E108: Miyuki Ishikawa

This week Beth and Wendy discuss the case of Miyuki Ishikawa, a Japanese midwife who is believed to have murdered somewhere around 100 babies, with the aid of several accomplices, throughout the 1940s. 

We thank our supporters (4:48) then dive into the setting (13:52), the killers early life (33:26) and the timeline (36:00).  Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (40:19). We discuss our Take Aways (46:27).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered (53:49) and some shout outs (53:49).

Thanks for listening! This is a weekly podcast and new episodes drop every Thursday, so until next time… look alive guys, it’s crazy out there!


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Shout Outs


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The Serpent

FBI Retired Case File Review
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