In Appalachia and in the American South there are some Christians who take literally passages of the bible that other adherents to the faith might consider to be metaphor. These followers of Christ's teachings put to the test the biblical notion that true believers can take up venomous snakes without suffering injury. On this episode of Where is the Line? we'll be talking about a snake handling preacher from Alabama named Glenn Summerford. Summerford found himself in the national spotlight in 1991 after being accused of attempting to murder his wife using the same Copperheads and Diamondback rattlesnakes that he often clutched during religious services.
On this episode of Where is the Line? we'll speak with a very forthcoming mortician who will educate us on the details of what really happens to our bodies in the intervening time between our deaths and when we're buried or cremated. We'll also learn a few mortician jokes, and we'll hear about some of the most gruesome cases ever worked by "Ramone" the mortician. Additionally amid this episode, Kevin and Samantha will share their plans for their own post-mortem remains.
On Christmas day 2008, children all over the world were waking up early to see what Santa had left for them under their Christmas trees. The parents of these hideous, greedy, and totally dependent children most likely watched television and their spawn violently ripped wrapping paper to uncover new toys and electronic devices that they would undoubtedly break or lose within the week. Parents in California were met with news reports of a massacre that had taken place in the town of Covina, CA. Throughout the day, the death toll would rise, the details of the attack would come to light, and the world would find out that Santa Clause had shot people, he'd set a home ablaze with a flamethrower that he'd made himself, and that in the end, Santa turned the gun on himself.
A nurse sits down with Kevin and Samantha to discuss some of the more disturbing things she's seen while working in the healthcare field. We'll hear about what it's like to watch a faceless man eat spaghetti, the frustrations of working with a patient who compulsively eats her own toes. And, we'll even get into what nurses are trained to do when faced with a spontaneous erection.
In 2002 the FBI made 89 arrests as part of a child pornography investigation known as "Operation Candyman." Among the people who found themselves on the wrong end of this inquest was Jack Wayne Rogers. When his home and business were raided, authorities found much more than they had expected. In addition to thousands of explicit photographs of children, they found evidence that Rogers had removed and eaten the genitals of several men and trans women who believed Rogers to be a cost-effective alternative to a licensed surgeon. They also uncovered an online conversation in which Rogers, using the handle "Buggerbutt", related that he had tortured and murdered a young Skidmore Missouri man. The victim described by Rogers was almost certainly a young man named Branson Perry who had mysteriously disappeared a year prior to Rogers' arrest. Rogers also claimed that this young man was not his first victim.
Is Jack Wayne Rogers a serial killer? Or, does this man with a love for child pornography and severed genitals just have a morbid and overly active imagination. This is what we will discuss on episode 19 of Where is the Line?
In 1942, a dentist named Dr. Lytle Adams invented a weapon which he hoped would help end World War II. The idea was this: A bomb casing would be filled with hibernating bats. Each bat would wear a miniature suicide vest filled with Napalm. Any populace unfortunate enough to have this weapon unleashed upon them would face not only the nightmarish scenario of having thousands of bats flitting about their city, but they would also find their infrastructure engulfed in flames once these flying menaces were detonated. As unlikely as it seems, prototypes of this weapon would be developed and tested by 3 branches of the U.S. military. By the time the American military decided to discard this seemingly preposterous idea, they had spent today's equivalent of 28 million dollars and a New Mexico military facility had been accidentally incinerated.
Every Halloween, someone will inevitably make the local news by going a little too far with their decorations. Police will often arrive at what some citizen believed to be the genuine scene of a horrible crime only to find that the dismembered bodies on display are dummies, and the blood covering them is ketchup. Occasionally though, an opposite scenario plays out. October is the one month of the year that people might walk past a mangled body lying on their neighbor's lawn and think nothing of it. On this episode we'll be discussing two instances in which this actually happened. Both Rebecca Cade and Patricia Ward were brutally murdered and left on public display. Numerous passersby saw their corpses, believed them to be Halloween decorations, and scooted past without ever considering that they were looking at the scene of a homicide.
In our first ever Sh*t Show, we'll discuss two chickens who refused to die. Both Mike and Lazarus survived for an amazingly extended period after losing their heads. Mike's story even became so popular that the town of Fruita, Colorado continues to celebrate Mike's will to live with their annual Mike the Headless Chicken Festival. In addition to bringing you the stories of these two incredible foul, we'll also reach out to the organizer of the Mike the Headless Chicken Festival to learn more about the event and what draws over 17,000 people to it each year.
In 2011 Russian police raided the home of a highly intelligent and generally well-regarded historian and linguist named Anatoly Moskvin. They discovered almost 30 life sized dolls, many of which were clothed in frilly dresses and ornate head scarves. The idea of a 45-year-old man keeping a huge collection of life-sized dolls in his parents’ house, which is where Moskvin was living, is plenty creepy in its own right. These were not typical dolls though. They were actually the mummified and gussied up remains of 29 dead little girls that Moskvin had dug up and brought home.