Mysterious Midwest

Mysterious Midwest

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Just two bizarre babes learning about the strange and unusual happenings of the Midwest and beyond. While drinking. And eating snacks.


Bonus Episode: ICP Part III
Feb 3 • 33 min
From the Patreon Archives | August 2019 To keep you satiated while we are on hiatus, listen to this episode from August that was released only to our Patrons! Some frothy freshness coming your way with PART III (and the final part) of Insane Clown Posse.…
45: A Look Back at 2019
Jan 6 • 76 min
For our first episode of 2020, we celebrate our 1 year podcasting anniversary by taking a look back at 2019 and all our favorite moments. We reflect on all the adventures we had, the bad ass humans we met along the way, and everything we’ve learned. Even…
44: A Very Spooky Holiday
Dec 23, 2019 • 65 min
Cue the jingle bells - it’s time for a holiday episode! We bring in our other halves to tell you about some odd and spooky holiday traditions all over the globe, including Tió de Nadal, Caganers, Saturnalia, Frau Perchta, and Mari Lwyd. Heads up - in the…
43: The Pope Lick Monster
Dec 9, 2019 • 40 min
This Monday we are super thrilled to bring you an episode that is a little bit lighter! Danielle tells us the legend of a creature we discovered at Cryptid Con earlier this year, the Pope Lick Monster, or the Goat Man. For images and notes related to this…
42: Oakland County Child Killer - Part II
Nov 26, 2019 • 51 min
*Note* - Apologies for the late post! Due to flu related sicknesses, I did not realize yesterday was Monday. Oops.We’re back with the Oakland County Child Killer - Part II. This week we’ll dive into the suspects, and more recent developments in the case,…
41: Oakland County Child Killer - Part I
Nov 11, 2019 • 60 min
This week we have a big one for you. Buckle up and grab some kleenex as Sara gets into Part 1 of The Oakland County Child Killer. This episode summarizes the crimes, gets to know the victims, and discusses the cluster that was North Fox Island. Obviously,…
40: Fire Poltergeist
Oct 28, 2019 • 56 min
In our last episode before Halloween Danielle covers a few of the Midwest’s most mystifying cases of Fire Poltergeists, ending with a brief history of the wickedest of evenings - Devil’s Night. For images and notes related to this episode click…
39: Spooky Michigan
Oct 14, 2019 • 52 min
It’s Spooky Season folks! Today we get in the mood by sharing spooky legends and lore from Weird Michigan, authored by Linda Godfrey, and part of the Weird US book series created by Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman. Turn down the lights and settle in to hear…
38: Kenneth Rex McElroy
Sep 30, 2019 • 49 min
Today we have a special announcement about a local event up top - then Danielle gets into a truly unique true crime case. Listen as she tells us about the crazy life and death of local jerk, Kenneth Rex McElroy, and the entire town that was complicit in…
37: The Man From the Train - Revisiting Villisca
Sep 16, 2019 • 75 min
At the beginning of this episode we recap our road trip to Cryptid Con and various adventures along the way, as well as hit you with some super fresh juggalo news. Then, Sara revisits some details from Episode 5. Could the Villisca Axe Murders have been…
36: Mothman of Point Pleasant
Sep 2, 2019 • 47 min
Though he isn’t the most midwest of cryptids - he’s definitely one that’s close to our hearts. As we prep to go to Point Pleasant and Cryptid Con this weekend, Danielle tells us all about our favorite lepidopteran boogieman, The Mothman himself. For…
35: Scary Stories
Aug 19, 2019 • 35 min
We can have a slumber party Monday, right?! In honor of the new Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark adaptation (directed by André Øvredal, and screenplay by Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, and of course, Guillermo del Toro), this week we are reading you some of…
34: I Hate Mondays
Aug 5, 2019 • 47 min
You made it! Thank you for sticking out the first bi-weekly release! This week we have something super fun coming at you. We’re chatting about the Midwest’s favorite lasagna-eating feline Garfield, and the man behind the cat, Jim Davis. Grab a cup of…
33: Daisy Zick
Jul 22, 2019 • 48 min
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: We are going to be switching to releasing episode bi-weekly for the rest of the summer. This is just to play a little bit of catch up, and ensure that we continue putting out quality content. But never fear, we’re not going anywhere!…
32: The Good Hart Murders
Jul 15, 2019 • 68 min
This week we’re sans Sara due to a gross summer sickness - so Danielle’s husband Jacen stands in as she recounts a northern Michigan cold case from the late 60’s: The Good Hart (or Robison Family) Murders. For images and notes related to this episode…
31: Monster F**ker
Jul 8, 2019 • 71 min
Mary Meyer, aka Hobo Shojo, is a bisexual, biracial, and bilingual artist located in north central Ohio. She’s also a witch, a wife, and mother of two gorgeous cats. Oh, and she also wants to fuck monsters. This week we are bringing you one helluva…
30: Gitchie Girl
Jul 1, 2019 • 57 min
We’ve been light and fluffy for a few weeks around here, so it’s about time to bring it down a few notches. In this weeks episode Sara talks about the 1973 Gitchie Manitou Murders, and the 13 year old girl who survived it all - Sandra Chesky. Resources:…
29: Spooklights
Jun 24, 2019 • 49 min
This week we chat about a popular mysterious occurence in the Midwest - Spooklights. What are these strange orbs that appear in the same place over and over again? We learn the lore behind the Paulding Light, Brewery Hill Ghost Light, The Hornet…
28: A Great Big Man
Jun 17, 2019 • 37 min
Today we talk about the Midwest’s most well known tall (literally) tale - Paul Bunyan. Danielle recounts the history of this most exaggerated gent, while we debate his birthplace, and his relationship with his life-long pal, Babe the Blue Ox. For images…
27: New Hope Pet Rescue
Jun 10, 2019 • 64 min
We’re back with another PAWsitively awesome Guestisode this week! If you’ve ever listened to a single episode of Mysterious Midwest before, you know that we both have a huge soft spot for animals. Join us for a chat with Patience, who is the Foster…
26: The Hodag is Family
Jun 3, 2019 • 52 min
This week we kick things off with a local story about a man from Perry, Michigan, who re-created the MK-1 Integrated Moon Suit just for funsies. Then we bring it back to the mysterious by diving into the origin story of the infamous Rhinelander Hodag -…
25: Super Fresh Ninjas Part II
May 27, 2019 • 82 min
We’re back for Part II on Insane Clown Posse! This week we kick things off with the ultimate Faygo taste test, learn about all the albums on Deck 1, and do a deep dive on Juggalo culture. For images and notes related to this episode please visit…
24: Super Fresh Ninjas Part I
May 20, 2019 • 56 min
Woop Woop! This week we have Part 1 of our very first two-part episode! Danielle takes a deep dive into the most hated band in America - Detroits own Insane Clown Posse. Part 1 covers the childhood history of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, and the criminal…
23: Daytrippers - Michigan Edition
May 13, 2019 • 50 min
This week we do something a little bit different! Strap in while we go for a ride and tell you little bit of background on 4 of our favorite Michigan day trip haunts. These (mostly) abandoned spots make for an interesting visit for any respectful urban…
22: Don Miller
May 6, 2019 • 51 min
Things take a turn for the darker today as Sara tells the case of Don Miller, a serial killer from East Lansing, MI who was active in the late 70’s, and ultimately will be up for parole in August 2021. For images and notes related to this episode please…
21: Hell’s Princess
Apr 29, 2019 • 86 min
You asked for it, we’re doing it! This week Danielle covers the story of aninfamous sturdy Norwegian woman named Belle Gunness, who butchered an outrageous number of men in the early 1900’s. For images and notes related to this episode please visit…
20: Get Rid of the Bears
Apr 22, 2019 • 64 min
This week we’re ready to get down and spooky! Sara tells the story of The Sallie House Haunting from Atchison Kansas - one of the most well documented hauntings in the history of the US. For images and notes related to this episode please visit…
19: They Need the Blood to Keep Their Human Shape
Apr 15, 2019 • 75 min
This week we recap our experience at Motor City Furry Con before Danielle tells us about the MASSIVE conspiracy theory that roughly 12 million Americans believe in - freaking Reptilians. For images and notes related to this episode please visit…
18: Waxy Women
Apr 10, 2019 • 53 min
It’s time for a Spring BONUS EPISODE! We are so stoked to release our first guestisode featuring two amazing local makers, Colleen Conrad of WaxxWitch and Briana Holmes of DickWicks! Join us for a conversation about the ups and downs of working with wax,…
17: We Need More Hammers
Apr 8, 2019 • 57 min
This week we discuss an upcoming Field Trip to a particularly cuddly convention, then Sara recounts the story of the infamous Bloody Benders, America’s first mass-murdering family. For images and notes related to this episode, please visit…
16: The Beast of Busco
Apr 1, 2019 • 51 min
We start out this week recapping our March du Nain Rouge experience and a recent field trip to Cleveland. Get ready for some cacklin’ as Danielle then graces us with the magnificent legend of the infamous Beast of Busco, the a gigantic turtle that made…
15: Meat Connections
Mar 25, 2019 • 67 min
Our episode this week starts out with whale dicks and energy healing before we dive into one more meat connection. Sara tells us about the case of Chris Regan, who went missing in Iron River, MI in 2014, and how his manipulative co-worker Kelly Cochran is…
14: Cleveland Torso Murders
Mar 18, 2019 • 84 min
This week we recap Leaving Neverland, and Danielle does a deep dive on the mysterious Cleveland Torso Murders – a string of murders in the 1930’s that left a trail of dismembered victims, leaving police and main investigator Eliot Ness baffled. For images…
13: Laurie Dann
Mar 11, 2019 • 67 min
Things get a lil heavy this week once again as Sara tells us the tragic story of Laurie Dann. We enjoy Lansing’s finest paczkis while discussing the rollercoaster that is mental illness. Some of the mental health resources we discuss in this episode are…
12: WAMP! There It Is
Mar 4, 2019 • 53 min
She’s in the mountains, and she’s on the prowl. This week Danielle tells us all about the musky scented Wampus Cat! Kick back with a Key-Lime LaCroix and join us for the full story on this spooky Appalachian legend. For images and notes related to this…
11: Then I Just Shuffled on With My Life
Feb 25, 2019 • 34 min
Val Johnson is the ultimate chill – unlike us. This week Sara tells the story of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Deputy and the events that occurred in the wee hours of the morning on August 27, 1979 that ended up completely rocking the midwest. For images…
10: The Bath Massacre
Feb 18, 2019 • 60 min
It’s big, it’s sad, and it’s real screwed up. This week Danielle tells the story of the 1927 historic Bath Massacre, America’s first and deadliest school bombing, which resulted in the deaths of 44 individuals, and injured approximately 58 more. For…
9: Insatiable Desire For Human Flesh
Feb 11, 2019 • 42 min
This week we bring it back to the spookie and the ookie as Sara tells us about the legend of the Wendigo (or windigo), a Native American spirit creature with cannibalistic tendencies. For images and notes related to this episode please visit…
8: Paige Renkoski
Feb 4, 2019 • 34 min
Things get serious for a moment as Danielle tells the story of one of Michigan’s longest running cold cases, the disappearance of Okemos resident Paige Renkoski. Over 2,000 people go missing in the United States every day. If you or anyone you know has…
7: This Feels Like a Story About a Rock
Jan 28, 2019 • 45 min
This week, Sara delves deep into Nordic history, and we learn about the Viking Land of Vinland. Also, a rock. A really big, really heavy, potentially important rock, and what it means for the people in the town of Kensington, Minnesota. For images and…
6: Just Juice
Jan 21, 2019 • 31 min
Let’s get juicy! Danielle tells us about the legend of the Melon Heads of Michigan, Ohio, and Connecticut – including some first-hand encounters. We also discover the sad truth about these so-called Melon Heads, and heavily shame people for being…
5: Murder Boner
Jan 14, 2019 • 47 min
This week things get metal. We experience our first (lady) murder boners while Sara tells the story of the 1912 axe murders of Villisca, Iowa. This creep factory of a case remains unsolved to this day. For images and notes related to this episode please…
4: Beastmode-I’m So Sweaty
Jan 7, 2019 • 35 min
In Episode 4, Sara & Danielle get way too hyped over the Beast of Bray Road, and our beautiful cryptid queen, Linda Godfrey. Danielle gives Sara the surprise of a weirdo’s lifetime on-air, and cackling/sweating/hilarity ensues. Episode artwork by Linda…
3: I’ll Just Wait in the Front Yard
Jan 4, 2019 • 54 min
As a special launch week bonus, we’re dropping an extra episode this week! In Episode 3, we eat a lot of nachos and Sara tells the story of the nationally recognized “Demon House” in Gary, Indiana. Get ready for some serious spook factor! For images and…
2: That Feels…French
Jan 1, 2019 • 28 min
Do us a solid, and bear with our audio as we figure this whole podcast thing out. In this episode, Danielle shares the legend of Detroit’s Nain Rouge – a Midwest Mothman if you will, just smaller, and redder. For images and notes related to this episode…
1: Dick Blood
Jan 1, 2019 • 31 min
Let’s get to know each other! Join us for a drink while we share a little bit about our interests in the spooky ooky. For the first episode, Sara & Danielle discuss the urban legends behind Blood Cemetery, a small graveyard in our hometown of Laingsburg,…