The internet is a strange and sometimes mysterious place impacts us all day, every day. Internet Freakshows offers bite-sized episodes on true crime, mysteries, freaks, trolls, and weirdos that happen exclusively on the internet, on social media sites, chat rooms, and the deep web. So toss on those headphones, download these episodes off this freaky internet, and prepare to be creeped out by the very same internet that has infiltrated the lives of you and everyone you know.
Google Maps Solving True Crimes and Mysteries
You can’t really have a podcast that discusses the internet without talking a lot about Google. So this episode is all about Google’s role in real-life missing persons cases and other crimes. We’ll start with the story of William Earl Moldt.
Moldt was a 40-year-old man with a pretty average life. He was a mortgage broker. He was about 6 feet tall, and about 225 pounds. He disappeared back in 1997. He’d been out drinking at a strip club the night before, calling his girlfriend from there at about 9:30PM, telling her he was going to be leaving soon. He was confirmed as leaving the bar at 11PM.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor and the Lost Demo Tape
Godspeed You! Black Emperor is a band originally formed in Canada in 1994. They’re an experimental rock group who has had quite a bit of success. Their most popular song is called East Hastings, and it was featured in the 2002 film, “28 Days Later”. Anyone who has seen the movie likely remembers that haunting song as the film’s protagonist wanders around a deserted city.
That’s not the only success the band has had though. Throughout the years, and despite the various drama that bands have with members leaving and hiatuses to pursue other projects, they’ve collected quite a cult following and they still produce music today. So while you may not have heard of this band, all you need to know for the purposes of this podcast are that the band is popular in many circles with rabid fans dying to hear their music.
In 1994 shortly after forming the band, they assembled at a small studio in New Brunswick to record an album. This album had a very small run. Just 33 copies of this cassette tape were created in total, and over the years all cassettes vanished. Despite the best efforts by the fans to track down the missing album, they were unsuccessful. The album was destined to be lost forever. Even the band didn't have a copy.
This is the story of Bianca Devins, a young woman who put too much trust into a man she’d met online, and a man who used a murder to elevate his social media clout. We’ll go over the role technology played in this crime and the distribution of the horrific photos taken at the crime scene, how always looking for more internet influence can sometimes lead to bad decisions, and how the internet was used to stalk and ultimately murder a young Instagram Influencer. But if we dig a little deeper into this freakshow, I think we’ll find that this story is also about how, sometimes, the good of the internet can overpower the bad.
Ring of Cannibals
This is a story about how the internet played a part in both the propagation and the collapse of a large, multinational network of child pornographers.
We know from shows like To Catch a Predator that, sometimes, law enforcement will pose online to bait potential or active predators into a trap. And that’s how this story starts as well. An agent chatted online with a group of people who fantasized about kidnapping, raping, killing, and eating small toddlers and infants.
Kutchie's Key Lime Pies
n October of 2009, a user on the internet took to comment sections on various blogs and articles and started leaving comments about key lime pies from a restaurant named Kutchie’s Key West Cafe. Comments like this are one of the reasons the internet is so great. In fact, entire social networks are devoted to leaving reviews like these, like Yelp. Even Google and Apple Maps have restaurant reviews built into the respective apps. If you find a restaurant or a dish you enjoy, it makes sense to take to the internet and spread that advice.
Jennifer Ringley made history on April 3, 1996. At the time she was a junior attending Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. Like so many college kids, she wanted to use technology to share her life with friends, family, and strangers alike. This was years before social media and instragram, so Jenny had to get clever if she wanted to share what was going on in her life.
Without access to smartphones and constant internet connections, Jenny instead hooked up a webcam to her computer and set up a website that would update every 3 minutes with images taken from that webcam.
Fantastic and weird
Great variety of well researched strange topics. The only issue I have is the long absences in between episodes.
i just found this podcast and i love it ! very brief but still thorough with explanations and i love the discussions of opinions on the story. very nice !
Glad I found this podcast through the boys Twiztid