10 episodes

In this eight-episode series, take a trip into the countercultural movements swirling through West Virginia in the 1970s and 80s. Jamie Zelermyer and her mother Karen investigate the shocking disappearance of their friend Marsha “Mudd” Ferber and explore her evolution from suburban housewife to back-to-the-land hippie to drug-dealing bar owner. As mother and daughter venture deeper into the mystery of Marsha’s disappearance, the two process their own history: Jamie reflects on her nontraditional upbringing and Karen reckons with the joyful and complicated consequences of her decisions.

I Was Never There Wonder Media Network

    • True Crime
    • 4.7 • 748 Ratings

In this eight-episode series, take a trip into the countercultural movements swirling through West Virginia in the 1970s and 80s. Jamie Zelermyer and her mother Karen investigate the shocking disappearance of their friend Marsha “Mudd” Ferber and explore her evolution from suburban housewife to back-to-the-land hippie to drug-dealing bar owner. As mother and daughter venture deeper into the mystery of Marsha’s disappearance, the two process their own history: Jamie reflects on her nontraditional upbringing and Karen reckons with the joyful and complicated consequences of her decisions.

    Episode 1: What the Hell Happened to Marsha "Mudd" Ferber?

    Episode 1: What the Hell Happened to Marsha "Mudd" Ferber?

    I Was Never There launches with the range of theories swirling around the disappearance of Marsha “Mudd” Ferber. We meet our hosts, Jamie and Karen Zelermyer and learn who they are in relation to Marsha's story, and why they've decided to try to find out what really happened to her now.

    • 28 min
    Episode 2: She'll Show Up

    Episode 2: She'll Show Up

    Through interviews with Marsha’s friends, Jamie and Karen detail everything that is known about the days leading up to and following the disappearance. They read through the police notes which leaves them with more questions than answers. Why didn’t the detectives do better follow up with one of the primary suspects? And, why didn’t anyone investigate the role Marsha’s drug business might have played in all of this?

    • 38 min
    Episode 3: West "By God" Virginia

    Episode 3: West "By God" Virginia

    We go back to Marsha’s early days as a suburban housewife and independent bookstore owner in New Jersey. We follow her and her cohort of Back-To-The-Landers to rural West Virginia, where she built a commune called the Mudd Farm, and gained a new name: Marsha Mudd.

    • 31 min
    Episode 4: The Underground Railroad

    Episode 4: The Underground Railroad

    Marsha’s bar was much more than a place to grab a drink. It was ground zero for a cultural revolution, a haven of progressive politics, free expression, and creativity. In an episode brimful of music, we hear recollections from the musicians, teens, and bartenders of two extraordinary community projects that would ultimately be Marsha’s swan song and establish her as a folk hero.

    • 35 min
    Episode 5: Yacht Babes

    Episode 5: Yacht Babes

    In a swirl of partial truths and murky theories, Jamie and Karen find one person who believes he knows exactly what happened to Marsha. What Jamie and Karen find out sounds like a plot line from an action movie, not what they expected to hear about someone Karen considered a close friend. Did Marsha really just get in over her head?

    • 30 min
    Episode 6: The Magic Veil

    Episode 6: The Magic Veil

    Karen helps us understand the mindset that helped Marsha and Karen both live life unafraid of consequences. To explain, we head back to Karen’s back-to-the-land world in Braxton County where Karen and her lover Patty grew pot right out in the open, protected by what they called “The Magic Veil.”

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
748 Ratings

748 Ratings

Debbie WP ,

IWNT Takes You Home

The refreshing candor of daughter-mother, Jamie and Karen as they revisit a fascinating time and place in American history hits so many high notes as they take you on a journey of a watershed period in their lives.

pitateet66 ,

Everyone gets touched

To think someone can operate openly without consequences is naive. When you fly to close to the sun, you will get burnt. It’s pretty obvious she was a informant, it’s happens, everyone has a snitch list.

Danielina LB ,

Fascinating!

A fascinating mystery podcast but so much more! Truly a captivating portrayal of a time and place in American history that I did not know about, but instantly wanted to learn more. The story unfolds in a beautiful way, great music, great interviews, but grounded by Karen and Jamie’s personal history and connection to the countercultural movement of the 70s and 80s in West Virginia. Give it a listen!

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