23 episodes

Deep in America’s heartland, on a scorching July 4th weekend in 1981, an alarm went out––the massive farmhouse of an Ohio family was engulfed in flames. All four residents were found dead. But was it the fire that killed them? In season 2 of PAPER GHOSTS, investigative journalist and bestselling true crime author M. William Phelps' search for answers takes a turn after the discovery of declassified documents and a cache of never-before-heard audio tapes help expose the dark truth behind what happened 40 years ago.

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Deep in America’s heartland, on a scorching July 4th weekend in 1981, an alarm went out––the massive farmhouse of an Ohio family was engulfed in flames. All four residents were found dead. But was it the fire that killed them? In season 2 of PAPER GHOSTS, investigative journalist and bestselling true crime author M. William Phelps' search for answers takes a turn after the discovery of declassified documents and a cache of never-before-heard audio tapes help expose the dark truth behind what happened 40 years ago.

    Season 1 Update: A Return to Crystal Lake

    Season 1 Update: A Return to Crystal Lake

    It’s been more than a year since season one aired, but the scores of tips regarding Janice Pockett, Lisa White, Debbie Spickler, Susan LaRosa, and Irene LaRosa have only continued. The Connecticut State Police have once again gone radio silent so we return to Crystal Lake with some new experts and equipment to search for more answers.

    For more true crime stories, listen to M. William Phelps' other podcast Crossing the Line and visit the CTL website.
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    • 37 min
    The Controversial Death of Michael Poole: Murder or Suicide?

    The Controversial Death of Michael Poole: Murder or Suicide?

    From the team that brought you Paper Ghosts, Crossing the Line with M. William Phelps is a weekly true crime podcast that dives deep into cases that have rarely been covered. 
    Three people are at home, one winds up dead. Was it murder or suicide? Or perhaps somehow a little bit of both? In this preview episode, Phelps breaks down the strange case of the murder of Michael Poole. Then, the convicted murderer’s lawyer joins the show and shares new, shocking revelations to support burning questions about the case. 
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    • 48 min
    9. Cookie Crumb Day

    9. Cookie Crumb Day

    When you spend your entire life cheating and stealing, karma is bound to show its dark face and destroy you. 

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    • 34 min
    8. Ron Returns

    8. Ron Returns

    In the months after the Stevenson murders, Dick Weston and Drucilla Merida were indicted by a federal grand jury–but not for murder. Ron Thomas, on the other hand, was no longer the Fed's priority. This didn't go over too well with Carol Thompson. So she decided to do something about it herself.
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    • 34 min
    7. ‘The Lincoln Has Been Sold’

    7. ‘The Lincoln Has Been Sold’

    Is Ron Thomas a cold-blooded killer, or misunderstood? To really understand Ron, one needs to look at his life before the Stevenson murders. A detective helps reveal where the Stevenson family friend had been hiding every time he evaded cops and fled town–and introduces a woman with a dangerous past.
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    • 40 min
    6. Killing Carol

    6. Killing Carol

    As Dick Weston remains the prime suspect in the Stevenson murders, one question keeps coming up: Where is family friend Ron Thomas? Meanwhile, an unlikely source surfaces with new information that adds weight to a possible motive.
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    • 35 min

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