Rank #1: COLUMBINE
April 20, 1999. Seniors Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold enter Columbine High School armed with bombs and guns, murdering twelve students and a teacher, while injuring dozens more in what becomes the most iconic school shooting in US history. In the aftermath, a shocked community, and even the nation, searched for understanding that wouldn’t come easily. Twenty years later, we still want to know the answer to one question: why? Join host Ryan Kraus for a journey through the evolutionary architecture of existence, starting 200,000 years ago with the foundations of modern humanity, moving through the times of Egyptian pyramids, to the formation of the post-WWII middle class mindset, to the rise of Marilyn Manson, the mental health crisis, and finally, inside the doors of Columbine High School on that fateful day as he examines how we ended up with Eric and Dylan, why they killed, and, most importantly, how we can address the problem to finally put an end to mass shootings.
Apr 20 2019
Rank #2: Missing Madeleine McCann & The Meticulous Metaphysical Manipulation of Miscalculated Motion
Mar 13 2018
Rank #3: Lizzie Borden: Anatomy of a Sociopath
On August 4, 1892, the town of Fall River, MA became witness to one of the more horrifying, yet fascinating crimes in modern history, the gruesome axe murders of Andrew and Abby Borden, which remain unsolved to this day. At the time, however, strong suspicion was cast upon Andrew’s daughter, Lizzie, who not only held contempt and disdain for Abby, but supposedly had her eye on her father’s money as well. Despite significant circumstantial evidence, Lizzie’s day in court saw her walk free and claim her inheritance. But the mystery remains. Did Lizzie Borden commit cold-blooded murder? And, if so, what really drove such a seemingly docile woman over the edge? Join host Ryan Kraus for a psychological exploration of the sociopath, from its conception by nature, through the act of murder, and beyond the stars into a distant future.
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Dec 11 2018
Rank #4: Casey Anthony – E005
Jul 06 2017
Rank #5: The Inexplicable Hurry of Maura Murray: From Cerebral Cortex to Gravitational Vortex
Apr 03 2018
Rank #6: The Real Amityville Horror Part I: The Lost Relics of Babylon
Aug 21 2017
Rank #7: West Memphis Three Part I: Mr. Bojangles & the Ponderings of Pennywise – E017
Sep 17 2017
Rank #8: How to be Civil at Candlelight Vigils & Other Great Ways to Get in Her Pants While Making Concrete Plans to Spend Christmas in France: The Scott Peterson Story
Jul 31 2018
Rank #9: Adnan Syed: Part I – E012
Jul 23 2017
Rank #10: How to Hinder Your Game on Tinder & Other Fantastic Fables from the Rise & Fall of Gold Coast Gable
BONUS EPISODE: In the early morning hours of August 8, 2014 a young woman named Warriena Wright plunged to her death from the hi-rise balcony of an apartment building located along Australia's Gold Coast. In the aftermath, her date for the evening, a local playboy named Gable Tostee, found himself charged with the crime. But one question remained: accident ... or murder? Join host Ryan Kraus for a psychological exploration of the events that precipitated the most infamous Tinder hookup in recent memory.
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Apr 22 2018
Rank #11: The Staircase Murder – E004
Jul 06 2017
Rank #12: Brandon Swanson – E015
Aug 14 2017
Rank #13: A Table for Two at Folie à Deux: The Eriksson Twins
In May 2008, Swedish-born twins Ursula and Sabina Eriksson fled Sabina’s home without warning in the middle of the night, leaving her partner and two children ignorant of their whereabouts. Later that day, they arrived in Liverpool, England, presumably by ferry, where they proceeded to kick off one of the strangest events in recent years, one so mired in psychological uncertainty that even professionals have been left scratching their heads as to how it culminated in murder. Join host Ryan Kraus for an analytical dissection of the event from start to finish, including a theoretical road map for eliminating such mysterious emotional ailments in the future.
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Feb 21 2019
Rank #14: Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders/JonBenet Ramsey: A Closer Look – E003
Jul 06 2017
Rank #15: The Devil in the Details: Diane Downs
At 10:40pm on the night of May 19, 1983 a young mother named Diane Downs pulled her Nissan Pulsar up to the ER entrance of a hospital near Springfield, OR and informed the staff her children had been shot by a strange man who tried to carjack her out on a dark, desolate road nearby. Inside the vehicle, doctors and nurses discovered three kids who had suffered severe wounds delivered by a .22 handgun, leaving one of them dead and the other two barely clinging to life. It was a mother’s worst nightmare. As the police began to investigate, however, it soon became clear Diane’s story of what happened conflicted with the forensic evidence found at the scene. Before long, Diane was arrested, charged, and convicted of the shootings, leaving the world to wonder how a loving mother could perpetrate this unspeakable act against her offspring. Join host Ryan Kraus for a psychological exploration of Diane’s childhood to uncover the irreconcilable emotional wound from her past that led to murder.
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Jul 25 2019
Rank #16: Martha Moxley – E014
Aug 06 2017
Rank #17: Dahmer: Descent to Darkness
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Promo: The Murder in My Family
Sep 18 2018
Rank #18: DAHMER: DEMON RISING
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Nov 27 2018
Rank #19: The Exorcism of Elliot Rodger Part I: Trajectory from the Old Rectory – E026
With a special appearance by Jessica from the Asian Madness Podcast.
Jan 22 2018
Rank #20: The Real Amityville Horror Part II: Butch vs. Shaggy
Aug 22 2017