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Ordinary people who do unthinkable things...The Minds of Madness is a True Crime Podcast that examines the most disturbing criminal minds and the impact violent crimes have on survivors of homicide.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.6 • 1.3K Ratings

Ordinary people who do unthinkable things...The Minds of Madness is a True Crime Podcast that examines the most disturbing criminal minds and the impact violent crimes have on survivors of homicide.

    Introducing - Confronting: Columbine

    Introducing - Confronting: Columbine

    The events of April 20th, 1999 shaped our nation and altered the American narrative. One of America’s deadliest school shootings took place in a small town in Colorado, leaving thirteen dead and another twenty-one severely injured. And it was all broadcast over national tv for the nation to see. 

    The second season of Confronting takes on one of the most prolific tragedies in American history: the Columbine High School massacre. It was a devastating example of how easily a place of learning, familiarity and peace can descend into a war zone of chaos in a moment, the teenagers present that day are now adults who bear the mental and physical scars of the carnage they lived through. Amy Over, a Columbine survivor who is still living with its aftermath and raising her own children in its shadow, confronts many of the realities, questions and myths that surround the massacre to this day. Amy, through her own experience and by speaking with survivors, investigators, classmates, reporters on the scene and other important voices, brings a first-person account of the physical, emotional and spiritual journey that comes along with confronting the worst day of her life.

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    • 9 min
    Episode 101 - Joni Lynn Gunter

    Episode 101 - Joni Lynn Gunter

    Russell David Tillis was described by residents of Bowden Circle East in Jacksonville Florida, as “the neighbor from hell.” Since taking over his parent's already dilapidated home, Russell set to work transforming the property into a ramshackle fortress, guarded with a makeshift privacy fence lined with razor blades and hidden booby-traps throughout his yard.

    In February 2016, police arrived at his property with shovels and a hand-drawn map. They were there to unearth the dismembered skeletal remains of a missing young woman. 




    Music Credits:

    The Minds Of Madness Theme Music – Duncan Foster

    Feel The Madness - The Funkoars

    Used with Permission - http://goldenerarecords.com.au/ge/funkoars




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    Research & Writing:

    Ryan Deininger

    Steve Hide




    Special Thanks:

    Dr. Christina Forzani Psy.D




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    Sources:

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    https://youtu.be/uVUe5DEXgZY?t=1486

    https://youtu.be/zmOa-ofzhzo?t=202

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1SsqkltGIg

    https://www.news4jax.com/news/2019/06/03/russell-tillis-wants-to-get-rid-of-11th-lawyer/

    https://www.news4jax.com/news/2019/07/25/russell-tillis-12th-lawyer-is-on-the-case/

    https://www.jacksonville.com/news/2016-12-08/house-horrors-suspect-now-charged-murder-buried-body-identified-police-fear-more

    https://www.news4jax.com/news/morning-show/2019/12/13/russell-tillis-admits-killing-and-dismembering-captive-women-in-jailhouse-confession/

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Introducing - In God We Lust

    Introducing - In God We Lust

    A woman named Becki is lounging by the pool at the Fontainebleau Hotel when she decides to proposition a strapping pool attendant. Go on a date with her...and her husband. What begins as an unconventional proposition will soon throw them all into the international spotlight. And that’s because the couple is none other than Jerry Falwell Jr. and his wife Becki, two of the most powerful figures in Evangelical America. Wondery presents In God We Lust, hosted by Brooke Siffrin and Aricia Skidmore-Williams of Even the Rich. A story of an alluring sex scandal, power, money and a very public fall from grace. When word of their affair fell into the wrong hands it led to political extortion and a public outing that brought Jerry Falwell Jr.’s empire crashing down. 

    Listen at wondery.fm/IGWL_MindsOfMadness

    • 6 min
    Episode 100 - Pit of Darkness

    Episode 100 - Pit of Darkness

    When 25 year old Josefina Rivera stepped into a white Cadillac on the evening of November 26th, 1986, it set in motion the first of a series of sinister events that would shock Philadelphia to its core. In this terrifying case, you’ll hear about six courageous young women and the horrors they endured in their desperate bid to stay alive.




    Music Credits:

    The Minds Of Madness Theme Music – Duncan Foster

    Feel The Madness - The Funkoars

    Used with Permission - http://goldenerarecords.com.au/ge/funkoars




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    Research & Writing:

    Ashton Morrow




    Special Thanks:

    Dr. Christina Forzani Psy.D




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    Sources:

    https://www.oxygen.com/monster-preacher/crime-news/monster-preacher-what-happened-to-gary-heidnik

    https://www.nytimes.com/1985/12/01/us/philadelphia-neighborhood-torn-by-racial-tension-starts-to-simmer-down.html

    https://www.aetv.com/real-crime/gary-heidnik

    https://allthatsinteresting.com/gary-heidnik

    https://www.upi.com/Archives/1987/04/17/Lawyer-Heidniks-church-alive-and-well/7859545630400/

    https://law.justia.com/cases/pennsylvania/supreme-court/1991/526-pa-458-1.html

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    https://www.pennlive.com/crime/2020/07/thank-you-jesus-gary-heidnik-house-of-horrors-killer-was-the-last-person-to-be-executed-in-pa.html

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    Cellar of Horror - Ken Englade

    • 49 min
    Episode 99 - Vicki Robinson

    Episode 99 - Vicki Robinson

    Usually when we think about the possibility of an intruder entering our home with the intention of bringing us harm, we think of a stranger. Someone we don't know. But what happens when the intruder is someone from within? In the picturesque neighbourhood of Carrollwood, Florida, Vicki Robinson finds herself caught in what became every parent's worst nightmare.







    Music Credits:

    The Minds Of Madness Theme Music – Duncan Foster

    Feel The Madness - The Funkoars

    Used with Permission - http://goldenerarecords.com.au/ge/funkoars




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    Research & Writing:

    Ryan Deininger




    Special Thanks:

    Christina Crane




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    Rother, Caitlin. (2016). Love Gone Wrong.

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    https://www.tampabay.com/archive/2000/04/25/dear-journal-it-s-me-valessa/ https://www.poynter.org/archive/2003/a-lesser-degree/

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    https://www.tampabay.com/archive/1998/06/30/search-on-for-missing-mother-daughter/

    https://www.tampabay.com/archive/1998/07/02/missing-daughter-hangs-out-with-pals/

    https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2016/1/13/exclusive_notorious_

    https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/crime/man-charged-with-helping-to-kill-a-friends-mother-released-from-prison/67-333d65b0-40db-4d94-aca1-a30321417643#:~:text=TAMPA%2C%20Fla.,and%20the%20Tampa%20Bay%20area.

    https://www.wfla.com/news/pinellas-county/man-convicted-of-killing-st-petersburg-woman-20-years-ago-now-back-behind-bars/

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    https://www.tampabay.com/archive/1998/07/04/missing-mother-found-dead/

    https://fall.fsulawrc.com/flsupct/sc06-1444/06-1444ini.pdf

    • 49 min
    Episode 98 - Monika Beerle

    Episode 98 - Monika Beerle

    In 1989, 26-year-old Monika Beerle headed to New York City in hopes of fulfilling her dream of becoming a dance instructor. As she searched for affordable housing she met an eccentric pot dealer named Daniel Rakowitz who offered to share his apartment with her. She had no idea that the laid-back hippie who served food to the homeless wasn’t the pushover he appeared to be.

    Listen to Episode #98 now to hear the firsthand account from someone who not only knew Daniel but recorded one of their conversations.




    Music Credits:

    The Minds Of Madness Theme Music – Duncan Foster

    Feel The Madness - The Funkoars

    Used with Permission - http://goldenerarecords.com.au/ge/funkoars




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    Research & Writing:

    Ashton Morrow




    Special Thanks:

    Tony

    Cheryl Lindsey - Livin' With Me MonoOnno.com 




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    https://www.villagevoice.com/2020/09/18/the-untold-story-of-the-tompkins-square-murder/

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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

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Amazing

This podcast is on the top of my crime podcasts list. Everything is so precisely done. The voice is tailored for the show. Can’t wait to listen the next episode.

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Best Voice Ever!

Content is the best as well but THAT VOICE!

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Excellent True Crime Pocast

I listen to true crime podcasts all the time while I’m baking (it’s my business so that’s everyday) some are good and some are ok, but this one is great - definitely give this one a listen. The coverage of each story is thorough and respectful of the victims. Well done!

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