There are always subjects that are particularly interesting to learn about when creating a show for you each week. This is a list of our staff’s top 10 most fascinating episodes. We’re excited for more research, writing, and recording in 2019!
SERIAL KILLERS: THE CO-ED KILLER: ED KEMPER
Verbally abused and psychologically tortured by his mother, young Edmund Kemper's mind turned towards vicious daydreams and perverted nightmares. Before he even reached adulthood in California, Kemper showed the world how truly violent he could be. The Co-Ed Killer went on to murder ten people between 1964 and 1973.
GONE: JFK’S BRAIN
John F. Kennedy’s brain went missing after he was assassinated in 1963. His brain wasn’t buried with his body and it hasn’t been seen since 1965. Was his brain taken by his younger brother to hide evidence of JFK’s drug use and mental illnesses? The missing component could provide evidence that Kennedy was not shot from the back by Lee Harvey Oswald, but from the front
CONSPIRACY THEORIES: OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING
Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols met in army basic training during the 1980s. In 1995, they would kill 168 innocent people when a bomb they constructed detonated outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City. Was McVeigh angry at the government. Or was this part of a government plan to distract the public from a scandal involving the President?
The Queen of Tejano Music was only 23 when she was shot and killed by her best friend, personal assistant, and President of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar in 1995. The icon was declared dead at The Days Inn in Corpus Christi, Texas after Yolanda shot her in the back. What lead Selena's best friend to assassinate her?
CULTS: THE KIRTLAND CULT: JEFFREY LUNDGREN
He believed that he could talk to God and that he alone could bring about Zion in Kirtland. All he had to do was gain complete control over the members of his cult.
FEMALE CRIMINALS: THE WHITE WIDOW - SAMANTHA LEWTHWAITE
Originally known for being the wife of 2005 London bomber Germaine Lindsay, international authorities have suspected her of running a bomb factory, funding terrorist cells, and being responsible for the 2013 shopping mall attack in Kenya. Discover how she started on a path to radicalism.
HAUNTED PLACES: THE QUEEN MARY
Initially a luxury transport across the Atlantic, The Queen Mary is now a floating hotel and museum. As many as 150 spirits have been seen lurking on her decks or wandering her elegant hallway. And if you’re lucky, you’ll see the ghost of a sailor who had tried to pass through an iron water door before it closed, but didn’t make it. He is known as Half Hatch Harry.
HISTORICAL FIGURES: JOSEPH STALIN
This poor young revolutionary would one day sit aside Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt in the aftermath of the greatest conflict in human history. What can we learn from Stalin's improbable rise to power?
HOSTAGE: PATTY HEARST
Patricia Hearst lived every woman’s nightmare. She was violently taken from her own apartment, tied up, and thrown in the back of a stolen car. For the next two years, Patricia was held hostage. In our first episode, we explore the dramatic lead-up to Patricia’s kidnapping, and why her kidnappers were able to snatch the heiress from her apartment in under four minutes.
KINGPINS: AMERICAN GANGSTER FRANK LUCAS
Moving from North Carolina to New York City, Frank Lucas engaged in petty crime and pool hustling before he began smuggling drugs using coffins of dead American servicemen in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He cut out the middleman and bought heroin directly from the source.