Among the Dirt and Trees is a podcast that dives into the stories behind true crime cases that occur out in nature through short and sweet episodes that work for even the busiest schedules.
Join our host, BreeAnn, as she ruins the forest, the desert, the beach, the ocean (and pretty much anywhere else with fresh air) one case at a time.
New episodes are released every Monday and Wednesday and guaranteed to make you never want to leave your couch! 🔪🌲
Playing the Muse: The Mystery of Mary Rogers
Mary Rogers was an unofficial local celebrity known for enchanting men with her smile while she sold them cigars.
Not-so-subtly referred to as the “beautiful cigar girl” around town, men would visit her place of work just to share a passing glance with her.
One day, she left to visit family.
Three days later, she was dead in the Hudson River.
Her devastating beauty was woven into stories and poems from famous writers—but no one knows what truly happened to this young beauty.
Her story remains a mystery to this day.
Legends Never Die: The Story of James MacKenzie
James MacKenzie. James McKenzie. John MacKenzie. John Douglass. Seumas MacCoinnich.
Let’s just say he was a man of many names.
Call him what you will, but this famed outlaw and traveling sheep whisperer was one committed criminal.
With his canine companion, he managed to run off with an absolutely ridiculous number of sheep.
Even after his capture, police couldn’t manage to keep him in custody.
Find out the most obscure way to get a region of New Zealand named after you.
Alone in the Forest: A Little Boy’s Disappearance
When a preschool child disappears from his family’s yard while playing with their dog, panic sets in.
Where did he go? Was he alone? Did someone take him?
A storm moves in that impedes the search efforts—but don’t lose hope just yet.
Even the smallest child can do what it takes to survive.
In this episode, I hold off from saying the victim’s name until the end—but it certainly still deserves its place in the show bio, so…
The victim in this case is Ryker Webb.
A Sinking Kayak: The Death of Vincent Viafore
Vincent Viafore went out kayaking with his future wife, Angelika Graswald.
When Vincent made his way into some particularly tumultuous water without a life jacket, things took a dark turn. Vincent drowned when his kayak took on too much water.
Ten days later, Angelika was arrested for his murder.
Police would go on to paint a scene of a woman near her breaking point who intentionally tampered with her lover’s kayak—and she was found guilty for it—but is their accusation really true?
**NOTE FROM BREEANN***
This is a case that has a lot of surprising and disturbing information and claims. Among them is the fact that Angelika had a known history of violence and Vincent started to pressure her to consent to sexual situations that she did not want to participate in—leading her to write a diary entry where she said that she wished he was dead.
Violence, threats, and other acts of aggression are domestic violence.
Sexual coercion is rape and domestic violence.
All of these actions are wrong and should not be tolerated under any circumstances.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, the National Domestic Violence Hotline can help.
You can call, text, or instant message a representative today at 1.800.799.7233 or by visiting https://www.thehotline.org.
Should I Stay or Should I Go: The Disappearance of Fariba Amani
Fariba Amani was experiencing difficulties in her relationship.
She suspected her boyfriend, Ramiz Golshani, was cheating on her, and she consulted a private investigator to get to the bottom of it.
At the last second, she backed out, afraid of what her boyfriend would think—afraid he would get mad.
They went on a cruise together, where Fariba was committed to deciding if she would stay with Golshani or end it for good.
When she disappeared during the cruise, there was one clear suspect.
Her whereabouts remain unknown to this day.
Vampire or Butcher: The Crimes of Fritz Haarmann
When local children stumbled across a skull on the shore of a river, police weren’t too worried.
When a second skull showed up soon after, they decided to do a more thorough search just to be safe.
Their search went on to reveal over 500 pieces of human bone—and a twisted killer who they knew all too well.
I didn’t cover this in the episode, but here is some additional reading on the media coverage and art that surrounded this crime and time period—and the potential implications of it. Interesting stuff!
Good exposure to stories not as well known and good voice!
I like the story telling format and the hosts’ voice!
Wish there was more research shared and the episodes had more depth and therefore were longer. 25-30 min.
Is there an email to discuss things with you? I retired from all social media.
Also, can you cover The Michigan Triangle? Not really true crime but very bizarre things happen there
Great Podcast. Love the short episodes. I just don’t have hours & hours to listen every day. Sometimes I do but not always. I appreciate that. Thank you.