82 episodes

Welcome, my darlings, to the *enchantingly sinister* history podcast that weaves dark tales of humanity's most infamous characters and events. This *award-winning podcast* shall bewitch you with wickedly captivating stories of true crime and the shadowy corners of history, exploring the twisted desires that drive these rotten souls to the brink of infamy.

Hosted by the *delightfully devious* queer queen, Joshua Waters.

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    • 4.8 • 78 Ratings

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Welcome, my darlings, to the *enchantingly sinister* history podcast that weaves dark tales of humanity's most infamous characters and events. This *award-winning podcast* shall bewitch you with wickedly captivating stories of true crime and the shadowy corners of history, exploring the twisted desires that drive these rotten souls to the brink of infamy.

Hosted by the *delightfully devious* queer queen, Joshua Waters.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    72: David Berkowitz

    72: David Berkowitz

    All dogs bark, who would ever think that there was something nefarious behind their cute little faces? 
    David Berkowitz, that’s who! He murdered six people and wounded seven others with a gun in New York City in 1977, and it all stemmed from a barking black lab who David believed was the literal Devil. 
    Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the most rotten one of all? 


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    • 22 min
    70: Slobodan Milosevic

    70: Slobodan Milosevic

    Today’s lesson is about a man you’ve probably never heard of. He is yet another failed dictator who committed countless crimes against humanity and died before he could face judgment, Slobodan Milosevic, The Butcher of the Balkans.
    He was the former President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and, along with other leaders, started a deadly war that I hadn’t even heard of but was a living nightmare for those unfortunate enough to live there.
    Genocide, forcible deportation, murder, racial and religious persecution, inhumane acts, imprisonment, torture and extermination. The list of crimes is almost unending, and today, we shall see what we can learn from such a festering, rotten man and turn the evil he spewed into the world into something beneficial to us all.
    Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the most rotten one of all?


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    69: Dr. Josef Mengele

    69: Dr. Josef Mengele

    We have covered devils, monsters, kings, queens, and even a witch or two. But one thing we haven’t learned about is an angel…an Angel of Death, that is.
    That was the nickname of one of the cruelest doctors in all of history, Josef Mengele, the SS member who was like something out of a nightmare.
    Unfortunately, he was a flesh and blood man. In more ways than one!
    Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the most rotten one of all?
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    68: King Henry VIII

    68: King Henry VIII

    We all have egos, but the ego of a true king is unparalleled. It can be dangerous, reckless, and often deadly. This is especially true if you were one of his wives.
    King Henry VIII was a terrible king who used manipulation, intimidation, and England's money to nearly bankrupt his kingdom. Along the way, he killed thousands of people, including two of his wives.
    Let's take a closer look at his history and learn about the life of this rotten man.
    Magic Mirror on the wall, who it the most rotten one of all?
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    67: Bloody Mary

    67: Bloody Mary

    Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary!
    The story of Bloody Mary has become a popular legend. She is often depicted as a vengeful spirit named Mary who haunts people who say her name three times while looking into a mirror.
    Queen Mary I was the first ruling Queen of England. She was a devout Catholic and wanted to restore Catholicism in England, which had become Protestant under her father, King Henry VIII.
    She was determined to achieve this goal by any means necessary, including burning Protestants at the stake if they refused to convert to her faith.
    This earned her the nickname "Bloody Mary.”
    Let's look at the life legend of Bloody Mary and uncover the secrets she keeps in her mirror.
    Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the most rotten one of all?


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    • 22 min
    66: Adolf Eichmann

    66: Adolf Eichmann

    I absolutely love planning and organizing events. I take great pride in being able to control every aspect of the process and bring my vision to life. I am a stickler for efficiency and always aim to find the most effective way to execute my plans. I leave no stone unturned and always have backup plans in place, just in case something unexpected happens.
    It never occurred to me that there was a dark side to planning, and our lesson today is about a man named Adolf Eichmann, who helped Hitler streamline the Holocaust by making concentration camps more efficient killing machines.
    Let’s learn how an innocent child could grow into one of the deadliest planners in history.
    Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the most rotten one of all?



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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

Brandiland86 ,

Rotten good time

This podcast is everything if you’re into creepy history. I’ve learned so much while laughing and having the best time with the host feeling more like a bestie than a podcast host! Great show and I can’t wait for more.

MTLogic ,

Great podcast!

Josh covers very difficult topics with great sensitivity and a bit of humor. I have learned so much, but can only listen to one episode and then need to move on to lighter topics. But, we need to remember these horrible people and the terrible things they did, even if it makes us uncomfortable. So, thank you Josh! Appreciate you and the lessons you bring to us!

BeeCuzThatsWhy ,

💖

Josh is the best narrator… love the stories he finds to research and use in this pod. His humorous asides and personal tidbits are very entertaining. Looking forward to all the excellent pods Josh will produce.

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