Deana Marie is a lifetime suburban Philadelphia native, author, public speaker, writer, podcaster, creator and host of TwistedPhilly Podcast.
Episode 125 Women in white, midnight Mary, lonely roads all over the united states and other parts of the world have their own legends of a young woman in a pale dress, wandering in the middle of the night searching for someone to give them a ride, and sometimes searching for their true love.  They hitch a ride with an unsuspecting motorist or they mysteriously appear in someone’s car, uninvited.  These forlorn ladies are doomed to roam the roadways for all eternity, unless one day their beloved returns. In the spirit of Valentines Day, a holiday designed to celebrate romantic love, I’d like to throw a little horror into the mix.  In this episode I’ll share stories of romances that ended with at least one partner tethered to this mortal coil in the form of a woman in white, and the history behind these lovelorn hauntings. Don’t you celebrate Valentine’s Day with ghost stories? Research sources for this episode include: Big Book of Pennsylvania Ghost Stories by Mark Nesbitt and Patty Wilson Ghosts of Southwestern Pennsylvania by Thomas White yourbeavercounty.com Pittsburgh Post Gazette Archives 1910 – 1980 Altoona Tribune Archives 1920 – 1940 Bristol Daily Courier Archives 1935 Baltimore Evening Sun Archives 1935 TwistedPhilly is part of the bPod Studios Network. bPod is dedicated to curating a diverse collection of audio offerings designed to inspire moments of surprise and delight. For more information about podcasts available on bPod Studios Network, check the website at https://bpodstudios.com/ Check out the TwistedPhilly merchandise shop.  Tees, bags, mugs, beach towels, multiple designs, colors and styles for the entire family (even onesies for the little twisters.  Onesies also make great dog tees.)   https://twistedphillypodcast.threadless.com/ Support TwistedPhilly on Patreon! Get access to exclusive content and podcast swag!  https://www.patreon.com/user?u=4093396
Episode 124 Between the summer of 1997 and August 1999, six women in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood in Center City, Philadelphia, were raped by a man known only as the Center City Rapist. One woman, Shannon Schieber, was murdered in May 1998. All of these attacks occurred within about five blocks of one another. The first two attacks were little more than one block apart, yet it took years before these assaults were linked by the Philadelphia Police Department. In the spring of 2001, a series of assaults in Fort Collins, CO, almost mirrored the attacks in Philadelphia. The trail of the Center City Rapist went cold until police from different states worked together to identify the man who terrorized two cities thousands of miles apart over a span of five years. This is part two of a two part episode about the victims and survivors of the Center City Rapist. If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault you can contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.   Research sources for this episode include: The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) The National Sexual Violence Resource Center The Philadelphia Inquirer Archives 1997 – 2004 The Philadelphia Daily News Archives 1997 – 2004 Inquirer Magazine Archives: A Baffling Case,  by Barbara Boyer, July 21, 2002, The Guardian: Investigating Rape in Philadelphia: How One City’s Crisis Stands to Help Others by Joanna Walters The Daily Pennsylvanian: The Story of Shannon Schieber by 34th Street, January 22, 2004 The Marshall Project: Rape isn’t rape, is it? by Christian Miller and Bob Meagher The Washington Post: Maryland Politics by John Wagner, February 13, 2013 People Magazine Investigates: Terror in Philadelphia (available for purchase on YouTube) The Fort Collins Coloradoan Archives 2000 – 2004 Catholic Mobilizing Network The Catholic Review TwistedPhilly is part of the bPod Studios Network. bPod is dedicated to curating a diverse collection of audio offerings designed to inspire moments of surprise and delight. For more information about podcasts available on bPod Studios Network, check the website at https://bpodstudios.com/ Check out the TwistedPhilly merchandise shop.  Tees, bags, mugs, beach towels, multiple designs, colors and styles for the entire family (even onesies for the little twisters.  Onesies also make great dog tees.)   https://twistedphillypodcast.threadless.com/ Support TwistedPhilly on Patreon! Get access to exclusive content and podcast swag!  https://www.patreon.com/user?u=4093396
Episode 123 Between the summer of 1997 and August 1999, six women in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood in Center City, Philadelphia, were raped by a man known only as the Center City Rapist. One woman, Shannon Schieber, was murdered in May 1998. All of these attacks occurred within about five blocks of one another. The first two attacks were little more than one block apart, yet it took years before these assaults were linked by the Philadelphia Police Department. An investigation by the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1999 uncovered a period of more than a decade from the mid ’80s to the late ’90s when 30% of reported crimes were classified as non criminal emergencies. At least two of the assaults committed by the center city rapist fell into this classification. DNA went untested, and a 911 call made the morning Shannon Schieber was murdered was considered to be “unfounded.” Today the Philadelphia Police Department is an example of how to effectively support sexual abuse survivors, how to respectfully care for them and bring their attackers to justice. Sadly, it wasn’t always this way and that culture of hiding violent crimes, in many cases sexually violent crimes against women, may have contributed to the rape of a dozen women across two states. This is part one of a two part episode about the victims and survivors of the Center City Rapist. If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault you can contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.   Research sources for this episode include: The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) The National Sexual Violence Resource Center Serial Murder and the Psychology of Violent Crimes: Serial Killers and Serial Rapists Preliminary Comparison of Violence Typologies by Stacey Shipley & Bruce Arrigo The American Criminal Law Review: Georgetown University Law Center – Tolling Time: How John Doe Law Indictments are Skirting Statutes of Limitations and Crippling the Criminal Justice System by Emily Clark The Philadelphia Inquirer Archives 1997 – 2004 The Philadelphia Daily News Archives 1997 – 2004 The Guardian: Investigating Rape in Philadelphia: How One City’s Crisis Stands to Help Others by Joanna Walters The Daily Pennsylvanian: The Story of Shannon Schieber by 34th Street, January 22, 2004 TwistedPhilly is part of the bPod Studios Network. bPod is dedicated to curating a diverse collection of audio offerings designed to inspire moments of surprise and delight. For more information about podcasts available on bPod Studios Network, check the website at https://bpodstudios.com/ Check out the TwistedPhilly merchandise shop.  Tees, bags, mugs, beach towels, multiple designs, colors and styles for the entire family (even onesies for the little twisters.  Onesies also make great dog tees.)   https://twistedphillypodcast.threadless.com/ Support TwistedPhilly on Patreon! Get access to exclusive content and podcast swag!  https://www.patreon.com/user?u=4093396
Episode 122 Last weekend I took the family to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a town about a 90 minutes north of Philadelphia and known all over the country as Christmas Town (or Christmas City depending on with whom you speak!) Even Travel and Leisure magazine called Bethlehem the “most festive city in the entire country.” In this episode I’ll take you for a walk down Main Street in Bethlehem. While we walk we’ll learn about the founders of this town, the history of the Moravian Church and Moravian star, a college that dates back to the mid 1700s, haunted hotels and haunted dormitories, because in Bethlehem even the Christmas stories have ghosts! Research sources for this episode include: The Lehigh Valley Press/Bethlehem PressPatch.com – Bethlehem, PA Historic Hotel BethlehemThe Central Moravian Church of BethlehemThe Moravian ChurchMy Brilliant StarHistoric Bethlehem Museum & SitesMoravian College BlogsMonroe Historical – Moravian Star TwistedPhilly is part of the bPod Studios Network. bPod is dedicated to curating a diverse collection of audio offerings designed to inspire moments of surprise and delight. For more information about podcasts available on bPod Studios Network, check the website at https://bpodstudios.com/ Check out the TwistedPhilly merchandise shop.  Tees, bags, mugs, beach towels, multiple designs, colors and styles for the entire family (even onesies for the little twisters.  Onesies also make great dog tees.)   https://twistedphillypodcast.threadless.com/ Support TwistedPhilly on Patreon! Get access to exclusive content and podcast swag!  https://www.patreon.com/user?u=4093396
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Location
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Episode Count
142
Podcast Count
2
Total Airtime
3 days, 5 hours
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