Show Notes: Mother Murders Twin Daughters, New Jersey Bag of Bones, Caligula

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.

Click Here To Listen To Episode 44: Mother Murders Twin Daughters, New Jersey Bag of Bones, Caligula, Bleu Detroit Review

Alerts:

  • Pretend podcast music because Jenn likes it. 
  • Ali has a weird laugh.  It is often loud.

Mother Murders Twin Daughters

On June 17th of this year a mother, Ineza McClinton age 44 drove her vehicle into the Kalamazoo River killing herself and her twin daughters, Angel and Faith, age 9. Prior to driving her car into the river she let out her two granddaughters, which were said to be under the age of 10 years old at a Walgreens near the river These two young girls were who reported the incident.The family was reported to say that the mother did have signs of depression and this is what caused her to drive into the river.

New Jersey Bag of Bones

A bag of bones found hanging on a door of the Stateline Lookout Scenic overlook in Alpine, in North Jersey

On July 1st an employee who worked at the snack stand of the Scenic lookout at the Hudson River found the bag of bones. Police say it will be a lengthy process to determine if the bones are human, removing the soft tissue to reveal any visible evidence such as stab markes, and studying the deterioration of the bones to determine approcimate age.

So we will be waiting a long time to get closure on this one.

Caligula

Caligula, whose full name was Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus, was born August 31, 0012. He earned the name Caligula, which means “little boot” as a child.  His parents, Germanicus and Agrippina, used to dress him in a mini-military uniform, leading to the nickname. Caligula was Rome’s third emperor, serving a chaotic four-year reign.

Caligula’s father, Germanicus, died when Caligula was five years old.  His mother and older brothers were exiled, as they were considered political rivals to the emperor. All of them died in prison or exile. Caligula, who was young, and his three sisters, were not seen as a threat to then emperor, Tiberius. They were allowed to live.

When his mother was exiled, Caligula was raised by his grandmother until she died when he was 19 years old. After her death, Caligula was then raised by Tiberius, who reigned as the second emperor of Rome since Caligula was 2 years old. Historians believe Tiberius was instrumental in the death of Caligula’s family, and his status with Tiberius might have been that of a prisoner. While under Tiberius’s care Caligula stayed on the island of Capri. While on the island he liked to watch people being tortured and executed. Caligula was also known to frequently indulge in feasts of food and sex.

Tiberius died about six years after becoming Caligula’s guardian, just before Caligula turned 25 years old, in 37 A.D. Tiberius had named Caligula and his cousin, Gemellus, as co-emperors. That same year, Caligula suffered from a serious illness, which is believed to have furthered his natural depravity, pushing it to a cruel mental illness. Unsurprisingly, Gemellus died shortly after being appointed co-emperor, under mysterious circumstances, leaving only Caligula to rule.

Tiberius wasn’t a popular emperor, so at first, people were happy to have Caligula in power. His reign did have some positive benefits like finishing construction projects started by Tiberius. He rebuilt temples, gave bonuses to the emperor’s personal guard, called  the Praetorian Guard. Caligula also built a famous lighthouse, aqueducts, he built up harbors, and an amphitheater. Caligula also held numerous chariot races, plays, and highlighted gladiatorial games to entertain the masses. (He took unbridled delight in the gore and death of the gladiatorial games.)

However, joy in his leadership did not last long. Caligula did things such as building a 2-mile long floating bridge across a bay for the sole purpose of galloping back and forth across it. He had reduced taxes at the beginning of his reign but them raised them again to pay for his excesses. Caligula was known to roll around on piles of money and drink pearls dissolved in vinegar. He was known to dress in strange costumes, women’s shoes, and elaborate wigs.

While on a military campaign to the English Channel he told his soldiers to plunder the sea by gathering seashells in their helmets. Caligula had suffered a military loss and didn’t want to go home empty handed.  He had declared war on Neptune, the god of the sea.  Caligula ordered his soldiers to battle and had them take their whips to the waves. He had the soldiers gathering seashells to bring back to Rome as a spoil of war.

His illness or mental break that he had when he first started ruling, caused him to become paranoid. Caligula attempted to purge his empire of enemies.  (Remember, this is a guy who like to watch executions and torture in his spare time.) He would make high ranking officers in his army run for miles in front of his chariot. He brought back something called treason trials, which was a tactic used by Tiberius.  Caligula would find people guilty of treason just to confiscate their property. Caligula was quoted as saying “Remember I have the right to do anything to anybody.” (One article I read compared his to Joffrey from Game of Thrones.)

While the gladiator games that Caligula put together were entertainment, they were also dangerous to the spectators.  Once, while bored, he ordered a randomly selected section of spectators into the arena at the Colosseum. Wild animals were then let loose to devour them.

He also had affairs with the wives of his allies and was known to brag about his conquests. There were accounts of Caligula turning the palace into one big brothel. He was said to have had sex with his sisters, with Drusilla being a favorite.

Caligula also treated his horse as if it were human, giving it its own home, jewels, and servants. Caligula even made the horse, Incitatus, a senator and put him on the list to become a high court counselor.

Caligula believed himself to be a living god. He had the heads of statues of Roman gods cut off and replaced them with busts of his own head. He sometimes referred to himself as a god and signed some documents has Jupiter, king of the Roman gods.

It was said that it was all of Caligula’s cruelties and lavish tastes had embittered Romans against him. Rome’s treasury had been almost drained. A horse was senator and the emperor believed himself to be a living god, demanding to be worshiped as such.

The Roman Senate and the Praetorian Guard conspired against Caligula. Cassius Chaerea, Praetorian Guardsman and frequent target of Caligula’s insults led the assassination. Caligula, his wife, and his daughter were stabbed to death in the attack.  Caligula’s uncle, Claudius, hid behind a curtain and survived.  Claudius, also often targeted by Caligula’s cruelty, became the fourth Roman emperor.  A quote from Cassius Dio says that Caligula “learned by actual experience that he was not a god.”

https://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/caligula

https://www.ancient.eu/Caligula/

https://www.parcast.com/blog/2016/9/27/caligulas-5-craziest-moments

Bleu Detroit Nightclub Yelp Reviews

J.G. from Ferndale, MI

One Star (reduced)

If you like bad service and douche bag bar tenders and security guards this is the place for you

Kayan W., Detroit, MI

One Star

My experience at Club Bleu was the worst club experience I’ve ever had in my life. I will never go back there as long as I live! The DJ played awful music and nobody was vibing. He wouldn’t take requests unless we paid him which is absolutely ridiculous. The bouncer had us write down our song request on a napkin and instead of giving it to the DJ he put a drink on it. Rude!! What’s even worse– the bouncers violently dragged out multiple girls for no literally reason. It was despicable! On top of all of this, the drinks were unnecessarily expensive. This club was not attentive to our needs or wants even though it was our sorority’s private formal which we paid lots of money for.

Christina D., Honolulu, HI

One Star

Went to this club back in 2005 and got robbed by three crackheads when I went outside for a cigarette. Came back in and asked for a water and the bartender tried to charge me $2. I didn’t have cash because my purse was stolen and when I explained the situation she still wouldn’t give me a glass of tap water. Surprised to see that this place is still open!

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