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 Claire 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.
Episode 1: Lacey Miller
Episode 2: Mitrice Richardson
Show: Disappeared: Season 6, Episode 1 “Lost in the Dark” (Check it out on Hulu!)
Episode 3: Amy Archer-Gilligan
Episode 4: The San Antonio Four
Film: Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four (Check it out on Youtube!)
Episode 5: Lost at Sea
The Mary Celeste:
The Flannan Isle Lighthouse:
Episode 6: The Real Amityville Horror
Episode 7: Betsy Aardsma
Episode 8: The Alphabet Killer
Episode 9: Tammy Tatum and Renee Dulany
Show: Forensic Files Season 14, Episode 21 (Check it out on Netflix!)
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Episode 11: St. Valentine's Day Massacre
Film: Prohibition by Ken Burns (Watch it on Netflix!)
Episode 11: Tate LaBianca Murders
Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
Manson in His Own Words by Charles Manson
The Girls by Emma Cline
In our final episode of the podcast, we cover one of our all-time favorite stories: the Tate-LaBianaca murders committed by the Manson Family in August 1969. We will detail the murders and share our theories about Charles Manson’s true motivations.
The gang war in Chicago reached its conclusion with the murder of seven men in the SMC Cartage Co. garage on Feb. 14, 1929. This calculated mass murder was said to be orchestrated by one of the most powerful mobsters in the United States, Al ‘Scarface’ Capone as a way to showcase his dominance of the Chicago mob scene. The seven men were members of Capone’s rival gang the North Side Chicago Gang run by Irish mobster George ‘Bugs’ Moran. The two mobsters battled it out on the streets of Chicago for control of the illegal activity that fueled the underbelly of Chicago. But who was Capone and Moran and why did they start the turf war in the first place? And how does the sale of illegal alcohol fuel the machine that was the illegal gangs of Chicago?
On June 17, 1966, pro-boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter was arrested for triple homicide. He wasn’t at the scene of the crime. He didn’t know the victims. And he didn’t possess a weapon. Yet, an all-white jury convicted him. In this episode, we detail the appeal of his wrongful conviction, the media coverage, and his subsequent release from prison.
In Longmont, Colorado, in 1993, Tammy Tatum was found raped and murdered in her apartment. Detectives immediately suspected her abusive husband. But because there was no usable forensic evidence, the husband walked. Although police were confident they knew the identity of Tatum’s murderer, another rape in the same town makes them think twice about their original suspect.
When three young girls were murdered in the early 1970s the community of Rochester, New York searched for answers. Out of all the similarities between their murders, one detail stood out; the girls all had alliterative names. Carmen Colon, Wanda Walkowitz and Michelle Meanza were all in their pre-teens when they were murdered and after the murder of Michelle, the strange child murders seemed to end. It wouldn’t be until a decade later and on the west coast that similar murders would start to occur. These murders would continue the strange pattern of victims with double initial names with two of the victims sharing the same name, Carmen Colon. Are these two separate serial murders connected or is the pattern a mere coincidence?
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.
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.
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.