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Andrew and Caitlin talk crime and nonsense.

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Episode 79: Maud Crawford

Episode 79: Maud Crawford


This week we talk about Maud Crawford, a woman who passed the bar exam without having attended law school. She was the first female attorney in Camden, Arkansas only 10 years after women were permitted to practice law. In 1957 however, Maud disappeared without a trace. Afterwards, Caitlin demands answers about wrestling, Andrew hates Investigation Discovery, and more!Twitter: PTTDPod@gmail.com See for privacy and opt-out information.
Two men, Carter Elliot and Timmy Robertson are murdered in their home in Conway, Arkansas. Police have few leads and seemingly no suspects. That is until Elliot's ex-wife, Lark is kidnapped by her most recent ex-husband, Richard Conte. Lark is safely let go after a standoff with police, and what they find in Conte's cabin raises more questions.Afterwards, we talk Dune, Blade Runner 2049, The Song of Achilles, Scenes From A Marriage, and more.Twitter: See for privacy and opt-out information.
We return to Ft. Smith, Arkansas this week. We open with a man breaking into the home of an elderly woman, and then beating and raping her, but would survive. Several months later, another elderly woman is raped and murdered. The crimes are virtually identical, meaning that police have a serial rapist on their hands. We conclude this week's show with our spoiler-filled thoughts on Midnight Mass. Twitter: See for privacy and opt-out information.
For the first time ever, it's the second part of a two-part episode! It's also the finale. Last week we concluded with James Waybern "Red" Hall agreeing to confess to being the Arkansas Hitchhike Killer, along with the murder of his wife, Fay. We continue from there, going through Red's accounts on every murder, perhaps with some surprises along the way, and then go through his trial. In the post-show, Andrew finishes Adventure Time, is watching the What We Do in the Shadows TV series, and playing Metroid. Caitlin is listening to Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, and recounts her recent trip to the Arkansas Scottish Festival where she makes a dubious purchase for her nephew.The Arkansas Hitchhike Killer: James Waybern "Red" Hall: See for privacy and opt-out information.
For the first time ever, we're doing a two-parter! Don't tell Caitlin, she doesn't know. We're following the life and times and crimes of James Waybern "Red" Hall. Red suffered a traumatic head injury as a youngster and started to exhibit odd behavior. Eventually, Red outgrew his surroundings and started traveling America by hitchhiking. He even got married and had a child, but would still disappear at months at a time. What was he up to?The post-show is shorter than normal because we just talk about so much and so many. Andrew tries to stop being such a coward and starts the Resident Evil 2 remake. Caitlin ended Halloween because she already watched Hocus Pocus. Did she also summon real demons via D&D?No. Obviously not. Don't be stupid.The Arkansas Hitchhike Killer: James Waybern "Red" Hall: See for privacy and opt-out information.
In March of 2013, 14-year-old Sidney Nicole Randall went missing from her home in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. Also missing was her stepfather, John. Except then John returned with Sidney still missing, and so the search for the young girl began.Afterwards, Andrew talks about how wrestlers are the worst, Shin Godzilla rules, and the Forgotten City. Caitlin hates anime, almost liked the Nevers, and more!Twitter: See for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 73: Malik Drummond

Episode 73: Malik Drummond


In November of 2014, two-year-old, Malik Drummond wandered away from his home in Searcy, Arkansas. A massive search ensued, involving over 400 volunteers. The search yielded no results and eventually the FBI offered a $20,000 reward. Just over a year after Malik's disappearance, the truth made itself known. Suggested reading after the show: They never stopped searching: Arkansas cops driven to find lost little boy they never met but came to love: talks about the impact that former A-State professor, Joe Bonner had on her life, and who sadly passed away recently. Andrew talks about watching Super Sentai shows, which is what would eventually become Power Rangers in the US. These things are very different.Twitter: See for privacy and opt-out information.
Ebby Jane Steppach had dreams of going to cosmetology school. In 2015 she went missing, kicking off a sad story of that calls into question the investigative qualifications of police in Arkansas' One True City.There is a $10,000 reward for information. Call 501-404-3128 if you know something.We talk VERY briefly about COVID. Please get vaccinated. Andrew is the laziest person ever and got vaccinated. It's that easy.In the nonsense part, we talk a bit about THE Suicide Squad, Andrew forces us into talking about wrestling (the truest form of art) because CM Punk is BACK baybay! Caitlin loves Coke + Coffee while Andrew thinks it's vile. She also loves a new kit-kat and has news about glasses. Andrew can't relate as a person with eyes that natural selection shed its blessings upon.We talk more about volcanoes than you would think. Geology is NOT biology. Geology is also not paleontology. We talk more about that Rasputina song than anybody has ever talked.Splitgate = Halo + Portal and that seems neat.We freak out about noises. As far as Andrew can tell they didn't translate to the actual recording.Twitter: See for privacy and opt-out information.
Marcel Wayne Williams grew up in a broken home, leading to a broken life. He went to adult prison when he was only 15 years old where he would suffer physical and sexual violence. In 1994, he would be released and then kidnap, rape, and murder Stacy Rae Errickson. Williams would become one of the four people that the state of Arkansas hastily executed when their supply of the drug midazolam was expiring. Caitlin then tells us her stories from Florida and Andrew goes back to his childhood.Twitter: See for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 70: Bass Reeves

Episode 70: Bass Reeves


This week we talk about one of the most interesting people we've covered, Bass Reeves. Born a slave, he eventually got his freedom by escaping to Indian Territory before the end of the American Civil War. Eventually he would move to Ft. Smith, Arkansas where he would become the first black deputy west of the Mississippi. During his time rounding up outlaws, he would go on to have a legendary career. Caitlin got engaged! She also tells us about some medical stuff and that time she got a sound bath and all of the great sleep she got. Andrew stopped depressing himself with dark films by playing a very hard video game which seem counterintuitive. He also tries to convince Caitlin to watch Garth Marenghi's Darkplace with poor results, but does get her interested in fantasy series Earthsea. We also discuss the Loki finale. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Ted Throneberry left his job to head home and was never heard from again. When police investigated, they found that his wife, Anne, was also nowhere to be found. The last two people known to have been at the Throneberry home were two men who had recently moved into the mountains, Mark Holsombach and Billy Frazier, who lived without running water and electricity in a small shack. How Many Star Warses continues, Andrew finishes Breath of the Wild, Caitlin's back on Adventure Time, and we talk more in-depth about Bo Burnham's Inside.Twitter: See for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 68: Christi

Episode 68: Christi


Caitlin tells us the story of Christi. Spoilers: She lives! There is still death, sadly, but that's kind of what we all agreed on when we came up with the podcast's name. Things get weird and sad in the post show because Caitlin watched the new Bo Burnham special and Andrew's been thinking about weird anime stuff like Evangelion and V Gundam.Twitter: See for privacy and opt-out information.
This week we cover the story of Dominic Whitaker, who went missing on July 4, 2010, but wasn't reported until five days later. Clues as to his whereabouts were few and far between. Whitaker didn't seem to be the type to go and run off, but he also wasn't involved in criminal activity or known for making enemies.Andrew mocks anti-vaxxers and Caitlin becomes a bigger nerd by playing complicated board games. Twitter: See for privacy and opt-out information.
We're back and late again! Was it Caitlin's fault yet again? No, but let's pretend it was because Andrew is the one writing this. Regardless, we've got a heck of a story for you this week. Larry Porter Chism threw away a shot at a nice career in law by also being into the illegal drug trade. Chism would be arrested and sentenced to 40 years in prison, but his story didn't end there. He and other prisoners were taken out for a bowling field trip for good behavior only to use this as an opportunity to escape! It only gets crazier from there. If you have any information, you can call in tips to 1-877-926-8332,  and can also submit tips online to talk about John Williams, Caitlin thinks she hates sitcoms, and Andrew accuses her of being an agent of the Sith. There's some talk about ear licking ASMR (no worries, no actual ASMR occurs in this show) and the weirdness of Twitch. Twitter: See for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 65: Mary Lou York

Episode 65: Mary Lou York


June 1, 1979, Mary Lou York was murdered in her grocery store. The culprit was never in question, as York was able to identify her killer as Charles Laverne Singleton before she died. Singleton would be sentenced to death, but his time on death row would make headlines around the world. Afterwards, Caitlin tries to stump Andrew with THE HARDEST STAR WARS QUIZ EVER! Or at least that's what the quiz claimed, so we'll see if we can prove it to be a dirty, disgusting liar. Twitter: See for privacy and opt-out information.
We're a little late this week, but we're back. Caitlin tells us the tragic story of Jersey Bridgeman, who was abused by her father and stepmother, being chained to a dresser. The two of them would be caught and sent off to prison, and Jersey would go to live with her mother. Unfortunately, that's not how this story ends, as Jersey would go missing late one night.Later, Andrew yells at Caitlin about bananas.Twitter: See for privacy and opt-out information.
Nannette Krenzel went missing on May 12, 1995. She was last seen leaving a Chicago bar after an altercation with her boyfriend. The next morning she would be found dead. Was it the obvious answer that it was her boyfriend who had acted strangely afterwards, his brother who didn't like the two as a couple, or maybe a totally different out of left field culprit? The only way to find out is to listen to this week's episode of Paint the Town Dead. Or just use google, I guess. Twitter: See for privacy and opt-out information.
Leslie Ballard came from a loving family and had a nice, cushy job. Then she met Mike MacKool, a former Marine with a checkered past. Leslie was enamored with Mike, but her family did not approve of their marriage. The MacKools loved adventure and more importantly, spending money whether it was their own or their family's. Post-show Caitlin talks about a couple of movies she saw and continues her journey through the Throne of Glass series. Andrew watched Mortal Kombat: Conquest, the best/worst show possibly ever made.Twitter: See for privacy and opt-out information.
In 1993, Debra Reese was found murdered in her Jacksonville, Arkansas home. Police quickly zeroed in on Ledell Lee as her killer. As time has marched on, Lee's guilt has come under intense scrutiny. Was Lee truly guilty, or has Debra Reese's killer gone free this entire time?Afterwards Andrew talks about the new Star Wars series, The Bad Batch, and is then annoyed by the characters of Psych. Caitlin is still listening to the Throne of Glass series and watched Things Heard and Seen. We also get called out on Twitter because of our wretched math abilities. Twitter: See for privacy and opt-out information.
In 1995 fear gripped the state of Arkansas. A man driving a white car and utilizing a blue light to impersonate a police officer began pulling over women in remote areas, taking them hostage, and then raping them. A massive task force was assembled to bring the man known as the Blue Light Rapist to justice.Afterwards, we talk about some of the typical nonsense. Caitlin is still reading Throne of Glass, Andrew reads some Witcher and football stuff and then becomes way too proud of his stupid new catchphrase. Twitter: See for privacy and opt-out information.
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Lauren woody

I am Kacie's sister-in-law (married to her brother). Thank you for continuing to share her story. It means the world to us.

Oct 8th

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Mackenzie.British.Columbia hears you loud and clear.

Mar 13th
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