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Episode 21 · 1 year ago

Minisode: The Vanishing of Mary Kushto

Hi Guys, and welcome back to did you lock the door? The podcast. I'm your host, Peyton Reese, and I'm all by my lonesome today. No Co host. Today, I'm going to be bringing you, guys, another minisode, my second one. It's going to be a minisode because there is not a whole lot of information out on this case. I actually only could find about four different sources, and I think with cases like that it's especially important to bring them to light because they tend to have the least amount of people talking about them. So, without further ado, let's get into the case of Mary Teresa Cushto. So, Mary Teresa Cushto was born...

...in August eighteenth nineteen fifty four. Admittedly, Mary did have issues with prescription drug abuse. So, after the birth of her third little boy, in an attempt to get better, Mary decided to check into a rehabilitation center outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where her and her three little boy has lived with Mary's mother. While she was there, Mary met a man named Guy Cushtow he had checked himself into the center to hopefully help him with his addiction to alcohol. The two fell in love hard and fast. Pretty soon finding themselves married. Shortly after their five year anniversary, Guy would get a job as an iron worker at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. After some searching, the couple settled on moving to St Cloud, Florida, which is about half an hour to forty five minute drive from where universal is. The couple stayed with her friends, another couple named Alice and Bill Marshall, until they found a place of their own to rent. Guy said that on the drive down...

...from Pennsylvania, Mary could not stop saying that guy was, quote, her best friend and we would have a happy life together in Florida and, quote, as we often see in cases such as this one, that wouldn't come to fruition, however. The couple would separate not long after arriving. Reportedly, Mary had been living in a motel with friends for a short time. The evening of May Fourth, one thousand nine hundred and ninety eight, Mary had plans to go out to a local bar called Cindy's lounge with some friends and reportedly also a new boyfriend that she'd been seeing. Cindy's lounge actually doesn't exist anymore. When I looked at pictures of the street view, it appears to now be a cute little thrift store called Annabelle's. But Anyway, Mary, her friends and her potential new beaux were going to kind of get their drink on and then go to a party with some other friends in the early hours of May Fifth, at a thirty am. So now we are on to May five, Mary reportedly began arguing with her boyfriend. The argument grew...

...more and more heated until Mary stormed out of the bar and into the night, never to be seen again. After not hearing from Mary for several days, some of her friends reached out to the police to let them know what had happened. Unfortunately, their claims would not be immediately taken seriously, not until may twenty nine, when guy finally alerted the police to the fact that his wife had vanished. Reportedly, after doing so, he himself made a visit to Cindy's lounge, which was the bar where Mary had vanished from, and upon arriving, he told the bartender that his wife was missing and, quote, had probably been raped or somewhere dead and, quote. The marshals, who were the couple that Mary and guy had been staying with, began passing out flyers with Mary's name and picture on them. Bill Marshall told the Orlando Sentinel, quote, she was the type of person who would give you anything she owned if you wanted it. She was quiet to strangers, but...

...once she got to know you she was open. She was like a kid really. We'd say let's go to the beach and she'd get excited and quote. His wife, Alice, said that Mary would never disappear in her children, despite the fact that they were still living in Pennsylvania with Mary's mother, she wrote to them all the time. Alice stated, quote, she loved her three boys and her mother. Just before she disappeared she gave me a letter to them to mail and quote. I wish that I had more evidence that I could go into with you guys, but I mean I'm sure that, as always, there is some the police have that we aren't aware of, but other than everything that I've told you thus far, there is nothing more really, aside from suspects, which we will get into, but there's really nothing more to discuss in the case of Mary cushtow absolutely no trace of her has been seen since thirty am the morning of May fifth. One thousand nine hundred and ninety eight. So now, like I said, we are...

...going to move into suspects. The first and most obvious one, I'm sure you guys can guess it, is her husband. Guy Could show. Well, friends and family say that guy was verbally and sometimes even physically abusive to Mary. Guy Maintains that they fought like any couple, but loved each other at the end of the day. In talking to the please, Guy admitted that the couple had recently fallen on hard times, so much so, in fact, that guy was no longer able to afford his KKK membership card. That should give us all some insight into the kind of person that guy was. Guy also suggested that alligator lake, which is where the Motel Mary was staying with her friends, was located, might be a good place to hide a body. When asked about guy, Sergeant Fran Reinhart, who was one of the initial officers assigned to Mary's case, stated, quote, he has cooperated with us. He let us search the trailer he was renting and his...

...car and he's volunteered to take a voice stress test and quote. He also said, however, that they have eliminated no suspects, since there's really not that much information out about this case. That's all that we know on guy. I mean, I think the fact that friends and family maintained that he was pretty abusive to Mary, the fact that they were separated and Mary had just started seeing a new boyfriend all point to him definitely having a motive to do something to her. His KKK membership definitely doesn't pull in his favor. Obviously, everyone is innocent until proven guilty, but guy does seem to make a pretty good suspect in this case. The next suspect that we're going to move on to is a fellow by the name of Christopher Bellow. Christopher bellow has long been suspected by authorities of being a serial killer. He is known...

...to have been in certain areas at the same time that several young women have vanished. He was in fact in St Cloud, Florida, in May of Nineteen Ninety eight. He is also previously pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the suspected murder of his mistress, Catherine Fetzer. Will get into that case a little bit just to give you guys some background. Catherine was last seen at her home in Medina, Ohio by her husband on November twenty six. Nineteen Ninety one, she left him a note saying that she was feeling restless, so she was going to go to a local mall just to kind of get out of the house. When she failed to come home that night, her husband called the police to report her missing. Her blue nineteen eighty five for tempo, would soon be found about twenty five miles from her house. Some of Catherine's friends quickly told the police that they knew that she was having an affair and that that affair was with none other than Chris Bellow. Additionally, an acquaintance of Chris testified that he had been with Chris when he abandoned the...

...vehicle. While Chris would initially proclaim his innocence, he eventually confessed that he had shot Catherine in his apartment, which was also located in Medina, and had disposed of her remains in a trash bin. Catherine's body has never been found. Other disappearances that Chris is believed to have been involved in include Christina Porco, who disappeared from Hilton Head, South Carolina in nineteen eighty six, Shyleen Farrell, who disappeared from Pica, Ohio, in nineteen ninety four and Heather Tiague, who disappeared from spots sale, Kentucky in Nineteen Ninety Five. Chris appears to be a pretty good suspect. He was in the right place that the wrong time, or we could say the wrong place at the wrong time, and all of his victims, both assumed and confirmed, have yet to be found. Honestly, aside from hidden kilkits, Chris Below kind of...

...reminds me of Israel keys. Currently he is in jail after being found guilty of another manslaughter charge. He will be up for release in October of twenty twenty one. If you're interested, you can find his profile on write a prisonercom. The only other suspects are the boyfriend or perpetrator that we are still unaware of. As far as I can tell, the boyfriend's name has never been reported or stated publicly. I'm assuming, I'm hoping, that the police know who he is and that he's been thoroughly vetted. It is, of course, always suspicious when someone goes missing after getting into a fight with their significant other, so the boyfriend, whoever he is, would definitely be someone to look at. It's also possible that Mary was snatched off the street by someone passing by. I've actually been to St Cloud, Florida. I'm a Florida native. Even today, the streets of St Cloud are not very well at at night. In fact they're actually pretty dark. So, especially back...

...in one thousand, nine hundred and ninety eight, I think it's totally plausible that Mary was either forced into a vehicle or got into one of her own accord and no one else noticed a thing. When she was last seen, Mary was wearing a black blouse and jeans. She stood at five six, weight about a hundred and twenty pounds, had brown hair and Brown eyes. If you have any information that could help bring closure to Mary's loved ones, especially to her little boys, you can contact the St Cloud Police Department at four zero seven eight ninety one six seven zero zero. Thank you, guys, as always, so so very much for listening. I so appreciate it, especially with minisodes, only ones I have done. I really am going to do our cases that I think need light shed upon them. So in some ways, even though they're shorter, they are especially important. You can find me on instagram and twitter at lock the door pod. I have a...

...facebook group called did you lock the door where. I would love you guys to come and give me k suggestions or just talk about the cases that I've already covered. I think that would be so fun, and feel free to do the same on instagram and twitter as well. I always welcome that. You can also email me at lock the door pod at gmailcom. Again, thank you, guys, so very much for listening. I truly appreciate it and, as always, make sure you lock your doors by.

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