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 22: Psychic on Unsolved Mysteries, Taylor Coworker Murders
- Pretend podcast music because Jenn likes it.
- Ali has a weird laugh. It is often loud.
Ali immediately mispronounces a word causing Jenn to laugh. Ali asks if Jenn has now become Poppy.
Unsolved Mysteries is coming back to Netflix. Ali is so happy. Jenn has confused America’s Most Wanted and Unsolved Mysteries.
Jenn is going after Taylor, MI. That is where a Burlington Coat Factory employee shot another employee to death. Now, the other day, there was another coworker violence case as someone was stabbed at a Texas Roadhouse. Then Jenn read a third case of coworker violence that prompted her story today.
Psychics and Unsolved Mysteries
There was an episode of Unsolved Mysteries that aired after the murder was solved. It involves a psychic and an unlikely killer.
John and Nancy Bosco were murdered in their home in Ferndale, Montana, on August 12, 1993. Ferndale is a small community located just outside of Big Fork. John, 41, and his wife Nancy, 32, had bought their home in the community less than a year earlier, having lived in Boulder, Colorado, previously. It was a neighbor who realized something was wrong at the Bosco house when she noticed all the windows were open and the doors were locked.
Ali: I thought she must be a nosy neighbor. Is it weird to open windows in August? I don’t think so. She told the cops the doors were locked, that means she had to turn the knobs on all of their outer doors. That’s a lot of effort. To be open, the neighbor isn’t guilty, just overly curious.
The neighbor said that she knew John, the husband, was scheduled to be in court for a felony charge sometime in August. So, armed with an unhealthy dose of curiosity and probably a permanent case of tattle-tale, she called the police.
It was the police who found the couple dead in their bed. John Bosco had been shot in the head. His wife, Nancy, had been shot once in the head and once in her back. They were both nude and Nancy had a pillow set over her face.
A few small items had been missing from the home, but robbery was not believed to be the motive behind the murders. A pistol was found to be missing from the home, but it was not the one used in the commission of the crime. The telephone line had been cut to the house and the power had been shut off.
There were few leads in the case, besides the officers finding a point of entry into the home, through a window in the basement bathroom. It went cold and for two months there wasn’t any new information for detectives to use.
Then Dannion Brinkley, stepped in. John Bosco’s parents were looking for information regarding the death of their son. Dannion claimed to have psychic abilities after being struck by lightning while talking on the phone in 1975. Dannion was brought to the hospital after the lightning strike, where he was declared dead. After 28 minutes with no pulse, Dannion recalls having to leave the spirit realm and return to the living. Afterwards, he suffered from several physical ailments as well as visions from the future.
Dannion made the following predictions about the Bosco’s killer: The killer was a young man with a slight build. He was an acquaintance of the Boscos. The killer was familiar with the layout of the house. The killer was also a student who went to school in the west side of the country. Dannion also claimed that the killer would be arrested in December 1993.
Cut to 19-year-old Joseph Shadow Clark. He fits every one of Dannion Brinkley’s descriptions. Joseph Shadow Clark was 19 years old. He had a slight build. The Bosco’s had bought their home and property, recently, from Joseph’s parents. Joseph was familiar with the layout of the house. He had recently left Montana to go to a small Christian school in Oregon, which is to the west. Joseph was arrested in December 1993.
Joseph had told friends about committing the murders in his former home, and it was his friends that reported it to campus authorities in Oregon. The campus security chief contacted a Flathead, OR police station with the information. A detective with Flathead, Michael Sward, connected the information to the open Bosco murders.
People who had known Joseph claimed he was the last person they would have picked out to be a murderer. He was active in church, a bright student at Big Fork High School and George Fox College, and a Royal Ranger. He had no criminal record.
Joseph Shadow Clark told police that he gave the murder weapon, a 9mm Smith and Wesson, to a friend in a different city. The friend, who was not implicated in the crime, surrendered the gun to police without incident on December 8, 1993. Joseph had bought the gun earlier in the summer. The ballistics of the surrendered gun matched those left at the scene of the crime.
Joseph Clark claims to not remember shutting off the power or cutting the phone line. He said it was probable that he did do that. He also said he didn’t remember going up to the second floor but did recall standing in the doorway of the Bosco’s bedroom.
John Bosco was killed first by Joseph, shooting him in the forehead. Then Joseph heard a noise from Nancy’s side of the bed, and he assumed she was cocking a gun. In reality, Nancy was putting her glasses on and had knocked the phone off of the nightstand. Joseph heard her scream. Joseph then said he shot three times in her direction.
One of the two bullets that hit Nancy went into her back, hitting her ribs, lung and shoulder blade, coming to a rest in her left shoulder. The second went into her jaw before ricocheting out of Nancy’s eye, breaking her glasses lens. It was determined this happened while she was crouched, as if in the fetal position. Nancy also had fresh bruises on her right calf and left thigh.
Since both people were naked, and Nancy had bruises, sexual abuse was suspected. DNA samples were taken from both bodies. It was determined that semen samples taken from Nancy did not match Joseph Shadow Clark. The Boscos were trying to have children, the semen was believed to be John’s.
The Clarks and Boscos both tried to guess over the motivation for the killing. There was some tension between the two families as the Boscos had bought both a house and a business property from the Clarks. Bosco then found that the business property had been denied its commercial license. Bosco also claimed to have spent thousands of dollars on the business’s physical structure due to damage and neglect.
Joseph told investigators that he had recurring nightmares for almost a month, in which he kept breaking into the Bosco home. The nightmare came to him every night before Joseph murdered the couple. After the murder, Joseph claimed he wasn’t sure if he had actually murdered the couple, or if it was just a continuance of his dream.
No motive was ever given by Joseph Shadow Clark, which his attorneys believe lead to him having a heavy sentence. Joseph repeatedly said he had no grudge against the couple, and he didn’t know why he did it. He downplayed the seriousness of his charges calling them a “little thing”, a mistake he shouldn’t be condemned for.
Joseph Clark was sentenced to 220 years, which was later reduced to 150 years in jail. He went to jail at age 19 and isn’t available for parole until he turns 60 years old.
Intrigued by the use of an accurate psychic, Unsolved Mysteries aired an episode that included the murders in October of 1994.
After I had written this article, I was listening to a podcast called ‘My Favorite Murder’. They do hometown murders, in which people e-mail them. A girl who was at school with Joseph Shadow Clark after he murdered the couple. He used to visit her and her roommate and was there when the FBI came to get him.
Taylor, MI Coworker Murder
On February 1st, 2019 (Ali’s birthday), at 6:45p.m. on Pardee Road, at the Texas Roadhouse, an employee stabbed their coworker. The two had begun arguing in the kitchen. They both suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Their names weren’t released at the time we were recording.
Another man, Vernest Griffin, also killed coworkers in Taylor and Pontiac, Michigan. It was considered a planned killing spree. Vernest was a former employee of BSD Linehaul Company, in Taylor. On the first of the month, he went to the business and killed employee Keith Kitchen.
Vernest then went to a semi-driver at the business and forced him out of the truck. Vernest then drove off with the semi. He drove to Aluminum Blanking Company and shot Eriberto Perez multiple times through an open window.
Vernest then got back into the truck and drove to another trucking company. He then asked for an employee, name unknown, who was not at work. Vernest then drove away. He continued to drive, stopping to engage police in a shootout, before getting back to driving.
Vernest is then involved in a crash on Dixie Highway, injuring two young girls. He gets out of the semi and again engages in gunfire with the police. He was struck by gunfire, taken to the hospital, and arrested. He had gone into a short coma.
The Oakland County Police called this a planned spree as Vernest knew where he was going, with an AK-47 and multiple magazines. They found out Vernest had gone to the company in November of 2018 with a gun threatening to shoot employees. No shots fired at that time.
Vernest had recently been released on bond after being arrested for assault with a deadly weapon in July 2017.
Jenn could not find him on the OTIS (offender tracking information system) website.
Ali needs to look up what is a speedy trial. Then she made a mistake about a man in jail for 38 years. Stay tuned for the real information in the next episode.