11 episodes

Death defying acts of survival are fascinating. Join us as we go in depth discussing true stories of survival scenarios - from shipwrecks to horrific crimes - and almost everything in between. The only thing they have in common is someone survived to tell the tale.

The Survivors TheHillsHaveEars

    • True Crime
    • 5.0 • 40 Ratings

Death defying acts of survival are fascinating. Join us as we go in depth discussing true stories of survival scenarios - from shipwrecks to horrific crimes - and almost everything in between. The only thing they have in common is someone survived to tell the tale.

    Episode 11: Terri Jo Duperrault

    Episode 11: Terri Jo Duperrault

    In November of 1961, eleven year old Terri Jo Duperrault was found floating alone on a tiny raft in the Atlantic Ocean.  The tale of how she needed up there is almost too strange to imagine.

    This episode contains content that may be disturbing to some listeners.

    Listener discretion is advised.

    SOURCES:

    http://content.time.com/time/subscriber/article/0,33009,938800-2,00.html
    https://www.rd.com/article/orphaned-on-the-ocean-the-unbelievable-story-of-terry-jo-duperrault/
    https://www.today.com/news/murder-rampage-left-girl-orphaned-adrift-2D80555998
    https://www.salon.com/2012/08/04/bluebelles_last_voyage_a_true_crime/ 
    https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/581655/murder-at-sea-terry-jo-duperrault
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluebelle_(ship)

    • 33 min
    Episode 10: The Andes Survivors

    Episode 10: The Andes Survivors

    In 1972 a plane carrying a rugby team from Uruguay crashed in the Andes. With no rescue coming, their only chance was to save themselves.

    This episode contains material that may be disturbing to some listeners.

    Listener discretion is advised.

    SOURCES:
    Alive (book) by Piers Paul Read
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uruguayan_Air_Force_Flight_571
    https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/article/160403-andes-uruguay-rugby-cannibal-plane-crash-canessa-ngbooktalk
    https://www.npr.org/2019/06/09/731044367/story-of-the-1972-andes-plane-crash-in-out-of-the-silence

    • 36 min
    Episode 9: Teri Jendusa-Nicolai Part 2

    Episode 9: Teri Jendusa-Nicolai Part 2

    Part 2: The dramatic conclusion of Teri Jendusa Nicolai's terrifying tale.

    This episode contains material that may be disturbing to some listeners.

    Listener discretion is advised.

    SOURCES:

    Season 1, Episode 11-- I Survived ‘Teri/Angela/Ed’
    Season 1, Episode 1-- Three Days to Live 
    In an Instant, Left for Dead https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfwQlqXfKQg 
    https://www.wieb.uscourts.gov/opinions/?file&id=126
    https://transcripts.foreverdreaming.org/viewtopic.php?f=231&t=17514
    https://www.womansday.com/relationships/dating-marriage/a58621/teri-jendusa-nicolai-domestic-violence-survivor/
    https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-2005-08-16-0508160265-story.html 
    http://myracinecounty.com/news/waterford/2019/she-went-from-victim-to-advocate/ 
    https://dakotastudent.com/1547/arts-comm/woman-left-for-dead-shares-story-with-und/ 
    https://casetext.com/case/united-states-v-larsen-8 
    https://study.com/academy/lesson/what-is-a-supermax-prison-definition-pros-cons.html 

    • 26 min
    Episode 8: Teri Jendusa Nicolai- Part 1

    Episode 8: Teri Jendusa Nicolai- Part 1

    Teri Jendusa Nicolai was already a survivor of domestic abuse when she left her first husband, David Larsen.  But the divorce only made the situation much more sinister...

    This episode contains dramatic material that may be disturbing to some listeners.

    Listener discretion is advised.

    SOURCES:

    Season 1, Episode 11-- I Survived ‘Teri/Angela/Ed’
    Season 1, Episode 1-- Three Days to Live 
    In an Instant, Left for Dead https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfwQlqXfKQg 
    https://www.wieb.uscourts.gov/opinions/?file&id=126
    https://transcripts.foreverdreaming.org/viewtopic.php?f=231&t=17514
    https://www.womansday.com/relationships/dating-marriage/a58621/teri-jendusa-nicolai-domestic-violence-survivor/
    https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-2005-08-16-0508160265-story.html 
    http://myracinecounty.com/news/waterford/2019/she-went-from-victim-to-advocate/ 

    • 24 min
    Episode 7: Donna Boley Kohler

    Episode 7: Donna Boley Kohler

    In the summer of 1991 Donna Kohler fell mysteriously ill. Doctors struggled to find a diagnosis before it was too late.

    This episode contains material that may be disturbing to some listeners.

    Listener discretion is advised.

    SOURCES:
    http://donna.earth2.net/index.php?subject=story
    https://apnews.com/article/511bf4e04d799fcb509a59d6035d8071
    Diagnosis: Unknown Season 2 Episode 9 Cruel Deception 
    Who The Bleep Did I Marry?  Season 3, Episode 2. 

    • 28 min
    Episode 6: Hugh Glass

    Episode 6: Hugh Glass

    Hugh Glass was left to die in the woods after a vicious grizzly bear attack. He crawled his way back to civilization with one thing on his mind: revenge.

    This episode contains violent content and language that may be disturbing to some listeners. 

    Listener discretion is advised.

    SOURCES:
    https://www.historynet.com/hugh-glass-the-truth-behind-the-revenant-legend.htm
    http://hughglass.org/grizzly-attack/
    https://www.britannica.com/biography/Hugh-Glass
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Glass

    • 39 min

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