Just 48 hours before Christmas, 1975, 21 year old Carol Rofstad was bludgeoned and left for dead on the lawn of the Delta Zeta sorority house at Illinois State University. She never opened her eyes again. Her friends and family believe whoever killed Carol was the same person who attacked her in a darkened sorority bedroom the prior summer. And they believe that man is still alive.
Why was he never charged? Why was he never even interrogated? Two investigative reporters and a career Chicago homicide cop uncover the missed leads, missteps and shocking new revelations in a case nearly a half century COLD. New Episodes Every Thursday.
Carol’s Last Christmas – Ep1: Mr. Green Jeans
What are the odds that the same young college student could be attacked twice on the same campus, at essentially the same location?
In this opening episode, Mr. Green Jeans, we meet Carol Rofstad, an ambitious, confident and hard -working college junior…newly pledged to Delta Zeta sorority. Friends and family recall a frightening experience in the summer of 1974 that may have set the stage for Carol’s eventual murder. [EP 1]
Carol’s Last Christmas – Ep2: Cold Case Heat
There may be no one (outside of Carol’s family) more dedicated to a solution than George Seibel. The retired Chicago cop has solved hundreds of murders, created college courses on cold case solutions and literally “wrote the book” on interrogation techniques. He’s got advanced academic degrees but he’ll tell you he’s a graduate of the University of Blood and Guts. In episode2, Cold Case Heat, George reveals some of the street smarts that make him an extraordinary investigator. [EP 2]
Carol’s Last Christmas – Ep3: Chasing Ghosts
For decades, the lodestar in the Rofstad investigation was a remarkably detailed sketch of 2 suspects “seen” by an eyewitness in the dead of night. But there are serious questions about that witness and the composite drawings. In Episode 3, Chasing Ghosts, we explore the longstanding effect of that sketch on the trajectory of the case. [EP 3]
Carol’s Last Christmas – Ep4: Where’s the Weapon?
Was it a railroad tie? A log? A 2X4? And what happened to the object used to bludgeon Carol on that cold December night? In Episode 4, Where’s the Weapon?, the team tracks down a true smoking gun. The shock of the truth leaves family and friends speechless. [EP 4]
Carol’s Last Christmas – Ep5: A Convenient Confession
In 1977, there was a blockbuster break in the case…or so it seemed. First a confession, then an arrest (without a grand jury or indictment) and a man would spend 3 years in custody for killing Carol. What would become of this Convenient Confession? And where did they go from there? [EP5]
Carol’s Last Christmas – Ep6: Did Somebody Say DNA?
In 1975, there were fingerprints. That’s about it. No one anticipated the sophisticated forensic techniques unlocked by DNA analysis. There have been questions through the years about DNA in the Rofstad case. So was there DNA testing? On what evidence? Items summarily dismissed in the 20th century as “having no value” might yet yield answers in the 21st. [EP6]
I’ll take a polygraph episode.
This is a great podcast and I am hoping that the killer will be determined. Is there anyway that this podcast with polygraph in the title can be captioned. I cannot understand 98 percent of what was being said.
No need to be a morning radio show.
I adore Demetria, love the story, the investigation and reporting… but the absolutely absurd sound effects are awful. They are distracting at best and border on disrespectful at times. Even the ‘radio misfits’ intro sounds like a morning zoo show. This is a somber and serious case, and the excessive and ridiculous sound effects and lengthy music breaks totally take me out of the story.
very thorough detective work
i’ve truly enjoyed this podcast. the only issue i’ve had are the beeps they use to replace the suspects name. I would recommend using fake names in future cases, as it would be easier on the ear.