New Podcast Tackles 5 Unsolved Murders Around Small Kentucky Town, Including Crystal Rogers Case

Investigative journalists Jessica Noll and Shay McAlister vow to ask tough questions of law enforcement and elected leaders — and investigate if there are still killers at large.

By Gina Tron
Crystal Rogers Pd

Once dubbed the “The Most Beautiful Small Town in America” the area of Bardstown, Kentucky, is now known for its unsolved murders.

There’s the unsolved 2014 murder of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis; killings of mother and daughter Kathy and Samantha Netherland in their home the following year; the notorious disappearance and presumed murder of Crystal Rogers in 2015, and the murder of her dad, Tommy Ballard, one year later.

It’s a lot, especially for a small community of just about 13,000.

Now, a new podcast called “BARDSTOWN” has taken a deep dive into these cases, which all occurred either in or around the rural town.

The 10-part podcast premiered Wednesday, and its first two episodes are now available.

“BARDSTOWN” promises to tell “each victim’s story, question if the murders are linked and investigate why no charges have been filed in any of the five murders,” according to a press release.

Last year, Oxygen's docu-series "The Disappearance of Crystal Rogers" investigated her disappearance and examined the death of her father.

That unsettling case, and the four others, will be dissected in the new podcast by investigative journalists Jessica Noll and Shay McAlister, both of whom host the podcast.

“As journalists, it is our obligation to ask the difficult questions of law enforcement and our elected officials: Are these murders related, has the public been misled, and why is a killer or killers still at large?” McAlister said in a news release. “These are stories that must be told, and those responsible for causing so much pain and suffering in this community must be held accountable.”

The episodes are available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean and new episodes will be posted each Wednesday.

“These families have gone through enough for long enough; they deserve goddamn closure,” Richard Caldwell, who grew up in Bardstown, told WUSA9 in a  piece reported by Noll.

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