Missing in the Carolinas

Episode 10: The Unconfirmed Victims of Larry Gene Bell

Larry Gene Bell terrorized two families of two girls in South Carolina in 1985, but over the years, investigators have speculated he may have been responsible for the disappearances of other women in Charlotte, N.C.

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Murder in the Midlands: Larry Gene Bell and the 28 Days of Terror that Shook South Carolina by Rita Y. Shuler

Charlotte True Crime Stories: Notorious Cases from Fraud to Serial Killing by Cathy Pickens









Debra May Helmick and Shari Faye Smith

Denise Porch

Priscilla Blevins

Larry Gene Bell

Episode 9: Top Ten True Crime Podcasts

Host Renee Roberson shares ten of her favorite true crime podcasts.

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“Funkorama” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Episode 8: Missing College Students in the Carolinas

College is a time for young people to explore their individuality and take on new responsibility. Because of this, it can take days for anyone to realize a student is actually missing. This episode explores the still-unsolved missing persons cases of Jason Knapp, Virginia “Ginni” Wood and Martin Roberts.

Jason Knapp in 1998

Age progression photo of Jason Knapp
Virginia Wood and the friends she disappeared with
Martin Roberts/Courtesy of Winston-Salem Journal

Show Notes:

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Jason Knapp:








Virginia “Ginni” Wood



“Disappeared”: The Road Not Taken, Season 5, Episode 1

Martin Roberts




Episode 7: Nikki McPhatter

Nikki McPhatter was a hard-working young woman from Charlotte, N.C when she met a charming man on a dating website. But after she announced her plans to confront him on his philandering ways, she went missing. This episode also takes a look at the unconscious bias of media when reporting the disappearances and crime of minorities.

Nikki McPhatter
Theodore Manning
Kendra Goodman

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Episode 6: Liz and John Calvert Part 2

What happened to the investigation into Liz and John Calvert’s disappearance from Hilton Head Island once the prime suspect was found deceased? Featuring interviews with the authors of a true crime book written about the case.

Show Notes:

Book: Deceit, Disappearance & Death on Hilton Head Island by Charlie Ryan and Pamela Martin Ovens

Author bios:
Charlie Ryan and Pamela Martin Ovens previously collaborated on The Pullman Hilton, A Christmas Mystery and My Life with Charles Fraser, chronicling the recollections of the men and women who worked for and knew Fraser, the iconic founder of Sea Pines Plantation.

Charlie Ryan

Charlie Ryan was, over a span of eighteen years, a radio and television news director and anchor, Associated Press state broadcast editor and newspaper columnist. He reportorial years were spent in West Virginia and St. Louis. In his journalism career he focused on politics and interviewed notables including Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Eleanor Roosevelt and Robert Kennedy. He is a recipient of numerous honors and a member of the West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Following his broadcast career, Charlie founded and grew four media firms in West Virginia, Virginia and Washington, DC. After 35 years he sold the firms and became the founding dean of the Graduate School of Business at the University of Charleston in Charleston, WV.

Charlie and his wife Becky moved to Hilton Head where he served three years on the board of directors of the Sea Pines Plantation Community Services Association as chairman and the Association of Property Owners. They now reside in Charlotte, NC.

Charlie has also written Dead Men’s Clubs and Alacrity, his memoir.

Pamela Martin Ovens

Pamela Martin Ovens has lived on Hilton Head Island for almost 40 years. She and her husband, legendary boat captain Peter Ovens, are widely known for their charter sailboat business of 16 years, hosting hundreds of tourists on the 62-foot yacht Schooner Welcome. Pamela is the chief executive and owner of Single Star Publishers. She was a radio and television professional in Cincinnati prior to her move to Hilton Head Island and hosted an island radio show on WHHR. Today she is an accomplished “voice over artist” for radio and television commercials.

Sea Pines Center on Hilton Head Island
Dennis Gerwing and John Calvert

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Episode 5: Liz and John Calvert Part 1

In March 2008, Liz and John Calvert were last seen heading to a meeting with their accountant, a man they suspected of embezzling money from the businesses they owned on Hilton Head Island, S.C. In part one of this episode, we’ll explore the details around that fateful meeting, and why investigators suspect the embezzlement accusations may have cost the Calverts their lives.

John and Liz Calvert

Dennis Gerwing

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Deceit, Disappearance & Death on Hilton Head Island by Charlie Ryan and Pamela Martin Ovens.







Episode 4: MurderCon

Last August, Missing in the Carolinas host Renee Roberson attended the most unusual writing conference she had ever been to—Writers’ Police Academy’s MurderCon. She shares the details of the conference, where it took place, and what she learned there.

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Writer’s Police Academy


Episode 3: Kyle Fleischmann

Kyle Fleischmann was 24 years old when he went missing from uptown Charlotte after a night of drinking with friends. His disappearance is one of the city’s most troubling mysteries. Renee Roberson dives into some of the theories surrounding this case, and how similar it is to the Brian Shaffer disappearance in Columbus, Ohio.

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Episode Highlights:

Kyle Fleischmann disappeared after a night out with friends on Nov. 9, 2007. He found himself locked out of the Buckhead Saloon after last call, leaving his wallet and coat behind. After several attempts to call friends and family, he walked off into the night after his cell phone died. His family believes he is deceased and met foul play that evening. Tragically, a similar thing may have happened to a young man in Columbus, Ohio, a year before Kyle went missing.

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Episode 2: Zebb Quinn

In a small mountain town in Asheville, North Carolina, a young college student goes out after work to check out a car he’s interested in buying. The friend who accompanies him is the last person to ever see him, and his story just isn’t adding up. Fifteen years later, that friend’s name will come up in a separate high-profile homicide investigation, leaving North Carolinians to wonder if there will ever be justice for Zebb Quinn.

Episode Highlights:

Zebb Quinn was an 18-year-old community college student working at Wal-Mart on Hendersonville Road in Asheville when he disappeared in early 2000. According to family and friends, he had been saving up money to buy a car. On the night of January 2, 2000, Zebb finished up his shift at Wal-Mart and met fellow co-worker, 21-year-old Jason Owens, to go look at a Mitsubishi Eclipse that was for sale. He was never seen again after that night.

To Zebb’s loved ones, it seemed the mystery of his disappearance would never be solved. That is, until a couple with ties to Hollywood also went missing in North Carolina. The link between Zebb Quinn and this couple, JT and Cristie Codd, was none other than Jason Owens.

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Episode 1: Three Mysteries in the Carolinas

We are excited to introduce our new true crime podcast, Missing in the Carolinas. As a longtime resident of the state of North Carolina, I’ve been a freelance journalist and writer for the past sixteen years. I’ve always been drawn to cold case investigations and missing persons cases. I was one of those girls reading Ann Rule back in high school, and I’ve written several short stories inspired by actual cases I’ve read about in the news. You can imagine my delight when true crime podcasts came onto the scene several years ago. Some of my favorites include Broken Harts, Dr. Death, The Vanished, Unsolved Murders, The Minds of Madness and The Man in the Window. It was while listening to the South Florida Sun Sentinel podcast “Felonious Florida” that I first got the idea to create a podcast focusing solely on cases in North and South Carolina. This episode will serve as a teaser episode for the first cases I’ll be discussing.

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