Thursday, January 5, 2023

The Midnight Assassin by Skip Hollandsworth on the Murder Shelf Book Club: Episodes 53, 54, 55


Photos and Sources for The Midnight Assassin by 

Skip Hollandsworth

                                                            Austin, Texas 1880s

A velocipede, commonly ridden in the late 1800s into the 20th century.

Victims Eula Phillips and Susan Hancock

10 Mental Health Benefits of Pets, PsychCenter, 

Carol Commons-Brosowske, The Bone-Chilling Story of the First Serial Killer in Austin, Texas Will Haunt Your Dreams, Only In Your, Aug 26, 2016.

Dengue Fever, Statistics and Maps, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Nov 2022.
Joe Turner, Servant Girl Annihilator Murders of Austin, Texas, Historic, 2022.

Eugenics, National Human Genome Research Institute, May 10, 2022.

Galloping Horse, Soundfishing, Nov 2022.

Joe Turner, The Servant Girl Annihilator Murders of Austin, Texas, Historic Mysteries, 

N'dea Yancy-Bragg, Jack the Ripper identified by DNA evidence, forensic scientists claim, USA Today, June 18, 2019. 

Pets and Mental Health, Mental Health Foundation, Oct 2022.

Rebecca Salinas, Look Back at the Serial Killer who terrified Austin in the 1880s,, April 27, 2015.

Released by Death: Miss Genie Watkins passes away surrounded by her parents, her betrothed and friends, Weekly Gazette- Ft Worth, July 22, 1887.

Serenity Lapid, 10 Serial Killers of the Old West,, Oct 18, 2018.

Skip Hollandsworth, Capital Murder, Texas, July 2000

Skip Hollandsworth, Murders In the Night, Texas, May 2016.

Skip Hollandsworth, Texas Monthly, Oct 2022.

Skip Hollandsworth, The Midnight Assassin, The 1885 Murders in Austin, Tx, YouTube, 2018.

Skip Hollandsworth, The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal and the hunt for America's First Serial Killer, Henry Holt & Company, New York, New York, 2015.

Sarah Marshall-Pescini, Franka S. Schaebs et al, The Role of Oxytocin in the Dog-Owner Relationship,  National Library Of Medicine, Oct 12, 2019.

The History Guy, The Servant Girl Annihilator,, 2019.

The Servant Girls Murders, Austin, Texas,1885, Nov 2022.

Velocipede, St Joseph's Herald, St Joseph Michigan, Jan 16, 1869.

Who is Safe? Two Young Ladies of Gainesville aroused from their quiet slumber by assassin, The Fort Worth Gazette, July 15, 1887

Ep 53, 54, 55- The Midnight Assassin Pecan Pie recipe and wine pairing!

 Paleo-Pecan Pie and Lustau Dry Oloroso Don Nuno

 for Midnight Assassin by Skip Hollandsworth (Epi 52, 53, 5)


1   9 inch pie shell

1/2 cup of maple syrup

2 Tbsp. coconut sugar

2 Tbsp. molasses

2 eggs

1 egg yolk

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp lemon juice

2 Tbsp. coconut oil

 1  1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup pecan halves to decorate. 

1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
2. Combine all ingredients except pecans. Stir well to mix completely.
3. Add chopped pecans and mix.
4. Pour into pie crust, use pecan halves to decorate top of pie.
5. Bake 30 minutes until middle of pie is no longer "jiggly".
6 Cool pie before serving- I like a dollop of whipped cream on top!


Lustau Dry Oloroso Don Nuno (750ml)

Sherry from Jerez, Spain

Sunday, December 18, 2022

Hosts of the Sugar-Coated Murder podcast publish new book, Click, Click, Click and I love it!



Click, Click, Click by Anne Varner and Karen DeVanie!

From heartfelt, altruistic motivation comes this new book, set in that authors’ hometown, Franklin, Virginia, when high school student,  Raymond Trent Whitley went missing in 1990.

Moving at a breath-taking pace, packed with personal anecdotes and humor, you get a sense of what it was to  be Trent, growing up in Franklin, an enclave of 8,000 people.  Authors, Anne Varner and Karen DeVanie, also neatly bring you into the mind of a killer, bend on launching his criminal career, even as he strives for normalcy in the aftermath.  The killer’s evolution is meticulously detailed as the blueprint of murder is formulated, and finally enacted.   The story moves to the anguish of the Whitley’s, the gaping hole in their family dynamic as they wait years to find out what happened to their precious son, as the investigation unfolds.

Hosts of the Sugar-Coated murder podcast, Anne and Karen, deftly and responsibly navigate the many emotions tethered to any case with a missing child, and they do so brilliantly.  These ladies also grant us a rare insight into the psychological ramifications of committing a murder, as the killer devolves into a shadow of his former self, haunted, and paranoid for good reason.  These ladies have robustly achieved their goal of remembering Trent as a person, putting him at the center of the story in this tribute to his life, and the struggle for answers to tragically painful questions.

Click, Click, Click is the first in the ‘Say My Name Series’, an auspicious undertaking by the authors, and amazing first! Jill highly recommend it to anyone who believes in justice and has a hankering for all things true crime.

You can listen to Anne and Karen, hosts of the Sugar-Coated Murder Podcast here: .


Dec 2022

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Glorified Rice Recipe- A Minnesota favorite! A Death in White Bear Lake by Barry Siegel


Glorified Rice Ingredients

                       By Irmgard-

1 cup cooked white rice, cooled

½ cup granulated sugar

1 can (13 ½ oz) crushed pineapple, drained

½ tsp vanilla

1/3 cup of miniature marshmallow      

1 Tbsp maraschino cherries, drained and chopped

1 cup heavy cream, whipped


1. Mix together the rice, sugar, pineapple, and vanilla.

2. Stir in the marshmallows and cherries.

3. Fold in the whipped cream.

4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Note: Rumor has it that Cool whip can be used instead of the heavy cream. Just sayin’!

Oh, and I added extra cherries, because I love these cherries. 

Thank you Irmgard! This was amazing! 


Irene Paiva Qu Reserva Curico Valley Chardonnay 2021


An our wine for book club is--- This dry Chilean wine, it boasts flavors like crisp green apple and juicy citrus in Irene Paiva's zesty and delicately creamy take on this versatile white.  The suggested pairing is with shellfish, baked, smoked salmon, and soft cheese like Brie and Camembert.  It was simply delicious with sweet dessert, Glorified Rice, which was complimented by the dryness of the Chardonnay. Bon appetite, Murder Bookies! 

Ep 50-52 A Death in White Bear Lake by Barry Siegel- Sources, Photos, Articles



*** 1-800-4.A.CHILD  OR 1-800-422-4453 ***

Dennis and Robert Jurgens. 

Jerry Sherwood- natural mother of Dennis Jurgens.

White Bear Lake wins, the All-American City 1965

Dennis Craig Jurgens's grave.

Robert Jurgens, adopted son of Lois and Harold Jurgens

Lois Jurgens charged with homicide

St Cloud Times, Mn. article on Robert's testimony

Is Lois insane? 

Lois Jurgens, younger, and during trial.

Daniel Loss, guilty of murder, June 30, 1971- establishing battered child syndrome 
as a legal construct..

The investigation of Harold Jurgens' death January 2000.
Note: A retraction came the next day, as that is not a photo of Harold Jurgens.


1964 Blizzard hits Mid-west and East Coast
, Newsreel Public Domain, Sept 2022.

Autopsy 2- A Mother's Instinct, Sept 25, 2002.

Autopsy shows Jurgens died of heart disease, not poisoning, St Cloud Times, Feb. 15, 2000.

Barry Spiegel, Sept 2022.

Barry Spiegel, A Death in White Bear Lake, Bantam Books, New York, 1990.

Child Abuse and Neglect Statistics, US Dept of Health and Human Services, 2022.

Child Maltreatment 2020, Children's Bureau, US Dept of Health and Human Services, 2022.

Conrad deFiebre, Jurgens seeks seclusion after leaving prison, Star Tribune, June 7, 1995.

Dan Oberdorfer, Prosecutor says Jurgens beat child from onset; Star and Tribune, May 13, 1987.

Dan Oberdorfer, Witnesses describe Harold Jurgens' account of call before boy died, Star and Tribune, May 28, 1987.

Dan Oberdorfer and Pat Doyle, Psychiatrist testifies Jurgens believes son could not feel pain, Star and Tribune, June 4, 1988.

Daniel Heimpel, Abused children may become abusive adults, The Imprint, March 4, 2014.

Debra Neutkins, A Death in White Bear Lake: Notorious crime in city history marks 50 years, White Bear Press Club, April 22, 2015. 

Denise Mann, HealthDay Reporter, Child Abuse Rose during Pandemic, US, Oct 8, 2021.

Dennis Cassano, Brother tells of Dennis Jurgens 's beatings, Minneapolis Star and Tribune, May 21, 1987.

Gregg Aamot, Husband of Child Killer Dies,, Jan. 14, 2000.

Irene Paiva Qu Reserva Curico Valley Chardonnay, Naked 2021.

Irmgard, Glorified Rice,, Sept 2022.

Jurgens lawyers: Judge Failed, Winona Daily News, March 16, 1988.

Lois Jurgens released after serving eight years, The Winona Daily News, June, 7, 1995.

Man held is death of retarded foster child, Minneapolis Star, May 21, 1971.

Matt McMillan, White Bear Lake true crime page-turner turns 30, White Bear Press Club, June 17, 2020.

Notification of death or terminal illness, Office of Revisor of Statues- Minnesota, 1992

Pennsylvania: Coroner/Medical Examiner Laws,, Sept 24, 2022.

Roger Worthington, Search for son gets an abuse case closed, Chicago Tribune, June 7, 1987.

Sheriff says probe of  Jugens' death was respectful, Star Tribune, Feb 15, 2000.

Sherrie Mazingo, White Bear Lake Celebrates Honor- All-American City, Minneapolis Star, April 8, 1965.

State vs Loss, Supreme Court of Minnesota, Feb 2, 1973.

State vs Jurgens, Court of Appeals- Minnesota, July 6, 1988.

The State of Child Abuse in 2022, Mandated Reporter, Sept 2022.

What is Learned Helplessness, Medical News Today, Sept 1, 2022.

What qualifies as Reasonable Suspicion of Child Abuse, Mandated Reporter, Sept 2022.

Woman Who Killed Adopted Son Released After Eight Years in Prison,, June 6, 1995. 

Friday, September 23, 2022

Alaskan Shrimp Toast recipe- Ep 46: American Predator by Maureen Callahan


Alaskan Shrimp Toast


                      From the



6 ounces Shrimp (peeled, deveined, frozen or fresh doesn’t matter)

3 Tbsp. of mayonnaise

3 Tbsp. melted butter

1 ½  Tbsp. thinly sliced scallion ( about 2 stalks of scallions)

1 ½ tsp. grated garlic

Generous amount of black pepper

Baguette or ciabatta bread (think crusty bread)

Basil- thinly slices

Parmesan cheese (optional)


1.              Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2.              Slice bread with a significant crust, cut in half horizontally; so, it’s about 1 inch thick.

3.              Chop shrimp into small pieces- you can use those tiny shrimps as well, and even a food processor set to ‘coarse’.

4.              Mix all the ingredients together including a generous amount of black pepper.  Spread mix on the cut upside sides of the bread.

5.              Bake for 15 minutes, until slightly golden brown. Sprinkle with slice fresh basil (the dry stuff works too) and parmesan cheese (optional)

Note: The amount of shrimp here covers a 6” x 8” slide of bread or 10-15 baguettes.

Bon Appetit!