22 episodes

Lost Hills investigates the dark side of Malibu, California. Beneath a seductive facade, this city of billionaires, celebrities, and surf bums is hiding something menacing.
Season 2 takes place in the late 70s and early ‘80s, as Malibu was changing from a low-profile beach town into a celebrity haven, full of new money and hard drugs. When a Malibu woman and her son mysteriously drowned, her husband was arrested for their murders—and ultimately convicted. But to this day, many people—including the victim's family—claim he’s innocent.
And listen back to season 1, which chronicled the horrifying story of a man killed in a Malibu campground while sleeping beside his young daughters—and exposed a law-enforcement coverup. 

Hosted by Dana Goodyear (The New Yorker) and produced by Western Sound and Pushkin Industries. Show artwork: For a Kid, 2021, copyright Francesca Gabbiani.

Follow us @losthillspod on Twitter and Instagram for a deeper dive into the stories.

Lost Hills: Dead in the Water Pushkin Industries

    • True Crime
    • 4.2 • 237 Ratings

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Lost Hills investigates the dark side of Malibu, California. Beneath a seductive facade, this city of billionaires, celebrities, and surf bums is hiding something menacing.
Season 2 takes place in the late 70s and early ‘80s, as Malibu was changing from a low-profile beach town into a celebrity haven, full of new money and hard drugs. When a Malibu woman and her son mysteriously drowned, her husband was arrested for their murders—and ultimately convicted. But to this day, many people—including the victim's family—claim he’s innocent.
And listen back to season 1, which chronicled the horrifying story of a man killed in a Malibu campground while sleeping beside his young daughters—and exposed a law-enforcement coverup. 

Hosted by Dana Goodyear (The New Yorker) and produced by Western Sound and Pushkin Industries. Show artwork: For a Kid, 2021, copyright Francesca Gabbiani.

Follow us @losthillspod on Twitter and Instagram for a deeper dive into the stories.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Lifelines

    Lifelines

    Fred’s daughters share a trove of correspondence, and wrestle with unanswered questions about Jeanne’s death. The fight for Fred’s release continues. And a trip to Bird Rock brings resolution, at last.
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    • 48 min
    Prejudicial Effect

    Prejudicial Effect

    Fred’s trial is the longest and most expensive in Santa Barbara history, and the dory plays a starring role. Stan Roden, the DA, wants to send Fred to the gas chamber at San Quentin. At the heart of the trial are two conflicting sets of autopsies. Which expert is to be believed?
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    • 45 min
    Three Freds

    Three Freds

    Fred hires a high-powered defense attorney and a team of private eyes, and starts pushing back on the detectives’ narrative. He’s got an explanation for everything: his real-estate holdings, his income, and all those insurance policies. But can the detectives explain why their witnesses are walking back statements?
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    • 36 min
    Love or Money

    Love or Money

    After Fred’s arrest, detectives start looking into his finances. How does a civilian employee of the Navy afford a beachfront home, on a gated road in Malibu, and a brand-new $150K sailboat? Also, they learn that the Roehlers owned large insurance policies. Could that be the motive the cops are looking for?
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    • 38 min
    Cold Pricklies

    Cold Pricklies

    The sheriff’s department orders a new set of autopsies on Verna and Doug, to be conducted in secret. Now, there’s enough evidence to arrest Fred. Meanwhile, detectives talk to his neighbors, coworkers, and friends. Some say he’s a charming, dedicated family man, while others whisper of a dark side and a hair-trigger temper. Also, one of Doug’s best friends remembers life in the Roehler household. 
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    • 39 min
    Who Would You Take?

    Who Would You Take?

    Shortly after Jeanne’s death, Fred starts seeing Verna, one of Jeanne’s closest friends. It’s a whirlwind romance, and soon they’re merging families. The timeline of their relationship stokes Malibu gossip, and, later, piques the interest of detectives. Was it just a coincidence that Verna’s first husband had died unexpectedly, too?
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
237 Ratings

237 Ratings

Jenn187 ,

Love it

This podcast will get you hooked. Each episode leaves you wanting more. Investigated so well. Love the narration and binged all the episodes.

kaydog6969 ,

Meh really disappointing

I feel like the podcaster hoodwinked the family pretending to be a “friend” It left me with a bad feeling. Not at all professional. So much of it was based on small town gossip. Embarrassing
Malcolm Gladwell is usually such a truth seeker. I was so surprised he was associated with this.
If you like TMZ this is your podcast

Izzy😃😃😃😃😃😃😃 ,

Lost Hills: Dead in the Water

Garbage: Innuendo, manipulation, gossip treated at evidence. I can’t understand why Malcolm Gladwell would allow such a monstrously lazy and trashy piece of work to be broadcast under the name of a company that he founded.

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