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Trueish Crime

We’ve all seen the title card a dozens of times. Inspired by real events or this film is based on a true story. Some of the biggest films of all time are inspired by true crimes. Dog Day Afternoon. Goodfellas. Zodiac.But what about real crimes inspired by media, itself? From Workshed Creative, comes Trueish Crime: the true crime podcast that combines everyone’s love of true crime and pop culture. Join us as we delve into some of the most shocking and bizarre crimes committed in the name of major pop icons like Natural Born Killers, Fight Club, Judas Priest, John Lennon and more.

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Episode 3.5 - Pre-Mortem Discussion: Death on Sets

Today we are talking about death on movie sets. We go into Martha Mansfield who was killed after her costume lit on fire by a passing tossed cigarette, rising TV star and model Jon-Erik Hexum put a pistol to his head and pulled the trigger—but this was no suicide, The cameraman behind some of the best Bond scenes, and finally the Duke himself, John Wayne, and the radioactive desert set in The Conquerer that may have killed nearly 100 people. Thanks for listening. Please subscribe, rate and review us wherever you are listening. It really helps us out!

24mins

1 Aug 2019

Rank #1

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Episode 3 - Stephen King's Banned Book Rage

Stephen King has written over 91 novels and only one of them has ever been banned. Rage, released under his pen name Richard Bachman, was written by King in high school and released in 1977. After several violent incidents were connected to the book, King pulled it from the shelves himself, not wanting it to be a possible accelerant.  Thanks for listening. Please subscribe, rate and review us wherever you are listening. It really helps us out.

28mins

25 Jul 2019

Rank #2

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Episode 2 - The Subliminal Trial of Judas Priest

Today, we’re talking the Judas Priest subliminal message controversy. In 1990, while on a US tour, the heavy metal band Judas Priest played a show in Reno, NV, where they were served a subpoena, seconds before going on-stage. The allegations purported that there were subliminal messages in their song “Better by you, better than me”, messages that forced 2 young men to attempt suicide in 1985. Our primary resource is the David Van Taylor's Dream Deceivers: The Story Behind James Vance vs. Judas Priest. This is a must watch documentary. The real life story would eventually inspire Garth Ennis to create the character Arseface in the Preacher comic book series. This episode contains stories of suicide and other dark material. If you’re in crisis, there are options available to help you cope. You can also call the Lifeline at any time to speak to someone and get support. For confidential support available 24/7 for everyone in the United States, call 1-800-273-8255. Thanks for listening. Please subscribe, rate and review us wherever you are listening. It really helps us out.

29mins

11 Jul 2019

Rank #3

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The Letter from The Axeman of New Orleans - 100th Anniversary

On this bonus episode recorded exactly 100 years to the day after the Axeman's last murder, we are talking about the letter supposedly written by The Axeman of New Orleans who claimed he would spare the lives of those who played Jazz music. We talk about the theories surrounding the letter and if the murderer was the actual writer? Thanks for listening. Please subscribe, rate and review us wherever you are listening. It really helps us out. Sources are credited and available on main episode page.

13mins

3 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 12 - Book Scams

A few recent shady book happenings; New York Times fake bestseller Triggered by Donald Trump Jr and the sentencing of Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh for her Healthy Holly scandal got us interested in some other historical book scams including Clifford Irving's fake Howard Hughes biography and Go Ask Alice written by Anonymous. Please rate, review and subscribe if you dig this. It really helps us a lot!

34mins

31 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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Episode 8 - Wes Craven's Scream and the History of the Slasher

Today, we are talking about the three true crime murders influenced by the Scream franchise. We also go into the history of the slasher Genre and Siskel and Ebert's crusade against it in 1980. We also go into the making of Scream and play final motive scene from the first three films. Thanks for listening. Please subscribe, rate and review us wherever you are listening. It really helps us out. Sources are credited and available on main episode page.

26mins

14 Oct 2019

Rank #6

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Episode 9 - The Exorcist made me do it

On this week’s Halloween episode, we dive into the brutal murder of 4 year-old Khunji Wilson by her mother, who was reportedly influenced by The Exorcist. After watching an edited version of the film on CBS, Patricia Ann Frazier became convinced that her child was a demon clone and performed gruesome surgery on the kid, before turning herself in.    If you like the show, please rate, review and/or subscribe. It helps us out a ton! Sources are credited and available on main episode page.

14mins

21 Oct 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 4 - Watching Queen of the Damned 100 times

On today's episode, we talk about the tragic murder of Thomas McKendrick by his friend Allan Menzies who believed the vampire god Akosha had ordered him to kill after he had watched the film Queen of the Damned over 100 times.  We also talk about the making of the film, our strange histories with it and how great Aaliyah was.  Thanks for listening. Please subscribe, rate and review us wherever you are listening. It really helps us out.

35mins

8 Aug 2019

Rank #8

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Bonus Episode - The Joker Review

On this weeks bonus episode, Kindell and I talk about our experience seeing Todd Phillip's The Joker in theaters with all the increased security. After a few more discussions on unnecessary controversy the film continues to stir up, we actually talk about the actual merit of the  film itself! We're partnering with Get it Gals to do a free true crime pub trivia on October 18th at the Texas Keeper in South Austin and would love to meet anyone in the area there!  Thanks for listening. Please subscribe, rate and review us wherever you are listening. It really helps us out.

23mins

7 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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Episode 10 - The Exorcist Post Mortem: Real Life Killers and Curses

On today’s post-mortem episode of The Exorcist, we’re gonna talk about the film’s allegedly cursed production, the real life exorcism that influenced it, the real serial killer on the cast and other real-life deaths surrounding it. Please rate, review and subscribe if you dig. It really helps us a lot!

26mins

28 Oct 2019

Rank #10