142 episodes

Each week hosts Spencer Henry (Cult Liter Podcast) and Madison Reyes sit back and read outlandish, hilarious, and sometimes scathing obituaries. Every Thursday they come to the table with bizarre history, strange funeral traditions, and so much more! Each episode ends with a 'dumb criminals' segment in which they each talk about hilarious run-ins with the law. 

OBITCHUARY Wondery

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Each week hosts Spencer Henry (Cult Liter Podcast) and Madison Reyes sit back and read outlandish, hilarious, and sometimes scathing obituaries. Every Thursday they come to the table with bizarre history, strange funeral traditions, and so much more! Each episode ends with a 'dumb criminals' segment in which they each talk about hilarious run-ins with the law. 

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    OBITCH free the nipple!

    OBITCH free the nipple!

    Well hello Geoffs! This week we’ve got a lil bit of everything as Spencer is taking us into the future with QR coded gravestones, and Madison introduces the concept of cuddle cots. We’ve got an obituary for an iconic inventor, and one that proves snakes don’t belong in a church! Don’t worry, we didn’t forget, we’ve also got some dumb.ass.criminalllllllls!

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    Spencer Henry & Madison Reyes
    PO Box 18149 Long Beach, CA 90807

    Sources:
    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/florida-woman-arrested-biting-ear-another-woman-fight-vape-pens-alcoho-rcna97069
    https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/05/qr-codes-for-the-dead/370901/
    https://www.wired.com/2008/04/qr-code-from-th/
    https://monuments.com/store/headstones-accessories/living-headstones-qr-code
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_code#:~:text=In%202008%2C%20Ishinokoe%20in%20Yamanashi,implementing%20QR%20codes%20into%20tombstones
    https://www.newspapers.com/image/352102845/?article=a0029b0e-4d0b-4f5a-a6ea-27240f854fe3&terms=nipples
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/obituaries/2024/02/14/bill-post-pop-tart-dead/
    https://www.newspapers.com/image/759731909/?article=679f6132-9052-4ec7-8411-ab2d3dbc9fb7
    https://cuddlecot.com/cuddlecot/
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/14/well/family/a-device-that-gives-parents-of-stillborn-babies-time-to-say-goodbye.html
    https://mgffoundation.org/cuddlecot™
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xE3Ohy-D5eM
    https://caringcradle.com/#features
    https://cuddlecot.com/families/frequently-asked-questions/#:~:text=On%20average%2C%20the%20CuddleCot%20is,the%20family%20and%20health%20professionals.&text=Each%20time%20the%20CuddleCot%20is,ensure%20the%20water%20remains%20clean.
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-11005917/Grieving-parents-use-frozen-peas-create-cooling-cot-son-died-12-days-old.html
    https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/14/business/william-post-dead-pop-tarts.html

    OBITCH is your disk hard?!

    OBITCH is your disk hard?!

    Oh baby things are getting hot n’ heavy this week as Spencer discusses some stories of people who discovered some *personal* items from the dearly departed, but first Madison is breaking down everything you need to know about viewing cremations. We’ve got an obituary for a guy who loved a 4-letter word, and one for a man with a wild collection. Don’t worry, we didn’t forget, we’ve also got some dumb.ass.criminallllllls! 




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    Spencer Henry & Madison Reyes

    PO Box 18149 Long Beach, CA 90807




    Sources:

    https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/name/michael-bonakowski-obituary?id=53831898

    https://www.fox23.com/news/tulsa-man-in-custody-after-allegedly-stealing-beer-crashing-car-into-business/article_9772a186-8c6f-11ee-8db2-33bc3537be61.html

    https://www.bradleyfuneralhomes.com/can-you-witness-the-cremation-of-a-loved-one/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwCPA4U8nvY&t=26s

    https://www.kpbs.org/news/local/2023/03/23/new-crematorium-san-diego-county-escondido-witness-cremations

    https://www.usurnsonline.com/cremation/witness-cremation/

    https://everloved.com/articles/funeral-industry/can-you-watch-a-cremation/

    https://beyondthedash.com/blog/funeral-planning/what-is-a-witness-cremation/7435

    https://www.betterplaceforests.com/blog/cremation/average-cost-of-cremation/#:~:text=Some%20crematoriums%20offer%20the%20option%20for%20family%20members,add%20an%20additional%20fee%20of%20%24100%20to%20%24300

    https://everloved.com/articles/funeral-customs/japanese-funeral-traditions-customs-and-beliefs/

    https://blog.sevenponds.com/cultural-perspectives/viewing-or-witnessing-a-cremation-in-america

    https://www.funeraldirect.co/witnessing-a-loved-ones-cremation-is-it-right-for-you/

    https://www.liveoakpetservices.com/services/witnessed-cremation/

    https://www.frazerconsultants.com/2016/12/why-families-should-witness-cremation/https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ka67ee/have_you_ever_found_something_like_a_sex_toy_when/

    https://www.reddit.com/r/sex/comments/njx7cm/my_auntdeceased_just_passed_away_and_i_found_her/

    https://www.reddit.com/r/NoStupidQuestions/comments/7ppzxc/if_i_die_my_family_will_eventually_come_across_my/

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/ralph-whittington-erotica-collector-extraordinaire-dies-at-74/2019/08/17/267c63b6-c051-11e9-a5c6-1e74f7ec4a93_story.html

    https://www.liveoakpetservices.com/services/witnessed-cremation/

    https://radiant-heart.net/witnessed-cremations/

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    OBITCH thunder down under...

    OBITCH thunder down under...

    Get in the lifeboat and outta the windows Geoffs because this week’s forecast has some extreme weather! Spencer breaks down what happens when a cemetery floods, and Madison is giving us an electrifying lesson on being struck by thunder! We’ve got an owitchuary and one with a bang, oh and of course, some dumb.ass.criminalllllls!




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    Spencer Henry & Madison Reyes

    PO Box 18149 Long Beach, CA 90807




    Sources:

    https://www.britannica.com/event/Mississippi-River-flood-of-1927

    https://www.statesman.com/story/news/crime/2019/01/30/woman-exposed-herself-at-two-street-patios-in-downtown-austin-police-say/6156720007/

    https://hazards.colorado.edu/article/preserving-the-dead-cemetery-preservation-and-disaster-planning#:~:text=More%20than%201%2C500%20graves%20sites,adjacent%20properties%20and%20in%20streets

    https://www.atlasobscura.com/lists/the-strangest-cemeteries-and-crypts-in-new-orleans#:~:text=This%20style%20of%20burial%20evolved,cemeteries%20like%20Saint%20Louis%20No

    https://nypost.com/2022/09/29/bodies-unearthed-in-floridas-oakland-cemetery-during-hurricane-ian/

    https://www.newspapers.com/image/709465893/?article=4fffc91e-b990-41e9-af09-8827e47c6026&terms=lightning

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-0gNl5f4BU

    https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/lightning/index.html

    https://www.noaa.gov/stories/5-striking-facts-versus-myths-about-lightning-you-should-know

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhjx6lGTDhw&t=163s

    https://www.sciencealert.com/what-happens-after-being-hit-by-lightning

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keraunography

    https://www.boredpanda.com/scars-after-surviving-lightning-strike-lichtenberg-figures-photos/

    https://www.marthastewart.com/8213933/martha-stewart-struck-lightning-three-times

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Sullivan#:~:text=Between%201942%20and%201977%2C%20Sullivan%20was%20claimed%20to,more%20recorded%20times%20than%20any%20other%20human%20being

    https://allthatsinteresting.com/roy-sullivan

    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/60163728/roy-cleveland-sullivan

    https://www.grunge.com/605948/the-sad-story-of-the-man-struck-by-lightning-7-times/

    https://www.historydefined.net/walter-summerford-the-man-struck-by-lightning-four-times/

    https://onlineknowledgezone.blogspot.com/2021/06/the-most-unluckiest-man-in-history-of.html

    https://www.thevintagenews.com/2018/05/07/struck-by-lightning/

    https://historyofyesterday.com/the-man-who-was-struck-by-lightning-4-times/#google_vignette

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/freak-blast-lightning-killed-entire-31162440

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/2006/mar/15/theknowledge.sport

    https://archive.seattletimes.com/archive/?date=19981028&slug=2780150

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/florida-man-70-is-arrested-for-hurling-a-packet-of-oreos-at-his-wife-and-knocking-her-over-because-he-was-upset-that-their-coffee-maker-had-no-water-in-it/ar-AA1knIkD

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    OBITCH oswiftuary!

    OBITCH oswiftuary!

    Are you ready for it Geoffs? This week Spencer is giving us the lowdown on a casket that made a cameo in a Taylor Swift music video and how the company behind said casket cashed in, but first Madison is taking us on a tour of the merriest cemetery on earth! We’ve got an obituary that spilled all the tea, and one with a twist! We've also of course, got some dumb.ass.criminalllllls!




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    Spencer Henry & Madison Reyes

    PO Box 18149 Long Beach, CA 90807




    Sources:

    https://www.facebook.com/808145901/posts/10159417343395902/?mibextid=WC7FNe

    https://www.vice.com/en/article/eve59k/death-colour-and-conflict-collide-at-europes-romanias-merry-cemetery

    https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/merry-cemetery

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stan_Ioan_Pătraș

    https://www.thetravelclub.org/articles/travelogues/677-merry-cemetery-to-die-laughing

    https://www.historicmysteries.com/merry-cemetery/

    https://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/05/the-dark-humor-of-sapantas-merry.html

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/photos/world-news/photos-romanian-cemetery-humours-death-through-tombstone-art/photo-gQoKDpg1aA9SmDGhB1K4iO-1.html

    https://www.papermag.com/taylor-swift-antihero-titan-caskets#rebelltitem12

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1kbLwvqugk

    https://slate.com/business/2022/10/taylor-swift-casket-anti-hero-funeral-rule-ftc.html

    https://titancasket.com/pages/our-casket-company-story

    https://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2011/12/pa-man-submits-fake-obit-for-living-mom-to-get-time-off

    https://matadornetwork.com/read/sapanta-merry-cemetery-romania/

    https://europeupclose.com/article/merry-romanian-cemetery/

    http://travelguideromania.com/merry-cemetery-sapanta-maramures/

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/tattooist-jailed-after-drawing-penis-and-swear-word-on-woman-s-back-instead-of-yin-yang-symbol-a7146156.html

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    OBITCH you are NOT the father!!!

    OBITCH you are NOT the father!!!

    Get ready Geoffs because this week Spencer uncovers the truth behind left-handed mortality rates and the Madison’s serving up some serious baby daddy drama! We’ve got an obituary for a real bad dad and one that’s probably going to get us taken off the airwaves! We didn’t forget, we’ve also got some dumb.ass.criminalllllllls! 







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    Spencer Henry & Madison Reyes

    PO Box 18149 Long Beach, CA 90807




    Sources:

    https://www.newspapers.com/image/956613003/?article=77bab8e1-7eab-44ff-8fc0-0ef8e0df8343&terms=vagina

    https://www.newspapers.com/image/529107350/?article=fda5b99e-07ef-408a-8a4e-e87ff6ca75ba&terms=harry%20beaver

    https://www.newspapers.com/image/450467642/?article=d1a330bc-3628-407c-b440-6528cefa3d4d&terms=harry%20beaver

    https://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2015/05/florida-man-arrested-while-attempting-to-cash-368-dollars-billio/

    https://www.grunge.com/1360390/what-happens-to-blood-when-you-die/

    https://easy-dna.com/dna-paternity-testing-in-cases-of-deceased-parent/

    https://rbexhumations.com/exhumation-guide/

    https://rbexhumations.com/about/

    https://ecobear.co/knowledge-center/exhume/

    https://www.theartist.me/art-inspiration/15-most-famous-paintings-by-salvador-dali/

    https://medium.com/@kimbernilssonauthor/salvador-dali-the-spellbinding-relationship-between-mental-illness-and-creativity-f26399196b73

    https://www.biography.com/news/the-surreal-romance-of-salvador-and-gala-dal%C3%AD

    https://www.britannica.com/biography/Salvador-Dali

    https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/jul/20/salvador-dali-remains-exhumed-paternity-case

    https://www.kctv5.com/2024/01/18/man-lived-with-deceased-wife-rv-6-years-sheriffs-office-says/ 

    https://moron.com/florida-man-attempts-to-cash-368-billion-check/

    https://www.fox35orlando.com/news/florida-man-uses-phone-he-found-in-walmart-bathroom-to-call-in-fake-bomb-threat-cites-tiktok-trend-deputies

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/scientists-calculate-odd-ways-die-282884

    https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-23988352

    https://www.cnn.com/2015/11/03/health/being-left-handed-health-impact/index.html

    https://archpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13690-023-01156-6

    https://blog.massmutual.com/about-massmutual/left-handers-day




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    • 1 hr 4 min
    OBITCH it's fright night!

    OBITCH it's fright night!

    Step right up Geoffs, this week Madison is putting on quite the show for us as she takes us through the wild and exploitative world of operating theaters! Next, Spencer will have you scared to death as he discusses the rare phenomenon of death by fright. We’ve got an obituary for a wild guy, one for a bad mom, and of course we’ve got some dumb.ass.criminalllllls! 

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    Write to us: obitpod@gmail.com




    Spencer Henry & Madison Reyes

    PO Box 18149 Long Beach, CA 90807




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    Sources:

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/scared-to-death-heart-attack/

    https://www.npr.org/2012/10/26/163712863/scared-to-death-literally

    https://www.newspapers.com/image/425656111/?terms=%22woman%20scared%20to%20death%22&match=1

    https://www.newspapers.com/image/448075088/?terms=%22woman%20scared%20to%20death%22&match=1

    https://www.newspapers.com/image/573482084/?terms=%22scared%20to%20death%22&match=1

    https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/2015/06/15/greene-county-sheriffs-office-searching-mother-daughter/71236652/

    https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/name/lawrence-shadid-obituary?id=54005391

    https://medium.com/illumination/the-horrendous-history-of-victorian-amputations-ad6e2668729d

    https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/10/time-me-gentlemen-the-fastest-surgeon-of-the-19th-century/264065/

    https://museumofhealthcare.blog/the-story-of-robert-liston-and-his-surgical-skill/

    https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/2018/10/houses-of-death-life-in-a-victorian-hospital-lindsey-fitzharris

    https://www.thevintagenews.com/2021/12/01/how-exactly-did-a-19th-century-surgeon-end-up-with-a-300-mortality-rate/

    https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/10/the-gruesome-bloody-world-of-victorian-surgery/543552/

    https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/americas-oldest-operating-theater

    https://oldoperatingtheatre.com

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennsylvania_Hospital

    http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/paharc/tour/tour5.html

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2017/11/04/a-florida-woman-rode-her-horse-on-a-highway-drunk-she-was-charged-with-a-dui/

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    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
2.9K Ratings

2.9K Ratings

Hdjfjsggd ,

Forever my favorites

Interesting topics, banter is fun and entertaining and doesn't have me zoning out before the stories even start like most 2 host podcasts. The segments in the show are awesome and I love how it's formatted.

Sarahjohnson165437 ,

My go-to pod

Best podcast on my list! No matter what episodes from what shows come out, this is the first one I listen to hands down every week!

Groovystig ,

Laughing Right Along

Have loved Cult Liter, so tried this one. So funny and fun. Find myself smiling the whole time--because there's nothing to cheer you up like obituaries and dumb criminals. Spencer and Madison are like hanging out with the wackiest friends. The obits are snarky, funny, and also often touching. The dumb criminals are so damned ridiculous. Thank you for making my days brighter and making me LOL.

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