27 episodes

Lost Hills investigates the dark side of Malibu, California. Beneath a seductive facade, this city of billionaires, celebrities, and surf bums is hiding something menacing.
Season 2 takes place in the late 70s and early ‘80s, as Malibu was changing from a low-profile beach town into a celebrity haven, full of new money and hard drugs. When a Malibu woman and her son mysteriously drowned, her husband was arrested for their murders—and ultimately convicted. But to this day, many people—including the victim's family—claim he’s innocent.
And listen back to season 1, which chronicled the horrifying story of a man killed in a Malibu campground while sleeping beside his young daughters—and exposed a law-enforcement coverup. 

Hosted by Dana Goodyear (The New Yorker) and produced by Western Sound and Pushkin Industries. Show artwork: For a Kid, 2021, copyright Francesca Gabbiani.

Follow us @losthillspod on Twitter and Instagram for a deeper dive into the stories.

Lost Hills: Dead in the Water Pushkin

    • True Crime
    • 4.1 • 2.8K Ratings

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Lost Hills investigates the dark side of Malibu, California. Beneath a seductive facade, this city of billionaires, celebrities, and surf bums is hiding something menacing.
Season 2 takes place in the late 70s and early ‘80s, as Malibu was changing from a low-profile beach town into a celebrity haven, full of new money and hard drugs. When a Malibu woman and her son mysteriously drowned, her husband was arrested for their murders—and ultimately convicted. But to this day, many people—including the victim's family—claim he’s innocent.
And listen back to season 1, which chronicled the horrifying story of a man killed in a Malibu campground while sleeping beside his young daughters—and exposed a law-enforcement coverup. 

Hosted by Dana Goodyear (The New Yorker) and produced by Western Sound and Pushkin Industries. Show artwork: For a Kid, 2021, copyright Francesca Gabbiani.

Follow us @losthillspod on Twitter and Instagram for a deeper dive into the stories.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Mr. Malibu

    Mr. Malibu

    Fred, Verna, and their four young children are the happiest-looking family in Malibu. It’s a Brady Bunch story, a blended family living by the beach. But when they take their 50-foot sailboat, Perseverance, to the Channel Islands, tragedy strikes, and Verna and Doug mysteriously drown. Fred’s story—that it was all a terrible accident—has a problem. And her name is Lady. 

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    • 36 min
    Quiet No Longer

    Quiet No Longer

    The Ventura County Medical Examiner determines Verna and Doug’s deaths to be accidental drownings, so Fred moves forward with funeral plans. But the cremations are halted after a family friend calls in a tip to the sheriff’s department. Fred receives some unexpected visitors. . . and they want to know what happened to his first wife.

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    • 31 min
    The Shallow End, Part 1

    The Shallow End, Part 1

    Fred’s first wife, Jeanne, a flight attendant for United Airlines, is glamorous, outgoing, the life of the party. But there are tensions in the marriage and they’re mounting. Jeanne tells her sister she’s had enough. She’s in love with someone else.

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    • 27 min
    The Shallow End, Part 2

    The Shallow End, Part 2

    It’s 1976 and Jeanne is in thrall to Lifespring, a self-improvement group, or, some would say, a cult. She is manifesting her future—without Fred. This alternative reality never arrives. Instead, Jeanne dies. And the similarities to Verna’s death are eerie.

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    • 32 min
    Who Would You Take?

    Who Would You Take?

    Shortly after Jeanne’s death, Fred starts seeing Verna, one of Jeanne’s closest friends. It’s a whirlwind romance, and soon they’re merging families. The timeline of their relationship stokes Malibu gossip, and, later, piques the interest of detectives. Was it just a coincidence that Verna’s first husband had died unexpectedly, too?

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    • 32 min
    Cold Pricklies

    Cold Pricklies

    The sheriff’s department orders a new set of autopsies on Verna and Doug, to be conducted in secret. Now, there’s enough evidence to arrest Fred. Meanwhile, detectives talk to his neighbors, coworkers, and friends. Some say he’s a charming, dedicated family man, while others whisper of a dark side and a hair-trigger temper. Also, one of Doug’s best friends remembers life in the Roehler household. 

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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
2.8K Ratings

2.8K Ratings

tjbugcat ,

Eventually skipped to Season 2

After a few episodes, I had to skip Season 1. Cece and a psychic palm reader? Just no. Would have held my interest if the show stuck to the crimes. Season 2 was really interesting and a true crime story that I had never heard before.

leperchun ,

Lost Hills

Top Shelf! Thank you! Love the delivery, episodes, narration, spot on! I’m hooked!☘️

lemoneek ,

Not-So-True Crime

The cases are intriguing and the research well done. The fillers of gossip, innuendo, supposition and guesswork override the true crime narrative.

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