Southern Mysteries Podcast

Episode 101 Sleepwalking Killer of Covington Kentucky

November 22, 2021

In August 1943, 15 year old Joan Kiger was accused of murdering her father and younger brother. Her attorney claimed the sleepwalking defense - that Joan shot her family members while having a nightmare. 78 years later there are still questions about what happened inside the Kiger’s home in the summer of 1943


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Episode Resources

Mother Loyal to Girl Held in Double Killing. The Rock Island Argus. August 19, 1943

Kiger Hearing Scheduled for Tuesday, Girl Calm as Murder Warrant is Filed. Cincinnati Enquirer. August 19, 1943

Startling New Angle Claimed in Double Slaying in Covington. The Park City Daily News. August 22, 1943

Murder Warrant Issued for Mrs. Carl Kiger. The Lexington Herald. December 7, 1943

Joan Virtually Admitted Slaying, State Declares. The Louisville Courier-Journal. December 18, 1943

Joan Kiger Takes Stand to Tell of Twin Killing. Owensboro Messenger. December 21, 1943.

Joan Kiger Found Not Guilty, All Other Charges Dismissed. Cincinnati Enquirer. December 22, 1943

Freed In Nightmare Murder, Joan Kiger is Called Maniac. Daily News. April 16, 1944

The Kiger Murders of 1943. Boone County Public Library Chronicles of Boone County. 

Kiger Murder. Have Your Say. 

Sleepwalking Killers. Psychology Today. December 13, 2012

11 Sleepwalking Killers from History Will Make You Want to Bar Your Doors At Night. History Collection. November 21, 2017

Episode Music

Comfortable Mystery, Tranquility Base, Almost F in Tranquility, Dhaka, Lamentation, Colorless Aura and Dreams Become Real by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source: Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use.

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