14 episodes

The Tombstone Shadows podcast visits U.S. cemeteries, and explores the lives behind forgotten graves of ordinary people.

Tombstone Shadows Lex Wahl

    • True Crime
    • 4.8 • 81 Ratings

The Tombstone Shadows podcast visits U.S. cemeteries, and explores the lives behind forgotten graves of ordinary people.

    Murdered While Sleeping (1990, Harbor City, California), and From Murder to Bank Robbery (Seattle, Washington)

    Murdered While Sleeping (1990, Harbor City, California), and From Murder to Bank Robbery (Seattle, Washington)

    In the 14th episode of Tombstone Shadows, we’re going to visit San Francisco, California, where we’ll meet a young lady named Kyoko. We will follow her and her husband to southern California and hear how her life tragically ended.
    Then we will head over to the east coast of the United States to New York, where we’ll hear about a grisly death, and then follow one of the involved persons back to the west coast in Seattle, Washington, and find out what else went wrong in that individual’s life.
    Kyoko Kuwako Johnson
    Born: April 20, 1937
    Died: November 23, 1990
    Born in Japan, Kyoko married a U.S. military man while she was living in San Francisco. The couple moved to Harbor City, California (southern California), where, after raising a family, she was brutally killed on a late November morning as she slept. Her husband was put on trial, but found not guilty.
    Wells Benner van Steenbergh Jr.
    Born: March 29, 1935
    Died: June 19, 2012
    In an attempt to steal some cash from a home, Wells Jr. burned down a home where a husband and wife lived, who had been friends with Wells Jr. for a few years. Unknown to Wells Jr., the wife was at home sleeping. Wells Jr. later moved to Seattle where he almost pulled off another perfect crime.

    • 44 min
    Tombstone Shadows Podcast #13 - Rudy Mejia at Cabrillo Beach, and San Gabriel Officer Elmer Griffin

    Tombstone Shadows Podcast #13 - Rudy Mejia at Cabrillo Beach, and San Gabriel Officer Elmer Griffin

    In episode #13 of Tombstone Shadows we’re going be in Southern California, visiting two lives. Both were murdered. One in San Pedro, and the other in Alhambra.
    Rudy Ernst Mejia III
    Born: January 29, 1955
    Died: July 21, 1990
    Burial place unknown.
    Late one evening, Rudy left his home in Pico Rivera on a warm evening for San Pedro's Cabrillo Beach. Perhaps unknown to Rudy, was that Cabrillo Beach at night was not a safe place to be—especially alone.
    Elmer Hearn Griffin
    Born: 1904
    Died: February 7, 1926
    Buried at Mountain View Cemetery, Pasadena, California
    Elmer Griffin had been a motorcycle officer for the San Gabriel Police Department for less than one year, when he had a violent run-in with "booze runners."

    • 32 min
    Tombstone Shadows Podcast #12 - We’ll Visit Harbor City, California for a car collision in 1965 and Boston, Massachusetts in the 1890’s for the very interesting life of Dudley.

    Tombstone Shadows Podcast #12 - We’ll Visit Harbor City, California for a car collision in 1965 and Boston, Massachusetts in the 1890’s for the very interesting life of Dudley.

    In episode #12 of Tombstone Shadows we’re going to visit Harbor City, California for the tragic end to the lives of two young navy-men in 1965; and then head back east to Boston, and hear about a life that started at 4-years-old as very bad, but ended up doing a lot good later in life; in a related life, you'll hear about the sordid life of a spiritualist named Oscar Concannon who lived a short life that included being sent to a mental institution in the late 1890s.
    Dudley G. Kimball
    Born: July 31, 1872
    Died: 16 Oct 1969
    Buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    Oscar L. Concannon
    Born: March 21, 1869
    Died: July 11, 1904
    Buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    Dennis Gerald Benson
    Born: July 15, 1944Died: July 25, 1965

    • 45 min
    We'll Re-Visit Three Lives from Southern California. Ocean Beach, Los Angeles, and Orange.

    We'll Re-Visit Three Lives from Southern California. Ocean Beach, Los Angeles, and Orange.

    In episode #11 of Tombstone Shadows we'll reconstruct three lives from Southern California: Ocean Beach in 1938, Los Angeles in 1938, and Orange in 1989.
    Tombstone Shadows Investigations:
    Florilla Lee-Crolic
    Born: April 1869
    Died: 25 March 1938

    Jeanne M. Kelly
    Born: June 24, 1917
    Died: January 28, 2019

    Jacalyn
    Born: July 14, 1977
    Died: December 18, 1989

    • 58 min
    A Visit to the Calvary Cemetery in South Portland, Maine and the 1930 murder of Lillian MacDonald

    A Visit to the Calvary Cemetery in South Portland, Maine and the 1930 murder of Lillian MacDonald

    In episode #10 of Tombstone Shadows we will visit the Calvary Cemetery in South Portland, Maine.
    History:
    The Calvary Cemetery was established in 1858 as a resting place for those who followed Catholicism (all denominations were welcome, though).
    Tombstone Shadows Investigations:
    Lillian I. MacDonald
    (Born: June 1, 1910; died July 12, 1930).
    Calvary Cemetery

    James M. Mitchell
    (Born: May 27, 1909; Died: March 20, 1982?)
    Hillside Cemetery, Libson Falls, Maine (?)

    • 49 min
    A visit to the Emanuel Cemetery and the Richard Hill Cemetery in Lobelia, West Virginia

    A visit to the Emanuel Cemetery and the Richard Hill Cemetery in Lobelia, West Virginia

    In episode #9 of Tombstone Shadows we will visit two cemeteries that are both in Lobelia, West Virginia: the
    History:
    The first cemetery we visit is the Emanuel Cemetery. It sits to the left of an old presbyterian church. The second is the Richard Hill Cemetery. It was a an overgrown cemetery with some graves sinking into the ground, but recently had renovation by volunteers.
    Tombstone Shadows Investigations in Episode #9:
    Warwick B. Scott
    (Born: April 21, 1889; died October 24, 1945).
    Emanuel Cemetery

    John Robert Bruffey
    (Born: 1849; Died: March 1879)
    Richard Hill Cemetery

    PFC Harlan Ellsworth Dean
    (Born: November 16, 1921; Died: March 3, 1944)
    Richard Hill Cemetery

    Samuel Wesley Hodges
    (Born: October 16, 1874; Died: February 28, 1896)
    Richard Hill Cemetery

    Merritt Brook Hill
    (Born: October 16, 1915; Died: May 28, 1938)
    Richard Hill Cemetery

    Henry C Spinks
    (Born: April 7, 1901; Died: July 11, 1922)
    Richard Hill Cemetery

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
81 Ratings

81 Ratings

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Tombstone Shadows

Lex’s podcast helps to instill respect and humanity to our grave yards that have been long forgotten and for those that are well taken care of Thank you!

Kydiana ,

Lex does it again!

As a long time listener to Anything Ghost, of course I was going to check this out. I agree 100% with the other positive reviews and would just add that the research Lex does on these people who would otherwise be known only by the scant information on their grave markers is amazing. He brings them to life by telling us about their lives, their families, what was going on in the world at the time and their deaths. As always, his narrative style, music and sound effects add immensely to the great content. Highly recommended!

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