402 episodes

The Generation Why Podcast released its first episode in 2012 and pioneered the true crime genre in the podcasting world. Two friends, Aaron & Justin, break down theories and give their opinions on unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries and conspiracies.
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    • True Crime
    • 4.5 • 15.1K Ratings

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The Generation Why Podcast released its first episode in 2012 and pioneered the true crime genre in the podcasting world. Two friends, Aaron & Justin, break down theories and give their opinions on unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries and conspiracies.
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    Toforest Johnson

    Toforest Johnson

    July 19, 1995. Birmingham, Alabama. Toforest Johnson was just 22 years old when he was convicted in the of capital murder of Deputy William G. Hardy and sentenced to death. He still sits on Alabama’s death row over 20 years later despite repeated false witness testimony, poor legal counsel, and allegations of severe prosecutorial misconduct.

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Johnny Cashman Jr

    Johnny Cashman Jr

    April 19, 2022. Lynchburg, VA. On April 19, Johnny Cashman Jr.’s family is informed that he died of an apparent medical condition in Virginia. They are devastated and have his cremains returned to them in Maine. However, they later discover that his apartment is covered in an abnormal amount of blood and his neighbor’s camera picked up chilling audio on the day he died. They are now urging detectives to re-examine Johnny’s case because the evidence seems to indicate foul play.

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    • 41 min
    Introducing: Buried Bones

    Introducing: Buried Bones

    Buried Bones is the new historical true crime podcast from the Exactly Right network. Each week, Buried Bones explores some of history’s most dramatic true crime cases from centuries ago. Using their individual expertise, journalist Kate Winkler Dawson and retired cold case investigator Paul Holes bring new insights to old mysteries, like the Lindbergh kidnapping, the assassination of President James Garfield, and the suspected murder of the founder of Rice University. wondery.fm/buriedbones-genwhy

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    • 4 min
    Murder of Tina Marcotte

    Murder of Tina Marcotte

    June 24, 1994. Rapid City, South Dakota. A Rapid City woman finishing a night shift finds her tires slashed and an ex-co-worker driving by offers her a ride home. The woman is never seen alive again and several days later the man is discovered dead at his workplace under mysterious circumstances.

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    • 38 min
    The Petit Family Murders

    The Petit Family Murders

    July 23, 2007. Cheshire, Connecticut. Jennifer Hawke-Petit informed a bank bank teller that men were holding her family hostage in their home and threatening to kill them all. She was at the bank to withdraw $15k as she was instructed to do by her family's captors. Despite law enforcement being made aware of what was going on and setting up a perimeter around the home, the Petit family would suffer unspeakable crimes.

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    • 43 min
    Mary Ann Flynn

    Mary Ann Flynn

    August 24, 1989. Cleveland, Ohio. At 10pm, one evening, Thirty-three year-old Mary Ann Flynn returned home. One neighbor said they heard her get out of her car and walk to the back door of the duplex. Other neighbors heard her front door close. Around midnight, neighbors heard a “loud bang or thud” from inside the house. The next morning, Christine, a concerned co-worker, called Mary's brother and together they gained entry. Inside they discovered Mary's lifeless body. Anthony Apanovitch was convicted twice for this crime andspent 30 years on Ohio’s death row before his conviction was overturned in 2015. But, just a few years later, he was sent back to death row on a legal technicality. Anthony is adamant that he is innocent, but prosecutors argue he is the only possible perpetrator.




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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
15.1K Ratings

15.1K Ratings

laura00019 ,

Long-time listener and fan

I love this podcast and have been listening for years. Aaron and Justin are thorough, compassionate, and thoughtful in how they present these cases and evidence, and they do their best to focus on objective facts while also raising questions and concerns about how investigations or trials were handled. I’ve noticed other true crime podcasts reference Gen Why episodes— likely because they take deeper dives and clearly do a ton of research. Some reviewers seem miffed that this isn’t like other comedy or shock-value murder podcasts (?) but that’s why I like it. One of the best true crime podcasts around.

Sammie Winston ,

Love This Podcast

Aaron and Justin do a great job researching their stories and I really enjoy how they play off each other to offer their unique perspectives. This is one of my favorite podcasts.

JessBlk2 ,

Perception is reality

I don’t always agree with their opinions but they are passionate about justice, rights and due process as we all should be!! They’re knowledgeable and very easy to listen to. People need to learn to simply say “this isn’t for me.” The glaring contradictions reading through reviews prove that perception is reality. Some reviewers think they’re “too woke” and some think they’re not “woke” enough. Some think they lean anti-police and some think they’re too easy on the police. Personally, I think they do a good job of simply pointing out when investigators botched a case and when they did good police work. I think they balance it all fairly well. If you like straight forward accounting of cases without banter, this one might be for you. I would urge you to ignore some of these extreme and ridiculous reviews and give the show a listen to make your own decision.

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