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.
I recently sat down with Blaine DuShane and Kori Hanna from the Alabama Take to talk about Where is the Line?, horror movies, music, and the that one time I came across a dead body.
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.