In 2006, Pam Babcock entered the bathroom in Kory McFarren's yellow and white single-wide trailer. Should would not leave for two years. When authorities were finally contacted, they found Pam Babcock sitting on McFarren's toilet. She had spent a full month atop the shitter, her legs had atrophied, and she had become fused to the seat.
In this episode, we'll discuss the history of head transplantation and recent medical advancements that might soon make the procedure a reality. Dr. Sergio Canavero is a very controversial figure within the scientific community. He's a cartoonishly boisterous neurosurgeon with 22 years of experience. Despite his extensive resume, many of his peers feel that his research is without merit, that human head transplantation is impossible, and that Canavero's ambitions have made him reckless. Other critics object to the procedure on ethical grounds. Listen to Kevin and Samantha attempt to discuss these topics as Tiny and John Long from the Earth Oddity Podcast do everything within their power to veer the conversation into the oncoming traffic of their minds.
In June 1981 a tiny annoying man finally gained the recognition he'd always wanted but that his hideous personality had prevented him from acquiring. After murdering, mutilating, and eating a young college student in Paris, Issei Sagawa became a B-list celebrity. His parents' wealth and a bit of luck led to Issei Sagawa walking free only a few years after committing his crime. For decades after, Issei enjoyed the attention that was bestowed upon him by those who were curious about the cannibal walking among them. He appeared on late night television shows and on cooking programs. He even made his way into the adult film industry. In this episode we'll discuss this insufferable pervert, and WITL? co-host Samantha will over share about her childhood "hypersexuality".
We recently received some electronic fan mail. This particular email's author related that he enjoys our theme song, he rates our podcast 5 stars, he hopes we continue making the show, and he was once cellmates with a man who cooked and ate his wife. That last nugget of information seemed worthy of a followup. So, we got in touch the man who sent us that email and recorded our conversation with him. Ryan Martin has 4 felonies and 13 misdemeanors. He's done time with a couple of high profile killers including "The Michigan Murderer." Ryan is also incredibly personable. In this episode we'll talk to Ryan about accidentally shooting a prostitute, about his history of violence and drug abuse, and we'll take a listen to some excerpts from his incredibly well written prison essays.
Long enough ago to have certainly past the statute of limitations, I misrepresented myself to serial killers. Pretending to be a woman, I filled pink envelopes with letters hand-written with feminine looping script and mailed them off to some of the most heinous criminals alive in America at the time. One of these criminals replied. The letter I received was from "The Night Stalker," Richard Ramirez. In this episode, we'll discuss my catfishing of The Night Stalker and answer the questionnaire that Richard Ramirez included with his reply to me. We'll also awkwardly segue into a discussion about Hybristophilia and share a few stories of love behind bars.
In 1976 the crew of the TV show The Six Million Dollar Man was preparing for an on-location shoot at a Long Beach California funhouse. During the preparation, a crew member accidentally knocked the arm off of what they had previously believed to be a papier-mâché mannequin. To their surprise, this mannequin's newly dismembered arm had a bone inside. Upon closer inspection it was learned that the mannequin was also anatomically correct, complete with a wisp of pubic hair.
Shannon Larratt was the founder of a website that became notorious as being one of the most unsettling destinations on the web. Contributors to the site routinely posted photos of their own body modifications which often included such invasive procedures as voluntary and medically unnecessary amputations. Shannon himself was one of the first people to have his eyeball tattooed. This website was however much more than a shock site for it's regular contributors. To them, it was a community within which self-expressionism could thrive. In this episode we explore Shannon's contribution to the body modification community, discuss all manner of penile self-mutilation, and we talk with "The Human Tackle Box" Russ Foxx.
In 1927, just a few days before Christmas, Santa Claus held up a bank in Cisco, Texas. After several shootouts with police as well as with hundreds of Texas citizens with poor aim, the largest manhunt in Texas history took place. Within a week, Santa and his accomplices were tracked down. Before the legal system managed to dispense justice though, over 1000 Texans took matters into their own hands.