Continuing the Conversation: Unusual Death of Robert Dreyer

Continuing the Conversation: Robert Dreyer’s death was a combination of a medical emergency, fire hydrant safety valves, and sinkholes.  Wonder why Florida has so many sinkholes?  National Geographic answers the question in the article below.

Click Here to read National Geographic Why Does Florida Keep Getting Sinkholes

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Show Notes: Mom Kill By 9yo Son, Unusual Deaths, Hell MI Review

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 37: Mom killed by 9-year-old son, Unusual Deaths, Hell MI Review

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

Jenn and Ali are recording this summer’s podcasts a little early because June is busy.  Ali’s daughter has high school graduation and Jenn has a lake house she wants to get to.

Mom Killed By 9-year-old Son

Pauline Randol, who was 51 years old, was found murdered on May 6, 2019 in Fawn River Township, Michigan. It’s alleged that her 9-year-old adopted son murdered her. He has been officially charged with open murder and felony firearms. When interviewed by the news reporters, the neighbors said their child had heard screaming coming from the house, and a few minutes later, police arrived on the scene.

The neighbors claimed that the 9-year-old would play outside by himself, a lot. He should also sit in a tree and shoot at them (the neighbors) with a BB gun when they were outside.

It is also claimed that Pauline had said her son would probably grow up to be a serial killer. Pauline’s daughter, the boy’s sister, is protective of the child. She told news outlets that he had been adopted three years previous and was known to have mental issues. Pauline was trying to get more mental health help for the child.  Pauline’s daughter blames the health system.  She said the boy does not understand what he did.

Ali thinks he should be locked away at a mental hospital for life. Jenn struggled with the whole idea of having her brother kill her mother.

Hell, MI Yelp Reviews

Baxter M. 5 stars

Us local people are weird, and the tourists only a little less so,

In the summer, Hell is inundated with biker “groups” so beware, you will need to avert the kiddies eyes until you can get out of hell.

Bottom line, don’t expect much and you wont be disappointed

Melissa B. 1 star

Think twice about going here. Then think again and again. DONT DO THE MINI GOLF. Seriously. I’m telling you guys I can’t remember the last time I’ve had such a terrible experience.

Okay so before I get into this I was SO excited to go to Hell. We even switched our vacation around so we could stop here, and I really, really wish we hadn’t.

We pull up outside of the store, a little smaller than I expected the “town” to be, but whatever still SO cool. We were literally in hell.

Walk into the store/gift shop/ ice cream parlor and no one greets us. Literally only ONE other group there. There’s 3 workers, 2 older ladies and a young girl.
About 10 minutes into us shopping one of the older women who I’m guessing was a manager? Starts going off about someone using her lint roller. I shit you guys not she went off for at least another 10 minutes about the other ladies using her lint roller without asking first. SO UNPROFESSIONAL. Then she starts yelling at the young girl about the way she was folding t shirts. I really wish I could’ve gotten that ladies name because not only was it unprofessional to do in front of customers but the tone she was using toward the other 2 was absolutely not ok. AND IT WAS A LINT ROLLER (was I being punkd?)

Anyway we decide we gotta get outta the store so let’s play Mini golf! As we’re checking out we tell  the lady (not the crazy one) we’d also like 2 rounds of mini golf. The crazy lady runs over and mumbles to the other employee “should I tell them about the holes” then looks directly at us and says “There’s birds on a part of the course that have a nest with eggs so they’re territorial and they’re very important to me so please avoid the hole. It’s even taped off. Those birds are important to me, don’t go near the nest.”

The mini golf is a joke. Omg. No score cards. There’s a sign before you start telling you to watch out for broken glass because they have vandalism. They weren’t kidding HELLA broken glass. The greens were torn up, the cups that sit in the holes were sticking up so high you couldn’t shoot the ball in. One hole had AT LEAST 5 spiders inside the cup (def skipped that one). To top it all off the “one” hole that was taped off because of the birds was actually 3. THREE.
So 18 holes – 3 bird holes – 1 spider infested hole = 14 holes (which over half had a cup too high to shoot the ball into)

Hell was literally worse than what I imagine actual Hell is like. I can’t believe they run the business how they do and actually charge people for that trash. I even feel like the review doesn’t give enough justice as to how terrible it was. If Hell was aiming for people to leave feeling like they wasted their time & money, mission accomplished.

Unusual Deaths

Hans Steininger

Hans Steininger was a mayor (burgomaster) of Braunau am Inn, in Austria in the late 1500’s.  He was known for being well liked by his constituents and for having a four-and-a-half-foot long beard. His beard looks like it was split into two almost-locks. (Basically, his beard had a middle part.) Hans liked to keep his beard rolled up and tucked in his pocket to keep it out of his way.

September 28, 1567 a fire broke out in Hans’ town. Citizens were panicking and Hans stood at the top of a flight of stairs trying to calm his people.  As he went to step down, Han accidentally stepped on of his beard, which had fallen from his pocket.  Hans fell down the entire flight of stairs, breaking his neck. In memory of their beloved leader, the town carved a stone relief statue of Hans into the side of St. Stephan’s Church.  They also cut his beard off and locked it in a glass case in the town’s museum. It has been chemically treated so that it does not degrade.

(Side note: Burgomaster reminded me of Burgermeister Meisterburger from Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.)

Basil Brown

In London, February of 1974, a man named Basil Brown had taken about 70 million units of Vitamin A in 10 days. During this time, he was drinking about a gallon of carrot juice every day. Basil was a 48-year-old health enthusiast, but at this point in his life he had become obsessed with health. I saw a couple articles that suggest he was addicted to carrot juice. The copious consumption had caused his skin to turn bright yellow as it tried to process the influx of vitamins. Unfortunately, Basil died from Vitamin A poisoning due to his extreme diet.

(Side note: You can die of vitamin A poisoning from eating a polar bear’s liver.)

Kurt Gödel

Kurt Gödel was an Australian mathematician and philosopher who immigrated to the United States. He had a significant impact on the scientific and philosophical world.  Kurt was known to struggle during periods of mental illness. Kurt’s symptoms were depression, paranoia and he had several nervous breakdowns. He was often physically ill as a child, including contracting rheumatic fever when he was six years old. Kurt felt as if he never recovered health after that illness.

He had obsessive thoughts about being poisoned. I read that this led him to only eat food that was prepared by his wife, Adele, or he would only eat after she taste tested his food.  In 1977, Adele had been hospitalized for six months.  While she was unable to interact with his food, Kurt refused to eat.  He shrunk down to 65 pounds before dying of starvation in January of 1978. Adele lived for another few years, dying in 1981.

(Side note: VSED is an acronym for Voluntary Stopping Eating and Drinking. It is suggested by the group Death with Dignity, as an option for terminally ill people.)

David Grundman

Saguaros cactuses can grow over 40 feet tall and weigh up to three tons.  They only grow in the Sonoran Desert along the southwestern border of the United States. They have huge trunks with large arms sprouting off of the sides. In 1982, two roommates named David Grundman and James Suchochi were out in the Arizonian desert, shooting at the cactus that were growing there. After using his ammunition to shoot one smaller 10-foot tall saguaro cactus in half, David Grundman then began to shoot at an older and bigger specimen.  (The second cactus was estimated at around 100 years old and 27 feet tall.) Shooting from about 10 feet away from the cactus, David managed to shoot a four-foot arm off of the cactus. The arm landed on David, impaling him on the two-inch spines and crushing him to death.

(Side note: The average full sized saguaro cactus can weigh between 3,200-4,800 pounds.)

Shirley Durdin

Shirley Ann Durdin, a 33-year-old mother of four, was snorkeling with her husband, Barry, and a male friend, Keith Coventry, in Southern Australia.  It was March 4, 1985, and they were swimming in about seven feet of water in the Pacific Ocean. Their children, friends, and other fishermen were all on the shore.

For the last month, a great white shark had been seen periodically in the area, as there is a nearby fishing company. The shark was estimated to be about 20 feet long.

According to the witnesses on the beach, a great white shark surfaced without warning, biting both of Shirley’s legs off it’s first attack. She was lifted high above the water by the shark, before splashing back into the ocean. Immediately, people on the shore called out for help and the shark ignored nearby boats as they motored closer.  The shark had thrashed around with her and when her body next appeared, it was as a headless torso with one arm.  Even as the boats came closers still, the shark came at her for a third time, devouring even her torso.  No portion of her body was successfully recovered.

It was the first time in 10 years that someone had been attacked by a shark in Southern Australia and the first time a victim was known to be eaten by a shark in Australia as a whole.

(Side note: According to National Geographic, you have a 1 in 11 million chance of being bitten by a shark. Surfers account for 51% of attacks in the year 2010.  Swimmers and waders were victims of 38% of the attacks in 2010, which leads me to ask… who are the other 12% in the water?)

Mat Hussin Sulaiman

In Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, monkeys are often used in gathering coconuts. The monkeys are trained to climb up trees and pluck coconuts from the top, dropping them to the ground to be collected.  A farmer named Mat Sulaiman, who was 76-years-old, was killed in January 1995.  His trained monkey was in the tree dropping the coconuts when one hit him in the neck, breaking it. Mat died at the scene.

(Side note: There was a report in the New York Times in 1985 that said, “falling coconuts could strike a person on the ground with the force of 2,000 pounds.”)

Stephen Wilson

Stephen Wilson, 30, was diving with friends off the shore of Florida in the afternoon.  It was July of 2007, and they were diving about 40 miles north of Miami. It was not storming but they could see lightning strikes father away. For safety, Stephen and his friends decided to exit the water.

Stephen had surfaced about 30 feet from the boat when lightning struck his oxygen tank. Stephen was killed instantly. The other divers struggled to get his body into the boat as they radioed for help. When the boat arrived at the beach, a rescue crew performed CPR , but Stephen had already passed.

(Side note: Lightning burns at 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit (or 29,980 degrees Celsius) and produces around 1 billion joules of electricity. For comparison, a watt is one joule in one second. Air around lightning expands rapidly, causing a shock wave known as thunder. The heat, electricity, and shock wave combination can be deadly. In 2016, 38 people in the United States died from a lightning strike.)

Lottie Michelle Belk

In June of 2016, a woman named Lottie Belk, who was 55-years-old, was doing a combined celebration for her birthday and wedding anniversary.  Lottie and her family decided to go to her favorite place to celebrate, Virginia Beach. As the family was sitting in the sand, around 5 p.m., the wind started gusting.  One particularly strong gust of wind pulled a sun umbrella from the ground and sent it hurtling through the air.  The tip of the umbrella struck Lottie in the chest, embedding the metal tip in her body. A lifeguard immediately arrived and began CPR.  Medics were on the scene in minutes, but Lottie still couldn’t survive.  The blow to the chest killed her.

(Side note: In 2016 there were 43 wind related deaths in the United States, according to the federal government.)

Robert Dreyer

Robert Dreyer was an 89-year-old man who lived in Viera, Florida.  In May of 2017, Robert was driving down the road when he suddenly veered into a fire hydrant.  According to witnesses, he didn’t hit the hydrant at a high rate of speed, and he was able to get out of his car. There was very little damage done to Robert’s car and the hydrant seemed to be intact. However, as Robert stepped out, a five-foot sink hole opened up underneath him. The sink hole was created when the hydrant was hit, releasing water pressure under the pavement. The safety valve on the hydrant wasn’t working quite right.

Robert fell into the hole and then was pulled underneath his car.  People who saw the accident tried to save him, but it was extremely hard for them to fight against the water pressure. It took them three or four minutes to pull his body out.  Just as his body was retrieved, emergency personnel arrived.  They were able to take Robert to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Authorities believed he may have had a medical issue right before the crash, and he drowned.

(Side note: According to National Geographic, about 20% of the United States is suspectable to sinkholes, mainly in the southern states.)

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Mom Killed by 9-year-old son, Review of Hell MI, List of Unusual Deaths

Today we are talking about a mom who was purposefully killed by her 9-year-old son.  We also read a couple funny reviews on Hell, Michigan.  We round the episode out with a list of unusual deaths.  Find out more by listening to our podcast or reading the full show notes at

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Continuing the Conversation: Michigan Witches

We talked about the Drowning Pool on Mackinac Island, and how it was used to murder women who were accused of witchcraft.  Find out more by clicking the link HERE.

Check out MattsRadShow on The Drowning Pool in Mackinac Island


Show Notes: Michigan Witches and Monsters, Women Who Marry Known Murderers

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 36: Michigan Witches and Monsters, Women Who Marry Known Murderers

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o   Pretend podcast music because Jenn likes it.

o   Ali has a weird laugh.  It is often loud.

Jenn messed with Ali by starting to record without telling her.

Jenn is scared by a moth man in the show Magicians.  Ali was scared by a Christopher Eccleston Dr. Who episode, “Are you my mummy?”

The Drowning Pool

Mackinac Island sits in Lake Huron and is just under four square miles long. In the 1700s and early 1800’s a lot of brothels opened around Fort Mackinac. Seven women on the island, working in the sex trade,  were accused of being witches. Their crime was enticing the men of the area. In order to determine if someone was a witch or not, rocks where tied to their feet and they were thrown into a lake.  Women who sank and drowned were innocent.

The seven women accused of witchcraft on Mackinac Island were thrown into a lagoon between Mission Point and downtown Mackinac. All women drowned. Their spirits are considered to be haunting the lagoon to this day.  People have reported mysterious sounds of splashing bigger than a fish can create, as well as shadow figures floating above the surface, arising from the water.

The Ghosts of Mackinac Island: The Haunted History of Michigan’s Mysterious Isle

The Melon Heads (as explained by Wikipedia)

The Melon Heads are known to have lived around Felt Mansion near Saugatuck. The mansion was built between 1927 and 1928 for a lumber baron, Dorr Felt. Dorr also patented a calculating machine to aid accountants. Dorr’s wife, Agnes, died suddenly on the estate in 1928. Dorr married a year later, and his second wife preferred living in Chicago. He left the house to his four children that he had with Agnes, who kept the house until 1949 when they sold it to an arm of the Catholic Church.

The Melon Heads were said to be children who suffered from hydrocephalus (also known as ‘water on the brain’). There are a few versions of their origin story.

One version is the children were raised in an asylum near the mansion. After enduring years of abuse, they escaped to become feral, living in the surrounding forests. The Allegan County Historical Society insists that there was never an asylum in the area, but there is a former prison.

The second version of the Melon Heads, also known in the area as the WobbleHeads, say that the children lived in Felt Mansion. Again, they were suffering abuse, this time at the hands of a doctor. The children banded together to kill the doctor, hiding pieces of his body around the house. The children knew that because of their appearance, they wouldn’t be able to join society. At one point they retreated to nearby caves that were created for an abandoned zoo.

There are rumors that ghosts of the doctor and children who died in the mansion can be seen. The light through an open door is supposed to show the shadows of the doctor’s murder.

The Werewolf of Grosse Pointe

Hundreds of years ago, a young woman named Genevieve live with her father near Grosse Pointe. Genevieve had decided to become a nun and move to Three Rivers, Canada. (There is also a Three Rivers, MI.) Genevieve’s boyfriend, Jacques, was distraught and desperate to keep her in Michigan. He made a pact with a Native American, his soul for the ability to become Loup Garou (werewolf). He would use his strength as a werewolf to steal Genevieve away and keep her with him, even if it was against her will.

During one full moon, Genevieve went into the woods to pray at an altar. In the form of a werewolf, Jacques attacked her. Genevieve ran but collapsed at the feet of a statue of the Virgin Mary, passing out. The spirit of the Virigin Mary protected Geneview turning Jacques into stone. He was able to be seen in his motionless rock form on the shore of Lake St. Clair.

Years later, a werewolf kidnapped a girl from her wedding ceremony. The groom, Pierre, went out looking for the creature. When he returned, he told everyone that he chased the wolf to the lake where it was swallowed whole by a giant fish. The towns people believed he killed the werewolf but didn’t want to face any charges, so he made up the fish portion of the story.

The werewolf rock that had been on the shores of Lake St. Clair suddenly disappeared from its original location.  It reappeared at the corner of Kerby and Chalfonte road where it sits today.

The werewolf has not been seen since the 1800’s but his howls can sometimes still be heard during the full moon.

Denton Road Ghost

I (Ali) had heard of the Denton road ghost in the early to mid-90’s. In 1993, I moved from my parent’s home to Ypsilanti to attend Eastern Michigan University. I loved it because my cousin J lived in nearby Canton. In between the two of us was Denton road.  One night in the 1990’s, my friends and I stopped on the bridge on Denton road late one night because we had heard about the ghost.  I honestly can’t remember too many details, as I mentioned before, I smoked a lot of pot in the 90’s and that night was no different. We didn’t see a ghost.  I would remember that.

Today I’ll tell you about the Denton bridge ghost, known as The Blue Lady, before Jenn and I sit here quietly at the bridge. (We were sitting on the bridge, but our recording didn’t go through, so I’m telling you the story now.)

Here is the version of the ghost that I know: A local man found out that his wife was unfaithful. The husband kills his wife’s lover with an ax.  Enraged, the husband than tries to kill his wife, chasing her down the road as she flees with their baby in her arms.  The husband catches up to wife at the bridge, were Denton road crosses the Rouge river, and kills the two of them there. She becomes The Blue Lady.

There are a few versions of the story that says the husband kills the wife, but not the child.  The child is said to have drowned later in the river, some say the baby is just never seen again.  There are also versions of the story that include The Blue Lady being seen carrying a lantern, looking for the baby.

Side note: There are less detailed stories that involve a child being hit and killed by a car on a bridge, and a car driving off the bridge, killing the occupants.

People who stop at the bridge are said to see an apparition of the woman killed by her husband on the bridge. She is often accompanied by a blue glow. It is claimed that they can hear the cries of her baby, and small foot and handprints can be seen on car windows. Sometimes floating light orbs were seen floating near the bridge.

The original bridge across the road was replaced in 2003, after my initial visit.

Women Who Marry Known Murderers

Phillip Carl Jablonski

Women who marry men in prison have a high success rate in their relationships.  Ali and Jenn believe this is due to the fact that they aren’t around each other enough to get on their nerves.

Phillip Carl Jablonski was a serial rapist and murderer. Her murdered the mother of his child, Linda Kimball. He was arrested in 1978 and became pen pals with Carol Spadoni and married her in 1982.  Phillip was released from jail in 1990, and again he murdered four women.

Two of the four women was his wife, Carol, and her mom, Eva.

Oscar Bolin

He murdered three women in Florida.  Oscar was on death row in 1996.  On his legal defense team was Rosalie Martinez, a lawyer.  Rosalie left her husband, another lawyer, and married Bolin. She said it proved to the public that he was innocent.  They stayed married until his execution in 2016.

Richard Ramirez

Richard was a serial killer and rapist known as the Night Stalker. He raped and killed women in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas between 1984 and 1985. Richard received letters in prison from a magazine editor named Doreen Lioy. They fell in love and married in 1996.  They remained married until he passed away awaiting execution in 2013.

Ted Bundy

Ted killed more than 30 women between 1974 and 1978.  A former coworker, named Carole Boone married Ted after he proposed to her in the court.  Florida had a law that said a declaration of marriage in front of a judge constitutes it as legal.  His wife dissolved the marriage three years before his execution.  Carole had believed he was innocent the whole time.  She had sex with him in jail, and they had a daughter.  As his execution neared, Ted decided to start confessing to the crimes.  This is what turned Carole against him, that fact that he wasn’t really innocent as he told her he was.

Eric Menendez

Eric was convicted of killing his parents in 1989 with his brother, Lyle, for financial gain. He married Tammi Saccoman.  They fell in love after becoming pen pals.  Tammi wrote a book in 2005 talking about their relationship.

Kenneth Bianchi

He was convicted in the 1970’s of sex murders in the Los Angeles area.  He was known as the Hillside Strangler. Kenneth married a pen gal named Shirley Joyce Book. Shirley tried to marry Ted Bundy but he rejected her.  Her next pick was Kenneth.  Shirley also provided false testimony at Kenneth’s trial.  Shirley was convicted of strangling a woman to think that the Hillside Strangler was still at large.

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Michigan Witches and Monsters, Women Who Marry Known Murderers

Today we are talking about Michigan Witches and Monsters as well as Women Who Marry Known Murderers.  Like scary things and crazy people? Find out more by listening to our podcast or reading the full show notes at

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Continuing the Conversation: Why We Have John Doe As A Name

Here is an article that explains why we called unidentified people John or Jane Doe.  Interesting read!

Click Here to read: Why are unidentified people called John or Jane Doe?


Continuing the Conversation Teacher’s Aide Deonte Taylor accused of molesting student, exposing the student to HIV and hiring a hitman

Continuing the conversation: This week we talked about Deonte Taylor a teacher’s aide and his boyfriend Michael Johnson who are accused of molesting a 7 year old student and allegedly trying to hire a hitman to kill the student. did a story on their site: Teacher’s aide allegedly hires hit man to kill 10 year old student he’s accused of molesting. Click here to read their article.

New York Daily News article: HIV-positive teacher charged with hiring hitman to kill 10-year-old student he allegedly molested talks about how Deonte Taylor now faces conspiracy to commit murder, witness tampering charges, and knowingly exposing someone to HIV after he allegedly tried to hire a hit man to kill the student who accused him of molestation.

The article also talks about how a GoFundMe was setup for the alleged victim and their family who have suffered emotionally and financially since the 2015 original incident. Click here to see the GoFundMe account “Murder for Hire Victim and Family Support: Man sexually abused St. Louis County student, then platted to kill the boy and his mother, charges say”

Continue reading the New York Daily News article by clicking here.


Continuing the Conversation Zelda Cotton calls 911 to get information on how to kill her boyfriend

Continuing the conversation: This week we talked about Zelda Cotton who called 911 to get information on how to kill her boyfriend.


WIVB4 News article: Police: City of Tonawanda woman called 911 to ask “how to kill her boyfriend” talks about the woman who lived in the city of Tonawanda was arrested after she called 911 and asked the operator how she could kill her boyfriend. Click Here to read the entire article. news article: Drunk Woman Calls 911 To Ask How To Kill Boyfriend, Gets Arrested talks about the incident and talks about how many requests to 911 do not involve true emergencies. Read their article by clicking here.


Show Notes: 911 Murder Advice, Teacher’s Aide and Hit Man, MI John Does

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 35: Jenn talks about a weird 911 call, a teacher’s aide who hired a hitman for an elementary student, and Ali discusses a couple of John Doe cases

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

Ali does occasionally feels nervous about people listening to the podcast. Mostly, she is turned off by other people critiquing each other negatively. Jenn said she is not bothered by it.

Woman calls 911 for advice on killing boyfriend

In Buffalo, New York, Zelda Cotton called 911 to get information on how to kill her boyfriend.  She had already tried a few things. Zelda was 54 years old at the time. When police arrived on scene, Zelda told them she had already hit her boyfriend in the head about five times with a VCR tape. She also said she was swinging a leaf blower battery at him. Zelda was intoxicated and taken into custody.  She is being charged with possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of an elderly person.

Later, Jenn finds out that her boyfriend was 76 years old.  He didn’t suffer wounds from Zelda’s weak attack.

A Teacher’s Aide Hired A Hitman to Kill Elementary Student

In April 2019, Dante Taylor, a teacher’s aide in St. Louis, Missouri and his boyfriend, Michael Johnson, pleaded not guilty to their charges. The charges were sodomy and conspiracy to commit murder.  Dante was accused of molesting the student in 2015 when he was seven. A DNA test found the samples from the student matched Dante.  While in jail, Michael and Dante tried to hire a hit man to kill the boy.

John Doe for Michigan

Charles ‘Chuck’ Cornell

On May 24, 1989 a man was walking along the interstate in Ashely County, Arkansas. A semi driver didn’t see him and struck the man, killing him instantly. The man didn’t have any ID on him and was listed as a John Doe. Later, in 2009, when DNA became available, the deceased man had his genetic information uploaded into various databases.

In Michigan, in 1986, Charles ‘Chuck’ Cornell was living in Battle Creek, Michigan.  He had served four years in the army and had recently celebrated his 30th birthday with his mom and sister. After his birthday celebration, Chuck lost touch with his family.

After months of not hearing from her son, Chuck’s mother, Hattie Cornell, and his sister, Susan, drove from Rockford to Battle Creek. They weren’t able to find Chuck at his apartment. To them, his home looked like it had been vandalized and abandoned. The two women decided to call the police.

Battle Creek police, at that time, did not create a report for the vandalism and failed to file the missing person’s report. In May 2016, the women found out that the missing persons compliant they tried to open in the 1980’s wasn’t ever officially filed. June 2016, a detective took DNA samples Hattie and Susan. Their DNA was loaded into CODIS (the Combined DNA Index System). They both were matched to their missing family member, the John Doe in Arkansas, in December of 2016, 27 years after he died.

Roberto Caraballo

May 8, 2002, in Grand Haven, MI, in Ottawa county, a blueberry farmer found a footlocker on his property.  Inside were the burnt remains of a Hispanic or white male. The local police nicknamed him ‘Jack’ as his body was close to the field’s border line shared by a ‘Jack In The Box’ restaurant.

Medical examiners were able to determine that he had been killed by blunt force trauma.  He was then set on fire after being transported to the field. He had expensive dental work that was done at least 10 years before his death. The type of dental work pointed the dental care being performed in the southern United States or Mexico. He also had a clothing that originated in southern California. He was average height and was fairly healthy before his death. The police believed that due to the condition of the crime scene, more than one person was involved in the murder. It had rained that morning, and most trace evidence had been washed away.

A documentary was created by Hope College in 2005, regarding the unsolved murder. A person with information regarding the case saw the movie. The anonymous tipster contacted Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Kempker. They exchanged emails and phone calls which lead the police to Roberto Carabello from Charlotte, MI. Roberto was 37 years old at the time of his disappearance.

Three people were implicated in his murder in April of 2019. Roberto’s wife, 58-year-old Beverly McCallum, her daughter, 38-year-old Dineane DuCharme, and Dineane’s friend, 40-year-old Christopher McMillan. It is believed  that they conspired together and killed Roberto in the basement of a home on Horacio Street in Charlotte. Roberto and his wife Beverly both lived in Charlotte at the time. It is unclear as to why they decided to dump Roberto’s body in a field in Grand Haven.

Beverly, Dineane, and Christopher are being charged with homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide, mutilation of a dead body, and disinterment. Dineane and Christopher were taken into custody by police in Texas. Beverly, Roberto’s wife, is out of the country, presumably in Pakistan. Authorities are working to extradite her back to the U.S. to stand trial.

Andrew Jackson Greer

Andrew Jackson Greer was last seen walking out of Addison High School in Addison, MI on February 12, 1979. He had run away from home. His cold case was picked up by the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department in 2000, but they weren’t able to make any advancements.

February 14, 1979 a young boy was struck and killed by a semi driver while he was walking along Interstate 75, near Macon, Georgia. Without any identification, his body was listed as a John Doe and he was buried in a pauper’s grave.

Here is the part that I couldn’t find details for: A retired Bibb County Sheriff in Alabama made a connection between Andrew Greer and the John Doe from 1979. He made the connection in 2017, 37 years after the teenager died. I couldn’t find how he made the connection, one article said he “connected the dots”.  (What did he do specifically? I don’t know.)

The John Doe’s body was exhumed in Georgia and DNA samples were taken. DNA samples were also taken from Andrew’s mom. They proved a conclusive match. His family found the moment bittersweet. They had been missing him for almost 40 years but they have some type closure on where he is now.

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