Wednesday, July 15, 2020

When Hell Came To The 2nd Floor: The UpStairs Lounge Arson


On the night on June 24, 1973 around 8pm, someone set fire to the UpStairs Lounge a gay bar located in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Thirty-two people lost their lives.

Many think the police failed to really investigate the arson. The official cause is still listed as "undetermined origin", but many believe it was a man that was thrown out of the bar earlier that night.

Almost 50 years later is it still one of New Orleans' deadliest fires. Up until the Pulse Nightclub shooting in 2016, it was the deadliest incident in the history of violence against the LGBTQ community. 



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Buddy Rasmussen & Adam



Plaque to commemorate the victims of the fire

A huge THANK YOU to Edward of Octoberpodvhs for the much needed listener discretion

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Nico of wetalkofdreams.com for the amazing music and sound/editing.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The Lakewood Monster

Today we are headed to the Pacific Northwest to just a bit south of Seatle Washington to a town by the name of Lakewood. Lakewood is home to McChord Air Force Base with lots of its residents supported by the base, many of the residents know one another or at least knows a friend of a friend. The small community of around 59,000 people love the area and feel safe here that is until July 4, 1996, that would all change as a monster would pay a visit to Lakewood and change it forever.

Promo is from our friends at Forgotten News Podcast @NewsForgotten
Listener discretion is from Edward October  @OctoberpodVHS
Music is by the extremely talented Nico from @wetalkofdreams and hey, he is so awesome, he is also our Executive Producer.

Sources:
https://archive.seattletimes.com/archive/?date=19990221&slug=2945479
http://www.courts.wa.gov/content/publicupload/eclips/2014%2002%2024%20The%20double%20edged%20sword%20of%20DNA.pdf
https://www.theday.com/article/20100310/nws01/303109976
https://wstale.com/world/murder-of-cynthia-cindy-allinger-by-guy-matthew-rasmussen-featured-on-the-face-of-evil/
https://www.amazon.com/Seeds-of-Death/dp/B07QX3PHFK/ref=sr_1_3?crid=GVOYCZUW7ORJ&dchild=1&keywords=face+of+evil&qid=1594226271&s=instant-video&sprefix=face+of+%2Cinstant-video%2C279&sr=1-3
https://archive.seattletimes.com/archive/?date=19990221&slug=2945479
https://archive.seattletimes.com/archive/?date=19961119&slug=2360621
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saIBNiQcuFQ
https://www.casemine.com/judgement/us/5914b877add7b0493478575c

It is December 20, 1977, when two hunters, out for the afternoon looking to bring home some ducks for Christmas dinner, stumble upon something. Unfortunately for them, that something was not a holiday feast but the body of a woman who, from the looks of it, had been out there for a while.  The men called the police immediately and due to the location, two responding counties arrive, Fayette County and Clayton County. As officers look closer they can easily see what was the cause of death: two gunshot wounds to her head.  As officers are working to secure the scene and collect evidence, it doesn’t take long to notice something else. They see it is a sleeping bag, but when they pull it from the water, they know it is not empty. Once on the banks, another female body is discovered inside the sleeping bag. Investigators are in shock but this case was far from over.

Join Jen and Cam from Our True Crime Podcast as we discuss this week’s episode, ‘Just a Simple Plan.’

There is a brand new promo from our BFF Edward October from @octoberpodVHS. Check him out for some great storytelling.  Edward is the coolest and always does our listener’s discretion too.

Our other bestie, Nico from We Talk of Dreams, does all our music and also happens to be our executive producer.