Join host Ryan Kraus for a fascinating psychological exploration of the unsolved 1989 murder of 10-year-old Amy Mihaljevic from Bay Village, OH. (Please note this episode was originally released to the CCMM premium-subscription catalogue on coldcasemurdermysteries.com.)
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The Seasonal Yield Of Barren Emotional Fields: Amy Mihaljevic
4:35:59Join host Ryan Kraus for a fascinating psychological exploration of the unsolved 1989 murder of 10-year-old Amy Mihaljevic from Bay Village, OH. (Please note this episode was originally released to the CCMM premium-subscription catalogue on coldcasemurdermysteries.com.)
TOMB RAIDER: Carl Tanzler
4:33:24Join host Ryan Kraus for a very special episode as we delve deep into the darkest recesses of the human mind to uncover the truth about who we are. First is an extensive, in-depth discussion of the evolutionary trajectory of humanity, from the battlefield to the movie theater to creation of new universes. Following that, we'll enter the weird, wacky, and strange mind of tomb raider Carl Tanzler, who preserved a dead young woman as his corpse bride in order to accommodate an irreconcilable emotional ailment that prevented him from being able to distinguish purpose in his work and passion in his love life, leading him to shortcut technology in search of a solution. But what resulted was an abomination of nature.
Metaphorical Plans for Unused Gas Cans: Mapping the Mind of Chris Watts
3:42:08In August 2018, 33-year-old Chris Watts, a young father with a seemingly perfect life, found himself the subject of sensational headlines around the world when he viciously murdered his 34-year-old pregnant wife, Shanann, along with the couple's daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste. In the aftermath, Watts admitted his wrongdoing, and went to prison for life; however, one question remains: why? Why did he throw it all away? Join host Ryan Kraus for a fascinating journey deep inside the criminal mind of a family annihilator, examining cognitive function, the evolutionary mechanics of thought, relationship dynamics, development of sociopathic behaviors, and more, in an effort to uncover why men kill.
Invisible Intruders, Empty-Handed Looters & The Perfect Occasion for Planning a Home Invasion: Sandy Melgar
3:22:34*Please enjoy this free episode from the back catalog of premium episodes available only on coldcasemurdermysteries.com. Please remember to rate/review the podcast with 5 stars, and also hit the "subscribe" button wherever you listen. Doing this allows CCMM to offer more free content.* On the afternoon of December 23, 2012, a Houston, TX woman named Sandra Melgar was discovered bound and trapped inside her bathroom closet, while her husband Jim lay nearby in a pool of blood, the victim of a vicious stabbing. In the aftermath, what initially seemed like a home invasion became a situation where detectives zeroed in on Sandy as the prime suspect. But could this seemingly fragile woman, limited by physical ailments such as two hip replacements and arthritis, really butcher her husband in cold blood? A jury believed so, and convicted Sandy. But did she do it? Join host Ryan Kraus for a psychological journey through the evolutionary implications of the crime scene and beyond in search of the truth.
5:34:28On the evening of November 16, 1957, Deputy Sheriff Frank Worden entered a Plainfield, WI hardware store owned by his mother, Bernice, only to discover the woman was missing. After finding blood all over the floor, his initial investigation revealed that the last customer who had purchased something that day was a local man named Ed Gein. Authorities soon learned Bernice had been shot, and her decapitated body was found inside a shed on Gein’s property. But the nightmare was just beginning. When police entered the home, what they saw was nearly unspeakable. Body parts, from bone to skin, had been repurposed for use as common household items such as lampshades, belts, and other accessories. Gein soon admitted to another murder, in addition to dozens of grave robberies intended to exhume women who looked like his deceased mother. He had also sealed off his mother’s bedroom, and turned it into a shrine dedicated to her. Disturbed by this news, local author Robert Bloch took a particular interest in trying to determine what had driven Ed Gein to commit such heinous acts, a question which, no matter how it’s answered, always leads back to the killer’s relationship with his mother. It was apparent, one way or another, that Gein was intent upon keeping his mother alive, no matter what it took physically, or what it cost him emotionally. Lurking beneath that insanity, however, is a heartbreaking story about the devastating effects of loneliness and loss. Not long after, in 1959, Robert Bloch published a book called Psycho, which indirectly examined Ed Gein’s emotional issue by way of a fictional story that shows us a man who will stop at nothing to keep his mother alive and prevent the fragile facade of his deception from coming to light. In that same year, director Alfred Hitchcock was made aware of Bloch’s novel. He quickly purchased the rights in order to adapt the story into a 1960 film. And the rest is history. Join Cold Case Murder Mysteries host Ryan Kraus for a comprehensive, in-depth psychological analysis of this cinematic masterpiece in an effort to examine the terrifying truth about our humanity lurking beneath the smile we offer the outside world.
Q&A with Ryan Kraus: Part II
48:03Enter the strange mind of Cold Case Murder Mysteries host Ryan Kraus for the fascinating final episode of a two-part series in which he answers questions posed by listeners. SPONSOR: CDL.com With plenty of new jobs and schools around the country, get your trucking career started at CDL.com. Explore a truckload of jobs for the trucker in you.
Q&A with Ryan Kraus: Part I
1:15:58Enter the strange mind of Cold Case Murder Mysteries host Ryan Kraus for the fascinating first episode of a two-part series in which he answers questions posed by listeners. SPONSOR: CDL.com With plenty of new jobs and schools around the country, get your trucking career started at CDL.com. Explore a truckload of jobs for the trucker in you.
The Devil in the Details: Diane Downs
1:59:21At 10:40pm on the night of May 19, 1983 a young mother named Diane Downs pulled her Nissan Pulsar up to the ER entrance of a hospital near Springfield, OR and informed the staff her children had been shot by a strange man who tried to carjack her out on a dark, desolate road nearby. Inside the vehicle, doctors and nurses discovered three kids who had suffered severe wounds delivered by a .22 handgun, leaving one of them dead and the other two barely clinging to life. It was a mother's worst nightmare. As the police began to investigate, however, it soon became clear Diane's story of what happened conflicted with the forensic evidence found at the scene. Before long, Diane was arrested, charged, and convicted of the shootings, leaving the world to wonder how a loving mother could perpetrate this unspeakable act against her offspring. Join host Ryan Kraus for a psychological exploration of Diane's childhood to uncover the irreconcilable emotional wound from her past that led to murder. Sponsor: UTEP Connect Go to utepconnect.utep.edu or call UTEP Connect at 1-800-684-UTEP today for information.
5:10:15April 20, 1999. Seniors Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold enter Columbine High School armed with bombs and guns, murdering twelve students and a teacher, while injuring dozens more in what becomes the most iconic school shooting in US history. In the aftermath, a shocked community, and even the nation, searched for understanding that wouldn't come easily. Twenty years later, we still want to know the answer to one question: why? Join host Ryan Kraus for a journey through the evolutionary architecture of existence, starting 200,000 years ago with the foundations of modern humanity, moving through the times of Egyptian pyramids, to the formation of the post-WWII middle class mindset, to the rise of Marilyn Manson, the mental health crisis, and finally, inside the doors of Columbine High School on that fateful day as he examines how we ended up with Eric and Dylan, why they killed, and, most importantly, how we can address the problem to finally put an end to mass shootings.