lansing history

27- Circus Freaks

27- Circus Freaks

The tradition of the modern circus dates back 250 years, and has a history rife with tragedy. In this episode, Jenn and Dani discuss the time a dancing elephant went on a rampage in South Lansing, and a cursed traveling circus that left a trail of death and destruction across the midwest in the early 1900s.

16- Asylum

16- Asylum

The Michigan Asylum for Insane Criminals in Ionia was part of Mid-Michigan’s landscape for over 90 years. During its reign, the institution treated thousands of patient. But its walls weren’t the strongest, and sometimes inmates disappeared. The results were often disastrous. In this episode, Dani and Jenn talk about two tragic cases in which escaped mental patients preyed on Mid-Michigan’s most vulnerable residents.