334 episodes

What happens when a double homicide case lands in your lap? What if it is the oldest active cold case in the history of American true crime? What if your father held a family secret for fifty years before he confided in you that one of the victims was your great-great uncle and that your grandfather had been held as a suspect? What if the murders happened during the most corrupt era our nation has ever known? And what if you are a retired detective, like me, with the unique skill set needed to figure out an 87-year-old family mystery? Well, you put everything else on hold and set out to solve it. This is my story.
Shattered Souls: The Car Barn Murders is presented by CrimeOnline and iHeartPodcasts.
Music by Sam Johnson

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    • 4.3 • 4.2K Ratings

What happens when a double homicide case lands in your lap? What if it is the oldest active cold case in the history of American true crime? What if your father held a family secret for fifty years before he confided in you that one of the victims was your great-great uncle and that your grandfather had been held as a suspect? What if the murders happened during the most corrupt era our nation has ever known? And what if you are a retired detective, like me, with the unique skill set needed to figure out an 87-year-old family mystery? Well, you put everything else on hold and set out to solve it. This is my story.
Shattered Souls: The Car Barn Murders is presented by CrimeOnline and iHeartPodcasts.
Music by Sam Johnson

    Episode Fifteen: "We, the Jury..."

    Episode Fifteen: "We, the Jury..."

    Karen makes her opening argument against her primary suspect, William Clarke, based on the information provided in the 1935 reports and from Captain Vollten's confidential informants from 1954....but, who were the informants? 

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    • 43 min
    Episode Fourteen: "The Greene Nexus"

    Episode Fourteen: "The Greene Nexus"

    Karen's friend, Stephanie White, cracked the identity of  DC Metro Police 'ex-Sergeant Greene", named numerous times in Captain Vollten's 1954 Addendum report. Who was this man and how did he play a role in the murders of Emory Smith and James Mitchell? 

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    • 43 min
    Episode Thirteen: "Confidential Squared"

    Episode Thirteen: "Confidential Squared"

    The 1954 Addendum report written by Captain Vollten provided all of the details needed to crack the case, but there were still unidentified persons involved in the murder that Karen has to identify to come to a conclusion. 

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    • 39 min
    Episode Twelve: "Beauty School Dropout"

    Episode Twelve: "Beauty School Dropout"

    As Karen continues putting the pieces together, she finds out about an addendum report that was not included in the original files. She also discovers that there may have been evidence tampering by one of the original detectives. William Clarke's friend and alibi, James Weir, goes on the run. 

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    • 36 min
    Episode Eleven: "Cloak and Swagger"

    Episode Eleven: "Cloak and Swagger"

    Prison letters between William Clarke and Mary Branch tell a sordid story of love and hate. Clarke also wrote to several other people from his prison cell, including a U.S. Senator and one woman who proved to be pivotal regarding a solution to the case. 

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    • 40 min
    Episode Ten: "The Patapsco Incident"

    Episode Ten: "The Patapsco Incident"

    The lid finally blows off of the case when Karen discovers a related crime that was not mentioned anywhere in the case file. Dead men tell no tales. Dead women, too. 

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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
4.2K Ratings

4.2K Ratings

Kjhar ,

Addictive and Suspenseful!

I’m a huge fan of true crime podcasts and this one is high on my list of favorites! I love how Karen unpacks the technical details but doesn’t forget to tell the story… and the story is so good! Completely hooked and can’t wait for more!

Jbltmum ,

True Crime must listen

I’m obsessed with this podcast. When do you get a crime investigator researching to solve an old crime in their own family?! I wish this didn’t happen but I’m totally cheering Karen and her family on and hoping so much that this case comes to be solved by Karen in this podcast. I love the professionalism and the personal family connection that Karen brings to this story. Thank you for sharing with us! It’s so hard to wait for the episodes!

Beshya ,

I miss the separate cases of her career

I’m not interested in old-time “Car Barn Murders.”
It may be interesting for Karen because it involves her family but old mysteries are not my vibe.
I really miss the stories she has experienced in her career. Those were interesting- that’s why I’m giving her two stars.

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