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Hayley Langan and Kaitlin Mahar talk about true crime events and how they have influenced our culture through film, literature, music, and the way we live.

Hayley Langan and Kaitlin Mahar talk about true crime events and how they have influenced our culture through film, literature, music, and the way we live.
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Hayley Langan and Kaitlin Mahar talk about true crime events and how they have influenced our culture through film, literature, music, and the way we live.




60 - Robert Berdella

Also known as "The Kansas City Butcher" and "The Collector", Robert Berdella kidnapped, raped, and viciously tortured at least six men between 1984-1987. With crimes on the same level as more infamous killers such as Jeffrey Dahmer and Albert Fish, this episode definitely deserves a trigger warning for descriptions of graphic torture. Strap in and get ready for another super bummer episode. Email: Website: Instagram:...


59 - The Keddie Cabin Murders

The sleepy resort town of Keddie is the sight of one of the most horrific quadruple murders in American history. In April 1981, Sue Sharp, two of her children, and one of their friends were brutally murdered in their cabin surrounded by close neighbors. The details of the case grow stranger the more you hear about it and serve as the premise for a terrifying horror movie. Email: Website: Instagram: @crimeculturepodcast Twitter:...


58 - Dorángel Vargas

With names like "El Comegente" (The People Eater)and "The Hannibal Lecter of The Andes", we knew we had to research the story of Dorángel Vargas (thanks to our friend Luis for the suggestion!) Vargas was a homeless man living in a park in San Cristobal, Venezuela who would hunt and eat men who passed by. Although his name is not as well known here in the States, he has still inspired some well known pop culture! Email: Website:


57 - Charles Starkweather & Caril Ann Fugate

This week, we have a killer couple with a TON of references in pop culture. Charles Starkweather and his girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate's mass murder spree in 1958 gripped the entire state of Nebraska with its brutality and the young age of its murderers. After we discuss the crazy case, we cover the books, movies, and music that it inspired. Email: Website: Instagram: @crimeculturepodcast Twitter: @CrimeCulturePod Facebook:...


56 - Gypsy Rose Blanchard

Kaitlin has been waiting for this one since the beginning! The tragic story of Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee Blanchard (you decide who it's tragic for) is a wild ride, to say the least. Gypsy grew up having every ailment under the sun and her loving mother Dee Dee took care of her every need... or did she? With so many twists and turns, it's no wonder this story was adapted into the Hulu series "The Act". Email: Website: Instagram:...


55 - Book vs. Movie: It

This week, we're tackling the mammoth story of Stephen King's It! From the 1,000+ page novel to the 3+ hour miniseries to the new 2017 movie, we'll be talking about the similarities and differences of all three. Obviously, spoilers ahead! Email: Website: Instagram: @crimeculturepodcast Twitter: @CrimeCulturePod Facebook: @crimeculturepodcast And join our Patreon! (All other links can be found on our website) Hosts: Hayley Langan and...


54 - Phil Spector

In the 1960's, Phil Spector was a prominent figure in the music scene. From developing the Wall of Sound to producing tracks for legends like John Lennon, the Righteous Brothers, and the Ronettes, Spector was on top of his game. All of that changed in 2003 when actress Lana Clarkson was found dead from a bullet wound in Spector's home. Email: Website: Instagram: @crimeculturepodcast Twitter: @CrimeCulturePod Facebook:...


53 - Abducted in Plain Sight (Review)

We're finally talking about it! Ever since "Abducted in Plain Sight" was released on Netflix, it has been talked about in every true crime group on every platform you can think of. After the initial shock, we re-watched it and we have a LOT to discuss. (Spoilers ahead!) Email: Website: Instagram: @crimeculturepodcast Twitter: @CrimeCulturePod Facebook: @crimeculturepodcast And join our Patreon! (All other links can be found on our...


52 - Lorena Bobbitt

This week, we're discussing Lorena Bobbitt who made worldwide headlines in 1993 when, after years of being raped, beaten, and sodomized by her husband, she cut off his penis with a knife. We cover the details of the case, what happened to the couple after the crime, and all of the references in pop culture! Email: Website: Instagram: @crimeculturepodcast Twitter: @CrimeCulturePod Facebook: @crimeculturepodcast And join our Patreon!...


51 - True Crime Controversies

This week, we're discussing some controversies surrounding some upcoming true crime movies. There's a certain amount of care needed when handling these sensitive topics and these projects have been accused of being problematic for various reasons. We want to hear what you think about the questions we raise today so be sure to share your opinions on any of our social media below! Email: Website: Instagram: @crimeculturepodcast Twitter:...


50 - Killer Couples

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! In the spirit of the holiday, we're talking about couples who kill! We cover Ray and Faye Copeland, The Lonely Hearts Killers, The San Francisco Witch Killers, and Cathy Wood and Gwendolyn Graham! We also have an exciting announcement, so stick around until the end! Email: Website: Instagram: @crimeculturepodcast Twitter: @CrimeCulturePod Facebook: @crimeculturepodcast (All other links can be found on...


49 - Heaven's Gate

Heaven's Gate was an American UFO religious cult based in San Diego, California, founded in 1974 and led by Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles. On March 26, 1997, police discovered the bodies of 39 members of the group, who had participated in a mass suicide in order to reach what they believed was an extraterrestrial spacecraft following Comet Hale–Bopp. Email: Website: Instagram: @crimeculturepodcast Twitter: @CrimeCulturePod...


48 - Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (Review)

If you're anything like us, you spent this past week binging the new Ted Bundy docuseries on Netflix. Well, we're here to talk about it! We discuss what we loved and what we wanted more of and everything in between. We also talk about our first impressions of the trailer for the new Ted Bundy biopic, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, starring Zac Efron as Bundy. Email: Website: Instagram: @crimeculturepodcast Twitter:...


47 - Christian Longo

Michael Finkel was a disgraced journalist recently fired from The New York Times for fabricating a story. Christian Longo was a struggling husband and father who murdered his whole family and fled to Mexico. What could these two men possibly have in common? This week, we cover this bizarre case and the book and movie that are based on it. Email: Website: Instagram: @crimeculturepodcast Twitter: @CrimeCulturePod Facebook:...


46 - Jodi Arias

On June 9th 2008, after no one had heard from him in days, friends of Travis Alexander tragically found him dead in his own shower. When asked who would have a reason to kill him, many people named his on again-off again girlfriend, Jodi Arias. After a long trial, Arias was found guilty of Alexander's murder. Since the crime and trial, Arias has been the subject of much interest in the true crime community. Email: Website: Instagram:...


45 - The Kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart

We're starting the year off with a request from our Instagram to do more kidnapping/missing person cases and we're covering one of the most well-known kidnapping cases in the US, Elizabeth Smart! Elizabeth was stolen from her own bedroom when she was just fourteen years old and she endured nine months of horrific torture at the hands of her captors, one of whom has recently been released from prison. Email: Website: Instagram:...


44 - New Year, Same Crimes: Crimes on New Years

Happy 2019 everyone! Time to start the year off with murder and mayhem in our first mini episode of 2019! We talk about crimes on New Years (eve and day) and how some people decided to ring in the new year. Email: Website: Instagram: @crimeculturepodcast Twitter: @CrimeCulturePod Facebook: @crimeculturepodcast (All other links can be found on our website) Hosts: Hayley Langan and Kaitlin Mahar Social Media Manager: Elissa Sanci Theme...


43 - You Better Watch Out: Crimes on Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! Today we'll be talking about how the holiday isn't merry for everyone. So make up an excuse to drive around, park in an empty Target lot to avoid your family, and dive into this weeks episode! We hope you all have a happy holiday no matter how or what you celebrate and stay safe! Email: Website: Instagram: @crimeculturepodcast Twitter: @CrimeCulturePod Facebook: @crimeculturepodcast (All other links can be...


42 - Miranda Warning

"You have the right to remain silent..." These words are part of the Miranda Warning that is read to criminals during arrest before questioning. It hasn't been that long since this warning was adopted but it has made its way into almost all true crime shows that are on TV today. This week, we talk about the history of the Miranda Warning and some of the issues it still faces. Email: Website: Instagram: @crimeculturepodcast Twitter:...


41 - Black Horror and Get Out

This week we do a deep dive into black horror. We talk about the "black guy always dies first" trope in addition to the blaxploitation era of the '70s and the stereotypical roles African American actors were offered in horror. Spoiler alert if you haven't seen "Get Out", we analyze the movie in terms of its contributions to the black horror genre and also just rave about how good it was. Email: Website: Instagram: @crimeculturepodcast...