Episode 21: The Mall Passer Mike DeBardeleben

Murder Coaster by Christa Carmen and Matthew Brockmeyer

Episode notes

The craziest suspected serial killer you probably never heard of!

In 1982 Treasury Department agents were hot on the trail of a counterfeiter traveling across the country passing off fake twenties at shopping malls, earning him the monicker “The Mall Passer.”

Authorities would eventually apprehend Mike DeBardeleben, and the horrors they would uncover when they searched his many storage compartments was like something straight out of a horror movie.

Far from just a counterfeiter, DeBardeleben was a sadistic rapist, torturer and serial killer, who documented his crimes with photographs and tape recordings.

Take a thrilling and soul-chilling ride into the world of Mike DeBardeleben, the wild story of his capture for counterfeiting and the terrifying secrets that were revealed.


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