Notorious Bakersfield

Recent Episodes

E81: A 1909 Mystery

Jan. 24, 2023

A house fire in 1909 near Union Ave and Hosking Rd killed an entire family. Was it an awful accident or something more sinister? This 114-year-old Bakersfield mystery will be explored in this episode. Visit the Notorious Bak…

E80: The Corporation Part 2

Jan. 17, 2023

The Corporation Part 2 For a period of time that spans almost the entire 1980s, an organized crime ring operated in Bakersfield. This crime syndicate consisted of a rag-tag group of friends and acquaintances. They targeted i…

E79: The Corporation Part 1

Jan. 10, 2023

For a period of time that spans almost the entire 1980s, an organized crime ring operated in Bakersfield. This crime syndicate consisted of a rag-tag group of friends and acquaintances. They targeted independent businesses a…

Encore: The Virgin Mary In Bakersfield

Jan. 3, 2023

During Christmas 1984 through to the New Year, the faithful and curious alike flocked to an East Bakersfield home to view what some claimed to be that of an apparition of the Virgin Mary. This is the story about The Virgin M…

Encore: Killer Santa At Denny's

Dec. 27, 2022

In 1989, Kenneth Obney and a companion were ambushed by an assailant wearing a Santa costume in the parking lot of a Denny's restaurant in Bakersfield. If you'd like to support the Notorious Bakersfield podcast, you can buy …

E78: The 1977 Wind & Dust Storm

Dec. 20, 2022

"Most of Arvin blew through Bakersfield on its way to Fresno..." That's how Don Hart, the mayor of Bakersfield at the time, described the 1977 wind and dust storm. If you'd like to support the Notorious Bakersfield podcast, …

E77: The Bobby Sox Killer

Dec. 13, 2022

For 72 years residents have flocked to the Kern County Fairgrounds on South P Street for fun and amusement. What many people don't realize, three years before the fair moved here, this location was the site of one of Bakers…

The Chain Bandit

Dec. 6, 2022

In early 1960, a young man roamed the state of California robbing women at gunpoint in their own homes. He targeted homes that were for sale. Homeowners in Modesto, Fresno, and Ventura fell victim to this criminal. He eventu…

E75: Killer Cop

Nov. 29, 2022

The investigation into the deaths of two sex workers in the mid-1980s revealed an unlikely suspect...a Kern County Sherriff's deputy. If you'd like to support the Notorious Bakersfield podcast, you can buy me a coffee. Visit…

E74: Notorious Bakersfield Shorts 3

Nov. 22, 2022

Story 1: Monkey On The Loose In Bakersfield Story 2: Baby Boy Osborn If you'd like to support the Notorious Bakersfield podcast, you can buy me a coffee. Visit here to make a donation: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/Notorious …

E73: Solved Cold Case

Nov. 15, 2022

18-year-old Dawn Koons was murdered in 1978. It took nearly four decades to solve this crime. If you'd like to support the Notorious Bakersfield podcast, you can buy me a coffee. Visit here to make a donation: https://www.bu…

E72: Murder In The Oaks

Nov. 8, 2022

This 1994 murder in the upscale neighborhood of The Oaks stunned and shocked the entire city of Bakersfield. If you'd like to support the Notorious Bakersfield podcast, you can buy me a coffee. Visit here to make a donation:…

E71: The Bad Pastor

Nov. 1, 2022

This sensational story from 1975 rocked an entire church congregation. If you'd like to support the Notorious Bakersfield podcast, you can buy me a coffee. Visit here to make a donation: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/Notoriou…