22 min

Episode 49: The Von Erich Family Curse Straight-Up Enigmas

    • True Crime

In the 1950s, wrestler Jack Adkisson created his alter ego, Fritz Von Erich, and began what would become a very successful career in the sport. Tragedy, however, struck in 1959, when Jack's six-year-old son died in a bizarre electrical accident. This terrible event would only be the beginning of the so-called Von Erich Family curse. In the years that followed, illness, injuries, depression, drug addiction, and suicide would plague all of Jack’s remaining sons until only one child survived. Can it really be just a horrible happenstance that Fritz Von Erich outlived 5 of his 6 children? If there was a curse, what could he possibly have done to bring it upon himself and his family? Can fame and fortune instead be blamed for the athletes’ deaths? Stay with us as we explore the mysterious and deadly curse of the Von Erich family.
 
Content Sources:
https://medium.com/wrestling-deep-end/wrestling-abuse-and-death-the-twisted-tale-of-the-von-erich-family-ba689fd51021
https://www.oxygen.com/martinis-murder/von-erich-family-curse-wrestling-family-story-dark-side-of-the-ring
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heel_(professional_wrestling)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kayfabe#:~:text=In%20professional%20wrestling%2C%20kayfabe%20%2F%CB%88,predetermined%20nature%20of%20any%20kind
 
Music:
Quarantine Isle was created by Edmond Aggabao: https://soundcloud.com/drumj8/quarantine-isle.
Our theme song, “Straight-Up Enigmas,” was written and created for the podcast by Chuck Flyer.
Long Note One by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100418
Artist: http://incompetech.com/
Lightless Dawn by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100655
Artist: http://incompetech.com/
 
Promos:
Happily Ever Haunted Podcast: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/happily-ever-haunted-podcast
The Can’t Make This Up History Podcast: https://cantmakethisuppodcast.podbean.com/
 
Straight-Up Enigmas is part of the Straight-Up Strange Podcast Network. Join our network’s Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2303355863253191/?source_id=1940822245930372.
Support our show by becoming a Patron! Join us on Patreon at patreon.com/straightupenigmas.
 
If you're thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, help is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 to speak with a counselor today.

In the 1950s, wrestler Jack Adkisson created his alter ego, Fritz Von Erich, and began what would become a very successful career in the sport. Tragedy, however, struck in 1959, when Jack's six-year-old son died in a bizarre electrical accident. This terrible event would only be the beginning of the so-called Von Erich Family curse. In the years that followed, illness, injuries, depression, drug addiction, and suicide would plague all of Jack’s remaining sons until only one child survived. Can it really be just a horrible happenstance that Fritz Von Erich outlived 5 of his 6 children? If there was a curse, what could he possibly have done to bring it upon himself and his family? Can fame and fortune instead be blamed for the athletes’ deaths? Stay with us as we explore the mysterious and deadly curse of the Von Erich family.
 
Content Sources:
https://medium.com/wrestling-deep-end/wrestling-abuse-and-death-the-twisted-tale-of-the-von-erich-family-ba689fd51021
https://www.oxygen.com/martinis-murder/von-erich-family-curse-wrestling-family-story-dark-side-of-the-ring
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heel_(professional_wrestling)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kayfabe#:~:text=In%20professional%20wrestling%2C%20kayfabe%20%2F%CB%88,predetermined%20nature%20of%20any%20kind
 
Music:
Quarantine Isle was created by Edmond Aggabao: https://soundcloud.com/drumj8/quarantine-isle.
Our theme song, “Straight-Up Enigmas,” was written and created for the podcast by Chuck Flyer.
Long Note One by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100418
Artist: http://incompetech.com/
Lightless Dawn by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100655
Artist: http://incompetech.com/
 
Promos:
Happily Ever Haunted Podcast: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/happily-ever-haunted-podcast
The Can’t Make This Up History Podcast: https://cantmakethisuppodcast.podbean.com/
 
Straight-Up Enigmas is part of the Straight-Up Strange Podcast Network. Join our network’s Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2303355863253191/?source_id=1940822245930372.
Support our show by becoming a Patron! Join us on Patreon at patreon.com/straightupenigmas.
 
If you're thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, help is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 to speak with a counselor today.

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