Fresh Hell Podcast

Fresh Hell Podcast

Two women, from opposite sides of the Atlantic, talk about murder, mystery and the macabre. This is your international true crime podcast, hosted by Annie and Johanna.

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E106: MURDER - Keddie Cabin 28/ The Sharp & Wingate Murders (part II)
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E105: MURDER - Keddie Cabin 28 / The Sharp & Wingate Murders(part I)
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This is part one of a two part episode covering the unsolved 1981 murders that rocked a small Northern California town, the former Keddie resort. Annie tells Johanna about Sue Sharp and her five kids. Their dream of starting a fresh life had come true, but they were only there for five months when they were the victims of unspeakable violence. Several family members and a family friend were brutally murdered. Next week, we talk evidence, confessions, theories and conspiracy...

E104: MYSTERY - The Lighthouse keepers of Eilean Mòr
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Johanna and Annie discuss the events surrounding the disappearance of three lighthouse keepers on a desolate island off the windswept coast of Scotland. Was there a supernatural force at play, or a more pragmatic explanation? Join us as we discuss the theories and please share your own thoughts with us as we discuss this enduring mystery.

E103: Mathias Kneißl
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Johanna tells Annie the story of Mathias Kneißl, a Bavarian folk legend from the 1800’s. How did this accordion playing carpenter become a killer, and wanted man? Did he manipulate the system, or was he a victim of it?           


E102: Divorced, Beheaded, Survived - The Six Wives of Henry VIII.(part II)
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In today's episode we are discussing the lives and deaths of wives 4, 5 & 6: Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Katherine Parr

E101: Divorced, Beheaded, Died - The Six Wives of Henry VIII. (part I)
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Today Annie & Johanna cover the highlights of the lives and deaths of the six women who married King Henry VIII. In today’s episode we’ll discuss Katherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, and what King Henry was really like.

E100: Happy 100th Episode
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Today we’re celebrating our 100th episode by sharing some of your stories of murder, mystery and the macabre.

CW: this episode touched on suicide, addiction, and other difficult topics, listener discretion is advised!

E99: MURDER - Sylvia Likens (part II)
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Today we conclude the Sylvia Likens case by telling you about the abuse and torture she suffered during the weeks leading up to her death. We also discuss the trial that followed and the aftermath.

This episode is particularly difficult to listen to!

E98: MURDER - Sylvia Likens (part I)
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This case is still considered to be one of the most horrendous crimes in the State of Indiana. In 1965, 16 year old Sylvia Likens had to endure months of torture and abuse by a woman who was supposed to take care of her. But Gertrude Baniszewski was not the only one involved in this murder

E97: MURDER - Anna Regina Evans Skeeters
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Annie tells Johanna about a long forgotten murder on the beautiful island of Bermuda. This is a tragic case of domestic abuse and murder, at the hands of her husband, Edward Skeeters...perhaps with a supernatural twist? You decide if it was coincidence or something unexplained that gave the lovely, kind Anna the justice she deserved, but never had while she was alive.

E96: MURDER - Graeme Thorne
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E95: MURDER - Hugo Schenk
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Johanna takes Annie back to the Habsburg era, to discuss one of Austria’s serial killers, Hugo Schenk. This imposter, con-man and murderer was charming, brutal and ruthless, and he didn’t work alone. Most infuriating? His motive.   This eispde is sponsored by Best Fiends:
E94: MACABRE -In the Year 2020
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In this episode we read back through some of the top headlines of 2020, most of which are...not good. We discuss some of the major events in a particularly awful year and conclude with some of the more interesting New year's traditions around the world. Join us and remember everything we survived this year

E93: Harold Lyme & Marvin Murchins
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What started as a run of the mill burglary on Christmas Eve would end in one of the most violent attacks this small town in Illinois would ever witness. Soon the question would be: Who is the hunter and who is they prey?!

Talking about children with violent tendencies is never easy, especially during the holidays, but today Annie & Johanna discuss the victims of a devious, duplicitous child in a very affluent small town, just before Christmas!


Outro by:

Carol Of The Bells by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.


E92: MYSTERY - The Sodder Family
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It was Christmas Eve 1945, when a fire destroyed the home of George and Jennie Sodder, where they lived with their 10 children. The remains of 5 of their children could not be found. What happened to Maurice, Martha, Louis, Jennie and Betty.


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E91: MURDER - The Lawson Family
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It was on Christmas Day 1929, when Charles D. Lawson went on a 20 min killing spree, that resulted in the death of almost his entire family. What had caused this horrendous crime?


This episode is sponsored by Best Fiends:


Outro: "The Murder of the Lawson Family" by Carolina Buddies

E90: MACABRE -Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones
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This week we discuss some of the more disturbing early medical treatments, how witches played a role in healing, and why you might want to spend some quality time neck deep in a whale carcass. From early forms of contraception and abortion to literally blowing smoke up your arse, we’ll discuss it, in this episode, which is sure to be the first in a series...

E89: Madeleine McCann (part II)
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Today Annie & Johanna conclude their discussion of the Madeleine McCann case. We travel from the UK to Portugal and finally to Germany, where Madeleine’s likely killer is behind bars for an unrelated crime. We discuss the ‘man’ the German authorities refer to as Christian B, his disturbing criminal past, and share our final thoughts on this tragic case.


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E88: MYSTERY - Madeleine McCann
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In a departure from their more usual episodes, Annie and Johanna discuss the 2007 disappearance of British 3 year old, Madeleine McCann, while her family were on holiday in Portugal.

E87: MURDER - Ernst Karl
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This week Johanna tells Annie about an Austrian police officer, forced to use his weapon on the job. But this was no simple officer involved shooting.  You will also learn, how this case ties in with last week's episode, the murder of Ilse Moschner.

This story is sad and dark!

E86: MURDER - Ilse Moschner
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A woman finds a bundle of bones wrapped up in paper in a trash can and this starts one of the most horrible Austrian cases. Johanna tells Annie about the murder of a young woman by a man named Johann Rogatsch. Be warned: this is not for the faint of heart.


E85: Halloween Special
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In this, our second annual Halloween episode, we share our own and our listener's stories of the unexplained, the weird, the inspiring, and of course, the spooky...

E84: MURDER - Coincidence or Fate in Erdington?
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Two women the same age are murdered on the same day, in the same place, but over 150 years apart...Annie & Johanna share the details of the tragic unsolved murders of Mary Ashford & Barbara Forrest, and discuss the shocking similarity in the two crimes that have perhaps literally haunted Erdington, England for the past two hundred years...

E83: MACABRE - She Sees Spooky Sailing Ships
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Today Annie & Johanna are talking about some of the lesser known ghost ships! What happened to the crew of the Sea Bird- do you think the fictional story printed in an 1885 newspaper is close to the truth? Do the stories of ships like the Octavius and Gloriana, found with their crew frozen solid, give you chills? Join us as we talk spooky sailing ships, and Johanna convinces Annie to do a dramatic reading of The Flying Dutchman, which she should have probably rehearsed.

E82: MURDER - Have You Checked the Children? The Murders of Marylou Jenkins & Janett Christman
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The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs is one of the urban legends that scared Annie the most as a kid. And like many urban legends, this one has a true story, a terrible murder, that inspired it, and terrified the people of Columbia Missouri. Annie tells Johanna the legend and the unsolved murders of 20 year old Marylou Jenkins and 13 year old Janett Christman. 

Episode 81:Austrian Ghost Stories
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Beware! Spooky Fuckery Season is upon us and we decided to start off the month of October with a light hearted epsiode about Austrian Ghosts. Johanna talks about a White Lady and a Red Ivan, who both live at Burg Bernstein. She also tells the legend of a highway ghost, and about 3 famous ghosts, who still travel to Vienna from time to time....allegedly!

Episode 80: MURDER - Was it a Serial Killer? (part II)
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In the second part, Annie talks about the case, that started her research: ther murder of Josie Langmaid. Was her brutal death connected to the murders of the Fountie women and Marietta Ball? Was Joseph LaPage indeed a serial killer?

Outro: Suncook Town Tragedy by Mabel Wilson Tatro

Episode 79: MURDER - Was it a Serial Killer? (part I)
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Once more, Annie went down a rabbit hole. What she thought to be a horrible,yet straight forward murder case turned out to be the possible spree of a serial killer. A pre-Jack the Ripper serial killer, on the loose in New England and Canada. This two part case is not for the faint of heart. In part I., Annie tells us about the murders of Minnie Fountie, her mother and Marietta Ball.


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E78: MYSTERY - The Galapagos Affair (part II)
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This week we are returning to Floreana to tell you the rest of the story surrounding Dr. Friedrich Ritter and Dore Strauch. New settlers come to the island: not only the family Wittmer from Germany, but also a mysterious Austrian Baroness with her two lovers and big plans. How will this tropical soap opera end? 

E77:MYSTERY - The Galapagos Affair (part I)
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The roaring 20s brought jazz, the modern woman, flapper fashion and bathtub gin. But one misanthropic German couple decided to leave all material possessions behind and run away to a deserted island in the Galapagos, where they would start a new life, dedicated to the study of Nietzsche. Instead they found a hard unforgiving life that would end in murder, sex scandals and mysteries, join us for part one of this incredible tale.

In this first part we talk about the Galapagos Islands and why Friedrich Ritter and Dore Strauch decided to seek a different life.

E76: MACABRE- The Empire State Building
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Annie & Johanna discuss the weird, wonderful and often macabre history of the Empire State Building, including its record breaking construction, infamous and tragic suicides, the B-25 bomber crash, seances, and more. This episode will have you ready with disturbing facts to delight your friends and family with the next time you visit the Big Apple!

E75: MACABRE - Medieval Torture
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Today Annie and Johanna discuss the many ways you might be tortured to death in medieval times. Meet the Iron Maiden, the Spanish Donkey, the Scavenger's Daughter and many more

E74: MURDER - Cam Lyman
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Annie tells Johanna about the tragic, unsolved murder of millionaire championship dog breeder, Cam Lyman. A member of one of the elite Boston Brahmin families, Cam was only 54 when he was killed, likely killed by someone he knew, and trusted.


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E73: Neighbors Dearest
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Johanna is back and tells Annie about an Austrian case from 2016. A fight between neighbors gone deadly.


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E72: MACABRE - Waterpark Tragedies (part II) incl Action Park
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Annie discusses the tragic death of Caleb Schwab on Schlitterbahn’s Verrückt Waterslide in Kansas City, Kansas. Also covered is Action Park in Vernon, New Jersey, the water park with so many injuries, they had to buy new ambulances for the local hospital.

E71: MACABRE - Waterpark Tragedies
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E70: Ursula Herrmann
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Today Johanna tells Annie the tragic and terrifying 1981 case of kidnapped 10 year old Ursula Herrmann in Bavaria, Germany. What happened to this bright beautiful child on her way home from her cousin’s house, only a 15 minute bike ride? We’ll tell you everything.

E69: MURDER - Peggy Andrews
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Annie tells Johanna about the brutsl unsolved murder of 19 year old co-ed Peggy Andrews in Columbus, Ohio

E68: MURDER - Jack Unterweger (part II)
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Today Johanna tells Annie the rest of the horrific details of the crimes of (alleged) serial killer, Jack Unterweger, who murdered women in Europe and the United States. Do you think he’s guilty?


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E67: MYSTERY - Asha Degree
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In the early morning hours of Valentine's Day, 2000, a bright, beautiful 9 year old girl left her home, and walked out into a storm, never to be seen again. Today Annie tells Johanna about the mysterious disappearance of Asha Jaquilla Degree, who disappeared from her loving family in North Carolina twenty years ago. What do you think happened?


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E66: MURDER - Jack Unterweger (part I)
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This week Johanna tells Annie everything she needs to know about the beginings of the most notorious Austrian serial killer: Jack Unterweger

E65: MURDER - Gay Gibson
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The murder of a young, beautiful aspiring stage actress, known as Gay Gibson, shocked post WWII England, and the tabloids were a welcome diversion from the austerity of England in the late 1940s, especially   due to the unusual circumstances of the case. The trial would be more about her past than her stolen future, so today Annie does her best to tell you the story as it should be told.

E64: The Theft of the Saliera
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In 2003 a precious sculpture was stolen from the Museum of Art History in Vienna. Was it a meticulously planned heist or was the thief just lucky? And what even is this world famous Saliera exactly, who was the man behind the master piece and how did it end up in Vienna in the first place?

Johanna tells Annie everything there is no to know about the theft of Cellini's Salt Cellar

E63: MURDER - Theresia Kandl
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Today Johanna tells Annie about Theresia Kandl, an Austrian murderer, whose story has become almost legend through the years. Did a Theresia carry her dead husband halfway through Vienna? Did she have help? Are her remains really on display at the Kriminalmuseum? Join us as we discuss the life and death of an abused woman, pushed over the edge.

E62: St. Augustine & The Haunted Lighthouse
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Annie tells Johanna some of the fascinating history of St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States. From the 'discovery,' and colonization of Florida by Spain's famed explorers, Juan Ponce de Leon and Pedro Menendez de Aviles, to the first Underground Railroad, of Native people helping escaped slaves find freedom in Fort Mose...through the second Spanish period, and the construction of the very haunted Saint Augustine Lighthouse. We talk about the USA's first male and female Hispanic American lighthouse keepers, and discuss some of the tragedies that may have contributed to the haunting. This one has a little bit of everything...

E61: MYSTERY - Lars Mittank
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In 2014 the 28 year old German tourist Lars Mittank disappears in Bulgaria and nobody knows what happened to him. What might have started with a fight between soccer fans ended in one of the most mysterious missing person cases. If you have any information about the whereabouts of Lars Mittank, please contact your local authorities , +49 151 61378673,  or visit

E60: MACABRE - Nova Scotia & The Titanic
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In the wake of the recent, tragic, mass shooting event in Nova Scotia, we thought we’d tell our listeners about one of the many times Nova Scotia, and the people of Canada managed to handle a time of crisis with dignity and great care. Canada was, of course, a safe refuge for countless air travelers on 9/11, but they also had a crucial role in the story of the Titanic. Today we are talking about the people of Nova Scotia, especially in Halifax, coming together to care for Titanic’s dead. We’ll tell you a little about this part of Titanic’s history that many have forgotten, or overlooked, and why this part of the world is at the top of Annie’s “must visit” travel list, as we send a virtual hug to Nova Scotia, and the people of Canada during this most difficult time to grieve. 

E59: Mothman & The Silver Bridge Collapse
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In today's episode, we discuss the terrible tragedy of the Silver Bridge Collapse, and the local legend of the Mothman, the infamous cryptid who called Point Pleasant, West Virginia, home. What exactly was the Mothman? A monster, a mutant, or the most ineffienct harbinger of doom, ever? Let us know what you think!

E58: Two Tales of Isolation
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This week we want to distract you with two stories of people, who had to suffer through months and years of loneliness, despair and isolation, but who never gave up hope and lived through it. Ada Blackjack and Lt. Onoda Hiroo had to adapt to extremely harsh living conditions, but they just kept going!

Outro: Kimigayo/ the Japanese National Anthem


This episode is sponsored by Podcorn:

E57: MACABRE - The hijacking of FedEx 705
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This week is the 26th anniversary of the hijacking of Fed Ex flight 705.
What should have been a routine flight from Memphis to San Diego became an unbelievable fight for survival in the sky. Today Annie tells Johanna about the hero pilots of flight 705, and a plane that helped save their lives.


This episode is sponsored by Best Fiends:

E56: We don't know, how to name this one...Enjoy!
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This week we decided to talk about four of the most bizarre moments in history, that hold some humor....dark humor!

The unexpected death of Aeschylus, Tycho Brahe's unusual pet, the day Napoleon had to retreat from a fluffy army and the chaos that was the first Olympic marathon on US soil, during the Olympic games of 1904.

We share with you a few of our favorite tales and strange deaths, while keeping each other company under quarantine.


This episode is sponsored by Elemis:

E55: MURDER - Eva Faschaunerin
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In this episode we are taking you back to the year 1770, when an Austrian farmer's wife was set on trial for the murder of her husband. They had only been married for a little over a month. Eva Faschaunerin was the last victim of judicial torture in the Habsburg Monarchy.

This episode is sponsored by Best Fiends:

E54: MURDER - The Crawford Family Murders
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In 1970 Elmer Crawford spent a lot of time planning the murder of his wife and three children...this Family Annihilator almost got away with his plan to play the grieving husband and father...but even though one mistake made it clear he was the killer, would he ever be brought to justice? Annie tells Johanna all about this horrific Australian crime.


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E53: MYSTERY - The Bennington Triangle
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Vermont is one of the most pastoral picturesque states in America, known for its covered bridges, cheese, stunning fall foliage, delicious maple syrup, winter sports, and a series of mysterious disappearances amd deaths in and around Bennington between 1945 and 1950. The Bennington Triangle is believed to be at the source of the mysterious cases. Join us as we discuss what may have happened to Middie Rivers, Paula Jean Weldon, James Tedford, Paul Jephson and Frieda Langer. 


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E52: MYSTERY - The Enfield Poltergeist
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In 1977, the Enfield Poltergeist tormented a North London family and remains, arguably, the most documented poltergeist case to date. Flying LEGO’s and superheated marbles, levitation, apparitions... this case has everything! You voted for this topic for our 1st anniversary episode, so join us as we discuss our listener choice, The Enfield Poltergeist, the inspiration for the film, The Conjuring 2. Thanks to you, our listeners for a wonderful year! This episode is sponosred by Best Fiends:

E51: MURDER - Gertrude, Walter & Ingrid Altreiter
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This week Johanna tells Annie about the life and crimes of the sadistic Austrian spree killer, Werner Kniesek, and the tragic murder of the Altreiter family. Could these murders have been prevented?


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E50: MURDER - Villisca (Part II)
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In this episode we cover the terrible axe murder that put the small town of Villisca, Iowa on the map. We’ll discuss the murder that destroyed both the Moore family and the Stillinger family, and explore the clues left behind by the killer. We’ll talk about the most likely suspects, and try to decide whether we think this savage, gruesome event was part of the work of an unnamed serial killer, or a solo event with lust, greed or revenge as the motive. Was there a copy cat killer who used published details from the cases we covered last week? Join us as we discuss the tragic Villisca Axe Murders of 1912.

E49: MURDER - Villisca (Part I)
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In 1911 and 1912 there was a series of murders, all near train tracks, through the Rocky Mountains region to the Midwest. Today we discuss these horrific crimes leading up to the axe murders in Villisca. 
Do you think they are all the same unknown serial killer? 


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E48: MURDER - The Gladbeck Hostage Crisis
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54 hours! That’s how long it took to end the Gladbeck Hostage Crisis, that started as a bank robbery gone wrong and ended in three deaths: Emanuele de Giorgi, Silke Bischoff and Ingo Hagen.
This week Johanna talks about this crime, that took place in August 1988, and about the role the media played in it.


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E47: MACABRE - Victorian Death Trip (Part II): Bring out the dead
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We’re headed back to Victorian London as we discuss John Snow and the discoveries he made regarding the spread of cholera.
We discuss horrifically overcrowded cemeteries, body bugs, dancing on the dead at Enon Chapel, and take you on a ride on the London Necropolis Railroad.

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E46: MURDER - Barbara Songhurst & Christine Reed
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In 1953 Teddington, England, was a town buzzing about the upcoming coronation of Elizabeth II. After the long hard years of World War II, the nation was looking forward to celebrating, and very few people in the charming town on the Thames realized a brutal rapist and murderer was on the loose. This is the story of the murder of 16 year old Barbara Songhurst and her best friend, 18 year old Christine Reed, the victims of the Towpath Murders.
E45: Habsburg Tragedies (Part II)
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In the second part, Annie and Johanna talk about the murder of Empress Elisabeth I. in Geneva and the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Duchess Sophie in Sarajevo, which ultimately started WW I. 

E44: Habsburg Tragedies (Part I)
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The Habsburg dynasty ruled Austria for 640 years. In this two part episode we focus on the last decades of the dying empire. This week Annie and Johanna talk about the tragic and scandalous deaths of Crown Prince Rudolf and his 17 year old mistress Mary Vetsera.

E43: MURDER - Dagmar Fuhrich
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In 1963 a brutal murder took place in the Viennese Staatsoper. The victim of the crime, that shocked the whole nation, was a 10 year old ballet student. 

E42: Sergeant Al Powell
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On December 24, 1988, Sergeant Al Powell, of the LAPD would face the most difficult day of his long and storied career on the force. Join us, as we reflect on the shocking and tragic hostage situation that turned strangers into friends and terrorists into thieves.

E41: MACABRE - Spontaneous Human Combustion
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Wait, is spontaneous combustion really a thing? Annie decides to finally look into the subject of people spontaneously bursting into flame and burning to ash, and she’s going to tell Johanna everything

E40: MURDER - Martha Marek
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Martha Marek survived a deeply troubling childhood, and emerged a beautiful young woman who loved a nice carpet almost as much as she loved rat poison. Johanna tells Annie a twisted tale of greed, quality carpets, sincerely shocking levels of fraud, and of course...murder.
E39: Greetings from Krampus
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In this episode we do not only talk about the Krampus, we also face our childhood holiday traumas and begin to heal. Join Annie and Johanna in this rather chatty episode, when they laugh in the face of the Krampus! 

E38: MACABRE - The Cocoanut Grove Fire
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On Thanksgiving weekend, after a shocking upset at a Boston Collge vs. Holy Cross football game, the popular night spot, Cocoanut Grove, was the place to see and be seen. What should have been a joyous holiday weekend ended in unimaginable horror. Annie tells the story of one of the most devastating fires in U.S. history, and the medical advances made as a result.

E37: MURDER - The Greenbrier Ghost
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Somewhere along a picturesque highway in the mountains of West Virginia is a sign that reads, “Interred in nearby cemetery is Zona Heaster Shue. Her death in 1897 was presumed natural until her spirit appeared to her mother to describe how she was killed by her husband Edward. Autopsy on the exhumed body verified the apparition's account. Edward, found guilty of murder, was sentenced to the state prison. Only known case in which testimony from a ghost helped convict a murderer.” This is the story of Zona Heaster Shue, the Greenbrier Ghost.

E36: MYSTERY - Aeryn Gillern
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In 2007 a young man disappeared in Vienna, never to be seen again. Since then his mother is trying to find answers to the question "What happened to Aeryn Gillern?". 

E35: MURDER - John List, family annihilator
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It was the biggest crime story in New Jersey since the Lindbergh kidnapping.
In 1971, the entire List Family was found murdered, execution style in their sprawling, empty mansion known as Breeze Knoll. The only missing family member was John List, the son, husband and father of the victims. You may have heard this story before, but Annie takes a deep dive, so join us, and we'll tell you everything...

E34: Halloween Special
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In this special episode Annie and Johanna talk about their paranormal encounters and read letters sent in by the audience. 

E33: The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel
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The exorcism  of Anneliese Michel inspired the film “The Exorcism of Emily Rose". The true story is much more sad, and disturbing than one can imagine. Johanna and Annie cover this incredibly shocking and tragic case.

E32: MURDER - The Hammersmith Ghost Murder
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This week Annie tells Johanna the story of the Hammersmith Ghost Murder, a shocking tale of murder and mischief from the early 1800s that may still haunt the area to this day...

E31: MURDER - Armin Meiwes
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Johanna tells Annie another cannibal story, the third in her German Cannibal trilogy... and now Annie thinks it's time to phase out some of their traditional fairy tales... Join us for yet another disturbing and surprisingly sad story, that leaves Annie and Johanna feeling sorry for everyone involved.

E30: MACABRE - The Great London Beer Flood
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Life in an early 19th century London slum was hell. Until one day, it suddenly became even worse, in the strangest and most surprisingly horrific way. Join us as Annie tells Johanna about the Great London Beer Flood of 1814.

E29: MURDER - Evelyn Nesbit
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Evelyn Nesbit was one of the great American beauties, a Gibson girl who captured many hearts. Two in particular, famed architect Stanford White, and Harry Thaw, bon vivant and heir to a massive fortune, found themselves in a shocking triangle of violence, madness, obsession and,  ultimately, murder.

E28: MURDER - Carol & Christopher DiMaiti
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In 1989 Boston was shocked by the brutal, senseless attack on Charles Stuart and his pregnant wife, Carol. Their tragedy was captured by a live television crew, which captivated and horrified the city of Boston, and the nation.

E27: MYSTERY - Frauke Liebs
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This week Johanna tells Annie about the mysterious disappearance and death of Frauke Liebs, the chilling and confounding continued phone calls from her, to her loved ones, and her tragic end. Was she another victim of the infamous Höxter Horror House?

E26: MURDER - Clara Harris & Henry Rathbone
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Everyone knows the story of the assassination of President Licoln, but what about the story of Clara Harris and Henry Rathbone, the couple who attended the play with them that fateful night? Annie tells Johanna this incredible true story of love, tragedy, madness, murder, and a ghost!  This tale has everything, join us as we make this old news fresh again.

E25: MYSTERY - The Dyatlov Pass Incident
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In February, 1959, 9 hikers from the Ural Polytechnical Institute embarked on a difficult hike into the Ural Mountains... they never came home. 

Led by Igor Dyatlov,  the pass where their bodies were recovered is now know known as the Dyatlov Pass Incident. One of the great mysteries of Soviet era, Johanna & Annie lay out the facts of the case and discuss what happened to make 9 experienced hikers cut themselves out of their tent and flee into the night, half dressed. This is one of our favorite unsolved mysteries, and, we think, one of the creepiest true stories we know.
E24: MACABRE - Victorian Death Trip
74 perc 24. rész freshhellpodcast
Deadly wallpaper, exploding combs, burning ballerinas, murder bottles, and more macabre stories... Join us on a Victorian Death Trip, where we discuss all the horrible and shocking ways you could die in this fascinating era! 

E23: MURDER - The Horror House of Höxter
51 perc 23. rész freshhellpodcast

Johanna tells Annie about the horror house of Höxter, Germany, where Wilfried and Angelika W. tortured and killed helpless victims.

This is an incredibly sad and disturbing tale of abuse and murder.

Listener discretion is advised!

E22: MURDER - The Axeman of New Orleans
67 perc 22. rész freshhellpodcast

It was about 100 years ago that a killer known as the Axe Man terrorized New Orleans, and demanded that the Crescent City  'jazz it,' or get the axe. Annie & Johanna talk about the terrible attacks that rocked the Big Easy and toast a widow who was pushed to the edge. Was the Axe-man really a demon from hell, or something a bit more...pedestrian? Laissez les terrifiant temps rouler!

E21: SPECIAL - International Tales
69 perc 21. rész freshhellpodcast

In a very special episode we break from our usual format, and cover some of the murders, mysteries and macabre stories from countries our listeners are from.

In Malta, the murder of Sylvia King and the mysterious elongated skulls found in the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum. 

In Greece, the 1991 disappearance of 21 month old Ben Needham. 

In Puerto Rico, we talk about the the Aguadilla UFO incident. 

In Venice, Italy, we cover the insane curse of the Palazzo Dario. 

In Sweden, the case of the Atlas Vampire. 

In Singapore, the horrific Toa Payoh Ritual Murders

In Poland we discuss Czocha Castle and the many, many hauntings that make this 'Polish Hogwarts' a place we now plan to visit.

E20: MURDER - The Lady of the Dunes
55 perc 20. rész freshhellpodcast

In the summer of 1974 a girl and her beagle found the badly decomposed body of a murdered woman in the dunes of Provincetown, Massachusetts, and it remains one of the Cape Cod’s most well known cold cases. Who was this woman? Was Whitey Bulger involved in her death?  Might she be an extra in the film Jaws?  

Annie, who is from Cape Cod, tells Johanna and Jam all about this baffling cold case. 
Stay tuned to the end for a bonus ramble.

E19: MURDER - Fritz Haarmann
55 perc 19. rész freshhellpodcast

War brings chaos, creating the perfect environment for a serial killer to prey on unsuspecting victims. Join us as Johanna tells Annie about the infamous Fritz Haarmann, who preyed upon post war Germany. This is the second part of her German Cannibal trilogy.

E18: MURDER - Lauren Dunne Astley
41 perc 18. rész freshhellpodcast

Annie tells Johanna about the tragic 2011 murder of 18 year old Lauren Astley, which happened on her street in Wayland, Massachusetts. We discuss the issue of breakup violence, especially in teenagers. Please join us as we discuss this terribly senseless murder and it’s aftermath.

42 perc 17. rész freshhellpodcast

Johanna covers the mysterious YOG’TZE incident, a mysterious death that has haunted Germany and the rest of Europe since the 80s. Was it murder or madness that caused the mysterious death of Günther Stoll. Don’t forget to tell us what you think…

E16: MYSTERY - Rebecca Zahau (Part II)
60 perc 16. rész freshhellpodcast

In 2011, the affluent beach town of Coronado, California was rocked by not one, but two mysterious deaths, both at the historic Spreckles Mansion. Six year old Max Shacknai suffered a fatal fall, which some to this day believe was no accident. Days later, his father’s girlfriend, Rebecca Zahau, was found hanging from a balcony in the courtyard of the home. The circumstances around Rebecca’s death are disturbing and bizarre, to say the least… was she murdered, or did she take her own life, as the police claim?

E15: MYSTERY - Rebecca Zahau (Part I)
56 perc 15. rész freshhellpodcast

In 2011, the affluent beach town of Coronado, California was rocked by not one, but two mysterious deaths, both at the historic Spreckles Mansion. Six year old Max Shacknai suffered a fatal fall, which some to this day believe was no accident. Days later, his father’s girlfriend, Rebecca Zahau, was found hanging from a balcony in the courtyard of the home. The circumstances around Rebecca’s death are disturbing and bizarre, to say the least… was she murdered, or did she take her own life, as the police claim?

E14: MACABRE - The Curse of Tutankhamun
58 perc 14. rész freshhellpodcast

We’ve been fascinated with mummies for as long as we can remember. Join us as we discuss ancient Egyptian mummification, the strange history of mummies through the Victorian era, and the amazing discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun. Was the boy king murdered, and did opening the tomb unleash a terrible curse? We’ll tell you everything!

E13: MURDER - Karl Denke
43 perc 13. rész freshhellpodcast

This episode is not for the faint of heart! Johanna tells Annie about the grisley case of Karl Denke, one of the most gruesome cannibal cases in Germany.

E12: MYSTERY - Natalee Holloway & Stephany Flores Ramirez
58 perc 12. rész freshhellpodcast

Natalee Holloway vanished on the last night of her graduation trip, on the beautiful island of Aruba. Join us as we discuss her infamous and tragic disappearance, as well as the brutal and senseless murder of Stephany Flores Ramirez, by Joren van der Sloot.

E11: MURDER - The Papin Sisters
38 perc 11. rész freshhellpodcast

The shocking story of the Papin sisters is perhaps the most well known, and most horrific case of follie a deux, or twin madness. This famous French case devastated the Lancelin family, and rocked Le Mans, and the rest of Europe.

E10: MYSTERY - Zigmund Adamski
40 perc 10. rész freshhellpodcast

In June of 1980, Zigmund Adamski left his home to walk to the market to buy some produce for dinner. His family never saw him alive again. His body was found five days later, with strange burns, partially dressed and lying on his back on a pile of coal. What on Earth happened to this man? Was it something not of this Earth? One of the officers involved did have a close encounter, and that area of England is known for UFO activity…Join us as we get into the very strange case of the disappearance and death of Zigmund Adamski.

E09: MURDER -Hinterkaifeck
61 perc 9. rész freshhellpodcast

Annie thought she knew everything about the gruesome and baffling Hinterkaifek case, until she covered it with Johanna, who speaks German. This unsolved family massacre is haunting and perplexing, creepy and disturbing. Join us as we go over this infamous and terrible unsolved case.

E08: MYSTERY - The Lindbergh Baby (Part II)
50 perc 8. rész freshhellpodcast

Annie realized she didn’t actually know this story, so she decided to cover it and learn everything. In part two we cover popular theories and the trial of Bruno Richard Hauptman, who many believe was innocent to this day. Join us for a deep dive on this infamous case.

E07: MYSTERY - The Lindbergh Baby (Part I)
47 perc 7. rész freshhellpodcast

Annie realized she didn’t actually know this story, so she decided to cover it and learn everything. In part one we cover the history of the Lindbergh’s and why they’d be a target for a kidnapping. We also talk about the kidnapping itself, the bizarre series of ransom notes, and the tragic conclusion. We also cover popular theories, and the trial of Bruno Richard Hauptman, who many believe was innocent to this day. Join us for a deep dive on this infamous case.

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