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Episode 20: Andrew Wessel Six

Episode 20: Andrew Wessel Six

January 28, 2021

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.

Episode 19: John Eric Armstrong

Episode 19: John Eric Armstrong

January 21, 2021

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.

Episode 18: Is there an active Serial Killer in Chicago?

Episode 18: Is there an active Serial Killer in Chicago?

January 14, 2021

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.

Episode 17: The Gitchie Manitou Campfire Murders

Episode 17: The Gitchie Manitou Campfire Murders

January 7, 2021

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.

Episode 16: The Murder of Lorraine Kirkley

Episode 16: The Murder of Lorraine Kirkley

December 31, 2020

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.

Episode 15: Belle Gunness and her Murder Farm

Episode 15: Belle Gunness and her Murder Farm

December 17, 2020

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.

Episode 14: Alyssa Bustamante & the Prozac Defense

Episode 14: Alyssa Bustamante & the Prozac Defense

December 10, 2020

On a cool October Evening, the 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten walks over to a friends house to play.  When she doesn’t return in a timely manner, her family immediately begins to worry about the typically cautious and responsible girl.  When police and the community discover what happened, they’re left with nothing but rage toward her 15-year-old killer, Alyssa Bustamante. Mick walks Tommy through an exploration of what makes a teenager kill, and gives a mini-dive into the Prozac Defense.  

Quick warning for all, in this episode we will be discussing things like suicidal ideation and self-injury. If that’s rough for you, we get it if you wanna skip this one.  Take care of yourself.  <3

Episode 13: Bobbie Jo Stinnett

Episode 13: Bobbie Jo Stinnett

December 3, 2020

Skidmore, Missouri, a town infamous for its decades-long history of violent occurances, probably never realized it would make national headlines yet again in 2004--this time, for it’s more atrocious crime yet: the brutal murder of a pregnant 23 year old named Bobbie Jo Stinnett and the abduction of her 8 month fetus. Join Tommy as she guides Mick through this horrible situation and fallout--along with it’s baffling “Why?”

Episode 12: Benjamin Smith-White Supremacist Spree Shooter

Episode 12: Benjamin Smith-White Supremacist Spree Shooter

November 26, 2020

The weekend of July 4, 1999 Benjamin Smith begins a spree shooting that will cover 3 days and 2 states.  In the end, 2 people are killed, 7 wounded, and Smith dies by suicide.  All driven by a racist church and it’s small following.  What led a 21-year-old to this disgusting ideology and act?  Mick walks Tommy through an infuriating tale of racism and tragedy.

Episode 11: Pretty Bird Woman

Episode 11: Pretty Bird Woman

November 19, 2020

In 2001, Standing Rock Indian Reservation resident Ivy Archambault, whose Lakota name was Pretty Bird Woman, devoted herself to helping her community through her work as a social worker. On one October night, she mysteriously disappeared. While the investigation and subsequent arrest that followed were fairly expedient, the systemic issues that lead to her rape and murder are anything but simple. Join us as Tommy takes Mick through a crash course in reservation dynamics and the beautiful legacy Pretty Bird’s family set up in her honor.

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