Among the Dirt and Trees

Among the Dirt and Trees

Among the Dirt and Trees is a podcast that dives into the stories behind true crime cases that occur out in nature through short and sweet episodes that work for even the busiest schedules. Join our host, BreeAnn, as she ruins the forest, the desert, the beach, the ocean (and pretty much anywhere else with fresh air) one case at a time. New episodes are released every Monday and Wednesday and guaranteed to make you never want to leave your couch! 🔪🌲


November 23, 2022 • 14 min
Frank Lenz was a cyclist with a dream—to travel the world and take photos.

After two years of traveling across Europe, he suddenly disappeared.

In his absence, his magazine articles would continue to be printed even though his editor knew he was missing.

What happened to him?

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When a mansion owner decided to have work done on their property, they discovered a shocking surprise—a car buried on their property.

The car had been there for decades, and the owner of this car was John Lew, a man who lived a life of crime spanning across decades.

Why was the car buried? What secrets did it hold?

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November 9, 2022 • 12 min
Three different crimes in three different parks.

Whether you’re walking, talking, or working, the parks really just aren’t safe.

You never know who you might meet there.

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The Cowden family went out for a surprise camping trip during Labor Day Weekend, but when they never showed up for dinner, their extended family knew something was wrong.

For seven months, the Cowdens were considered missing.

Then, they found them.

Their murders remain a mystery to this day.

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When you die, you expect your body to end up somewhere normal–in a grave, an urn, or maybe a medical lab.

Unfortunately, not everyone who is laid to rest in the ground stays that way.

Sometimes, people like to go in and pull bodies right back out for reasons of their own.

These are those stories.


In the episode, I stated that Charlie Chaplin’s body was stolen in the late 90s instead of the late 1900s in error. His bo...
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October 17, 2022 • 13 min
All around the world, there are forests just waiting to be explored—but you might not be alone out there.

In the forest, there is death, and the dead don’t always leave.

Do you ever wonder what terrible secrets your favorite forest holds?

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In this episode, we are taking a look at some of the more famous monsters in lore–and why human beings are actually the bad guys in these stories.

Our crimes?

Stalking, hunting, slander, and slaying!

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October 10, 2022 • 12 min
In the 1660s, Hartford, Connecticut flew into a frenzy when witch accusations started to be made.

11 were accused, 4 were killed for it, and some escaped.

Accusations continued to fly until a group of neighbors took things a little too far.

If only Salem had learned from these stories.

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October 5, 2022 • 11 min
The Hammersmith Ghost was a legend that plagued a village outside of London.

When a villager committed suicide and was buried on consecrated ground, people began to report sightings of the local specter.

Some ran. Some died. Some picked up guns and decided to fight.

One man stumbled across the ghost and shot it in the face.

There was just one problem—it wasn’t a ghost at all.

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Roy Norris and Lawrence Bittaker were two men who met in prison and bonded over their twisted fantasies of hurting women.

When they were both released, they made a plan to turn California into their own personal hunting grounds.

They had five known murder victims, but most believe that there are more that remain undiscovered.

Their victims met terrible, gruesome ends.

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September 28, 2022 • 12 min
Mary Rogers was an unofficial local celebrity known for enchanting men with her smile while she sold them cigars.

Not-so-subtly referred to as the “beautiful cigar girl” around town, men would visit her place of work just to share a passing glance with her.

One day, she left to visit family.

Three days later, she was dead in the Hudson River.

Her devastating beauty was woven into stories and poems from famous writers—but no one kno...
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September 21, 2022 • 13 min
James MacKenzie. James McKenzie. John MacKenzie. John Douglass. Seumas MacCoinnich.

Let’s just say he was a man of many names.

Call him what you will, but this famed outlaw and traveling sheep whisperer was one committed criminal.

With his canine companion, he managed to run off with an absolutely ridiculous number of sheep.

Even after his capture, police couldn’t manage to keep him in custody.

Find out the most obscure way to get a r...
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When a preschool child disappears from his family’s yard while playing with their dog, panic sets in.

Where did he go? Was he alone? Did someone take him?

A storm moves in that impedes the search efforts—but don’t lose hope just yet.

Even the smallest child can do what it takes to survive.


Heya, folks!

In this episode, I hold off from saying the victim’s name until the end—but it certainly still deserves its place in...
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September 14, 2022 • 18 min
Vincent Viafore went out kayaking with his future wife, Angelika Graswald.

When Vincent made his way into some particularly tumultuous water without a life jacket, things took a dark turn. Vincent drowned when his kayak took on too much water.

Ten days later, Angelika was arrested for his murder.

Police would go on to paint a scene of a woman near her breaking point who intentionally tampered with her lover’s kayak—and she was found g...
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Fariba Amani was experiencing difficulties in her relationship.

She suspected her boyfriend, Ramiz Golshani, was cheating on her, and she consulted a private investigator to get to the bottom of it.

At the last second, she backed out, afraid of what her boyfriend would think—afraid he would get mad.

They went on a cruise together, where Fariba was committed to deciding if she would stay with Golshani or end it for good.

When she di...
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September 7, 2022 • 14 min
When local children stumbled across a skull on the shore of a river, police weren’t too worried.

When a second skull showed up soon after, they decided to do a more thorough search just to be safe.

Their search went on to reveal over 500 pieces of human bone—and a twisted killer who they knew all too well.

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I didn’t cover this in the episode, but here is some additional reading on the media coverage and art that surround...
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Rachel Cooke was visiting her hometown on winter break when she decided to go for a jog along her old path.

She never came back home.

Several suspects were named, but in the end, no one knew what truly happened to Rachel.

Even a confession couldn’t be taken at face value—though some believe it is the absolute truth.

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In 1970, three Oklahoma teens went missing on their way to a football game.

Over forty years later, a routine training exercise led police to the car they were driving—and three bodies inside.

What happened to these teens?

Was it an accident—or is an anonymous tip proof that there is more to this story?

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Lake Bodom is a lake in Finland where teens, adults, and families often go to hang out.

In 1960, four teens went to camp by the lake.

By morning, three of them were dead.

Who is responsible for these horrible crimes?

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Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the United States, but this lake is more than just drinking water.

In recent months, Lake Mead’s depths have dropped to historic lows, revealing land that was previously under water.

While this land does mean there are more places to put your beach chair, it also means that some of the lake’s secrets are making an appearance.

Already, several bodies have been pulled from this lake–and there is a g...
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