21 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.

Paper Ghosts iHeartRadio

    • True Crime
    • 4.4 • 3.7K 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. They were one of the town’s most popular, wealthiest families and operated a number of lucrative firework stands in high demand each summer. But when their house is burned to the ground and everyone inside is found dead, long buried secrets of the past are exposed.
    Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    • 33 min
    Introducing Paper Ghosts Season 2

    Introducing Paper Ghosts Season 2

    During the 1981 Fourth of July weekend, four people were found dead inside a massive farmhouse that belonged to a wealthy Ohio family. Desperate to find answers, surviving family members reached out to M. William Phelps for help. After a years-long investigation, new developments help track the movements of a new suspect and uncover a series of mysterious deaths that could expose what really happened that terrible night 40 years ago.
    Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    • 2 min
    Introducing: The Piketon Massacre Season 2

    Introducing: The Piketon Massacre Season 2

    In 2016, eight members of the Rhoden family were viciously murdered in their homes. Two years later, four members of the Wagner family, were charged with the largest massacre in Ohio’s history. As justice plays out in the courtroom, the KT Studios team revisits Pike County to examine: crime-scene forensics, upcoming legal proceedings, and the ties that bind the victims and the accused.
    Starting Wednesday, May 12th listen to The Piketon Massacre: Return to Pike County, a production of KT Studios on the iHeartRadio App, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.

    Check us out online:
    www.instagram.com/PiketonMassacre
    www.twitter.com/PiketonMassacre 
    www.facebook.com/PiketonMassacre

    Executive Produced by KT Studios:
    www.instagram.com/KT_Studios
    www.kt-studios.com
    Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
3.7K Ratings

3.7K Ratings

Sazzy54 ,

Great listen - Giving a voice to the voiceless

I binged the whole season, these girls deserve their story to be told, heard, and justice to be served. M. William Phelps did a great job investigating and telling this story.

LargeMarge87 ,

Sweet Butterfly

I was in tears within the first 10 minutes for the sweet girl that was taken. I’ll listen to the rest & I am hoping they find the person responsible by the end of the season. Thank you for sharing Janice’s story!

Chefsar ,

Should win awards

This podcast was so informative, so interesting, so well written, and so respectful of the victims and their families, that it should win an award.

I told every true crime fan I know. Can’t wait to hear more like this from the host/producer.

Top Podcasts In True Crime

More by iHeartRadio