We're just your average couple, living normal lives, who happen to be obsessed with everything related to true crime. Shortly after relocating to the great Pacific Northwest, we realized there were stories upon gruesome stories to be told from this region. And we want nothing more than to share them with you.
So come join us every first and third Friday of the month as we take a deep look into the dark and twisted. It isn't for the feint of heart, but we promise it will be worth it.
And remember...what happens in the woods, stays in the woods.
Femme Fatale Evelyn Dick
We’re ringing in the new year with a bonus episode!
This sordid tale comes to us from the Eastern side of Canada in the 1940s. It’s a captivating story that to this day is still talked about.
When the torso of a man was found by a group of children on a mountainside, one suspect quickly emerged. John Dick and his wife of only 6 months had a very short and volatile relationship. So when his body was identified by family members, police went in search of the estranged Mrs. Dick.
Evelyn MacLean Dick was a beautiful young woman who was accustomed to having the best. She was wildly sought after by influential and powerful men in the town of Hamilton, Ontario for her company. She led a very comfortable life, able to have anything her heart desired. When what she wanted was to marry blue-collar immigrant John Dick, her parents were less than pleased.
After being held on suspicion of murdering John, her wild tales and outrageous statements would lead police to a former lover, a hired mafia hitman, and her own father. It also led them to a sad discovery in her very own attic.
The notorious Mr. Evelyn Dick has taken her secrets to the grave and the world will forever wonder what exactly happened all those years ago to her poor husband. But that hasn’t stopped people from speculating about her and her life.
Information on this podcast:
Evelyn Dick lives in infamy
Story Hunters Podcast “Where are you, Mrs. Dick?”
The Evelyn Dick Files, blog
Serial Arsonist The "Spector" Paul Keller
Welcome back, Campers! The holidays are upon us and we wish everyone a very happy and safe time with their loved ones. We wish you all well and want to again thank everyone for listening and supporting our little podcast endeavor!
Our fourth episode this season is a little different from the normal serial killers we cover. In this episode, we will delve into one of the most prolific serial arsonists in US history. There are many others who have set more fires, however, what this arsonist was able to accomplish in just 6 short months set the greater Seattle area on high alert and sent firefighters into a panic as there was no end in sight.
Multiple families lost their homes and all their belongings, people lost businesses and ultimately 3 lives would be lost after a retirement home was targeted. The destruction would be estimated at around $40 million in total. Because of the ghostlike ability, the arsonist had to move from place to place while remaining unseen, he was given the nickname Spector.
Ultimately, it was a risky maneuver by the Sno-King Arson Task Force that brought an end to this arsonist. It was a risk that paid off and led to the capture of 27-year-old Paul Keller in February of 1993.
Let us know your thoughts on this case!
Paul’s very small Wikipedia page
Unknown arsonist on the loose
After the Spector is found
Collecting the reward
Sno-King Arson Task Force recognized
Recommended to read and watch:
The Anatomy of Motive: The FBI's Legendary Mindhunter Explore The Key to Understanding and Catching Violent Criminals by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker
Evil Lives Here, Season 2 Episode 1 “Not My Boy”
Included with the Discovery+ app, or available on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3F7D8a2
Not Our Son, 1995 starring Neil Patrick Harris as Paul Keller and Gerald McRaney as George Keller
Part 1- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZghZXvhUo8
Part 2- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjBZaT5xAJM
Part 3- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wR-XB9YTBo
An article on the making of the movie
"The Happy Face Killer" Keith Jesperson
Welcome to a new episode, Campers! We have a sorted and chilling tale to tell you!
We’re going back to the 1990s when serial killers were around every corner in the Pacific Northwest. We’re talking about a killer who almost got away with his crimes completely. One crime was even considered solved when a couple had seemingly confessed to the murder of a young girl in Oregon. But he couldn’t leave well enough alone and craved the spotlight. He wanted the world to recognize his existence. So he began to send in letters to newspapers and even a courthouse with details of his crimes and his victims. Those letters earned him the name “The Happy Face Killer” because of the smiley faces he drew as a signature.
It would take one mistake to bring it all crashing down around him.
There are many twists and turns to this story and you won’t want to miss it.
Join us for another twisted tale and be sure to let us know your thoughts on the episode!
Information from this episode:
False Confessions to murder
The Happy Face Killer’s first victim: Taunja Bennett
Keith Jesperson: The Happy Face Killer
The many victims and the killer’s letters
What not to do while in jail
The right person is finally convicted of the crime
Laverne Pavlinac exoneration
John Sosnovske exoneration
Netflix series watched:
Catching Killers True Lies, Part 1 & 2
Monster in My Family produced by LMN
"The coin shop killer" Charles T. Sinclair
How do families move on in their lives after they are shattered by the realization that someone they love committed a horrible crime? This is a hard question, and there may not be definitive answers.
In this episode, we touch on this subject while discussing the suspected nomadic serial killer, Charles T. Sinclair. After his capture in 1990, his family was broken and at loose ends. The man they had known as a loving father and husband had committed upwards of 10 murders, all to make money. His daughter Pam has gone on to say that she realized after the fact how all of the odd things in her childhood suddenly were quite explainable once she knew the truth.
In an interview Pam gave, her first after all these years, she opens up about the guilt of knowing that the father she held so dear is not who she thought. What he did to his victims and why he did it seems so unlike the man she knew. Like two sides of a coin.
Charles Sinclair left this world without giving anyone answers. He was never convicted of any crime. His victims, their families, law enforcement, and his own family are all left in the wake of his mess, with no way to clean it up.
Join us for our second episode in Season 4 for a discussion on criminals and the families that left to survive after everything comes out in the open. Of course, we will discuss the victims whose lives were taken and his crimes as well. We will also delve into a good amount of cases Sinclair was linked to but proven to not be responsible in later years.
Bits of background info
A look at Charles and his crimes
Other cases he was suspected in...or not
How this all ends and his family picks up the pieces
Newspaper Clipping on his death
“Evil Lives Here” episode: Our Secret Identity ( I watched this with my ID+ subscription)
Benjamin Harris III; a look at what role mental health plays in our justice system
In June of 1984, Jimmie Turner was shot and murdered outside of his home. Two men were ultimately arrested and charged with aggravated 1st-degree murder. One was acquitted within a month of going to trial. The other would spend over a decade on death row.
That man was Benjamin Harris, III.
Benjamin was a man with a very troubled past and clear signs of mental health issues. However, throughout his trial and his sentencing, the courts, his attorney, and the state failed to act on his behalf to assure he was justly convicted.
Join us for our season 4 opening episode as we take a look at a case that should leave you questioning our justice system and how they work with the mental health community.
We want to make sure that anyone who needs mental health help can get it. If you or a loved one are in need of resources, here are ways to find them in your area.
Online at: https://www.nami.org/help or at: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/find-help
By phone: Text “Hello” to 741741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for suicide-related concerns
And 1-800-662-HELP (4357) for substance abuse or mental health issues
Great website for Information on the Death Penalty and cases
National Registry of Exonerations
Federal Circuit Appeal
The state of Washington is still on their b******t
Legal terms researched
Bryan Johnston interview
Hello, campers! We are so excited to be able to give you some special content as a bonus episode this week! For those who aren’t in the know, Jess is an avid reader. Of course part of this job is reading research on potential podcast episodes. But...she also happens to like to read about true crime and mystery. Jess was very fortunate to be able to speak with local author, Bryan Johnston, about the George Weyerhaeuser kidnapping case that we recently covered in an episode and discuss his book covering the crime. Bryan was gracious enough to answer a few of our questions and bring some more light to the case. We feel very fortunate to be able to bring this to you and appreciate him speaking with us.
Please check out author Bryan Johnston’s website for more information on this book and his works in progress. Follow the link here: https://www.bryanrjohnston.com/
Purchase Deep in the Woods in any local bookstore or online here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/164293903X/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i2
We hope you enjoy this bonus episode and thank you so much for tuning in!
Really good, just needs a shorter intro
Hey I liked this podcast. It makes me less homesick for the pnw. I also like the changes you made to the intro, but it would be better if it would be shorter (the intro).
Yuck yikes ick part 2 but better
Ok I love this podcast so I’m bias. But to the individual that wrote the part 1 section of the title. Shame on you. You just went and did the number one thing EVERY poor person voices. “ Dont Judge” if your going to stand up and advocate for the poor and judge those you don’t know, guess you deserve an award for best oxymoron on a review. As for the criminal justice system remark. Being a fan of this show , I have heard several comments on how screwed our system is from these same hosts of this said podcast. So I just wanted to write a review to stand up for those that can’t defend theirselves back on Apple podcast reviews. I can’t stand sheep that present negatively and believe themselves righteous in one way or another. No human is better than other. But then you have to listen to the other podcast episodes and keep your mind open. One can’t agree on everything being perfect for everyone. However I really do like the show as my wife really got me into it and we enjoy it on our outings from the city. Great job and we truly admire the work that’s put into it. We finish every episode so that says something to me. We hope the host keep doing what their doing because it works for us. Pretty positive we aren’t the only ones. Wife wants to know when next season starts. Can you guys stop hating poor people and just start that new season already! I mean I get hating poor people takes so much time out of your day but please start the new season already.
Yuck yikes ick
The way these cohosts talk about people is disgusting. It is clear to me that you hate poor people, and have likely not had any interaction with the criminal justice system in your own life. Just listened to an episode where the host said a single mother should be in jail for driving without a license. If you are going to cover topics like this, you should take the time to research and learn about poverty and criminal justice and how they interact