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.
- Pretend podcast music because Jenn likes it.
- Ali has a weird laugh. It is often loud.
Rando convo: Ali’s big, mean-looking, crazy-eyed dog protected her from aggressive roofers. She keeps her head on swivel when walking her dog. Danger can be coming from any direction. Jenn doesn’t play any music when walking and Ali keeps it very low.
Frankenstein Body, Part 2
This is an update from a podcast that we did earlier. Podcast 46, which came out on August 16, 2019.
The Biological Resource Center in Arizona was trafficking body parts of people who had donated their bodies to what they thought was science. One man, who is suing, decided to donate his mother’s body in the hopes of looking for an Alzheimer’s cure. That never happened. Her body was actually used by the military for IED explosion testing.
Son Finds Baby in Deceased Mother’s Freezer
There was an adult man in St. Louis, Minnesota, named Adam Smith was cleaning out his mother’s freezer. She had passed away earlier. He found a dead baby wrapped in a box in the freezer. It had been there for his entire childhood. His parents told him it was the top of their wedding cake.
Adam is speculating it was a baby sister that his mother once told him had passed. Adam’s mom was pregnant with twins and she had told Adam that she gave the second baby up for adoption. The body in the freezer had become mummified. DNA tests are going to be performed.
Truckers Against Trafficking
According to the Human Trafficking Hotline, human trafficking occurs in all 50 of the United States. In 2018, the organization received 442 calls from people in Michigan looking for help against trafficking. The most common type of trafficking is sex traffic, with sex and physical labor as a secondary type. Of the 442 calls received to the hotline in 2018, two thirds of the people were adults, meaning the remaining third is trafficked children. The most common way for someone to be brought to the attention of authorities is through reporting.
There is a program called Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT). People who drive trucks have been working together to identify those who are at risk and being trafficked. UPS (United Parcel Service) has also sent some of their drivers to the class. The truckers attend a class helping them with identification, and how to properly report someone you believe is being abused. They are taught what signs to look for, such as a person seems to be under another person’s control, they have few belongings and may been seen repeatedly in the same clothes, and they may be reluctant to talk to strangers or people in authority positions.
Some of the advice given by Truckers Against Trafficking talks about calling the National Human Trafficking Hotline when you see a situation you may believe is dangerous. Should you be out in a rural area, you should also call 911. The advocate from the hotline with connect with local police. The FBI suggests that people call the hotline because there isn’t another national database that collects trafficking information. Also, different police jurisdictions have different ways of handling these cases and the hotline can provide guidance.
The class given by Truckers Against Trafficking is a 26-minute video and a 15-question quiz. During the video, it shows the drivers that most people are not choosing this life, but instead are unable to escape.
Kevin Kimmel, a 60-year-old trucker, had been driving for nine years. In that time, he had seen women who were being trafficked, but he believed it was their choice. After being educated, he realized they were victims. Kevin saw an RV at a rest stop that he believed looked suspicious, because it was parked in the back corner. He then saw a man enter the RV and it began rocking back and forth. He then noticed a young girl stick her head out of an RV window before being yanked back in. He called the police. When the police came, they found a girl who was being held captive for the sex trade. The police believed she had two more days before she would have died from mistreatment.
In 2017, Operation Cross Country XI, created by the FBI, took down part of a sex trafficking ring. There were 54 adults that were arrested for human trafficking, with 84 children being rescued. The children’s average age was 15. The youngest was a 3-month-old girl who was sold as a package with her five-year-old sister for $600. In Michigan, 12 children were rescued during the operation.
On September 26, 2018, Michigan law enforcement also performed Operation MISafeKid. There were 301 case files for missing children in Wayne County, where the operation took place. There were 123 children who were recovered during the operation. One teenage boy that was recovered had not eaten in three days. It also uncovered information for two missing children from Texas and another from Minnesota.
A woman named DeVaugh, tells the story being trafficked from Kentucky to Michigan. When DeVaugh was 12 years old her mother sold her to her sister and her brother in law, moving her to Michigan. While living in Michigan, DeVaugh was going to middle school, making friends, and being sex trafficked at the home she shared with her family. DeVaugh believes that if the people around her knew what signs to look for, she might have been able to free herself sooner. Some signs people didn’t notice were a plethora of male visitors coming to the house at all hours of the night, the fact that she was never allowed to speak freely, with adults answering any inquiry people had for her. DeVaugh kept long sleeve shirts on in the summer to hide her bruises and often missed school due to her injuries. DeVaugh had the best advice I read in all of these articles: “If you think something is going on… call the police. It’s better to be nosy and wrong than to be quiet and let someone be hurt.”
The Human Trafficking Hotline is 1-888-373-7888.
Child Molesters Die in Prison
Christian Maire lived in the state of New York and was the co-founder of a computer graphics company. He had a bachelor’s degree from a Canadian university and master’s degree from the University of Southhampton in England. Christian was 40 years old, cofounder of an IT company, when in 2019 he was convicted as the head of a child pornography ring.
The ring was formed in 2012 with men from seven different states, as well as Ontario, Canada. The men met each other on a social media platform called Stickham. Stickham does moderate instances it can find of sexual activity, so the men continued to platform hop twice more before 2017. They would try to stand out by posting on the girls’ older social media posts, making them seem as if they were interested enough in them to go through old photos.
The men in the child pornography ring would go online and pose as teenage boys, looking to attract girls from ages eight to seventeen. They would gain the trust of the girls before asking them to perform increasingly sexual acts on video. The men would start with asking the girls to bare parts of their body, then ask them to masturbate and other sex acts. They would often try to get to the girls to perform by daring them, or saying they are part of a poll or a competition.
In five years, they created dozens of chatrooms to attract the young girls. The word that they most often used to fish for the girls in the chat room was “bored”, leading to police referring to the group as the “Bored Group”. The Bored Group was organized, keeping in touch with each other to discuss manipulation techniques. Each member had a specific role: ‘hunters’ sought the girls out and steered them to the private chatrooms, ‘talkers’ convinced the girls to engage in sexual activity, and ‘loopers’ pretended to be young boys using photos and previously recorded sex acts.
In June 2017, a 17-year-old girl in Oakland, Michigan, went to the FBI and told them of the chatroom she visited with four or five teen boys, and how they engaged in sexual behavior. The FBI was able to track the use of different IP addresses to find the group. This led the police to Christian Maire’s home that he shared with his wife and two children. They also lead to the discovery of even more child pornography on Christian’s electronic devices, including images of infants and toddlers.
Christian Maire was sentenced to prison in Milan, Michigan. Just under a month into his prison sentence, Christian was attacked by other prisoners. Another prisoner, an IT specialist named Michal Figura, age 36, who was one of Christian’s codefendants, was also attacked. The attack took place in the housing unit and involved at least five others, besides Christian and Michal. Then men were beaten and stabbed with a shiv. Christian died of his wounds, but Michal survived. It is being treated as a homicide.
The men involved in the Bored Group along with Christian Maire, age at conviction:
- Arthur Simpatico, 47, of Mississauga, Ontario.
- Jonathan Rodriguez, 37, of West Hollywood, California.
- Michal Figura, 36, of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
- Odell Ortega, 37, of Virginia Gardens, Florida.
- Brett Sinta, 36, of Hickory, North Carolina.
- Caleb Young, 38, of Olmsted Falls, Ohio.
- Daniel Walton, 34, of Saginaw, Texas.
- William T. Phillips, 39, of Highland, New York.
Clinton Don Simpson
Clinton Don Simpson created a miniature train track known as Mr. Don’s Whistle Stop in his backyard. Don hosted parties for school-age children. His miniature trains, big enough to ride, had more than 1,000 feet of track, a 200-foot long bridge, and a depot for boarding. His train park was closed in 2007 when it was discovered that he was operating without a business permit.
Also, in 2007, at age 65, Don was accused of molesting 11 girls and one boy his Whistle Stop attraction. Don had 14 charges, 10 for aggravated sexual assault of a child, three for indecency involving fondling, and one for sexual abuse of a child.
After being taken into custody by the police, Don spent years in a state hospital in Texas. He was considered to be incompetent to stand trial due to mental illness. In November of 2018, Don was transferred from the Texas state hospital to a medical unit in Tarrant County Jail. Due to being on suicide prevention watch, Don and his cellmate, David Faustino Flores, were checked on every 10 minutes. David, who was 42 years old at the time, had been in jail for about a month after assaulting an elderly man.
David Flores also assaulted Don Simpson, killing him in a quick assault. According to prison records, at 2:15 a.m. an officer checked on the two and they both appeared to be asleep. At 2:22 a.m. Don was at his cell door yelling to staff. As an officer and two nurses were walking toward the cell, they saw David hit Don on the left side of his head about 20 times in rapid succession. David then walked back to his bunk, saw Don move, then came back and hit him another 28 times with a closed fist. This caused Don to fall out of his wheelchair. As Don was falling, David hit him another 5 times before slamming Don’s head against the floor around 14 times. When a sergeant tried to pull David off Don, David continued to try to kick Don in the head. The entire attack lasted just over 60 seconds, included just over 60 hits, and resulted in Don’s death.
Peter John Miller
Peter John Miller, once a resident of Wolverine Lake, Michigan, was a convicted sex offender. Peter had been convicted of two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct in Oakland County in 1996. In May of 1997, he was sentenced to 18 months to 15 years in prison. Peter served about six years, being release from jail in October 2003.
Peter was convicted again by an Oakland County jury in 2014, this time for six counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor younger than 13. Per court records, his victims testified that Peter assaulted them over several years, starting in 2009. This time Peter was sentenced to serve 50 to 100 years of prison time. At the time he was given the sexual assault conviction, he was already serving a 20 month to a 15-year sentence of a larceny charge from 2011.
Around 1 p.m. on December 30, 2018, Peter Miller was found dead in his cell. It appeared he had hung himself. Peter’s roommate wasn’t in the cell at the time, and his death was ruled a suicide.
Oregon Zoo Reviews of their Animals
The Oregon Zoo began rating their animals as if they were bought online. The hashtag they posted on Twitter was #rateaspecies. Lots of zoos joined in the fun.
The zoo posted a picture of a turtle with a five-star review: “Came with a super cute case. Not the fastest but outlasts every comparable unit. Retractable accessories. Dropped in a pond and still works perfectly
Oregon Zoo posted a picture of a platypus with a one-star review: “I ordered a duck, otter, and beaver bundle apparently there was some kind of freak accident with shipping or something. Contacted shipper, they claim no error. Bad seller. NEVER BUYING AGAIN!”
They posted a picture of a vulture with a five-star review: “Pleasantly surprised. I thought I had ordered a Roomba, but this did an excellent job of cleaning up by ecosystem. Only downside is the projectile vomiting. Overall 5 stars, would drunkenly purchase again.”
An opossum picture with given a one-star review: “Was so excited to get the only marsupial in North America. Sadly mine is defective. It pretends to be dead frequently.”
A rhinoceros had a five-star review with the following words “RARE, hard to find Unicorn, slightly chubby but still very sexy – for those feeling horny.”
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