An in-depth look at unusual cultural and historical events
Episode 8: The Little Black Box
34:29On this episode we look at the brief series of events that follow Mary's discovery of the booby trap in that little black box that will result in the arrest of her own Brother-In-Law, Paul Freshour - who says that he loved Mary and Ron like his own family.In only a handful of days, the sheriff's office have their primary suspect, whose helpful and open behavior seems to show that Paul has nothing to hide. Did they get the right man? And if he is guilty of trying to kill Mary, was Paul Freshour in his right mind and responsible for his actions? Follow us on Twitter - @WhateverRemainsPodcast Like what you hear? We want to hear from you - leave us a review or drop us a note at whateverremainspodcast.com!
Episode 7: Stolen Treasure
28:58In 1982, Paul and Karen Sue Freshour ended 20 years of marriage and begun a very contentious divorce. By the time the Franklin county judge reached their verdict, Paul was in jail for attempted murder. He claimed that not only was he innocent, he was set up by the one person that stood to gain everything, his soon to be ex-wife.Did Karen Sue Freshour conspire to frame Paul? Is she truly our story's villain, so cold and remorseless that she would try to kill her best friend? Or is this image of Karen Sue Freshour just another story that we're supposed to believe, repeated again and again by a very unreliable narrator? Thank you for listening to episode 7: Stolen Treasure.Episode has been newly remastered by Sarah Vorhees Wendel, with a special thanks to the Astonishing Legends Podcast.Trigger Warning: on this episode there is mention of domestic abuse and physical violence. Image used: Yearbook photo, Karen Sue Gillespie.
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Episode 6: Half Gallon of Gasoline & 40 Ounces of Lighter Fluid
34:43In 1968, 9 guards were taken hostage during a riot at the notorious Ohio Penitentiary.For over 30 hours, their lives were at the mercy of inmates that threatened to burn them alive if their demands were not met. One of those guards was Paul Freshour, the man who would be incarcerated for attempted murder, and accused of being the Circleville Letter Writer.While the 9 guards were rescued, troubling questions remain. What was the real cause of the 1968 riot that ended in bloodshed? And what happened to the one man - Edward Spaulding - who revealed the truth to reporters?Did what caused the riot at Ohio Pen come back to Circleville over a decade later?Episode has been newly remastered by Sarah Vorhees Wendel, with a special thanks to the Astonishing Legends Podcast.
Season 3 Episode 5: Five Points Pike
24:53The night of August 19, 1977, Ron Gillespie gets a call from the Circleville Letter Writer. So enraged by what he hears, he grabs his gun, kisses his daughter goodbye and leaves his home on Brookmiller Road, and is dead less than an hour later.After that night, the Letter Writer sets themselves on a collision course with the town of CIrcleville to answer for the murder of Ron Gillespie.That's the story, anyways, but what exactly happened that night? On this episode we look at the evidence in the case and start to piece together what happened that night on Five Points Pike.Episode has been newly remastered by Sarah Vorhees Wendel, with a special thanks to the Astonishing Legends Podcast.
Season 3 Episode 4: Ron, Mary, Karen & Paul
25:04Your neighbor, co-worker or teacher. Your closest friend or family member. People you let into your life - day after day, sharing stories, spending time, gaining trust. The person who write hateful letters may not be some readily apparent monster. There's a good chance that they're known to their victims. There's an even better chance they look a lot like someone you trust.On this episode we examine the characteristics of anonymous threateners, and then take a look at our main characters to see if it sounds like someone we know in the town of CIrcleville.Episode has been newly remastered by Sarah Vorhees Wendel, with a special thanks to the Astonishing Legends Podcast.
Season 3 Episode 3: The known story of Circleville
14:47Everyone loves a good mystery...And CIrcleville has all the elements to perk the interest of any sleuth.Just look at Unsolved Mysteries, internet articles, reddit boards and...well... a lot of other podcasts. But how much of what we've heard is the truth or just another story? On this episode we lay out the known story of Circleville, the facts as we know them today.We introduce you to the character and events that we'll be digging into in our upcoming episodes, as we start to try and unravel the mystery of this one small town in Ohio.Welcome to Circleville. Remember - what goes around, comes around.Episode has been newly remastered by Sarah Vorhees Wendel, with a special thanks to the Astonishing Legends Podcast.Follow us on Twitter @WhateverRemains or online at WhateverRemainsPodcast.com
Interview with Martin Yant - First 3 Letters
19:16Martin Yant is a die-hard journalist, private investigator, author and human rights advocate. He's also the man who introduced the story of the Circleville letter writer to true crime fans. Featured in 'Unsolved Mysteries,' Martin Yant has pursued answers about Circleville and whether or not law enforcement found the true identity of the notorious poison pen pal.We're lucky to have him speak with us this season and review our research onto this mystery...Enjoy!Episode has been newly remastered by Sarah Vorhees Wendel, with a special thanks to the Astonishing Legends Podcast.
WELCOME TO CIRCLEVILLE - Episode 1: The First 3 Letters
21:35Welcome to Circleville, one small town with a lot of secrets and surprises.In this episode we walk through just the first 3 letters send on March 2 to March 4 1977. What we learn turns everything we thought we knew about this story upside-down.And thanks only the first 2 days out of 2 decades...what else could this town have in store for us? Theme music by Group Rhoda// 'Town Called Malice' - Vocals and Guitar by Ed Grabianowski//Voice of the Circleville letter writer: Terence Jenkins. Episode has been newly remastered by Sarah Vorhees Wendel, with a special thanks to the Astonishing Legends Podcast.Follow up on Twitter @Whateverremains and support us on Patreon!
Welcome to Circleville
3:10In 1977, a small town in Ohio became the target of the the wraith of an anonymous letter writer. This unknown author would terrorize the town of Circleville Ohio for decades, sending thousands of letters accusing the residents of some pretty ugly things, including murder.Were these thousands of letters dark fantasies of fiction, or did the Circleville letter writer really know the town's secrets? Who were they and what did they want to prove?How far were they willing to go to be heard?On this season of Whatever Remains we rip open the story of the Circleville letter writer, - review decades of previously unreleased information from court cases, crime scene reports and interview Martin Yant, the one private investigator who tried to solve this ongoing mystery. Let's figure out who was behind the Circleville letter and what caused them to mail so much malice. Episode 1 coming 10/25/2019.Remember - what goes around, - comes around.Welcome to Circleville.Featuring new season music by Ed Grabianowski
Bonus! A Love Letter to Denver International Airport
11:17Ah, DIA...what is it about you that drives sanity and reason far from the minds of men? Just ask Greg Ericson, the conspiracy theorist who has been bewitched by this dark puzzle. He's not stopping his quest for the truth, even if he has to go through the hordes of hell to get it. Ok, sooooo maybe not "hordes," but just one man, the communications director of DIA, Steven Snyder. But make no mistake, Steve's armed with the most powerful weapon known to the conspiracy theorist. Snark. So who wins this epic battle? Why - we do, dear listeners. Enjoy this - our love letter(s) to that one maybe-not-so-strange-but-sorta- weird airport, Denver International.XO, WR