Show Notes: Killer Coworker at Burlington Coat Factory and Richard Sharp Shaver

Random Michigan and 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 10: Burlington Coworker Death and Richard Sharp Shaver

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


  • Pretend podcast music (because we couldn’t find any we liked enough for a theme song). Ali tried to skip it but Jenn was having none of that mess.
  • Ali has a weird laugh. It is often loud.
  • Jenn’s dog can be heard throughout the podcast. He just wants to be involved.

Burlington Coworker Death

  • Sandra Waller worked at a Burlington Coat Factory in Taylor, MI
  • On October 15th, 2017 she was in an argument with her coworker, Lorraine
    • They were arguing on how to properly scan an aisle
  • The following day the argument continued.
  • The store wasn’t open, and the two women are now going at it again.
  • Sandra then pulled out a gun and shot Lorraine in the chest
    • Lorraine was pronounced dead on arrival
  • Sandra then waited by the front door of the store for the police to arrive.
    • She pled guilty to 2nd degree murder and felony firearm charges violations
    • She received two years for the firearm charge and 16-40 years for the murder charge
  • Jenn found an article written in 2015 that said workplace murders are rare in the US
    • In 2013, there were 4,585 fatal work injuries, which included 404 workplace homicides.
    • Of those, 322 were intentional shootings.
  • Ali and Jenn are now worried to argue with coworkers.
    • When Jenn leaves work after working with someone and wants to start the day over
      • Jenn doesn’t care what her coworkers say
    • Ali likes to ignore people she is working with after arguing.
      • She is argumentative.


Richard Sharp Shaver

  • Born October 8, 1907, in Pennsylvania but really came on to the scene in the late 1940s, although his life’s plot twist began in 1932
  • Setting the scene: most common story Richard told, although there are a few versions, was that in 1932 he is working in a factory, that I am mostly sure was in Detroit.
    • While using a welding gun, the frequencies of the vibrations of the machine, began to allow him to hear the thoughts of the men around him.
    • After that, he began to receive a telepathic record of a torture session done by subterranean species deep within the earth.
  • Early 1934, Richard’s brother died, and Richard began to struggle with mental health issues.
    • Richard’s wife admitted him to Ypsilanti State Hospital in Michigan later in the year
    • When he was older, Richard would explain his actions at the time as due to shock and heat stroke, and insisted he only stayed in the hospital for two weeks.
    • Richard’s biographer would later find evidence that he spent a long time at the hospital, although the exact length of time is unknown
  • Richard’s wife Sophie died, and her parents took custody of Richard’s daughter.
    • He later married twice more and divorced twice more
    • One wife left him after hearing he had spent time in a mental hospital
  • In 1943, Richard wrote a letter to the “Amazing Stories” magazine claiming that he discovered an ancient language that he named Mantong.
    • He claims Mantong is the source of all Earthly languages.
    • Each Mantong sound has a hidden meaning, and by applying a formula he created, you could decode the secret meaning of any word, in any language
  • An editor for the magazine, named Ray Palmer, says he used the formula on different words and it worked.
    • Ray wrote Richard Shaver back asking him about how he knew of Mantong and the formula.
    • Richard sends back a 10,000-word document named “A Warning to Future Man” that spoke of an extremely advanced prehistoric race that had built cities in underground caverns.
  • The prehistoric people, the Teros, then abandoned Earth, due to the damaging radiation from the sun, but left behind some of their children.
    • Over time the Teros people degenerated into mentally impaired sadists named Deros.
      • Some of the beings remained as Teros, or good
      • Most of the cave dwellers became part of the Deros, or evil
    • The Deros are known for their savage behavior, kidnapping Earth’s surface dwellers and bringing them to the caves as food sources or to torture for entertainment
    • The Deros use ray machines, left behind by the fleeing Teros, to spy on humans and use the ray to project to ideas and torment human thoughts
    • The underground dwellers could also disguise themselves as human, although many of them were too deformed to pass aboveground
    • The Deros are responsible for all misfortunes and disasters suffered by humanity
    • Above-ground human women were often targets for the Deros. Shavers writings often included rape and sadomasochistic sex
    • The Deros would occasionally leave Earth and have contact with extraterrestrial beings that were just as evil as they are
    • Richard explained that there were two additional planets in our solar system, two billion miles past Pluto.
      • The farthest planet, named Quanto, is inhabited by a race or Nortans or Nor-men.
      • They are unable to stand the sun’s rays in any way and do not visit Earth
    • Richard insists all of his manifestoes is a true story and that he had spent serval years as a Deros prisoner.
      • Richard believed that in a past life, he also lived as one of the cave dwellers
    • Ray Palmer, the “Amazing Stories” magazine editor, edited and rewrote the manuscript that Richard Sharp Shaver had sent him.
      • Ray said he didn’t change any of the main elements in the story, but just added an exciting plot to the information
      • Ray renamed the story “I Remember Lemuria!” and published it in “Amazing Stories” in early 1945
      • It was a hit. The magazine sold out.
    • Four the next four years, an oddly large amount of readers wrote into the magazine and verify Richard’s claims. Anywhere from 50 to 2,500 letters a month came into the magazine about Shaver’s prerogatives on underground dwellers
      • The underground caverns were known as Hollow Earth and others claimed to also hear the voices of the Deros/Teros talking.
      • Shaver Mystery Club societies were created in different cities
      • The magazine had a big boost in circulation
        • From 1945 to 1948, 2/3 of the magazines published as “Amazing Stories” had some part of Shaver’s story of an underground society
        • On the flip side, there was once a letter writing campaign to stop the publication of the stories. Some people were kind of sick of the whole premise
      • In 1947, a man claimed to have seen UFOs near Mount Rainier. (which is in Washington)
        • Ray Palmer was quick to point out that UFO sightings were authentication for the Shaver Mysteries being real
        • The Deros were known to have spaceships and relationships with extraterrestrial beings
      • In 1948, the magazine ceased publication of all of Richard’s stories, however, the Shaver Mystery Clubs kept going strong
        • The Shaver Mysteries were part of a popular radio show through the late 1950’s
        • John Nebel, who hosted the show, though it was an entertaining subject but was sceptical during the entire run, on whether or not the stories were true
      • Ray Palmer, from “Amazing Stories” was still printing Richard’s stories in a different magazine called “The Hidden World”
        • This magazine put out Shaver’s stories with very little editing
      • In the 1960’s and 70’s people had mostly forgotten about the Hollow Earth theory
        • Richard begins looking for physical evidence to back up his claims.
        • He believed that certain rocks were created by the ancient Teros, and inside the rock were legible pictures and text.
      • He called these special rocks, Rock Books.
        • Richard wrote about the Rock Books, took photographs of them, and painted images he found in them to demonstrate their importance
        • He had a Rock Book library, in which he would send the rocks back and forth through the mail to people, with the package containing detailed descriptions pertaining to the rock it contained.
      • There have been exhibitions of his paintings and photographs in the years since his death.
      • Richard Sharp Shaver’s writing influenced several other writers, as well as a Japanese horror movie, and a class of monsters in the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.
        • Ali is currently learning how to play D&D.
        • Jenn thought about a business that will send you a potato in the mail with a message on it.
      • Richard Sharp Shaver died in 1975.

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