Sometimes the most beautiful places
hide the darkest secrets
Episode 1: The Hunter
Multiple National Parks
In a matter of four months that stretched between late 2007 and early 2008, drifter Gary Michael Hilton went on a killing rampage in national parklands across three states on America’s East Coast that left a 4-victim body count for authorities to piece together. He used the cover and isolation of park trails and campgrounds to stalk and murder his victims. However, even after his arrest, authorities became convinced that his murderous crimes could go back much further than anyone ever thought.
Episode 2: The Hitchhiker
Glacier National Park
In 1983, one man’s kind gesture to give a hitchhiker and his dog a ride into Glacier National Park, ends in murder and a manhunt that spanned from California, to Canada and eventually Mexico. Scott David Steel’s hopscotch pattern of crimes throughout the 1980’s and 2000’s leads investigators down a dark road of robbery, renegade behavior and remorselessness that spanned almost 40 years.
Episode 3: The Hikers
Shenandoah National Park
The case of who murdered Julie Williams and Laura Winans at their campsite by a peaceful mountain stream inside Shenandoah National Park in 1996 still remains a mystery. The brutality of this couple’s slaying has baffled state and federal investigators for 24 years. Several key suspects have emerged over the years, but still no one is behind bars for these women’s murders. The nature of the crimes have the classic signatures of a sociopathic serial killer, but without help from the public, the case continues to grow cold.
Episode 4: The Predator
Yosemite National Park
In the winter and summer of 1999, a serial killer struck four times in the span of six months inside Yosemite National Park. His spree of brutal murders left FBI agents and local law enforcement searching for leads across the state of California. Taunting letters from the perpetrator revealed clues about this killer’s twisted mind. Authorities and the victims’ families could never have imagined that this sinister slayer, Cary Stayner, whose family name was once known across the nation, was operating right beneath their noses.
Episode 5: The Survivalist
Grand Teton National Park
A man trying to pull off an intricate and complex double life in Idaho commits an unspeakable triple murder, then takes off into the wilderness of Grand Teton National Park. Investigators realize catching their killer will take outsmarting him in the vast forests and mountains he knows like the back of his hand. After years of searching, this killer remains at large…but is Gerald Bullinger still in the woods alone, or has he conned his way back into another alternate identity?
Episode 6: The Passenger
Banff National Park
In May 1990, the resort town of Banff, Alberta Canada was gearing up for a busy tourist season, but the horrific stabbing of a young female taxi driver brings everything to a screeching halt. The perpetrator remains on the loose for nearly two years. Detectives in a race against the clock to find their killer never expected this monster would have the face of a teenager.
Episode 7: The Volcano
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
The beauty of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is marred when beloved community figure Arman Johnson’s bullet-ridden body is found dumped on a trail. Few leads emerge and FBI agents are left to wonder if drug trade on Hawaii’s Big Island is to blame.
Episode 8: The Unknown
Chiricahua National Park
National Park Service ranger Paul Fugate vanishes into the mountains of Chiricahua National Park in Arizona. What was supposed to be a routine patrol hike through the sacred monument grounds, turns into one of the largest and longest-running missing persons cases in National Park Service history.
Episode 9: The Friend
In the 1990’s one of the most well-known and liked men in West Yellowstone, Montana became one of the most notorious names in western U.S. history. Larry Moore’s crime of murder reveals to authorities a seemingly endless pit of sociopathic mayhem brewing inside this wealthy businessman, who’s hell-bent on covering up his crimes and convincing others to kill.
Episode 10: The Husband
Rocky Mountain National Park
Harold Henthorn loses his first wife in a tragic car accident on the side of a rural mountain road, and then his second wife falls off of a cliff in Rocky Mountain National Park. Authorities in Colorado feel something is terribly wrong, and a closer look at Henthorn’s past reveals disturbing clues as to how his wives met their deadly fates.
Episode 11: The Photographer
A ruthless and tactical predator posing as a photographer in Los Angeles’s Westside lures young women to their deaths with promises of fame and fortune. The capture of William Bradford may solve two murders, but his collection of work reveals to authorities there are even more victims to unearth in the canyons of California’s mountains and sands of the Mojave Desert.
Bonus Episode: The Newlywed
Glacier National Park
Wedding bells had barely stopped ringing by the time 21-year-old Jordan Graham pushed her husband of only eight days off of a cliff in Glacier National Park. The couple’s hike was meant to bring their budding marriage closer together but ended horrifically for Cody Johnson. The events and stories that would unfold after this lethal act changed the fabric of a small religious Montana community and became one of two only documented murders in modern history to occur inside the massive park.
Delia D’Ambra – Host
Delia D’Ambra is an investigative journalist from North Carolina who started her career in journalism in 2014. She has worked in both the broadcast news industry and is currently a producer and host for audiochuck. Delia specializes in re-investigating cold case homicides and unsolved crimes. She is an outdoors enthusiast and is currently on a mission to visit every national park in North America.
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