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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.

Episode 10: The Tragic Death of Sylvia Likens

Episode 10: The Tragic Death of Sylvia Likens

November 12, 2020

In the summer of 1965, Sylvia and Jenny Likens were entrusted to the care of Gertrude Banizewski while their parents traveled to earn money for the family.  Over the course of just a few months, Sylvia experienced unimaginable abuse and humiliation. But it wasn’t just Gertrude who was responsible; children from the family and around the neighborhood all participated in her death.  Sylvia’s murder is a dark spot in Indiana history, changing both the culture and the law to ensure that the tragedy of Sylvia’s final months would never happen again.  In this accidental deep dive, Tommy and Mick will explore motives, histories, and bystander effect. 

Episode 9: The Weepy Voiced Killer AKA A Tale of Weepy Woe

Episode 9: The Weepy Voiced Killer AKA A Tale of Weepy Woe

November 5, 2020

In the major metropolitan area of Minneapolis-St. Paul, a brutal attack that leaves a young woman hanging on for dear life is tragic, but perhaps not unremarkable. When another attack happens, this one resulting in death, police are flummoxed by a weeping 911 caller who admits to the ruthless attacks. Over a two year span, the Twin Cities would be collectively captivated and terrified--who was this weeping man who kept attacking and stabbing their women? Why the phone calls? What motivated these crimes? Eventually, a chatty serial killer reveals his shocking secrets…

Episode 8: The St. Aubin Street Massacre of 1929

Episode 8: The St. Aubin Street Massacre of 1929

October 29, 2020

On the night of July 3, 1929, a man enters the home of a local business man, mystic, and occult leader, Bennie Evangalista.  He is shocked to see Evangalista, beheaded and surrounded by photos of his deceased infant son.  Upstairs, the bodies of his wife and children are found in their beds. The scene mirrors those of Evangalista’s own visions and writings. Investigators are left with little more than a single bloody fingerprint.  Mick shares one of the oldest unsolved mysteries in Detroit history.  Was it a competing cult? An illusive mafia connection?  Or a disillusioned follower’s retaliation?  We may never know, as these supposedly haunted grounds stubbornly keep their secrets.

Episode 7: Amanda Froistad

Episode 7: Amanda Froistad

October 22, 2020

In May 1995, a house fire in North Dakota claimed the life of five year old Amanda Marie Froistad. A family and a town grieved this tragic accident, until an internet confession three years later changed everything. This confession would catalyze an investigation that uncovered the real truth: a tragic life cut short and marked by bureaucratic failures within every system designed to protect her.

Episode 6: The Murder of Sydney Loofe

Episode 6: The Murder of Sydney Loofe

October 15, 2020

On a cool November afternoon, Sydney Loofe leaves work to prepare for a date, excited for the prospect of a new relationship.  When she doesn’t show up for work the next day, friends and family immediately know something is wrong.  The investigation leaves a community reeling, and confused.  Join Mick as she takes Tommy through this disorienting tale of tragedy. 

Episode 5: The Brenizer Family

Episode 5: The Brenizer Family

October 8, 2020

On a calm April day in 1991, the small town of Cushing, Wisconsin is shaken when a family of five go missing. When their vehicle is found burnt out next to a trout fishing stream, a community becomes consumed with anxiety, fear, and Satanic panic as investigators uncover a devious plot to destroy this family.

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