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History Dweebs - A look at True Crime, Murders, Serial Killers and the Darkside of History

A light hearted look at the darkside of History See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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True Crime: Serial Killer Jeffery Dahmer

Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer was a serial killer and sex offender, who committed the rape, murder, and dismemberment of seventeen young men in the 1980s and early 1990s. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2hr 12mins

26 Aug 2016

Rank #1

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The Spanish Flu - The Great Pandemic of 1918

The Influenza pandemic of 1918 infected 500 million people across the world, including remote Pacific islands and the Arctic, and killed 50 to 100 million of them—three to five percent of the world's population—making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history, See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

38mins

24 Mar 2015

Rank #2

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Siege at Waco - The Death of David Koresh

David Koresh was the leader of a religious sect known as the Branch Davidians. Koresh and his followers built an "Army of God" by stockpiling weapons in preparation for the apocalypse. On February 28, 1993, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms raided the compound in Waco, Texas resulting in a 51-day stand-off. The siege ended with the death of 76 sect members.  Research and Script by Jason Dikes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 37mins

14 Jul 2017

Rank #3

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The Disappearance of Bobby Dunbar

On Agust 23, 1912 four year old Bobby Dunbar disappeared while on a family outing.  Eight months later, after a nation wide manhunt , Police located the boy and returned him to his rightful parents or did they? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

56mins

3 Dec 2015

Rank #4

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True Crime: The Happy Face Killer - Serial Killer Keith Hunter Jesperson

Keith Hunter Jesperson is a Canadian born American serial killer known as the "Happy Face Killer" for the smiley faces he drew on his many letters to the media. A truck driver by trade, it is believed that Jespersen is responsible for at least a series of four murders in the late 1980s and early 1990s. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 15mins

3 May 2017

Rank #5

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True Crime: Helter Skelter Part I: Young Charlie Manson

Born to an unwed, teenage mother in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1934, Charles Manson would growp up to live a life of crime and become one of the most feared men in the United States. This is part one of a four part series. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 39mins

27 Dec 2016

Rank #6

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The Death of Sylvia Likens

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1hr 25mins

6 Jul 2016

Rank #7

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The Nazino Affair - Escape from Cannibal Island

In 1933, 6,000 Russian dissidents were deported to Nazino Island in Siberia. The island was sorrounded by arm guards who were ordered to kill anyone who tried to escape. The dissidents,placed on the island without food or shelter, soon resorted to cannibalism. Special Thanks to Jason Dikes for the script. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 7mins

21 Sep 2018

Rank #8

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Unsolved Mystery: The Burger Chef Murders

On November 17, 1978, four young employees were working the night shift at the Burger Chef in Speedway, Indiana. None of them ever made it home. Two days later their remains were found at a nearby park. The case remains unsolved. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 25mins

2 Nov 2016

Rank #9

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The Meanest Man in America - Serial Killer Donald "Pee Wee" Gaskins

Bullied as a child, Donald "Pee Wee" Gaskins sought revenge by raping and killing more than 80 people. Gaskins became known as "The Meanest Man in America"  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

59mins

16 Jan 2016

Rank #10

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The Strange Case of Typhoid Mary

Mary Mallon, better known as Typhoid Mary, was the first person in the United States identified as an asymptomatic carrier of the pathogen associated with typhoid fever. She was presumed to have infected 51 people, three of whom died, over the course of her career as a cook. She was twice forcibly isolated by public health authorities and died after a total of nearly three decades in isolation. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

49mins

14 Feb 2015

Rank #11

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Took an Axe - Lizze Borden

In 1892, Lizzie Borden stood trial for the brutal axe murders of her father and stepmother.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 8mins

23 Oct 2015

Rank #12

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The Teacup Poisoner: Serial Killer Graham Fredrick Young

Graham Frederick Young was a whiz at chemistry just ask his 70 victims. Special Thanks to Leanne Flanagan for the topic suggestion. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 24mins

24 Apr 2018

Rank #13

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Get Your Freak On! The History of Freak Shows!

Join the Dweebs as we discuss the history of Circus Freak Shows and some of it's most colorful characters. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

48mins

6 Feb 2015

Rank #14

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The Pitchfork Murder Mystery

in 1945 74-year-old Charles Watson was brutally murder and the case has never been solved. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 20mins

14 Dec 2019

Rank #15

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Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield

Serial killer Ed Gein was obsessively devoted to his mother, a religious fanatic. After her death, Gein began robbing graves—keeping body parts as trophies, practicing necrophilia, and experimenting with human taxidermy. He then turned to murder, killing at least two women in 1957. Listener discretion is advised. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

49mins

21 Feb 2015

Rank #16

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The Mad King - Christian VII of Denmark

Christian VII ruled Denmark from 1766 until his death in in 1808. The King was rather an odd fellow. His mental instability has been attributed to a brutal childhood governor and to morally corrupt court pages. After his 1766 marriage to Caroline Matilda he gave himself up to debauchery. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 54mins

27 Jan 2017

Rank #17

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Four on the Floor - The Wonderland Murders

What does a Gangster, a Porn Star, Liberace's lover and four dead bodies have in common?  They all are featured in our story today about "The Wonderland Murders". See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr

27 May 2015

Rank #18

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Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great ruled Russia with an iron fist between 1762 and 1796. She had her husband killed to seize power and was known for her insatiable sexual appetite. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 25mins

9 Feb 2018

Rank #19

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The Crew- The Mass Suicides of Heaven's Gate

On March 26, 1997 39 members of the Heaven's Gate cult, known as "The Crew" committed mass suicide, believing their souls would be transported to a spaceship trailing the Hale-Bopp comet. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 46mins

23 Jan 2017

Rank #20