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Secrets in the Desert

Secrets in the Desert

By Toya J
This is a True Crime Podcast that focuses on cases from the hottest parts of the desert in the U.S. The cases that will be examined will include shocking rapes and murders of children, as well as other disappearances and murders that may or may not be solved or gotten a lot of media attention. Our goal is to help generate new leads and tips to help investigators solve some of these old cold cases. This podcast contains graphic recounts of crimes, rapes, and murders, and contains graphic language. Listener discretion is advised.
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“Amber Alert: The still unsolved case of Amber Hagerman”
9 year old Amber Hagerman disappeared after riding her bike at an abandoned Winn Dixie grocery store in 1996. Can her murder be solved all these years later?
April 29, 2021
Innocents Lost
This episode covers the heartbreaking cases of three child murders that happened in my hometown of Las Cruces, NM. All at the hands of one of their “parents”. Rodrigo Bravo was 4 when he was killed by his mother, Devon Boothe 4, was killed by his 10 year old sister at the command of her step father, and 4 month old Kalynn Flores was suffocated by her father.
December 22, 2020
“Where is Anthonette Cayedito”
9yo Anthonette Cayedito was abducted from her home at 3am never to be seen or heard from again. Could a mysterious phone call a year after her abduction and a sighting 5 years later be the break the case needs??
December 10, 2020
The Night Katie Disappeared
Katie Sepich was a beautiful,young, smart 22 year old. Celebrating the Labor Day weekend with her boy friend, roommate, and best friend. After Katie catches her boyfriend cheating on her at this party, she decided to walk the 5 blocks home from the party. Leaving in a hurry Katie didn’t realize she left all her belongings including her house keys at the party but did not want to go back. She tried gaining access to her home through her bedroom window but as she was doing this, Katie was attacked from behind and was raped and strangled right outside her bedroom window. Who would commit such a heinous senseless murder? This is the case of The Night Katie Disappeared.
November 27, 2020
“The Body in the Canyon”
25 yo Joseph Pruitt Jr wanted to go live his life on an adventure. He ended up in Alamogordo NM. This is where Joseph Pruitt Jr disappeared and was found murdered. Could Joseph be a victim of a serial killer?? Or were the killers closer to home??
November 16, 2020
David Parker Ray the “Toybox Serial Killer “
David Parker Ray and his sometimes co-conspirators allegedly abducted, raped, murdered, and disposed of 50+ women in New Mexico and Arizona, and not one of these alleged victims bodies have ever been found!!
November 1, 2020
Where is Tara Calico?
Tara Calico disappeared on September 20, 1988 in Belen, NM while out on her daily bike ride. Almost 32 years later Tara has not been seen or heard from again. What happened to Tara Calico?
September 19, 2020
The Cody Posey Murders
14 year old Cody Posey brutally massacred his father, step mother, and step sister at the Sam Donaldson Ranch in New Mexico. Was Cody really abused or did he just want his family out of the way to do as he pleased? Find out on today’s episode of Secrets in the Desert!
August 25, 2020
Bonus. Rest In Heaven Kobe Bryant 💔
This is just a little tribute to the one and only Kobe Bryant, the Black Mamba himself, his daughter Gigi and the rest of the victims who tragically lost their lives today January 26, 2020.
January 27, 2020
The Long List
This episode is about the West Mesa Murders out of Albuquerque, NM. At least 19 sex workers were kidnapped of the streets between 2001 and 2005. 11 of the victims were found buried in a sort of mass grave on the West Mesa so the serial killer has been the West Mesa Bone Collector.
January 19, 2020
The Bowling Alley Murders
Las Cruces New Mexico was shocked by the crime that took place at the only bowling alley in their town on February 10, 1990. 7 people were shot inside the office after 2 gunmen robbed the place and setting the office on fire. Only 3 survived.
January 4, 2020
The Victoria Martens Murder
10-year-old Victoria Martens was raped, murdered, dismembered, and set on fire on her 10th birthday by her mom Michelle Martens, her mom’s boyfriend Fabian Gonzales, and Fabian’s cousin Jessica Kelly this is her story.
December 20, 2019
Baby Brianna
This case is about the rape and murder a five month old Brianna Mariah Lopez from Las Cruces New Mexico on July 13, 2002.
December 13, 2019
Welcome to the desert/where it all began
Episode one is about the murder of 20-year-old Johnny Ramirez of Las Cruces New Mexico and the attempted murder of Erica Mieja of Las Cruces New Mexico.
December 7, 2019