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Once Upon a Time in the West

Appalachian Mysteria

Jam Street Media

Documentary, True Crime, Society & Culture

4.82.6K Ratings

🗓️ 10 May 2022

⏱️ 49 minutes

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We investigate claims that the Park Service has a history of transferring troubled rangers. An NPS whistleblower explains a coverup culture within the agency, and shares the story of a ranger who investigated both the Shenandoah and Colonial Parkway murders. Resources and Links: The Case of the Indian Trader — The book in which Paul Berkowitz extensively documents his investigation at Hubbell Trading Post. Recommended for fans of police procedurals. Culture of Sexual Harrassment — Washington Post, 2016 Big Problem with Sexual Harrassment — The Atlantic, 2016 Hubbell Trading Post — Official site Bill Malone Trading — Billy Malone’s current site for trading, Gallup, NM Interviewees: Paul Berkowitz — NPS Special Agent who took over the investigation of Clyde Yee at Hubbell Trading Post 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. Last time on Appalachian Mysteria, Bill Thomas


shared the story of the murder of his sister Kathy Thomas and her girlfriend Rebecca


Dowski on Virginia's colonial parkway. That was 10 years before the death of Julie and


Lolly. Both were lesbian couples in a Virginia national park on a holiday weekend who'd


been restrained, their throats cut. We heard the story of con man Fred Atwell, who sometimes


seemed to genuinely care about finding the killer while also being willing to defraud


the victim's families. And finally Sarah and Bill pointed out that for a long time, authorities


have had suspicions about one of their own. Three or four days after Kathy died when two


agents from the Boston office came up to meet with my parents, they said, we believe that


your sister and Ms. Dowski were approached by an authority figure. They met somebody


in law enforcement or let's be fair, someone who presenting as law enforcement.


On this episode, Bill Thomas shares more on this theory and a former national park service


whistleblower details some of the lesser points of the federal agency sharing a story from


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