In the summer of 1995, Stefanie Morey was a pretty typical, beloved 13 year old girl whiling away that last middle school summer in her hometown of Marissa, Illinois. In this listener request, Tommy takes us through the tragedy of Stefanie's murder and a devotion to Stefanie's memory with the hopes that her case not be lost to time and small town obscurity.
On October 6, 2002, 11 year old Shawn Hornbeck vanished into thin air while riding his bicycle along the country roads of his hometown of Richwoods, Missouri, leaving behind no trace of what might have happened. In the years following his disappearance, his parents founded organizations to help find other missing children, channeling their grief into action, while leads dried up and the case went cold. When 13 year old Ben Ownby disappeared under similar circumstances from nearby Beaumont in 2007, a case unlike any other would be cracked wide open.
A family tries to start fresh in a new town. But tragedy strikes the entire home and leaves the only survivor with nothing but amnesia and a feeling of helplessness in the fight for justice for the murder of her children. Mick tells the story of the brutal attack on a family that ended the lives of two bright and beautiful children.
In Part 1 of the cases of missing Lauren Spierer and murdered Crystal Grubb, Tommy took us through timelines, important places, and persons of interest. In Part 2, she takes us through a deeper look at theories in both cases in the hopes that someday both women find justice in Bloomington.
Bloomington is a city with a split identity: one part idyllic college town, another part gateway to Indiana's meth country. Each half hides the secret of what happened to two women: missing Indiana University sophomore Lauren Spierer and murdered mother of two Crystal Grubb. In part one of this two parter, Tommy lays out these mysterious disappearances and the disparities in local and national media coverage of each.
In the late 1980’s, Kansas City, MO, young men are going missing. One man terrorizes and takes advantage of a marginalized community for his own twisted fantasies. Robert Berdella drugs and tortures 6 young men, before one finally escapes his house of horrors. When police finally discover the extent of Berdella’s crimes, the notes, the photographs, the evidence is unbelievable. Mick and Tommy explore what drove Robert Berdella, his pathology, his personality, and his crimes.
In April 2022, genetic genealogy solved the 30 year mystery of the I-65 killer, a lesser known but prolific and ruthless murderer. But who was this man, what were his crimes, and is it possible that his death toll is higher than we know? Join Tommy as she regales Mick with the shockingly brazen case of the I-65 Killer.
To many, it is known as “The Day the 60s Died.” On May 4, 1970, 4 Kent State University students were shot dead by the Ohio National Guard during a protest against the expanding War in Vietnam. Mick tells the story of a defining cultural moment and what, if anything, we’ve learned from these events.
In Season 1's episodes 2 and 3, Tommy took a two-part look at the infamous Ypsilanti Ripper murders that gripped southwestern Michigan's college towns in terror in the late 1960's. Out of the many murders in the series, one always stood out as not quite fitting into the profile of the series: the death of Jane Mixer. Some 40 years later, Mixer's case took a surprising turn–one that perhaps raises as many questions as it answers, and one that warrants an in-depth revisiting.
This week we’ll be traveling slightly outside of the Midwest for a listener request. 1939, Canon City Colorado, a 23 year-old man is put to death for the murder of a young girl. But the story behind this young man’s trial and imprisonment is not what you might expect. The story of how Joe Arridy arrived in his cell, the story of his life and his death is nothing more than a grave injustice.