Episode 50 – Candace Rough Surface

On August 2nd, 1980, eighteen-year-old Candace “Candi” Rough Surface vanished while out for the evening in Mobridge, South Dakota. Nine months passed before the young mother was found.

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The Minds Of Madness Theme Music – Duncan Foster

The Funkoars – Feel The Madness

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Research & Writing:

Christine Penhale 


Special Thanks

Homer and Clara


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