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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Episode 67: East Coast Roswell – The Kecksburg Incident

On Thursday, December 9, 1965, a strange object was sighted over Canada.  This object passed into the United States, creating sonic booms as it moved.  Witnesses reported seeing fire in the sky, trailing behind a bell shaped craft moving eastward across the US until it crossed into Pennsylvania and landed in a remote village outside of Pittsburgh called Kecksburg.

For over 50 years people have tried to solve the mystery of what landed in the Kecksburg woods that cold winter day.  Locals who saw this object believe it was something not from our world.  Other’s believe it was a spy satellite, perhaps Russian, that crashed in our country.  Soon after it landed, state police and the military closed off a perimeter of the woods and hours later witnesses reported seeing the military leave with an object on a flatbed truck.  The oject was covered by a tarp.

Today people still question what landed in the Kecksburg woods, and I needed a little help digging into this mystery.  In this episode I’m joined by writer, editor and communications consultant Bob Gatty, who was a reporter outside of Kecksburg covering the story for his local paper in 1965, and Chris Cogswell, co-host of the Mad Scientist Podcast and Research Director for MUFON.  You can find out more about Bob on his website www.notfakenews.biz and you can follow Chris and the Mad Scientist Podcast on Facebook and Twitter.

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Episode 66: Homicide City Party 2 – A Manager’s Murder

While the suburbs of Philadelphia never experienced the homicide rates we had in the city, there are murders from just outside city limits that would shock even the most seasoned investigator.  Perfectly manicured lawns, lush green trees and flowers in the spring, the colors of autumn bursting from those same trees in the fall – the sort of neighborhoods where you’d never expect the type of crimes we see in Philadelphia.  But if you listen to this podcast, you know that’s a facade.  There are just as many twisted crimes happening outside Philadelphia as there are in the city.

In it’s premiere season, Homicide City focuses on Philly homicides from the from the 80s through the 90s including cases from outside Philadelphia, some with connections to the city.  Partnering with Veteran detectives, each episode of homicide city tells their stories about their search for justice during some dark days in the our communities.  In this episode we talk with Chief Oscar Vance,  featured in A Manager’s Murder and Main Line Massacre,  episodes of Homicide City that premiered in February on Investigation Discovery channel.

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Episode 65: Homicide City Part 1 – South Street Mystery

In 2017, the city of Philadelphia saw a 20% increase in homicide rates on top of a steady up tick in homicides between 2013 and 2017.  Police attributed arguments and disagreements as one of the factors in recent rising murder rates. In 2016 there were 278 homicides in Philadelphia, and over 300 on 2017.  These numbers probably seem staggering to someone from outside the city.  But for many of us, we remember the 80s, which exceed 500 homicides each year.  then 1990 hit, and Philly outdid itself with over 600 murders within the city.  That year our homicide rate was four times the national average.  Between 1991 and 2002 Philadelphia’s murder rate dropped almost every year.  Police divisions all over the city made more connections within the community and by 2002 the city’s homicide rate was less than half what it had been over a decade before.  Just a few years later, Philly’s murder rate was again on the rise.

That’s the subject behind Investigation Discovery’s new series Homicide City.  In it’s premiere season, Homicide City focuses on those years in the 90s and early 21st century in Philadelphia.  Partnering with veteran detectives, each episode of Homicide City tells their stories about their search for justice during some dark days in the city of Philadelphia.  In this episode we talk with Sgt. William Britt, featured in “South Street Mystery,” an episode of Homicide City premiering on Wednesday March 28 on Investigation Discovery. about the murders of Richard and Patricia Zimmerman.  Sgt. Britt also shares his experience working with Philadelphia PD for 33 years in the Narcotics and Homicide divisions.

I’d like to extend my most heartfelt thanks to Sgt. William Britt for his time and for sharing so much about his career with all of us.  Thank you to Sophia from Investigation Discovery for providing me so much information about their new series, Homicide City, and providing me the opportunity to speak with Sgt. Britt.  And thank you to Kari, co-host of White Wine True Crime podcast, for connecting me with Investigation Discovery and opening the door for this episode, and the next episode when I speak with retired Chief Oscar Vance from the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office, who is also featured in the series Homicide City

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Episode 64: Punxsutawney Phil

There are so many elements that contribute to the legend of Groundhog Day and n this episode we’ll travel a circuitous route over a few hundred years of Pennsylvania history mixed with pagan traditions, Christian celebrations and native American folklore.

Groundhog Day is the one day each year when the residents of the Keystone state turn to a little furry underground dweller to predict the weather. This is the story of how a recognized religious holiday became an event dedicated to a rodent.  One particular rodent who lives in a part of town called Gobbler’s Knob. (I swear I did not make that up!)

This episode is G-PG.  It’s safe for the little twisters and full of family friendly fun.

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Episode 63: The Lone Survivor – Part 2

In the early morning hours on Saturday, May 11, 2007, a teenage boy made his way through the dark, across back yards in Manheim, PA, located in Lancaster County.  He wasn’t on his way home from a party, or sneaking out after curfew.  This boy was fleeing from a murder scene, where he’d killed 16 year old Kevin Haines, and Kevin’s parents, Tom and Lisa Haines.  Kevin’s older sister Maggie, just home from college for summer break, managed to escape without detection.

 

At the end of Part 1, Alec Kreider just confessed to the Haines murders.  Now in Part 2 we follow the police investigation to gather evidence and prosecute Alec, because a confession doesn’t prove someone guilty in a court of law.  How did Alec’s family cope in the aftermath of his arrest? How did Maggie Haines cope with the news her family was murdered by her little brother’s best friend? And what happened in 2010 after the PA State Supreme Court ruled life sentences for juvenile offenders are a form of cruel and unusual punishment?  Is Alec Kreider still in prison?

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Episode 62: The Lone Survivor – Part 1

In the early morning hours on Saturday, May 11, 2007, a teenage boy made his way through the dark, across back yards in Manheim, PA, located in Lancaster County.  He wasn’t on his way home from a party, or sneaking out after curfew.  This boy was fleeing from a murder scene, where he’d killed 16 year old Kevin Haines, and Kevin’s parents, Tom and Lisa Haines.  Kevin’s older sister Maggie, just home from college for summer break, managed to escape without detection.

For a month Manheim Police and the Pennsylvania State Police worked tirelessly to solve the Haines murder, soliciting assistance from the FBI.  Yet their efforts yielded little results.  Until a 16 year old boy named Alec Kreider  confessed to the murders.  Alec told his parents and his therapist he killed Kevin Haines, his best friend for almost a decade, and Kevin’s parents.  Alec didn’t give a reason, although he’d struggled with depression and what he called “dark thoughts” for years.

In the Lone Survivor – Part 1 we review the Haines family murders, Alec and Kevin’s friendship, the after math of the murders on the community of Manheim, and Alec’s placement in a behavioral health facility before confessing to murder.  Part 2 will explore the events that occurred after Alec’s confession, the impacts on his family and the Haines family, especially the lone survivor of the brutal attack, Maggie Haines.

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Episode 61: The Mummers Parade

If you’re not from Philadelphia, or the tri-state area, the word mummer may hold little connection for you.  But here in the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection, there is an event every new year’s day for which some Philadelphians prepare all year long.  The annual Mummer’s Parade.

Earlier this week I was chatting with a friend and mentioned the mummer’s parade, to which said friend replied “what’s a mummer?”  Sit back, put your feet up, dig out a few of those left over Christmas cookies because today, on New Year’s Day, you’ll experience a long running Philadelphia tradition.

From it’s history in Greek mythology, European pagan and Christian celebrations, mummery has been a part of Philadelphia since the days of William Penn.  And while those fanciful costumes covered in feathers and sequins seem like a thing of joy, modern mummer history is marked with racism and intolerance.  It’s a Philly tradition that some folks wish would disappear.

Later in this episode I’m joined by  special guest Jeremy Collins from Podcasts We Listen To as we discuss the history of our home town parades, the similarities and differences.

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Episode 60: ‘Twas the Murder Before Christmas – The Murder of Stephanie Kilhefner

‘Twas the murder before Christmas in Paradise, PA.  The residents of Georgetown St. prepared for Christmas Day.

On Christmas Eve night, mom Stephanie Kilhefner ran some last minute errands and said good night to a neighbor.

She tucked in her little ones, left them dreaming of Santa Claus, while her husband Dustin Klopp dreamed of breaking the law.

There was a fight between them, we don’t know why.  By the glow of the Christmas tree, Stephanie would die.

On Christmas Day, Dustin took the kids to grandma’s house as if nothing were amiss.

By Christmas night, he had a change of heart. Dustin called the police to confess his part.

What motive, what reason, for a holiday tale so chilling?  I’ll tell you all about it on this episode of Twisted Philly.

Special thanks to Brianna, co-host of the Murder Dictionary Podcast, for the voice over in this episode. You can follow Murder Dictionary on Twitter @m_d_podcast.

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The Pennsylvania coalition against domestic violence can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 1-800-932-4632.  Their website is www.pcadv.org there you can find resources in your community, information about shelters and other support systems.  The national domestic violence hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233.)

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