11 episodes

Four separate cases, four young girls. All of whom go missing in the early to mid-1970s, all within miles from one another in neighboring New England towns. And not one arrest has been made in over 50 years. In Paper Ghosts, investigative journalist and true crime author M. William Phelps’ decade-long search for answers is reignited when a call reveals new information that sets the investigation in motion, uncovering never-made-public documents and bringing forth new witnesses and suspects.

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    • 4.4 • 2.9K Ratings

Four separate cases, four young girls. All of whom go missing in the early to mid-1970s, all within miles from one another in neighboring New England towns. And not one arrest has been made in over 50 years. In Paper Ghosts, investigative journalist and true crime author M. William Phelps’ decade-long search for answers is reignited when a call reveals new information that sets the investigation in motion, uncovering never-made-public documents and bringing forth new witnesses and suspects.

    10. The Last Remains

    10. The Last Remains

    As far as the investigation into the five cases has gone, a major piece of the puzzle always felt missing. The victims' families have long asked the State Police to bring search dogs out to the biggest points of interest where the bodies of the missing girls may be buried. Those requests have been ignored ... until now.

    If you have any information regarding the cases involving Janice Pockett, Lisa White, Debbie Spickler, Susan LaRosa, or Irene LaRosa, please contact the law enforcement hotline at 860-870-3228. Or, you can send a direct message to M. William Phelps on Facebook or email him personally at mwilliamphelps@comcast.net. Any tip or bit of information can be helpful and all of it is kept completely confidential.

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    • 30 min
    9. The Witness

    9. The Witness

    He was best friends with Bob LaRosa. His ex-wife has described him as violent. And he’s been talking about bodies being buried in local water wells. It’s time for the Witness to speak.
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    • 29 min
    8. 'Are You Aware of the Ransom Calls?'

    8. 'Are You Aware of the Ransom Calls?'

    For just a moment in 2013, there was a glint of hope that the remains of one of the missing girls had been discovered. For their families, it was a discovery that finally felt like there would be answers. As the investigation heats up, a new source comes forward and flips the entire investigation upside down.
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    • 31 min
    7. The Runaway

    7. The Runaway

    The faces of Janice Pockett, Lisa White, and Debbie Spickler appear side by side on one missing persons flier that continues to be posted around town to this day. The public and media have always grouped these cases together. Three young girls, suddenly gone. Yet that is where the similarities stop. Recently uncovered documents help clear up the misinformation that’s been reported on 13-year-old Debbie Spickler’s case for over 50 years, and reveals a whole new web of mysteries that takes us in an entirely new direction.
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    • 35 min
    6. A Grave For Many

    6. A Grave For Many

    A frantic call brings forward a new lead, with new clues and a new person of interest with connections to Bob LaRosa. As local authorities have been focused on a group of violent, sexually perverted men exploiting and violating young women in the area, a surprising connection links this new person of interest back to the water walls where police have been looking.
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    • 40 min
    5. A Dangerous Man

    5. A Dangerous Man

    All of the missing cases have become like the five points of a star—no matter how you draw it, each point shoots a dotted line back to one person of interest: Bob LaRosa. However, there are far more nefarious secrets buried deep within his family that could lead to another suspect and new answers—starting with yet another missing young woman Bob knew very well. 
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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
2.9K Ratings

2.9K Ratings

MLBKN ,

Great Podcast. Just one tiny annoyance.

I’ve enjoyed this podcast so much. I wAs a young girl when all these cases happened. Very interesting. The only thing Is last episode is breaking up so I can’t hear what the author is saying. I’m going to try to delete it and reinstall. 😥

Marlo Woodward ,

Awesome!

Awesome story telling, people complaining, are the ones not paying close attention! So good! Wish there were more episodes

100%dontwasteyourtime ,

Don’t waste your time

Nothing happens the entire time.

“Did the brother kill his sister... here is why I think maybe... in conclusion, no.

Is the body hidden in the well... here is why I think maybe... in conclusion, no.

Could all five missing girls cases be linked... here is why I think maybe... in conclusion, no.”

Terrible

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