40 episodes

A weekly podcast hosted by Melanie Peterson, an Air Force veteran turned NYC actress obsessed with true crime. Join her each week as she guides listeners through different cases of the world’s most notorious killers.

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    • True Crime
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

A weekly podcast hosted by Melanie Peterson, an Air Force veteran turned NYC actress obsessed with true crime. Join her each week as she guides listeners through different cases of the world’s most notorious killers.

Mask of Sanity is partnered with the ORACL3 Network.

    Episode 37: Elizabeth Báthory

    Episode 37: Elizabeth Báthory

    Elizabeth Báthory, the Blood Countess, was accused of torturing and murdering at least 650 young girls in the 1600s. The legends of her brutality have lasted centuries and she’s said to have played a part in author Bram Stoker’s inspiration for his 1897 gothic horror novel Dracula. However, there seems to be less fact and more fiction when it comes to what actually happened inside the walls of Castle Čachtice. Was she actually a demon murderess wreaking havoc in Hungary, committing unspeakable acts of torture and mutilation on the less fortunate, or were her accusations and imprisonment part of a conspiracy to weaken an extremely powerful, wealthy, and intelligent woman who was seen as a threat?

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    PROMO: Death by Champagne

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    RESOURCES
    http://maamodt.asp.radford.edu/Psyc%20405/serial%20killers/Bathory,%20Elizabeth%20-%20spring,%202006.pdf
    https://the-line-up.com/9-female-serial-killers
    https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/bathorys-torturous-escapades-are-exposed
    https://www.biography.com/crime-figure/elizabeth-bathory
    https://www.britannica.com/biography/Elizabeth-Bathory
    https://www.historyhit.com/the-blood-countess-facts-about-elizabeth-bathory/
    https://www.historytoday.com/archive/months-past/death-countess-elizabeth-bathory
    https://history.howstuffworks.com/history-vs-myth/hungarian-countess-serial-killer1.htm
    https://allthatsinteresting.com/elizabeth-bathory-true-story
    https://www.epilepsysociety.org.uk/mood-and-epilepsy#:~:text=Mood%20problems%20such%20as%20anxiety,their%20genetic%20or%20family%20history.
    https://www.historyofroyalwomen.com/elizabeth-bathory/elizabeth-bathory-countess-dracula/

    • 29 min
    Episode 36: Andrei Chikatilo

    Episode 36: Andrei Chikatilo

    Andrei Chikatilo, later known as the Butcher of Rostov and the Rostov Ripper, was convicted of murdering 52 people over a 12 year period during the Cold War and through the eventual collapse of the USSR in 1991. The judge who oversaw his case even admitted that one of the main reasons why Chikatilo evaded capture for so long was due to the “refusal of the Soviet Union to acknowledge that such crimes existed.” Chikatilo brutally strangled, stabbed, and mutilated dozens of young women and children and was eventually executed by a single gunshot to the head on February 14th, 1994.

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    PROMO: Blue Side of the Mountain

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    RESOURCES
    http://maamodt.asp.radford.edu/Psyc%20405/serial%20killers/Chikatilo,%20Andrei%20_fall,%202007_.pdf
    https://www.biography.com/crime-figure/andrei-chikatilo
    https://www.thoughtco.com/andrei-chikatilo-biography-4176163
    https://www.britannica.com/biography/Andrei-Romanovich-Chikatilo
    https://murderpedia.org/male.C/c/chikatilo.htm
    https://filmdaily.co/news/cannibal-andrei-chikatilo/
    https://listverse.com/2020/01/07/10-disturbing-facts-about-andrei-39the-rostov-ripper39-chikatilo/
    https://www.svsd.net/cms/lib5/PA01001234/Centricity/Domain/1046/andrei%20chikatilo5.pdf
    https://www.gettyimages.com/photos/andrei-chikatilo?family=editorial&phrase=andrei%20chikatilo&sort=mostpopular
    https://allthatsinteresting.com/andrei-chikatilo
    https://www.britannica.com/topic/collectivization
    https://www.britannica.com/topic/kolkhoz
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 35: Peter Kürten

    Episode 35: Peter Kürten

    Peter Kürten, the Vampire of Düsseldorf, endured a horrific childhood, starved of love and suffering unimaginable abuse at the hands of his father. By the time he was nine years old, he was introduced to bestiality, which eventually escalated to brutally murdering men, women, and children. As a young man, he was in and out of prison for petty crimes, blaming society and prison for his hatred of the world and why he chose to exact revenge. When he insisted that his wife turn him in, Kurten confessed to nearly 80 violent crimes and was charged with nine murders. He was convicted and sentenced to death, dying by the swift blade of the guillotine on July 2nd, 1931.

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    PROMO: One Woman’s Opinion

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    RESOURCES
    https://www.britannica.com/biography/Peter-Kurten
    https://www.biography.com/crime-figure/peter-kurten
    https://allthatsinteresting.com/peter-kurten
    https://www.crimeandinvestigation.co.uk/crime-files/peter-kurten-the-vampire-of-dusseldorf
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8NYElOKKq4
    http://www.murderpedia.org/male.K/k/kurten-peter.htm
    https://www.crimeandinvestigation.co.uk/this-day-in-crime/24-may/mass-murderer-peter-kurten-has-wife-turn-him-in-for-reward-money
    https://www.famousbirthdays.com/people/peter-kurten.html
    https://peoplepill.com/people/peter-kuerten/
    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/9570694/peter-kurten
    https://www.gettyimages.com/photos/peter-kurten?mediatype=photography&phrase=peter%20kurten&sort=mostpopular

    • 36 min
    Episode 34: Richard Chase

    Episode 34: Richard Chase

    Richard Chase, notoriously remembered as the Vampire of Sacramento, was in and out of mental institutions for years, ultimately being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Eventually, he was released from the American River Hospital just outside of Sacramento and, without the ability to control his thoughts or behavior, he would embark on a month-long murder spree from December 1977 to January 1978, which claimed the lives of six people as well as several animals. His moniker was due to the fact that Chase drank the blood of and cannibalized his victims because he believed that someone had stolen his pulmonary artery and that his blood had stopped flowing inside him so, in order to survive and prevent his blood from turning into powder, he needed to ingest the blood of others. Happy October, friends.

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    PROMO: Serial Killer Tuesdays

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    RESOURCES
    http://maamodt.asp.radford.edu/Psyc%20405/serial%20killers/Chase,%20Richard%20-%20fall,%202005.pdf
    https://artsandculture.google.com/entity/richard-chase/m0390ch?hl=en
    https://www.svsd.net/cms/lib5/PA01001234/Centricity/Domain/1046/Richard%20Chase%2013.pdf
    https://californiarevealed.org/islandora/object/cavpp%3A78316
    https://allthatsinteresting.com/richard-chase
    https://murderpedia.org/male.C/c/chase-richard.htm
    https://www.crimemuseum.org/crime-library/serial-killers/richard-trenton-chase/
    https://www.thoughtco.com/profile-of-serial-killer-richard-chase-973176
    https://www.healthline.com/health/macdonald-triad#the-3-signs
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/shadow-boxing/201203/triad-evil
    https://definitions.uslegal.com/z/zoosadism/#:~:text=Zoosadism%20is%20a%20term%20used,a%20non%20human%20animal.).
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    • 48 min
    Episode 33: Moses Sithole

    Episode 33: Moses Sithole

    Moses Sithole, known as the ABC Killer, is considered South Africa’s most prolific serial killer after he was captured and convicted of 38 counts of murder, including the two-year old son of one of his female victims, as well as 40 counts of rape and 6 counts of robbery. He preyed on women with promises of a job and then lured them to isolated areas in Atteridgeville, Boksburg, and Cleveland where he would beat and rape them before strangling them with their own underwear.
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    PROMO: Ye Olde Crime

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    RESOURCES
    https://www.biography.com/crime-figure/moses-sithole
    https://murderpedia.org/male.S/s/sithole-moses.htm
    https://www.crimeandinvestigation.co.uk/crime-files/moses-sithole-south-africa-s-worst-serial-killer
    https://peoplepill.com/people/moses-sithole/
    https://murderpedia.org/country/south-africa.htm
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/tamsen-de-beer-827a5711/?originalSubdomain=za
    https://www.iol.co.za/the-star/moses-sithole-sues-correctional-services-1409723
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/shadow-boxing/202008/serial-killers-and-their-killing-fields

    • 27 min
    Episode 32: Leonarda Cianciulli

    Episode 32: Leonarda Cianciulli

    Leonarda Cianciulli, known as “The Soap-Maker of Correggio,” had a volatile childhood and lived in fear that the predictions of a fortune-teller who told her that every single one of her children would die, would actually come true. When her oldest son, Guiseppe, was drafted into the Italian Army ahead of the country’s entrance into World War II, Leonarda decided that, in order to protect her son from harm, she needed to offer up a human sacrifice, hoping that God would accept the death of someone else in place of her son. She would murder three women over a year-long period by telling these women that she had found a new prospect for them in a different city, either a potential husband or a new job. Leonarda used the fat she rendered from the bodies as she boiled them down to make soap and dried the blood of her victims, which she then added to her tea cake recipes. Both the soaps and the tea cakes were sold to customers in her shop. After her capture, she confessed to all three murders after her son was arrested for them and didn’t want to see him take the blame for her crimes.
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    PROMO: Leave the Lights On

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    RESOURCES
    https://murderpedia.org/female.C/c/cianciulli-leonarda.htm
    https://medium.com/animal-abuse-project-title-tbd/soap-maker-of-correggio-6a557a181696
    https://www.ranker.com/list/soap-maker-leonarda-ciancuiulli/jacob-shelton
    http://www.bestoftruecrime.com/2020/02/leonarda-cianciulli-italys-1st-female.html
    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/106918184/leonarda-cianciulli
    https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/leonarda-cianciulli-21548.php
    https://allthatsinteresting.com/leonarda-cianciulli

    • 32 min

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