Ghosts of the Pandemic, Part 1: Arrival

One night several years ago – longer ago than I want to care to admit – I had an experience…

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 44: Table Scraps, Vol. 1

If history is made up of small stories, then some of them fall off and disappear, like table scraps. Come…

Table Scraps, Vol. 1

When I was younger, I spent a year working for a big box retail chain. One day, I noticed that…

Episode 43: Ms. Holly

In the early 1900’s, a Nebraska schoolteacher visited an unspeakable atrocity upon the students under her care in Sarpy County….

Ms. Holly

Jeffery McCain was going to school. Jeffery, or Jeffy, as everyone called him, loved school, especially reading. Books allowed him…

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…

Episode 41: The Edward Crampton Murders of 1921

Malone, Iowa, is perhaps the best hidden town in Clinton County, Iowa. In 1921, it also played host to one…