13 episodes

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.

Tom Brown's Body Texas Monthly

    • True Crime
    • 4.7 • 4.7K Ratings

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.

    9. Another Day in Canadian

    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."

    • 33 min
    New From Texas Monthly: America’s Girls

    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.

    • 3 min
    An Update from Skip

    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?

    • 3 min
    Introducing: State of Mind

    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.”

    • 2 min
    8. The Remains

    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."

    • 42 min
    7. The Wake

    7. The Wake

    "The people of the town are calling us and saying, 'Do we have a monster that lives in our community?' I wish I could give them Solace."

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
4.7K Ratings

4.7K Ratings

jack 2232 ,

To all of the spoiler reviews

You are a-holes. Especially Jared T9…

Littleworldcunningly ,

Unethical and insensitive reporting

This show had so much potential in its pretense of exploring how the disappearance and death of a young man divides a community. However, the host is ill-equipped to handle the sensitive issues of sexuality, mental health, and suicide. Hollingsworth repeatedly treats rumors about Jones’ sexuality as embellishments to the plot. The show discusses sexuality and gender without any content warnings or thoughtfulness. I feel deep sadness for this boy who died, just to have it made into a podcast that makes a spectacle of a normal kid exploring his sexuality and dealing with mental health needs in an environment that offered few resources.

Jared T9 ,

No Hard Feelings is the Suicide Note

Religious people and the parents of suicide victims generally struggle with the notion of a loved one killing themself. Tom played the No Hard Feelings song as a potential suicide note the same ways I probably listened to Alice in Chain’s “Don’t Follow” and Pearl Jam’s “Deep”. Suicide was on his mind. He also internet searched about suicide help the night of his disappearance/death. Suicide also ran in the family genetics. Of course the irony is not lost that his loved ones and the Canadian community harvested many hard feelings. All he wanted was for people to absorb the song in a meaningful way and appreciate it the way he did. I’ve listened to the song many times since listening to the podcast. He wanted the people he loved to listen, appreciate it and accept he wasn’t angry or betrayed; he was finished living and made a difficult decision.

By the way, why no forensics on his skull?

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