I just wanted to take a second to thank all of the people who have been listening to and supporting The Invisible Ships podcast. From the very start you guys have been the lifeblood of this project and we couldn’t do it without you.

Recently we took on a giant project “Murder Lake” the Bryon Macron case. This is a daunting task, but we believe it is a very important unsolved case and the family deserves answers. Every day we get messages from our listeners telling us their theories, giving us leads or just telling us to keep up the good work. The exciting thing is many of your tips have been fantastic and may be able to help the investigators who are working on this case. We are even interviewing some of our listeners who have first hand information and we will be putting them in some upcoming episodes.

If you have any information regarding the disappearance and murder of Bryon Macron we urge you to call CrimeStoppers at 216-252-7463. There is a reward being offered and the family would be grateful for any tips or leads.

Abandoned coaster at Chippewa Lake

It’s been almost four years and we still don’t have very many answers in the death of a respected Lafayette Township trustee named Bryon Macron. But why not? Could it be that powerful people are afraid of what his death could do to their careers or even to our entire community if the truth about why he died got out? Shouldn’t we be questioning the official findings that Bryon acted alone? I mean it’s ridiculous to even imagine that he could somehow pull off this exotic and extremely complicated suicide. One that took place in multiple locations and than somehow manage to hide his own body in a frozen lake. There are a lot more motives of why someone would want Bryon dead than there seem to be for why Bryon would want to commit suicide anyhow. For one there is the Nexus pipe line a very controversial and lucrative project that Bryon Macron stood in the way of. After Bryon’s death a lot of people made a lot of money from Nexus.

We have always thought that this case is tied to Nexus and local politics. Make no mistake this was a murder. There are a lot of moving parts to this case, to say it’s complicated is a major understatement. One thing holds true right from the beginning we could see the makings of a cover-up.

Trustee Bryon Macron at the Lafayette Fire Station

So what really happened to Bryon Macron? How can a loving family man, Marine Corps veteran and a pillar of his community suddenly disappear just a few days before Christmas? This is a truly puzzling case. One where the authorities acted strangely right from the start. For instance after finding Macron’s township office in shambles with his blood on the walls and carpet investigators began to float a theory that he may have gone to California. When a few months later his body was found in Chippewa lake an autopsy revealed he suffered six stab wounds to his body…. Oh and there was no water in his lungs. That has to mean he was dead when he was put in the water. Yet the authorities can’t or won’t determine if he died by murder or suicide. Despite the fact that the multiple crime scenes were a veritable feast of forensic evidence.

On this season of Invisible Ships Podcast we are trying to get to the bottom of this mystery and get justice for Bryon Macron and his family. We go in depth with interviews with Bryon’s wife Victoria and a federal investigator who is taking up the case. Listen to their interviews and decide for yourself who killed Bryon Macron and why.

Listed bellow and in no certain order are the most common theories that were either raised by the authorities or on the hearts and minds of local residents of what really happened to Bryon Macron.

suicide?

The official cause of Bryon Macron’s death was ruled undetermined in 2018. Suicide has been implied by law enforcement but just doesn’t seem to be very likely, for one there seems to be simply no reason why Bryon would want to kill himself. He had a good job, a stable marriage and the respect of his community. By all reports Bryon’s life was a good one. He had no known depression or mental illness.

Another reason why suicide doesn’t fit the bill is because this just doesn’t look like a suicide. In most suicides both the cause of death and locating the body are fairly easy and straight forward. Often their is a note. Suicide by knife accounts for less than 8% of all suicides nationally, remember Bryon was a marine who had firearms and knew how to use them. If he did intended on killing himself he likely he would have used a gun at least statistically.

So how can a guy begin to commit suicide in his office and than be found miles away in a lake with out any water in his lungs? Even imagining a scenario where he would be able to get in his car after furiously stabbing himself in his office and drive several miles to the beach, than get out (without leaving a trace of blood) finish killing himself in the lake. It just doesn’t add up especially when you consider that when he was found months later he had no water in his lungs

What about his wife?

Most people are killed by people close to them so it is natural for police to suspect a spouse. While Victoria Macron was possibly one of the last people to see Bryon alive (there is an account she saw him at 2:08 am when he woke up to a a message on his cell phone and left the house to go to his office at the township admin building). We really have no reason to believe Ms. Macron would have anything gain from his passing. Neither Victoria nor Bryon were engaged in a affair, Victoria has not remarried or shown any increase in income with his passing. There was nothing financial to gain. The macron family inherited nothing but grief and heartache as a result of his death. It should also be noted that Victoria Macron has been a true champion for Bryon and is leading the fight to bring her husband’s killers to justice

Something to do with his role a township trustee

Bryon had spent time with a fellow township trustee just a few hours before he was killed. We also suspect Bryon went to the township trustee building around 2:08 am after receiving a message summing him there. Who could have lured him to his office at such an unusual hour? Perhaps a trustee? What would any trustee have gained by killing Bryon who appears to have maintained good friendships with most of them? Was Bryon exposing something the others were apart of? Who ever killed him must have known what to say to get Bryon out of bed as well as being familiar enough with his office to know that there would be no security cameras at the township hall. 

Fire levy and the Nexus Pipeline

 At the time of Bryon’s disappearance there were many concerns about the land and the route on which the Nexus pipeline was meant to be built on. There were also plans to build a new fire station and the trustees were trying to pass a levy.  The fire station could produce angry citizens as many people were furious about the nexus pipeline and it’s location. Also noted there was an “angry citizen” who was supposed to meet with Macron at 8:00 am on the morning of his disappearance. 

Did the Sheriffs office has something to do with it?

The Medina County sheriff took control of the crime scene, collected evidence and performed the interviews. There is some confirmation that Bryon reached out to Sgt. Sanford from the Sheriffs Office to have him present as backup for the meeting with the “angry citizen”. This is disputed by Sgt. Sanford who says he was never contacted about this matter. Sgt. Sanford retired from the department about two weeks after Bryon went missing.

Angry citizen

To me personally I think this is a misdirection. The angry citizen is fictional. What is true is that there were a lot of upset citizens around this time with the recent fire levy and nexus pipeline. Bryon was not one to upset people and while he was for passing the fire station levy as were the other trustees Bryon stood strongly against the Nexus pipeline. Even if Bryon did have a meeting with a angry citizen so what? The meeting was scheduled for 8:00 am so it is extremely unlikely that this citizen would have been able to get Bryon out of bed at 2:08 in the morning and lure him down to the township complex and kill him. 

Something in the whole sale Jewelry business

Sometimes we hear dark rumors of black market diamond deals and organized crime. This is a pretty sensational theory to be put forward but it is one people seem to enjoy imagining. It is probably one of the least likely theory as well. Bryon’s day job was as a sales rep for jewelry producers. He sold to retail outlets. He did not have contacts with diamond cutters in Belgium or mine productions in Africa. The samples of the stones he carried were mostly Cubic zirconia. Medina county Ohio as far as anyone knows is not a spoke in the trading hub for black market diamonds.

Listen to our show to hear these theories and more discussed by the person who knew Bryon Macron best, his wife. We will also have on a retired federal investigator who has taken this case. We are getting closer everyday so lets give this story as much media coverage as we can and get the truth out there. It’s time for Bryon Macrons killers to be afraid…. Justice is coming.

I don’t usually put a whole lot of stock in the theroy that Orbs are evidence of somthing paranormal happening. I mean they might be somtimes, but as a rule not so much. Of course, I know that there are a lot of ghost hunters and paranormal investigators out there who do see orbs in this way. Not as illuminated dust particles, but as spirts in the early stages of manifestation.

Well if they are right about that than my ring doorbell camera can not only alert me to the arrival of the mailman, or go off anytime a truck drives by. It can also record visitors from the spirt realm!

My house: this is the video my ring recorded, there are 2 separate orbs. Watch with the sound on because there is an unexplained noise just as the orb makes it to the front door.

My Ring Doorbell Captures Orbs

I actually had forgotten all about it until today when I was going through some old files on my computer and I came across this odd little clip my doorbell camera caught. I saved it because it was a pretty strange incident and I thought it would be definitely worth rewatching.(Or useful in marketing my home as a legitimate haunted house to rich weirdos)

This was recorded back on November 26th of 2019. Oh, those glorious pre Coronavirus days, when we were blissfully unaware of mandatory lockdowns, facemasks, social distancing and murder hornets. You know the good old days.

Anyway it was 9:36pm and I was in the family room with my wife watching TV when our ring notifications went off, than we both heard one single knock on the door. Well I got up (being the man of the house means its my job to answer the door after dark).

Anyway there wasn’t anybody around and I thought thats weird I know I heard a knock on the door. So I pulled up the video and watched it . My wife and I both got the goosebumps seeing the “orb” make for our front door. Belive it or not even though I am basically pretty skeptical it still doesn’t stop me from being a scaredy cat.

I couldn’t quite explain it especially the knocking sound, so I turned to the internet. Research video doorbell orbs and you will get a lot of hits on Google. But most of them seemed a lot easier to explain than mine.

Moisture or dust.

Like this one. It is clearly moisture. I watched the video and the orb doesn’t fly to the front door and knock to come in.

To me this looks like dust or a tiny water droplet reflecting infra red light back into the camera lens, it is way too close to be in focus. So the lens sees an out-of-focus point of light as a ‘circle of confusion. A video artifact.

Science. Dust between the focal point and cameras lens
More science : final effect is a soft out of focus orb.

Are Orbs Ever Paranormal?

The Paranormal Investagators of Milwaukee have done a lot of very fine research on this topic. They explain that there are microscopic things floating in the air all the time, we just can’t see them. Things like dead skin cells, animal dander, and textile particles are suspended in the air. When the flash from a camera catches these particles just right, the light reflects back out of focus and creates the ball of light that we see. That would explain why we don’t see these things with our naked eye. And raises the question if any orb is ever even supernatural.

Dust caused orbs from the Paranormal Investagators of Milwaukee


Some times bugs and insects are the culprits behind orbs. These orbs are sometimes harder to debunk and are usually brighter due to the higher density of insects compared to dust. Many times they are flying and thus a moving orb is created.

Insect caused orbs from the Paranormal Investagators of Milwaukee

Insects are a great candidate for my Orbs but there is still somthing bothering me. It was late November and we don’t usually see bugs that time of year where we live. And than there was that damn knock.

Anyway I don’t know what I captured. I probably never will be 100 percent sure on way or the other. The only thing I am certain of is that sometimes your video doorbell camera will capture things that you might not really want to see.

Scary, just not in a paranormal way.

All those lovely things have a way of unleashing misfortune

Many years ago I had the chance to visit family over in Ireland. Somehow after one of my many trips down to the local pub for a creamy pint of Guinness, I allowed my Aunt to convince me to go with her to a local antique shop. I’m not sure how but there must be something in Irish stout that makes me very aggregable, because I pulled myself away from the barstool long enough to find myself digging through musty old piles of other peoples memories. apparently antique stores the world over are pretty much the same. They are all filled with old glasses, books, maps and a bunch of hats and scarves no one is willing to wear anymore.

Evalyn Walsh McLean (August 1, 1886 – April 26, 1947) was an American mining heiress and socialite who was famous for being the last private owner of the cursed 45-carat (9.0 g) Hope Diamond

Well after browsing for a while I found something I did actually want to buy (a sterling silver ring). I thought it would make a great souvenir, so just as I was about to slide it on to my finger my Aunt yells at me “stop, don’t put that on” Why I asked a little annoyed “you could get a spiritual attachment from some one else’s jewelry.” Ok I thought that’s crazy talk. Who has ever heard of something like that happening? Well I didn’t get the ring and it wasn’t because of “superstation” either, I just really just wanted to get back to the pub for another frothy round. Anyway I forgot all about that incident until I happened to stumble upon the Horrifying History podcast.

There are a lot of podcasts out there, but Horrifying History has got to be one of my favorites. I mean how can you not like a show that’s eclectic enough to cover everything from time travel all the way to tales of being buried alive? And do it well. That’s why I got so much respect for Brenda the host she is definitely doing her homework. Each episode is extremely well researched and entertaining and she also happens to be kind of an expert on cursed objects.

here are two fantastic episodes all about cursed objects (Special thanks to our friends at Horrifying History for allowing us to post them here)

The first one is all about cursed jewelry. My Aunt would love it!

Episode 4 – Cursed Jewelry
I love jewelry, but there is some that even I will not wear.  Why?  Because it is cursed.  This episode you will hear about jewelry that left a path of death, destruction, and sorrow for anyone who comes near it.
Welcome to Episode 4…Cursed Jewelry

Now listen to Horrifying History Episode 20 – Cursed Paintings

A curse is any expressed wish that some form of misfortune will befall on a person, place, or object.  Some believe that curses are created by a supernatural power while some believe that it can be created by magic or witchcraft.  It is also thought that sometimes events occur that stain a person or object, and because of this a curse develops.
Many things are said to be cursed.  There is a bunch of lore that talks about many kinds of things that are said to be cursed, but for me cursed paintings stands out.  I love antiques.  The thought that a piece of art that I bring into my home may cause destruction and pain is not something I usually think about, but when I researched some of the stories that you will hear today – the hair on the back of my neck stood up.
Welcome to Episode 20…Cursed Paintings.

Who knows what’s lurking in your local antique shop!

The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went in to the daughters of humans, who bore children to them. These were the heroes that were of old, warriors of renown.— Genesis 6:1–4, New Revised Standard Version

There are accounts of giants from all over the world. Legends of these beings show up in just about any culture that ever left it’s mark or recorded its history. And everyone knows the story of Jack and the Beanstalk with the lumbering giant’s sing song taunt of Jack.

Fee-fi-fo-fum,
I smell the blood of an Englishman,
Be he alive, or be he dead
I’ll grind his bones to make my bread.

Giants have long played the villain in many of the nursery rhymes and bedtime stories we tell to our children. And when you think about that it’s a pretty weird thing to do right? I mean what a strange thing to tell the kids before sending them off to bed. Sweet dreams kid. But sometimes these old fairytales are enough to whip up a nightmare or two so we end up reminding them that it’s all just pretend and explain that there is no such thing as a giant. Never were never will be. Right?

But what if they weren’t always make believe? What if there was a time when these mighty men of renown actually roamed the earth and maybe ruled it? They have been called by a lot of names the Annunaki, the Nephilim or simply giants.

The Choctaw Indians have a tradition (legend or ancestral memory) of battling a race of giants.

There is an old Choctaw legend that says once a very long time ago, the ancestors of the Indians emerged from an artificial underground world which the Choctaw considers to be the homeland of their ancestors. This is an interesting account because the Apache and other Pueblo Indians, such as the Zunis and Hopi, also have legends about their ancestors emerging from an underground world.

At some point after the Indians emerged on the surface they settled into an area near present day Mississippi. It was there that the Indians were invaded by a terrifying race of Giants. The giants are described as having red or blond hair, and are said to have white skin. The giants were so totally foreign and un-Indian like that the Choctaws couldn’t believe their eyes . These Giants were Huge men wielding giant clubs and stone tools. The Indians didn’t think that they stood a chance and so the retuned back into the earth to hide.

The Indians returned back to their undergound world through a portal in a earthen mound called Nanih Waiya. There the Indians hid out for several generations until the giants were no more.

Nanih Waiya is an ancient platform mound earthwork in southern Winston County, Mississippi, constructed by indigenous people during the Middle Woodland period, about 300 to 600 CE. Since the 17th century, the Choctaw have venerated Nanih Waiya mound and nearby cave as their sacred origin location.

It’s kind of interesting that the Choctaw claim that Nanih Waiya mound was filled with natural opening that the Indians could enter or exit through. The Choctaw claim that they have long ago sealed most of them up. The picture below shows a hole in the Nanih Waiya Mound.

My brother Dan and I have always been driven by a sense of curiosity about the world around us. From exploring historical sites to arguing about the meaning and origins behind the native American mounds and earthworks in our area. I guess were just curious. I know we will never get it all figured out anyway, no one will.

There is whole lot out there we will never find answers for but it’s still worth a look. People like us are fascinated by mysteries, conspiracy’s the paranormal and the unexplained. But who isn’t? This is an understandable fascination if not a unique one, most of humanity is with us on this road. It’s called the “big picture “.

So far The best way we found to chew these mysteries over is through the ancient art of storytelling. You can find a lot of truth in stories, even in far flung tales or dusty old legends.

Millions of people from all over the world have reported seeing UFO’s and they all have a story to tell about that encounter. We don’t have to believe all of them, hell we probably shouldn’t believe most of them. But you know what? something is happening and it’s worth talking about. The truth is out there somewhere…. The same thing is true with paranormal sightings and ghost stories,these kind of tales that date back Millenniaum almost to the first campfire. We are still in to them they still do something for us.

Thats what this pod cast is really about …..stories.

The stories we tell ourselves and each other. From fireside folktales to whispered conspiracy theories we want to hear yours and share ours.