On November 13, 1974, Ronnie Defeo murdered his entire family at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, Long Island. About a year later, the Lutz family moved in and experienced 28 days of intense paranormal activity. Listen to hear the real murder story behind one of the most talked about haunted houses in America.
Do you like serial killers? Have a weird obsession with Law and Order SVU? Do you watch forensic files for 5 hours at a time with popcorn? Feed your true crime addiction with your hosts Randi and Clair on the KCSU podcast, Killer Vibes. Each episode dives deep into local cases, to unsolved mysteries, to famous cases every true crime fan knows and loves.
On November 28, 1969, Betsy Aardsma was a masters student at Penn State and was last seen heading to an area of the Pattee library known as ‘The Stacks.’ No one in the library at the time heard or saw anything out of the ordinary other than a couple talking quietly and the fall of some books from between rows 50 and 51. What they didn’t know is that Betsy had been stabbed with one fatal blow to the chest while looking for materials for a paper she was writing. No one knew what had really happened until she arrived at the hospital, her dress seemingly absorbing all the blood into its red fabric. Her case remains unsolved to this day but there are more than one infamous suspects on the list of potential killers.
The ocean occupies the majority of the Earth’s surface. It belongs to no one and has claimed the lives of countless victims every year since the dawn of time. The sea has also given way to stories of ships vanishing into thin air and people seemingly disappearing while they traverse across the vast open ocean. Two stories, however, stick out in the memory of those who have heard the stories and legends of those lost at sea. The story of the true ghost ship the Mary Celeste which was found sailing without a crew 1,000 miles off the coast of Portugal and the story of three Scottish lighthouse workers who vanished without a trace only leaving behind the ghosts of what happened to them that dark and stormy winter night. Has the ocean consumed the secrets of those who disappeared from the lighthouse and from the Mary Celeste or is the answer to their disappearance more simplistic then people first realized?
“Water, water everywhere
Nor any drop to drink.”
Samuel Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
In the summer of 1994, Elizabeth Ramirez’s two nieces, ages seven and nine, stayed at her apartment along with her three friends Kristie Mayhugh, Anna Vasquez and Cassandra Rivera. All four women had recently come out as lesbians. Shortly after, the women were charged with sexually abusing the nieces. The children’s stories fueled by the homosexuality and Satanic Panic of the 1990s landed the women in prison. Listen to learn about the wrongful conviction of The San Antonio Four and their inspiring stories and innocence and perseverance.
Amy Archer Gilligan was a pillar for the Windsor, Conn. community. She was one of the first to introduce the nursing home as a way to help families take care of their elderly relatives. She and her husband paved the way for caring for the elderly. But when her husband died under mysterious circumstances the death rate inside the nursing home started to go up. In years to come the murder mansion would be filled to the brim with manipulation and arsenic.