Month: June 2020

Episode 48: Ghosts of the Pandemic, Part 2: Home Front

In 1918, Americans on the home front were supporting their troops fighting in Europe while waging a war of their own against a deadly pandemic. Does one of the souls lost to the flu still haunt a Midwestern college?   Sources Fannon-Langton, Dianne. The Ghost… Continue Reading “Episode 48: Ghosts of the Pandemic, Part 2: Home Front”

Episode 46: Ghosts of the Pandemic, Part 1: Arrival

As America prepared to fight World War I, the deadliest pandemic the world has ever seen arrived silently. 50 million people died. Do some of them still wander the earth?   Sources Garamone, Jim. World War I: Building the American Military. http://www.defense.gov Barry, John… Continue Reading “Episode 46: Ghosts of the Pandemic, Part 1: Arrival”

Ghosts of the Pandemic, Part 3: Burial

Mt. Zion is a small cemetery outside of Newton, Iowa. For decades, farmers and their families have buried their loved ones there, allowing them to enjoy their eternal rest surrounded by the farm ground that they had spent their entire lives tending to. It… Continue Reading “Ghosts of the Pandemic, Part 3: Burial”

The Devil You Know: The John Hoskins Murders

I have always loved Adams County. Located in the southwestern portion of the state, Adams county is the least populous county in Iowa, containing just under 3700 people. It’s very rural, and is comprised of rolling hills and rich green fields. People still wave… Continue Reading “The Devil You Know: The John Hoskins Murders”