Morbidology Special: Halloween Murders

Podcast released on: 29th October 2020

Halloween is a time for dressing up, watching horror movies, and going trick or treating. It is the one day of the year where the main purpose is to be scared and to scare others. However, amid all the harmless activities and fun of the season, violence can occur and genuine fear can be felt.…


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Halloween is a time for dressing up, watching horror movies, and going trick or treating. It is the one day of the year where the main purpose is to be scared and to scare others. However, amid all the harmless activities and fun of the season, violence can occur and genuine fear can be felt. All of the gruesome murders detailed in this episode took place around Halloween time, giving Halloween some legitimacy to the ominous nickname: “Devil’s Night.”

Audio Sources

“Get the Gun”

“Taylor Van Diest Murder”

“Armstrong murder. British Columbia, Canada. Taylor Van Diest Crime Scene. Real World Television”

“Looking for Taylor’s Killer”

“Continuing coverage of the Foerster trial” –

“Triple homicide in Ottawa County”

“Liske could face judge Tuesday”

“The Murder of Doreen Erbert”

Snapped – Oxygen

Sources:

The Advocate, 19 October, 1992 – “Order to Freeze May Have Confused Exchange Student”

Akron Beacon Journal, 20 October, 1992 – “Japanese Exchange Student Shot to Death”

The Advocate, 20 October, 1992 – “Saddened Classmates, Teachers, Remember Yoshi”

The Advocate, 21 October, 1992 – “Parents, Friends Come Together in Emotional Farewell to Yoshi”

Philadelphia Daily News, 22 October, 1992 – “Homeowner Regrets Killing Teen”

The Deseret News, 5 November, 1992 – “Man Who Shot Student Will Face Charge of Manslaughter”  

Tampa Bay Times, 20 November, 1992 – “Student’s Killer: It Hurts in Ways I Can’t Explain”

UPI, 15 December, 1992 – “Parents of Slain Youth Continue Signature Drive in US”

UPI, 20 May, 1993 – “Lawyer Claims Exchange Student Shot in Defense of Home”

The Advocate, 21 May, 1993 – “Testimony Puts the Early Focus on Peairs’ Gun”

The Advocate, 22 May, 1993 – “Jury Hears Tape of Peairs”

Akron Beacon Journal, 24 May, 1993 – “Louisiana Man Found Innocent”

The Morning Star, 1 November, 2011 – “Police Treat Armstrong Death as Homicide”

The Morning Star, 2 November, 2011 – “Police Still Searching for Armstrong Homicide Suspect”

The Morning Star, 4 November, 2011 – “Still no Suspect in Armstrong Death”

The Morning Star, 10 November, 2011 – “Letter Writer Claims Responsibility for Taylor Van Diest Death”

The Morning Star, 23 November, 2011 – “DNA in Armstrong Murder Matches Kelowna 2005 Sexual Assault”

The Chronicle Herald, 7 April, 2012 – “Man, 26, Charged in Young Woman’s Death”

The Morning Star, 24 March, 2014 – “Testimony Begins in Murder Trial”

Kelowna Capital News, 7 May, 2014 – “Stephen Foerster Pleads Guilty to Accessory After the Fact”

Associated Press, 1 November, 2010 – “Ohio Teen Finds 2 Bodies”

The Blade, 1 November, 2010 – “3 Found Slain in Ottawa Co.”

Sandusky Register, 1 November, 2010 – “$1 Million Bond for Triple Murder Suspect”

The Blade, 2 November, 2010 – “Slain Dad Had Said Suspect Was Mentally Ill”

Sandusky Register, 21 November, 2010 – “Tragic Timeline”

The Blade, 23 December, 2010 – “2nd Evaluation OK’d for Ottawa Co. Man Charged in 3 Slayings”

Sandusky Register, 15 July, 2011 – “Liske Raped Stepmother During Massacre”

Sandusky Register, 12 August, 2011 – “Liske Pleads Guilty to Triple Homicide”

Sandusky Register, 14 September, 2011 – “Liske Sentenced to Life Without Parole”

The Blade, 15 September, 2011 – “Liske Gets Life for Deaths of 3”

UPI, 1 November, 1984 – “Police Investigating a Real Life Halloween Horror”

UPI, 2 November, 1984 – “Authorities Held a Man on Double Murder Charges Today”

UPI, 6 November, 1984 – “Less than 24 Hours After Releasing”

UPI, 12 December, 1984 – “William Dennis Ordered to Stand Trial”

The Mercury News, 15 August, 1985 – “Husband Sues For False Arrest in Halloween Slaying Case”

The Mercury News, 19 July, 1988 – “Trial to Begin in Halloween Machete Slayings”

UPI, 19 July, 1988 – “ Girl Recounts Grisly Halloween Murders”

The Mercury News, 24 July, 1988 – “Murder Trial Focuses on Wolf Mask”

The Mercury News, 4 August, 1988 – “Dennis’ Killings Admitted Lawyer”

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