Category: Iowa

Episode 57: Steam and Fury: The Lansing Steamboat Disaster of 1867

  Steamboats are an iconic part of the history of the Mississippi River. In the case of the steamboat Lansing,…

Steam and Fury: The Lansing Steamboat Disaster of 1867

  The Mississippi River, despite its nickname the “Big Muddy,” is surrounded by natural beauty. Bluffs over look the water…

The Koenig Murder/Suicide of 1870

Some have said that the most dangerous people that you can ever come across are people that have nothing to…

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…

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…

Ghosts of the Pandemic, Part 2: Home Front

When I was attending Iowa State University, I decided that I needed to take up running. Up until that point,…

Struck Down in the Dark – The Charles Englehart Murder

I’m not afraid of the dark. I take my trash out in the middle of the night without a flashlight,…

Struck Down in the Dark – The Charles Englehart Murder

Charles Englehart was attacked outside of his car one dark night in 1935. A harmless 70-year-old man liked by everyone,…

Episode 42: Deadly Relations

An early December blizzard chilled Iowa to the bone. It still wasn’t as cold as the heart of a father…

Deadly Relations

The rain began to fall steadily across Iowa. The weather was warm for early December, hovering right around the 40-degree…