8 episodes

When Matthew MaGill died alone in the woods on the Florida-Georgia border, he left behind a box filled with the artifacts of an incredible life: from Broadway in the 1970s, to a 747 hijacking, to the culture of drugs and luxury cars in 1980s Florida. A series of coincidences leads reporter Eric Mennel to the box, sending him on a five-year search to understand the truth about its owner. But as Mennel learns who Matthew MaGill really was, he is confronted with questions about his own life, his own mistakes, and his own family secrets.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.7 • 66 Ratings

When Matthew MaGill died alone in the woods on the Florida-Georgia border, he left behind a box filled with the artifacts of an incredible life: from Broadway in the 1970s, to a 747 hijacking, to the culture of drugs and luxury cars in 1980s Florida. A series of coincidences leads reporter Eric Mennel to the box, sending him on a five-year search to understand the truth about its owner. But as Mennel learns who Matthew MaGill really was, he is confronted with questions about his own life, his own mistakes, and his own family secrets.

    Part 1 — The Box

    Part 1 — The Box

    A strange man arrives in a small town.



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    • 33 min
    Part 2 — Jenny

    Part 2 — Jenny

    A life in the theater, a pet monkey, and a new understanding of Matthew.





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    • 33 min
    Part 3 — Cindy

    Part 3 — Cindy

    Matthew goes on the run. A pattern emerges.





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    • 39 min
    Part 4 — The Hijacking

    Part 4 — The Hijacking

    A father becomes a hero. A trip to Matthew’s childhood home.
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    • 38 min
    Part 5 — Sister, Brother

    Part 5 — Sister, Brother

    Two siblings. Years of unasked questions.

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    • 34 min
    Part 6 — Dreams

    Part 6 — Dreams

    A marriage ends. A son runs away.


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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
66 Ratings

66 Ratings

lizzyboz ,

Wonderful Storytelling !

This story was fascinating and beautifully told. Thank you for you (and your family’s) vulnerability. The exploration of family dynamics and the wounds they cause that can haunt us was so human and touching! Beautifully done.

musiclover89456 ,

Great storytelling

Well done Eric. You stumbled on to an interesting story that maybe didn’t quite pan out as you had hoped. But you’re very impressive storytelling made this show compelling and a must listen to podcast. Congratulations!

salishseer ,

Great story!

I loved this story but most of all I loved the way it was told. Great story telling!

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