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Dakota Spotlight Podcast

Dakota Spotlight, by James Wolner, is a deep-dive True Crime podcast with national recognition.

Season 7: Call Me Shelly, The Mysterious Disappearance of Michelle Julson. Season 6: Vanishing Act, the Untold Story of Kristin Diede and Bob Anderson. Season 5: A Better Search for Barbara Cotton: Season 4: Chasing Billy. Season 3: The House on Sweet and Seventh. Season 2: Zeeland, the untold story of Wade and Ellen Zick. Season 1: The case of Victor Newberry. A production of Forum Communications, Dakota Spotlight is the first Podcast to be preserved by the North Dakota State Archives.

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James Wolner
Latest Episodes
Follow the Red Dirt Road - Call Me Shelly: The mysterious disappearance of Michele Julson
Thu Nov 24 08:36:14 EST 2022
Episode 10: In this update episode: Can the red dirt on Shelly's car lead our investigation down the right road? Connecting the dots between clues in Shelly's cold case file and the red dust on her vehicle. 

In 1994 26-year-old Michele Julson dropped off her young son at his paternal grandparents home so she could run some errands in Bismarck, North Dakota. She wanted to pick up her paycheck and possibly play some bingo. She was expected back in just hours.   Shelly never returned.  What happened to Shelly Julson?

To read and see more about the case, visit inforum.com/callmeshelly or on any Forum Communications news website.   

Check out The Vault podcast 

email - jwolner@forumcomm.com Twitter: @dakotaspotlightFacebook: facebook.com/groups/dakotaspotlight

Intro and outro music by Wowza in Kalamazoo

Frightened, followed, harassed - Call Me Shelly: the mysterious disappearance of Michele Julson
Wed Nov 02 06:00:00 EDT 2022
Episode 9: Vandalism, hang-up phone calls, strange occurrences, just before she vanished from the face of the earth Michele ‘Shelly’ Julson was feeling harassed. She told friends one person harassing her at work was a Bismarck, ND police officer named Donald Schaffer.  In this episode we look into Donald Schaffer and learn about his violent past and criminal record.  We also discuss some questions and comments from listeners. 

In 1994 26-year-old Michele Julson dropped off her young son at his paternal grandparents home so she could run some errands in Bismarck, North Dakota. She wanted to pick up her paycheck and possibly play some bingo. She was expected back in just hours.   Shelly never returned.  What happened to Shelly Julson?

To read and see more about the case, visit inforum.com/callmeshelly or on any Forum Communications news website.   

Check out The Vault podcast 

email - jwolner@forumcomm.com Twitter: @dakotaspotlightFacebook: facebook.com/groups/dakotaspotlight

Intro and outro music by Wowza in Kalamazoo

The Lady Vanishes: Interview with Alison Sandy
Wed Oct 12 13:00:08 EDT 2022
In this stand-alone episode we do a follow up interview with Alison Sandy, journalist and producer of the Australian podcast The Lady Vanishes about the fascinating and captivating news being uncovered in the investigation into Marion Barter's disappearance.  To date The Lady Vanishes podcast has had 13 million downloads and has helped bring many answers into whatever happened to Marion Barter who vanished after embarking on an international trip in 1997.  

Was Marion Barter a victim of a con-man with a history of deceiving single women and stealing their money?  What happened to Marion Barter?  Thanks to The Lady Vanishes podcast the world may soon know.   

The Lady Vanishes Podcast on Apple

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Email - jwolner@forumcomm.com Twitter: @dakotaspotlightFacebook: facebook.com/groups/dakotaspotlight On Inforum: https://www.inforum.com/topics/dakota-spotlight

 

 

A Missing Mother's Son: Call Me Shelly, the mysterious disappearance of Michele Julson
Thu Sep 29 04:30:00 EDT 2022
Episode 8:  Interview with Michele's son Jaden.  Jaden speaks about his life without a mother, about his father and grandfather and more.  Also in this episode we debunk an important claim made by Bismarck PD investigators.

In 1994 26-year-old Michele Julson dropped off her young son at his paternal grandparents home so she could run some errands in Bismarck, North Dakota. She wanted to pick up her paycheck and possibly play some bingo. She was expected back in just hours.   Shelly never returned.  What happened to Shelly Julson?

To read and see more about the case, visit inforum.com/callmeshelly or on any Forum Communications news website.

email - jwolner@forumcomm.com Twitter: @dakotaspotlightFacebook: facebook.com/groups/dakotaspotlight

Intro and outro music by Wowza in Kalamazoo

Interview with Tony, Call Me Shelly: the mysterious disappearance of Michele Julson
Wed Aug 31 04:00:00 EDT 2022
In Episode 7 we meet Tony Hulm, former bartender at the burnt Creek Club.  Tony was Shelly's on-again/off-again boyfriend at the time of her disappearance.  Tony Hulm speaks about Shelly, about the alleged harassment she was experiencing and considers if Shelly Julson may have just chosen a new life elsewhere. 

In 1994 26-year-old Michele Julson dropped off her young son at his paternal grandparents home so she could run some errands in Bismarck, North Dakota. She wanted to pick up her paycheck and possibly play some bingo. She was expected back in just hours.   Shelly never returned.  What happened to Shelly Julson?

To read and see more about the case, follow the podcast in The Vault section on inforum.com or on any Forum Communications news website.

Forum Communications is proud to be part of The Trust Project.

email - jwolner@forumcomm.com Twitter: @dakotaspotlightFacebook: facebook.com/groups/dakotaspotlight

Archival audio provided by The state historical society of North Dakota

Intro and outro music by Wowza in Kalamazoo

Vacation update - Call Me Shelly: The mysterious disappearance of Michele Julson
Wed Aug 24 04:00:00 EDT 2022
We are taking a vacation break this week, but will be back next week with an interview with Tony Hulm, aka Burnt Creek Tony.  This update episode includes a taste of that interview and the full recording of this season's theme song 'Magelena' by Wowza in Kalamazoo.  Check them out at  wowzainkalamazoo.bandcamp.com/

On August 2, 1994 26-year-old Michele Julson dropped off her young son at his paternal grandparents home so she could run some errands in Bismarck, North Dakota. She wanted to pick up her paycheck and possibly play some bingo. She was expected back in just hours.   Shelly never returned.  What happened to Shelly Julson?

To read and see more about the case, follow the podcast in The Vault section on inforum.com or on any Forum Communications news website.

Forum Communications is proud to be part of The Trust Project.

email - jwolner@forumcomm.com Twitter: @dakotaspotlightFacebook: facebook.com/groups/dakotaspotlight

Archival audio provided by The state historical society of North Dakota

Intro and outro music by Wowza in Kalamazoo

Don't give up - Call Me Shelly - the mysterious disappearance of Michele Julson
Wed Aug 17 04:00:00 EDT 2022
In Episode 5 we meet Shelly's parents Wes and Linda Julson. Also, interview with retired Bismarck police officer Rob Carvell. Carvell shares his memories of responding to the call for service on Aug 2, 1994 when Richard and Kevin Woodworth reported Shelly missing.  Carvell also re-opened Shelly's case in 2016. We also hear from a friend of Shelly's and that 'forty-year-old guy' that Shelly had planned to go camping with.

On August 2, 1994 26-year-old Michele Julson dropped off her young son at his paternal grandparents home so she could run some errands in Bismarck, North Dakota. She wanted to pick up her paycheck and possibly play some bingo. She was expected back in just hours.   Shelly never returned.  What happened to Shelly Julson?

To read and see more about the case, follow the podcast in The Vault section on inforum.com or on any Forum Communications news website.

Forum Communications is proud to be part of The Trust Project.

email - jwolner@forumcomm.com Twitter: @dakotaspotlightFacebook: facebook.com/groups/dakotaspotlight

Archival audio provided by The state historical society of North Dakota

Intro and outro music by Wowza in Kalamazoo
Stones Unturned - Call me Shelly: The mysterious disappearance of Michele Julson
Wed Aug 10 04:00:00 EDT 2022
In Episode 4: Retired Bismarck detective Bill Connor shares his thoughts and memories of working Shelly's case from 2005 to 2010.    He talks about the We Fest sighting, the car being found at the Comfort Inn, Rick Snell, Tony Hulm and Kevin Woodworth.

On August 2, 1994 26-year-old Michele Julson dropped off her young son at his paternal grandparents home so she could run some errands in Bismarck, North Dakota. She wanted to pick up her paycheck and possibly play some bingo. She was expected back in just hours.   Shelly never returned.  What happened to Shelly Julson?

To read and see more about the case, follow the podcast in The Vault section on inforum.com or on any Forum Communications news website.

Forum Communications is proud to be part of The Trust Project.

email - jwolner@forumcomm.com Twitter: @dakotaspotlightFacebook: facebook.com/groups/dakotaspotlight

Archival audio provided by The state historical society of North Dakota
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe - Call Me Shelly: The Mysterious disappearance of Michele Julson
Wed Aug 03 03:00:00 EDT 2022
On August 2, 1994 26-year-old Michele Julson dropped off her young son at his paternal grandparents home so she could run some errands in Bismarck, North Dakota. She wanted to pick up her paycheck and possibly play some bingo. She was expected back in just hours.   Shelly never returned.  What happened to Shelly Julson?

In Episode 3:  Was Shelly one of 2 women partying with railroad workers and kicked out of the pool at the Comfort Inn?  Why has a Burnt Creek patron also gone missing? And What was Shelly really doing on that Sunday night before she disappeared?  And finally, a rabbit hole swallows up everything. 

To read and see more about the case, follow the podcast in The Vault section on inforum.com or on any Forum Communications news website.

Forum Communications is proud to be part of The Trust Project.

email - jwolner@forumcomm.com Twitter: @dakotaspotlightFacebook: facebook.com/groups/dakotaspotlight

Archival audio provided by The state historical society of North Dakota
In Shelly’s shadows - Call Me Shelly: The Mysterious disappearance of Michele Julson
Wed Jul 27 05:00:00 EDT 2022
On August 2, 1994 26-year-old Michele Julson dropped off her young son at his paternal grandparents home so she could run some errands in Bismarck, North Dakota. She wanted to pick up her paycheck and possibly play some bingo. She was expected back in just hours.   Shelly never returned.  What happened to Shelly Julson?

In Episode 2 we follow along as officer Cliff Emmert of the Bismarck PD snoops into Shelly’s world. He visits bars, casinos, bingo halls and bowling alleys to paint a picture of Shelly’s life. Shelly was feeling harassed and possibly followed. She was reportedly having trouble with two different men, Tony and Kevin. And who were the two men she spoke with on Sunday night? Finally, BPD gets a tip that one of their own, a Bismarck Police Officer, was one of several people harassing Shelly at The Burnt Creek Bar.

To read and see more about the case, follow the podcast in The Vault section on inforum.com or on any Forum Communications news website.

Forum Communications is proud to be part of The Trust Project.

email - jwolner@forumcomm.com Twitter: @dakotaspotlightFacebook: facebook.com/groups/dakotaspotlight