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19 minutes | Nov 29, 2022
Depths of Despair: A Murder/Suicide Plot in Iowa
Mary Stewart had died too young, and her husband, William, couldn't stand the grief. Buying a gun, he set into motion plans of murder and suicide. But after telling a neighbor, nothing went the way he expected, resulting in an unbelievable conclusion.
30 minutes | Nov 1, 2022
Experiences With the Beyond: The Halloween 2022 Episode
Happy Halloween, everyone! For our Halloween episode this year, I'll be telling you some personal stories of the paranormal, as well as some from my family and friends. Come with me as we finish out the spooky season and experience the beyond.
20 minutes | Oct 13, 2022
Is This Former Iowa Mortuary Now a Haunted Radio Station?
The Rock and Roll Mansion in Davenport, Iowa, is a former mortuary that's been converted into the current home of many popular local radio stations. Employees over the years swear they have experienced everything from phantom footsteps to full apparitions. Do some spirits remain after their funeral was held in the building?
24 minutes | Sep 24, 2022
Did Dr. William Stoecks Keep His Routine After His Death?
Dr. William Stoecks was a dedicated physician and surgeon, treating countless people throughout his career. He died in 1961. But did he stay in his former home and interact with the college fraternity who bought it?
8 minutes | Sep 7, 2022
What Made Amelia Rohwedder Jump from Her Hospital Window?
Amelia Rohwedder was a middle-aged woman recovering from heart problems. Without reason or warning, she jumped from her fourth-floor window. Why?
11 minutes | Jul 22, 2022
The Abandoned Truck
Ever find yourself in a situation where your instincts scream at you to run? Most of us have. I know I did when I encountered the abandoned truck.
10 minutes | Jul 5, 2022
What Walks the Haunted Halls of Quarters One?
Quarters One has sat on Arsenal Island for 150 years. It's seen politicians, soldiers, and celebrities come and go. But some say that some of them may have never left, and they - or something else - still walk the mansion's halls.
20 minutes | Jun 19, 2022
Man Receives Bomb in Mail; Loses Hand and Part of Arm
James Chapman and his wife, Clementine, had no idea who sent the package to them in late 1922. But when they opened it to find out, one would lose their life and the other's life would be changed forever.
8 minutes | May 31, 2022
Did a Murdered Woman’s Screams Haunt a River Town Home?
Jim Arpy was a veteran reporter who loved a great story, so when a couple approached him about their haunted house, he was intrigued. But was it truly haunted by a murdered woman's dying screams?
24 minutes | May 22, 2022
Pastor's Wives Charred Remains Found in Parsonage Furnace
When Reverend Clarence Sheatsley found his wife, Addie, in the parsonage furnace, he believed that she had committed suicide. The county prosecutor thought that it was murder. What really happened to Addie Sheatsley?
8 minutes | May 7, 2022
Man Uses Train to Sever His Own Head
In this short story, the assembled crowd at the Saunders, Wisconsin train depot that hot summer day of 1907 just wanted to get a train ride. What they got instead was a show that none of them had ever wanted to see - or could ever forget.
7 minutes | Apr 20, 2022
William Engelberg's Wives Commit Suicide Only A Few Years Apart
William Engelberg was probably looking for a better life when he came to America. But his efforts were met with tragedy after two of his wives committed suicide only a few years apart.
28 minutes | Apr 6, 2022
Was the 1962 Crash of Flight 11 An Accident?
In 1962, Continental Airlines Boeing 707 Flight 11 crashed in Unionville, Missouri. It had been hit with enough force that a tornado was originally to blame. But was it really a tragic accident, or had something far more sinister caused the crash?
30 minutes | Mar 23, 2022
Gayno Smith Massacres Five People in Southern Iowa
While investigators were dealing with a devastating plane crash near the Iowa-Missouri Border, they had no idea that a man named Gayno Smith was about to commit one of the most horrific crimes in Iowa history only an hour away.
25 minutes | Mar 7, 2022
Two Mass Murders Claim Iowa Families Only Two Months Apart
As the Great Depression gripped the nation, two mass murders claimed Iowa families only two months apart from each other. The details are as saddening as they are horrifying.
28 minutes | Feb 21, 2022
Who Killed Thaddeus Fancher?
All Thaddeus Fancher wanted to do was have a drink. But when a group of robbers came into the bar, his night would end in death. Who had killed him, and what ties did they have to one of the most vicious killers in prohibition-era Chicago?
33 minutes | Feb 7, 2022
The Accused Poisoner: Bernice Zalimas
In 1924, Bernice Zalimas was accused of poisoning her husband in Chicago, Illinois. But did she really, or was she the victim of vicious rumors?
12 minutes | Jan 24, 2022
Suicide and Steam: A Family Tragedy
During an almost ten-year period, the Botkin family faced two awful tragedies. Today, we take a look at the horrific consequences of suicide and steam.
31 minutes | Dec 8, 2021
The Perfect Crime: The Trial of Dr. Frank Loomis
In this continuation, we find that Dr. Frank Loomis has been freed, apparently innocent of murdering his wife, Grace. But with the discovery of new evidence, Frank would stand trial for first-degree murder. Was he innocent, or would he be found guilty of committing the perfect crime?
23 minutes | Nov 15, 2021
The Perfect Crime: The Murder of Grace Loomis
In 1927, Detroit police were convinced that Dr. Frank Loomis had murdered his wife. Was he innocent, or had he committed what everyone had begun to call the perfect crime?
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