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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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    The Career Girl Murders (Part 1)

    The Career Girl Murders (Part 1)

    This episode comes out for free on 03/07 and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.

    On August 28, 1963, Patricia Tolles returned home from work to find her New York City apartment ransacked, a bloody knife in the bathroom, and her roommates, Emily Hoffert and Janice Wylie, nowhere to be found. Patricia went to the lobby and called Janice’s father, Max Wylie, who came over immediately and searched the apartment, finding the bodies of his daughter and Hoffert in one of the bedrooms. Labeled by the press as the “Career Girl Murders,” the murders of Wylie and Hoffert shook the relatively quiet Upper East Side neighborhood and left many residents—particularly young women—feeling vulnerable and afraid.



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



    References

    Anderson, David. 1965. "Jury that convicted Whitmore to be questioned on race bias." New York Times, January 15: 19.

    Bigart, Homer. 1963. "Killing of 2 girls yields no clue; police question 500 in a month." New York Times, September 27: 1.

    Buckley, Thomas. 1964. "Youth is accused in Wylie slaying." New York Times, April 26: 1.

    Clark, Alfred E. 1963. "Girl got phone threats 10 days before murder." New York Times, August 30: 13.

    Gansberg, Martin. 1964. "East Side tenants sigh in relief at capture of slaying suspect." New York Times, April 27: 21.

    Johnson, Marilynn S. 2011. "The Career Girl Murders: Gender, Race, and Crime in 1960s New York." Women's Studies Quarerly (The Feminist Press at City University of New York) 244-261.

    Jones, Theodore. 1965. "Jury finds Robles guilty in Wylie-Hoffert killings." New York Times, December 2: 1.

    —. 1965. "Witness says Robles pondered murdering girls." New York Times, November 4: 40.

    Kihiss, Peter. 1964. "Brooklyn indicts 3-slaying suspect." New York Times, April 29: 48.

    Lefkowitz, Bernard, and Ken Gross. 1969. The Victims: The Wylie-Hoffert Murder Case and its Strange Aftermath. New York, NY: Putnam.

    National Registry of Exonerations. n.d. George Whitmore, Jr. Accessed January 17, 2024. https://www.law.umich.edu/special/exoneration/Pages/casedetailpre1989.aspx?caseid=358.

    New York Times. 1963. "2 girls murdered in E. 88th St. flat." New York Times, August 29: 1.

    —. 1975. "Max Wylie, writer, murder victim's father, is suicide." New York Times, September 23: 24.

    —. 1946. "Suspect in slaying of 2 career girls found sane here." New York Times, October 17: 31.

    —. 1964. "Whitmore guilty of rape attempt in Brooklyn case." New York Times, November 19: 43.

    Roth, Jack. 1965. "Trial fading out in Wylie murder." New York Times, January 22: 17.

    The People of the State of New York, v. Richard Robles. 1970. 27 N.Y.2d 155 (Court of Appeals of the State of New York, September 24).

    Tolchin, Martin. 1964. "Victim describes Brooklyn attack." New York Times, November 13: 30.

    The Execution of Hamida Djandoubi (with Special Guests Alvin & Fran From Affirmative Murder Podcast)

    The Execution of Hamida Djandoubi (with Special Guests Alvin & Fran From Affirmative Murder Podcast)

    This episode comes out for free on 03/04 and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.

    Alvin & Fran from Affirmative Murder Podcast join us today to tell us about the execution of Hamida Djandoubi. On September 10th, 1977, Djandoubi's execution sentence was carried out by Guillotine, and marked the last time it was used for capital punishment in the western world.

    Listener Tales 83

    Listener Tales 83

    Weirdos! Get cozy and get ready to listen to our 83rd batch of Listener Tales! They're brought to you BY you, FOR you, FROM you, and ALL ABOUT YOU!

     In this episode we have a family of witchy women, get visits from spirits of four-legged family who passed over the rainbow bridge, abandon a morally tainted valentine birthday cake, and get AGGRESSIVELY RSVP'd by an entity from another realm!3

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

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    • 57 min
    The Unsolved Murder of Georgette Bauerdorf

    The Unsolved Murder of Georgette Bauerdorf

    On the morning of October 12, 1944, Lulu Atwood arrived at the El Palacio Apartments in West Hollywood, where she worked cleaning apartments for wealthy and celebrity clients. When Lulu reached the apartment of twenty-year-old Georgette Bauerdorf, she called out and when she got no reply, she entered the apartment to begin her work. Inside, Lulu could hear the water running in the bathtub upstairs, and when she made her way to the second-floor bathroom, she found the dead body of Georgette Bauerdorf half-submerged in the water.

    As a well-known socialite and the prominent daughter of a wealthy oil tycoon, Georgette’s untimely death surprised the Los Angeles society circles in which she moved. But when her death was officially labeled a murder, and one with sexual overtones, their surprise turned to shock and dismay—who would have wanted to kill Georgette Bauerdorf and why?

    As a member of Hollywood’s elite class, Georgette Bauerdorf’s murder dominated the headlines of Los Angeles papers for weeks, but when the leads dried up just a few weeks later and no new suspects were identified, the case went cold and by the end of the year the investigation was essentially shelved. Once considered alongside the Black Dahlia as one of Los Angeles’ most notorious unsolved murders, today the story of Georgette Bauerdorf has now all but faded from public memory, making it unlikely the mystery will ever be solved. 

    Thank you to David White, of The Bring Me the Axe Podcast, for research!

    References

    Buffalo Evening News. 1944. "Murder theory studied in death of wealthy girl." Buffalo Evening News, October 13: 1.

    Dowd, Katie. 2021. "A California oil heiress was strangled in her apartment. Who got away with murder?" SF Gate, November 28.

    Foster, Ernest. 1944. "Heiress found dead in bathtub mystery." Daily News, October 13: 224.

    Los Angeles Times. 1944. "Evidence shows heiress waged terrific fight." Los Angeles Times, October 15: 3.

    —. 1944. "Ex-soldiers tale of killing heiress here discounted." Los Angeles Times, December 29: 6.

    —. 1944. "Girl mystery death laid to attacker." Los Angeles Times, October 14: 1.

    —. 1944. "Girl mystery death laid to attacker." Los Angeles Times, October 14: 1.

    —. 1945. "Note professing Bauerdorf girl slaying knowledge pondered." Los Angeles Times, September 21: 2.

    —. 1944. "Oil heiress death clues valueless, deputies say." Los Angeles Times, October 17: 5.

    —. 1945. "Self-appointed sleuth held in heiress' death." Los Angeles Times, September 25: 2.

    —. 1944. "Tale of killing heiress here false, ex-soldier concedes." Los Angeles Times, December 30: 11.

    New York Times. 1944. "Miss Bauerdorf, oil man's daughter, slain by strangler in her Hollywood apartment." New York Times, October 14: 15.

    San Francisco Examiner . 1944. "Heiress' generosity believed to have led to her murder ." San Francisco Examiner , October 15: 3.

    San Francisco Examiner. 1944. "Hollywood girl believed strangled far from home." San Francisco Examiner, October 20: 3.

    —. 1944. "New theory in girl slaying." San Francisco Examiner, October 27: 15.

    —. 1944. "Police reject confession." San Francisco Examiner, December 30: 24.

    —. 1944. "Slaying of Oil Heiress in Hollywood confessed." San Francisco Examiner, December 29: 3.

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    • 52 min
    Anna George and the Murder of George Saxton

    Anna George and the Murder of George Saxton

     On the evening of October 6, 1898, forty-eight-year-old George Saxton, brother of First Lady Ida McKinley, was riding his bike to the home of his lady friend Eva Althouse when an assailant dressed in black emerged from the shadows and fired two shots. Wounded, George crawled towards Eva’s house and had just reached the front steps when the shooter approached and fired two more shots, killing him almost instantly.

    Within hours of Saxton’s death, his former mistress, Anna George, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. For more than a decade, Saxton and George had been carrying on a scandalous relationship that began as an illicit affair until Saxton successfully convinced George to divorce her husband, supposedly with promises to marry her. However, once she was a single woman again, Saxton’s enthusiasm for marriage had cooled and over time his interest in Anna waned. 

    Anna George’s sensational arrest and trial dominated headlines for months and, as Saxton was extremely unpopular, many people sympathized with the accused woman and even reveled in Saxton’s death. After an intense and closely watched three-week trial, Anna George was acquitted of the murder and soon after she faded out of the spotlight, leaving the murder of George Saxton officially unsolved to this day.




    Thank you to the glorious David White, of the Bring Me The Axe Podcast, for research!




    References

    Akron Beacon Journal. 1906. "Former Akron man suicided in Ravenna." Akron Beacon Journal, July 23: 8.

    Bellamy, John Stark. 2011. A Woman Scorned: The Murder of George Saxton. Cleveland, OH: Independent.

    Boston Daily Globe. 1899. "Mintz on Saxton." Boston Daily Globe, April 23: 2.

    —. 1898. "Public sympathy with Mrs. George." Boston Daily Globe, October 9: 1.

    Cincinnati Post. 1898. "Before bar of justice." Cincinnati Post, October 10: 1.

    —. 1898. "Charged with murder of G.D. Saxton." Cincinnati Post, October 11: 1.

    Clinton County Democrat. 1898. "The good people of Canton rejoice that he has been removed." Clinton County Democrat, November 10: 1.

    Coe, Jonathan. 2012. Canton's Great Tragedy the Murder of George D. Saxton, Together with a History of the Arrest and Trial of Annie E. George Charged with the Murder. Detroit, MI: Gale.

    Dayton Daily News. 1899. "Loved to the hour of death." Dayton Daily News, April 8: 1.

    Dayton Herald. 1899. "Relations of Mrs. George and Saxton are told to the jury." Dayton Herald, April 8: 1.

    —. 1899. "Youth claims to have seen the killing of Saxton." Dayton Herald, July 25: 1.

    New York Times. 1899. "Belated evidence heard at Chicago against Mrs. George." New York Times, July 25: 4.

    Scripps-McRae Telegram. 1898. "Out of court noted alienation case was settled." Cincinnati Post, October 5: 7.

    Stark County Democrat. 1899. "Sterling were the remarks of the attorney by the same name." Stark County Democrat, April 27: 1.

    —. 1899. "Testimony being heard at a rapid and exceedingly gratifying pace." Stark County Democvrat, April 13: 1.




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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Ronald Dominique: The Bayou Strangler (Part 3)

    Ronald Dominique: The Bayou Strangler (Part 3)

    (Part 3) In the spring of 2005, law enforcement officials in southern Louisiana had a growing number of murder victims they had begun to suspect were connected to an unidentified serial killer operating in the area. The victims were all men, mostly in their twenties and thirties, many had histories of drug and alcohol abuse or were known to police as sex-workers, and all had been strangled and dumped in secondary locations.




    Over the course of a decade, Ronald Dominique developed into one of the worst and most prolific serial killers in American history; yet his story and those of his victims remains largely unknown and ignored by the mainstream media. 




    Thank you to the Incredible Dave White of Bring Me the Axe & 99 Cent Renal Podcasts for research!




    References

    Alford, Jeremy. 2005. New information coming soon in local murders. August 24. Accessed March 29, 2023. https://www.houmatoday.com/story/news/2005/08/24/new-information-coming-soon-in-local-murders/27020266007/.

    Armstrong, Shell. 2007. Dominique pleads not guilty to 9 murders. January 17. Accessed March 29, 2023. https://www.houmatimes.com/news/dominique-pleads-not-guilty-to-9-murders/.

    Associated Press. 2005. "Man found in Lafource Parish was from Houma area." Abberville Meridional, May 3: 2.

    —. 2005. "Deaths od five south Lousiana men may be linked, police say." Shreveport Times, April 25: 12.

    —. 1999. "La. deaths may be work of serial killer." Shreveport Times, June 23: 5B.

    —. 2006. "Police look for links between serial suspect, priest's death." Shreveport Times, December 9: 22.

    —. 2006. "Arrest made in serial-killer investigation." Town Talk, December 2: 17.

    —. 2006. "Serial murder suspect was average Joe, says shelter residents." Town Talk, December 3: 8.

    DeSantis, John. 2006. Accused lived on the fringe of two worlds. December 4. Accessed March 26, 2023. https://web.archive.org/web/20210128012212/https://www.houmatoday.com/article/DA/20061204/News/608089983/HC.

    Hunter, Michelle. 2006. "Serial-killer suspect confesses; Trysts led to rapes, strangling, cops told." Times-Picatune, December 6.

    L'observateur. 1999. Beaten teen’s body discovered in Kenner. October 26. Accessed March 27, 2023. https://www.lobservateur.com/1998/10/26/beaten-teens-body-discovered-in-kenner/.

    —. 1999. Two deaths reclassified as murders in St. Charles Parish. Fdebruary 6. Accessed March 27, 2023. https://www.lobservateur.com/1999/02/06/two-deaths-reclassified-as-murders-in-st-charles-parish/.

    Morris, Robert. 2006. Mother protests dead son’s link to serial killer. June 19. Accessed March 26, 2023. https://web.archive.org/web/20210131004921/https://www.houmatoday.com/article/DA/20060619/News/608089995/HC.

    Ramage, James. 2005. "Serial killer theory floats around cases." Shreveport Times, May 15: 1.

    Rosen, Fred. 2017. The Bayou Strangler. New York, NY: Open Road Media.

    —. 2018. Uncovering the Truth Behind One of the Bayou Strangler’s Victims. April 10. Accessed March 27, 2023. https://the-line-up.com/uncovering-the-truth-behind-one-of-the-bayou-stranglers-victims.

    St. Charles Heral-Guide. 2006. Mother’s tears for son killed by serial madman Dominique. 12 06. Accessed March 27, 2023. https://www.heraldguide.com/tragedy/mothers-tears-for-son-killed-by-serial-madman-dominique/.

    The Daily Review. 2002. "Houma man's body found." Daily Review, October 17: 6.

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    • 1 hr 6 min

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Juddjxv ,

Listener tales please

Please bring back the weekly listener tales! Those are the only episodes I listen to and I would definitely resubscribe if they were more frequent.

AnastashiaB ,

Truly wonderful

Great stories! I love the depth you guys dive into in these unfortunate stories!! Definitely my favorite podcast! Keep at it!

FoxyGrandpa539 ,

Love it

Here for the banter and off topic tangents! My favorite podcast.

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