In 2017, Kromatic Media began an award-winning podcast project titled Mared & Karen: The WVU Coed Murders. When the first story about the show appeared in WV Explorer, the web traffic crashed their server. The reaction since then has been equally overwhelming. The show is now at over 160,000 listens with an ever-growing audience.
The project centers around the disappearance and beheading of two WVU freshmen girls in 1970. The bizarre case is tailor-made for a true crime retelling, with dozens of baffling twists and turns. Over the course of 8-episodes, Kromatic Media recounts the search for their killer, which is ongoing.
In less than 6 months from its first posting, the podcast was added to the curriculum of classes in forensics (WVU), true crime (Marshall University), and podcasting (University of Tennessee).
Over the course of this project, we have interviewed lawyers, reporters, photojournalists, forensics specialists, and many others. Our dedication to crafting the story with music from Morgantown artists has shown the depth of talent residing here in the city.
We hope you enjoy the story, which we've aimed to make as complex, interesting and culturally relevant as anything put out by national outlets.
UPDATE - 04/06/2018
With the release of our last episode, we're offering a new Appalachian murder mystery podcast to listeners who donate $5 to keep Mared & Karen online. You can donate on our GoFundMe campaign page, where you can also hear a 3-minute teaser trailer for the new podcast!
Organized gambling, a rash of unsolved murders, and an assassination attempt are making the residents of Morgantown uneasy. When two freshmen girls disappear on a snowy January evening, a bizarre and brutal story begins to unfold. The city will never be the same.
In Episode 2, the headless bodies of Mared & Karen are finally discovered, a crusading newspaper man is forced into retirement, and the murders take on a decidedly mystical tone.
In Episode 3, the unidentified man at Mared & Karen's makeshift grave is investigated, Triangle is finally revealed, and panic hits WVU.
In Episode 4, we take a look at just a few of the many, horrible people suspected of the murders of Mared & Karen. Contains graphic descriptions of violence.
In this episode, a hard-working state trooper is fired, the governor lashes out at the press, a lost form of media is revisited, and we finally meet the man convicted of killing Mared & Karen. Contains graphic descriptions of violence.
The final chapter of Clawson's story. We take a close look at his trials, his multiple confessions, and his potential innocence. We also see how Mared and Karen live on, even almost 50 years later.
In Episode 7, we flash forward to 2006 when a new investigation begins. We discover that the case affected those involved so strongly, they could not let it go. And we update listeners on where the case stands now.
In this, the final episode, we talk to a forensic pathologist about the state of the bodies, several characters from Parade of Horribles come back into play, Geoff reveals the identity of his top suspect, and Sarah offers an alternative theory. And finally, we hear how the case may soon be solved.
All of the music for Mared & Karen is written and recorded by Morgantown musicians.
Here's a video of our theme song being recorded by John Smithers, Nicholas Larson and Annie Stroud!
Audio produced by Nathan Snyder.
Ordo Templi Sonica - Veil 5
Haggard Wulf - Intro (Mourningside Album)
Nathan Snyder - Arrows
The Foolish - I Know the Stars
Morgantown / Pittsburgh / Columbus / Richmond
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