Clarissa Sings: Songs I sing out loud in the car!

Are you ever in your car and you turn on your music on shuffle mode and find yourself cranking up a particular song(s) and start singing very loudly to it? Well I do! Here are ten songs I crank up the volume for while driving:

Stand Back- Stevie Nicks- The intro to this song allows time for me to crank up the volume. This song has a great beat to it while driving.

Cameo- Candy: this song has a great drumming and guitar solo. It just makes you happy when you are driving around doing errands or going to work.

The Donnas- take it off: This was one of my favorite songs in high school and it is a powerhouse of a song.

Prince- Computer Blue: It’s no surprise that Prince is on this list. I love everything about this song, and it’s such a great song to drive to with the windows down!

Tears for Fears- Shout: what better song to listen to while stuck in traffic on the highway??

Lil’ Kim featuring Lil’ Cease: one of my favorite songs! Also who is excited about Lil’ Kim book coming out in 2024 but hopefully sooner!!!!

Good Morning Baltimore- Hairspray: This song just makes me incredibility happy when I listen it. Plus anything John Waters related I am 100% for!

Billy Squier- My kind of lover: I didn’t know about Billy Squier until I watched a show called Red Oaks. This was the first song of his I ever heard and became immediately hook with this and many other of his songs.

They Don’t Know about Us- Tracey Ullman- One of my forever icons Tracey Ullman also was a singer, and this song is perfection when I am driving to work.

Bay City Rollers- Saturday Night: because S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y NIGHT!

These are just a tiny amount of songs that I belt out when driving. What songs do you blast out of your car? Comment below!!!!

The lady.cult holiday gift idea giving guide: 2022!

Hello all! Welcome to the 2022 holiday gift idea giving guide!!! I will be discussing some fantastic small businesses! Please keep in mind there shipping deadlines when ordering to make sure you get it by the holidays. 🙂

Here we go!!

: Always Fits

Always Fits has always been one of my favorite online places to shop. They have so many unique and special items that I always end up finding something very interesting to gift a friend. Like this book: The Golden Girls: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. But honestly anything from this store would be a hit. Here are some shipping deadlines for this store: for free shipping (you must spend $99 dollars to qualify!) it is 5-7 business days and the order cutoff date for that is December 12,2022. For standard shipping (anything under $99 dollars) it is 5-7 business days and the cut off date is still December 12, 2022. For 3-4 business day the cut off order date is December 14, 2022. And for 2-day shipping (2 business days) the cut off date is December 18, 2022.

Also they are having a discount code when you spend $50 you get $10 dollars off with code: BFCM22 Offer ends on November 28th!!!

Link to purchase this book is here: https://alwaysfits.com/collections/holiday-gifts/products/the-golden-girls-twas-the-night-before-christmas-book

Greenwich Letterpress:

This is my other favorite online store. I order a banner from them every season because I feel like there is always something to celebrate. However I was browsing there online store and this pouch made me do a double take. Made by @officialSeanPenn this pouch is a definite must buy!

Link to buy is here: https://www.greenwichletterpressshop.com/keanu-pouch.html

Bo Barra: Bo Barra is a new upcoming jewelry business.

“MORPHIO: The Invasion Necklace

The MORPHIO collection is inspired by Animorphs, and this necklace in particular is inspired by the first book in the series. It’s handmade using rare vintage Japanese glass sugar beads, a vintage Japanese handblown glass slug, freshwater pearls, and a glass butterfly, with sterling silver hardware. It’s a very limited edition, 1/2, so get this stunner while it’s still here! Treat yourself here: https://bobarra.ca/products/morphio-the-invasion-necklace

MORPHIO: Snail Morph Heart Necklace

Got a favourite animal, or an animal lover in your life? Now you can choose from 15 different iridescent animal heart pendants that are handmade in the 1970s! Pictured here is the snail morph, looking rather adorable, if I say so myself! Each pendant changes colour from pink to blue to green as you move it, and comes on a very 90s style sterling silver ball chain necklace. These are rare vintage, so when they’re gone, they’re gone! 

Choose your fave here: https://bobarra.ca/products/morphio-snail-morph-sterling-silver-necklace

MORPHIO: The Encounter Earrings Set 2

Cute earrings alert! These beauties are inspired by Animorphs: The Encounter, and are handmade with sterling silver, vintage Japanese glass beads and Czech glass. As with all my pieces, they are limited edition due to the nature of my vintage materials. Get your gorgeous dangles here: https://bobarra.ca/products/morphio-the-encounter-earrings-set-2

The store is currently offering a 40% off everything sale until 11/27. Use code Cyber40 during the checkout process!

This store provides free shipping from Montreal and uses Canada postage. Depending on where you are it took take up to 7 business days to get your order. If you want something by the holidays she recommends ordering by December 12, 2022. If you need it sooner you are able to upgrade for faster shipping (at a cost).

Ashley Chafin: Ashley is an amazing artist, and she makes cards out of some of her art. Like Mikey Walsh one! If you want to order her cards you must place it by December 19th. She ships it out of LA!

Link to buy is here: http://www.ashleychafin.com/store/p2/Goonies_Holiday_Card.html

Erin A Ellis: Erin A. Ellis is an artist with a cute store. Do you have a beloved pet? Would you like to see a portrait of your pet on an ornament? I would! She can do one for you.

Pet Portrait Ornament info link is here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/489459953/custom-hand-painted-pet-portrait?click_key=700b72495399713e822883094960960e9302666f%3A489459953&click_sum=c2bd13f8&ref=shop_home_active_5&frs=1&sca=1&sts=1

She also makes cards. Link to her esty store is here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/erinaellis?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=735798672

Shipping deadlines for her store: USPS First Class Shipping by December 19,2022.

Gift Horse Nashville: Gift Horse Nashville is a super cute store. I found out about them when I wanted to buy a card in the shape of a gumball machine!

But if you are into adorable tea towels. May I recommend is Hot dog and tea towel.

Also if you put in code RETROCULT20 during checkout you will received a 20 % off discount!! I am totally planning to use it myself!!

RJ City: When RJ City and Rootless Coffee Co. decided to join forces together. A special blend of coffee called Hi, Anxiety was created. Free shipping when you spend $50 or more!

Link to buy is here: https://rootlesscoffee.com/collections/partners/products/hi-anxiety

Bibliomancer:

“Welcome to my shop Bibliomancer , I deal in rare, collectable & finely
curated  books, comics & ephemera.
You can find me here: @Bibliomancer Since I deal in collectables there is usually only one of what is
being sold, so the best thing is to browse my selection, I have everything from collectible Sc-fi, vintage horror paperbacks, vintage
magazines, vintage  classic  literature, tons of non-fiction books, rare art books and just about every type of comic book you can think of! I also have shirts of my shop logo  available, designed by the great comic artist Troy Nixey. You can message me directly for sales or comment on the post to be the first to claim the item you want. I usually ship media mail or I can USPS priority  for extra changes, so keeping that in mind there is no other Holiday shipping cut off time. Thank you very much &  I look forward to finding you the perfect book or comic!”- @astraleyez

LowBrowAntics: Makes earrings, small accessories and home goods with a cult film flair. She has made pieces that were inspired from such movies as A Clockwork Orange, and Suspiria. However she said that this year she has notice the popularity of the movie “The Truman Show.”

Link for the pin are here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1189326072/the-truman-show-pin-hows-it-going-to-end?click_key=2b34fd2ea05a86776519b97591b1852cf41e27ab%3A1189326072&click_sum=0f2eeec1&ref=shop_home_feat_1

Link to here shop is here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LowbrowAntics?section_id=35530205

Darling Marcelle: This store had me at skunk earrings! I do enjoy a good jewel piece that either has a unique store or a unique thing and this store hits all the marks.

Link to buy is here: https://darlingmarcelle.com/collections/new-releases/products/skunk-earrings

Screambox: What better gift to give then the gift of watching horror movies all day long! For me that would be the best gift ever! With a highly curated roster of movies, tv shows and documentaries this subscription channel will definitely keep you entertained.

Link for more info is here: https://www.screambox.com/

I would like to thank all of the small businesses that participated in this year’s holiday idea gift giving guide. It is so important to show your support to your favor small business! Do you have a favorite small business? comment and link them below!

TSFU: That’s So F*cked Up, a podcast about CULTS, murder and other generally f*cked up stuff has a ton of true crime themed merch that isn’t podcast branded! So if you’re not a listener of the podcast (yet), you can still find some super cute and cozy true crime gifts for yourself or a loved one at https://tsfuthepodcast.com/merch Like this super cute sweatshirt!! Use code: LADYCULT for 10% off any purchase until 12/31/2022!

Here are the shipping deadlines for the store:

Comfy Jr: Better known on Instagram as @paperbackparadise is one of my favorite IG accounts. There business Comfy Jr primarily consists of amazingness art like these postcards.

” All of these postcards come from my page @PaperbackParadise on instagram – the world’s number one used book store. Each postcard has a short synopsis on the back, along with space to write a message and your friend’s address – yes they can be mailed!” Shipping deadlines for the store: Please placed your orders before December 15!

link to buy the 3rd latest volume (pictured above) is here: https://www.comfyjr.com/product/paperback-paradise-postcards-vol-3-set-of-ten

FUN CULT: Fun Cult by Caitlin Holcomb has the most sparkly fantastic fringe banners ever to roam this planet!

this fringe banner with the stars is a good one to keep up during the holidays or the rest of winter. Shipping deadlines for the store for any pre-order items the deadline is Sunday December 11, 2022 and for in stock items the shipping deadline is December 18.

Link to buy the banner is here: https://shopfuncult.com/collections/gifts-for-your-bff/products/star-fringe-banner

Submissions open for holiday gift giving guide!

Hello small businesses!

If you would like to be part of this year holiday gift giving guide. This is the following information I need:

1. The name of your business and link of your store.

2. One item from your store that would you like to talk about and the link for the item. One picture of the item.

3. Any holiday shipping deadlines.

4. Email all the info to cnajera1@gmail.com with the subject (small business name) holiday gift giving guide item.

5. Everything is due by November 22, 2022!

Thank you!!

Dr. Hazzard aka the “Starvation Doctor”

Did you ever feel like you wanted to go on a diet? Maybe lost those last five pounds you been putting off? Well in the being of the 20th century a women name Linda Laura Hazzard (1867-1938) had a retreat located in Olalla, Washington that could promise that you would lose those pesky pounds ….and perhaps your life.

Linda was one out of eight children born in Carver, Minnesota. She never studied and obtain a degree in medicine however through some weird way she was able to practice medicine that was approved by the state of Washington at the time. According to the state law if you were working as a person of alternative medicine you did need a medical degree. She even wrote two books about her fasting methods:

One book was named “Fasting for the cure of disease.(1908)” And the other was called “Scientific Fasting: The Ancient and Modern Key to Health (1927)” She wrote that book when she was studying with a doctor who was pro fasting named Edward Hooker Dewy.

Dr. Hazzard was obsessed with the idea that fasting was the only way to get rid of any impurities, and toxins. So she created an extreme form of fasting and was convince it would cure anything. Like any diseases such as cancer or the common cold.

When Linda started seeing a healthy income of money start flowing in she decided to a wellness place in Olalla, Washington called “Wilderness Heights.” Where if you can afford the pricey stay then you would follow Dr. Hazzard strict diet. Her strict diet plan include her patients (depending how long they stayed and paid) would be force to fast for day up towards to months. Then only be fed mostly liquids of either tomato, asparagus and if they behave orange juice. Many of her patients died due to starvation but Dr. Hazzard would write on their death certificate that they died of a long term illness that went unfound in them before they enter Wilderness Heights. Such as terminal things such as cancer or cirrhosis of the liver was often put on cause of death.

Dr. Hazzard was finally arrested and convicted of manslaughter in 1912. When a pair of very rich sisters named Dorothea and Claire Williamson went to Wilderness Heights and Claire died due to Dr. Hazzard very extremely diet regime. Claire only weight about fifty pounds at her time of death and Dorothea was on the same terminal path. It is believed that a telegram from one of the sisters was sneaked out to a close family member of theirs to come get the sisters. Unfortunately by the time the person was able to rescue the sisters Claire had past away but was able to save Dorothea.

Dr. Hazzard was trial and was she was also found guilty of stealing a lot of the Williamson sisters items that they took with them and she also forged a will for the Williamson sisters. Dr. Hazzard was found guilty and was served to spend two to twenty years in a Washington state jail. However she served two and was released on December 1915 and was granted a pardon shortly after by governor Ernest Lister.

Dr. Hazzard had enough of the states and decided to move with her husband to New Zealand. She continued her work as a dietitian and wanted to take on a more hands on approach with her patients so she became a osteopath for the next five years. It wasn’t until 1917 that a New Zealand newspaper claimed the Dr. Hazzard was still using her Washington State medical certificate to practice medicine and the title. However being that there are different laws in New Zealand regarding practicing medicine. She was charged under the “Medical Practitioners Act. that she was continuing to do medical work with having the proper paperwork. And was fined for all the violations she had.

Three years after the New Zealand incidents she returned to the same town she had her “Wilderness Heights” to open up a newer version of it. She deemed it as a “School of Health” and added her new title to her never ending roster supervisor. She would be the main go to person for all of the patients who wanted to take part of her fasting cure. She ended up dying from her fasting diet due to starving herself in 1938.

Linda Hazzard caused somewhere between 15-20 deaths due to her fasting diet and became one of Washington State’s most evil and well known serial killers.

Some great recourses if you would to learn more information are below: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/doctor-who-starved-her-patients-death-180953158/

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linda_Hazzard

Until next time!!!

I wanted to say I love you but I didn’t…

I woke the morning after my birthday. I was still on a delighted emotional high from my birthday. I checked my phone and saw it:

A text from you. My heart was jolted and I wanted to text you back. I wanted to say I love and miss you so much. But then I remember all the months that I tried to call and text you. I came to you in tears. I came begging and pleading please talk to me. Don’t treat me like a stranger but I never heard back. I tried for so long that my heart gave out. My heart couldn’t bear anymore silence from you. I gave up. I went cold turkey and stop contacting you. I went through too many sleepless nights, too many tears wondering what I did to deserve silence. That I did not expect you to say anything to me on my birthday. So it surprised me that you communicated anything. But I can no longer be expected to jump on a bare minimum. I will no longer beg you to treat me like I exist. I will not accept the bare minimum I am worthy of my worth.

Welcome to the Insta-Hood: @hollisfuneralhome 

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing @hollisfuneralhome !

  1. How did the business start?

“It all started with my dad, Charlie Hollis, going to mortuary school and all that jazz. He was still in school when he bought his first tiny TINY funeral home…he was in his mid 20s. Dad quickly outgrew space and purchased our current funeral home (a Victorian house built in 1892) from Raymond Bordynski. Raymond owned and operated Bordynski Funeral Home until 1979. That year, dad purchased the house/Business, renaming the funeral home, Bordynski-Hollis to maintain continuity in the transition of ownership. In 1989, the year I was born, he renamed it to what it is today. ✨Hollis Funeral Home✨ That’s our one and only funeral home FOREVER. Dad jokes about opening a 2nd location, but I wouldn’t dream of it. The Victorian is too enchanting and requires our full attention and care! No other location could ever compare.”

Photo taken by Jessica Montgomery of Stay Fresh Design

2. What is your role in the business?

“I’m a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in NYS! I’m slowly taking over ownership of Hollis Funeral Home. That being said, I would never want to force my dad to retire…I think that would kill him.”

3. What made you want to be part of a family business? 

“My dad!! I saw his love for it and it filled my heart with joy to see how much he GENUINELY loves his profession. The families we serve ADORE him too.

Everyone thinks he’s the cutest. And he is!! Back in the late 90s my dad sold his business to a corporation called SCI. He sold it because he didn’t think any of us kids would want to take over the business. I was 9yrs old at the time…I wanted to be in the NYC Ballet / Broadway lol.”

4. How did you become a mortician?

Photo taken by Jessica Montgomery of Stay Fresh Design

“After graduating school, I STILL had a ways to go before I was officially licensed. I went to mortuary school and worked really hard. I did hybrid classes…half online and then commuted 3 hrs away a few days a week depending on the semester. After graduation, I still had a ways to go before receiving my officially official license. I still had to pass 2 national Board Exams, a NYS Funeral Law exam and a 1 yr apprenticeship at a funeral home. There were WAY more steps than I ever anticipated, but that’s a good thing. Funeral Directors take continuing education classes too! Which I love because it keeps me up to date and knowledgeable. “

Photo taken by Jessica Montgomery of Stay Fresh Design

5. Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share? 

“Keep your eyes peeled for a documentary! “

If you would like to learn more. The following contact information is below:

Tiktok + Instagram : @hollisfuneralhome

@hollisfuneralhome

Great small businesses: @latetothepartypeople !

This week I interviewed a great small business: @latetothepartypeople!

  1.  Why did you want to start a business?

“Starting a business is always something that I’ve been interested in. Over the years I’ve managed several brands where I really learned all the aspects of running a small business. You need to be able to wear many hats when you’re getting things off the ground. When I made the decision to start Late to the Party I knew I was ready. “

2. How did you come up with your business name? 

“For some reason this was so hard for me! I landed on Late to the Party (LTTP) for a variety of reasons. First, I always tend to be a juicy 15 minutes late to things and second, I was getting this business started a little later in my career. Plus I just think it’s an endearing phrase.”

3. Where do you find the fabrics when creating your pieces? 

“This is probably one of my favorite parts of the process. I’m a lifelong thrifter. My mother was an antique dealer and would take me with her when looking for treasures. I would comb the racks of clothing and linens while she was busy looking for furniture and housewares. To be honest, it planted this seed in me and I became addicted to the thrill of the hunt. There’s something really satisfying about finding interesting textiles in unexpected places vs going and buying them in a traditional fabric store. I find all my fabrics in thrift stores, estate sales, flea markets etc. I like to think that the fabrics find me. I then adopt them, take them home, and give them a new life.”

4. What is the most popular item in your store? Why it is so popular?

“I would definitely say our hats! I’ve done 2 drops of the hats and they have sold out in 24 hours both times. I think it’s really appealing to people because it’s this classic silhouette but elevated with an unexpected vintage print. They are something that you can wear all year long and they work for all genders and ages.”

5. What is your favorite pattern that you created so far and why?

“I’m a textile designer by trade but most of the fabrics I use for LTTP are vintage. I am partial to 70’s florals. Growing up my room was covered in the same floral print down to the bedspread, wallpaper, lamp shade and curtains. It really burned an impression into my brain and I think I’ve been searching for the perfect floral to cover every surface with ever since.”

6. Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share?

“After a lot of searching and trial and error I have found a production team that will be helping me with the hat production. It will make it possible for me to do bigger drops more often. I’m really excited about this!”

If you would like more information. The following contact information is below:

Instagram: @latetothepartypeople

Website: https://shoplatetotheparty.com/

Welcome to the Insta-hood: @davidarquette!

I had the pleasure of interviewing @davidarquette about Bozo the Clown ( @realbozotheclown )

  1. What was your first memory about Bozo the clown?

“My first memory of Bozo the Clown was from when i was a kid in Evanston Illinois sometime around 1975. I watched him all the time and was amazed by the silliness and joy the WGN Bozo (Bob Bell) brought me.”

Bob Bell

2. Why is Bozo the clown so memorable to you? 

“I loved Bozo’s relationship with Cookie. I loved the pie fights and of course the Grand Prize Game. I always wanted to be on the show and win a bike and chest filled of toys. There was a silliness that was infectious.”

“I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Bozo is also a fine artist. This piece is called BOZOO. It was painted with the help of the families that stopped by our tent at the Bob Baker Day celebration.”

3.  What inspired you to buy the rights to Bozo the clown?

“It took me 15 years to acquire the rights to Bozo the Clown but it was something I worked my whole life to accomplish. I really want to help bring kind clowns back. I hope people can cultivate that silly kindness again.  Often comedy feels mean spirited to me so I’d love to see some just plain ridiculous fun. I also want to use the brand as a force for good supporting incredible charities like Healthy Humor.”

“My son Charlie in a Bozo shirt available through Bozo.com  and https://www.belowthecollar.com/. “

4. What new things or upcoming events are you planning to do with Bozo the clown

“We have been working on a documentary that has the goal of helping to bring the focus back on the silly happy kind clown.

That’s the new Bozo crew Jozo Bozo (Jessica Harris) NüNü (Gabe Dell) Bozo and Kenon Walker

We introduced the first female Bozo the Clown Jozo and she has been incredible. We are working on music with Graham Wheeler, developing a cartoon with NüNü (Gabe Dell) and Dwayne Colbert, and a new stage/gameshow. We have a wonderful new toy from Handmade by Robots that should be ready soon. Not to mention The Grand Prize Game is also coming to stores near you once again!”

5. Who is your personal favorite version of Bozo the clown?

“I loved Bob Bell as Bozo but I also fell in love with Lou Jacobs at the same time seeing him at The Ringling Brothers Circus. He is a historic clown and I always thought they were all part of the same clown world and in a way they are. At least they are in my heart.

But my favorite clown is me and your favorite clown should be you so “let your clown out!”

If you would like more information. The following contact information is below:

@realbozotheclown

Instagram:

@davidarquette

Website: http://bozo.com/

Thank you so much David for the interview!!!!

Until next time! 🙂

 Welcome to the insta-hood: @murdershetoldpodcast !

This week I interviewed @murdershetoldpodcast !

  1. Tell me a little about yourself.

“My name is Kristen Seavey and I’m a professional actor, a true crime podcast creator, credentialed victim’s advocate and a lover of vintage.

I grew up in a small town in central Maine around a lot of antiques (my parent’s living room has an old Coca-Cola cooler they found at the dump and restored, and a Texaco gas pump, among other things), and was taught to have an appreciation for history, so this probably planted the seeds for my love of all things retro!

I also grew up watching shows like Unsolved Mysteries and Are you Afraid of the Dark, and have been interested in true crime, ghosts, and mysteries since I was a kid. I remember on school vacations and in the summer, my cousin and I would sneak upstairs at our grandmother’s house to watch back-to-back episodes of Unsolved Mysteries before returning to play. I’m pretty sure we knew that whole series by heart we watched it so many times. Same goes with Are You Afraid of the Dark? We would watch that show every day it was on, even if some episodes gave us nightmares (looking at you, Ghastly Grinner).

Working as a Flapper Dancer

When I was young, I started performing doing theater (and I couldn’t get enough of it). I begged my mom to take me to every community theater in the area to do their shows. It was no surprise to anyone that when I was 18, I moved to NYC to pursue acting and go to school for theater.

“On the set of 90’s set Discovery ID mini-series”

As a professional actor I’ve been in indie movies, television, commercials, theater, and wayyyy to much Discovery ID. I also started writing plays as a teenager, and wrote a few plays that got produced in NYC and one of them is published. I still continue to work as an actor today. That will always be a permanent part of me, no matter what space I’m in. Another fun fact is that I’m also a lindy hop/swing dancer, and I got into podcasting around 2018.

When the pandemic hit, I came back up to Maine for what I thought would be the summer of 2020 (spoiler: it’s been much longer than that!) and wanted to start a podcast, so I started working on the concept for Murder, She Told podcast in September of 2020 and I’ve pretty much been focusing my energy on that since.”

2.  How did you come up with the podcast name: Murder She Told?

“It was actually a bit of a challenge to figure out a name. It’s hard (especially in the true crime space) to come up with a name that’s not already taken. From the beginning, I also knew I wanted to build a brand, so it had to feel like it fit. I knew I wanted to have a heavy focus on cases in my home state of Maine and the surrounding New England area, and as somebody who loves vintage and retro, I knew I wanted the branding to reflect that.

I think I played with keywords, brainstormed, and slept on possible combinations for a month until one day it dawned on me that Murder, She Wrote—the beloved 1980’s tv show starring Dame Angela Lansbury as mystery writer Jessica Fletcher—was set in a fictional town in Maine called Cabot Cove. I immediately looked it up to see if somebody was using a spoken version of the title, and while there were a few using “spoke”, nobody was using “told”. I looked to see if the domain was available (and it was) and I think I said out loud “That’s it. That’s the show!” and bought the domain on the spot. When the show launched in December of 2020, I applied for a trademark and finally got my certificate back this summer.

I’ve had a lot of people tell me they grew up watching re-runs of Murder, She Wrote with their grandmother and it’s really special to see them connecting to Murder, She Told as well. (Although sometimes people do get the names mixed up!)

Everything down to the colors is carefully chosen. I wanted the vibe of the branding to tap into retro nostalgia (whether you grew up in the time period or not). When we did the logo design, I found a font I wanted that gave a 70’s/80’s vibe, and pulled the color palette straight off an old Burger King ad.

The show’s instagram (@murdershetoldpodcast) is a good example of the vibe and brand palette. I didn’t just want to share the logo over and over or straight promos for episodes, I wanted to share the episodes via fun candid photos I’m given from a family that capture their loved one, or just fill in with vintage photos from New England. I’m a sucker for a good retro candid.”

3. What made you want to start the podcast? 

“As a professional storyteller, I always go as deep as I can learning about my character and digging into their life; their passions, their flaws, all the things that make them human. I wanted this same element to apply to my research and storytelling for the podcast, too. A victim’s story doesn’t start with their murder. There is SO much more to their life that you just don’t hear.

I also just wanted people to care about the victim more than just “a crazy story I heard on a podcast”. There’s just so much focus on the killers in a lot of these shows, so I wanted to create something more empathetic and ethical because these are real people who lost their lives, and real people still feel the impact of their loss today.

Also, who better to learn about the victims and dig deeper into who they were when they were alive, than the people who actually knew them? A lot of these cases didn’t get the coverage that somebody like Gabby Petito or JonBenét Ramsey did. They maybe had a couple very straightforward articles in a local paper that’s now only available in archives, and that’s it. This doesn’t give me much to work with, so, I work with a lot of families to help tell the story.

I also wanted to make sure I was doing it “right”, so I took college courses to get credentialed as a victim’s advocate. I wanted to make sure I had the tools to confidently take care of people because the conversations we’re having is re-living their trauma, and there’s a really delicate way to do that that goes beyond being naturally empathetic and compassionate.

I started preparing in September of 2020, learned how to do the technical stuff and taught myself how to edit, and launched the show in December of 2020! I had no idea what to expect, but the expectations were low since I knew how hard it was to grow a show. But those low expectations have since been buried by such an incredible response.

We’re now approaching 2 years and I’m just incredibly grateful for many reasons. First, I never had any inkling it would have as many listeners worldwide tuning in. I think it speaks to the impact these stories are making on people that you don’t have to be from New England to connect with them. I’m very grateful for the people coming back to listen, the families who trust me with their story, and the people who choose to engage with empathy and consume more ethical true crime.

I’m also really grateful for the community. I’ve been lucky to connect with some incredible creators who are just really good people making great shows that care. And finally, I’m grateful for the small team helping behind the scenes. We have a great little group who believes in this show, and it really means a lot.

Murder, She Told is approaching the 2-year anniversary and now has over 60 episodes that are all deep dives on cases, even if they’re on the shorter side. We search for every tiny detail we can manage to find when working on episodes, and also have pretty cool blogs on murdershetold.com that have a lot of photos shared with us by the family that you won’t find anywhere else. This is only the beginning. I have a lot of hopes for the future for this show.

I’m really proud of the work that’s being done on Murder, She Told. I think it’s contributing to a better future for true crime, a safer space for families to tell their story, and have the victim’s lives be at the center of the story and not their killer. It also promotes advocacy that you can do at home if you want to be an active listener and not just a consumer. Things like signing a petition, or sharing a post on social media.

So, if you’re looking for a true crime podcast that features cases you’ve never heard of before doesn’t exploit victims of crime, check out Murder, She Told!”

4. Out of all of the cases you have covered so far: Is there one or two that has stuck with you? If so, why did it leave a lasting impression?

As cliché as it sounds, all of the cases I’ve worked on have a deep impact on me. We worked really intimately with the families of the victims, and I’m a natural empath, so I feel really connected to them. I want people tuning in to care about them when they listen to the episode.

However, there are 2 cases that I’m a little more involved with outside of the episodes we’ve produced, and that is Danielle Bertolini and Reeves Johnson.

Danielle Bertolini

Danielle was a childhood friend of mine who grew up in central Maine, and in February of 2014, she was murdered in Humboldt County, California. She was picked up in a car in the Swains Flat area of Fortuna by a man named James “Jim” Jones and was never seen again. About a year later her remains were found deep in the woods by the Eel River.

Just before Danielle went missing, another woman went missing named Sheila Franks. The common denominator? Jim Jones. Her remains weren’t found until 2019 in the same area where Danielle was found.

Her case didn’t get that much media attention, and I think it’s mostly because the area is known for its marijuana, and because Danielle had a substance abuse disorder. Jim Jones has been named as a person of interest in the case, but the case remains “unsolved.”

I wanted to highlight her life in a compassionate and complex way, and have her mother tell her story (which is so heartbreaking and poignant. Billie Jo’s interview is incredibly powerful). I wanted people to walk away from the episode and remember Danielle for her humor and curiosity, and the joy she brought to others— not just that she was a young woman with an addiction who was murdered. I wanted them to feel like they knew her as a person and care about the fact a killer has not been brought to justice. They both deserve justice. All victims of unsolved violent crimes do, no matter what their history is.

I started a petition that launched with the episode to push the Humboldt County DA to—at a minimum—reinterview people and provide a public update on the case, because there hasn’t been one since Sheila’s remains were confirmed in 2019.

To listen to this episode click here: https://www.murdershetold.com/episodes/danielle-bertolini

That petition is still live and you can sign it at change.org/danielleandsheila

Reeves Johnson

Last Know photo of Reeves Johnson (’82)

The Reeves Johnson missing persons case is super unique for me because I’m actually working on the investigating team with the police. Detective Brian Cummer of the Kittery Police Dept is handling the case, and we’re working with him to help try and solve this almost 40-year-old mystery.

The timeline on this one is super complicated, but here’s the nutshell:

Reeves Johnson was a 31-year-old man living in Kittery, ME and working in Exeter NH. In February 1983 he left work, and nobody he knew ever saw him again.

In the weeks after his disappearance, despite the fact he was extremely frugal, his check book was used for large and extravagant purchases, and his account was eventually drained. His cabin in Kittery was also emptied of valuables, but there was no direct evidence of foul play and Reeves was an adult, so at the time, the police could only do so much.

Three weeks after his disappearance, his parents did a stakeout of the post office where he had a PO box hoping Reeves would come pick up his final check, and an unknown man with a key to the mailbox came in and stole the check.

His mother confronted him, and the man said Reeves was in Portsmouth NH and then fled. She snapped a photo of him before he left the post office, but when she developed the film, she realized he’d put his hand up and blocked his face completely.

There has been no trace of Reeves since 1983. The investigation was dormant until October 2021 when Detective Cummer (who is just a truly lovely person) decided to reopen the case.

In November 2021 we were given complete access to the case files, and permission by the family and police chief to use them. We produced an episode with the family, and helped get Reeves’ name circulating again and that photo out there. Prior to October 2021, Reeves Johnson was virtually unknown to everyone except his family and Detective Cummer.

Presenting at a Press Conference for Reeves Johnson

Since then, we’ve collaborated to announce a $6,000 reward, hosted a community event, gotten a bunch of press on the case, organized a street team to hand out flyers, and I did a talk on the case at the True Crime Podcast Festival in Texas. We’re also currently brainstorming how to keep his name out there and trying to connect with the right people.

I think these two cases come to mind just because I’ve spent so much time initiating things outside of the podcast to push for answers. All of my unsolved episodes have calls to action that people listening at home can do (sharing it etc.) but these two I’ve put more time into outside advocacy. I wish I could do this with all of them. One day I’d love to be able to.

There are so many other unsolved cases I can think of that have a deep impact on me. The unsolved ones really have my heart. I will never stop fighting for those cases, especially the ones that don’t get as much attention from media. Even though I know not everyone likes hearing stories that don’t have an ending, I feel like I’m helping make a difference by keeping these cases out in the spotlight to hopefully get it one step closer to having that ending it desperately deserves.”

To listen to this episode, click here: https://www.murdershetold.com/reevesjohnson

5. How come someone contribute or donate to your podcast?

“There are so many free (and easy!) ways to support any podcast you love. Trust me when I say the indie creators are especially grateful.

Sharing the show or an episode on social media and telling a friend is a great way to support. Word of mouth referral is really important. You can also leave a nice review on Apple Podcasts, or ratings on many platforms. (As somebody with a words of affirmation love language, these are super meaningful).

If you wanted to be extra generous and support the show with a donation, I have links to Paypal and Buy Me a Coffee at murdershetold.com/support. Running a podcast in this capacity gets pretty expensive, and everything gifted from listeners goes back into the show and really helps me offset these costs. Eventually we’ll have ads to help with this too and hopefully a low cost “ad-free” patron support platform. All of this supports my goal of one day being able to financially give back, and also be able to pay a team and keep this show up and running. It’s a full-time job (more like overtime job), and I don’t think people realize that sometimes.

There are also a few affiliate links such as Amazon where Murder, She Told gets a tiny commission when you shop through the link (at no extra cost). That’s another free way to support the show. Finally, if anyone wants to submit a case, send in feedback or say hi, there’s a contact form on the website or you can email me at hello@murdershetold.com I read every email and also try to personally answer them as well (though I do admit I’m a bit behind right now).”

To support the pod info is here: https://www.murdershetold.com/support

6. Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share?

“I’m going to be in Atlanta doing a live show on December 3rd with a few other amazing podcasts that I’m super excited about! I’ll also be returning to the True Crime Podcast Festival next August in Austin, TX. Hopefully a few more live shows with friends will pop up in between!

Other than that, we’re working hard behind the scenes on a few super cool projects. We’ve gone pretty deep on a lot of the longer-term ones we’ve been working on. A Lot of courthouse and records dives, and unique things that haven’t been done on the show before.

Totally unrelated, but I’ll leave you with this: The public has the power to help solve certain cold cases, and never underestimate the power of social sharing. There are a lot of cases that don’t have DNA waiting to be matched, and need people to come forward. You didn’t know Reeves, weren’t alive in 1983, and you’re not from the Kittery/Portsmouth area? That’s okay! Somebody you’re connected with on Facebook or Instagram might be, or might know somebody who was. Those tiny connections are things (in cases like Reeves) we are hoping for; That somebody will see Reeves’ poster and contact us to say “Hey! I knew him really well. How can I help you?”

Also, if you have information on a case, never assume the police also have that information. You might be holding onto something that seems meaningless or trivial that could be the key they need to get an arrest.”

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Some scary movies to watch!

It’s no surprise that my preferred genre of movies is horror. So if you are in the mood to watch some scary movies. Here are five of my movie recommendations for the month of October!:

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) directed by Peter Weir. Starring Rachel Roberts and Jacki Weaver. This is one of the few movies that truly haunts my dreams after I finish watching it. It is also one of my favorite movies and I like to revisit is every couple of years. It is about a group of girls from a private school that go on a day trip on Valentine’s Day. They spend the day at a rock formation called Hanging Rock but some weirdness happens during their visit there which sets the tone for the rest of the movie.

This movie is available to buy from the Criterion Collection: https://www.criterion.com/films/565-picnic-at-hanging-rock

Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) directed by Tony Randel and starring Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, and Doug Bradley

So I know a lot of people enjoy the first Hellraiser movie however something about the second movie for me leaves a more memorable impression. It is a continuation of the first movie but I feel like it explains more of the story of the first one. Also I adore the visual effects in this movie!

You can buy or rent it from Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guGNo3UvN3o

Blood and Black Lace (1964) Directed by Mario Bava:

High fashion, rich colors and horror what more can someone ask for? When director Mario Bava made this movie it was the start of the Giallo genre. One of my prefer horror genres! The youtube video above is the whole movie to watch! 🙂

Basket Case (1982) directed by Frank Henenlotter. Starring Kevin Van Hentenryck and Belial.

Frank Henenlotter is one of my favorite movie directors. He has created some of the most iconic (to me at least!) horror monsters. So it is no surprise that Basketcase made this list. Fun fact about this movie: Most of the movie sets from items they found in random dumpsters. Because the movie’s budget was so small that they couldn’t afford to buy any props or furniture.

Available to buy from Arrow Video: https://www.arrowvideo.com/blu-ray/basket-case/13462872.html

Santa Sangre (1989) directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky. Starring Axel Jodorowsky, Guy Stockwell, and Blanca Guerra.

This is one of my favorite movies from Alejandro Jodorowsky. It is about a circus performer turned mental patient who flees from the asylum to reunite with his mother to carry out her malevolent deeds. Fun fact about this movie. It made Roger Ebert’s “Great movie list” when it originally came out.

You can watch it on Tubi for free!!: https://tubitv.com/movies/531338/santa-sangre?start=true&utm_source=google-feed&tracking=google-feed

What horror movies have you seen this movie? Comment below!!!

Until next time!!!