Sight

    A Killer in Plain Sight

    When detectives started investigating the deaths of Helen and Pamela Hargan, they came to a much different conclusion than the first responders on the scene. This was not a murder-suicide; it was a double homicide. But who could have killed the mother and daughter? Police began to zoom in on a single, shocking suspect.

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    • 27 min
    The Impersonator

    The Impersonator

    Investigators think they know who killed the Hargan women, but can't seem to get a confession. Then, a representative from Capital One bank sent them recordings of some strange phone calls made the day before the shootings. Someone pretending to be Pamela Hargan called the bank wanting a wire transfer for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Those recordings would expose a motive.

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    • 28 min
    Toe on the Trigger

    Toe on the Trigger

    Detectives finally arrest a suspect in the Hargan family murders. But at trial, defense attorneys argue a new theory for how the killings might have happened. And that theory might cast enough doubt to throw the entire trial into question.

    Get early, ad-free access to episodes of Blood is Thicker: The Hargan Family Killings by subscribing to 48 Hours Plus on Apple Podcasts or Wondery+ on the Wondery app. The series is widely available everywhere else you get your podcasts.

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    • 23 min
    The Aftermath

    The Aftermath

    How to make sense of this incomprehensible tragedy? Detective Brian Byerson has been in touch with Ashley Hargan weekly since her mother and sister were killed. She not only testified at trial; she made some dramatic moves after she discovered the truth.

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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

wallyholly15 ,

Good but…

INSANE to be that this much air time would be given to someone believing that Covid is why they died. Kind of takes some credibility out of this. That’s way too much attention paid to someone who’s that detached from reality.

jjacobac ,

Too long

This could have been an hour story. The way it’s recorded confuses the timeline.

mwgp79 ,

Awesome!

This is a really good podcast.
Super intriguing, well told without too many unnecessary details or repetitive bits.

The best part is all the actual evidence that is in the podcast. From 911 calls, to recorded calls from all different places ie: the bank, the boyfriend etc, as well as police interviews so you actually hear the story in real life and not told by someone.

100% recommend.

I wish all the episodes were out

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