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 57: Saja Al Janabi Murdered, Michigan Mayhew, Part Deux
Review of Michigan International Speedway, Saline, MI
- Pretend podcast music because Jenn likes it.
- Ali has a weird laugh. It is often loud.
Saja Al Janabi
On September 26, 2019, Saja, who was 29 years old was shot dead in her car in her driveway, in Dearborn, Michigan. Saja’s brother, Ali, told police that he had heard gunfire and ran to the front door of their home. That is when he saw his sister laying facedown with half of her body still in the car. He pulled her out of the car and tried to assist his sister, but Saja passed away.
That same night, in the same area, around the same time, there were two armed robberies that occurred. A few blocks away from the murder scene, and mile away, someone was robbed with a gun.
The next day, three people were taken into custody: Jamel Marquise Philson, 17 years old, from Highland Park, Demaurio Dismuke, 14 years old, who is from Detroit, and an unnamed 13-year-old boy. They are being charged with the murder of Saja, the assault of a 56-year-old man, and the robbery of a 49-year-old woman. They were arraigned and Jamal will be charged as an adult. Demaurio can be charged as an adult, a child, or a blended sentence.
Michigan Mayhem Part Deux
Tiffany Wallace and Airrion Wallace, two women, have been married for 12 years. They live together in Detroit, Michigan. September 5, 2019, the two women began arguing. Airrion believes Tiffany had been unfaithful to her and was asking for a divorce.
In response, Tiffany grabbed a pistol and shot Airrion 11 times, emptying the partial clip that was in the gun. Airrion was shot four times in the vagina, three times in her stomach, and four times in her leg. Despite her wounds, Airrion managed to leave the room, go down the steps and out of their building. As soon as Airrion opened the front door, she saw her concerned neighbors who had gathered after hearing shots.
They were able to get medical attention for Airrion, who is recuperating in the hospital. She required two blood transfusions in order to save her life. Tiffany has been charged with domestic violence, assault with the intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, discharging a weapon in a building, three felony firearm charges, and interfering with a crime report.
Tiffany claims self-defense.
Airrion said that Tiffany wanted her dead because “If she can’t have me, no one can have me.”
Unusual Murder Weapon
In 2017, five teenagers from Clio, Michigan were throwing random items off an expressway bridge on to I-75 which ran below them. Trevor A. Gray, 16, Mikadyn M. Payne, 17, Alexzander S. Miller, 17, Mark A. Sekelsky, 18, and Kyle Anger, 19 had spent some time trying to hit the cars that were passing under them. They admitted to trying to drop objects on the cars below between six to ten different times. The objects ranged from about 20 different rocks, differing in size from softballs to basketballs, a couch, car muffler, and a shopping cart.
There were six different cars damaged and on October 18, 2017, around 8:30 p.m. they dropped a rock that broke through a car’s windshield. It struck the passenger, Kenneth White, who was 32 years old, killing him. The five young men quickly fled the scene. Later, when they had been identified, their Snapchat messages revealed a group discussion. Learning they had killed someone, they thought about getting tear drop shaped tattoos in commemoration of the person they murdered.
Four of the five teens tried to create a plea bargain so they would not be charged as adults. Kyle Anger, who was 19, and a legal adult, already had his own plea deal. He agreed to have 10 of his charges dropped in exchange for a plea of guilty to second-degree murder.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019, there was a contentious court hearing over the younger four males, after it was determined that they would be tried as adults. The teenager’s lawyers believed they had created a plea deal to agree to guilty pleas, but only if they were sentenced as juveniles. When the attorneys found out they would be tried as adults, they felt as if the judge/jury would be tainted by the previous admission of guilt.
The current options for the attorney’s representing the young men are to create a new proposal, affirm the plea deal they made before it was determined they would be in an adult court, or withdraw the pleas and face a trial. There has been an extension made with the defendants being due back in court on September 24, 2019.
Lost Hiker Found Dead
Gregory Sutherland, a 29-year-old man from Clarkston, Michigan went missing after camping in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. On Sunday, September 22, 2019 officials began a nighttime search for Gregory in the Big Island Lake Wilderness area. His car was found at the top of the trailhead and officials searched the woods for him.
Gregory was found dead at his campsite. Evidence shows that Gregory had accidentally cut his own leg and applied a tourniquet around it with his own belt. However, his efforts were not enough, and he died at his campsite due to blood loss. His body was brought out of the wilderness in a canoe by officials.
In December of 2017 a man in Cadillac, Michigan was sleeping on his couch. We will call him House as he wasn’t charged with a crime and his name wasn’t released. House woke up to an intruder holding a seven-inch knife making an odd demand. “You’re going to smoke weed with me right now.” (Something that the Ali who was alive in 1995 would have been thrilled to hear.) When I first read the article, I thought the intruder was trying to bogart House’s weed, but what he was really trying to do was find a smoking buddy.
House was able to distract the intruder well enough that he set his knife down. House grabbed the knife and ran out the door to a neighbor. House pounded on the front door, looking for help. House’s frantic pounding scared the neighbor who dialed 911, thinking he was being attacked. When police arrived, they found House walking towards them carrying the large knife, and they believed that he was the original attacker.
House was eventually able to explain that someone had broken into his house and threatened him with a knife. That man, identified as Seth Lewis, was found behind House’s home. He had fallen down a steep incline where he was taken into custody at the bottom. Lewis lived near House, but they did not know each other as neighbors.
Police believe Lewis was intoxicated, broke in to sleep it off somewhere and found House instead. Apparently, this happens a few times a year but without the demand to smoke weed.
Seventy-nine-year-old Eddie Kean, who lives in West Bloomfield, Michigan, is credited with coining the term cowabunga for the Howdy Doody Show in 1949. He spelled in kowabonga and used it for the greeting of character Chief Thundercloud. Eddie got the idea from another character on the show, Princess Winterspring, who greeted others with kowagoopa. Kowabonga was a hit for the show, with the kids in the Peanut Gallery calling it out each time they saw the Chief.
In the 1960’s, it became the call of surfers swimming out to ride the ocean’s waves. It then moved on through popular entertainment with it being credited to Charles Shultz and Snoopy, Bart Simpson, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Peanuts gang said it while on a surfing adventure, Bart Simpson said it once in the beginning of the TV show, and Michelangelo of the Turtles said it all the time on their TV show.
Michigan International Speedway
One Star Reviews
Dan Castaneda, June 2019
D Mills, August 2018
“A LOT of rednecks last time I went there!”
Archie Nieswander, August 2018
Five Star Reviews
Elizabeth Robbins, August 2019
“First time there. Was amazed and how big it was. Crowd was amazing. No fights, drama just pure Michigan fun!!!”
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