14 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.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.1 • 1.8K 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
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    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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    • 37 min
    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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    • 41 min
    Introducing Lost Hills Season 2

    Introducing Lost Hills Season 2

    In January 1981, Verna Johnson-Roehler and her young son, Doug, drowned while boating thirty miles off the coast of Malibu. Verna’s husband, Fred Roehler, was the sole survivor and only witness. 
    Initially, the deaths were ruled accidental. But a phone call from a Malibu neighbor changed everything. Was Fred a monster, masquerading as the perfect Malibu dad? Or was an innocent man convicted by his gossiping neighbors?
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    • 3 min
    Season 1 bonus: "Signs of Anthony"

    Season 1 bonus: "Signs of Anthony"

    Since Lost Hills debuted, two sources have come forward with new information about Anthony Rauda: a new, alleged victim and his half-sister.
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    • 25 min
    Season 1 bonus episode: "The Eyewitness"

    Season 1 bonus episode: "The Eyewitness"

    On the night that Tristan Beaudette was killed while camping with his daughters, the campground at Malibu Creek State Park was full of families. Just across the access road from Beaudette’s tent, Stacey Sebourn was in a tent with her eight-year-old daughter and her daughter’s best friend. Sebourn provides a harrowing first-hand account of her experience.
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    • 24 min
    Episode 8: East of Eden

    Episode 8: East of Eden

    Two hikers who stumbled on Rauda’s camp before the Beaudette murder lament a missed opportunity to stop the crime before it happened.
    Sgt. Wright and Lt. Royal file whistleblower lawsuits against the sheriff’s department, and Sgt. Wright shares damaging information.
    Erica Wu prepares to move, and, after nearly three years, scatters some of Tristan Beaudette’s ashes.
    With Anthony Rauda in custody, will peace return to Malibu?
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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

Redrover02000 ,

Good podcast but not without its minor problems

Overall, I thought this was a good podcast. It was well presented, carried the story line well and kept it interesting. They also did an excellent job humanizing the victim and his family which is often overlooked in true crime stories. However, I did have a few issues with it. The host seemed to push the sympathy for the accused a bit too much and glossed over ballistic evidence that clearly identified the shooter. Also, entirely too much time and credence is given to the tea leaf reading local who inexplicably has the ear of the local sheriff. No matter how much local influence she has, she should have been dismissed after one episode. The last thing to mention is both good and bad. The good - the regular season ending was by far one of the best endings to a podcast. The bad - the two bonus episodes. While the Witness episode was heart wrenching, it offered nothing to the story and the witness saw absolutely nothing. The second with the accused’s half-sister offered very little insight into anything. I would recommend this podcast but feel free to skip the bonus episodes.

DrewSamuel ,

Excellent!

Well done! Keep them coming.

Zdawg427 ,

That’s it?

Spoiler follows
The ballistics clearly identify the killer. There is no mystery here despite all of the episodes. Feels like click bait. One episode was all that was needed —at most. The Sheriff’s Office should’ve posted a warning. That’s the other piece of it. Could’ve been 20 minutes. I appreciate the show but sorry to have wasted so much time on it.

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