Southern Mysteries Podcast

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 May 25, 2020

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Exploring history and mysteries of the American South. Hosted by Shannon Ballard.

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Episode 116 The Murder of Mamie Thurman
24:55

It’s been 90 years since Mamie Thurman was brutally murdered in Logan County, West Virginia. While investigating the murder of the wife of a local police man, authorities learned Mamie had been leading a double life. 

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Episode Sources

Mamie’s Husband Didn’t Wait Long to Remarry. Coal Valley News. October 23, 2019

WV: The 1932 Murder of Mamie Thurman. Thoughts and Ponderances. March 10, 2020

The Secret Life and Brutal Death of Mamie Thurman. F. Keith Davis

 

Episode Music

Evening Fall Harp. Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons.Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

Nov 14, 2022
Episode 115 The Sinister Bell Witch
33:03

The Bell Witch legend is one of the most recognized examples of the unexplained in Southern American lore. How did the legend take hold of and define a small town in Tennessee?  

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Episode Sources

Bell Witch lore spins dark tale, but could science explain it all?. The Tennessean. October 28, 2021

Tennessee Myths and Legends. Tennessee State Library and Archives. 

The Year of the Witch. Tennessee Historical Society. October 13, 2017

John William Bell. Findagrave. 

The Mark of the Bell Witch (Documentary). Seth Breedlove, Small Town Monsters. 2020

Historian, descendant recount Bell Witch legend. Associated Press. November 4, 2018

Episode Music

Industrial Music Box. Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons.

Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

 

Oct 31, 2022
Southern Mysteries Shorts Rhonda Belle Martin
16:25

Southern Mysteries is on hiatus. I’m taking a much needed break from researching murders and mysteries this summer. I’ll be back with new episodes in time to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the show this fall.  

If you’re a patron of Southern Mysteries, you’ll still hear the Patreon exclusive episodes, The Lesser Knowns, each month. If you don’t already support the show you can check out patreon.com/southernmysteries to catch up on the show archive and hear Patron exclusive episodes like the one I’m sharing today. 

Before we say goodbye for the summer, this is the story of a cold blooded killer who became the last woman to die by electrocution in Alabama….Rhonda Belle Martin

 

Episode Sources Rhonda Belle Martin. Murderpedia. A Plot Full of Poison. LIFE. 26 March, 1956 The Penalty Is Death: U. S. Newspaper Coverage of Women's Executions by Martin Shipman. University of Missouri Press. Governor Holds Murderess' Fate. Montgomery Advertiser. 10 October 1957 Grisly Momma. The Malefactors Register. 

 

Music

 

Emotional and Alone. Purple Planet Music. Licensed Under Creative Commons

 

Jul 04, 2022
Episode 114 The Shelton Laurel Massacre
22:28

The Shelton Laurel Massacre in January 1863 is a striking example of divided loyalists and complicated battle lines in North Carolina during the Civil War. 

 

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Episode Sources

The Massacre Men. Scalawag. July 27, 2017

Atrocity at Shelton Laurel. Our State. April 29, 2012

Blood in the Valley: The Shelton Laurel Massacre’s Haunting Legacy. Mountain Xpress Asheville

History and Writing about the Massacre. Vicki Lane Tales of Appalachia 

The Shelton Laurel Massacre, Madison County, NC,Winter of 1863. Shelton Family History Blog

 

Episode Music

Leoforos Alexandras by Dan Bodan.  Licensed under a Creative Commons.

Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

Jun 20, 2022
Episode 113 Sumter County Does
22:38

In the summer of 1976 two bodies were discovered in rural Sumter County, South Carolina. Their identities remained a mystery for nearly 45 years

 

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Episode Sources

 

Sumter Couple Mystery Website dedicated to the case 

Killer Remains Nameless. January 2021.

Sumter County Does. The Doe Network

Sumter County murder victims laid to rest. The Index Journal. August 15, 1977

 

Episode Music

Long Note One by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Source: http://incompetech.com

 

Sense of Loss courtesy of Purple Planet Music.  https://www.purple-planet.com/

Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

Jun 06, 2022
Episode 112 The Color Line Murders
36:44

Some of the oldest true crime cases in America are racial terror lynchings. To understand the history of lynching in the American South you have to know what led to the acceptance of racial terror and the brave people who led anti lynching campaigns in an effort to end the violence and save lives. 

 

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Episode Sources

Hanging Bridge: Racial Violence and America's Civil Rights Century by Jason Morgan Ward. Oxford University Press

The Cross and the Lynching Tree (James Hal Cone and Bill Moyers). The Journal. 

Emmett Till Antilynching Act. Public Law No: 117-107 (03/29/2022). This bill makes lynching a federal hate crime offense.

This Bridge in Mississippi Has Hosted Decades of Racial Violence. Vice. April 27, 2016

What happens when we forget? Facing South. May 7, 2018

Thirty Years of Lynching in the United States 1889-1918. NAACP Report on Lynching 

Equal Justice Initiative, Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror (3d Ed., 2017).

How one Civil Rights activist posed as a white man in order to investigate lynchings. Fresh Air, NPR. March 30, 2022

 

Episode Music

“One” courtesy of Ross Gentry. Special thanks to Headway Recordings, in Asheville, North Carolina. Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

May 23, 2022
Episode 111 The 1912 Hillsville Massacre
28:45

The Hillsville Massacre has been described as one of the most bizarre incidents in Virginia criminal and legal history. Floyd Allen, the patriarch of the Allen clan, known for feuding, moonshining and violence, was executed after he stood trial for triggering the 1912 courthouse massacre. But the question remains…who shot first?

 

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Episode Sources

Gunfight in courthouse after guilty verdict left 5 dead, 7 wounded. New York Daily News. July 4, 2021

Floyd Allen (1856–1913). Encyclopedia of Virginia. 

Courthouse Tragedy. The Carroll County Historical and Society Museum

The Hillsville Massacre. The Roanoker. November 1982

Floyd Allen. Murderpedia

 

Episode Music Loneliest Road in America by Jesse Gallager  Licensed under Creative Commons

Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

May 09, 2022
Episode 110 Mississippi Royalty King and Queen of the Gypsies
24:24

Emil and Kelly Mitchell, known as the King and Queen of the Gypsies, have long been a part of Meridian, Mississippi lore but their story is complicated and often misunderstood 

 

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Episode Sources

Queen of the Gypsies Dead. Our Southern Home. February 10, 1915

The Rose Hill Company of Players. Facebook

Queen Kelly Mitchell: A Slice of Meridian’s History. The Meridian Star. December 26, 2007

Historical tales abound within Rose Hill Cemetery. Today in Mississippi 

Fortune telling ordinance challenged. The Meridian Star. February 13, 2011

Meridian, Mississippi, the Queen City. The Meridian Star. October 28, 2011

Why Being 'Gypped' Hurts The Roma More Than It Hurts You. Code Switch NPR. December 30, 2013

Roma Culture: Customs, Traditions & Beliefs. Live Science. November 26, 2018

Meridian’s Royal Past. Mississippi FolkLife. February 4, 2019

 

Episode Music Alone with my Thoughts by Esther Abrami  Licensed under Creative Commons

Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

Apr 25, 2022
Episode 109 Bloody Bob Sims and The Sims War
26:16

In the late 1880s Bob Sims declared himself a prophet with more than 100 followers in his Choctaw County Alabama cult. His belief that no man could establish laws over him led to a bloody chapter in Alabama history

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Episode Sources

Sims War Siege. Choctaw County Geological Society

Robert Bruce Sims. Find A Grave.

The Sims War Connection. Rebellion Leader Robert Bruce Sims. Campbell Family History

Bad Literature. Bob Sims Paper ‘The Veil is Rent’. The Standard Gauge. September 10, 1891

Robert Sims, Thomas and Young Savage. Strange Fruit and Spanish Moss. December 26, 2014

A Southern Terror: Arrest of the Bloody Bob Sims and His Bad Gang. The Pittsburgh Press. December 27, 1891

Stars Fell on Alabama by Carl Carmer. University of Alabama Press (1985)

 

Episode Music Argonne by Zachariah Hickman Licensed under Creative Commons

Bring Me Your Sorrows by Dan Lebowitz. Licensed under Creative Commons

Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

Apr 11, 2022
Episode 108 The Mysterious Disappearance of Pearl Corens
27:55

Pearl Corens disappeared on February 13, 1945. Over the next two weeks mysterious notes perplexed police as they searched for the missing war department employee. Then came a shocking discovery on the Virginia side of the Potomac River.

 

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Episode Sources

Justice and the Case of the Corpseless Head. New York Daily News. March 24, 1946

Judge is Grim in Weird Case. The Spokesman-Review. May 29, 1945.

Wife’s Head Found; Husband Held. The New York Daily News. March 1, 1945

Corens Offers Alibi for Bloodstains in Bethesda Home. The Evening Star. May 25, 1945

Rice, C. (2018). 45 Murderers: A Collection of True Crime Stories. United States: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road.

 

Episode Music Falling Rain by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Source: http://incompetech.com

 

Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

Mar 28, 2022
Episode 107 FBI Most Wanted Mean Marie Arrington
28:11

In April 1969, Marie Arrington became the second woman ever placed on the FBI’s most wanted list. One year earlier she was sentenced to 20 years in prison for manslaughter. While awaiting appeal and out on bond she was arrested for the murder of a legal secretary. Then came a trial, Marie’s escape and the FBI’s years long pursuit of one of their most wanted  

 

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Episode Resources Mrs. Vivian June Ritter. The Tampa Tribune. April 30,1968

Letter Linked in Killing of Secretary Erased. The Orlando Sentinel. September 18, 1968

State Traces Hourly Steps by Mrs. Ritter. The Tampa Tribune. December 4,1968

Arrington v. State. Supreme Court of Florida. April 1, 1970

Wanted Persons Marie Dean Arrington. The Sheriff's Star. December 1969

Marie Dean Arrington. The Tampa Tribune. March 18, 1973

Is This The Place They Call Hell? The Palm Beach Post. March 18, 1973

Son Remains in Shadow of Mother’s Revenge. Orlando Sentinel. June 27, 1998 

Marie Arrington 1960s Leesburg Killer. South Florida Sun Sentinel. July 1, 2014

30 days of mean marie. Lake & Sumter Style. July 2014

 

Episode Music Sense of Loss and Lazy Days by Purple Planet Music. purple-planetmusic.com Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution

Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

Mar 14, 2022
Episode 106 The Singing Slayer of the South
34:18

Kenneth Neu loved two things: music and himself. He was a talented singer and dreamed of becoming a star with his name in newspapers and his voice on the radio. Neu would get his wish in the 1930s when people from New York City to New Orleans heard his name on radio reports and saw his name and photos printed in newspapers. The headlines featured news that he had confessed to two murders.

 

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Episode Resources Theater Manager Found Murdered. The Wilmington Morning News. September 11, 1933

Slayer of Two Held By Lack of Car Tag. The Gaffney Ledger. September 23, 1933

Crooner Held for Murder Pens Poems in Jail Cell. The Shreveport Times. September 23, 1933

Neu’s Defense at N.O. is Insanity. The Alexandria Town Talk. December 13, 1933

State Demands Death for Penalty for Slayer. The Monroe-Star News. December 15, 1933

Night Club Singer Goes to N.O. Gallows Today. The Shreveport Times February 1, 1935

Girl Pays for Neu’s Funeral. The Alexandria Town Talk. February 2, 1935

State v. Neu, 180 La. 545, 157 So. 105 (La. 1934). Casetext

Singer Kept Singing All the Way to the Gallows. The Ottawa Citizen. October 25, 1980

Fit as a fiddle and ready to hang: depression-era crooner was the ‘singing slayer’. Medium. December 1, 2018

Is Gay Panic Still An Excuse For Murder In The Courtroom? Oxygen True Crime. August 20, 2019

 

Episode Music Loneliest Road in America by Jesse Gallagher Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution

Slow Hammers by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Source: http://incompetech.com

Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

Feb 28, 2022
Episode 105 The Six Triple Eight
34:20

The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, nicknamed the "Six Triple Eight", was the only all-black, all-female battalion overseas during World War II. They were dedicated to the mission to boost morale for service members but it would take decades for their country to acknowledge them for their service.

 

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Episode Resources Double V Campaign. Newspapers.com

LTC Charity Adams Early. Women of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion

6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion. National Museum United States Army 

Lena King, 6888 Central Postal Directory Battalion U.S. Army, World War II. Veterans Chronicles. Dec 5, 2019

These Black Female Heroes Made Sure U.S. WWII Forces Got Their Mail. History. February 21, 2019.

Procession, funeral for Bertha Dupre set for Friday morning. The Salisbury Post. March 20, 2019

The SixTripleEight: No Mail, Low Morale. National World War II Museum New Orleans. February 10, 2021

Sen. Moran Introduces Bill to Award the Congressional Gold Medal to the WWII “Six-Triple-Eight” Battalion. Jerry Moran United States Senator for Kansas. February 2021

Black female WWII unit hoping to get congressional honor. Associated Press. July 13, 2021

Honoring Veterans of WWII: Women of the 6888th. Burns and McConnell. November 18, 2021

And Still, They Served: Black Servicewomen in World War II. Military Women’s Memorial. 

Invisible Warriors: African American Women in World War II. Charlie Horse Productions

 

Episode Music

Sugar Pines by Wes Hutchison Licensed under Creative Commons

Alone With My Thoughts by Esther Abrami Licensed under Creative Commons

Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

Feb 14, 2022
Episode 104 The Legend of the Bloody Mausoleum
22:41

A Gothic revival church in downtown Cleveland, Tennessee was built in 1873 and dedicated in memory of 7-year-old Nina Craigmiles who died in 1871. The mausoleum behind the church is home to one of Tennessee's strangest mysteries

 

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Episode Resources St. Luke’s Episocopal Church. National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. United States Department off the Interior Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service

Elegy in Marble. The Tennessean. April 16, 1950

The Red Streaks on the White Mausoleum. Appalachian History. October 28, 2010

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Visit Cleveland Tennessee

Ghosts of Bradley County, Tennessee. Museum Center 5 Points. October 28, 2010

 

Episode Music

Shadowlands by Purple Planet Music https://www.purple-planet.com Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use.

Jan 31, 2022
Episode 103 The Sultana Disaster
31:37

The worst maritime disaster in US history occurred on April 27, 1865. Overshadowed by the end of the Civil War and assassination of President Lincoln, the death of nearly 1800 souls was not front page news and conspiracy theories of how the ship went down were rampant 

 

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Episode Resources

Sultana Disaster Museum sultanadisastermuseum.com

The Sultana Association of Descendants and Friends thesultanaassociation.com

Sultana: A Tragic Postscript to the Civil War. American History Magazine. August 1998

Surviving the Worst: The Wreck of the Sultana at the End of the American Civil War. Mississippi History Now. October 2009

The Shipwreck That Led Confederate Veterans To Risk All For Union Lives. NPR News. April 27, 2015

 

Episode Music

Waiting Alone in the Dust by Lobo Loco. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0

Virtues Instrumenti by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Source: http://incompetech.com

Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use.

Jan 17, 2022
Show Update and Patreon Preview
11:04

Show update and preview of patron exclusive Southern Mysteries Shorts. Meet the most remarkable survivor of the Civil War

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Dec 20, 2021
Episode 102 The Hawes Horror
28:21

In December 1888 Birmingham leaders faced their greatest challenge in the city’s seventeen years of existence...sensational murders that gained nationwide attention and led to a deadly riot in the Magic City.

 

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Episode Resources West, Goldsmith B. (1888) The Hawes Horror Birmingham

Northrup, Jeff. (1978) "The Hawes Riot: All the News Unfit to Print" Journal of the Birmingham Historical Society. Vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 16-25

The Hawes Murders: a dark moment in Birmingham’s early history. Alabama Newscenter. October 28, 2021

Jones, Pam. (Spring 2006) "The Hawes Murders." Alabama Heritage No. 80, pp. 34-40

He Will Hang! Birmingham News. January 13, 1890. 

Hawes Hung. The South Alabamian. March 8, 1890.

 

Episode Music

Measured Places, B Somber Ballads, Mesmerize and Lamentation by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source: http://incompetech.com

There’s Probably No Time by Chris Zabriskie Licensed under creative commons

Elegy by Asher Fulero Licensed under creative commons

Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use.

Dec 06, 2021
Episode 101 Sleepwalking Killer of Covington Kentucky
39:02

In August 1943, 15 year old Joan Kiger was accused of murdering her father and younger brother. Her attorney claimed the sleepwalking defense - that Joan shot her family members while having a nightmare. 78 years later there are still questions about what happened inside the Kiger’s home in the summer of 1943

 

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Episode Resources Mother Loyal to Girl Held in Double Killing. The Rock Island Argus. August 19, 1943

Kiger Hearing Scheduled for Tuesday, Girl Calm as Murder Warrant is Filed. Cincinnati Enquirer. August 19, 1943

Startling New Angle Claimed in Double Slaying in Covington. The Park City Daily News. August 22, 1943

Murder Warrant Issued for Mrs. Carl Kiger. The Lexington Herald. December 7, 1943

Joan Virtually Admitted Slaying, State Declares. The Louisville Courier-Journal. December 18, 1943

Joan Kiger Takes Stand to Tell of Twin Killing. Owensboro Messenger. December 21, 1943.

Joan Kiger Found Not Guilty, All Other Charges Dismissed. Cincinnati Enquirer. December 22, 1943

Freed In Nightmare Murder, Joan Kiger is Called Maniac. Daily News. April 16, 1944

The Kiger Murders of 1943. Boone County Public Library Chronicles of Boone County. 

Kiger Murder. Have Your Say. 

Sleepwalking Killers. Psychology Today. December 13, 2012

11 Sleepwalking Killers from History Will Make You Want to Bar Your Doors At Night. History Collection. November 21, 2017 Episode Music

Comfortable Mystery, Tranquility Base, Almost F in Tranquility, Dhaka, Lamentation, Colorless Aura and Dreams Become Real by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source: http://incompetech.com. Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use.

Nov 22, 2021
Episode 100 What Lies Beneath the Surface of Lake Lanier
39:48

Lake Lanier is one of the deadliest lakes in America. Some swear it's haunted by the spirits of those whose lives tragically ended in the lake. Others believe it was cursed from the start because of the dark history associated with the land and people who lived in the area before the lake was created

 

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Episode Resources

Phillips, P. (2016). Blood at the root: a racial cleansing in America (First edition.). W.W. Norton & Company.

Rivers Held a Spiritual Place in the Lives of the Cherokee. Humanities by National Endowment for Humanities. Summer 2019. 

Deadliest day at Lake Lanier | 1964 Christmas tragedy. 11 Alive News. December 10, 2019.

Cemeteries of Lake Lanier. North Gwinnett Voice. March 9, 2020.

Quick Facts Forsyth County, Georgia. US Census. 

The mysteries beneath the waters. Tallahassee Tribune. September 2, 2020.

Below the surface: How Lake Lanier came to be. Forsyth County News. September 8, 2020.

One of Georgia’s most well known lakes has a murky history. The Signal. April 6, 2021.

Mooney, J., & Mooney, J. (1982). Myths of the Cherokee ; and, Sacred formulas of the Cherokees. Nashville, Tenn: Charles and Randy Elder-Booksellers. Episode Music

Ambient and Drone in D by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source: http://incompetech.com

No. 8 Requiem and No 6 In My Dreams by Esther Abrami Licensed under Creative Commons; Argonne by Zachariah Hickman Licensed under Creative Commons; Spirit of Fire by Jesse Gallager Licensed under Creative Commons

Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use.

Nov 08, 2021
Episode 99 The Man Who Stole Halloween
35:16

Nearly fifty years ago the country mourned eight year old Timothy O’Bryan who died in his Texas home after eating poisoned trick or treat candy on Halloween. Timothy’s death changed Halloween celebrations for generations of children 

 

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Episode Resources

Ronald Clark O'BRYAN, Appellant, v. The STATE of Texas, Appellee. September 26, 1979. 

The ex-wife of Ronald Clark O'Bryan, awaiting his execution. UPI. March 30, 1984

The True Story of the Notorious Trick-or-Treat Murderer. Vice. October 31, 2016.

35 years later, memories of notorious Halloween ‘Candyman’ murder remain vivid. Statesman News Network. October 14, 2016

Looking back at the 'Candy Man' 42 years later. Houston Chronicle. November 1, 2016.

The Candyman: Houston's own real-life Halloween horror story. ABC 13 Eyewitness News. October 13, 2018.

How Trick-or-Treating Became a Halloween Tradition. History. October 3, 2019 Episode Music

Lost Time, Ambient, Ossuary 1 A Beginning, Ossuary 6 Air, B Somber Ballad and Long Note One by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source: http://incompetech.com

Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use.

Oct 25, 2021
Episode 98 The Cult of the Unknown Tongues
42:23

In February 1933 a church service in a Kentucky mountain town ended with the death of 72 year old Lucinda Mills. Nine relatives would be accused of murder while the media labelled her death a human sacrifice. What happened in that cabin?

 

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Episode Resources

Laben T. Mills Obituary. Big Sandy News. July 31,1914

Lucinda Ward Mills. Find A Grave. [Lucinda’s age listed as 65 here but based off of census records she was believed to have been 72] 

Burning of Body on Altar Halted by Inez Police. The Owensboro Inquirer. February 9, 1933 

Cult Victim Held Willing Sacrifice. The Courier-Journal. February 10, 1933

Insanity Plea Planned in Cult Slaying Case. The Courier-Journal. February 11, 1933

Bare Details of ‘Sacrifice’ Death Scene. Indianpolis Times. February 11, 1933

Mills Held Without Bond for Slaying Mother in Cult ‘Sacrifice’. The Lexington Herald. February 12, 1933

Nine Relatives of Cult Victim Are Indicted. The Owensboro Messenger. April 5, 1933

Insanity Held Slaying Cause. The Courier-Journal. April 7, 1933

Two Relative Freed In Cult Slaying Trial. The Lexington Leader. April 9, 1933

Prosecutor Contends Slayers of Mrs Mills Cold Blooded Murderers. The Courier-Journal. April 10, 1933

Mills Kneeling on Mother’s Body Fought Deputies. The Owensboro Inquirer. April 11, 1933

Cult Case Goes to Jury. The Courier Journal. April 12, 1933

Cult Leader Is Given Life Term for Matricide. The Courier-Journal. April 12, 1933

Blaine McGinnis is Given Pardon. Lexington Herald-Leader. November 3, 1933

The Mysterious “Order of the Odd Fellows”. Messy Nessy. January 2020. 

Odd Fellows Have Skeletons in Their Closets--and Their Walls and Attics. Los Angeles Times. April 2001.

 

Episode Music

Clean Soul, Concentration, Tranquility Base, Almost F in Tranquility, Drone in D and Loss by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source: http://incompetech.com

The Dark Glow of the Mountains and There’s Probably No Time by Chris Zabriske  Licensed under Creative Commons

Elegy by Asher Fulero Licensed under Creative Commons

Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use.

Oct 11, 2021
Episode 97 Affairs of Honor
31:16

Duels were common in America until the end of the Civil War. They were most common in the south where the slightest offense could result in a challenge with duelists following a “polite” code of honor.

 

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Episode Sources

Field of Honor: A Complete and Comprehensive History of Duelling in All Countries. 1884

Savannah Duels. Chatham County GaArchives History. 1923

Dueling. Encyclopedia of Arkansas. 15 March 2013

8 Legendary Duels. History

"Mourn Columbia!": The Death and Legacy of Stephen Decatur. White House History. November 25, 2019.

The History of Dueling in America. PBS American Experience. 

In the Defense of Honor: The Rise and Fall of Dueling in America. Ultimate History Project. 

Before Burr shot Hamilton, this 1800s Kentucky duel ended in bloodshed. Courier Journal. June 13, 2019. 

 

Episode Music

Lost, Almost in F Tranquility and Lost Frontier by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source: http://incompetech.com

Northern Lights by Chris Haugen, Spirit of Fire by Jesse Gallagher and Alone with my Thoughts by Esther Abrami Licensed under Creative Commons

Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use.

Sep 27, 2021
Episode 96 Windsor Ruins
34:54

The ruins of Windsor are among the most photographed historic sites in Mississippi. 23 towering columns that cast long shadows on the history of the once grand mansion and places like it across the American south. 

 

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Episode Sources

Windsor Ruins National Register of HIstoric Places Nomination. 1971, updated 1992

"Burning of the Daniell Residence." The Southern Reveille. February 21, 1890

The Ruins of Windsor. WLBT. April 30, 2011

Cotton. Mississippi Encyclopedia. July 10, 2017.

The Creation Of The Cotton Kingdom. African American History and Culture.

United States Census, 1860. Claiborne County, Mississippi. Population Schedules

Windsor Ruins, Mississippi – A Silent Sentinel to the Magnificent South. Legends of America. November 2019. 

The Windsor Ruins of Mississippi. Parker Studios. June 11, 2019.

 

Episode Music

Sense of Loss by Purple Planet Music. Purple-planet.com. Licensed under Creative Commons Fresh Fallen Snow by Chris Haugen and I Need To Start Writing Things Down and I Am A Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor by Chris Zabriske. Licensed under Creative Commons  Autumn Sunset, Relaxing Piano Music and March of the Minds by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source: http://incompetech.com Devouring the Whole by Ross Gentry. Special thanks to Headway Recordings, in Asheville, North Carolina for permission for use Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use.

Sep 13, 2021
Episode 95 The Richmond Rivalry Murders
24:54

On a sweltering day in the summer of 1925, Rudolph Disse went on a shooting spree in Richmond Virginia killing the woman he loved, his rival and a cop

 

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Episode Sources

 

Boy Slayer Cool, Little of Criminal About Him. The Richmond Times Dispatch. July 29, 1925

Marvin W. Peers Had Won Divorce. The Richmond Times Dispatch. July 30, 1925

Trial of Disse Underway. El Paso Herald. August 14, 1925

Disse Case Again Postponed. The Danville Bee. August 15, 1925

State Rests in Trial of Disse. The State News and Observer. August 18, 1925 

Disse Sentenced to Electric Chair. The Danville Virginia Bee. August 20, 1925 

Rudolph Disse Must Die in Chair. The Newport Daily Press. August 21, 1925

Beauty Fatal to Two. Casper Star-Tribune. September 27, 1925

Has Condemned Man Lost Calm at Trial? The Richmond Times Dispatch. November 18, 1925 

Drug Addict Slew Girl He Loved and Other Man. The New York Daily News. July 24, 1927

 

Episode Music

 

Tranquility Base and Drone in D by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source: http://incompetech.com

Gloomy Night by Marwan Nimra Licensed under Creative Commons 

Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use.

Aug 30, 2021
Episode 94 The Crime Tourist Slayings
31:13

Lester Brocklehurst, Jr was a Sunday school teacher who grew bored of his life. In 1937 he and his girlfriend hit the road on a multi state crime spree that ended with dozens of armed robberies and three murders

 

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Episode Sources

Officers of Four States Hunt Pair. Anniston Star. May 9, 1937

Holdup Killer Caught in N.Y. Abilene Morning News. May 14, 1937

Three States Attempt to Get Brocklehurst. Fort Worth Star-Telegram. May 14, 1937

Killer Gives Own Story of Crime Career. The Sacramento Bee. May 14, 1937

Sanity Question Stirs Anger of Accused Slayer. The Daily Oklahoman. May 27, 1937

Brockelhurst, Ordered to Die, Falls in Faint. The Richmond Times Dispatch. June 26, 1937

Killer’s Companion Freed of Murder. The Richmond Times Dispatch. June 26, 1937

Bernice Felton Is Indicted by U.S. Fort Worth Star-Telegram. September 25, 1937

Brocklehurst Fights for Life As Child Is Born. Kenosha News. December 17, 1937

Girl Begins Time for Crime Tour. The Wichita Eagle. May 29, 1939

What’s Behind the Man Behind the Thumb? The News Tribune. July 30, 1939

Gangsters, Mobsters & Outlaws of the 20th Century. Legends of America. February 2020

Gangsters During the Depression. American Experience PBS. 

Bernice Felton, Half of a Serial Killer Couple – Illinois, 1937. Unknown Gender History. January 2, 2021

 

Episode Music

Ossuary 1 The Beginning, Dark Times, Despair and Triumph, Ambient by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source: http://incompetech.com

No 2 Remembering Her - Esther Abrami Licensed under Creative Commons 

Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use.

Aug 16, 2021
Southern Mysteries Shorts The Meeting Street Murders
13:23

How do you celebrate the milestone of one million downloads of Southern Mysteries? You share a story! Hear the Southern Mysteries Shorts featuring the odd true crime story of the Meeting Street Murders

 

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Episode Sources

 

“Sue Stidham Logue”. Murderpedia. 

 

“How A Mule Kick Killed Eight People”. Who’s On The Move, Midlands Biz. November 1, 2013.

 

“From a dead calf to the South Carolina electric chair”. The Newport Plain Talk. October 10, 2014.

 

“Edgefield County Sheriff W.D. “Wad” Allen. EOW: November 16, 1941”. South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame Facebook.November 19, 2019.

 

“Edgefield County Deputy Sheriff W.L. “Doc” Clark. EOW: November 18, 1941”. South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame Facebook

 

Episode Music

 

Cryptic Sorrow, Clean Soul by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source: http://incompetech.com; Plantation by Audionautix. Licensed under Creative Commons.

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Aug 05, 2021
Episode 93 Murdered in Brooksville
29:22

On May 9, 1981, Ricky Merrill and Dori Colyer left Hilltop Lounge in Brooksville, Florida. They never returned. 40 years on, their families are still waiting for justice

Anyone with information on this Cold Case Homicide is asked to contact Detective George

Loydgren at 352-754-6830.If you would like to remain anonymous – Please call Hernando County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-990-TIPS (8477) or submit your tip online at

hernandocountycrimestoppers.com 

 

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Episode Sources

Who Killed Rick Merrill and Dori Colyer? RickAndDori.com Father of car’s owner fears worst. St. Petersburg Times/Hernando Times. May 12, 1981 Families complain of delay in identifying bodies. Tampa Bay Times. May 14, 1981 Services planned, but car-fire victims' identities still unconfirmed. Tampa Bay Times. May 15, 1981 Identities confirmed of 2 found in burning car. Tampa Bay Times. May 16, 1981 Cause of death still unknown in care fire. St Petersburg Times, Hernando Times. May 19, 1981 Police have four suspects in murder of two persons found in burning car. St Petersburg Times/Hernando Times. August 1, 1981 Quest remains unfulfilled as tragedy strikes again. St. Petersburg Times/Hernando Times. September 9, 1988 Case of double murder, vehicle arson still cold after 38 years. Fox 13 Tampa. May 10, 2019 Deputies need your help solving 39-year-old Brooksville cold case. WTSP. May 8, 2020 Cold Cases: Ricky Merrill & Dori Colyer. Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. October 12, 2020

 

Episode Music

Tranquility Base, Clean Soul, Slow Hammers, Virtutes Instrumenti, Drone in D by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source: http://incompetech.com; Spirit of Fire by Jesse Gallagher. The Dark Glow of the Mountains by Chris Zabriske Licensed under Creative Commons. Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

Aug 02, 2021
Episode 92 Taunted By A Killer
39:20

17 year old Shari Faye Smith and 9 year old Debra May Helmick were kidnapped and murdered in neighboring South Carolina counties in the summer of 1985. Their killer taunted the Smith family and police until a piece of evidence Shari Smith left behind led police to her killer. Want more Southern Mysteries?

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Episode Music Organic Meditations, Despair and Triumph, Almost in F Tranquility, Reawakening, Ambient, March of the Mind by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source: http://incompetech.com; Spirit of Fire by Jesse Gallagher and God Be With You Til We Meet Again by Chris Zabriske Licensed under Creative Commons. Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use.

 

Episode Sources

State v. Bell. South Carolina Supreme Court Decisions. February 26, 1990

We May Never Find Missing Woman. UPI. October 7, 1996.

Larry Gene Bell. Murderpedia

The Genesis of a Murderer. The Herald. October 20, 2007

Keep on believing: Dawn Smith Jordan on hope after tragedy. South Carolina United Methodist Advocate. March 26, 2019

The Summer of Shari. The Chrysalis Chapters. May 21, 2019

Kidnapper Forces Victim to Write Last Will and Testament Before Killing Her. The True Crime Edition. November 11, 2020

Larry Gene Bell: The Murders of Shari Smith and Debra Helmick. Talk Murder With Me. December 27, 2020

Denise Newsom Porch. The Charley Project.

Jul 19, 2021
Episode 91 The Alabama Torso Murders
33:27

In June 1959, the discovery of two dismembered torsos terrified residents in North Alabama. The unknown victims were dubbed Mr. X and Mr. Y until a tip led investigators to a farm where they met the woman behind one of Alabama's grisliest crimes.  See photos and sources for this episode at southernmysteries.com

 

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Sources

Hyatt Family Tree Index

Drawings Were Sure to Break Torso Case. The Birmingham News. July 17, 1959.

Mr. X and Mr. Y Source Materials. Jacksonville State University Digital Commons Special Collections. 1959. 

Redeemed in the Valley. The Anniston Star. January 14, 2009

Notorious 'Torso Murders' blood trail revealed in AL.com Vintage photos. Al.com February 11, 2016. 

 

Music

Despair and Triumph, Lost Time and Brethren Arise by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. The Dark Glow of the Mountains by Chris Zabriske, Meditation 1 by Audionautix, Spirit of Fire by Jesse Gallager. Licensed under a Creative Commons; Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use.

Jul 05, 2021
Episode 90 The Mystery of the Poisoned Milk Bottle
28:21

Walter Samples was a retired engineer who lived a quiet life in Memphis. That was until someone left a poisoned bottle of milk on his front porch in February 1941. His murder investigation revealed the 69 year old had been living a double life and dozens of people had motive to kill him. See photos and sources for this episode at southernmysteries.com

 

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Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use. Relaxing Piano Music, Lamentation, Long Note Two, Concentration and Colorless Aura by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source: http://incompetech.com Slow Hammers by the Mini Vandals. Licensed under a Creative Commons

Jun 21, 2021
Episode 89 The Mysterious Murder of Nell Cropsey
37:58

The body of 19 year old Nell Cropsey was found floating in North Carolina’s Pasquotank River over a month after she disappeared in 1901. Her boyfriend was accused of killing her. But three people in the Cropsey home the night Nell disappeared later took their own lives. Were they hiding the truth behind her disappearance and death?  See photos and sources for this episode in the show notes at southernmysteries.com

 

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Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use; At Rest, Ambient, Reawakening, Echoes of Time and Organic Meditations Three by Kevin McLeod Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source: http://incompetech.com; I Am A Man Who Will Fight by Chris Zabriske. Licensed under Creative Commons; Alone by Purple Planet Music https://www.purple-planet.com/ Licensed under Creative Commons

Jun 07, 2021
Episode 88 Leesburg Stockade Stolen Girls
28:18

In the summer of 1963, 15 girls between the ages of 12 and 15 were held in the Leesburg Stockade for the crime of demonstrating for integration in the deep south. For weeks their parents didn’t know where they were or if they were alive. See photos and sources for this episode in the show notes at southernmysteries.com

 

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Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use. 

 

Burden Laid Down by The Westerlies, Pink Horizon by Chris Haugen, St Francis by Josh Lippi and the Overtimers and Magic Forest by Sir Cubworth Licensed under a Creative Commons; Dark Times, Peace of Mind, Elegy and Virtues Instrumenti by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source: http://incompetech.com

May 24, 2021
Episode 87 Watery Grave The Mysterious Death of Fannie Madison
37:14

On March 14,1885, the body of Fannie Madison was recovered from the Marshall Reservoir in Richmond, Virginia. Police quickly arrested Fannie’s cousin Thomas Cluverius who was believed to be the father of her unborn child. Did Thomas murder his cousin? Did Fannie take her own life? Or did someone else have motive to kill her? See photos and sources for this episode in the show notes at southernmysteries.com

 

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Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use. 

Ossuary New Beginning, Ambient, Clean Soul, Organic Meditation Evening Fall Harp, Dreams Become Real by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source: http://incompetech.com; I Am A Man Who Will Fight by Chris Zabriske Licensed under Creative Commons; Falling From Grace by White Hex Licensed under Creative Commons

May 10, 2021
Episode 86 Deceptive Delivery The Murder of Lita McClinton Sullivan
34:45

Lita McClinton was murdered in her Atlanta townhome in 1987. Someone posing as a flower delivery man rang the doorbell and shot Lita when she opened the door. Lita’s family, Atlanta PD and the FBI agreed on the prime suspect but it would take nearly 20 years to build a case against him. See photos and sources for this episode in the show notes at southernmysteries.com

 

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Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use. Dark Fog, Drone in D, Lamentation, Echoes of Time, Autumn Sunset, Meditation Impromptu, by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source: http://incompetech.com/. Gloomy Night by Marwan Nimra Licensed under Creative Commons.Resolution by Wayne Jones Licensed Under Creative Commons Magical Forest by Sir Cubworth Licensed Under Creative

Apr 26, 2021
Episode 85 The Kingdom of the Happy Land
26:44

A group of emancipated slaves made the long journey from the Deep South to the Carolinas after the Civil War. There, they established a new life and a kingdom. See photos and sources for this episode in the show notes at southernmysteries.com

 

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Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use.  Alone by Lee Rosevere  Licensed under Creative Commons. Relaxing Piano, Journey Home and Slow Hammers by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source: http://incompetech.com/. There’s Probably No Time by Chris Zabriskie Licensed under Creative Commons.

Apr 12, 2021
Episode 84 Mysteries and Murders at the Magnolia Hotel
26:25

The Magnolia Hotel in Seguin, Texas is one of the most haunted hotels in the state. 13 spirits are attached to the hotel including Emma Voelcker, a 12 year old girl whose alleged killer stayed at the hotel the night of her murder. See photos and sources for this episode in the show notes at southernmysteries.com

 

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Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use.  Alone and Shadowlands by Purple Planet Music https://www.purple-planet.com/  Licensed under Creative Commons. Ambient, Drone in D, Anguish, Dreams Become Real, Dark Times and Ossuary 6 by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source: http://incompetech.com/. Wandering by Lee Rosevere. Licensed under Creative Commons.

Mar 29, 2021
Episode 83 Alabama’s Shocking Cesspool Murders
38:16

20 year old Herbert Hoover Gentry was the first deaf person in Alabama to be tried on a capital offense with an interpreter in the courtroom. Gentry was accused of killing his wife and her best friend after their bodies were discovered in a cesspool See photos and sources for this episode in the show notes at southernmysteries.com

 

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Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use.  Sense of Loss by Purple Planet Music https://www.purple-planet.com/ Licensed under Creative Commons. Virtutes Instrumenti, Drone in D, Ossuary 1 A Beginning and Atlantean Twilight by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source: http://incompetech.com/. There’s Probably No Time, I Need To Start Writing Things Down and I Am A Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor by Chris Zabriske. Licensed under Creative Commons.

Mar 15, 2021
Episode 82 Natchez Burnin’ The Rhythm Club Fire of 1940
30:35

The Natchez Rhythm Club changed the city of Natchez on April 23rd 1940. 209 people died and more than 200 were injured including civic and cultural leaders. All of the victims of one of the deadliest fires in US history were Black.  See photos and sources for this episode in the show notes at southernmysteries.com

 

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Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use ***Additional Music: Somber Ballads and Long Road Ahead B by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source: http://incompetech.com/. Pale Rider by Blues Mini Vandals; Burden Laid Down by The Westerlies; Fresh Fallen Snow by Chris Haugen; Lost Cowboy by Coyote Hearing. Licensed Under Creative Commons. Beginnings in Dust, Devouring the Whole by Ross Gentry. Courtesy Headway Recordings Asheville.  The Natchez Burning by Howlin' Wolf. The Complete RPM & Chess Singles A's & B's 1951-62, Vol. 1 ℗ 2014 Acrobat Licensing Ltd. The Natchez Fire by Gene Gilmore. Originally issued on the 1940 single (Decca 7763) (78 RPM). “It’s Tight Like That” by Walter Barnes and His Royal Creolians. 1928.

Mar 01, 2021
Episode 81 Legendary US Marshal Bass Reeves
32:09

Bass Reeves was born into slavery, escaped to freedom during the Civil War and became a legendary marshal. Was Bass Reeves the inspiration behind the cowboy hero The Lone Ranger?  See photos and sources for this episode in the show notes at southernmysteries.com

 

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Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use ***Additional Music: Green Green Garden and Morning Mandolin by Chris Haugen; Plantation by Audionautix; There’s Probably No Time by Chris Zabriske; Dhaka, Somber Ballad and Clean Soul by Kevin MacLeod; Eight by Ross Gentry. Courtesy of Headway Recordings in Asheville, North Carolina. Lazy Day and Shadowlands by Purple Planet Music https://www.purple-planet.com/ Licensed under Creative Commons.

Feb 08, 2021
Episode 80 Explosive Mistake The Murder of Helen Weaver
30:14

In December 1955, Harry Washburn stood trial for the car bombing that killed his ex mother in law, Helen Weaver. Central Texans were captivated by the trial coverage as they watched the first televised murder trial in American history. See photos and sources for this episode in the show notes at southernmysteries.com

 

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Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use ***Additional Music: Magic Forest by Sir Cuthburt; Sugar Pines by Wes Hutchison; Drone in D, Almost in F Tranquility, Passing Time and Meditation Impromptu 1 by Kevin MacLeod  Atmosphere and Darkness by Purple Planet Music https://www.purple-planet.com/ Licensed under Creative Commons.

Jan 25, 2021
Episode 79 The Life and Times of Serial Killer Euzebe Vidrine
29:19

Euzebe Vidrine was one of Louisiana’s earliest serial killers. After being sentenced to death for one murder in Evangeline Parish, Vidrine asked the judge for time to write his memoir and confessed to murdering four other men. See photos and sources for this episode in the show notes at southernmysteries.com Support The Show Want more Southern Mysteries? Hear the Southern Mysteries show archive and immediately access exclusive content when you become a patron of the show.  Join now at patreon.com/southernmysteries Connect

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Jan 11, 2021
Episode78 The Poet Murderess of Mississippi
25:05

In November 1930, Pearl Drew sent a letter to Mississippi Governor Bilbo. She included a poem which revealed she had murdered a man her father was convicted of killing. See photos and sources for this episode in the show notes at southernmysteries.com

 

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Dec 28, 2020
Episode 77 Mysterious Murder of William Marsh Rice
39:01

William Marsh Rice, founder of Rice University, was found dead on September 23,1900. The story surrounding his death is questioned to this day. Was he murdered? Or did the man who confessed to killing him get there too late? See photos and sources for this episode in the show notes at southernmysteries.com

 

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Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use ***Additional Music: Drone in D, Lamentation, Concentration, Atlantean Twilight, Silver Flame, Somber Ballads by Kevin MacLeod; There’s Probably No Time by Chris Zabriske; Lazy Days by Purple Planet Music https://www.purple-planet.com Licensed under Creative Commons.

Dec 14, 2020
Episode 76 The Earl Family Murders in Welsh Louisiana
32:59

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

 

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Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

Additional Music: Lightless Dawn, Resolution, Ambient, Long Note One, Long Note Four, Tranquility Base and Dark Times by Kevin MacLeod; Slow Hammers by The Mini Vandals; Falling Rain by Myuu Licensed under Creative Commons. Lomax, J. A., Lomax, A. & Stavin' Chain. (1934) Batson. Lafayette, Louisiana.

Nov 30, 2020
Episode 75 Lost in the Smokies The Disappearance of Dennis Martin
30:13

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 southernmysteries.com

 

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MUSIC Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use ***Additional Music: Atlantean Twilight, Ambient by Kevin MacLeod; Magic Forest by Sir Cubworth; Wood by Dan Henig; There’s Probably No Time by Chris Zabriske Licensed under Creative Commons. 

Nov 16, 2020
Episode 74 The Sin City Murder of Albert Patterson
35:35

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 at southernmysteries.com

 

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Music  Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use ***Additional Music: Lightless Dawn, Resolution, Long Note One, Long Note Two, Silver Flame, Lamentation by Kevin MacLeod. Magic Forest by Sir Cubworth; Tupelo Train by Chris Haughen; Loneliest Road in America by Jesse Gallager; I have a reservation by Track Tribe; There’s Probably No Time by Chris Zabriske Licensed under Creative Commons.

Nov 02, 2020
Episode 73 Nightcap Murder of Mary Cawein
39:44

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

 

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MUSIC Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use ***Additional Music: “Gloomy Night” by Marwam Nimra; “Meditation Impromptu 1”, “Lightless Dawn”, “Tranquility Base”, “Dark Fog”, “Drone in D”, “Lost Time”, “Atlantean Twilight” by Kevin MacLeod. “Autumn Sunset” by Audionautix. Licensed under Creative Commons.

Oct 19, 2020
Episode 72 The Rosewood Massacre
25:26

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

 

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MUSIC Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use ***Additional Music: “Emotional” by Purple Planet Music. https://www.purple-planet.com; “Beginnings in Dust” and “One” by Ross Gentry. Courtesy of Headway Recordings in Asheville, North Carolina; “Almost in F Tranquility”, “Ever Mindful”, “Dark Times” by Kevin MacLeod. “St. Francis” by Josh Lippi & The Overtimers. Licensed under Creative Commons.

Oct 05, 2020
Episode 71 Sidney Lascellas The Remarkable Rascal
28:17

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.com Support The Show Want more Southern Mysteries? Hear the Southern Mysteries show archive and immediately access exclusive content when you become a patron of the show.  Join now at patreon.com/southernmysteries CONNECT Website Twitter Discussion Group MUSIC Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use ***Additional Music: “Lazy Days” by Purple Planet Music. https://www.purple-planet.com; “Cryptic Sorrow”, “Clean Soul” and “Evening Fall Harp” by Kevin MacLeod. “There’s Probably No Time For That” and “I Am A Man Who Will Fight” by Chris Zabriske. Licensed under Creative Commons.

Sep 21, 2020
Episode 70 The Bigham Family Murders
31:14

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 southernmysteries.com

 

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*Music* “Alone” from https://www.purple-planet.com; “Clean Soul” Kevin MacLeod, “Falling From Grace” by White Hex, “Autumn Sunset” by Jesse Gallager and “Whaling City” by Freedom Trail Studio. Licensed under Creative Commons. “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use.  

Sep 07, 2020