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This Week on Wonderlust:

Welcome back, Wonderers! In today’s episode, we dive into our Sister Subjects, History & True Crime, by celebrating the bravery of women! Our tales include the inspirational spy adventures of Josephine Baker, followed by horrors the Dungeon of DeWitt.

Sarah recounts tales of the already fascinating life of Josephine Baker, and specifically, her work as a spy during World War II. Josephine Baker was an American-born, international entertainer who rocketed to stardom in France during the 1920s. During World War II, Baker courageously used her charm and star power to collect intelligence for the Free French Forces. She also entertained at Axis embassies, safely delivered top secret documents to the resistance, provided shelter from the Nazis for her fellow freedom fighters, and so much more. Josephine Baker’s determination & heroism is the kind of tale everyone needs to hear!

Next, Emily switches with the terrifying tale of The Dungeon of DeWitt. After literally stumbling across the scene of the ghastly true crimes, Emily recounts the horrors of convicted serial kidnapper and rapist, John Jemelske. Over the course of fifteen years, the rapist attacked and kidnapped children & women near Syracuse, NY. He then forced the victims into his concrete basement bunker for months– or even years at a time. Jemelske’s crimes were unimaginably cruel and heartless. However, the courage and tenacity displayed by the survivors of the Dungeon of DeWitt, is truly awe-inspiring.

As always, in addition to our Sister Subjects, we also divulge the ever-present oddities of our daily lives. These delightful tangents include, but are not limited to, Emily’s new DJ career, some spooky developments at Sarah’s house, & the proper ways to compliment a man– according to the internet.

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