January 23, 2017
Remember when you made fun of that kid in grade school for wetting the bed? You probably shouldn’t have done that. I would apologize, change your name or leave the country. The reason is, psychologists suggest something called the Macdonald triangle, that there are three main characteristics of people who grow up to become killers: arson, cruelty to animals and bed-wetting. If you’ve got two or more, (in Jeff Foxworthy’s voice) chances are you might be a serial killer.
So, for another round of creepy solved and unsolved murders, we’ve invited back to the podcast America’s foremost experts on the subject, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark from ‘My Favorite Murder’. They join Jack O’Brien and Daniel O’Brien to talk about Daniel’s two hometown serial killers with a strange connection, two district attorneys who suffered mysterious ends, the unsolved murder of three girl scouts, and the murderer who buried his “kill kits” in the woods.
My Favorite Murder: https://goo.gl/gpaZN8
Article: Cracked: The 5 Most Terrifying Serial Killers You’ve Never Heard Of: https://goo.gl/wh6B2U
Murderpedia: Richard Biegenwald, “The Thrill Killer “: https://goo.gl/2yq6l2
Murderpedia: Robert Zarinsky: https://goo.gl/sM521t
Documentary: Netflix: ” Amanda Knox ” : https://goo.gl/y4LTOa
Article: New York Times: For Letterman Stalker, Mental Illness Was Family Curse and Scarring Legacy: https://goo.gl/tw4GQ6
Article: Washington Post: A Decade Later, Prosecutor Luna’s Death Still a Mystery: https://goo.gl/ydFmNI
Article: CNN: What Happened to Ray Gricar?: https://goo.gl/Jd3Qqy
Book: Gloyd McCoy: Tent Number Eight: https://goo.gl/wKUgTZ
Murderpedia: Israel Keyes: https://goo.gl/3t6NPG
Documentary: HBO: There’s Something Wrong With Aunt Diane: https://goo.gl/2rjXqJ
Article: ABC News: Murder of Jasmine Fiore by Ryan Jenkins: https://goo.gl/rc0YyT
Article: Today Costa Rica: Costa Rica Re-Opens Serial Killer Case): https://goo.gl/iD2b0U
January 26, 2020
Freedom sucks…and that is why we have to defend it. Because our democracy involves doing a lot of stuff that takes energy, takes time, and lacks that Michael Bay Quality that only a surprise missile launch can provide. So on this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt and special guest Jason Pargin (who writes for Cracked as David Wong) are exploring the ways being afraid of everything (an easy action) can stop us from being free. Discover the decades-long tradition of some Americans wanting to give up everything in exchange for not needing to think, the centuries-long tradition of people inciting fake panics, and the reasonable ways you can help change things for the better.
January 19, 2020
How’s your local shopping mall doing? Have you checked on it lately? Swing by sometime, because its department store might’ve turned into a call center or a hospital or a go-kart track. On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by the one and only Kai Ryssdal (Marketplace, Make Me Smart) for a look at surprising, strange, and shocking stories from all over the U.S. economy. Discover an international pig flu, a 26-word statement that built the modern Internet, and more amazing ways cash is ruling everything around you. By the way, if you’re an American listener, you spent the past few years funding an astonishingly huge bailout. Surprise! Listen for details!
January 12, 2020
Movies, TV, gaming: three things that are theoretically a waste of time. Oh sure, they deliver value in the art sense, and comfort in the goofing-off sense. But what if they’re more valuable than that? What if consuming shows and playing video games (accidentally) turns people into real-life heroes? On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by comedians/writers Caitlin Gill and Alex Watt for a look at the surprising number of times that exact thing happened. They’ll explore stories of regular people who saved a life thanks to skills gained randomly from cartoons, sitcoms, ‘World Of Warcraft’, and more silly entertainment.