Episode 200:

The Humility of Knowing: A 200th Episode Spectacular

The Disappearance of Johnny Gosch


Malahide Vassacre


Episode 200: The Humility of Knowing: A 200th Episode Spectacular

Karen and Georgia cover the disappearance of Johnny Gosch and the Malahide massacre.

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The Disappearance of Johnny Gosch

The Disappearance of Johnny Gosch Notes:

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NBC News headline of Johnny Gosch (via NBCnews.com)

Gosch in 1982 with his Newspaper Carrier (via Wikipedia)


"John David Gosch (born November 12, 1969; disappeared September 5, 1982) was a 12-year-old paperboy in West Des Moines, Iowa, who disappeared without a trace between 6 and 7 a.m. on September 5, 1982. He is presumed to have been kidnapped. As of 2019, there have been no arrests made and the case is now considered cold, but remains open.

His mother, Noreen Gosch, claimed that Johnny escaped from his captors and visited her with an unidentified man in March 1997. She claimed that her son told her that he had been the victim of a pedophile organization and had been cast aside when he was too old but subsequently feared for his life and lived under an assumed identity, feeling it was not safe to return home. Gosch's father, John, divorced from Noreen since 1993, has publicly stated that he is not sure whether or not such a visit actually occurred. Authorities have not located Gosch or confirmed Noreen Gosch's account, and his fate continues to be the subject of speculation, conspiracy theories, and dispute.

The case received huge publicity in 2006 when his mother claimed to have found photographs on her doorstep depicting Gosch in captivity. Some of the photos received were claimed to be children from a case in Florida, but one boy in the photos was never identified. Noreen Gosch insists that boy is Johnny.

Gosch's picture was among the first to be featured on milk cartons as an attempt to help finding missing children..."

— Source: Disappearance of Johnny Gosch Wikipedia

Malahide Massacre

Malahide Vassacre Notes:

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La Mancha, pictured in 1926 shortly after fire (via IrishTimes.com)


"When Henry McCabe arrived to work on the gardens at La Mancha, a large country house in Malahide, Co Dublin, he quickly discovered things weren’t right.

It was shortly after 8am and smoke billowed from each of the chimneys, but there were no signs that his employers, the McDonnell siblings, were awake.

“It soon seemed to him that the smoke issuing from the top of the house was excessive and he made to go in at the back door,” reads a report in The Irish Times a day later, on April 1st, 1926. “He saw flames and other signs that things were not as they should be, and he set off at once for Malahide to call the fire brigade, and, on his way, told men whom he met that the house was on fire.”

La Mancha was a prominent building on about 30 acres of “prime land” and was “pleasantly situated and well-kept residence, not of mansion proportions”. Four middle-aged siblings of the McDonnell family had lived there for about six years, having bought it after retiring from a successful grocery, drapery and general store business in Ballygar, Co Galway. The house had recently been put up for sale, with the first mention of the house in The Irish Times appearing days before in a short advertisement.

Before the fire brigade arrived, a Garda sergeant and a local man reached the house and broke into a basement room - that of the family’s yardman, James Clarke. They found him partially dressed on his bed and on dragging him out through the window, saw he was dead.

James had what looked like defensive wounds on his forearms and one deep wound across the left front of his skull, “and from later indications it would seem that his head had been opened by the blow of a poker or some such instrument.” He had been dead for some time.

Firefighters arrived just before 9am and lines of hose were laid from a nearby pond, according to early reports. Water was pumped into the rooms and over the roof of the house, but “the whole of the roof was eventually burned and fell in”. Most of the interior, too, was gutted.

The remains of the McDonnells - Annie (56), Joseph (55), Peter (51) and Alice (47) were recovered, along with that of Mary McGowan, a house servant. The two sisters were found in the same room and were nearly indistinguishable - the rest of the bodies were found throughout the house.

“Four of the bodies were burned, and actually were being charred by the flames when the Fire Brigade arrived; another body bore marks of violence, and the sixth was found stripped,” reads an early report..."

— Source: IrishTimes.com article by Dean Ruxto

Fucking Hoorays!


You guys! This life has turned out really insane and unexpected. The fact that there are people out there that really care about us, I am so honored.


You guys! And also, I think we should also take the time to thank Steven Ray Morris. It's been so great to have you this whole time!