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.
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
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?”
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.
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.