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Are you interested in the secrets that lurk behind every good true crime story?Join John Dodson as he delves into the intrigue and complexities of your favorite crimes, capers and conundrums. Each week we are going to try and understand the mysteries and secrets that drove people to commit their transgressions against society.
 
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Hello and welcome to The Secret Sits, I’m your host, John Dodson. Today I am bringing you a truly bazar story about a man who seemed to be made out of Teflon. But his criminal acts were so perverse, that he could not get away forever. Buckle up and get ready for the story about Robert Berchtold. Don’t forget to leave us a Rating and Review on Apple…
 
When I think of the men and women who spurred on the civil rights movement, I don’t always go right to Martin Luther King jr or Rosa Parks. A lot of times I think of a 14-year-old kid, who had his entire life ahead of him, but instead of getting to live that precious life, his life was taken from him. And he unintentionally became one of the most f…
 
Today we are going to talk about the most prolific serial killer ever in the United States of America. Some of this story will be explicit, so listener discretion is advised. We are taught to read clues all around us, to keep ourselves safe from people who would do us harm. Well, what happens when the person who wants to kill you, removes those clu…
 
How would you feel if you signed up to be part of a medical test group, hoping to get better, only to find out that instead of trying to cure your illness, they simply wanted to observe you suffering from it? You would be pretty dismayed am sure. You would also probably develop an extremely deep-seated distrust of medical professionals. Today on Th…
 
Los Angeles in the 1980’s was a Meccah for several prolific serial killers. Many of these monstrous men and women were caught, tried and convicted for their crimes during this toxic time our country’s past, however today on The Secret Sits we are going to discuss one killer who made it out of the 1980’s without being caught until much later and thi…
 
When I was in college in the 90’s, one of my many part time jobs was at a TCBY frozen yogurt store. Around this same time, in Austin, Texas another yogurt store, aptly named, I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt became the scene of a horrible murder, which is, to this day, talked about in True Crime circles. I’m talking, of course, about the Austin, Texas Y…
 
People disappear all of the time. In our story today, a young newspaper delivery boy seemingly disappears off of the face of the earth, the boy’s dog, Gretchen, is the last member of his family to see him, until he mysteriously re-appeared 15 years later on his mother’s doorstep. This story is wrought with Secrets and conspiracies, so let’s get int…
 
Did you ever go to summer camp? I mean, like a Camp Crystal Lake type of summer camp. Cabins in the woods, a big pond or lake with lots of nature noises and barley legal teenagers entrusted with the health and safety of a few dozen kids, away from home, maybe for the first time in their young lives. Our story today is about a camp like this, but sa…
 
Do you think that in today’s world, laden with electronic gizmos and gadgets and CCTV cameras around every corner, that a person can literally just disappear? Because I can tell you, that they can. Today we are going to discuss the disappearance of a man, who to this day remains one of the most puzzling disappearances of all time. But maybe today, …
 
At 01:30am on Halloween night, Raffaele Minichiello, dressed in camouflage, stepped on to the plane, a $15.50 ticket from Los Angeles to San Francisco in his hand. This was the last stop on Trans World Airlines flight 85's journey across the US, which had started several hours earlier in Baltimore before landing at St Louis and then Kansas City. At…
 
Some people think they can have whatever they want. And sometimes this includes other human beings. In today’s case we are going to look at a monster who thought he could take whatever he wanted. And because of his malicious brain, he did just that, he took whatever he wanted, even when it included 3 women, who he would ultimately underestimate. I’…
 
In today’s world people are obsessed with shows like the Bachelor and the Bachelorette or Temptation Island. I personally feel that these shows are a bit cringy and honestly, I am not sure if love is ever discovered during the filming of these type of shows. But these shows are nothing compared to the creepiest episode of The Dating Game in 1978, w…
 
Every couple of years, countries from around the globe, send tributes to participate in a fierce battle to win precious medals, which they will proudly take back to their respective countries. No, I am not talking about The Hunger Games, I am talking about our modern-day Olympics. These games have made brilliantly performing athletes into house hol…
 
Have you even been to Las Vegas? It can be an overwhelming experience, especially on your first visit. It is a city with an encapsulating environment of lavish sin, which it provides to everyone from your typical bachelor or bachelorette parties, to the worlds most wealthy individuals. Today on The Secret Sits I am going to cover my Top 10 Las Vega…
 
Do you care about worker’s rights? Do you believe that company owners have their employee’s best interests at heart? If you answered yes to both of these questions then, boy do I have a story for you today. Today on The Secret Sits, we are going to discuss the intersection of worker’s rights and company owners, who only have their own interests at …
 
In the year 1997, the Hale-Bopp comet was one of the brightest and most interesting objects in the night sky. But for some, it wasn’t just fun to look at, because a small group believed that something was also hidden in the and dust of this comet’s tail, a UFO which would take their souls to another level of existence above human. Today, on The Sec…
 
Do you ever find yourself thinking that you are the smartest person in the room? It’s not a bad thing, for some. But when you take thinking you are the smartest person in the room to an extreme, like in our story today…..some feel they can get away with murder. I’m John Dodson and today on The Secret Sits, we are going to explore the story of Natha…
 
Families are enigmatic especially when looked at from outside the home. No one knows exactly what happens behind closed doors when there are also facades inhabiting the dwelling. Some families may even help each other commit, or at least hide, atrocities that you and I would never even consider being involved in. I’m John Dodson and today, on The S…
 
Today, we are going to explore a case in which one person seems to have fundamentally changed, practically overnight into someone who became unrecognizable to people who had known her, her entire life. A dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who left many bodies in her wake, I’m John Dodson and today on The Secret Sit…
 
The Sacred Band was an elite fighting force responsible for the rise of Thebes as the Greek superpower in the 4th century BC. According to ancient sources, it was also formed of 150 pairs of adult male lovers. I talk to historian and author James Romm about the origins and eventual defeat of the Sacred Band of Thebes.…
 
Today’s case took place in 1963, well before I was even an inkling in the eyes of my young parents. However, this case took until 2002, well after I had finished with my college studies before it came to its end. Today, on The Secret Sits, we are going to discuss the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing and its role in the approval of the Civil Right…
 
Everyday we go about our lives in the most ordinary ways. We wake up and go through our morning routines, having some coffee, maybe a little breakfast and head off to work. And all the while, we never suspect that this could be the worse day of our lives, or that it could possible be the last day of our lives. Today on The Secret Sits we are going …
 
Today on The Secret Sits, we are going to look into another listener request. This one is from our show listener named Savannah. This is a case involving psychological manipulation and personal fortitude. Because when you become a captive, at the hands of someone who is supposed to support and protect you, keeping all of your wits about you, may be…
 
Today on The Secret Sits, we are going to discuss July 15th 1976. A day that the community of Chowchilla, California would like to forget, however; it is a piece of the town’s history. On this day, in this town a crime was committed that transfixed the entire nation and affected many people in this small farming community. Today, we are going to di…
 
In the world of True Crime, one has to accept on some level that there are cases that just remain unsolved. Cases where there aren’t enough clues, or evidence to find the culprit, more less convicting said culprit. But in today’s case, there is evidence, evidence in the form of the killer’s voice and image captured on the smartphone of a smart girl…
 
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