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Welcome to Kinda Murdery, a true crime podcast that’s mostly about murder, and always about the strange and compelling stories that arise when the path less traveled twists to darkness and those who walk its shadows surrender to violence and corruption. I’m your host Zevon Odelberg – we have a perilous journey ahead, so thank you for lending me, your courage and good company.

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Kinda Murdery Zevon Odelberg

    • True Crime
    • 4.7 • 127 Ratings

Welcome to Kinda Murdery, a true crime podcast that’s mostly about murder, and always about the strange and compelling stories that arise when the path less traveled twists to darkness and those who walk its shadows surrender to violence and corruption. I’m your host Zevon Odelberg – we have a perilous journey ahead, so thank you for lending me, your courage and good company.

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    KM Classic: A Bloody Band of Bandit Brothers - The Murdering Johnstons

    KM Classic: A Bloody Band of Bandit Brothers - The Murdering Johnstons

    This Kinda Murdery Classic Episode originally aired on January 22, 2023!

    In the 1970's The Johnstons were Pennsylvania's own modern day James-Younger Gang, until a motel rape and murderous paranoia brought them down. Find out how, only on Kinda Murdery!

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    • 30 min
    KM Classic: Greencastle Guillotine - Pearl Bryan's Mysteriously Missing Head

    KM Classic: Greencastle Guillotine - Pearl Bryan's Mysteriously Missing Head

    This classic Kinda Murdery episode originally aired on April 13, 2023. 

    On February 1st, 1893, an African-American teen named John Howling, walking to work in the morning, spotted a young girl, lying in the grass on the side of the road to Fort Thomas Kentucky. At first, John thought she might be sleeping, or worse, taken by the late-winter cold and freezing (or already frozen.) Howling approached and laid a hand gently on the girls shoulder to awaken her. Suddenly, Howling was howling. He let out a blood curdling scream. The girl was headless. John didn't know it yet, but he had discovered the body of beloved Greencastle, Indiana socialite, Pearl Bryan. She was obviously dead, but why had the killer decapitated her, and where was Pearl's head now? Find out on the latest episode of Kinda Murdery!

    Call the Kinda Murdery toll-free hotline: 888-MURDERY (888-687-3379) to share your Kinda Murdery story!

    Sources: https://ia601502.us.archive.org/9/items/true-detective-march-1929/TrueDetectiveMarch1929.pdf
    https://www.nkytribune.com/2020/08/our-rich-history-shoe-dealer-solves-ghastly-murder-of-pearl-bryan-found-missing-her-head-in-1893/

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    • 43 min
    Gentleman, Cad, Card Shark: The Mysterious Death of Joe Bowne Elwell

    Gentleman, Cad, Card Shark: The Mysterious Death of Joe Bowne Elwell

    Pushing the door open, Marie's eyes were met with a scene she would never forget. There, slumped in his chair, was Joseph Bowne Elwell. His usually composed demeanor was replaced by a haunting stillness. A single bullet wound, precise and deadly, marred the center of his forehead. Blood had pooled around the wound, seeping into the intricate patterns of the Persian rug below.   The room was eerily quiet, the silence only broken by the faint tick of the grandfather clock in the corner. The ornate decorations and lavish furnishings seemed out of place with the stark reality of the violent act that had taken place. Marie Larsen stood frozen, her mind racing to comprehend the horror before her. Joseph Bowne Elwell was no ordinary man. At forty-four, he had climbed the social ladder, amassing a fortune that would make most men green with envy. With just his sharp mind, impeccable taste, and the gentlemanly manners his mother instilled in him, he built an empire. By the time the bullet found its mark, Elwell owned $500,000 in real estate, $100,000 in personal property, a stable of twenty thoroughbreds racing at Latonia, a yacht in Palm Beach for the winter, five automobiles, and a swanky house on 70th Street.  So who killed the famous bridge expert and playboy?   Did anyone?

    Find out on today's episode of Kinda Murdery! 

    Sources: 
    https://classic.esquire.com/article/1950/10/1/who-killed-joe-elwell
    https://www.bridgebum.com/joseph_bowne_elwell.php
    https://mru.ink/the-unsolved-locked-room-murder-of-joe-elwell-1920/


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    • 27 min
    KM Classic: True Stories of Paranormal Legal Testimony - The Greenbriar Ghost

    KM Classic: True Stories of Paranormal Legal Testimony - The Greenbriar Ghost

    This "Kinda Murdery Classic" episode originally aired on January 23, 2023: 

    In 1897 Zona Shue died suddenly of apparent natural causes; the victim of what the kindly town doctor called, "everlasting faint." However, Zona's ghost would appear to her bereaved mother and insist she had been murdered, and the ghost's testimony would prove crucial in court. This is a TRUE story. The Greenbrier Ghost is the only time in the history of American Jurisprudence that the statements of a victim's ghost have been used in court against their killer. Find out what really happened on this episode Kinda Murdery.

    MONSTERS AMONG US PODCAST
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/monsters-among-us-podcast/id1094490100

    Sources:
    https://allthatsinteresting.com/greenbrier-ghost
    https://moonmausoleum.com/the-ghost-that-went-to-court/
    https://wvexplorer.com/2022/07/25/greenbrier-ghost-zona-heaster-shue-west-virginia-wv/
    and various articles from newspapers.com

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    • 33 min
    KM Classic: The Increasingly Dark Life of Verle Peter Dills

    KM Classic: The Increasingly Dark Life of Verle Peter Dills

    This "Kinda Murdery Classic" originally aired on January 13, 2023...

    he early life of Verle Peter Dills (twin brother of Merle Dills) reads like the opening scenes of a movie about an American golden boy. He was born in 1947, the early years of the baby boom, he was an honor student, an athlete and a student council member. But, somewhere along the way, things went sideways and by 2007, at age 60, Verle Dills became internationally famous as the man who spent years videotaping himself humping street signs - which sounds like an internet punchline, but the truth is much darker than that...What went so horribly wrong?

    CALL THE KINDA MURDERY HOTLINE: (888) MURDERY that's (888) 687-3379 is LIVE!

    Sources:
    https://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/crime/bubba-humps#lightbox-popup-1
    https://www.cracked.com/pictofacts-278-21-insane-true-sex-stories-you-thought-were-urban-legends
    https://jalopnik.com/south-dakota-man-arrested-for-sex-with-street-signs-285080
    https://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/services/publications/fhwaop02084/index.htm
    Various articles from www.newspapers.com search term: "Verle Dills"

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    • 29 min
    A Cry From the Grave - Part 2 - The Conclusion

    A Cry From the Grave - Part 2 - The Conclusion

    The conclusion of "A Cry from the Grave."

    Moorestown, New Jersey is a quiet, beautiful Quaker settlement, much the same as a thousand other small American communities.  Along about dusk, the children drop their play, hurry home to their evening meal, and then go to bed.  Nobody would pick Moorestown as the scene of a dastardly crime. Still, it was there that real-life, New Jersey-super-sleuth Ellis H. Parker, encountered a case of killing perpetrated by a man, who was, beyond all doubt, the most fiendish and cunning arch-criminal he had ever come in contact with during 35 years of man-hunting!

    Super detective Ellis H. Parker returns, not long after, "The Case of the Disappearing Parrot," for another tale of grim deeds in The Garden State.  Get ready for Kinda Murdery's, "A Cry from the Grave: An Ellis H. Parker Mystery!"

    Sources: 
    https://dn790009.ca.archive.org/0/items/TrueDetectiveDec1928/TrueDetectiveDec1928.pdf


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    • 24 min

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