In this episode, we delve into the world of female sex offenders and pedophiles--yep, they exist and are every bit as horrid as their male counterparts in crime. Research and stats are lacking in this milieu: female-perpetrated crimes are often underreported and underprosecuted, due to gender stereotypes and bias among both professionals and the public at large. Here, we consider the the small amount of research that exists and look at several cases, including Karla Homolka and Vanessa George; we also examine attitudes and beliefs portrayed by the media and criminal justice workers. 

Show links/resources:

US Dept Center for Sex Offender Mangement report:

Book:  Wounded Boys, Heroic Men: A Man's Guide to Recovering from Child Abuse by Daniel Jay Sonkin and Lenore E. A. Walker. (1998).
Adams Media Corporations; ISBN 1580620108

Men who experienced sexual trauma/rape:

Contact Center for Sex Offender Management 
8403 Colesville Road, Suite 720 Silver Spring, MD 20910 

We are all well versed in a killer's prediliction to hurting and maiming others--but what about when a killer also hurts themselves? In this episode, we plunge into the world of paraphilic disorders: "recurrent, intense, sexually arousing fantasies, urges, or behaviors that are distressing or disabling and that involve inanimate objects, children or nonconsenting adults, or suffering or humiliation of oneself or the partner with the potential to cause harm." First, we look at overall self harm and self-injurious behavior (primarily cutting) and trace its orgiins throughout history; next, we explore self harm's darker twin and find out what forms and functions paraphilic disorder serves to its practitioners. Our case studies include the notorious Albert Fish, an unrepetant serial killer, child rapist, and cannibal; Robert Black, a Scottish serial killer and pedophile, and Joanna Dennehy, a spree killer with a history of self harm. 

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In Part 2 of our Femicide in Juarez episode, we continue to look at the mass murder of women; here, we consider how NAFTA, the rise of the maquiladora industry, and the ineptitude of the government plays into these crimes. We also consider the dark territory of the morgues. 


Book: Making a Killing: Femicide, Free Trade and La Frontera

Study on Maquiladoras: "The Maquiladora Industry: Disciplining Women Workers"



Great repository of info:



To this day, thousands of Mexican women are raped and murdered with no consquence. In this episode, we explore femicide - the rape and murder of women for no other reason than that they are women. Myriad theories have been floated for this femicide, including: cartel killings, serial murders, US sex offenders, and a patriarchal culture that devalues women and treats them as disposable objects, mirrored in a government that validates this perspective. The truth is...well, it is a complicated one, with no clear cut solution. Join us in Part I of a two part series on this topic, as we attempt to understand what the hell is going on. 

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Book: Making a Killing: Femicide, Free Trade and La Frontera

Study on Maquiladoras: "The Maquiladora Industry: Disciplining Women Workers"




On this episode, we aren't talking about specific crimes--rather, we're looking at how we house and treat criminals. It's a hugely complex topic, but we touched on the major elements present in our prison systems: the advent of privatization and subsequent commodification of convicts, the rampant cycle of instutionalized racism, immigration detention in "shadow prisons" and the devastating effects of solitary confinement. We could only scratch the surface on this episode, but the links below contain a wealth of info:


New Yorker article on solitary confinement:

Ton of info on racial discrimination from the ACLU:

Shadow prison/immigration detention:

Privatization of prisons:




In this episode, we go "way down down down in this subbacultcha" (thanks, Pixies). Specifically, we first parse Andy Warhol and his collective of NYC personalities and artists, including Valerie Solanis--radical feminist, writer, and an individual with schizophrenia. Solanis became involved with the periphery of Warhol's Factory collective, even as her mental illness and paranoia grew to dangerous levels; ultimately, she ended up shooting Warhol and adversely impacting the rest of his life. Next, we look at the advent of the late 80s'/early 90s' club kids--a roving group of NYC-based creative partiers and performance artists led by party promoter Michael Alig. Alig and his friend, Robert Freeze Riggs, murdered fellow club kid Angel Melendez and kept Angel's body in an apartment bathtub for days; finally, they dismembered him and set him afloat in the Hudson. Alig served his prison sentence and was released in 2014. Looking at both cases as a whole, we chat about subcultures, art and performative violence--and per usual, we discover that everything always turns to shit.

Show notes/links:

Valerie's S.C.U.M Manifesto:

James St. James' memoir is Party Monster.

Pixies "Subbacultcha" because duh, why WOULDN'T you want to listen:




On this episode, we delve into the dream-turned-nightmare of Jim Jones, the charismatic Peoples Temple leader who began his career as a champion for civil rights and equality. Over time, that dream devolved into a horrorscape of control, abuse, and total cultdom.  On November 18, 1978,  Jones coerced members living in the Jonestown, Guyana compound to commit an act of "revolutionary suicide," via drinking poison.  Over 900 members died that day, including a large number of children.  Here, we examine Jones' origin story and chart his journey from civil rights activist to power hungry monster. For this episode, we rely heavily on survivor's testimony. 


Great academic resource and repository of myriad Jonestown materials:

Audio recordings and transcripts:

Survivor's Deborah Layton's book:



In this minisode, we celebrate the upcoming May 2017 revival of David Lynch's TV series, Twin Peaks, by of course exploring a murder - the mysterious circumstances of Jack Nance's death. Nance, who played Henry Spencer in  the supremely weird and wonderful film Eraserhead, as well as Pete Martell in Twin Peaks, appeared in almost all of Lynch's work up until his strange death in 1996. Like much of Lynch's fiction and the show Twin Peaks itself, this minisode dedicated to the real life and death of Nance will leave you wondering what is real.  Was Nance murdered, or was it simply a tall tale and tragic accident?

Links/resources/show notes:

Nance's role in "Instutionalized" by Suicidal Tendencies:

Documentary about Nance:




We're back! On this episode, we delve into shared psychotic disorder, also known as folie a deux. This disorder is characterized by the transference of delusional ideas or beliefs from one person to another, almost like a psychological virus. It's a rarity, but seems apropos in the strange case of Swedish twins Ursula and Sabina Ericksson; after throwing themselves into traffic, one twin continues a path of delusional destruction...ending in murder. 


Source material/references/ links:

"Madness in the Fast Lane" BBC documentary:

Article: "Folie a Deux and Shared Psychotic Disorder" by Mitsue Shimizu et al. Current Psychiatry Reports, 2007. 

"Better off Dead" FRANCH scene:

"Heavenly Creatures" film trailer



Strap in, y'all--it's a meeting of morbid minds in Episode 10. Join us for a special collaboration with the awesome podcast True Crime Fan Club, in which we consider two cases of child abuse/murder and examine the motivations behind them. First up, Lanie takes us through the horrific 1965 case of Sylvia Likens, a sixteen year old girl who was tortured to death by the "family" that took her in. Next, we look at a modern day equivalent--the torture and murder of Erica Parsons, betrayed by her adoptive family. 

In both cases, these girls were routinely abused by not only the adults in the situations, but by the other children/teens in their respective households. What impetus leads to such behavior? To try and unravel this horrid mystery, we look at several scholarly studies and discuss scapegoating, as well the evolutionary psychology theory of the Cinderella effect. Lastly, on behalf of True Crime Fan Club and Bone Palace Ballet, we donated to Prevent Child Abuse America--in honor of Sylvia and Erica. If you'd like to join us in donating, please go here:

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Show notes/links:

Dr. Phil episode featuring Casey and Sandy Parsons:

Larry Swartz is mentioned during the episode, and here's the This American Life episode I did about him:


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