24 episodes

In the border city of Ciudad Juárez, hundreds of women have gone missing. The ones that are found have strange symbols carved on their bodies, some have their wrists bound with shoelaces. All are discarded like garbage. The story of Forgotten investigates theories about what or who is responsible—a serial killer, organ traffickers, a Satanic Cult—and pursues an investigation with law enforcement on both sides of the border, terrified witnesses and corrupt authorities

Forgotten: Women of Juárez iHeartPodcasts

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    • 4.8 • 3.2K Ratings

In the border city of Ciudad Juárez, hundreds of women have gone missing. The ones that are found have strange symbols carved on their bodies, some have their wrists bound with shoelaces. All are discarded like garbage. The story of Forgotten investigates theories about what or who is responsible—a serial killer, organ traffickers, a Satanic Cult—and pursues an investigation with law enforcement on both sides of the border, terrified witnesses and corrupt authorities

    A Cross-Border Killer?

    A Cross-Border Killer?

    Episode 1 - For the last three decades, women have gone missing in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, right across the border from El Paso, Texas. Some are found later, bearing the telltale signs of a serial killer. Hosts Oz Woloshyn and Mónica Ortiz Uribe begin their investigation into who could be responsible for these horrific crimes. We speak with the FBI’s former top agent on the border, as well as the journalist who’s gone the farthest in investigating the killings, Diana Washington Valdez. And we visit the family of Sagrario González Flores, whose murder remains unsolved.

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    • 40 min
    Selection

    Selection

    Episode 2 - Oz and Monica explore the case of Lilia Alejandra Andrade, whose abduction and murder revealed disturbing evidence that connects to other crimes. We meet the former Chief of Forensics in Juárez, to learn why he warned of a serial killer. And Diana shares disturbing details of how the victims were selected.

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    • 33 min
    Mina Street

    Mina Street

    Episode 3 - We travel to downtown Juárez, where many of the victims were last seen alive, and where journalists are unwelcome. Oz and Monica visit the offices of El Diario, Juárez’s local paper, to learn about the risks faced by those who seek the truth. And Diana receives strange threats as she gets closer to exposing who is behind the crimes.

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    • 37 min
    The Cotton Field

    The Cotton Field

    Episode 4 - It's 2001 and eight women's bodies are discovered in a well trafficked area of Ciudad Juárez. Oz and Mónica visit the site of the mass grave with the former chief forensic investigator and take a closer look at some unusual crime scene details. Two suspects confess to the crimes.

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    • 40 min
    The Devil's Lawyer

    The Devil's Lawyer

    Episode 5 - Doubts about the bus drivers' guilt in the Cotton Field murders inspire two prominent lawyers to come to their defense. The lawyers question the police investigation and start to receive threats. Dante Almarez, the "Devil's Lawyer," is on a personal mission to uncover the truth of who is responsible for the murders of the women.

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    • 31 min
    Eyewitness

    Eyewitness

    Episode 6 - Journalist Alfredo Corchado interviews an eyewitness from the Juárez underworld, who claims to know what's happening to the murdered women. A suspect is arrested in Sagrario Gonzalez's case. And the FBI begins a secret cross-border operation.

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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
3.2K Ratings

3.2K Ratings

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Missing in Mexico

This podcast touched something in me that is completely unsettled. My father went missing in Mexico in June 2014.

No one cares. 💔💔

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REMOVE the “Untouchable” Episode

This Podcast was incredibly touching & compassionate about victims’ stories… until the “Untouchable” episode destroyed ALL credibility & journalistic integrity. Why include an unverifiable outrageous conspiracy, fueled by pure gossip — that contradicts literally EVERYTHING the actual investigation uncovered; by platforming QAnon conspiracy theorist, Diana Washington Valdez?

Dear Podcast creators: Read my entire review, then try justify WHY you put allowed this episode to air.

FIRST: all involved in making this podcast (listeners as well) need to listen to this extremely relevant episode by the QAnon Anonymous Podcast (ANTI-QAnon podcast) on this very topic:
**Episode 159: QAnon VS Butterfly Sanctuary**

You’ll see MANY parallels to Diana Washington Valdez’s unfounded conspiracy theories in the “Untouchable” episode, where she arbitrarily blames the Juarez Femicides on an “Elite Cabal of foreign Businessmen kidnapping young girls for illegal sex parties” (surprised she left the “ritual” part out… prob sounded too “Satanic Panicky” to include). The episode I recommended above explains WHY & HOW people like Diana are weaponizing real victims’ stories to pedal Satanic Panic/Blood Libel conspiracy theories; destroying countless innocent people’s lives in Texas bordertowns; all in the name of “building the wall — while giving the real culprits a free pass to continue these Femicides!

In “Untouchable”, Diana was allowed to posit absurd claims without any pushback, that these Femicides are the result of alleged “sex parties” thrown by CEOs/Executives of major UNAMED corporations that apparently own factories in Juarez. She holds responsible an “untouchable Elite CABAL” (gotta appreciate how Diana subtly throws in those Antisemitic dogwhistles with surgeon-like percision) whom she believes travel to Juarez (of all places when these corps own hundreds of factories in over a dozen countries…) to commit sex crimes. CEOs need to go to Juarez to commit sex crimes? Ok lady.
The REASONABLE explanation for the correlation between victims & their employment at that sweatshop factory (which you never even called out as a SWEAT SHOP during an entire episode dedicated to the working conditions & horrible pay) — is called MIDDLE MANAGEMENT. Ya know, the same local male managers who’ve been known to abuse their power & sexually assault female workers at sweatshops worldwide since the first one opened.

To go from first-hand witness accounts building a valid explanation for the Femicide, to unfounded heresay that Diana conveniently blocks the host from verifying stating, “if you know whose involved, they’ll kill you” — MAKES NO SENSE.
Did you want your podcast to be salacious or honest? Was your intention to turn grief into hate? Because everyone knows that’s the end result when you post an episode like “UNTOUCHABLE.”

Now, once you listen to the Podcast episode I suggested, you’ll see how Ms. Washington has played a major role in destroying the lives of anyone living near the border in Texas that dares to want to keep land, run a non-profit organization, and/or is opposed to “building the wall.” A family owned Butterfly conservatory has been permanently closed due to death threats, violent attacks, stalking, hacking, theft, and assaults on the family by QAnon & MAGA supporters who falsely accused them of being involved in “sex trafficking” and “helping the cartel smuggle Mexican migrants into America” simply because their privately-owned land sat too close to that “Border wall” that was allegedly being built. The same exact “wall” project that sent Steve Bannon to prison (before he was pardoned), for defrauding donors (mostly Mercer money made to look like individual donations via GoFundMe) — by stealing the money & never building anything. There was no Eminent Domain filed to legally obtain this family’s land — just out-of-state right-wingers scare them into abandoning it… or straight-up killing them… so this non-existent “wall” that was going to “fix everything” Diana Washington went on and on about, could be built by a private corporation on the take.

I have to question WHY an ethical Journalist would include ANYTHING that can’t be verified & lacks any documentation or evidence to speak of. It destroys the entire case—and effectively demoralizes listeners, activists, survivors, and desecrates all of these victims. It fuels hatred, keeps women in danger, and is literal DISINFORMATION. Please consider revising this episode, or removing it entirely. Now that you hopefully see the real world consequences of Ms. Washington’s propaganda you platformed, hopefully you will have compassion for all the innocent people being destroyed on both sides of the Rio Grande.

Regardless of what you knew then, you knew her “testimony” was of absolutely NO JOURNALISTIC value, and should’ve been left on the editing room floor. I’ll revise my rating when you at least address this problem to listeners. Until then, it pains me to rate this anything but 5-stars — all because you put lives in danger & misled listeners with that pointless irresponsible episode.

Aw322 ,

Amazing pod cast.

This pod cast was well written, spoken, and informative. It will pull you in and keep you on your toes.

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