In 2016, a popular high school senior mysteriously disappeared on the night before Thanksgiving. His remains were found two years later. What happened to Tom Brown in the small town of Canadian, Texas that night? It seems everyone in town’s become a suspect, including Tom’s family, friends, the local sheriff, and a high-flying private investigator. Acclaimed writer Skip Hollandsworth digs into the mystery that’s torn this town apart in this eight-part true crime podcast series.
From the Texas Monthly team behind “Boomtown”—a popular eleven-part podcast series about the culture and economy of the West Texas oil fields—“Tom Brown’s Body” launches September 29 and is the first narrative podcast series from Hollandsworth.
New From Texas Monthly: White Hats
From Texas Monthly comes a story of the Wild West, the first American superheroes, the legendary riders in white hats, Los Diablos Tejanos—the Texas Rangers. “White Hats” tells the true history of these larger-than-life rangers, who have become one of the defining symbols of the state. Join host Jack Herrera as we explore the fantastical tales of Ranger legends like Jack Coffee Hays, who rode into battle with the Lipan Apache chief Flacco, and Frank Hamer, who hunted down the outlaws Bonnie and Clyde. For many Texans, the white hats became synonymous with justice and protection. But many other Texans grew up hearing haunting memories of “los Rinches,” and the violence they visited upon Mexicans and Mexican Americans a century ago. On the eve of the Rangers’ 200th anniversary, "White Hats" explores the Rangers’ true place in Texas history. Learn more at www.texasmonthly.com/podcasts/series/white-hats/.
9. Another Day in Canadian
"I'll never lose that hope. It could be five years from today. The door is always open at our office for anything that will bring resolution to this case."
New From Texas Monthly: America’s Girls
The original Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders squad burst onto the field back in 1972—the same year Title IX passed, the same year Deep Throat came out, and a year before Roe v. Wade. Sarah Hepola digs into the untold stories behind the global pop culture phenomenon, from the stripper who allegedly inspired the squad’s creation, to a scandalous Playboy cover shoot that was partly a battle over fair wages, to the ongoing debate about sexuality and women’s bodies in a post-#MeToo world. The result is a vibrant mix of history, cultural criticism, and storytelling, featuring interviews with New Yorker writer Jia Tolentino, award-winning novelist Ben Fountain, Oscar-nominated director Dana Adam Shapiro, local television sports legend Dale Hansen, folk-writing hero Joe Nick Patoski, and a whole bunch of cheerleaders whose names you don’t know yet—but should.
An Update from Skip
There have finally been a couple of developments in the case. But will they lead to the truth about what happened to Tom?
Introducing: State of Mind
There’s something different about Texas. But how do you define it without resorting to cliches about cowboys and oilmen? At Texas Monthly, we think the answer is through stories — stories like the ones we’ve been telling for almost 50 years. On State of Mind, you’ll hear those stories from our talented writers and from a wide array of other Texans. Each of them is a window into the experience of life here. Join us each week for a new story about life in the Lone Star State, from the Texas Monthly team behind “Boomtown,” “One by Willie,” and “Tom Brown’s Body.”
8. The Remains
"I'm definitely more paranoid wherever I go. I definitely watch my back more and pay attention to what's going on around me."
Educational, emotional, shocking …..all the feels.
This podcast is so well presented. The case is wild. I binged this over a 24-hour period. Definitely a must listen.
Flawed, but worth any true crime fan’s time
Skip and the gang at Texas Monthly have done an outstanding job with this show. It is a sad story. I absolutely commend Skip for getting quality candid interviews.
The major fault of the show is that I think Skip owed it the listeners, and himself to challenge the most odious personality involved in the case about his evidence free, constantly changing hypotheses of the case. That personality of course is Philip Klein, and keystone cop adjacent investigators he employees.
Klein is clearly a gifted, if grating, self promoter. He is what I call a classic “monversator.” A monversator is only happy when they dominate a conversation. Skip really should have demanded some evidence of Klein’s claims before allowing Klein to put them out in the world using Skip’s platform. Skip could asked for this proof off the record, so he could have said, “Klein, permitted me to see his evidence, provide names, but for ethical reasons, we cannot reveal them until the authorities take up this thread. This evidence looked credible to me, which is why I’m including Klein’s hypothesis in the show.”
Or he could have said, “Klein presented the following, new, version of events. He offered no evidence whatsoever for his claims.”
I also think Skip should have done a deep dive into Klein’s incredible professional claims. Klein offers some startlingly high success rates for his firm. He does this in such a clumsy, film flammy used care salesman kind of way, that is should have immediately triggered Skip’s inner investigative reporter instincts. The tires of Klein investigations really demanded to be kicked.