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Strange Country Ep. 199: Tania Head

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Release Date: 07/22/2021

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A forever mystery will haunt your ears this week, Dash Hounds. Join Kelly and Beth as we discuss the missing Sodder children, who quite literally went up in smoke one terrible Christmas night in West Virginia, never to be seen again. A warning: if you don’t like women or cats, you probably shouldn’t listen. But if you do, then you should listen because as you well know, it is an act of love.

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It’s the time of year when pumpkin spice permeates everything including Strange Country, and people are in the mood to sit in front of a pumpkin-spice scented fire to hear some scary stories. Join Beth and Kelly as they darn socks or stories about the Congelier Mansion, the White Lady, and the haunting of the H house.

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James Hogue claimed to be many things. A high school student, an orphan, a ranch-hand, a carpenter, a ski instructor, a ski stuntman, a bioengineer, an ivy leaguer. He has lived a lifetime of deception using false credentials to earn a spot in the 1993 graduating class at Princeton University. Strange Country cohosts Beth and Kelly talk adults passing as teenagers and how sometimes it works and sometimes It’s Never Been Kissed.

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In the 19th century, men could commit women to asylums for such stellar reasons as excessive thinking or novel reading. Elizabeth Packard was married to a real prince who committed her because she was smarter than him. Strange Country cohosts share her heroic tale, and Beth reveals an alarming secret about her cat.

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One constant--besides death and taxes--is the notion that women need to work to attain that ever-morphing ideal body that doesn't actually exist. Strange Country co-hosts Beth and Kelly talk about diet plans like ingesting tapeworms to obtain the consumption look in Victorian times. There's also asides on the many ways humans choose to destroy themselves. Fun!

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America's home-spun religion of Mormonism has a bloody past. The founder Joseph Smith was murdered, and the Saints run out of various places they settled. This us-versus-them mentality really fermented in the Great Salt Valley where Brigham Young whipped his flock into a frenzy about interlopers and outsiders. Strange Country cohosts Beth and Kelly talk about how that volatile mx led to some Mormons murdering approximately 120 adults and children.

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Dear Dash Hounds: Has worry from Covid taken over your life? Are you behaving in ways that seem rather devilish, as your rage powers on? Might you be possessed? If you are, Beth and Kelly know who to call and you will too after listening to this episode of Strange Country. We discuss the original muse/ inspiration for the movie The Exorcist. We hope you enjoy this brief escape from reality…or is it? Thanks always for listening, it is an act of love.

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Maybe you've tried Keto or Atkins or the blood type diet, but have you thought about maybe trying God? The Weigh Down Workshop was founded by Gwen Shamblin in 1986. She didn't believe in dieting, exercising or counting calories. Shamblin instead told followers to rely on God and pray that He will slap the Doritos out of your hand. Strange Country cohosts Beth and Kelly talk about this program turned church and how some cult experts see it as a cult.

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Today's Strange Country tale involves murder, racism and goats. The big three, as we like to say. In 1932, Jennie Merrill was murdered in Natchez, Miss. Her neighbors who lived in a dilapidated estate nicknamed The Goat Castle likely had something to do with it, but it was a black laundress named Emily Burns who was convicted of the crime. Because everything is garbage.

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You know Beth and Kelly have issues with numbers, and anything prior to or around BC, AD and CE is hard for us to comprehend. So please bear with us this episode as we go back 1,000 years to the hopping city of …Cahokia. Have you ever heard of it? We didn’t think so (but if you have, please tell us!) It is real and it is part of the important but ignored history of North America. And who can we blame for the fact that thousands of earthen mounds with rich and deep history have been plowed under?

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Tania Head told others she was on the 78th floor sky lobby when a plane crashed through the windows, nearly killing everyone on impact. Head said she made it out with seconds to spare before the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed in what would turn out to be America's most devastating terrorist attack on Sept. 11. Head took her trauma and put it into action as president of a survivor's network. Trouble is, her story was completely untrue. Strange Country hosts Beth and Kelly discuss Head's deceit and their disbelief over the steps Head took to maintain her ruse.

Theme music: Big White Lie by A Cast of Thousands

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"9/11 ordeal was a pack of cruel lies." People [London, England], 3 Aug. 2014, p. 8. Gale OneFile: News, link.gale.com/apps/doc/A377173856/STND?u=nysl_sc_flls&sid=bookmark-STND&xid=17676dad. Accessed 12 July 2021.

"Barcelona paper casts new doubt on Tania Head's Sept. 11 account." Sep 30 2007. Web. ProQuest. 12 July 2021.

"CON AIR." Daily Telegraph [Sydney, New South Wales, Australia], 14 Sept. 2013, p. 40. Gale OneFile: News, link.gale.com/apps/doc/A352528323/STND?u=nysl_sc_flls&sid=bookmark-STND&xid=8bba2a26. Accessed 12 July 2021.

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Fisher, Robin Gaby, and Angelo J. Gugliemo. The Woman Who Wasn’t There: The True Story of an Incredible Deception. Touchstone Books, 2013.

Graff, Garrett M. “On 9/11, Luck Meant Everything.” The Atlantic, Atlantic Media Company, 10 Sept. 2019, www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/09/september-11-blind-luck-decided-who-lived-or-died/597688/.

Gugliemo, Angelo J., director. The Woman Who Wasn't There. Amazon Prime, 2012, www.amazon.com/Woman-Who-Wasnt-There/dp/B00AHGXIE2.

Kovaleski, Serge F. "Comic Says His Story About 9/11 Was a Lie." New York Times, 17 Sept. 2015, p. C1(L). Gale General OneFile, link.gale.com/apps/doc/A428848750/ITOF?u=oswego&sid=bookmark-ITOF&xid=76b45bde. Accessed 12 July 2021.