Olympia OdditiesNov 19, 2023
Side Show: PNW Cryptid Showdown
For this episode of Side Show, I start the show by giving an update on Matthew Anfeldt's case, cover some updates to the podcast, then wrap the whole thing up with a PNW cryptid ranking list, some bizarre local crimes & news stories and fill you in on what's been going on in my life.
On December 21st, 2014 teenager Jarom Thomas decided to resolve a fight over a minor car accident with a single punch. That punch thrown by one of his friends ended up in Jarom Thomas' death. The next year, his parents revealed to the media that they had heard a different version of the story. The details they heard were upsetting, and conflicted with the original version of the story Jarom's friends and the police had told them. Head to Spotify or your favorite podcast platform to listen.
Haunted Hiking: Scaponia Park, Oregon
Only in Your State - The Haunted Hike In Oregon That Will Send You Running For The Hills
That Oregon Life - 12 Haunted Trails in The Pacific Northwest Where Horror Lurks
Hauntedplaces.org - Scaponia Park
Scaponia County Park
Portland Tribune - Haunted Portland: 5 spooky sites to see on Halloween weekend
Today I tell you the story of Helen Doe, an unidentified woman hitchhiker who was discovered dead after the semi truck driver who picked her up was involved in a tragic wreck that killed both him, and his unknown passenger near Kalama, WA in 1991. I cover the details of the wreck, how investigators were able to trace the truck drivers route, and the methods that investigators have used to try to reunite this young woman with her identity and loved ones.
Yakima Herald Republic - Native woman known as Helen Doe among 145 unidentified human remains in Washington
The Chronicle - Genetic Genealogy The Next Step in Identifying Native Woman Killed in Fiery 1991 Crash in Southwest Washington
Side Show: Burlesque & Blue Crawdads
It's a solo Trista Side Show straight from Olympia Oddities new studio and I'm here to recap the end of summer, including my second ever burlesque show stage kitten experience, the Roy Pioneer Rodeo, and a camping trip.
Ft. The coroner leaving the campsite as I show up, Oakville's bigfoot statue, and Trista's True Crime Roundup making it's return
The 2018 Horizon Air Hijacking
In today's episode, Trista tells you the story of Richard Russell, an unassuming baggage handler at SeaTac who shocked the world and those who knew him by stealing a plane. I cover the flight path his comandeered plane took, the radio communications that transpired between those trying to get him to safety and keep others out of harms way, and the tragic end to his flight.
Rolling Stone - The Sky Thief, June 24th 2021
Seattle Times - Richard Russell was a jokester who complained about work, but SeaTac plane heist still baffles friends, August 19 2018
Side Show: Oops All Tristas
It's a solo Side Show episode and my return from my summer break! I talk the future of Side Show & some exciting plans coming up, recap my summer so far, including my trip to the Paranormal Circus, a podcast live show, and one of my favorite Washington establishments, Sharkys. Also in this episode: opinons on juggling, buildings shaped like coffee pots, and Godzilla pinball
The Haunting of Heceta Head Lighthouse
Pend Oreille Paddler
Cedar Post - The Pend Oreille Paddler
Cour d’Alene Press - Meet your N. Idaho lake monster, Paddler
Go Sandpoint Magazine - Tales from the Deep
The Spokesman Review - Did Navy Use Fish Story As Cloak? Pend Orielle Paddler Said to Be Subs
The Disappearances of George & Edwin Pooler
Two brothers went missing, a little over two years apart from each other. Despite some shared similarities, investigators believe that these two disapperances are completely unrelated. Today, we're telling you about the 1988 & 1991 disappearances of George and Edwin Pooler. George disappeared after leaving a tavern in Omak, WA with a group of people. Shortly after his disappearance, his burned out car was discovered just 3 miles from town. Edwin disappeared from the Alice Flats HUD site in Keller, after being spotted with a group of men and one woman. We discuss the solved murder of Edwin and the questions that still surround his death, and cover the still unsolved disappearance of George, as well as some of the amazing work their sister has done to try and help solve their cases.
Charley Project - George Wayne Pooler
Charley Project - Edwin Oliver Pooler
The Spokesman Review - No body, but persistence gets indictment, 2006
Water Babies & Bonus Cryptid!
CW: child death
Weird US - The Water Babies of Massacre Rocks
Exemplore - Urban Legends: The Native American Water Babies
The Alien Encounter of Dr. Johnathan Reed
CW: animal harm, animal death
Youtube: shockingmysteries - Dr Johnathon Reed Alien Encounter 15 Oct 1996 Full Coverage
Art Bell’s Dark Matter - Jonathan Reed - Alien in The Freezer, September 18th, 2013
Mirror.co.uk - Man probes alien he claims to have caught while walking his dog - but there's bad news as now says it has ESCAPED, August 25th, 2016
Yahoo News - Man Claims He Killed Alien After It ‘Vapourised His Dog’, August 26, 2016
The Disappearance of Gilbert Gilman
Charley Project - Gilbert Mark Gilman
Strange Outdoors - The puzzling disappearance of ex-paratrooper Gilbert Gilman from Olympic National Park
Harstine Island John Doe
Shelton-Mason County Journal - Body found on Harstine Island Jan. 16 still unidentified, Feb 10th, 2022
KIRO 7 - Officials asking for help in identifying man found dead on beach, Jan 22, 2022
Facebook: Coroner Mason County, Washington - Dec 22nd, 2022
Oregon's Exploding Whale
Wikipedia - Exploding Whale
The Oregonian - Exploding-whale engineer George Thornton has died at age 84, 2013
Offbeat Oregon - Exploding whale? It's a true Oregon tale
Side Show: Year End Holiday Special
Delayed by some tech issues but not forgotten, our Year End Holiday special is finally here! In this Side Show episode we discuss our feelings on Dragula Titans, share some of our favorite holiday season tropes, Trista shares her strong feelings on A Christmas Story, chat about the National Finals Rodeo, have a few chair malfunctions, and discuss our favorite holiday songs, including how Dean Martin sounds like he's about to fall down your staircase and take our your lamp in his rendition of Silver Bells. We wrap up with a few holiday crimes courtesy of Steven! Happy New Year!
The Disappearance of Cora Christmas McGuirk
In today's episode we discuss the 1991 disappearance of Cora Christmas McGuirk from Seattle, Washington. Cora was just 22 years old when she disappeared from her Seattle residence for a day, then returned home and asked a family member a question that was very alarming to them. Cora left, and she was never seen or heard from again. We explore the circumstances leading up to Cora's mysterious disappearance, and a possible connection this case may have to a very well known, very much hated serial killer of ours.
Charley Project - Cora Christmas McGuirk
The Doe Network - Cora Christmas McGuirk
Seattle P.I - Martell's Story: Sophomore's path to stardom anything but smooth
Artis the Spoonman
Today we tell you all about a Seattle legend that became a worldwide legend, with the help of a few musicians. That's right, we're talking about THE Spoonman. Now a Port Townsend resident, you used to be able to catch Artis at Pike Place, with his mat of assorted tools laid out in front of him while he slapped and smacked the spoons across his body to make his music. Part performance art, part musical performance, it was really something to see. We talk about Artis's childhood and how he discovered his special spoon playing talent, how his path crossed ways with Frank Zappa, and later Soundgarden, discuss how the song Spoonman came to be, Trista geeks out really hard over everything, and we wrap it up by talking about where Artis is now, and what he's up to.
TW: brief suicide attempt mention
Wikipedia - Artis the Spoonman
Wikipedia - Spoonman
Seattle PI - 'Spoonman' stunned by death of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell
Port Townsend Leader - PT's Spoonman tied to Seattle
The Murder of Nicole Hutchings
Today we're telling you about the murder of Nicole Hutchings. Nicole Hutchings was lured to a fake Halloween party that was part of a ruse created by two men with plans to murder her. They drugged her and left her in a shallow grave on Forest Service land near Sunriver, Oregon. The case was cold for years until one woman approached the police with information that cracked the entire thing open: the incredibly sad motive. We discuss the circumstances around Nicole Hutchings murder, the investigation and how police were able to find the two men who were responsible, and share the fate of these callous killers.
TW: CSA mention, rough episode
Find a Grave - Nicole Marie Hutchings
Bend Bulletin - Man gets life in prison for Hutchings murder
Bend Bulletin - Murder plot detailed at sentencing
Side Show: Ooky Spooky Kooky Halloween Special
In today's special Halloween episode of Side Show we cover a little bit of everything. From books and movies we've enjoyed lately, to that Rugrats episode with the Quaker Oats man, rooting for The Boys, selling towels out of a trench coat, our Halloween plan, Fat Heads, that worm from Labyrinth, and wrap the whole thing up by telling you about one of the most compelling possible paranormal encounters we had earlier this year at the Mossyrock Dam.
The Sinking of The Andelana
In today's Spooky Season episode, we tell you all about the tragic sinking of the ship The Andelana, which caused the deaths of 17 crew members who were trapped on board as the ship sank to the ocean's floors in just minutes on January 14th, 1899. We get into the details of how the ship sank and the attempts to raise the ship from the ocean's depths, which caused another unbelievably tragic death during some efforts to raise the ship. And of course, because it is spooky season after all, we discuss some reported paranormal activity going on in the area of Tacoma, Washington where the Andelana sank and some mythology surrounding the eerie last photo of the crew.
History Link - The bark Andelana disappears while lying at anchor at Tacoma on January 14, 1899.
SouthSoundTalk - Few Relics Remain of The Andelana – Tacoma’s Largest Maritime Disaster
Side Show: PNW True Crime Fest Recap
The Disappearance & Unexplained Death of David Glen Lewis
Seattle PI - 1993 hit-run victim is finally identified, 2004
Find A Grave - David Glen Lewis
CBS News - Google Helps Solve John Doe Case
Del Rio News Herald - Baffling trail stumps police searching for missing attorney, 1993
PNW True Crime Fest Live Show: The Disappearance of Matthew Anfeldt
Here's our recording of our first ever live show, recorded at the first ever PNW True Crime Fest. Matthew Anfeldt was just 20 years old when he disappeared from his family's home in Grand Mound, Washington under incredibly bizarre circumstances. After telling his sister he was going to grab his phone, he ended up in a nearby roadway in a panic, yelling at cars that his family had been killed and that someone was after him. He was last seen at the Speedway Grocery before fleeing out the side door, and police discovered that his family was perfectly fine. Matthew has never been seen since. We explore the details of the case and explore some possible theories behind his disappearance. Thank you to everyone who came out to make this live show possible!
Records Request with Thurston County Sheriff's Office
Charley Project - Matthew Anfeldt
Q13 Fox - Detectives investigating whether young man's disappearance is linked to previous attack in Lacey, February 23rd, 2020
KOMO News - 'They're after me!' Thurston County man disappears after bizarre rampage, March 7th, 2019
Wikipedia - Grunge Speak
The Ringer - When Grunge Was Fake News
The Disappearance of Darwin K Vest
Charley Project - Darwin K Vest
AP News - Spider Expert Disappears in Idaho, 1999
The Lewiston Review - Spiderman’s Fate Remains a mystery, 2002
Michele Dee Gates
Today we're telling you about the life of child-killer Michele Dee Gates, starting with her chaotic childhood. We discuss the tragic murders of Ruth Anne O'Neil and Natyah Ottino that Michele committed when she was just a child herself, her later failed hitman plot, and how her new husband ended up being murdered. By her father. Buckle up for this one.
Ft. the audacity, the nerve, and the Sqweegel episode of CSI
TW: child murder, child abuse, sexual assault mention
Oregon Live - The strange case of child-killer Michele Gates and how it changed Oregon forever, 2019
The Spokesman Review - Father of Portland child killer Michele Dee Gates accused of shooting her husband in Stevens County
The Spokesman Review - Man who shot son-in-law near Colville pleads guilty to manslaughter, gets 7 years in prison
McMinnville UFO Photographs
Today we're covering a UFO story for the first time in a long time! In fact, it's Steven's first UFO story as a co-host! In this episode we discussed the 1950 McMinnville UFO photos, which were a series of photos captured by a farming couple, the Trents, near McMinnville, Oregon. We chat about the sighting, discuss some investigations and examinations of the photos, and come to our own conclusions.
Ft. the funniest dialogue I have ever read in a UFO interview, car side mirrors, and the Dean from Community
Wikipedia - McMinville UFO Photos
The Oregonian - Past Tense Oregon: UFO photos taken near McMinnville in 1950 still raise questions
The Oregonian - 1997 story: Fifty years of UFO, the truth is still out there
The Disappearance of Christopher Hart Bridgeman Jr.
The Doe Network - Christopher Hart Bridgeman Jr.
Charley Project - Christopher Hart Bridgeman Jr.
The Olympian - Burglars make off with Rainier woman’s evidence in the case of her missing dad, October 2017
Whereaboutstillunknown.wordpress.com - Christopher Bridgeman
Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus
Today we're covering a famous PNW legend, the mythical Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus. We dive into the wacky world of the Save The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus website and learn about the diet, movements, and life-cycle of the tree octopus, then dive into where exactly this legend originated from.
Ft. land sushi, sasquatch as an apex predator, and octopus hood ornaments
Library of Congress Web Archive - Save The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus
The Disappearance of Tina Marie Finley
Today we're covering the 1988 disappearance of Tina Marie Finley. Tina Finley had a rough start to life, and her family ended up splitting up. She ended up in an even worse situation in the foster system, but was eventually able to run away and reconnect with a family member back in Idaho. Her future in Idaho seemed bright, as she held down multiple jobs and was even considering enrolling in college to follow in her sister's footsteps. Tragically, Tina Finley went missing after accepting a ride from a man she met at a party that night. We cover Tina Finley's childhood, her reunion with her uncle, discuss the night of her disappearance and some of the suspects in the case.
TW: alcoholism, sexual abuse mention
Correction: I mistakenly said 1989 instead of 1988 as the year of her disappearance. It was a long recording day and I apologize!
Charlie Project - Tina Marie Finley
The Doe Network - Tina Marie Finley
NAMUS - Missing Person / NamUs #MP9768
The Spokesman Review - Silence Envelops Mystery Many Feel They Have Solution, But Lack Proof
Seal Rock Sea Monster
Ft. old timey radio voices, people being amazed yet horrified of sea lions, and Elephant Rock confusion
CryptidWiki - Seal Rock Sea Monster
Oregon Coast Beach Connection - Strange Oregon Coast History: Legend of Seal Rock Sea Monsters
Oregon Coast Beach Connection - Seal Rock History and Mysteries on Oregon Coast: Failed Resort to Monsters and Metal Finds
The Disappearance of Oakley Carlson
Bad Eggs: The Accidental Poisoning at the Oregon State Hospital
Phoenix Jones & The Rain City Superhero Movement
In the 2010's Superheros began roaming the streets of Seattle, helping people out, posing for pictures, and breaking up bar fights. Soon, the police had a list of more than 10 working superheros that made up The Rain City Superhero Movement. We get into how the movement started, discuss some of the altercations they were involved in, and tell you the tale of Phoenix Jones, which may just prove that you either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.
Wikipedia - Phoenix Jones
Wikipedia - Rain City Superhero Movement
KOMO News - Real-life superhero 'Phoenix Jones' in super trouble, facing drug charges
The Tragic Death of Nabila Maazouz
Today - Mother of high school swim team member found dead under pool cover sues for $70M
OregonLive - Family of 14-year-old girl who drowned in Hillsboro pool files $70 million lawsuit
People - Family Files $70M Lawsuit Over 14-Year-Old Girl's Drowning Death Under Pool Cover at Swim Practice
2001 Nisqually Earthquake
On February 28th 2001, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck the lower Puget Sound area, near Olympia. Trista shares her own story of experiencing the earthquake as a first grader in the lunchroom, we cover the type of earthquake it was, the damage caused by it, and how things have changed since then. Ft. an Ember Goods shout-out, the worst Stevie Nicks impersonation you have ever heard, and being misquoted in the newspaper as a kid
Wikipedia - 2001 Nisqually Earthquake
Wikipedia - Intraplate Earthquake
Wikipedia - 1700 Cascadia Earthquake
KIRO7 - Nisqually Earthquake: 20 Years Later
Olympia Oddities Podcast: Sideshow Ep. 3: A Puka Shell Choker 5 Layers Deep
The Disappearance of Joshua Korvin
Charley Project - Joshua Korvin
King5 News - New clues sought in case of missing pro snowboarder
Boardistan, snowboarding forum thread - Washington Snowboarder Missing For 7 Years
The article about the crash I was unsure if related to the case or not:
The Seattle Times - Anacortes Woman, 19, dies in head on crash
The Witch's Curse on Lafayette, Oregon: The Murder of David Corker
Ft. Trista's presidential platform, a teaser for an upcoming episode topic, and the musical stylings of Rick James
Only In Your State - The Lafayette Pioneer Cemetery is one of Oregon’s Spookiest Cemeteries
Green Lettuce Blog - Lafayette Oregon Urban Legends
Lady of the Lake: The Murder of Hallie Illingworth
Today we tell you the mystery of the Lady of the Lake. On a summer morning in 1940, two brothers discovered a woman's remains floating on the surface of Lake Crescent in Washington. Even stranger, the woman's remains had a bizarre, soap like consistency. Listen to find out who the Lady of the Lake was in life and how she died, how investigators were able to determine the identity of the remains, the subsequent murder trial, and the bizarre decomposition process known as saponification.
Ft. foot pudd, Monty being a cat name, and the worst outro we have ever recorded
Historylink.org - Lady of the Lake
Morbidology - Lady of the Lake: Hallie Illingworth
The Disappearance of Misty Copsey
Today we tell you about the mysterious disappearance of Misty Copsey, a 14 year old girl who disappeared after a fun day spent with a friend at the Puyallup Fair. We discuss some of the possible suspects, a possible connection to some other murders in the area, how botched the investigation into Misty's disappearance was, new methods investigators are using to try to get information about Misty's disappearance, and try to figure out why her friend was later caught in a lie by the cops. ft. escape goats
The Charley Project - Misty Donna Copsey
The Doe Network - Case File 688DFWA Misty Donna Copsey
Bustle - A Missing Teen is Tweeting 25 years after her disappearance
Tyrom Thies & The Triple Murders at Leather's Oil Co.
Wikipedia - Leathers Oil Company Murders
KOIN - Cold Case: Gresham’s most gruesome murder
Albany Democrat Herald - Tyrom Walter Thies
America's Most Wanted - An All-American Murder in Oregon
The World - Driver's Sentence is 10 Years
FBI Wanted Flyer - May 24th, 1994
In today's episode we tell you all about one of my favorite cryptids, the Fresno Nightcrawlers, and a few other sightings of similar creatures around the country. In 2007, a man was woken up by his dogs and security system going off. When he checked his security camera footage, he didn't find a burglar like he expected, but instead multiple tiny white creatures that resembled walking pajama pants. We cover some sightings, and get into the theories behind what these creatures are and where they could've come from.
ft. Jimmy Neutron, Office Space references, and throwin' lil shorty in a leglock
Cryptidwiki - Fresno Nightcrawlers, Medford Shmoos
Ranker - Fresno Nightcrawlers are Terrorizing the Dark, and They’re Spreading Far From California
Astonishing Legends - Fresno Nightcrawlers
Sideshow Ep. 2: I was Icarus in that moment, and the Play Place ceiling was my sun
The Disappearance of Mary Johnson
Bandage Man of Cannon Beach
Westside Portland Insurance - Bandage Man of Cannon Beach
BeachConnection - Five Goofiest Legends of the Oregon Coast
Only In Your State - Tell This Oregon Ghost Story Around The Campfire And No One Will Sleep A Wink
Olympia Oddities Podcast: Sideshow Ep. 1 - Thankskilling & Alice's Restaurant
Join us for episode 1 of our new side show, Olympia Oddities Podcast: Sideshow. This week we recapped some of the weirder local headlines and police scanner reports that Trista gathered over the past few years, talk Thanksgiving plans & traditions (Alice's Restaurant and B horror movies anyone?), what podcasts we've been listening to lately and how we were introduced to the podcast world, bizarre flavors of grapes and apples, and a local true crime holiday connection.
The Tube Sock Murders
Ft. revoking the title of bad-ass, the Toe Sock Killer?, and a special announcement about another show we'll be doing in addition to this one!
Wikipedia - Mineral, Washington murders, Ellensburg Daily Record - Are Cases Tied?, The Spokesman Review - Woman's Body Discovered, Eugene Register Guard - Officer's Baffled Over Couples Disappearance, The Spokesman Review- Remains those of Tacoma man missing since 1985, The Olympian - Mystery Lingers: Discovery of trappers skull adds clue to couples 1985 disappearance
Polybius: The Mind Control Arcade Game
Ft. the missing character from The Goonies, world record breaking attempts, and drinking too many cokes
Wikipedia - Polybius (Urban Legend)
Eugene Register Guard - Tummy Derails Asteroids Champ