Betches Media presents a podcast for people who love all types of sketchy things—from cults to conspiracy theories to, of course, crime—with a healthy dose of irreverent humor. Your co-hosts, Sara Levine, and Danny Murphy give the lowdown on one morbidly fascinating topic per episode. They’ll present the facts of each case, punctuated with jokes and side tangents, along with their own personal theories.
This week, Sara and Danny are back to cover an OG MLM with an iconic color: Mary Kay. They start off with the story of its founding by Mary Kay Ash, and then get into all the shady business practices that the company upholds to this day. They also breakdown what we know about their income statements, and just how small of a percentage of its sales force actually makes any money. After that, they discuss the legal challenges Mary Kay has had along the way and how they have impacted the business. They end the show with a game called ‘Pink The Right Choice!,’ where they try to answer a series of questions that all have to do with Mary Kay’s signature color: pink.
Wait… Am I In A Cult? Ft. Amanda Montell
This week, Sara and Danny host writer, language scholar, and podcast host Amanda Montell, for a fascinating conversation about about cults and what makes them so effective at garnering our attention. They cover cult-ish groups and organizations from Scientology to SoulCycle and everything in between. They also discuss some ways to approach people who might be engaging in cults to a worrying degree, and why telling them that they’re in a cult might be counter-productive. Be sure to check out Amanda’s book ‘Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism,’ and check out her podcast ‘Sounds Like A Cult’ wherever you get your podcasts!
Victim F Ft. Denise Huskins & Aaron Quinn
On this episode, Sara and Danny are back to discuss a case that generates as much curiosity as outrage, the kidnapping of Denise Huskins and Aaron Quinn from their own home in the early hours of the morning. They breakdown how the situation progressed and why both the media and police authorities wrongfully thought that it was all a hoax, and how the situation was finally resolved in spite of law enforcement’s disastrous response. Then, Danny and Sara are joined by Denise Huskins and Aaron Quinn themselves, who have recently published ‘Victim F: From Crime Victims To Suspects To Survivors,’ telling their own story from their perspective. They talk about their experience in writing the book together and then get into some of incredible details of their story, including their difficulties with the police and the bizarre way the media reacted to the case. They also get into the current state of law enforcement in America, and what impact they hope the book can have on our future.
The Family Cult
This week, Sara and Danny are back to talk all and about The Family, an Australian doomsday cult founded by Anne Hamilton-Byrne. They breakdown everything from the cult’s beginnings in yoga studios for well-to do people to the spiritual hodgepodge that made up the cult’s belief system. They also get into the dark aspects of how they operated, and Anne’s ‘adoptions’ of dozens of children that she believed would be the beginning of a master race to rule the world. To end the show, Sara and Danny make their very own cults in ‘Build A Cult!.’ Make sure to follow us @notanothertruecrime to vote for your favorite!
The Yogurt Shop Murders
This week, Sara and Danny are back to cover an unsolved cases with more questions that answers: the 1991 Yogurt Shop Murders in Austin. They cover all the circumstances that lead to the crime as well as the evidence that was recovered, and a few possible reasons why the crime has remained unsolved for so long. Plus, they breakdown everything we know from the investigations that have followed it and even the false confessions that have stymied significant progress on the case. To end the show, the play Eat It Up!, here they try to answer a series of food related questions to see who is the ultimate food connoisseur.
The Murder Of April Kauffman
This week, Sara and Danny are back to breakdown a murder plot with some fascinating twists and turns. April Kauffman was found dead in 2012, and the lengthy investigation that followed her murder was centered around her husband, Dr. James Kauffman. Along the way, the authorities uncovered a number of suspicious reports about Dr. Kauffman’s, including multiple allegations of fraud from his medical practices, along with some shady connections to the Pagans Biker’s Gang. Sara and Danny breakdown the whole saga from beginning to end and discuss all the twists and turns. To end the episode, the play a game called “Angels and Pagans,” where they test their knowledge on the Pagan’s Club and the Hell’s Angels to see who is the true biker at heart.
Great but needs a pop filter!
Love the content but I want Sara to use a pop filter for my ears 🙃🙏
I’m sad it’s gone downhill. I used to love this podcast. The interplay between the 3 hosts made me laugh so hard, and Sara and Danny kept it going for a little while after Casey left, but now it just feels more and more forced, like 2 students giving a mandatory class presentation instead of the friends hanging out vibe that it used to have. I hope they get it back. Bring in another comedian for Danny to play off! He and Casey were hilarious together.
Shots and hot takes!
I recently started listening and I am hooked! I think the information is presented in a fun and informative way. Thanks and keep em coming 😄