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063 – The Mysterious Death of Norman Ladner

Seventeen year old Norman Ladner loved spending his free time on his family’s land. He would walk through the 122 acre plot, exploring the open pastures and dense forestry. Fishing and hunting were two of his favorite activities, but on the night of August 21st, 1989, Norman didn’t come home.

After searching for over an hour, Norman’s father made the terrible discovery of his son’s body. Norman had died from a single gunshot wound to the head, and while investigators initially considered it an accidental shooting, the final ruling was suicide. Unable to accept this, Norman’s parents began an investigation of their own.

Over the next several weeks, the Ladner’s discovered a blood stained bullet, too large for their son’s rifle, a radio transmitter they were told was often used by drug smugglers and were even threatened by an unknown individual not to reopen the case.

What happened to Norman Ladner, was this a tragic case of a teenager taking his own life, a terrible accident or a case of homicide either covered up, or poorly investigated? Join host Steven Pacheco as he examines the details of this disturbing and complex case.

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