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Rainy Day Rabbit Holes: Pacific Northwest History and Humor

Author: Shea And Jody

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Join hosts Shea and Jody on the Rainy Day Rabbit Holes Podcast for a whimsical journey through Pacific Northwest history. Explore weird tales, wacky legends, and hilarious anecdotes that define the region's charm. With infectious laughter and boundless silliness, each episode promises entertainment and a deeper appreciation for PNW's unique quirks! Tune in weekly for laughter and exploration!
42 Episodes
🌧️🐇 Welcome back to Rainy Day Rabbit Holes! In this episode, we delve into the fascinating life of Roy Olmstead, the Gentleman Bootlegger who ruled Seattle’s underground scene during the Prohibition era. 🌆🍸 Episode Highlights: - **Woodmont Beach Arrest:** We kick off with the dramatic capture of Olmstead at his Woodmont Beach hideout. - **Seattle Origins:** Explore Roy’s early days as a dedicated police officer in Seattle and his surprising transition into the world of bootlegging. - **Bootlegging Operations:** Learn about the intricate smuggling routes from Canada and the sophisticated network Olmstead built. - **Public Persona vs. Criminal Mastermind:** Discover how Roy balanced his dual life, earning the nickname “Gentleman Bootlegger.” - **Downfall:** Follow the sequence of events that led to his ultimate arrest and the end of his empire. #### Special Mentions: - **Book Recommendation:** A huge thank you to Brad Holden for his incredible book, [Seattle Prohibition: Bootleggers, Rumrunners & Graft in the Queen City]( This episode wouldn’t have been possible without his detailed research and captivating storytelling. - **Podcast Shoutout:** Check out our friends at [Plodding Through the Presidents]( for more intriguing historical tales. Their deep dives into presidential history are a must-listen! - **Further Reading:** For more on Roy Olmstead’s life, visit the [ article]( which provides an in-depth look at his impact on the Pacific Northwest. #### Engage With Us: - **Discussion:** What surprised you the most about Roy Olmstead’s story? Do you think his charm justified his illegal activities? - **Social Media:** Follow us on @RainyDayRabbitHoles for updates, and share your thoughts using #RainyDayRabbitHoles. Thank you for joining us on this rainy day rabbit hole! Don’t forget to like, share, and subscribe for more stories that uncover the hidden corners of history. 👉 **Visit our website:** []( #RainyDayRabbitHoles #Podcast #NewEpisode #RoyOlmstead #GentlemanBootlegger #ProhibitionEra #SeattleHistory #PacificNorthwest #TrueCrime --- Send in a voice message:
This week, Jody and I needed a little break, so we have a special treat for you. Today, we're sharing an episode from one of our favorite shows, "Audibly Haunted," a spine-chilling podcast hosted by the talented Ani Khajadourian. If you're a fan of ghost stories, eerie encounters, and supernatural mysteries, this is the podcast for you. Each episode delves into haunting tales that will send shivers down your spine, all narrated with Ani's captivating storytelling and enhanced by the podcast's excellent production quality. In this episode titled "The Reddit Lamp: A Parallel Life?", Ani explores a fascinating and unsettling story that surfaced on Reddit. It revolves around a seemingly ordinary lamp that mysteriously begins to act as a portal to a parallel existence. As the tale unfolds, listeners are taken on a journey through bizarre events and eerie coincidences that blur the lines between reality and the supernatural. The top-notch production quality brings the story to life, making every detail and chilling moment even more immersive. This episode is a perfect example of the captivating and eerie content that "Audibly Haunted" delivers. **Highlights:** - Introduction to "Audibly Haunted" podcast - Overview of the episode "The Reddit Lamp: A Parallel Life?" - Exploration of the story of an ordinary lamp acting as a portal to a parallel existence - Detailed narration and high-quality production - Immersive experience that blurs the lines between reality and the supernatural **Follow Audibly Haunted on Spotify** **Follow them on Instagram** Don’t forget to dim the lights, put on your headphones, and get ready to be audibly haunted! We will see you next week with our regular episode! --- Send in a voice message:
Join Shea & Jody as they take a hilariously spooky tour of the Old Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge, Montana. This episode is packed with off-color humor, ghostly encounters, and a deep dive into the infamous prison riot. Buckle up for a rollercoaster of laughter, chills, and some historical insights that will leave you both entertained and a little creeped out! On this episode: We wax philosophical about what are ghosts even? Should you put crystals up your butt? What if bazooka ammo was made from Bazooka bubble gum? Should we stop mentioning Pretty Gritty Tours? What band name is the best, Soggy Bricks or Dicks in the Attic? We were featured on the Grit City Podcast! Check out our episode here! Get your tickets to the Men In Black Birthday Bash! ⁠ --- Send in a voice message:
In this thrilling drunk-isode of Rainy Day Rabbit Holes, we dive deep into the enigmatic life of Fred Crisman, a figure surrounded by mystery and controversy. From his involvement in the infamous Maury Island UFO incident to his alleged connections to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Crisman’s story is one that blurs the lines between reality and conspiracy. Join us as we unravel the threads of this captivating tale and explore the theories that have fascinated conspiracy enthusiasts for decades. Make sure to watch Bryan Shickley's awesome animated short (trailer at the beginning of the episode!) Get your tickets to the Men In Black Birthday Bash! Check out our pod-friend of the week, PNW Haunts & Homicides! And as always, find pictures and more at our website! --- Send in a voice message:
In the summer of 1947, the skies over Maury Island, Washington, just north of Tacoma, held secrets that would captivate a nation. It all began when private pilot Kenneth Arnold reported seeing a string of nine shiny flying objects zooming past Mount Rainier at incredible speeds. His account led to the coining of terms like "flying saucer" and "flying discs" to describe these mysterious craft. But it was Harold Dahl's encounter on Jun 21, 1947, that truly ignited the intrigue. While patrolling Maury Island's east bay, Dahl witnessed six massive doughnut-shaped aircraft. Intrigued? Want to hear more? Then listen now! Please make sure to listen all the way to the end, there is some excellent information about some upcoming events, as well as the trailer to Bryan's short film! Watch Bryan Shickley's short animated film at Watch the Pretty Gritty Tour's video about the incident here: Get tickets for the MIB Birthday Bash here! You can also watch both of these videos and see more pictures, plus all the links, at our website at Check out the PodBeat App! Check out Midday Musings Podcast --- Send in a voice message:
In the quiet town of Bellingham, nestled in the misty forests of the Pacific Northwest, whispers linger in the air, carrying tales of a curse that haunts its streets. Among these whispers are echoes of a dark past, where injustices and betrayals have left their mark on the city and its people. It is within this enigmatic setting that our story unfolds, delving into the mysteries that lurk beneath the surface and the secrets that refuse to stay buried. Today, Shea tries not to ruin Bellingham for her big brother Jason. But seriously, Bellingham is a very cool place. Make sure to book a tour with the Good Time Girls Check out Killing 15 Minutes! You can see more over at our website! Rainy Day Rabbit Holes --- Send in a voice message:
When does a religious group become a cult? In this episode, we venture into the scandalous world of the Community Chapel and Bible Training Center, nestled in the quiet community of Normandy Park, Washington (Shea's former home). This Pentecostal religious group had a dark underbelly of secrets and peculiar sexual practices, prompting speculation of cult-like tendencies veiled behind the guise of spirituality. This story of lust and faith in the Pacific Northwest has it all-money, sex, demons, ugly carpet-even murder. Visit for all of the pictures of inside Pastor Barnett's marvelous home. We now have merch!! T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and totes! Do you want to submit a design for merch? Send it to Follow the Audibly Haunted Podcast on Spotify or wherever you get podcasts! --- Send in a voice message:
Jody's back! It's good to be together again! Make sure to listen all the way to the end for a trip back to the 1990's. Delve into the enigmatic tale of E.R. Butterworth, a figure shrouded in mystery amidst Seattle's historic landscape. Journey through the foggy Pacific Northwest as we uncover the secrets behind Butterworth's meteoric rise to wealth and influence in the mortuary industry. From humble beginnings to a titan of his trade, his legacy is tainted with whispers of corruption and theft, casting a dark shadow over his once-lauded empire. Join us as we peel back the layers of history to reveal the truth behind the veiled dealings of E.R. Butterworth, shedding light on a captivating yet murky chapter in Seattle's past. We also review our recent tour of Stadium High School in Tacoma Washington with Pretty Gritty Tours! You can get 10% off a tour at our website. Visit to get your code, then visit to sign up for a tour! --- Send in a voice message:
It's time to talk Tacoma-with Shea's brother Jason! Step back in time to 1970s Tacoma, Washington—aka Grit City—where the Top of the Ocean restaurant arson ignited a firestorm of controversy. Join us as we peel back the layers of this Pacific Northwest noir, revealing a seedy underworld entangled with organized crime and corruption. In this gripping episode, we unravel the sinister plot that engulfed Grit City in flames, shedding light on a wide-scale FBI and BATF investigation that rocked the region. From fire bombings to murder plots, this is a tale of the mayhem and the mob. Discover how law enforcement battled against the odds to expose the truth, even when it meant confronting the very authorities sworn to protect and serve. Tune in as we navigate the twists and turns of this captivating saga, where loyalty is tested and justice hangs in the balance. Join us as we delve into the shadows of Grit City's past, where secrets lurk beneath the surface and history waits to be uncovered. This is more than a podcast episode—it's a journey through the heart of the Pacific Northwest's darkest hour. Make sure to check out Pretty Gritty Tours for more Tacoma history! If you want to book a tour, head over to for an exclusive discount code! --- Send in a voice message:
Gifted healer? Or serial killer? In the misty woods of Olalla, Washington, lurks the remains of a truly terrifying place, where patients were starved to death under the care of an ambitious woman, Linda Hazzard. Linda rejected the medical establishment, and even though she was never able to rise to the level of a real medical doctor, killed 15 patients with her unique "fasting therapy". Join us as we dive into the dark waters of the Pacific Northwest and talk about this enigmatic woman. Read more on our blog! --- Send in a voice message:
Part 1 available now on Effed Up History! Listen to Part 1 first! This episode is a continuation of a conversation with Krystina at Effed Up History. She told us all about the origins of Satan or Lucifer in mythology, and his role in the Witch Trials of Salem and other time periods. We take the panic into modern times, exploring the origins of the Satanic Panic of the 1980's, the figures like Aleister Crowley and Anton LaVey, and the book "Michelle Remembers" from Victoria B.C. that sparked a full blown madness. From there, we follow the repercussions into mass child abuse accusations in the Pacific Northwest in the 1990's, all the way to the QAnon craziness of the current day. So, strap in, get yourself a cup of Northwest roasted coffee, and get ready to laugh, learn, and practice your "oh good God, what the F*(%" faces! This is an excellent video about the Satanic Panic: We have a Patreon! Maybe! Your support means the world to us! For the price of a cup of coffee, you can help us with the production of this show. You also will get awesome benefits like bonus episodes! --- Send in a voice message:
There is a little news in the case of Jesse Lee Calhoun, a man who might be connected (allegedly) to the deaths of at least four women in the greater Portland metro area. Tune in for a quick update plus some news! Tomorrow you get not one but TWO episodes with Shea & Jody! We collaborated with Krystina over at Effed Up History to talk about the Satanic Panic! Both episodes drop tomorrow, April 11th at 8am EST. Part one is on the Effed Up History feed, part two is right here. Enjoy! Get part one here! Join our Patreon! --- Send in a voice message:
In the murky depths of the Pacific Northwest's Salish Sea legends and myths intertwine with the aquatic realm. Join us on a thrilling voyage as we delve into the folklore and reality of the sea monsters that roam these waters. We shine a spotlight on the most enigmatic of the PNW's sea creatures, the giant Pacific Octopus, and tell the tales of "Caddy" a legendary sea monster reported to be seen through British Columbia and Washington. Tune in as we embark on an unforgettable expedition into the depths of the Salish Sea, where sea monsters reign supreme and the boundaries between myth and reality blur. Plus, we may have finally discovered where an octopus keeps its butt. Visit for more! Check out this video of Galloping Gertie! Please make sure to follow us wherever you listen, and leave a review or rating! Thank you! --- Send in a voice message:
It's our 25th episode!!! What happens when you batch record three episodes in one morning? This hot mess express! Today, Shea tells you all about how the San Juan Islands of Washington almost fell to British rule, and how one poor pig sparked a 15 year skirmish that almost disintegrated into an all-out war between the Americans and the British in the Pacific Northwest. Marvel at Shea's inability to pronounce things. Grow disgusted with the non-stop tangents. It's everything you ever wanted, or didn't ask for, in a podcast episode. Its one hell of a drunk-isode! Visit for more info! Explore the history of the Coast Salish and other Indigenous people's place names! Listen to Effed Up History! Listen to Ireland Crimes and Mysteries! Listen to One Good Thing Media! Read an article that is better than our drivel! --- Send in a voice message:
Beautiful mountains, gorgeous lakes and waterfalls, epic hikes, mouth-watering craft beer, steamy hot springs.... Idaho's got it militias! Today, Jody tells us about how Ruby Ridge became the epicenter of a harrowing standoff between the federal government and Randy Weaver, a former Green Beret, and his family. What began as a simple firearms charge escalated into a deadly confrontation, leaving lasting scars on both sides and igniting a fierce debate on government overreach and the rights of individuals. An important piece of the political history of Pacific Northwest that has implications even to this day. Check out our website for more! Make sure to click on the "Follow" button wherever you listen so you don't miss an episode! And can you please help us out by telling a friend and leaving a five star review? We appreciate your support! --- Send in a voice message:
Hold onto your mushroom caps! Did you know that Oregon is home to the world's largest organism? Deep in the Blue Mountains an ancient killer is at work under the soil, spreading it's deadly tendrils for over four square miles! Today, we talk about the Pacific Northwest's most amazing natural marvel, the Humongous Fungus. And of course, we have all of the finest quality mushroom puns and bad dad jokes. Visit for more! --- Send in a voice message:
Step into the whirlwind of the Stanley Quencher water bottle craze! In this episode, we unravel the phenomenon that turned a simple hydration tool into a cultural icon. Discover what sparked the frenzy, the features that made it irresistible, and the social media storm that fueled its rise. Join us as we explore the highs, the hype, and the eventual decline of the Stanley Quencher tumbler craze. Tune in for a refreshing look at the power of a simple bottle to captivate the masses. As always, head on over to for more! Make sure to follow and subscribe wherever you listen! --- Send in a voice message:
Wondering if you should listen to Rainy Day Rabbit Holes? Well of course the answer is yes! Do you like to laugh while you learn? Then this podcast is for you. Do you like your history hysterical? Then this podcast is for you. Every episode we tell a story about the Pacific Northwest, from Bigfoot to Starbucks to the Salish Sea Feet Discoveries. Discover the upper left corner of North America like never before! You can also check out our website for pictures and descriptions, plus so much more! --- Send in a voice message:
It's Rainy Day Rabbit Holes story time, with professor of Pacific Northwest history Michael Sullivan. Michael leads us on a journey through the spellbinding world of Ray Gamble, Tacoma's own millionaire magician, and uncovers the captivating story behind Gamble's rise to fame and fortune. Michael Sullivan taught Pacific Northwest history for 23 years as well as historic preservation, at University of Washington Tacoma. He's a writer, a historian, and the chairman of the board of History Link. Ray Gamble is a character that can almost be viewed as a representation of the city of Tacoma. From humble beginnings he pulled himself up by his boot straps to become wildly successful, and was a larger-than-life character who is shrouded in mystique, even to this day. Kind of like Tacoma. Visit for links to Michael's website, pictures, and more! --- Send in a voice message:
Explore the multifaceted life of Zula Swanson, an unsung hero of African American history. From being the largest landowner in Alaska to her savvy business ventures, including her role as a madame, Swanson's story epitomizes resilience and entrepreneurship. Join us as we uncover the layers of her legacy, celebrating her contributions to civil rights, black culture, and economic empowerment. Visit for all the links! --- Send in a voice message: