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A look into the life and crimes of the world’s most infamous serial killers. Featuring interviews with family members, forensic experts, law enforcement, and witnesses.

From John Wayne Gacy and Jeffrey Dahmer to the “Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez and the Butcher of Plainfield, Ed Gein–What Makes a Killer explores how they became killers.

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A look into the life and crimes of the world’s most infamous serial killers. Featuring interviews with family members, forensic experts, law enforcement, and witnesses.

From John Wayne Gacy and Jeffrey Dahmer to the “Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez and the Butcher of Plainfield, Ed Gein–What Makes a Killer explores how they became killers.

    2: Thierry Paulin

    2: Thierry Paulin

    On November 25th, 1987 in Paris, France. 87-year old Bertha Finalteri was strangled and robbed. It was the latest in a string of older women being robbed, tortured, and murdered . . . but Bertha survived. The culprits were a pair of young lovers, Thierry Paulin and Jean-Thierry Maturin. And when they split up, Paulin continued to steal from helpless women – and admitted to killing at least 21 people.

    This episode is sponsored by:
    It was Simple: The Betty Broderick Murders Podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/it-was-simple-the-betty-broderick-murders/id1513430448)

    Original music by Ben Krejci (https://soundcloud.com/ben-krejci) , Daniel Birch (https://www.danielbirchmusic.com/) , Kai Engel (https://www.kai-engel.com/) , Lee Rosevere (https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com/) , 

    Sergey Cheremisinov (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Sergey_Cheremisinov) , and  Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com/) .

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    • 46 min
    1: Dorothea Puente

    1: Dorothea Puente

    In November 1988, detectives in Sacramento California discovered the body of a missing man named Burt Montoya. His body was found buried in the yard of the boarding house he had been living in. The woman in charge of the boarding house was shocked by the discovery of her tenant, but as more and more bodies were discovered, it became apparent that the little old landlady was not as innocent as she looked.

    Original music by Ben Krejci (https://soundcloud.com/ben-krejci) , Kai Engel (https://www.kai-engel.com/) , Daniel Birch (https://www.danielbirchmusic.com/) , and  Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com/) .
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) .

    • 48 min
    Wondery presents GURU: The Dark Side of Enlightenment

    Wondery presents GURU: The Dark Side of Enlightenment

    When we face challenges in life, we seek answers from people we believe can help us. When tragedy strikes an exclusive retreat with a self-help superstar, many people are left to wonder: how far is too far? James Arthur Ray was an Oprah-endorsed self-help teacher who achieved fame, fortune, and influence. But friends and family members of his followers questioned his unorthodox methods, and tried to stop him. From Wondery, the makers of “Dirty John,” “Dr. Death,” and “The Shrink Next Door,” comes a story about the dark side of enlightenment. Hosted by journalist Matt Stroud.

     

    Listen today at http://wondery.fm/whatmakes_guru

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    13: What Makes A Killer Season 2

    13: What Makes A Killer Season 2

    What Makes a Killer is a series that chronicles the lives and crimes of the world’s most notorious killers. In every episode host Jennifer Nittoso will trace a killer’s origins, examine their behavior, and follow their path to bloodshed. We’ll hear from family members, survivors, and experts to uncover how they became killers.

    On this season, we will cover thirteen killers, each more sinister than the last. Who was the Death House Landlady? And how did the Sunderland Strangler get his name? All this and more will be answered this season. 

    What Makes a Killer returns July 2nd. New episodes released every Thursday. Subscribe now on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you find your favorite shows.

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    12: Volker Eckert

    12: Volker Eckert

    On the Season finale of What Makes a Killer: On November 17th 2006, police in the German city of Cologne searched the vehicle of a 47-year man suspected of murder. What they found inside the truck was a collection of gruesome memorabilia. That day, police apprehended Volker Eckert, bringing an end to a 32 year career of murder that spanned five European countries. To this day, the exact number of his victims is still unknown.
    This episode is sponsored by: 
    Kenko (https://www.kencko.com/)
    Hello Fresh (https://www.hellofresh.com/?locale=en-US)
    Original music by Ben Krejci (https://soundcloud.com/ben-krejci) and Kai Engel (https://www.kai-engel.com/) .
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) .

    • 45 min
    11: Jeffrey Dahmer, The Milwaukee Cannibal

    11: Jeffrey Dahmer, The Milwaukee Cannibal

    Shortly before midnight on July 22nd, 1991, two Milwaukee police officers were flagged down in their patrol car by a man with a pair of handcuffs dangling from one wrist. The man had escaped from a small one bedroom apartment. When the officers went to investigate, they found themselves in a living nightmare.
    Between 1978 and 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer killed 17 young men and boys by luring them back to his apartment where he would drug and strangle them. But it wasn’t the act of murder that thrilled Dahmer - it was the dead bodies of his victims that he was interested in . . . 
    This episode is sponsored by: Hello Fresh (https://www.hellofresh.com/?locale=en-US)
    Original music by Ben Krejci (https://soundcloud.com/ben-krejci) and Kai Engel (https://www.kai-engel.com/) .
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) .

    • 49 min

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