Saturday, February 25, 2023

200. For Want Of A Child: The Murder of Jossie Merrifield

Just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Missouri, lies Collinsville, Illinois.
In this town, the Merrifields raised their blended family of thirteen children.

In August 1999, the Merrifields looked forward to adding two new grandchildren to their ever-growing family. Their daughter, 18-year-old, Jossie, was due any day with her second child, and their daughter Sandra May, who was four years older than Jossie, was due just a short while later with the baby she had long been trying for. The Merrifield family was large, consisting of nine girls and four boys, with plenty of little ones running around to keep things interesting. But before August was over, tragedy would strike the family.

Join Cam and Jen as we discuss 'For The Want Of A Child: The Murder of Jossie Merrifield.

Thanks to the following folks for making this possible!
Edward October for the Listener Discretion. Check out his YouTube Channel
Nico at We Talk of Dreams for editing and theme music.
Lauretta Allen for research and writing.

And a huge thank you to Andy from Stabby Hamlet for all the stickers, pens, and magnets. Make sure you check out his store for great underground metal music artists. You will find albums, graphic novels, and fun characters that are only available to them.


Wednesday, February 15, 2023

199. What Happened to Linda Sherman?

 On June 28, 1990, two TWA flight attendants decided to grab a bite to eat near the St Louis Lambert airport. They decide to go to a local Mexican fave, Casa Gallardo, on St Charles Rock Road. The pair were seated at a table next to the window. As the pair were talking and trying to decide between the chimichanga or the steak soft tacos, but definitely a must is the grande margarita or, even better, a pitcher of margs. Sitting at their table, one woman noticed something in the bushes across the parking lot. It was hard to make out, and even when they questioned if what they thought they saw was truly what it was. One of the flight attendants called over the manager to point it out. The manager shut the blinds to all the windows facing that direction. It was nearly 1 pm when the manager called the Bridgeton police. After the police arrived, the crime scene investigators followed. The flashbulbs were popping, and crime scene tape went up. It was as if someone had purposely placed it there to stare at the patrons of the restaurant. The dirty skull looked fake, but it was very real. 

Join Jen and Cam on this episode of Our True Crime Podcast entitled ‘What Happened to Linda Sherman?’

Listener discretion is by the talented @octoberpodVHS
All music is by our executive producer @wetalkofdreams


Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Forever Valentine: Patricia Mann & Jesse McBane

 Jesse was an All-American young man who was voted Most Likely to Succeed. Patricia was an All-American young woman on track to become a nurse. When the two met, sparks flew. Even though they were usually separated by distance, they knew they would be together forever.

On February 12, 1971, Jesse unexpectedly showed up at Watt's Nursing School in Durham, North Carolina, where Patricia attended, to take her to the Valentine's Dance. The two had a fantastic night at the dance, then left at 11:30 to go to Lover's Lane.

When the two failed to return home, friends and family knew something was wrong and began searching for the two lovebirds.

Then on February 25, a land surveyor found what he thought was a mannequin leg covered with leaves deep in the woods, only four miles from Jesse and Patricia's last known whereabouts. Upon closer look, he saw the bodies of Jesse McBane and Patricia Mann. They had been tied to an oak tree and covered by leaves and debris. Their hands were tied behind their backs, and a rope was around their necks.

This case has remained unsolved for fifty-two years and needs closure. Join Cam and Jen as they go over the case along with the three main suspects. Maybe you will be the one that can help the police solve the case.

If you have any information, no matter how small, about the abduction, torture, and murder of Jesse McBane and Patricia Mann, please contact the Orange County Sheriff's department at 919-644-3050 or visit the Orange County Sheriff's Office's website at

Make sure to check out the long-form podcast The Long Dance with investigating reporter Drew Adamek and writer/filmmaker Eryk Pruitt. It is well done and chock full of information and interviews with many people involved. Jen loved it!

Thank you to our team that helped make this episode possible:
Edward October for the Listener Discretion. Check out his YouTube Channel
Nico at We Talk of Dreams for editing and theme music.
Lauretta Allen for research and writing.

Sources: found: of tree where bodies were found: an amazing deep dive:,+North+Carolina+27312/Sanford,+NC/@35.6045825,-79.4350582,10z/data=!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x89acb97f2695f989:0x7d512c2db0470c33!2m2!1d-79.1772371!2d35.7201463!1m5!1m1!1s0x89aca38c6e5a1cc9:0x33e094f5b0279618!2m2!1d-79.1802994!2d35.4798757,+Croasdaile+Drive,+Durham,+NC/Sanford,+NC/@35.753211,-79.6180582,9z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x89ace14343601747:0x1d1dab53fe316a44!2m2!1d-78.9412932!2d36.0277261!1m5!1m1!1s0x89aca38c6e5a1cc9:0x33e094f5b0279618!2m2!1d-79.1802994!2d35.4798757,+Durham,+NC+27705/Howe+St,+Durham,+NC+27705/@36.0355654,-78.986795,14z/am=t/data=!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x89ace143d55e6e9f:0xfaed2233d9e052d0!2m2!1d-78.945073!2d36.0287718!1m5!1m1!1s0x89ace0e8553588cf:0xd7428fae04db057a!2m2!1d-78.9881625!2d36.0396603,_North_Carolina,_North_Carolina

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

197. America's Youngest Serial Killer: Craig Price

It is July 27, 1987, and 27-year-old single mother Rebecca Spencer is sound asleep on her couch. She wakes to a stranger above her. The man has a knife and uses all his strength to bring the knife down and stab Becky violently repeatedly. The community was in shock but the police were sure they would solve the case fast. They were wrong and the case went cold for two years. The killer would strike again on September 4, 1989, when a mother and her two children were attacked in the middle of the night. Police were shocked by the heinousness of the crime but the bigger shock was soon to come when investigators found the killer.


Join Jen and Cam on this episode of Our True Crime Podcast entitled ‘America’s Youngest Serial Killer: Craig Price.’

Promo is by our good friends Mike Garson from Brew Crime and Paige Elmore from Reverie True Cime. Mike and Paige launched a new podcast called BrewVerie. Take a listen and check them out.
Listener discretion is by our buddy @octoberpodVHS

Music is by Nico @wetalkofdreams –he is also our executive producer