MysteriYES

A comedy mystery podcast in which two friends discuss a weekly mystery.

Charles C Morgan & Ross Wilkens

Charles C Morgan

  • March 22, 1977

  • Charles C Morgan wass a 29 year old escrow agent in Tuscan, Arizona

  • Disappeared on his way to work

    • Seemingly abducted

  • Three days later appeared back home to his wife Ruth

    • Had plastic handcuff around one ankle and regular handcuffs around his hands

    • Couldn’t speak

      • Something in his throat

    • Got pen and paper

      • Wrote that there was a hallucinogenic drug in his throat that could destroy his nervous system.

    • Told wife not to call a doctor or the police

  • Charles told his wife that he was secret agent for the treasury department

    • Abductors took his treasury ID

  • Two months later

    • Charles disappears again

  • Ruth receives a phone call

    • “Chuck is alright. Ecclesiastes 12:1-8”

  • Two days later his body is discovered 40 miles west of Tuscan next to his car.

    • Shot in the back of the head by his own gun

    • Was wearing a bulletproof vest

    • A concealed belt knife

    • Holster

    • Also found a pair of sunglasses on the scene

    • Investigators found several weapons and ammo cache in his car

  • Car had been altered so it could be unlocked from the outside

    • Discovered Morgan’s tooth in the back seat

  • A 2 dollar bill with Spanish names and a map of the US Mexico border was found attached to his underwear

    • Map contained towns with reputations for smuggling

    • Above the names was the words “Ecclesiastes 12” with arrows pointing to 1 and 8 in the bills serial number

  • Also piece of paper with directions to where he was found

    • Not in his handwriting

  • Had only been dead for 12 hours when he was found

    • No fingerprint found on the scene

    • Found gunpowder residue on Morgan’s hand

      • Residue was found on his left hand

  • Officially labeled a suicide

Two days later

  • A woman referred to as “green eyes” contacted the sheriff's department claiming to be the same person who called Morgan’s wife

    • Claimed she had met Morgan in a motel before he died

      • Morgan had been staying in a motel for over a week before he died

    • Claimed Morgan showed her a briefcase with money to buy himself out of a contract the mob put on his life

  • Two men showed up at Ruth Morgan’s house claiming to be from the FBI

    • Flashed badges

    • Tore through the house

    • Left

13 years later

  • A TV show aired about the death

  • Tips to the show indicated that Morgan had been involved in money laundering

    • Morgan kept meticulous records of everything he was doing

Soon after

  • Doug Johnston

    • Abducted and murdered in his Toyota station wagon

    • Gun was at least 12” away from Johnston

      • Shot in the back of the head

  • Don Deavereux

    • Journalist who worked on show about Morgan’s death

    • Lived across the street from the place Dough Johnston’s body was found

    • Also drove a Toyota station wagon

Murder of Ross Wilkens

  • April 25 1943

    • Easter Sunday

  • Ross Wilkens, a 33 year old Mennonite was found in a field outside his home town of Hamilton, Ohio

    • Found face down in a freshly plowed field by a local farmer

    • Strangled and stabbed once in the back just below his shoulder blades

    • A length of piano wire was found

      • Covered in blood from both attacker and victim

  • Field had been cleared the night before

    • Freshly upturned dirt showed two pairs of footprints

      • One large set belonged to Ross

      • Another smaller set presumably belonged to the murderer

        • Smaller set were quite a bit smaller ~size 7 today

        • Also barefoot

    • Whoever had left the smaller footprints had come out of the nearby woods, and walked directly to spot where the confrontation took place

    • There was a struggle

    • The person with the smaller feet fell to their hands and knees, then walked back into the woods

  • Woods were searched but the knife was never found

    • Wilkens had only been dead for 4 hours

  • In the interior pocket of Ross Wilken’s coat was a piece of paper the said “Catherine” with what appeared to be the first few digits of a phone number

    • The paper had been damaged and bloodsoaked

Hamilton, Ohio

  • In the 1920 a lot of Chicago gangsters established 2nd homes in Hamilton

    • Gave the town the name “little Chicago”

    • Because of these men’s investments, there was an active red-light district in Hamilton

  • During WWII (when Wilkens was murdered) the military declared the entire city off-limits to its enlisted personnel

    • Despite this, a long row of prostitution houses along Wood Street in Hilton were notorious among soldiers

  • These houses were a mere two blocks from where Wilkens was compelled to work as a supervisor in a military factory

A fateful kidnapping

  • In 1928 Michael and Catherine Moroney were front and center in a highly publicised case surrounding the disappearance of their 2 year old daughter Mary.

    • The Moroneys were a very poor family who wrote to the needy-family service

    • A woman showed up at their door

      • 22 years old

      • Well dressed

      • Protruding teeth and “cultured” voice

    • Said her name was Julia Otis

    • Offered to take Mary to California, just for a little while

      • Catherine refused

        • Julia gave her $2 and left

    • Next day

      • Julia shows up again claiming to have found a better job for Michael

        • Catherine allowed Julia to take Mary to a nearby store to buy her some new clothes

          • Mary reportedly sobbed and refused to go with Julia

      • The woman never returned

  • Received two letters

    • One from “Julia Otis”

    • One from “Alice Henderson” cousin of Otis

      • Same handwriting

2015

  • A 34 year old woman named Irina McClelland took a DNA test

    • This test was flagged by members of the DNA Doe project, a non-profit initiative that aims to identify John and Jane Does through DNA kits

      • Identified a match between Irina McClelland and the blood found on the piano wire at the scene of Ross Wilkens murder

      • Irina McClelland was a relative of whoever killed Ross Wilkens

  • Irina McClelland is the Great-Granddaughter of Michael and Catherine Moroney

    • Granddaughter of Anastasia Moroney, their younger daughter

Room 348

September 2010

Beaumont TX

Dr. Tommy Brown

  • Greg Fleniken

    • 55 Years Old

    • Heart Attack

  • Small Abrasion Left Cheek

  • Half Inch Laceration On Scrotum

    • Two Broken Ribs

    • Sever Internal Bleeding

    • Damage to Stomach & Liver

    • Hole in Right Atrium

    • Beaten? Crushed?

  • MURDER

Greg Fleniken

  • Owned Oil Land Leasing Business

  • Traveled all the time

  • Routine

    • AC

    • Towel on bed

      • Ashtray

      • Cigs

      • Lighter

      • Blackberry

    • Iron Man 2

    • Stuck by something fell to floor

The Battle of Alesia

Julius Caesar

  • Dissolved Roman Republic

    • Created Roman Empire

  • One of the most famous leaders in history

    • Almost didn’t make it that far

  • Governor of several Roman provinces

    • Northern Italy/Southern France

    • Supposed to be one year term

      • Got 5 years instead

  • Waged Gallic wars

    • Beat back invasions from Gallic tribes

    • Expanded the borders of the Roman empire

  • Holding on to that new territory was tricky

    • Rebellions sprung up

    • 54 BC The Eburones rebelled and defeated a roman army

      • First time a Gallic army defeated a Roman one

      • Inspired further rebellion throughout the empire

    • Soon, more tribes aligned themselves with the Eburones

      • Lay siege to the camp of a Roman nobleman

      • Word was sent to Ceasar

      • Gauls had learned Roman siege techs

    • Caesar immediately marched and defeated the Eburones, but the area he left soon rebelled with even more Gallic tribes

      • This snowballed until almost all of Gaul was in open rebellion

    • Rome sent more troops into the area and Ceasar was able to crush the rebellion

      • Some were allowed to surrender, but other groups were annihilated or forced to starve

    • This inspired a Gallic king, Vercingetorix to rebel

      • Murdered a bunch of Roman citicens

      • Despite having a smaller army, Ceasar beat back his army and trapped him in the city of alesia.

      • Launched a siege.

    • Alesia is on a tall hill that’s almost impossible to attack

    • Rivers on two sides of the town, with plain on one side

  • Siege of alesia

    • Caesar knew the town was nearly impossible to attack

      • Vercingetorix still had larger army

        • 80,000 infantry & twelve thousand calvary

        • 50,000 combined

      • Built a ten mile wall around the town so no one could get out

    • Vercingetorix did try to stop the construction

      • Wall included 20-foot trench + two fifteen-foot v shaped trenches & moat

      • Also built spike pits

      • Twelve foot wall after that with spikes sticking out of it

    • During Construction

      • A large calvary battle took place

        • Seemed like Gauls might have the upper hand

        • Caesar sent in German troops

          • Attacked so ferociously that the Gauls fled and piled up at the city gates, abandoning their horses to climb the wall

          • Vercingetorix saw this and closed the gates in fear

      • Vercingetorix saw he had no chance

        • At night he sent out his entire calvary to search Gaul for someone to help them

        • The goal was to raise a massive army & finish the war

        • These men returned with an army of 8,000 calvary & 240,000 infantry

          • According to Ceasar

    • What do you do if you’re Ceasar?

      • Build another wall around your wall

      • At this point the people of alesia were starving

        • Vercingetorix allowed the common people of alesia to leave and slip passed Caesars wall. Mostly women and children.

          • Caesar wouldn’t let them through the wall

          • Vercingetorix wouldn’t let them back into the city

            • The people starved to death

      • Vercingetorix launched another assault on the wall at night

        • Prepared for fortifications

        • When wall was scaled, they just got killed by the Romans

        • Some Roman lossed, but “Unalloyed carnaged overlaid with the stench of blood and entrails, blended with piss and shit. The carefully engineered pits and hedges would have been topped with corpses”

        • The Gauls were beaten back

      • The Gallic reinforcements arrived

        • Discovered a weakness in the wall where the hill had been to steep to build

        • Created plan to distract Caesar while a smaller force exploited the weakness

        • The Gauls attacked at midday so Vercingetorix could see the battle from the city and attack from the other side

      • Final battle

        • Incredibly brutal and bloody battle

          • Red mist

          • Swords dulling after cutting through so many bodies

        • The smaller Gallic force created a turtle to assault the weakness in the wall

        • Caesar himself launched a counter-attack against the smaller forces

          • Sent his calvary outside the outer wall to attack the turtle from the rear

            • According to some historians, this was the single moment that decided the entire war

          • The Roman calvary broke through

            • Gauls, trapped and under siege, panicked

          • Caused the rest of the army to flee

    • Vercingetorix surrenderd to Caeser

      • Gauls were mostly forgiven

      • Vercingetorix was imprisoned for 6 years before being forced to march in a parade for Caeser

        • Then strangled to death

The Oklahoma Octopus

Minnesota is the land of 1,000 lakes but most states aren’t so lucky

  • Kansas- 4 natural lakes

  • Maryland- None

  • Oklahoma- Despite having the most man-made lakes in the country, only has oxbow or dry lakes. (Oklahoma- Choctaw words Okla-people homa-red)

Oklahoma lakes are among the most deadly in the country.

  • According to a very reputable website that claims the CDC is suppressing drowning statistics, Oklahoma has the 3rd highest drowning rate per capita with 2 drownings for every 100,000 people.

  • According to the Army corp of Engineers office in Tulsa, the rate of drownings was higher in 2008 than it had been since……… 2001.

    • The Oklahoma Lake Patrol reported a 40% increase in drownings from 2007 to 2008 (The source also cited The Lost Tapes)

  • In 2007 there was a tragic incident in which a 7 year old boy.

    • Swimming with family

    • Boy swam out too far

    • The boy began to panic

      • Said something was pulling him under

    • Police said they didn’t know if there was any undercurrent or undertow

    • No information on if his body was ever found

  • What pulled this boy under?

    • A current?

    • A shifting sandbar?

    • The fact that he was in a river?

    • No, it was… an octopus.

  • Yes, according to people, apparently, a man killing octopus is the reason for the increase in drowning in Oklahoma.

    • Oologah Lake near Tulsa

    • Lake Tenkiller near the border with Arkansas

      • Very popular among scuba divers

    • Lake Thunderbird, “Lake Dirty Bird” near Norman

  • The octopus is said to have a reddish brown, leathery skin, long tentacles and be about the size of a horse

  • But why would the drownings be caused by an octopus?

  • Why wouldn’t they?

    • No freshwater octopi

      • Other saltwater sea creatures have been known to survive in freshwater

        • Sharks

        • Jellyfish

      • Octopi are extremely adaptable

        • Populate every type of environment

        • Even been known to walk on land

      • An octopus has been caught in an Oklahoma lake

    • Fossil records show that Oklahoma was once covered by shallow seas

      • As the shallow seas receded, could an octopus have been trapped establishing a hidden colony that has gone completely unnoticed by humans for thousands of years?

    • All of these lakes are man made which means they connect to rivers

      • Octopi swim up rivers like salmon

      • Baby octopi get picked up during the water cycle

Some Examples of Uncontacted People

The Man In The Hole

  • First seen in 1996

    • The man in the hole is an indigenous man who has lived alone in the Amazon for over 20 years

    • Believed to be the last member of his tribe

      • Unknown what happened to his tribe

      • Probably killed by loggers or ranchers

  • In 2007 FUNAI made a 31 mile area around The Man In The Hole a protected area

    • Expanded by 11.5 miles in 2008

  • The Man In The Hole is understandably wary of outsiders

    • Given tools like an axe

    • Seen using the tools that were given to him

  • In 2009 The Man In The Hole was attacked by someone with a gun

    • Survived

  • Called The Man In The Hole because he digs deep holes in every home he builds.

    • Over 6 feet deep

    • Used either as traps or protection

  • In 2018 FUNAI captured footage of The Man In The Hole using an axe to cut down a tree

 

The Sentinelese

  • Live on North Sentinel Island just off the coast of eastern India

    • Technically a part of India

  • Home to 40-500 people who have resisted contact from the outside world for years

    • First contact was with the British in 1880

      • Standard practice for British to kidnap

      • Found and kidnapped an elderly couple and 4 children

        • The elderly couple died

    • In 1967 the Indian government launched an expedition to make contact.

      • The Sentinelese would flee into the jungle or be hostile

      • Either dropped gifts in the water to wash up on shore or left gifts on the beach

    • In 1974 a documentary crew tried to establish contact

      • As soon as they were in range of the island the Sentinelese shot arrows at them

      • Landed their boats out of range and left gifts

        • a miniature plastic car, some coconuts, a live pig tied, a doll, and aluminum cookware

      • An arrow hit the director of the documentary in the thigh

        • The man who hit him could be seen laughing before he started lounging in the shade

      • The Sentinelese only took the coconuts and aluminum cookware

    • Members of other nearby indigenous tribes have been brought to the island in hope that they’d be able to communicate

      • These meets never work and almost always turn hostile

    • A cargo ship crashed near the island in 1981

      • The crew was evacuated by helicopter after being attacked by the Sentinelese

    • In the 90s the Sentinelese seemed to be less hostile to outsiders

      • Allowed boats to land without firing arrows

      • Meet unarmed

        • Make hostile gestures to intimidate

        • Fired arrows without arrowheads

    • In 1996 the Indian government ended attempts to contact the Sentinelese

      • There had been deaths in similar programs

      • Fear of disease

    • Appeared to have survived the 2004 tsunami

    • In 2006 two men were fishing mudcrabs nearby

      • Fell asleep (probably drunk)

      • Drifted toward the island

      • Killed by the Sentinelese

      • Attempt to retrieve the bodies resulted in attacks on helicopters

      • Indian government decided that this was not a murder

        • Sentinelese are a sovereign people with the right to kill anyone who interferes with their territory

The Korowai

  • Located in Indonesia near the border with Papua New Guinea

    • Approximately 3,000

    • Believed that they were totally unaware of the outside world until contact was established in 1974

  • First contact was simple. A scientific team was going through the area when they met 30 men

    • Basic contact was made and a simple word list was established

  • Late 1970s a team of Dutch missionaries started to live among the Korowai people

    • The Korowai were resistant to religious conversion

  • Several documentary crews made their way to the Korowai

    • Discovered that they practiced cannibalism to expel witches they call Khakua

      • Believe Khakua can inhabit someone’s body and the only way to get rid of them is to kill and eat the person

    • An Australian team working for 60 minutes was approach by a member of the Korowai people who said his 6 year old nephew was going to be eaten because he was accused of being a witch doctor

      • 60 Minutes refused to help but a team from Seven Network sent a crew

        • Seven Network’s crew ran into visa trouble

    • One BBC documentary showed footage from 1999 in which the Korowai people were terrified of seeing a “white ghost” and were convinced that it was a sign that the world was ending

The Isdal Woman

We don’t have any Norwegian listeners, but we do have Swedish and Finnish listeners

 

Norway is a lovely place

  • Mountains

  • Fjords

  • Oil

  • Oslo, August 31st

Oslo is the largest city in Norway but Bergen is the 2nd largest.

  • Just outside Bergen there’s an icy and dangerous area called the Isdalen Valley

  • A family was hiking one day on November 29th 1970 in an area known as “Death Valley

    • Came across a body

    • It was a woman’s body lying on her back with her hands up in a boxing position

    • The front half of her body had been badly charred but her back was unscathed

    • Additionally, they found an empty bottle of liquor, sleeping pills, two partially charred plastic water bottles, a burned plastic container, remnants of rubber boots, a scarf, a melted spoon, an umbrella, and a watch with two earrings and a ring that were placed neatly near the body but not on it.

    • The tags on her clothes had also been ripped off

  • When autopsy was conducted it was determined she swallowed over 50 sleeping pills

    • Her face was unrecognisable

    • Had a strange bruise on her neck

    • She had some strange dentistry that indicated it had been done in Asia, central or southern Europe, or South America

    • She also had smoke in her lung meaning she had been alive while burning

  • Police launched a full investigation

    • Sketches were made

      • Published in Norwegian media and distributed by INTERPOL

    • During the course of the investigation, two suitcases were found in Bergen

      • In the suitcases police found

        • Clothing with the labels removed

        • A prescription lotion with the prescription details removed

        • Norwegian money

        • A similar spoon

        • A few mysterious diary entries

        • And a pair of sunglasses with the Isdal Woman’s fingerprint on the lense

        • Also found German money hidden in the lining of her suitcase

    • Police discovered that the Isdal woman had traveled around Europe with at least 8 fake passports

    • A man who worked in a shoe store identified her as a woman who had bought boots from him

      • He provided a description of the boots the woman had died in

      • She apparently had been well dressed

      • Smelled like garlic

    • Other witness claimed she wore wigs

      • Spoke French, German and poor English

      • Stayed in several hotels in Bergen and repeatedly changed rooms after checking in

        • Ate porridge with milk

      •  
    • Police eventually also discovered that the mysterious notes in her suitcase corresponded to dates and locations she had been in throughout Europe

    • In 2016 a DNA profile was made from her teeth that suggested she was European possibly from France

      • In 2017, isotopic analysis of her teeth revealed that she probably spend her early childhood in central or eastern Europe but her adolescence farther west

Theories

  • Official explanation

    • Suicide

      • Taken 50 sleeping pills

  • Accident

    • Perhaps she had fallen into a bonfire and fallen down a cliff

      • Had used a lot of hairspray

      • Gas was found nearby

  • Murdered

    • Strange behavior

      • Wigs

      • Passports

      • Seemed nervous

    • Theorized that she was a spy

Isidor Fink

  • Isidor Fink

    • Moved to New York City from Galecia, Poland shortly after World War I.

    • He saved up his money and eventually opened a laundromat on East 132nd street.

    • He had a large ground floor apartment where he both lived and ran his business.

    • East 132nd Street wasn't a great part of town and robberies happened often.

    • Isidor was a cautious man who had multiple bolt locks on all bolts and windows.

    • He also allegedly never opened his door for anyone he didn't know.

  • Murder

    • March 9, 1929

    • Around 10 pm, Isidor returned to his apartment after making fresh laundry deliveries to several customers.

    • Shortly thereafter, his next door neighbor, Mrs. Locklan Smith, heard loud gunshots followed by a thud coming from Isidor’s apartment. Another article said just screams and no shots. Who knows.

    • She ran to her nearest Harlem police station to report what she had heard.

    • A patrolman named Albert Kattenborn was the first in the scene.

    • He found the door was locked from the inside so he tried to get in via a small window above the door, but it had been nailed shut from the inside.

    • He smashed the window, but found that it was too small for him to get in.

    • So he grabbed a small child from the crowd that had formed and shoved him through the window to unbolt the door.

    • Inside the apartment, Isidor was found dead on the floor, with two holes in his chest and one in his left wrist.

    • Because the door was locked from the inside and the windows were unbroken and nailed shut, suicide was initially believed to be the cause of death.

    • However, no gun was found in the apartment or even the surrounding area, so that basically ruled out suicide.

    • A search for fingerprints turned up only Isidor’s prints and since the door was locked from the inside and the windows were unbroken and nailed shut, murder was also considered unlikely.

    • Nothing had been stolen from the apartment, even the money from the cash register or Visitor’s pockets, which ruled out robbery as a motive. (Robberies were a common crime in that area.)

    • Police searched for hidden doors a murderer could have gotten in through or a secret contraption Isidor could have used to make his suicide look like murder, but nothing was found.

    • It was thought that perhaps he'd been shot through a window, but since they were all nailed shut and unbroken this seemed highly unlikely.

    • Also somehow they were able to tell by the wound in his wrist that he was shot at closer range than the window would have provided.

Darlie Routier

The Murder:

  • June 6, 1996

  • 6 year old Devon and 5 year old Damon were murdered with their throats slashed. Their mother Darlie Routier also had her throat slashed, but the carotid artery was not slashed (the wound came within 2 mm) and she survived

    • Her carotid artery may have been preserved because she was wearing a necklace which was embedded into her wound, getting in the way of the artery and later removed by a surgeon

  • The boys’ father was sleeping upstairs with their brother 7 month old Drake and did not hear the encounter. Neither Drake or Darin were harmed.

  • Darlie called 911

    • The press release given by the police of the incident claimed that Darin slept through the encounter, but his voice is heard in the background of the 911 call telling Darlie to get towels to aid their dying son Damon - could just be a misunderstanding

    • The 911 call recording was “enhanced” for the jury, the full original recording was not played during the trail

  • The window screen in their garage had been cut, possibly giving a point of entry

  • The police arrived on the scene 3 minutes after the 911 call

  • Several neighbors gave the same story that they did see a strange man wearing a black baseball cap in the neighborhood and provided a description of his car

  • A bloody fingerprint was also found in the home which did not belong to any of the family members

  • 2 murder weapons were used, but only one was found

    • The injuries were different depths confirming use of two weapons in addition to Devon’s blood not being found on the weapon

  • Darlie was taken to the hospital and was treated and released 2 days later

    • Her emergency surgery cost the family $12,000

 

The Arrest:

  • 8 days after the murder Darlie and family were celebrating what would have been Devon’s 7th birthday

    • They celebrated by having a solemn commemoration in honor of the deceased followed by a birthday party including silly string which Darlie sprayed on the boys’ graves

    • A video of the party was given as evidence of Darlie’s lack of grief which lead investigators to believe that she may have been involved in the deaths of her sons

  • Darlie was arrested 4 days after this birthday party for the murder of Damon only, not Devon

    • Keep in mind that Damon was still alive during the time of the 911 call and attempted aid was given by his parents

 

The Investigation/Trial

  • The motivation given for Darlie’s alleged murder was that she was a superficial woman in a great deal of debt and had a low amount of money available to her

  • The medical professionals who helped Darlie with her throat injury gave a statement to police while she was still in the hospital that her injuries could have been self-inflicted

    • The Chief Medical Examiner testified in the trial that her injuries were not consistent with a self-inflicted injury

  • Investigator Jimmy Patterson was in charge of this case, which was a possible conflict of interest because his son was a potential suspect

    • His son’s car matches the neighbors’ description and was later a defendant in a drug related drive by shooting in which he was convicted

  • The court reporter admits filling a falsified record for the purpose of hiding her mistake. There were tens of thousands of reported errors in the transcript (other than typos)

    • She sold several copies to the media

    • It is speculated that her conduct delayed Darlie’s appeal for 2 years and resulted in 6 hearings that would have otherwise been unnecessary

  • The short investigation time into the murders may have lead in major oversights in the case

    • Another similar murder occurred in the same neighborhood on the same week which is still unsolved

  • Darlie was found guilty by the jury and was sentenced to death row by lethal injection and is still waiting for her execution

  • The boys’ father Darin believes her to be innocent, but they came to a mutual divorce in 2011 to end the “limbo” of their relationship since her arrest

 

Reasons Why She May Have Been Framed:

  • Chief Investigator looking out to avoid suspicion against his own son who was arrested and later convicted of a drug related drive by shooting along with other accomplices

  • City Mayor (who was previously charged with federal crimes) was selling high priced houses and preferred arrest to be within family rather than create stigma that this is a crime area for intruders

  • First cop to arrive at scene immediately got sick at the sight of the victims and was indisposed for some time in the bathroom. He tried to hide this by changing story of what happened

    • It may have been easier to convict her than try to rifle through tampered evidence or accept consequences of interfering with crime scene evidence

The Tromp Family

Family Road trip introduction

  • Last August an Australian family Tromp of farmers

    • Mother, father, three adult children

      • 29, 25, and 22

  • Owned a berry farm where they all worked 7 days a week

    • “Pick your own fruit”

  • Left home on a spontaneous road trip

    • Left without credit cards, cell phones, or passports

    • Left home unlocked and horses

    • Cash only trip

    • Meant to be off the grid

  • Family drove from Silvan (Outside Melbourne in Victoria southern Australia)

    • 8 hours north to Bathurst in New South Wales (3 hours outside Sydney)

  • Unlike the rest of the family, Mitchell Tromp brought his cell phone

    • Mitchell was told to throw his phone out the window 19 miles out the window

      • Convinced it was being used to track them

  • Mitchell left the family around 7 the next day

  • The family then left Bathurst and went toward the jenolan caves (which look lovely)

    • At the Jenolan Caves the two girls also escaped from their family

    • Stole a car and drove to Goulburn

      • Reported their parents to the police

      • Then Split up

    • The oldest girl (29) was seen again in the back of a man’s pickup truck

      • She was catatonic and did not know her name or where she was

    • The youngest girl (22) made it back home

      • Police were already there

      • The home was unlock and messy

      • Police discovered that the Tromp’s had been going through years worth of their own financial records before leaving town

        • Several piles of documents throughout the home

        • “The piles were very ordered and they were clearly looking for something”

    • The Boy (25) made it home shortly after on a train

  • Meanwhile, The two parents drove back toward their hometown before splitting up in a town called Wangaratta

    • The wife went back north while the husband stayed in the area

  • Around that time, a couple playing Pokemon go was tailgated by a car that was the same make and model and the Tromp’s

    • When they couple slowed down, the car did too

      • When they stopped, the man in the car got out, ran toward them, then stopped in the middle of the road and stared at them

        • Then walked into the woods and disappeared

    • Police searched the woods but didn’t find anyone

      • Car still had keys in the ignition

      • A nearby hotel had a room broken into as well

        • Police believe he may have stayed there for the night

  • Mrs. Tromp went back north via public transportation

    • Tried to book a hotel in Yass

    • Someone took her to a hospital

      • Hospital staff recognized her and called the police

  • Five days later, Mr. Tromp was found wandering down a road in Wangaratta

    • Questioned by police and given a mental health assessment before being let go

    • He flipped off the media who were waiting outside

  • The two younger children publicly thanked the police for finding their father

    • Said they still didn’t know what happened

  • In May of 2018, things seemed to be pretty back to normal

    • The farm has been dialed back a bit

Theories

  • Family didn’t have any history of mental illness

    • No drug use

    • No religion or cults

  • Poisoned

    • No real evidence to support theory

  • Maybe they owed someone money

    • Family planned originally to leave the country

    • Financial record had been gone through

    • Kids were allowed to leave

    • Everything seems normal again

  • Folie A Deux (Not the Fallout Boy album)

    • Psychiatric syndrome in which a delusional belief or hallucination is passed from individual to another

    • Most commonly diagnosed when the individuals live in close proximity

      • Often with social or physical isolation

The Toxic Woman of Riverside

  • 8:15 on February 19th 1994

  • A woman named Gloria Ramirez was rushed to the hospital

    • Suffered from cervical cancer

  • Rushed to Riverside General Hospital

    • Just down the street from a Target AND a Walmart

      • Right next to each other

  • When she arrived she was extremely confused

    • Tachycardia (too fast)

    • Cheyne-Stokes respiration

      • Fast burst of breathing with breaks in between

  • Medical staff gave her diazepam, midazolam, and lorazepam to sedate her and calm her down

    • Don’t think this was incorrect

  • Gloria’s conditioned worsened

    • Responding poorly seemed to be losing her

  • Staff tried to defibrillate her heart

    • Several people saw an oily sheen covering her body

    • More noticed a fruity, garlic-y smell that seemed to be coming from her mouth

  • A registered nurse named Susan Kane tried to draw blood from Gloria’s arm and noticed an ammonia like smell

    • Passed the syringe to a resident named Julie Gorchynski

      • Noticed manila-colored particles floating in the blood

  • Kane fainted and was removed from the room

  • Gorchynski began to feel nauseous

    • She said she was lightheaded and left the trauma room to sit at a nurse’s desk

    • Someone came up to her to ask if she was okay

      • Fainted

  • Maureen Welch a respiratory therapist also passed out

  • Staff started to panic a bit

    • Ordered the evacuation of all emergency department patients to the parking lot

  • 23 people became ill and five were hospitalized

  • A few people were left behind to look after Gloria Ramirez

    • After 45 minutes of CPR and defibrillation she was pronounced dead from kidney failure at 8:50

Investigation

  • The county called in the state department of health and human services

    • Put two scientists Drs. Ana Maria Osorio and Kirsten Waller on the case

      • Osorio and The Wall

    • Interviewed 34 hospital staff members who had been working the emergency department that night

    • Used standardized questions

      • Determined that everyone who suffered major symptoms had all worked within 2 feet of Gloria Ramirez

    • Couldn’t find a cause

      • Mostly women had been affected

      • All had normal blood tests after the exposure

    • Conclusion was Mass Hysteria

  • Dimethyl Sulfoxide

    • Gorchynski denied that it had been mass hysteria

      • Spent two weeks in the ICU with breathing problems

      • Developed hepatitis and avascular necrosis in her knees

    • The Riverside coroner’s office asked the Lawrence Livermore National Labratory to investigate

    • The Livermore lab suggested that it could have been caused by dimethyl sulfoxide

      • Degreaser that is often used as a home remedy for pain

        • Reportedly has a garlic like taste

      • Sold in gels form at hardware stores

        • Could also explain skin

    • Not dangerous on its own, but could have turned into something dangerous

      • Dimethyl Sulfoxide could have built up in her body over time

        • Urinary blockage

      • Paramedics then gave her oxygen

        • Could have combined to make dimethyl sulfone

      • Dimethyl sulfone crystallizes at room temperature

        • Could explain stuff in Gloria’s blood

      • The electricity from the defibrillator could have then converted the dimethyl sulfone into dimethyl sulfate

        • Dimethyl sulfate is a highly toxic ester of sulfuric acid that could have caused some of the reported symptoms of the staff

    • This theory was published in an accredited, refereed journal and passed peer review

    • Nothing showed up on blood tests

    • Has not been proven to be possible

      • Only theorized

  • Poor hospital conditions

  • Aliens

Louis Le Prince

Louis Le Prince

  • Born August 28, 1841 in Metz, France

  • Artist who worked both in the United States and the United Kingdom as well as France.

  • He experimented primarily with motion picture technology after visiting the studio of photographic inventor Jacques Daguerre as a child.

  • He studied physics and chemistry in college, and then moved to Leeds, England, where most of his work was done.

  • On October 14, 1888, he became the first person to film a moving picture sequence.

  • During 1889 and 1890, he worked to create a projector along with a mechanic named James Longley.

  • He was successfully able to accomplish this; now he just had to show it to the world.

  • Disappearance

    • September 1890

    • Going to travel to the US for a public premiere of his work.

      • His family had been living in the US for the past three years, and his wife had prepared a theatre for the grand unveiling of his work.

    • Prior to his trip, he went to France to visit family.

    • On September 13, he took a train from Bourges to Dijon to visit his brother Albert.

    • Then on September 16 at 2:42 pm, he got on a train from Dijon to Paris.

    • From Paris he was scheduled to head to London to patent his work before going to New York.

    • His brother Albert waved farewell at the Dijon station, and that was the last that was seen of him.

    • When his train arrived in Paris, his friends found that he wasn’t aboard.

    • The train and the length of track between Dijon and Paris were searched, but there was no sign of Louis or his luggage (including his equipment).

    • No one except Albert remembered seeing him in the Dijon station.

    • No one remembered seeing Louis on the train, or any strange happenings on the train either.

    • The French police, Scotland Yard, and the family mounted monumental search efforts, but the mystery remains unsolved.

    • He was officially declared dead in 1897.

  • Theories

    • Suicide

      • Theory put forth by Louis’ great-nephew (brother’s grandson)

      • Claimed that Louis wanted to kill himself because he was on the verge of bankruptcy.

      • Theory suggests he went to painstaking lengths to make his suicide look like a disappearance into thin air.

      • His work was profitable though and he actually had no financial issues.

      • Also he was proud of his success and was about to premiere it to the world, so suicide is harder to accept (though not impossible!)

    • Forced disappearance by family

      • Some have suggested that Louis was forced to disappear by his family because of financial trouble (which probably wasn’t actually real), or for “familial conveniences”.

      • “Familial conveniences” meaning that he may have been gay and they didn’t want him around.

      • The director of the Dijon Municipal Library was quoted in 1977 as claiming that Louis died in Chicago in 1898, where he was forced to move by his family because he was gay. (How does this guy know anything about it?)

      • There just isn’t any evidence that Louis was gay.

      • Also, why make him disappear for being gay if he was about to become rich and famous? Money can make you overlook a lot!

      • Plus, the family spent a lot of time and money looking for him after he disappeared.

    • Assassination

      • Some have suggested that Louis was assassinated to stop him from patenting his work and being widely hailed as the inventor of the motion picture camera.

        • Louis’ family, especially his widow, believed this.

      • Thomas Edison, among others, were racing against Louis to invent the motion picture camera, so they would have had a motive for him to disappear.

      • After Louis disappeared, his family went to court with Thomas Edison regarding the patent for the motion picture camera.

        • Whoever won this suit would have a legacy in the history of cinematography.

      • Eventually, Edison was named the sole inventor of the motion picture camera, not Louis.

      • Two years after Louis’s son Adolphe testified in the suit, he was mysteriously found shot dead while out hunting ducks.

      • Could Edison have hired someone to take out Louis before he could patent his technology and debut it for the world, thus leaving open the opportunity for Edison to built his own legacy as the sole inventor of motion picture technology?

    • Fratricide

      • Some have suggested that it doesn’t make sense for Louis to purposely disappear by boarding a train.

        • It would have been much easier to disappear in a different manner, after all.

      • Perhaps he never boarded the train in Dijon in the first place, and was murdered by his own brother.

        • Albert was the only one who claimed to see Louis at the station, and no one claimed to see him on the train.

      • Possible motive: Louis’ mother had recently died, and so her children would be receiving quite an inheritance. Could Albert have murdered Louis to increase his share of the inheritance?

        • But why murder a brother who might get rich?

          • (My brother is rich and it’s great for me)

        • Also, the equipment was gone...surely that could have been more profitable than the inheritance?

      • OR COULD HE HAVE BEEN WORKING FOR THOMAS EDISON?!?!?!

  • Effects

    • Because Louis disappeared prior to the patent and reveal of his motion picture technology, he never really got the notoriety he deserved for his work, at least until recent years.

Bohemian Grove

  • Bohemian Grove is a 2,700 acre campground

    • Sonoma County, California

  • Owned by the Bohemian Club

    • All male

    • Founded in San Francisco in 1872

  • One of the most exclusive clubs in America

    • Waiting list is either 15 years or doesn’t actually exist

      • Limits itself to 2700

      • $25,000 initiation fee

    • Membership list includes exclusively men and exceptionally rich and powerful men

      • Associate members

        • Artists, musicians

          • Pay lesser fees

      • Honorary members

        • Pay no fees

        • Lesser privileges

          • Allowed into the “City Club” building and daytime guests at the Grove but not upper floors and not overnight

        • 4 Women

          • Margaret Bowman

          • Poet Ina Collbrith

            • California’s Poet laureate

          • Actress Elizabeth Crocker Bowers

          • Writer Sara Jane Lippincott

            • Last female member 1928

    • Each member is put into a camp

      • Hill Billies

        • Texas

        • Sader

      • Mandalay

      • Cave Man

      • Stowaway

      • Uplifters

      • Owls Nest

      • Hideaway

      • Isle of Aves

      • Lost ANgels

      • Silverado Squaters

      • Sempervirens

      • Hillside

      • Idlewild

    • University Presidents and San Francisco military commanders are often offered membership

      • Henry Ford

      • Clint Eastwood

      • Herbert Hoover

        • Man cave

      • Newt Gingrich

      • William Randolph Hearst

      • Richard Nixon

      • Ronald Reagan

      • Both Bush Presidents

        • People claim every Republican candidate but I couldn’t find records of Mccain or Romney

      • Dick Cheney

        • Reportedly

    • Sex Workers

  • Annual 16 day celebration

    • Cremation of Care

      • Owl of Bohemia

        • 40 foot hollow owl statue made of concrete

        • Fake moss

        • Real speakers

      • Effigy

        • “Dull Care”

      • People dressed as priests

      • Owl instructs priests to burn effigy with the “eternal flame of fellowship”

        • Walter Cronkite

        • Rumors of human sacrifice

      • Video of ceremony

        • Alex Jones

          • Horrible crazy person

          • Claimed occult ritual

    • Grove Plays

      • Annual large play with 300+ members

      • First performed in 1902

      • 1972 observer claimed play would have cast $20,000-$30,000

        • $136,000 today

  • Discrimination

    • Charged with discrimination in 1978 after it refused to hire women

      • Judge initially allowed discrimination so the men could be outside

      • Overturned in 1981

        • Women hired in limited rolls

    • 1984 Bohemian Club went to the Supreme Court of California

      • Argued that their freedom of association was being harmed

  • Logging

    • Applied for a logging permit in protected lands to “reduce risk of fire”

    • Critics (including professors) claimed redwoods are already fire resistant and it was obviously cover for a logging operation

  • Infiltration

    • Not really that hard

      • People just kind of walked in

    • Philip Weiss of Spy magazine

      • 1989

      • Spent 7 days in the camp

      • Wrote “Inside Bohemian Grove”

        • You know you are inside the Bohemian Grove when you come down a trail in the woods and hear piano music from amid a group of tents and then round a bend to see a man with a beer in one hand and his penis in the other, urinating into the bushes. Weiss also noticed "hundreds of cigars whose smokers had ignited them in defiance of the California Forest Service's posted warnings"

    • Alex Jones

      • Boarded a bus and got into the camp with a hidden camera

      • Record the cremation of care

        • Released awful commentary with video

        • Claimed “screams of pain” from effigy

        • Obviously a recording

      • Worked with Jon Ronson for The Secret Rulers of the World

      • Jon Ronson “My lasting impression was of an all-pervading sense of immaturity: the Elvis impersonators, the pseudo-pagan spooky rituals, the heavy drinking. These people might have reached the apex of their professions, but emotionally they seemed trapped in their college years.”

  • Satanic new world orders

    • Pagan/satanic cult that is trying to control the world

    • Features human sacrifices

      • Moloch

        • Canaanite god

    • Alex Jones made claims of homosexual orgies

      • Only there for 4 hours and didn’t get it on camera

      • Claimed he had to hide in the woods because he was being harassed

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  • Meetings of world leaders

    • “Weaving Spiders Come Not Here”

    • Nixon and Reagan decided who would run first

    • Claims of Manhattan project invention

Collar Bomb Heist

  • Brian Wells

    • Worked as a delivery driver for Mama Mia’s Pizzeria in Erie Pennsylvania

    • August 28, 2003

    • Delivery to 8631 Peach Street

      • About to get off work but takes delivery anyway

  • The next time Brian Wells is seen is in a bank

    • Looks like he might be wearing a medical collar

    • Shirt that said Guess

    • Holding a cane

    • Hands teller note

      • He had a bomb

      • Demanded $250,000

      • Had a cane gun

        • Instructed to use it on anyone trying to run or not cooperating

      • Note also said Wells would be under constant surveillance

      • 15 minutes

    • Bank employees were unable to get into the vault

      • $8,702

    • Police arrived on scene quickly and found Brian Wells still close to the bank

      • Arrested him

      • Discovered bomb

      • Handcuffed him and called bomb squad

      • Wells cooperated

        • “Did you call my boss”

        • Three black men had put the bomb on him

        • This thing’s going to go off

        • Device started beeping

        • Wells started to fidget

        • Bomb exploded and killed Wells instantly

        • Caught on multiple cameras

  • Physical evidence

    • Geo Metro

      • Homemade cane gun

      • Notes addressed to “bomb hostage”

        • Instructed Wells to steal $250,000

        • Series of complex clues to delay the explosion of the bomb

          • "Exit the bank with the money and go to the McDonald's resturaunt [sic]," it read. "Get out of the car and go to the small sign reading drive thru/open 24 hr in the flower bed. By the sign, there is a rock with a note taped to the bottom. It has your next instructions."

          • That’s as far as Wells got

          • Under the rock was a 2 page note that instructed Wells to go to a wooded area several miles away where he’d find a container with orange tape

          • That clue said to go to a small road sign 2 miles south where a clue would be in a jar.

          • Jar was there but the clue was not.

            • Wooded area blue mini van

          • Investigators ultimately concluded that there was no way the tasks could have been completed in time

    • Bomb

      • Relatively simple

        • Two pipe bombs

      • Collar was much more complex

      • Wasn’t as effective as it could have been

      • Still would have required a skilled person to make it

      • Almost completely reconstructed

      • Had a lot of decoys and time wasters

      • Set off with two kitchen times that eventually completed an electrical circuit and set off the bomb

  • Pizza delivery site

    • The place Wells was supposed to deliver the pizza to was 8631 Peach St

      • Isolated radio tower in a wooded area

      • Only accessible by dirt road

      • Found Wells’ tire tracks and signs of a struggle

  • Robert Thomas Pinetti

    • Co-worker of Wells’

    • Authorities noted a change in behavior after Wells was murdered

    • Pinetti became paranoid.

    • Set up interview with Pinetti on Saturday

      • Pinetti asked to push it back because he was too busy at work

    • Robert Pinetti was found dead on Sunday from an apparent overdose

    • Never directly linked, but interesting

  • That’s where My Favorite Murder left it.

 

  • A couple weeks after the death of Brian Wells, a man named Bill Rothstein called the police

    • Told police the body of a man named James Roden was hidden in his freezer

    • Claimed that he had nothing to do with the man’s death

      • He was killed by his ex-girlfriend Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong

      • She had paid him $2,000 to get rid of the murder weapon and body

      • Claimed to call police out of fear

    • Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong

      • Already known to local law enforcement

      • Had been charged for murdering her former husband

        • Acquitted in self defense

      • Another partner had died after she claimed he hit his head on a coffee table

      • Another hung himself

      • Roden was shot twice in the back of the head with a shotgun

      • Everybody said she was both incredibly smart and manipulative

      • Also been diagnosed with bipolar disorder

      • Previously been a musical prodigy who graduated near the top of her class

    • How is this related?

      • Bill Rothstein lived directly at the dirt road entrance to 8631 Peach Street

      • Attempted to take his own life

        • Razor

        • Suicide note

          • Said he had nothing to do with murder of James Roden

          • First thing it said was it had nothing to do with the Wells case

    • Rothstein claimed that Marjorie had killed James Roden in an argument about money

    • Marjorie was arrested and claimed on camera that Rothstein was responsible for the murder of Brian Wells

    • Rothstein worked with police and agreed to testify against Marjorie

      • July of 2004 Rothstein died of lymphoma

    • Marjorie plead guilty but mentally ill to the murder of James Roden and was sentenced to 7-20 years in prison in January of 2005

    • A few months later in April, Marjorie told authorities that she had information about the Wells case and would tell them everything if she could be transferred to a minimum security prison closer to her home.

      • Bill Rothstein was the mastermind behind the plot

      • She was aware but not involved

        • Supplied the egg timers

      • Brian Wells was in on the plan

        • Something authorities already suspected

          • Two witnesses

    • Later that year a man named Kenneth Barnes was turned in by his brother in law

      • In jail already on drug charges

      • Fishing buddy of Marjorie’s

      • Talked too much to brother in law

      • Agreed to testify for reduced sentence

        • Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong was mastermind

        • Needed money to pay him to kill her father

          • Thought he was spending her inheretence

        • Provided connection to Brian Wells

    • Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong was charged as the mastermind of the plot

      • Also indicted Kenneth Barnes, Bill Rothstein, and Brian Wells

        • Brian Wells’ family

        • Was Wells really involved?

    • Kenneth Barnes plead guilty to conspiring to rob a bank and aiding and abetting.

      • Sentenced to 45 years in prison

    • Diehl-Armstrong plead not guilty

      • Deemed unfit to stand trial multiple times

      • Ultimately deemed capable

      • On November 1, 2010 she was convicted of armed bank robbery, conspiracy to commit armed bank robbery, and use of a destructive device in a crime

        • Sentenced to life in prison

        • Appellate court affirmed her conviction and the supreme court denied her petition

      • Died April 4, 2017 of breast cancer

  • Possible that Brian Wells wasn’t involved

    • Jessica Hoopsick