The trio's book "The Christmas Killings: 40 Hours to Justice (Dayton Police History Foundation, 123 pages, $23.50)" reveals how police tracked down the Downtown Posse behind the 1992 murder spree dubbed the Christmas Killings.
>> 5 shocking details about one of Dayton’s most notorious crimes detailed in ‘Christmas Killings’
What Had Happened Was podcast host Amelia Robinson sat down with Dayton police detective Dennis A. Murphy, retired Dayton police Sgt. Stephen C. Grismer and Judith M. Monseur, an educator. The trio’s book “The Christmas Killings: 40 Hours to Justice (Dayton Police History Foundation, 123 pages, $23.50)” reveals how police tracked down the Downton Posse behind the 1992 murder spree dubbed the Christmas Killings.
Credit: Amelia Robinson
Credit: Amelia Robinson
The book details how Sgt. Larry Grossnickle and detectives Wade Lawson, Tom Lawson and Doyle Burke, now retired Dayton homicide investigators, worked the case that still haunts the city today.
>> RELATED: The notorious 'Christmas killings' of 1992: Map and timeline
But that’s not all.
Amelia and the authors talk about the spree that left six dead, the stresses involved in law enforcement, the Moraine Embassy and how Grismer and Murphy are working to preserve Dayton history as part of their work with the Dayton Police History Foundation.
Bet you can’t guess where the nation’s first speeding ticket was written and who removed dead horses from streets following the 1913 Dayton Flood?
>> FROM THE DAYTON DAILY NEWS: Vick Mickunas reviews “The Christmas Killings”
WHERE TO LISTEN & SUBSCRIBE
Get the latest episodes delivered directly to you. Find it on Apple Podcast (iTunes), Google Play, Stitcher and other services.
If you like what you hear, rate this podcast.
ABOUT THE PODCAST
"What Had Happened Was" is a podcast for Dayton, powered by Dayton.com. You won't believe the stories that come from right here. Host Amelia Robinson shares the best tales from the Gem City, Land of Funk and Birthplace of Aviation: Dayton, Ohio.
This podcast is brought to you by Cox Digital Marketing.
CATCH UP ON PAST EPISODES
Dayton gridiron hero LaVar Glover on walking away, playing golf and building bridges after the NFL
Dayton’s mysterious walled falls, a phantom driver and how Dayton became the ‘Gem City’
Episode 12: The Fosters’ Sherri Saum on super hot husband and having her magazines confiscated in Kettering
Episode 11: Radio pioneer and DCDC leader on burning crosses and fighting for herself
EPISODE 10: Tom Archdeacon talks Miami vices, wedding rings and LeBron’s mom
EPISODE 9: Cackle vs. Cancer — the world with Alexis Larsen and Kristen Wicker
EPISODE 8 : Dead in Dayton — a mayor trapped in a brothel, a former slave claps back, and a gypsy queen cliffhanger
EPISODE 7: Tusks, Fireball and belly shirts with the magical McKibben Brothers
EPISODE 6: Sweet sticky things with John “Turk” Logan
EPISODE 5: Watch for 10,000 'leprechauns'
EPISODE 4: The Yellow Springs vagina tree’s knobby side
EPISODE 3: All funked up with Ohio Players' Diamond Williams
EPISODE 2: Bourbon, Beards and Joe Head
EPISODE 1: The Rubi Girls explain