Show Notes: Lake Michigan Triangle, Paulding Lights, and Disappearance of Dorothy Tyburski

Random Michigan and other mayhem.  You know you want it!

This show, “Michigan and other Mayhem”, is a sort of factual, slightly comical, always earnest podcast about interesting stuff in Michigan and around the world. It is done by two sisters-in-law (Ali and Jenn) that like to talk about random interesting stories.  Expect cults, mysteries, murder, fast-talking, and a couple of mental palate cleansers… and cuss words.  Those happen on this show, a lot.

Episode 5: Michigan Triangle, the disappearance of Dorothy Tyburski, 1985

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Warning: This podcast occasionally contains strong language which may be unsuitable for children.

  • Alerts:
    • Pretend podcast music (because we couldn’t find any we liked enough for a theme song)
    • Ali has a weird laugh. It is often loud.
    • You can hear either Jenn’s dog or Ali’s dog whining in the background. Do not be alarmed.
    • Jenn has had to edit a lot of “ums” out of the show. Also, Ali had a case of the giggle fits that caused Jenn to want to kill her. Literally, kill her. One look Jenn gave Ali caused laser beams to shoot out of Jenn’s eyes and burn a hole in the chair where Ali’s head was a moment before.
    • Ali also repeats what Jenn says, repeatedly.


  • Lake Michigan Triangle
    • 400 miles long lake
      • Sunken ships, downed planes, ghost ships, fireballs in the sky
      • From Ludington to Benton Harbor in MI, over to Wisconsin to complete the triangle
    • 1891 a three schooner named the Thomas Hume disappeared
      • In every Michigan triangle list
      • Rouse Simmons, sister schooner, was in the same storm and turned back to Chicago. Everyone was fine on that ship
      • How is it a mystery, when it is a boat that sank during a storm?
        • Articles say it was never found in a giant lake where other ships have never been found
        • Articles say it was found in the early 2000’s. So confusing. Was or wasn’t it?
        • Is that the real mystery?
      • Rosa Belle found overturned, 1920’s
        • 9-11 people from the Benton Harbor House of David went missing
        • A different boat that disappeared in the storm. Not a mystery
        • It had been a boat refurbished from a previous wreck
      • Captain George R. Donner disappeared, 1937
        • He disappeared from a locked cabin
        • Maybe he was murdered and thrown overboard? Perhaps
      • Flight 2501 disappeared over Lake Michigan, 1951
        • 58 people on board
        • Deadliest airliner crash in history, at the time
        • Crashed during a storm. Hmm… Still not a mystery.
        • Police officers in Wisconsin reported seeing a red light over the lake around the time the plane crashed
      • The Travel Channel did a short film on the Michigan Lake Triangle
      • Hypothesizes:
        • Ancient rock ring at the bottom of the lake
        • UFOs, freaky bright lights in the sky
        • Time bending portal over the lake
          • Feeling of unease while travelling over the lake
          • Also, wineries and breweries can be found along Lake Michigan
        • Ali’s hypothesis: severe weather over a deep lake
        • 1919, a bright light was seen over southern Lake Michigan, followed by earthquakes. Are there aliens there now?  Probably not.
        • July 1883, a tug named Mary McLane, was hit by giant blocks of ice on a cloudless day. Visible dents saw on the ship’s deck, and they kept a large sample in an ice box


  • Paulding Lights, Bruce Crossing, west side of the Upper Peninsula
    • Mysterious circle sphere shaped lights
      • Red, white, green and seen only at night
    • Possibly the spirit of a brakeman
    • Possibly a Native American dancing on power lines
    • Most possibly, Michigan State students studying the lights think the lights are traffic lights reflecting off road signs


  • The disappearance of Dorothy Tyburski, 1985
    • Cold case until 1989
    • One of her daughters, a young woman in her 20’s, had nightmares about her mother being in a place where she couldn’t move.
      • She made a connection between that and a freezer they had in their family basement that they had stopped using right around the time her mother disappeared
      • The key to the freezer was lost
      • She jimmied the lock and found her mother inside
    • A 16-year-old sister was in the house. Together they went to the police
    • Tyburski admitted to killing his wife due to his belief that she was having extramarital affairs (not a reason to kill someone, the list of reasons is small)
      • He kept her body because he didn’t want to part with her
      • He was a dean of a school in Detroit
    • Tyburski claims his wife went too far when she began an affair with her daughter’s boyfriend after he moved into their house
      • He throttled her and slammed her head into a pole 11 times
      • Then he put her in the freezer
      • His guilty charge of 2nd-degree murder was overturned due to an unknown technicality
      • Tyburski was released in 1999 and had continued a relationship with his two daughters until his death
        • He had a victim mentality about his life after his early release
      • Jenn and Ali disagree on whether you would be justified in killing an abusive parent

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