This is the story of a woman with a disfigured body and an irreparably corrupted mind. It is also a story about our own vanity and how it is reflected back at us every time we encounter someone who looks vastly different from what we consider acceptable. This episode's subject was a physical monstrosity from birth. Was her mind equally malformed from the outset? Or, was her degeneracy and depraved behavior something that was carved into her by the cruelty of those who surrounded her?
Robert Liston has been misremembered for long enough. On this episode, Rachel Fisher from Hollywood Crime Scene helps us dispel the many myths that surround this famous surgeon.
Occasionally, a mistake can change the course of history and even distort the face of the earth. When the Khwarazmian Shaw humiliated and killed a couple of Mongolian trade emissaries, he arguably made one of the most consequential mistakes in all of human history. This mistake would lead to the deaths of millions. Borders would be redrawn. Family lines would end. Entire cities and cultures would disappear, and the Khwarazmian Empire would fall.
On this episode, we’ll be talking about the man who served as the Genghis Khan's right hand. A general in the Mongolian army who was unnaturally gifted in the arenas of war and wartime subterfuge. A man who, when unleashed, would chase his marks to the ends of the earth pillaging everything along the way and leaving mountains of the dead behind him.
On this episode, we will talk with a man who has been held up at gunpoint on two different occasions. Both times, he was able to disarm the would-be robbers after repeatedly punching them in the face. During one of these incidents, Mike dialed 911 moments before striking his assailant with the phone he used to make the call. On the recording, tones and beeps can be heard over and over as Mike slams the receiver into the face of the criminal. Hear Mike recount the incident as we listen to this legendary 911 call.
We'd like to give a huge thanks to our new friend Wild Yam for providing the art for this episode. Check out more of Wild Yam's work on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/_wild.yam_/
On September 30th, 1999 a 35 year old man named Hisashi Ouchi was working at the JCO Tokaimura Plant in Tokaimura, Japan. On this day, he’d been asked to forgoe his normal daily responsibilities and assist with a project being conducted at a nearby experimental nuclear reactor. Shortly after work began a coworker screamed, “Run for your lives!”. Ouchi darted from the room and found himself inside a changing area. There, he began vomiting and soon lost consciousness. Over the following months, almost everyone who came into contact with Ouchi would, in their own time, come to wish that he’d never awoken from his collapse. But he did wake up. This was the first of 83 days that would eventually prove themselves to be among the most painful that a human being has ever endured.
The third and final part of our series on the Yellow Fever outbreak that devastated Philadelphia, PA in 1793.