Bernie Tiede: Most Loved Murderer CW: Themes/descriptions of violenceLISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISEDQuestion: What self-confessed murderer can boast a fan club in his honor, a movie centered around his murder case, and a Facebook fan page with over 1,700 followers? Answer: Bernie Tiede, the man portrayed by Jack Black in the 2012 movie ‘Bernie,’ who murdered Marjorie Nugent in 1996Continue reading “Bernie Tiede: Most Loved Murderer”

Adrienne Shelly: So Much Left to Do CW: Themes/descriptions of violenceLISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED Adrienne Shelly had everything to live for in October of 2006. Her filmmaking career was taking off, her film ‘Waitress’ had a great chance of winning a spot at the Sundance Festival, and she loved being a wife and mother. So when her husband found her hangingContinue reading “Adrienne Shelly: So Much Left to Do”

Stalked: The Rebecca Schaeffer Story CW: Themes/descriptions of violence LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED When 21-year-old Rebecca Schaeffer (previous star of “My Sister Sam”) opened her door on July 18, 1989, she expected to see a courier delivering the ‘Godfather 3’ script she needed for her exciting upcoming audition. Instead, Robert Bardo, who’d been obsessed with Rebecca for some time,Continue reading “Stalked: The Rebecca Schaeffer Story”

Rose Mackenberg: First Female Ghostbuster Who ya gonna call? Rose Mackenberg! That’s right. Long before Peter Venkman and his crew showed up with their proton packs to fight the supernatural, there was Rose Mackenberg, Houdini’s top undercover spy in his war against crooked psychics and mediums. Rose Mackenberg was described in a 1949  Hearst syndicate article as “perhaps theContinue reading “Rose Mackenberg: First Female Ghostbuster”

Honk & Cheryl Allison: A Goose, a Girl, and a Fairy Tale Ending Near the start of the pandemic, amid lockdowns and the emotional toll of isolation, Cheryl Allison headed to the park one afternoon for a fitness break. Little did she know how her life would change because of a simple encounter that occurred that day …or that her new bestie would be a goose.  InContinue reading “Honk & Cheryl Allison: A Goose, a Girl, and a Fairy Tale Ending”

Whatever Happened to Bette & Joan? You’ve heard of the Hatfield and the McCoys, but how familiar are you with the infamous feud between Hollywood icons Bette Davis and Joan Crawford? Listen in to learn what sparked the initial feelings of hostility between these fiery women, and how their rivalry progressed to the legendary status it holds today.  Pettiness, drama,Continue reading “Whatever Happened to Bette & Joan?”

Trailblazer: Hattie McDaniel In her 2009 Oscar acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress, Mo’Nique gave this shout-out to another well-known actress: “I want to thank Miss Hattie McDaniel for enduring all that she had to so that I would not have to.”  Many will remember that Hattie McDaniel was the first Black actor to win an Oscar,Continue reading “Trailblazer: Hattie McDaniel”

Frozen In Time: An Interview with Charleston’s Tommy Dew For 26 years Tommy Dew has led tourists through the streets of Charleston, South Carolina, on his famed walking tours–one of those tourists being Ashley! And now you have the opportunity to “Dew Charleston” from the comfort of your own device.  In a special guest episode, Ashley and Candy have the pleasure of interviewingContinue reading “Frozen In Time: An Interview with Charleston’s Tommy Dew”

The Theatre Event That Changed History: Lincoln’s Assassination at Ford’s Theatre April 14, 1865, was “surely one of Abraham Lincoln’s happiest days” but ended with an assassin’s bullet in his brain. Calling on reports from primary documents and other sources, Candy leads Ashley through the night that Booth and his co-conspirators put their murderous plot into action… a plot that called not only for theContinue reading “The Theatre Event That Changed History: Lincoln’s Assassination at Ford’s Theatre”

(Re)Making History in Colonial Williamsburg Once the capital of the Virginia Colony and the center of political, religious, economic, and social life in Virginia, Williamsburg is more commonly known these days for being the site of an immersive living history museum called Colonial Williamsburg. But for scores of filmmakers whose works happen to be set in the 17th century,Continue reading “(Re)Making History in Colonial Williamsburg”