This show, “Michigan and other Mayhem”, is a sort of factual, slightly comical, always earnest podcast about interesting stuff in Michigan and around the world. It is done by two sisters-in-law (Ali and Jenn) that like to talk about random interesting stories. Expect cults, mysteries, murder, fast talking, and a couple of mental palate cleansers… and cuss words. Those happen on this show, a lot.
Episode 35: Jenn talks about a weird 911 call, a teacher’s aide who hired a hitman for an elementary student, and Ali discusses a couple of John Doe cases
- Pretend podcast music because Jenn likes it.
- Ali has a weird laugh. It is often loud.
Ali does occasionally feels nervous about people listening to the podcast. Mostly, she is turned off by other people critiquing each other negatively. Jenn said she is not bothered by it.
Woman calls 911 for advice on killing boyfriend
In Buffalo, New York, Zelda Cotton called 911 to get information on how to kill her boyfriend. She had already tried a few things. Zelda was 54 years old at the time. When police arrived on scene, Zelda told them she had already hit her boyfriend in the head about five times with a VCR tape. She also said she was swinging a leaf blower battery at him. Zelda was intoxicated and taken into custody. She is being charged with possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of an elderly person.
Later, Jenn finds out that her boyfriend was 76 years old. He didn’t suffer wounds from Zelda’s weak attack.
A Teacher’s Aide Hired A Hitman to Kill Elementary Student
In April 2019, Dante Taylor, a teacher’s aide in St. Louis, Missouri and his boyfriend, Michael Johnson, pleaded not guilty to their charges. The charges were sodomy and conspiracy to commit murder. Dante was accused of molesting the student in 2015 when he was seven. A DNA test found the samples from the student matched Dante. While in jail, Michael and Dante tried to hire a hit man to kill the boy.
John Doe for Michigan
Charles ‘Chuck’ Cornell
On May 24, 1989 a man was walking along the interstate in Ashely County, Arkansas. A semi driver didn’t see him and struck the man, killing him instantly. The man didn’t have any ID on him and was listed as a John Doe. Later, in 2009, when DNA became available, the deceased man had his genetic information uploaded into various databases.
In Michigan, in 1986, Charles ‘Chuck’ Cornell was living in Battle Creek, Michigan. He had served four years in the army and had recently celebrated his 30th birthday with his mom and sister. After his birthday celebration, Chuck lost touch with his family.
After months of not hearing from her son, Chuck’s mother, Hattie Cornell, and his sister, Susan, drove from Rockford to Battle Creek. They weren’t able to find Chuck at his apartment. To them, his home looked like it had been vandalized and abandoned. The two women decided to call the police.
Battle Creek police, at that time, did not create a report for the vandalism and failed to file the missing person’s report. In May 2016, the women found out that the missing persons compliant they tried to open in the 1980’s wasn’t ever officially filed. June 2016, a detective took DNA samples Hattie and Susan. Their DNA was loaded into CODIS (the Combined DNA Index System). They both were matched to their missing family member, the John Doe in Arkansas, in December of 2016, 27 years after he died.
May 8, 2002, in Grand Haven, MI, in Ottawa county, a blueberry farmer found a footlocker on his property. Inside were the burnt remains of a Hispanic or white male. The local police nicknamed him ‘Jack’ as his body was close to the field’s border line shared by a ‘Jack In The Box’ restaurant.
Medical examiners were able to determine that he had been killed by blunt force trauma. He was then set on fire after being transported to the field. He had expensive dental work that was done at least 10 years before his death. The type of dental work pointed the dental care being performed in the southern United States or Mexico. He also had a clothing that originated in southern California. He was average height and was fairly healthy before his death. The police believed that due to the condition of the crime scene, more than one person was involved in the murder. It had rained that morning, and most trace evidence had been washed away.
A documentary was created by Hope College in 2005, regarding the unsolved murder. A person with information regarding the case saw the movie. The anonymous tipster contacted Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Kempker. They exchanged emails and phone calls which lead the police to Roberto Carabello from Charlotte, MI. Roberto was 37 years old at the time of his disappearance.
Three people were implicated in his murder in April of 2019. Roberto’s wife, 58-year-old Beverly McCallum, her daughter, 38-year-old Dineane DuCharme, and Dineane’s friend, 40-year-old Christopher McMillan. It is believed that they conspired together and killed Roberto in the basement of a home on Horacio Street in Charlotte. Roberto and his wife Beverly both lived in Charlotte at the time. It is unclear as to why they decided to dump Roberto’s body in a field in Grand Haven.
Beverly, Dineane, and Christopher are being charged with homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide, mutilation of a dead body, and disinterment. Dineane and Christopher were taken into custody by police in Texas. Beverly, Roberto’s wife, is out of the country, presumably in Pakistan. Authorities are working to extradite her back to the U.S. to stand trial.
Andrew Jackson Greer
Andrew Jackson Greer was last seen walking out of Addison High School in Addison, MI on February 12, 1979. He had run away from home. His cold case was picked up by the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department in 2000, but they weren’t able to make any advancements.
February 14, 1979 a young boy was struck and killed by a semi driver while he was walking along Interstate 75, near Macon, Georgia. Without any identification, his body was listed as a John Doe and he was buried in a pauper’s grave.
Here is the part that I couldn’t find details for: A retired Bibb County Sheriff in Alabama made a connection between Andrew Greer and the John Doe from 1979. He made the connection in 2017, 37 years after the teenager died. I couldn’t find how he made the connection, one article said he “connected the dots”. (What did he do specifically? I don’t know.)
The John Doe’s body was exhumed in Georgia and DNA samples were taken. DNA samples were also taken from Andrew’s mom. They proved a conclusive match. His family found the moment bittersweet. They had been missing him for almost 40 years but they have some type closure on where he is now.
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