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