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English, Social, 1 seasons, 234 episodes, 1 day 13 hours 16 minutes
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Two women, from opposite sides of the Atlantic, talk about murder, mystery and the macabre. This is your international true crime podcast, hosted by Annie and Johanna.
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E228: A Fresh Hell Guide to Survival in Case of Disaster (part I)

In this crucial episode, we delve into indispensable safety guidelines for navigating the unpredictable realms of fire and earthquakes. We dissect emergency protocols, evacuation strategies, and essential preparedness measures, ensuring you're armed with life-saving knowledge. Join us as we explore the critical intersection of resilience, community safety, and disaster response in the face of these potentially catastrophic events.
23/02/202456 minutes 14 seconds
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E227: MURDER - Johann Arthold

Vienna in the middle of the post war era, still divided into four occupational zones by the Allied Forces! A police officer finds the body of the famous Chocolate King from Alsergrund: Johann Arthold. Soon a suspect is found in the 23 year old bar girl Adrienne Eckhard. Eckhardt presented a bizarre story involving a man named Konstantin Bertini as the true murderer. She claimed he had ties to drug trafficking, including morphine, and that he killed Arthold due to unpaid debts. Who was the real killer and what is the truth in this horrific murder case?
16/02/202449 minutes 42 seconds
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E226: Bloody Valentine's

Today we unearth the dark origins of Valentine's Day, an ancient tale of beheadings, forbidden romances, and the eerie echoes of the Roman festival of Lupercalia. Witness the haunting transformation from ancient rituals to the worldwide commercial embrace of modern Valentine's Day. Also, we will tell you about the infamous Valentine's Day Massacre, and the menacing legacy of Al "Snorky" Capone. Brace yourself for a journey through love's twisted corridors, where passion and peril intersect in this sinister exploration of Valentine's Day's hidden past.
09/02/202451 minutes 37 seconds
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E225: Lost in the Jungle (part III)

In this third and final part Johanna tells you everything about Yossi Ghinsberg's fight for survival in the Bolivian jungle, you'll hear all about his ordeal, his rescue and the fate of Markus Stamm and Karl Ruprechter.
02/02/202444 minutes 32 seconds
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E224: Lost in the Jungle (part II)

This week we talk about what happened to Yossi Ghinsberg, Kevin Gale, Markus Stamm and Karl Ruprechter, after they decided to turn around and had back to Asariamas. And why the group ultimately splits up right there, in the Bolivian jungle.
26/01/202441 minutes 2 seconds
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E223: Lost in the Jungle (part I)

In 1981 Yossi Ghinsberg, an Israeli adventurer, embarked on a perilous Amazonian expedition with companions Kevin Gale,Markus Stamm and a guide, Karl Ruprechter. The quartet navigated the dense jungle, facing challenges such as torrential rain, treacherous terrain, and wildlife encounters. Amidst the wilderness, the group aimed to discover uncharted territories, driven by a sense of exploration and adventure. As the journey unfolded, the team encountered both the beauty and brutality of the Amazon, grappling with the harsh realities of survival. Tensions rose, ultimately leading to a fateful decision!
19/01/202448 minutes 53 seconds
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E222: Kate Warne & the Murder of ”George Gordon”

Kate Warne, a pioneering figure in the field of private investigation, is best known as the first female detective in the United States. She was hired by Allan Pinkerton, the founder of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, in 1856. This week Annie tells us about the case she and her fellow detectives solved in "Atkinson" Mississippi, involving the murder of bank teller George Gordon and a $130,000 theft. George's body was found in the morning, the detectives are certain: the victim must have known the killer! Learn all about the time Allan Pinkerton used a ghost to get a confession.
12/01/20241 hour 13 minutes 44 seconds
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E221: My Husband was kidnapped (Bonus Episode)

Annie & Johanna speak with Ingrid, from Hamburg, who shares the harrowing true story of her husband’s kidnapping
05/01/20241 hour 4 minutes 8 seconds
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Special Episode: New Year - New Binge (part2)

The New Years holiday is a celebration of new beginnings. With that in mind, we know this collaboration will introduce you to several amazing new true-crime podcasts that will quickly become your newest true-crime binges as we enter 2024 because, let’s face it, we know that’s exactly what you needed! With tons of episodes each, investigative curiosity, and a focus on advocacy, these podcasts will live up to the theme of our collaboration (“New Year, New Binge”) because you’ll soon find yourself falling in love with the podcasters  included in these episodes. So, sit back, grab your detective caps, and let’s get this party started!   Be sure to follow all of the podcasts you enjoyed so you never miss a new episode. Podcasts are listed below in the order in which you will be introduced to them: Crimelines  https://linktr.ee/crimelines  Sirens: A Southern True Crime Podcast 
31/12/20231 hour 33 minutes 4 seconds
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Special Episode: New Year - New Binge (part I)

The New Years holiday is a celebration of new beginnings. With that in mind, we know this collaboration will introduce you to several amazing new true-crime podcasts that will quickly become your newest true-crime binges as we enter 2024 because, let’s face it, we know that’s exactly what you needed! With tons of episodes each, investigative curiosity, and a focus on advocacy, these podcasts will live up to the theme of our collaboration (“New Year, New Binge”) because you’ll soon find yourself falling in love with the podcasters  included in these episodes. So, sit back, grab your detective caps, and let’s get this party started!   Be sure to follow all of the podcasts you enjoyed so you never miss a new episode. Podcasts are listed below in the order in which you will be introduced to them: Crimelines  https://linktr.ee/crimelines  Sirens: A Southern True Crime Podcast
29/12/20231 hour 26 minutes 53 seconds
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E220: MYSTERY - Slumlord Millionaire

This week we are taking a scathing look at how White Collar Crimes affect working class families, from putting presents under the Christmas Tree to the American Dream of home ownership
22/12/202341 minutes 56 seconds
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E219: The Clutter Family Murders (part II)

This week we are talking about the suspects in the Clutter Family Murders, the arrest of the killers Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, and the involvement of Truman Capote and Harper Lee in the case that led to the book "In Cold Blood"
15/12/20231 hour 6 minutes 3 seconds
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E218: The Clutter Family Murders (part I)

In the quiet town of Holcomb, Kansas, the Clutter family's idyllic life was shattered on the fateful night of November 15, 1959. The brutal and senseless murders of Herb and Bonnie Clutter, alongside their two teenage children, shocked the nation. The killers, Perry Smith and Richard "Dick" Hickock, left behind a gruesome crime scene that would become the focal point of Truman Capote's groundbreaking true crime novel, "In Cold Blood." As the investigation unfolded, the small community grappled with the haunting question: What could drive two strangers to commit such a heinous act in the heartland of America?
08/12/202351 minutes 33 seconds
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E217: The Halifax Explosion (part II)

In part 2 we conclude our coverage of the devastating explosion which destroyed Halifax, Nova Scotia in December 1917. We examine the heroic acts of survivors, why the military presence was crucial in the aftermath, and how the city coped with the growing number of dead. Also discussed are the tremendous impact of  Dr. Clement Ligoure, Dr. George Cox among others, and why Bostonians and Haligonians love each other a wicked lot.
01/12/202354 minutes 35 seconds
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E216: The Halifax Explosion (part I)

On 6. December 1917, the busy WWI port of Halifax, Nova Scotia was devastated by the largest man made explosion the world had ever seen. We discuss the devastation and heroism in the aftermath of this tragedy. 
24/11/20231 hour 2 minutes 50 seconds
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E215: MYSTERY - The Disappearance of the Beaumont Children

This week we are talking about Jane, Arnna, and Grant Beaumont, three siblings who disappeared without a trace from Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, Australia, on January 26, 1966. We will be discussing theories, clairvoyants and the main suspects in this case, that remains one of Australia’s most infamous unsolved mysteries. 
17/11/202355 minutes 39 seconds
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E214: MYSTERY - The Disappearance of the Beaumont Children (part I)

This wee we are talking about Jane, Arnaa, and Grant Beaumont, three siblings who disappeared without a trace from Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, Australia, on January 26, 1966. The case remains one of Australia's most infamous unsolved mysteries, with numerous theories and investigations over the years yielding no conclusive answers. Despite extensive efforts by law enforcement and the community, the fate of the Beaumont Children remains unknown, making their disappearance one of the most haunting cold cases in Australian history.
10/11/202350 minutes 36 seconds
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E213: MURDER - Natalee Holloway Update

On Halloween 2023, convicted murderer Joran van der Sloot left the United States for his prison cell in Peru, after finally confessing to the murder of Natalee Holloway. This update will catch you up with where things stand now.
03/11/20231 hour 8 seconds
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Special Episode: When Darkness Calls (part II)

This Halloween, thirteen true crime podcasts (including Fresh Hell Podcast) come together to share dark and disturbing stories. From haunted houses to serial killers, these tales will send chills down your spine and keep you up at night. Join us for this special 2-part Halloween episode entitled "When Darkness Calls" as we explore the darkest corners of humanity. But be warned: these stories are not for the faint of heart. When darkness calls, how will YOU respond? Listener discretion is advised. Podcasts are listed here in order of appearance: Part 1:  True Crime South Africa https://linktr.ee/truecrimesouthafrica True Crime Cat Lawyer   https://linktr.ee/truecrimecatlawyer Private Dicks <a href='https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Flinktr.ee%2Fpri
31/10/20231 hour 10 minutes 21 seconds
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Special Episode: When Darkness Calls (part I)

This Halloween, thirteen true crime podcasts (including Fresh Hell Podcast) come together to share dark and disturbing stories. From haunted houses to serial killers, these tales will send chills down your spine and keep you up at night. Join us for this special 2-part Halloween episode entitled "When Darkness Calls" as we explore the darkest corners of humanity. But be warned: these stories are not for the faint of heart. When darkness calls, how will YOU respond? Listener discretion is advised. Podcasts are listed here in order of appearance: Part 1:  True Crime South Africa https://linktr.ee/truecrimesouthafrica True Crime Cat Lawyer   https://linktr.ee/truecrimecatlawyer Private Dicks <a href='https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Flinktr.ee%2Fpri
30/10/20231 hour 11 minutes 36 seconds
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E212: Halloween Special 2023

It's time for our annual Halloween episode, where we share our listener's stories of the unexplained, the weird, the inspiring, and of course, the spooky...
27/10/202359 minutes 55 seconds
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E211: MACABRE - El Campo Santo

This week Annie talks about El Campo Santo, the historic cemetery located in Old Town San Diego. The cemetery dates back to the early 19th century and was used for the burials of prominent figures and residents of Old Town San Diego. Is the place really haunted by it's own past? Let's find out  
20/10/202349 minutes 45 seconds
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E210: Pet Wall of Fame Halloween Edition - Crows

Today we talk about why we love a murder-when it’s a murder of crows! We look at the Raven &amp; Crow through history, and shed light on the occasionally dark past of these brilliant birds. From Canada’s beloved Canuck the Crow, to the Ravens at the Tower of London, we’ll tell you everything about these dark beauties.  
13/10/202354 minutes 16 seconds
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E209: Take Me Home, Haunted Roads

Today we discuss the history of the infamous A3 motorway in Croatia, where talented young Macedonian singer Todor ‘Toše’ Proeski among others were tragically killed…   We ponder the terrifying Melon Heads on Jeremy Swamp Road in Connecticut, USA    In Hong Kong, we visit Tuen Mun Road, possibly one of the most haunted roads in the world.   Finally to Northern Ireland and the Dark Hedges, made popular by Game of Thrones, what’s the true, haunting history behind this hauntingly beautiful stretch of road?   We’ll tell you everything.      
06/10/20231 hour 2 minutes 45 seconds
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E208: MURDER - Ilona Faber

This week Johanna talks about an infamous Austrian cold case, the murder of a young model...Ilona Faber, that happened on 14. April 1958. Her body was found in the center of Vienna, buried hastily in a flower bed, behind a War Memorial.
29/09/202330 minutes 21 seconds
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E207: MURDER - Robert A. Coombes (part II)

In the conclusion of this horrific case, we discuss the murder known as ‘The Plaistow Horror,’ and discuss the possible reasons for this terrible crime, and question what we know about criminal reformation.  
01/09/20231 hour 3 minutes 6 seconds
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E206: MURDER - Robert A. Coombes (part I)

In 1895 13 year old Robert Allen Coombes committed a crime in London’s East end that the horrified media dubbed ‘The Plaistow Horror.’ Today, in part 1, we discuss Robert’s early life, as well as the shocking murder of Florence Dennis at the hands of the ‘Southend Murderer,’ James C. Read, a case Coombes was fascinated with as a child.   
25/08/202352 minutes 28 seconds
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E205: MURDER - Sadie Hassard

Today Annie takes us to the beautiful village of Brewster on Cape Cod Bay, in the late 1800s, and tells us the terrible story of the murder of Sadie Hassard after being stalked and murdered by a rejected suitor.
18/08/202356 minutes 11 seconds
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E204: We Don’t Know How to Name this One, Either...Enjoy!

Today we look back on some of the most interesting deaths in history. We discuss Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar, his rule in Persia, now modern day Iran, and his violent death. We discuss the death of General John Sedgwick, Union army hero, on the battlefield at Spotsylvania. We’ll cover death by very long beard, and ponder the merits of laughing oneself to death in this macabre episode!
11/08/202346 minutes 57 seconds
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E203: Fresh Hell Pet Wall of Fame - Cats

In today’s, we look back at two of the most infamous cats in history. Simon the Shipcat, who was the only cat in history to ever receive the Dickin Medal for his outstanding bravery and the comfort he gave the crew of the HMS Amethyst in a dire situation. And another ship cat, The Unsinkable Sam, who survived not one, not two, but three ships sinking.  Join us as we show that cats indeed DO care!
04/08/202348 minutes 41 seconds
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E202: The Amityville Horror (part III) - The Aftermath

In our final episode on the Amityville Horror we discuss the investigation by the Warrens and do our best to answer the most common questions. We also try to debunk some of the popular rumors surrounding the house on Ocean Avenue in Amityville, NY. We'll discuss some of the most popular skeptical views on the haunting, and of course remember the real horror - the tragic murders of the DeFeo family   Please vote for us in the People's Choice Podcast Awards: www.podcastawards.com
28/07/20231 hour 17 minutes 50 seconds
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E201: The Amityville Horror (part II): The Haunting

A year after the horrible murders of the DeFeo family, George Lutz and his family purchased the beautiful home on Ocean Avenue in Amityville, NY. Today we tell their true story as told by Jay Anson’s 1977 book, “The Amityville Horror.”  
21/07/202348 minutes 56 seconds
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E200: The Amityville Horror (part I) - The DeFeo Family Murders

In 1974 a terrible crime rocked the town of Amityville, NY, when Ronnie DeFeo Jr murdered 6 members of his own family. In our 2ooth episode special we talk about their story
14/07/20231 hour 16 minutes 41 seconds
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E199: MURDER - The Austin Axe Murders aka The Servant Girl Annihilator (part II)

The conclusion of the horrific and brazen attacks in Austin, Texas from New Year’s Eve 1885 to Christmas Eve, 1885. Among the murdered are Mollie Smith, Eliza Shelly, Irene Cross, Mary Ramey, Gracie Vance, Orange Washington, Susan Hancock and Eula Philips. More survivors would be forever haunted by these vicious attacks. We‘ll discuss these crimes in detail and talk about the theories of who the likely murderer was. Also discussed is the origin of the AKA for this series of murders, “The Servant Girl Annihilator"!   Please go to podcastawards.com and vote for us in the categories True Crime, History, Best Female Hosted &amp; People's Choice
07/07/20231 hour 14 minutes 30 seconds
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E198: MURDER - The Austin Axe Murders aka The Servant Girl Annihilator (part I)

Austin 1885: a series of brutal crimes shock the growing city! The victims of the brutal crimes: predominantly young women who worked as servants in the area. This week Annie and Johanna talk about the city Austin, and the first victims of the Axe murderer, Mollie Smith, Clara Strand and Christine Martenson, Eliza Shelly, Irene Cross and Clara Dick. Please go to podcastawards.com and vote for us in the categories True Crime, History, Best Female Hosted &amp; People's Choice
30/06/202350 minutes 15 seconds
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E197: MURDER - Oceana Snead(part II)

09/06/20231 hour
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E196: MURDER - Oceana Snead (part I)

Oceana  Wardlaw Martin Snead, called Ocey by her family, was a young woman, an excellent student and well liked by the whole community. When she fell ill, everybody worried about her. Well, maybe not everybody! It was her own family who had sinister plans for the young mother of two, who died in 1909.
02/06/202349 minutes 3 seconds
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E195: MYSTERY - The Dechmont Woods Incident

In November, 1979, Robert Taylor, forestry worker and WWII veteran, experienced something terrifying in a clearing in the woods of Livingston, outside of Edinburgh, Scotland. This is perhaps the only UFO encounter formally investigated by police. Could there have been a reasonable explanation for what Bob Taylor experienced that day? Tell us what you think. 
26/05/202355 minutes 45 seconds
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E194: MACABRE - Scary Tales

Is Hänsel & Gretel based on real historical events? Was Little Red Riding Hood once a way darker story? nd how did a cursed frog truly turn back into the prince? Today Johanna tells us just how horrifyingly gruesome these original tales were. Don’t let your kids listen to these old school fairy tales!
17/05/202356 minutes 51 seconds
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E193: Macabre - The History of Make Up

From poisonous eye drops and mouse fur eyebrows to leaded face powder...we'll dive into how, historically, you could remove your hair, your teeth and your life, all in one sitting!
10/05/20231 hour 2 minutes
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E192: MURDER - The Pembroke Tragedy

Today we discuss the terrible, story of Charles Ayer, family annihilator. What led up to that snowy New Hampshire day in January, 1906 that would leave 8 members of a family dead?  We’ll tell you everything we know about this tragedy.    
03/05/20231 hour 48 seconds
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E191: Natascha Kampusch (part III)

In part 3 we discuss the aftermath of Natascha’s escape from Wolfgang Priklopil. We’ll also discuss the rumors, conspiracy theories and other mysterious deaths linked to the abduction of Natascha Kampusch.
12/04/20230
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E190: Natascha Kampusch (part II)

Today Johanna continues the story of the abduction of 10 year old Natascha Kampusch on her walk to school in Vienna, Austria. We discuss her prison, her captor, and her daring escape after being held captive for 8 long years.
05/04/202358 minutes 24 seconds
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E189: Natascha Kampusch (part I)

In 1998 the abduction of 10 year old Natasha Kampusch while on her way to school in Vienna, Austria stunned residents of this normally safe community. Today Johanna tells Annie the early life of Natasha and of her kidnapper, Wolfgang Přiklopil. 
29/03/202354 minutes 53 seconds
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E188: Fresh Hell Pet Wall of Fame (Dog Edition)

In today’s more lighthearted episode, we look back at two of the most infamous dogs in history. Greyfriar’s Bobby, Edinburgh Scotland’s most loyal dog, a Terrier who rests beside his beloved human in the stunningly spooky Greyfriar’s Kirkyard. Also, Smoky, the ’Yorkie Doodle Dandy, ‘ whose mysterious appearance in a foxhole during World War II baffled soldiers. She soon became the lifelong companion of Corporal William Wynne, and served bravely in the war saving the lives of hundreds of soldiers on the Pacific front! Join us as we discuss some of our favorite pets in history, the incredible lives they lived, and their enduring legacy. (Spoiler alert! Both Bobby and Smoky have long and adventurous terrier lives, and die peacefully of old age. )
15/03/20231 hour 2 minutes 45 seconds
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E187: MURDER - The Identification of Ruth Marie Terry/ Lady of the Dunes Update (part III)

Today we cover the grand larceny trial of Guy Rockwell, and the lack of a homicide trial for Manzanita or Dolores Mearns.    We also discuss the fact that Guy married Ruth Marie Terry in 1974, months before her partially dismembered body was found. Ruth was identified as the Lady of the Dunes on Halloween 2022. Today we discuss the vibrant 37 year old, long missed by her beloved family in Tennessee, who never gave up hope.   Dolores, Manzanita and Ruth may not have been the only people ‘Raoul’ Guy Rockwell Muldavin (allegedly) brutally murdered.  Anyone who has information about the whereabouts about Muldavin and Terry in 1973 and 1974 are asked to contact Massachusetts State Police at 1-800-KAPTURE.
08/03/20231 hour 13 minutes 50 seconds
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E186: MURDER - The murder of Manzanita and Dolores Mearns/Lady of the Dunes Update (partII)

In part 2 of 3, we discuss the mountain of evidence indicating Guy Rockwell, (who married Ruth Marie Terry, aka ‘The Lady of the Dunes’ in 1974), brutally murdered his second wife, Manzanita and her daughter, Dolores Mearns in Seattle, in April of 1960. We’ll discuss what he was up to when authorities were searching for him, eetail his complicated con game, and reveal where he was eventually found.
22/02/202353 minutes 38 seconds
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E185: MURDER - The lies of Guy Rockwell/ Lady of the Dunes Update (part I)

On Halloween 2022, it was announced that the unsolved murder victim from Provincetown, Cape Cod known as The Lady of the Dunes had been identified through genealogical DNA, she was Ruth Marie Terry. Only months before her body was found, Ruth married Guy Rockwell, one of many aliases this man was known by. Today, we’ll discuss what we know about Guy’s personal history, do our best to separate truth from his lies, and discuss some of his other wives, including the disappearance of his second wife, Manzanita Rockwell and his step-daughter, 18 year old Dolores Mearns, and Guy’s own disappearance shortly after his marriage to his third wife.
15/02/20231 hour 5 minutes 37 seconds
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E184: The Beelitz Heilstätten (part II)

Today we return to the Beelitz Heilstätten, once a state of the art hospital dedicated to the care of those with tuberculosis, today it is perhaps one of the most haunted locations in Europe. Johanna discusses and debunks (when possible), the claims of Nazi experiments at the site, and tales of bizarre and terrifying paranormal activity.  We also discuss a series of horrifically brutal murders by a serial killer which took place in broad daylight, as well as another deeply disturbing murder on the hospital grounds.  
08/02/202350 minutes 33 seconds
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E183: The Beelitz Heilstätten (part I)

How did the Beelitz Heilstätten go from a state of the art, self sufficient paragon of modern Tiberculosis treatment to one of the most haunted buildings in Europe (allegedly)? Today Johanna tells us about the history of this building, and some of the infamous figures it helped save. Next week, the many horrors that followed…
01/02/202347 minutes 35 seconds
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E182: MACABRE - The Fresh Hell Food Court

From frogs in your milk to secretly dosing your guests with an aphrodisiac…  we discuss some of the most interesting menu items in history, including of course,   The Roast Without Equal.     Join us for a macabre menu
25/01/20231 hour 22 seconds
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E181: MURDER - Bertha Schippan

Today we discuss the tragic and gruesome death of 14 year old Johanne Elizabeth "Bertha" Schippan. The youngest daughter of German immigrants who settled in Towitta, South Australia and practiced their Lutheran faith, in this remote landscape. This untimely death is still unsolved, and the clues left behind are truly baffling. In a shocking twist, her own sister would be charged with the horrific crime, but who was really responsible?
18/01/202358 minutes 42 seconds
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E180: The Cross Hauntings

This week we discuss one of the most terrifying and well-documented hauntings in US history.    This week's sponsor: www.artofcrimepodcast.com   End credits: 🎵 Deck the Halls | Rafael Krux Provided By: Audio Library Link: https://youtu.be/e1Xlu4xM1jg © License: CCA 4.0 : https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...  
21/12/202250 minutes 56 seconds
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E179: MURDER - The Ashland Tragedy (part II)

This week Annie & Johanna conclude the Ashland Tragedy and tell you all you need to know about the trials agains George Ellis, William Neal and Ellis Craft, and all the mayhem that came with it.
14/12/20221 hour 12 minutes 5 seconds
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E178: MURDER - The Ashland Tragedy (part I)

In the early morning hours of Christmas Eve, 1881, a terrible fire devastated the community of Ashland, Kentucky. But their sorrow turned to outrage when they realized three teenagers had not perished tragically in a fire, but had been the victims of something much more sinister…
07/12/202256 minutes 59 seconds
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E177: MYSTERY -The Hotel del Coronado (part II)

In Part 2 Annie discusses the theories of who the woman found dead at the Hotel Del Coronado might be, based on what little evidence we have. Lottie Bernard? Lizzie Wylie? Kate Morgan?  Someone else, entirely? Some of the impressive paranormal activity at the hotel is also discussed.
30/11/20221 hour 1 minute 24 seconds
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E176: MYSTERY - The Hotel del Coronado (part I)

The Hotel Del Coronado, is the largest wooden Victorian resort hotel in the world. On Thanksgiving Day, 1892 a beautiful young woman checked in, using the unaccompanied ladies entrance. Five days later, her lifeless body was found on the steps leading to the beach. This was only the beginning of a series of baffling clues; who was this woman, and how did she come to such a sad end? Today we discuss the incomparable Hotel Del, from its inception and construction to the most infamous, (but not the only) mystery whose secrets she keeps to this day.
23/11/20221 hour 3 minutes 31 seconds
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E175: MURDER - Lowell Lee Andrews

Today we discuss Lowell Lee Andrews- a bright university student, and beloved son of a happy family living in Kansas. On Thanksgiving day, 1958, he murdered his father William, his mother Opal, and his sister, Jennie Marie, for reasons sure to infuriate you as much as they do us. 
16/11/202253 minutes 30 seconds
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E174: MURDER - Luise Weiss

December 1910 in Vienna: a janitor makes a gruesome discovery. Who murdered the 40 year old women and dismembered her, and why? Johanna tells you about the murder of Luise Weiss, commited by her "friend", Marie Bartunek   This week's sponsor: The Art of Crime Podcast .https://www.artofcrimepodcast.com/
09/11/202246 minutes 52 seconds
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E173: Halloween Special 2022

26/10/202258 minutes 42 seconds
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E172: Have You Checked the Candy?

Today we discuss how the idea of tainted Halloween candy became such a popular urban legend, and how a few specific terrible incidents have fueled this myth over the decades. First, a woman who snapped after too many teenagers rang her bell, and second we discuss the truly terrible story of the death of 8 year old Timothy O’ Bryan on Halloween night in 1974.
19/10/202256 minutes 21 seconds
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E171: A Fresh Hell Guide to Vampires

Today we take a look at the history of vampires, the various categories of vampire, and how to survive an attack, should you happen to catch the eye of one. Join us for a more light hearted look at the history of the Vampire in literature and lore, as we celebrate the ancient legend of the Vampire.
12/10/202250 minutes 42 seconds
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E170: The Poltergeist Curse

To begin spooky season, we discuss the alleged curse of the hit horror film Poltergeist. With ghastly rumors and more than one tragic death, there is plenty of fuel for the curse theory…but was there really a curse? You decide…
05/10/202259 minutes 23 seconds
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E169: MACABRE - Relax...It’s Not Brain Surgery!

This week we are talking about a couple of surgeries in history that will make you go "Oh, boy!". We talk about King Louis XIV and his dental problems and men who were not scared of cutting themselves open. 
14/09/202256 minutes 30 seconds
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E168: MURDER - Another New England Serial Killer (part II)

In the conclusion of this tragic story, we discuss the murders of Isabella and John Joyce in woods that are now part of Boston’s Arnold Arboretum, and the terrible murder of 13 year old Georgianna Lovering in Northwood, New Hampshire. Was the right person hanged for these crimes, or did someone get away with murder?  
07/09/20221 hour 15 seconds
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E167: MURDER - Another New England Serial Killer (part I)

1850, a 5 year old child is taken from her home in Derry, New Hampshire. 1862, 9 year old Lura Vellie Libby does not arrive at her Sunday School. Her body is found the next day near her family’s farm in Maine. 1865 in Boston, siblings Isabella and John Joyce leave their grandmothers house in the South End, to play in some nearby woods, and are never heard from again. Their bodies are found in Bussey’s Woods, their injuries are horrific. Northwood, New Hampshire, in 1872, 13 year old Georgina Lovering is murdered, but the killer is close…could he be responsible for all of these terrible crimes? Today Annie discusses Part 1 of this 2 part episode. Could these crimes be connected to those we discussed in Episodes 80&81?
31/08/202251 minutes 25 seconds
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E166: MACABRE - Maria Elena Milagro de Hoyos

Today we discuss the bizarre and disturbing fate of Maria Elena Milagro de Hoyos, at the hands of Carl Tanzler, her would be suitor and probably fraudulent doctor, who was also a definitely fraudulent Count. Could he possibly cure the beautiful young Cuban American woman of her tuberculosis, in 1930s Key West? 
17/08/20221 hour 5 minutes 53 seconds
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E165: MURDER - Nell Cropsey (part II)

Today we discuss the trial, the contents of a very mysterious letter, various theories and rumors surrounding the case. We’ll also touch on the ghost of Nell, who may haunting the house near the river, where she had been so happy.
10/08/202244 minutes 30 seconds
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E164: MURDER - Nell Cropsey (part I)

Annie and Johanna talk about the tragic murder of a young woman that took place in Elizabeth City, NC in 1901. Was it a case of intimate partner violence or was someone else the culprit?
03/08/202248 minutes 19 seconds
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E163: MACABRE -Rollercoaster Accidents (part II)

In part two we discuss post-war coaster accidents. The catastrophic Battersea Big Dipper Rollercoaster crash in 1972 London that took the lives of five children. In 1986 West Edmonton Mall featured an awesome indoor coaster, called the Mind Bender, which derailed, killing three young adults and forever scarring a fourth. And we look at the incidents involving the Treetop Twister at Lightwater Valley amusement park, which killed one young adult and seriously injured a child before closing.
27/07/202245 minutes 45 seconds
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E162: MACABRE -Rollercoaster Accidents (part I)

After ruining Water Parks, bridges and swimming in the ocean, Annie and Johanna are setting out to ruin rollercoasters for you. Learn everything you need to know about the history of the beloved rides and the most horrible rollercoaster accidents.   Please vote for us in the People's Choice Podcast Awards: www.podcastawards.com
20/07/202247 minutes 45 seconds
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E161: MYSTERY - The Disappearance of Owen Parfitt

Owen Parfitt seemed to live a fairly simple life, with his sister, who kept house in the market town of Shepton Millet, not far from Bath and Glastonbury, UK. There were rumors about how he made his money, of course, but as he grew older he began to lose the use of his legs, and his sister cared for him…until one day, in the middle of a conversation with his sister, he vanished, without a trace. Had the devil himself abducted Owen?    Please vote for us in the People's Choice Podcast Awards: www.podcastawards.com
13/07/202243 minutes 54 seconds
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E160: MYSTERY -The Enfield Monster

It was in April of 1973 in rural Illinois, when someone, or....something tried to get into the house of Henry McDaniel. What was the hairy, three-legged creature he saw that night?   Please vote for us in the People's Choice Podcast Awards: www.podcastawards.com
06/07/202245 minutes 45 seconds
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E159: The Göhrde Murders (part II) - Birgit Meier

It was the late 1980s and someone was murdering couples in Germany, with bodies being found on what should be lovely forest paths. Today Johanna concludes the baffling and eerie story of the Göhrde murders, reminding us that you never know what sort of terrible secrets may be buried in the yard…
29/06/202251 minutes 30 seconds
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E158: The Göhrde Murders (part I)

Johanna tells Annie about the very creepy and disturbing Göhrde murders which took place in Germany in the late 1980s. Who was murdering couples, and was there a connection to a similar case that took place in Wales? Listen to this episode to hear about the horrible murders of Peter & Ursula Reinold, Ingrid Warmbier & Bernd-Michael Köpping, as well es Gwenda & Peter Dixon. All of these cases stayed unsolved for far too long!
22/06/202255 minutes 36 seconds
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E157: MURDER - The Phantom of Heilbronn

In 2007 two police officers are shot in their car, only one survives. The police search for a mysterious woman, who's DNA is not only found at this location, but on more than 40 other crime scenes during a span of 15 years. But who is this criminal mastermind, and is she responsible for the murder of officer Michèle Kiesewetter and 5 others? Or is someone else the culprit?
01/06/202241 minutes 46 seconds
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E156: MURDER - The Hamburg Rubble Murderer

The winter of 1947 was particularly brutal for war-torn Hamburg, Germany. Struggling to rebuild from the bombings that left the city desperate for food and fuel, residents are shocked when a nude body is found in the rubble. But it was just the first of several baffling murders that remain unsolved to this day. Johanna tells Annie everything about these haunting crimes, and we discuss various theories relating to the case of the "Hamburger Trümmermörder"
25/05/202258 minutes 21 seconds
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E155: MYSTERY - The 27 Club (part II) Jimi Hendrix

The life and untimely death of Jimi Hendrix is discussed, as are the many, many conspiracy theories and legends surrounding this pioneering artist.
18/05/20221 hour 4 minutes 6 seconds
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E154: MYSTERY - The 27 Club (part I)

Today we discuss the lives and deaths of Robert Johnson, King of the Delta Blues, and Brian Jones, founding member of The Rolling Stones. Did Robert Johnson make a deal with the Devil at the crossroads? Did Brian Johnson truly die of misadventure, or was there a more sinister explanation for his untimely death? Join us, and let us know what you think!          
04/05/202251 minutes 5 seconds
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E153: What a Time to be Alive

Today we discuss some of the worst times in history to be alive. From massive volcanic eruptions, and the "Year Without a Summer", to smallpox toppling empires-join us as we discuss periods in history that were quite a time to survive.     
27/04/202248 minutes 19 seconds
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E152: MACABRE - The Highgate Vampire

Highgate Cemetery in London, once the resting place for wealthy Victorian families, was the scene for the biggest Vampire hunt in Great Britain in the 20th century. This story has everything: Victorian tombs, apparitions, vampires, magic duels, voodoo dolls, headless bodies and a lifelong feud.
20/04/202245 minutes 8 seconds
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E151: MURDER - Nicholas Markowitz (part II)

Today we conclude our episode about the tragic, senseless and horrific murder of 15 year old Nicholas Markowitz, after being kidnapped by Jesse James Hollywood, over a debt.   
13/04/202253 minutes
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E150: MURDER - Nicholas Markowitz (part I)

Nicholas Markowitz was a bright, sensitive and fun kid who loved reading, and the theater program at his school in West Hills, California. The 15 year old also loved his family, including his older half brother, Ben. Today we discuss some of the background leading up to the kidnapping and senseless murder after getting involved with the seedy side of the local drug scene. This tragic murder is the true story behind the film, "Alpha Dog".
06/04/202251 minutes 49 seconds
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E149: MURDER - Malvina Krutz

We discuss a brazen murder in Indianapolis, that was overshadowed by the capture of Charles Starkweather on the same day. Annie discusses the chilling and still unsolved case of Malvina Krutz. This tragic and unsettling unsolved murder of loving mother, in her own home, in broad daylight in 1958 has both of us wondering who could have done this, and why? 
30/03/202257 minutes 38 seconds
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E148: The Chateau Marmont (part II)

Today we are telling you more stories from the infamous Hollywood hideout. This time we will talk about Billy Wilder, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, John Belushi, Elizabeth Taylor & Montgomery Clift, Natalie Wood, and James Dean
23/03/202252 minutes 24 seconds
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E147: The Chateau Marmont (part I)

In part one of two, we discuss the history of this iconic Los Angeles ‘home away from home’ for Hollywood’s elite, and talk about the hotel's connection to the original blonde bombshell, Jean Harlow, and the infamous eccentric billionaire, Howard Hughes.  
16/03/202250 minutes 54 seconds
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E146: MURDER - Sarah Ware

Today Annie takes us to Maine, where the founding of Bucksport, and the cursed tomb of Col. Jonathan Buck are discussed, as is the case of the 1898 murder of Sarah Ware, whose tragic unsolved murder may explain the ghost haunting Silver Lake.  
09/03/202255 minutes 12 seconds
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E145: MACABRE - Quicksand

As children many of us believed quicksand was a common peril, but how common is quicksand, really? How does it work? How often does it kill, and how do you actually die? Most importantly, what do you do if YOU find yourself in quicksand? Those questions will be answered in this episode.  
23/02/202242 minutes 57 seconds
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E144: Wilhelm Voigt - Der Hauptmann von Köpenick

In this episode Johanna tells Annie about Wilhelm Voigt, who in 1906 posed as a Prussian officer and looted a town treasury in Prussia. He will forever be remembered as the "Bogus Captain of Koepenick"!   Outro: Preußens Gloria by Johann Gottfried Piefke (1815–1884)
16/02/202242 minutes 47 seconds
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E143: The Fox Sisters (part II)

Today we finish our discussion on the Fox Sisters, their lives, loves and deaths, as well as how the new religion of spiritualism was shaped in New York's Western frontier. Were the sisters truly able to contact spirits on the side, or was it one of the greatest hoaxes of the Victorian era?
09/02/202248 minutes 16 seconds
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E142: The Fox Sisters (part I)

Today we discuss the Fox Sisters, two young mediums whose abilities to commune with the dead sparked the modern spiritualist movement in Western New York in the mid 1800s. Today we discuss their early history. Also discussed is the tragic death of Benjamin Pierce, and the shadow it cast upon his father, 14th President of the United States,  Franklin Pierce, and the Pierce presidency.
02/02/202248 minutes 38 seconds
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E141: MURDER - Anna Augustin

Johanna tells Annie about a lesser known, but shockingly tragic Austrian case-the brutal murder of Anna Augustin by Josefine Luner. A young woman learns that sometimes the darkest, most deprived minds are hiding behind mansion walls…  
26/01/202245 minutes 42 seconds
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E140: The Kelly Hopkinsville Encounter

On a hot night in the summer of 1955, a family on a farm in rural Kentucky was terrorized by small, glowing, pointy eared creatures. Sometimes referred to as the Hopkinsville Goblins or the Kelly Green Men, Annie discusses the events of this harrowing close encounter.
19/01/20221 hour 11 minutes 31 seconds
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E139: The Kidnapping of Frank Shirley

For many, Christmas is a special time to spend with loved ones. Making new memories preparing food, wrapping gifts, and festively decorating the home for the holidays. But for some, the pressure to host a perfect family Christmas celebration can push one to the breaking point. Frank Shirley was the unfortunate victim of such a man. Today we discuss his shocking kidnapping, the motives behind it, and the eventual resolution.   This episode is sponsored by www.bestfiends.com
22/12/202138 minutes 23 seconds
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E138: Marguerite de Carrouges (part II)

In the second and final part about Marguerite de Carrouges Annie and Johanna are telling you all about the infamous trial by combat that took place on 29. December 1386.  
15/12/202151 minutes 59 seconds
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E137: Marguerite de Carrouges (Part I)

In the midst of the 100 years war a woman is determined to fight the men who wronged her, even if it could cost her her life. Annie is back and this week the both are telling you all about Marguerite and Jean de Carrouges.
08/12/202147 minutes 1 second
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E136: MURDER - Ulrich Nacken

A young man spends a fun night at a discotheque, but he will never return home alive again. What happens in this cold January night is a senseless crime and a more senseless death. Johanna tells you about the murder of Ulrich Nacken, that teaches us all a lesson in civil courage!
24/11/202130 minutes
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E135: MYSTERY - The Kentucky Meat Shower

One early March day in 1876 raw meat started to fall from the sky in rural Kentucky. What caused this incident? Was it a bad omen? And most importantly: Would you try to eat mystery meat that rained down on you?
17/11/202138 minutes 12 seconds
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E134:MURDER - The Wineville Chicken Coop Murders part II

This week we are talking about the probable fate of Walter Collins, as well as the kidnapping of Lewis and Nelson Winslow and several other children, who are unfortunately unknown to this day. Responsible for their brutal murders is a man named Gordon Stewart Northcott
10/11/202158 minutes 22 seconds
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E133: MURDER - The Wineville Chicken Coop Murders (part I): Walter Collins

In part one we discuss the incredible story of a missing boy, Walter Collins, and what his mother, Christine suffered in her desperate attempts to find her son in 1920s Los Angeles. 
03/11/202152 minutes 49 seconds
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E132: Halloween Special 2021

27/10/202159 minutes 40 seconds
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E131: MACABRE - Hey....What‘s that in the Bushes?!

In the penultimate episode of the most macabre month of the year, we’re talking monsters. Two of our favorite Cryptids, the Dover Demon of Massachusetts and the Jersey Devil of New Jersey are discussed.    
20/10/202146 minutes 53 seconds
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E130: MACABRE - Cursed Objects

Spooky season continues, and today we discuss some of the most famous curses in history.  We talk about the history of India’s Koh-i-Noor diamond, the sacred site of Uluru, the car that ended James Dean’s life, and a deadly chair.   This episode is sponsored by Best Fiends: www.bestfiends.com
13/10/202154 minutes 37 seconds
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E129: MACABRE - Urban Legends

Today we’re talking about Urban Legends…the lies we tell for the thrill of a scare. Annie & Johanna share the creepiest, most hair raising tales of terror from around the world for the first episode in the spookiest month. So sit back, relax…and don’t forget to check the backseat!
06/10/202142 minutes 56 seconds
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E128: MURDER - Katharina Fellner

In the summer of 1928 workers find the burning body of a woman in a Viennese park. Who is the victim and who murdered her? And is this really an unsolved case? This week Johanna tells you the story of Katharina Fellner who was murdered at the Lainzer Tiergarten
29/09/202136 minutes 34 seconds
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E127: Jack the Snipper

In early 1917, the people of Wilkes-Barre, PA were terrified by a attacker who was stalking young women and cutting off locks of their hair. Fear turned to hysteria as young women and girls received terrifying letters warning them they would be next, their hair often cut at the scalp. Would police catch the person responsible for these bizarre and well planned attacks? Join us and we’ll tell you everything. 
22/09/202147 minutes 58 seconds
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E126: MURDER - Mary Catherine Edwards

Mary Catherine Edwards was a beautiful, beloved second grade teacher. Her brutal murder in 1995 was devastating for her friends and family, and shocked her hometown Beaumont, Texas. The case was cold for 26 years until just recently, when a DNA match through an ancestry site gave detectives their first lead.    This episode is sponsored by Best Fiends: www.bestfiends.com
15/09/202138 minutes 52 seconds
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E125:MURDER - Grace Mae Brown

Grace Mae Brown was the bright beautiful daughter of a family who ran a dairy farm in South Otselic, NY. Today Annie tells us about her cold blooded murder in the beautiful Adirondacks, and the sensational trial that followed.    Outro: Arthur Collins "Bill Baley, Won't You Please Come Home?" (1902)
08/09/20211 hour 7 minutes 6 seconds
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E124: MURDER - Pauline Picard

In the Spring of 1922, a family living on a picturesque farm in France was devastated when their lovely 2 year old daughter went missing one day, in broad daylight. A month later the grieving family had a visit from the police who came with a photograph and news that their daughter had been found in Cherbourg. Was this a miracle, or was there a much darker explanation? Johanna tells us the shocking story of Pauline Picard, and it’s one that’ll keep Annie up for a while.
25/08/202155 minutes 42 seconds
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E123: The Chowchilla Kidnapping (Part II)

Today Annie completes the story of the school bus full of children who were kidnapped, and buried alive in a remote area in California’s Alameda County.
18/08/20211 hour 1 minute 31 seconds
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E122: The Chowchilla Kidnapping (Part I.)

1976, Chowchilla, California: a school bus with 26 children and the driver on board just vanishes on a hot summer day. Annie tells us the story of the Chowchilla Kidnapping.   This episode is sponsored by Best Fiends: www.bestfiends.com
11/08/202150 minutes 1 second
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E121: Listeners' Stories

Today we read some of our favorite listener stories. These Hellions made us laugh and cry, and today we are sharing their stories with you!
04/08/202143 minutes 13 seconds
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E120: Humbug Billy & the Bradford Sweets Poisoning

Sugar can be a real killer, but usually not quite like this… We discuss the 1858 mass poisoning of more than 200 people in Bradford, England. The deadly consequences when an inert is accidentally replaced with arsenic, and the tragic aftermath.
28/07/202143 minutes 14 seconds
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E119: MURDER -Lieutenant Colonel Roos

Johanna tells Annie about the brutal murder of a retired army officer, that took place in Mönchengladbach in 1906. Once again gredd is the motive for a crime!
21/07/202140 minutes 42 seconds
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E118: MURDER - Evelyn Grace Hartley

Evelyn Grace Hartley was a 15 year old girl, who was abducted in 1953 while babysitting, in Lacrosse, Wisconsin. Annie tells Johanna the details of this terrifying, baffling, still unsolved case.
14/07/20211 hour 1 minute
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E117: St. Stephen's Cathedral

We have a lot of differences, but we both love the beauty, art, architecture and macabre aspects that come when visiting a historic place of worship, and today Johanna tells Annie about the famous St. Stephen’s cathedral in Vienna. This magnificent building’s mosaic tile roof might first catch your eye, but join us as Johanna tells us the fascinating and macabre history of this architectural treasure.
07/07/202147 minutes 57 seconds
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E116: Reincarnation

Today we discuss two cases of Reincarnation that we find particularly compelling. A child in America with memories of his death as a navy pilot in World War 2 is discussed, as well as the story of a woman from the, UK who used hypnosis to help retrieve childhood memories, and track down the surviving children in Ireland she felt she abandoned, when she died in a past life.
30/06/202142 minutes 10 seconds
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E115: MURDER - Lucie Berlin

Johanna tells Annie about the devastating and infuriating murder of 8 year old Lucie Berlin. The trial was also notable, as some of the blood evidence presented in court was a first in the history of forensics
23/06/202151 minutes 22 seconds
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Bonus: Lady of the Dunes Follow Up feat Crimelines

We are back, this week with a bonus episode: Annie had the great pleasure to be a guest on Crimelines, True Crime. Charlie and Annie talk about the new developments in the mysterious case of the Lady of the Dunes. Will we soon learn the true identity of this unforgotten Jane Doe?
16/06/202153 minutes 8 seconds
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E114: MACABRE - The Afterlives of the Six Wives of Henry VIII.

We talked about their lives, and deaths. But what happened to Katherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Katherine Parr after their deaths? This week we talk about their funerals, or lack thereof, and the places they allegedly haunt. And did they, in fact, rest in peace?
26/05/20211 hour 1 minute 20 seconds
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E113: Travel the World with Fresh Hell

As some of you are starting to plan for future trips, we thought we could give you a few travel suggestions. From haunted hotels to the Door to Hell, we got you covered. This episode is sponsored by Best Fiends: www.bestfiends.com
19/05/202151 minutes 9 seconds
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E112: Kyu Sakamoto & Flight JL123

This week Johanna tells Annie all about a Japanese singer, who landed a smash hit all around the world with his first solo single, and also about his tragic death in the deadliest single aircraft accident, that caused the death of 520 people. Link to flight voice recorder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xfh9-ogUgSQ
12/05/202153 minutes 21 seconds
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E111: Things That Make You Go HMMM

This week we take a look at some of the lighter spookier coincidences we know of.  Did Mark Twin predict his own death?  What are the coincidences between Lincoln & Kennedy? How does nature vs. nurture play a role in the story of the Jim Twins? Can Sir Anthony Hopkins please confirm a rumor about his role in the Girl From Peteovska, starring Goldie Hawn? We'll look at these coincidences and more in this episode, which is much lighter and chattier compared to our usual episodes. You've been warned!  
05/05/202143 minutes 7 seconds
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E110: MYSTERY - The Beast of Gévaudan

This week Johanna tells Annie the story of the Beast of Gévaudan, who is thought to be responsible for over 100 deaths. But what, or who, was this creature that haunted the remote French region in the middle of the 18th century?
28/04/202155 minutes 19 seconds
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E109:MURDER - Grayce Asquith

Known as the ‘Merry Widow of Weymouth,’ by the police who were occasionally called to end parties, Grayce Asquith was a woman who had survived a lot of loss, but had found happiness again, only to be brutally murdered and dismembered, at the age of 41. John Lyons, the man she intended to marry, was missing, and nowhere to be found... join us as we discuss the Murder of Grayce Asquith and the disappearance of John Lyons.
21/04/202150 minutes
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E108: MYSTERY - The Disappearance of Dorothy Arnold

This is considered to be the first high profile missing person case of the US. What happened to New York socialite Dorothy Arnold, who disappeared in December of 1910, after she bought a box of chocolate?   This episode is brought to you by Best Fiends: www.bestfiends.com
14/04/202138 minutes 51 seconds
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E107: The Disaster of Los Alfaques

31/03/202153 minutes 49 seconds
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E106: MURDER - Keddie Cabin 28/ The Sharp & Wingate Murders (part II)

This is part two of a two part episode covering the unsolved 1981 murders that rocked a small Northern California town, the former Keddie resort. Annie tells Johanna about Glenna Sue Sharp and her five kids. Their dream of starting a fresh life had come true, but they were only there for five months when they were the victims of unspeakable violence. Several family members and a family friend were brutally murdered. This week, we talk new evidence, confessions, theories and conspiracy theories...
24/03/20211 hour 1 minute 43 seconds
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E105: MURDER - Keddie Cabin 28 / The Sharp & Wingate Murders(part I)

This is part one of a two part episode covering the unsolved 1981 murders that rocked a small Northern California town, the former Keddie resort. Annie tells Johanna about Sue Sharp and her five kids. Their dream of starting a fresh life had come true, but they were only there for five months when they were the victims of unspeakable violence. Several family members and a family friend were brutally murdered. Next week, we talk evidence, confessions, theories and conspiracy...
17/03/20211 hour 6 minutes 58 seconds
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E104: MYSTERY - The Lighthouse keepers of Eilean Mòr

Johanna and Annie discuss the events surrounding the disappearance of three lighthouse keepers on a desolate island off the windswept coast of Scotland. Was there a supernatural force at play, or a more pragmatic explanation? Join us as we discuss the theories and please share your own thoughts with us as we discuss this enduring mystery.
10/03/202150 minutes 33 seconds
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E103: Mathias Kneißl

Johanna tells Annie the story of Mathias Kneißl, a Bavarian folk legend from the 1800’s. How did this accordion playing carpenter become a killer, and wanted man? Did he manipulate the system, or was he a victim of it?             
03/03/202150 minutes
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E102: Divorced, Beheaded, Survived - The Six Wives of Henry VIII.(part II)

In today's episode we are discussing the lives and deaths of wives 4, 5 & 6: Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Katherine Parr
24/02/202150 minutes 42 seconds
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E101: Divorced, Beheaded, Died - The Six Wives of Henry VIII. (part I)

Today Annie & Johanna cover the highlights of the lives and deaths of the six women who married King Henry VIII. In today’s episode we’ll discuss Katherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, and what King Henry was really like.
17/02/20211 hour 10 minutes 1 second
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E100: Happy 100th Episode

Today we’re celebrating our 100th episode by sharing some of your stories of murder, mystery and the macabre. CW: this episode touched on suicide, addiction, and other difficult topics, listener discretion is advised!
10/02/202139 minutes 57 seconds
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E99: MURDER - Sylvia Likens (part II)

Today we conclude the Sylvia Likens case by telling you about the abuse and torture she suffered during the weeks leading up to her death. We also discuss the trial that followed and the aftermath. This episode is particularly difficult to listen to!
03/02/202156 minutes 27 seconds
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E98: MURDER - Sylvia Likens (part I)

This case is still considered to be one of the most horrendous crimes in the State of Indiana. In 1965, 16 year old Sylvia Likens had to endure months of torture and abuse by a woman who was supposed to take care of her. But Gertrude Baniszewski was not the only one involved in this murder
27/01/202145 minutes 5 seconds
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E97: MURDER - Anna Regina Evans Skeeters

Annie tells Johanna about a long forgotten murder on the beautiful island of Bermuda. This is a tragic case of domestic abuse and murder, at the hands of her husband, Edward Skeeters...perhaps with a supernatural twist? You decide if it was coincidence or something unexplained that gave the lovely, kind Anna the justice she deserved, but never had while she was alive.
20/01/202147 minutes 22 seconds
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E96: MURDER - Graeme Thorne

When the Thorne family, of Bondi, won the 10th Opera House lottery their lives changed overnight.  But instead of a dream come true that helped their hardworking family, the lotto win quickly became a nightmare when their 8 year old son, Graeme was taken on his way to school. The kidnapping of Graeme Thorne shocked Syndey, Australia and for children growing up at this time, things would never be quite the same again.
13/01/20211 hour 5 minutes 8 seconds
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E95: MURDER - Hugo Schenk

Johanna takes Annie back to the Habsburg era, to discuss one of Austria’s serial killers, Hugo Schenk. This imposter, con-man and murderer was charming, brutal and ruthless, and he didn’t work alone. Most infuriating? His motive.       This eispde is sponsored by Best Fiends: www.bestfiends.com
06/01/202151 minutes 11 seconds
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E94: MACABRE -In the Year 2020

In this episode we read back through some of the top headlines of 2020, most of which are...not good. We discuss some of the major events in a particularly awful year and conclude with some of the more interesting New year's traditions around the world. Join us and remember everything we survived this year
30/12/202044 minutes 3 seconds
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E93: Harold Lyme & Marvin Murchins

What started as a run of the mill burglary on Christmas Eve would end in one of the most violent attacks this small town in Illinois would ever witness. Soon the question would be: Who is the hunter and who is the prey?! Talking about children with violent tendencies is never easy, especially during the holidays, but today Annie & Johanna discuss the victims of a devious, duplicitous child in a very affluent small town, just before Christmas!   Outro by: Carol Of The Bells by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Artist: http://audionautix.com/
23/12/202048 minutes 4 seconds
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E92: MYSTERY - The Sodder Family

It was Christmas Eve 1945, when a fire destroyed the home of George and Jennie Sodder, where they lived with their 10 children. The remains of 5 of their children could not be found. What happened to Maurice, Martha, Louis, Jennie and Betty.   This episode is brought to you by https://www.springrooskin.com/
16/12/20201 hour 6 minutes 31 seconds
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E91: MURDER - The Lawson Family

It was on Christmas Day 1929, when Charles D. Lawson went on a 20 min killing spree, that resulted in the death of almost his entire family. What had caused this horrendous crime?   This episode is sponsored by Best Fiends: www.bestfiends.com   Outro: "The Murder of the Lawson Family" by Carolina Buddies
09/12/202049 minutes 41 seconds
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E90: MACABRE -Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones

This week we discuss some of the more disturbing early medical treatments, how witches played a role in healing, and why you might want to spend some quality time neck deep in a whale carcass. From early forms of contraception and abortion to literally blowing smoke up your arse, we’ll discuss it, in this episode, which is sure to be the first in a series...
02/12/202050 minutes 54 seconds
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E89: Madeleine McCann (part II)

Today Annie & Johanna conclude their discussion of the Madeleine McCann case. We travel from the UK to Portugal and finally to Germany, where Madeleine’s likely killer is behind bars for an unrelated crime. We discuss the ‘man’ the German authorities refer to as Christian B, his disturbing criminal past, and share our final thoughts on this tragic case.   This week's sponsor is Lulubug Jewelry, visit www.lulubugjewelry.net and get 10% off your purchase with the promo code KEEPGOING This week, for Black Friday, get 10% off in our merchstore https://teespring.com/en/stores/fresh-hell-podcast with the promo code OPUS
25/11/202058 minutes 8 seconds
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E88: MYSTERY - Madeleine McCann (part I)

In a departure from their more usual episodes, Annie and Johanna discuss the 2007 disappearance of British 3 year old, Madeleine McCann, while her family were on holiday in Portugal.
18/11/20201 hour 4 minutes 15 seconds
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E87: MURDER - Ernst Karl

This week Johanna tells Annie about an Austrian police officer, forced to use his weapon on the job. But this was no simple officer involved shooting.  You will also learn, how this case ties in with last week's episode, the murder of Ilse Moschner. This story is sad and dark!
11/11/202038 minutes 1 second
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E86: MURDER - Ilse Moschner

A woman finds a bundle of bones wrapped up in paper in a trash can and this starts one of the most horrible Austrian cases. Johanna tells Annie about the murder of a young woman by a man named Johann Rogatsch. Be warned: this is not for the faint of heart.  
04/11/202052 minutes 17 seconds
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E85: Halloween Special

In this, our second annual Halloween episode, we share our own and our listener's stories of the unexplained, the weird, the inspiring, and of course, the spooky...
28/10/20201 hour 14 seconds
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E84: MURDER - Coincidence or Fate in Erdington?

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...
21/10/202059 minutes 7 seconds
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E83: MACABRE - She Sees Spooky Sailing Ships

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.
14/10/202050 minutes 38 seconds
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E82: MURDER - Have You Checked the Children? The Murders of Marylou Jenkins & Janett Christman

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. 
07/10/202048 minutes 8 seconds
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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!
30/09/202042 minutes 36 seconds
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Episode 80: MURDER - Was it a Serial Killer? (part II)

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
23/09/202051 minutes 50 seconds
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Episode 79: MURDER - Was it a Serial Killer? (part I)

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 www.bestfiends.com
16/09/202037 minutes 1 second
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E78: MYSTERY - The Galapagos Affair (part II)

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? 
09/09/202045 minutes 14 seconds
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E77:MYSTERY - The Galapagos Affair (part I)

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.
02/09/202043 minutes 25 seconds
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E76: MACABRE- The Empire State Building

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!  
26/08/202049 minutes 13 seconds
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E75: MACABRE - Medieval Torture

Today Annie and Johanna discuss the many ways you might be tortured to death in medieval times. Meet the Iron Maiden, the Spanish Donkey, the Scavenger's Daughter and many more
19/08/202049 minutes 17 seconds
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E74: MURDER - Cam Lyman

Annie tells Johanna about the tragic, unsolved murder of millionaire championship dog breeder, Cam Lyman. A member of one of the elite Boston Brahmin families, Cam was only 54 when he was killed, likely killed by someone he knew, and trusted.   This episode is sponsored by www.podcorn.com
12/08/202044 minutes 49 seconds
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E73: 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
05/08/202027 minutes 20 seconds
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E72: MACABRE - Waterpark Tragedies (part II) incl Action Park

Annie discusses the tragic death of Caleb Schwab on Schlitterbahn’s Verrückt Waterslide in Kansas City, Kansas. Also covered is Action Park in Vernon, New Jersey, the water park with so many injuries, they had to buy new ambulances for the local hospital.
29/07/202055 minutes 37 seconds
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E71: MACABRE - Waterpark Tragedies

Johanna & Annie talk about some of the worst water park tragedies. Starting with the invention of the waterslide in New Zealand, we talk about the tragic deaths of guests in wave pools, the deaths of Hayley Williams in Wales and Lori Mason-Larez in California, the horrific New Taipei Water Park fire and the devastating River Rapids accident in Dreamworld, Australia
22/07/202036 minutes 45 seconds
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E70: 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.
15/07/202054 minutes 47 seconds
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E69: MURDER - Peggy Andrews

Annie tells Johanna about the brutal unsolved murder of 19 year old co-ed Peggy Andrews in Columbus, Ohio
08/07/202044 minutes 20 seconds
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E68: MURDER - Jack Unterweger (part II)

Today Johanna tells Annie the rest of the horrific details of the crimes of (alleged) serial killer, Jack Unterweger, who murdered women in Europe and the United States. Do you think he’s guilty?   This episode is sponsored by www.podcorn.com
01/07/202045 minutes 33 seconds
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E67: 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?   This episode is sponsored by petflow.com
24/06/20201 hour 2 minutes 56 seconds
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E66: MURDER - Jack Unterweger (part I)

This week Johanna tells Annie everything she needs to know about the beginings of the most notorious Austrian serial killer: Jack Unterweger
17/06/202037 minutes 14 seconds
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E65: MURDER - Gay Gibson

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.
10/06/202052 minutes 28 seconds
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E64: 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
27/05/202044 minutes 59 seconds
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E63: MURDER - Theresia Kandl

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.
20/05/202045 minutes 25 seconds
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E62: 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...
13/05/202056 minutes 47 seconds
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E61: MYSTERY - Lars Mittank

In 2014 the 28 year old German tourist Lars Mittank disappears in Bulgaria and nobody knows what happened to him. What might have started with a fight between soccer fans ended in one of the most mysterious missing person cases. If you have any information about the whereabouts of Lars Mittank, please contact your local authorities , +49 151 61378673,  or visit http://www.findet-lars-mittank.de/
06/05/202050 minutes 25 seconds
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E60: MACABRE - Nova Scotia & The Titanic

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. 
29/04/202043 minutes 24 seconds
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E59: 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!  
22/04/202050 minutes 22 seconds
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E58: 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: www.podcorn.com
15/04/202050 minutes 47 seconds
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E57: MACABRE - The hijacking of FedEx 705

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: www.bestfiends.com    
08/04/202049 minutes 45 seconds
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E56: 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: www.elemis.com/us/freshhell
01/04/202052 minutes 26 seconds
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E55: MURDER - Eva Faschaunerin

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: www.bestfiends.com
25/03/202047 minutes 16 seconds
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E54: MURDER - The Crawford Family Murders

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. Got to www.elemis.com/us/freshhell
18/03/202050 minutes 29 seconds
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E53: MYSTERY - The Bennington Triangle

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: www.bestfiends.com
11/03/202045 minutes 36 seconds
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E52: MYSTERY - The Enfield Poltergeist

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: www.bestfiends.com
04/03/202051 minutes 35 seconds
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E51: MURDER - Gertrude, Walter & Ingrid Altreiter

This week Johanna tells Annie about the life and crimes of the sadistic Austrian spree killer, Werner Kniesek, and the tragic murder of the Altreiter family. Could these murders have been prevented?   This episode is sponsored by Best Fiends: https://bestfiends.com/
26/02/202040 minutes 40 seconds
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E50: MURDER - Villisca (Part II)

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.
19/02/20201 hour 4 minutes 40 seconds
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E49: MURDER - Villisca (Part I)

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 www.podcorn.com
12/02/20201 hour 2 minutes 32 seconds
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E48: MURDER - The Gladbeck Hostage Crisis

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/
05/02/202057 minutes 6 seconds
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E47: MACABRE - Victorian Death Trip (Part II): Bring out the dead

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
29/01/202050 minutes 12 seconds
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E46: MURDER - Barbara Songhurst & Christine Reed

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.    
22/01/202053 minutes 31 seconds
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E45: 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. 
15/01/202042 minutes 29 seconds
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E44: 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.
08/01/202053 minutes 1 second
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E43: MURDER - Dagmar Fuhrich

In 1963 a brutal murder took place in the Viennese Staatsoper. The victim of the crime, that shocked the whole nation, was a 10 year old ballet student. 
01/01/202046 minutes 54 seconds
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E42: 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.
25/12/201946 minutes 23 seconds
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E41: MACABRE - Spontaneous Human Combustion

Wait, is spontaneous combustion really a thing? Annie decides to finally look into the subject of people spontaneously bursting into flame and burning to ash, and she’s going to tell Johanna everything. 
18/12/201947 minutes 42 seconds
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E40: MURDER - Martha Marek

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.  
11/12/201940 minutes 51 seconds
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E39: 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! 
04/12/201948 minutes 2 seconds
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E38: MACABRE - The Cocoanut Grove Fire

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.
27/11/20191 hour 4 minutes 50 seconds
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E37: MURDER - The Greenbrier Ghost

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.
20/11/201948 minutes 36 seconds
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E36: MYSTERY - Aeryn Gillern

In 2007 a young man disappeared in Vienna, never to be seen again. Since then his mother is trying to find answers to the question "What happened to Aeryn Gillern?". 
13/11/201959 minutes 28 seconds
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E35: MURDER - John List, family annihilator

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...
06/11/20191 hour 9 minutes 1 second
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E34: Halloween Special

In this special episode Annie and Johanna talk about their paranormal encounters and read letters sent in by the audience. 
30/10/201949 minutes 51 seconds
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E33: 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.
23/10/201955 minutes 5 seconds
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E32: MURDER - The Hammersmith Ghost Murder

This week Annie tells Johanna the story of the Hammersmith Ghost Murder, a shocking tale of murder and mischief from the early 1800s that may still haunt the area to this day...
16/10/201942 minutes 13 seconds
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E31: MURDER - Armin Meiwes

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.
09/10/201956 minutes 11 seconds
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E30: MACABRE - The Great London Beer Flood

Life in an early 19th century London slum was hell. Until one day, it suddenly became even worse, in the strangest and most surprisingly horrific way. Join us as Annie tells Johanna about the Great London Beer Flood of 1814.
02/10/201937 minutes 13 seconds
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E29: MURDER - Evelyn Nesbit

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.
25/09/20191 hour 19 minutes 50 seconds
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E28: MURDER - Carol & Christopher DiMaiti

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.
18/09/20191 hour 11 minutes 21 seconds
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E27: MYSTERY - Frauke Liebs

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?    
11/09/201944 minutes 59 seconds
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E26: MURDER - Clara Harris & Henry Rathbone

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.  
04/09/201945 minutes 44 seconds
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E25: MYSTERY - The Dyatlov Pass Incident

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.
28/08/20191 hour 20 minutes 17 seconds
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E24: MACABRE - Victorian Death Trip

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!   
21/08/20191 hour 14 minutes 22 seconds
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E23: MURDER - The Horror House of Höxter

Johanna tells Annie about the horror house of Höxter, Germany, where Wilfried and Angelika W. tortured and killed helpless victims. This is an incredibly sad and disturbing tale of abuse and murder. Listener discretion is advised!
14/08/201951 minutes 41 seconds
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E22: MURDER - The Axeman of New Orleans

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 that 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!
07/08/20191 hour 7 minutes 28 seconds
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E21: 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.
31/07/20191 hour 9 minutes 19 seconds
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E20: MURDER - The Lady of the Dunes

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.
24/07/201955 minutes 46 seconds
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E19: MURDER - Fritz Haarmann

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.
17/07/201955 minutes 5 seconds
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E18: 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.
10/07/201941 minutes 22 seconds
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E17: MYSTERY - YOG'TZE

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…
10/07/201942 minutes 15 seconds
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E16: MYSTERY - Rebecca Zahau (Part II)

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?
10/07/20191 hour 20 seconds
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E15: MYSTERY - Rebecca Zahau (Part I)

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?
10/07/201956 minutes 58 seconds
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E14: MACABRE - The Curse of Tutankhamun

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!
10/07/201958 minutes 45 seconds
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E13: MURDER - Karl Denke

This episode is not for the faint of heart! Johanna tells Annie about the grisley case of Karl Denke, one of the most gruesome cannibal cases in Germany.
10/07/201943 minutes 15 seconds
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E12: MYSTERY - Natalee Holloway & Stephany Flores Ramirez

Natalee Holloway vanished on the last night of her graduation trip, on the beautiful island of Aruba. Join us as we discuss her infamous and tragic disappearance, as well as the brutal and senseless murder of Stephany Flores Ramirez, by Joren van der Sloot.
10/07/201958 minutes 1 second
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E11: MURDER - The Papin Sisters

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.
10/07/201938 minutes 55 seconds
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E10: MYSTERY - Zigmund Adamski

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.
10/07/201940 minutes 20 seconds
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E09: MURDER -Hinterkaifeck

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.
10/07/20191 hour 1 minute 11 seconds
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E08: MYSTERY - The Lindbergh Baby (Part II)

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.
10/07/201950 minutes 41 seconds
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E07: MYSTERY - The Lindbergh Baby (Part I)

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.
10/07/201947 minutes 1 second
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E06: MMMHISTORY - The Bounty (Part II)

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.
10/07/201936 minutes 54 seconds
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E05: MMMHISTORY - The Bounty (Part I)

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.
10/07/201939 minutes 36 seconds
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E04: MURDER - Wakefield

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.
10/07/201933 minutes 31 seconds
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E03: MACABRE - The Jersey Maneater

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.
10/07/201953 minutes
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E02: MURDER - Bleistiftmörder

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… 
10/07/201943 minutes 35 seconds
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E01: MURDER - Smuttynose Island

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. 
10/07/201959 minutes 46 seconds
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Fresh Hell Teaser: Introduction

This is an introduction to Fresh Hell, a podcast about murders, mysteries and other harrowing true stories. In this introduction, we tell you a little about who we are and why we love terrible things.
10/07/201929 minutes 51 seconds