Episode 244: Picture Perfect Murder: The Beauty Queen Killer

Christopher Wilder posed as a photographer to lure beautiful young women with the promise of modeling work. Those who take him up on his offer - and even those that didn’t - found themselves victims of a serial rapist who soo...

Mass Shooting YouTube Mayhem

Episode 243: YouTube Mayhem: The YouTube Headquarters Shooting

A young woman who creates a YouTube channel to advocate for animal rights and veganism becomes disgruntled with the social media platform when she feels she is being targeted for discrimination. But, no one imagined that her ...

Family Annihilators

Episode 242: YouTube Mayhem: Mr. Anime

In this episode, a young man who dubs himself “Mr. Anime” gains a large following as a critic and reviewer on YouTube.. But, he’ll later admit to harboring dark fantasies most of his life after he commits a shocking act of vi...

Interviews Mass Murder/Spree Killers

Episode 241: The Minds of Mass Killers with Author Shavaun Scott

This week I have a special episode diving into the topic of the psychology of mass killers. What prompts someone to commit mass murder against random strangers? How did Columbine become a cultural touchstone that inspired oth...

Gun Shooting Pranks Gone Wrong

Episode 240: YouTube Mayhem: Dying To Be Famous

A young couple on a quest for internet fame record a prank for their YouTube channel with tragic results. Resources: YouTube Prankster Jailed, BBC News , March 15, 2018 https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43410816 The La...

Child Abuse/Domestic Violence Female Killers Multi-part Episodes Family Narcissist

Episode 239: The Ties That Bind: The Crimes of Shelly Knotek - Part 2

This is part 2 of a 2-part- episode. As we continue the story, Shelly and Dave Knotek have isolated themselves, their three daughters, nephew, and a boarder, Kathy Loreno, in their Ramond, Washington home. The torture and abu...

Child Abuse/Domestic Violence Female Killers Multi-part Episodes

Episode 238: The Ties That Bind: The Crimes of Shelly Knotek - Part 1

Shelly Knotek has been called “America’s Most Evil Mom”. She abused, tortured, and humiliated her children and partners, but her control and abuse went beyond her own family members. One-by-one people she took into her home a...

Bizarre Crimes Child Abuse/Domestic Violence

Episode 237: The Ties That Bind - The Turpin Family

In this month’s series, we’ll take a look at the fascinating phenomenon of narcissistic family cults - a family unit that exhibits all the hallmarks of a traditional cult group but is led by a narcissistic family member - usu...

International Crimes Mass Murder/Spree Killers Live Streamed Crimes

Episode 236: Livestreamed Crimes: The Christchurch Mosque Mass Shootings

A young man’s racist ideology lead him to take the lives of 51 people and injure dozens more all while recording and uploading a video of the murders to Facebook Live. Resources: Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Terrorist...

Mass Murder/Spree Killers POC

Episode 235: Livestreamed Crimes: The Arizona Mall Mass Shooting

A young man who identifies with as an Incel carries out a mass shooting at an Arizona mall while livestreaming it via Snapchat. Special thanks to Dr. Sohom Das for lending his expertise in this episode. Check out his YouTube ...

Murder POC Live Streamed Crimes

Episode 234: Livestreamed Crimes: The WDBJ-TV On-Air Shooting

A disgruntled, former television station employee takes out his revenge during a live news broadcast. Resources: “Ex-Broadcaster Kills 2 on Air Virginia Shooting” by Michael D. Shear, Richard Perez-Pena, and Alan Blinder, The...

International Crimes POC

Episode 233: Revenge Attacks: UK Acid Attacks

A bizarre and terrifying crime spree has been on the rise in the UK for the past several years. In this episode, I’ll share stories illustrating how acid attacks have increasingly been used to retaliate against a romantic par...

Interviews

Episode 232: Deep Cover - A Conversation with Jake Halpern

Esther sits down with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jake Halpern to talk about Season 2 of his podcast Deep Cover: Mob Land. They also discuss podcast storytelling and Jake reveals which well-known actor makes a surprise gues...

Bizarre Crimes Love Affairs Revenge

Episode 231: Revenge Attacks: Burt and Linda Pugach

In this episode I’ll share with you one of the craziest “love” stories you’ve ever heard - right in time for Valentine’s Day. Burt Pagach meets Linda Riss in 1957 and quickly becomes obsessed with her. When she breaks off the...

International Crimes Love Affairs Murder Revenge

Episode 230: Revenge Attacks: Sophie Elliott

A 22-year-old recent graduate of a New Zealand University breaks off a short-lived relationship. Her ex would take deadly revenge on her in one of the most horrific attacks ever perpetrated in the country’s recent history. Re...

Murder Teenage Killers

Episode 229: Mansion Murders: The Sachs Family Murders

One family appears to have it all - success, wealth, a happy family life, and a beautiful ocean-view home on the California coast. But, trouble behind the scenes tears the family apart and the story of the Sachs family will e...

Murder Kidnappings

Episode 228: Mansion Murders: Chateau Carolands

An heiress builds a grand mansion as a showplace on a hill in the San Francisco Bay Area. But, it would become a white elephant and an eyesore during its long history. And, in 1985, it became a house of horrors for two young ...

Missing Persons Murder

Episode 227: Murder in My Hometown: Jeanine Sanchez Harms

July 27, 2001 Jeanine Sanchez Harms went missing after a night out with friends in Campbell, California. A man she'd only become acquainted with that night, Maurice Xavier Nasmeh, would be suspected of involvement in her disa...

Bonus Episodes Interviews

Bonus Episode: Introducing Lost Hills: Dead in the Water

In this bonus episode, I speak with Dana Goodyear, host of the true crime podcast series Lost Hills: Dead in the Water. In January 1981, Verna Johnson-Roehler and her young son, Doug, drowned while boating thirty miles off the coast of Malibu....

Family Annihilators Guest-hosts Interviews

Episode 226: Breaking Down Chris Watts with Lorena.

Show Notes: On the last episode of the year, Lorena and I break down the case of family annihilator, Chris Watts. Resources: “Chris Watts: A Complete Timeline of the Murder of His Wife and Daughters” by Rachel Change for Biography.com, Sept...

Celebrity Crime Guest-hosts Murder POC

Episode 225: Breaking Down the OJ Simpson Case with Yolanda

This week I’ll discuss the Nicole Brown/Ron Goldman murders with my sister, Yolanda. We’ll go over the evidence, timeline, and motivation for the crimes that all point to OJ Simpson as the killer. We’ll also discuss why the jury may have decided to...

Interviews Serial Killers

Episode 224: Breaking Down Kemper with Emerson Murray

In this episode I break down the myths and realities of infamous serial killer, Edmund Emil Kemper, “The Co-Ed Killer”. My special guest is Emerson Murray, author of The Murder Capital of the World. You can find out more about Emerson and purchase...

Child Victims International Crimes Missing Persons Murder

Episode 223: Listener Suggestions - Aarushi Talwar

A young girl living outside of New Delhi, India is found murdered in her own bedroom in a high-security apartment building with her parents sleeping mere feet away. Was her murder an inside job or caused by an unknown intruder? Join us for this...

Bizarre Crimes

Episode 222: Listener Suggestions: Jamison Bachman

Jamison Bachman spent his adult years being “the roommate from hell”. He destroyed property, bullied his housemates, filed lawsuits for petty complaints, and rarely paid his rent. But, growing more desperate once his history of scamming people was...