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It’s a lighthearted nightmare in here, weirdos! Morbid is a true crime, creepy history and all things spooky podcast hosted by an autopsy technician and a hairstylist. Join us for a heavy dose of research with a dash of comedy thrown in for flavor.

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Episode 422: The Murders of Billy Payne & Billie Jean Hayworth
4d ago
Episode 422: The Murders of Billy Payne & Billie Jean Hayworth
The murders of Billy Payne and Billie Jean Hayworth were incredibly senseless. The case would end up being dubbed "The Facebook Murders" because of an ongoing feud between the victims and a woman named Jenelle Potter who had moved to their small town years earlier. Strangely enough, all three had been part of the same friend group at one time, but unreciprocated romantic feelings would tear the friend group apart. The case would involve catfishing, manipulation, Facebook.... and even the CIA.Thank you to the astounding David White for research assistance ReferencesDiaz, Joseph, and Alexa Valiente. 2015. "How a Social Media Feud Led to the Murder of a Young Tennessee Couple." ABC News, October 9.Ghianni, Tim. 2012. "Handguns Found at Home of 'Facebook' Murder Suspect." Fort McMurray Today, February 15.Lee, Murry, Ashley Sharp, and Slater Teague. 2021. Daughter, mother convicted in ‘Facebook murders’ case asking for new trials. July 12. Accessed December 23, 2022. https://www.wjhl.com/news/local/mother-daughter-convicted-in-facebook-murders-case-to-appear-in-court-tuesday/.Schoals, Gayle. 2016. "Tricked Into Murder: Obsession, CIA Conspiracies and Shocking Killings." The Sun, September 4.Sharp, Ashley. 2021. Attorneys respond to ‘guilty’ plea, reduced sentence of Barbara Potter in 2012 ‘Facebook Murders’. November 11. Accessed December 26, 2022. https://www.wjhl.com/news/local/attorneys-respond-to-guilty-plea-reduced-sentence-of-barbara-potter-in-2012-facebook-murders/.State of Tennessee v. Barbara Mae Potter. 2018. E2015-02262-CCA-R3-CD (Court of Criminal Appeals of Tennessee at Knoxville, September 26).State of Tennessee v. Marvin E. Potter. 2016. E2015-00013-CCA-R3-CD (Court of Criminal Appeals of Tennessee at Knoxville, March 8).Thompson, John. 2012. "Slaying Suspect's Daughter Interviewed ." Knoxville News Sentinel, February 10.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Episode 421: The Torture & Murder of Cordell Richards
6d ago
Episode 421: The Torture & Murder of Cordell Richards
On March 4th, 1999 the body of Cordell Richards was found in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The man had been absolutely brutalized. He was tied to a tree, beaten, burned, and had his throat cut. The medical examiner notices something strange though; he found maggots present at the scene but some of them had been charred. This meant that the man had likely been burned after his body had already begun decomposing. Why would the killer(s) come back after the fact? And better yet, who had done this to the 31 year old father of two?Thank you to the lovely David White for research assistance! References:Associated Press. 1999. "Teens charged with veteran's death." Lakeland Ledger, March 19.—. 2000. "Teen emotional as lawyer describes scene of slaying." Ocala Star-Banner, February 16.—. 2000. "Video shows suspects returning cleaver." Ocala Star-Banner, March 18.—. 2002. "Court reverses death sentence." Sarasota Herald Tribune, November 8: 7B.—. 2000. "Girl, 17, convicted in killing." Sarasota Herald-Tribune, February 18: W6.Gainsville Sun. 1999. "Accessory to murder charges are dropped." Gainsville Sun, September 23: 1.—. 2000. "Son of minister gets death sentence." Gainsville Sun, May 17.Hawkins, Erik. 2020. Florida Teen Trio Torture, Bludgeon And Immolate Man Chained To A Tree. February 27. Accessed December 6, 2022. https://www.oxygen.com/killer-couples/crime-news/kristel-maestas-ronald-bell-murder-cordell-richards-torture#:~:text=When%20Fort%20Walton%2C%20Florida%2C%20police,with%20his%20wrists%20also%20bound.Kristel Rose Maestas v. State of Florida. 2021. 1D19-1767 (First District Court of Appeal, State of Florida, April 20).2003. New Detectives: Case Studies in Forensic Science. Directed by Bertrand Morin. Produced by New Dominion Pictures. Performed by New Dominion Pictures.Ronald Lee Bell, Jr. v. State of Florida. 2002. SC00-1185 (Supreme Court of Florida, November 7).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Episode 419: The Unbelievable Survival Tale of Juliane Koepcke
18-01-2023
Episode 419: The Unbelievable Survival Tale of Juliane Koepcke
Juliane Koepcke's story will have you questioning any recent complaint you've made. This woman was the sole survivor of a plane crash in 1971. After the plane went down, she continued to survive in the AMAZON RAINFOREST among hundreds and hundreds of predators. It took 11 days for her to be rescued and when you hear what Julianne faced within those 11 days, you will be a changed human.When I Fell From the Sky by Juliane KoepckeList of books to help with fear of flying OR just education on flying and flying mechanics! Cockpit Confidential by Patrick SmithSoar by Tom BunnBBC. 2012. Juliane Koepcke: How I survived a plane crash. March 24. Accessed November 30, 2022. https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-17476615.1998. Wings of Hope. Directed by Werner Herzog. Performed by Juliane Koepcke.Koepcke, Juliane, and Beate Rygiert. 2011. When I Fell From the Sky: the True Story of One Woman's Miraculous Survival. Translated by Ross Benjamin. Green Bay, WI: TitleTown Publishing, LLC.New York Times. 1951. "Colombia Plane Crashes: 27 killed when Lansa Craft Falls." New York Times, March 22: 13.—. 1970. "Peru panel studies crash fatal to 99." New York Times, April 13: 2.—. 1971. "Plane Carrying 93 Missing Over the Mountains of Peru." New York Times, December 25: 20.United Press. 1948. "2 Britons Among 30 Dead In Colombian Air Crash." New York Times, December 16: 16.Wigg, Richard. 1972. "Girl's ordeal starts a jungle search." The Times, January 6: 5.Williams, Sally. 2012. "The woman who fell to earth." Daily Telegraph, March 17.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Episode 416: Theodore Durrant "The Demon in the Belfry" Part 2
11-01-2023
Episode 416: Theodore Durrant "The Demon in the Belfry" Part 2
Part two of Theodore Durrant is here and we start off with Blanche Lamont's body being discovered. When you hear the difference between the state of Blanche's body in comparison to Minnie's you will be absolutely baffled. But have no fear, Alaina shares with us a theory as to why both bodies were found in such different states. We then go through the trial and find out whether Theo will pay for these crimes with his life, or get off scot-free.Daily Inter Ocean. 1895. "Another Body Found." Daily Inter Ocean, April 15.Dowd, Katie. 2016. "The tale of the 'Demon of the Belfry,' San Francisco's forgotten Jack the Ripper." SF Gate, October 31.McConnell, Virginia. 2001. Sympathy for the devil: the Emmanuel Baptist murders of old San Francisco. Westport, Conn: Praeger.New York Times. 1897. "Durrant Breaking Down." New York Times, October 18: 5.—. 1895. "Durrant is Found Guilty." New York Times, November 2: 1.—. 1898. "Durrant is Put to Death." New York Times, January 8.—. 1895. "Lunatic Tries to Kill Durrant." New York Times, August 6: 1.Peixotto, Edgar. 1899. Report of the trial of William Henry Theodore Durrant. Detroit, Michigan: The Collector Publishing Company.San Francisco Caller. 1895. "Clews Still Lead to Theodore Durrant ." San Francisco Caller, April 18.The Daily Picayune. 1895. "A San Francisco Jack the Ripper." The Daily Picayune, April 15.The Morning Oregonian. 1895. "Mysteriously Missing." April 10: 3.The Sunday Inter Ocean. 1895. "Murdered in a church." The Sunday Inter Ocean, April 14: 5.The Sunday Oregonian. 1895. "In a Pastor's Study." The Sunday Oregonian, April 14: 6.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Episode 415: Theodore Durrant "The Demon in the Belfry" Part 1
09-01-2023
Episode 415: Theodore Durrant "The Demon in the Belfry" Part 1
Theodore Durrant was the last person anyone would have assumed to commit a brutal murder, let alone two. He was well-known in town and well-liked. He served the town in countless ways; as the handyman for the church, the handyman to all his friends and neighbors, assistant superintendent of the church's Sunday School and all around friendly and giving man. But soon he would be linked to two absolutely horrific murders of two young women in town that he'd had relations with. Ones body would be discovered in the church that Theo seemed to love and the other? Well you'll have to wait for part two for that discovery.Daily Inter Ocean. 1895. "Another Body Found." Daily Inter Ocean, April 15.Dowd, Katie. 2016. "The tale of the 'Demon of the Belfry,' San Francisco's forgotten Jack the Ripper." SF Gate, October 31.McConnell, Virginia. 2001. Sympathy for the devil: the Emmanuel Baptist murders of old San Francisco. Westport, Conn: Praeger.New York Times. 1897. "Durrant Breaking Down." New York Times, October 18: 5.—. 1895. "Durrant is Found Guilty." New York Times, November 2: 1.—. 1898. "Durrant is Put to Death." New York Times, January 8.—. 1895. "Lunatic Tries to Kill Durrant." New York Times, August 6: 1.Peixotto, Edgar. 1899. Report of the trial of William Henry Theodore Durrant. Detroit, Michigan: The Collector Publishing Company.San Francisco Caller. 1895. "Clews Still Lead to Theodore Durrant ." San Francisco Caller, April 18.The Daily Picayune. 1895. "A San Francisco Jack the Ripper." The Daily Picayune, April 15.The Morning Oregonian. 1895. "Mysteriously Missing." April 10: 3.The Sunday Inter Ocean. 1895. "Murdered in a church." The Sunday Inter Ocean, April 14: 5.The Sunday Oregonian. 1895. "In a Pastor's Study." The Sunday Oregonian, April 14: 6.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Episode 410: The Murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier
28-12-2022
Episode 410: The Murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier
Just two days before Christmas in 1996 the body of 39 year old, french filmmaker, wife, daughter and mother Sophie Toscan Du Plantier was found not far from her vacation home. Her cottage in Schull was supposed to be her happy getaway, but would soon turn into an absolute nightmare. This was a classic tale of a tight knit community that was absolutely shocked, terrified and deeply saddened by this heinous crime. Unfortunately the investigation was a shaky one which led to two countries and families arguing back and forth. In the end, even though someone was convicted, there were still doubts and no one has been put behind bars to serve a sentence for Sophie’s murder. Thank you to the glorious David White for research assistance on this case!ReferencesCoulter, Carol. 2003. "Bailey admits violence to partner:." The Irish Times, December 10: 3.—. 2003. "Bailey was 'the subject of trial by media', says his lawyer." The Irish Times, December 9: 3.Dooley, Edna. 2001. Homicide in Ireland, 1992-1996. Study, Dublin: Government of Ireland.Foster, Nick. 2021. Murder at Roaringwater. Leicester: W.F. Howes Ltd.Fox, Kara, and Antoine Crouin. 2019. More than two decades after a woman was killed in an Irish village, French prosecutors hope to close the case. May 26. Accessed November 27, 2022. https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/26/europe/sophie-toscan-du-plantier-trial-ian-bailey-france-intl.Hogan, Dick. 1997. "Dead woman's last days re-created." The Irish Times, January 21: 7.—. 1997. "Expatriates go where living is easy." The Irish Times, January 18: 7.—. 1997. "Two held in Cork murder inquiry released." The Irish Times, February 11: 1.Jacobson, Philip. 1998. "Deadlock." The Sunday Times, June 7.Marlowe, Lara. 1997. "Husband of murdered woman files criminal proceedings." The Irish Times, February 6: 6.Marlowe, Lara, Connor Lally, and Olivia Kelleher. 2018. "Son of murder victim welcomes GSoc report: Investigation's failings did not amount to conspiracy, says Toscan du Plantier's son." The Irish Times, August 4: 2.O'Brien, Carl. 2003. "Woman says she was 'terrorised' by Ian Bailey." The Irish Times, December 18: 6.O'Connor, Alison. 1997. "Brutal murder shocks holiday haven." The Irish Times, January 4: 4.—. 1996. "Man known to French woman may be on video." The Irish Times, December 30: 4.O'Riordan, Alison. 2020. "High Court rejects French request for Bailey to be extradited to serve 25-year murder sentence." The Irish Times, October 13: 4.Roche, Barry. 2010. "Bailey had met Toscan du Plantier says producer." The Irish Times, February 4: 1.—. 2006. "Bailey witness accuses gardai." The Irish Times, February 24: 4.—. 2006. "Family of murdered woman to abandon action." The Irish Times, April 27: 2.—. 2019. "From Paris to west Cork and back: The story of the Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder investigation." The Irish Times, May 31.The Irish Times. 1996. "Murder investigation as body of French woman is found in Cork." The Irish Times, December 24: 1.The Mirror. 1997. "Why murder victim lay out for 24 hours." The Mirror, January 1.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Episode 407: The Yorkshire Ripper Part 4
21-12-2022
Episode 407: The Yorkshire Ripper Part 4
We've reached a conclusion here folks, and by the end of this Peter will be apprehended. First though, there were more fuck ups to be made in the investigation. More and more evidence headquarters were set up across various areas only leading to important information being completely looked over. Peter was also spoken to several more times, but really why was he? The investigators didn't even check up on his alibis. Then one night in 1981 Peter picked up a woman he intended to kill and little did he know she would be the one to end it all.Thank you to David White for being such a trooper and helping me with this research!Apple, R.W. 1981. "Truck driver in Britain confesses at his trial to killing 13 women." New York Times, April 30: A6.Byford, Lawrence. 1981. The Yorkshire Ripper Case: Review of the Police Investigation of the Case. Evaluation, Inspector of the Constabulary , Secretary of State for the Home Department, United Kingdom, London: Secretary of State for the Home Department, United Kingdom.Cobb, Richard Charles. 2019. On the Trail of the Yorkshire Ripper: His Final Secrets Revealed. South Yorkshire: Pen and Sword Books.Cross, Roger. 1981. The Yorkshire Ripper: the In-depth Study of a Killer and his Methods. New York, NY: Dell Publishing .Gazette News Services. 1981. "God's voice made me kill Yorkshire Ripper tells jury." The Gazette, May 12: 13.1980. "Union support sought for women to carry weapons." The Times, December 1.Wark, Penny. 1999. "The Ripper: why did so many women have to die." The Times, September 30.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Episode 406: The Yorkshire Ripper Part 3
19-12-2022
Episode 406: The Yorkshire Ripper Part 3
Part three of The Yorkshire Ripper gets even more brutal than the first 2 episodes. Peter Sutcliffe is really starting to ramp things up. He's getting more violent, more theatrical, and more brazen as the minutes pass. The police will end up speaking to Peter for the second time in this installment (although it certainly won't be the last time) and local news outlets will start receiving Jack The Ripper letters regarding the murders. Hang on tight, the fourth and final episode will be hitting your ear meat next episode!!!After Evil by Neil JacksonApple, R.W. 1981. "Truck driver in Britain confesses at his trial to killing 13 women." New York Times, April 30: A6.Byford, Lawrence. 1981. The Yorkshire Ripper Case: Review of the Police Investigation of the Case. Evaluation, Inspector of the Constabulary , Secretary of State for the Home Department, United Kingdom, London: Secretary of State for the Home Department, United Kingdom.Cobb, Richard Charles. 2019. On the Trail of the Yorkshire Ripper: His Final Secrets Revealed. South Yorkshire: Pen and Sword Books.Cross, Roger. 1981. The Yorkshire Ripper: the In-depth Study of a Killer and his Methods. New York, NY: Dell Publishing .Gazette News Services. 1981. "God's voice made me kill Yorkshire Ripper tells jury." The Gazette, May 12: 13.Jenkins, Russell. 2011. "DNA closes police file on 'Yorkshire Ripper' murder." The Times, February 9.Jouve, Nicole Ward. 1986. The Streetcleaner: the Yorkshire Ripper Case on Trial. London: Marion Boyers Publishers.Kershaw, Ronald. 1978. "Police authority head wants 'ripper' caught dead or alive." The Times, February 15: 4.Kershaw, Ronald, and Arthur Osman. 1981. "Ripper squad faces serious charge." The Times, January 5: 1.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.