30 episodes

Deep in America’s heartland, on a scorching July 4th weekend in 1981, an alarm went out––the massive farmhouse of an Ohio family was engulfed in flames. All four residents were found dead. But was it the fire that killed them? In season 2 of PAPER GHOSTS, investigative journalist and bestselling true crime author M. William Phelps' search for answers takes a turn after the discovery of declassified documents and a cache of never-before-heard audio tapes help expose the dark truth behind what happened 40 years ago.

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    • 4.4 • 4.9K Ratings

Deep in America’s heartland, on a scorching July 4th weekend in 1981, an alarm went out––the massive farmhouse of an Ohio family was engulfed in flames. All four residents were found dead. But was it the fire that killed them? In season 2 of PAPER GHOSTS, investigative journalist and bestselling true crime author M. William Phelps' search for answers takes a turn after the discovery of declassified documents and a cache of never-before-heard audio tapes help expose the dark truth behind what happened 40 years ago.

    1. Four Coffins

    1. Four Coffins

    Everyone in Bethel, Ohio, has a theory about what happened to the Stevenson family on July 6, 1981.

    • 28 min
    2. The Rival

    2. The Rival

    An incident that takes place at one of the family's fireworks stands becomes an eerie prelude.

    • 34 min
    3. Brookville

    3. Brookville

    As the focus starts to shift towards the mystery man who visited the Stevensons just hours before the murders, unique investigative techniques are implemented by law enforcement in an effort to find answers. Forty years later, those tactics are revealed when a cache of never-before-heard recordings are discovered and reveal a puzzle of new information.

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    • 25 min
    4. Dick and Dru

    4. Dick and Dru

    Detective Cooper finds a new person of interest with connections that are hard to ignore.

    • 27 min
    5. Checkmate

    5. Checkmate

    Dick Weston is the key to the Stevenson murders. As the Sheriff’s Department and FBI begin to build a case against the former convict, their investigative aim steers toward the two women who alibied him. 

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    • 34 min
    6. Killing Carol

    6. Killing Carol

    As Dick Weston remains the prime suspect in the Stevenson murders, one question keeps coming up: Where is family friend Ron Thomas? Meanwhile, an unlikely source surfaces with new information that adds weight to a possible motive.

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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
4.9K Ratings

4.9K Ratings

mckenziebeth13 ,

Great podcast

Well researched and well produced. To those complaining about ads, you do know they’re how creators get funding to to the work they do, right? They’re also not hard to skip.

sueleemar ,

I really want to like it more

Content is good, but if you reduced the ads and removed the repetitive sound bytes from previous episodes, this could be covered in two to three longer episodes. I understand creators need to pay the bills, but too many ads in such short episodes.

gluuu178 ,

Hard to follow

I really want to like this podcast and understand the stories…but I had such a hard time following! I couldn’t keep track of who was who and how things were connected. It was also hard when things that felt big were mentioned and then not discussed again or much much later at a point that really didnt make sense..I was constantly left wanting more info but then it would jump around again and again. The flow felt off! It almost stressed me out and felt overwhelming.

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