When Andrei Chikatilo was 42 years old, he was no longer able to contain his dark urges. He assaulted and murdered his first victim, 9 year old Yelena Zakotniva. Unfortunately, another man was wrongly convicted and executed for the crime. Over the next 12 years, Andrei would murder over 50 victims. He was arrested at the age of 54 and after days of interrogation, he finally confessed. Was Andrei Chikatilo insane, or would the court find him guilty and finally serve justice for all of his victims?
Andrei Chikatilo was born in the Ukraine in 1936, in the midst of a famine. His father was sent off to war and his mother was tough on him as a child. He was shy, socially awkward, and to his embarrassment, impotent. He would go on to marry a woman and have two children, but there were always dark urges within himself that he was trying and failing to contain.
Amelia and Adam Wright’s marriage is failing. As they near another anniversary, they win a trip for two in an old chapel in Scotland. But this win wasn’t random, it was planned. Amelia and Adam are hiding secrets from each other, and neither is the person the other thinks they are. Who sent them on this getaway? Will they make it out together, let alone alive?
On December 7,2001, 31-year-old Janine Vaughn went out for drinks and dancing with a couple of her friends. When they left the club around 3am, her friends were arguing and Janine was upset that she had lost her handbag. She walked ahead of her friends and CCTV footage shows her getting into a red car. Janine was never seen again. Who was driving that car, and what did they do with Janine?
On August 5, 1982, in New Mexico, Father Reynaldo Rivera received a phone call from a man asking the priest to come give his dying grandfather his last rites. Father Rivera’s body was found three days later. He had been shot and strangled, possibly with a wire hanger. On July 20, 1984, Father John Kerrigan left a bakery in Montana. Nine days later, his clothes were found along with a wire coat hanger. Both were covered in blood. Were the two murders related, were there other priests murdered by the same assailant, and would any of them ever be solved?
On September 14th, 1971, 16 year old Cathy Moulton was dropped off in downtown Portland, Maine to do a little shopping. She visited a friend before making the walk back home. Unfortunately, she would never make it there. Cathy's disappearance would go cold quickly, with no new leads of where she might be. Twenty four years later, a new detective on the case was able to track down where Cathy went from Portland, but that trail ended before Cathy or her body were found. What happened to Cathy Moulton that afternoon? Will her family ever get an answer?
In June in 1981, Minnesota police received a phone call from a man crying, saying he had killed someone and begged police to find him so he wouldn’t have to kill again. Police were unable to track him. A year later, the same man called for an ambulance after getting into a physical altercation with a woman who he had planned to murder. Paul Stephani was picked up and connected to the phone call made the year before. How many innocent women had Paul murdered, and what drove him to murder them in such a gruesome manner?
In 1979, Sue Sharp left her husband and moved her five kids to cabin 28 in Keddie, California. Two years later, Sue, her eldest son, and his friend, Dana, were found murdered inside the cabin. Her youngest daughter, Tina, was nowhere to be found. The case would go cold until three years later when Tina’s remains were finally discovered. Who murdered the three found in cabin 28 and why did they take Tina when they left? Would justice ever be served for Dana and the Sharp family?
Today’s episode is a special one because it’s our 100TH EPISODE! We couldn’t have made it here without all of our listeners and supporters, so to show our thanks we’re giving you two stories today. First, Kelli shares the story of one the worst child killers in America’s history, Albert Fish. Albert claims to have tortured and murdered hundreds of children, and while only three of those murders were proven, they were three of the most gruesome crimes against children. Then, Amelia tells us the history of one of America’s most haunted hotels, the Crescent Hotel. Norman Baker bought the run down hotel in 1937 and turned it into a hospital. After being sent to prison for mail fraud, the hospital was left abandoned for years. It’s now a fully functioning hotel and spa, but you may run into a ghost or two during your stay.
In July 2012, 16 year old Skylar Neese disappeared from the apartment she lived in with her family. Six months later, one of Skylar’s best friends, Rachel Shoaf, could no longer stand the guilt and confessed to murdering Skylar with the help of her other best friend, Shelia Eddy. Rachel then led police to Skylar’s body, confirming what they had done. What drove the two teenage girls to plot and murder what everyone thought was their best friend?