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Every Monday, Serial Killers takes a psychological and entertaining approach to provide a rare glimpse into the mind, methods and madness of the most notorious serial killers with the hopes of better understanding their psychological profile. With the help of voice actors, we delve deep into their lives and stories. Serial Killers is part of the Parcast Network and is a Cutler Media Production.




E34: “The Midwest Black Widow” Pt. 2 - Belle Gunness

A fire rages at black widow Belle Gunness's murder farm, where her many victims lie buried below her hog pen. After deputies find a headless woman's body in the ashes, authorities believe that Belle was murdered by her jealous farmhand. But Greg and Vanessa think that’s exactly what Belle wanted them to believe. Why would a serial killer fake her own death? And what would drive her to do so? Greg and Vanessa investigate.

Duration: 00:33:26

E33: “The Midwest Black Widow” – Belle Gunness

Standing six feet tall and weighing over 200 pounds, Norwegian born female serial killer Belle Gunness murdered most of her suitors, boyfriends and even her two daughters in Indiana between the years of 1900 to 1908. Estimated to have killed between 12 to 42 people, Belle would lure her male victims with the promise of love and money. This week, we will discuss the fascinating psychology behind this female serial killer.

Duration: 00:35:02

E32: "The Green River Killer" Pt. 2- Gary Ridgway

What makes someone evil? And how evil is Gary Ridgway, serial killer and necrophiliac? Greg and Vanessa discuss Ridgway’s sex addiction, how he lured his victims, and the great lengths he went to in order to evade the police for nearly twenty years.

Duration: 00:49:49

E31: "The Green River Killer" - Gary Ridgway

Struggling with a low IQ, Gary Ridgway always wanted to be the best at just one thing. That one thing turned out to be serial murder. The most prolific American serial killer, Ridgway claims to have killed almost eighty women. Greg and Vanessa discuss the formative events and possible Oedipal complex behind the Green River Killer. SPONSORS! Hunt a Killer - Go to and use the code SERIALKILLERS to get 10% off. LegalZoom - Enter promo code SERIAL for special savings at...

Duration: 00:43:04

E30: “The Giggling Granny”Pt.2 - Nannie Doss

Behind the cheerful demeanor of a sweet southern grandma, lurked a vicious killer. Nannie Doss poisoned her husbands, killed her children, and even went after her own mother. This week, Greg explores Nannie’s use of the lonely hearts columns to find victims, and Vanessa examines how social conformity and societal norms helped this killer fly under the radar for so long. SPONSORS! Hunt a Killer – Join the hunt at and use code “KILLERS” to get 10% off! Spotify – All episodes...

Duration: 00:41:34

E29: “The Giggling Granny” – Nannie Doss

“The Giggling Granny”, Nannie Doss’ home cooked meals were served with a side of poison. Was she suffering from Munchausen-by-Proxy, or did she just feel trapped by mid-20th century society? Greg and Vanessa examine how a troubled childhood, brain damage, and an abusive husband led this killer to snap and go after everyone who was closest to her. SPONSORS! Hunt a Killer - Head on over to Hunt A Killer dot com and register now and use the code ’KILLERS' to get 10% off! Blue Apron - Check...

Duration: 00:41:42

E27: "The Grim Sleeper" - Lonnie Franklin Jr.

He targeted and killed multiple women in the 1980’s; then mysteriously disappeared. Fourteen years later, he started killing again. Why would he stop? And why, after so long, would he come back? Greg and Vanessa examine what made “The Grim Sleeper” different from other serial killers operating in the area at the same time, as well as the psychology behind his “trophies.” SPONSORS! Casper – Get $50 toward any mattress purchase by visiting and use offer code KILLERS...

Duration: 00:38:10

E26: “The Casanova Killer” Pt. 2 – Paul John Knowles

A lust killer who dreamed to be known as an outlaw, Paul John Knowles sought infamy. He was so desperate to be remembered; he recorded his own confession to multiple murders while still a free man, and shared the tapes with his lawyer. Knowles killed indiscriminately, occasionally allowing writers to live—so they could chronicle his story. This week, Greg and Vanessa follow Knowles’ cross-country murder spree to its shoot-out conclusion. SPONSORS! Talkspace – Use coupon code SK at...

Duration: 00:50:59

E25: “The Casanova Killer” - John Paul Knowles

He had no pattern. No victim type. No consistent MO. And he killed across the country. Nicknamed the “Casanova Killer” for his good looks, John Paul Knowles confounded the police. Greg and Vanessa dig into Knowles troubled childhood and disrespect for authority, then try to unpack a confusing man who described himself as both Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Bonnie and Clyde. SPONSORS! Talkspace - To sign up or to learn more, go to and to show your support for this podcast,...

Duration: 00:37:19

E24: “The Werewolf of Wysteria” Pt. 2 - Albert Fish

“The Boogey Man”, AKA Albert Fish, attacked over 100 children, many of them unidentified. A traumatic childhood created a twisted old man, tormented by religious delusions and sick sexual fantasies. Greg and Vanessa explore the kidnapping and murder of Grace Budd, which led to Fish’s downfall, his shocking confessions, and his eventual execution. SPONSORS! Talkspace – Use coupon code SK to get $30 off your first month, visit The Sinner – Premieres, Wednesday,...

Duration: 00:48:36

E23: “The Werewolf of Wysteria” - Albert Fish

Albert Fish preyed on young children in the early 1900s, molesting, murdering, and even cannibalizing them. He wasn’t caught until the 1930s, when three of his most horrifying crimes came to light. This week, Greg and Vanessa discuss Fish’s tumultuous childhood, his paraphilic disorders, and two of his most infamous victims. SPONSORS! Talkspace - For a special offer for our listeners, visit Blue Apron - Check out this week’s menu and get your first THREE meals FREE—WITH...

Duration: 00:38:49

E22: "The Toolbox Killers" Pt. 2- Lawrence Bittaker & Roy Norris

These sadistic killers notoriously recorded the audio of their final murder; a recording so disturbing, half the courtroom broke down in tears. Prior to the recording, Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris plotted to kill a girl of every age from thirteen to nineteen, and got halfway through their plan. Greg and Vanessa discuss organized killers, and why this pair chose to leave their final victim in a place she was sure to be found. INTRODUCING…Stick around after the show for a special...

Duration: 01:05:03

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. SPONSORS! Carvana - Skip the dealership and buy a car online. Check out to learn more Simplisafe - Go to SIMPLISAFE dot com slash...

Duration: 00:43:51

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. SPONSORS! Carvana - Go to for the new way to buy a car!...

Duration: 00:43:08

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. SPONSORS! Thumbtack - Thumbtack makes it easy to find pros for pretty much anything you need done. Download the app or...

Duration: 00:41:25

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. SPONSORS!...

Duration: 00:42:06

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. SPONSORS! Tile - Get yours today at and save up to thirty percent per TILE on...

Duration: 00:42:35

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. SPONSORS! Tile - Act now to get free shipping and save thirty percent per TILE on a multi-pack and, for a limited time, get a FREE GIFT...

Duration: 00:36:07

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. SPONSORS! Mommy Dead and Dearest – Watch HBO’s latest true crime documentary, premiering Monday, May 15 at 10pm on HBO. Tile - Go to and save...

Duration: 00:38:14

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. SPONSORS! Tile – Go to and save up to thirty percent per TILE on a multi-pack, and get free shipping! And for a limited time, you’ll get a...

Duration: 00:45:20

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