The bodies were discovered nearly 48 hours after their car was found abandoned with its doors hanging open, its occupants vanished in the surrounding woods. It was an execution-style killing, times two. The dead were discovered with their watches and shoes missing, their wallets emptied. Gags were found stuffed in their mouths and both had been fatally shot in the head. And though the FBI took over the investigation, the leads winnowed away to an infrequent drip, which kept it on life support, waiting for someone to uncover the truth. Decades later, a relative of one of those killed will reach across time in an attempt to put the case's scattered pieces together and shine a light on those responsible. Today, I'll tell you about the unsolved Crater Lake Double Murder of 1952, that may have been solved.
Episode Host: Josh McCullough
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