98 episodes

Join hosts Katie and Whitney for a different kind of true crime podcast. You can start with season 1, The Puppet Master and the Prince of Darkness, a deep dive into the most bizarre murder case you've never heard of. Or start with season 2, which covers a different stranger-than-fiction story each week. This bingeworthy show combines meticulous research with a refreshing mix of comic relief and seamless storytelling. There's plenty of room around the campfire--come help us roast murderers and marshmallows!

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    • 4.8 • 322 Ratings

Join hosts Katie and Whitney for a different kind of true crime podcast. You can start with season 1, The Puppet Master and the Prince of Darkness, a deep dive into the most bizarre murder case you've never heard of. Or start with season 2, which covers a different stranger-than-fiction story each week. This bingeworthy show combines meticulous research with a refreshing mix of comic relief and seamless storytelling. There's plenty of room around the campfire--come help us roast murderers and marshmallows!

    Fox Hollow: Serial Killer Herb Baumeister, Part 1

    Fox Hollow: Serial Killer Herb Baumeister, Part 1

    We talk a lot about masks on our show. Most people wear them sometimes. We have our professional mask, our “make a good first impression” mask, our “fake it til you make it” one, when we don’t want anybody to know how anxious we are…But for most of us, the masks aren’t that different from our real personalities. Just a little more polished, maybe. Most of us don’t absolutely need the masks to survive. To avoid the horror and revulsion of our peers. To avoid prison. We hear it all the time on news reports about horror-movie style atrocities: He seemed like such a nice guy. He seemed so normal. He never even raised his voice. It’s unsettling, to realize how convincing a mask can be…even when what lies behind it is nothing short of monstrous.

    Sources:
    You Think You Know Me by Ryan Green
    A&E's "Investigative Reports with Bill Kurtis," episode "Secret Life of a Serial Killer"
    Various articles from this collection: https://murderpedia.org/male.B/b/baumeister-herbert.htm
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herb_Baumeister


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    • 39 min
    Neighborhood Watch: The Kidnapping of Doe Roberts

    Neighborhood Watch: The Kidnapping of Doe Roberts

    Small towns are interesting places. Everybody acts like they’re the “real” America—simple, safe places where life moves at a slower pace and everybody can trust everybody else. As true crime shows never tire of telling us, small town folks don’t even lock their doors. Crime just doesn’t happen there. Except of course, when it does. And then everybody talks about how the town has lost its innocence, and things will never be the same again. Not that some of that doesn’t have a basis in truth. But if you grew up in a small town, you know that’s not the whole story. See, people are people, no matter where they call home. And in a small town, where everybody tends to keep a close eye on everybody else’s business, and gossip can ruin a reputation faster than a summer storm can wreck a cookout, people can have an awful lot of incentive to keep their secrets…well, good and secret. And when something threatens to dredge up an inconvenient truth that they want to keep hidden, people can get desperate. And a desperate person is one of the most dangerous creatures on earth.

    Sources:
    Investigation Discovery's "Hometown Homicide," Episode "Hold the Line"
    Discovery's "FBI Files," Episode "Fatal Friendship"
    https://www.leagle.com/decision/19941206894sw2d31211197
    https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Martha_Doe_Roberts

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    • 46 min
    Bad, Bad Choices: Dipshits Grab Bag

    Bad, Bad Choices: Dipshits Grab Bag

    The movie “The Room” is an interesting study. If you’ve never seen it, you should. Director (and I put that in air quotes) Tommy Wiseau, who may actually be an alien or some kind of undead creature from a parallel universe, managed to create a movie so bad it’s almost good. Or at least, it’s so bad it’s vastly entertaining, and not like any other movie you’ve seen. You could probably say the same about the famously bad Hollywood filmmaker Ed Wood. Some people are just dipshits—but once in a while, somebody comes along who elevates dipshittery to a whole new level. And all we can do is marvel at the spectacular, flaming train wreck they created.

    Sources:
    Oxygen's "Snapped," episode "Heather Miller"
    Oxygen's "Snapped," episode "Teresa Stone"
    https://people.com/archive/love-her-to-death-vol-54-no-22/?xid=popsugar&utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=feed&utm_content=link_2
    https://www.mcall.com/news/mc-xpm-2000-11-14-3332610-story.html
    https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/Practical-Magic-Inspires-Real-Murder-Plot-43463671
    https://abcnews.go.com/US/marines-murder-exposes-wifes-affair-pastor/story?id=20373010
    https://www.examiner.net/article/20120621/NEWS/306219710

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    • 55 min
    A Spider's Web: A Killer Who Almost Got Away

    A Spider's Web: A Killer Who Almost Got Away

    We like to think we can trust ourselves—that our read on a situation, whatever that situation may be, is correct. We need to believe we’ve got this, we’re seeing the world as it really is, nobody’s gonna get the drop on us. But sometimes, we find ourselves through the looking glass. Sometimes, just when we think we’ve got a handle on a situation, everything shifts like the changing images of a hologram, and our whole world rocks on its foundations. Sometimes we have to face the fact that nothing is what it looks like. Sometimes we have to admit we were wrong—and if we don’t right that wrong, it will spell disaster for everyone around us. One of the people in this story found that out the hard way.

    Sources:
    Invitation to Murder by Gail Abbott Zimmerman
    CBS's "48 Hours," episode "Invitation to Murder"

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Mommy Darkest: Sante and Kenny Kimes, Part 2

    Mommy Darkest: Sante and Kenny Kimes, Part 2

    So, campers. Last week we introduced you to Sante Kimes: Liz Taylor lookalike, scammer, arsonist, sadist, and mother of Kenny Kimes, a promising young man she groomed as her partner in crime from the moment he was born. After spending the early part of her childhood in poverty, Sante was determined to be fantastically rich, and she was willing to do anything to accomplish that goal. And we do mean anything, as you’re just about to see. Join us now for part 2 of this bizarre true story.

    Sources:
    Son of a Grifter by Kent Walker with Mark Schone
    Vanity Fair: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2000/03/sante-kimes-mother-murderer-criminal-mastermind
    https://www.alixkirsta.com/articles/silverman/index.htm
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sante_Kimes
    NBC's "Dateline," episode "Missing Millionaire"
    A&E's "Biography," episode "Sante Kimes"
    A&E's "American Justice with Bill Kurtis," episode "Like Mother Like Son"
    Investigation Discovery's "Vanity Fair Confidential," episode "Sins of the Mother"

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    • 46 min
    Mommy Darkest: Sante and Kenny Kimes, Part 1

    Mommy Darkest: Sante and Kenny Kimes, Part 1

    A wise man once said, “A boy’s best friend is his mother.” Oh, wait. That was actually Norman Bates, wasn’t it? Sorry. But a mother’s love IS one of the most powerful forces on earth. At its best, it’s unconditional, selfless, kind, protective. Willing to throw itself between its young and whatever danger threatens them. At its worst, well…you’re about to find out. This is the story of what happens when a mother decides that instead of nurturing her young, she’ll make him a tool instead…and when the mother in question is an unstoppable, unmerciless force of greed. And what happens when a boy’s love for his mother turns from tender to toxic, from admiring to obsessive, from protective to partner in crime.

    Sources:
    Son of a Grifter by Kent Walker with Mark Schone
    Vanity Fair: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2000/03/sante-kimes-mother-murderer-criminal-mastermind
    https://www.alixkirsta.com/articles/silverman/index.htm
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sante_Kimes
    NBC's "Dateline," episode "Missing Millionaire"
    A&E's "Biography," episode "Sante Kimes"
    A&E's "American Justice with Bill Kurtis," episode "Like Mother Like Son"
    Investigation Discovery's "Vanity Fair Confidential," episode "Sins of the Mother"

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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
322 Ratings

322 Ratings

hhjurgens ,

Phenomenal!

I stumbled onto this podcast and haven’t stopped listening since! I listen to so many true crime podcasts and have let all the new episodes of the others fill up my library because I’m too busy binging this one! Great job ladies! Fellow Nashville girl here too 🙋🏻‍♀️

RedneckTracy ,

My Newest Obsession

I'm tickled to death to have found this podcast! I'm only up to Episode #39 but I'm already totally hooked. I'm just a good ole boy from South Carolina and my heart just melts whenever these ladies Southern(isms) pop up. I love all the "bless your hearts" they throw at us. Also, how they tell us that you shouldn't murder anybody, but if you're going to, how NOT to be stupid about it. Thank you so much for all y'all do!

Darluvsthe80's ,

So freakin’ smart

If you don’t believe me, listen to episode one. Their vocabulary alone lets you know this is going to be a favorite. Well spoken, researched, and told. Great job ladies!! Oh and y’all are funny!

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