December 22, 2020

Sign of the Zodiac: Solving the Final Cipher

A case that has baffled police, reporters, and the general public for over 50 years. The Zodiac Killer terrorized Vallejo, California and the Bay Area during a year-long killing spree, taking the lives of at least 5 people, possibly more. A...

December 18, 2020

Nipped in the Bud: A Case of Penilectomy

When a Florida man was pulled over for his third DWI and given a prison sentence, he never expected he'd come out missing body parts. Enter the urologist from Hell, Dr. Paul Perito. Listener discretion, especially those in possession of...um...certain...

December 15, 2020

Thrill for the Kill: Teenage Murderer Alyssa Bustamante

A diary entry was the downfall of teen thrill killer, Alyssa Bustamante. In 2009, she murdered 9-year-old neighbor Elizabeth Olten, just to see what it felt like. Then she wrote about her feelings in her diary. Listen in as Lark tells the story of the...

December 11, 2020

Wet-Vac Your Way to DNA

When there's no way to lift DNA from a piece of evidence, it's M-Vac to the rescue. One of the latest developments in DNA harvesting technology. We cover three cases where this instrument has assisted in solving cold case murders.

December 08, 2020

The Eyes Have It: Charles Albright, the Dallas Eyeball Killer

Charles Albright, Renaissance man, great guy, generous to a fault. Murderer. Check out the story of the Dallas Eyeball Killer.

December 04, 2020

Jack Attack! The Infamous Jack the Ripper

For their 50th episode, Kim and Lark decided to cover the crimes that brought them to true crime. Leather Apron, The White Chapel Murderer, infamously known as Jack the Ripper. Lark tells the gory detailstr of the victims and the resulting...

December 01, 2020

The Gruesome Murder of Tara Lea McCarthy

Delmar Anholt didn't want the baby his girlfriend, Tara McCarthy, was carrying, so when she was eight and a half months pregnant, he murdered her and the baby in the most gruesome way imaginable. This episode is extremely explicit regarding the...

November 27, 2020

Captured in Time: The Bog Bodies

In 1950, a discovery in a peat bog in Denmark became known as Tollund Man, a 2,000 year old body perfectly preserved by the elements of the bog, complete with noose around his neck. This Forensic Friday we discuss the nearly 2,000 bodies since...

November 24, 2020

Fish Food: The Story of Rapist, Murderer, and Cannibal, Albert Fish

Albert Fish's DNA was messed up from the get go, with more family members suffering from mental illness than were normal. Spending 5 years in a sadistic orphanage brought out the crazy in him, and laid the groundwork for the sick and twisted...

November 20, 2020

Death Race 1890: The First Use of the Electric Chair

After several less than successful hangings, the State of New York, indeed the whole country, was looking for a more "humane" method of execution. In steps a cast of irregulars, including George Westinghouse, Thomas Edison, and a dentist and inventor...

November 17, 2020

The Life and Times of Ed Gein

Ed Gein was the ultimate mama's boy. This is the story of an unstable man with a sadistic mother, who has been the inspiration for many horror movies, novels and characters.

November 13, 2020

The Secret Life of Professor James St. James

In 1967, James Wolcott murdered his entire family, and was sentenced to 6 years in a mental institution. After his release, James Wolcott disappeared. He reinvented himself as a college professor. This is his story. Any opinions are our own, and are...

November 10, 2020

An Unthinkable Plan: The Susan Smith Story

At 9 p.m. on October 25th, 1994, a wailing woman turned up on the front porch of a home, telling the owner she'd been carjacked and her sons, 3-year-old Michael and 14-month-old Alex, were still in the car. Police arrived soon after and began their...

November 06, 2020

Stealing the Dead: The Sunset Mesa Funeral Home Scandal

The directors of the Sunset Mesa Funeral Home thought they had a sweet deal. Sign people up for cremation, substitute a little kitty litter for the ash, and sell the various body parts of their loved ones. After all, parts is parts.

November 03, 2020

Pee Wee Gaskins

Pee Wee Gaskins, born the runt of the family, was a rapist, serial killer, robber, and hit man. Listen as Lark tells his convoluted story, with clips of his jailhouse interview, and his last words before his execution. This episode is extremely...

October 30, 2020

Extreme Haunts: McKamey Manor

Russ McKamey: Ultimate Showman or Sadistic Entrepreneur? Listen and decide for yourself as Kim explores the venues humble beginnings and mass appeal. And contempt.

October 29, 2020

Witchcraft and Punishment

Matthew Hopkins was appointed Witchfinder General in England in 1644, and during his tenure hanged more that 100 accused witches. This episode discusses his methods of interrogation and execution of those purported to practice the dark arts.

October 28, 2020

Top 6 Torture Methods of the Spanish Inquisition

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition... Well, maybe Inquisitor Torquemada did, or at least he enjoyed the show. Listen for the top 6 methods of torture used to gain confessions at the auto da fe in Spain and the New World. Don't forget to enter the...

October 27, 2020

Elizabeth Bathory: Countess Dracula

Halloween Week episode 2 deals with Elizabeth Bathory, well known Hungarian countess, and world's most prolific female killer, according to Guinness World Records. She loved to torture, maim, and toss her victims to the wolves. Don't forget to enter...

October 26, 2020

The Exorcism of Vilma Trujillo

Today is the first day of our Halloween giveaway for a Bag o' Swag. See entry details at kudzukillerspodcast.blogspot.com Vilma Trujillo Garcia lived in the tiny village of El Cortezal, raising her two little children amid family and friends. But...

October 23, 2020

Vigilante Cannibals and Penis Soup

What do you do when 29 cannibals are hunting you down to eat your brains? You run. But that didn't quite work out for these witch doctors who were trying to escape tribal justice. Listen. Learn. Don't eat the soup.

October 20, 2020

Samuel Little: Confession of a Serial Killer

Samuel Little has recently been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in US history. He's confessed to 93 murders, and is in the process of assisting in identifying the victims. Included are excerpts of his confession tapes, as well as...

October 16, 2020

Machine Gun Kelly and the Oil Man

George "Machine Gun" Kelly. Bootlegger, bank robber...henpecked husband? On this Forensic Friday we look at the case that landed George in Alcatraz for the last time. And the Oklahoma oilman who led the FBI to capture George. There were a lot of...

October 13, 2020

Murder Over a Wax Museum

What do three wax museums, cutting horses, murder and insurance fraud have in common? This story, that's what. Listen to the story of the murder of a Dallas socialite and horse enthusiast, which is still unsolved. See who you think done it.