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True Crime, General Creepery and Anything That Makes You Face Your Own Mortality

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    • 4.8 • 99 Ratings

True Crime, General Creepery and Anything That Makes You Face Your Own Mortality

    Sunday The 5th (The Lake Bodom Murders)

    Sunday The 5th (The Lake Bodom Murders)

    On Sunday June 5th 1960, at Finland's scenic Lake Bodom, the sun had risen at 4:04 AM. By 11:00 AM the heat of the day had already set in and carpenter Esko Johannson and his son were ready for a swim. While floating along happily the pair noticed something strange on the Lake's far shore. A tent appeared to be laying trampled on the ground. Esko went to investigate, and upon further inspection realized the the little campsite was soaked in blood and four bodies lay tangled in the fallen canvas of the tent. The investigation that followed uncovered one of the most baffling mysteries in Finnish true crime history. Before Sleepaway Camp, Before Friday the 13th, Before AHS 1984, there was Lake Bodom. What makes this story the most frightening entry in the summer camp murder cannon, is that it's all true. 


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    • 1 hr 12 min
    The Boogeyman (Albert Fish)

    The Boogeyman (Albert Fish)

    *Graphic Content Warning* This one is not for the feint of heart or weak of stomach.


    On June 3rd 1928, ten year old Grace Budd left her family home in Manhattan with a friendly old man who had promised her mother he was taking her to a birthday party. The old man had offered Grace's brother a job on his farm in Farmingdale the week before. His name was Mr. Howard, and his soft voice, generosity and grandfatherly manner made it easy for little Grace to trust him. Unfortunately Grace would never return from this trip, and the police would reveal that a farm owner named "Mr. Howard" never existed. The five year search to find Grace and her killer would open the most vile can of worms in American true crime history. Albert Fish was the monster under the bed. The most terrifying man to ever lurk in the shadows. All of his other nicknames, "The Werewolf of Wisteria", "The Brooklyn Vampire", "The Moon Maniac", fail to capture what he was. Only one title truly fits him, Albert Fish was The Boogeyman. 


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    • 1 hr 41 min
    Blinded by the Light (Britney Spears)

    Blinded by the Light (Britney Spears)

    This episode examines curious case of the rise, fall, and inexplicable captivity of Britney Spears. We talk about who Britney is, where she came from, what she has accomplished and how she got to be in such an impossibly binding conservatorship. We delve into the #FreeBritney movement and explain what a conservatorship is and how it should be used.


    If you or someone you know is being abused by a guardian, please follow the link below to the National Association to stop Guardian Abuse.


    It's Britney time b*tch.


     


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    An official word from the ACLU


    Dr. Phil's formal statement


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    • 2 hr 22 min
    Thicker Than Water (The Papin Sisters)

    Thicker Than Water (The Papin Sisters)

    On Thursday February 2, 1933, retired solicitor René Lancelin returned home from a dinner party to find his house had locked from the inside. He had been waiting for his wife Léonie and daughter Genevieve to join him at the party, and became concerned when they never arrived. The house, it seemed, had also been plunged into complete darkness. The only glimmer of light visible was the flicker of a candle glowing from the window of the maid's quarters. After calling the police and fighting their way inside the house, René and the officers discovered the bodies of both Lancelin women on the home's first floor landing. The women had been brutally murdered and horrifically mutilated. Now, fearing for the safety of the household maids, sisters named Christine and Léa Papin, whose candle he had observed upon arrival, René had the police break into their room. When they did, they were met with a sight that French criminologists are still struggling to explain today. The two sisters were sitting in silence on their shared bed, completely naked, with a blood soaked hammer on the bed side table. What drove these two mild mannered house maids to commit an act so violent and vile? This week we dig into the complicated conundrum of the Papin Sisters to see if we can find out!


     


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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Just A Girl (Gwen Amber Rose Araujo)

    Just A Girl (Gwen Amber Rose Araujo)

    On October 3rd, 2002, Gwen Amber Rose Araujo was at home in Newark California, getting ready to attend a party. She put on her brand new skirt, borrowed a floaty peasant blouse from her mother, and said goodbye to her family. Little did anyone know, this would be the last time Gwen ever saw her family alive. Later that night she would be brutally murdered by 4 men who claimed to have gone into a panic after discovering she was trans.


    Gwen Araujo's landmark case would go on to change the laws in California, making the gay and trans panic defense invalid in a court of law. Gwen's murderers may not have faced the justice they deserved, but her legacy has sparked nation wide change. This week we celebrate Pride month by telling her story. We hope you all feel outraged and inspired by the end. In honor of Gwen, We Would Be Dead has made donations to the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and Gwen's mother, Sylvia Guerrero's GoFundME, We encourage you to to do the same. Links Below.


     


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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Twist and Shout (MarineSniper and Brian Barrett & Angela Diaz and Michelle Hadley )

    Twist and Shout (MarineSniper and Brian Barrett & Angela Diaz and Michelle Hadley )

    This week we bring you two stories, with a twist! These are the cases from our live show on June 19th. We initially wanted to release live audio, but the recording was not up to our standards, so please enjoy the full podcast treatment! Leslie brings you the story of "TalHotBlond" which takes catfishing as we know it to the next level. Holly brings you "Prince Charming" The story of a supposed love triangle that turns into something far more sinister.  Stick around after the credits for a clip of the actual live event. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported us!


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    • 1 hr 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
99 Ratings

99 Ratings

Ian and Frederick Rose ,

So fricken happy we stumbled upon WWBD!

My husband and I are always in the search for amazing murder/weird podcasts - we can’t get enough of these gals. Super down to earth, does their research, and fricken hilarious. My husband and i work from home (well mostly me now since he had to go back to the office) and makes me wait to listen if there is a new episode. 🤣 hands down one of our favorite murder/spooky/weird/ podcasts!!!

mrsmcdoodle ,

The best podcast!

Holly and Leslie are amazing! Every episode makes me laugh, cry….basically all the feelings! The openings are beautifully written, the research is always spot on and the hosts are always respectful to the victims and their families. I can’t say enough good things about this podcast. Do yourself a favor and binge listen all the episodes! You won’t regret it ❤️❤️

freddles0077 ,

Little bit of everything

These ladies have the best of all worlds in their pod. The level of research combined with incredible creative writing plus Holly and Leslie's banter make it an awesome listen for any true crime lover. Must listen if you love true crime and/or dark history lover.

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