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The fate of the earth lies in the hands of two stoners from Los Angeles. "Cheech & Chong" meets "Star Trek." Starring Bryan Irzyk, Brandon Barrick, Angi Lenhart, Troy Vincent, and Mort Burke. Featuring Julia Irzyk, Shannon McKain, Steve Wright, Matt Keene, Debbie Friedman, Sky King, Nathan Ballard, Darius De La Cruz, and Greg Shouse. Written & Edited by Steve Wright. Produced & Directed by Matt Keene. Sound Supervisor, Jeff Ecker. Artwork by Dakota Bardy. In memory of Joe Wright. A Manning R ...
 
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In 1902 six members of a farming family were murdered in Calcasieu Parish Louisiana. The gruesome discovery devastated the community. Alfred Batson was arrested despite having no motive for the murders. He would pay the ultimate price for the crime. See photos and sources for this episode in the show notes at southernmysteries.com Support the showW…
 
6 year old Dennis Martin and his family went hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park over Father’s Day weekend 1969. Minutes after Dennis was overheard plotting with his brother and friends to try to prank the adults, he went missing. What happened to Dennis Martin? See photos and sources for this episode in the show notes at southernmysterie…
 
In 1954, Albert Patterson campaigned as a “man against crime”, vowing he would run the mob out of Phenix City Alabama if he won the race for Alabama Attorney General. Within days of winning, Patterson was assassinated in Phenix City, which had been labelled the “Wickedest City in America”. See photos and sources for this episode in the show notes a…
 
Mary Cawein's murder by carbolic acid poisoning in July 1965, shocked the social set in Lexington, Kentucky. Her murder would bring to light the affairs of her respected husband, Dr. Madison Cawein III. Did Madison murder his wife? Or did one of his lovers kill Mary? See photos and sources for this episode in the show notes at southernmysteries.com…
 
Rosewood was once a thriving Black Community in rural Levy County Florida. Until January 1923, when a lie led to injuries, deaths and complete destruction of the community See photos and sources for this episode in the show notes at southernmysteries.com SUPPORT THE SHOWWant more Southern Mysteries? Become a member of the show on Patreon to support…
 
Sidney Lascelles was one of the most accomplished swindlers and bigamists of the 19th century. So accomplished that when he died in Asheville, North Carolina in 1902, it would take years to track down someone who knew his true identity. See photos from this episode and sources in the show notes at southernmysteries.comSUPPORT THE SHOWWant more Sout…
 
For five generations the wealthy and powerful Bigham Family controlled their community of Pamplico, South Carolina. Throughout the late 19th and early 20th century, the Bighams were associated with countless assaults and many murders. Until 1921, when one of their own murdered five family members. View photos and sources for this episode at souther…
 
In October 1934, 28 year old socialite, Alice Speed Stoll, was kidnapped from her Louisville, Kentucky mansion. Seven days later, an injured Alice was set free but her kidnapper remained on the run and became one of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted. Who kidnapped Alice? And why? View photos from this episode, show sources and more about the kidnapping of A…
 
In June 1863, a group of Union and Confederate forces agreed to a truce and united for the funeral of Union Lieutenant Commander John Elliot Hart. The events surrounding the day are known in St. Francisville, Louisiana as The Day the War Stopped Learn more about St Francisville and view photos from this episode at southernmysteries.com *Support The…
 
Southern Mysteries Shorts are heard monthly on Patreon. Sharing an episode with you this week as a thanks for listening and to provide a distraction as we continue to face strange times. Hope you enjoy the story of Alice Belle Kirby.Want to learn more about membership on Patreon? Visit the Southern Mysteries Patreonpatreon.com/southernmysteries…
 
Revisiting a 2018 episode about Robert Smalls. His life became a symbol of hope and freedom to the enslaved people of the American South. His determination to hold on to hope and overcome impossible odds, seems a fitting message during uncertain times Learn more about Robert Smalls and view photos from this episode at southernmysteries.com *Support…
 
In 1957 federal authorities seized what was estimated to be a 5th of national supply of moonshine from operators in the state of North Carolina. A majority of that supply was connected to the King of the Moonshiners, Percy Flowers View photos of Percy and find episode sources at southernmysteries.com *Support The Show*Want more Southern Mysteries? …
 
In September 1896, William Crush proposed his Texas railroad, the Katy Line, stage a head on collision of locomotives. Staged wrecks were big hits in other states, but the Crash at Crush became one of the deadliest publicity stunts in US history See photos from this episode and sources in the show notes at southernmysteries.com Support the showWant…
 
Thomas Woolfolk was tried and executed for the murder of nine members of his family. The largest mass murder in Georgia history left Bibb County residents in shock. A decade after the murders, a confession would stir up a debate that’s lingered for more than 130 years. Was Thomas Woolfolk a cold blooded killer or an innocent man executed for a crim…
 
Enslaved conjoined twins, Millie-Christine McKoy, would be sold at least three times from infancy to 6 years of age. They were forced into freak shows in the US and UK and endured a traumatic childhood. Their life took a dramatic turn at the age of 14 when freedom allowed them to take control of their career and made them one of the most beloved pe…
 
Between the 1830s and 1850s, Elizabeth Dale, was married and widowed, six times. When Elizabeth’s neighbor, Abner Tate, claimed the men had been poisoned, he learned that questioning Elizabeth could cost you your life. View photos for this episode and learn more in the full show notes at southernmysteries.com SUPPORT THE SHOW Leave a tip or sign up…
 
Laurence Clifton Jones moved to the Deep South at a time when it was dangerous to be a black man in Mississippi. He chose to make the move to do what some considered to be impossible - build a school for children of color in rural Rankin County. He would face cultural and financial struggles and miraculously survive a lynching in pursuit of his dre…
 
32-year-old Patty Vaughan was looking forward to her future as she celebrated Christmas Eve with her family in 1996. Her family never imagined this would be the last day they saw her alive. Patty went missing on Christmas Day 1996. What happened to Patty Vaughan? southernmysteries.com Anyone with information that could be relevant in the case of Pa…
 
On December 24, 1924, Saltville, Virginia was covered in what witnesses described as a “blanket of white”. The town’s muck dam ruptured, sending tons of alkali sludge pouring into the community. Was the deadliest dam failure in Virginia history intentional? Who was responsible? Learn more about Saltville and see photos of the town in the days follo…
 
In 1891, Octavia Hatcher died in Pikeville, Kentucky. After her death, people in town contracted a sleeping disease which caused them to fall into a coma, but wake up weeks later. Was Octavia dead when she was buried? Or had a tragic mistake been made? Learn more about Pikeville, Kentucky and how Octavia’s husband, James Hatcher, made a lasting mar…
 
Kate Townsend was a famous madam in the Vice District of New Orleans before it became known as Storyville. Her mysterious past and complicated relationship would become front page news when she was found murdered in her home in 1883. Learn more about Storyville and this episode at southernmysteries.com SUPPORT THE SHOW Leave a tip or sign up to mak…
 
Alabama’s Free State of Winston was birthed out of a desire on the part of Winston Unionists to remain neutral during the Civil War. The movement would lead to complications, violence and generations later, a lingering question: Did Winston County secede from the state of Alabama? Learn more about the Free State of Winston and episode sources at so…
 
In July 1910, the murder of Janie Sharp rocked the community of Rural Hill, Mississippi. A man would be arrested for the murder but over the next two years there would be unexpected twists in the search for answers, including the murder of two men associated with the case. Find full show notes for this episode at southernmysteries.com SUPPORT THE S…
 
In 1867, Dr. William Trott, opened a magic show in his Charleston, South Carolina, apothecary shop. Soon after, rain began to fall on the city and continued for days. Frightened residents heard a rumor that Charleston was being punished because Dr. Trott had kidnapped a mermaid he had displayed in his shop. The result? The Mermaid Riot of 1867. Fin…
 
Grady Stiles was a freak show performer, known as Lobster Boy, who was found murdered in his Gibstonton, Florida home in November of 1992. A detective wondered why none of his family seemed shocked or disappointed that he had been murdered. Lobster Boy’s dark secrets would soon be revealed, along with a plan to end his life. Find full show notes fo…
 
In 1734, Alice Riley became the first person to be executed in the colony of Georgia. The servant was tried and convicted, alongside fellow servant, Richard White, for the murder of their master. Were the two guilty of planning and carrying out the murder? Or did Irish-Catholic prejudice lead to their conviction? Find full show notes for this episo…
 
The murder of Helen Clevenger is one of Asheville, North Carolina’s most infamous crimes. In July of 1936, the 18 year old college student was murdered in a room at the Battery Park Hotel. A hotel employee was tried, convicted and executed for the murder but his conviction remains highly contested. In fact, some people say his conviction was a case…
 
In November 1954, Ann Hodges was resting in her Oak Grove, Alabama home when a meteorite crashed through her roof and hit her. She became the only known human being to survive a meteorite strike. Ann was thrown into a media spotlight she never wanted and learned that fame can cause more damage than a meteorite landing on your hip. Read full show no…
 
Rutherford County, Tennessee is known for its rich civil war history and stories. But deep within the county, in Murfreesboro, lies the story of the disappearance of Russell Jones. When his body was discovered in town, a murder for hire plot would reveal that Russell's murder was more complicated than anyone could have imagined. Read full show note…
 
In 1922, Lillian Knox ran one of the largest lumber companies in the state of Texas. She was known for her business savvy, her take charge attitude and her acts of kindness to the timber families who worked hard to make the company a success. The Lady Bountiful loved the attention and praise she received for her generosity. But in 1922, she receive…
 
The last ship to bring slaves to America arrived in Alabama’s Mobile Bay in 1860, carrying in its hull more than 100 Africans who had been kidnapped from their villages and sold into slavery. The slavers hid the evidence of their illegal operation by burning and sinking the Clotilda in the Mobile River Delta. For over 150 years, the ship was shroud…
 
In September of 1998, the unidentified body of a 10 year old boy was found under a billboard, near a North Carolina highway. A determined investigator and his team worked to solve the mystery of the boy’s identity. In 2018, the mystery would be solved thanks to the help of Barbara Rae-Venter who helped solve the Golden State Killer case Read full s…
 
Meet Mary Elizabeth Tyler. Referred to as "the heartbeat of the Klan" during a Congressional investigation of the group's rise in the 1920s, Tyler used her skills as a publicist to rebrand the KKK and launch the Women's KKK, leading to millions joining. Tyler, and her business partner, helped the Klan gain national acceptance until scandals, includ…
 
One of the most detailed records of life along Louisiana's Cane River was told through paintings of folk artist, Clementine Hunter. In 2008, the FBI opened a folk art forgery case to investigate a trio of suspects they believed to be forging Hunter's work Read full show notes and learn more about Clementine Hunter at southernmysteries.com Connect w…
 
In the late 19th century, Constantine Sanders was known as Alabama's Sleeping Preacher. Often writing down premonitions and visions from a "trance state" that would be signed by his "companion" X+Y=Z. Was Sanders evil? Possessed? Or haunted by X+Y=Z?Read full show notes and learn more about The Sleeping Preacher at southernmysteries.com Connect wit…
 
In October 1995, an heiress who had tired of high society life in Palm Beach, relocated to Vicksburg, Mississippi. She loved the slower pace of life along the Mississippi River. But within weeks of the move, 62 year old, Jacqueline Levitz disappeared. Read full show notes for this episode at southernmysteries.com Connect with Southern MysteriesWebs…
 
Vince "Trapper" Nelson turned his passion for panther trapping and gator wrestling into a Jungle Zoo along Florida's Loxahatchee River in the late 1930s. In 1968, he was found dead on the land that was about to make him a millionaire. Read full show notes and learn more about Trapper Nelson at southernmysteries.com Connect with Southern MysteriesWe…
 
In 1833 Frankie Silver was hanged in Morganton, North Carolina for the murder of her husband Charlie. The story has lived on through the song "The Ballad of Frankie Silver". Does the song tell the whole truth? Did Frankie kill her husband in cold blood? Read full show notes and learn more about The Ballad of Frankie Silver at southernmysteries.com …
 
Before Amelia Earhart broke barriers in the world of aviation, there was a Black Cherokee woman from Texas who used her love of aviation to break down racial barriers. But she was forced to leave the country she loved to make her dreams reality because in 1920 no one in America was willing to teach a woman of color how to fly. This is the story of …
 
For 200 years, treasure hunters have traveled to Virginia to hunt for a buried treasure of gold, silver and jewels. Thomas Beale left behind 3 ciphers as a map to the treasure but only 1 has been solved. Did Beale exist? Is there even a treasure? Read full show notes and learn more about the Beale Treasure at southernmysteries.com Connect with Sout…
 
In 1929, five men in Stone County, Arkansas were charged in the murder of Connie Franklin. There would be many twists and the turns in the case. But the biggest twist came when a man claiming to be Connie came forward to testify at his own murder trial. Read full show notes and learn more about the Connie Franklin mystery at southernmysteries.com C…
 
In the summer of 1912, a four year old boy went missing while his family was camping near a Louisiana resort area. The day Bobby Dunbar disappeared was the day the lives of three families would be turned upside down. And it would take almost 100 years to find answers to the questions that hung over these families for generations. Read full show not…
 
His name may not be familiar to you but Harry T. Moore was the first martyr of the American Civil Rights Movement. He and his wife were murdered in their Florida home on Christmas Day 1951. Who killed the Moores? And why? Read full show notes and learn more about Harry T Moore at southernmysteries.com Connect with Southern MysteriesWebsite https://…
 
In the fall of 1992, Heather Uffelman and Jeremy Rolfs were seniors at Middle Tennessee State University. They loved each other and dreamed of a spring wedding. They shared a love of computers. A love that would lead to Heather’s death in a motel room in Marietta, Georgia in October of 1992.Connect with Southern MysteriesWebsite https://southernmys…
 
From the 1920s until 1954, Nannie Doss was viewed as a sweet woman, a grandmother who was as sweet as pie. But in 1954, this Giggling Granny as she became known, confessed to close to a dozen murders Connect on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/southernmysteriespodcast/Connect on Twitter https://twitter.com/mysteriespodEmail southernmysterie…
 
In 1862, an enslaved crew member of a Confederate steamship, stole the ship and sailed it past Confederate forces to deliver it to the Union. This outlaw to the Confederacy became a hero of the Union and a symbol of hope and freedom to the enslaved people of the American South. This is incredible story of Robert Smalls, a man who set sail to freedo…
 
In 1930, Elena Hoyos met Carl Von Cosel in Key West, Florida. Von Cosel became obsessed with her. This has been called a love story but it’s truly one of the most haunting reminders that desire can drive you to obsession and self destruction.Connect on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/southernmysteriespodcast/Connect on Twitter https://twit…
 
Zona Heaster Shue's life was cut short when she was murdered in 1897. She’s known in West Virginia lore as the Greenbrier Ghost because her ghost helped solve her murder. Did Zona's mother fabricate the story of her ghost to avenge her daughter's murder? Or did Zona's ghost truly help convict the man who killed her? Connect on Facebookhttps://www.f…
 
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