Krystal Tobias and Laura Hobbs were two seconds grade best friends who loved spending time together in their neighborhood in Zion, Illinois. When they were found killed in a local park in 2005, a perpetrator close to the victims was quickly apprehended. However, that isn’t the end of the story. Listen as Tommy tells Mick the tale of a double murder who’s ripple effect would cross state lines and cause havoc and confusion for years to come.
The stunning conclusion to the story of Ed Gein. Mick and Tommy try to stitch together all the parts of Ed Gein to explain the man whose crimes and crafts stunned the world. When the horrors of the Gein home are discovered the town of Plainfield reacts with disbelief, and then rage. Police simply do not believe his explanations. But the truth is stranger, and scarier, than fiction when it comes to this particular character. Mick reviews (and judges) Gein’s psych eval, his confession, and his fate. And we somehow tie it together in a Britney Spears bow.
He’s been called a Ghoul, a Deviant, and a Psycho. He’s the inspiration behind some of the greatest fictional villains. But how much do we really know about Ed Gein? The man who horrified a nation when grisly crafts of skulls, skin masks, furniture, and clothing made of human body parts were discovered in his home. How did Gein become the monster that we've come to know him to be? In the first of this multiparter, Mick deep dives into the life, the family, and the psyche of The Butch of Plainfield himself. And she and Tommy attempt to answer the question “Why are you like this Ed Gein?!”
In part 1, we discuss the ever-important family of origin, Gein’s childhood, and just how he fit in in the tiny town of Plainfield Wisconsin.
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.
When Don and Janet Allen put their used truck for sale to fund Don’s heart surgery, they could never have imagined the chaos and tragedy that would ensue. Their two daughters are assaulted, and the younger Kathy is kidnapped and murdered. The offenders are quickly apprehended and sentenced, with one being put to death. But our story has a twist when decades later, the state of Iowa begins to investigate cold cases and we get a deeper look into the horrors committed by Andrew Wessel Six.
As 1999 rolled over into 2000, southwest Detroit’s close knit community of sex workers is shaken by an extremely aggressive John on the prowl. As assaults turn into slayings, Detroit police must uncover a mystery man who has been called “the smartest serial killer you’ve never heard of.” Join Tommy as she spins for Mick a tale of hometown horror and the backstory that shaped a coldblooded killer.
We’ve all heard the cliché that Chicago is a dangerous town. With a high murder rate and a low clearance rate from police, many families are left without justice or closure. But in the cases of 51 murdered Chicago women, there seem to be some suspicious connections. Over the past two decades, 51 women have been murdered and their bodies abandoned in strangely similar ways. Mick and Tommy explore the question of whether there is a serial killer operating in the Windy City. And Mick discusses some of the recent changes that might help get answers.
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.
Lorraine Kirkley truly was the All American Girl, a hardworking cardiac nurse and active member of her Indiana community. Until a break-in reveals a bizarre obsession that ends in tragedy. Her killer’s defense amounts to little more than character assassination and nonsensical lies. Mick tells the unbelievable story of Lori’s murder and how the family finally found some closure.
Hell’s Princess. Lady Bluebeard. The Black Widow. Belle Gunness was a woman of many names, and her death toll in turn-of-the-century rural Indiana is nothing short of shocking. As a mother, she was doting, maternal, and generous. As a killer, she was a ruthless predator of recent European immigrants. With all of the legend surrounding this infamous character, who really WAS Belle Gunness? Join Tommy as she walks Mick through the tale of one of the most notorious serial killers in American history.