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Ohio Mysteries

Dec 24, 2018

Episode Notes:

For more than 50 years, the country accepted without question that Wooster, Ohio immigrant August Imgard was the first to decorate a Christmas tree in America. His charming story was told and retold by newspapers from coast to coast every December.

But was Imgard really the first? Ninety-nine years after...

Dec 17, 2018

On March 15, 1971, sheep rancher Clifford Badger is returning from a morning business trip when he stops to pick up the mail outside his farmhouse in West Salem. He finds a box of homemade chocolates, and a simple handwritten message that reads "To Our Good Neighbor."

A few minutes later, Clifford would be lying dead...

Dec 10, 2018

In 1925-26, a man with a face painted red and a maniacal laugh stalked the west end of Toledo, randomly selecting women and clubbing them - many, to the death.

A serial killer still unidentified to this date had this city on the edge of hysteria, and with good reason.

Dec 3, 2018

Two days after Christmas in 1928, 4-year-old Melvin Horst is playing in a vacant lot with a friend when he realizes its dinner time. "Goodbye, Bobbie. I got to go home now," he says. An hour later, all his parents find is a little red wagon abandoned in the front yard.

For the next year, local bootleggers and mobsters...

Nov 26, 2018

Episode Notes

On May 4, 1937, Ruth Baumgardner said goodnight to her sorority sisters, then went to her dorm room at Ohio Wesleyan to study for a test. But Ruth didn't make it to that class, or any other class, the next day. A national manhunt was launched.

Two years later, her parents would privately ask police to...