38 episodes

Criminal Broads is a true crime + history podcast about wild women who’ve ended up on the wrong side of the law, whether for leading a cult, serially murdering their husbands, swindling billionaires, or faking ectoplasm. The podcast is hosted by Tori Telfer, author of “Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History.”

Criminal Broads Tori Telfer

    • True Crime
    • 4.7 • 587 Ratings

Criminal Broads is a true crime + history podcast about wild women who’ve ended up on the wrong side of the law, whether for leading a cult, serially murdering their husbands, swindling billionaires, or faking ectoplasm. The podcast is hosted by Tori Telfer, author of “Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History.”

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    • 14 min
    The Jolly One: Jane Toppan

    The Jolly One: Jane Toppan

    Midnight. A hospital ward. A young woman writhes in her bed in pain. But wait—here comes the night nurse, Jane Toppan, with a cool glass of water, promising to make it all…go…away…
    The story of Jane Toppan will chill you to your core, shake you to your bones, and remind you of the inconvenient truth that female serial killers can be just as deadly as the male ones.
    Want more Criminal Broads? Come to Caveat NYC on October 30 at 70 pm to see me and the host of DIE-ALOGUE talk about female cult leaders!!! Get your tickets here!
    *** SUPPORT THE PODCAST! Become a Patreon supporter and get a cool postcard and bonus content on each broad. Snag a free month of weird and entertaining courses at The Great Courses Plus at thegreatcoursesplus.com/broads by entering code FREEMO. And get 10% off your first month of Betterhelp at betterhelp.com/criminalbroads. ***
    Sources: 
    Fatal by Harold Schechter
    Music:
    “Guilty” by Richard A. Whiting, Harry Akst, and Gus Kahn, sung by Anna Telfer
     “Shake It and Break It” by Lanin's Southern Serenaders, licensed under a Public Domain / Sound Recording Common Law Protection License”
    “The Haunted House” by Haunted Corpse, via freemusicarchive.org.
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    • 55 min
    Evil Blonde: Suzane Von Richthofen

    Evil Blonde: Suzane Von Richthofen

    On Halloween night, a young woman sneaks her boyfriend into her house…to kill her parents. Meet Suzane Von Richthofen, Brazil’s biggest teen girl psychopath. 
    Mega-thanks to Luiz Alberto Moura for the research assistance! Read his work on serial killers here.
    Want more Criminal Broads? Come to Caveat NYC on October 30 at 70 pm to see me the host of DIE-ALOGUE talk about female cult leaders!!! Get your tickets here!
    *** SUPPORT THE PODCAST! Become a Patreon supporter and get a cool postcard and bonus content on each broad. Get 30% off all Proverb jewelry with code BROADS. Snag a free month of weird and entertaining courses at The Great Courses Plus at thegreatcoursesplus.com/broads by entering code FREEMO. And check out the new Nevertheless She Existed podcast!***
    Sources: “Sex-and-murder transfixes Brazil,” The Windsor Star, 24 July 2006
    “‘Red Baron’ heiress who plotted to murder parents gets 39 years,” The Times, 24 July 2006
    “Red Baron Descendant's Murder Trial Is Hot Ticket,” Bloomberg News, June 2, 2006
    + Brazilian sources aplenty! https://entretenimento.uol.com.br/noticias/redacao/2019/06/23/carla-diaz-se-inspira-em-silencio-dos-inocentes-para-interpretar-suzane-von-richthofen.htm https://noticias.uol.com.br/cotidiano/ultimas-noticias/2019/05/08/suzane-von-richthofen-deixa-prisao-para-saida-de-dia-das-maes.htm https://tvefamosos.uol.com.br/noticias/redacao/2019/07/12/reporter-da-globo-cita-poder-de-seducao-de-suzane-von-richthofen-em-prisao.htm https://super.abril.com.br/mundo-estranho/suzane-von-richtofen-o-crime-que-chocou-o-brasil/ https://g1.globo.com/sp/vale-do-paraiba-regiao/noticia/teste-para-aval-a-soltura-de-suzane-richthofen-indica-detenta-egocentrica-e-narcisista.ghtml http://g1.globo.com/fantastico/noticia/2017/06/prontuario-diz-que-richthofen-estava-com-higiene-precaria-e-olhar-vidrado.html https://g1.globo.com/sao-paulo/noticia/irmao-de-suzane-von-richthofen-e-internado-em-ala-psiquiatrica-de-hospital-em-sp.ghtml https://veja.abril.com.br/brasil/daniel-cravinhos-vai-sair-em-lua-de-mel/ https://vejasp.abril.com.br/cidades/romance-suzane-richthofen-sandra-gomes-tremembe-presidio/ https://canalcienciascriminais.jusbrasil.com.br/artigos/323442322/caso-richthofen https://g1.globo.com/sao-paulo/noticia/irmao-de-suzane-von-richthofen-e-internado-em-ala-psiquiatrica-de-hospital-em-sp.ghtml https://istoe.com.br/promotor-de-justica-e-medico-foram-seduzidos-por-suzane-von-richthofen-diz-jornalista/ https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/folha/cotidiano/ult95u62515.shtml 
    Music:
    “Guilty” by Richard A. Whiting, Harry Akst, and Gus Kahn, sung by Anna Telfer
    “Shake It and Break It” by Lanin's Southern Serenaders, licensed under a Public Domain / Sound Recording Common Law Protection License
    “Copo de Veneno” by Karina Buhr, via freemusicarchive.org
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    • 38 min
    The Cause Célèbre: Joan Little

    The Cause Célèbre: Joan Little

    When a young black woman named Joan Little ran from her jail cell, leaving her white male guard dead on the floor—without his pants—the country couldn’t decide who, exactly, Joan Little was. The prosecution said she was a vicious seductress who’d lured the guard in specifically to kill him. The defense said she was an innocent angel who hadn’t even known he was dead. Who in the world was Joan Little, really?
    Want more Criminal Broads? Come to Caveat NYC on October 30 at 70 pm to see me the host of DIE-ALOGUE talk about female cult leaders!!! Get your tickets here!
    *** SUPPORT THE PODCAST! Become a Patreon supporter and get a cool postcard. Get 10% off your first month of Betterhelp at betterhelp.com/criminalbroads. Snag a free month of weird and entertaining courses at The Great Courses Plus at thegreatcoursesplus.com/broads by entering code FREEMO. And check out Harlequin Suspense’s new line of creepy fall books at bit.ly/mustreadsuspense.***
    Sources:
    New York Times coverage of the Joan Little case, 1975-1989The Innocent of Joan Little: A Southern Mystery, by James RestonJoan Little ephemera (including her poem, “I Am Somebody”), from usprisonculture.com“Free Joan Little: Anti-Rape Activism, Black Power, and the Black Freedom Movement,” by Ashley Farmer, from Black Perspectives by AAIHS
    Music:
    “Guilty” by Richard A. Whiting, Harry Akst, and Gus Kahn, sung by Anna Telfer “Shake It and Break It” by Lanin's Southern Serenaders, licensed under a Public Domain / Sound Recording Common Law Protection License“Gospel House Mix 1” by DJ Renay, via archive.org. Public domain. 
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    • 37 min
    Crime-Obsessed Broads: An Interview With Rachel Monroe

    Crime-Obsessed Broads: An Interview With Rachel Monroe

    Why do women love true crime? Wait, no—why do people love true crime? Author Rachel Monroe comes on the podcast to deconstruct our appetite for horrifying true stories. Also covered: relating to the Manson girls, why true crime is not the same as a bowl of oatmeal, the ethics of crime scene photos, and the murky side of the victim's rights movement. Check out Rachel’s new book, Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsessiontoday!
    Want more #content? 1) Subscribe to the new podcast I’m hosting, Why Women Kill, from CBS All Access. 2) Come see me + the host of DIE-ALOGUE talk about female cult leaders in NYC on October 30. Tickets here!
    *** SUPPORT THE PODCAST! Become a Patreon supporter and get a cool postcard. Get a free month of courses at The Great Courses Plus at thegreatcoursesplus.com/broads. Check out Harlequin Suspense’s new line of creepy fall books at bit.ly/mustreadsuspense.***
    Sources:
    Interview with Rachel Monroe: August 28, 2019Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession, by Rachel MonroeRachel’s con-man article in the Atlantic: “The Perfect Man Who Wasn’t,” April 2018 issueThe article about serial rapists we discuss: “An Epidemic of Disbelief,” by Barbara Bradley Hagerty, The Atlantic, August 2019 issue
    Music:
    “Guilty” by Richard A. Whiting, Harry Akst, and Gus Kahn, sung by Anna Telfer“Can You Tame Wild Wimmen?” by Billy Murray, licensed under a Public Domain / Sound Recording Common Law Protection License“Shake It and Break It” by Lanin's Southern Serenaders, licensed under a Public Domain / Sound Recording Common Law Protection License 
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    • 58 min
    Crime-Fighting Broad 005: Kathy Kleiner, Who Survived Ted Bundy

    Crime-Fighting Broad 005: Kathy Kleiner, Who Survived Ted Bundy

    On the night of January 15, 1978, Kathy Kleiner opened her eyes to see the serial killer Ted Bundy standing over her bed. One year later, she stared him down in the courtroom, thinking, “I’m standing, now, and you’re in the bed.”  This is her story, in her own words.
    Here’s the Vulture article about Ted Bundy that I wrote…and my profile of Kathy for Rolling Stone.
    *** SUPPORT THE PODCAST! Become a Patreon supporter and get a cool postcard. Get a free month of courses at The Great Courses Plus at thegreatcoursesplus.com/broads. Get 25% off your Care/of order by heading to takecareof.com and using code CRIMINALBROADS. And check out the new Nevertheless She Existed podcast!***
    Sources: Interview with Kathy Kleiner: August 23, 2019
    Music: “Guilty” by Richard A. Whiting, Harry Akst, and Gus Kahn, sung by Anna Telfer“Shake It and Break It” by Lanin's Southern Serenaders, licensed under a Public Domain / Sound Recording Common Law Protection License“Show Yourself (Living Light remix)” by Ayla Nereo, licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License and used with permission.
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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
587 Ratings

587 Ratings

serabeeee ,

Seriously Tory

I miss hearing your stories, no one quite compares. I don’t mind listening to vintage broads, but I would be so happy if you dropped one once in a while.
Sera

The Page Master ,

Women on the wrong side of the law

What a great podcast. Coming from a guy I love the stories of “Bad Girls” Tori tells in depth and with great detail. From a mans perspective I find it kind of...sexy to know about these bad ass women and what they have done. Some stories are extremely gruesome and shocking others funny and fun. I enjoy and them keep them coming Tori and great job.

AJaxc ,

Good listen!

I just found this podcast and am so glad I did! Great voice, pace and research! Intriguing way of telling stories. BUT OH NO!!!!’ I am so into it and just realized it has ended. Please come back!!!! You tell such great stories!!!

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