Show Notes: The Murder of Ramsay Scrivo and Genghis Khan highlights

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 17: The Murder of Ramsay Scrivo and Genghis Khan highlights

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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 has a weird laugh. It is often loud.

Today’s podcast will be about the drugging, strangling, burning, and dismemberment of Ramsay Scrivo, along with Genghis Khan high-level facts.

Jenn became a Youtube patron after we started the podcast.  She has now used to learn a filter for items uploaded in the last 30 days.  Jenn is now informed about all the terrible murders in Michigan in 2018.  It makes sense to Ali who learned about a podcast called Murder Mitten and she received a book called Blood on the Mitten.

On the Oxygen channel, they have a series called Snap! Which profiles women who committed murder.  Ali believed it because there is a guy called Paul Holes who was significant in catching The Golden State Murderer.  Paul mentioned working for Oxygen.

16,000 people a year are murdered in the US, and 7% of the killers are women.

Ramsay Scrivo

Ramsay, 32-years-old, lived with his mother in St. Claire Shores, Michigan. His mother, Donna, reported him missing January 27, 2014.  He lived with his mom.  Ramsay had been diagnosed with psychosis and had threatened to hang himself about 8 months before his disappearance.

Ramsay’s psychosis was triggered by the death of his father after a terminal illness. The day his dad died, it triggered him.

January 30, 2014, a motorist found a human head in a trash bag on the side of the Fred Moore Highway.  It was confirmed to be Ramsay’s.  Donna, Ramsay’s mom, was arrested the next day.

The police believe she was overwhelmed with her son’s illness after the death of her husband. Donna is 60 years old and a nurse at St. John’s hospital.  She has a second son who was unharmed. Due to Donna being a nurse, she was thought to be a good provider for her mentally ill son.

The cops said that neighbors reported seeing her place multiple garbage bags into the car after her son’s death. Gas station surveillance video shows her at one of the dump sites.  Ramsay’s blood was also found in her car and in the home.

Police believe Donna drugged Ramsay, then strangled him, and then tried to burn the body unsuccessfully, before dismembering him and putting him in garbage bags.  Part of her home showed fire damage. It takes a lot to burn a body.

Donna has denied killing her son.  She was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  Jenn can’t find any news articles about the case but did find hours of the trial on Youtube. Or someone and find out and tell her.

Jenn thinks between the two of them… her son might kill her, instead of her killing her son.  She thinks her klutzy ways might make her a burden. Ali promised to follow-up if Jenn dies under mysterious circumstances.

A Continuing Conversation will become out about Kelly Cochran, who we’ve covered.  Jenn found the video on Oxygen.

Genghis Khan, life’s highlights

Genghis Khan was the founder and First Great Khan of the Mongol Empire.  His birth name was Temujin (Tem-oo-gin).  He then gave himself the name Genghis Khan when he was around 40 years old. Khan is a traditional title meaning “leader” or “ruler”. Genghis Khan means “universal leader”.

He was born in 1162 with a blood clot in his fist, which was believed to foretell him being a great leader. A rival poisoned his father when he was nine and his tribe expelled his mother. She was forced to raise 7 kids alone, without the assistance of a community. Genghis Khan’s family had to hunt and forage for food.  Genghis may his murdered one of his half-brothers in a fight over food when he was around 10 years old.

When he was a teen, rivals abducted Genghis and his wife, forcing him to live as a slave. He escaped and by his early 20’s and was known as a formidable warrior and leader. He began the Mongol Invasion, defeating those in his path.  Genghis made strategic alliances and demanded absolute loyalty through fear of death and retaliation. The Khan’s troops occupied much of Central Asia and China. Genghis united nomadic tribes of Northeast Asia.

Genghis created a single writing system, Uygher (we-gur) which advanced communication.  It united all the different people in a vast area with one written communication system.

Genghis Khan practiced meritocracy.  Meritocracy is the governance by people who have merit (intelligence, talent, achievement, & effort) over wealth or privileged classes. It wouldn’t matter your sexuality, race, wealth, or gender, just your brains and effort.

Women were respected as leaders.  Töregene (tora-jen) Khatun ruled the empire for five years after the death of her husband, Ogedei, a leader in the Khan empire, and before the election of her eldest son.

Genghis Khan encouraged religious tolerance.  You could worship who and how you wanted, just make sure you do your job.

He was also credited with bringing the Silk Road under one political environment, bringing communication and trade from Northeast Asia into Muslim Southwest Asia, and Christian Europe, and expanding culture.

The negative effect of the Khan takeover: Genocide. His troops were known to have killed millions. Genghis Khan leads large-scale massacres of civilians. Historians put the number of people killed by Khan’s troops to around 40 million.  That is more than Hitler and Stalin combined.  Genghis Khan reduced the entire world population by as much as 11 percent.

Genghis Khan killed so many people that he may have scrubbed 700 million tons of carbon from the atmosphere by allowing previously populated and cultivated land to return to carbon-absorbing forest. He killed so many people that he affected climate change, cooling the planet.

No known records of details of his personal life or physical appearance survived through time.

Khan died in 1227, at age 65.  No one knows for sure how he died.  There are rumors of it being a fall from a horse, a wound from an arrow, or he could have died trying to rape a Chinese princess. He was buried somewhere in Mongolia, in an unmarked grave.

To conceal the location, his funeral escort executed everyone in their path.  The legend states that his warriors then killed the slaves who dug the graves, then killed each other. The last man alive was to kill himself.  All this was done to keep his burial site secret.

Genghis Khan’s empire continued with large-scale slaughters. His descendants continued his work conquering their way through Eastern Europe and Southwest Asia.  Genghis Khan’s empire became the largest contiguous empire in history.

A sultan killed Genghis Khan’s emissary and in return Genghis Khan killed the entire royal family.

It was about 13.5 million kilometres (or about 8.4 million square miles).  His empire peaked in 1260, before breaking into four smaller empires.

10% of the men who lived in the Mongol Empire, at the time of his death, may have carried Genghis Khan’s DNA. 0.5% of men in the world, about 16 million individuals alive today, carry his DNA. Genghis Khan had multiple wives (500 of them), a harem, and he raped.  His first wife, Borte, that he had saved from a rival tribe gave him four sons and at least six daughters.  Only Borte’s sons were considered legitimate successors.

Genghis quotes:

“The greatest joy for a man is to defeat his enemies, to drive them before him, to take from them all they possess, to see those they love in tears, to ride their horses, and to hold their wives and daughters in his arms.”

When asked what is best in life.  Conan: Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of the women!


“I am the flail of god. Had you not created great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you.”
― Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan killed 11% of the world’s population and probably gave PTSD to everyone else.

You can’t tell from this podcast, but Ali had toned down the cursing in previous episodes.  Maybe is it today’s content.  Ali uses all the cuss words when she talks.  She never uses racial slurs.  Ali can insult you with all the other words she has.

Once again Ali messes up the ending.

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