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If you listened to my Crime Con Top 10 Countdown episode a few weeks ago, you know one of my highlights was meeting retired Supervisory Special Agent, Criminal Profiler and Forensic Linguist, James Fitzgerald.  Perhaps I should start calling him Jim, or Fitz, as he mentioned I could. Jim was so gracious when we met … Continue reading "Episode 43: Manhunt: Unabomber with James Fitzgerald"
Here’s the thing about Philly – it’s the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection – and sometimes we don’t demonstrate either of those traits.  There’s a lot to love about Philadelphia, and I do love this city of mine, yet sometimes it leaves me in tears.  And this couldn’t be more true than in … Continue reading "Episode 21: Philly’s Unknown Children"
So….. what’s this episode about?  Is it true crime?  Is it some haunted history or a weird, twisted legend?  Is it about New Years in Philly?  No. Nope, nada.  This episode is twisted but it has very little to do with Philly other than the fact that your host – moi – is in Philly.  … Continue reading "Episode 19: Merry Chirstmas, Ya Filthy Animals"
This is my favorite time of  year, and Philly is a terrific place to get your spooky on!  As in previous years, in this episode I share my best recommendations to get you in the spirit of the season and celebrate Halloween.  Unlike previous years, my focus in this episode is on more mature activities. … Continue reading "Halloween Happenings 2018"
WARNING: This episode contains adult subject matter, including the death of a young mother, which may be upsetting to some listeners.  Listener discretion is advised. On Tuesday, April 29, 1997, 29 year old Stefanie Rabinowitz and her husband Craig went out to dinner with her parents to celebrate the end of Passover.  After they returned … Continue reading "Episode 73: The Dancer, the Cheater, his Wife and her Murder (Stefanie Rabinowitz)"
(If you haven’t listened to part one, go back and listen to that first.) The good doctor is the story of Doctor Lois Farquharson. Lois was a psychiatrist at Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry in 1971 when her girlfriend, Gloria Burnette, murdered their neighbor, Dr. Leon Weingrad who was also a colleague of Lois’ at … Continue reading "Episode 25: The Good Doctor – Part 2"
For the Love of Gracie is a special presentation from the TwistedPhilly Podcast covering the life and tragic death of Abington, Pennsylvania, teenager Grace Packer.  This series will follow the investigation into Grace Packer’s disappearance and homicide, while sharing stories from people who knew Grace, and the community that came together in love to preserve … Continue reading "For the Love of Gracie: What We Knew"
Episode 117 Pennsylvania is filled with folklore and ghost stories from all over the state: ghost stories, cryptids, haunted houses and abandoned towns with misty forms wandering the forest.  These legends aren’t enough for me.  I always want to know the history behind the hauntings, what’s the real story that inspired the folk tales, and are these folk tales even based on truth? As we inch closer to Halloween, it’s time to gather ’round the fire for some scary tales from Philadelphia and other parts of the keystone state filled not only with strange sightings but the history behind these stories.  Were these ghosts real people, what was their story,  where and when did they live and why do we think they haunt the land of the living? Research for this episode includes: The Big Book of Pennsylvania Ghost Stories by Mark Nesbitt and Patty Wilson, available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and eBook on Google Play Tadeusz Walendowski, Polish American Historical Association, Polish American Studies Vol. LVII, No2 (Autumn 2011) Ghost Stories of Berks County by Charles Adams, Available on Amazon An Autobiography of a Quack by Dr. Silas Wier Mitchell, published 1905 Reading Eagle News, January, 2019 The Lewisburg Chronicle 1905 – 1911 The Belfonte Republican 1910-1911 The Altoona Tribune 1910-1911 The Altoona Mirror 1905-1906 New York Academy of Medicine, Beyond the “Yellow Wallpaper” by Joanna Goldberg The National Museum of Civil War Medicine 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 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.) Support TwistedPhilly on Patreon! Get access to exclusive content and podcast swag!
This week I had the opportunity to meet a delightful man who owns Philadelphia’s oldest continuous operating ale house in the city – and that’s McGillin’s.  If you’re not familiar with McGillin’s old ale house, it’s on Drury lane between Juniper and 13th.  Its a tiny little street and McGillin’s Is pretty much the only … Continue reading "Episode 31: Ma and Pa McGillin"
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 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.) Support TwistedPhilly on Patreon! Get access to exclusive content and podcast swag!
Episode 111 In January 1996, attorney Mark Ciavarella was appointed a Luzerne County judge in Wilkes Barre, PA.  Less than a year later he was made a juvenile judge, a position which according to the Pennsylvania State Juvenile Judge’s Bench Book gave him responsibility for presiding over juvenile cases and overseeing the entire juvenile delinquency … Continue reading "Part 1: The Luzerne County “Kids for Cash” Scandal"
Happy New Year, Twisters!  Yeah, about that break I was going to take this week…… I just couldn’t stay away!  And I have a break coming up in mid to late January because of some cross over episodes with other podcasters and interviews I’m hosting so I couldn’t skip a week now when I’ll have … Continue reading "Episode 20: H. H. Philly"
This is a story of anarchy – but not in the UK.  Anarchy in P-A. And in  New York, and well ok, in the UK for a little while, then back to P-A, and New York.  It’s like the title of Bilbo Baggins journal: There and Back Again. Although this journey doesn’t have a happy … Continue reading "Episode 33: Anarchy in the P.A. – Part 2"
In September 2017, I shared a story on Patreon about Temple University student Jenna Burleigh.  Jenna was a transfer student from suburban Philadelphia.  She’d just started her junior year at temple in North Philadelphia, majoring in film and media arts studies, commuting from her home in Harleysville, Pennsylvania.  The semester had barely begun when Jenna … Continue reading "Unapologetically Herself – The Trial for the Murder of Jenna Burleigh"
In Old City, Philadelphia, there’s a tiny little street that can’t even be called a street.  It’s an alley, barely wide enough for a small cart to pass through; Elfreth’s Alley. Elfreth’s Alley is the oldest continuously inhabited street in America.  Other cites like to boast they have the oldest street in the country, but … Continue reading "Episode 72: Elfreth’s Alley"
The summer is winding down, although the 90+ degree temperatures we are expected to hit during the last week of August would have you believe otherwise. For those of us not heading down the shore, there are some terrific events in Philadelphia to celebrate the end of summer and Labor Day weekend including the Made … Continue reading "Episode 81: Celebrate Labor Day in this Jawn"
Saturday night, July 22, TwistedPhilly will be LIVE as part of the Philadelphia Podcast Festival (@phillypodfest.)  This is an amazing event hosted by Nathan and Teagan Kuruna, founders of the Philadelphia Podcasting Society, showcasing Philly podcasters at terrific venues all over the city. TwistedPhilly will be recording live at Tattooed Moms, 530 South Street, in … Continue reading "TwistedPhilly LIVE Show! July 22, 2017"
This episode is a real departure for me, and for the show.  It’s something I’ve never done before.  It’s not a story from Philadelphia or Pennsylvania but it’s a story I was compelled to share with all of you.  You all know I was in Indianapolis for Crime Con.  One morning I was outside chatting … Continue reading "Episode 42: The Disappearance of Ashley Morris Mullis"
Episode 97 Love is in the air! What better city to celebrate a day dedicated to love than the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection?  Philadelphia is a city that celebrates love, from our famous LOVE sculpture created by Robert Indiana which sits at J. F. Kennedy plaza, also known as Love Park, to the Rodin … Continue reading "Love, Philadelphia Style"
Over the summer I had the opportunity to attend an opera preview of We Shall Not Be Moved, an Opera Philadelphia production featured in this season’s Opera with a Twist.  A friend sent me information about this event and he said “it’s an opera about MOVE.”  As in the organization that was under siege from … Continue reading "Episode 49: We Shall Not Be Moved"
Thanks to Philly PodFest, TwistedPhilly is brining you my first ever live show! Recorded live at Tattooed Moms on South Street with a host of listeners, friends and random bar patrons looking for the bathroom, this episode combines all the topics that fascinate me about one spot – South Street. We start with a Q/A … Continue reading "Episode 44: And We’re LIVE! TwistedPhilly Live from Philly PodFest"
This episode about one of the biggest scandals in the city of Philadelphia in the last 50 years.  It’s the story of Fast Eddie, also known as Uncle Eddie, Uncle Ed, and Eddie Savitz – valedictorian of West Philadelphia High School class of 1960, voted most likely to succeed, one of the most well regarded … Continue reading "Episode 50: Fast Eddie"
It’s hard to believe the last time Irene Levy Baker was a guest on TwistedPhilly was almost two years ago!  When we first sat down, Irene  just released her book 100 Things To Do In Philadelphia Before You Die.  Since then Irene has been hard at work on her second book: Unique Eats and Eateries … Continue reading "Unique Eats and Eateries of Philadelphia with Irene Levy Baker"
If you’re not from Philadelphia, or the tri-state area, the word mummer may hold little connection for you.  But here in the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection, there is an event every new year’s day for which some Philadelphians prepare all year long.  The annual Mummer’s Parade. Earlier this week I was chatting … Continue reading "Episode 61: The Mummers Parade"
Episode 98 On Monday afternoon, February 14th in 2011, Lexus Ivery walked up the 5400 block of Rutland Street in Northeast Philadelphia, not far from Oxford Circle, headed toward’s the home she shared with her sister Marcedes and her mother Kim. Before Lexus reached the front door, neighbors called out to her and told her … Continue reading "A Murder for Valentine’s Day"
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