Episode 47: The Torso & The Civil War Grave

In this episode, Olivia tells Thashana about a torso found in Knox County in 1977 that may or may not have belonged to Paul Hurst. Then we discuss a body found in a Civil War colonel’s grave that maybe shouldn’t have been there.

If you have any information on the torso or what happened to Paul Hurst, please call the Knox County Sheriff's Office Cold Case Unit at 865-215-3520 or e-mail coldcase@knoxsheriff.org


 

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Episode 46: Gus Gossert, The Williams Sisters, & Michael Gerald King

We are discussing three cold cases in Knox County, up in East Tennessee - we’ll look at the murders of notable Doo-Wop DJ Gus Gossert and disabled sisters Suzanne and Patricia Williams. Plus, we will hear about the mysterious death of Michael Gerald King and what appears to be a piece of his strange legal history.

If you have information related to any of these cases, you can get in touch with the Knox County Sheriff’s Cold Case Unit at 865-215-2675 or email coldcase@knoxsheriff.org


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Episode 45: Charlie Hall, Leanne Green, and China Videon

Charlie Hall

Charlie Hall, a 15-year-old sophomore at Cohn high school in Nashville, shared a bedroom with his two brothers. It looked like the average teenage boy’s bedroom – football posters, Sports Illustrated issues, clothes everywhere. Charlie loved school and had plenty of friends, and he really enjoyed watching sports on TV.

Charlie’s mother, Mildred Taylor, last saw him when he helped her bring in the groceries on the afternoon of December 31, 1981. Around 3 p.m., when he finished, he took off to visit his girlfriend, Adrian Brown, who lived just five blocks away.

According to Charlie’s mother, Adrian broke up with Charlie. He went to Adrian’s house to try and talk her out of the breakup, but he left crying around 5 p.m. after she told him she just wanted to be friends. When Adrian asked him where he was going, he said “Don’t worry about it.”

Charlie Hall has not been seen since.

It is believed that Charlie didn’t have any money or extra clothing with him at the time, and he had no form of transportation with him. His mother said he normally rode his bike everywhere, and she found it a bit surprising that he had walked to Adrian’s house.

Charlie’s mother went to her job at Baptist Hospital a little before 10:30 p.m. that same night, but she wasn’t yet alarmed. However, when he still wasn’t back when she got home around 7:30 the next morning, she began to worry and started calling around. This is when she found out about the breakup. She checked with Charlie’s friends in their old neighborhood as well as her ex-husband, but no one had seen Charlie. It was at this point that she called the police.

Police felt that Charlie might have fallen victim to foul play, because everyone made it very clear that Charlie wasn’t the kind of kid to run away.

His mom told The Tennessean, “I want to feel that he is off somewhere and that he’ll show up someday. Not a day’s gone by that I haven’t come home from work and looked into his room to see if he’s back.”

Not long after Charlie’s disappearance, a psychic who had seen a news story about the case contacted Charlie’s mother and told her to “look south” for him, and that it was very possible he was dead.

Charlie’s mother felt – at least at that time – that it was possible that Charlie was upset and didn’t want to be bothered. She didn’t think he was dead, because someone probably would have found his body. Presumably she meant that in terms of suicide.

News stories on the case are scant, which is distressing. If we look back to the case of Marcia Trimble just a few years earlier, you’ll see it was all over the news when she was still missing. You have to ask yourself whether that has something to do with the fact that she was a white girl from an affluent neighborhood, while Charlie was an African American kid from a working class part of town.

Charlie Hall is a black male with a medium complexion, with brown eyes, and a birthmark on his right cheek (though one article said left). At the time of his disappearance, he was between 5’7” and 5’8” and 130 to 140 pounds and he wore no glasses or contacts. He was described as having “medium length hair,” which, based on the photos I saw, probably meant it was anywhere from just being not recently cut to being a relatively small afro. When he was last seen, Charlie was wearing a lightweight gray or black jacket, maroon pants, and tennis shoes.

According to NamUs, they have dental information and a DNA sample in the event that it’s needed for identification of Charlie.

If you have information about Charlie Hall, please contact the Metro Nashville Police Department at 615-862-8600. You can also call Metro Police Department's Crime Stoppers Division at 615-74-CRIME.

You can also report tips anonymously via the Black & Missing Foundation’s website.

Leanne Green

This case was recommended by listener Anne Grissom.

On April 15, 1987, Lawson Green picked up his twin sister, Martha Leanne Green from her hostess job at a Holiday Inn. Leanne was a 17-year-old high school junior. The car Lawson had borrowed to pick up Leanne ran out of gas on Highway 46 near Fabric Road in Dickson County before they could reach their home in White Bluff. This was around 9 p.m.

Leanne stayed behind in the car while Lawson hitched a ride to get gas. He returned to the car after about 15 minutes to find that Leanne had disappeared, leaving behind her purse. The car keys were also still there. There was no indication of a struggle.

Leanne was never seen again.

Investigators did develop a suspect in the case. Robert McKinley Richards claimed at one time or another to have killed Leanne or aided in her abduction. He took authorities to several spots where he claimed that he had buried her. However, no evidence was found.

Richards was never charged in connection with Leanne’s disappearance, though he is still considered the primary suspect. He was stabbed to death by his prison cell mate, and Leanne’s case remains unsolved.

There has been a recent potential development in Leanne’s case. On May 18, 2018, employees on a crew working for Dickson Electric System found human skeletal remains in an open cistern on a property in the 200 Block of Blackie Road.

The remains were taken to the medical examiner’s office in Nashville, where they hope to determine the age, gender, and hopefully the identity of the deceased.

Unfortunately we haven’t heard anything else on this, though I suspect it’s one of those things that may take them awhile, but we’ll provide an update when that information becomes available.

At the time of her disappearance, Leanne was 5’6” and 120 pounds. She’s caucasian with wavy brown hair and green eyes, but wore brown-tinted contacts at that time. All four of her wisdom teeth have been extracted, she has a birth mark on her chest, and her ears are pierced.

When she disappeared, she was wearing a white sweatshirt, mid-calf length faded jeans, and white high-top Reeboks.

If you have information about Martha Leanne Green’s case, you can contact the Dickson County Sheriff's Office at 615-789-4130.

China Videon

This case was suggested to us by Hunter, who is one of the hosts of The GMDP.

On October 19, 1999, 16-year-old Riverdale High School student China Renee Videon left the Just Image salon in the Jackson Heights Plaza in Murfreesboro and hasn’t been seen since. 

Her plan was to get gas and then head home. When China’s mother arrived at home and her daughter wasn’t there, she knew something was wrong, and she called the police. In the beginning, authorities believed that China left willingly with an adult male, though their views on the circumstances of her disappearance have since changed.

China’s black Mazda Protege was found abandoned at a south Nashville apartment complex in June 2000. The groceries China bought the day she vanished were still in the car, and it appeared the car had been there for a long time. There were no fingerprints, DNA, or indications of a struggle.

In 2015 authorities announced they believed that China had been murdered, and gave the names “Chris” and “TJ” as persons of interest. Police seemed to be pursuing this “TJ” guy hard in the fall of 2015, but I couldn’t find anything out about him other than the fact that he was living in Goose Creek, South Carolina and managed a big box store on James Island. In November 2015, authorities told the media an arrest was “imminent” in the case, but I haven’t seen anything further.

China’s case remains unsolved.

China has blue eyes and at the time of her disappearance, she had brown hair, was 5’3”, and 120 pounds. She has several piercings in her ears and a pierced naval, in which she was last seen wearing a purple horseshoe-type ring with a silver ball on each end. She also has a tattoo on her right hip of a blue butterfly with a small amount of yellow and pink highlighting and a scar on her right knee. China was last seen wearing denim overalls and a white shirt as well as a silver watch. She was also likely wearing contact lenses.

If you have any information about this case please contact the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office at 615-898-7916.

 

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Episode 44: Hendersonville Triple Homicide

Vernon Shipman and Charles Glass went missing in 1966 and were found dead along with Louise Davis Shumate five days later, but what happened? Was it a hate crime against two gay men in a small southern town? Was it related to voodoo? Revenge? We’re discussing this crime with Steven Pacheco, host of Trace Evidence.

 

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Episode 43: Steve McNair

Thashana and Olivia discuss the life and death of retired NFL quarterback Steve McNair.

 

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