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Listen in as Sherrie Ward and Joshua Lancaster tell stories of true crimes.

The Wardcaster Files: A True Crime Podcast Sherrie Ward and Joshua Lancaster

    • True Crime
    • 4.7 • 60 Ratings

Listen in as Sherrie Ward and Joshua Lancaster tell stories of true crimes.

    File 85: Serial Killer Dennis Nilsen and the Murder of Matthew Shepard

    File 85: Serial Killer Dennis Nilsen and the Murder of Matthew Shepard

    Between 1978 and 1983 Dennis Nilsen killed 15 men in London, England.  He was only found out because of plumbing issues in his apartment building that lead to a grisly discovery. 
    In 1998 21 year old Matthew Shepard left a bar in Laramie, Wyoming with two men who committed a hate crime against him so horrible that it still resonates with the LGBTQ community to this day. 
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    File 84: The Murder of Anita Cobby and Serial Killer Jerry Brudos

    File 84: The Murder of Anita Cobby and Serial Killer Jerry Brudos

    Anita Cobby was abducted and brutally murdered when she was walking home from the train station in Blacktown, NSW, Australia. Who could be so deranged to commit such a terrible crime?
    Years earlier, in 1968, another deranged killer roamed the streets of Salem, Oregon, killing at least four women. What set serial killer Jerry Brudos apart was his fascination with feet and necrophilia. 
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    • 45 min
    File 83: Serial Killer Rodney Halbower and The Missing Vancouver Women

    File 83: Serial Killer Rodney Halbower and The Missing Vancouver Women

    First up is Rodney Halbower, The Gypsy Hills Killer, who murdered between 2 and 5 women in 1976. His weapon of choice was a knife, so he also acquired the nickname The San Mateo Slasher. 
    Further north, in Canada between 1983 and 2002, is the case of more than 40 women who went missing in the Downtown Eastside neighborhood of Vancouver, but their bodies were never found. Unfortunately, most of their deaths have been attributed to a serial killer. 
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    File 82: Mass Shootings at The University of Alabama at Huntsville and Sandy Hook Elementary

    File 82: Mass Shootings at The University of Alabama at Huntsville and Sandy Hook Elementary

    In 2010, Assistant Professor Amy Bishop snapped and open fire in her Biology department staff meeting. 
    Two years later, Adam Lanza went to his former elementary school and methodically shot students and staff. 


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    • 1 hr 14 min
    File 81: Jane Toppan and Winnie Ruth Judd

    File 81: Jane Toppan and Winnie Ruth Judd

    In the 1890’s Jane Toppan killed 12 people and possibly many more with the ambition “to have killed more people—helpless people—than any other man or woman who ever lived.”
    In 1931 Winnie Ruth Judd was accused of murdering her two best friends and stuffing their bodies in steamer trunks, earning her the nickname The Trunk Murderess. But was she really guilty?
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    File 80: The Disappearances of the Jamison Family and Phoenix Coldon

    File 80: The Disappearances of the Jamison Family and Phoenix Coldon

    In Oklahoma in 2009, the Jamison family - dad Bobby, mom Sherilyn, and daughter Madyson - disappeared from the Sans Bois Mountains near where they were planning on building their dream home.  
    In 2011, 23 year old Phoenix Coldon disappeared from her home in Spanish Lake, Missouri where she had recently moved back in with her parents.
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    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

HFA32 ,

One of the BEST

I adore the hosts and the show. They tell stories that are lesser known and interesting. They show respect for all the victims and often poke fun at the stupidity of criminals. Their “spin” on topics is just as exciting when they find out what they will be researching and then when they tell it. Well told stories and the dynamic between Sherrie and Josh is one of the best that’s on air at the moment. Proud to be a Profiler and will continue to support this amazing podcast!!

Mamahahanana ,

Insightful and non conventional

I listened to several crime podcasts. This one is different. I know that one of the crime podcasts used a clip of this show as a bad example to demonstrate that the hosts should respect the case and respect the victim. I need to say come on! Listen to their full episode! Sherrie and Josh they respect the case and they respect the victim. Of course they make fun of the criminals and how stupid they are! That’s why it makes this show entertaining and non conventional! They are like two friends sitting next to me in my couch, with all the good crime stories! Some of their stories are really unique and really touching. Thanks! Josh for your willingness to share your personal story! Hug hug! They address stories that are from under represented populations. I really like the pride month stories. They are my new world of crimes.
Fabulous, you do you.

tritch1 ,

Great coverage and interesting cases

I enjoy the hosts and they have introduced me to many cases I didn’t know about, which I didn’t think was possible. Really enjoying the stories and their coverage.

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