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It’s a lighthearted nightmare in here, weirdos! Morbid is a true crime, creepy history and all things spooky podcast hosted by an autopsy technician and a hairstylist. Join us for a heavy dose of research with a dash of comedy thrown in for flavor.

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It’s a lighthearted nightmare in here, weirdos! Morbid is a true crime, creepy history and all things spooky podcast hosted by an autopsy technician and a hairstylist. Join us for a heavy dose of research with a dash of comedy thrown in for flavor.

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    “Jolly Jane” Toppan: Angel of Mercy (Part 1)

    “Jolly Jane” Toppan: Angel of Mercy (Part 1)

    This episode comes out for free on 05/02, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.

    When Jane Toppan began training to be a nurse at Cambridge Hospital in 1885, she was bright,

    eager, and well-liked by her peers and seemed to form easy bonds with the oldest and most

    vulnerable patients. What no one knew at the time was, once Jane managed to get time alone

    with her patients, she began conducting medical experiments by injecting them with various

    drugs and even going so far as to get into bed with them to hold them close to her as they died

    from the overdoses she’d administered.



    Thank you to the amazing Dave White of Bring me the Axe Podcast for research!



    References
    Boston Globe. 1902. "Agree that she's insane." Boston Globe, April 6: 1.

    —. 1901. "Alden P. Davis' death due to another cause." Boston Globe, November 21: 1.

    —. 1901. "Hint to watch Miss Toppan." Boston Globe, October 31: 5.

    —. 1901. "Inquiry is under way." Boston Globe, August 31: 1.

    —. 1902. "Is Miss Toppan sane." Boston Globe, March 26: 1.

    —. 1904. "Jane Toppan an imbecile." Boston Globe, July 10: 6.

    —. 1902. "Jane Toppan insane, found not guilty." Boston Globe, June 24: 1.

    —. 1938. "Jane Toppan, poisoner of 31, dies in hospital at age pf 81." Boston Globe, August 18: 1.

    —. 1901. "Marriage and money." Boston Globe, November 1: 1.

    —. 1901. "Murder by poison." Boston Globe, October 31: 1.

    —. 1901. "No cause for suspicion." Boston Globe, November 4: 2.

    Lowell Historical Society. 2022. Lowell’s ties to “Jolly” Jane, Massachusetts’ Female Serial Killer. October 29. Accessed March 28, 2024. https://www.lowellhistoricalsociety.org/lowells-ties-to-jolly-jane-massachusetts-female-serial-killer/.

    New York Times. 1904. "Jane Toppan, an extraordinary case of moral insanity." New York Times, October 23: A2.

    —. 1938. "Miss Jane Toppan, 84, Mass poisoner, dies." New York Times, August 18: 15.

    Schechter, Harold. 2012. Fatal: The Poisonous Life of a Female Serial Killer. New York, NY: Pocket Books.

    The Murder of Timothy Coggins

    The Murder of Timothy Coggins

    This episode comes out for free on 04/29 and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.

    On the evening of October 9, 1983, twenty-three-year-old Timothy Coggins met up with some friends for a night out at the People’s Choice club, a popular night club in Griffin, Georgia, a rural area about forty-five minutes outside of Atlanta. When Tim didn’t return home the next day, his family assumed he’d stayed at a friend’s house, as he often did on nights he stayed out late. Those assumptions were shattered one day later, when investigators showed up at the Coggins’ front door carrying a photograph of what would be identified as Tim’s dead, mutilated body.

    At first, local investigators assured the Coggins family they would find whoever was responsible for Tim’s brutal murder; however, within just a couple weeks, it was clear they didn’t have any leads or evidence, nor did they seem all that interested in investigating Tim’s death. Eventually, the months passed into years and the case went completely cold and Tim’s family lost any hope of his killers being brought to justice. Then, more than three decades after his death, investigators contacted the Coggins family and told them they’d found the men responsible for Tim’s death.

    Timothy Coggins’ story is yet another reminder of how in many parts of the United States, the hideous beliefs of a bygone era are still alive and well, devastating families and perverting the justice system.

    Thank you to the incredible Dave White of Bring Me the Axe and 99 Cent Rental Podcasts for Research!

    References
    Boone, Christian. 2018. "Well proves crucial in cold murder case." Atlanta Journal Constitution, July 1.

    —. 2017. "2 boasted of dragging black man behind pickup truck." Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 1.

    —. 2018. "Race center stage at trial's opening." Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 21.

    Franklin Gebhard v. The State of Georgia. 2019. S19A1582 (Supreme Court of Georgia, December 23).

    Gomez, Melissa, and Matt Stevens. 2018. "Conviction after 34 years in murder of Black man." New York Times, June 27.

    Helm, Nelson. 2017. "5 arrested in connection with '83 murder in Spaulding County." Atlanta Constitution, October 14: B1.

    —. 2017. "Dragging death case was racial." Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 2.

    2022. Cold Case Files. Directed by Ricky Lewis. Performed by Ricky Lewis.

    Lowery, Wesley. 2020. "A Brutal Lynching. An Indifferent Police Force. A 34-Year Wait for Justice." GQ Magazine, July 17.

    McLaughlin, Eliott C. 2017. "Killers meant to 'send a message,' sheriff says of 1983." CNN Wire, October 20.

    Listener Tales 85

    Listener Tales 85

    This episode comes out for free on 04/25, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.

    Weirdos! It's Listener Tales, and they're brought to you BY you, FOR you, FROM you, and ALL ABOUT YOU. This week's episode is brought to you by... DREAMS! We hear about a ghostly soggy nighttime visitor, a story about getting sucked into a void by a dying relation, a dream town with the clocktower, a dream about the previous owner of a house who has passed on, and a weirdo who inadvertently astral projected!

    If you’ve got a listener tale please send it on over to Morbidpodcast@gmail.com with “Listener Tales” somewhere in the subject line :)

    The Glove Guy (With Jordan Bonaparte from The Night Time Podcast)

    The Glove Guy (With Jordan Bonaparte from The Night Time Podcast)

    Trigger warning: Please be aware that adult subject matter is discussed within this episode and is not recommended for young listeners.




    Jordan Bonaparte from the Night Time Podcast joins us to talk about his deep dive into the lore of the nefarious 'Glove Guy'. Initially, he thought the man to be little more than an urban legend and published a post asking for people to tell about their experiences. Men of Halifax, Canada, flooded his inquiry with stories claiming to have EXTREMELY strange late night interactions with the man. The stories are odd, but what Jordan experienced after his podcast released was truly unexpected.




    Resources:

    Author unknown. 2016. Warning men of Halifax: The Glove Man. Accessed April 08, 2024. https://www.reddit.com/r/halifax/comments/6qqr7c/warning_men_of_halifax_the_glove_man/.

    Bonaparte, Jordan. 2024. "The Halifax Glove Guy." Night Time Podcast. Halifax, Nova Scotia, April 11-14. Accessed April 08, 2024. https://www.nighttimepodcast.com/episodes/gloveguy.




    Jackson Weaver. 2019. How a podcast on Halifax's 'Glove Guy' led to an intellectual property dispute. July 12. Accessed April 08, 2024. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/nighttime-podcast-name-disputed-1.5203527.




    Lamoureux, Mack, and MJ Banias. 2019. This Late-Night Glove Salesman Masturbating Story Is Very Weird But Also True. August 30. Accessed April 08, 2024. 




    https://www.vice.com/en/article/3kxb9n/this-late-night-glove-salesman-masturbating-story-is-very-weird-but-also-true.




    Love the Gloves. No date. Love the Gloves. Accessed April 08, 2024. https://web.archive.org/web/20180715035720/http://lovethegloves.com/.




    —. 2013. LoveTheGloves Halifax, Nova Scotia. Accessed April 08, 2024. https://www.youtube.com/@lovethegloveshalifaxnovasc6534?app=desktop.

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders

    The Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders

    On the evening of February 4, 1972, middle school friends Maureen Sterling and Yvonne Weber left their homes with a plan to hitchhike to the Redwood Empire Ice Arena in Santa Rosa, California—it was the last time either girl would be seen alive. Nearly one year later, the bodies of Maureen and Yvonne were discovered at the foot of a steep embankment in a rural part of Santa Rosa, identifiable only by the jewelry Maureen had been wearing the night she left the house. 




    By the time the remains of Sterling and Weber were discovered, three other young women from the Santa Rosa area had gone missing or been found murdered, all of whom had been seen hitchhiking just prior to their disappearance. In time, law enforcement officials would link Sterling and Weber’s murders to the other three woman discovered in 1972, and three others that occurred in the year that followed, all believed to have been killed by the same man or men. 




    The Santa Rosa hitchhiker murders, as they’re informally known, are one California’s most perplexing cold cases in the state’s history. In addition to the eight women believed to be victims of the same killer, there are several others who disappeared under similar circumstances and could potentially be additional victims. Although there have been several theories as to who was responsible for the deaths, including Ted Bundy and the Zodiac Killer, there has never been any evidence to positively identify the killer.




    Thank you to the brilliant David White, of the Bring Me the Axe podcast, for research!




    References

    Cook, Stephen. 1975. "Death census--young women, hitchhikers, strangulation." San Francisco Examiner, April 25: 24.

    Dowd, Katie. 2022. "Search continues for Bay Area serial killer who murdered at least 7 women and girls." San Francisco Chronicle, March 13.

    Fagan, Kevin. 2011. "Ted Bundy a suspect in Sonoma County cold cases." San Francisco Chronicle, July 7.

    Johnson, Julie, and Randi Rossmann. 2011. "40-year-old mystery." Press Democrat, July 29: 1.

    LaFever, Matt. 2022. 49 years ago, a southern Humboldt woman was killed on her way home for Christmas. July 21. Accessed March 13, 2024. https://mendofever.com/2022/07/21/49-years-ago-a-southern-humboldt-woman-was-killed-on-her-way-home-for-christmas-by-the-santa-rosa-hitchhiker-murderer/.

    Press Democrat. 1974. "FBI says nylon rope little help in slaying investigation ." Press Democrat, January 10: 3.

    —. 1972. "Female hitchhikers and the pain of Kim's mother." Press Democrat, April 27: 1.

    —. 1972. "Femnale hitchhikers and the pain of Kim's mother." Press Democrat, April 27: 1.

    —. 1972. "Hitchhiking SRJC coed is missing." Press Democrat, April 27: 1.

    —. 1972. "Lawmen say woman's killer could be injured." Press Democrat, March 9.

    —. 1972. "Slain woman was tortured; no identity yet." Press Democrat, March 8.

    Reid, James. 1973. "$2,000 offered in death of girls." Press Democrat, January 3: 1.

    —. 1973. "Another slain girl found east of SR." Press Democrat, August 1: 1.

    —. 1973. "Who is the slain girl found off county road?" Press Democrat, August 2: 1.

    —. 1975. "Zodiac theory doubted." Press Democrat, April 24: 1.

    Rossmann, Randi. 1989. "Police don't like to give up on slayings." Press Democrat, March 5: 1.

    Saludes, Bony. 1973. "Bodies identified as two missing SR girls." Press Democrat, Janaury 1: 1.

    Sonoma County Sheriff's Office. 1972. Female Homicide Victims Report (Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders). Law enforcement, Santa Rosa, CA: Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.

    United Press International. 1973. "Officers seek link in deaths of 5 girls." Los Angeles Times, August 17: 3.

    Volkerts, Art. 1972. "Secret witness--can you help solve a crime?" Press Democrat, December 27: 1.

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield (Part 3)

    Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield (Part 3)

    What drove the mild-mannered farmer to commit such hideous and depraved acts in America’s heartland, and why do people from around the world continue to find him so infamous?




    Thank you to the magical Dave White of Bring Me the Axe Podcast for research!




    References

    Associated Press. 1968. "Gein prosecution winds up murder testimony." Capital Times, November 9: 9.

    —. 1968. "Gein ruled fit to stand trial." Green Bay Press-Gazette, January 16: 1.

    Capital Times. 1958. "Bar Gein house admission fees." Capital Times, March 12: 4.

    —. 1957. "Claims ten skulls came from graves ." Capital Times, November 18: 1.

    —. 1958. "Gein insane, psychiatrist tells court." Capital Times, January 6: 3.

    —. 1957. "Nearly wed gein, woman reveals." Capital Times, November 20: 1.

    —. 1957. "Plan to open at least two." Capital Times, November 23: 1.

    —. 1957. "Weeping Gein joins minister in prayer." Capital Times, November 22: 1.

    —. 1957. "'Won't believe' graves robbed ." Capital Times, November 19: 1.

    Daily Tribune. 1954. "Believe Bancroft tavernkeeper was slain." Daily Tribune, December 9: 1.

    —. 1944. "Rites today for the man who died in Roche-a-Cri fire." Daily Tribune, May 19: 1.

    Engel, Dave. 2005. "Whatever happened to Mary Hogan?" Daily Tribune, December 5: 6.

    La Crosse Tribune. 1957. "State pushes murder charges against ." La Crosse Tribune, November 22: 1.

    Portage Daily Register. 1957. "New rifle in shop used in slaying storekeeper." Portage Daily Register, November 19: 1.

    Schechter, Harold. 1998. Deviant: The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein, the Original Psycho. New York, NY: Gallery Books.

    Stevens Point Journal. 1958. "Ed Gein's real estate sold for under $4,000." Stevens Point Journal, March 31: 1.

    —. 1958. "Gein farmhouse leveled by early morning blaze." Stevens Point Journal, March 20: 1.

    —. 1958. "Open house at Gein farm draws crowds." Stevens Point Journal, March 24: 1.

    —. 1957. "Results of lie test announced." Stevens Point Journal, November 20: 1.

    —. 1954. "Woman's disappearance hints slaying at Pine Grove tavern." Stevens Point Journal, December 9: 1.

    United Press. 1957. "Hospital gets ready for Gein." Capital Times, November 23: 2.

    United Press International. 1968. "Ed Gein found guilty of 1957 murder in Plainfield." Capital Times, November 14: 2.

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    • 1 hr 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
88.5K Ratings

88.5K Ratings

jpoleary93 ,

February 22 George Saxton

This is my husbands ancestor! I discovered about the murder last year and the original newspaper article about the murder and trial. Very exciting to listen to this.

yikesuhoh ,

Glove Guy

I feel the episode is pretty inappropriate… the hosts and guest are making light of someone who is clearly escalating. Feel like everyone involved in true crime podcasting should recognize that.

JayBird4579 ,

Better than all the rest!

I love these weirdos! I feel like I’m hanging with fellow gal pals talking about all the weirdness and true crime crazies! My favorite podcast always ❤️

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