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Is your true crime podcast getting boring? Are you sick of having pointless beer reviews mixed in? Join Yergy and Drewby, two goth-adjacent misanthropes on an adventure to dismantle pop culture, current events, and uncover the mysteries of the universe, largely of the homicidal variety. True crime is boring, we're fixing that.

The Misery Machine The Misery Machine

    • True Crime
    • 4.6 • 11 Ratings

Is your true crime podcast getting boring? Are you sick of having pointless beer reviews mixed in? Join Yergy and Drewby, two goth-adjacent misanthropes on an adventure to dismantle pop culture, current events, and uncover the mysteries of the universe, largely of the homicidal variety. True crime is boring, we're fixing that.

    The Tragic Death of Shanda Sharer [GRAPHIC]

    The Tragic Death of Shanda Sharer [GRAPHIC]

    This week, Drewby and Yergy discuss the tragic case of Shanda Sharer, who was an American girl who was assaulted, tortured and burned to death in Madison, Indiana by four teenage girls - Melinda Loveless (age 16), Toni Lawrence (age 15), Hope Rippey (age 15), and Laurie Tackett (age 17). Sharer was 12 years old at the time of her death, with her murder being attributed to jealously over Sharer entering a romantic relationship with Loveless's ex-girlfrend, 14 year old Amanda Heavrin. The incident attracted international attention due to both the brutality of the murder, and the young age of the victim and the perpetrators. The case was covered on national news and talk programs and has inspired a number of episodes on fictional crime shows.This episode is brought to you by Scary Time, help support us by clicking the link to check out Scary Time here: http://www.dummies.fan/mmachineJoin Our Facebook Group to Request a Topic: https://t.co/DeSZIIMgXs?amp=1Support Our Patreon For More Unreleased Content: https://www.patreon.com/themiserymachinePayPal: https://www.paypal.me/themiserymachineInstagram: miserymachinepodcastTwitter: misery_podcastDiscord: https://discord.gg/kCCzjZM#podcast #documentary #truecrime Source Material:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Shanda_Sharerhttps://allthatsinteresting.com/shanda-sharerhttp://www.angelfire.com/in3/shandasharerwebsite/ 

    • 47 min
    The Tragic Death of Judith Eva Barsi

    The Tragic Death of Judith Eva Barsi

    This week, Drewby and Yergy discuss the tragic life and death of Judith Eva Barsi, who was an American child actress of the 1980s. The child of Hungarian immigrants, Barsi was very small for her age, and often played much younger roles.She began her career in television, making appearances in commercials and television series such as Punky Brewster, as well as in the films Jaws: The Revenge, The Land Before Time and All Dogs Go to Heaven, providing the voices for animated characters in the latter two (Ducky and Anne Marie).She and her mother, Maria, were killed in July 1988 as a result of a double murder–suicide perpetrated in their home by her father, József Barsi, an abusive alcoholic who was jealous of his daughter's success. Barsi was only 10 years old, with a promising career ahead of her. Judith and her mother were buried in the Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles, with grave markers that were crowdfunded by fans in 2004 - their graves being previously unmarked since 1988.If you are in need of help, please call 911 or 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)The National Domestic Violence Hotline: https://www.thehotline.org/r/CalmHands: https://www.reddit.com/r/calmhands/This episode is brought to you by Scary Time, help support us by clicking the link to check out Scary Time here: http://www.dummies.fan/mmachineJoin Our Facebook Group to Request a Topic: https://t.co/DeSZIIMgXs?amp=1Support Our Patreon For More Unreleased Content: https://www.patreon.com/themiserymachinePayPal: https://www.paypal.me/themiserymachineInstagram: miserymachinepodcastTwitter: misery_podcastDiscord: https://discord.gg/kCCzjZM#podcast #documentary #truecrime Source Material:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judith_Barsihttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trichotillomaniahttps://landbeforetime.fandom.com/wiki/Judith_Barsihttps://www.findagrave.com/memorial/3038/judith-eva-barsi

    • 27 min
    The Ken & Barbie Killers | Paul Bernardo & Karla Homolka | The Scarborough Rapist

    The Ken & Barbie Killers | Paul Bernardo & Karla Homolka | The Scarborough Rapist

    This week, Drewby and Yergy discuss Paul Bernardo and his wife Karla Homolka, a seemingly unlikely pair of Canadian killers. Known as the “Ken and Barbie Killers” for their good looks, the young couple induced fear throughout southern Ontario in the 1990s with a string of sex attacks and killed at least three minors between 1990 and 1992 before they were arrested. Bernardo is known for initially committing a series of rapes in Scarborough, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto, between 1987 and 1990. While he was at large, he was dubbed "The Scarborough Rapist" and these went unsolved for over five years until his capture.Homolka attracted worldwide media attention when she was convicted of manslaughter following a plea bargain to serve only 12 years in the rape-murders of two Ontario teenage girls, Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French, as well as the rape and killing of her sister Tammy. Homolka and Bernardo were arrested in 1993. Bernardo was convicted of what became known as the Schoolgirl Murders and received life imprisonment.Homolka stated to investigators that Bernardo had abused her and that she had been an unwilling accomplice to the murders. As a result, she struck a deal with prosecutors for a reduced prison sentence of twelve years in exchange for a guilty plea to the charge of manslaughter. However, videotapes of the crimes surfaced after the plea bargain and demonstrated that Homolka was a more active participant than she had claimed. Public outrage about Homolka's plea deal continued until her high-profile release from prison in 2005.Following her release from prison, Homolka settled in the province of Quebec, where she married Thierry Bordelais, the brother of her lawyer Sylvia Bordelais. She briefly lived in the Antilles and Guadeloupe but by 2014 had returned to Quebec.This episode is brought to you by Scary Time, help support us by clicking the link to check out Scary Time here: http://www.dummies.fan/mmachineJoin Our Facebook Group to Request a Topic: https://t.co/DeSZIIMgXs?amp=1Support Our Patreon For More Unreleased Content: https://www.patreon.com/themiserymachinePayPal: https://www.paypal.me/themiserymachineInstagram: miserymachinepodcastTwitter: misery_podcastDiscord: https://discord.gg/kCCzjZM#podcast #documentary #truecrime Source Material:https://listverse.com/2017/06/22/10-little-known-facts-about-the-ken-and-barbie-killers/https://allthatsinteresting.com/paul-bernardo-karla-homolka-ken-and-barbie-killershttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karla_Homolkahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Bernardo https://criminalminds.fandom.com/wiki/Paul_Bernardo_and_Karla_Homolka

    • 46 min
    The Case of Andrea Balcer | RIP Tony & Ali Balcer | Halloween - Winthrop, Maine (TRAGIC)

    The Case of Andrea Balcer | RIP Tony & Ali Balcer | Halloween - Winthrop, Maine (TRAGIC)

    This week, Drewby and Yergy discuss another local case taking place in the early morning hours of Halloween 2016, in the small town of Winthrop, Maine. Andrea Balcer, a 17 year old student with a seemingly bright future ahead of her, snaps, leaving her mother Ali, father Tony, and their family dog dead in her wake. The only survivor of the horror was Christopher, Andrea's then 24 year old brother. We discuss the known theories as to why Andrea may have committed such heinous acts, and how her actions shattered her family and community. This episode is brought to you by Scary Time, help support us by clicking the link to check out Scary Time here: http://www.dummies.fan/mmachineJoin Our Facebook Group to Request a Topic: https://t.co/DeSZIIMgXs?amp=1Support Our Patreon For More Unreleased Content: https://www.patreon.com/themiserymachinePayPal: https://www.paypal.me/themiserymachineInstagram: miserymachinepodcastTwitter: misery_podcastDiscord: https://discord.gg/kCCzjZM#podcast #documentary #truecrime #halloweenSource Material:https://mycrimelibrary.com/andrew-balcer-teen-killer-transgender-teen-murders-parents/https://bangordailynews.com/2018/12/04/news/woman-gets-sentenced-to-40-years-for-killing-her-parents-and-dog-on-halloween/Photos courtesy of Ali Balcer/Facebook, RevTony Exiles/Facebook, and pressherald.com

    • 35 min
    The Life & Tragic Death of Elliott Smith | "Mr. Misery" | Romanticism of Self Harm in the 2000's

    The Life & Tragic Death of Elliott Smith | "Mr. Misery" | Romanticism of Self Harm in the 2000's

    This week, Drewby and Yergy discuss the life and death of Elliott Smith, who was an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska, raised primarily in Texas, and lived much of his life in Portland, Oregon, where he first gained popularity. Smith's primary instrument was the guitar, though he also played piano, clarinet, bass guitar, drums, and harmonica. Smith was a drinker and drug user. He was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and major depressive disorder. His struggles with drugs and mental illness affected his life and work, and often appeared in his lyrics. In 2003 at the age of 34, he died in Los Angeles, California from two stab wounds to the chest. The autopsy evidence was inconclusive as to whether the wounds were self-inflicted or the result of homicide. At the time of his death, Smith was working on his sixth studio album, From a Basement on the Hill, which was posthumously completed and released in 2004.We discuss some of the theories surrounding the case, specifically the evidence that has circulated that his then girlfriend, Jennifer Chiba may have allegedly had something to do with his death. We also discuss the state of the music scene at the time, and how his music and the music of others may have influenced the romanticism of self harm and abuse among fans during the early 2000's.Join Our Facebook Group to Request a Topic: https://t.co/DeSZIIMgXs?amp=1Support Our Patreon For More Unreleased Content: https://www.patreon.com/themiserymachinePayPal: https://www.paypal.me/themiserymachineInstagram: miserymachinepodcastTwitter: misery_podcastDiscord: https://discord.gg/kCCzjZM#podcast #documentary #truecrime Source Material:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elliott_Smithhttps://www.theguardian.com/music/2004/mar/19/popandrock.elliottsmithhttps://drownedinsound.com/news/8767-elliott-smith--coroners-report-posted-online-happy-ending-release-shelvedhttps://youtu.be/AzfQ7bZgQtchttps://justiceforelliottsmithcom.wordpress.com/

    • 42 min
    CALL TO ACTION: WHERE IS BRITTANY OMSTEAD? (URGENT PLEASE HELP)

    CALL TO ACTION: WHERE IS BRITTANY OMSTEAD? (URGENT PLEASE HELP)

    ***MISSING***Brittany Omstead 23 years oldFrom Butler, PALast seen Friday, 10/23/2020 at 10:30am5'4 and of average buildCurly blonde hair and blue eyes.Was thought to be last seen wearing a hoodie and sweatpants.Was supposed to be a bridesmaid in a wedding today, however her dress is still hanging up at her residence.Her vehicle and cell phone were also left at her residence.Investigating Agencies:Pennsylvania State PD (Butler County) - (724) 284-8100Butler County Sheriff - (724) 284-5245Butler City PD - (724) 287-7743Slippery Rock PD - (724) 794-8528There is a search today at:211 Drake LaneSlippery Rock, PAPlease contact Meredith Mays at (724) 712-1795 to helpPlease wear orange as it is hunting seasonVolunteers needed to cover over 211 acresFind Brittany FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3335458833218975/?ref=shareJoin Our Facebook Group to Request a Topic: https://t.co/DeSZIIMgXs?amp=1Support Our Patreon For More Unreleased Content: https://www.patreon.com/themiserymachinePayPal: https://www.paypal.me/themiserymachineInstagram: miserymachinepodcastTwitter: misery_podcastDiscord: https://discord.gg/kCCzjZM#podcast #documentary #truecrime 

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