The Crime Shack Podcast

33 Episodes
Subscribe

By: Michelle Pense

The Crime Shack is a podcast created and hosted by Michelle Pense, that dives into the details of various crime cases that have occurred around the world. The Crime Shack provides factual information on each case, as well as personal perspective and commentary. (Content may contain elements that are not suitable for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised. Views and opinions expressed in this podcast and on our website are our own and do not represent that of law enforcement or any other person involved or otherwise in the case. We make every effort to ensure that the information we...

EP33: Amber & Josh Hilberling
#33
08/06/2022

In 2011, Josh Hilberling fell to his death from his 25th-floor apartment in Tulsa Oklahoma.  Digging into Josh and his wife Amber's volatile relationship would lead investigators to question whether or not this was simply an accident, or if it was murder.

This episode is sponsored by Athletic Greens. Get a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase by visiting athleticgreens.com/EMERGING.

SHE’S BIRDIE Safety Alarm: The personal safety alarm made for women, by women.
Code CRIMESHACK15 for 15% off...


EP32: Web of Lies • Chandler Halderson
#32
07/23/2022

In July 2021, Chandler Halderson of Wisconsin filed a missing person's report for his parents: 50-year-old Bart Halderson and 53-year-old Krista Halderson.  He told authorities that on July 2, 2021, his parents had been picked up by unknown "friends" before they headed to a rustic cabin three hours away. They never returned.  It wasn't long before Chandler's story began falling apart, and his intricate web of lies began to quickly - and horrifically - unfold. 

This episode is sponsored by Athletic Greens. Get a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase by vis...


EP31: Abducted and Murdered • Cherish Perrywinkle
#31
07/09/2022

8 year old Cherish Perrywinkle went shopping with her mom Rayne and two younger sisters at a Florida Walmart on June 21, 2013, when they were approached by a seemingly generous stranger. Within a couple of hours, surveillance video would show Cherish walking out of Walmart with the stranger, never to be seen alive again.

This episode is sponsored by Athletic Greens. Get a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase by visiting athleticgreens.com/EMERGING.

SHE’S BIRDIE Safety Alarm: The personal sa...


EP30: A Killer Party • Tyler Hadley
#30
06/25/2022

On July 16, 2011, troubled teen Tyler Hadley threw the "party of the year" in Port St. Lucie Florida.  About a hundred attendees showed up at the Hadley home to drink, do drugs and party through the night and until the early morning hours.

Unbeknownst to the partygoers, just hours earlier Tyler had bludgeoned his parents to death...and their bodies were still in the house.

This episode is sponsored by Athletic Greens. Get a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase by visiting athleticgreens.com/EMERGING


EP29: Darlie Routier
#29
06/11/2022


“Somebody came in, they broke in and just stabbed me and my children!” 

On June 6, 1996, Darlie Routier and her two sons, Devon and Damon, were attacked by an unknown intruder in the middle of the night.  Darlie's husband Darin and her infant son Drake were asleep upstairs at the time, and were unharmed. 

An investigation into the brutal attack revealed disturbing evidence that questioned Darlie’s account of the events of that night.

This episode is sponsored by Athletic Greens. Get a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs wit...


EP28: The Epidemic of U.S. Mass Schools Shootings
#28
05/27/2022

Within a span of 10 days, 21 men, women and children were murdered in New York and Texas by two lone gunmen.  Following these massacres, there is shock, horror, public outcry, and even worse, a resolve and hopelessness that this has become our reality.
Numerous research and studies have been done to try to answer why these mass shootings occur, but tragically nothing is ever done to prevent them from happening.

This episode is sponsored by Athletic Greens. Get a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase by visiting a...


EP27: The Disappearance of Suzanne Morphew
#27
05/14/2022

On Mother's Day 2020, 49-year-old Suzanne Morphew went for a bike ride in Salida, Colorado, and never returned. She was reported missing, and the investigation that proceeded over the next two years appeared to point to a clear cause for her disappearance; but digital and vehicle forensic technology, sketchy politics, and a chipmunk alibi put doubt in authority's assumptions about what had actually happened to Suzanne.

This episode is sponsored by Athletic Greens. Get a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase by visiting athleticgreens.com/EMERGING<...


EP26: The Ice Chest Murder • Thomas Capano
#26
04/17/2022

In 1996, an American lawyer who had a reputable and prominent career, and an enviable life, was accused of murdering his former lover, 30 year old Anna Marie Fahey. 
The headline-making trial that ensued,  weaved a tale of politics, wealth, arrogance, and family betrayal, and rocked the state of Delaware. 

SHE’S BIRDIE Safety Alarm: The personal safety alarm made for women, by women.
Code CRIMESHACK15 for 15% off your purchase

Hunt A Killer: Immersive Murder Mystery Game
Code CRIMESHACK20 for 20% off your First Subscription Box 

...


EP25: A Life of Lies • The Murder of Michele MacNeill
#25
04/01/2022

Respected Utah doctor Martin MacNeill was seemingly a good father to his eight children, but when his wife Michele suddenly died in 2007, an investigation into the death uncovered a web of lies and a hidden life that had spun out of control.

SHE’S BIRDIE Safety Alarm: The personal safety alarm made for women, by women.
Code CRIMESHACK15 for 15% off your purchase

Hunt A Killer: Immersive Murder Mystery Game
Code CRIMESHACK20 for 20% off your First Subscription Box 

Invisawear Safety Jewelry: The...


EP24: Mysterious Cruise Ship Death of George Allen Smith
#24
03/21/2022

On the early morning of July 5, 2005, as the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Brilliance of the Seas was on its Mediterranean voyage, newlywed George Allen Smith mysteriously plunged from the balcony of Stateroom 9062, never to be seen again. As the investigation into George’s disappearance ramped up, homicide was suspected.

SHE’S BIRDIE Safety Alarm: The personal safety alarm made for women, by women.
Code CRIMESHACK15 for 15% off your purchase

Hunt A Killer: Immersive Murder Mystery Game
Code CRIMESHACK20 for 20% off your First Subscription Box 

...


EP23: Evil Comes Calling • The Caffey Family Murders
#23
03/03/2022

Two men broke into the Caffey family home in Alba Texas on March 1, 2008 and went on a murderous rampage that left two young children and their mother dead. The investigators, and the father who survived the tragic event, were shocked when they learned who orchestrated and planned the horrendous killing spree.

SHE’S BIRDIE Safety Alarm: The personal safety alarm made for women, by women.
Code CRIMESHACK15 for 15% off your purchase

Hunt A Killer: Immersive Murder Mystery Game
Code CRIMESHACK20 for 20% off your First Subscription Box 
<...


EP22: 1100 Miles to Murder: Teresa Sievers
#22
01/31/2022

In June 2015, holistic medicine physician Teresa Sievers was attacked and brutally murdered in her Bonita Springs Florida home. Who would want to kill a successful doctor was a mystery to authorities, until the plot to murder her was uncovered, and the shocking mastermind behind it was revealed.

SHE’S BIRDIE Safety Alarm: The personal safety alarm made for women, by women.
Code CRIMESHACK15 for 15% off your purchase

Hunt A Killer: Immersive Murder Mystery Game
Code CRIMESHACK20 for 20% off your First Subscription Box 

Inv...


EP21: The Bizarre Disappearance of Brandon Lawson
#21
01/13/2022

In August 2013, 26 year old Brandon Lawson ran out of gas on a remote highway near Bronte, Texas and vanished without a trace. A strange 911 call deepened the mystery and lead to many conspiracy theories, but what really happened to Brandon that night leaves us with more questions than answers.

SHE’S BIRDIE Safety Alarm: The personal safety alarm made for women, by women.
Code CRIMESHACK15 for 15% off your purchase

Hunt A Killer: Immersive Murder Mystery Game
Code CRIMESHACK20 for 20% off your First Subscription Box 

<...


EP20: Concrete, Potting Soil and Lies: The Murder of Taylor Wright
#20
12/11/2021

In September 2017, private investigator Taylor Wright went missing. She'd entrusted her close friend Ashley McArthur with a substantial amount of her money for safekeeping, not knowing that it would lead to deadly repercussions.

SHE’S BIRDIE Safety Alarm: The personal safety alarm made for women, by women.
Code CRIMESHACK15 for 15% off your purchase

Hunt A Killer: Immersive Murder Mystery Game
Code CRIMESHACK20 for 20% off your First Subscription Box 

Invisawear Safety Jewelry: The 'smart' jewelry that could save your lif...


EP19: Camp Scott: Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders
#19
10/08/2021

In the summer of June 1977, three young girls were found brutally murdered at a Girl Scout campground in Oklahoma.
 
What came to be known as the largest and longest manhunt for the perpetrator in Oklahoma history ensued, but the mystery of whether authorities actually captured the
real killer, remains.

SHE’S BIRDIE Safety Alarm: The personal safety alarm made for women, by women.
Code CRIMESHACK15 for 15% off your purchase

Hunt A Killer: Immersive Murder Mystery Game
Code CRIMESHACK20 for...


EP18: Bizarre Disappearance of Girly Chew Hossencofft
#18
09/01/2021

A woman goes missing during a bitter divorce battle, leading investigators into a bizarre world of aliens, conspiracy theories, cannibalism and conmen.

What happened to Malaysian-born Girly Chew Hossencofft on September 9, 1999 was one of the most bizarre murder cases in Albuquerque New Mexico history.

SHE’S BIRDIE Safety Alarm: The personal safety alarm made for women, by women.
Code CRIMESHACK15 for 15% off your purchase

Hunt A Killer: Immersive Murder Mystery Game
Code CRIMESHACK20 for 20% off your First Subscription Box 

I...


EP17: The Murdaugh Murders
#17
07/01/2021

On June 7, 2021 the lives of the prominent Murdaugh family of South Carolina changed forever. A tragic double murder shrouded in mystery, shined the spotlight on the Murdaugh's legal dynasty, a tragic boat crash, and it’s possible connection to a 2015 cold case.

SHE’S BIRDIE Safety Alarm: The personal safety alarm made for women, by women.
Code CRIMESHACK15 for 15% off your purchase

Hunt A Killer: Immersive Murder Mystery Game
Code CRIMESHACK20 for 20% off your First Subscription Box 

Invisawear Safety Jewelry:...


EP16: Deadly Dad, John Battaglia
#16
05/27/2021

John Battaglia was a handsome, charming and well-educated accountant living in downtown Dallas Texas. Though viewed by friends and colleagues as a loving, doting father to his daughters, John had a much darker side.

In May 2001, newly divorced from his second wife Mary Jean Pearle, he would unleash that dark side in an ultimate and fatal act of revenge.

SHE’S BIRDIE Safety Alarm: The personal safety alarm made for women, by women.
Code CRIMESHACK15 for 15% off your purchase

Hunt A Killer: Immersive Murder Mystery Ga...


EP15: The Strange Murder of Robert Eric Wone
#15
03/27/2021

32 year old Robert Wone, a lawyer from Oakton, Virginia, was staying overnight at the Washington D.C. home of college friend Joseph Price on August 2, 2006, when he was viciously attacked in the middle of the night.  The police investigation revealed that the crime scene was staged, and that the three residents that were in the house at the time of the attack who were all unharmed, knew more than they were letting on.

SHE’S BIRDIE Safety Alarm: The personal safety alarm made for women, by women.
Code CRIMESHACK15 for 15% off you...


EP14: The Monster Preacher, Gary Hiednik
#14
02/05/2021

Gary Heidnik was a Philadelphia murderer who kidnapped, tortured, and raped six women. Two of the women did not make it out of his basement alive.
 
Heidnik claimed insanity, but in July 1999, he was sentenced to death and executed by lethal injection.

Gary Heidnik was part of the inspiration of the Buffalo Bill character in Thomas Harris's 1988 novel, The Silence of the Lambs, and its 1991 film adaptation.
SHE’S BIRDIE Safety Alarm: The personal safety alarm made for women, by women.
Code CRIMESHACK15 for 15% off your purchase

<...


EP13: Krim Family Murders: Yoselyn Ortega
#13
12/31/2020

On October 25, 2012 Marina Krim arrived at her Manhattan apartment, trying to locate her two children, six year old Lucia “Lulu” and her 2 year old son Leo who had been with their nanny, Yoselyn Ortega, that day.

What Marina found in the bathroom of her apartment was unimaginable, and would change her and her families lives forever.

SHE’S BIRDIE Safety Alarm: The personal safety alarm made for women, by women.
Code CRIMESHACK15 for 15% off your purchase

Hunt A Killer: Immersive Murder Mystery Game
Co...


EP12: Parkland School Shooting: Nikolas Cruz
#12
11/30/2020

On February 14, 2018 former 19 year old student, Nikolas Cruz, walked into a three-story building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida - immediately before school was to end for that day - and began shooting.   

In this episode, we dive into Cruz' disturbing past that led up to that fateful day, and the devastating  aftermath, of what was to become the deadliest high school shooting in United States history. 
SHE’S BIRDIE Safety Alarm: The personal safety alarm made for women, by women.
Code CRIMESHACK15 for 15% off your p...


EP11: Halloween Edition
#11
10/30/2020

In this special seasonal episode, I'll be discussing two cases that occurred on the night of October 31st:

William "B.J." Liske: A family of three are brutally murdered while in their beds in rural Martin, Ohio.  Details of a troubled family member surface as investigators begin to search for the perpetrator. 


Leslie Mazzara and Adriane Insogna: Three roommates fall asleep in their two-story home after celebrating Halloween in Napa California, only to be awakened by an unwelcome intruder and blood curdling screams coming from upstairs.

SHE’S BIRDIE Safety Alarm:


EP10: Dorothea Puente “The Death House Landlady”
#10
10/07/2020

In the 1980’s, Dorothea Helen Puente ran a boarding house in Sacramento California for the elderly, drug addicted and mentally disabled. As part of their agreement in renting a room in Dorothea's house, she would retrieve her tenants' daily mail, cash their social security checks and give them only a portion of the money...and if they refused or gave her problems about it, they would mysteriously disappear.

SHE’S BIRDIE Safety Alarm: The personal safety alarm made for women, by women.
Code CRIMESHACK15 for 15% off your purchase

Hu...


EP09: "Behind Closed Doors" The Turpin Family
#9
08/20/2020

In the early morning of January 14, 2018, with the help of a 17 year old girl, authorities would come to discover the shocking truth behind the Turpin family of Perris, California.  The Turpin’s had the appearance of a perfect, happy and successful family. David and Louise Turpin and their 13 homeschooled children would go on adventures to Disneyland and Las Vegas, never bringing suspicion to those around them or to their family members that anything was wrong.

SHE’S BIRDIE Safety Alarm: The personal safety alarm made for women, by women.
Code CRIMESHACK15 for 1...


EP08: The Pike County Murders: Part 2
#8
07/26/2020

In the middle of the night or early morning of April 21st and 22nd of 2016, eight members of the Rhoden and Gilley families were murdered - execution-style - in their homes in Pike County Ohio.

In Part 2, we continue to follow the extensive 2 1/2 year investigation as authorities narrow in on the suspects.  The evidence in the investigation is revealed, as well as the shocking potential motive behind the killings.

SHE’S BIRDIE Safety Alarm: The personal safety alarm made for women, by women.
Code CRIMESHACK15 for 15% off you...


EP07: The Pike County Murders: Part 1
#7
06/11/2020

In the middle of the night or early morning of April 21st and 22nd of 2016, eight members of the Rhoden and Gilley families were murdered - execution-style - in their homes in Pike County Ohio.
This episode is a multi-part series that details the events of this brutal slaying of almost an entire family, and the extensive two-year investigation that follows.

SHE’S BIRDIE Safety Alarm: The personal safety alarm made for women, by women.
Code CRIMESHACK15 for 15% off your purchase

Hunt A Killer: Immersive Murder Mystery Game...


EP06: Geza de Kaplany "The Acid Doctor"
#6
05/08/2020

Geza de Kaplany, also known notoriously as “The Acid Doctor,” was a Hungarian doctor who immigrated to the United States in the 1950’s. In 1962, Geza met and quickly fell in love with a fellow Hungarian immigrant, Hajna Piller, who was a model and dancer.  After only being married for a couple of months, Geza heard a rumor about his new wife that angered him, causing him to mutilate her and kill her in their San Jose California apartment.

SHE’S BIRDIE Safety Alarm: The personal safety alarm made for women, by women.
Code CRIMESHAC...


EP05: Christy Sheats and Cynthia Kessler Collier: Maternal Instincts
#5
04/16/2020

Maternal filicide is a term used to describe when a mother murders her own child or children.  This is a rare and uncommon type of crime that begs the question “what would cause someone to do something so horrendous?” 
In this episode we discuss a couple of cases that occurred within the last 5 years, of maternal filicide where two seemingly good and loving mothers commit the unimaginable.

SHE’S BIRDIE Safety Alarm: The personal safety alarm made for women, by women.
Code CRIMESHACK15 for 15% off your purchase

Hunt A Killer...


EP04: Harold Henthorn: Mystery on Deer Mountain
#4
03/08/2020

In September of 2012, Toni Henthorn, a 50 year old ophthalmologist, fell more than 120 feet off a cliff to her death on Deer Mountain Trail in the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.  She was on an anniversary hike with her husband of 12 years, Harold Henthorn. Unbeknownst to Toni, Harold had obtained life insurance policies on his wife totaling millions of dollars. In 1995, 17 years prior to that event, Harold’s previous wife Lynn, also died a suspicious death by being crushed to death underneath their vehicle while her husband was changing a tire.  Harold Henthorn was arrested and charged with Toni’s murd...


EP03: Natascha Kampusch and The Secret Cellar
#3
02/12/2020

Natascha Kampusch, an Austria native who lived with her family in a suburb of Vienna, Austria, was abducted by a stranger named Wolfgang Přiklopil on March 2, 1998. For 8 ½ years she was held captive in a custom built cellar Wolfgang Přiklopil’s house and “thought only of escape” during her entire time imprisoned.  She escaped on August 23, 2006, and has since written a book, 3096 days, describing her ordeal.

SHE’S BIRDIE Safety Alarm: The personal safety alarm made for women, by women.
Code CRIMESHACK15 for 15% off your purchase

Hunt A Killer: Imme...


EP02: The Incident by the Pool: Honey & Barry Sherman
#2
12/18/2019

Barry and Honey Sherman, Toronto residents, were known by many to give generously to multiple charities and were close with their family and friends. Barry was the founder of Apotex, Inc. a global pharmaceutical company, and he and his wife Honey were heavily involved in philanthropy. Before heading to a planned trip to Miami, Florida, Barry and Honey Sherman were found strangled in the basement of their Toronto home, on the deck of their own pool.

SHE’S BIRDIE Safety Alarm: The personal safety alarm made for women, by women.
Code CRIMESHACK15 for 15% of...


EP01: Todd Mullis "The Corn Rake Murder"
#1
11/13/2019

Todd Mullis married Amy Fuller in 2004. Todd and Amy’s marriage was far from perfect, and Amy had a couple of affairs during her marriage with the intent of eventually divorcing Todd. Amy had confided in several friends and family members of her unhappiness in her marriage, her affairs, her intent to want to leave Todd, but also her fears of doing so. Todd invested many years of work and money into his farms, and was reluctant to give that up in a possible divorce.  In November 2018, Amy was found on the floor of a shed on their farm pro...