Don't Talk to Strangers

By Nina Innsted

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Don’t talk to Strangers – The Oakland County Child Murders is a limited run podcast focused on nine child murders that took place in and around south Oakland County between January 1, 1976 and March 16, 1977. Four of these murders appear to be the work of an as yet unidentified serial killer known as the Oakland County Child Killer.

Episode Date
Episode 5 - Kristine Mihelich

On January 2, 1977 10 year old Kristine Mihelich stopped by Hartfield Bowling lanes before heading to 7-11 where she purchased a magazine, some candy and a drink.

Then Kristine disappeared.

Jan 17, 2019
Episode 4 - Jill Robinson

This is the mid-season finale of Don't Talk to Strangers. The Robinson family thought leaving Detroit for the suburbs would keep them safe. Not long after the move Jill Robinson begins having nightmares, horrific dreams of being shot. Until days before Christmas when she disappears, and the day after Christmas Jill is found murdered, shot in the head. Coincidence or premonition?

Dec 12, 2018
Episode 3 - Jane Allan

In the summer of 1976, 13 year old Jane Allan is abducted. Local media reports on her as a runaway who met an unfortunate end, but Jane had not run away when she was abducted. Local media used Jane's history as a former runaway and her tragic death to strike fear in children and spread the message that bad things happen to you if you run away from home.

Nov 28, 2018
Episode 2 - Mark Stebbins

Episode two explores the disappearance and murder of 12-year-old Mark Stebbins from Ferndale. He was last seen near Nine Mile Road and Woodward Avenue. His body would be left in a public area near the side of 10 Mile Road in Southfield.

While his death is the first case attributed to the Oakland County Child Killer, the smothering death of Mark Stebbins remains unsolved.


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Nov 14, 2018
Episode 1 - The Babysitter Murders

The “Babysitter Murders” is a series of three murders, one in Wayne County, one in Macomb County and one in Oakland County.

Two of the victims were babysitting young children when they were assaulted and murdered.

Law enforcement would go on to close all three cases.


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Oct 31, 2018
Introducing Don't Talk to Strangers

Introducing Don't Talk to Strangers - a long form podcast about the Oakland County child murders.

Oct 27, 2018