Below are images to accompany the SOUTHERN HORROR PARTS I & II episodes of Down Home Fear:
Note: There are some crime scene photos that I came across that I have decided not to post here out of respect for the deceased.
--H. H. Keegan
Hey guys, I have been hard at work creating content for the new collection of DHF episodes (which will premiere tomorrow late tomorrow night, July 30th/Aug 1st depending on what time zone you're in and when the RSS feed updates on iTunes).
One of the things that I did in preparation for the new season was get some professional head shots done that I could use for my website and social media presences (I mean selfies can only get you so far, right?).
My friend Skyler from Skyler Anne Photography LLC offered to help me out. She took a bunch of photos of me in the studio. She also interviewed me for her website -- check it out here. I discuss my influences, favorite non-crime-related podcasts, and more!
Here are some photographs to accompany DHF Episode 17 ...
Here is some additional media related to Part 2 of the DHF series on Casey and Caylee Anthony...
The Reddit Theory:
I also wanted to include a link to the Reddit series I mentioned during the show. Redditor, "HysteryMystery," was kind enough to shoot some messages back and forth with me and offer an alternative version of what may have happened on the afternoon of June 16th, 2008.
I disagree with a few key points that they rely on for their theory, and also view some of the claims made with skepticism as they come from questionable sources (e.g. Jose Baez) but I did find some very interesting, solid facts about the case that I hadn't heard before while reading through it. It's definitely a great read for anyone interested in the case.
As promised in Episode 11, here is the link to the full audio of the 9-1-1 calls Cindy Anthony made on the evening of July 15th 2008. I also included a few photographs of Caylee and Casey Anthony as well as the vehicle the body allegedly had been kept in and the home they lived in with George and Cindy Anthony.
On DHF Episode 10 we covered the infamous acts of survival cannabilism that occurred during the Jamestown Colony's "Starving Time." We also talked about the "Mad Butcher of Fayette County" and mentioned some other instances of cannibalism.
Some of the acts of cannibalism discussed were done out of desperation, others were senseless crimes that fulfilled no rational purpose... others still were done in the name of ... art?
As promised, here is the extra information to accompany the show:
I got an email yesterday from someone who had recently listened to DHF Episode 9 -- Southern Specters II. The sender had some comments about the veracity of the Goat Man Bridge story. See the excerpt posted below (with the sender’s permission):
“I have to say Goat Man, in my opinion, did live and die as your story told the tale. If Denton TX could be investigated in depth Goat Man would not be a folk tale... Every myth has a true event at its core.“
In Episode 9 I discarded the Goat Man Bridge story as being apocryphal, however this listener thinks the gruesome demise of Oscar "The Goat Man" Washburn and his family really did happen the way the legends claim.
Unfortunately, with the lack of hard evidence verifying the existence of Oscar “The Goat Man” Washburn, let alone his violent murder and the brutal slaying of his family, I don’t think we’ll ever know the authenticity of the story for sure.
With older stories – especially lesser-known local legends – it can be tough to separate fact from fiction. If Oscar “The Goat Man” Washburn really did exist, I hope his soul rests in peace.
What do you think? Leave a comment here, on the “Down Home Fear Podcast” Facebook group, on Twitter @DownHomeFear, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
As a convicted felon and registered sex offender, Todd Kohlhepp (accused serial killer discussed in DHF Episode 7) should never have been allowed to work in a profession that afforded opportunities for him to be alone with unsuspecting potential victims ... yet in 2006 the state of South Carolina granted him a real estate license.
In order to obtain this license, Kohlhepp provided a whitewashed explanation of his felony conviction to the state licensing board and failed to report that he was a registered sex offender. Confusingly, South Carolina did not conduct mandatory background checks for real estate agents at the time of Kohlhepp's application (though the policy has since changed) and his statements were assumed to be accurate.
The images and PDF file above are scans of the original documents submitted by Kohlhepp to the South Carolina Department of Labor in order to secure his license as a real estate agent.
In the documents, Kohlhepp suggests that his felony conviction for kidnapping and the ensuing fifteen year stint in prison was the result of a misunderstanding between himself, a girlfriend's parents, and his illegal possession of a firearm. A less rose-tinted evaluation of the events would show that as a teen, Kohlhepp had abducted and brutally raped a 15 year old girl and taken a plea deal to avoid an even harsher sentence.
Being erroneously granted a real estate license gave Kohlhepp an air of legitimacy and trustworthiness to the Woodruff, SC community and his business associates. This is just another element in the strange, tragic, disturbing chain of events that allowed him to get away with murder until just a few short weeks ago.