Episode 52: Murdered by Witches (Unsolved Case of Jeannette DePalma)

When Jeannette DePalma’s body was discovered in 1972 on a makeshift altar, surrounded by wooden crosses and cult-related symbols, the town of Springfield, New Jersey began to suspect that the young teenager had been murdered by a coven of witches. Jeannette’s cause of death has never been determined, and the case has never been solved. Was Jeannette sacrificed as part of a witch rite? Was she murdered by a serial killer? Did she die of a drug overdose? Join us as we explore the enigmatic case of the murder of Jeannette DePalma.

Articles Used:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/4594122/the-unsolved-mystery-of-the-16-year-old-girl-who-locals-believe-was-murdered-by-a-coven-of-teenage-witches-in-1972/https://weirdnj.com/stories/mystery-history/jeannette-depalma/https://thecurrentatahs.com/5563/unsolved/death-by-witchcraft-the-murder-of-jeannette-depalma/http://deathonthedevilsteeth.blogspot.com/p/publication.htmlhttps://www.nj.com/union/2019/08/teens-unsolved-death-in-the-1970s-was-blamed-on-satanists-a-man-who-never-knew-her-is-the-cases-biggest-advocate.htmlhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Listhttp://www.childrenshospital.org/conditions-and-treatments/conditions/l/lead-poisoning/symptoms-and-causeshttps://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/crime/jersey-mayhem/cold-cases/2019/08/23/nj-cold-case-jeannette-depalma-springfield-1972-watchung-reservation/1889140001/

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This episode was written and recorded by Jaden McKell. It was edited by Austin Blackwell. Our theme song, “Straight-Up Enigmas,” was written by Chuck Flyer.

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Episode 51: The Disappearance of Glen & Bessie Hyde

In 1928, newlyweds Glen and Bessie Hyde went on a white water rafting trip down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. One month later, their boat was found fully intact, with all of their gear and supplies (including Bessie’s diary) perfectly preserved. But the couple had disappeared. It’s been nearly a century since then, and their bodies have never been recovered. There has never been any proof of what happened to them. Was there an accident on the river? Did they both drown?Was Glen murdered by a famous photographer or by Bessie herself? Join us as we explore the tragic, mysterious disappearance of Glen and Bessie Hyde. 

Research/Narration:

https://historycollection.com/the-disappearance-of-bessie-and-glen-hyde-remains-one-of-the-most-puzzling-unsolved-mysteries/2/https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Glen_and_Bessie_Hydehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Glen_and_Bessie_Hyde#cite_note-9 

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Episode 50: Creepiest Things Alexa Has Said and Done

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Why does Alexa randomly speak without being prompted? Could she possibly be haunted? Is this the Skynet takeover we’ve all been waiting for? Join us as we discuss a few of the very weird, creepy things Amazon’s Alexa has said and done.

Sources:

https://www.the-ambient.com/features/the-creepiest-freakiest-things-alexa-has-ever-said-and-done-2154https://www.reuters.com/article/us-amazon-com-alexa-insight/kill-your-foster-parents-amazons-alexa-talks-murder-sex-in-ai-experiment-idUSKCN1OK1AJhttps://www.zdnet.com/article/has-alexa-snapped-why-alexa-sometimes-laughs-or-does-other-creepy-things/https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/21/technology/amazon-alexa-world.htmlhttps://www.zdnet.com/article/has-alexa-snapped-why-alexa-sometimes-laughs-or-does-other-creepy-things/https://www.cnet.com/how-to/the-weirdest-things-your-amazon-echo-can-say-and-do/

Episode 49: The Von Erich Family Curse

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In the 1950s, wrestler Jack Adkisson created his sinister alter ego, Fritz Von Erich, and began what would become a very successful career in the sport. Tragedy, however, struck in 1959, when Jack’s six-year-old son died in a bizarre electrical accident: knocked unconscious by a short circuit in his family’s trailer park, he fell into a puddle and drowned. This terrible event would only be the beginning of the so-called Von Erich Family curse. In the years that followed, illness, injuries, depression, drug addiction, and suicide would plague all of Jack’s remaining sons until only one child survived. Can it really be just a horrible happenstance that Fritz Von Erich outlived 5 of his 6 children? If there was a curse, what could he possibly have done to bring it upon himself and his family? Can fame and fortune instead be blamed for the athletes’ deaths?

Sources:

https://medium.com/wrestling-deep-end/wrestling-abuse-and-death-the-twisted-tale-of-the-von-erich-family-ba689fd51021

https://www.oxygen.com/martinis-murder/von-erich-family-curse-wrestling-family-story-dark-side-of-the-ring

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heel_(professional_wrestling)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kayfabe#:~:text=In%20professional%20wrestling%2C%20kayfabe%20%2F%CB%88,predetermined%20nature%20of%20any%20kind

 

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Episode 48: Servant Girl Annihilator

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The case of Jack the Ripper is possibly the most famous unsolved crime ever, but another string of lesser-known, similarly gruesome murders happened halfway across the world just a few years before.

In Austin, Texas, an individual who became known as the “Servant Girl Annihilator” was responsible for the deaths of eight people between late 1884 and Christmas Eve 1885. Attacking victims in their beds and then dragging them outside to mutilate their bodies, the killer eluded police, private investigators, and civilian mobs who took to the streets of newly settled Austin in anger and panic. He—as most eyewitnesses claimed it was a man—has been called America’s first serial killer, and his crimes remain unsolved to this day.

Who was the Servant Girl Annihilator? Some investigators believe that before he prowled the foggy streets of London, Jack the Ripper struck first in the Texas Hill Country. Could the Annihilator and Jack the Ripper be one and the same?

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/94680/how-servant-girl-annihilator-terrorized-1880s-austin

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Jack-the-Ripper

https://www.battlefields.org/learn/articles/civil-war-facts

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Texas_(1865%E2%80%9399) 

https://texashillcountry.com/austins-axe-man-jack-the-ripper/

 

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Episode 47: The Curse of Rosemary’s Baby

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In the late 1960s, a B-movie producer and an eccentric European director teamed up to create an instant horror movie classic. Rosemary’s Baby set the stage for all the devil-themed films that followed it, from The Exorcist to The Omen to The Exorcism of Emily Rose. It’s terrifying and eerie — but the spooky and elegant filmmaking is pretty masterful. But, filming the horror classic came hand in hand with catastrophe. Rosemary’s Baby is considered one of the most cursed films of all time. Actor Sidney Blackmer (who played coven leader Roman Castevet) once said on set “No good will come of all this ‘Hail Satan’ business.” Was the movie actually haunted? Did thinking, writing, speaking, and filming scenes all about the devil invite a dark energy onto the set and into the lives of the people involved? From illness, tension among the crew and divorce to “accidental” death and grisly murder, it sure seems like it.

Sources:

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/504972/13-devilish-facts-about-rosemary%E2%80%99s-baby

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/06/the-most-cursed-hit-movie-ever-made-rosemarys-baby

https://www.ranker.com/list/rosemarys-baby-curse-facts/jacob-shelton

Episode 46: Unsolved Murder of William Desmond Taylor

Who killed William Desmond Taylor, a famous Hollywood director in the 1920s? The suspect list drawn up by police included a deranged stage mother, drug dealers, a love-struck teenage movie star, and members of an opium cult. One of the newspaper headlines at the time read, “Taylor Murder One of Most Baffling Cases Ever Given to the Los Angeles Police.” Join us as we discuss this unsolved murder.

Sources:

https://the-line-up.com/the-shocking-murder-of-william-desmond-taylor-in-hollywoods-silent-era

https://timeline.com/murder-william-desmond-taylor-374fb3a5f0c

http://www.american-historama.org/1913-1928-ww1-prohibition-era/hollywood-in-the-1920s.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=runjda4La_4

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Roarin’ 20s  Ernie Golden & His Orch.

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Episode 45: Peter Bergmann (The Man Who Never Was)

The following investigation became one of the strangest, most notorious enigmas in Ireland’s history. Where did the man on the beach come from? Why was he there that day? Maybe most importantly, who was the deadman found in Sligo that day? Join us as we explore the mysterious identity and death of Peter Bergmann, the man who never was. 

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Episode 44: The Green Lady of Crathes Castle

The Green Lady is most often seen in one room of the castle, known appropriately as the Green Lady’s room. She’s been spotted many times since the 18th century gliding across the chamber, carrying a baby in her arms, before disappearing into the wall beside the fireplace. When workmen, who were renovating the castle in the 19th century, discovered the skeletal remains of a woman and a baby underneath the hearth of the fireplace, rumors spread that these could be the remains of Bertha herself. Could this young woman have given birth to Alexander’s child? Was the infant — a disgrace in Lady Agnes’ eyes — poisoned along with its mother? Does Bertha’s ghost still haunt the room where she and her innocent child were murdered and their bodies secretly hidden away?

https://www.scotsman.com/news-2-15012/is-this-crathes-castle-s-green-lady-ghost-1-4303007

 https://ebooks.visitscotland.com/ghosts-myths-legends/green-lady-crathes-castle/

https://www.spookyisles.com/haunted-crathes-castle/

https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/crathes-castle

https://www.scotclans.com/the-green-lady-of-crathes-castle/

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

http://www.ancientpages.com/2017/01/09/enigmatic-green-lady-in-british-folklore/

https://exemplore.com/paranormal/The-Colour-of-Ghosts

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

https://www.thecastlesofscotland.co.uk/the-best-castles/grand-castles/crathes-castle/

https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/a-hollywood-blockbuster-castle

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Episode 43: Wilson Murder Trial

Who killed Jack Wilson? Who would want to kill such a kind-hearted person in such a brutal way? What could possibly be the motive? As homicide detectives combed Jack Wilson’s home for clues on the first day of the investigation, none of them realized they were about to become involved in the most notorious, shocking murder case in Huntsville’s history.

https://www.thoughtco.com/betty-wilson-murder-trial-huntsville-1938518

https://forensicfilesnow.com/index.php/tag/dr-jack-wilson/

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