Show Notes: Murder of Tyrone Hassel, These Strange States

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 65: Murder of Tyrone Hassel, These Strange States


  • Pretend podcast music because Jenn likes it. 
  • Ali has a weird laugh.  It is often loud.

Murder of Tyrone Hassel

The Murder of Sgt. Tyrone Hassel III, age 23, in St. Joseph Township, Michigan.

Tyrone was married to Kemia Hassel. Tyrone was an active duty soldier at Ford Stewart in Georgia. His wife, Kemia, was having an affair with another active duty soldier, Jeremy Cuellar.

On December 31, 2018, Tyrone was shot multiple times in front of his father’s home. It was believed that Kemia and Jeremy had planned the murder of Tyrone to obtain his Army death benefits. On January 11, 2019, Kemia took a polygraph and failed.

Kemia ultimately admitted to the planned murder. Between December 19th and the 31st , the two of them planned the murder and used Snapchat to communicate. Jeremy attempted to kill Tyrone but there were people with him. Kemia stated that she felt he was trying to back out of murdering Tyrone and she demanded that Jeremy carry out the murder.

Kemia did not want to return to Georgia with Tyrone and she was not happy he was moving his sister into their home. The major pieces of evidence were a jail call to Kemia’s mom where Kemia admits to the murder. Also, brought to trial were Kemia and Jeremiah’s Snapchat messages.

Both were charged with first degree murder. Jeremy was also charged with the felony firearms on August 2019. Kemia was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Jeremy had pleaded guilty of 2nd degree murder. July 2019, Prosecutors recommended a sentence of 65 years.

These Strange States


On Thursday, September 9, 2019, at the Tiger Truck Stop in Louisiana, a camel named Caspar, a couple, and their dog got into a scuffle. According to the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office, a truck driver and her husband stopped to allow their deaf dog out of the truck. The husband began tossing treats into the Caspar the Camel’s enclosure to give him snacks. The deaf dog crawled under the fence to get to the food. When the dog did not respond to the owner’s commands to leave the pen, the couple entered the fenced in area, even though it had a “No Trespassing” sign.

Once in the enclosure, the couple admitting that they “swatted” at Caspar while retrieving their dog. This caused the agitated animal to sit on the woman who had bent over to get her dog. Trapped under the camel, she bit Caspar on the testicles in what she believed was self-defense. After examination, the oral attack didn’t seem to permanently damage Caspar’s dangly bits.

The woman was taken to the hospital for unknown injuries. The truck driver and her husband were given citations for leash law violations and trespassing.


In the 1980’s I (Ali) was lightly traumatized and completely confounded when I had found out what is being referred to as “cattle mutilations”. There had been a cattle mutilation in which a bovine was found completely drained of blood, no evidence of animal attacks or other wounds, and one of it’s utters had been removed with a sharp instrument. It happened in Pendleton, Oregon, at the Anderson’s ranch in the mountains. The cow had been killed during the night.

In 2017, in New Princeton, Oregon, Andie Davies and her husband found one of their cows in a field, cut up and emptied of blood. They circled around the carcass in concentric circles, looking for tracks to or from the animal, to get an idea of who did this. They were not able to find any clue in the dirt around the cow. There were no tracks of people or animals around the dead and drained animal.

In early October 2019, five bulls were found dead on their ranch’s range in eastern Oregon. All five had died overnight, drained of blood, with their tongues and genitals surgically removed. They had been purebred, worth about $6,000 each. The U.S. Forrest Service is aware of the mutilations and are investigating this latest case.


In 1939 the Idaho Interior Department began trapping beavers and releasing them in areas in which the land had been eroded by water. The beavers would then build their dams which helped with silt build up and slows erosion. By 1941 the stories of the work of beavers in Idaho had gone national when they managed to stabilize the water supply in Salmon, Idaho. The beavers saved the town the cost of a dam, with the Interior Department declaring the worth of a beaver’s work at $300. (that’s in 1940’s money)

Around 1950, there were issues with the beaver populations being in dense clusters, leaving other areas without their help. Idaho’s government decided the solution was to pack mating pairs of beavers into boxes and parachute them into their new home ranges. There are videos available on Youtube of the phenomenon and we’ll also have one available for our continuing conversation. You can see the men loading the beavers in the boxes and then parachuting into the woods. From what you can see, no beavers were hurt while moving.

Side note: It has the same voiceover guy that has been in every school video since the conception of videos being shown in school.


An unidentified 24-year-old man in Kansas ended up in the emergency room. He was possibly under the influence of drugs, had a head wound, and had the blood alcohol level of .35 which is medically dangerous. When police found him, he was in public and having sex with the tailpipe of a car. Unaware of the officers around him, demanding that he stop, they had to taser him. He’s now recovering in the hospital.

New Jersey

The classic 1980 horror movie, “Friday the 13th” was filmed in Warren County, New Jersey, with a portion being filmed specifically in Blairstown. The city likes to celebrate their notoriety. Every time the 13th of a month lands on a Friday, someone dresses as the movie’s slasher, Jason Voorhees, and roams the town looking for victims. Tourists arrive to visit and take photos of different filming locations of the movie.  At the end of the night the town plays the movie at Roy’s Hall, a building which can be seen in the movie. When town landmarks, including Roy’s Hall, appear in the movie the audience cheers and makes noise.

Louisiana (a challenge to Florida)

There is a man in Baton Rouge, Louisiana named William Bottoms, Jr. who is on trial for a double murder that occurred in 2017. Megan Gaylord, who has William’s girlfriend at the time of the murders, was a witness. She claims that the two men who were shot to death, Muhammad Hussain, 29, and Dedrick Williams, 23, were with her and William doing drugs. William became paranoid, killing them, and leaving their bodies to be discovered in an abandoned vehicle that was parked in a field.

William expressed concern that he wouldn’t get a fair trial due to his extensive face tattoos. His face looks like a skull and he has devil horns, flames, and a dead smiley face, along with a lot of other ink. Potential jurors were questioned on whether or not William’s tattoos would sway their opinion of him, and they denied that it was the case.

He was found guilty.

William’s twin brother, who had some matching face tattoos with William was killed in April of 2019 by the police while they were attempting to arrest him as a felon in possession of a gun.

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