Ain’t it Scary? with Sean & Carrie

Ep. 170: The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping, Pt. 1 – Crime of the Century

On the night of March 1st, 1932, little Charles Lindbergh Jr. was tucked into his crib for a good night’s sleep. Mere hours later, the family nurse discovered that Charles Jr. was no longer in his bed…nor was he anywhere else to be found. The disappearance kicked off the beginning of one of America’s so-called…

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Ep. 169: The Bell Witch

It’s an old school ghost story this week – and we mean *way* old school, as we jump back to the early 19th century to explore the Bell Witch Haunting. From 1817 to 1821 John Bell Sr. and his family were harassed by an invisible presence with a clear, distinct voice and a penchant for…

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Ep. 168: Suicide Songs – ‘Gloomy Sunday’, Lavender Town Syndrome, and the ‘My Way’ Murders

[Obvious TW this week for discussion of suicide.] Over the years, certain songs have attracted dark reputations. Reputations like that the songs might drive you made enough to end your own life… or make others made enough to end another’s. This week, we discuss 3 famous examples of these “suicide songs”: the morosely melancholic “Gloomy…

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Ep. 167: Leonarda Cianciulli – The Soap-Maker of Correggio

Born in small-town Italy in 1893, Leonarda Cianciulli had led a hard and tragic life – but her friends and neighbors in Correggio, Reggio Emilia knew her as a kindly woman and a good neighbor. Naturally, they were all shocked when she was arrested for luring three local women to their violent deaths.  Axe Murder…

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Ep. 166: Metal, Mayhem, and Murder, Pt. 2

This week, we finish our two-parter on the rise of the Norwegian black metal scene and the leaders of the pack, Mayhem, as the culture descends into edgelord-on-edgelord crime – first with a series of arsons across Norway, and eventually spinning into the inevitable end of chaos and murder. Experience such real-life characters as Varg…

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Ep. 165: Metal, Mayhem and Murder, Pt. 1

In the early 1990s, a series of crimes rocked the historically peaceful country of Norway. Churches were burned, home-grown terrorist plots were revealed, and arrests were made. Then, the murders came. This rash of crime all stemmed from one seemingly-innocuous source: Norwegian black metal bands and their fans. It seemed like these musicians were trying…

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Ep. 164: Hannibal, Pt. 3 – With Their Heads Buried in the Ground

The raison d’etre for our whole series on Hannibal and the Punic Wars is here this week, and that’s very bad news for 50,000 Roman soldiers. After being beaten and humiliated by Hannibal for two years straight, the Romans came out swinging in 216 BC with the largest army the Republic had ever raised. Nearly…

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Ep. 163: Hannibal, Pt. 2 – Shades of My Foully Murdered Countrymen

Welcome back to the dusty horrors of ancient warfare, in part 2 of our rapidly expanding series (well, to 3 episodes, anyway) on Hannibal and the Second Punic War! It’s 218 BC, and Hannibal just marched a whole army across the Alps to surprise the Romans in Italy. The next move is Rome’s, and they’ve…

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Ep. 162: Hannibal, Pt. 1 – Fire and Steel

Sean has the podcast reins for two weeks of HANNIBAL. No, not the cannibal – the Carthaginian general who made himself the worst nightmare of the Roman legions. Take a trip with us back to the third century B.C., where new horrors wait around every corner – from children sacrificed to ancient gods, to sieged…

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Ep. 161: Crossroad Blues – The Mystery of Robert Johnson

This week, Carrie takes us on a trip back to the 1930s Mississippi Delta with the mysterious story of Robert Johnson, American blues icon and “first ever rock star.” Johnson has long been identified with the legend that he, desperate to become an incredible guitarist, went down to the crossroads one dark night and sold…

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