Kenzie and Ame are diving head first into true crime documentaries and giving their raw and uncensored take on the truly horrific things that happen in our world. The facts are discussed with a lighthearted spin, while enjoying a few cocktails! You can sit back and enjoy these two midwestern former hair stylists as they dish on some of the worst cases you've ever heard.
Kenzie and Ame are back with another full length episode! This week, the girls cover the Netflix documentary Tread. Marvin Heemeyer was a master welder with his own muffler shop in a small town in the mountains of Colorado. After being pushed to his breaking point, Marv decided that not even his love for snowmobiling could keep him content in a town he felt was against his every move. In the quiet of the night, he spent months fortifying a sixty-three-ton bulldozer with steel and concrete, fueled by thoughts of revenge. Once loose and fixated on his anger, Marv took off on a 2 hour long rampage that flattened and destroyed several businesses and homes in the town of Granby. Police and military were completely ineffective in stopping the behemoth of a machine and after 8 million dollars of damages, the town feared Marv's temper may leave them with nothing but ruins of what once had been a quiet and peaceful place to live.
35: "Amanda Knox"
Ame and Kenzie are back with another full length episode and this week they are covering the Netflix documentary Amanda Knox. Innocent until proven guilty is something we've all heard... but what if the crime takes place in another country and the officials in charge misread your every move and statements as admissions of guilt? Amanda Knox moved to Italy for a study abroad program and quickly fell in love with everything the experience had to offer. She made fast friends and even became involved with a young Italian man named Raffaele. Their love affair was fast and furious, as most young love can be, but before they could make it to a single anniversary, both were charged in the brutal murder of Amanda's English housemate, Meredith Kercher. With pressure from the entire world weighing on the shoulders of local police and prosecution to locate and arrest the person or people involved in the attack, Amanda and Raffaele quickly found their worlds turned upside down. The next 8 years would prove to be a rollercoaster of salacious tabloids, finger pointing, mishandled evidence and mind games all in the name of "justice".
34: "Truth and Lies - The Menendez Brothers"
This week, Kenzie and Ame are covering the documentary Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers - American Sons, American Murderers, found on Hulu. Erik and Lyle were convicted in 1996 for planning and carrying out the brutal murders of their parents, Jose and Kitty Menendez in their Beverly Hills mansion on a quiet Sunday evening. When the crime scene resembled that of a mafia hit job, the boys decided to keep the truth from the authorities. Not only did they seem to get away with murder for 6+ months, they also made is hard to ignore all they had gained from a monetary standpoint by the deaths of their mother and father through the payout of life insurance policies. When the truth is finally spoken to a psychologist, and leaked to investigators, the world would finally find out the truth of what happened to the Hollywood mogul and his wife. Since their confessions had been taped, the brother's only hope for a defense was to convince the jury of why they felt that their parents needed to be killed. Allegations of sexual abuse and molestation at the hands of their father was the most shocking claim that came about in court as to a motive. With the boys facing the death penalty, would this be enough to simply keep them behind bars?
33: "Cults & Extreme Belief - Children of God"
This week, Ame and Kenzie bring you another episode from the A&E series Cults and Extreme Belief: Children of God. Founder David Berg set out in the late 60's with the vision of preaching an apocalyptic creed through the use of musically talented evangelists in an effort to build a Christian commune. Before long, his teachings were found worldwide, and reached the ears of young and old alike. But things started to get weird when David, who referred to himself as Father or Moses, began encouraging things like "flirty fishing" - a type of prostitution in order to raise funds for the organization. Not satisfied with the exploitation of the adults he led, he soon focused on the children and made things like videotaped stripteases, naked communion, and sex with minors a normality. In this episode we hear from Amy Bril, one of the first children born into the cult, and what she endured as well as witnessed during her time inside. Her story, along with a few others, helps to shed light on one of the biggest issues plaguing survivors of the Children of God: their massive suicide rate.
32: "Fyre - The Greatest Party That Never Happened"
This week, Kenzie and Ame discuss the Netflix documentary Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened. What happens when a once popular music artist and a young, tech entrepreneur walk into a bar? They invite a bunch of known Instagram influencers, get super wasted, film the whole thing, and release a promotional video advertising a weekend music festival in paradise where you can live like a rockstar for a few thousand dollars. Unfortunately, this unlikely pair had no idea what they were doing, and the ring leader wouldn't take advice or "no" for an answer. Before long, it was evident that this festival wouldn't be the experience that it was hyped up to be. Festival attendees would soon find out that the paradise they thought they had purchased was nothing more than smoke and mirrors. Social media posts went viral, leaving the Fyre Festival in a pile of ashes in which co-founders Ja Rule and Billy Mcfarland walked away from without explanation or apology.
31: "Cults & Extreme Belief - NXIVM"
This week, Kenzie and Ame discuss the episode in the A&E series Cults and Extreme Belief: NXIVM. We hear from a former cult member, Sarah Edmondson on what her 12+ years inside the organization was like. She'd come to learn about a group of people focused on self improvement and living up to their highest potential and was instantly hooked. Surrounded by positive, smiling and successful people, she quickly decided she wanted to be involved at a higher level. With her estimated number of recruits being close to 2,000 people, she never imagined the cult's founder and leader, Keith Raniere, had ulterior motives in mind. Soon Sarah found herself being initiated into sub-groups within NXIVM, where she was expected to engage in a slave/master relationship (all heavily promoted by Smallville actress Allison Mack). What she didn't realize was that not only was she expected to give several intimate pieces of her life in exchange for her loyalty and silence, she was also to give some of her flesh in the form of a branding. This is the story of how she managed to escape the universal sex-ring cult known as NXIVM.
These ladies are quickly becoming my favorite podcast. Great content. Funny when it’s appropriate. Love them both!
Love the back and forth between Ame and MacKenzie, and the detail in the episodes. Great podcast!
So fun to listening!! Minnesota native through and though.