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Kristi Piehl

Biography:

Kristi joined 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS in Minnapolis/St. Paul in February 2006. She was previously a reporter at WDTN-TV in Dayton, Ohio. Prior to that, she was a reporter for WKEF-TV in Dayton for two years. From 1998 to 2001, Kristi also worked at KELO-TV in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as weekend anchor and reporter. Kristi graduated with honors from Bethel University with an emphasis on professional writing. Kristi received several Associated Press awards in South Dakota and Minnesota, most notably for her live reporting of Payne Stewart's plane crash in 1998. She also worked on Dayton's Emmy award-winning 11:00pm show, and received the Cleveland Press Club Award for continuing coverage of Sick School .

Past Shows:

Mysterious Drownings/ Nixon's Secrets

In the first half hour, monster hunter Ken Gerhard commented on recent stories about the Iceland lake monster and woolly mammoth. Next, Emmy-award winning journalist, Kristi Piehl, provided an update on the Smiley Face Killers and why she is now investigating mysterious drowning deaths. In the second half of the program, former White House correspondent, Don Fulsom, discussed Richard Nixon's connections to organized crime as well as the former president's demons, deceptions, paranoia, prejudices, and hatreds. ... More »

Host: Ian Punnett

Smiley Face Killers

In the first half of the show, journalist and investigator Kristi Piehl discussed the latest evidence in the string of nationwide deaths that may have been caused by the "Smiley Face Killers." Forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Sikirica joined Piehl to talk about the Todd Geib case. ... More »

Host: Ian Punnett

Evidence for the Soul

Researcher Ian Lawton discussed the soul, evidence of its existence, and how it functions as a holographic aspect of the source. In the first hour, reporter Kristi Piehl provided an update on the Smiley Face Killers; Bill Szostak, the father of a 2007 victim, also appeared. ... More »

Host: Ian Punnett

The Inquisition

Noted historian and author Jonathan Kirsch discussed the history of the Inquisition. Kirsch defined the Inquisition as a joint bureaucracy of church and state authorities charged with the task of punishing anybody who failed to embrace the dogma of the Roman Catholic Church. It operated all over Western and Southern Europe, Kirsch said. ... More »

Host: Ian Punnett

Generations & Crisis Cycles

Historian and economist Neil Howe discussed his work on generations and how they shape history as well as cycles of crisis. According to Howe, there are four different types of generations -- Boomers, Generation X, Millennial and Lost -- that have tended to recur in the same order in America from the 17th century onward. ... More »

Host: Ian Punnett

Charles Fort

Historian of stage magic Jim Steinmeyer discussed his new work on author Charles Fort (the namesake of "Fortean" phenomena) and how he influenced and promoted the world of the supernatural. ... More »

Host: Ian Punnett

Smiley Face Killers

During the first half of the program, Kristi Piehl, award-winning journalist for KSTP Channel 5 Eyewitness News in Minneapolis, shared details from her investigation into the murder of a University of Minnesota student and how it could be linked to the deaths of at least 40 other college men across the country.In February 2003, the body of Chris Jenkins was found in the Mississippi River. Piehl said the police thought he had accidentally drowned, but later changed the cause of death to 'homicide.' The case caught the attention of retired NYPD detectives, Kevin Gannon and Anthony Duarte, who were working to solve the 1997 murder of Patrick McNeill. The two discovered evidence that connected Jenkins' murder not only to McNeill's but to a long string of drownings in 11 different states, Piehl reported.In at least a dozen cases Gannon and Duarte found smiley face symbols when they had tracked down the spot where they thought the bodies went into the water, Piehl explained. ... More »

Host: Ian Punnett

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