Did you yearn for those weekend airings of “Are You Afraid of the Dark” or “Unsolved Mysteries” as a child? Then this show is especially for you.An investigative journalist and a parapsychologist go head-to-head in this irreverent competition to captivate other spooky nerds like themselves. With each episode, hosts Kimberly and Edward are given a different topic to research. Both receive one week to dive into archives and historical essays to find the TRUE crime, paranormal event, or utterly strange occurrence which best fits their assigned theme. The pair take turns presenting their stories to a panel of reluctant guest judges for feedback, but ultimately it’s the listeners who pick which terrifying, tragic, or totally bizarre true story will be crowned victorious. This showcase for darker narratives rarely told is brought to you by Hottest Hell Tours, New Orleans’ top-rated boutique true crime and paranormal history experience.
Episode #5 - “Crimes Committed by Animals”
Murderous mammals, escape artist octopi, felonious rodents—humans aren’t the only animals who can end up in deep trouble for breaking our laws. In Episode 5, hosts Kimberly and Edward share the true stories of noble beasts found guilty of criminal behavior in the eyes of the legal justice system...and the lives that are lost when people try to subjugate Mother Nature. Author and HH historical guide Doug Presley teams up with guest judge, law student, and animal rights activist Jacey Winn as guest judges in an episode that’s sure to make you vote Giant Asteroid 2020.
Episode #4 - “Deranged Hitchhikers”
The open road tempts us with adventure and anonymity...but sometimes “death in disguise” is waiting on the side of the road. This episode covers two jaw-dropping incidents of hitchhiking gone nightmarishly awry, one on the way back from New Orleans (Jett Simmons McBride & Caleb “Kai” McGillvary), the other running a dark course from North Carolina to Vermont (Gary Sampson). Hosts Kimberly and Edward reveal which one of them is the survivor of an actual highway abduction, and two really surprise guests pop by to “judge” our storytellers.
Episode #3 - "Crimes of Passion (Cupid Was an Assassin)"
Equal parts tawdry and tragic, few things titillate true crime fans like murders born of passion do. This week we present two stories which DEFINITELY give love a bad name, both from New Orleans‘ 19th century criminal archives. Special guests are beloved local vocal artist Arsene Delay and funk bassist Charlie Wooton, a pair of actual lovebirds we caged briefly to assess these crimes born of “love.” Sharp-tongued hosts Kimberly and Edward are also joined by Hottest Hell Tours historian and PhD candidate Bond Ruggles as a guest researcher and presenter in an episode you definitely don’t want to skip. Original music this week composed and performed by Sergio Gonzalez Pagan.
Episode #2 - “Family Annihilation”
Fatherhood is so hard. The responsibility. The late nights and early mornings. The decades of manual and emotional labor. It’s one of the most difficult jobs in the world…and when some men quit, it gets terrifyingly ugly. This episode tackles familicide, the way-more-common-than-you-would-think occurrence of individuals killing off the family they themselves built. Hosts Edward and Kimberly hit the archives to report on two mass murders committed by what appeared to be loving fathers: Upstanding citizen Bradford Bishop, Yale alumnus and military veteran; and Tony De Capua, a hard-working Italian immigrant in the heart of roaring '20s Ohio. Guests this week are New Orleans burlesque all-star Bunny Love, and witchy animal advocate Jacey Winn, who’ll vote to determine which hosts gets bragging rights.
Episode #1 - “Mysterious Vanishings”
One day they’re sitting on the couch with you, or laughing from their end of the dinner table. The next? Gone, without a trace. Every single day someone in the world with a family and friends simply—poof—vanishes. Kimberly and Edward dig up two wildly contrasting and well documented true crime cases of human vanishings, one from the snowcapped mountains of 1950s Russia (with paranormal implications), the other from the sedate suburbs of well-monied New England in the 1980s. Guest judges Christo Guzzardi and Jacey Winn weigh-in on which true tale stirs their loins most.