SISPICION is a bi-weekly true crime podcast featuring two sisters who focus on the victims and survivors while spotlighting organizations that work to help those affected by terrible crimes.
Mauro Prosperi and Juliane Koepcke
Better than late than never! This week, we tell the harrowing tales of Mauro Prosperi and Juliane Koepcke. In 1994, Mauro Prosperi set forth to run the 'Marathon des Sables', a six day 155 mile race through the Sahara Desert. On Christmas Eve 1971, Juliane Koepcke was just 17 years old she departed Lima, Peru on a plane with her mother to meet her father in a small town. Both would have to fight for survival in gruesome ways and beat the odds to see better days. Check out their stories anywhere you find podcasts on SISPICION!
Organization Spotlight: 261 Fearless at 261fearless.org. For years, the number 261 has stood for women’s ability to break barriers in running—it’s the bib number Kathrine Switzer wore when she became the first registered woman to run the Boston Marathon, in 1967. More than five decades later, Switzer serves as founder and board chair for this organization that connects female runners around the globe. Programs include non-competitive running events; a coaching certification that focuses on teaching healthy, sustainable running habits to women; and local clubs that meet for runs, of which there are now 23 and counting, in locations from Albania to Kansas City to Zambia.
Jose Salvador Alvarenga and Harrison Okene
We have two sea survival stories for this episode! Jose Salvador Alvarenga is the only person to survive out at sea for over 438 days. Harrison Okene is the only person to have survived any time on the bottom of the sea floor. Both of these men showed incredible courage and survival skills that most of us will never have to test. This also starts our switch to episodes focusing on survival stories, these will consist of tales of people surviving in the wilderness to those surviving attacks from others and everything in between. Please let us know on any of our social media platforms how you feel about this switch as we go and if you know of any survivor stories let us know! Stay SISPICIOUS!
Organization Spotlight: Oceana, dedicated to protecting and restoring the world’s oceans on a global scale. Oceana seeks to make our oceans more biodiverse and abundant by winning policy victories in the countries that govern much of the world's marine life. Founded in 2001, Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Their offices around the world work together to win strategic, directed campaigns that achieve measurable outcomes that will help make our oceans more bio diverse and abundant. For more information visit their website here.
Steve Callahan, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates
Would you rather be lost at sea or trapped on a frozen mountain? Most people would say neither but these three men survived those situations through incredible feats of survival. If you've ever been terrified about being alone at sea surrounded by sharks or breaking your leg on a mountain 20,000 ft in the air with hypothermia then you will love this episode. Listen to the amazing survival stories of Steve Callahan, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates on this weeks episode of SISPICION!
Organization Spotlight: World Wildlife Fund, their mission is to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth. Find out more about how you can support the World Wildlife Fund at their website worldwildlife.org.
Updates and Recommendations
Researching and putting together a crime story for this week was the last thing on our minds. In this episode, we are giving a couple of updates on two of our previous stories, Jassy Correia (episode 10 season 1) and BFF Fonies (episode 6 season 1). As well as give some podcast and organization recommendations for those who are looking to support the Black Lives Matter protests. We hope you will check out some of our recommendations, and if you have any that we missed, please let us know on any of our social media sites. Stay SISPICIOUS!
Podcast Recommendations: Black Lives Matter "What Matters", "Dear Governor" from iHeartRadio, "In Black America" from KUT productions, "Ear Hustle" from Radiotopia
GQ Article featuring organizations and resources: www.gq.com/gallery/ways-to-support-black-lives-matter
Black Lives Matter website: blacklivesmatter.com
The Great Boston Molasses Flood
Your favorite sisters are back for a new season in quarantine! We might be apart but it doesn't mean our hilarious antics are far away. This week we tackle a story close to home, The Great Boston Molasses Flood. Who knew that the delicious ingredient in a cookie could cause death and destruction? So hide yourself in your closet away from the family or tell the roommates to be quiet and settle in for a dose of SISPICION!
Organization Spotlight: Office for Victims of Crime, administers the Crime Victims Fund (the Fund), which is financed by fines and penalties paid by convicted federal offenders, not from tax dollars. Federal revenues deposited into the Fund also come from gifts, donations, and bequests by private parties. OVC channels funding for victim compensation and assistance throughout the United States, raises awareness about victims’ issues, promotes compliance with victims’ rights laws, and provides training and technical assistance and publications and products to victim assistance professionals.
The Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist
Yes, you read the title correctly. In 2012, 9,000 barrels of maple syrup went missing/were stolen in Quebec. Who would steal maple syrup, why, and most importantly how? Who knew maple syrup was such a big commodity in Canada! Check out the weird story here with our SPECIAL GUEST!
If you're looking for more information, 'Dirty Money' episode 5 season 1 is available on Netflix.
Amazing stories that highlight important cases
Morgan and Jessica take on story telling of unique cases that will peak your interest. The podcast is the perfect blend of powerful and lighthearted storytelling! They also take the time to highlight important organizations and the positives that came out of some of the most horrific stories - something that I haven’t sent before. This is a must listen for any crime podcast lovers!
Great take on true crime
These two definitely focus on what’s important in these stories, while at the same time tying in an appropriate amount of banter to lighten the mood a bit. It’s also great that they mention organizations that can help out with the types of cases they talk about. All around great podcast.