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Murder Most Foul

Murder Most Foul

By James Sulanowski
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Murder Most Foul

We are all familiar with the term “Life imitating Art” but often Art imitates Life. Edward Theodore Gein, also known as the “Butcher of Plainfield” or the “Ghoul of Plainfield”, was an American convicted murderer and body snatcher who has been cited as the inspiration behind Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal masterpiece, PSYCHO. Mr. Gein is the subject of this episode of Murder Most Foul.
April 12, 2021
The Horrors of Fox Hollow Farm
Today we have something a little different on Murder Most Foul. It is a murder/ghost hunting/crossover episode. In 2006, Robert Graves and his wife, Vicki, bought FOX HOLLOW FARM in rural Indiana. It had been the home and killing grounds of Herb Baumeister, who in the early 1990s killed and buried in the woods nearby at least 11 gay men. Paranormal Investigator, Richard Estep and his team, investigated ghostly phenomenon at the farm at the invitation of the Graves Family. Their story will haunt you, in much the same way the spirits still haunt FOX HOLLOW FARM.
April 5, 2021
The Bundy Murders
Serial killer, Theodore Robert Bundy, was executed in the Florida electric chair on January 24th, 1989. Over 30 years later, his infamy has not faded. Author Kevin M. Sullivan, arguably a Bundy expert, has written not just one, but six books covering every detail of this monster’s short life and the numerous families and survivors he still affects to this day. Mr. Sullivan joined me for this episode of Murder Most Foul.
March 22, 2021
In Broad Daylight
On July 10, 1981, Ken Rex McElroy was shot to death on the main street of Skidmore, Missouri. Forty-five townspeople watched. His wife, sitting next to him in the truck, identified the gunman. Despite three Grand Jury investigations and an FBI probe, no indictments were ever issued, no trial held – and the town of Skidmore has protected the killer with silence ever since. “In Broad Daylight: A murder in Skidmore, Missouri” is an Edgar Alan Poe True Crime award winner written by Harry N. MacLean. This riveting, contemporaneously penned book takes you inside the minds and souls of the townspeople of this small midwestern town as they grapple with a monster in their midst.
March 14, 2021
Herman Webster Mudgett, better known as H. H. Holmes, the architect of The Murder Castle, was an American serial killer who hunted in Chicago in the 1890’s around the time of the World’s Fair. Holmes was a killer, con artist, and trigamist and the subject of over 50 lawsuits in Chicago alone. Holmes was executed on May 7th, 1896, nine days before his 35th birthday. DFEPRAVED is a fascinating True Crime book on the life of H. H. Holmes. The book’s author, Dr. Harold Schechter, joined me for this episode of MURDER MOST FOUL. 
March 7, 2021
The Devil at Genesee Junction
In the summer of 1966, I was 15 years old and living in my hometown of Rochester New York. Every generation says “oh, it was a different time back then.”  But for me it really was. Unfortunately, our idyllic summer of swimming at the local swimming hole was shattered when the bodies of local teens George-Ann Formicola and Kathy Bernhard were found murdered and mutilated. Author of THE DEVIL AT GENESEE JUNCTION, Michael Benson, with the help of a mother of one of the victims and private detective, Donald Tubman, heats up the cold case, and sends the investigation in a startling new direction. The transistor radio was the new thing and every teen had theirs tuned to WBBF to hear the latest tunes spun by Jessica Savitch, who would later go on to be the first woman ever to anchor a national news broadcast. We knew her as Honeybee.
March 6, 2021
Who was Jack the Ripper?
Between 1887 and 1891, a succession of horrific murders shook Victorian London. Over the period, 16 women were attacked – of whom only 3 survived. Despite the best attempts of contemporary detectives, no individual was ever charged with those crimes. Countless researchers, like my guest today, Dr. Drew Gray, have attempted to solve the 130-year-old mystery: Who was ‘Jack the Ripper’?
February 23, 2021
Terror in Wichita
“Terror in Wichita,” by Paul F. Caranci is the story of two siblings who committed egregious acts of horror on innocent people in Wichita, Kansas. The story, an hour-by-hour accounting of the events, will bring you into the minds of the killers. It will bond you to the victims causing you to live and relive the horrific events in those nine days in December. It will introduce you to a woman of extraordinary courage, one who refused to become another casualty at the hands of two soulless monsters whose greed, lust and total disregard for the value of human life led to one of the most heinous and ghastly string of attacks and murders imaginable.
February 16, 2021
The Mind of a Murderer
Ever wonder what goes on in the mind of a murderer? I have. Theories of what makes for a murderer are as numerous as the parties who write about them. I decided to pick just one to share with you, my audience.  My choice? Author and clinical psychologist Katherine Ramsland, PhD. Dr. Ramsland began her literary career in 1992 penning, “Prism of the Night: A Biography of Anne Rice.” Over her successful career, she has published 59 books and over 1000 articles, reviews and short stories on ghosts, vampires, serial killers and other dark subjects.
February 11, 2021
Last Man Hanging!
On New Year’s Eve 1843 in Cranston Rhode Island, wealthy Yankee Mill Owner Amasa Sprague was put upon as he walked home and brutally murdered. Irish immigrant, John Gordon was arrested, tried and convicted in arguably a rather biased trial. On Valentine’s Day 1845, Gordon was executed by hanging. He became the last Rhode Islander to be put to death. His last words: “I hope all good Christians pray for me.” Paul F. Caranci, author of the book, “The Hanging and Redemption of John Gordon” joins me here on Murder Most Foul.
January 22, 2021
Murder on Blood Mountain
On New Year’s Day, 2008, 24-year-old Meredith Hope Emerson went hiking with her dog Ella on Blood Mountain in Georgia. She never returned. She was abducted and subsequently bludgeoned to death and decapitated by serial killer Gary Michael Hilton. By the end of the week, Hilton was identified as the killer, arrested and Meredith’s remains were recovered. Lead Investigator, Special Agent John Cagle of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation led the team that accomplished this rare quick resolution of this horrific crime. Now retired, Mr. Cagle, author of “Those Days in January,” joins me today to share the story of this gruesome murder on Blood Mountain.
January 18, 2021
The Alphabet Murders
“The Alphabet Murders” (also known as the “Double Initial Murders”) are a series of unsolved child murders which occurred between 1971 and 1973 in Rochester, New York. All three victims were girls aged ten or twelve whose surname began with the same letter as her first name. Each victim was sexually assaulted, strangled and unceremoniously dumped by the side of the highway. Join me and Crime Book author, Michael Benson as we discuss his book: “Nightmare in Rochester: The Double Initial Murders.”
January 11, 2021
Who murdered JFK?
So, who do YOU think murdered JFK? Lee Harvey Oswald? If so, did he have help from the F.B.I., the CIA, J. Edgar Hoover, the Warren Commission, the men's room attendant at the White House? My guest today has some strong opinions on the subject. Gerald Posner is the author of "COLD CASE: Lee Harvey Oswald and The Assassination of JFK." This exhaustively researched book was a New York Times bestseller and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for 1994. In 2015 The Chicago Tribune called Posner “a merciless pit bull of an investigator. Author and journalist Gerald Posner is my guest today for this segment of MMF. And joins me from an undisclosed location via ZOOM.
December 21, 2020
END GAME: The Golden State Killer
Joseph James DeAngelo was born on November 8, 1945. But this former cop and serial rapist and killer was known by many other names during the time he terrorized communities across southern California between 1973 and 1986. Countless books have been written about the Golden State Killer, which was his most popular moniker. Arguably , no one spent more time and effort on covering him than author Anne Penn, whose life was directly impacted by DeAngelo. Ms. Penn has written 4 books on the Golden State Killer, her latest, END GAME and is my guest today on MURDER MOST FOUL.
December 15, 2020
Tangled Web
For those listeners out there, who are looking for love on the Internet, you may change your mind after hearing the story of Cari Farver, a young woman who was the victim of a Cyberstalker, who eventually murdered her.  And as if that weren’t enough, terrorized everyone around her for years. The tale is best told by my guest today, Leslie Rule, daughter of the late True Crime author Ann Rule, who wrote THE STRANGER BESIDE ME about her experience working side by side with Ted Bundy. As you will hear, the apple does not fall far from the tree. The book is TANGLED WEB and my guest is Leslie Rule.
December 9, 2020
Laci's missing!
Some murder cases never die…pun intended. One such case is the murder of Laci Peterson. Laci disappeared on Christmas Eve, 2002. Her torso and the body of unborn child, Connor, would wash up onshore 4 months later. Her husband, and father of her child, would be ultimately tried, convicted and sentenced to die for the brutal crime. Fast forward to this past fall when Scott’s appeal of the verdict and sentence comes down. The verdict standing but the penalty reversed. New York Times Bestselling author, Michael Fleeman and Law Professor and former FOX News Legal Analyst, Stanley Goldman joined me as Murder Most Foul looked into this decades old murder case once more.
November 20, 2020
Trial by Fire: The Station Nightclub Fire
On February 20th 2003 the Station Nightclub, in West Warwick, RI caught fire during a concert by the band Great White. Stage fireworks set off by the band quickly ignited flammable foam on the walls. Within 90 seconds the club was a blazing inferno. Anyone who did not escape by then perished in the most horrific way. In October 2020, Emmy Award winning TV  reporter and author, Scott James published his book TRIAL BY FIRE: A devastating tragedy, 100 lives lost and a 15 year search for the truth. In his book, Mr. James presents vivid accounts of that night through the eyes of survivors. He also presents evidence not seen to date. Some of it, exculpatory to those charged, was not presented to the Grand Jury. He also presents, for the first time, interviews with the principal players surrounding the tragedy. One of his goals in examining this horror was to help us determine…The Station Night Club Fire…Crime or accident. Scott James joins us on Murder Most Foul.
November 15, 2020
The Monster in my Bedroom
It is purported that over 100 women, one as young as 12, were brutally raped and murdered by serial killer Ted Bundy. But there were also survivors. One such survivor is Kathy Kleiner. Ms. Kleiner sat down with me to tell her story, lest we ever forget the savagery of Theodore “Ted” Bundy.
November 13, 2020
I Survived Ted Bundy
Theodore Robert Bundy was one of the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history. He confessed to kidnapping, raping and murdering over 24 women, one as young as 12, although the actual count remains a mystery. He carried out his reign of terror throughout seven states during the 1970s, Some of his victims escaped the final act and lived to share the story of their ordeals. One such victim was Rhonda Stapley, author of the book I Survived Ted Bundy: The Attack, Escape and PTSD that changed my life. Ms. Stapley never reported her vicious rape at the hands of Ted Bundy. She didn’t disclose to her own family until almost 35 years after the attack. Her book was published in 2016 and she sat down with me to share her story of survival. Cover art by Leslie Rule
October 31, 2020
The Boy in the Box
On Monday February 25th, 1957, a young boy, estimated to be between the ages of three and six, was found nude along Susquehanna Road, an illegal dumping ground for unwanted trash located some eight miles north of downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The case, dubbed "The Boy in the Box" remains unsolved but still open.
October 19, 2020
Who killed Bob Crane? (Part One)
On June 29, 1978, Bob Crane, popular star of the television comedy HOGAN’S HEROES was found savagely bludgeoned to death in Scottsdale Arizona. Mr. Crane was appearing at the Windmill Dinner Theater in a play called “Beginner’s Luck.” The news soon reached his son, Robert Crane, who was a successful contributor to PLAYBOY magazine at the time. The murder remains unsolved to this day. In 2015, Robert Crane wrote a combination autobiography, memoir and True Crime book with Christopher Fryer titled “CRANE: Sex, Celebrity and my father’s unsolved murder.” Robert Crane sat down with me for a candid interview about his life and the murder of his father.
October 14, 2020
Who killed Bob Crane? (Part Two)
On June 29, 1978, Bob Crane, popular star of the television comedy HOGAN’S HEROES was found savagely bludgeoned to death in Scottsdale Arizona. Mr. Crane was appearing at the Windmill Dinner Theater in a play called “Beginner’s Luck.” The news soon reached his son, Robert Crane, who was a successful contributor to PLAYBOY magazine at the time. The murder remains unsolved to this day. In 2015, Robert Crane wrote a combination autobiography, memoir and True Crime book with Christopher Fryer titled “CRANE: Sex, Celebrity and my father’s unsolved murder.” Robert Crane sat down with me for a candid interview about his life and the murder of his father.
October 14, 2020
V for Vampire
Vampires have a treasured place in our culture. From Bela to Buffy we have been fascinated, often titillated by the thought of the undead and their thirst for blood. Fiction authors have written volumes using vampires as part of their plot lines. Ann Rice has made a fortune focusing on the erotica angle. Unfortunately, although the exploits of the undead are fiction, murders by deranged individuals that kill and drink the blood or eat the flesh of the innocent are all too real. Richard Trenton Chase is one such deranged individual. Listen in as I interview Kevin M. Sullivan and hear the all the too true tale of a real-life Vampire. Warning this podcast contains very disturbing details!
August 27, 2020
REVENGE in Plain Sight
They say Revenge is sweet. I’ll let you decide. On a cold January morning outside the Kaufman County Courthouse, Eric Williams executed Assistant D.A. Mark Hasse. Eric’s wife Kim, drove the getaway car. Two months later on the day before Easter this pair slaughtered D.A. Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia in the foyer of their suburban home. Eric and Kim celebrated the murders with grilled steaks. It seemed that Eric’ plan was to exact revenge on everyone who had wronged him. His intention? To keep killing until someone stopped him. Join me as I interview award winning journalist and author of the book IN PLAIN SIGHT as she chronicles for us the terror, the trial and her experience interviewing the killers.
August 20, 2020
Murder in Mayberry
Murder in Mayberry tells the horrifying tale of the murder of Ann Branson. With no clues, no DNA and nearly an entire town full of suspects, it appeared this brutal crime would turn into a cold case. But Ann’s nephew, retired federal agent Jack Branson, never gave up hope. He vowed the killer would be caught.
August 9, 2020
On Friday June 13, 1980, Texas suburban housewife, Betty Gore was slaughtered in broad daylight in her own home. The lethal weapon? Her own axe. And who wielded that instrument of death? Her close friend, Candy Montgomery. Follow me as I delve into this “whydunit” murder mystery with journalist and author of “Evidence of Love”, Jim Atkinson. Was Candy guilty? You decide!
August 3, 2020
MOMMY'S LITTLE GIRL - The Caylee Anthony murder case.
Mommy's Little Girl, by EDGAR AWARD FINALIST, Diane Fanning, is an account of one of the most shocking confusing and horrific crimes in modern American history. Written before the trial, it is based upon thousands of pages of police transcripts, reports, and other official documents as well as interviews and on-site research. Join me as we delve into this vivid example of justice denied.
July 4, 2020
HUNTING the Unabomber
On April 3rd 1996, a team of FBI agents closed in on an isolated cabin in remote Montana marking the longest and most expensive investigation in FBI history. The cabin’s lone inhabitant was a former mathematics prodigy and wunderkind professor who had abandoned society decades earlier. Few people know his name, Theodore Kaczynski, but everyone knew the mayhem and death associated with his nickname: The UNABOMBER. With access to new primary sources and exclusive interviews with key law enforcement officials, New York Times bestselling author and former federal prosecutor Lis Wiehl meticulously reconstructs the white-knuckle, tension filled hunt to identify and capture the mysterious killer. Join me as I sit down with Ms. Wiehl, legal analyst for Fox news CNN and NPR, to discuss her latest book: Hunting the Unabomber.
June 23, 2020
Parallel Lives: The True Story Of Lizzie Borden PART II
So you think you know all about Lizzie Borden? I beg to differ. Unless you have read the book Parallel Lives: a social history of Lizzie A. Borden and her Fall River, written by Michael Martins and Dennis Binette. Or unless you have had the pleasure, as I did, of sitting down with them and hearing the unvarnished true story of Lizzie Andrew Borden told by the curators of The Fall River Historical Society. In PART II we continue to separate Fact from Fiction including answer to the burning question: "Did Lizzie have an affair with actress Nance O'Neill?"
June 3, 2020
Parallel Lives: The True Story Of Lizzie Borden
So you think you know all about Lizzie Borden? I beg to differ. Unless you have read the book Parallel Lives: a social history of Lizzie A. Borden and her Fall River, written by Michael Martins and Dennis Binette. Or unless you have had the pleasure, as I did, of sitting down with them and hearing the unvarnished true story of Lizzie Andrew Borden told by the curators of The Fall River Historical Society. In Part One, you will become acquainted with the backdrop against which Lizzie Borden grew up. You will also hear many myths dispelled, some I held myself, and details of her life, not found in other books.  Enjoy the experience. I sure did!
May 27, 2020
It was a crime like none other. It was a high profile media drenched disappearance of an entire family. The people of the small town of Barrington were stunned when 53 year old Ernest Brendel , his 46 year old wife Alice and their eight year old daughter Emily vanished without a trace with many indications leading to the conclusion that violence had played an integral part in the mystery.
May 7, 2020
Pizza Bomber
On August 28th, 2003, in the suburbs of Erie Pennsylvania, a pizza delivery man named Brian Wells was accosted by several men who locked a time bomb around his neck and ordered him to rob a bank.  After delivering the money, he would receive clues to...
April 27, 2020
LIZZIE BORDEN - Fact or Legend
Listen in as I try peel the onion that is the Lizzie Borden story with LB scholar Dr. Stefani Koorey. Get her take on what she feels is Fact and what is Legend.
April 3, 2020
The History & Haunting of Lizzie Borden
In my opinion there cannot be too many books on Lizzie Borden. I recently sat down with author Rebecca F. Pittman to discuss her comprehensive look at the Lizzie Borden Case. She has a few unique takes on the evidence of the day!
March 14, 2020
Daddy Dearest
Join us as we examine a recently "thawed", 38 year-old cold case - the gruesome ax murder of a Brighton, New York housewife while she slept and her young daughter was also asleep down the hall and her husband was at work. Or was he? I interview Dennis...
March 7, 2020
Awful Deed: Lizzie Borden with a twist!
Listen in as I interview Rod Sadler about his book: To Hell I Must Go, a true crime story of "Michigan’s Lizzie Borden." Mr. Sadler chronicles a gruesome true tale that unfolded in 1897 in Williamston, Michigan, the town in which he grew up. Hear the...
March 3, 2020
Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast
You can check out anytime you want, but you can never leave! Take an audio tour of The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast with docents Danielle Cabral and Sue Vickery and hear about their "ghostly" experiences in the house where Lizzie Borden "took an...
February 21, 2020
Imagine-The Assassination of Beatle John Lennon
I speak with author Jack Jones, who spent over 200 hours with Mark David Chapman for his book: "Let Me Take You Down." Mr.Jones' gripping book takes us inside the mind of the assassin of music legend John Lennon, 40 years ago this year.
February 14, 2020
Lizzie Borden--WHACKED!
The Legend of Lizzie Borden - a primer.
February 5, 2020