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Jan. 6, 2022

Ep. 66: The Springfield Three

Graduation Night, 1992.
Suzie Streeter and Stacey McCall arrive home to Suzie's mother Sherrill's house in a giddy daze. They're finally done with high school, and they have summer - and their whole lives - ahead of them. The next day they're heading...


Graduation Night, 1992.

Suzie Streeter and Stacey McCall arrive home to Suzie's mother Sherrill's house in a giddy daze. They're finally done with high school, and they have summer - and their whole lives - ahead of them. The next day they're heading to the water park with friends to celebrate, and starting to think about what the future holds.

They would never find out.

Suzie, Stacey, and Sherrill disappeared from the Streeter-Levitt home sometime between 3am and 8am the next morning, and they likely haven't been seen or heard from since. So, what happened?? Did they leave of their own free will? Did someone commit an unprecedented 3-adult kidnapping? And if so, who, and why?

We investigate the mystery that's haunted the Ozarks town of Springfield, Missouri for the better part of our lifetimes...and try to find some answers.
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Transcript

There’s something about a lot of unsolved disappearance cases that creeps me out to the core. The unexplained nature of a lot of them; the weird little details that make no sense to literally everyone trying to decipher them but might to the victims or the perpetrators; the creepy randomness of it all. This week I’m going to be taking you through the case of the Springfield Three, one of the weirdest disappearance cases I’ve ever looked into and one with many of those odd aspects that stick in the brain long after you first learn of them. This case originates in Springfield, Missouri, a town in the Ozarks area - the Ozarks being the location of such movies and shows as Winter’s Bone, True Detective, and - shocker - Ozark.

As a note, along with episodes devoted to the case by the shows People Magazine Investigates and Disappeared, I’ll be using other info available online from the Charley Project, the Springfield Missouri webpage, and the Streeter Family Blog, run by family members of two of the victims, among other sources. There is also a podcast called “The Springfield Three: A Small Town Disappearance” that goes into a miniseries amount of depth into the case, including interviews. What we’re doing today is trying to provide kind of an overview and the main points, so you can start to generate some theories for yourself.

The story begins with a classic rite of passage: high school graduation. Best friends Suzanne “Suzie” Streeter and Stacey McCall, 19 and 18 years old respectively, graduated from Kickapoo High School in Springfield, Missouri on the afternoon of June 6th, 1992. Kickapoo High was also, incidentally, the alma mater of one Brad Pitt. Suzie and Stacey had met around 2nd grade, and had gone to school together most of their lives. Stacey was more of the stereotypical “good girl”, a good student who would model bridal gowns at the dress shop in town. Suzie, meanwhile, was more artsy, into the “bad boy types”, though not really known to cause trouble herself. She worked at the local movie theater, and known to be very friendly and outgoing. 

The girls got their diplomas and were especially excited for the future. Suzie was planning to go to cosmetology school, and Stacey was going to be heading to college at Missouri State in the fall, with the girls’ mutual friend, Janelle Kirby. But first, it was time to party. Instead of attending Kickapoo High School’s all-night alcohol-free graduation party, they instead party hopped that evening, ending their festivities around 2:15 am when they were last seen leaving a graduation party to head back to Suzie’s mother’s home at 1717 East Delmar in Springfield. Living there was Sherrill Levitt, Suzie’s mom. Sherrill was 47 and a single mother, described to be very close to her daughter. She herself was a cosmetologist, which influenced Suzie’s chosen profession. The girls had called it a night since they were heading to an amusement park named Whitewater the next day in nearby Branson Missouri for a big friend meet-up, and were planning on getting up early. At some point in the night, they were also seen in the town of Battlefield. Originally they were both going to stay the night at a hotel in Branson near Whitewater, but then decided to stay at another friend’s home in Battlefield - Suzie had called her mom at around 10:30 PM to let her know. They decided to change plans AGAIN and go to Suzie’s to sleep over instead, feeling their friend Janelle’s home in Battlefield was too crowded with family from Kansas staying over for the graduation. Janelle was the last person to see them when they left. Unfortunately, the alleged timeline of the women’s final known hours is suspected to be convoluted, for reasons I’ll go into in a bit. Sherrill Levitt was last heard from at about 11:15 PM, when she phoned a friend and discussed a chest of drawers she was painting at the time. She didn’t give any indication that something was wrong or that she felt unsafe in any way during this call. Stacey had told her mother she was staying at Janelle’s that night, but it seems Stacey didn’t update her once they landed on the Streeter-Levitt home as their crash pad of choice.

Suzie and Stacey drove back to Suzie’s home in their separate cars…and that was the last time they were ever known to be seen. No one ever heard from Suzie Streeter, Stacey McCall, or Suzie’s mother Sherill Levitt ever again. 

So first of all, you have this sort of “mass” disappearance, which itself is weird. You usually hear of a single person disappearing at once, or maybe that multiple people who disappeared over time were found in the same place - as in the case of the Ariel Castro kidnappings in Cleveland. But for 2 older teenage girls and one of their mothers to vanish all at once is, to say the least, odd - in fact, there weren’t any other cases of 3 people disappearing from the same location at once in this way, until this one. And that’s not the last of the weirdness in this case.

The next morning, June 7th, Janelle called her close friend Suzie’s house around 7:30 AM to make plans to get on the road and head to the White Water amusement park. No one at the home answered, so she left a message. She had been planning to go to the gathering with the two girls, so she kept calling and waiting for them until about noon, when she was really becoming concerned. Janelle and her boyfriend Mike headed over to the Streeter-Levitt home to see what was up. There they first found all three of the women’s cars in the driveway, which was weird to them considering no one had been picking up the phone inside of the house for hours. As they mount the front steps, Janelle and Mike notice shards of glass scattered on the ground in front of the front door - it appears the glass casing around the globe light above the door has shattered. Unfortunately, considering that later this may have been some good evidence, Mike decided to sweep up the glass because Janelle was bare-footed and he didn’t want her to cut herself. They found the front door unlocked, so they went inside. The house looked very normal, with nothing seeming to be out of place. The pair checked the backyard - nothing. The family dog, Cinnamon, a Yorkshire Terrier, was still in the house, and looking fine though a bit anxious. They waited a few minutes to no avail, but as they head out to leave, the phone rings. Just in case it was one of the girls, Janelle picked up the phone. It was not Suzie or Stacey. It sounded like a man, who wouldn’t identify himself, and was describe as an “obscene phone call” where he made sexually explicit comments. I could not find anywhere where Janelle divulged the exact contents of the call beyond this. Janelle hung up, remembering that Suzie had mentioned she’d received prank phone calls before. The phone rang again - exact same scenario. Janelle hung up, and sick of the landline creep, the couple left, thinking that the girls had just left to go to the amusement park without them.

Meanwhile, the McCalls were starting to get antsy, too. Stacey had told her mother she’d call when she got up, though she hadn’t updated her on where she would be staying that night. Janis McCall called Janelle’s house, but Janelle’s sister told her that the girls weren’t there and that Stacey had slept over Suzie’s the night before. Janis figured that the girls were just on their way to Branson, and she decided to sit tight - remember, this was before cell phones, so it was basically a game of wait til Stacey calls. But 7 hours later, she still hadn’t. So she decided to go to the Streeter-Levitt home as well, running into Janelle and Mike, who had returned to the home to check in again. The group became worried as they looked closer in the house and realized that Suzie, Stacey, and Sherill’s purses were all there, including their wallets, makeup, and cigarettes and lighters. Janis also noticed that Sherill’s purse was in Suzie’s room with Suzie and Stacey’s purses, which she found weird, and she also saw her daughter’s shorts and new bra folded neatly on top of her shoes. Those were the only clothes Stacey had left the house with, so what was Stacey wearing? It was believed that she must’ve only had on a t-shirt and underwear when she went to sleep, hardly something you’d leave the house wearing. And maybe she could’ve borrowed bottoms from Suzie if she left on her own accord, but why leave the bra? That’s not typically something you’d borrow from someone to wear. Why didn’t any of them have their important possessions, or at least one of their cars? And where were they?

Janis noted that the TV was turned on and just playing static. She also checked the answering machine, and heard her own messages play along with another weird message of a male voice saying “strange things”.  Unfortunately - you’ll hear me saying this a lot during this case - she deleted the message, and couldn’t recall later the exact content of it, which seems really weird to me. Police later said they feel this message is unrelated to the earlier crank calls and is more related to the investigation, possibly including a clue, but I’m not sure of their reasoning here. I’ve heard some theorize that Janis does remember more about the message, but police have requested she keep it private so they can later validate evidence.

Janis then called her husband, Stacey’s father Stu, to tell him that she couldn’t find the girls and still hadn’t heard from Stacey. Stu headed over to the house, saying he felt like he had a gut feeling that something might be wrong, and while she waited Janis phoned the police. Police officer Rick Bookout arrived on the scene soon after, and it was evening by this time. He found several people throughout the house and in the backyard, including Janis McCall, who informed him of the situation and that all of Stacey and Suzie’s friends she’d contacted had also not seen the girls and were concerned about their whereabouts, since they’d missed an important event both had been very excited about. Bookout did a walk through of the house and noted that nothing really seemed amiss - it didn’t look ransacked or like anything had been robbed. Sherrill’s bed appeared to have been slept in the previous night, and her eyeglasses were beside her bed with a book turned over, as if she had marked her page or was interrupted while reading. There was nothing that looked like a struggle. Suzie’s bedroom had been slept in, with their clothes that they’d worn the night before folded on the dresser, makeup towelettes in the garbage indicating they’d removed it before bed, and their jewelry had been taken off and was still on the table. And all 3 purses and sets of keys, including money in Sherill’s purse that hadn’t been taken. He became more concerned upon finding Sherill’s cigarettes and lighter in the purse, because Sherill was a voracious chainsmoker and was described as never being without her cigarettes. The blinds in Suzie’s room were pulled apart, as if someone had been looking outside. Bookout stated, “I didn’t see any signs of foul play…but I don’t think they left there willingly. 3 women aren’t going to just walk out of the house leaving things that are important to them behind”. A note was left on the front door asking the women to contact the police if they returned, and a missing person’s report was written up. The group left the house, and Stu McCall stayed up that night in case Stacey returned home…but she never did.

The next morning, the case really hit the ground running. It was assigned to Detective David Asher with the Springfield PD, who immediately felt that something was amiss due to the personal items that had been left behind. He also realized that unfortunately the scene must have been tainted, because up to 10 people had been in and out of the home during the previous day. The house was finally cordoned off and processed by the crime scene investigators. Detectives at this point theorized that someone either took them from the house in a threatening manner, or that it was someone they knew. Either way, they left the house without making a scene, wearing just the clothes on their back.

The investigation first turned to Sherill’s background. She was described as having no enemies by close family, and that “the only way to get the best of her would be if someone held a gun to her child’s head”. Sherill had recently been divorced from Suzie’s stepfather and had bought a new home. She seemed to be enjoying her newfound independence, and was focused on her daughter and reinventing her life. The obscene phone calls were of particular interest to investigators, but all that Janelle had gathered from them was that she thought the voice was “teen-ish” but she didn’t recognize it. Technology wasn’t great for tracing calls back in 1992, and the telephone company couldn’t trace it. Janelle said she regretted hanging up and not trying to get more out of the caller, but again, he was a creep and Suzie had stated she’d received crank calls before - I can’t blame her for not wanting to talk to some anonymous heavy breather.

Panic began to spread through Springfield, which was normally a town where you left your doors unlocked. Family and friends handed out missing persons fliers, canvassed the area, and spread the word as best they could. The news picked up the story throughout several Missouri counties, and dubbed the women “The Springfield Three”. Thousands of leads poured in over the next few days, which detectives worked diligently to follow up on. During this time, they began to pursue another lead - Suzie’s older brother and Sherill’s son, Bart Streeter.

Bart was 9 years older than Suzie and was seen by most of the family as a “black sheep”. He was an alcoholic and had a turbulent relationship with his mother and sister, and had had a recent bitter falling-out with the two. Suzie had apparently been afraid that Bart would hurt her after this point, due to his violent temper. Sherill’s sister and Bart’s own aunt said, “I know he’s my nephew, but I don’t have a great deal of respect for him…would he be able to do something like this? Maybe? In a fit of rage and passion? But I don’t know.” Pretty intense words from a close family member. Bart had left home at 17, was known to be violent because he had punched his own mother, and hung around with alleged lowlifes and supporters of his alcohol addiction. He was also said to “behave bizarrely sometimes”, and it became so bad that Sherill had asked him to not be a part of her and Suzie’s lives. He’d left for a couple years, but returned to Springfield after a breakup. He wanted to try and repair his familial relationships, and got a new job. Interestingly, Suzie had moved in with Bart after she turned 18 during her senior year of high school, and while Sherill didn’t approve, she felt that maybe it would help Suzie see who her brother really was, or ideally he would step up to the plate and look after her. At one point Bart had been getting drunk and blasting music, and though Suzie asked him to turn down the stereo, he refused. She leaned past him to turn the music down and Bart grabbed her, becoming violently angry in his drunken stupor, and eventually hit her hard enough to bruise her face. She didn’t speak to him after that, and returned to living at Sherill’s home.

Bart said that he was at a neighbor’s getting drunk the night of the disappearance. The neighbor verified this, and said Bart got “sloshed” and left a bit after 11. Bart said that he returned home and slept it off that night. I’m a little unclear on any corroboration he was able to get on this, because one show I watched said there was none, while another said a girlfriend verified it. Though police were concerned, a polygraph showed that Bart was being truthful, and he was tabled for the moment as a suspect. He continued to cooperate with the investigation. Police widened their net, looking at not only other suspects, but hoping to find more evidence. They dragged Lake Springfield to see if they’d find any bodies or anything related to the case, used helicopters to scan the area, utilized police and cadaver dogs…nothing. 

Unfortunately, her brother Bart wasn’t the only negative male presence in Suzie Streeter’s life. Her ex-boyfriend, Dustin Recla, also emerged as a person of interest as the police continued their investigation. Remember how I said that Suzie liked the bad boy types? That was Dustin. Suzie’s friend Nigel described their relationship as “they had a good relationship, they got along really well…until they didn’t.” She also said that Dustin was basically a good guy, but in with the wrong crowd. In February 1992, Dustin and his friend Michael Clay took Suzie’s car to the site of a mausoleum break-in they performed under cover of darkness where they literally stole corpses out of a mausoleum to take their teeth. Dustin sold 26 grams of gold fillings from the skulls at a local pawn shop - which prompted a call to the cops.  Suzie was brought in for questioning, and she cooperated. Suzie was scheduled to testify against Dustin and Michael in court sometime after her disappearance. So, much like a mob hit, did Dustin and Michael enact revenge on Suzie to prevent her from testifying in their trial?

We investigate this theory and more…after the break.

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So we have three women - two recent high school graduates, Suzie Streeter and Stacey McCall, and one of their mothers, Sherill Levitt - who have vanished from the mother’s home without a trace, without any sign of where they went, who they might be with, and without taking any of their possessions with them or any signs of a struggle or theft. The latest suspects in possible foul play related to this case are Dustin Recla and Michael Clay, who used Dustin’s girlfriend Suzie Streeter’s car in their crime of breaking into a mausoleum, stealing skeletal remains, and defaming them to sell their fillings. Suzie told police that Recla and Clay were the ones who committed the crime, and was scheduled to testify against the pair. Conveniently for them, she disappeared before she got the chance.

Police immediately called Recla and Clay in when they found their story out, and apparently Clay told Detective Asher that “I wish those bitches were dead”. Which isn’t incriminating at all. But would you elevate to murder to shut up a witness in a far less serious case? 

Recla stated he was passed out in a car on the night in question, but no one was able to corroborate his whereabouts. Clay, it seemed, simply didn’t have an alibi. The teens’ fingerprints were taken to compare to those from the crime scene, but no matches were found. They both took polygraph tests as well, and passed - but remember as we always say on this show, it’s a bunk science. 

Months more passed until a tipster called into the police and suggested they look into a man named Robert Craig Cox, the main suspect in the 1976 murder case of a woman named Sharon Zellers…another S name, it’s just weird how many there are in this case. Sharon Zellers was a Florida teenager who was abducted on her way home from Disney World, where she worked. Cox had been staying in a hotel in Orlando with his parents while they were visiting Disney, and returned the night of Zellers’ kidnapping badly injured - his tongue had almost been bitten off. After Cox was taken to the hospital, police found Sharon’s body only 100 or so feet away from Cox’s hotel room. Cox’s nurse also realized that his tongue had been bitten by someone else, rather than what Cox insisted, that he had bitten it himself. Cox was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder, but he got off again due to a rare ruling that his conviction and death sentence should be overturned due to lack of evidence. The Zellers family kept track of him, however, believing he was the killer of their loved one and that he would kill again. In 1992, they found that he was working with a telephone surveying company at the time of the disappearances and was checking out the phone wiring under and in front of the Streeter-Levitt home. Cox was also weirdly previously employed at the same car dealership as Stuart McCall, Stacey’s father. Stu didn’t remember him, but there were times that Stacey did bring meals to her father at work, and Cox had likely seen her. 

After being brought in for questioning, Cox told police that he had nothing to do with the disappearance - saying he went to a golf tournament that night, stayed with his parents, and took his girlfriend to church the next morning. The girlfriend backed up his story, and there wasn’t much else police could do to detain him, since there was no evidence - again - tying him to the crime. But years later, in 1995, police learn that Cox was sent to a Texas prison for holding an armed weapon on a 12 year old girl. Big yikes. He began to serve a life sentence for aggravated robbery. Detectives go to Texas to re-interview him, and things begin to change: he doesn’t confess to the disappearance or killing the Springfield Three, but doesn’t deny it, either. He just won’t talk. Police re-interview his girlfriend from the time of the disappearance and she has drastically changed her story. She told police she had no idea where Cox was the night of the disappearance, and they hadn’t actually gone to church the next day.  A local TV reporter interviewed Cox in prison in 1996, and Cox broke his silence about the crime, stating “I know that they’re dead…I’ll say that. I know that. That’s not my theory…I just know that. There’s no doubt about that.” Tad incriminating, no? Law enforcement returned to Texas to re-interview Cox once again, and though he wouldn’t admit he was responsible, he kept repeating that he just knew they were dead, and that he would tell them the truth when his mom died, but not before then, as he didn’t want to embarrass his mother. Ugh. Police were unsure whether Cox was really serious or just trying to get attention, attaching himself to another crime for notoriety – a common criminal tactic. Like confessing to a crime you didn’t commit. Cox has not spoken about the case since. 

In 1997, after 5 years of the investigation, police were forced to close the case due to a lack of emerging evidence and leads. Sherill Levitt and Suzie Streeter were legally declared dead by their family, but the McCalls refuse to do so in Stacey’s case. The case has remained cold since. 

But that’s not the end of the weirdness, or strange little details. Not by a long shot. So I’ll go through some of these chronologically and chart a bit of a timeline of the other tips and theories in this case..

One - a friend who also arrived at the Streeter-Levitt home on the morning of June 7th noted that Suzie was parked in an area she wasn’t usually in, in the circle driveway. The friend noted that it looked as though either Sherill wasn’t home, or Suzie parked where she was because someone else was parked in the circle driveway. I’m not really sure about how this fits in, but I wanted to note it. 

On June 14th, about a week after the women first went missing, authorities searched an apartment building after a letter containing a rough drawing of the apartment complex and the phrase, “use Ruse of Gas Man checking for Leak,” is found in a News-Leader rack at a grocery store. Probably had nothing to do with the case, but they were trying to be diligent. The next day they started working on a tip about a transient who neighbors had seen near the home days before the disappearance, producing a police sketch of a man with long hair and a full beard.

A couple weeks after the disappearance a witness told police that she spotted a woman matching Suzie’s description driving an early-model Dodge van about 2 miles away from the Streeter-Levitt home, celery green with back windows painted over, early the morning of the disappearance. The witness said that Suzie looked like she was crying heavily as she turned the van around in the witness’ driveway, and they heard a male voice saying “don’t do anything stupid” as it happened. A van was painted to match the description and used as an example for the public, kind of a “have you seen this van?” sort of thing. The witness hadn’t come forward earlier because she hadn’t seen the missing persons poster to that time, but once she did, she recognized Streeter as the driver of the van.

Later that month, a tip came in from a server at Sherill’s favorite restaurant, George’s Steakhouse. He told police that the 3 women came into the restaurant sometime between 1 and 3 am on the night in question, both arriving and leaving together. During the visit, the waitress said that Suzie appeared to be drunk and really upset about something, and Sherill was trying to calm her down the whole time. The police said that the server was likely mistaken on the night that the women came by, especially since the Steakhouse was typically very busy at this time on the weekend. 

I read that in late summer, an elderly man was arrested in Springfield for making lewd crank calls to homes all over the town. Many theorize now that the obscene calls were this geriatric creep, and not related to the case.

On New Year’s Eve 1992, a man called the America’s Most Wanted tip hotline after the case was discussed on the show with information about the disappearances. The call was, very unfortunately, cut off when the switchboard operator attempted to link it with the Springfield police. Police said the caller had “prime knowledge of the abductions” and publicly appealed for the man to re-contact them, but nothing came of it. Did he really have something or was this a way to kind of explain away why they didn’t have any new evidence, that it wasn’t their fault and whoops what bad luck?

In August 1993, information led police to search farmland in Webster County for bodies. They disclosed that they found items at the scene, but didn’t elaborate and the results of the search warrant was sealed. A lead in 1994 pushed authorities to search a section of Bull Shoals Lake, where pieces of clothing were found but do not match the description of what the women were thought to be wearing. 

In 2006, a group of amateur detectives went to Springfield police and Greene County Prosecutor Darrell Moore with their theory that the three women are buried under a parking garage near Cox South hospital, which was built a year after the disappearance. Huh, that’s weird…COX hospital. Didn’t we have a suspect with that name? I’ve read that they felt this could be a burial site due to a tip from a psychic, but I’m unsure. Authorities decided not to dig under the garage, saying there isn’t enough evidence to warrant the cost of digging. One of the sleuths hired mechanical engineer Rick Norland to come to the hospital and investigate the disappearance of some women - he was not told how many. Norland is an expert with ground penetrating radar known for assisting with victim recovery from 9/11. GPR can detect buried objects, changes in the material underground, and cracks or voids under the surface. Norland scanned the garage, looking to see if there were any anomalies under the car park’s pavement. He found 3 anomalies, all roughly about the same size, 2 parallel and one perpendicular to the other two. He felt that this was basically what you’d see in the case of a gravesite. However, the Springfield Police were not convinced that these results were convincing enough to justify tearing up the concrete, and felt the timing didn’t add up as the garage was built a year after the women’s disappearance. But that’s when it was COMPLETED. According to the Disappeared episode, it was under construction during the disappearance…doesn’t that seem convenient, like Jimmy Hoffa maybe being buried under Giants Stadium? And also, it’s a freaking parking lot, and a small area of it. Dig it up! Why not! They seemed to be reconsidering digging up the area again in 2010, but since then, nada mucho. 

That’s just about it nowadays. So, theories. 

First, Bart Streeter. I don’t think this is it. He may have been a shithead with a temper, but killing them? Including Stacey, someone he may not even have known? Sure, maybe he wasn’t expecting her to be there, but why would he think Suzie would be home on graduation night? Bart was also interviewed on the Disappeared episode, and though I know killers are stupid enough to insert themselves in the media all the time, I dunno, taking a risk like that is big, and it just doesn’t all add up for me. He sounded regretful of his actions, and took full ownership of his alcoholism and abusive behavior.

Dustin Recla and/or Michael Clay, the grave robbers. Again, it seems like a big jump for me to commit triple murder to prevent one witness talking at your grave robbery trial. Especially since Sherill and Stacey would only be collateral damage in this case. Why kill 2 people you don’t have to? If they really wanted to do something to Suzie, they could’ve gotten her alone somehow to do the deed. Why involve 2 other people in the crime? When police first went to investigate the pair, they arrived at Clay’s home when he wasn’t present. However, they caught sight of some kind of altar, including a pentagram poster, candles, and an animal skull - leading to thoughts of some sort of satanic ritual. But, as we both know, these were probably just the decor accents of a gothy kid. When the police returned the next day to question Clay, all of the “paraphernalia” had been removed.

Ronald Cox. Ok, this guy gets to me. He’s clearly a terrible person, a violent criminal, and a creep. The fact that he worked with Stacey’s father and had likely run into her, and was working at the Streeter-Levitt home near the time of the disappearance, is a lot of coincidence at once. Was Cox lurking around the home, spotted Stacey arriving late that night, recognized her, and decided to do something to the women? Maybe he even knocked on the door wearing his uniform, informed Sherill that the house had a gas problem, and was let in for some emergency maintenance? It could explain the lack of a struggle. And that “use ruse of gas man checking for leak” note…hmm…

Or, it was something else altogether - a serial killer, a weird mystery, I dunno. There are plenty of theories around Springfield and the internet - the Missouri Mafia, other various convicted felons and killers including Gerald Carnahan, Larry Dewayne Hall, and Steven Eugene Garrison, which are whole other rabbit holes. I’ve heard a mass rapture being posed as a half-serious theory. I don’t know. What do you think, Sean? 

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NEWS

On a lighter note, it’s our Weirdo of the Week.

Following hot on the heels of blind mystic Baba Vanga and her 2022 predictions from last week, we have LadBible reporting on Jemima Packington - better known as Mystic Veg. She’s a fortune teller herself, hailing from Britain, and is known as the world’s only “Asparamancer”. What’s that? Well, Ms Mystic Veg claims she can view the future by tossing spears of asparagus in the air and interpreting how they land, like some sort of stinky pee divination. Yes, really.

Apparently, Mystic Veg previously correctly predicted Brexit, the death of Prince Philip, Theresa May being ousted as Prime Minister, and Harry and Meghan stepping back from the royal family - yeah, due to her being British, a lot of her predictions are, well, very British. 

For her part, Veg says "I am usually about 75-90 per cent accurate with my predictions. I go through my predictions each year and think: 'Yep, that's happened, yep, that's happened'...Occasionally I get one slightly off, where I haven't quite read it correctly, but I'm never far off. I predicted Boris Johnson would become Prime Minister about four years before he did and everyone laughed their socks off." For her divination, she requires fresh Worcestershire asparagus grown in the Vale of Evesham. 


Among her predictions for 2022 are:

-Boris Johnson will continue as Prime Minister
-The Royal Family will endure more sadness, including “scandals and worse”
-Covid and all its variants will be with us forever but everyone will learn to adapt and not let it get the better of us.
-A brand new way of living will become the norm - working from home etc but people will no longer accept shoddy services hiding behind the guise of the pandemic. 
-Climate change will continue and fewer countries will be active in its reversal.
-We will be shocked at the news of the unexpected demise of showbiz legends.

-Tense times will continue on the international front but conflicts will be avoided.
-The Oscar for Best Picture will go to The Power Of The Dog and Benedict Cumberbatch will be nominated for Best Actor
-The West Indies will be the surprise winners of the Cricket World Cup in Australia
-Agriculture will progress well, and Vale of Evesham asparagus will continue to be recognised as the world’s best

So, there it is.


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