Season 2 – Episode 4: Buckboard Bar Assault, Prop B, & Tensions in Law Enforcement

This episode goes over what went on in the Buckboard Bar – next door to Gambles – just after Janette was discovered, as well as what occurred in the bar a month before the murder, involving a city police officer.

I also talk more with Ray Haight, the dispatcher, about how the scene was handled, and law enforcement tensions during that timeframe.

If you’d like to see documents related to the case, and get in on the discussion, request an invite to the Down & Away closed discussion group.

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Blue Dot Sessions – Closing Shop; Free Music Archive

Ross Oldenburg – Five-O (Improvisation for Police Scanners) – Free Music Archive


Season 2: Episode 3 – First Responders

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives. A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both.” Ray v Turner, supra, p 304, fn 10 (Wright, J., concurring)

In this episode is an interview with one of the EMTs who responded to Gambles that day, as well as my city council appearance to get previously unreleased police reports from Reed City Police department.

Next week, Episode 4 – Buckboard Bar Assault, Prop B, & Tensions in Law Enforcement, will build upon what you learn in this episode so that you have a basic understanding of the related issues before we get to the suspects and persons of interest in the following episode. All of this backstory is important to your understanding of Janette’s case, and why it may be where it is today, which is what my podcast specifically focuses on –understanding why each individual case goes cold.



Blue Dot Sessions – Closing Shop; Free Music Archive

Ben McElroy – Pale Rider; Free Music Archive


Season 2: Episode 2 – That Day

In this episode we go through a timeline of customers who were in the store that day and hear from the dispatcher.

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Blue Dot Sessions – Closing Shop; Free Music Archive

Unseen horrors – Kevin Macleod; Incompetech

Season 2: Episode 1 – The Basement

Janette Roberson was murdered in the basement pet department of the Gambles store downtown Reed City, Michigan in 1983.

In the coming season, I will go over what we know about that day, take a look at the people that police treated as suspects, and what may have been going on in the community at the time that could be related to the case going cold.

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Ben McElroy – Pale Rider; Free Music Archive

Marcel Tiemensma – Tchaikovsky 5th symphony (2nd movement)

Send for the Horses – Kevin Macleod; Incompetech

SEASON 2: The Murder of Janette Roberson – TEASER

In the second season of Down & Away, I will cover the murder of Janette Roberson, which occurred in the Gambles store basement pet department in Reed City, Michigan in 1983.

If you’d like to follow along and read associated police documents, as well as see newspaper clippings and images, you can find me on the Down & Away Facebook page.

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MUSIC for this teaser is courtesy of Kevin MacLeod at

Ghostpocalypse 7 – Master

Episode 6: Conclusion

In the final episode of Season One, you hear from the daughter of another of Robert Elton Waldron’s ex-wives, and I summarize my findings regarding the case.

SEASON TWO NOTE: I am busy working on Season Two, which will cover the murder of Janette Roberson at the Gambles Store in Reed City, Michigan in 1983.    –> Stay Tuned!

MUSIC: – Long Note Three – Better Days; Tomorrow

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Episode Five: Antimony & Barium

In this episode, we learn about the problems with the gun and fingerprint evidence, and Norma Waldron’s daughter is interviewed.
TITLES: Spiders; Long Note Three

Episode 4: “Bob, did you shoot your wife?”

Robert Elton Waldron was interviewed twice the day his wife was shot. This is the full, unedited long interview – over an hour – that he did with Michigan State Police, a few hours after the incident. He is questioned by the detective and the county prosecutor.

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Titles: Spiders; Junkyard Tribe

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Episode 3: “Bob, I don’t think you’ve heard the last of this.”

One of Robert Elton Waldron’s biological children who was put up for adoption is interviewed; more information about his abusive tendencies is learned from another of his ex-wives.

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Titles: I Knew a Guy; Long Note One; Enter the Maze

Episode 2: “Why in the world did he put that gun back down by her hand?”

The neighbor that Robert Elton Waldron called on the morning of his wife’s shooting is interviewed by Detective Miller, at length.
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Titles: I Knew a Guy; Ominous; Enter the Maze; Ghost Processional