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Each week Paula and Stephen explore unsolved murders, lost shipwrecks, local legends and more! https://www.ohiomysteries.com. https://www.facebook.com/ohiomysteries https://www.patreon.com/ohiomysteries https://www.twitter.com/mysteriesohioIn any given episode we feature fantastic music by the follo… read more

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10-Minute Mystery: Robert Hamrick

May 19th, 2022

12:08

In 1970, Rock Creek Police Chief Robert Hamrick was pursuing a speeding car when his cruiser went off the isolated dirt road and struck a tree. …

Ep. 182: Mob Mentality: Knights of the Flaming Circle vs. KKK

May 16th, 2022

28:09

In 1923, a group called the Knights of the Flaming Circle formed to confront the Ku Klux Klan at their rallies and parades. They had an inaugural tussle in Steubenville, then met in 1924 - in Niles - for a deadly …

Ep. 181: Astronaut Mysteries Pt. 3

May 12th, 2022

28:53

The last of a three-part series exploring mysteries that involved NASA astronauts from Ohio. In this episode, a couple of debates that arose after …

Ep. 180: Astronaut Mysteries Pt. 2

May 9th, 2022

24:30

In 1961, a pair of NASA scientists secretly tested a group of female pilots in the hopes of making them part of the Mercury astronaut program. Their …

Ep. 179: Astronaut Mysteries Pt. 1

May 5th, 2022

26:07

The first of a three-part series exploring mysteries that involved NASA astronauts from Ohio. In this episode, we discuss things seen or said …

10-Minute Mystery: The electrifying debut of Ray Caldwell

May 2nd, 2022

18:46

10-Minute Mystery: The electrifying debut of Ray Caldwell


In 1919, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox had both given up trying to tame the very talented but hard-drinking pitching phenom Ray Caldwell. The Cleveland …

UNRESOLVED Ep. 10: DeShawn Brown

April 28th, 2022

26:58

In 2004, 29-year-old DeShawn Brown, a minor celebrity in Akron where he had once been the city's greatest high school football talent, was shot …

Ep. 178 - The Beverly Hills Supper Club fire

April 25th, 2022

31:03

In 1977, a fire at the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Ky. killed 165 people. More than half were from Ohio. In the past decade, two new books on the subject argue that the cause wasn't an accident, but arson …

10-Minute Mystery: Charles "Chico" Ballard

April 21st, 2022

14:33

In 2000, someone lured Chico Ballard, an Ohio State University engineering student, to the basement of his apartment building and executed him. …

Ep. 177 - The Gnadenhutten Massacre

April 18th, 2022

34:44

In 1782, an American militia force from Pennsylvania marched into an Ohio village filled with Christian Delaware Indians and gruesomely executed 96 of them - men, women and children. Even today, historians find it a …

10-Minute Mystery: Marine Sulphur Queen - A Bermuda Triangle mystery

April 14th, 2022

17:07

In 1963, the 39-member crew of the Marine Sulphur Queen left the port at Beaumont, Texas, on a five-day journey to take molten Sulphur to Norfolk, …

Ep. 176 - Serial killer Anna Marie Hahn

April 11th, 2022

30:50

In 1938, the first woman to die in Ohio's electric chair was Anna Marie Hahn, a 32-year-old wife and mother who romanced old men in Cincinnati's …

10-Minute Mystery: Robin Durrer

April 7th, 2022

11:16

In 1981, Robin Durrer - a 19-year-old woman with developmental disabilities - left her home in the Franklin County village of Lockbourne to ride her …

10-Minute Mystery: Four fatal robberies

April 4th, 2022

16:18

We look at four robberies that ended in murder - cold cases where modern day detectives have recently asked for help. Windom Durham, 1962, Oberlin, …

UNRESOLVED Ep. 9: JoAnn Bartholomew

March 30th, 2022

32:22

In 1987, JoAnn Bartholomew - a wife, mother of two and businesswoman from Stow - failed to return home from evening church services. Her family spent …

Ep. 175 - Youngstown and the rise of the Warner Bros.

March 28th, 2022

35:36

At the dawn of the 20th century, the nine Warner siblings were growing up in one of the most thriving-yet-dangerous neighborhoods in the Midwest industrial belt. Four of the brothers tried to break out of poverty …

10-Minute Mystery: The Cuyahoga River fire

March 24th, 2022

18:01

In 1969, an oil slick on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland caught fire. It was extinguished in 20 minutes. Nobody even got a picture of it. It wasn't even the first fire. The river had flamed up at least 13 times before …

Ep. 174 - A Trio of Musical Mysteries

March 21st, 2022

25:55

1.When Twinsburg police finally were able to identify remains of a man found 40 years ago, they discovered he was an early member of the O'Jays. 2) …

10-Minute Mystery: The hazing of Herbert B. Knowles

March 17th, 2022

16:36

Did a brutal hazing in his freshman year at Akron High School shorten the life of a bright and promising young businessman? Herbert B. Knowles didn't …

Ep. 173 - The Ray Gricar disappearance

March 14th, 2022

27:03

In 2005, Ray Gricar, the sitting district attorney for Pennsylvania's Centre County, vanished. Gricar was born in Cleveland, earned his law degree at Case Western Reserve, and cut his teeth in the Cuyahoga County …

10-Minute Mystery: Utopia

March 10th, 2022

17:50

In the 1800s, three different experimental societies tried to establish a unique community in Clermont County, along the Ohio River. They failed. A road sign still marks where "Utopia" was meant to be, and where the …

Ep. 172 - The truth about Annie Oakley

March 7th, 2022

28:49

In the late 1800s, Annie Oakley - a young sharpshooter from Ohio's Darke County - arguably became the most famous woman in America, maybe even the world. She toured with the Buffalo Bill Wild West show and entertained …

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March 5th, 2022

4:23

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10-Minute Mystery: The Witch's Tower

March 3rd, 2022

10:00

In the 1940s, the scenic Hills and Dales MetroPark in Kettering, Ohio added an observation tower, built to look like the turret of a fortress. It became a lure for mischief makers who vandalized it and partied around …

Ep. 171 - Did Thomas Edison have Louis LePrince killed?

February 28th, 2022

34:56

In 1890, Louis LePrince was reportedly on his way to America to demonstrate his invention of the moving picture camera. But on the train ride from his brother's home in France, he vanished. When Thomas Edison revealed …

10-Minute Mystery: Cassie Cole

February 24th, 2022

10:52
In 2002, 14-year-old Cassandra "Cassie" Cole disappeared from the family home in Tiffin - sometime after falling asleep, but before it was time to …

Ep. 170 - Dr. James Snook: Premeditation, or passion?

February 21st, 2022

37:08
In 1929, an affair between married Ohio State University professor Dr. James Snook and medical student Theora Hix came to a crashing end when he beat her with a hammer and slashed her throat. He laid out an elaborate …

Rewind: 10-Minute Mystery: Sojourner Truth

February 17th, 2022

24:38
In 1851, at the second National Woman's Rights Convention held in Akron, Ohio, a runaway slave named Sojourner Truth used her compelling life as an argument in favor of gender equality. Her speech electrified the crowd …

Ep. 169 - What happened to Shaylene Farrell?

February 14th, 2022

21:55

In 1994, 18-year-old Shaylene Farrell told her sister she was running to a corner store near their Piqua, Ohio home. When her family went looking for …

10-Minute Mystery: The Mythical Silver Mines of the Shawnee

February 10th, 2022

13:06
In the late 1700s, men who had been held captive by the Shawnee told of how they were blindfolded, taken to a mysterious wood, then made to transport …

Ep. 168 - The last Ohioans of the USS Oklahoma

February 7th, 2022

23:19

In 1941, the USS Oklahoma sunk during the battle of Pearl Harbor, and the lost crew was buried together in Hawaii. This past decade, the military used DNA to return a majority of the remains to their families. We share …

Ep. 167 - Is George Remus "The Great Gatsby?"

January 31st, 2022

25:53

When Chicago lawyer George Remus moved to Cincinnati in 1920, he was already famous for pioneering the temporary insanity defense. But he had another career in mind when he came to Ohio - building a criminal empire. …

UNRESOLVED Ep. 8: Jeffrey Sauber

January 26th, 2022

21:34

In 1980, 18-year-old Jeff Sauber, on leave after finishing Marine boot camp, went to the Summit Drive-In with his friend to watch a movie called The …

Ep. 166 - Mob Mentality: Marion

January 24th, 2022

23:07

In 1919, Marion became an all-white community overnight when a mob intimidated more than 200 black families into fleeing the city. The unrest began …

10-Minute Mystery: Nadine Madger

January 20th, 2022

12:55
In 1980, 25-year-old Nadine Madger was stabbed to death in the kitchen of her Willougby home while her infant slept in a crib nearby. The murder …

Ep. 165 - Who was Johnny Appleseed?

January 17th, 2022

33:45

In 1801, a man from New England - barefoot and with a cooking pot on his head - arrived in Ohio, planting apple trees to give sustenance to settlers who were coming to this wild frontier. John Chapman became known as …

10-Minute Mystery: Glenna White

January 13th, 2022

14:56
In December of 2021, Portage County Sheriff's and US Marshals arrested Robert Moore of Alliance for the murder of Glenna Jean White, a 17-year-old …

Ep. 164 - What sank the Sultana?

January 10th, 2022

31:50

In April of 1865, more than 2100 Union soldiers were finally on their way home, having been released from southern prison camps at the conclusion of …

10-Minute Mystery: Andrea Flenoury and Donna Pittinger

January 6th, 2022

12:13

In 2005, Andea Flenoury, an exotic dancer, and Donna Pittinger, a sex worker, were taken from Akron streets, killed and dumped in bodies of water. …

Ep. 163 - John Lambert and America's first car

January 3rd, 2022

29:14

In the 1920s, the Smithsonian Institute was faced with the question of who to credit with making America's first gasoline-powered car. And while two …

REWIND: America's First Christmas Tree

December 23rd, 2021

19:39

(This is our annual repeat of a seasonal favorite.) For more than 50 years, the country accepted without question that Wooster, Ohioimmigrant August Imgard was the first to decorate a Christmas tree in America. His …

Ep. 162 - Jesse James' mysterious visit to Ohio

December 20th, 2021

30:09

In 1880, citizens of Lexington in Richland County thought they saw the notorious outlaw Jesse James and his gang visiting a local horse thief and toiling around some hidden caves. For decades, treasure hunters tried …

UNRESOLVED Ep. 7: The Patel Family

December 16th, 2021

35:25

An Ohio Mysteries/Akron Beacon Journal crossover In 1991, Manher and Jyoti Patel and their 6-year-old daughter Alka were executed in their home in …

Ep. 161 - The Cumminsville murders

December 13th, 2021

27:43

In 1904, the Cumminsville neighborhood of Cincinnati was rocked with the brutal murders of three women. Six years later, there were two more gruesome attacks within that one-mile radius. More than a century later, all …

10-Minute Mystery: Edward Roye

December 9th, 2021

14:43

In 1846 Edward Roye, native son of Newark, Ohio, set sail for Liberia, a new independent country that was attracting thousands of black Americans who wanted to escape racial prejudice. He became the country's richest …

Ep. 160 - The real story of drummer boy Johnny Clem

December 6th, 2021

26:01

In 1861, 9-year-old Johnny Clem ran away from his home in Newark, Ohio to join Union soldiers leaving for the Civil War. His exploits were so …

10-Minute Mystery: Columbia Pictures' Torch Lady

December 2nd, 2021

14:25
In 1936, Columbia Pictures unveiled its new logo, and for the next 40 years, the image of a toga-draped woman holding a bright torch would open every …

Ep. 159 - The revelation of Carla Dellerba's death

November 29th, 2021

26:22

In 1974, Stark County Coroner Gus Shaheen ruled Carla Dellerba, a 45-year-old Canton woman, had committed suicide by stabbing herself in the chest …

10-Minute Mystery: Amy Hooper

November 24th, 2021

11:01
In 1992, 19-year-old Amy Hooper was found stabbed and beaten in her new apartment in western Franklin County, the killer posing her body with a …

Ep. 158 - What started the Collinwood school fire?

November 22nd, 2021

33:07

In 1908, the worst school fire in American history killed 172 children, two teachers and a rescuer at Lake View Elementary in the Cleveland suburb of …

UNRESOLVED Ep 6: Phyllis Mosley

November 18th, 2021

34:32

In 1971, Phyllis Mosley, wife of a background singer with Ruby and the Romantics, was killed in her Akron home. Her four children talk about how her …

Ep. 157 - Who killed Clyde Dierkes?

November 15th, 2021

27:33

In 1970, 65-year-old bachelor Clyde Dierkes disappeared from his home in Clarington, Ohio. A couple of days later, a suspect led them to his body in …

10-Minute Mystery: Mary Ann Lodatto and Wilma Simpson

November 11th, 2021

11:55

Two unsolved homicides that still frustrate Jackson County officials: Mary Ann Lodatto - a wife, mother and secretary shot to death in her kitchen in …

Ep. 156 - The disturbing world of Ceely Rose

November 8th, 2021

29:23

In 1896, three members of the Rose family - who operated a mill outside Mansfield - fell sick and died. Police suspected the only surviving member of …

10-Minute Mystery: Finding "Luther"

November 4th, 2021

11:55
In 1989, Marion County officials found the remains of a man they could never identify. Until this year. More than three decades later, they know the …

Ep. 155 - The remarkable life of Phoebe Wise

November 1st, 2021

36:40

Living just outside Mansfield, Phoebe Wise became an unwitting celebrity. A series of violent acts against her put her in the news at the turn of the …

10-Minute Mystery: Anna Hochwalt, Buried Alive

October 28th, 2021

14:23
In 1884 in Dayton. 18-year-old Anna Hochwalt was preparing for her brother's wedding ceremony when her mother discovered her unresponsive. After a …

Ep. 154 - Campfire Stories: Haunted Roads and Bridges

October 25th, 2021

30:21

 Ohio has numerous haunted roads and bridges. Tonight, we share the stories behind six of them: 1) Ghormley Road in Fayette County. 2) The Faceless Hitchhiker of Deadman's Curve in Clermont County. 3) Schader Road …

10-Minute Mystery: The Biedenbach murders

October 21st, 2021

12:36
In 1880 in Monroe County's Seneca Township, neighbors responding to a late-night alarm found a house filled with death. Two dead babies, two dead …

Ep. 153 - Campfire Stories: Encounters with Beasts

October 18th, 2021

28:28

Two news reports and two legends about encounters with mysterious beasts. 1) Champaign County's Cedar Bog Monster. 2) Logan and Union counties' visit from Bigfoot in 1980. 3 & 4) Richland and Ashland counties' …

10-Minute Mystery: The buried gold of Gen. Mad Anthony Wayne

October 17th, 2021

18:01
After Gen. Mad Anthony Wayne masterminded the 1795 treaty that moved Ohio's Indian tribes to the northwest, a roving band of angry warriors stole the …

Ep. 152 - Campfire Stories: Encounters with Strangers

October 11th, 2021

27:18

Reading four news reports about mysterious encounters with strangers. 1) Logan County's mischievous gnome, 1880. 2) Highland County's vanishing visitor, 1873. 3) Meigs County's Men in Black, 1967. 4) Washington County's …

10-Minute Mystery: William Miscannon

October 6th, 2021

14:50
In 1970, Toledo Police Ofc. William Miscannon was sitting in a patrol wagon with another officer when a stranger walked up to the window side of the …

Ep. 151 - Mob Mentality: The New Bremen Speedway Riot

October 4th, 2021

30:00

In 1931. a crowd at the New Bremen Speedway became so enraged over a disputed prize, they tore down the grandstands, judge's platform and ticket booths and burned them. Our Mob Mentality series is a look at the …

10-Minute Mystery: John Robek

September 30th, 2021

18:18
In 1974, John Robek - an undercover narcotics agent for the Youngstown Police Department - went hunting with his partner and childhood friend. The …

Ep. 150 - Ohio's own Phantom of the Opera

September 26th, 2021

21:10

In 1846, two men fighting over a beautiful ballet dancer ended in a backstage murder during a performance at a Cincinnati theater - and the killer …

10-Minute Mystery: Tammy Osborne and Sean Kearney

September 23rd, 2021

16:30
In 1981, clerk Tammy Osborne was abducted from her Mansfield Lawsons store and killed. A couple of days later, a Mansfield man named Sean …

Ep. 149 - Mob Mentality: The dynamiting of Akron City Hall

September 20th, 2021

31:46

Akron started the new century off with a bang when, in 1900, a mob intent on lynching a black man accused of rape went to city hall, exchanged …

UNRESOLVED Ep. 5: Jeannette Bartee and Roy Addison

September 16th, 2021

24:50

An Ohio Mysteries/Akron Beacon Journal crossover In 2002, Akron police had a busy day when investigative teams were called to two different homicide …

Ep. 148 - What caused the Cleveland Clinic x-ray fire?

September 13th, 2021

31:55

In a ghastly 1929 tragedy, a storage room full of x-rays at the Cleveland Clinic's first facility in Cleveland caught fire and exploded, sending …

10-Minute Mystery: The legend of Jack Trice

September 9th, 2021

24:01
In 1923, Jack Trice, a talented black football player from Hiram, Ohio who was recruited to play for Iowa State University, died of injuries in his …

Ep. 147 - The mystery of the USS Maine

September 6th, 2021

32:15

In 1898, a mysterious explosion sunk the USS Maine in the harbor of Havana, Cuba, killing 266 military personnel and sending America into war with Spain. The cause of the blast was never discovered. The ship and the …

10-Minute Mystery: Shakira Johnson

September 2nd, 2021

17:59
In 2003, a Cleveland neighborhood was rocked by the disappearance of an 11-year-old girl during a block party. When her skeletal remains were found a …

Ep. 146 - The Andover restaurant explosion

August 30th, 2021

30:54

In 1955, a restaurant full of anglers, vacationers, and local residents in Andover - Ashtabula County's gateway to Pymatuning Lake - suddenly blew …

10-Minute Mystery: Carolyn and Amanda Adams

August 26th, 2021

12:33
In 1986, 4-year-old Amanda Adams disappeared from her bedroom in a west side Columbus home. Before the month was out, Amanda and two more people …

Ep. 145 - The Great Train Robbery

August 23rd, 2021

26:00

In 1935, a couple of Akron gangsters were convicted of the robbery of a mail truck in Warren after a mail pouch and some of the stolen booty was …

Ep. 144 - The crash of the USS Shenandoah

August 16th, 2021

27:31

In 1925, The US Navy's first zeppelin - the USS Shenandoah - was ripped apart by turbulence over Noble County. The 14 crew killed included her …

10-Minute Mystery: The curse of Rocky Colavito

August 12th, 2021

12:59
In 1960, the Cleveland Indians traded one of the most popular players in the team's history - record-setting slugger Rocky Colavito. Since the team …

Ep. 143 - The strange ending to William Quantrill

August 9th, 2021

37:26

William Quantrill, a Dover, Ohio youth who turned into a Civil War guerilla for the south, is considered by many historians to have been a psychopath, responsible for the deaths of hundreds of civilians. He met his end …

UNRESOLVED Ep. 4: Leslie Ann Barker

August 5th, 2021

25:08

An Ohio Mysteries/Akron Beacon Journal crossover In 1978, Akron school teacher Leslie Ann Barker attended a matchmaking event at the popular Reds …

Ep. 142 - Mob Mentality: The Who concert, 1979

August 2nd, 2021

30:45

In 1979, 11 concert-goers were crushed to death trying to get inside Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium to see British rockstars The Who. Investigations afterward pieced together the series of bad decisions and unfortunate …

10-Minute Mystery: Vicki Koch

July 29th, 2021

10:48
In 1980, Circleville school teacher Vicki Koch was reported missing after she failed to show up for a weekend with her family back …

Ep. 104 - Elizabeth Stiles and the Madison Seminary

July 26th, 2021

47:24

Elizabeth Stiles was asked by Abraham Lincoln himself to spy for the Union Army during the Civil War, and she served with distinction through many …

10-Minute Mystery: Carey's shrine of miracles

July 22nd, 2021

16:45
In Carey, Ohio, a tiny white church built n 1875 was granted an opening day  miracle, according to 1,000 people in attendance. As word spread, pilgrims from all over started coming to the town to pray. Today, the …

Ep. 141 - What started the Ohio Penitentiary fire?

July 19th, 2021

34:00

Still one of the worst fires in U.S. history, a 1930 blaze at the Ohio Penitentiary in downtown Columbus killed 322 inmates. A century later, …

10-Minute Mystery: The Cassidy family

July 15th, 2021

15:20

In 1968, 17-year-old Michael Cassidy arrived at his Milan, Ohio home after work to find his parents shot to death in their beds, and his 12-year-old …

Ep. 140 - Mob Mentality: Mercer County, 1872

July 12th, 2021

36:34

In 1872, a mob broke into the Mercer County jail and whisked away three men suspected of raping and killing 13-year-old Mary Arabelle Secaur. Two of …

10-Minute Mystery: The Coonrod brothers

July 8th, 2021

22:57
In 2010. brothers Thomas and Steven Coonrod, 3 and 4 years old, died in a house fire in Highland County's village of Greenfield. First responders …

139 - Who killed the Bricca family?

July 5th, 2021

33:12

In 1966, Jerry and Linda Bricca and their 4-year-old daughter Debbie, were found stabbed to death in their suburban Cincinnati home. The motive for …

UNRESOLVED Ep. 3: Roderick Clemons

July 1st, 2021

19:43

An Ohio Mysteries/Akron Beacon Journal crossover In 1991, 26-year-old Roderick Clemons wanted to ask for a transfer from the Church's Chicken …

Ep. 138 - Mob Mentality: Springfield

June 27th, 2021

39:26

This is the first in an occasional series looking at the mystery of mob mentality. This episode: In 1904, thousands of Springfield citizens attacked the Clark County jail, murdered a black man who had killed a cop, then …

10-Minute Mystery: William Sproat and Mary Petry

June 24th, 2021

16:15

In 1970, 6 months after the infamous Charles Manson cult killings in California, southwest Ohio was rocked by its own gruesome crime scene. OSU grad …

Ep. 137 - The Ice Bridge Disaster

June 21st, 2021

32:02

A century ago, Niagara Falls tourists enjoyed a winter attraction - ice forming a bridge over the river beneath the falls. When the ice broke free in 1912, a Cleveland youth turned from safety to help a struggling …

Ep. 136 - Part 2: The assassination of Donald Mellett

June 16th, 2021

29:05

When Don Mellett became publisher of the Canton Daily News, he vowed to take on the city's underworld and corruption in the Canton Police Department. …

Ep. 136 - Part 1: The assassination of Donald Mellett

June 14th, 2021

31:20

When Don Mellett was hired as editor, and then publisher, of the Canton Daily News, he vowed to take on the city's underworld and corruption in the …

Ep. 135 - Part 2: The mystery of Pretty Boy Floyd's death

June 10th, 2021

19:30

In the second of this two-part episode, Floyd's ascension to "Public Enemy No. 1" and the multi-day manhunt in Northeast Ohio that led to his death …

Ep. 135 - Part 1: The mystery of Pretty Boy Floyd's death

June 7th, 2021

33:18

In the first of this two-part episode, the story of three Ohio towns who had experience with Floyd's gang. Sylvania in Lucas County, and Floyd's very first bank robbery. Akron in Summit County, and his capture after an …

10-Minute Mystery: Dr. Ellis W. List

June 3rd, 2021

14:25
In 1986, prominent Trumbull County physician Dr. Ellis List disappeared while attending a medical convention in Arizona, Ohio. An exhaustive search …

10-Minute Mystery: Angel's Glow and the Battle of Shiloh

May 31st, 2021

19:22
In 1862, 18,000 Ohioans participated in one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. And the wounded who lay in the muddy Tennessee fields …

UNRESOLVED Ep. 2: Melissa and Jasmine Collins

May 27th, 2021

32:00

In 1991, 17-year-old mom Melissa Collins and her 8-month old baby girl Jasmine vanished from their West Akron apartment. In the decades since, police …

Ep. 134 - Where is Lucy Loader?

May 24th, 2021

31:56

In 1994, 79-year-old Lucy Loader went home to her Tuscarawas County farmhouse for the first time in weeks after having recovered from recent cancer …

10-Minute Mystery: Asenath Dukat

May 20th, 2021

18:40

In 1980, someone raped and murdered Asenath Dukat, an 8-year-old in the Columbus suburb of Upper Arlington, as she walked home from school. While …

Ep. 133 - The Resurrectionists

May 17th, 2021

46:40

In the 1800s, Ohio was a hotbed for grave robbers, especially in the southwest where more than a dozen medical schools were in desperate need of …

10-Minute Mystery: The murder of Pres. McKinley's brother-in-law

May 13th, 2021

26:08
George Saxton, the brother of First Lady Ida McKinley, was shot dead outside the Canton, Ohio home of his lover in 1898. Police immediately arrested …

Ep. 132 - Who killed Olive Peaney - and why?

May 10th, 2021

35:28

In 1895, a Wood County wife named Olive Peaney was found dead from a bullet wound as she lay at the rear doorstep to her doctor's office, her clothes …

10-Minute Mystery: Tim Case; Jason Marti

May 6th, 2021

18:06
Two unsolved murders that cross the county line of Wayne and Holmes: The 1973 strangulation of 19-year-old Tim Case, and the 1996 shooting of …

Ep. 131 - John Scott Harrison and the bodysnatchers

May 3rd, 2021

42:44

John Scott Harrison is unique in American history, the only person who can say he was both son of and father to a U.S. president. But John Scott earned his own place in history after his death in 1878 - when grave …

10-Minute Mystery: Eve Ashbaugh; Lisa Ann Gross

April 29th, 2021

16:49
Two unsolved murders out of Delaware County: The 2007 stabbing death of llama rancher Eve Ashbaugh in her Troy Township home, and the 2001 case from …

10-Minute Mystery: Robin Stone

April 26th, 2021

15:23
In 1991, 17-year-old Robin Stone - seven months pregnant - disappeared from her Cambridge, Ohio home, then was found dead four months later. In 2014, …

UNRESOLVED Ep. 1: Janice Christensen

April 22nd, 2021

24:25

An Ohio Mysteries/Akron Beacon Journal crossover In 1987, Janice Christensen of Cuyahoga Falls went for a run on the Summit County Bike and Hike Trail, where she was raped and killed by a man who has never been caught. …

Ep. 130 - The Hopper Road murders

April 19th, 2021

29:20

In 2006, Curtis Francis and Jenny Burgette were found dead, shot in the head while sleeping in their bed on Hopper Road in Pike County's Newton Township. No arrests have ever been made in this case, but an investigation …

10-Minute Mystery: The murder of William Legg

April 15th, 2021

24:33
In 1907, William Legg, owner of a meat market in the Shelby County seat of Sidney, was shot to death by two robbers who took his money and fled. Two railroad tramps arrested the next day pointed the finger at each other …

Ep. 129 - The embezzler's plane crash

April 12th, 2021

31:41

In 1982 - in the largest single-day loss-of-life for the FBI in its history - a Cessna carrying four agents and their handcuffed Chicago bank embezzler fell out of the sky over Montgomery, Ohio. The crash ended the life …

10-Minute Mystery: The Counterfeit House

April 8th, 2021

13:47
In the 1840s, Oliver Tompkins built a large farmhouse in Adams County, but neighbors soon began to wonder what was up with the occasional lantern flickering in the attic window. Years later, after Tompkins fled pursuing …

Ep. 128 - The incomparable Shep Tinker, horse thief extraordinaire

April 5th, 2021

34:59

Throughout the mid-1800s, Southeast Ohio newspapers followed the criminal exploits of their incorrigible and infamous horse thief and counterfeiter, …

10-Minute Mystery: Cletus Reese and Murder RIdge

April 1st, 2021

16:24

When Cletus Reese's sister became worried when the Coshocton County farmer took a test drive in a new car and returned without the salesman, she called authorities. What searchers found on Reese's farm over the next …

Ep. 127 - Mob Story: The Youngstown Naples brothers

March 29th, 2021

35:23

Sandy, Billy, Jimmy and Joey Naples were some of Youngstown's most infamous racketeers. But like a plot line from a Godfather movie, three met …

10-Minute Mystery: Brady's Leap

March 25th, 2021

20:30
Capt. Samuel Brady was often called the Daniel Boone of the Ohio Valley, and a hero who worked to protect settlers from Indian marauders in the  late 1700s. But his legend, they say, was cemented by one desperate act he …

Ep. 126 - The conviction of Charles Hart

March 22nd, 2021

35:03

In 1894, searchers in Paulding, Ohio found the gruesome charred and mutilated remains of two children that had gone missing the day before. Within …

10-Minute Mystery: Barrel Doe

March 18th, 2021

12:36
In 1969, a Cleveland teen who wanted to burn some trash rolled an abandoned barrel from a vacant lot to his yard to help do the deed. But when he …

Ep. 125 - A different justice: Lori Nesson

March 15th, 2021

32:16

In September of 1974, Lori Nesson attended a football game at her Columbus, Ohio high school, then went to a few parties with celebrating students. …

10-Minute Mystery: Sonya Green, and Annette and Howard Lawrence

March 11th, 2021

14:00
In 1982, the city of East Cleveland lost a school girl and a school teacher in two separate murders, one week apart. The bodies of Sonya Green, 14, …

Ep. 124 - The mysterious death of Joseph Kupchik

March 8th, 2021

29:32

In 2006, Joseph Kupchik, a college kid from Strongsville, was found dying in a downtown Cleveland alley, having plummeted from the ninth floor of a …

10-Minute Mystery: Marvin "Beau" King

March 4th, 2021

11:05
In 1973, the Clark County sheriff got an anonymous call that the body of a man could be found off the road just outside Springfield, Ohio. It took …

Ep. 123 - The Consolidated Road murders

March 1st, 2021

29:07

 In 1987, three bodies were found in an isolated cabin off Consolidated Road in Preble County, outside Eaton. Authorities figure two of the victims …

10-Minute Mystery: Nancy Eagleson

February 25th, 2021

15:14
In 1960, 14-year-old Nancy Eagleson was kidnapped while walking just five houses from her home in Paulding, Ohio - the only witness her 4-yer-old …

Ep. 122 - Mormon founder Joseph Smith

February 22nd, 2021

37:08

Among the historical debates of Joseph Smith's 7-year residence in Ohio: What motivated a mob of men to pull Smith from his Portage County home and …

10-Minute Mystery: Tricia Reitler

February 18th, 2021

11:06
In 1993, Tricia Reitler, a freshman at Indiana Wesleyan University from Olmsted Falls, Ohio, disappeared while walking back to her dorm from a supermarket. Her bloody clothes turned up two days later, but she has never …

Mystery Rewind The search for Amy Mihaljevic's killer - James Renner

February 15th, 2021

48:15

In 1989, 10-year-old Amy Mihaljevic was in her home in the comfortable Cleveland suburb of Bay Village when the phone rang. A man introduced himself …

10-Minute Mystery: Bloody Bridge

February 11th, 2021

9:58
In Auglaize County, a marker next to a span that crossed the old Miami and Erie Canal gives a brief account of a love triangle that resulted in three …

Ep. 120 - The inspiration of Thomas Edison

February 8th, 2021

37:05

Thomas Edison's long list of inventions touched every layer of our lives - from the lightbulb and electric industry, to movies, TV and music. In many …

10-Minute Mystery: Sharonline

February 4th, 2021

11:27
The unsolved murder of Nathan Axel and the growing reputation of the Youngstown neighborhood of "Sharonline" as a dumping ground for killers.  

Ep. 120 - What happened to Mark DiStefano?

February 1st, 2021

26:44

In 1980, 15-year-old Mark DiStefano was found shot to death a half mile from his Lucas County home. Since his murder took place just four days before …

10-Minute Mystery: Leatherlips

January 28th, 2021

14:29
It has rained on the PGA's Memorial Golf Tournament in Dublin, Ohio in 23 of the last 30 years. Could Wyandot Chief Leatherlips be cursing the event? …

Ep. 119 - The curious death of David Bocks

January 25th, 2021

34:13

In 1984, David Bocks disappeared during a routine shift at the Fernald, Ohio plant where uranium was processed for U.S. nuclear weapons. With some of his belongings later found in a vat of liquified sludge, his gruesome …

10-Minute Mystery: Sharon Ward

January 21st, 2021

14:40
In 1982, someone beat 17-year-old Sharon Ward on the head, then slashed her wrists and left her in a Toledo-area cornfield, challenging her to save …

Ep. 118 - Did David Ferrie help plan JFK's assassination?

January 18th, 2021

36:42

The Warren Commission concluded Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone when he killed President John F. Kennedy in 1963. But New Orleans District Attorney Jim …

10-Minute Mystery: Who is the real Eliza?

January 14th, 2021

17:37
Harriet Beecher Stowe spurred support for abolishing slavery when she published Uncle Tom's Cabin in 1851. When she revealed her fictional characters …

Ep. 117 - Who killed Anita Taylor?

January 11th, 2021

29:41

In 1966, 20-year-old Anita Taylor was found raped and stomped to death in the bedroom of her Springfield home, with her 18-month baby beaten and left …

10-Minute Mystery: Dayton and The Stranger

January 7th, 2021

12:07
In 1851, a 24-year-old woman passing through Dayton died and was buried beneath a tombstone identified only as "The Stranger." Stories were handed …

Ep. 116 - Geraldine Mock: Around the world in 29 days

January 4th, 2021

40:28

Jerrie Mock was a Columbus housewife and mother who also happened to have a pilot's license, and when she expressed boredom and her husband joked she …

10-Minute Mystery: Bobby Dolfen and the case of Chas. Lindbergh Jr.

December 31st, 2020

21:48
In 1936, authorities descended on the Akron, Ohiohome where an aunt and uncle were raising 4-year-old Bobby Dolfen, the spitting image of the …

Ep. 115 - What happened to Joanne Coughlin?

December 28th, 2020

30:26

On Dec. 27, 1974, Youngstown aspiring actress Joanne Coughlin left work and headed for a health spa with plans to then meet her boyfriend for a movie. But her boyfriend fell asleep waiting for her because she never made …

10-Minute Mystery: The Girl In Blue (repeat episode!)

December 24th, 2020

16:51
On Christmas Eve in 1933, a stranger walked through the streets of Willoughby, Ohio - a young woman dressed head to toe in blue, with 90 cents in her purse and hopes of getting home to Pennsylvania by Christmas. No one …

Exhumed - Part 3: Hope Lost

December 18th, 2020

42:31

A three-part series by Ohio Mysteries and the Akron Beacon Journal that explores exhumations and the four times it was used in Summit County criminal cases over the past 12 years. In this episode, the two cases where …

Exhumed - Part 2: Success

December 17th, 2020

43:01

A three-part series by Ohio Mysteries and the Akron Beacon Journal that explores exhumations and the four times it was used in Summit County criminal cases over the past 12 years. In this episode, the two cases where …

Exhumed - Part 1: The process

December 16th, 2020

31:26

A three-part series by Ohio Mysteries and the Akron Beacon Journal that explores exhumations and the four times it was used in Summit County criminal cases over the past 12 years. In this episode, Exhumations 101 - a …

Ep. 114 - The suspicious death of Bennie Mostiller

December 14th, 2020

40:47

On Oct. 9, 1973, authorities in Wadsworth, Ohio were called to the Wadsworth Foundry for a gruesome discovery. One of the employees had been burned alive in a blast furnace. The story of Bennie Mostiller, and a …

10-Minute Mystery: Grandma Gatewood and the Appalachian Trail

December 10th, 2020

26:17
10-Minute MyIn 1955, Gallia County grandma Emma Gatewood told her children she was going for a walk. The walk lasted 5 months, and made her the first …

Ep. 113 - Hollywood stories: Peg Entwistle and Daeida Wilcox Beveridge

December 7th, 2020

32:47

Does a woman buried in a Hamilton County, Ohio grave haunt the iconic Hollywood sign? And are the original streets in Hollywood named for people and …

10-Minute Mystery: Cindy Anderson

December 3rd, 2020

14:27
In 1981, 20-year-old Cindy Anderson went to work at the Toledo, Ohio law office where she was a legal secretary. When co-workers arrived at the …

Ep. 112 - BCI Cold Cases: Zastudil, Thompson, Hebert

November 30th, 2020

22:57

In the summer of 2020, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation announced a new cold case squad, with an initial 11 cased on its primary target …

10-Minute Mystery: Arthur Noske

November 26th, 2020

16:37
In 1977, 8-year-old Arthur Noske was beaten to death by his mother's boyfriend, Dr. Stuart Kutler, who had failed at trying to burn his corpse. …

Ep. 111 - The Highland Square Rapist

November 23rd, 2020

46:20

In 1975 and 1976, a rapist stalked the women of Akron's Highland Square neighborhood. This episode features an interview with one of the victims of that dark era. www.ohiomysteries.comfeedback@ohiomysteries.com

10-Minute Mystery: Charlotte Rexroad

November 19th, 2020

12:44
In 1970, Charlotte Rexroad was a mother of four struggling to raise her family in a dilapidated hotel room in downtown Canton. She left with her boyfriend one night to wash clothes, and never returned.

Ep. 110 - The missing crew of Ghost Blimp

November 16th, 2020

28:49

In the 1942, in an Akron-built Goodyear blimp delivered to the Navy after the start of WWII, a two-man crew set out over the Pacific from San …

10-Minute Mystery: The Mystery Airships of 1896-1897

November 12th, 2020

21:21
In November of 1896, California residents reported seeing ships in the air sailing over the homes - a sight all the more puzzling since airships …

Ep. 109 - The Donner Party, Part 2

November 9th, 2020

1:01:39

Continuing our story of the 1846 wagon train that met a tragic fate after attempting a shortcut on their way from the midwest to California. In this episode, meet two more Ohioans on this journey: A man portrayed as the …

Ep. 109 - The Donner Party, Part 1

November 5th, 2020

33:01

In 1846, a wagon train of nearly 90 people headed from the midwest to California took a newly advertised cutoff that doomed them to a tragic fate. In …

Ep. 108 - Charlie Root and the Babe Ruth controversy

November 2nd, 2020

46:55

In the 1932 World Series, legendary slugger Babe Ruth reportedly pointed at the bleachers and predicted the homerun he hit a moment later. Or did he? …

10-Minute Mystery: Denise Chance

October 29th, 2020

13:11
In the early morning hours of a winter night in 1985, 18-year-old Denise Chance said goodnight to the woman she shared a Springfield, Ohio house with …

Ep. 107 - The Mothman

October 26th, 2020

40:28

In 1966, people in the Ohio River communities of Point Pleasant, West Virginia and Gallipolis, Ohio saw a strange flying creature they couldn't …

10-Minute Mystery: Katelyn Markham

October 22nd, 2020

16:00
In August of 2011, Katelyn Markham vanished from her home in Fairfield, Ohio. The Art Institute of Cincinnati student was two days from her 22nd birthday and three weeks from graduating when she failed to respond to …

Ep. 106 - What lies beneath Cincinnati's Music Hall

October 19th, 2020

45:47

Cincinnati's Music Hall was built over a pauper's cemetery, with victims from a ship explosion, a cholera epidemic, an insane asylum and a military …

10-Minute Mystery: Tiffany Papesh

October 15th, 2020

20:39
In the summer of 1980, 8-year-old Tiffany Papesh walked to a store half a block away to pick up hamburger buns for a camping trip. She was never seen …

Ep. 105 - Searching for ET: Marjorie Fish and the Hills

October 12th, 2020

44:11

In 1961, New Hampshire couple Betty and Barney Hill claimed to have been abducted by aliens, and revealed a star map showing the home of their abductors. After several years of searching star guides, Ohio amateur …

10-Minute Mystery: Symmes' Hollow Earth Theory

October 8th, 2020

18:40
John Cleves Symmes Jr., who died in Hamilton, Ohio in 1829, spent his later years lecturing about his theory that the planet had a large habitable …

Ep. 104 - Elizabeth Stiles and the Madison Seminary

October 4th, 2020

52:15

Elizabeth Stiles was asked by Abraham Lincoln himself to spy for the Union Army during the Civil War, and she served with distinction through many …

10-Minute Mystery: Kenneth A. Roth

October 1st, 2020

20:29
In May of 2020, convicted killer Kenneth A. Roth died from the Covid 19 virus at the Marion County Correctional Institution, but authorities said he took secrets to his grave. He was sentenced for the 2009 murder of …

Ep. 103 - Prohibition's "Dry Boss" Wayne Wheeler

September 28th, 2020

40:25

How could a freedom-loving country agree to a nationwide ban on alcohol? Historians say if you want to blame Prohibition on someone, look no further …

10-Minute Mystery: Warren G Harding's love child

September 24th, 2020

21:13
In 2020, an Oregon man asked an Ohio court for permission to exhume President Harding from his crypt in Marion, Ohio in order to obtain direct DNA evidence that he is the grandson of Harding and his lover, Nan Britton. …

Ep. 102 - Where is Ashley Summers?

September 21st, 2020

40:42

Ashley Summers was going through a rebellious phase as many 14-year-olds do when she was sent to live with her grandma in Cleveland's Tremont area in …

10-Minute Mystery: Sandra Kay Young

September 16th, 2020

15:56
The year 1963 was a dark one for the stretch of Stark County from Massillon to Canton. Gangland murders and raids on underworld prostitution houses …

Ep. 101 - What happened to Mary Jane Vangilder?

September 14th, 2020

48:36

Mary Jane Vangilder was a mother of five and wife of an abusive husband when she walked away from her West Virginia home in 1945 and wound up at a wartime factory in Plymouth, Ohio. A few months later, mail from her …

10-Minute Mystery: More mysterious graves

September 10th, 2020

25:54
Why does the Painesville, Ohio tombstone of Joseph Linhart proclaim him to be "Not Guilty." Why did thousands of people visit the McMorran family plot in a small St. Paris, Ohio cemetery in 1975? Why does Jessica Lyn …

Ep. 100 - 2nd Anniversary Special: Updates

September 7th, 2020

45:33

Ohio Mysteries celebrates its second anniversary. Updates on episodes that made news in 2020; listener questions answered; a year in review. www.ohiomysteries.comfeedback@ohiomysteries.com www.patreon.com/ohiomysteries

10-Minute Mystery: The War of 1812 boatyard

September 3rd, 2020

20:26
When the War of 1812 broke out, a young America had to prove it could defend its borders, this time from a British incursion across Lake Erie. …

Ep. 99 - What happened to Erica Baker?

August 31st, 2020

40:30

It took five years to identify one of the people who was with 9-year-old Erica Baker at the moment she took her last breath. But without a body, …

10-Minute Mystery: Lori Ann Hill

August 27th, 2020

22:16
In 1985, 14-year-old Swanton, Ohio youth Lori Ann Hill got into a fight with her boyfriend at a Halloween party and walked away. She didn't make it …

Ep. 98 - Where is Brian Shaffer?

August 24th, 2020

48:01

In 2006, Ohio State University medical student Brian Shaffer vanished into thin air. A grainy image captured on a camera at the Ugly Tuna Saloona bar showed him standing outside the bar chatting with a couple of women, …

10-Minute Mystery: Sojourner Truth

August 20th, 2020

25:10
In 1851, at the second National Woman's Rights Convention held in Akron, Ohio, a runaway slave named Sojourner Truth used her compelling life as an argument in favor of gender equality. Her speech electrified the crowd …

Ep. 97 - The Cave: An Underground Railroad story

August 17th, 2020

51:19

In 1892, a man named John wrote a three-part series for the local Middletown, Ohio newspaper detailing two tragic events that led to at least 25 …

10-Minute Mystery: Elisha Gray and the telephone

August 13th, 2020

21:08
In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell was awarded the patent for the telephone. But historical evidence suggests the design Bell used was actually the invention of Barnesville, Ohio inventor Elisha Gray - who, by the way, also …

Ep. 96 - The giants of Seville

August 10th, 2020

53:08

In the late 1800s, Captain Martin and Anna Bates - both approaching 8 feet tall - were the stars of PT Barnum's traveling show, visiting cities from the east coast to the west, and entertaining royalty in Europe. But …

Ep. 95 - What sunk the GP Griffith?

August 2nd, 2020

41:16

In 1850, the passenger ship GP Griffith set sail with its new owner and more than 300 travelers hoping to start their new lives in America's growing …

10-Minute Mystery: Janice and Brandon Beidleman

July 30th, 2020

15:20
In 1981, young mom Janice Beidleman and her 18-month old son Brandon were on their way home after visiting relatives when they disappeared. That …

Ep. 94 - Who killed Michael Williams?

July 27th, 2020

41:33

In 2005, troopers responded to a call about a car that had driven off Greenwood Road near Rogers, Ohio in Columbiana County. The driver, 37-year-old …

10-Minute Mystery: David Evans

July 23rd, 2020

13:52
In 1975, 13-year-old David Evans never returned home after heading out to skate at a local park in Boardman, Ohio. He was found dead days later, …

Ep. 93 - The unsolved murder of Brad Bellino

July 20th, 2020

45:00

In 1972, 12-year-old Brad Bellino was walking from his buddy's home in Boardman, Ohio to his own home when he vanished. His brutalized body was found …

10-Minute Mystery: Lynn Vest and Jeremy Pickens

July 16th, 2020

17:49
In 1980, Lynn Vest and her 2-year-old nephew Jeremy Pickens left her Columbus home to run some errands - and never returned. They were found later …

Ep. 92 - The Trumbull County UFO

July 13th, 2020

58:57

Officers from five different law enforcement agencies in Trumbull County witnessed a UFO in 1994 that they couldn't explain, and that the local Air …

10-Minute Mystery: Susan Wolff Cappel

July 9th, 2020

15:29
In 1982, Susan Wolff Cappel was walking to her car after work when a blue car cut her off. After a brief conversation with the driver, she slipped …

Ep. 91 - From hunter to prey

July 6th, 2020

40:47

There is an inherent danger to hunting, with an average of 75 people killed in the U.S. and Canada every year while in the act of hunting everything …

10-Minute Mystery: Dorothea Irwin

July 2nd, 2020

20:49

In 1983, Wyoming, Ohio businesswoman Dorothea Irwin was found dead in the home she was trying to sell. She had been slashed and stabbed repeatedly, and had even broken her arm trying to defend herself. No arrests have …

Ep. 90 - The Lost Ones: Searching for identities

June 29th, 2020

38:16

In June of 2020, the national database NAMUS included 105 unidentified remains in the custody of various agencies across Ohio. We share the stories behind five cases where learning a victim's identity was the first …

10-Minute Mystery: Carrie Culberson

June 25th, 2020

20:28
In 1997, Clinton County prosecutors pulled off the nearly impossible. They won conviction of a man for a murder in which they could not produce a …

Ep. 89 - The final days of Harriet Kaltenbach

June 22nd, 2020

36:39

A few days after Christmas In 1981, Chillicothe police found Harriet Kaltenbach shot dead in a running car. As they pieced together the erratic …

10-Minute Mystery: Leon Moncer

June 18th, 2020

15:20
In 1982, 21-year-old Leon Moncer started acting paranoid, especially after a letter arrived with glossy magazine letters pasted into a warning: …

Ep. 88 - Who killed Agatha Reichlin?

June 15th, 2020

47:13

In 1903, Agatha Reichlin, the pretty and popular sister of a Lorain priest, was murdered in her own bed. A community anxious for a quick resolution …

10-Minute Mystery: Michael Swango, Doctor of Death

June 11th, 2020

23:14
At least half a dozen people died mysteriously when Dr. Michael Swango began his surgical internship at Ohio State University Medical Center. By the time authorities had enough evidence to arrest Swango, he'd …

Ep. 87 - The secret life of Lawrence Bader

June 8th, 2020

37:28

In 1957, Akron father and cookware salesman Lawrence Bader failed to return from a Lake Erie fishing trip, and after his damaged boat washed ashore, he was declared lost and legally dead. But four days later, he entered …

10-Minute Mystery: Brian Foguth

June 4th, 2020

10:38
In 1994, Brian Foguth offered to fill in for another employee where he worked as a clerk at the Duke and Duchess convenience store in Portage County's Brimfield Township. In the early morning hours, a robber …

Ep. 86 - The brutal killing of Beverly Jarosz

June 1st, 2020

32:16

Three days after Christmas in 1964, Beverly Jarosz - a 16-year-old junior in Garfield Heights - would wake up for her last morning in the bedroom …

10-Minute Mystery: Murray Griffin and Phyllis Mullet

May 28th, 2020

16:28
In 1986, the part-time town marshall of Belle Center took a call from someone who feared for the safety of another town resident. Murray Griffin responded to the call, driving the three blocks from his own home to that …

Ep. 85 - Marietta: And then there was one.

May 25th, 2020

39:15

Between 1990 and 1992, three young women who had attended the Washington County Career Center together were murdered . A decade after the death of Ronda Manley, her killer was caught. Two decades after the murder of …

10-Minute Mystery: The New London Skeleton

May 21st, 2020

14:46

Episode Notes:

In this episode we discuss the exciting news about Barbara Blatnik's murder being solved with the help of the Porchlight Project. Then …

Ep. 84 - The Mansfield Reformatory

May 18th, 2020

35:43

The Ohio State Reformatory is nationally famous for its role in movies like The Shawshank Redemption, Tango and Cash, and Air Force One. But the …

10-Minute Mystery: The furniture store murders

May 13th, 2020

16:00
On July 30, 1973 in East Liverpool, an antique shopper came across a gruesome scene: Three bludgeoned bodies in a used furniture shop. Although …

Ep. 83 - The killing of Isabel Cordle

May 11th, 2020

35:53

In 1988, Bellevue wife and mother Isabel Cordle fell asleep on the living room couch watching television. She was found the next morning, a large gash in her head and a bloody hatchet abandoned in the front yard. …

10-Minute Mystery: Permon Gilbert

May 6th, 2020

13:52
Permon Gilbert was a popular and respected husband, father and GE appliance repairman in Hamersville, Ohio when he disappeared after making house …

Ep. 82 - Phenomenon

May 4th, 2020

33:12

Four strange events that either science has trouble explaining, or Ohioans have trouble believing: A town besieged by falling worms, another pelted with a rain of rocks, a pair of tidal waves in Lake Erie, and the …

10-Minute Mystery: Jill Holzbach

April 29th, 2020

16:48
On February 6, 1991, Jill Holzbach was in the race of her life. With someone chasing her car, she made the decision to drive to the Stark County …

Ep. 81 - Gangsters and the Dynamite Murder

April 27th, 2020

40:59

In 1952, a Wyandot County farmer taking his trash into the woods near his home came across a gruesome sight: Body parts blasted into the trees. Detectives quickly learned the victim was a small business owner from Maple …

10-Minute Mystery: Where are John Hundley and James McQueary?

April 23rd, 2020

18:21
John Hundley and James McQueary were 9-year-old inseparable best friends in 1964 when they vanished from their neighborhood. No trace of them …

Ep. 80 - The search for Nancy Theobald's killer

April 20th, 2020

37:21

In 1977, there was more than one serial killer stalking young women in the Hamilton County area. Police still hope to learn which one was responsible …

10-Minute Mystery: Belle in the Well

April 16th, 2020

19:31

An old homicide out of Lawrence County
that last year took a step closer to being solved when authorities were finally able to reveal the identity of …

Ep. 79 - What happened to the Markleys?

April 13th, 2020

25:03
In 1995, the five Markley children returned from school to find their parents, John and Shelly, missing from their Trumbull County home. The couple …

Ep. 78 - The unsolved murder of Elizabeth Andes

April 6th, 2020

41:24

It was the first murder Oxford police had seen in a quarter century when they arrived at the apartment shared by Miami University grad Elizabeth …

10-Minute Mystery: Warlock's Grave

March 30th, 2020

11:41
It's taken 150 years to build a frightening legend around an old, vandalized grave near New Philadelphia. But if we peel away the years, what will …

Ep. 77 - Who ambushed Kevin Brame?

March 30th, 2020

31:38
In 1999, Dayton police officer Kevin Brame dropped off his boys at his estranged wife's house, and then was shot in the back by a stalker hidden in …

10-Minute Mystery: Ottawa County's Jane Doe

March 26th, 2020

8:33
The young woman - a new mother, by the coroner's estimation - was found dead in Muddy Creek in 1975. But police say it'll be hard to find her killer …

Ep. 76 - Conspirator? The Edwin Stanton story.

March 23rd, 2020

40:01

Ohio attorney Edwin Stanton rose from a humble start in Steubenville, Ohio to become President Abraham Lincoln's war secretary. But was he also a …

10-Minute Mystery: Ambrose Bierce

March 19th, 2020

12:06
Ohio native Ambrose Bierce became one of the most famous literary stars of his day, as well as a renowned investigative journalist. Still, people …

Ep. 75 - Where is Patti Adkins?

March 16th, 2020

37:40

Patricia Adkins was a woman in love when she and her married boyfriend planned a romantic getaway to a Canadian cabin in 2001. They were supposed to leave together from where they worked at the Honda of America plant in …

10-Minute Mystery: Mickey Wilson and Edward Rhodes

March 12th, 2020

8:24
On Mother's Day in 2000, someone walked into the Barberton home of Michelli "Mickey" Wilson and Edward Rhodes and shot them in their bed. It turned out to be the second tragedy in the life of Mickey's children, who …

Ep. 74 - The Angela Hicks case

March 9th, 2020

41:03

Angela Hicks was 14 years old when she disappeared from her Elyria home in 1990. Her stepfather, Samuel Legg III, told police they'd had an argument …

10-Minute Mystery: How old is Ohio?

March 5th, 2020

10:29
Ohio has been treated like a state since 1803, when Congress extended federal laws to the land. But in 1953, researchers preparing for Ohio's 150th birthday learned something stunning: Congress had never actually …

Ep. 73 - Baseball star Ed Delahanty: Suicide or accident?

March 1st, 2020

33:08
Some called Cleveland-born Ed Delahanty baseball's 19th century Babe Ruth. The MLB Hall of Famer is the only slugger to have topped the batting field in both leagues, was the highest-paid player of his day, and …

10-Minute Mystery: The McAdams Family Mystery

February 27th, 2020

13:26
In 1848, Alexander and Rachel McAdams were raising their six children on a farm outside Ashtabula when the first of their children died. Over the …

Ep. 72 - Who killed Peggy Andrews?

February 24th, 2020

37:20
Peggy Andrews was just a dozen steps from the door of the boarding house where the Columbus Business School student was living when she was likely …

10-Minute Mystery: Kelly Camargo

February 20th, 2020

11:34
The 16-year-old Hamilton, Ohio teen was sweet and kind, but she was also attracted to a rowdy crowd. It led her to the parking lot of a biker bar, …

Ep. 71 - The Lake Erie Monster

February 17th, 2020

39:05
Since the 1700s, Ohio settlers have been reporting sightings of an unusual aquatic species, describing it as 17- to 60-feet long with a sleek body. …

10-Minute Mystery: Sweetest Day

February 13th, 2020

10:35
10-Minute Mystery: Sweetest DayIf you're outside of Ohio, good chance you've never heard of Sweetest Day. If you're in Ohio, good chance you're not doing it right. How Sweetest Day got started, and the mystery of how …

Ep. 70 - The mysterious death of Kurt Sova

February 9th, 2020

26:11
A story out of Newburgh Heights in 1981, authorities have never been confident on how to classify the case of 17-year-old Kurt Sova. Did he die in …

10-Minute Mystery: Charlotte Nagy Pollis

February 6th, 2020

12:28
If Charlotte Nagi Pollis is alive, she'd be 54 years old today. But her family is convinced the mother of two died at the age of 28, when she was …

Ep. 69 - The harassment of Bill and Dorothy Wacker

February 3rd, 2020

34:25

A story of torment, Bill and Dorothy Wacker of Massillon, Ohio spent a decade fearing every knock on the door and every ring of their phone. From 1984 through 1993, they endured break-ins, banging in the middle of the …

Ep. 68 - The curious case of Margaret Dodd

January 27th, 2020

47:10

Margaret Dodd left Akron soon after marrying, and settled into a contented life with her husband in West Virginia. That is, until 1977, when witnesses saw her abducted. Soon after, her family back home in Ohio began …

10-Minute Mystery: Alana Gwinner

January 23rd, 2020

10:56
Dec. 10, 1977 began with a lot of promise for 23-year-old Alana Gwinner, who finished the last exam she needed for her associate's degree in …

Ep. 67 - Eugene the Mummy

January 20th, 2020

35:11

Authorities never learned the identity of the man who was found dead of natural causes along a road outside Sabina, Ohio in 1929. But he would become …

10-Minute Mystery: Donald Martin

January 16th, 2020

19:00
Cincinnati police officer Donald Martin, a young husband and father-to-be, was cut down in the line of duty in 1961 by an unknown assailant. In …

Ep. 66 - Sam Sheppard. Guilty or not?

January 13th, 2020

39:00

In one of the most famous criminal trials of the 20th century, Cleveland physician Sam Sheppard was accused in the brutal beating death of his wife, Marilyn Sheppard. The first trial returned a guilt verdict. A second …

10-Minute Mystery: Ohio Farmers Insurance - The great robbery

January 9th, 2020

17:22
When Ohio Farmers Insurance (the predecessor to Westfield Insurance Companies) was robbed of $60,000 in 1865, the famed detective Alan Pinkerton thought he had it all figured out. Then the man in jail for the crime …

Special: Update Edition

January 6th, 2020

33:19
We looked for recent news on previous episodes, and also received mail from people associated with podcasts we've done. This special edition will offer updates and new insights on: Ep 12 The Corpse of John Wilkes …

Holiday rerun: The First Christmas Tree

December 23rd, 2019

18:02

Episode Notes:

For more than 50 years, the country accepted without question that Wooster, Ohio immigrant August Imgard was the first to decorate a …

Ep. 65 - Who killed the Hoods?

December 16th, 2019

31:34

In 1991, Margaret and Howard Hood returned home late at night from a card party at their daughter's home. An hour later, a killer entered their New Franklin home and slit their throats. A man living with one of the …

10-Minute Mystery: James Brown, vampire sailor

December 12th, 2019

14:31
In 1892, newspapers around the country printed the stunning account of a Portuguese sailor serving time in the Ohio Penitentiary for killing and drinking the blood of his shipmates. Modern researchers have sought to …

Ep. 64 - Agnes Moorehead and The Conqueror

December 9th, 2019

31:14

Actress Agnes Moorehead was a two-time Oscar nominee perhaps best known for playing Endora on the television series Bewitched. When she died in 1974, …

Ep. 63 - Mysterious gravesites (The Merchant family, Joc-O-Sot, Gloria Pressman, H.R. Penney, Philip Cody)

December 2nd, 2019

40:55

Five mysteries in Ohio that involve the gravesite of notable Ohioans. We explore the strange habits of the granite ball over the Charles Merchant …

10-Minute Mystery: Paula Payne

November 28th, 2019

9:38
The morning of Aug. 9, 1977, Paula Payne left her Dayton home and started her walk to where she worked, teaching nature classes to children at the …

Ep. 62 - Gus Sapharas

November 25th, 2019

34:09

Gus Sapharas, an Akron native with a long history of attacks against women and a "not guilty" verdict for killing one, is awaiting trial in the deaths of two more - Karen Bentz of Summit County and Loretta Jean Davis of …

10-Minute Mystery: The Crosswick Monster

November 21st, 2019

11:10
The people who lived in the hamlet of Crosswick in southwest Ohio didn't want to question the strange tracks that crossed the dirt road through town, …

Ep. 61 - The death of William Henry Harrison

November 18th, 2019

38:49

History says President William Henry Harrison - one of eight presidents Ohio gave our country - died from a cold he caught while delivering his …

10-Minute Mystery: Helen Brach

November 14th, 2019

19:04
Helen Vorhees Brach is the story of an Ohio farm girl who became an heiress to the Brach candy empire. But as a wealthy widow, her American dream ended in a nightmare of con artists, show horse racketeers, a greedy …

10-Minute Mystery: Mary Yocono

November 7th, 2019

10:21
On Nov. 4, 1985, Mary Yocono, the 79-year-old matriarch of a family that owned a popular Akron restaurant, was struck, killed and abandoned by a …

Ep. 60 - The miracles of Rhoda Wise

November 4th, 2019

45:19

Ep. 58 - The miracles of Rhoda Wise The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown has been on a mission to have the pope recognize a Stark County homemaker for …

10-Minute Mystery: The Franklin Castle

October 31st, 2019

12:53
Franklin Castle, built in 1883 in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood, was built by banker Hannes Tiedemann. His wife, his mother and four of his children died on the property from various causes, leading to rumors that …

Ep. 59 - The Coyne UFO incident

October 28th, 2019

36:19

In 1973, four Army Reservists in a helicopter on their way from Columbus to Cleveland had a close encounter with a cigar-shaped metallic object that …

10-Minute Mystery: The Loveland Frog

October 24th, 2019

12:38
In 1972, two Loveland, Ohio police officers, on two separate weeks, spotted a large, strange lizard-like creature on the side of the road, near the …

Ep. 58 - Cryptids: The Melonheads & Kenmore Grassman

October 21st, 2019

45:31

In a rite of passage, young folks in and around Lake County often make pilgrimages down Wisner Road in Kirtland in search of the Melonheads, mythical …

10-Minute Mystery: Virgil Cates

October 16th, 2019

13:23
In Mansfield, businessman Virgil Cates ended up in the news three times in 1983 - first as the victim of a burglary, then arrested as a member of a …

Ep. 57 - The hazing of Stuart Pierson

October 14th, 2019

50:49

In the first case to bring the fraternity tradition of hazing to national consciousness, 18-year-old Stuart Pierson is found decapitated next to …

10-Minute Mystery: The Ohio Witchcraft Trial

October 10th, 2019

20:02
Ohio became a state more than 100 years after all the witchcraft frenzy that made Salem, Mass. famous. And yet superstitions lingered into the 19th century. We recount three witch stories from Ohio: The state's only …

Ep. 56 - The unsolved murder of Michael Klitch

October 7th, 2019

39:43

12-year-old Michael Klitch left home one summer day to go practice his tennis serve at the municipal courts in Grandview Heights. A single tennis …

10-Minute Mystery: Knockemstiff

October 3rd, 2019

15:30

How did the hamlet of Knockemstiff, Ohio get it's name? It's a mystery, but the historical record suggests its a name that is well-earned. We explore the kinds of things that kept Knockemstiff in the news a century ago, …

Ep. 55 - What happened to Sharon Pretorius

September 30th, 2019

37:52

Sharon Lynn Pretorius was 13 years old when she left her Dayton home in 1973 to collect from customers on her newspaper route. She never even made it …

10-Minute Mystery: Lincoln Ellsworth and the North Pole controversy

September 26th, 2019

19:59
In 1926, Rear Admiral Richard Byrd became a household name after being the first to fly over the North Pole. But after his diary from the trip was …

Ep. 54 - The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run

September 23rd, 2019

59:36
In the 1930s, Cleveland had its own gruesome version of Jack the Ripper. The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run - also known as the Torso Murderer - targeted men and women living on the fringes of society during the Great …

10-Minute Mystery: The disappearance of the tug Cornell

September 19th, 2019

15:50
Lake Erie has a reputation for swallowing ships whole in a storm, but what reason did it have for taking the tug Cornell? The boat left Cleveland …

Ep. 53 - The Athens Lunatic Asylum

September 16th, 2019

40:37

Some say Athens is one of the most haunted places in the world. If true, much of it is owed to an old asylum that spent a century using barbaric …

10-Minute Mystery: The mysterious death of a Titanic survivor

September 12th, 2019

18:43

Elizabeth Hocking, a British mother who was relocating her entire family to Ohio from Cornwall, England, boarded the Titanic for the move. Six family members survived the sinking of the "unsinkable" ship; her son was …

Ep. 52 - The death of Tiffin Ofc. Patrick Sweeney

September 9th, 2019

30:19
Tiffin Officer Patrick Sweeney was at Marshall August Shultz's side when a shooter cut Shultz down in 1895, an event that stunned the small town and …

10-Minute Mystery: The Great Serpent Mound

September 4th, 2019

16:10

The Great Serpent Mound in Adams County is the largest effigy mound on the face of the planet, a 1,348 earthen sculpture of a snake swallowing an …

Ep. 51 - The mystery of Richard Colvin Cox

September 2nd, 2019

50:24
In 1950, Mansfield native Richard Cox was in his second year at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY when he was visited several …

(3/3) Elusive Justice: The story of Ricky Beard and Mary Leonard. Part 3 - Theories

August 26th, 2019

47:14
It's been 40 years since Akron teens Ricky Beard and Mary Leonard vanished while on a date, and 34 year since their remains were found. Investigators don't know who killed the couple, or why, but there are plenty of …

(2/3) Elusive Justice: The story of Ricky Beard and Mary Leonard. Part 2 - Homicide

August 25th, 2019

33:50
Six years after Akron teens Ricky Beard and Mary Leonard vanished during a date in 1979, a utility crew digging a trench through the Merriman Valley discovers their weathered bones in a wooded area two miles from where …

(1/3) Elusive Justice: The story of Ricky Beard and Mary Leonard. Part 1 - Missing

August 24th, 2019

47:12
An Ohio Mysteries/Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com crossover​ ​ In the summer of 1979, 19-year-old Ricky Beard and 17-year-old Mary Leonard, teen …

Ep. 50 - What happened to Lola Celli?

August 11th, 2019

38:22
The 1946 case of Lola Celli, a pretty, dark-haired school teacher who left the front stoop of her parents home in broad daylight to walk to a bus …

10-Minute Mystery: Janet Blood

August 8th, 2019

15:38
The year 1929 was the start of the Great Depression - and the start of a would-be serial killer in Cleveland. Someone was shooting women on the …

Ep. 49 - The Hoengsong Massacre

August 5th, 2019

33:14
More than 7,000 miles from Ohio, one of the bloodiest battles of the Korean War cost the lives of 800 US servicemen. Among them were 12 men from Ohio whose fates have never been accounted for. In recent years, DNA …

10-Minute Mystery: Moonville

August 1st, 2019

17:51
Episode Notes: In the mid 1800s, the mining town of Moonville sprouted along the route of a new Marietta to Cincinnati rail line. But the community was so far off the beaten path, tucked into a southern Ohio forest, …

Ep. 48 - The brutal death of Leslie Ann Barker

July 29th, 2019

35:54

Episode Notes:

In 1978, school teacher Leslie Barker went to a Akron nightclub to participate in what was that decades version of a computerized …

10-Minute Mystery: The first NFL champs

July 25th, 2019

17:51

Episode Notes:

In 1920, owners of semi-pro football teams throughout the Midwest met to form what became the National Football League. And the first NFL champs set a record that stands today. The Akron Pros defense only …

Ep. 47 - John Dillinger's loot

July 22nd, 2019

40:27

Episode Notes:

John Dillinger's career as America's most famous bank robber lasted less than a year. He died in a hail of bullets outside a movie …

10-Minute Mystery: Mary Campbell Cave

July 18th, 2019

21:03
Episode Notes: In 1758, Delaware Indians kidnapped a Pennsylvania girl as a surrogate for a tribal chief's dead granddaughter, and brought her with them to live in the Ohio country. For nearly a century, books, …

Ep. 46 - The case of Rebecca Seaburn

July 15th, 2019

39:44
Episode Notes: A suspect in the 1981 murder of Rebecca Seaburn in a Mt. Gilead laundry would be put on trial three times, with three different …

10-Minute Mystery: Harry Beasley

July 11th, 2019

15:33
Episode Notes: Harry Beasley won the Medal of Honor for bravery and a Purple Heart for a 1914 battle between the US and Mexico, then went on to serve in World War I. But it was the streets of his own hometown in …

Ep. 45 - The disappearance of Beverly Potts

July 8th, 2019

40:27
n 1951, Beverly Potts was a happy 10-year-old Cleveland girl when she went to a neighborhood live arts performance with her best friend. But on …

10-Minute Mystery: The car dealership murders

July 4th, 2019

9:46

Episode Notes:

Raymond Ogle and Arthur Works were well-loved and highly-respected men who worked at a Dayton used-car dealership. So who would walk …

Ep. 44 - The confounding death of Charles Roy Clark

July 1st, 2019

43:01

On Christmas Eve in 1959, a bullet shatters the kitchen window and the Norman Rockwell image of a family fixing dinner. Charles Roy Clark falls dead …

10-Minute Mystery: Murder at Steve's Motel

June 27th, 2019

10:23
In 1991, the day clerk at Steve's Motel in Green, Ohio wondered why the daughter of the motels owners didn't come out of their home to meet the …

Ep. 43 - Who killed Lisa Pruett?

June 24th, 2019

41:12
  Episode Notes: In 1990, Lisa Pruett was a popular 16-year-old Shaker Heights High School student who snuck out of her house one late September …

10-Minute Mystery: Baby Benjamin John

June 20th, 2019

10:52
The new technology using genealogy with DNA recently identified a Geauga County mother as the parent of a newborn discarded in the woods 26 years …

Ep. 42 - Home Invasion: The Buck and Dearth murders

June 17th, 2019

42:15

Episode Notes:

In 1973, two families in the Dayton-area put classified ads in a local Trading Post. Is that how their killer found them? Gloria Buck …

10-Minute Mystery: Blue Limestone Park

June 13th, 2019

14:15

Episode Notes:

Does Blue Limestone Park in Delaware, Ohio deserve its haunted reputation? For a century, people have believed the legend of a …

Ep. 41 - What happened to Judy Martins?

June 10th, 2019

35:21
Episode Notes: One of the most confounding disappearances in Ohio history happened in May of 1978, when Judy Martins vanished on a late night walk between a friend's dorm room and her own room at Kent State Engleman …

10-Minute Mystery: Bertha Mae Brooks

June 6th, 2019

10:08
Episode Notes: In 1959, Bertha was one day into her 13th birthday and just had her hair done at a beauty parlor when she was found dead alongside a Mansfield Road. Her extensive broken bones and wounds led the …

Ep. 40 - The Escape of Lester Eubanks

June 3rd, 2019

35:33
Episode Notes:   Lester Edward Eubanks was convicted of the 1965 murder of 14-year-old Mary Ellen Deener in Mansfield Ohio. He took the witness …

10-Minute Mystery: Carnival Girl

May 30th, 2019

10:18

She was found dead, wrapped in worn blankets, lying alongside an East Liverpool road. But people who came from near and far couldn't identify her. …

Episode 39: Love triangle: The death of Rose Cable

May 27th, 2019

39:12
Love triangle: The death of Rose Cable In 1937, Rose Cable was a wealthy society matron, the wife of prominent Canton contractor Deuber Cable, and days away from her 48th birthday. A shotgun blast through her …

10-Minute Mystery: Melissa and Jasmine Collins

May 23rd, 2019

11:29
Episode Notes:  In 1991, 17-year-old Melissa Collins and her 8-month-old daughter, Jasmine, disappeared from their West Akron apartment.

For the …

Episode 38: The Treasure of Meyers Lake

May 20th, 2019

31:14
Meyers Lake in Stark County is best known for its former amusement park. But in the early 1800s - a century before that attraction was even conceived - Andrew Meyer was famed for being one of Ohio's wealthiest …

10-Minute Mystery: The Gore Orphanage

May 16th, 2019

15:38
Just outside Vermilion is one of Ohio's most notoriously spooked locales, where tales of a horrific fire that killed a hundred orphans has attracted ghosthunters and visitors for more than a century. The event …

Episode 37: Who Really killed Ora Lee?

May 13th, 2019

51:49
The 1908 trial of Guy Rasor for the murder of his pregnant fiance captivated Northeast Ohio and divided the town of Wadsworth on whether the guilty verdict was justified.   Special guest: Linda Buesch, who authored …

10-Minute Mystery: The Hinckley Buzzards

May 9th, 2019

13:05
Episode Notes: It was 1957 when someone mentioned that buzzards seemed to be returning to the same spot in Medina County's Hinckley Township every year on the same day - an event that has been celebrated on March …

Episode 36: Buckskin Girl

May 6th, 2019

34:35

Episode Notes:

She was discovered on the side of the road in Miami County in 1981. She wore a purple-lined, tasseled buckskin coat - a garment that …

10-Minute Mystery: Roderick Clemons

May 2nd, 2019

9:49
Episode NotesRoderick Clemons, 26, was working hard to make life better for he and his mom. He worked his way up to assistant manager of a Church's Fried Chicken in Akron, and was happy when he got transferred to a …

Episode 35: Hangar 18

April 29th, 2019

57:37

For decades, there have been stories identifying Wright Patterson Air Force Base - and specifically, Hangar 18 - as the location where the government …

10-Minute Mystery: Ronald and Elaine Wright

April 24th, 2019

10:18
On April 15, 1995, Ronald and Elaine Wright are supposed to be enjoying their weekend off at their home in Mansfield. But come Monday, their …

Episode 34: The Brutal Death of Frances South

April 22nd, 2019

31:06
Episode Notes: In March of 1920, 11-year-old Frances South is sent off to the village drug store in Adena, Ohio to get medicine for her sick mother. …

10-Minute Mystery: Who is Ohio Mysteries?

April 18th, 2019

11:09
Episode Notes:   For many months, we've just been a pair of voices whispering in your earbuds. Here's your chance to learn a little more about your …

Episode 33: Who Stalked Renee Wise?

April 15th, 2019

27:31

Episode Notes:

In 1997, everything was coming together for Renee Wise. The Portage County woman was newly engaged and pursuing an exciting new career change. The one shadow in her life was her apartment, where …

10-Minute Mystery: The WOW Signal

April 10th, 2019

13:14
Episode Notes: One of Planet Earth's biggest mysteries is the question of whether we are alone in the universe. The closest we have ever come to scientifically answering that question happened in Ohio in 1977.   .w

Episode 32: The tragedy of the Parma school teachers

April 8th, 2019

31:53

Episode Notes:

In February of 1921, three students on their way to Parma Central school happened across a gruesome sight - two women bludgeoned …

10-Minute Mystery: Sylvia Beach

April 3rd, 2019

10:18

Episode Notes:

In 1824, Sylvia Beach - left deaf and mute from scarlet fever - strolled away from the family's pioneer home in Medina County. …

Episode 31: The Circleville Letter Writer

April 1st, 2019

40:56
Episode Notes: Over several years in the late 1970s and early 1980s, someone in the small town of   Circleville, Ohio was paying more than casual attention to what all the neighbors were up to.More than 1,000 letters …

Episode 30: The I-70 Strangler

March 25th, 2019

29:25

Episode Notes:

In July of 1996, Herb Baumeister drove to a park outside Toronto, wrote a suicide note, then killed himself. In his final …

Episode 29: Who was Joseph Newton Chandler III?

March 18th, 2019

38:23

In 2002, a man co-workers and acquaintances had always known as Joseph Newton Chandler III killed himself in the bathroom of his Eastlake …

Episode 28: The search for Amy Mihaljevic's killer - James Renner

March 10th, 2019

46:06
 

Episode Notes:

In 1989, 10-year-old Amy Mihaljevic was in her home in the comfortable Cleveland suburb of Bay Village when the phone rang. A man …

Episode 27: Who killed Rachael Johnson?

March 4th, 2019

49:43

Episode Notes:

In 1991, Rachael Johnson left a nightclub with a friend and headed home. She would never make it. After the friend's car got a flat …

Episode 26: The Tragic End Of Charles Collins

February 25th, 2019

36:15

Episode Notes:

The tragic end of Charles CollinsCharles Collins, a renowned railroad builder from Cleveland and the man for whom the city's …

Episode 25: The Berlin Reservoir Murders

February 18th, 2019

41:19

The Berlin Reservoir murders Over a 12-month period in the early 1990s, a half-mile portion of the Berlin Reservoir became the killing grounds for at least two murderers, possibly three, with a crazy connection to even …

Episode 24: The Reincarnation of Sandra Jean Jenkins

February 11th, 2019

43:38

Georgia Rudolph was just 5 years old when she started dreaming about the life of another girl. Then dreams became waking visions that led her to an …

Episode 23: The Bank Heist

February 4th, 2019

25:09

Episode Notes:

Bank Heist: The Ted Conrad story

Ted Conrad was obsessed with the movie, The Thomas Crown Affair, when it was released in 1968. It …

Episode 22: Little Boy Blue

January 28th, 2019

39:27

The Nebraska town named him Matthew - "gift from God" - when they found his frozen body in a snow-filled ditch. But as authorities spent the next two years trying to find the identity of the little dead boy in the blue …

Episode 21: Vanished

January 21st, 2019

31:39

Episode Notes

The 1963 disappearance of Ruth Guthrie, Tommy Sumerix and Joe Kulesza

Over a period of 10 days in June of 1963, three Summit County …

Episode 20: The disappearance of Mel Wiley

January 14th, 2019

34:32

Episode Notes:

In 1985, Mel Wiley, the police chief in Medina County's Hinckley Township, tells his girlfriend he's meeting an old friend for a …

Episode 19: The Hicks Babies

January 7th, 2019

56:56

Imagine reading a Mother's Day story in your local newspaper, and finding clues that suggest you may have been sold as a baby out the back door of a …

Episode 18: The First Christmas Tree

December 24th, 2018

20:02

Episode Notes:

For more than 50 years, the country accepted without question that Wooster, Ohio immigrant August Imgard was the first to decorate a …

Episode 17: Who Poisoned Clifford Badger?

December 17th, 2018

39:45

On March 15, 1971, sheep rancher Clifford Badger is returning from a morning business trip when he stops to pick up the mail outside his farmhouse in …

Episode 16: The Toledo Clubber

December 10th, 2018

50:23

In 1925-26, a man with a face painted red and a maniacal laugh stalked the west end of Toledo, randomly selecting women and clubbing them - many, to …

Episode 15: Missing Melvin Horst

December 3rd, 2018

50:51

Two days after Christmas in 1928, 4-year-old Melvin Horst is playing in a vacant lot with a friend when he realizes its dinner time. "Goodbye, …

Episode 14: The curious case of Ruth Baumgardner

November 26th, 2018

46:10

Episode Notes

On May 4, 1937, Ruth Baumgardner said goodnight to her sorority sisters, then went to her dorm room at Ohio Wesleyan to study for a test. But Ruth didn't make it to that class, or any other class, the …

Episode 13: Where is Ron Tammen?

November 19th, 2018

43:46
In 1953, Ron Tammen Jr. was a 19-year-old Maple Heights man nearing the end of his sophomore year at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

On April …

Episode 12: Owning the Corpse of John Wilkes Booth

November 12th, 2018

33:19

Episode Notes


In 1977, a Barberton man made a remarkable claim: He was the legal owner of the corpse of John Wilkes Booth. How could an Ohio …

Episode 11: Beard and Leonard: Waiting for Justice, Part 2

November 5th, 2018

43:55

Beard and Leonard: Waiting for Justice, Part 2

In Part 1, 17-year-old Mary Leonard and 19-year-old Ricky Beard of Akron vanish after a date night to …

Episode 10: Beard and Leonard: Waiting for Justice, part 1

November 5th, 2018

38:16

Episode Notes:

In 1979, 17-year-old Mary Leonard and her boyfriend, 19-year-old Ricky Beard, disappeared after a date night to a drive-in movie …

Episode 9: The Great UFO Chase

October 29th, 2018

59:40

Episode Notes:

At 5 a.m. in the pre-dawn darkness of Portage County, a police chief in northern Portage County and two sheriff deputies in southern …

Episode 8: The Minerva Monster

October 22nd, 2018

48:32

Episode Notes


What if you heard someone pelting your house with rocks, then investigated to find yourself face to face with a large hairy beast on two legs. In 1978, the Cayton family and several others living in and …

Episode 7: Who Killed Raymond Timbrook? Special Guest Phil Trexler

October 15th, 2018

43:27

Episode Notes:

Phil Trexler joins us to discuss the mystery of Raymond Timbrook!

Raymond Timbrook of Mentor was a successful businessman, engineer …

Episode 6: The SS Marquette & Bessemer No.2

October 7th, 2018

37:09

Episode Notes:

On Dec. 8, 1909, the train ferry SS Marquette & Bessemer No. 2 sank during a winter storm on Lake Erie as it made its daily run between Conneaut, Ohio, and Port Stanley, Ontario. More than 30 lives …

Episode 5: What happened to Linda Pagano?

October 1st, 2018

34:15

Episode Notes:

In 1974, 17-year-old Linda Pagano reportedly stormed out of the apartment she shared with her stepfather and was never seen again. …

Episode 4: The Lost French Gold

September 24th, 2018

42:47

Episode Notes

In 1758, the British took Fort Duquesne in Pittsburgh from the French who had established it. But before their arrival, the French …

Episode 3: Deadly Holidays

September 17th, 2018

37:17

Episode Notes

 The 1987 Holiday season was a tense one in the Akron area. Over an 18-week period, four area women, all doing absolutely average …

Episode 2: The True Story of Rogues Hollow

September 10th, 2018

37:37

Episode Notes

For a century, Northeast Ohio teens have made trips to Rogues Hollow in the dead of night to look for its ghost train, headless horse, …

Episode 1: The Unsolved Murder of Marion Brubaker

September 2nd, 2018

37:45

Episode Notes

Join us as we tell the story of Marion Brubaker, a 12-year-old Akron area girl whose life was suddenly snuffed out as se rode her bike …

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