Erika has a deep curiosity for all things true crime and spooky. Erika spent the first part of her childhood in Florida before moving to the Pacific Northwest, 2 crime hot spots on opposite sides of the country. Erika likes to take a deep dive into theories of unsolved cases. Erika is a graphic artist with a degree in Multi Media Design.
******Disclaimer*****The murder of Furuta Junko contains graphic sexual assault and is extremely disturbing. Please listen with caution.In this episode, Erika covers the tragic abduction and murder of Furuta Junko. Furuta was held captive in a Minato, Tokyo residence for 40 days.  During this time she was brutalized, raped and tortured. The group responsible also invited their friends over to participate.Erika pulled her sources from:www.news.postseven.com/archiveswww.endia.netwww.tokyoreporter.comwww.japaninsides.comThen Amber covers the tragic Tatonic Parkway accident. Suburban mom, Diane Schuler drove a minivan the wrong way down the Tatonic Parkway in upstate New York and crashed head on with an SUV, killing herself and 7 others. Diane was found to have a BAC of 1.9 at the time of the accident, but some of her family members maintain that the toxicology report can't be correct. 3 of the 8 killed were Diane's nieces 8 year old Emma Hance7 year old Alyson Hance5 year old Katie HanceYou can honor their memory through the organization founded by their parents, Warren & Jackie Hance at:www.hancefamilyfoundation.orgAmber pulled her sources from:HBO Documentary "There is Something Wrong with Aunt Diane" Directed by Liz GarbusWikipediaNewYork.CBSlocal.com
In this episode, Amber covers the Slenderman stabbing. On May 31, 2014 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, two 12-year old girls lured their friend Payton "Bella" Leutner into the woods and stabbed her 19 times. The girls claimed that they did this to appease the fictional character, Slenderman. Bella survived after crawling out of the woods and to a nearby road where a bicyclist found her and called for help.Amber pulled her sources from:HBO Documentary "Beware the Slenderman" Directed by Irene Taylor BrodskyWikipediaThen Erika covers the Holiday Inn Fire.  On November 26,  1978 a fire broke out at the Holiday Inn Northwest in the town of Greece, New York near Rochester.  10 people lost their lives and 34 were injured. The investigation to determine if it was an accident or arson went on for many years. Erika pulled her sources from:www.democratandchronicles.comwww.google.com/newspapersLodi News Sentinel
***Disclaimer**The crime story in this episode is disturbing. Please listen with caution.In this episode, Erika covers the brutal and heartbreaking murder of Elyse Pahler. On the night of July 22, 1995, 15-year old Elyse decided to sneak out of her family home to hang out with 3 teenage boys who she believed were her friends. The 3 boys, ages 14, 15, & 16 had something sinister and brutal in store for Elyse that she couldn't possibly have seen coming.Erika pulled her sources from:RollingStones.comSunLuisObispo.comNoozhawk.comThen Amber covers the chaos of Action Park. The amusement/water park located in Vernon Township, New Jersey was a wildly popular summer getaway for local kids and teens. Action Park became infamous for it's poor safety standards and "free for all" attitude.Amber pulled her sources from:The HBO documentary "Class Action Park" Directed & Produced by Chris Charles Scott & Seth Porges
In this episode Amber covers the heartbreaking tale of the Witman family. In 1998, 13 - year old Gregory Witman is found on the floor of the laundry room of his family home with over 60 stab wounds. He was discovered by his 15 - year old brother, Zachary. Zachary is found guilty of the murder and is sentenced to life in prison. Now Greg and Zach's parents are grieving the loss of both of their children.Amber pulled her sources from:The Witmans - an ID Special Documentary by David PetersenPeople.comThen Erika covers the case of the Weepy Voiced Killer. Paul Michael Stephani terrorized Minnesota in the early 1980's, killing 3 women.  Nicknamed The Weepy Voiced Killer, Stephanie would anonymously report his own crimes over the phone to police using a whiny voice after every killing.Erika pulled her sources from:Albany.eduMark of a Killer - OxygenFandom.com
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Creator Details

Birthdate
Jun 8th, 1979
Location
Seattle, Washington, United States of America
Episode Count
15
Podcast Count
1
Total Airtime
15 hours, 10 minutes
PCID
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