140. The Thanksgiving Family Murders

*this case includes children*

On this episode of MWMH, Payton and Garrett discuss the brutal slaying of 4 family members at Thanksgiving. 

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Case Sources:

the-sun.com, “Holiday Horrors: Most gruesome Thanksgiving murders from pastor who shot family over game to man who ‘waited 20 years’ to kill relatives,” by Luke Kenton, November 25, 2021

“Merhige had history of mental problems, says man who knew him well,” by John Lantigua, November 26, 2009

tampabay.com, “Gunman Said Nothing Before Killings,’ November 29, 2009

palmbeachpost.com, “An unusual suspect: Merhige was likable honors student before he did the unthinkable,” by Adam Playford, December 18, 2009

tampabay.com, “TV Show Plays Big Role in Murder Case,” January 9, 2010

nbcmiami.com, “Witness: Thanksgiving Killer Went Back to Shoot Girl Again,” by Janie Campbell, September 4, 2010

nbcmiami.com, “Thanksgiving Killer’s Parents File Countersuit,” by Brian Hamacher, November 29, 2011

palmbeachpost.com, “Merhige had history of mental problems, says man who knew him well,” by John Lantigua, March 31, 2012

wptv.com, “10 Years After The Jupiter Thanksgiving Murders: A Family Remembers,” by Kelley Dunn, November 22, 2019

YouTube.com, channel MirrorMind: The Disturbing Story of Paul Merhige | True Crime, November 24, 2021

Newspaper.com sources:

Mike Phillips, The Miami Herald, “Khoury League starts traveling to Japan,” 31 July 1986, archived (https://www.newspapers.com/image/632678571); citing print edition, p.24

The Stuart News, “Stations win six Emmys,” 7 December 1992, archived (https://www.newspapers.com/image/886580679), citing print edition, p.D1

Andrew Marra, Bill DiPaolo, Eliot Kleinberg, Sun-Sentinel, “Shooter kills four in holiday rampage,” 28 November 2009, archived (https://www.newspapers.com/image/286398908); citing print edition, pp. 1, 3

Elinor J. Brecher, The Miami Herald, “Tragedy echoes ’73 murders, suicide,” 29 November 2009, archived (https://www.newspapers.com/image/658361525); citing print edition, p.14A

Carol Marbin Miller, Jennifer Lebovich, The Miami Herald, “Twin sisters silenced forever,” 29 November 2009, archived (https://www.newspapers.com/image/658361459); citing print edition, pp.1A, 14A

Robert Samuels, The Miami Herald, “Slain sisters’ voices heard again,” 1 December 2009, archived (https://www.newspapers.com/image/658492900); citing print edition, p.3B

Liz Balmaseda, The Palm Beach Post, “Without Makayla,” 25 December 2009, archived (https://www.newspapers.com/image/206748667); citing print edition, p.A1

John Lantigua, The Palm Beach Post, “”‘Pleasant’ motel guest rarely went out, explained to owner: ‘I’m just resting’,” 4 January 2010, archived (https://www.newspapers.com/image/208095494); citing print edition, pp. 1A, 8A

Jane Musgrave, The Miami Herald, “Pair sued over son’s spree,” 16 September 2011, archived (https://www.newspapers.com/image/654931364); citing print edition, p. 3B

Daphne Duret, The Palm Beach Post, “7 Life Sentences for Merhige: ‘He Will Never See the Light of Day’,” 28 October 2011, archived (https://www.newspapers.com/image/163645273); citing print edition, pp. 1A, 8A

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BREAKING – Idaho College Murders

Payton drops onto your feed mid-week to give a clear timeline of the breaking Idaho College Murders. 4 University of Idaho college students are stabbed to death in their apartment… who did it? What do the police know?

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139. Lisa Marie Kimmel – Lil Miss

On this episode of MWMH, Payton and Garrett discuss the disappearance and murder of Lisa Marie Kimmel.

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Case Sources:

Scott, Robert (2009). Rivers of Blood. (2009, New York: Pinnacle), by Robert Scott

Wikipedia.org, Lil’ Miss murder

Charleyproject.org, Amy Joy Wroe Bechtel

Trib,com, “Inmate: Eaton confessed,” by Tara Westreicher, March 10, 2004

Trib.com, “Victim’s family shares their anger as Dale Wayne Eaton sentenced to life,” by Victoria Eavis, May 8, 2022

Billingsgazette.com, “Court hears 1988 tape of Kimmell,” by Tara Westreicher, March 3, 2004

Billingsgazette.com, “Another Eaton victim lives to tell of ordeal; California woman expected to testify at penalty phase of trial,” by by Greg Tuttle, March 17, 2004

Billingsgazette.com, “Eaton upset as convict testifies,” by Tara Westreicher, March 9, 2004

Ranker.com, “The True Story Behind The Lil’ Miss Murder,” by Rachel Souerbry, February 19, 2021

WyoFile.com, “Wyoming should abolish the death penalty, even for Eaton,” by Kerry Drake, June 16, 2020

caselaw.findlaw.com, EATON v. STATE

Department of Psychology Radford University, Dr. Mike Aamodt, Dale Wayne Eaton 

http://maamodt.asp.radford.edu/Psyc%20405/serial%20killers/Eaton,%20Dale%20Wayne.pdf

Newspapers.com sources: 

Pat Bellinghausen and Tom Howard, “Billings teen disappears during trip,” The Billings Gazette, 29 March 1988, archived (https://www.newspapers.com/image/410694282 : accessed 27 October 2022); citing print edition, p.7-A

Vikki McLaughlin, “Searchers suspect foul play,” The Billings Gazette, 1 April 1988, archived (https://www.newspapers.com/image/415632449 : accessed 27 October 2022); citing print edition, p.1

“Wyoming lawmen looking for missing Montana teen-ager,” Casper Star-Tribune, 30 April 1988, archived (https://www.newspapers.com/image/349601308: accessed 27 October 2022); citing print edition, p.3

Pat Bellinghausen, “Kimmell’s body identified,” The Billings Gazette, 4 April 1988, archived (https://www.newspapers.com/image/415636958 : accessed 27 October 2022); citing print edition, p.1

Pat Bellinghausen, “Cops: No leads in teen’s death,” The Billings Gazette, 5 April 1988, archived (https://www.newspapers.com/image/415637713 : accessed 27 October 2022); citing print edition, p.1

Tom Howard, “Kimmell had stab wounds,” The Billings Gazette, 7 April 1988, archived (https://www.newspapers.com/image/415639477 : accessed 27 October 2022); citing print edition, p.1

Rita Munzenrider, “Kimmell’s friends say goodbye,” The Billings Gazette, 9 April 1988, archived (https://www.newspapers.com/image/415641872 : accessed 27 October 2022); citing print edition, p.1

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138. Nick Howard – The Long Game

On this episode of MWMH, Payton and Garrett discuss the curious murder of young adult, Nick Howard.

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Case Sources:

Forensic Files, “Oily in the Morning,” broadcast October 5, 2005 on TLC

The New Detectives, “Betrayed,” broadcast December 13, 2002 on The Discovery Channel

Forensicfilesnow.com

Wikipedia.org, Humphrey the Whale

Sacramentofuneralandcremation.com, John Findleton obituary

Ancestry.com, 1977 Sacramento City Directory (1977, R.L. Polk & Company Publishers)

Ancestry.com, 1978 Sacramento City Directory (1978, R.L. Polk & Company Publishers)

Saccounty.gov: Sacramento County, Archived Index of Recorded Documents

Anylaw.com

SFGate.com/San Francisco Examiner, Still Singing That Whale Song, by Jane Kay

Newspapers.com sources:

The Sacramento Bee, “Man loses control of truck, drowns,” 15 March 1996, archived (https://www.newspapers.com/image/627244911: accessed 29 October 2022); citing print edition, p.B2

Gary Voet, The Sacramento Bee, “Volunteers plan major search for body of drowning victim,” 26 February 1997, archived (https://www.newspapers.com/image/627678806: accessed 28 October 2022); citing print edition, p.B2

The Sacramento Bee, “Body in marina missing teen,” 27 February 1997, archived (https://www.newspapers.com/image/627680800: accessed 29 October 2022); citing print edition, p.B2

Yvonne Chiu, The Sacramento Bee, “Guilty verdict in teen’s murder,” 8 December 1999, archived (https://www.newspapers.com/image/628446627: accessed 30 October 2022); citing print edition, p.B1

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137. John Martin Crawford – The Canadian Killer

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Case Sources:

 

Just Another Indian, A Serial Killer and Canada’s Indifference, by Warren Goulding, Askew Creek Publishing Ltd., 2001

 

Saskatoon StarPhoenix, “Saskatchewan serial killer John Martin Crawford dies at Regional Psychiatric Center,” by Thia James, December 17, 2020

 

Eaglefeathernews.com, “Opinion: Looking back at Just Another Indian,” by Warren Goulding, August 17, 2016

 

Edmontonsun.com, “A story that no one wanted told,” by Andrew Hanon, September 20, 2005

 

Murderpedia.org, “John Martin Crawford”

 

Justicefornativewomen.com, “Janet Sylvestre, Unsolved Saskatchewan murder from 1994, posted by Mak, August 6, 2021, listing sources as CBC, Murderpedia, and Saskatchewan RCMP Facebook.

 

Serialkillercalendar.com, “John Martin Crawford”

 

Cbc.ca, “To him, they were expendable: Columnist says Saskatoon serial killer exploited racism when targeting victims,” by Dan Zakreski, December 17, 2020

 

Theglobeandmail.com, “The Taken: How Shelley Napope fled into a predator’s stalking ground”

 

Wikipedia, “John Martin Crawford”

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136. The Salem Witch Trials

On this episode of MWMH, Payton and Garrett discuss the Salem Witch Trials.

 

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Case Sources:

https://mrnussbaum.com/life-in-puritan-massachusetts

 

Smithsonianmag.com, “A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials,” by Jess Blumberg, October 23, 2007

 

History.com, “Salem Witch Trials,” by history.com editors, November 4, 2011, updated October 5, 2021

 

History.com, “Before America Had Witch Trials, Europe Had Werewolf Trials,” by Melinda Beck, October 15, 2021

 

History.com, “Why Do Witches Ride Brooms?” by Sarah Pruitt, updated October 29, 2021

 

Salemwitchmuseum.com, “Proctor’s Ledge Memorial”

 

Salemwitchmuseum.com, “Path from Jail to Execution”

 

Salemwitchmuseum.com, “Salem Witch Trials Memorial”

 

Brittanica.com, “Salem witch trials,” by Jeff Wallenfeldt, last updated August 22, 2022

 

Time.com, “The Last of the Witch-Trial Hangings,” by Jennifer Latson, September 22, 2014

 

Reference.yourdictionary.com, “The Salem Witch Trials: Real Facts That Will Haunt You,” by Jennifer Gunner

 

Salemnews.com, “Accuser’s descendant leaves note on memorial to victim of Witch Trials,” by Dustin Luca, October 14, 2022

 

Mtsu.edu (The First Amendment Encyclopedia), “Salem Witch Trials,” by Elizabeth R. Purdy

 

Danverslibrary.org, Danvers Archival Center, “Portrait of Samuel Parris”

 

Gallowshillsalem.com

 

Allthatsinteresting.com, “20 Accusations and 20 Deaths: What Caused The Salem Witch Trials?” by All That’s Interesting, checked by John Kuroski, December 18, 2021, updated September 21, 2022

 

Owlcation.com, “The Salem Witchhunts: A History of Witches, Trials, and Witch Hunts,” by Angela Michelle Schultz, March 24, 2022

 

Healthline.com, “What is Mad Had Hatter Disease?”

 

Wikipedia, “Salem witch trials,” image used

Assisted research and writing by: Diane Birnholz.

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135. Ronald Sisman and Elizabeth Platzman – The Halloween Mystery

On this episode of MWMH, Payton and Garrett discuss the murder of couple Ronald Sisman and Elizabeth Platzman back in 1981.

 

Case Sources:

https://www.metv.com/lists/10-extremely-eighties-products-introduced-in-1982

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1981_in_the_United_States

 

Nytimes.com, “Police Seek Motive in Deaths of Student and a Photographer,” by Les Ledbetter, November 2, 1981

 

Nytimes.com, “The Region; Actress’s Assailant Given 30 Days in Jail, by UPI, April 29, 1981

 

Dailynews, “Photog, coed slain in Chelsea,” by Thomas Raftery and Richard Edmonds,” November 2, 1981

 

Dailynews, “Gentle Life, Violent Death,” by Murray Weiss, November 2, 1981

 

Imdb.com, “Ron Sisman”

 

Insider.com, “10 terrifying murders committed on Halloween night,” by Frank Olito, October 13, 2020

 

Findagrave.com, “Elizabeth Lee Platzman”

 

History.com, “This Day in History, 1977, August 10, Son of Sam serial killer is arrested,” by History.com editors

 

True-crime.quora.com, “Murder of Ronald Sisman and Elizabeth Platzman unsolved since 1981,” Karen M. Shelton

 

New York Magazine, “Melonie Haller’s Lost Weekend,” by Anthony Haden-Guest, May 12, 1980

 

Newspapers.com, “Ron Sisman’s Efforts to Obtain a Gun Permit?”

 

Thecinemaholic.com, “How and Why Was Ron Sisman Killed?” by Viswa Vanapalli, May 5, 2021

 

Dailystar.co.uk, “Mystery of the Manhattan murders,” by Ariane

 

Oxygen.com, “How Did Murdered Producer Roy Radin Become Connected To The ‘Son of Sam’ Killings?” by Kevin Dolak, May 8, 2021

 

Sports.yahoo.com, “The Sons of Sam: Who Was Roy Radin? How He Was Potentially Linked to David Berkowitz,” by Stacey Nguyen, May 5, 2021

 

friendsacademy.org

 

Medium.com, “Son of Sam’s Connection to a Halloween Massacre,” by Lisa Marie Fuqua, October 4, 2019

 

Thewrap.com, “’Sons of Sam’: 5 Most Shocking Details from the True Crime Docuseries,” by Samson Amore, May 5, 2021

 

Bookaddicts.org, “Sons of Sam 2021 series”

 

Unsettlingthings.com, “10 Of The Worst Crimes In Halloween History,” October 27, 2020

 

Ebay.com

 

googlemaps.com

 

Reddit.com, “It is Hallween night 1981,” posted by u/LetsRead_YouTube, 2019

 

Slappedham.com, “8 Real Unsolved Halloween Mysteries,” November 2, 2017

 

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

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134. The East Coast Rapist

On this episode of MWMH, Payton and Garrett discuss the brutal attacks executed by the East Coast Rapist and how a billboard eventually led to his capture.

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Case Sources:

Abcnews.go.com, “’East Coast Rapist’ Suspect Aaron Thomas Attempts Suicide,” by Dean Schabner and Kevin Dolak, March 6, 2011

Cbsnews.com, “First photos of ‘East Coast Rapist’ suspect Aaron Thomas,” by Edicio Martinez, March 14, 2011

Nbcnews.com, “East Coast Rapist suspect arrested in Conn.,” by the Associated Press, March 4, 2011

Wjla.com, “Aaron Thomas, East Coast Rapist, sentenced to three life terms in prison,” by Horace Holmes, March 1, 2013

Foxnews.com, “Authorities Credit Billboard Campaign in Capture of ‘East Coast Rapist’ Suspect,” by Fox News, date not provided

Washingtonpost.com, “After 13 years, police still hunting for the East Coast Rapist,” by Josh White and Maria Glod, march 16, 2010

Washingtonpost.com, “Aaron Thomas sentenced to life terms for 2001 East Coast Rapist attack in Loudoun,” by Josh White, March 15, 2013

Washingtonpost.com, “East Coast Rapist suspect acknowledges attacks in several states,” by Josh White, November 10, 2012

New Haven Register, nhregister.com, “Connecticut case agains East Coast rapist dropped,” by Randall Beach, April 5, 2013

Insidenova.com, “East Coast Rapist will spend his life in prison,” by Amanda Stewart, March 1, 2013

Police1.com, “Police: DNA confirms suspect is ‘East Coast Rapist,’” by John Christoffersen, March 5, 2011

Patch.com, “East Coast Rapist Pleads Guilty to Halloween Attacks,” by Mary Stachyra Lopez, November 30, 2102, updated December 1, 2012

Criminaldiscoursepodcast.com, “East Coast Rapist,” image of billboard, October 19, 2020

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133. Leslie Anne Mazzara and Adriane Insogna – The Halloween Rage

On this episode of MWMH, Payton and Garrett discuss the double homicide of Leslie Ann Mazzara and Adriane Insogna.

 

Case Sources:

Abcnews.go.com, “Sole Survivor of Napa Killings Speaks, by ABC News, October 6, 2005

 

Latimes.com, “Suspect Consoled Victims’ Families,” by Rone Tempest, September 30, 2005

 

Cbsnews.com, “Nightmare in Napa,” CBS News, April 19, 2007

 

Napavalleyregister.com, “Chief Melton retires after 10 years with Napa police,” by Kerana Todorov, December 20, 2014, updated January 2, 2015

 

Napavalleyregister.com, “ “by Marsha Dorgan, December 6, 2006, updated May 18, 2018

 

Napavalleyregister.com, “Napa double-murder to be featured on Oxygen,” by Maria Sestito, October 14, 2017

 

Napavalleyregister.com, “Breaking the code,” by Alisha Wyman, March 22, 2010, updated December 12, 2013

 

Napavalleyregister.com, “Marriage dissolutions,” April 20, 2008

 

Napavalleyregister.com, “Napa prosecutor wins top honors,” by Marsha Dorgan, May 25, 2007

 

Napavalleyregister.com, “What made Copple kill?” by Marsha Dorgan, January 21, 2007

 

Napavalleyregister.com, “Copple admits guilt in double murder,” by Marsha Dorgan, December 6, 2006, updated May 18, 2018

 

Napavalleyregister.com, “Breaking News: Thursday 6:30 p.m. Update – Copple sentenced in Napa double murder,” by Marsha Dorgan, January 11, 2007

 

Napavalleyregister.com, “Cell phone S.O.S.,” by Kevin Courtney, December 15, 2006

 

Napavalleyregister.com, “Copple pleads guilty to double murder charges,” by Marsha Dorgan, December 7, 2006

 

Napavalleyregister.com, “Survivior of murder scene tells her story,” by David Ryan, October 6, 2005

 

Napavalleyregister.com, “DNA points to Copple as the killer,” by Marsha Dorgan, October 1, 2005

 

Napavalleyregister.com, “Police: Copple ‘knew we were closing in,’” by Marsha Dorgan, September 30, 2005

 

The Weekly Calistogan, “Murder reward fund goes to help several charities,” by Marsha Dorgan, March 8, 2007

 

The Weekly Calistogan, “Copple makes the move to San Quentin,” by Marsha Dorgan, January 25, 2007

 

The Weekly Calistogan, “Double murder suspect pleads not guilty,” by Marsha Dorgan, July 20, 2006

Sfgate.com, “NAPA / House invaded, 2 women killed / Third roommate escapes the attack, calls 911 for help,” by Pamela J. Podger, November 2, 2004

 

Legacy.com, “Leslie Mazzara Obituary”

 

Legacy.com, “Adriane Insogna Obituary”

 

findagrave.com

 

Swordandscale.com, “Jealous Rage to Double Murder in Napa Valley,” blog, October 26, 2017

 

redfin.com

 

zillow.com

 

contactout.com

 

Forensicfilesnow.com, “Eric Copple: Unfiltered Rage,” by “RR,” February 16, 2018

 

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132. Peter Fabiano – The Trick-or-Treat Murder

On this episode of MWMH, Payton and Garrett discuss the Halloween murder of Peter Fabiano and all the twists and turns that come along with it.

 

Case Sources:

Nydailynews.com, “The Trick or Treat Murder,” May 25, 2008

 

Truecrimeedition.com, “The Trick-or-Treat Murder of Peter Fabiano,” October 27, 2021

 

Derangedlacrimes.com, “The Trick or Treat Murder,” posted on October 31, 2018

 

Calisphere.org (Universit of California), “Image/Widow of victim recalls phone talk with slayer”

 

Calisphere.org (University of California), “Testify at hearing,” November 25, 1957

 

Thricecursedpod.com, “The Cursed Tale of the Halloween Murder of Peter Fabiano,” by Rebekkah Rosewood, April 29, 2021

 

Thevintagewomanmagazine.com, “Trick-or-Treat Terror: a Mid-Century Halloween Murder,” by Paris Brown, no date provided

 

Historichorrors.com, “Tag: Goldyne Pizer, A Murder on Halloween”

 

Youtube.com, “The Trick-or-Treat Murder of Peter Fabiano,” October 29, 2021

 

thedepartmentstoremuseum.org

 

tasteofhome.com, “You’ve Probably Never Heard Of It, But This Coffee Trend From the ‘50s is Still Thriving Today,” by Emily Racette Parulski, December 6, 2019

 

googlemaps.com

 

redfin.com

 

ancestry.com

 

Hyaenagallery.tumblr.com, “Hyaena Gallery,” October 31, 2015

 

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