135. Ronald Sisman and Elizabeth Platzman – The Halloween Mystery


On this episode of MWMH, Payton and Garrett discuss the murder of couple Ronald Sisman and Elizabeth Platzman back in 1981.

Case Sources:


Nytimes.com, “Police Seek Motive in Deaths of Student and a Photographer,” by Les Ledbetter, November 2, 1981

Nytimes.com, “The Region; Actress’s Assailant Given 30 Days in Jail, by UPI, April 29, 1981

Dailynews, “Photog, coed slain in Chelsea,” by Thomas Raftery and Richard Edmonds,” November 2, 1981

Dailynews, “Gentle Life, Violent Death,” by Murray Weiss, November 2, 1981

Imdb.com, “Ron Sisman”

Insider.com, “10 terrifying murders committed on Halloween night,” by Frank Olito, October 13, 2020

Findagrave.com, “Elizabeth Lee Platzman”

History.com, “This Day in History, 1977, August 10, Son of Sam serial killer is arrested,” by History.com editors

True-crime.quora.com, “Murder of Ronald Sisman and Elizabeth Platzman unsolved since 1981,” Karen M. Shelton

New York Magazine, “Melonie Haller’s Lost Weekend,” by Anthony Haden-Guest, May 12, 1980

Newspapers.com, “Ron Sisman’s Efforts to Obtain a Gun Permit?”

Thecinemaholic.com, “How and Why Was Ron Sisman Killed?” by Viswa Vanapalli, May 5, 2021

Dailystar.co.uk, “Mystery of the Manhattan murders,” by Ariane

Oxygen.com, “How Did Murdered Producer Roy Radin Become Connected To The ‘Son of Sam’ Killings?” by Kevin Dolak, May 8, 2021

Sports.yahoo.com, “The Sons of Sam: Who Was Roy Radin? How He Was Potentially Linked to David Berkowitz,” by Stacey Nguyen, May 5, 2021


Medium.com, “Son of Sam’s Connection to a Halloween Massacre,” by Lisa Marie Fuqua, October 4, 2019

Thewrap.com, “’Sons of Sam’: 5 Most Shocking Details from the True Crime Docuseries,” by Samson Amore, May 5, 2021

Bookaddicts.org, “Sons of Sam 2021 series”

Unsettlingthings.com, “10 Of The Worst Crimes In Halloween History,” October 27, 2020



Reddit.com, “It is Hallween night 1981,” posted by u/LetsRead_YouTube, 2019

Slappedham.com, “8 Real Unsolved Halloween Mysteries,” November 2, 2017

Wikipedia, “Melonie Haller”


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