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True Suspense

Arthur Pearlstein

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True Suspense offers carefully researched, real-life stories that involve death or disappearance under suspicious circumstances or major crimes that go sideways. In every story, key elements turn out to be different from what police and the public are initially led to believe. Twists and turns are plentiful as deliberate deceptions or innocent mistakes throw investigators off the trail. Written and narrated by an attorney and expert on the justice system, courtroom drama is often a part of t ...
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As the police are stymied, there is no shortage of speculation from online sleuths as to who or what may have killed Jasen Smith at the end of a Dave Matthews Band concert. A different kind of investigation leads to a theory that gains traction. Links to More Information An Unfathomable Death https://doseofbuffa.com/2019/05/24/an-unfathomable-death…
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Jasen and Darcy were long-time fans of the Dave Matthews Band. When they set out to see the band at an outdoor venue, they could not possibly have anticipated the shocking turn of events that would upend their lives. Links to More Information People Magazine Article https://people.com/crime/man-dies-head-injury-dave-matthews-band-concert/ Remembran…
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A group of friends attend an outdoor concert featuring world-renowned rock group The Dave Matthews Band. Under circumstances shrouded in mystery, one of them would never come home. Police are baffled. Season 5 is a two-episode mini-season from True Suspense, entitled Creeping Suspicion. Stay tuned wherever you listen to podcasts or at www.truesuspe…
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In this, the final episode of Body of the Crime, news suddenly breaks that "the mystery has been solved" and prosecutors file murder charges. A courtroom battle begins, but do the authorities have it right? Links to More Information Breaking news KMTV 3 News Now https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GN-ZBNU2AZw Alternate theory Lincoln Journal Star https…
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With the trail to the missing college student seemingly growing cold, disturbing new details emerge about events leading up to her disappearance. Ty's parents decide to take action. Links to More Information Nancy Grace https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXUWjtInX8o&list=TLPQMDQwNzIwMjNuiBL-3nPMnQ&index=2 KETV Interview with Thomas family attorney htt…
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After a woman's allegations that she had been repeatedly raped shines a new spotlight on the disappearance of Tyler Thomas, another woman steps forward with new allegations about the same man. Links to More Information Keadle Sexual Assault Charges https://journalstar.com/news/state-and-regional/nebraska/joshua-keadle-bound-over-on-sex-assault-char…
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The search for Ty Thomas intensifies and police interview some of her friends and classmates. A dramatic development in the case is announced. Links to More Information Arrest is made https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RyUutDbVb8 Attention Listeners If you enjoy the True Suspense podcast we would really appreciate it if you (1) share it with people y…
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An underage woman visiting a friend at a small Nebraska college is the victim of a sex crime but decides not to report it. Two years later, at a another small college elsewhere in Nebraska, a different young woman, just in the first semester of her studies, goes missing after a night of partying. A massive search is launched. Note: The story in Sea…
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Season 4 from True Suspense, starting on October 9, is "Body of the Crime." A young woman in the first semester of her first year at a small Nebraska college suddenly goes missing. As the FBI joins state and local law enforcement in a massive search, the disappearance brings other crimes to light, including previously unreported sexual assaults. Ac…
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A rally for justice outside the courthouse as the grand jury is about to convene occurs on the 800th anniversary of a major historical event. The grand jury announces its findings and in this, the final episode of Night Raids, a widow's fight for justice reaches its conclusion. Links to More Information Radley Balko in the Washington Post introduce…
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Troubling new information is revealed about the search warrant. Public outcry grows. Link to More Information A piece in the Washington Post about the death of David Hooks with focus on the search warrant and raid: "Meet 59-year-old David Hooks, the latest drug raid fatality" by Radley Balko, Washington Post, October 6, 2014 https://www.washingtonp…
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In the afternoon before the second raid on the Hooks property, a sergeant from the Laurens County Georgia Sheriff's Department is summoned to a different home on false pretenses. He confronts a man who has a startling confession. The narcotics division is called in and hurried plans are made in a race against time. If you have suggestions or questi…
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In a small town in Georgia, residents of a secluded home off a hidden driveway find themselves victims of a major property theft. As it turns out, this was only the beginning. Link to More Information A piece about Dublin that features a local YouTube personality, Hey Hey Casey Ra​e​ who is briefly heard from in this episode: Locals know best: expl…
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Season 3 from True Suspense, starting on August 7, is "Night Raids." A real life tale of drugs, guns, and death will, as always, keep you at the edge of your seat. In the course of 5 episodes, released on Monday each week, hear about the theft of guns and ammunition spiraling into a more dramatic turn that terrorizes a household, triggers a crimina…
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In this, the final episode of the Chloroform Capers, events surrounding two alleged crimes occurring 8 years apart--an abduction in 2012 and an attempted murder in 2004--begin to overlap in time. Don't miss Season 3 from the True Suspense files--"Night Raids"-- which begins on Monday, August 7.By Arthur Pearlstein
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Eight years prior to Chelsea's fateful encounter with a stranger in a white van, Michael Ayers, like Chelsea and her boyfriend, was a person down on his luck. Michael was determined to turn his life around after serving prison time and worked hard at it. Unfortunately, a car accident in 2004 set him back financially and left him without transportat…
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In Season 2 from the True Suspense files we present "The Chloroform Capers." In this opening episode, titled "An Abduction," we visit Charlottesville Virginia and meet a young woman named Chelsea who finds herself having to trudge over two miles on a freezing cold night to get to her mother's home. Along the way, she is greeted by a stranger. He se…
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Season 2 from True Suspense, starting in mid-June, is "The Chloroform Capers." Real life tales of crimes that involve kidnapping, a murder plot, and an apparent vampire, will keep you at the edge of your seat. Over 5 episodes, released on Monday each week, hear how the crimes take place, step-by-step, along with the ensuing courtroom drama and more…
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Episode 3 A Blink of An Eye The wrap-up of our story starts with a press conference by officials that leaves widespread disbelief in its wake. Many refused to accept what they were being told. Links to More Information Coroner's Report - https://www.cnn.com/2002/US/06/05/swimmingpool.boy/ How Could This Have Happened? - https://www.nytimes.com/2002…
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Blink and He's Gone - Episode 2: A Discovery As the search for young Paulo continues into Tuesday after his disappearance on Sunday, there is a shocking discovery. Horror and outrage engulfs greater Los Angeles. Links to Information The Search Continues https://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2002-06-04/article/12403?headline=Police-search-for-bo…
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Blink and He's Gone - Episode 1: A Birthday Party Welcome to Season 1, the relatively short, inaugural story from True Suspense, entitled "Blink and He's Gone." A child from a modest immigrant family disappears while visiting a mansion in one of the richest neighborhoods in America. In this, the first episode, you'll meet the Ayala family as they t…
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