Dead to Me is just one gal's exploration of what dead means. Hi there. I'm Andy Kopsa and I am an investigative reporter. Dead to me means everything from actual death to how many people have been murdered in Jessica Fletcher's Cabbot Cove. I interview experts about everything from how a death investigation is conducted to every Brit murder mystery series you can shake a stick at. There will be some tough topics like true crime (solved and unsolved) and talking to the people left behind and those who lived through it. Death, like life, is balance. Welcome aboard.
Episode 13: Bennington Triangle: Shirley Jackson's Missing Girls
Shirley Jackson is one of my favorite authors - dead authors that is. She is famous for her works The Lottery, The Haunting of Hill House, We Have Always Lived at the Castle and scads more. But when living in Southern Vermont with her husband and four kids, a girl goes missing, and Shirley starts writing (not that she ever stopped). Over several years people would simply disappear in the wilderness sometimes referred to as The Bennington Triangle. Did any of these disappearances influence the subtle, terrifying writings of Jackson? Please subscribe, like and post a (nice) comment if you enjoy this fledgeling podcast. Patreon https://www.patreon.com/deadtome?fan_landing=true Sources and more! http://www.benningtontriangle.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/p9353068.jpghttp://ruthfranklin.net/author/ https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/feb/10/shirley-jackson-ruth-franklin-review-a-rather-haunted-life https://www.christianscience.comhttps://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/lifestyle/legacy-of-author-shirley-jackson-lives-on-in-sonoma-county/https://twitter.com/LaurenceJH99By Joseph Citro: https://www.amazon.com/Passing-Strange-England-Hauntings-Horrorsebook/dp/B007QUU6XSBigfoot! https://www.bfro.netRebecca Robinson (SPJ freelancer page): https://www.spj.org/fdb-detail.asp?cmd=&ref=1088 Other stuff: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/06/29/shirley-jacksons-son-talks-to-his-fictional-mom-elisabeth-moss https://www.strangeoutdoors.com/mysterious-stories-blog/2019/12/12/the-strange-disappearance-of-paulajean-weldon-in-the-bennington-triangle https://crossettlibrary.dspacedirect.org/bitstream/handle/11209/12086/31October2003BFP.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y https://bookriot.com/shirley-jackson-books/https://www.ttbook.org/interview/laurence-jackson-hyman-we-have-always-lived-castle
Episode 12: Cathy Hart: First Degree Murder Trail Juror, Sequestration Expert, Noted Minnesotan
Cathy was a juror seated in a 2006 murder trail. After two weeks in the courtroom the jury - her jury - was sequestered for two nights until they reached a verdict. This isn't like Law and Order.
Episode 11: Happy Birthday Dad: Gall Stones, Wooden Legs and Playing the Long Game
Leo Kopsa was born on October 14, 1936 - to wish dad a happy birthday I present gall stones, wooden legs and playing the long game. I can only share little bits of dad with you so far - because I still think - in part - if I share too much I will give him all away.But really? There is plenty of Leo Kopsa's epic bohemian weirdness to wrap us all in a fuzzy blanket as we stare at the stars and wonder: would I keep my gall stones?Me? Yes, all day long, yes.
Episode 10: Interrupting My Expressly All Dead Podcast Because: Proud Boys, Racists, Repeat
When needs must - going back to the well of my reporting back in 2018 about the Proud Boys in bed with the GOP because FFS they got a shout out on a presidential debate stage. Lots of swearing in this one people. FULL DISCLOSURE: I watched another Miss Marple - not the debates. Bouquets and Brickbats can be sent here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Episode 9: Niki Conrad, Dead Dads and the Society of Patriotic Mask Wearers
Niki Conrad is the daughter of Nick and Nedra Conrad. She was born and raised in Fort Dodge Iowa. As a fellow Iowan she is naturally spectacular. In addition to being naturally spectacular, she (like me) has a dad who is dead. Unlike me, she was in the midst of a campaign for Webster County Supervisor.She tells me, for better or worse "death and I have been pals" for a long ass time. She got through the campaign with help from friends, family and the Fort Dodge community - and she proudly - and patriotically - serves that community today. Just as her dad served his country during the Vietnam Era. The death of her young sister, the death of her father, and now facing an unmitigated COVID19 pandemic, Niki and I talk dads, grief, empathy anger and how to be a mask wearing patriot without really trying. Niki = one of my favorite people.
Episode 8: Grief Kitty
Dirty Word Alert Today I explain how against my best efforts I gave in to adopting a kitty who ended up saving my life - and biting my legs off.