The “I Was Never There” Podcast Watch Marsha “Mudd” Ferber


Mother and daughter take listeners through the countercultural movement in West Virginia to discuss the 1988 disappearance of a woman known as “Mudd.”

Jamie Zelermyer and her mother, Karen Zelermyer, breathe new life into the baffling disappearance of family friend Marsha “Mudd” Ferber, 47, in “I was never there.” Wonder Media Network’s latest podcast is already making waves in true-crime philosophy, celebrating its world premiere as Official selection for audio narration at 2022 Tribeca Film Festival.

The story promises to take audiences through Ferber’s life, including her “evolution from suburban housewife to back-to-the-land hippie to drug-dealing bar owner”, until Ferber disappears. in April 1988 from his Morgantown concert hall and bar.

Jamie and Karen also delve into their own pasts on the show. Karen, a young mother, moved ‘off the grid’ with her family to rural Braxton County in the 70s when Jamie was just 10 days old. There she met Ferber, who came with his own group of people called “The Mudd Family” to live among like-minded people in a hippie commune in central West Virginia.

“Times aren’t that different when it comes to what we’re going through right now and what my parents were going through in the 1970s,” Jamie said. “Environmental issues, corruption and dismissals. I feel like they were living with so much hope back then. They took risks.

Later, the Zelermyers and Ferber moved separately to Morgantown, where Feber opened a bar called The Underground Railroad in 1982. Karen worked in the concert hall in its early days, describing Ferber as her “heart sister” and “a entrepreneur who hated capitalism. ”

The Underground Railroad has made headlines for some of rock’s biggest names, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Flaming Lips and Dead Kennedys. Some of these musicians speak with the Zelermyers in “I Was Never There”.

“It was a beautiful, groovy place for many years,” Karen said. “At first when I was there it was all about The Grateful Dead and reggae. And as the music evolved in the 80s it became a lot more heavy metal and punk.

“Marsha was a folk hero,” Jamie said “She really changed the culture of Morgantown, West Virginia.”

Marsha, who gradually lived in the sleepy Appalachian town, was also known to sell marijuana – and, to her friends, it was part of normal life for a people involved in the culture of free love and psychedelics. During the glory days of the Underground Railroad, the Zelermyers lived in the Marsha township.

“We shared a life together,” Karen said. “I thought we were going to grow old together.”

Karen said that shortly before Marsha’s disappearance, she planned to open a hippie retirement community in Florida. But Marsha suddenly disappeared without a trace.

“She literally disappeared one day,” Karen said. “She went out with her friends and said she would be back in a few hours. Nobody ever saw her again.

The podcast examines the various rumors that have persisted over the decades, with Karen claiming that drugs appeared to be at the center of Marsha’s disappearance. The theories included Marsha getting in over her head, the witness protection program, and leaving town of her own volition.

Other theories centered on something more sinister – including his peers disposing of his body after an overdose and foul play.

According to Community united effortMarsha left her vehicle, purse and other belongings at home when she went missing.

“It was hard to believe that she would just leave voluntarily, but as Jamie and I conducted this investigation and looked at all of these theories, at some point each of them seemed plausible,” Karen said.

Jamie said that they worked closely with the Morgantown Police Department, which was very helpful in their search, but that early investigations had been “poor”.

“For someone who was a pillar of their community to disappear out of nowhere, that’s not normal,” Jamie said. “The fact that they never found her, that they could never connect any of the dots to any of the leads, it’s a little weird, to be honest.”

‘I Was Never There’ focuses on changing times – including when harder drugs, such as heroin and cocaine, began to seep into the lives of those who hoped to continue on their way to earth. For those closest to Ferber, his passing seemed to bring a change to all their ideals.

“We were this cohort of young people, mostly in our 20s and early 30s, who were so filled with passion and hope about our ability to change the world,” Karen said. “Or at least create a world in which people could consider a better way to live”

“And the question for us was, ‘What happened?'” she added. “Because obviously we failed to change the world.

“And people disappeared,” Jamie added.

The Zelermyers created a PageInstagram with pictures of Ferber and the Underground Railroad.

Episodes of “I Was Never There” can be found here.

Anyone with information about Marsha “Mudd” Ferber’s disappearance can call Morgantown Police at 1-910-343-1131.


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