Mysterious Midwest
Episode 45: A Look Back at 2019

Episode 45: A Look Back at 2019

January 6, 2020

For our first episode of 2020, we celebrate our 1 year podcasting anniversary by taking a look back at 2019 and all our favorite moments. We reflect on all the adventures we had, the bad ass humans we met along the way, and everything we've learned. 

Even if you have never listened to the show before, this is a great way to get to know us, and highlights a few episodes that are definite "must-listens"!

We truly can't thank all of you enough for your support throughout 2019. We're excited to see where this crazy little journey goes next! 

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Episode 44: A Very Spooky Holiday

Episode 44: A Very Spooky Holiday

December 23, 2019

Cue the jingle bells - it's time for a holiday episode! We bring in our other halves to tell you about some odd and spooky holiday traditions all over the globe, including Tió de Nadal, Caganers, Saturnalia, Frau Perchta, and Mari Lwyd. 

Heads up - in the most Midwestern of ways, we misprounounce a whole lotta stuff in this episode - most significantly "Caganer" which we now recognize is pronounced (Cah-Guh-Nay). Sincere apologies to all Spanish speaking folks - I promise, our intentions are pure! 

Required Viewing: Tió de Nadal Video/Song

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Resources: 
Tió de Nadal: Wikipedia.org, MentalFloss.com, Slate.com
El Caganer: Wikipedia.org, MentalFloss.com, AncientPages.com
Saturnalia: Wikipedia.org, Conspirazine, Cracked.com, Wikibooks.org
Frau Perchta: BoroughsoftheDead.com, Patheos.com, MichelleNickolaison.com
Mari Lwyd: Wikipedia.org, HyperAllergic.com, Lithub.com, Museum.Wales

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Episode 43: The Pope Lick Monster

Episode 43: The Pope Lick Monster

December 9, 2019

This Monday we are super thrilled to bring you an episode that is a little bit lighter! Danielle tells us the legend of a creature we discovered at Cryptid Con earlier this year, the Pope Lick Monster, or the Goat Man. 

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Resources: WDRB.comCouriorJournal.com, Wikipedia, Ranker.com, and Exemplore.com

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Episode 42: Oakland County Child Killer - Part II

Episode 42: Oakland County Child Killer - Part II

November 26, 2019

*Note* - Apologies for the late post! Due to flu related sicknesses, I did not realize yesterday was Monday. Oops.

We're back with the Oakland County Child Killer - Part II. This week we'll dive into the suspects, and more recent developments in the case, as well as where it stands today. Obviously, all of our episodes have a content warning, but a severe content warning for this week, as we discuss crimes against children. 

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Resources: The 4-part docuseries, “Child Killer” produced by WDIV, The Killing Jar: Obsession, Descent, and a Hunt for Detroit’s Most Notorious Serial Killer by J. Reuben Appleman, Children of the Snow, a 2-part special from Investigation Discovery, Wikipedia (just to snag some overview facts), NPR, Timothy’s sister, Catherine King’s Blog and Barry King's Blog

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Episode 41: Oakland County Child Killer - Part I

Episode 41: Oakland County Child Killer - Part I

November 11, 2019

This week we have a big one for you. Buckle up and grab some kleenex as Sara gets into Part 1 of The Oakland County Child Killer. This episode summarizes the crimes, gets to know the victims, and discusses the cluster that was North Fox Island. Obviously, all of our episodes have a content warning, but SEVERE content warning for this week, as crimes against children are discussed in detail.

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Resources: The 4-part docuseries, “Child Killer” produced by WDIV, The Killing Jar: Obsession, Descent, and a Hunt for Detroit’s Most Notorious Serial Killer by J. Reuben Appleman, Children of the Snow, a 2-part special from Investigation Discovery, Wikipedia (just to snag some overview facts), NPR, Timothy’s sister, Catherine King’s Blog and Barry King's Blog

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Episode 40: Fire Poltergeist

Episode 40: Fire Poltergeist

October 28, 2019

In our last episode before Halloween Danielle covers a few of the Midwest's most mystifying cases of Fire Poltergeists, ending with a brief history of the wickedest of evenings - Devil's Night.

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Resources: Cool Interesting Stuff, Paranorms.com, MysteriousUniverse.org, Weird Illinois by Troy Taylor, AmericanHauntingSink.com, Strange State, Ranker.com

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Episode 39: Spooky Michigan

Episode 39: Spooky Michigan

October 14, 2019

It's Spooky Season folks! Today we get in the mood by sharing spooky legends and lore from Weird Michigan, authored by Linda Godfrey, and part of the Weird US book series created by Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman. Turn down the lights and settle in to hear about the Ghost of Little Grace, the Witch's Chair, Hell's Bridge, and the haunted Jeffers High School.

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Resources: Weird Michigan by Linda Godfrey, the Weird US Series from Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman

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Episode 38: Kenneth Rex McElroy

Episode 38: Kenneth Rex McElroy

September 30, 2019

Today we have a special announcement about a local event up top - then Danielle gets into a truly unique true crime case. Listen as she tells us about the crazy life and death of local jerk, Kenneth Rex McElroy, and the entire town that was complicit in his murder. 

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Resources: In Broad Daylight by Harry N.MacLean, AEtv.com, InsideEdition.com

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Episode 37: The Man From the Train - Revisiting Villisca

Episode 37: The Man From the Train - Revisiting Villisca

September 16, 2019

At the beginning of this episode we recap our road trip to Cryptid Con and various adventures along the way, as well as hit you with some super fresh juggalo news. Then, Sara revisits some details from Episode 5. Could the Villisca Axe Murders have been committed by a traveling serial killer? According to Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James, you betcha. 

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Resources: The Man From the Train: Discovering America's Most Elusive Serial Killer by Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James

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Episode 36: Mothman of Point Pleasant

Episode 36: Mothman of Point Pleasant

September 2, 2019

Though he isn't the most midwest of cryptids - he's definitely one that's close to our hearts. As we prep to go to Point Pleasant and Cryptid Con this weekend, Danielle tells us all about our favorite lepidopteran boogieman, The Mothman himself.

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Resources: All That's Interesting, Ranker, Weird US, Cryptozoology.fandom.com, VICE News, Chicago Reader

 

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