22 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 Industries

    • True Crime
    • 4.0 • 2.5K 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

    Lifelines

    Lifelines

    Fred’s daughters share a trove of correspondence, and wrestle with unanswered questions about Jeanne’s death. The fight for Fred’s release continues. And a trip to Bird Rock brings resolution, at last.
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    • 48 min
    Prejudicial Effect

    Prejudicial Effect

    Fred’s trial is the longest and most expensive in Santa Barbara history, and the dory plays a starring role. Stan Roden, the DA, wants to send Fred to the gas chamber at San Quentin. At the heart of the trial are two conflicting sets of autopsies. Which expert is to be believed?
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    • 45 min
    Three Freds

    Three Freds

    Fred hires a high-powered defense attorney and a team of private eyes, and starts pushing back on the detectives’ narrative. He’s got an explanation for everything: his real-estate holdings, his income, and all those insurance policies. But can the detectives explain why their witnesses are walking back statements?
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    • 36 min
    Love or Money

    Love or Money

    After Fred’s arrest, detectives start looking into his finances. How does a civilian employee of the Navy afford a beachfront home, on a gated road in Malibu, and a brand-new $150K sailboat? Also, they learn that the Roehlers owned large insurance policies. Could that be the motive the cops are looking for?
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    • 38 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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    • 39 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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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
2.5K Ratings

2.5K Ratings

Marimartrece ,

Angry family members in the reviews

Good podcast. Liked the twist ending. It’s pretty clear the host did manipulate the family for information. Also clear that there are family and friends in the review section here. For those folks, allow me to clarify: talking to a journalist is a “buyer beware” situation…You tell them stuff and then they do what they want.

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Season 2 is 5 stars, Season 1 is 1 Star

I listened to Season 2 first and found it excellent except for the last episode. Well written and well narrated, great storytelling about a fascinating case. In the last episode she switches from a journalist investigating a crime to being the self proclaimed last word on what really happened, and it doesn’t work. She does find one fascinating clue in the episode, but should have prefaced her conclusions with “I think” rather than stating them as fact. But the rest of the season was absolutely gripping; strongly recommended.

Alas, couldn’t get past Episode 2 of Season 1 — too much opinionizing from the narrator and the people she interviews, some of whom are as tedious as they are wacky. The narrator is always telling us how things “seem.” Not enough factual reporting. Also, overhypes or hypes clumsily, repeatedly calling Malibu the “Killing Zone.” This makes it sound like a massacre happened when in fact there was just one murder (albeit an absolutely tragic one), one wounding, a bunch of potshots, and a bunch of burglaries. The pacing is slow and the reporting is all over the place. Too much about the Malibu fire; it’s not pertinent to the crime and she has nothing new to say about it.

Props to her though— reviews complained about all these problems and she took note and vastly improved in Season 2. Quick learner.

Skip Season 1 and listen to Season 2 up until the point where she makes a discovery. Then stop; everything after that is opinion pretending to be fact and detracts from otherwise great storytelling.

123mailreader ,

Just fantastic

Lost Hiss is where it’s at! She has a gift for painting the vibe of Malibu. Season 3 has been my favorite thus far. Excellent work, well worth the listen!

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