MALIBU—A new true crime podcast investigates the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Department and the circumstances surrounding the murder of Tristan Beaudette. On June 22, 2018, Beaudette, a 35-year old scientist and father of two was murdered at Malibu Creek State Park. Authorities later arrested, a drifter in the area, Anthony Rauda , 43, for the murder, as well as for several other shootings in the region.
The New Yorker writer Dana Goodyear created the podcast “Lost Hills,” which debuted on Tuesday, March 16, to investigate the actions of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Malibu/Lost Hills Station after reports from people claiming multiple shootings in the same area and interviewing those closest with Beaudette. The eight-part series is based on her 2018 reporting and will detail the crime, including claims of “smoking gun evidence missed by deputies.”
Beaudette was camping with his two daughters in a tent when he was shot and killed. His body was discovered by authorities the following morning. There were no witnesses at the scene and his daughters were not harmed during the incident. According to the podcast, Goodyear interviewed people who claimed to hear “loud bangs” similar to the shots at the campsite and always in the dark.
Rauda claims he was framed for Beaudette’s murder. He pled not guilty to the murder charges levied against him. Judge Charlaine F. Olmedo decided against the defenses’ request to dismiss the case. Rauda is facing 10 other counts of murder and burglary charges that go back three years. He also faces several weapons-related offenses that go back to 2006.
There are several allegations against Rauda who is believed to have opened fire at campers and motorists. Four days before Beaudette’s death, Rauda allegedly shot into a Tesla on Las Virgenes Road. He wounded another man who was asleep in a hammock near the Malibu State Park location. Less than a week after he shot the man in the hammock, he opened gunfire in the sleeping area of a vehicle.
Goodyear’s podcast claims it will “uncover secrets kept by law enforcement, new details about the crimes, and evidence missed by deputies that could prove to be the determining factor in this case.”
Listeners can hear “Lost Hills” wherever podcasts are accessible.
Written By Kelvin Portillo and Casey Jacobs