In the Season One finale of The Case, the Oconee County Sheriff's Office shares with Kirk Minihane information that might be the key to understanding a web of death and deceit in Walhalla, South Carolina. What began as an investigation into the disappearance of 17-year-old Jennifer Fay in Brockton 30 years ago concludes as a sweeping investigation into several people who have died mysteriously or are currently missing. The thread that ties these tragic cases together is Kevin W. Maler, a former resident of Jennifer's Brockton neighborhood and a person of interest in her disappearance. Law enforcement also believe Maler may have been involved in the disappearance of Faith Roach in 2019. Maler has an upcoming court date for drug and firearms charges on May 26, but he is currently on the lam, hiding from law enforcement.

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Podcast Jesus does it againNot a fan of the true crime genre before this. Love the primary investigative research and first-hand interviews, a much different approach than most podcasts of this kind..Score: 5/5

FatLooks like Kirk is starting to gain a lot of weight. Jesus.Score: 5/5

Great!Loving the content and I find myself eating cheese every episode🧀. Love it❤️🙌.Score: 5/5

AddictingKirk, I luckily found you through barstool. This podcast series is incredibly well done, thanks for putting so much time into it. Enjoying it immensely!.Score: 5/5

So good!!!!Wow! I’m hooked!.Score: 5/5

Real captivating s**tWith excellent cheese ads Bravo, Kirk and Steve.Score: 5/5

KirkThank you Kirk!.Score: 5/5

Passion of the caseIf kirk is as passionate about this as evwertyhimg else he does it anoukd be great.Score: 5/5

Can’t wait for moreThe Chiclets sent me here. Great show to add to the library!.Score: 5/5

This is goodThis story keeps taking crazy turns, really well done.Score: 5/5

Kirk & Steve - to the True Crime Moon!So excited for this. Kirk’s a great storyteller and Steve is producer extraordinaire. Barstool’s first foray into True Crime is going to be exceptional. Let’s go!.Score: 5/5

Turned off by Taser adI just started listening and the story sounded promising, but as soon as the Taser ad came on I decided to unsubscribe. Can’t do it. Offering this as feedback to the producers..Score: 1/5

AwesomeI am hard to keep entertained. You did just that. Well done. Cannot wait for some more..Score: 5/5

Top tier True Crime podcastI’m a huge fan of the Kirk Minihane show, so I didn’t hesitate to subscribe to his first foray into the True Crime genre. Well done, and I’ve devoured both episodes. Episode 2 was gripping and I can’t wait for episode 3!.Score: 5/5

Doesn’t go anywhere, a little chaoticThe podcast tried to be good but it really doesn’t go anywhere. It circles back and forth over the same stuff that’s talked about every episode. I found it repetitive. It gets off topic nearly once an episode without a good/solid relation to the main narrative. Good try but it was a miss for me. Boring..Score: 1/5

AwesomeAwesome podcast.Score: 5/5

More of a fan now than beforeI liked this podcast when I first started listening, but after episode 3 and Kirk opening up about his own struggles with mental health has made me respect him more as a podcaster and respect what he is doing to help Jennifer’s family find peace..Score: 5/5

Why TaserOpening the podcasts with ‘Taser’ as an endorsed sponsor takes away your credibility (right or wrong as this may be) and it takes a couple episodes of intense listening to realize you are doing and have done a thorough job on this podcast. As a recently retired Homicide Unit Team Leader, i can tell you that the key to getting info from people is being able to quickly ‘bond’ with them, no matter how much contempt you may have for them. You clearly figured that out and its why Kevin talks with you so much..Score: 4/5

Reconsider your sponsorsYou will alienate a lot of your audience before the episode even starts with ad choices like taser. will not be listening..Score: 1/5

You’re a naturalYou should do another ;) thanks for the fanstastic work. Look forward to the next..Score: 5/5

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This is an unorganized messGood for Kirk trying this out but this was a mess. No real cohesive story it just jumps around from person to person and haphazardly try’s to connect it at the end of each episode. I was excited for this to drop and it’s just not for me. Hope some of you other fans enjoyed this but I was very dissatisfied.Score: 1/5

Really badThis was really bad and totally confusing...the story telling was not fluid at all. If I wasn’t from the area and interested in the case I would have stopped after the second episode..Score: 1/5

EhhhhLove Kirk but his story was all over the place. Starts GREAT but ended lack luster. Essentially 8 episodes to say Kevin Mahler was sketchy. Could have been 4 episodes. If only he had a good producer..Score: 2/5

Great stuffAwesome show.Score: 5/5

Loves it at first.... now I’m lostThis is so hard to follow. The podcast is very disorganized and the audio quality is awful..Score: 2/5

AwfulHuge Kirk fan and was looking forward to this Podcast. It was awful from start to finish. Don’t waste your time. The podcast didn’t prove anything. Sound quality was terrible. Very disappointing.Score: 1/5

All over the placeToo many characters that have nothing to do with anything. It’s confusing..Score: 2/5

ExcellentThis series was well done. It’s pretty clear that the main suspect/person of interest in several disappearances and deaths is pretty brilliantly manipulative, and I’m fairly certain if he weren’t an addict, he would be hurting people on a MUCH larger scale. And when I say ‘brilliantly manipulative’, I don’t mean that in terms of intelligence… this guy is obviously uneducated and ignorant… I’m referencing his ease in performance, becoming whatever he needs to be to sell the story that will most benefit him from one moment to the next. That’s a level of psychopathy I don’t think we see very often. What’s most surprising to me is that a violent felon can be convicted of several (felony) weapons charges, but time and time again he’s given a slap on the wrist. In most states, he would’ve been given a life sentence SEVERAL arrests ago… never mind if he were brown or black, he prob would’ve gotten a life sentence after his second statutory rape (for which he was never charged), but I digress. I think this was a thorough report on a case that was mishandled from the beginning, and hopefully this can spark some real progress and maybe even some justice. Glad to see that things are already heading in that direction!.Score: 5/5

Hard to Listen toThe case is interesting but hard to follow. The cadence of his voice is painful.Score: 2/5

Waste of time.Listened to the whole thing and knew as much at the end as when I started. True crime may not be this guys calling.Score: 1/5

HorribleKirk Min was good on WEEI but is a horrible investigative reporter!.Score: 1/5

Really GoodReally good story & storytelling, filled with a lot of interviews, covering every aspect of the story. My only critique/request, since this podcast comes out weekly, would be a super short ‘previously on...’ at the beginning of the episodes, only because not every episode covers the same topic/case. And each episode very specifically focuses on a certain piece. Obviously it all ties back to Jennifer’s case, but there’s also a focus on Faith’s case, and then Kevin’s life in general, so it’d be nice to get a brief rundown of where we are in the story (both Kevin’s life timeline & the Jennifer case)..Score: 4/5

Lacks DirectionI forgot who this podcast was even about. I love Kirk but I’ve listened to every episode and it’s gone off the rails. Hopefully he picks a case with something to follow..Score: 2/5

DirectionlessStarts out promising but then meanders without much purpose. Belabors points (we get it- Maler is a bad dude), lacks much substance. Really disappointing and not worth your time in a world with plenty of good true crime to choose from..Score: 2/5

DisturbingI was really enjoying this podcast until I listened to the latest episode. I was really disturbed by Jenn’s Mom calling the girl that didn’t end up being her daughter “enormous” that’s really disgusting. Who takes about a person like that. Really disgusting..Score: 1/5

What Just HappenedI was hooked at the beginning but after a few episodes in I kind of lost track. It seems everyone knows what most likely happened - not sure the podcast really adds to the case - I hope I’m wrong about that though. Well produced..Score: 3/5

Another one?I love Kirk so i thought this crime podcast would be different the first couple episodes were pretty good but now it’s just boring. Don’t waste your time..Score: 1/5

ExcellentGreat podcast with quick concise episodes. Ambitious goal of doing a 20+ year old disappearance/mystery. Overall a must listen that won’t take much of your time..Score: 5/5

Well doneIf this is your 1st true crime podcast, you did a great job; and I hope it’s not your last. Give us an update after May 26th.Score: 5/5

Very interesting storyKirk doing a great job to draw you in the story of a missing girl and the bizarre sketchy people that surround that event.Score: 5/5

Who’s Kirk?If you’re a true crime fan like me who can’t answer that question, you’re going to hate this pod. Seems this Kirk character has a huge fan base from some other walk of life that’s responsible for artificially inflating this garbage above the one star it deserves..Score: 1/5

Agree w/DisturbingI agree with the post about Jen’s mom using the term “enormous”, so unnecessary. I’m sure you do a lot of editing of the podcast, couldn’t you have just cut that out? The women took the time to speak w/the private investigators & Jen’s mom when she didn’t need to. So insensitive of the whole team who work on this podcast..Score: 2/5

Disappointed but not why you thinkI was enjoying this podcast very much until the most recent episode (5/24) when they kept talking about insulin as being poison. Insulin is not poison. You can use it to kill someone, but it’s not poison. Your body makes insulin and the insulin that diabetics take is synthetic, yes, but it’s not used for getting high. Get it right man..Score: 3/5

Highly biased/speculative assertionsIf you like jumping to conclusions with purely circumstantial “evidence”, then this podcast is for you. Large volumes of poorly recorded interviews boil down to a speculative assumption that a meth-selling serial killer may exist who is now on the lam.Score: 1/5

Well done!!I love true crime so I had really high hopes for this podcast and was not disappointed! Kirk goes through and illustrates these insane connections between multiple disappearances and murders. I was really impressed with his ability to notice small details from each story and explains reasons that they could be intertwined. I think some people are too focused on needing an answer for what actually happened to Jennifer Fay and the other victims discussed but in reality, so many murders/crimes go unsolved! It’s important to talk about these unsolved crimes and put a spotlight on them which then can spark public interest and can potentially help solve the case! For anyone saying that this was “biased” I think you have to understand that this was from KIRKS perspective and based off the information that he uncovered during his investigative work. He’s making a suggestion as to what he believes happened and I think he provides strong support for why he believes what he believes. If you’re concerned with it being biased info then get on the web and do some digging yourself! Present an alternative theory that may explain what happened! Although the audio was poor during som interviews, I found it kind of cool! It made the experience feel very raw and like you were there during these interviews. Plus, he does go through and explain what was said in the interviews when the audio isn’t particularly stellar, so you still get all the breakdown of what was exactly said! Excellent podcast!!! Looking forward to hopefully more seasons of this from Kirk! ***chefs kiss***.Score: 5/5

No resolution. Good production but a waste of timeYou are taken through a web of various deaths but there is absolutely no resolution only a long drawn out assumption that you can figure out immediately.Score: 2/5

Love the hostVery much liked the podcast! The host is a very good storyteller. With severe stories intertwining it can get a bit confusing at times but he does a great job of breaking it down and explaining everything. Looking forward to season 2!.Score: 5/5

Good stuffPeople complaining they can’t follow the story or characters must not be too bright. Good podcast. It is a bizarre case covering multiple suspicious murders that spans over a few decades..Score: 4/5

The bestKirk Minihane is the best investigative reporter in the country when he wants to be..Score: 5/5

A+A+.Score: 5/5

No direction or story lineThis seemed promising but quickly shows that there is no storyline or direction in this podcast. Seems like just a bunch of random interviews and similar stories taking place in different states. Each episode is worse than the last.Score: 1/5

Not for meI love true crime and a friend suggested this. I was extremely disappointed in this. I think Kurt said it best that Jennifer is a ‘supporting character.’ The podcast should be about her but it’s about the man they think did it and then everyone else he may have killed. They should have taken a new angle and made the podcast about the suspect. Poor audio. Couldn’t hear interviews. Didn’t summarize interviews you couldn’t hear. Repeat facts more of the time. Kurt should have also said his biases at the start because that’s what we heard. I won’t be listening to anymore from this series with all the true crime out there..Score: 2/5

Well doneThe host does a great job of presenting information and eliciting statements from those connected to the cases..Score: 5/5

Ppl are slowPeople complaining about it’s hard to follow are insane ..just stay off candy crush for 5 seconds and pay attention lol it’s not hard to follow.Score: 5/5

Well Done!A fun listen!.Score: 5/5

Amazing!!!This story is inane because my best friend is actually from Wahalla/Seneca and she knows some of the people that are being talked about on her!!!.Score: 5/5

Must ListenTragic, hope this story isn’t over.Score: 5/5

UpdatesI really hope you keep us updated on this story. I was impatiently waiting fir each episode. Well done..Score: 5/5

MehWas really excited to listen to this as a MA local but found it a similar experience to reading articles myself. Did not really see the “investigative” piece. I think it was a good attempt at a first season & will give next season a listen to see if there are improvements!.Score: 3/5

Gave it a shotProfessionally done, great host, and well documented but this format is just not for me. Narrating a crime through a series of episodes is a tricky endeavor as it can get tedious to listen to and can be difficult to follow. I’m not really on board with the attention given to the primary suspect who appears to be a psychopathic narcissists who loves the spotlight and is therefore most likely relishing in listening to himself talk on the many interviews he’s afforded..Score: 3/5

Lamar Odom of podcastingKirk is such a talent, but like Odom, never lives up to his potential. This is the latest example; it jumps around, the audio is terrible, so many storylines. However I’ll still listen to find out if he comes to any conclusion. This just keeps getting worse.Score: 1/5

Well doneThis is very good and is right in Kirks wheelhouse. He’s a talented story teller with great investigative instincts. Steve had a few production gaffes. There was a “next time” segment where a person’s voice wasn’t augmented but the next episode the same person’s voice was disguised for their protection. That’s a simple yet costly oversight on Steve’s lone job..Score: 4/5

Kirk’s Magnum OpusMinihan, and The Case specifically, is the best kept secret in true crime podcasts. Or podcasts at all for that matter. I am so thankful Portnoy has stayed loyal to Kirk, even with his self destructive (and immensely entertaining) rants against him. Listen to this, people. Every true crime show nowadays is so boring and redundant; The Case is a breath of fresh air in a very stale market..Score: 5/5

Boring dull narrationThe host seems not into the show drones on and really doesn’t find any new information through out the whole series disappointing ending.Score: 1/5

Don’t waste your timeContent is interesting but the recording/sound quality is garbage, and needs way better editing for clarity and relevance..Score: 2/5

Not goodHuge barstool fan but this podcast is just bad. It’s the most unorganized thing I have ever listened to. It sounds like it was edited and put together by 5 year olds. Obviously barstool will try and say it was a success but anyone who has ever heard a true crime podcast or enjoys true crime knows this is not good..Score: 1/5

Great.Great..Score: 5/5

Potential is thereI really wanted to like this podcast, but like others have mentioned, there is no storyline. It’s incredibly hard to follow. There should have been some pre-planning where each podcast was edited to fit a storyline. Each interview I struggle to find relevance and half the time I still don’t even know who or why that person is being interviewed..Score: 2/5

TerribleQuite difficult to follow, incoherent, includes extensive unimportant details then omits or only provides snippets of relevant information. Interesting story and great host but poorly edited, too taxing to bother listening to..Score: 2/5

Excellent!Grabs you from the start!! Side of Kirk I never thought was there..Score: 5/5

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The Case Podcast Episodes

Hiding

In the Season One finale of The Case, the Oconee County Sheriff's Office shares with Kirk Minihane information that might be the key to understanding a web of death and deceit in Walhalla, South Carolina. What began as an investigation into the disappearance of 17-year-old Jennifer Fay in Brockton 30 years ago concludes as a sweeping investigation into several people who have died mysteriously or are currently missing. The thread that ties these tragic cases together is Kevin W. Maler, a former resident of Jennifer's Brockton neighborhood and a person of interest in her disappearance. Law enforcement also believe Maler may have been involved in the disappearance of Faith Roach in 2019. Maler has an upcoming court date for drug and firearms charges on May 26, but he is currently on the lam, hiding from law enforcement.

Dottie & Yvette

For more than three decades, Jennifer Fay's family has searched desperately for answers. What happened to Jennifer that night in November of 1989? Why didn't the Brockton Police investigate more aggressively? Why have people who know what happened remained silent? In the penultimate episode of The Case, Kirk Minihane revisits the three-decade long investigation, the many false leads and dead ends, and the suffering Jennifer's family has endured since she mysteriously disappeared.

The Widower

Kevin Wayne Maler, the man who was named a person of interest in the disappearance of Faith Roach by the sheriff of Oconee County, claims he's never been violent toward women, that he's a protector of women. The women in his life tell a different story. In Episode Six of The Case, Kirk Minihane speaks with several women that Maler had relationships with over the last four decades. The portrait that emerged was one of a horrifyingly violent man and a serial abuser. A man who preyed on underage girls and abandoned his children. And a man who is capable of deceiving everyone in his life about what he truly is.

Interrogation

In 2010, Kevin Maler sat for a 2.5 hour interrogation with a team of private investigators who were looking into the disappearance of Jennifer Fay. Eleven years later, Maler is once again answering questions about his potential involvement in not only Jennifer's case, but also several other missing persons and mysterious deaths. At Kevin's request, we arranged for him to sit for a polygraph examination. Episode Five blends the 2010 interrogation with the 2021 polygraph examination and a subsequent interview with Kirk Minihane.

April & Kevin

Two mysterious deaths in Walhalla, South Carolina, but the Oconee County Sheriff's Office says there was no foul play. In Episode Four of The Case, Kirk Minihane revisits the 2019 deaths of April Norton Jones and Kevin Kyle Craig. Officially, April died of an overdose, Kevin of methamphetamine withdrawal. But details surrounding both fatalities suggest there's much, much more to the story.

Diana

At the time Jennifer Fay went missing, unspeakable horror was unfolding a few blocks away in the home of Diana Natale -- the same home were some believe Jennifer was buried that night in 1989.

Faith

The investigation into the disappearance of Jennifer Fay leads Kirk Minihane to Walhalla, South Carolina, where he discovers that a violent felon who lived in Jen's neighborhood is connected to at least one other missing girl.

Jennifer

In November of 1989, 16-year-old Jennifer Fay snuck out of her house in Brockton, Massachusetts, looking for a party. She was never seen again. More than three decades later, Barstool Sports' Kirk Minihane launched an investigation to find out what happened to Jennifer. In the first episode of this series, Minihane talks to Jennifer's friends and family, piecing together the events of November 14th, 1989, and interviews the detective who investigated her case for nearly a decade. Follow The Case on Twitter and Instagram @TheCasePodcast. For more information about The Case, visit TheCasePodcast.com. The Case is a Barstool Sports podcast presented by Taser.

The Case: Trailer

In November of 1989, 16-year-old Jennifer Fay left home for a party in Brockton, Massachusetts. She was never seen again. Three decades later, Kirk Minihane began investigating Jennifer’s disappearance as part of Barstool Sports' first ever true crime podcast.

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