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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.
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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.
45 min
Introducing: TODAY IN TRUE CRIME, a new Parcast...
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16 min
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.
45 min
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.
50 min
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.
42 min
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19 min
Frank Sinatra Jr.: Along For The Ride
On December 8, 1963, Frank Sinatra Jr. was taken hostage just before a performance in Lake Tahoe.
47 min
Michael Scott Moore Pt. 2: 977 Days
As a journalist, Michael Scott Moore hoped to get an inside look at Somali piracy.
57 min
Michael Scott Moore Pt. 1: Pirate Reporter Capt...
After receiving a research grant, Michael Scott Moore packed his bags for Somalia to dig into the ongoing pirate crisis.
44 min
Siege at Waco Pt. 2: Babylon at the Gates
In late February, 1992, the ATF laid siege to Mount Carmel, just outside Waco, Texas.
61 min
Siege at Waco Pt. 1: The Prophecy
For years, cult leader David Koresh was abusing the young girls in his cult and stockpiling weapons for the apocalyptic war he believed was coming.
60 min
Peter Weinberger: The Sideways M
When infant Peter Weinberger was stolen from his backyard in sleepy Westbury, New York, in 1956, a seven-week, state-wide manhunt ensued.
49 min
Colleen Stan Pt. 2: Hidden in Plain Sight
In 1981, after four years of captivity, Cameron gave Colleen a single gift: a weekend home with her family in Oregon.
43 min
Colleen Stan Pt. 1: The Girl in the Box
In May 1977, Cameron Hook abducted Colleen Stan while hitchhiking in Oregon, then kept her as a slave for the next seven years.
48 min
Shin Sang-ok & Choi Eun-hee Pt. 2: The Chase
After four years in North Korea as prisoners, both Choi Eun-Hee and Shin Sang-Ok were reunited at a dinner party in 1982 and ordered to resume making movies together.
56 min
Shin Sang-ok & Choi Eun-hee Pt. 1: The Double A...
Actress Choi Eun-hee expected to spend a week in Hong Kong on business in 1978.
45 min
Shawn Hornbeck Pt. 2: The Missouri Miracle
Michael Devlin hadn't realized how hard it would be to keep a teenage boy hostage.
43 min
Shawn Hornbeck Pt. 1: The Missouri Monster
In 2007, Shawn Hornbeck should have been back to his family’s home in Missouri by dinnertime.
35 min
Michelle Renee Pt. 2: The Fall Guy
In November 2000, after being forced to rob the California bank she managed, Michelle Renee was quick to alert police and the FBI.
39 min
Michelle Renee Pt. 1: The Perfect Mark
Chris Butler had robbed banks before, but they heist had always gone awry.
35 min
Charley Ross Pt. 2: The Kidnapper's Pen-pal
After Charley was kidnapped on July 4, 1874 in Philadelphia, negotiations took place for over a year, stymied at every turn by police, politicians, and the public alike.
44 min
Charley Ross Pt. 1: America’s First Ransom Note
Two men earned Charley’s trust by bringing him and his brother candy every afternoon.
41 min
Virginia Piper Pt. 2
In 1972, Bobby struggled to follow the intricate directions left for him by his wife’s kidnappers, while she sat in the woods of Minneappolis, praying she had been taken by men of their word.
42 min
Virginia Piper Pt. 1
When Minneapolis socialite Ginny Piper was kidnapped from her own home in 1972, the police struggled to unearth suspects.
34 min
Natascha Kampusch Pt. 2
By the time she turned 18, Natascha promised herself she would escape her kidnapper.
40 min
Natascha Kampusch Pt. 1
Children were being abducted all over Austria, however Natascha Kampusch never thought anyone would want her.
37 min
John McCain Pt. 2
After a year in captivity, John McCain had lost all hope of ever returning home.
45 min
John McCain Pt. 1
On October 26, 1967, young, audacious Naval Lieutenant John Sidney McCain III prepared for his 23rd mission over North Vietnam.
39 min
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