8 episodes

In the border city of Ciudad Juárez, hundreds of women have gone missing. The ones that are found have strange symbols carved on their bodies, some have their wrists bound with shoelaces. All are discarded like garbage. The story of Forgotten investigates theories about what or who is responsible—a serial killer, organ traffickers, a Satanic Cult—and pursues an investigation with law enforcement on both sides of the border, terrified witnesses and corrupt authorities

Forgotten: Women of Juárez iHeartRadio

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8, 99 Ratings

In the border city of Ciudad Juárez, hundreds of women have gone missing. The ones that are found have strange symbols carved on their bodies, some have their wrists bound with shoelaces. All are discarded like garbage. The story of Forgotten investigates theories about what or who is responsible—a serial killer, organ traffickers, a Satanic Cult—and pursues an investigation with law enforcement on both sides of the border, terrified witnesses and corrupt authorities

    6. Eyewitness

    6. Eyewitness

    Journalist Alfredo Corchado interviews an eyewitness from the Juárez underworld, who claims to know what's happening to the murdered women. A suspect is arrested in Sagrario Gonzalez's case. And the FBI begins a secret cross-border operation.
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    • 46 min
    Bonus: Crossing Into Juárez

    Bonus: Crossing Into Juárez

    In this bonus episode, Mónica gives us a sneak peak into the side of Juárez that is often discussed, but rarely understood. We meet cultural anthropologist and border expert Howard Campbell, who has deeply researched the various criminal networks at work in Ciudad Juárez by spending time on the ground. We'll be back next week with a new episode that takes us even further into the Juárez underworld.
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    • 8 min
    5. The Devil's Lawyer

    5. The Devil's Lawyer

    Doubts about the bus drivers' guilt in the Cotton Field murders inspire two prominent lawyers to come to their defense. The lawyers question the police investigation and start to receive threats. Dante Almarez, the "Devil's Lawyer," is on a personal mission to uncover the truth of who is responsible for the murders of the women.
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    • 34 min
    4. The Cotton Field

    4. The Cotton Field

    It's 2001 and eight women's bodies are discovered in a well trafficked area of Ciudad Juárez. Oz and Mónica visit the site of the mass grave with the former chief forensic investigator and take a closer look at some unusual crime scene details. Two suspects confess to the crimes.
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    • 43 min
    3. Mina Street

    3. Mina Street

    We travel to downtown Juárez, where many of the victims were last seen alive, and where journalists are unwelcome. Oz and Monica visit the offices of El Diario, Juárez’s local paper, to learn about the risks faced by those who seek the truth. And Diana receives strange threats as she gets closer to exposing who is behind the crimes.
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    • 40 min
    2. Selection

    2. Selection

    Oz and Monica explore the case of Lilia Alejandra Andrade, whose abduction and murder revealed disturbing evidence that connects to other crimes. We meet the former Chief of Forensics in Juárez, to learn why he warned of a serial killer. And Diana shares disturbing details of how the victims were selected.
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
99 Ratings

99 Ratings

Brewrobar ,

Exceptional journalism

Thank you for the time and effort to bring this very sad and disturbing story to light. My wife and I felt so sad for the mothers involved...

Wanna the Wanderer ,

Everyone should listen to this

Thank you guys for bringing light to this exceptionally sad situation; I cannot believe this went past my radar for so many years as I grow up during the 2000’s. The bitter seed in my stomach can’t help, but grow larger, as a large number of minority girls/women are being massacred with such indifference from the authority.

I hope you eventually discuss about the murder of Isabel Cabanillas de la Torre. Especially since it was well established she was an active member of Hijas de Su Maquilera Madre, a group dedicated to defending women's rights on the border between Mexico and the United States. It could be a possible link leading to her murder, as a friend told a reporter that Isabel felt being watched before going missing.

s from canada ,

Great podcast

Love this. I remember this story but only up to the point where it was solved with the arrest of a bus driver.
Podcast wise I find I wish the episodes were longer

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