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Northwest of Normal is a true crime podcast featuring stories from the Pacific Northwest. Hosts Meghan and Jon share harrowing stories from their neck of the woods. They focus on victims and their families and dive into the deeper elements of these stories, exploring wider cultural implications of law, punishment, psychology, and the human condition.
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A depraved predator given every chance to turn his life around decides instead to give himself over to the darkness within. He stops at nothing to exert control and targets the most vulnerable among us – children. Sources People article, “She Survived a Monster” by Elaine Aradillas, June 6, 2022 Serial Killers podcast, “Jazzi Jet” Joseph Edward Dun…
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When a group of young people get together to have a good time, a lonely interloper comes onto the scene, leading to tragic consequences. Sources Seattle Met – “The 10 Crimes That Shook Seattle” by Bess Lovejoy, October 1, 2014 Wikipedia – Capitol Hill massacre Murderpedia – Kyle Aaron Huff Wikipedia – The Capitol Hill Arts Center Music: “Flowing Ri…
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A girl agrees to babysit for a family new to town. When a man picks her up, she rides off with him and disappears. Sources: Crime Beat podcast – “The Back-up Babysitter” Pts. 1 & 2 Ucfiles.com Email us at nwonpod@gmail.com Music: "Flowing Rivers" by Immersive MusicΑπό τον Jon & Meghan
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A girl walks away from her friend’s house in anger. Several witnesses see her throughout town before she vanishes. Did a stranger take her or did someone close to her do the unimaginable? Sources ABC News20/20 “Last Seen Walking” Leah Nicole Freeman - Find a Grave Wikipedia - MacGuffinΑπό τον Jon & Meghan
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A man with a troubled childhood and a disturbing adolescent record of deviant behavior escalates to an unimaginable degree, leaving four women dead and questions that can never be answered. Sources Wikipedia - Jerry Brudos Jerry Brudos And The Grisly Murders Of The 'The Shoe Fetish Slayer' (allthatsinteresting.com)…
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A man with a troubled childhood and a disturbing adolescent record of deviant behavior escalates to an unimaginable degree, leaving four women dead and questions that can never be answered. Sources Wikipedia - Jerry Brudos Jerry Brudos And The Grisly Murders Of The 'The Shoe Fetish Slayer' (allthatsinteresting.com)…
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Women have disappeared from the backroads of the western United States for decades. Today, we visit two of these cases. One eventually gets solved. The other has grown as cold as a Wyoming winter. Sources Wikipedia – Lil’ Miss Murder “The True Story Behind the Lil’ Miss Murder” by Rachel Souerbry for Ranker Wikpedia – Disappearance of Amy Wroe Bech…
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After a man fails to appear in court on a weapons charge, the US government takes matters into their own hands. The escalation leaves three people dead and raises fundamental questions about the meaning of protection, freedom, and individualism. Sources Ruby Ridge – Wikipedia Randy Weaver – Wikipedia “Ruby Ridge Federal Siege” on Forgotten History …
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When a young girl goes missing in an Oregon town in 2002, the community and police have no clue how deep the depravity runs, and that the perpetrator walks among them. Sources Wikipedia – Ward Weaver III Wikipedia – Oregon City, Oregon All That’s Interesting – “The Disturbing Story Of Ward Weaver III, The Oregon Dad Who Brutally Murdered His Daught…
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A young woman seeking adventure and self-discovery heads to the remote northern wilderness in Washington State. Did she disappear of her own volition, or did someone take her? Sources Leah Roberts – Wikipedia “The Unsolved 2000 Disappearance of Leah Roberts Explained” by Becky Stephenson for Grunge – October 2, 2022…
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From 1996 to 1998, the city of Spokane, Washington was under siege as people discovered the remains of women's bodies in vacant lots and rural roads on the outskirts of town. As police followed leads, the body count climbed. And when they finally discovered the source of destruction, they learned that his crimes had spanned decades. Resources Washi…
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From 1996 to 1998, the city of Spokane, Washington was under siege as people discovered the remains of women's bodies in vacant lots and rural roads on the outskirts of town. As police followed leads, the body count climbed. And when they finally discovered the source of destruction, they learned that his crimes had spanned decades. Resources Washi…
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An unknown assailant brutally kills a young woman in Idaho. Local police have promising forensic evidence. The only problem? It doesn’t match the man who confesses to being involved in the crime. Sources Dateline NBC “The Confession” Wikipedia – Murder of Angie Dodge Find a Grave – Angie Raye Dodge Chris Tapp’s obituary…
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A man finds a young woman’s body floating in an urban and heavily populated lake on a summer afternoon. What investigators find while working the case will perplex them and keep her family looking for answers for years to come. Sources Seattle Police Department’s homicide unit tip line: 206-233-5000 Email reporters with information on Autumn Stone:…
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A family gathers to celebrate on Christmas Eve, unaware that someone has diabolical plans that will shatter generations and a small community in Washington State. Sources Wikipedia Carnation, Washington Crime Watch Daily video Wikipedia 2007 Carnation Murders KIRO7 News article “911 Caller: Makes me wonder if her daughter did it” January 27, 2016 L…
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A nine-year-old boy gets abducted for ransom, putting his family, local authorities, and even the FBI on high alert. Can they keep up with the wild goose chase and find the kidnappers in time to bring the child home before it’s too late? Sources Crimes and Capers of the Northwest by Heather Vale Goss HistoryLink.org Essay 7711 By Daryl C. McClary S…
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An ambitious college freshman visiting family for Thanksgiving in 1989 goes for a run and doesn’t come home. Despite decades of investigative work and potential leads, the case seems impossible to solve until two moms at a water park strike up a conversation. Sources Chillingcrimes.com 48 Hours – “Mandy Stavik: The Case No One Could Forget” Insider…
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A man from a respectable family and every opportunity to succeed can’t quiet the demons that compel him to destroy. Early warning signs aren’t enough to prevent the reign of terror he unleashes when he goes berserk up and down the I-5 corridor. Sources: Wikipedia Sports Illustrated article by L. Jon Wertheim “Serial Killer Sunday: When True Crime M…
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Three young women spend a peaceful Halloween evening giving out candy to trick-or-treaters at their home in a small town. Within hours of turning off the lights and going to bed, two of them will be dead. Sources: Lori Johnston on Medium ABC News article CBS News article “Nightmare in Napa” National Crime Scene Cleanup Find a Grave – Adriane Insogn…
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One man terrorizes women across the US with impunity for over two decades. Why can't law enforcement and mental health professionals coordinate to end his spree? By the time people raise the alarm, four women are dead and scores of others must live with the trauma he inflicted. Sources Muderpedia You Belong to Me and Other True Cases – Ann Rule’s C…
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Between 1979 and 1982, five people went missing near the Washington-Idaho border. Were these vanishings connected by a lone serial killer or did multiple perpetrators ravage these small towns? Sources Wikipedia - Lewis-Clark Valley Murders People Magazine article “Killer in the Valley” by Sandra Sobieraj Westfall & Christine Pelisek Wikipedia – Ott…
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In 1986, in separate incidents within a few miles of each other and over four months apart, 12-year-old Michella Welch and 13-year-old Jennifer Bastian disappear in broad daylight. Are these cases connected? Sources: Find a Grave – Michella Welch Dateline podcast “Evil was Watching” May 2022 Point Defiance Park - Wikipedia Find a Grave – Jenny Bast…
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When Vili Fualaau and Mary Kay Letourneau start an illicit relationship, he’s 12 years old and she’s 34. Jon and Meghan discuss this sensational story, exploring its dark elements and the troubling implications of child exploitation and misunderstood love. Sources: Crimes and Capers of the Northwest by Heather Vale Goss Wikipedia Vili Fualaau on Dr…
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When an 18-year-old disappears during summer 1979, her family, friends, and law enforcement do everything they can to locate her. Join Jon and Meghan as they puzzle over what could have happened that night over 40 years ago. Sources: You Belong to Me and Other True Cases, Ann Rule’s Crime Files Vol. 2 Reddit post by u/hypercorrections Ellensburg Da…
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On Christmas Eve 1985, a family expecting dinner guests finds a stranger at their front door. Come along as Jon and Meghan discuss cultural warfare, the damage that rumors cause, mental illness, and chaotic violence that ends in senseless tragedy. Faces of the Enemy by Sam Keen You Belong to Me and Other True Crime Cases Ann Rule’s Crime Files Vol.…
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Two sisters accept a ride home on an early fall night in 1973. Then the unimaginable happens. Join Jon and Meghan as they dive into the lasting reverberations of a heinous crime. Sources: Mamamia article by Keryn Donnelly Find a Grave.com A Crime’s Lasting Wounds - The Washington Post August 13, 1992 New York Daily News article by Mara Bovsun Rapid…
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Two young women set out for a cross-country adventure only to encounter unimaginable trauma. Hike into the scrub brush with Jon and Meghan while we unpack a story fraught with tension and marvel at one woman's quest for answers. Strange Piece of Paradise by Terri Jentz Cline Falls Axe Attack Wikipedia The 2011 PBS documentary “Forgiveness: A Time t…
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A 1974 assault foreshadows even greater tragedies to come for two families in western Washington. Come along as Jon and Meghan discuss jurisdictional tomfoolery and how it never ends well. Sources: Charles Rodman Campbell - Wikipedia Charles Rodman Campbell | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers Charles Campbell | True Crime Library The Murde…
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Welcome to Northwest of Normal, a true crime podcast featuring stories from the Pacific Northwest. I’m Meghan and I tell my husband Jon harrowing stories from our neck of the woods. We focus on victims and their families and dive into the deeper elements of these stories, exploring wider cultural implications of law, punishment, psychology, and the…
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In 1974, a family goes camping in the remote Oregon wilderness and disappears. Join Jon & Meghan as we explore the possibilities of what happened to the Cowdens and how we adjudicate predators. Sources: But I Trusted You and Other True Cases – Ann Rule’s Crime Files Vol. 14 Cowden family murders - Wikipedia Dwain Little | Murderpedia, the encyclope…
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