216 episodes

Daphne Woolsoncroft and Heath Merryman discuss haunting details of different disappearance and murder cases week by week. New episodes released every Tuesday and Friday afternoon at 2pm PST!

Going West: True Crime Dark West Productions

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Daphne Woolsoncroft and Heath Merryman discuss haunting details of different disappearance and murder cases week by week. New episodes released every Tuesday and Friday afternoon at 2pm PST!

    Aimee Willard // 215

    Aimee Willard // 215

    In June of 1996, a 22-year-old college lacrosse player had a casual night out with friends at a bar in suburban Philadelphia. But on her way home, she disappeared. Shortly after leaving the bar, her car was found running with the driver's side door open on an Interstate, painting a violent attack. After an important tip came in from a local woman, a concrete suspect emerged, and it turns out, he had other victims. This is the story of Aimee Willard.
    BONUS EPISODES
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    CASE SOURCES
    1. Unsolved Mysteries:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cz6hfYxIyI0
    2. Aimee Willard.com: http://www.aimeewillard.com/pics.html
    3. Find a Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/205392915/aimee-ellen-willard
    4. List of Death Row Inmates: https://www.wikiwand.com/en/List_of_death_row_inmates_in_the_United_States#/google_vignette
    5. Philadelphia Daily News: https://www.newspapers.com/image/186768530
    6. Philadelphia Daily News: https://www.newspapers.com/image/187123202/?terms=ryan%20hutchinson&match=1
    7. Philadelphia Daily News: https://www.newspapers.com/image/186685509/?terms=ryan%20hutchinson&match=1
    8. Commonwealth v. Bomar: https://caselaw.findlaw.com/pa-supreme-court/1426072.html
    9. Philadelphia Inquirer: https://www.newspapers.com/image/179305947
    10. Philadelphia Inquirer: https://www.newspapers.com/image/179244365
    11. Fort Worth Star-Telegram: https://www.newspapers.com/image/647148343/?terms=maria%20cabuenos&match=1
    12. The Daily Item: https://www.newspapers.com/image/483344803/?terms=arthur%20j%20bomar&match=1
    13. Delco Times: https://www.delcotimes.com/2013/11/16/aimee-willards-family-continues-creating-goodness-in-her-memory/
    14. Fourth Estate: http://gmufourthestate.com/2019/04/15/honoring-former-mason-athlete-aimee-willard/
    15. Forensic Files: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNzWSIAp6TQ
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    • 45 min
    Ben McDaniel // 214

    Ben McDaniel // 214

    In August of 2010, a 30-year-old scuba enthusiast from Memphis, Tennessee headed out for a cave dive in Ponce De Leon, Florida, and never returned. After an extensive search in the waters, his body was never found, begging the question: Was this an innocent diving accident? Or something much more sinister? This is the story of Ben McDaniel.
    BONUS EPISODE
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    CASE SOURCES
    ÔĽŅ1. Scuba.com:¬†https://www.scuba.com/blog/scuba-diving-stories-news/happened-ben-mcdaniel-unanswered-questions/
    2. The Commercial Appeal: https://www.newspapers.com/image/776368583/?terms=paul%20mcdaniel&match=1
    3. The Commercial Appeal: https://www.newspapers.com/image/775597268/?terms=patty%20mcdaniel&match=1
    4. My Death Space: http://mydeathspace.com/article/2013/03/23/Paul_McDaniel_(22)_died_after_suffering_multiple_strokes
    5. Ben's Obituary: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/commercialappeal/name/ben-mcdaniel-obituary?id=14280163
    6. Vortex Spring: https://www.vortexspring.com/
    7. Maple Grove Farm: https://maplegrovefarm.net/celebrations
    8. Porchlight International for the Missing & Unidentified: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/usedtobedoe/mcdaniel-ben-aug-18-2010-t30585.html
    9. ID "Disappeared": https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/video/disappeared-investigation-discovery-atve-us/the-vortex
    10. Find A Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/85727230/benjamin-wayne-mcdaniel
    11. Paul's Obituary: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/commercialappeal/name/paul-mcdaniel-obituary?id=15263224
    12. Lowell's Obituary: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/nwfdailynews/name/lowell-kelly-obituary?id=19741320
    13. Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/6bzwl7/theories_on_the_disappearance_of_ben_mcdaniel/
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Bryan Rein // 213

    Bryan Rein // 213

    In July of 1996, a 31-year-old veterinarian was found dead in his Montana home. Although he was loved deeply by his family and friends, and had a passion for helping animals, he did had some enemies, one man in particular who claimed Bryan stole his girlfriend. But was he behind the killing, or was it someone else in their tiny rural town? This is the story of Bryan Rein.
    BONUS EPISODE
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    CASE SOURCES
    ÔĽŅ1. Great Falls Tribune:¬†https://www.newspapers.com/image/242269434/?terms=bryan%20rein&match=1
    2. Great Falls Tribune: https://www.newspapers.com/image/242270876/?terms=bryan%20rein&match=1
    3. Dateline: https://www.peacocktv.com/watch/asset/tv/dateline-nbc/9060582955933764112
    4. Argus Leader: https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/crime/2014/05/01/brandon-man-arrested-connection-mid-s-mont-murder/8574551/
    5. Great Falls Tribune: https://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/local/2016/01/07/geraldine-murder-subject-dateline-mystery/78429942/
    6. Cinemaholic: https://thecinemaholic.com/thomas-jaraczeski-now/
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    • 51 min
    Karen Barnes // 212

    Karen Barnes // 212

    In August of 2012, a Georgia woman was living on a yacht in Saint Mary’s after a violent divorce. But when someone crept up to the boat while she was sleeping one night, she was murdered and the boat was set ablaze. Before her death, she had confided in a close friend about a stalker, and her fears of what they may do to her. This is the story of Karen Barnes.

    BONUES EPISODES
    patreon.com/goingwestpodcast
    CASE SOURCES
    ÔĽŅ1. News 4 Jacksonville:¬†https://www.news4jax.com/news/2012/11/16/friends-look-for-answers-in-boat-murders/
    2. Passagemaker: https://www.passagemaker.com/trawler-news/dark-waters-burned
    3. Power and Motor Yacht: https://www.powerandmotoryacht.com/blogs/revisiting-a-murder-mystery-on-a-yacht
    4. Obituary: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/myrtlebeachonline/name/karen-barnes-obituary?id=9721457
    5. The Florida TImes-Union: https://www.jacksonville.com/story/news/crime/2012/08/15/skeletal-remains-found-burned-boat-suspect-killed-police-kingsland/987226007/
    6. News Herald: https://www.newspapers.com/image/482124804/?terms=%22david%20trauger%22&match=1
    7. Passagemaker: https://www.passagemaker.com/lifestyle/latest-greatest-an-electronics-showcase
    8. Insurance News: https://insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/Insurance-Agent-Missing-After-Yacht-Burns-In-Florida-a-354163
    8. News 4 Jacksonville: https://www.news4jax.com/news/2012/08/17/couple-divorced-over-boat-they-lived-on/
    9. Burned: Dark Waters: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10066410/?ref_=tt_mv_close
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    • 44 min
    Rachael DelTondo // 211

    Rachael DelTondo // 211

    In May of 2018, a well-liked teacher was shot to death in her parent’s Pennsylvania driveway. Not only is she believed to have had a relationship with a teenage student, but she also allegedly had dirt on the local Police Department. Between a broken engagement and a young man potentially behind her murder, this case takes many unexpected turns. This is the story of Rachael DelTondo.
    BONUS EPISODES
    patreon.com/goingwestpodcast
    CASE SOURCES
    ÔĽŅ1. Heavy.com:¬†https://heavy.com/news/2018/05/rachael-deltondo/
    2. Find A Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/191694341/rachael-elena-deltondo
    3. How They Play: https://howtheyplay.com/team-sports/Aliquippa-NFL-Training-Camp
    4. CBS News: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/rachel-deltondo-tyric-pugh-ice-cream-alquippa-pennsylvania-murders/
    5. 48 Hours Episode: https://www.paramountplus.com/shows/video/muQPrrhshid5ZRZh6CYmyPqSW16aDNjo/
    6. Daily Mail: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5746349/amp/Murdered-teacher-relationship-brother-teen-caught-with.html?usqp=mq331AQA&fbclid=IwAR0gmDJuPHytYnUF7eobz2RyO-P64befL4GfuO1mQSB0TwtgDTuABv9b1M4
    7. CBS News: https://www.cbsnews.com/video/friend-details-murder-victim-rachael-deltondos-last-moments/?fbclid=IwAR2XtcgkjSQiRocTLs6GkHl0VMrlhrwPwDepScHxuxi0Rq3RdgIXdCo-52Q#x
    8. Beaver Countian: https://beavercountian.com/content/daily/timeline-the-murder-of-rachael-deltondo
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    • 55 min
    The Montana State Park Killer // 210

    The Montana State Park Killer // 210

    ‚ÄúIs this Susie‚Äôs Mom?‚ÄĚ
    ¬†‚ÄúYes it is.‚ÄĚ
    ¬†‚ÄúWell I‚Äôm the guy that took her from you.‚ÄĚ
    This was the type of taunting phone call received by the mother of a young girl kidnapped at their Montana campsite. The search for her abductor led the FBI to a vicious serial killer, and began the process of creating psychological profiles in order to catch predators. These are the cases of Susie Jaegar, Bernie Poelman, Sandra Smallegan, and Michael Raney, and the story of David Meirhofer, also known as the Montana State Park Killer.
    BONUS EPISODES
    patreon.com/goingwestpodcast
    CASE SOURCES
    1. Daily Chronicle: https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/murder-victim-s-mother-speaks-out-against-death-penalty/article_438eed65-f33b-5fdf-981e-914482497c9d.html
    2. Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/shadow-boxing/202202/shadowman-fbis-earliest-psychological-profile
    3. Yes: https://www.yesmagazine.org/issue/beyond-prisons/opinion/2011/05/28/the-night-i-forgave-my-daughters-killer
    4. Find A Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/69692383/susan-marie-jaeger
    5. Find A Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/81428782/michael-edward-raney
    6. Find A Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/60029446/jacob-leslie-raney
    7. Discovery Doc: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3nDUzdNv9c
    8. 20/20: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8llA5deDw4
    9. Find A Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/204722081/elizabeth-anna-dykman
    10. Find A Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/50027711/bernard-louis-poelman
    11. Daily News: https://www.newspapers.com/image/491920998/?terms=bernard%20poelman&match=1
    12. Bozeman Daily Chronicle: https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/personal-items-belonging-to-1974-murder-victim-found-in-manhattan/article_827a78e7-771e-5b0d-ac0e-cd46109941f2.html
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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
6.4K Ratings

6.4K Ratings

Sam Retiz ,

2 podcasts a week!

Great podcast! I look forward to Tuesdays & Fridays!

drmcsugar ,

Daphne needs to stop stating the obvious

The podcast was refreshing, short and sweet at first, and now Daphne has turned it to an echo chamber of ‚ÄúI agree‚ÄĚ and going on about how agreeable she is with Keith for 2 mins straight, just to end with ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know, but that‚Äôs interesting‚ÄĚ. Stop the echo chamber, nobody needs to hear the obvious, let alone over and over again.

Belljar007 ,

Overall pretty good

Good podcast, informative hosts but Heath is the stronger of the two. The female host gives her opinion way too much taking up too air time when we just want to hear the story. She‚Äôll say things like ‚Äúand this makes sense‚Ä̂Ķlet us decide what makes sense just tell the story. Its enjoyable besides that.

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