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The Boston Strangler, Part One: The Murders

In June of 1962, the brutal murder and assault of Anna Slesers would kick off a string of similar murders. 

Dubbed “The Boston Strangler” by the press, it was quickly assumed that the murders were executed by one individual, a fact that is debated to this day. In part one of our two part series covering the case, we examine the murders. 

Edited by Max Holechek 

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Henri Landru: The Bluebeard of Gambais

Henri-Désiré Landru, nicknamed the Bluebeard of Gambais, was a French serial killer who swindled lovelorn women, promising romance with his lonely hearts personal ads in the early 1900s, when these women would go inexplicably missing – truly a cautionary tale for the Tinder generation. He eventually murdered at least 10 women and a young man between December 1914 and January 1919, until he was uncovered by two women whose sisters had gone missing, and they would stop at nothing to unveil this male Black Widow. 

Edited by Maxwell Holechek 

The Von Erich’s: Wrestling’s Most Tragic Family

Trigger Warning: Talk of suicide.

In the early 80s, the Von Erich family was wrestling royalty. An unstoppable wrestling dynasty founded by Father Fritz and followed by sons David, Kevin and Kerry. But soon tragedy after tragedy would hit the family in an unimaginable way. The true story of what would be dramatized in The Iron Claw contains even more devastation than what would play out on the silver screen.

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The Enigma of Spontaneous Human Combustion

Bizarre cases of what have been identified as spontaneous human combustion have left investigators scratching their heads for centuries. Victims suddenly burst into flames, died grisly deaths within seconds, and left behind only a pile of ashes, and sometimes feet. There have been hundreds of cases of alleged spontaneous human combustion dating back to the 17th century, and before science could Scully what happened exactly, demonic and paranormal explanations ran rampant. Join us as we discuss a plethora of spontaneous human combustion cases that challenge both superstition and science.

The Ghosts of Lake Lanier

Lake Lanier draws huge numbers every year to its shores. People come to swim and have a good time. But beneath the surface a dark history lurks. Lake Lanier was created on top of towns and the history of the area is tragic and bloody. Is the lake haunted? Cursed? Let’s look beneath the surface of Lake Lanier. 

Edited by Maxwell Holechek

Bizarre Tales from Appalachia

Appalachia holds its mysterious cards close, and with its cultural background, it is ripe for legend and lore that manifests into bizarre actual beliefs. Join us for a real Appalachian buffet of the strange and unusual. We’ve got it all: Cryptids, Native American lore, deformed humanoids, aliens, and unsolved disappearances. But what is believable, and what is just lore?

Edited by Max Holechek

Cursed Movies: Rebel Without a Cause

The classic tale of teen angst isn’t just remembered as a coming of age drama, it’s also notorious for all three of its leads meeting tragic fates…

Where all three actors dying before the age of 45 is certainly tragic, how much was that was truly a curse and how much was it the inevitability of death claiming us all sooner or later?

Edited by Maxwell Holechek 

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Unsolved: The Tube Sock Killings

In 1985 a string of murders in Mineral Washington left police baffled. What initially seemed isolated became connected by a tube sock left on some of the victims.  Piecing together suspects and looking for other connected murders has still left us with more questions than answers. Was this the work of a serial killer? Or a seeming tragic string of unconnected events? 

Audio Editing by Maxwell Holechek

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Priest’s Assassination Cold Case Gets Warmer with Medieval Murder Maps

This is a tale of two stories, really. One, an unsolved murder from hundreds of years ago fueled by romance, revenge, and politics, and the other, a modern-day criminologist and professor who began mapping medieval crimes to help better understand how the criminal justice system began and evolved. The two stories intertwined when said criminologist began to explore this cold case, and eventually, helped to come up with some resolutions, 686 years later.

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