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 37: Mom killed by 9-year-old son, Unusual Deaths, Hell MI Review
- Pretend podcast music because Jenn likes it.
- Ali has a weird laugh. It is often loud.
Jenn and Ali are recording this summer’s podcasts a little early because June is busy. Ali’s daughter has high school graduation and Jenn has a lake house she wants to get to.
Mom Killed By 9-year-old Son
Pauline Randol, who was 51 years old, was found murdered on May 6, 2019 in Fawn River Township, Michigan. It’s alleged that her 9-year-old adopted son murdered her. He has been officially charged with open murder and felony firearms. When interviewed by the news reporters, the neighbors said their child had heard screaming coming from the house, and a few minutes later, police arrived on the scene.
The neighbors claimed that the 9-year-old would play outside by himself, a lot. He should also sit in a tree and shoot at them (the neighbors) with a BB gun when they were outside.
It is also claimed that Pauline had said her son would probably grow up to be a serial killer. Pauline’s daughter, the boy’s sister, is protective of the child. She told news outlets that he had been adopted three years previous and was known to have mental issues. Pauline was trying to get more mental health help for the child. Pauline’s daughter blames the health system. She said the boy does not understand what he did.
Ali thinks he should be locked away at a mental hospital for life. Jenn struggled with the whole idea of having her brother kill her mother.
Hell, MI Yelp Reviews
Baxter M. 5 stars
Us local people are weird, and the tourists only a little less so,
In the summer, Hell is inundated with biker “groups” so beware, you will need to avert the kiddies eyes until you can get out of hell.
Bottom line, don’t expect much and you wont be disappointed
Melissa B. 1 star
Think twice about going here. Then think again and again. DONT DO THE MINI GOLF. Seriously. I’m telling you guys I can’t remember the last time I’ve had such a terrible experience.
Okay so before I get into this I was SO excited to go to Hell. We even switched our vacation around so we could stop here, and I really, really wish we hadn’t.
We pull up outside of the store, a little smaller than I expected the “town” to be, but whatever still SO cool. We were literally in hell.
Walk into the store/gift shop/ ice cream parlor and no one greets us. Literally only ONE other group there. There’s 3 workers, 2 older ladies and a young girl.
About 10 minutes into us shopping one of the older women who I’m guessing was a manager? Starts going off about someone using her lint roller. I shit you guys not she went off for at least another 10 minutes about the other ladies using her lint roller without asking first. SO UNPROFESSIONAL. Then she starts yelling at the young girl about the way she was folding t shirts. I really wish I could’ve gotten that ladies name because not only was it unprofessional to do in front of customers but the tone she was using toward the other 2 was absolutely not ok. AND IT WAS A LINT ROLLER (was I being punkd?)
Anyway we decide we gotta get outta the store so let’s play Mini golf! As we’re checking out we tell the lady (not the crazy one) we’d also like 2 rounds of mini golf. The crazy lady runs over and mumbles to the other employee “should I tell them about the holes” then looks directly at us and says “There’s birds on a part of the course that have a nest with eggs so they’re territorial and they’re very important to me so please avoid the hole. It’s even taped off. Those birds are important to me, don’t go near the nest.”
The mini golf is a joke. Omg. No score cards. There’s a sign before you start telling you to watch out for broken glass because they have vandalism. They weren’t kidding HELLA broken glass. The greens were torn up, the cups that sit in the holes were sticking up so high you couldn’t shoot the ball in. One hole had AT LEAST 5 spiders inside the cup (def skipped that one). To top it all off the “one” hole that was taped off because of the birds was actually 3. THREE.
So 18 holes – 3 bird holes – 1 spider infested hole = 14 holes (which over half had a cup too high to shoot the ball into)
Hell was literally worse than what I imagine actual Hell is like. I can’t believe they run the business how they do and actually charge people for that trash. I even feel like the review doesn’t give enough justice as to how terrible it was. If Hell was aiming for people to leave feeling like they wasted their time & money, mission accomplished.
Hans Steininger was a mayor (burgomaster) of Braunau am Inn, in Austria in the late 1500’s. He was known for being well liked by his constituents and for having a four-and-a-half-foot long beard. His beard looks like it was split into two almost-locks. (Basically, his beard had a middle part.) Hans liked to keep his beard rolled up and tucked in his pocket to keep it out of his way.
September 28, 1567 a fire broke out in Hans’ town. Citizens were panicking and Hans stood at the top of a flight of stairs trying to calm his people. As he went to step down, Han accidentally stepped on of his beard, which had fallen from his pocket. Hans fell down the entire flight of stairs, breaking his neck. In memory of their beloved leader, the town carved a stone relief statue of Hans into the side of St. Stephan’s Church. They also cut his beard off and locked it in a glass case in the town’s museum. It has been chemically treated so that it does not degrade.
(Side note: Burgomaster reminded me of Burgermeister Meisterburger from Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.)
In London, February of 1974, a man named Basil Brown had taken about 70 million units of Vitamin A in 10 days. During this time, he was drinking about a gallon of carrot juice every day. Basil was a 48-year-old health enthusiast, but at this point in his life he had become obsessed with health. I saw a couple articles that suggest he was addicted to carrot juice. The copious consumption had caused his skin to turn bright yellow as it tried to process the influx of vitamins. Unfortunately, Basil died from Vitamin A poisoning due to his extreme diet.
(Side note: You can die of vitamin A poisoning from eating a polar bear’s liver.)
Kurt Gödel was an Australian mathematician and philosopher who immigrated to the United States. He had a significant impact on the scientific and philosophical world. Kurt was known to struggle during periods of mental illness. Kurt’s symptoms were depression, paranoia and he had several nervous breakdowns. He was often physically ill as a child, including contracting rheumatic fever when he was six years old. Kurt felt as if he never recovered health after that illness.
He had obsessive thoughts about being poisoned. I read that this led him to only eat food that was prepared by his wife, Adele, or he would only eat after she taste tested his food. In 1977, Adele had been hospitalized for six months. While she was unable to interact with his food, Kurt refused to eat. He shrunk down to 65 pounds before dying of starvation in January of 1978. Adele lived for another few years, dying in 1981.
(Side note: VSED is an acronym for Voluntary Stopping Eating and Drinking. It is suggested by the group Death with Dignity, as an option for terminally ill people.)
Saguaros cactuses can grow over 40 feet tall and weigh up to three tons. They only grow in the Sonoran Desert along the southwestern border of the United States. They have huge trunks with large arms sprouting off of the sides. In 1982, two roommates named David Grundman and James Suchochi were out in the Arizonian desert, shooting at the cactus that were growing there. After using his ammunition to shoot one smaller 10-foot tall saguaro cactus in half, David Grundman then began to shoot at an older and bigger specimen. (The second cactus was estimated at around 100 years old and 27 feet tall.) Shooting from about 10 feet away from the cactus, David managed to shoot a four-foot arm off of the cactus. The arm landed on David, impaling him on the two-inch spines and crushing him to death.
(Side note: The average full sized saguaro cactus can weigh between 3,200-4,800 pounds.)
Shirley Ann Durdin, a 33-year-old mother of four, was snorkeling with her husband, Barry, and a male friend, Keith Coventry, in Southern Australia. It was March 4, 1985, and they were swimming in about seven feet of water in the Pacific Ocean. Their children, friends, and other fishermen were all on the shore.
For the last month, a great white shark had been seen periodically in the area, as there is a nearby fishing company. The shark was estimated to be about 20 feet long.
According to the witnesses on the beach, a great white shark surfaced without warning, biting both of Shirley’s legs off it’s first attack. She was lifted high above the water by the shark, before splashing back into the ocean. Immediately, people on the shore called out for help and the shark ignored nearby boats as they motored closer. The shark had thrashed around with her and when her body next appeared, it was as a headless torso with one arm. Even as the boats came closers still, the shark came at her for a third time, devouring even her torso. No portion of her body was successfully recovered.
It was the first time in 10 years that someone had been attacked by a shark in Southern Australia and the first time a victim was known to be eaten by a shark in Australia as a whole.
(Side note: According to National Geographic, you have a 1 in 11 million chance of being bitten by a shark. Surfers account for 51% of attacks in the year 2010. Swimmers and waders were victims of 38% of the attacks in 2010, which leads me to ask… who are the other 12% in the water?)
Mat Hussin Sulaiman
In Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, monkeys are often used in gathering coconuts. The monkeys are trained to climb up trees and pluck coconuts from the top, dropping them to the ground to be collected. A farmer named Mat Sulaiman, who was 76-years-old, was killed in January 1995. His trained monkey was in the tree dropping the coconuts when one hit him in the neck, breaking it. Mat died at the scene.
(Side note: There was a report in the New York Times in 1985 that said, “falling coconuts could strike a person on the ground with the force of 2,000 pounds.”)
Stephen Wilson, 30, was diving with friends off the shore of Florida in the afternoon. It was July of 2007, and they were diving about 40 miles north of Miami. It was not storming but they could see lightning strikes father away. For safety, Stephen and his friends decided to exit the water.
Stephen had surfaced about 30 feet from the boat when lightning struck his oxygen tank. Stephen was killed instantly. The other divers struggled to get his body into the boat as they radioed for help. When the boat arrived at the beach, a rescue crew performed CPR , but Stephen had already passed.
(Side note: Lightning burns at 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit (or 29,980 degrees Celsius) and produces around 1 billion joules of electricity. For comparison, a watt is one joule in one second. Air around lightning expands rapidly, causing a shock wave known as thunder. The heat, electricity, and shock wave combination can be deadly. In 2016, 38 people in the United States died from a lightning strike.)
Lottie Michelle Belk
In June of 2016, a woman named Lottie Belk, who was 55-years-old, was doing a combined celebration for her birthday and wedding anniversary. Lottie and her family decided to go to her favorite place to celebrate, Virginia Beach. As the family was sitting in the sand, around 5 p.m., the wind started gusting. One particularly strong gust of wind pulled a sun umbrella from the ground and sent it hurtling through the air. The tip of the umbrella struck Lottie in the chest, embedding the metal tip in her body. A lifeguard immediately arrived and began CPR. Medics were on the scene in minutes, but Lottie still couldn’t survive. The blow to the chest killed her.
(Side note: In 2016 there were 43 wind related deaths in the United States, according to the federal government.)
Robert Dreyer was an 89-year-old man who lived in Viera, Florida. In May of 2017, Robert was driving down the road when he suddenly veered into a fire hydrant. According to witnesses, he didn’t hit the hydrant at a high rate of speed, and he was able to get out of his car. There was very little damage done to Robert’s car and the hydrant seemed to be intact. However, as Robert stepped out, a five-foot sink hole opened up underneath him. The sink hole was created when the hydrant was hit, releasing water pressure under the pavement. The safety valve on the hydrant wasn’t working quite right.
Robert fell into the hole and then was pulled underneath his car. People who saw the accident tried to save him, but it was extremely hard for them to fight against the water pressure. It took them three or four minutes to pull his body out. Just as his body was retrieved, emergency personnel arrived. They were able to take Robert to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Authorities believed he may have had a medical issue right before the crash, and he drowned.
(Side note: According to National Geographic, about 20% of the United States is suspectable to sinkholes, mainly in the southern states.)
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