Episode 76: The Husband Didn’t Do It

On November 21, 2014, 33 year old Jessica Padgett from Northampton County, Pennsylvania, ran an errand on her lunch break.  Her coworkers at Duck Duck Goose Child Care expected her back within about 30 minutes.  Jessica left work that day a little before 1PM, her youngest child still at the day care where he went with her every day, and she was never seen again.

For five days Pennsylvania State Police, Northampton County police, the community, Jessica’s family and her husband Micah Padgett, searched for Jessica.  Social media posts pleaded for help.  The community responded. Thousands of people searched for Jessica Padgett, everyone hoping for her safe return.  Five days after her disappearance, someone came forward and confessed to her murder.  The killer, and his motive, were more shocking than her family could have ever imagined.  Unlike the cliche’ you see in true crime memes, Jessica’s killer wasn’t her husband.

This case was requested by a number of TwistedPhilly listeners over a year ago and because of the sensitive nature of Jessica Padgett’s murder, and consideration for her family, it took some time before I was able to share this story.

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Episode 75: Collision on the Delaware

Ride the Ducks landed in Philly in 2003.  The company had been around for over 30 years, primarily operating on land and water in more rural areas, but after the launch of Boston Duck Tours in 1994, more an more touring duck companies ventured into metropolitan areas – as long as there was a way to get from land to water, a city could be a great fit for duck touring vehicles.

While Ride the Duck tours was a popular tourist excursion in Philadelphia, Ride the Ducks no longer operates in our city as the result of two tragic and avoidable accidents that took the lives of three people.  The first incident occurred in 2010, the other just 5 years later, and then in 2016 Ride the Ducks closed up shop.  Duck boats are quirky, they’re large, lumbering hulks of metal that instantly trigger feelings of nostalgia, and they can be deadly, not only in Philadelphia but other cities around the country.  The catastrophe on the Delaware river in Philly wasn’t the first time someone lost their life in a duck boat accident, nor was it the last.

Thank you to Nicki, host of Strictly Homicide Podcast, for her participation in this episode!

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Episode 74: TwistedLegends – The Green Man and the Bus to Nowhere

In this episode we get a little spooky, scary and certainly twisted.  TwistedLegends features two Pennsylvania legends: The Green Man from our “west coast” outside of Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia’s Bus to Nowhere, a Philly legend that scares me to my core.    These stories were part of the live broadcast Live Stream for the Cure between May 18 and 20th. This event raised over $11,000 for cancer research and I’m so happy to share these stories with you here on TwistedPhilly.  Grab your flashlight, hug your cat and get ready to pull the blanket over your head because we’re packing loads of twisted terror in this episode! (WARNING: the second story, the Bus to Nowhere, contains discussion about depression and anxiety. Listener discretion is advised.)

Special thanks to musician Emmy Cerra for the music you heard in this and almost every episode of TwistedPhilly.  Emmy’s music is available for download on iTunes.

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Episode 73: The Dancer, the Cheater, his Wife and her Murder (Stefanie Rabinowitz)

WARNING: This episode contains adult subject matter, including the death of a young mother, which may be upsetting to some listeners.  Listener discretion is advised.

On Tuesday, April 29, 1997, 29 year old Stefanie Rabinowitz and her husband Craig went out to dinner with her parents to celebrate the end of Passover.  After they returned home Craig and Stefanie shared a few beers, Craig settled in to watch the Flyers in the Stanley Cup and Stefanie went upstairs to take a bath while Craig watched TV.

Before he knew it an hour had passed and Stefanie was still in the bathroom.  Craig entered the bathroom to check on Stefanie and found her unconscious and unresponsive in the tub.  Craig Rabinowitz called 911 but by the time Stefanie was transported to a suburban Philadelphia hospital, it was too late.  Doctors were never able to revive Stefanie Rabinowitz.  This beautiful young wife and mother died as a result of a horrible accident, or at least that’s what everyone thought.

Within a matter of days Stefanie’s husband Craig Rabinowitz was arrested for her murder.  As if that wasn’t bad enough a Pandora’s box of deception blew open, revealing Craig to be a lying, cheating swindler as well as a murderer.

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Episode 72: Elfreth’s Alley

In Old City, Philadelphia, there’s a tiny little street that can’t even be called a street.  It’s an alley, barely wide enough for a small cart to pass through; Elfreth’s Alley.

Elfreth’s Alley is the oldest continuously inhabited street in America.  Other cites like to boast they have the oldest street in the country, but we’ve got the street with the longest history of perpetual residents.  One resident is rumored to have been none other than Ben Franklin.

With just 16 houses on each side of the street, some dating back over 300 years, Elfreth’s Alley is filled with history, charm and ghost stories.  So put on your walking shoes as we take a stroll down a tiny little alley known as Elfreth’s.  Be sure to keep your eye out for the ghost of a revolutionary soldier who lost his life to a hangman’s noose.

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Episode 71: TwistedBump – The Seelbach Hotel

This week is a special a very special episode of TwistedPhilly.  It’s a twisted road trip as I recorded from Louisville, KY, with Diane, host of the History Goes Bump podcast.

Last weekend I headed to Louisville for a live podcast event, and while in town I stayed at the historic, and haunted, Seelbach Hotel. Diane and I took a self guided tour around the hotel and we talked about the history, legends and ghost stories, including the Lady in Blue, that make the Seelbach a perfect destination for history and ghost junkies like us.

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Episode 70: Spring has Sprung

It’s the time of year when the days get longer, the temperatures get warmer and everyone wants to spend a little more time outside.  Or at least  it should be.  I don’t know about you but I’ve been wearing my winter coat almost every day so far in April.  This lingering sense of winter isn’t holding me back from enjoying everything spring has to offer in the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection, and it shouldn’t hold you back either.

In this episode I share some of my favorite ways to celebrate Spring, including art, music, ghost tours, food festivals, science and nature, in and outside of the city.  There’s something for every twister of every age in this episode.  (Ok, I might have dropped one F bomb so maybe not the very little twisters.)  If you’re looking for some fun and adventure in the city, look no further because I’ve curated my favorite events and locations just for you.  And if you’re not in the area, I hope you’ll listen too because there’s a little history, a little haunting, a lot of fun and a few greased poles for good measure.

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Episode 69: Eclipsed by the Strangler

WARNING: This episode contains content about drug addiction, relapse and overdose.  If these subject matters are difficult, or a possible trigger, please listen with caution.

During my research about the Kensington Strangler I found a case I’d never heard of before; the death of Allison Edwards.  Allison was murdered between the 2nd and 3rd strangler victim on December 3, 2010, in the Juniata Park section of Philadelphia, about two miles from the other murders.  Initially there was suspicion Allison may have been murdered by the same man as Elaine Goldberg and Nicole Piacentini, but soon after her discovering her body police considered her death a drug overdose.  An autopsy revealed she was murdered.

Allison Edwards name almost disappeared from the headlines.  The story about the Kensington Strangler was bigger news, but one person made sure not only did Allison remain on the minds of Philadelphia police and the DAs office, she fought for justice until Allison Edward’s killer was caught.  That person was Allison’s mother Karen Emery.  This is the story of a 22 year old young woman, fighting to maintain her sobriety, build a career and care for her child while facing the constant pull of a powerful drug, and the story of a mother who refused to give up on her child, in life and in death.

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Episode 68: The Kensington Strangler

On December 9, 2010, a headline in the Philadelphia daily news read “For Hookers, fear of attack is a constant companion.” Hookers.  This headline reduced them to nothing more than their jobs, something I doubt would have happened if they were administrative assistants, retail associates, corporate executives.

These women worked the stroll, a section of Kensington Avenue in Philadelphia under the L train near one of the worst sections of North Philadelphia, and they were being hunted.  By the time that article was published, two women had been murdered.  They were raped, strangled and left alone in trash ridden vacant lots.  A few weeks later a third body was found. Someone way preying on the women in Kensington, watching them, watching and waiting to choose his next victim.  This is the story of Elaine Goldberg, Nicole Piacentini and Casey Mahoney, three young women who were victims of the Kensington Strangler.

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Surprise Bonus Episode: The Philadelphia Experiment

SURPRISE!

After releasing the episode about the Kecksburg incident I had so many listeners reach out over email or social media and ask me to feature more weird stories like that one. I know some of you love true crime and they’re your favorite episodes, other people prefer more history or hauntings, but the response to overall weirdness has been much bigger than I anticipated.  Many of you have asked for more – more episodes about weird shit.

With that in mind I thought I’d release a small bonus episode.  This story is actually a Patreon episode I released  in July called Real Life vs. Movie – the Philadelphia Experiment.

Depending on with whom you speak, the Philadelphia experiment never happened. Conspiracy theorists claim on October 28, 1943, a ship in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard disappeared, only to reappear in Virginia, hover for a few seconds before returning to Philly.

Did the navy create a Tardis?  Did they shatter the confines of science and discover a way to render a ship invisible while sending it through time, and space?  Listen and find out, but whatever you do, don’t watch the 1984 movie about the Philadelphia experiment.  It’s a complete bag of shit.

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