Missing Magnolias tells the stories of the murdered or missing but certainly not forgotten. Too often we sensationalize the offender and undermine the victim. This true crime podcast combats the norm by offering a curation of interviews with victims, criminologists, experts, and truth- seekers who begin the dialogue: what is the "real true crime experience?"
The Red 'Heads'
Why is no one talking about the red 'heads'!?! Our Google alerts are set with a potential serial killer at large. His victims were women with reddish hair whose severed heads were discarded in trash bags and were discovered in both southwest Louisiana and Texas in March of 2018 by cleanup crews. Police believe that the two cases could be connected. Neither women's remains were ever uncovered. Dr. Michelle Jeanis weighs in with her expertise on serial offenders, while we posit who were these women and why did this offender assume their deaths would go unnoticed.
The case received an update in 2019 when the first woman whose head was found on March 1, 2018 in Calcasieu Lake, Louisiana, was identified from her sketch by an ordinary citizen. A reconstruction has been done by FACES in Baton Rouge. The woman was later positively ID'd as missing San Antonio woman Sally Ann Hines and no one knows how she ended up in Cameron Parish.
The second woman was discovered 150 miles away near Lake Houston on March 24, 2018 and she remains unidentified and is noted to be either white or Hispanic with good teeth and tattooed eyebrows and lashes. However, witnesses saw a suspicious person throwing garbage bags off the side of the bridge. Police are looking for a man in his twenties who drives a blue-green Chevrolet Silverado extended cab pickup truck and is described as having lots of rust and looking as if it had been wrecked several times with a cardboard window on the back left passenger side.
For information regarding the murder of Sally Ann Hines contact: Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office at 337-775-5111
For information regarding the unidentified woman contact: Houston police at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers
From Skull to Sketch
Natalie Murry is a fellow Ginger gal and a Texas-based forensic artist with a background in law enforcement . Natalie's skills in composites, skull reconstructions, age progressions and post-mortems have been instrumental in creating matches and ID's for cold cases. One of her more well-known ID's was that of Jane Doe known for many years to the true crime world as that of "Orange Socks" ---she now has her real name back.
Natalie offers her services through her freelance company, Natalie Murry Forensic Art.
As she tells us, "The goal of the drawings is to raise public awareness." We hope to shine a light on a couple of Natalie's active cases like that of Helen Doe who was a young unidentified Indigenous woman who tragically died in a fire as the result of car crash in Kalama Washington in 1991. We also hope to raise awareness around an unidentified man who expired in 2018 as the result of a fatal fall in a Cinerama movie theater in Washington.
For information regarding Washington's Helen Doe contact the cold case department, Detective Stacy Moate at email@example.com or call (425) 401-7754
For information regarding "Cinerama Man", contact the King County Medical Examiner's Office at (206) 731-3232.
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Rooted with Jason Berry
"On trips to the store, I stared at missing children on milk cartons and thought of Cajun altar boys," wrote New Orleans-based investigative reporter, author, and film director, Jason Berry, in his first book on the Catholic Church sexual abuse and coverup, Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Catholic Priests and the Sexual Abuse of Children (1992), which was compiled through court documents from both the criminal and civil cases against Lafayette Diocese priest, Father Gauthe, who admitted to abusing 37 children from 1972-1983 in southwest Louisiana. Father Gauthe was the first Catholic priest to face a highly publicized criminal trial for the sexual abuse of a child. Jason is lauded as being the first to break the Catholic Church story and is a pioneer for his reporting and advocate for the survivors.
Jason remains deeply rooted to his home Louisiana and his beloved city of New Orleans. As a writer, the music has always been his salvation and has kept him grounded through the years.
He joins us today to discuss his latest book and film, City of a Million Dreams, which explores the rich history of New Orleans through the lens of jazz funerals and the unique tradition of the second line. The film City of a Million Dreams is available now at various film festival screenings. You can also purchase the book, which is available at your local bookstores or on Amazon.
To check-out the various screenings and locations, visit the website!!
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Nineteen-year-old Peter Jordan was the victim of a homicide in 2014. He was gunned down on February 19, 2014 in a drive-by shooting outside a friend's apartment complex in Huntersville, North Carolina. His case remains unsolved. With potential witnesses, new information, and evolved investigative techniques, his family seeks answers and has asked that his case be re-opened.
Anyone with information can contact North Meck Crime Stoppers at 704-896-7867 with anonymous tips or they can email the anonymous tip line: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to also check out our guest's podcast Moments with Manifesting Mama RI and be sure to follow the social:
Welcome to Nub City
No one is sure how it started , whether accidental or intentional, but soon one city in the Panhandle during the 1950s and 1960s was responsible for 2/3 of all loss of limbs insurance claims in the US , with the city of Vernon as the main culprit. Payouts moved faster , as we say, than boudin in the break room. When one payout reached $100,000 , insurance agents got suspicious and were sent to investigate the city of Vernon where as one insurance agent noted in his 1972 report, the two major past times were ‘watching hound dogs mate’ and ‘self-mutilation for cash.’ On this episode “Welcome to Nub City” we discuss how a small town suffering a financial depression, turned people to desperate measures to stay afloat or get rich quick …. Joining us to discuss is special guest and podcast host Sai Sion of Build a Better Ally.
We also discuss Errol Morris’s documentary Vernon, Florida, which due to threats from the Nub Club’s goons has nothing to do with the loss of limbs scam, but is instead a delightful character study of Vernon’s non-Nub Club Members. Be sure to tune in. There may or may not be an impromptu Nub Club theme song from our wonderfully talented guest!
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Don't F**k with Dogs
Back in New Orleans in 1983, a landlord received complaints from her tenants that their dogs had gone missing along with complaints about a creepy tenant and his missing roommate. Michelle, Scarlett, and special guest Allyson Wade (the Ginger Trifecta) weigh-in.
Allyson Wade (Lafayette native) is a Los Angeles-based singer song writer. Be sure to check-out Allyson's latest music video "Lonely With You" available on all streaming platforms!
"Lonely With You" music Video
Lonely With You - Allyson Wade (Official Music Video) - YouTube
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Great listen for true crime aficionados.
Missing Magnolias is a wonderful forum to
assist crime victims and their families to be
able to have their stories told.
Enlightening, entertaining and well produced. Missing Magnolia is a great listen. The presenters and both smart and funny. I’m glad I found this podcast!!!