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Antemortem is an exploration of any person, thing, or weird accident that results in human fatality.

Antemortem is an exploration of any person, thing, or weird accident that results in human fatality.

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United States

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Antemortem is an exploration of any person, thing, or weird accident that results in human fatality.

Language:

English


Episodes

AM089: Tuberculosis Part I

4/14/2021
Too robust to be contained by just one episode, tuberculosis will be difficult to conquer. TB has been infecting humans since the dawn of agriculture and it remains a significant cause of death today. And it's not just for lungs. Did you know you can get tuberculosis in your spine?

Duration:00:24:42

AM088: Dr. Crippen

3/24/2021
Disguises. Poison. A headless body. Cora Turner disappeared after a dinner party in 1910. Her duplicitous husband, Dr. Crippen, would be prosecuted for the crime but some believe in his innocence.

Duration:00:22:11

AM087: Skydiving

3/10/2021
Ever since people first raised their eyes to the heavens and saw a balloon up there, they wanted to jump out of it for some reason. Same for airplanes. So now we have skydiving.

Duration:00:25:53

AM086: Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

2/24/2021
Dejected by the Confederacy's defeat in the Civil War, one sad actor hatches a plot. All things didn’t quite go to plan, but Abraham Lincoln was fatally shot in Ford’s Theatre. Listen to find out where the subplots failed.

Duration:00:23:15

AM085: 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami

2/10/2021
In December 2004, one of Earth's tectonic plates gave way to another. The resulting earthquake led to a tsunami of incredible size. The devastation around the Bay of Bengal was immense, as were the relief efforts.

Duration:00:26:04

AM084: Mary I

1/27/2021
Mary I was the first woman to rule as England's sovereign. She was unfamiliar with the concept of religious tolerance, to put it lightly. She meant well, probably. She felt unwell often.

Duration:00:29:01

AM083: Hinterkaifeck Murders

1/13/2021
The tale of the Hinterkaifeck murders is as enigmatic as it is sordid. The suspects are plentiful but the evidence is lacking. Creepy footprints, a rambunctious cow, and a short jail term preceded the events of the day.

Duration:00:27:07

AM082: Medieval Deaths of Interest

12/16/2020
Once upon a time, there lived various kings and emperors and noblemen. Some of them died peacefully in their beds. Others died screaming bloody murder. This episode explores the latter.

Duration:00:25:13

AM081: Manhattan Project

11/25/2020
Antemortem recounts the tale of the U.S. government's wartime effort to develop an atomic weapon. Plus, meet the demon core!

Duration:00:25:01

AM080: B.T.K. Part III

11/11/2020
The B.T.K. taskforces get to work. Eventually, the killer's compulsive need for attention will lead to his capture. Not as much poetry, but not zero poetry.

Duration:00:29:01

AM079: B.T.K. Part II

10/28/2020
There are four more B.T.K. murders in this episode. But that's not all. Rader's poetic side will emerge and we'll all hate it. Plus, I'll tell you what "frotteurism" means.

Duration:00:27:35

AM078: B.T.K. Part I

10/14/2020
On this, the first of three episodes on B.T.K., Antemortem will introduce you to the man behind the initialism. Murders one through six are enclosed.

Duration:00:26:00

AM077: Cocoanut Grove Fire

9/30/2020
Boston's raddest nightclub, the Cocoanut Grove was at the zenith of its popularity in 1942. But beneath the glossy surface, the club was a disaster waiting to happen. An irresponsible owner, sub-par electricians, and a satin palm tree came together to ignite a deadly blaze.

Duration:00:26:25

AM076: Murder of Selena

9/9/2020
Selena, the Queen of Tejano music, was murdered in 1995. We’ll cover her rise to fame and an unfortunate hiring choice. You’ll want to listen to that cover of La Bamba in full by the end.

Duration:00:23:42

AM075: Polio

8/26/2020
This long-awaited Antemortem episode is all about polio. When poliovirus attacks the central nervous system, it can cause temporary paralysis, permanent disability, or even more permanent death. The good news is that we have a vaccine!

Duration:00:24:43

AM074: Somerton Man

8/12/2020
In 1948, a man died on an Australian beach. Since then, the case has baffled cryptographers and wikipedia readers alike. Did the woman know more than she said? Did he dance like no one was watching? Was the code just a shopping list? Quite possibly!

Duration:00:23:06

AM073: Sarin

7/22/2020
What's odorless, tasteless, and will make your diaphragm seize until you die? Well, most nerve agents, actually. But this episode is just about sarin. Thanks a lot, Nazis.

Duration:00:22:51

AM072: Murderous Pairs

7/8/2020
This episode has three murder cases, four victims, and six individuals who may never have killed on their own. It has one rogue eyeball found on the stairs.

Duration:00:27:35

Black Lives Matter

6/10/2020

Duration:00:01:11

AM071: Tutankhamun

5/27/2020
The pharaoh Tutankhamun died young after an insignificant reign. 3,000 years later, his (nearly) untouched tomb was discovered and his fame skyrocketed. Now everyone knows how shiny a death mask can be.

Duration:00:23:51