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MrBallen Podcast: Strange, Dark & Mysterious Stories

Episode 62 -- "Murder Island" (PODCAST EXCLUSIVE EPISODE)

Description

In late December of 2003, a 32 year old man named Russel drove along scenic back roads on an island off the coast of Washington State, until he arrived at his destination, a house tucked way back in the woods. After driving down the property’s long driveway, Russel pulled into a parking spot and came to a stop. After turning off his car’s engine, Russel went to unbuckle himself, when he stopped. Because right in front of him, in the tree line, he saw a figure moving in the shadows. As Russel leaned forward and strained his eyes to see who it was, the figure suddenly emerged and began walking quickly toward Russel's car. At first Russel thought he knew who this person was, but as they got closer, he knew that he didn't. But before Russel could do anything about the situation he was in, the stranger from the forest had arrived right outside of Russel’s car door and had begun staring down at Russel through the glass. As they did this, Russel turned to look at them… and what he saw was so shocking he just froze in terror.

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HIGH QUALITY:

Official records (including court records, inmate records, obituaries, police reports)

Appeal:

https://www.courtlistener.com/opinion/2652070/state-of-washington-v-james-edward-huden/

ABC:

Photos of principals in case:

https://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/the-russel-douglas-murder-investigation/14/

Island county probable cause documents

https://www.islandcountywa.gov/prosecutor/documents/ThomasChargingDocuments.pdf

Charges against Peggy Sue Thomas

https://www.islandcountywa.gov/Prosecutor/documents/PeggyThomaschargedandarrested.pdf

Court of Appeals–summary of facts in James Huden case

https://www.courts.wa.gov/opinions/pdf/692275.pdf

James Edward Huden inmate/custody information

https://vinelink.vineapps.com/person-detail/offender/355239


BOOKS

Rule, Ann. Practice to Deceive. New York, Gallery Books, 2013.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BSB2CJW/ref=kinw_myk_ro_title


MAGAZINES

Seattle Weekly

https://www.southwhidbeyrecord.com/news/marked-for-death-a-south-whidbey-record-report-on-the-douglas-murder-investigation/

Seattle Weekly

https://www.seattleweekly.com/news/peggy-sue-thomas-drop-dead-gorgeous/


NEWSPAPER ARTICLES ON WEB

Oxygen True crime (Season 8 E4 Snapped: Killer couples)

https://www.oxygen.com/true-crime-buzz/circle-of-deception-where-is-peggy-sue-thomas-jim-huden-now

ABC Dangerous Beauty

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/peggy-sue-thomas-how-did-a-former-ms-washington-end-up-at-the-heart-of-a-murder-case-2/

The Mirror (UK)

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/real-life-stories/man-lured-death-beauty-queen-7031203

Seattle times: Peggy Sue sentenced to 4 years

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/ex-beauty-queen-gets-4-year-sentence-in-killing/


OBITUARIES AND DEATH RECORDS

Russel Douglas obituary

https://www.southwhidbeyrecord.com/obituaries/douglas-russel/


REAL ESTATE RECORDS

6665 Wahl Road

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6665-Wahl-Rd-Freeland-WA-98249/60907927_zpid/


HISTORICAL WEATHER

Historical weather

https://www.wunderground.com/history/daily/us/wa/oak-harbor


DOCUMENTARIES

Oxygen season 8 E5: snapped, killer couples

https://www.peacocktv.com/watch/playback/vod/GMO_00000000011539_01/1cd9351c-b73a-375a-a744-bfe413ccbe0b

Dateline 48 hours: Dangerous Beauty

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZZkz7bovis

Various clips and interviews

https://militaryjusticeforall.com/2003/12/26/navy-veteran-peggy-thomas-and-friend-jim-huden-murdered-russel-douglas-huden-sentenced-to-80-years-in-prison-and-thomas-sentenced-to-4-years-2003/


INTERNET ARTICLES

Meaww

https://meaww.com/how-did-russel-douglas-die-peggy-sue-thomas-lured-him-to-his-death-james-huden-brenna-wife-abusive-525760

Cinemaholic: Where is Jim Huden now?

https://thecinemaholic.com/russel-douglas-murder-where-is-jim-huden-now/

Cinemaholic Where is Brenna Douglas now?

https://thecinemaholic.com/where-is-brenna-douglas-now/

Cinemaholic: Where is Peggy Sue Thomas now?

https://thecinemaholic.com/where-is-peggy-sue-thomas-now/

Military justice for all

https://militaryjusticeforall.com/2003/12/26/navy-veteran-peggy-thomas-and-friend-jim-huden-murdered-russel-douglas-huden-sentenced-to-80-years-in-prison-and-thomas-sentenced-to-4-years-2003/

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