Dec. 10, 2021

Episode 145 True Crime: The Murders of Rudolph “Rudy” Blythe and Deems “Toby” Thulin


Danielle cannot pass up the opportunity to cover Minnesota murders! Last week on The Bachelorette, we saw hometowns take place in Minneapolis and got to meet the fathers of Nayte, Joe, Rodney, and Brandon.

Danielle covers a father/son murder team from the rural farming town of Ruthton, Minnesota, who were struggling financially. A farming crisis in the 1980s and a Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) scheme (centered around the Jerusalem artichoke) had a huge economic impact on many generational farmers in this area of the Midwest, including this father/son duo. James Jenkins was a Minnesota farmer that had been down on his luck; so, he directed his anger towards the bank and recruited his son, Steven, to help him enact vengeance on the people they decided were the source of all their problems.

CONTENT WARNING: Brief mention of Suicide

(Story Starts at 12:28)

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