Rebecca Zahau was a likable, vibrant, beautiful young lady who was looking to make a living on her own in Arizona in the late 2000s. She found a job she loved and soon after found a man she loved even more - Jonah Shacknai. Jonah was an extremely wealthy CEO of a pharmaceutical company based out of Arizona, but Rebecca didn't fall for his money. In fact, it wasn't for months that her family even realized he had money. They shared similar passions and loved to just grab life by the horns. Soon she was living with her dream hunk in a giant mansion outside of San Diego. However, within a few months of moving in, Rebecca was found dead. She had apparently hung herself. Suicide. Or was it? One determined lawyer was able to dig up a tremendous amount of evidence that Rebecca's death may have actually been a suicide. Listen and decide what you think really happened.
Rebecca Zahau, An ID Murder Mystery (2019)
Ann Cooper Hewitt was the daughter of one of the socialite queens of New York, Maryon Cooper Hewitt. Though she was born into a lap of luxury, she did not live a charmed life. Her relationship with her mother came to a head when she learned of the heinous actions Maryon had secretly taken against Ann solely in an effort to obtain more money.
The Unfit Heiress, Audry Clare Farley
We've been through two really terrible years and we are staring down the barrel of the third. How do we handle this? How do we prepare? How do we not succumb to the constant grind of dumpster fire after dumpster fire? I have no idea, but this episode will throw out some wacky ideas with the hopes that it will help at least one person survive the doom and gloom of 2022.
We reached episode 100! Despite all the inadequacies and complaints, we have persevered to reach triple digits! And as a reward for your loyalty and support, you are being rewarded for a random selection of topics people seem to enjoy, including war stories and Missing 411 stories. Plus we have not one but TWO palate cleansers this week! And a ton of thank you. So come join the party - you've earned it!
David Paulides, Missing 411: The Devil's in the Details
Have you ever wondered what happens when a man is sentenced to death? In this week's special episode, we will explore the murder committed by Willie Smith in 1991 and why it took 30 years for his sentence to be carried out. All the information from today's episode is taken from court filings and my general experience as an attorney.
Thomas Montgomery was a regular Joe. Married, two daughters, working as a machinist in New York. But he was bored with his marriage, with his job, with life overall. So he started playing online, pretending to be an 18 year old Marine Corps sniper. He soon found new love/lust in the form of an 18 year old girl with the screen name "TalHotBlond." The two hit it off, quickly began engaging in adult activities online, and even began planning a life together. But things didn't go as planned. And when it was all said and done, one body was in a grave, another was in jail, and a third lost everything. Here is the story of how wrong catfishing can go.
Hey folks! I was invited as a guest on a new podcast a few weeks back known as Danger on Delmarva. Here is the first part of the episode I was on. If you dig it, go ahead and subscribe and follow this new show. Also, be kind a leave a review. Hope you enjoy it!
We are overdue for a journey back into Missing 411 land! This week we cover three tales of impossible missing person situations. Experienced hikers disappearing off path, bodies found in bizarre and impossible conditions, and other such documented strangeness. If you enjoyed any of our previous three entries on this topic, you will certainly love this one. If you don't know what this Missing 411 thing is, check out Episode 5 for a deep introduction into this event.
Also, my dogs decided they wanted to make a special appearance during the third story, so enjoy their barking in the background!
August 1, 1966, is a day that will live in infamy in the United States, particularly at the University of Texas. That's the day Charles Whitman, Jr., spent hours sniping down innocent students, professors, mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, and children from the top of the tower on the University of Texas campus. While many people know of the shooting, very few learned what caused Charles to snap or why it took so long for police to stop his massacre. Many also don't appreciate what dark legacy Whitman's evil left on this world.
The Texas Tower Sniper, Ryan Green
Dr. Maynard Muntzing and Michelle Baker were both two people alone in the world who found each other and fell hard. In the blink of an eye, they were living together and Michelle was pregnant. All their friends thought this was a romance for the fairy tale books. But the story ends with Dr. Muntzing in jail for a truly gruesome act.
Bitter Pill to Swallow, Forensic Files, Season 7 Episode 18
The Order of Assassins are considered one of the most fearsome groups of killers ever assembled. During the 11th through 13th centuries, they influenced Middle Eastern politics, religion, and economics like no force before or since. Their reputation for killing leaders and other influential members of society caused some nobles to do experience constant paranoia and anxiety. Eventually this fearsome cult was stopped during the Mongol invasion, though some whisper the Order continues to live on to this day in secret.
The Order of Assassins, Charles River Editors
Carl Panzram was born into a bad situation. And his life only went downhill from there. He grew up without love, affection, or comforts. It really should be no surprise Carl was arrested for the first time at the age of 8 and spent the bulk of his life in jail. Yet for those few precious moments he was a free man, he sent his time robbing, fighting, raping, and killing. He was a bully and he lived to bring pain into the world. This is Carl's story.
It's so good even my dogs insisted on appearing in the background of this episode!
The Butcher of Humanity, Genoveva Ortiz
Few boarding homes in Sacramento were willing to take in particularly troubled tenants. Dorothea Gray only accepted the particularly troubled tenants into her home. Social workers, substance abuse counselors, and mental health professionals were amazed at her ability to turn around hopeless cases. Not every story was a success, sadly, as several got back in trouble with the law or would disappear altogether. But none could blame "Saint Dorothea" for the failures when the occurred. However, one day a particularly loved resident went missing. And Dorothea ended up in jail. How did this grandmotherly sort become known as one of the scariest serial killers in California?
Buried Beneath the Boarding House, Ryan Green
Zach and Addie were inseparable lovers who survived the great Katrina Hurricane of August 2005. Sadly, both suffered from significant mental health issues and were not healthy for each other. Both drank heavily, which amped up Zach's depression and made Addie violent. Then there were the drugs. As explosive as their relationship was, no one could have predicted it would cost the two their lives - in a truly gruesome fashion.
No description for this one. Gotta listen to know the haps.
Welcome to the wonderful world of espionage! This episode discusses the life and disappearance of Gary DeVore, a successful scriptwriter. Everyone thought of Gary as a charismatic guy with a bit of a rough edge for Hollywood. Yet when he suddenly and mysteriously disappeared, people began looking into his life and his next project. What they uncovered was more complicated than a 5,000 piece jigsaw puzzle.
The Writer With No Hands, Dr. Matthew Alford
Japan is a place of wonder, beauty, history, and culture. It's also home to some of the coolest urban legends you've ever heard! Join us this week as we explore seven unique legends from the land of the rising sun!
Toshi Den, v.1, Tara Devlin
Pedro Lopez is an absolute blight on Latin American society. During his reign of terror, he murdered dozens upon dozens of victims. And all his victims were children. But Pedro was never truly punished for his crimes in most countries (yes, he loved to roam). Somehow he lived a charmed life when it came to the criminal justice system and his crimes were rarely taken seriously. Several times he was turned into police, who released him either because they didn't believe the scope of his crimes or the victims were not people the police were interested in protecting. If you want a story about a real life monster, this is it.
Nora Quoirin went on a family trip from London to Malaysia to enjoy two weeks at an exclusive eco-resort where they would be effectively cut off from the rest of the world so they could enjoy their time as a family. Sadly and shockingly, in less than 24 hours Nora would go missing in the surrounding jungle. Was she abducted as her family insisted, what she lost as a result of a teenage misadventure, or was this more akin to a Missing 411 case?
Mona Fandey was THE witch doctor you wanted on your side if you were running for office in Malaysia. That is said will all seriousness. Until her relationship with a rising political star went sour and she ended up being arrested for his murder. In this week's episode we talk all about Malaysian politics, the role of spiritual gurus in politics, how Mona's case forever changed the Malaysian criminal justice system. But mostly murder. Mostly Mona's murder of the politician. That's what we are really here for.