E21: "The Toolbox Killers" - Lawrence Bittaker & Roy Norris

Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris terrorized the streets Southern California during their five month killing-spree in 1979, taking the lives of at least five teenage girls. Greg and Vanessa dive into the psychology of this “gruesome twosome”, and the factors that can cause an inmate to leave prison ready to commit even more despicable crimes.

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E20: "The Acid Bath Murderer" - John George Haigh Pt. 2

If there’s no body, there’s no murder. At least, that’s what John George Haigh thought the legal term “corpus delicti” meant. Haigh dissolved his victims in acid, earning the nickname “The Acid Bath Murderer”. This organized and “paranoiac” killer went after people he knew, aiming to steal their money. Greg and Vanessa follow Haigh’s pattern of murders, and the arrogance that helped the police to bring him in.

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E19: "The Acid Bath Murderer" - John George Haigh

John George Haigh poured his victims’ bodies down the sewer. A narcissistic killer, Haigh had a severe lack of empathy which led him to kill people, rob them, and dissolve their bodies in acid. This week, Greg and Vanessa explore narcissistic personality disorder, the insanity defense, and the factors in Haigh’s early life that led to him murdering one of his few friends.

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E18: "The Chessboard Killer" - Alexander Pichushkin Pt.2

Alexander Pichushkin’s favorite book was How to Win Friends and Influence People, which he used to charm his victims into following him into the woods. He was charged with 49 murders, but was upset the authorities didn’t verify a higher kill count. Pichushkin idolized Russia’s most prolific serial killer, Andrei Chikatilo, and wanted to go down as an even more prolific killer. Greg and Vanessa examine how Pichushkin’s desire for validation was the only reason he was caught.

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E17: "The Chessboard Killer" - Alexander Pichushkin

Alexander Pichushkin tracked his murders by marking X’s on his favorite chessboard. Luring victims into a park before bludgeoning them with a blunt object, Pichushkin also earned the nickname “The Bitsevsky Park Maniac”. This week, Greg and Vanessa look into the effects of frontal lobe damage on a child’s brain, and how alcoholism, a porn addiction and a love for chess shaped a prolific killer.

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E16: The Zodiac Killer Pt.2

The Zodiac Killer held San Francisco in a grip of terror in the 1960’s largely due to the letters and ciphers he sent the newspapers and police. Greg and Vanessa dig into the meaning of the mysterious messages, and try to figure out how a killer who mailed the authorities clues was never caught. They also take a look at the phenomena of false confessions.

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E15: The Zodiac Killer

He’s one of the most notorious serial killers in US history, and we don’t even know his real name. A “thrill killer”, the Zodiac targeted couples, but they weren’t the only victims of his terror spree. This week, Greg and Vanessa dive into the Zodiac Killer’s crimes and examine how his methods of murder showed a need for attention.

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E14: “The Redneck Charles Manson” Pt.2 – Donald Henry Gaskins

Donald “Pee Wee” Gaskins was so disturbed, he had classifications for the types of murders he’d commit- “coastal” or “serious.” The “Redneck Charles Manson” killed hitchhikers for pleasure, but also committed grudge murders on victims he knew. Greg and Vanessa explore Donald’s misogyny and examine the claims he made in his memoir.

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E:13 “The Redneck Charles Manson” – Donald Henry Gaskins

A killer so vicious he managed to kill twice while in prison, earning the nicknames “The Meanest Man in America” and “The Redneck Charles Manson”, Donald Henry Gaskins terrorized the American South in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. This week, Greg and Vanessa dig into Donald’s need for dominance and his position in prison hierarchies.

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E12: The Axeman of New Orleans Pt. 2

The Axeman drove New Orleans to hysteria, but he also drove the citizens to play loud jazz music. Greg and Vanessa analyze this odd request, as well as police prejudice in investigating the case. Later, they read a letter from the killer, purporting his demonic association. What psychological factors led the Axeman to claim to be “From Hell”?

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E11: The Axeman of New Orleans

In the early 1900’s, the Axeman of New Orleans chiseled his way into homes to kill his sleeping victims. Then he’d vanish; leaving the corpse, the weapon, and sometimes his own bloody clothes behind. Greg and Vanessa examine the concept of overkill in this disorganized killer. Then they ask the question: Was the narcissistic Axeman part of the mafia, a German spy, or a demon from hell?

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E10: Ted Bundy Pt. 2

Arguably the most infamous serial killer of the modern day, Ted Bundy’s murders escalated in frequency and depravity as the cops chased him. Though Ted Bundy publicly admitted to thirty murders, Bundy’s lawyer said he committed over a hundred. Greg and Vanessa discuss psychopathy, psychosis, and the “mask of sanity” in relation to Ted Bundy.

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E09: Ted Bundy

More than any serial killer in history, Ted Bundy was known for charming the media, and his victims. Greg and Vanessa explore Bundy’s early life, the mental compartmentalization of killers like Bundy, and the way he manipulated the media.

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E07: The Ken and Barbie Killers

Paul Bernardo, one of “The Ken and Barbie Killers”, also known as the “Scarborough Rapist”, flew under the radar in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, stalking young women and attacking them on dark suburban streets. Paul’s actions only got worse when he met Karla Homolka, who enabled him to go from raping to killing. Greg and Vanessa investigate police mismanagement and how these two serial killers pick victims and locations.

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E06: “The Vampire of Dusseldorf” - Peter Kurten Pt. 2

Shockingly, Peter Kurten turned himself into authorities in 1931. Why would a bloodthirsty serial killer do that? More paradoxes came up in his confessions, especially when he explained “respecting” his murder victims. Greg and Vanessa investigate these inconsistencies, as well as how fire and animal cruelty may have been a gateway for his sadism to come out in murder.

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E05: “The Vampire of Dusseldorf” - Peter Kurten

Known as “The Vampire of Dusseldorf” or “The Dusseldorf Monster”, Peter Kurten was a German serial killer and rapist that was found guilty of nine counts of murder and seven counts of attempted murder. Born in Germany in 1883 to an impoverished and abusive household, Kurten became infamous after he occasionally made attempts to drink the blood from his victims’ wounds. He was executed in 1931. Join Greg and Vanessa as they explore the mind of Peter Kurten.

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E04: Aileen Wuornos Pt. 2

As Aileen’s crimes ramped up, she was abandoned by her girlfriend, who later convinced her to confess in 1991. After the confession and trial, Aileen Wuornos was sentenced to death six times for killing seven victims. Aileen finally got the attention she desperately craved when the interrogations began. Why did she kill? She said she needed the money. Hosts Greg and Vanessa look for motivations deeper than money.

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E03: Aileen Wuornos

Falsely labeled “the first female serial killer” by the media, Aileen Wuornos showed the world that women could kill in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. An alcoholic prostitute, Wuornos targeted older men, posing as a hitchhiker before killing and robbing her victims. Speaking of victims, Wuornos continuously insisted that she was the victim, that the men she killed raped her, society failed her and the police “made” her a serial killer. What makes a murderer see themselves as a victim? Join Greg and Vanessa as they examine the brain of this psychopath.

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E02: H.H. Holmes Pt.2

H.H. Holmes spent his life committing insurance fraud and treating people like objects. When his crimes caught up to him, Holmes gave false confessions claiming to have murdered people who are still alive and well, and some whose bodies could not be found. Why would he do this? And how many people did he really kill? Our hosts Greg and Vanessa examine what led this meticulous planner to his baffling end.

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