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Small Town Mysteries

Kate, Christine, and Rachael

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3 lifelong friends who like to dish on true crime and the kind of drama that only small towns can provide 💀
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10/04/22 • 66 min

54-year old Colonel Philip Shue left to go to work on the morning of April 16, 2003. He left an hour earlier than usual, at 5:30AM, in order to get a jumpstart on some paperwork. He made his wife, Tracy, coffee, kissed her, and said “I love you”. The next report of Shue is from two witnesses who saw him driving his vehicle on the highway, going around 60mph. After swerving from one lane to another, his car eventually hit a tree. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they noticed several oddities about this particular accident. First, Shue's shirt is ripped from his chest to his navel. Shue’s nipples were cut off. There was an almost 6-inch slash on his chest, and he was missing part of his finger. Shue also had duct tape around both of his arms and ankles.
The case was determined to be a suicide.
Listen to this week's episode in order to find out why, for many people, this case is still unsolved.
Sources:
1) https://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/pdf/BCME_autopsy.pdf
2) https://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/pdf/first_warning_note.pdf
3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0itSpglLimo
4) https://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/pdf/psychological_autopsy.pdf
5)https://airforce.togetherweserved.com/usaf/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?ID=155997&cmd=ShadowBoxProfile&type=Person

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10/04/22 • 66 min

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09/27/22 • 49 min

Christine opens up the episode with a new segment. Each week, we will be briefly reporting on a recent missing child case, as we all feel that it is important to spread awareness for cases that may not be getting the recognition they deserve.
During the main segment this week, Kate tackles a couple of different hate crimes relating to the arsons of several Jewish-affiliated buildings. She also goes over some very interesting aspects of how hate crimes are charged and categorized. If someone commits a hate crime, is it also a hate crime if a person covers for them?
Rachael (who is Jewish) leads an important discussion on acts of anti-semitism that she and others have faced.

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1) https://www.justice.gov/usao-ma/pr/massachusetts-man-indicted-obstructing-investigation-fires-jewish-affiliated-institutions2) https://www.masslive.com/boston/2022/02/alexander-giannakakis-arrested-in-sweden-accused-of-misleading-authorities-in-massachusetts-investigating-2019-fires-set-at-jewish-institutions.html3) https://www.ojp.gov/pdffiles1/bja/162304.pdf4) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hate_crime#United_States5) https://www.justice.gov/hatecrimes/hate-crime-statistics

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09/27/22 • 49 min

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08/23/22 • 38 min

In the early hours of the morning, 12-year-old Christopher Pittman walks into his grandparent's room and shoots 4 times, killing both Joe and Joy Pittman before setting their house on fire.
We discuss Christopher's difficult early childhood leading up to this moment, and analyze his legal team's "Zoloft defense", as Christopher had recently been made to switch from antidepressant Paxil to Zoloft and double his prescription dosage. He was allegedly experiencing severe side effects in the weeks leading up to the murders.
So many factors add to the mix in this case, making you question what could have been if just one had been different.
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1) https://www.cbsnews.com/news/prescription-for-murder-13-04-2005/
2) https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/sertraline-oral-route/proper-use/drg-20065940
3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUuAVO3nKTk
4) https://murderpedia.org/male.P/p/pittman-christopher-opinion.htm
5) https://public.doc.state.sc.us/scdc-public/inmateDetails.do?id=%2000307734

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08/23/22 • 38 min

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09/13/22 • 56 min

On March 9, 2018, a veteran entered the The Pathway Home, a residential treatment facility offering care to veterans, armed with the intention to kill multiple employees. Rachael talks about the victims of this crime: Christine Loeber, Jennifer Golick, and Jennifer Gonzalez Shushereba. She delves into their lives prior to the tragedy and discusses the tangible marks they left on their communities, even after their passing. Lastly, we close with a discussion regarding veterans and mental health, and Rachael provides statistics that will leave you speechless.

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09/13/22 • 56 min

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Lizzie Borden Took An Axe...

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09/06/22 • 46 min

Kate talks about the infamous 1892 murder case of Lizzie Borden's father and stepmother, which Lizzie was tried and acquitted for. We discuss the events in Lizzie's life leading up the murders, possible accomplices, multiple theories, and how gossip spreads through a small town. This one is infamous for a reason!
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1)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lizzie_Borden
2)https://web.archive.org/web/20140201220523/http://www.thelizziebordencollection.com/fall-river-history.php
3)https://www.newspapers.com/clip/22543295/the-seattle-post-intelligencer/
4)https://www.newspapers.com/clip/22529704/statesman-journal/
5)https://www.newspapers.com/clip/22543087/the-boston-globe/

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09/06/22 • 46 min

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Christine starts off this episode talking about the disappearance of Cleashindra Hall, a smart, soon-to-be pre-med student who vanished after clocking out of her part-time job in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Twenty-eight years later, her case is still unsolved, and one particular individual remains a person of interest.
Kate then talks about the Watts Family Murders, which took place in Frederick, Colorado in 2018. Chris Watts murdered his wife, who was 15 weeks pregnant, along with his two children. This is a huge case, but Kate delves into the small town aspects of it that aided in the investigation.

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08/30/22 • 62 min

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09/20/22 • 39 min

Marise was only 9 years old when she was brutally murdered in Hazleton, Pennsylvania in 1964. Despite being found the same day that she disappeared, Marise's murder was unsolved for FIFTY-SEVEN YEARS. Just this year, in 2022, her killer was found through DNA testing. This is the fourth oldest cold case to be solved using genetic genealogy in the United States and the oldest in the state of Pennsylvania.
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1) https://www.timesleader.com/news/1539205/who-was-james-paul-forte-suspected-killer-left-few-clues
2) https://www.wnep.com/article/news/local/luzerne-county/this-is-marises-story-family-investigators-share-emotions-as-hazleton-cold-case-is-solved/523-77ac08cf-0923-43d1-9ab3-a35d3b3bd98a
3) https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-the-monday-edition-1.6350961/how-a-genealogist-helped-solve-the-murder-of-a-girl-from-nearly-60-years-ago-1.6350962
4) https://www.oxygen.com/crime-news/1964-murder-of-marise-ann-chiverella-solved-pennsylvania-authorities-say
5) https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/10/us/hazleton-pennsylvania-cold-case-solved-trnd/index.html
6) https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/02/14/marise-chiverella-cold-case-pennsylvania/
7) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hazleton,_Pennsylvania
8) https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/picture-gallery/opinion/2022/02/24/two-towns-two-murders/6837615001/
9) https://genwhypod.com/blogs/the-generation-why-podcast-blog/killer-of-1964-child-murderer-identified-the-marise-chiverella-case
10) https://www.wnep.com/article/news/local/luzerne-county/woman-recalls-forte-he-wouldnt-leave-it-marise-chiverella-hazleton-cold-case/523-169b9f9a-58f7-4076-9cf9-d431aacc7c1a

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09/20/22 • 39 min

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08/16/22 • 63 min

In this episode, Kate first investigates the serial killer Tony Costa, locally known in Massachusetts as the Cape Cod Cannibal. Tony Costa committed a series of murders in the late 1960s. Famous writer Kurt Vonnegut was intrigued by Costa, comparing him to Jack the Ripper. This case is still talked about today in the small town community in which it originated, and several books have been written about Costa which have been quite controversial...
Next, Rachael covers the case of 17-year-old Maggie Long, who was burned in a fire in a burglary gone wrong. It was revealed that a physical altercation likely took place during this burglary between Maggie and her assailants. Recently, the FBI has explored the possibility that this was actually a hate crime. Maggie's case is still active, and a reward is being offered for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for her death.

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08/16/22 • 63 min

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This week, we discuss two cases that will make your stomach turn. First, Christine covers the case of Keiosha Marie Felix, a 15-year-old who went missing and was immediately labeled a "runaway" by police. Keiosha was last seen in the tiny town of Duson, Louisiana on April 30, 2012, where she went to visit her aunt with her 1-year-old daughter. A botched police investigation interferes heavily with this case.
Next, Rachael covers the recent murder of Jonathan Amerault, who was murdered by a jealous husband by the name of Armando Barron. Armando believed that his wife, Britany, was having an affair with Jon, who was her co-worker. Armando ended up forcing Britany to decapitate Jon's body. Trigger warning for domestic violence on this one!

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08/09/22 • 70 min

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10/06/22 • 49 min

This is the first episode of our Bridgewater Triangle Series!!!
Kate provides historical context for why many believe the Bridgewater Triangle is a hotspot of paranormal activity. She talks about the Native American land that the swamp is in, King Philip's War, and about a BUNCH of different rocks (these are cool, interesting rocks, we promise). Kate also delves into different theories for the origin of the mysterious inscriptions that are found on some of these rocks.
Sources:
1) “Hockomock: Place Where the Spirits Dwell” by Peter Tower
2) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wampanoag
3) https://openlibrary.org/books/OL26124680M/Haunted_Objects_Stories_Of_Ghosts_On_Your_Shelf
4) https://web.archive.org/web/20071026061648/http://www.historyplace.com/specials/kingphilip.htm
5) https://web.archive.org/web/20070527112525/http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2006/10/30/the_old_haunting_grounds/
6) http://archive.boston.com/news/local/articles/2005/10/30/tales_from_the_swamp/https://web.archive.org/web/20171014083258/http://www.thebridgewatertriangle.com/2013/12/hockomock-swamp_2.html?m=1
7) http://www.strange-new-england.com/2015/10/22/ministers-rock/

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How many episodes does Small Town Mysteries have?

Small Town Mysteries currently has 82 episodes available.

What topics does Small Town Mysteries cover?

The podcast is about Mystery, Society & Culture, Unsolved, True Crime, Creepy, Thriller, Murder, Documentary, Podcasts, Crime and Suspense.

What is the most popular episode on Small Town Mysteries?

The episode title 'The Peculiar Death of Colonel Philip Shue' is the most popular.

What is the average episode length on Small Town Mysteries?

The average episode length on Small Town Mysteries is 49 minutes.

How often are episodes of Small Town Mysteries released?

Episodes of Small Town Mysteries are typically released every 7 days.

When was the first episode of Small Town Mysteries?

The first episode of Small Town Mysteries was released on Jul 8, 2022.

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