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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
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  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
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  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


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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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: TCPDTips@traversecitymi.gov  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

Obituary

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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 

 

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105 The Crash of Northwest Flight 255

On August 16, 1987 Northwest Airlines Flight 255, traveling from Detroit Metropolitan Airport to Phoenix Arizona crashed 14 seconds after take off.

At the time of the accident, it was the second deadliest crash in US aviation history. Here is the story of the flight, her passengers and why this tragedy was avoidable.

aftermath

Four year old Cecilia Cichan would survive the crash, but her parents and brother were not as fortunate.

Additional Reading:

Downriver things: Flight 255. Lots of info and pictures.

National Transportation Safety Board findings on the crash. Long, detailed, technical information.

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103 Missing in Michigan – Bernice Gray

On the morning of December 26, 1991 Bernice Gray dropped her toddler daughter off at day care and headed for work. Gray didn’t arrive at work, and wouldn’t be seen again. Days later her bloodstained car was found abandoned in Detroit.

Bernice Gray was last seen on December 26, 1991 in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.

It would take a decade for the man responsible for her disappearance and murder to be brought to justice.

Additional reading:

The Charley Project

Find a grave

 

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100 The Gravlin Family Murder

Troy Michigan, September, 1964 – Estranged from his wife and desperate to avoid a divorce, a mentally unstable man does the unthinkable.

William Gravlin in custody.

Troy Officer George Reed keeps onlookers away from the site of the killings

Special thanks to Sam Kulper and CD Luck for providing additional voices this episode.

 

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99 The Many Crimes of Byron Hoffmeister

Much of my childhood was spent in and around the little town of Berkley, Michigan. My uncle was Berkley High School, class of ’65. One of his classmates was Byron Hoffmeister. I’d heard him mention Hoffmeister over the years, what a “bad guy” he was, but until I dug into this episode, I had no idea.

Join us as we explore the life and many crimes of Berkley’s own Byron Hoffmeister.

yearbook photo of Hoffmeister

 

The 1968 plea deal that allowed Hoffmeister to be out on the streets by 1971

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98 The Murder of Monica Hockey

Labor Day weekend of 1979, the body of Monica Hockey is discovered by the side of the road in Clarkston, Michigan. She’s been beaten, stabbed and her killers attempted to break both of her legs.

A murder so disturbing, so violent, that prosecutors lobby for the return of the death penalty.

**listener discretion advised**

Yearbook photo circa 1977

 

Additional Reading:

The Hockeys – A study in courage 

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97 The murder of Gail and Ricky Brink

On Monday November 23, 1987 the bodies of Gail and Ricky Brink are discovered in their Holland Township (Michigan) home. Twenty two year old Gail and 29 year old Ricky were each shot multiple times, likely in the small hours of Sunday November 22.

 

Ricky and Gail in 1987

It will take 25 years for their killer to be brought to justice.

This week’s promo from Pretend Radio

 

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Research and additional reading: 

“A brutal execution” – MLive story 

Witnesses describe Gail and Rick’s last day alive – Holland Sentinel 

“We finally got him” says sister of Ryan Wyngarden – MLive story

96 The Death of Officer Martin Chivas

Officer Chivas in 1973

In April of 1974 two prisoners walked away from the Magnum Prison Farm near Marquette Michigan. They embarked on a 55 hour crime spree that involved kidnapping, robbery and murder. The spree culminated in the deaths of three people, including Troy Michigan Police Officer Martin “Marty” Chivas.

Episode includes an interview with Troy Mayor Dane Slater, who worked with Martin Chivas in 1974.

Officer Down Memorial Page 

Troy Police Twitter Post with photo

Oakland County 115 news story

Memorial Day story, Troy Remembers

Promos: Targeted PodcastCrimesphere Podcast 

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95 The Paulson Family Murder

The Robert Paulson family.

 

In March, 1982 someone entered the Paulson family home in a rural part of Allendale Township, Michigan. Using a .22 caliber weapon he shot and killed all five members of the family, then set the house on fire.

The killer, Maris Karklins, would not be captured until July 1982 when he fatally shot his mother in the Karlklins family home.

Andris Karklins, the younger brother of Maris was a talented guitarist who was on tour at the time of the slayings.

If you have questions about mental illness, or need support please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness. 

Additional reading: 

Allendale Murder suspect arraigned

Wright Township Slayings touch off memory of 1982 murders

This week’s promo is from the Murder Road Trip Podcast.

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94 Chelsea Small

On November 12, 2013 Chelsea Small was working at the Advance America store in Taylor, Michigan. During a robbery she was shot twice and her killer made off with $200 in cash. Despite video and images of the killer, he remains at large.

30 year old Chelsea Small left behind two children.

Surveillance video of killer

do you recognize this man?

If you have information please contact Detective Jones at the Taylor Police Department   734-287-6550 or Crimestoppers at 1-800- SPEAK UP

Advance America is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of her killer.

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This week’s promo from the 36 Times Podcast.

92 Missing in Michigan – Lisa Knight

On June 8, 2012 Lisa Marie Knight met up with her former husband, Lloyd Frey, they had plans to visit their youngest child.

The visit never happened. Lisa made a 10:30p phone call to a friend, and then she vanished.

 

Lisa Knight, 2012 – note the chest tattoo.

Det/Sgt Harshberger of the Michigan State Police is in charge of Lisa’s case and he’s determined to locate Lisa and bring those responsible for her disappearance to justice.

If you have any information on Lisa’s disappearance you’re asked to call Michigan State Police Alpena Post at 989-354-4101.

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93 Dean Templeton

In 1971 Ralph Dean Templeton, known as “Dean” decided to leave his life in Flint, Michigan behind. He set out on a cross country journey in his unsuccessful bid to become the 38th president of the United States.

The candidate in 1972

In January of 1975 Templeton was murdered, shot  and left on the side of the road in rural Washington.

Templeton’s grave marker is all that remains from his efforts.


This episode was inspired by a thread on the Unresolved Mysteries Subreddit.

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