Islands for Rent (surprisingly reasonable)

There are at least four islands in Michigan that are available to rent. 

Surprisingly enough, they can also be affordable.

Read the link below to find out which islands, and what the breakdown is person.

(One is only $75 a night per person!)

https://www.mlive.com/entertainment/2016/07/the_ultimate_michigan_getaway.html?fbclid=IwAR3IlrfO7ENnVgo-fbqqKHFWmsL9ZOaigIuzXnVumI2DYwN4B7CrqagF1d0

Show Notes: Saja Al Janabi Murdered, Michigan Mayhem, Part Deux

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

Alerts:

  • Pretend podcast music because Jenn likes it.
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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

Attempted Murder

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.”

http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/detroit-woman-facing-9-charges-for-shooting-wife-11-times

https://blavity.com/detroit-woman-survives-after-allegedly-being-shot-by-her-wife-11-times-she-emptied-the-whole-clip-into-my-body?category1=news

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.

https://www.mlive.com/news/flint/2019/07/judge-wont-sentence-4-teens-in-clio-rock-throwing-case-as-juveniles.html

https://expo.mlive.com/news/g66l-2019/07/f1820225b06148/how-we-got-here-a-look-at-the-clio-rockthrowing-case.html

https://www.mlive.com/news/flint/2019/08/potential-ethical-violations-raised-in-clio-rock-throwing-case.html

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.

https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/lost-oakland-county-hiker-found-dead-in-upper-peninsula-wilderness

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/oakland-county/2019/09/26/hiker-who-died-in-northern-michigan-identified-clarkston-resident/3775492002/

Odd Intruder

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.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/seth-lewis-smoke-weed_n_7811924

Cowabunga

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.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1990-10-21-9003290049-story.html

Michigan International Speedway

Google Reviews

One Star Reviews

Dan Castaneda, June 2019

“It rained”

D Mills, August 2018

“A LOT of rednecks last time I went there!”

Archie Nieswander, August 2018

“Lame”

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!!!”

https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=v_JfXdq1BpCp_QbbuKiAAQ&q=michigan%20international%20speedway%20camping%20reviews&oq=michigan+international+speedway+camping+reviews&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0.5440.19378..20010…1.0..0.120.2782.26j5……0….1..gws-wiz…….35i39j0i67j0i131j0i22i30j0i13j0i13i30j0i13i5i30j33i22i29i30j0i8i13i30.5FcjyQWn8oE&ved=2ahUKEwjEu4b4lJnkAhVJR60KHSKtA5gQvS4wBHoECAoQLw&uact=5&npsic=0&rflfq=1&rlha=0&rllag=42064610,-84241474,458&tbm=lcl&rldimm=458218694446366553&lqi=Ci9taWNoaWdhbiBpbnRlcm5hdGlvbmFsIHNwZWVkd2F5IGNhbXBpbmcgcmV2aWV3cyICOAFaCQoHY2FtcGluZw&phdesc=blUgJhEDp8Y&rldoc=1&tbs=lrf:!2m1!1e2!2m1!1e3!3sIAE,lf:1,lf_ui:1#rlfi=hd:;si:9463715732586318396,l,Ci9taWNoaWdhbiBpbnRlcm5hdGlvbmFsIHNwZWVkd2F5IGNhbXBpbmcgcmV2aWV3cyICOAFaCQoHY2FtcGluZw,y,jaHno5ZuIx8;mv:!1m2!1d42.0778811!2d-84.0879495!2m2!1d42.0543914!2d-84.2660078

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Saja Al Janabi Murdered, Michigan Mayhem, Part Deux

Episode 57:  Saja Al Janabi Murdered, Michigan Mayhew, Part Deux

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The Evil Twin

Sisters Stevie and Sarah Allman lived together in Oakland, California. 

Stevie was an anti-drug crusader who one day was the victim of a fire bombing at her home. 

When investigators came to check out the crime scene, they found a body in Stevie’s freezer. 

It was a twisted story, but the police later found out that Stevie was actually Sarah, who had killed Stevie by bludgeoning her to death and then assumed her identity. 

The body in the freezer was Stevie. 

The fire bombing never happened, again, it was the work of Sarah. 

Sarah received severe burns and life in jail for her efforts.

https://boredomtherapy.com/stevie-allman-victim-of-arson/

Turnip Rock

Turnip Rock is a land formation that is only accessible by water, being it’s in Lake Huron.

The land surrounding the island is private, causing water to be the only way a tourist and approach the odd shaped land.

It looks like a turnip rising out of the water.

The tiny island has trees growing from the top, like the leaves of a turnip.

For some reason unknown to me, tandem kayaks are not allowed on the trail to see the island, only singular kayaks.

Click in the link below for photos:

https://huroncountyparks.com/blog/about-turnip-rock-in-port-austin

Tasers and Their Connection to Nancy Drew

Edward Stratemeyer wrote the Tom Swift series of books using the pseudonym Victor Apleton.

One book is named Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle.

It was credited with inspiring the invention of the taser. 

Taser is an acronym for the book Tom A. Swift and his Electric Rifle.

Edward Stratemeyer also created The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew.

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Edward-Stratemeyer

Show Notes: Halloween Candy Tampering Myth, Chelsea Bruck’s Murder

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 56: Halloween Candy Tampering Myth, Chelsea Bruck’s Murder

Review of Rodeway Inn, Muskegon, MI

Alerts:

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

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Ali and Jenn discuss different costumes to wear to work.

Disappearance and Murder of Chelsea Bruck

In Frenchtown Township, MI on October 26, 2014, Chelsea Bruck attended a Halloween party dressed as Poison Ivy from the DC Comics collection that includes Batman. Chelsea was seen leaving the party with a man around 3 a.m. but was never seen alive again.

For six months, Chelsea was searched for, flyers were posted, but the trail went cold. About 10 miles from where the party was held in Ash Township was a wooded lot. Inside the lot is where Chelsea’s body was found in April 2015.

Investigators were able to extract DNA from Chelsea’s leggings. The DNA had a hit in the database when it matched with Daniel Clay. Daniel, who is 27 years old, is from Newport, MI. He was arrested on July 22, 2016.

The autopsy revealed that Chelsea died of blunt force trauma to her head. Daniel admitted to Monroe police that he had killed Chelsea accidentally. He claims she was a victim of rough but consensual sex gone wrong. (Ali kept questioning Jenn on how did he “accidentally” cause blunt force trauma.) Daniel claims that Chelsea had asked him to choke her and he did, but only for 20-30 seconds. (It takes minutes to died of strangulation.)

Daniel said he freaked out when he realized that she had died. He then drove around for about an hour before stopping about 10 miles from the party. He carried her into the wooded area and covered her body with branches. Daniel then decided to move her farther into the woods, so he uncovered her and reburied her again.

Daniel was charged with Open Murder and Concealment of a Dead Body. Daniel was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Halloween Candy Tampering Myth

For years the urban legend of tainted Halloween candy has been strong, however, it is still just a myth. There are some instances, in which a murderer used the existing fear of poisoned candy to murder another person. There are even more instances of someone dying on or near Halloween and toxic candy being pointed to as the cause before the official medical report was released.

In 1970 a child’s demise, in Detroit, Michigan was attributed to poisoned candy. Kevin Toston was 5 years old when he slipped into a four-day coma and then died after ingesting heroine that he found belonging to his uncle. In an effort to cover up his accidental overdose, Kevin’s family opened his Halloween candy and sprinkled heroine over it. They tried to forward the idea that Kevin had received tainted candy while trick or treating. It wasn’t until police began investigations that they learned of the cover-up.

On Halloween, in 1974, eight-year-old Timothy Marc O’Bryan died after eating a Pixie Stix saturated with cyanide in Texas. Police were able to determine that Timothy was poisoned by his father, Ronald Clark O’Bryan, for insurance money. Ronald wanted the murder to look like a random poisoning, so he placed a cyanide filled Pixie Stix in Timothy’s bag, his sister’s bag, and two of his neighbor’s children that he was walking with while trick or treating. Ronald decided to give the fifth Pixie Stix to a trick or treater that came to his house, that he recognized from his church.

After eating the tainted Pixie Stix, Timothy told his dad Ronald, that it tasted bitter. Ronald gave Timothy a cup of Kool-Aid to wash it down. Timothy immediately began vomiting and died as he was driven to the hospital.

Not initially suspecting Timothy’s father, the call went out that a child had died from poisoned Halloween candy. Four of the five Pixie Stix were immediately found. The fifth one was found with the child later, because he had been unable to open the resealed Stix and it wasn’t in his candy pile. All the poisoned Stixs had been stapled shut, which is a red flag as they’re normally glued closed. Police became suspicious of Ronald, when he couldn’t recall which house, he had received the candy from. (Side note: As a parent I didn’t know who gave my daughter what) Due to rain, the family had only gone down two streets and none of the houses they visited gave out Pixie Stix.

Investigators found out that Ronald was in debt and had placed insurance claims of about $60,000 on both of his children. The morning after Timothy’s death, Ronald called the insurance company to collect. Ronald had also tried to buy cyanide at a chemical supply store before Halloween but left when he found out that they aren’t sold in anything smaller than five-pound blocks. He had contacted a chemist to find out how much cyanide would be fatal to a human.

By July 1975, Ronald O’Bryan was found guilty of capital murder and four counts of attempted murder. He was sentenced to death and died by lethal injection March 31, 1984.

A November 3, 1978 article in the Enquirer and News of Battle Creek, Michigan, discusses the case of a 2-year-old boy who died after eating candy. The medical examiner had not ruled on his cause of death, but Michigan State Police urged parents to examine their children’s candy. Toxicology tests later revealed no traces of poison and his death was ruled due to natural causes. In the Battle Creek News article, the police stated that a second poisoning was also discovered that Halloween. A child had licked some fudge that had crystals on it that were believed to be caustic. I couldn’t find a follow-up to the fudge case but there are a few cases in which initial “testing” lead police to believe poison was involved, but it was later deemed untrue.

For example, in October of 1988, The New York Times reported that strychnine was found in Sunkist Fun Fruits Dinosaur packs. The initial testing had been done by New Jersey State labs. Further testing showed the substance was actually corn starch, but the damage to their reputation remained.

In 1982, police in Redford Township, Michigan issued a statement about a boy being poisoned by cocaine in his Halloween candy. This is due to his physician misreading the lab results after he had fallen sick shortly after Halloween. Later tests to find out what happened to the boy showed themselves as inconclusive. When the FDA tested all the boy’s candy, no traces of cocaine were found.

Similarly, in San Jose, California, on Halloween 1996, a seven-year-old boy collapsed. When Ferdinan Siquig had his urine tested at a local hospital, doctors said it contained traces of cocaine. That was the story given to the media and the less sensational information was after more detailed testing, no cocaine was found a day later.

During Halloween of 1990, a seven-year-old girl named Ariel Katz died while trick or treating. Local police in California feared a mass poison campaign. Authorities had conducted a door-to-door search where she had collapsed. They blocked off the street, confiscated candy, conducted interviews, and alerted the press. Ariel had died of an enlarged heart, a preexisting medical condition she was known to have by her parents.

The following Halloween, in Washington, DC, in 1991, Kevin Michael Cherry, died shortly after eating some of his kid’s candy. Instead of waiting for an autopsy, many parents threw out their children’s candy. Kevin’s medical examination showed that he had died of heart failure.

Tiffaney Troung, who was a four-year-old, died the day after Halloween in 2001. Local police instructed families to throw out the candy their children had collected. Tiffaney’s autopsy revealed that she had died of the streptococcus bacteria that she did not contract through the candy.

The poisoned Halloween candy urban legend has been around since the Industrial Revolution. That’s when food shifted from being homegrown and home cooked to being mass produced by strangers and machines and became less trusted. I saw a hypothesis that suggested the fear comes from people moving from the country to cities and suburbs in which you might not be familiar with your neighbor. In urban/suburban areas there is a higher chance that your neighbor may be a different color or religion than you, which can lead to distrust.

A sociologist at the University of Delaware, Joel Best, specializes in candy tampering. He searched through publications from 1958 to 1983 in search of stories of sweets being poisoned. In that 25-year span, 78 cases were actual candy tampering. Most of those had been due to familial adults trying to get some form of compensation or childish pranks. The most common is a child who tampers with their own food. Police have never documented any case of someone randomly dispensing poisoned candy on Halloween.

I tried to tell a coworker that no child has ever been randomly been poisoned while trick or treating and she said I was wrong. This is a strong urban legend in Michigan, I think, because three of the candy scares happened here.

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/16040614/wiederhold_child_killed_eating/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Clark_O%27Bryan

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/halloween-non-poisonings/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poisoned_candy_myths

Rodeway Inn, Muskegon, MI

TripAdvisor, 1 star review

Beachless2013, from Tecumseh, MI, 4/23/18

I was booked here for two nights and it was the worst experience ever! The place is grossly neglected and honestly feels dangerous. The furniture was scratched and torn. The lamp was broken and was leaning on the curtains. The walls were disgusting to the point of dried something running down them in several areas. The curtain rods were broken so I wasn’t able to shut them all the way which was very unnerving due to the room window facing a very busy road. Pretty sure there are some sketchy people living in this hotel indefinitely. They were loud all night long slamming doors and kids yelling at all hours. One of the nights I could hear people partying loudly with loud music and inappropriate language, this eventually led to a man and woman in a full out physical altercation to the point I thought they were gonna come through my wall! This spilled into the hall scaring me half to death, mind you this was at 3:00 in the morning after I’d been kept up all night by all of the loudness and the sheer fear of someone breaking in. Was glad to leave and never to return!

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g42499-d6584389-r575311921-Rodeway_Inn_Muskegon-Muskegon_Muskegon_County_Michigan.html

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Chelsea Bruck’s Murder, Halloween Candy Tampering Myth, Episode 56

Today we talk about the Halloween disappearance and murder of Chelsea Bruck from Maybee, Michigan. We also discuss the myth of Halloween Candy Tampering. It’s a persistent urban legend.

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Patron Saint of Cooks, Chefs, and Comedians.

St. Lawrence was originally a Deacon in 258 A.D. in Italy.

When Roman emperor Valerian ordered his execution, Lawrence distributed the church’s wealth to the poor and sick.

A Latin poet, among others, wrote that Lawrence was being roasted to death on a gridiron.

He remarked at one point, “I am cooked on this side; turn me over and eat.”

St. Lawrence is the patron saint of cooks, chefs, and comedians.

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-Lawrence?fbclid=IwAR2MU1elTmu-NI0gWakWqKlvU6IO02vDzkjcbbL0VGpS-ej3gfhawYysxFw

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