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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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Episode 35: Scary Stories

Episode 35: Scary Stories

August 19, 2019

We can have a slumber party Monday, right?! In honor of the new Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark adaptation (directed by André Øvredal, and screenplay by Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, and of course, Guillermo del Toro), this week we are reading you some of our all time favorites from the classic novels. Originally released in 1981, written by Alvin Schwartz, with bone-chilling illustrations from Stephen Gammell, these spooky stories made us into the creepy ladies we are today.

Resources: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (movie), Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz, all images and illustrations by Stephen Gammell

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Episode 34: I Hate Mondays

Episode 34: I Hate Mondays

August 5, 2019

You made it! Thank you for sticking out the first bi-weekly release!

This week we have something super fun coming at you. We're chatting about the Midwest's favorite lasagna-eating feline Garfield, and the man behind the cat, Jim Davis. Grab a cup of coffee, maybe your favorite teddy bear, and join us for a laugh as we all try to abide by the fat-cat credo: Life, Laziness, and the Pursuit of Pasta.

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Episode 33: Daisy Zick

Episode 33: Daisy Zick

July 22, 2019

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: We are going to be switching to releasing episode bi-weekly for the rest of the summer. This is just to play a little bit of catch up, and ensure that we continue putting out quality content. But never fear, we're not going anywhere! 

This week Sara is back in action with another Michigan cold-case - the mysterious 1963 murder of Daisy Zick in Battle Creek. 

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Episode 32: The Good Hart Murders

Episode 32: The Good Hart Murders

July 15, 2019

This week we're sans Sara due to a gross summer sickness - so Danielle's husband Jacen stands in as she recounts a northern Michigan cold case from the late 60's: The Good Hart (or Robison Family) Murders. 

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