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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 Insane Doctor: Medicine, Drugs, and Murder in Small-Town Iowa

By 1930, 68-year-old George W. Appleby had practiced medicine for forty-years in the small town of Bristow, Iowa. In many…

Episode 53: The Insane Doctor: Medicine, Drugs, and Murder in a Small-Town

Dr. George Appleby was everything a small-town doctor should be: polite, gentle, and caring. But under the surface seethed hidden…

‘Suffer the Children…’ : The Wearly Child Murder of 1900

   It probably came as quite a shock to some people when 68-year-old G.W. Appleby was arrested on drug charges…

Is a 1800’s Steamboat Disaster Behind a Modern Day Haunting?

There were several accidents, both large and small, that took place. Ships ran aground and caught fire, and more than one person drowned. Several towns up and down the Mississippi have tragic stories, and Davenport, Iowa has more than its fair share.  Sometimes, those events produce other, stranger tales.