Mile Marker 181

The Timeline

July 06, 2018 Emily Nestor Season 1 Episode 3
Mile Marker 181
The Timeline
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Mile Marker 181
The Timeline
Jul 06, 2018 Season 1 Episode 3
Emily Nestor
In this episode, I'll go over the timeline of November 18th, and 19th to you in great detail. What happened in the hours before Jaleayah's death? Music: Flowing Bells by Daniel Birch http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Daniel_Birch/ It's a Mystery by Lee Rosevere http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/
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In this episode, I'll go over the timeline of November 18th, and 19th to you in great detail. What happened in the hours before Jaleayah's death? Music: Flowing Bells by Daniel Birch http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Daniel_Birch/ It's a Mystery by Lee Rosevere http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/

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Mile Marker 181 is a true crime podcast and may contain discussion of graphic or disturbing details. Listener discretion is advised. Hi there and welcome back to Mile Marker 181. I'm your host, Emily. I think it's time that I tell you a little bit about myself. I don't plan on doing this often. It's important I try not to insert my own personal opinions into this story or tell you too much about myself, aside from what's relevant. You already know I'm from Parkersburg. I grew up just 10 miles from the 181. I graduated the same year as Jaleayah, though from a different school. She and I were only a month apart in age. As for why I got into true crime - here's the story.

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When I was about 13, I was totally obsessed with two things; one, Silence of the Lambs and two Law and Order SVU. I cannot tell you how many times I watched Silence of the Lambs. Even reading the book in Seventh Grade. I was too young to realize that the character of Clarice Starling spoke to me so much because she was a strong female inside of a boy's club - bonus points because the character's also from West Virginia. As far as SVU goes, I was just constantly watching and thought Mariska Hargitay was the greatest thing since sliced bread. I took pictures of her shorter haircuts into a hair appointment with me and chopped off tons of long blonde hair.

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I didn't realize that I was going to simultaneously quote, 'solve a crime' and be the victim of one that year. We had a new student from China at school, so I went to the public library a few blocks from my house to check out a book on Chinese. By the way, this interest has never faded either. I moved to Germany at 19 to work as a nanny because I wanted to learn German. On the way to the library, I noticed a man absolutely just staring at me out of the window of his truck as he drove past. Inside the library, I was in an isolated corner of the children's section, when I notice someone standing about 10 feet away staring. I looked over to see the same man that was in the truck, only this time he was exposing himself to me, ironically, in front of the entire collection of Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. You can't make this stuff up! I pretended I hadn't even noticed his um anatomy and went to the librarian's desk. I think she could tell from my face that something wasn't right and shut the door. I told her what had happened, she immediately dialed the police. Maybe because I didn't visibly react to this guy exposing himself and just kind of stalled and walked away calmly or maybe because this guy was a sick freak, but he hadn't even left.

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He was at the library, with his son, who was probably a couple rows of books away while his dad was flashing little girls. The police got there before he left and I don't remember much of what happened after that, but I know later that night I had to go to the Parkersburg Police Department and speak with a detective. I had to pick this guy out of a book of mugshots and did it immediately. The detective asked me how I knew I was sure that that was the same man and I said, matter of factly, well, he is still wearing the exact same shirt in the picture. I remember the detective kind of chuckling. That same detective is mentioned in Jaleayah's case file. Like I told you - one degree of separation. It turns out that this man had exposed himself to two eight year old girls just two weeks before that, but being only eight, they both panicked and didn't tell their parents until much later that night when it was too late to do much in terms of finding the guy.

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The parents had reported it to the library and police, so the library was aware and that's probably why the librarian knew what the situation was, when I walked up to her two weeks later. I was 13, but looked probably about eight since I've always looked about five years younger than I am. I think he just assumed that I was a good target and had no idea he was dealing with a 13 year old who idolized Mariska Hargitay and wanted to work as a criminal profiler. Eventually he pled guilty, received what I think was only a misdemeanor. A couple of years later, it came out that he was molesting his own daughter. He died two years ago. probably to no one's disappointment. I'd publicly broadcast his name, but his daughter doesn't need that. Anyways, at 13, I thought that I was a bad ass because I had nailed this guy to the wall. So it's no wonder I'm into true crime as an adult.

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I was living in Germany when Jaleayah was killed and it always stuck with me. I followed the 'Justice for Jaleayah' page, checking on it from time to time. I want to be perfectly transparent with you. I'm not in law enforcement. I don't have a degree in journalism and I'm not an expert in physics. I record research and produce all of this myself, along with working a full time job. I'm doing this because I'm a member of this particular community and I know how to speak with other locals. I learned how to speak to people by taking orders of Chicken Parmesan at Olive Garden and being yelled at by drunks at an all night diner while I served them greasy Hash Browns. Because I have a local face that people can trust and I won't give away anyone's identity without their permission. Because as a local, I have enough knowledge of the area to know that something about this just isn't right. Because this case needs as much publicity as possible, so if you're listening because you want a beautifully produced podcast with perfect grammar and expert opinions from your host, you're here for the wrong reasons. The same goes for facts. If you're hoping I can prove this was a murder or that I'm going to somehow pull facts out of thin air. I'm sorry, my obligation is to the truth, whatever that may be. This podcast exists because of and for Jaleayah.

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Last time I left you with two pieces of information, one that Kristin declined to speak to the Sheriff's Department until obtaining legal counsel, and two, that she was seen out at dinner later on the day of Jaleayah's death, eating at the restaurant where Jaleayah's mother Kim works. I don't want to lead a massive witch hunt, so please know, that's not my intention. As I just said, my obligation is to the truth first and foremost, I never knew Jaleayah, I only know Kim because of this project. I don't know any other people that were out with Jaleayah that night. Aside from seeing them in the halls at high school, I've never had a conversation with them. I'm a pretty unbiased third party to this whole thing. I'm not implying that obtaining legal counsel before questioning makes someone guilty of a crime, that is absolutely 100 percent your right as a citizen of the United States. I'm not even saying that going out to eat at the place where Kim Davis works later on in the day her daughter was killed makes someone guilty of a crime. I'm just stating the facts as they are. I can't help that they appear to be suspicious to the average person.

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This episode, I'm going to guide you through the rest of the timeline. Speaking of timelines, in the files obtained through F.O.I.A., remember that's the Freedom of Information Act, there were two different timelines included. They're both called 'Investigation Timelines', and even though they both came from the Sheriff's Office, they're actually slightly different from one another. One includes small details, the other doesn't, and there may be some small differences in time from one to the other. Oh, and the calls from Jaleayah to Taubi are listed with the wrong times. When outlining everything for the first episode, I finally got so annoyed with these timelines that I ended up just typing out my own. For example, the time Jaleayah had left her house for Kristin's on the evening of the 18th, that was wrong in the Sheriff's Department's timeline. This was a simple to figure out as looking at her text messages to Kristin, they have her listed as leaving at 5:00 PM when her texts to Kristin proves she hadn't left until at least 6:00 PM.

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I'm not implying that that's crucial information. What time she left her house for Kristin's is actually irrelevant. My concern is just the lack of attention to detail. Figuring out that time was as simple as looking at a time stamp for a text message. So what else did they get wrong? They had phone call times listed wrong. They had a time stamp for a very, very important video listed wrong, and some of the times they list for other events, no matter how crucial those events actually are, aren't accurate either. Rather than use the investigation timeline for this episode, I'm actually going to use the timeline that I organized. Not to sound too full of myself, I think it's a little more accurate. I have no dog in this fight, so I have nothing to gain from changing the timeline to suit a particular story or particular alibi.

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On November 18th, the day before her death, Jaleayah gets a text from a guy named Chris. Just the normal, 'Hey, hey, what's up with you? I'm really bored'. Jaleayah asks if he's still in Morgan Town. He says he's not and says they should hang out later, and what are you doing tonight? They both say they don't have plans and Chris says she'd better get ahold of him later. Kind of a mildly flirty, exchanged. Nothing serious.

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About an hour after that, Kristin Bechtold texts Jaleayah asking her what she's doing that night. Jaleayah says she doesn't have plans. Kristin responds, 'I think people are going over to Nicole's to drink then go out, you should come with us'. Jaleayah agrees and says she wants to get out of the house. She says she needs to eat and shower, but she'll get a hold of Kristin after. Kristin says, 'come shower and eat with me. I have to do both. I'm leaving the gym now.' Jaleayah responds back. 'All right. I have to get my stuff together, then I'll be over.

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At 5:35, Kristin texts again and asks, 'What do you want for dinner?' Jaleayah says she has no idea. She's having trouble figuring out what to wear that night and it's getting on her nerves. Kristin replies, 'lol, you look cute in anything quit it.' Jaleayah says she just doesn't have stuff to go out to the bar in when it's cold and asks Kristin if she thinks it's too cold to wear a tank top. Kristin insist everyone will be wearing the same thing and tells Jaleayah she's getting in the shower.

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At 6:19 Kristin texts Jaleayah yet again with 'Where are you?' Jaleayah texts back 'almost there' and Kristin tells her that she's in the shower, the front door is unlocked, just lock it when she comes in and tells Jaleayah to put the cookies on top of the stove in the oven.

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Not An unusual conversation really aside from Kristin checking in with Jaleayah several times over the course of an hour, but it proves that it's 6:19 Jaleayah still wasn't at Kristin's house, which is the first mistake in the investigation timeline. We can only assume the usual stuff went on. They ate some cookies, showered and put makeup on, got ready to go out, which probably included pregaming at Kristin's based on some statements later that imply Kristin and Jaleayah had already been drinking when they arrived at another person's house.

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At approximately 9:30, Kristin and Jaleayah arrive at Brian's house. Remember, this wasn't the original plan according to Kristin, they were supposed to go out and drink at a girl named Nicole's house - this is potentially important later. So they arrive at Brian's house. According to Brian, he hadn't met Jaleayah until that night, but he did know Kristin Bechtold. More accurately, he knows Kristin's brother, he played junior high football with him. Brian also knew Freddie Scott and assumes that's why the girls appeared at his house that Freddie had, invited them. Brian claims he didn't know Kristin particularly well, didn't know Jaleayah at all and didn't expect them to turn up at his house. This was the first weekend of Thanksgiving break, so a lot of local kids would have been coming back into town that day. Brian's plans were to have some of his high school friends who were in town, come over and drink beer and watch football, then go out to a bar.

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At 9:46 Jaleayah texts Taubi, 'Casey's baby daddy is so cute. If that girl doesn't grow up to be adorable, I'll be surprised.' Let me clarify by Casey's baby daddy. Jaleayah was referring to Freddie Scott. This was the first thing after Jaleayah's death that placed Freddie with Jaleayah that night - Jaleayah's text to Taubi that implied Jaleayah had seen Freddie. This is supposedly the first time that Jaleayah had ever met Freddie. According to Freddie and everything else I've read through.

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At approximately 10:30 Freddie, Kristin, Jaleayah and a friend of Freddie's named Jordan pickup Katie Nelson at Hardy's. Remember Katie from the first episode, she made a statement at the Sheriff's Office after being urged by her parents? Well, this is that same Katie. It's also possible but not totally clear based on statements that they may have made a stop at a local liquor store before or after picking up Katie at Hardy's. According to Brian and pictures on Jaleayah's phone, they all went back to Brian's house where Katie went to change and also get ready to go out to the bar.

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Everything you'll hear me speak about after this point happened after midnight, which would make it Saturday, November 19th the day, Jaleayah dies.

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At 12:47 AM Taubi texts Jaleayah about a commercial with no response. Somewhere between 12:30 and 1:00 AM, Freddie, Jordan, Kristin, Katie, and Jaleayah all leave Jaleayah's car at Brian's and ride together in Freddie's car to a bar in Parkersburg called The Nip and Q or 'The Nip'.

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At 2:01 there's a call to 911 from a girl named Nicole. Remember her? This is the same Nicole who Kristin had spoken of earlier. Nicole Wooten calls from The Nip and Q about a girl trying to fight her. I really wish I could tell you more about this, but, I do know that she made that 911 call. I've seen the transcript and the address she gives matches the bar. Spoiler alert! Nicole will later denied knowing anything about this. At some point while they're at The Nip, Kristin says she lost her phone. There are several placed to Kristin's phone from Jaleayah's so we can assume that's what those calls were, an attempt to find Kristin's phone

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At approximately 3:00 AM, Freddie, Kristin, Katie and Jaleayah, all leave The Nip and Q to head back to Brian's. According to several statements, Jordan didn't leave with them because he'd met a girl at the bar that night and left with her from the parking lot. At this point, it's possible according to some stories, that the group Jaleayah was with stops at Freddie's apartment on Market Street to unlock the door for a friend. However, according to Freddie's statement, this differs a little. Freddie says this happened after dropping Jaleayah off at her car.

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At 3:05 Jaleayah texts Chris and says 'you're lame for not leaving with her' Oh yeah - this is the same Chris as earlier in the day. He's more important than you might have originally thought. Apparently at some point, Chris had shown up with his own friends at The Nip and Q as well. There were several phone calls between Jaleayah and Chris while they both would have been in the bar. Jaleayah was also seen dancing with a white male a lot that night according to Freddie.

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At 3:19 Jaleayah texts, Chris again and says, 'Been wanting to chill with you kid'.

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Then from 3:20 to 3:23, Jaleayah speaks to a friend, Brandon, on the phone. Brandon himself, places Kristin with Jaleayah at the time of this 3:22 - 3:23 phone call as he overhears Kristin in the background while on the phone. Things will get familiar here.

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At 3:28 Jaleayah calls Taubi and asks her to meet her at the BP at the end of Rosemar Road. She's definitely with Kristin at this point as Taubi hears Jaleayah telling Kristin, 'Give me my keys' during this phone call. Jaleayah is also calling Kristin a bad friend and a bitch on the same call. This next bit of the timeline is very important and I really, really want you to keep this in mind.

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At 3:32 Freddie Scott is on video pulling out of the Mcdonald's drive-thru with two passengers in his car. The video is very dark, I've seen it, but you can make out the shape of two other people in the car, one in the passenger seat and one behind Freddie in the backseat. He had placed an order, paid and received the order and is seen leaving at 3:32 am on the timestamp of the McDonald's surveillance video.

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At 3:33 Jaleayah calls Taubi back to confirm that Taubi's on her way. Jaleayah changes the meeting place from the end of Rosemar to the Welcome Center in Williamstown. Jaleayah doesn't confirm that she's alone during this call, but it's quiet in the background. Jaleayah begins crying on this call.

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At 3:36 there is one final outgoing call from Jaleayah's phone to Taubi. The call was 26 seconds long and was missed.

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At 3:42 the first 911 call comes in about the car against the guard rail, with no mention of a body.

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Five minutes later at 3:48, Tom places his 911 call and confirms there's a body in the passing lane of I 77 North. Deputy Shad arrived sometime after this.

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At 3:50 Taubi calls Kristin Bechtold with no answer. She tries again three minutes later at 3:53 and makes contact. They speak for 70 seconds. We can assume this call is because Jaleayah had failed to show up at the meeting spot and Taubi called Kristin to find out Jaleayahs whereabouts.

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At 3:58 Charleston control is advised by law enforcement that I 77 Northbound is shut down at Mile Marker 181.

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4:03 Kristin repeatedly makes calls to Taubi, which Taubi doesn't answer. Kristin makes these unanswered calls for five consecutive minutes.

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At 4:08 a request is made by law enforcement that the fire department posts south of the 181 Mile Marker to get the northbound traffic that is backed up, headed back south bound.

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At 4:09 a call is made by law enforcement to a victim advocate and shortly after to Jason Wharton, the prosecuting attorney, but no contact is made.

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A minute later, Jason Wharton's cell phone is also tried, again with no contact, but a messages left.

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At 4:48 AM the division of highways is enroute to close the interstate at the Emerson Avenue exit. This is the exit directly before the scene.

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At 5:51 am Deputy Diem advises that the interstate will not reopen anytime soon.

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7:35 AM Deputy Diem and Detective White arrive at the Bechtold house to speak with Kristin. They knock and ring the doorbell with no answer. After 13 minutes on the property, they cleared the home at 7:48.

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Two hours later at 9:51 AM Kristin calls Taubi three times in a row with no answer.

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11:45 AM Kristin Calls Taubi another three times in a row with no answer. Kristin, knew Jaleayah had been in some sort of accident because Taubi had spoken to Kristin very briefly after pulling up to the scene and seeing Jaleayah's body on the road. Why didn't she just answer the door to the sheriff's department when they came knocking? I'll never understand if. I believed my friend who I had just been with was injured or dead, I would want to know immediately what had happened. Who better than to tell you what had happened than the Sheriff's Department? According to her own alibi, Kristin was in her house when they came knocking at 7:35. According to her own alibi, she was sober by the time she got home, so it wasn't like she was literally passed out after a night of drinking. And what about the fact that she was the granddaughter of the former sheriff? I can understand that not everyone trusts law enforcement and wouldn't want to open their door to them, but as the former sheriff's granddaughter, what reason do you have to fear a deputy and a detective? Don't you think they might have some news you'd want to hear?

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I mentioned in the first episode that Katie Nelson came in the day of the 19th to give a statement. This is that statement:

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I got picked up by Kristin Bechtold, Freddie Scott, Jaleayah Davis and Jordan Campbell around 10:30 at Hardy's on Seventh Street. From there we all went to Brian's on **** Avenue. We left Brian's at about 1:00. It was just me, Kristin, Jaleayah, Freddie and Jordan. We went to The Nip and Q and stayed till it closed at 3:00 AM. Then me and Kristin, Jaleayah and Freddie all left together. We drove to Freddie's apartment to unlock the door for Jordan and then went back to Brian's to get Jaleayah's car. I got out of Freddie's car and sat in the backseat of Jaleayah's car because I thought we were leaving, but Kristin and Jaleayah weren't getting out of the car, so I got out and asked Kristin what we were doing. She said she couldn't find her house key and kept asking Jaleayah where it was and Jaleayah said she didn't know and eventually got out of the car. Kristin told me to get in Freddie's car and that he was going to take us home to Kristin's. Then me, Kristin and Freddie went through Traffic Circle, Mcdonald's and he dropped us off at Kristin's house. Me and Kristin went upstairs to her room and Taubi and Kristin were talking on the phone and then Taubi told Kristin, Jaleayah had been in an accident but she wouldn't tell us what had happened. She just kept hanging up the phone. Then around 4:15 4:20, my ride came and picked me up from Kristin's house and I went with him. Then woke up this morning and heard Jaleayah had died.

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Katie is never actually interviewed. She just gives her written statement. So Katie says she has dropped off with Kristin at Kristin's house by Freddie and her ride picks her up at 4:15 to 4:20. If you want to place any bets on who that right is, now's your chance. Let me read you a part of a statement given to the Sheriff's Office on the 19th. I'll let you know who it's from afterwards.

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Camille Waldron: Okay, then did you have any conversation with her after you left The Nip and Q?

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'Umm not really. She texted me a couple times and I didn't text her back. I ahh Katie Nelson is my ex for a long time and we ended, I ended up getting her from Kristin's house like four in the morning maybe 3:30.

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Camille: Oh, you picked Katie up?

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Yeah.

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Camille: What did Jaleayah text you?

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Um, she texted me something like she said 3:05 she texted me, 'lame'. She said 'don't try and show with me and Katie at the same time, that is lame.' And then at 3:19 she said, 'I have been wanting to chill with you kid.'

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That's right, the Chris that Jaleayah had been flirting and texting with, is the same Chris that dated Katie Nelson on and off and claims to have ended up picking Katie up from Kristin's. I'm not sure what the term I'm looking for is, but the best that comes to mind immediately is love triangle.

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Intro music is 'Flowing Bells' by Daniel Birch. Also featured this episode is 'It's a Mystery' by Lee Rose Sphere. I want to thank everybody for listening and don't forget to subscribe and rate and we will see you next time on Mile Marker 181.