May 16, 2016
When you picture a serial killer, what do you think of? Do you think of Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant and sophisticated doctor who treats murder with the joy of a foodie at a gourmet mac & cheese bar? Or do you think of John Doe from ‘Seven’, a man who goes out of his way to create the most elaborately constructed crime scenes in order to make a thematic point to the police?
Either way, you’re probably imagining someone way more competent than an actual serial killer. Real murder is messy, and the real reason serial killers get away with what they do is because they’re brilliant at feigning human emotion. Evil, yes, but they’re not super-geniuses, laughing maniacally at a collage of pictures and string on a wall.
On this week’s episode, Jack O’Brien is joined by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, the hosts of the podcast ‘My Favorite Murder’ (http://goo.gl/gpaZN8) to discuss the common assumptions we get wrong about serial killers, theories surrounding the JFK, RFK, and JonBenet Ramsey murders and, of course, some of their favorite murder stories.
– HBO’s Tales of the Grim Sleeper: https://goo.gl/t9yLF4
– Popular Crime by Bill James: http://goo.gl/X6w1HC
– The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule: http://goo.gl/MywKqw
– The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout: http://goo.gl/aXatW8
– Nikolai Dzhumagaliev (Metal Fang): https://goo.gl/qiwnur
– Metal Fang Escapes: http://goo.gl/zAGKGZ
– Latest DNA Evidence in JonBenet Ramsey Case: http://goo.gl/GI2Uy7
– Possible CIA Involvement in RFK Assassination: http://goo.gl/bCKS54
– Lost RFK Photos: http://goo.gl/9agV9
– Souflikar the Strangling Executioner: http://goo.gl/xYMmK
– Hinterkaifeck Urban Legend: http://goo.gl/iYAg2p
– Cropsey: http://goo.gl/szUCjU
– Woman Fed Her Own Dog:http://goo.gl/iYAg2p
– Hikers Killed in Avalanche: http://goo.gl/xpSo
– Woman Murdered in Penn State Library: http://goo.gl/iYAg2p
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.