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From callous killers to evil entrepreneurs, explore the psychology, motivations, and atrocities of female criminals. A Spotify Original from Parcast.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.7 • 697 Ratings

From callous killers to evil entrepreneurs, explore the psychology, motivations, and atrocities of female criminals. A Spotify Original from Parcast.

    Thanksgiving Special: Just Add Arsenic

    Thanksgiving Special: Just Add Arsenic

    Over the ages, arsenic has had many lives — beauty fad, household product, medical prescription… and weapon of choice wielded by killers everywhere from Alabama to ancient Rome. Brine your turkey, knead your dough, and listen to our Thanksgiving Special on the regime-changing, assassination-aiding King of Poisons.
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    • 42 min
    Helen Golay & Olga Rutterschmidt Pt. 2: Killer Grannies

    Helen Golay & Olga Rutterschmidt Pt. 2: Killer Grannies

    Their sinister life insurance scheme had worked once — now, 74-year-old Helen and 72-year-old Olga were ready to strike again. But their “perfect murder” had a hitch: an insurance investigator who took a look at their policies, and found red flags all over.
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    • 44 min
    Helen Golay & Olga Rutterschmidt Pt. 1: Friends Who Fraud

    Helen Golay & Olga Rutterschmidt Pt. 1: Friends Who Fraud

    Their upbringings couldn’t have been more different, but by the time they meet, Helen and Olga have one important thing in common: They’re schemers, willing to bend the world to their will if it means making a quick buck. In the 1990s, they hatch a plot more devious than all the rest.
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    • 38 min
    Lavinia Fisher, the Innkeeper from Hell

    Lavinia Fisher, the Innkeeper from Hell

    In South Carolina, legend tells of a woman who lured weary travelers to their deaths — turning her inn into a murder house. But there’s more to Lavinia Fisher’s story than bodies beneath floorboards. Was she really America’s first female serial killer? Or was she really only guilty of raising a little hell?
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    • 38 min
    Sarah Winchester, Mistress of the Mystery House

    Sarah Winchester, Mistress of the Mystery House

    After marrying the heir to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company in 1862, Sarah Winchester was seemingly set for life. But while her finances never despaired, Sarah did — experiencing a string of tragedies that would haunt her. She built a strange and sweeping mansion to try and escape her ghosts, but in the process, built an even bigger legend.
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    • 41 min
    Mary Ellen Pleasant, the Millionaire Murderess

    Mary Ellen Pleasant, the Millionaire Murderess

    She was a singular woman in Gold Rush-era San Francisco: an entrepreneur, an abolitionist, and extraordinarily wealthy. But Mary Ellen Pleasant’s mere presence was enough to rattle her neighbors, and the accusations levied against her were enough to shock: she practiced black magic; she murdered a business associate; she cursed a family. Now she’s rumored to haunt a park in the very city that helped her swim, then watched her sink.
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
697 Ratings

697 Ratings

kdlorente ,

Great stuff

I’ve always been interested in how and why women become criminals. This is a fascinating exploration of the minds behind the criminals

184738264 ,

Love it

I do love the podcasts but I don’t think you need 2 podcasts for one story. And googling physiology and reading the first paragraph doesn’t mean its always true. I thank Vanessa for her podcasts and I hope whoever reads this will have a fantastic day!!! 🙂

ReviewerReign ,

They use psychology all wrong

Classic example was the attempt in the Bonnie and Clyde episode to connect Bonnie’s loss of her father as a young girl to her criminal acts later. This is a complete logical fallacy (how many people who lose their dads don’t grow up to be criminals) which occurs in pretty much every episode. Armchair diagnosing calls into question all their other researched “facts”.

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