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The murder of Gail webster

This episode covers the unsolved murder of 48 year old Gail Webster of Troy Michigan on October 28 1978. Webster was the day shift manager of the popular Susie Q restaurant on Woodward Ave in Royal Oak. 

If you have information on Gail’s murder, Troy Police would like to hear from you. You can leave an anonymous tip at 248-524-0777

Gail Webster and her grandchild c, 1978


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Nevaeh Buchanan

Already Gone explores the May 2009 disappearance and murder of five year old Nevaeh Buchanan. Buchanan, who lived in Monroe, Michigan with her mother and grandmother disappeared Memorial Day weekend, only to be found days later in a shallow grave.

This episode researched and written by Brittney Martinez and Nina Innsted. Audio editing by Gray Multimedia. Our sponsor is Betterhelp. Visit and use code GONE at checkout. 

5 year old Nevaeh


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The murder of Shannon Siders

Bob Siders worked tirelessly to find the people responsible for the death of his only child.

Shannon Siders


  21. On the Case with Paula Zahn –
    Into the Dark
  22. Cold Case File

The Rutherford/Stempien case

In August 2005, Lana Stempien and her boyfriend, Chuck Rutherford set off for Mackinaw Island in Lana’s boat, the Sea’s Life. Within 48 hours both of them were missing and Sea’s Life was found adrift in Lake Huron. We explore the disappearance and mystery surrounding the events of this trip. 

Special thanks to Samantha Taylor for giving voice to Lana Stempien
Written by Nina Innsted 
Researched by Haley Gray
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Fox News Specials - Crime Scene: Dark Waters - Clip from Season 1
The Sea’s Life – adrift

THe murder of Florence Unger

n 2003, Florence Unger was a wife and mother, with two beautiful sons living in a nice part of suburban Detroit. If you looked a little closer you could see cracks in the foundation of the family, her husband’s addiction issues, her struggle to provide for the boys and keep the family together. 

Just weeks after she filed for divorce, Florence was dead, her body floating in the water, yards from the up north cottage she was staying in with her husband and children. 

#Michigan #Murder #Benzie #UpNorth 

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Elias Abuelazam

E’twan Wilson survived his encounter with Abuelazam, but has many scars to show for it.

19 year old Davon Rawls survived an attack by Abuelazam,

In the summer of 2010 the community of Flint, Michigan was stalked by a knife wielding man who focused his murderous rage primarily on Black men in the community. When he was taken in to custody, he left more than a dozen gravely injured men and five deaths in his wake.

This episode explores the life and many crimes of serial killer Elias Abuelazam.

Abuelazam in a mugshot from Virginia, August 2010.

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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


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.


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


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.


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



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.


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 –


  3. Page 1 of Joseph’s affidavit
  4. Page 2 of Joseph’s affidavit

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


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


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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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. 


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


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


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


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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119 Teleka patrick

In 2013, Teleka Patrick had it all, the beautiful, young doctor was settling in to Kalamazoo Michigan, Borgess Hospital, where she would do her residency.

Sadly, in private, she was unraveling, and in December, she was gone.

What happened to Teleka Patrick?


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118 Shawn Raymond

The summer of 1983 was a special time in the life of Shawn Raymond, he graduated from high school, came out to his family, and disappeared without a trace. It would take decades, and the work of one state trooper to bring Shawn home. His death and disappearance remain unsolved. If you have information about the death of Shawn Raymond, contact Lt. Young of the Michigan State Police, Flint Post. 

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117 Carmen van huss

In March of 1993 Carmen Van Huss invites an unknown male back to her studio apartment in Indianapolis, the two have a beer, share a meal and Carmen pays for this dinner with her life.

Her case is being actively investigated by Lt. Will Carter of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

Additional reading:

Indy Star

Justice for Carmen Van Huss (Facebook)

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116 Kelly Boyce Hurlbert

July 2013, Northern Michigan native Kelly Boyce Hurlbert is taking her bike home after work when she is struck by a vehicle and dragged. Her injuries will prove fatal. Was this a hit and run? Or something more sinister?  This episode written by Micheal Whelan.  

If you have tips or information email:  or contact contact the Traverse City Police Department at 231-995-5150. 

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Additional reading:
9 & 10 News story

Record Eagle Story


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112 Connie Royce – Missing in Michigan

On June 1, 1990, 24 year old Connie Royce went to the Hayloft Bar in Mt Clemens, Michigan. She was on a date with a new guy, Greg, and Greg’s friend, “Brad” tagged along.

About 11pm, while Greg was in the restroom, Connie fled the bar, carrying her shoes. She left her handbag behind. Connie would never be seen again.

Her case is under the jurisdiction of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department.

Connie (Bostic) Royce went missing on June 1, 1990

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111 The Murder of Ally Brueger

On a Sunny day in July 2016, 31 year old Alexandra “Ally” Brueger was out for a 10 mile run in the community near the home she shared with her parents in Rose Township, Michigan. The quiet afternoon was shattered by four blasts from a shotgun, the last shot reaching it’s mark, striking Ally Brueger and ending her life. Her case remains unsolved. #Murder #Michigan #Unsolved #Shotgun

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110 Bill Barilko

In 1951, Toronto Maple Leaf player, 24 year old Bill Barilko scored the game winning goal in overtime during the last game of the Stanley Cup Finals. He flung himself across the ice, tucking a quick backhand over the shoulder of the Montreal goalie, giving the Leafs their fourth Stanley Cup win in five years.

A few months later, Barilko disappeared, taking the Leafs winning streak with him. The Leafs would not win another cup until 1962, within weeks of Barilko’s return home.

His story is immortalized in song, 50 Mission Cap, by The Tragically Hip.

Additional reading:

Londoner played with Barilko

Leafs legend comes to life in sister’s scrapbooks

Kevin Shea’s book Barilko: without a trace


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108 The murder of Cynthia Miller

August, 1981 27-year-old Cynthia Jane Miller of Beckley West Virginia is shot to death in her home just hours before her wedding. Who murdered her? Why has the case gone unsolved for so long?

Her slaying wasn’t the only violent death in Beckley that year.

Raleigh County Magistrate Nancy Sparks McMillan was murdered in her home, just one block away from where Miller resided, in December, 1981.

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Yearbook photo of Cynthia Jane Miller

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107 The murder of Barbara Barnes

On December 7, 1995 13 year old Barbara Barnes left her Euclid St apartment in Steubenville Ohio on her way to school. She never arrived. Her body would be found two months later, 40 miles away in Pennsylvania. Her killer has never been caught.

Source: Wikipedia

While attention focused on her family, particularly her uncle, Louis Boyce, this episode looks at another suspect, a local man named Richard Kolling.

If you have information on the murder of Barbara Barnes, please contact Steubenville Police.

Richard Kolling faced rape charges for his assault of Barbara’s 10 year old sister.

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Missing in Michigan – Jody Lynn Brant

Episode 106  – Memorial Day weekend, 1994. Sixteen year old Jody Lynn Brant leaves her home in Gwinnett County Georgia to make the 12 hour drive north to Oakland County Michigan.

Jody Brant, age 16, 1994.

She’s planning to spend the long weekend with her cousins in the Pontiac area. Jody never arrives and days later, her car is found torched in a remote part of Monroe County Michigan.

If you have information about Jody’s case, please contact the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department.

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Additional reading: 

The Charley Project 

June 1994 article from The Toledo Blade