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 36: Michigan Witches and Monsters, Women Who Marry Known Murderers
o Pretend podcast music because Jenn likes it.
o Ali has a weird laugh. It is often loud.
Jenn messed with Ali by starting to record without telling her.
Jenn is scared by a moth man in the show Magicians. Ali was scared by a Christopher Eccleston Dr. Who episode, “Are you my mummy?”
The Drowning Pool
Mackinac Island sits in Lake Huron and is just under four square miles long. In the 1700s and early 1800’s a lot of brothels opened around Fort Mackinac. Seven women on the island, working in the sex trade, were accused of being witches. Their crime was enticing the men of the area. In order to determine if someone was a witch or not, rocks where tied to their feet and they were thrown into a lake. Women who sank and drowned were innocent.
The seven women accused of witchcraft on Mackinac Island were thrown into a lagoon between Mission Point and downtown Mackinac. All women drowned. Their spirits are considered to be haunting the lagoon to this day. People have reported mysterious sounds of splashing bigger than a fish can create, as well as shadow figures floating above the surface, arising from the water.
The Melon Heads (as explained by Wikipedia)
The Melon Heads are known to have lived around Felt Mansion near Saugatuck. The mansion was built between 1927 and 1928 for a lumber baron, Dorr Felt. Dorr also patented a calculating machine to aid accountants. Dorr’s wife, Agnes, died suddenly on the estate in 1928. Dorr married a year later, and his second wife preferred living in Chicago. He left the house to his four children that he had with Agnes, who kept the house until 1949 when they sold it to an arm of the Catholic Church.
The Melon Heads were said to be children who suffered from hydrocephalus (also known as ‘water on the brain’). There are a few versions of their origin story.
One version is the children were raised in an asylum near the mansion. After enduring years of abuse, they escaped to become feral, living in the surrounding forests. The Allegan County Historical Society insists that there was never an asylum in the area, but there is a former prison.
The second version of the Melon Heads, also known in the area as the WobbleHeads, say that the children lived in Felt Mansion. Again, they were suffering abuse, this time at the hands of a doctor. The children banded together to kill the doctor, hiding pieces of his body around the house. The children knew that because of their appearance, they wouldn’t be able to join society. At one point they retreated to nearby caves that were created for an abandoned zoo.
There are rumors that ghosts of the doctor and children who died in the mansion can be seen. The light through an open door is supposed to show the shadows of the doctor’s murder.
The Werewolf of Grosse Pointe
Hundreds of years ago, a young woman named Genevieve live with her father near Grosse Pointe. Genevieve had decided to become a nun and move to Three Rivers, Canada. (There is also a Three Rivers, MI.) Genevieve’s boyfriend, Jacques, was distraught and desperate to keep her in Michigan. He made a pact with a Native American, his soul for the ability to become Loup Garou (werewolf). He would use his strength as a werewolf to steal Genevieve away and keep her with him, even if it was against her will.
During one full moon, Genevieve went into the woods to pray at an altar. In the form of a werewolf, Jacques attacked her. Genevieve ran but collapsed at the feet of a statue of the Virgin Mary, passing out. The spirit of the Virigin Mary protected Geneview turning Jacques into stone. He was able to be seen in his motionless rock form on the shore of Lake St. Clair.
Years later, a werewolf kidnapped a girl from her wedding ceremony. The groom, Pierre, went out looking for the creature. When he returned, he told everyone that he chased the wolf to the lake where it was swallowed whole by a giant fish. The towns people believed he killed the werewolf but didn’t want to face any charges, so he made up the fish portion of the story.
The werewolf rock that had been on the shores of Lake St. Clair suddenly disappeared from its original location. It reappeared at the corner of Kerby and Chalfonte road where it sits today.
The werewolf has not been seen since the 1800’s but his howls can sometimes still be heard during the full moon.
Denton Road Ghost
I (Ali) had heard of the Denton road ghost in the early to mid-90’s. In 1993, I moved from my parent’s home to Ypsilanti to attend Eastern Michigan University. I loved it because my cousin J lived in nearby Canton. In between the two of us was Denton road. One night in the 1990’s, my friends and I stopped on the bridge on Denton road late one night because we had heard about the ghost. I honestly can’t remember too many details, as I mentioned before, I smoked a lot of pot in the 90’s and that night was no different. We didn’t see a ghost. I would remember that.
Today I’ll tell you about the Denton bridge ghost, known as The Blue Lady, before Jenn and I sit here quietly at the bridge. (We were sitting on the bridge, but our recording didn’t go through, so I’m telling you the story now.)
Here is the version of the ghost that I know: A local man found out that his wife was unfaithful. The husband kills his wife’s lover with an ax. Enraged, the husband than tries to kill his wife, chasing her down the road as she flees with their baby in her arms. The husband catches up to wife at the bridge, were Denton road crosses the Rouge river, and kills the two of them there. She becomes The Blue Lady.
There are a few versions of the story that says the husband kills the wife, but not the child. The child is said to have drowned later in the river, some say the baby is just never seen again. There are also versions of the story that include The Blue Lady being seen carrying a lantern, looking for the baby.
Side note: There are less detailed stories that involve a child being hit and killed by a car on a bridge, and a car driving off the bridge, killing the occupants.
People who stop at the bridge are said to see an apparition of the woman killed by her husband on the bridge. She is often accompanied by a blue glow. It is claimed that they can hear the cries of her baby, and small foot and handprints can be seen on car windows. Sometimes floating light orbs were seen floating near the bridge.
The original bridge across the road was replaced in 2003, after my initial visit.
Women Who Marry Known Murderers
Phillip Carl Jablonski
Women who marry men in prison have a high success rate in their relationships. Ali and Jenn believe this is due to the fact that they aren’t around each other enough to get on their nerves.
Phillip Carl Jablonski was a serial rapist and murderer. Her murdered the mother of his child, Linda Kimball. He was arrested in 1978 and became pen pals with Carol Spadoni and married her in 1982. Phillip was released from jail in 1990, and again he murdered four women.
Two of the four women was his wife, Carol, and her mom, Eva.
He murdered three women in Florida. Oscar was on death row in 1996. On his legal defense team was Rosalie Martinez, a lawyer. Rosalie left her husband, another lawyer, and married Bolin. She said it proved to the public that he was innocent. They stayed married until his execution in 2016.
Richard was a serial killer and rapist known as the Night Stalker. He raped and killed women in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas between 1984 and 1985. Richard received letters in prison from a magazine editor named Doreen Lioy. They fell in love and married in 1996. They remained married until he passed away awaiting execution in 2013.
Ted killed more than 30 women between 1974 and 1978. A former coworker, named Carole Boone married Ted after he proposed to her in the court. Florida had a law that said a declaration of marriage in front of a judge constitutes it as legal. His wife dissolved the marriage three years before his execution. Carole had believed he was innocent the whole time. She had sex with him in jail, and they had a daughter. As his execution neared, Ted decided to start confessing to the crimes. This is what turned Carole against him, that fact that he wasn’t really innocent as he told her he was.
Eric was convicted of killing his parents in 1989 with his brother, Lyle, for financial gain. He married Tammi Saccoman. They fell in love after becoming pen pals. Tammi wrote a book in 2005 talking about their relationship.
He was convicted in the 1970’s of sex murders in the Los Angeles area. He was known as the Hillside Strangler. Kenneth married a pen gal named Shirley Joyce Book. Shirley tried to marry Ted Bundy but he rejected her. Her next pick was Kenneth. Shirley also provided false testimony at Kenneth’s trial. Shirley was convicted of strangling a woman to think that the Hillside Strangler was still at large.
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