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Episode 41: The I-70 Strangler/Herb Baumeister Case(s)

Episode 41: The I-70 Strangler/Herb Baumeister Case(s)

July 8, 2021

In the 1980’s, amid the boom of up and coming suburban sprawl near Indianapolis, a serial strangler targeted gay men and male sex workers, leaving their abused bodies along the I-70 corridor. As the 80’s rolled over into the 90’s, those murders suddenly stopped, but a new series of vicious murders seemed to be an escalation of those original crimes. Join Tommy as she guides Mick through these cases and into the life of one of the Midwest’s most prolific and heartless serial killers.

Episode 41: The Death of Kelly Stough

Episode 41: The Death of Kelly Stough

July 1, 2021

Kelly Stough was a beautiful young woman living in Detroit. She had a loving family and dreams of becoming a designer. Sadly, her life was cut short. Her death triggered a nationwide conversation about trans rights and hate crime laws. Although this 2018 case is still sitting in court, Mick walks us through the known events of that day and each side of this case.  We also celebrate the life and spirit of Kelly

Episode 40: Anita Knutson

Episode 40: Anita Knutson

June 24, 2021

18 year old Anita Knutson was a vibrant, beloved college student living and preparing for a bright future in Minot, North Dakota. Known for her big, fun personality and deep sense of compassion, when she was murdered, it was both an unspeakable tragedy and a dark mystery. Who killed Anita Knutson, and why? 

Episode 39: The Brown’s Chicken Massacre

Episode 39: The Brown’s Chicken Massacre

June 17, 2021

A random mass shooting takes the lives of 7 workers at the Brown's Chicken and Pasta in Palatine, IL.  Despite the brutality, few clues are left behind at the scene.  When police investigations turn up little but false confession after false confession, families begin to lose hope.  Until 9 years later when two women finally come forward with information.  What happened? What motivated such a senseless massacre?  Mick shares the story of one of the bloodiest nights in Illinois history.

Episode 38: The Murder of Jason Gage

Episode 38: The Murder of Jason Gage

June 10, 2021

The weekend of March 11, 2005 started like many others for 29 year old Jason Gage. A fun night out surrounded by good friends, enjoying the nightlife in Waterloo, Iowa’s local gay bar. When his friends realized a few days later that no one had seen him since, they reported his absence to the police. Join Tommy as she guides Mick through a murder that perhaps isn’t as straightforward as it seems.

Episode 37: The Betrayal and Murder of Gregory May

Episode 37: The Betrayal and Murder of Gregory May

June 3, 2021

Retired tattoo artist Gregory May says goodbye to his girlfriend after the two finish making plans to travel to Florida.  When neither she nor his children can get a hold of him after several weeks and dozens of calls and texts, they all start to worry.  Investigation into his disappearance reveals a level of betrayal and brutality that no one could have expected.  With his former best friend as the prime suspect, Mick and Tommie feel like something is off in this case.

Episode 36: The Racine County Jane Doe

Episode 36: The Racine County Jane Doe

May 27, 2021

On a quiet summer morning in Raymond, Wisconsin, a father and daughter walking their dogs made the startling discovery of a young woman’s body along a row of cornfields. Upon further examination, a horrific story began to emerge: long-term torture, sexual assault, and near starvation. What was missing was an identity. The Racine area rallied around Jane Doe, making sure she had a beautiful funeral, and, crucially, that authorities would not let up on their search for her identity--and her killer. Join Tommy as she regales Mick with the story of a 20 year investigation to answer two crucial questions: Who was the Racine County Jane Doe, and what happened to her? 

Episode 35: John Joseph Joubert: Serial Killer

Episode 35: John Joseph Joubert: Serial Killer

May 20, 2021

To the outside world, John Joubert was a timid, bright, and respectable man.  He presented himself as an Eagle Scout and a Military recruit.  But behind this, he hid disturbing fantasies that would take the lives of at least three young boys.  By the time Joubert was 22, he was sentenced to the electric chair by the state of Nebraska for murder and depravity.  Mick is back on the case to give a profile of this serial killer, and presents an interesting theory to Tommy.  

Episode 34: Barbara Weaver: A Murder in Amish Country

Episode 34: Barbara Weaver: A Murder in Amish Country

May 13, 2021

We never truly know what goes on behind closed doors, but that is even more pronounced when it comes to the Amish. We know the basics and certainly the stereotypes. Perhaps, like Tommy, you idealize the simple life, making it easy to forget that the lives behind those stunning white farmhouses are equally as complex as our own, and the capacity for darkness perhaps just as deep. Join Tommy as she shares the murder of Barbara Weaver, an Amish wife and mother of 5, and the tangled web of people around her that led to her shocking murder. 

Episode 33: The Bender Family

Episode 33: The Bender Family

May 6, 2021

In 1871, a small family of homesteaders and spiritualists head out west to Kansas.  The Bender Family sells themselves as entrepreneurs and mediums, offering supplies, rest, and mystical guidance to travelers along the Osage Trail.  But it doesn’t take long for their bloodlust to show through.  Join Mick as she guides Tommy through some gruesome Midwestern history and myth

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