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Leslie Allen WIlliams

One of the many MDOC images of Leslie Allen Willams.

In the early 1990’s a monster was hunting the women and girls of Oakland County. That monster was serial killer Leslie Allen Williams. This is his story – LISTEN NOW

Selection of sources/additional reading:

AP Story on slain teens

Parole Officer tried to contact kidnap victim

AP Story – Williams claims remorse, experts skeptical

Victim’s decision not to press charges in 1990 proved costly

Grandfather assails parole panel

Starr Commonwealth School

Crime In Detroit story – link to PDF

1983 Image of Williams

Ionia State Hospital

Murder on Carberry Street

February 2010, newlyweds John and Carolyn Tarwacki don’t show up to work, no calls, nothing. When John’s dad stops by their home in Niles, Michigan to check on them, he comes across a bloody and chaotic scene. Who would want them dead? What motive was there to kill the music loving pair?

at their “lucky day” wedding 07-07-07

The case took years to solve, but the work of a dedicated investigator and a prosecutor who didn’t give up finally brought their killer to justice.

#Michigan #Niles #ColdCase

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Sources/Additional Reading:

Case Summary – Press Reader

Court of Appeals

South Bend Tribune

Witness feared retribution

Lintz V. Skipski – proceed with caution – content warning


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The wreck of the edmund fitzgerald

On November 10, 1975 one of the best known maritime tragedies in modern history occurred on Lake Superior when the SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank during a strong storm. Because I (Nina) have such an emotional reaction to this story, this week’s episode was written by Gemma Harris, audio editing by Chaesare Gray.

This incident was immortalized in song, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald was written, composed and performed by Gordon Lightfoot, who is out on tour again this year.

The wreck is also taught in some grade school Michigan history classes.

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While the podcast gives a history of the ship and details of her last days, there is far more to the lives and stories of these fathers, sons, brothers, husbands and their families. If you’d like to know more, I encourage you to explore the individual stories of the Fitzgerald’s crew as follows:

37 year old Michael Armagost, the third mate from Iron River, Wisconsin

56 year old Frederick Beetcher, a porter from Superior, Wisconsin

23 year old Thomas Bentsen, an oiler from St Joseph, Michigan

47 year old Edward Bindon, a first assistant engineer from Fairport Harbour, Ohio

40 year old Thomas Borgeson, a maintenance worker from Duluth, Minnesota

41 year old Oliver Champeau, a third assistant engineer from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

55 year old Nolan Church, a porter from Silver Bay, Minnesota

53 year old Ransom Cundy, a watchman from Superior, Wisconsin

50 year old Thomas Edwards, a second assistant engineer from Oregon, Ohio

40 year old Russell Haskell, a second assistant engineer from Millbury, Ohio

60 year old George Holl, a chief engineer from Cabot, Pennsylvania

22 year old Bruce Hudson, a deck hand from North Olmsted, Ohio

43 year old Allen Kalmon, a cook from Washburn, Wisconsin

30 year old Gordon MacLellan, a wiper from Clearwater, Florida

59 year old Joseph Mazes, a maintenance worker from Ashland, Wisconsin

62 year old John ‘Jack’ McCarthy, the first mate from Bay Village, Ohio

63 year old captain Ernest McSorley, from Toledo, Ohio

50 year old Eugene O’Brien, a wheelsman from Toledo, Ohio

20 year old Karl Peckol, a watchman from Ashtabula, Ohio

59 year old John Poviach, a wheelsman from Bradenton, Florida

44 year old James Pratt, the second mate from Lakewood, Ohio

62 year old Robert Rafferty, a steward and cook from Toledo, Ohio

22 year old Paul Riippa, a deck hand from Ashtabula, Ohio

62 year old John Simmons, a wheelsman from Ashland, Wisconsin

59 year old William Spengler, a watchman from Toledo, Ohio

21 year old Mark Thomas, a deck hand from Richmond Heights, Ohio

58 year old Ralph Walton, an oiler from Fremont, Ohio

22 year old David Weiss, a cadet from Agoura, California

52 year old Blaine Wilhem, an oiler from Moquah, Wisconsin

Resource list

ARTICLES

Hultquist, T., Dutter, M. & Schweb, D. (2006). Re-examination of the 9-10 November 1975 ‘Edmund Fitzgerald’ Storm Using Today’s Technology. American Meteorological Society.

Rice, D. 10 Nov 2015. ‘40 years ago, the ‘Witch of November’ sank the Edmund Fitzgerald’. USA Today.

McLeod, J. ‘Beware of the “November Witch!” Farmers Almanac.

BOOKS

Brissette, J. & Newton-Matza, M. (2014). Disasters & Tragic Events, by M. Newton-Matza, (ed). ABC-CLIO.

VIDEOS

WEBSITES

https://greatlakes.guide/ideas/are-the-great-lakes-connected?gclid=CjwKCAiAuqHwBRAQEiwAD-zr3WsxqRnh57ZFSOyydC-6N8EGTwOnM3KAenD6bR3nZ7di1hBYCBDKRxoC6rsQAvD_BwE

https://www.livescience.com/29312-great-lakes.html

https://www.livescience.com/10453-clues-wreck-edmund-fitzgerald.html

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/70951/12-doomed-facts-about-ss-edmund-fitzgerald

https://www.michigan.org/great-lakes

https://www.mlive.com/news/2015/11/what_sank_the_edmund_fitzgeral.html

https://ssedmundfitzgerald.org

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/55fd6fdbe4b0154e882ba4d7/t/562e1f79e4b04e54c8a031bd/1445863289573/EdmundFitzgeraldNTSBReport.pdf

https://weatherology.com/trending/articles/Great-Lakes-Disaster-Edmund-Fitzgerald-Storm.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Edmund_Fitzgerald

The Murder of Jane Bashara

In January of 2012, Grosse Pointe Park resident Jane Bashara was found dead in her Mercedes SUV, the vehicle abandoned in a Detroit alley miles from her home.

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Bob Bashara is housed at the Ryan Correctional Facility in Detroit Michigan.

Special thanks to Miranda Micronaut for discussing the BDSM community and sharing her knowledge and experience. Any errors in the episode are mine.

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Sources used in this episode –

Sources:

  1. https://www.scribd.com/document/359523555/Bashara-Appeals-Court-Opinion
  2. https://www.scribd.com/document/254013151/Wayne-County-Prosecutor-News-Updates-November-9-December-31-2014
  3. Page 1 of Joseph’s affidavit https://www.scribd.com/doc/308226024/Joe-Gentz-affidavit-1-in-Bashara-case
  4. Page 2 of Joseph’s affidavit https://www.scribd.com/doc/308226026/Joe-Gentz-Affidavit-1-in-Bashara-case
  5. https://web.archive.org/web/20120129115154/http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/region/wayne_county/police-investigating-apparent-murder-of-grosse-pointe-woman-found-in-back-seat-of-her-mercedes-benz
  6. https://abcnews.go.com/US/grosse-pointe-murder-bob-bashara-denies-involvement-wifes/story?id=15517366
  7. https://detroit.cbslocal.com/2012/01/31/hundreds-say-goodbye-to-jane-bashara/
  8. https://detroit.cbslocal.com/2012/01/31/police-grosse-pointe-womans-murderer-may-have-had-accomplice/
  9. http://www.thenewsherald.com/news/bashara-s-reputed-mistress-was-fired-after-walking-off-job/article_ef1cc4fa-f1ad-58c9-988d-10c9faf9eae7.html
  10. https://abcnews.go.com/US/grosse-pointe-murder-mistresss-house-searched/story?id=15859455#.T4TxOqs7U1I
  11. https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2012/03/08/Police-had-dismissed-murder-confession/28271331228783/?spt=hs&or=tn&ur3=1
  12. https://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/2012/03/report_jane_basharas_clothes_m.html
  13. https://www.freep.com/story/news/2016/01/20/handyman-changes-his-story-bashara-murder—-again/79086154/
  14. https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/wayne/2015/11/13/bob-bashara-trial-jane/75702044/
  15. https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/wayne/2015/10/19/bob-bashara-returns-stand-afternoon/74213062/
  16. https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/wayne/2015/10/16/bob-bashara-cross-examined/74051420/
  17. https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/wayne/2015/10/15/bob-bashara-testify/73956260/
  18. https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/wayne/2015/09/16/bashara-hearing-day2/32490101/
  19. https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/wayne/2015/08/11/bob-bashara-murder-trial-grosse-pointe-businessman/31471317/
  20. http://mdocweb.state.mi.us/OTIS2/otis2profile.aspx?mdocNumber=856261
  21. http://mdocweb.state.mi.us/OTIS2/otis2profile.aspx?mdocNumber=863291
  22. https://www.genealogybank.com/doc/obituaries/obit/13C9C2F9D1073120-13C9C2F9D1073120?h=5&fname=jane&lname=bashara&fullname=&kwinc=&kwexc=&rgfromDate=2012&rgtoDate=2012&formDate=&formDateFlex=exact&dateType=range&processingtime=&addedFrom=&addedTo=
  23. https://cmspublic.3rdcc.org/CaseDetail.aspx?CaseID=2173978
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  25. https://cmspublic.3rdcc.org/CaseDetail.aspx?CaseID=1264625
  26. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/jane-bashara-obituary?pid=178748880
  27. https://www.candgnews.com/news/county-medical-examiner-outlines-jane-bashara%E2%80%99s-brutal-murder-79854
  28. https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/2015/01/14/timeline-jane-bashara-murder-case/
  29. https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/wayne-county/2018/05/30/michigan-supreme-court-denies-bob-bashara-appeal/656119002/
  30. https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Grosse-Pointe-Park-Privilege/dp/0425272427
  31. https://www.amazon.com/Master-Betrayal-Conspiracy-Kill-Bashara/dp/1539676552
  32. https://www.amazon.com/Sadist-Hitman-Murder-Jane-Bashara/dp/1476672709
  33. https://www.macombdaily.com/news/nation-world-news/cop-admits-his-department-couldn-t-handle-bashara-murder-probe/article_083ae7a3-e772-50f9-8853-d070a57bcae5.html
  34. https://www.macombdaily.com/news/gentz-pleads-guilty-to-nd-degree-murder-in-jane-bashara/article_ddaf6ea2-806f-5208-9949-54a6479e773b.html
  35. https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2016/05/24/gentz-testifies-bashara-hearing/84853406/
  36. https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/wayne-county/2019/05/24/bob-bashara-turns-federal-courts-try-get-out-prison/1226174001/
  37. https://truecrimedaily.com/2016/10/24/master-bob-bashara-gives-exclusive-prison-interview/
  38. https://www.nhregister.com/news/article/Women-claim-Bob-Bashara-ran-sex-dungeon-11550169.php

Research provided by Haley Gray

Missing in Georgia – aida Calfee

The first week of October, 1981, Aida Marie Calfee was traveling with her boyfriend and coworker, James Pruitt. Pruitt would tell authorities that they argued and she left his car, announcing she would “hitch a ride” back to her home.

Calfee would never be seen again. Oddly enough, her disappearance happened days before she was set to testify against Pruitt for a July 12, 1981 assault against her.

If you have information on her case, please contact The Lumpkin County Sheriff.
Phone: 706-864-0414

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Have you seen Aida Marie Calfee? Missing since October, 1981

Sources:

http://charleyproject.org/case/aida-ruth-calfee

https://law.justia.com/cases/georgia/court-of-appeals/1982/64904.html

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/62274423/aida-ruth-calfee


Also the Atlanta Journal Constitution from 1981 and 1982.

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The Sunday Morning Slasher

Terrifying and prolific are two words used to describe American Serial Killer Coral Eugene Watts. Join us as we explore his life and many crimes. 

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SOURCES/ADDITIONAL READING

Ann Arbor District Library archives

Justia – Michigan V Watts

You Tube – Cold Case Files

Krauseneck and Holzbach

This episode looks at the 1982 murder of Cathleen Schlosser Krauseneck, a Mt Clemens native (and graduate of Mt Clemens HS, class of 1970) in Brighton, NY. In November of 2019, her husband, James Krauseneck Jr was arrested and charged in her death.

We also explore the as yet unsolved February 1991 murder of Jill Holzbach in the parking lot of the Jackson Ohio police department.

Both of these women were 29 years old at the time of their deaths. Each had one child, a daughter, and in each case, the husband was the prime suspect, although, in the murder of Jill Holzbach, there is more to consider.

Additional reading:

Krauseneck – Democrat and Chronicle Story from 2019
Holzbach – Canton Rep story from 2011
Casetext Holzbach v Township

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Shaylene Farrell


August 1994, Piqua Ohio. 18 year old Shaylene Farrell invites her siblings to come to the store with her for a quick errand. They decline so she heads out on her own, a trip from which she will never return. While there are a pair of suspects in her disappearance and presumed murder, no one was ever named publicly. In 25 years of searching and investigation, police have yet to make an arrest in her case. 

Shaylene Farrell, forever 18 years old.

If you have information on the disappearance of Shaylene Farrell, please contact Piqua police.  937-778-2027

Also mentioned this episode, the unresolved disappearance of 26 year old George Gall. The unexplained death of Paul Barrett.

In this week’s episode we feature the work of Private Investigations for the Missing. An organization founded by Bruce Maitland, his daughter, Brianna, vanished in 2004. 

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Missing in Michigan – Tonia Stiles

34 year old Tonia Stiles (also known as Renee Whitehill) was last seen in Grass Lake Michigan (near Jackson) on November 10, 2010.

Tonia had struggled with alcohol addiction in the past, but in late 2010, she was sober and getting her life in order. Tonia was a mother of two young children from her first marriage

At the time of her disappearance, Tonia was sharing a home with her boyfriend, Scott S Cassidy and a roommate.

The room mate told police that Scott and Tonia were arguing about finances the day she went missing.

On November 24, 2010, police arrested Scott Cassidy for auto theft. Because he had a record, including drug offenses and home invasion, he was jailed. On December 3, 2010, Cassidy died by suicide.

At the time of her disappearance, Tonia was about 5’5
with long brown hair, blue eyes and an average build.


her case is being handled by Michigan State Police Jackson Post
(517) 780-4580

additional reading:

MLive Story

NAMUS Entry


who killed me? Akita Ervin

In the summer of 1992, 15 year old Akita Ervin lived in a mobile home in White Lake Township, Michigan with her mother and her mother’s live in boyfriend. While Akita had a history of running away, there was more to the story, and that became terrifyingly clear when her decomposed remains were discovered in late June.

If you have information on her death, please contact White Lake Township Police

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Missing in Michigan – lost girls

This is another Missing in Michigan episode, covering two cases that need more attention, but lack information to make them appropriate for a stand alone episode.

This young woman introduced herself as “Bill” less than 24 hours before she died in a Highland Park home.


Tammy Sue Clements is missing, details in her case are hard to find.

We’re talking about the unidentified person known only as “Bill” who was found in Highland Park in March of 1976, and the unresolved disappearance of Tammy Sue Clements who vanished from….Michigan, or maybe Nebraska, or possibly California in 1980. Or was it 1981? 1982? We simply don’t know, but we’d like to find out! #MISSING #DOE #UNRESOLVED #DETROIT #MICHIGAN #NEBRASKA #UNIDENTIFIED #DNA 

Bill’s NAMUS profile 

Tammy Sue Clements – Charley Project

Southern True Crime Podcast Meet Up 10-26-19 Charleston SC 

True Crime Podcast Festival, KCMO July 2020

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The murder of Vicki Cozzy HARSHMAN

in 1991 Vicki Harshman was worked the overnight shift at the Holiday Inn (Holidome) in Lebanon Indiana. In the course of her shift, she would be robbed, attacked and murdered.

Her death bore several strange similarities to the Days Inn Murders of 1989, (I-65 killer) but her death was the work of an as yet unidentified killer.

If you have information on her death, please contact Det. DIckerson of the Lebanon Police 765-482-8879

Additional reading – American Crime Journal

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Victoria Cozzy Harshman

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The Melvindale trio

This episode is a trip in the way back machine, because we’re going way, way back to the late 1930’s for a disappearance that baffles Detroiters to this day!

Artie Maybe, 42, Margaret Reddon, 35 and Thomas Lorimer, the 24 year old married father of a two year old girl, vanished after a night out at a local tavern.

Despite years of searches, offers of cash rewards and trips across the country to run down leads, no sight of the Melvindale Trio was ever found.

Sources/Additional Reading:

Downriver back in the Days

News Herald Story – 75th anniversary

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Jayme Bryant – Missing in Michigan

The last weekend of June, 2013, 25 year old Jayme Vaughn Bryant disappeared from downtown Kalamazoo. In the six years since he was last seen, there have been no sightings.

Jayme suffered injuries sustained in a fall, but his glasses were not broken. This is one of the last known pictures of Jayme V. Bryant

If you have information on his whereabouts, please contact Detective Rivard of the Kalamazoo Public Safety Dept. at (269) 337-8139

There is a Facebook group dedicated to Jayme’s case. View it here.

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Hit & Run- the death of Greg Mcroberts

December 12, 1991 24 year old Greg McRoberts leaves home on his bicycle to repair a broken down car. When he doesn’t return home, searches are organized to find him, but there is no sign of the young father.

24 year old Greg McRoberts

When his body is discovered a month later, there are more questions than answers.

In 2005 a letter arrives at the home of Greg’s parents, written by the person who struck Greg with their car on a dark December evening.

Page one


Page two

Additional Reading:

Defrosting Cold Cases

Midland County Sheriff’s Page – see photo of possible vehicle HERE

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