Investigative Journalist M. William Phelps and iHeartPodcasts Debut Season 4 of “Paper Ghosts”

The Award-Winning, New York Times Bestselling Author of 40-plus True-Crime books and Chart-Topping Podcaster Confronts New Suspect in Two Unsolved Ozarks Missing Persons/Murder Cases in New Season of the No. 1 Hit Podcast

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WHAT: The chart-topping investigative true crime iHeartPodcast “Paper Ghosts,” is back for its fourth season. Executive-produced, written and hosted by M. William Phelps, “Paper Ghosts” is known for uncovering new, breaking information in cold cases and bringing victims’ families answers in investigations otherwise long stalled out. Phelps is known for getting new and primary sources, and victim family members, who have not generally opened-up about the nuances of the cases, to reveal long-held secrets and exclusive information, sending dormant cases toward resolution with new suspects. The 8-part series will also include several special bonus episodes.

Season four of “Paper Ghosts” will take listeners deep into the heart of the Ozarks: Bella Vista, Arkansas and Pineville, Missouri. Phelps will put boots on the ground, investigating 18-year-old Dana Stidham’s 1989 murder and 22-year-old Shauna “Grace Doe” Garber’s 1990 murder. He will bring listeners authentic, jaw-dropping moments, with never-before-heard archival law enforcement audio, revealing previously unknown information about these 30-plus-year-old cold cases. Culled from over 50 hours of interviews, aside from Phelps’s regular cast of sources—friends and family members of the victims; law enforcement; cleared suspects; prosecutors and attorneys; journalists; and more—Phelps will unearth a potential new suspect and will confront the man with the evidence he’s gathered against him. 

“I’ve been a victims’ advocate my entire career, and crime victims’ stories are at the forefront of what I do,” says host M. William Phelps. “In ‘Paper Ghosts,’ I’ve always strived to tell the underlying story of what happened and who is responsible. The unexpected always comes up. I spend years on these cases, developing sources, digging for new information, with the goal of finding answers for family members. This season, I made it a priority not to settle for the long-held beliefs that these cases are unsolvable—which includes a direct connection to Dennis ‘BTK’ Rader, and a confrontation with a man I believe could be a prolific serial killer responsible for many additional murders.”

WHEN: The first episode of “Paper Ghosts” is available today with new episodes released Wednesdays for the next seven weeks.

WHERE:Paper Ghosts” is distributed by iHeartPodcasts and is available now on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcasts are available.

WHO: “Paper Ghosts” co-produced by M. William Phelps and iHeartPodcasts. The series is hosted and written by M. William Phelps, an award-winning journalist and author of 40-plus true crime books, who has produced, written and presented over 350 hours of true-crime television for Investigation Discovery, Oxygen, REELZ, A&E, HBO, Court TV, CNN, FOX, and more.

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About M. William Phelps

M. William Phelps is the New York Times best-selling author of 45 nonfiction books and winner of the Excellence in (Investigative) Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Phelps has written for numerous publications, including the Providence Journal, Connecticut Magazine and Hartford Courant. Diversifying his talents, Phelps consulted on the first season of the hit Showtime cable television series Dexter and has executive produced and starred in over 350 hours of true crime television. All of which gives him a confluence of expertise and experience to bring to true crime fanatics. In 1996, Phelps’s sister-in-law, five months pregnant, was violently murdered, and her case remains unsolved, which allows him added insight into the plight and pain of murder victims’ family members. He grew up in East Hartford, Connecticut, and now splits his time between Tolland County and Stonington, CT. In July 2017, Phelps published his definitive, 10-year project about Happy Face Killer, Keith Hunter Jesperson, DANGEROUS GROUND: My “Friendship” with a Serial Killer. As creator of “Paper Ghosts” in 2018, Phelps has also hosted several popular series including “Crossing the Line with M. William Phelps” and iHeartPodcasts’ “White Eagle.”

About iHeartMedia, Inc.

iHeartMedia (NASDAQ: IHRT) is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month. It consists of three business groups.

With its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, the iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. Its leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms, including more than 860 live broadcast stations in over 160 markets nationwide; its National Sales organization; and the company’s live and virtual events business. It also includes Premiere Networks, the industry’s largest Networks business, with its Total Traffic and Weather Network (TTWN); and BIN: Black Information Network, the first and only 24/7 national and local all news audio service for the Black community. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics, targeting and attribution for its marketing partners with its SmartAudio suite of data targeting and attribution products using data from its massive consumer base.

The iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group includes the company’s fast-growing podcasting business -- iHeartMedia is the number one podcast publisher in downloads, unique listeners, revenue and earnings -- as well as its industry-leading iHeartRadio digital service, available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices; the company’s digital sites, newsletters, digital services and programs; its digital advertising technology companies; and its audio industry-leading social media footprint.

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