50 Dust Bowl Killer, Thadius Morton
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EPISODE 50!!!!! YAAAAYYYY!!!!!
In the 1930's, over farming caused a major ecological disaster in the Great Plains area of the United States. It started in Texas, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado and Oklahoma. But the resulting cloud went all over the country, and even into Canada. You can Google 'The Dust Bowl' for a deep dive on it, and its a good read. We do a decent nutshell version of the story in the episode.
BUT, there is a story that was lost under a cloud of dust. A spree killer who used the dust storms to commit his murders in complete secrecy because everyone was inside, taking shelter from the storm. Thadius Morton, a WWI veteran who had suffered head injuries in the war, and was likely exposed to chemical weapons.
After the war, he married, had twins, one twin died, and that sent him over the edge into a paranoid rage that resulted in 7 people being killed in 24 hours. This rampage was glossed over due to the world wide story of the Dust Bowl.
Join us as we tell this crazy but unknown story.