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Appalachian Mysteria

Jam Street Media

Documentary, True Crime, Society & Culture

4.82.6K Ratings

🗓️ 3 May 2022

⏱️ 48 minutes

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Eight Years Earlier: The Navy undertakes “purges” of lesbians from its ranks. The first of Virginia’s Colonial Parkway murders looks eerily familiar. A southern con-man helps find the killer — and defrauds the victims’ families. Resources and links: The Lover’s Lane Murders — Oxygen Network show about the Colonial Parkway murders, for which guest Bill Thomas served as consulting producer. Mind Over Murder — Entire podcast covering all the details of the Colonial Parkway Murders. Hosted by our guest Bill Thomas and Kristen Dilley. Interviewees: Bill Thomas — Brother of Cathy Thomas, who was killed with her girlfriend Rebecca Dowski in the first of the Colonial Parkway Murders. Thank you to our sponsor June's Journey. Download June’s Journey free today on the Apple App Store or Google Play! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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Season 4 of Appalachian Mysteria will be a little different than our previous seasons.


We're asking you, the listeners, to suggest cases that you think are important to the


region. We'll be selecting stories that we think are a good fit, and crediting those


who bring our attention to them, each story will be at least one full episode in length.


What makes for a good story? Lots of things, some of which you hopefully already appreciate


on the show, twists and turns, aspects of the unexplained, and the less it's been reported


on, the more interesting it is, of course. If you've got an Appalachian mystery, send


it our way. We set up an email address just for you at mysterious suggestions at gmail.com.


That email address again is mysterious suggestions at gmail.com. Help us make season 4 awesome.


One with the episode. Previously on Appalachian Mysteria, the year is 1996. February, a man


in a dark color pickup tries to pull over more than 20 female drivers along Route 29. A


Filipino immigrant named Carmelie De Showmo escapes after the man turns violent. March,


Alicia Showalter Reynolds vanishes with the Route 29 stalker. May, Julian Lali are murdered


in Shenandoah National Park 30 miles away, and the body of Alicia Showalter Reynolds is


found near Lignum, Virginia. July, church organist, Thelma Scroggins, is shot to death in her


Lignum home. September, and McDaniel disappears, possibly while hitchhiking, and is found


four days later, again in the Lignum area, is fixated, burned, and dismembered. It's natural


to focus on this eight month time frame before the arrest of Darryl Rice, because there's


such a concentration of violent crimes against women in this relatively small region. But


real investigators of crimes like these often have to zoom out on the timeline and the


map, looking for similar crimes in the past. This is precisely why retired special agent


Tim Alley reminded us that when thinking about Julian Lali, it's impossible to ignore


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