July 9, 1987 was one of the darkest days in history for Michigan Law Enforcement. When the dust settled three men were lost and the lives of their coworkers, friends, family and community would never be the same.
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
Audio production and music by Gray Multimedia
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
This episode written by Brittany Martinez. Audio editing by Gray Multimedia.
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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.
On May 24, 1990. Paige Renkoski drove her mother to the airport, she stopped and visited a friend. After that she parked her car on the shoulder of I-96, exited the car leaving behind her purse and shoes. Paige Renkoski vanished. She has never been seen or heard from again. Join Already Gone as we explore one of the most compelling missing person’s cases in Michigan history.
This episode was primarily compiled using interviews with family and investigators. Additional sources:
Ardis Renkoski – Find a Grave
In 1981 23 year old Gretchen was a senior at Arizona State University. White, originally from Livonia MI loved the warmth and sunshine of Tempe.
On a March evening, someone broke into her garden level apartment and led her away. Her remains were found in the parking lot of a local high school. It would take decades to bring her killer to justice.
May 18, 1927, the worst school attack in US history took place. Most people have never heard of it.
“Criminals are made, not born”
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
Crime In Detroit story – link to PDF
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?
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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Case Summary – Press Reader
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.
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.
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 –
- Page 1 of Joseph’s affidavit https://www.scribd.com/doc/308226024/Joe-Gentz-affidavit-1-in-Bashara-case
- Page 2 of Joseph’s affidavit https://www.scribd.com/doc/308226026/Joe-Gentz-Affidavit-1-in-Bashara-case
Research provided by Haley Gray
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.
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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#SerialKiller #Michigan #Texas #murder #missing
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.
Krauseneck – Democrat and Chronicle Story from 2019
Holzbach – Canton Rep story from 2011
Casetext Holzbach v Township
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