Taking a break from some tragedy to chat about one of our favorite non-true crime topics: UFOs! Mick takes us back to her hometown to chat about a long-standing myth: that Wright-Patt Air Force Base is secretly hiding UFOs and Alien creatures! Mick and Tommy talk history, conspiracies, and pancakes. And Mick gets to play debunking killjoy. Join us for this special edition episode and we’ll be back for more traditional true crime next week.
Still on that self-care shit. But we'll be back next week with all new episodes. Until then, ring in Spooky Season with one of our favorite throwbacks!
On the night of July 3, 1929, a man enters the home of a local business man, mystic, and occult leader, Bennie Evangalista. He is shocked to see Evangalista, beheaded and surrounded by photos of his deceased infant son. Upstairs, the bodies of his wife and children are found in their beds. The scene mirrors those of Evangalista’s own visions and writings. Investigators are left with little more than a single bloody fingerprint. Mick shares one of the oldest unsolved mysteries in Detroit history. Was it a competing cult? An illusive mafia connection? Or a disillusioned follower’s retaliation? We may never know, as these supposedly haunted grounds stubbornly keep their secrets.
We're taking a week or so off for some much needed self-care. We take that very seriously around these parts. So please, enjoy this throwback episode, one of our favorites! And we'll see you with new stuff soon!
On a brisk night in November, 1973, a group of teenagers gather in the woods for a night of acoustic guitar and cuddling around the campfire. As their night goes on, they hear the rustling of branches and approaching footsteps--footsteps that would come to signal a night of horror at the hands of three madmen impersonating police. Listen as Tommy regales Mick with a survivor’s tale so bizarre that it defines that sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.
Southern Indiana, 1954, a string of burglaries and murders rips across the region. A troop of teenage boys bravely hunt down information that leads to an arrest. The local media swarm the police station and courts, leaking vital information and causing a flurry around the offender, Leslie “Mad Dog” Irvin. A jail escape only brings more of a media storm, leading Irvin to appeal his case all the way to the US Supreme Court. Mick breaks down the story of the serial killer who managed to overturn his entire conviction. What went wrong? And what did we do to make sure it never happens again?
School violence sometimes seems like a modern phenomenon, but a deeper look reveals that schools have been subject to senseless bloodshed for far longer than the 1999 Columbine shooting--especially in the United States. In this episode, Tommy takes us back to the 1920’s for an in-depth look at what remains the deadliest school mass casualty event in U.S. history: the Bath School Disaster.
This week's episode is a bit of a change from our typical format. Tommy and Mick review updates from past cases and provide a few "Opes!" and reflections and things to think about.
Cases reviewed: Ericka Baker, The Cleveland Strangler, Sydney Loofe, Bobbie Joe Stinnet, Alyssa Bustamante, Belle Gunness, Shawn Hornback, Shaun Grate, Sister Margaret Ann Pahl
A woman calls 911, confused and disoriented. Before the operator can understand what is going on, the woman confesses to killing her 6 children. In this week’s case, Mick tells the tale of Khoua Her, a woman with a traumatic past who does the unthinkable. We look for the “whys” and try to make sense of this tragic case.
Please forgive us for the audio quality! Mick didn’t realize the mic wasn’t working until she went to edit it.
Kari Nunemaker was a beautiful, vibrant 16 year old girl growing up in the sleepy small town of Wakarusa, Indiana. On January 28, 1991, she was excited for a fun day of shopping and watching soccer games with close friends. When she didn't return home that night, the clock began ticking on a vicious murder that would take 14 years to see solved.
This week’s episode takes us back to 1980s Toledo, OH, where we explore corruption, abuse, and murder in the Catholic Church. When the accomplished and respected Sister Margaret Ann Pahl is murder, a local priest becomes the prime suspect. But the investigation is quickly shut down and any progress is stunted. Decades later, when a survivor of clerical abuse comes forward to name her abusers, that priest is back in the spotlight. In this episode, communities, cultures, and crime collide, and Tommy and Mick struggle to tease out the many threads of this story.
*In this episode, we will discuss issues of child sexual abuse and clerical abuse*