Episode 84: Murder -Coincidence or Fate in Erdington?

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Two women the same age are murdered on the same day, in the same place, but over 150 years apart…Annie & Johanna share the details of the tragic unsolved murders of Mary Ashford & Barbara Forrest, and discuss the shocking similarity in the two crimes that have perhaps literally haunted Erdington, England for the past two hundred years…

E84: Erdington

Episode 83: Macabre: She Sees Spooky Sailing Ships

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Today Annie & Johanna are talking about some of the lesser known ghost ships! What happened to the crew of the Sea Bird- do you think the fictional story printed in an 1885 newspaper is close to the truth? Do the stories of ships like the Octavius and Gloriana, found with their crew frozen solid, give you chills? Join us as we talk spooky sailing ships, and Johanna convinces Annie to do a dramatic reading of The Flying Dutchman, which she should have probably rehearsed.

E83: Ghost Ships

Episode 82: Murder- Have You Checked the Children? The Murders of Marylou Jenkins & Janett Christman

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The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs is one of the urban legends that scared Annie the most as a kid. And like many urban legends, this one has a true story, a terrible murder, that inspired it, and terrified the people of Columbia Missouri. Annie tells Johanna the legend and the unsolved murders of 20 year old Marylou Jenkins and 13 year old Janett Christman. 

E82: Babysitter

Episode 81: Austrian Ghost Stories

Beware! Spooky Fuckery Season is upon us and we decided to start off the month of October with a light hearted epsiode about Austrian Ghosts. Johanna talks about a White Lady and a Red Ivan, who both live at Burg Bernstein. She also tells the legend of a highway ghost, and about 3 famous ghosts, who still travel to Vienna from time to time….allegedly!

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Episode 80: Murder – Was it a Serial Killer

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In the second part, Annie talks about the case, that started her research: ther murder of Josie Langmaid. Was her brutal death connected to the murders of the Fountie women and Marietta Ball? Was Joseph LaPage indeed a serial killer?

Outro: Suncook Town Tragedy by Mabel Wilson Tatro

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Episode 79: Murder – Was it a Serial Killer? (part I)

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Once more, Annie went down a rabbit hole. What she thought to be a horrible,yet straight forward murder case turned out to be the possible spree of a serial killer. A pre-Jack the Ripper serial killer, on the loose in New England and Canada. This two part case is not for the faint of heart. In part I., Annie tells us about the murders of Minnie Fountie, her mother and Marietta Ball.

This episode is sponsored by http://www.bestfiends.com

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Episode 78: Mystery – The Galapagos Affair (part II)

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This week we are returning to Floreana to tell you the rest of the story surrounding Dr. Friedrich Ritter and Dore Strauch. New settlers come to the island: not only the family Wittmer from Germany, but also a mysterious Austrian Baroness with her two lovers and big plans. How will this tropical soap opera end? 

E78: Galapagos Affair prt.II

Episode 77: Mystery – The Galapagos Affair (part I)

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The roaring 20s brought jazz, the modern woman, flapper fashion and bathtub gin. But one misanthropic German couple decided to leave all material possessions behind and run away to a deserted island in the Galapagos, where they would start a new life, dedicated to the study of Nietzsche. Instead they found a hard unforgiving life that would end in murder, sex scandals and mysteries, join us for part one of this incredible tale.

In this first part we talk about the Galapagos Islands and why Friedrich Ritter and Dore Strauch decided to seek a different life.

E77: Galapagos Affair pt.I

Episode 76: Macabre – The Empire State Building

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Annie & Johanna discuss the weird, wonderful and often macabre history of the Empire State Building, including its record breaking construction, infamous and tragic suicides, the B-25 bomber crash, seances, and more. This episode will have you ready with disturbing facts to delight your friends and family with the next time you visit the Big Apple!

E76: The Empire State Building

Episode 73: Neighbors Dearest

Johanna is back and tells Annie about an Austrian case from 2016. A fight between neighbors gone deadly.

If you have information on the murder of Frauke Liebs, please visit Frauke-liebs.de

E73: Neighbors

Episode 70: Ursula Herrmann

Today Johanna tells Annie the tragic and terrifying 1981 case of kidnapped 10 year old, Ursula Herrmann in Bavaria, Germany. What happened to this bright beautiful child on her way home from her cousin’s house, only a 15 minute bike ride? We’ll tell you everything.

E70: Ursula Herrmann

Episode 67: Mystery – Asha Degree

In the early morning hours of Valentine’s Day, 2000, a bright, beautiful 9 year old girl left her home, and walked out into a storm, never to be seen again. Today Annie tells Johanna about the mysterious disappearance of Asha Jaquilla Degree, who disappeared from her loving family in North Carolina twenty years ago. What do you think happened?

E67: Asha Degree

Episode 65: Murder – Gay Gibson

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The murder of a young, beautiful aspiring stage actress, known as Gay Gibson, shocked post WWII England, and the tabloids were a welcome diversion from the austerity of England in the late 1940s, especially   due to the unusual circumstances of the case. The trial would be more about her past than her stolen future, so today Annie does her best to tell you the story as it should be told.

E65: Gay Gibson

Episode 64: The Theft of the Saliera

In 2003 a precious sculpture was stolen from the Museum of Art History in Vienna. Was it a meticulously planned heist or was the thief just lucky? And what even is this world famous Saliera exactly, who was the man behind the master piece and how did it end up in Vienna in the first place?

Johanna tells Annie everything there is no to know about the theft of Cellini’s Salt Cellar

E64: Saliera

Episode 63: Murder – Theresia Kandl

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Today Johanna tells Annie about Theresia Kandl, an Austrian murderer, whose story has become almost legend through the years. Did a Theresia carry her dead husband halfway through Vienna? Did she have help? Are her remains really on display at the Kriminalmuseum? Join us as we discuss the life and death of an abused woman, pushed over the edge.

E63: Theresia Kandl

Episode 62: St. Augustine & The Haunted Lighthouse

Annie tells Johanna some of the fascinating history of St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States. From the ‘discovery,’ and colonization of Florida by Spain’s famed explorers, Juan Ponce de Leon and Pedro Menendez de Aviles, to the first Underground Railroad, of Native people helping escaped slaves find freedom in Fort Mose…through the second Spanish period, and the construction of the very haunted Saint Augustine Lighthouse. We talk about the USA’s first male and female Hispanic American lighthouse keepers, and discuss some of the tragedies that may have contributed to the haunting. This one has a little bit of everything…

E62: St. Augustine

Episode 60: Macabre – Nova Scotia & The Titanic

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In the wake of the recent, tragic, mass shooting event in Nova Scotia, we thought we’d tell our listeners about one of the many times Nova Scotia, and the people of Canada managed to handle a time of crisis with dignity and great care. Canada was, of course, a safe refuge for countless air travelers on 9/11, but they also had a crucial role in the story of the Titanic. Today we are talking about the people of Nova Scotia, especially in Halifax, coming together to care for Titanic’s dead. We’ll tell you a little about this part of Titanic’s history that many have forgotten, or overlooked, and why this part of the world is at the top of Annie’s “must visit” travel list, as we send a virtual hug to Nova Scotia, and the people of Canada during this most difficult time to grieve. 

E60: Nova Scotia & The Titanic

Episode 59: Mothman & The Silver Bridge Collapse

In today’s episode, we discuss the terrible tragedy of the Silver Bridge Collapse, and the local legend of the Mothman, the infamous cryptid who called Point Pleasant, West Virginia, home. What exactly was the Mothman? A monster, a mutant, or the most ineffienct harbinger of doom, ever? Let us know what you think!

E59: Mothman

Episode 58: Two Tales of Isolation

This week we want to distract you with two stories of people, who had to suffer through months and years of loneliness, despair and isolation, but who never gave up hope and lived through it. Ada Blackjack and Lt. Onoda Hiroo had to adapt to extremely harsh living conditions, but they just kept going!

Outro: Kimigayo/ the Japanese National Anthem

This episode is sponsored by Podcorn: http://www.podcorn.com

E58: Isolation

Episode 57: Macabre – The hijacking of FedEx 705

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This week is the 26th anniversary of the hijacking of Fed Ex flight 705.
What should have been a routine flight from Memphis to San Diego became an unbelievable fight for survival in the sky. Today Annie tells Johanna about the hero pilots of flight 705, and a plane that helped save their lives.

This episode is sponsored by Best Fiends: http://www.bestfiends.com

E57: FedEx 705

Episode 56: We don’t know, how to name this one…Enjoy!

This week we decided to talk about four of the most bizarre moments in history, that hold some humor….dark humor!

The unexpected death of Aeschylus, Tycho Brahe’s unusual pet, the day Napoleon had to retreat from a fluffy army and the chaos that was the first Olympic marathon on US soil, during the Olympic games of 1904.

We share with you a few of our favorite tales and strange deaths, while keeping each other company under quarantine.

This episode is sponsored by Elemis: http://www.elemis.com/us/freshhell

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Episode 55: Murder – Eva Faschaunerin

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In this episode we are taking you back to the year 1770, when an Austrian farmer’s wife was set on trial for the murder of her husband. They had only been married for a little over a month. Eva Faschaunerin was the last victim of judicial torture in the Habsburg Monarchy.

This episode is sponsored by Best Fiends: http://www.bestfiends.com

E55: Eva Faschaunerin

Episode 54: Murder – The Crawford Family Murders

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In 1970 Elmer Crawford spent a lot of time planning the murder of his wife and three children…this Family Annihilator almost got away with his plan to play the grieving husband and father…but even though one mistake made it clear he was the killer, would he ever be brought to justice? Annie tells Johanna all about this horrific Australian crime.

This episode is sponsored by Elemis: http://www.elemis.com/us/freshhell

E54: The Crawford Family

Episode 53: Mystery – The Bennington Triangle

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Vermont is one of the most pastoral picturesque states in America, known for its covered bridges, cheese, stunning fall foliage, delicious maple syrup, winter sports, and a series of mysterious disappearances amd deaths in and around Bennington between 1945 and 1950. The Bennington Triangle is believed to be at the source of the mysterious cases. Join us as we discuss what may have happened to Middie Rivers, Paula Jean Weldon, James Tedford, Paul Jephson and Frieda Langer. 

This episode is sponsored by Best Fiends: http://www.bestfiends.com

E53: Bennington Triangle

Episode 52: Mystery – The Enfield Poltergeist

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In 1977, the Enfield Poltergeist tormented a North London family and remains, arguably, the most documented poltergeist case to date. Flying LEGO’s and superheated marbles, levitation, apparitions… this case has everything! You voted for this topic for our 1st anniversary episode, so join us as we discuss our listener choice, The Enfield Poltergeist, the inspiration for the film, The Conjuring 2. Thanks to you, our listeners for a wonderful year! This episode is sponosred by Best Fiends: http://www.bestfiends.com

E52: Enfield

Episode 50: Murder – Villisca (Part II)

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In this episode we cover the terrible axe murder that put the small town of Villisca, Iowa on the map. We’ll discuss the murder that destroyed both the Moore family and the Stillinger family, and explore the clues left behind by the killer. We’ll talk about the most likely suspects, and try to decide whether we think this savage, gruesome event was part of the work of an unnamed serial killer, or a solo event with lust, greed or revenge as the motive. Was there a copy cat killer who used published details from the cases we covered last week? Join us as we discuss the tragic Villisca Axe Murders of 1912.

E50: Villisca II

Episode 49: Murder – Villisca (Part I)

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In 1911 and 1912 there was a series of murders, all near train tracks, through the Rocky Mountains region to the Midwest. Today we discuss these horrific crimes leading up to the axe murders in Villisca. 
Do you think they are all the same unknown serial killer? 

This episode is sponsored by Podcorn. For more information go to http://www.podcorn.com

E49: Villisca

Introducing – For Life: The Podcast

In 1991, Isaac Wright Jr. was wongfully convicted and faced a life in prison. But he kept going and fought for justice, not only for himself, but also for fellow inmates. After 7 years his charges were finally dismissed and Isaac Wright Jr. set out to study law and to become an advocate for people in similar situations. In “For Life: The Podcast” he now tells the true stories of inncocent people fighting for justice.

For Life: The Podcast

Episode 48: Murder – The Gladbeck Hostage Crisis

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54 hours! That’s how long it took to end the Gladbeck Hostage Crisis, that started as a bank robbery gone wrong and ended in three deaths: Emanuele de Giorgi, Silke Bischoff and Ingo Hagen.
This week Johanna talks about this crime, that took place in August 1988, and about the role the media played in it.

This episode is sponsored by BEST FIENDS: https://bestfiends.com/

E48: Gladbeck Hostage Crisis

Episode 47: Macabre – Victorian Death Trip (Part II): Bring out the dead

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We’re headed back to Victorian London as we discuss John Snow and the discoveries he made regarding the spread of cholera.
We discuss horrifically overcrowded cemeteries, body bugs, dancing on the dead at Enon Chapel, and take you on a ride on the London Necropolis Railroad.

This episode is sponsored by Ballsy. Use promo code “FRESH20” for a 20% discount. Go to http://www.ballwash.com

E47: Victorian Death Trip (pt.II)

Episode 46: Murder – Barbara Songhurst & Christine Reed

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In 1953 Teddington, England, was a town buzzing about the upcoming coronation of Elizabeth II. After the long hard years of World War II, the nation was looking forward to celebrating, and very few people in the charming town on the Thames realized a brutal rapist and murderer was on the loose. This is the story of the murder of 16 year old Barbara Songhurst and her best friend, 18 year old Christine Reed, the victims of the Towpath Murders.

E46: Towpath Murders

Episode 45: Habsburg Tragedies (Part II)

In the second part, Annie and Johanna talk about the murder of Empress Elisabeth I. in Geneva and the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Duchess Sophie in Sarajevo, which ultimately started WW I. 

E34: Habburg Tragedies part II

Episode 44: Habsburg Tragedies (Part I)

The Habsburg dynasty ruled Austria for 640 years. In this two part episode we focus on the last decades of the dying empire. This week Annie and Johanna talk about the tragic and scandalous deaths of Crown Prince Rudolf and his 17 year old mistress Mary Vetsera.

E44: Habsburg part I

Episode 42: Sergeant Al Powell

On December 24, 1988, Sergeant Al Powell, of the LAPD would face the most difficult day of his long and storied career on the force. Join us, as we reflect on the shocking and tragic hostage situation that turned strangers into friends and terrorists into thieves.

E42: Al Powell

Episode 40: Murder – Martha Marek

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Martha Marek survived a deeply troubling childhood, and emerged a beautiful young woman who loved a nice carpet almost as much as she loved rat poison. Johanna tells Annie a twisted tale of greed, quality carpets, sincerely shocking levels of fraud, and of course…murder.

E40: Martha Marek

Episode 39: Greetings from Krampus

In this episode we do not only talk about the Krampus, we also face our childhood holiday traumas and begin to heal. Join Annie and Johanna in this rather chatty episode, when they laugh in the face of the Krampus! 

E39: Krampus

Episode 38: Macabre – The Cocoanut Grove Fire

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On Thanksgiving weekend, after a shocking upset at a Boston Collge vs. Holy Cross football game, the popular night spot, Cocoanut Grove, was the place to see and be seen. What should have been a joyous holiday weekend ended in unimaginable horror. Annie tells the story of one of the most devastating fires in U.S. history, and the medical advances made as a result.

E38: Cocoanut Grove

Episode 37: Murder – The Greenbrier Ghost

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Somewhere along a picturesque highway in the mountains of West Virginia is a sign that reads, “Interred in nearby cemetery is Zona Heaster Shue. Her death in 1897 was presumed natural until her spirit appeared to her mother to describe how she was killed by her husband Edward. Autopsy on the exhumed body verified the apparition’s account. Edward, found guilty of murder, was sentenced to the state prison. Only known case in which testimony from a ghost helped convict a murderer.” This is the story of Zona Heaster Shue, the Greenbrier Ghost.

E37: The Greenbrier Ghost

Episode 35: Murder – John List, family annihilator

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It was the biggest crime story in New Jersey since the Lindbergh kidnapping.
In 1971, the entire List Family was found murdered, execution style in their sprawling, empty mansion known as Breeze Knoll. The only missing family member was John List, the son, husband and father of the victims. You may have heard this story before, but Annie takes a deep dive, so join us, and we’ll tell you everything…

Episode 33: The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel

The exorcism  of Anneliese Michel inspired the film “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”. The true story is much more sad, and disturbing than one can imagine. Johanna and Annie cover this incredibly shocking and tragic case.

E33: Anneliese Michel

Episode 31: Murder – Armin Meiwes

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Johanna tells Annie another cannibal story, the third in her German Cannibal trilogy… and now Annie thinks it’s time to phase out some of their traditional fairy tales… Join us for yet another disturbing and surprisingly sad story, that leaves Annie and Johanna feeling sorry for everyone involved.

E31: Armin Meiwes

Episode 29: Murder – Evelyn Nesbit

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Evelyn Nesbit was one of the great American beauties, a Gibson girl who captured many hearts. Two in particular, famed architect Stanford White, and Harry Thaw, bon vivant and heir to a massive fortune, found themselves in a shocking triangle of violence, madness, obsession and,  ultimately, murder.

Episode 28: Murder – Carol & Christopher DiMaiti

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In 1989 Boston was shocked by the brutal, senseless attack on Charles Stuart and his pregnant wife, Carol. Their tragedy was captured by a live television crew, which captivated and horrified the city of Boston, and the nation.

E28: Carol & Christopher DiMaiti

Episode 27: Mystery – Frauke Liebs

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This week Johanna tells Annie about the mysterious disappearance and death of Frauke Liebs, the chilling and confounding continued phone calls from her, to her loved ones, and her tragic end. Was she another victim of the infamous Höxter Horror House?

E27: Frauke Liebs

Episode 26: Murder – Clara Harris & Henry Rathbone

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Everyone knows the story of the assassination of President Licoln, but what about the story of Clara Harris and Henry Rathbone, the couple who attended the play with them that fateful night? Annie tells Johanna this incredible true story of love, tragedy, madness, murder, and a ghost!  This tale has everything, join us as we make this old news fresh again.

E26: Clara Harris & Henry Rathbone

Episode 25: Mystery – The Dyatlov Pass Incident

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In February, 1959, 9 hikers from the Ural Polytechnical Institute embarked on a difficult hike into the Ural Mountains… they never came home.

Led by Igor Dyatlov, the pass where their bodies were recovered is now know known as the Dyatlov Pass Incident. One of the great mysteries of Soviet era, Johanna & Annie lay out the facts of the case and discuss what happened to make 9 experienced hikers cut themselves out of their tent and flee into the night, half dressed. This is one of our favorite unsolved mysteries, and, we think, one of the creepiest true stories we know.

E25: The Dyatlov Pass Incident

Episode 24: Macabre – Victorian Death Trip

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Deadly wallpaper, exploding combs, burning ballerinas, murder bottles, and more macabre stories… Join us on a Victorian Death Trip, where we discuss all the horrible and shocking ways you could die in this fascinating era! 

E24: Victorian Death Trip

Episode 22: Murder – The Axeman of New Orleans

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It was about 100 years ago that a killer known as the Axe Man terrorized New Orleans, and demanded that the Crescent City  ‘jazz it,’ or get the axe. Annie & Johanna talk about the terrible attacks rocked the Big Easy and toast a widow who was pushed to the edge. Was the Axe-man really a demon from hell, or something a bit more…pedestrian? Laissez les terrifiant temps rouler!

E22: The Axeman of New Orleans

Episode 21: Special – International Tales

In a very special episode we break from our usual format, and cover some of the murders, mysteries and macabre stories from countries our listeners are from.

In Malta, the murder of Sylvia King and the mysterious elongated skulls found in the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum. 

In Greece, the 1991 disappearance of 21 month old Ben Needham. 

In Puerto Rico, we talk about the the Aguadilla UFO incident. 

In Venice, Italy, we cover the insane curse of the Palazzo Dario. 

In Sweden, the case of the Atlas Vampire. 

In Singapore, the horrific Toa Payoh Ritual Murders

In Poland we discuss Czocha Castle and the many, many hauntings that make this ‘Polish Hogwarts’ a place we now plan to visit.

E21: International Tales

Episode 20: Murder – Lady of the Dunes

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In the summer of 1974 a girl and her beagle found the badly decomposed body of a murdered woman in the dunes of Provincetown, Massachusetts, and it remains one of the Cape Cod’s most well known cold cases. Who was this woman? Was Whitey Bulger involved in her death?  Might she be an extra in the film Jaws?  

Annie, who is from Cape Cod, tells Johanna and Jam all about this baffling cold case. 
Stay tuned to the end for a bonus ramble.

E20: Lady of the Dunes

Episode 19: Murder – Fritz Haarmann

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War brings chaos, creating the perfect environment for a serial killer to prey on unsuspecting victims. Join us as Johanna tells Annie about the infamous Fritz Haarmann, who preyed upon post war Germany. This is the second part of her German Cannibal trilogy.

E19: Fritz Haarmann

Episode 18: Murder – Lauren Dunne Astley

Annie tells Johanna about the tragic 2011 murder of 18 year old Lauren Astley, which happened on her street in Wayland, Massachusetts. We discuss the issue of breakup violence, especially in teenagers. Please join us as we discuss this terribly senseless murder and it’s aftermath.

E18: Lauren Dunne Astley

Episode 17: Mystery – YOG’TZE

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Johanna covers the mysterious YOG’TZE incident, a mysterious death that has haunted Germany and the rest of Europe since the 80s. Was it murder or madness that caused the mysterious death of Günther Stoll. Don’t forget to tell us what you think…

E17: YOG’TZE

Episode 16: Mystery – Rebecca Zahau (Part II)

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This is the second and final part of the Rebecca Zahau case. In 2011, the affluent beach town of Coronado, California was rocked by not one, but two mysterious deaths, both at the historic Spreckles Mansion. Six year old Max Shacknai suffered a fatal fall, which some to this day believe was no accident. Days later, his father’s girlfriend, Rebecca Zahau, was found hanging from a balcony in the courtyard of the home. The circumstances around Rebecca’s death are disturbing and bizarre, to say the least… was she murdered, or did she take her own life, as the police claim?

E16: Rebecca Zahau (part II)

Episode 15: Mystery – Rebecca Zahau (Part I)

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In 2011, the affluent beach town of Coronado, California was rocked by not one, but two mysterious deaths, both at the historic Spreckles Mansion. Six year old Max Shacknai suffered a fatal fall, which some to this day believe was no accident. Days later, his father’s girlfriend, Rebecca Zahau, was found hanging from a balcony in the courtyard of the home. The circumstances around Rebecca’s death are disturbing and bizarre, to say the least… was she murdered, or did she take her own life, as the police claim?

E15: Rebecca Zahau (part I)

Episode 14: Macabre – The Curse of Tutankhamun

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We’ve been fascinated with mummies for as long as we can remember. Join us as we discuss ancient Egyptian mummification, the strange history of mummies through the Victorian era, and the amazing discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun. Was the boy king murdered, and did opening the tomb unleash a terrible curse? We’ll tell you everything!

E14: Tutankhamun

Episode 11: Murder – The Papin Sisters

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The shocking story of the Papin sisters is perhaps the most well known, and most horrific case of follie a deux, or twin madness. This famous French case devastated the Lancelin family, and rocked Le Mans, and the rest of Europe.

E11: The Papin Sisters

Episode 10: Mystery – Zigmund Adamski

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In June of 1980, Zigmund Adamski left his home to walk to the market to buy some produce for dinner. His family never saw him alive again. His body was found five days later, with strange burns, partially dressed and lying on his back on a pile of coal. What on Earth happened to this man? Was it something not of this Earth? One of the officers involved did have a close encounter, and that area of England is known for UFO activity…Join us as we get into the very strange case of the disappearance and death of Zigmund Adamski.

E10: Zigmund Adamski

Episode 9: Murder – Hinterkaifeck

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Annie thought she knew everything about the gruesome and baffling Hinterkaifek case, until she covered it with Johanna, who speaks German. This unsolved family massacre is haunting and perplexing, creepy and disturbing. Join us as we go over this infamous and terrible unsolved case.

E09: Hinterkaifeck

Episode 8: Mystery – The Lindbergh Baby (Part II)

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Annie realized she didn’t actually know this story, so she decided to cover it and learn everything. In part two we cover popular theories and the trial of Bruno Richard Hauptman, who many believe was innocent to this day. Join us for a deep dive on this infamous case.

E08: The Lindbergh Baby (part II)

Episode 7: Mystery – The Lindbergh Baby (Part I)

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Annie realized she didn’t actually know this story, so she decided to cover it and learn everything. In part one we cover the history of the Lindbergh’s and why they’d be a target for a kidnapping. We also talk about the kidnapping itself, the bizarre series of ransom notes, and the tragic conclusion. We also cover popular theories, and the trial of Bruno Richard Hauptman, who many believe was innocent to this day. Join us for a deep dive on this infamous case.

E07: The Lindbergh Baby (part I)

Episode 6: Mmmhistory – The Bounty (Part II)

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The true story of the mutiny on The Bounty is one of Joanna’s favorite true stories of adventure and betrayal. 
Annie thought it was about pirates, and when she found it was not, she begged Johanna to cover it on the podcast. Join us for the second and final part of an absolutely harrowing tale of duty, honor and betrayal at sea.

E06: Mutiny on the Bounty (Part II)

Episode 5: Mmmhistory – The Bounty (Part I)

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The true story of the mutiny on The Bounty is one of Joanna’s favorite true stories of adventure and betrayal. 
Annie thought it was about pirates, and when she found it was not, she begged Johanna to cover it on the podcast. Join us for an absolutely harrowing tale of duty, honor and betrayal at sea.

E05: Mutiny on the Bounty (Part I)

Episode 4: Murder-Wakefield

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In 1908 Hiram Badger went on a shooting rampage down Main Street in Wakefield, Massachusetts. The quaint Boston suburb was shocked by the violent events of the day, but his worst deeds were yet to be discovered… Join us for this terribly tragic story of madness and murder.

E04: The Wakefield Murders

Episode 3: Macabre – Jersey Maneater

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In the summer of 1916, a series of shark attacks rocked the busy beaches of the New Jersey shore, where swimmers had previously believed that sharks never attacked people. But surely you’d be safe miles from the ocean, swimming in a freshwater creek? Think again.  You’ve heard it mentioned in the movie JAWS, this is an amazing, shocking, and tragic true story, and we’ll tell you everything.

E03: The Jersey Maneater

Episode 2: Murder-Bleistiftmörder

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Johanna tells Annie about the cold case that haunted her childhood in Austria. In 1973 9 year old Gabi was walking home from school and never made it home. Her body was found in the park close to her home and the details of the brutal, bizarre crime will leave you cold cold cold… 

The Bleistiftmörder of Wiener Neustadt

Episode 1: Murder-Smuttynose

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Years before Lizzie Borden took an axe, another terrible axe murder shocked the New England coast. This is the story that inspired the book The Weight of Water, by Anita Shreve, and the film that followed. Join us as we tell you the harrowing true tale of murder, greed, and survival, and the devastating, brutal crime on a small, isolated island in the Atlantic Ocean.

E01: Smuttynose Island Murders

Teaser: Introduction

Listen to this little teaser episode, where we talk about ourselves, where we are from and how we ended up fascinated by murder, mysteries and the macabre. 

You will also learn why beagles are not dogs, why Annie scares her husband and how we both ended up in prison!

Teaser: Introduction

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