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Hostage

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Some terrorists use weapons. Some use information. The scariest use hostages. Every Thursday, Hostage tells electrifying crime stories culminating in intense, life-or-death negotiations. Within the stories, we examine tactics used by the FBI’s crisis negotiation unit, world governments, and even hostage’s parents, highlighting the techniques that saved lives, and the moments where everything went tragically wrong. Hostage is a production of Cutler Media, and part of the Parcast Network. New episodes release on Thursdays.

Latest Episodes

The Ariel Castro Kidnappings Pt. 1: Michelle Knight

In 2002, 21-year-old Michelle Knight was lost and panicked while on her way to an important custody meeting for her young son. But when a high school friend’s father offered her a ride to the appointment she thought she was finally catching a break. Instead, he would become her captor and tormentor, locking her away in a hell-like house in Cleveland, Ohio for eleven years.

50 MIN3 days ago
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The Ariel Castro Kidnappings Pt. 1: Michelle Knight

Shannon Louise Matthews Pt. 2: “Beautiful Princess Daughter”

In 2008, the kidnapping case of 8-year-old Shannon Matthews dominated the news cycle in England. As the reward money for her safe return continued to climb, an expensive investigation into her disappearance waged on, and Shannon’s mother wept openly for her “beautiful princess daughter.” But Karen Matthews knew exactly where Shannon was, and she was determined to keep her there until the right moment. No matter the cost.

46 MIN1 weeks ago
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Shannon Louise Matthews Pt. 2: “Beautiful Princess Daughter”

Shannon Louise Matthews Pt. 1: The Field Trip

On February 19, 2008 in Dewsbury, England, nine-year-old Shannon Matthews waved goodbye to her friends and left school, but never made it home. This was just the beginning of a landmark kidnapping case that would grip England for weeks. But what appeared to be another tragic child abduction had a twisted secret – Shannon’s kidnapping was an elaborate scheme all planned by her own mother.Parcasters - Ervil LeBaron was convinced that he was destined to rule over Earth as god’s chosen disciple, but so did his brother. Learn more about the LeBaron Clan this week on Cults! Subscribe to Cults on Spotify to listen now!

44 MIN2 weeks ago
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Shannon Louise Matthews Pt. 1: The Field Trip

Captain James Riley Pt. 2: Enslaved

After months of being enslaved in Northern Africa in 1815, Captain James Riley vows to buy his own freedom, and the freedom of his crew. His only option is to pray that a merciful stranger will take pity on him. It was a gamble, considering the fact that such a leap of faith is what enslaved him in the first place.Parcasters - This week on Crimes of Passion we take on the infamous case of Lorena and John Bobbitt! You won’t want to miss this one! Listen today on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.

51 MIN3 weeks ago
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Captain James Riley Pt. 2: Enslaved

Captain James Riley Pt. 1: Shipwrecked

After their merchant ship, Commerce, was stranded off the Moroccan coast in August 1815, a brave captain decided that they only way to survive was to find help. James Riley would go on to lead his crew through the treacherous Sahara Desert, completely unaware of what their journey would hold.Parcasters - This week on Unexplained Mysteries we dive into the befuddling Shugborough Inscription, and what it could possibly mean. Can you be the codebreaker? Find out today on Unexplained Mysteries!

51 MINAUG 15
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Captain James Riley Pt. 1: Shipwrecked

Steven Stayner Pt. 2: Growing Up Dennis

After his abduction in 1972, Steven Stayner spent the next eight years hopping around California with his captor, Kenneth Parnell. The rest of his adolescence was a misery, despite being sent to school and having relative freedom under his new name, Dennis. But in 1980, Kenneth would sink to a new low that would finally give Steven the courage to escape.Sponsors!Native - For 20% off your first purchase, visit NativeDeodorant.com and use promo code HOSTAGE during checkout!

56 MINAUG 8
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Steven Stayner Pt. 2: Growing Up Dennis

Steven Stayner Pt. 1: A Hundred Yards Away

On December 4, 1972, 7-year-old Steven Stayner was kidnapped from his home in Merced, California, and stolen away to an isolated camping ground outside Yosemite National Park. Steven felt scared and alone, held hostage by a stranger hours from home. Neither of them knew, however, that Steven's own grandfather owned the cabin next door.Parcasters - This week on The Dark Side Of, we move on from Hollywood and start our exploration of the music industry. Our first episode details the myth of the 27 Club, you won't want to miss it! Subscribe to The Dark Side Of on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

48 MINAUG 1
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Steven Stayner Pt. 1: A Hundred Yards Away

Frank Sinatra Jr.: Along For The Ride

On December 8, 1963, Frank Sinatra Jr. was taken hostage just before a performance in Lake Tahoe. His captors expected his famous father to pay any amount in ransom. What they didn't expect was for Sinatra Jr. to be so thrilled by his own kidnapping, he decided to help.Parcasters - Don’t miss all of our special Summer of ‘69 episodes by subscribing to Parcast Presents: Summer of ‘69, on Spotify, or anywhere you listen to podcasts!

53 MINJUL 25
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Frank Sinatra Jr.: Along For The Ride

Michael Scott Moore Pt. 2: 977 Days

As a journalist, he hoped to get an inside look at Somali piracy. Michael Scott Moore would get more than he bargained for in January 2012 when he was abducted by a criminal gang seeking a large ransom payoff. Beaten, bloodied, and lost in a foreign country, Moore had no choice but to hold on to the slim hope of rescue.Sponsors!Away - Go to AwayTravel.com/HOSTAGE and use promo code HOSTAGE at checkout for $20 off a suitcase!

63 MINJUL 18
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Michael Scott Moore Pt. 2: 977 Days

Michael Scott Moore Pt. 1: Pirate Reporter Captured

After receiving a research grant, Michael Scott Moore packed his bags for Somalia to dig into the ongoing pirate crisis. The nature of piracy had changed after several high profile abductions brought more international naval attention on the region. The pirates were getting craftier.Sponsors!Native - For 20% off your first purchase, visit NativeDeodorant.com and use promo code HOSTAGE during checkout!

50 MINJUL 11
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Michael Scott Moore Pt. 1: Pirate Reporter Captured

Latest Episodes

The Ariel Castro Kidnappings Pt. 1: Michelle Knight

In 2002, 21-year-old Michelle Knight was lost and panicked while on her way to an important custody meeting for her young son. But when a high school friend’s father offered her a ride to the appointment she thought she was finally catching a break. Instead, he would become her captor and tormentor, locking her away in a hell-like house in Cleveland, Ohio for eleven years.

50 MIN3 days ago
Comments
The Ariel Castro Kidnappings Pt. 1: Michelle Knight

Shannon Louise Matthews Pt. 2: “Beautiful Princess Daughter”

In 2008, the kidnapping case of 8-year-old Shannon Matthews dominated the news cycle in England. As the reward money for her safe return continued to climb, an expensive investigation into her disappearance waged on, and Shannon’s mother wept openly for her “beautiful princess daughter.” But Karen Matthews knew exactly where Shannon was, and she was determined to keep her there until the right moment. No matter the cost.

46 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Shannon Louise Matthews Pt. 2: “Beautiful Princess Daughter”

Shannon Louise Matthews Pt. 1: The Field Trip

On February 19, 2008 in Dewsbury, England, nine-year-old Shannon Matthews waved goodbye to her friends and left school, but never made it home. This was just the beginning of a landmark kidnapping case that would grip England for weeks. But what appeared to be another tragic child abduction had a twisted secret – Shannon’s kidnapping was an elaborate scheme all planned by her own mother.Parcasters - Ervil LeBaron was convinced that he was destined to rule over Earth as god’s chosen disciple, but so did his brother. Learn more about the LeBaron Clan this week on Cults! Subscribe to Cults on Spotify to listen now!

44 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Shannon Louise Matthews Pt. 1: The Field Trip

Captain James Riley Pt. 2: Enslaved

After months of being enslaved in Northern Africa in 1815, Captain James Riley vows to buy his own freedom, and the freedom of his crew. His only option is to pray that a merciful stranger will take pity on him. It was a gamble, considering the fact that such a leap of faith is what enslaved him in the first place.Parcasters - This week on Crimes of Passion we take on the infamous case of Lorena and John Bobbitt! You won’t want to miss this one! Listen today on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.

51 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
Captain James Riley Pt. 2: Enslaved

Captain James Riley Pt. 1: Shipwrecked

After their merchant ship, Commerce, was stranded off the Moroccan coast in August 1815, a brave captain decided that they only way to survive was to find help. James Riley would go on to lead his crew through the treacherous Sahara Desert, completely unaware of what their journey would hold.Parcasters - This week on Unexplained Mysteries we dive into the befuddling Shugborough Inscription, and what it could possibly mean. Can you be the codebreaker? Find out today on Unexplained Mysteries!

51 MINAUG 15
Comments
Captain James Riley Pt. 1: Shipwrecked

Steven Stayner Pt. 2: Growing Up Dennis

After his abduction in 1972, Steven Stayner spent the next eight years hopping around California with his captor, Kenneth Parnell. The rest of his adolescence was a misery, despite being sent to school and having relative freedom under his new name, Dennis. But in 1980, Kenneth would sink to a new low that would finally give Steven the courage to escape.Sponsors!Native - For 20% off your first purchase, visit NativeDeodorant.com and use promo code HOSTAGE during checkout!

56 MINAUG 8
Comments
Steven Stayner Pt. 2: Growing Up Dennis

Steven Stayner Pt. 1: A Hundred Yards Away

On December 4, 1972, 7-year-old Steven Stayner was kidnapped from his home in Merced, California, and stolen away to an isolated camping ground outside Yosemite National Park. Steven felt scared and alone, held hostage by a stranger hours from home. Neither of them knew, however, that Steven's own grandfather owned the cabin next door.Parcasters - This week on The Dark Side Of, we move on from Hollywood and start our exploration of the music industry. Our first episode details the myth of the 27 Club, you won't want to miss it! Subscribe to The Dark Side Of on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

48 MINAUG 1
Comments
Steven Stayner Pt. 1: A Hundred Yards Away

Frank Sinatra Jr.: Along For The Ride

On December 8, 1963, Frank Sinatra Jr. was taken hostage just before a performance in Lake Tahoe. His captors expected his famous father to pay any amount in ransom. What they didn't expect was for Sinatra Jr. to be so thrilled by his own kidnapping, he decided to help.Parcasters - Don’t miss all of our special Summer of ‘69 episodes by subscribing to Parcast Presents: Summer of ‘69, on Spotify, or anywhere you listen to podcasts!

53 MINJUL 25
Comments
Frank Sinatra Jr.: Along For The Ride

Michael Scott Moore Pt. 2: 977 Days

As a journalist, he hoped to get an inside look at Somali piracy. Michael Scott Moore would get more than he bargained for in January 2012 when he was abducted by a criminal gang seeking a large ransom payoff. Beaten, bloodied, and lost in a foreign country, Moore had no choice but to hold on to the slim hope of rescue.Sponsors!Away - Go to AwayTravel.com/HOSTAGE and use promo code HOSTAGE at checkout for $20 off a suitcase!

63 MINJUL 18
Comments
Michael Scott Moore Pt. 2: 977 Days

Michael Scott Moore Pt. 1: Pirate Reporter Captured

After receiving a research grant, Michael Scott Moore packed his bags for Somalia to dig into the ongoing pirate crisis. The nature of piracy had changed after several high profile abductions brought more international naval attention on the region. The pirates were getting craftier.Sponsors!Native - For 20% off your first purchase, visit NativeDeodorant.com and use promo code HOSTAGE during checkout!

50 MINJUL 11
Comments
Michael Scott Moore Pt. 1: Pirate Reporter Captured

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