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The Misery Machine

Is your true crime podcast getting boring? Are you sick of having pointless beer reviews mixed in? Join Yergy and Drewby, two goth-adjacent misanthropes on an adventure to dismantle pop culture, current events, and uncover the mysteries of the universe, largely of the homicidal variety. True crime is boring, we're fixing that.

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The Story of Junko Furuta: The 44 Days of Hell | Concrete-Encased High School Girl Murder Case

This week, Drewby and Yergy discuss the tragic case of Junko Furuta, a Japanese high-school student who was abducted, tortured, raped, and murdered in the late 1980s. Her murder case was named "Concrete-Encased High School Girl Murder Case," due to her body being discovered in a concrete drum.  Approximately 100 people knew about Furuta's captivity, but either did nothing about it or themselves participated in the torture and murder. Most of the participants were friends of the teenage boys, who were low-ranking members of the Yakuza. We draw parallels between this case and the murder of Kitty Genovese regarding the many people who knew about what was going on and refused to act despite clear knowledge that somebody was suffering or dying. Join Our Facebook Group to Request a Topic: https://t.co/DeSZIIMgXs?amp=1Support Our Patreon For More Unreleased Content: https://www.patreon.com/themiserymachineInstagram: miserymachinepodcastTwitter: misery_podcast #truecrime #documentary #mystery

41mins

2 Mar 2020

Rank #1

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The Delphi Murders

This week, Drewby and Yergy review the unsolved murders of Abigail Williams and Liberty German, two teenage girls from the small town of Delphi, Indiana. On February 14, 2017, the bodies of Abigail Williams and Liberty German were discovered near the Monon High Bridge Trail, which is part of the Delphi Historic Trails in Delphi, Indiana, United States, after the young girls had disappeared from the same trail the previous day. The murders have received significant media coverage because a photo and audio recording of an individual believed to be the girls' killer was found on German's smartphone. Despite these recordings of the suspect that have been circulated, and the more than 26,000 tips that police have received, no arrest in the case has been made.Please email abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com if you know ANYTHING about this case. The reward is currently $225,000 for anyone that can provide evidence that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the killings.Stay safe and practice social distancing! Join Our Facebook Group to Request a Topic: https://t.co/DeSZIIMgXs?amp=1Support Our Patreon For More Unreleased Content: https://www.patreon.com/themiserymachinePayPal: https://www.paypal.me/themiserymachineInstagram: miserymachinepodcastTwitter: misery_podcast #truecrime #podcast #mystery

31mins

6 Apr 2020

Rank #2

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Aaron Hernandez - Cold Blooded Killer, or Victim of Circumstance? (As seen on Netflix's "Killer Inside")

This week, Drewby and Yergy cover the tragic downward spiral of New England Patriots tight-end Aaron Hernandez who was recently covered on a Netflix documentary called "Killer Inside. We discuss his early years as a star athlete, his career in the National Football League (NFL), his drug use and crimes, his eventual suicide in a Massachusetts prison cell, and whether or not the brain damage he suffered during his time in the NFL played a role in the murder he was convicted of or his demise. We also talk about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), ways it has plagued professional and combat sports, and our own experiences with various things that can cause neurological issues such as concussions and Lyme disease.Join Our Facebook Group to Request a Topic: https://t.co/DeSZIIMgXs?amp=1Support Our Patreon For More Unreleased Content: https://www.patreon.com/themiserymachineInstagram: miserymachinepodcastTwitter: misery_podcast

1hr 35mins

13 Jan 2020

Rank #3

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Tsutomu Miyazaki: The Otaku Killer | The Rat Man | The Human Dracula | The Little Girl Murderer

This week, Drewby and Yergy cover the heinous crimes of Tsutomo Miyazaki - a young Japanese man obsessed with anime and manga that was executed for the necrophiliac serial killings of four young girls. We cover the killings, as well as Miyasaki's backstory of being a premature birth born to an incestuous relationship between his father and sister. Hot takes include American stigmas around people who watch anime, why Disney is toxic, and the lack of a goth Disney princess.Join Our Facebook Group to Request a Topic: https://t.co/DeSZIIMgXs?amp=1Support Our Patreon For More Unreleased Content: https://www.patreon.com/themiserymachineInstagram: miserymachinepodcastTwitter: misery_podcast

35mins

10 Feb 2020

Rank #4

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Hello Kitty Murder | Hong Kong's Most Ghoulish Killing

This week we are covering a chilling and ghastly case of Fan Man Yee(樊敏儀), a young woman who was tortured and ultimately killed by three men: Chan Man-lok(陳文樂), Leung Shing-cho(梁勝祖), and Leung Wai-lun(梁偉倫) in the Kowloon District of Hong Kong over stolen money despite it being paid back over double the amount taken. The slaying gets its name from the victim's skull being discovered in a plush Hello Kitty stuffed animal mermaid, after she was dismembered, boiled, and had her remains disposed of in a trash pickup. Only her skull, a tooth, and some internal organs were recovered. The trio were eventually sentenced to life in prison due to the testimony of a thirteen year old girl that took part in the torture. Two films were made based off these events: There is a Secret in My Soup, and Human Pork Chop Join Our Facebook Group to Request a Topic: https://t.co/DeSZIIMgXs?amp=1Support Our Patreon For More Unreleased Content: https://www.patreon.com/themiserymachineInstagram: miserymachinepodcastTwitter: misery_podcast #truecrime #podcast #mystery #urban #legend

32mins

23 Mar 2020

Rank #5

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Issei Sagawa - Japan's Celebrity Cannibal Who Walked Free

This week, Drewby and Yergy discuss the case of Issei Sagawa, arguably the most famous Japanese murderer and cannibal, who killed a Dutch student called Renée Hartevelt while studying for his Ph.D. in France, and ate various parts of her body after performing necrophilia on her corpse. Due to his connections, and technicalities in the law, he served no time for the crime and managed to capitalize on his infamy through media appearances, writing books about his experiences, as well as starring in adult films. Hot takes include Yergy allegedly eating ass, that's cannibalism-adjacent right? Join Our Facebook Group to Request a Topic: https://t.co/DeSZIIMgXs?amp=1 Support Our Patreon For More Unreleased Content: https://www.patreon.com/themiserymachine Instagram: miserymachinepodcast Twitter: misery_podcast Check out our sponsor for this episode, Podcorn: https://www.podcorn.com#truecrime #mystery #serialkillers

48mins

17 Feb 2020

Rank #6

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Ed Kemper - The Co-ed Killer | Ogre of Aptos | Mindhunter

This week, join Yergy and Drewby as they embark on a two part episode exploring the life and crimes of Ed Kemper also known as "The Co-ed Killer"- a man standing 6 foot 9 inches tall with a larger than life personality and a genius level IQ who was an American serial killer and necrophile who was committed to a mental institution for the murder of his paternal grandparents when he was 15 years old, and then later in life terrorized female hitchhikers in Santa Cruz, California in the early 1970's, finally culminating in the murder of his mother which lead to his capture and final incarceration. He is often scrutinized in theories of "nature vs nurture" in serial killers due to overwhelming physical and emotional abuse he suffered at the hands of his mother growing up. He was the subject of the Netflix original series "Mindhunter"Join Our Facebook Group to Request a Topic: https://t.co/DeSZIIMgXs?amp=1Support Our Patreon For More Unreleased Content: https://www.patreon.com/themiserymachineInstagram: miserymachinepodcastTwitter: misery_podcastReddit AMA from Ed Kemper's nephew: https://www.reddit.com/r/serialkillers/comments/a1in93/ed_kemper_is_my_uncle_ama/ #truecrime #documentary #mystery

55mins

24 Feb 2020

Rank #7

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Ed Kemper: Interview with Occultae Veritatis | Nature vs Nurture | A Victim of His Era?

As a companion to our Monday episode, Yergy and Drewby get into the mind of Ed Kemper with Sage and Ood of the Occultae Veritatis Podcast, and ask the tough questions - What would Ed have been like had he grown up in the internet age? Would it have saved him - or fueled his murderous behavior? Is he genuine? What does he get from being so painfully transparent?  Join Our Facebook Group to Request a Topic: https://t.co/DeSZIIMgXs?amp=1Support Our Patreon For More Unreleased Content: https://www.patreon.com/themiserymachineInstagram: miserymachinepodcastTwitter: misery_podcast Check out our sponsor for this episode, Podcorn: https://www.podcorn.com#truecrime #documentary #mystery

49mins

26 Feb 2020

Rank #8

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3x Murders: Secret Agent from The Red Diamond of Russia, Or A Psychotic Lunatic?

This week we cover another listener suggestion from one of our Patreon subscribers - Thank you Eddy for presenting us with this case and for your continued support of our work! In the 1930's, a strange man with a German accent stalked popular hookup spots around the Queens borough of New York City - killing the men and leaving the women in possession of strange notes with bizarre writings and symbols. He claimed to be a secret agent from an international secret society called the Red Diamond of Russia sent to hunt down men who betrayed the order. The killer taunted the police and newspapers, causing a wave of fear all over the city and a string of copycats in his wake. Was he a secret agent as he claimed? Or just a deranged psychopath? Join us and find out more! Hot takes include eating out being masturbation, and why food at restaurants is no better than what you can buy at the grocery store.

1hr 8mins

2 Dec 2019

Rank #9

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Futoshi Matsunaga | Junko Ogata | The Kitakyūshū Serial Murder Incident | Japan's Only Known Serial Killer Duo

This week, Drewby and Yergy cover the ghastly crimes of Futoshi Matsunaga, who is a Japanese serial killer who kidnapped, defrauded, and tortured his victims in what is collectively known as the Kitakyūshū Serial Murder Incident. Matsunaga was convicted of six counts of murder and one count of manslaughter between 1996 and 1998 and sentenced to die by hanging. He murdered his victims with an accomplice, Junko Ogata, who also received a life sentence. Both were on Japan's most wanted list, and remained at large for years. This also makes the pair one of the very few known serial killer duos in the world, and the only known serial killer duo in Japan. This week's episode was brought to you by our sponsor, Ghost Town: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/jason-horton-3/ghost-townJoin Our Facebook Group to Request a Topic: https://t.co/DeSZIIMgXs?amp=1Support Our Patreon For More Unreleased Content: https://www.patreon.com/themiserymachinePayPal: https://www.paypal.me/themiserymachineInstagram: miserymachinepodcastTwitter: misery_podcast #truecrime #podcast #mystery #documentary 

37mins

13 Apr 2020

Rank #10

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A Crash History On Necrophilia (Or Why Loving You Was Like Loving The Dead)

Join Drewby and Yergy on a post-holiday voyage into the history of necrophilia as well as the psychology surrounding it through profiling based on the DSM-V. We discuss a few modern case studies (including famous serial killers such as Bundy and Dahmer), and ponder how one pleasures a skeleton. Side tangents include Yergy watching a mummification in grade school, our mutual admiration of Type O Negative, why the holidays are tough for some of us, and how the new year is a concept that has been given too much meaning in our personal lives. Happy New Year, and stay safe! 

1hr 5mins

31 Dec 2019

Rank #11

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Axlar-Björn - Iceland's Only Serial Killer | Baby Graveyard

This week we discuss Björn Pétursson, widely known as Axlar-Björn, Iceland's only known serial killer and his murder spree in the Snaefellsnes Peninsula involving an ax. Hot takes include Yergy's obsession with the Nordic island (even though she's admittedly never been there, and liked it "before it was cool"), American pharmaceutical culture, and review a lot of strange facts about the region. We also discuss Yergy's morning visit to a local "baby graveyard" and a disturbing trend that she discovered.

56mins

18 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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Maine Urban Legends

This week, Yergy and Drewby take a break from the macabre and discuss a few of the many tales and urban legends surrounding their home state of Maine. Stories we cover are:-The Sabattus Well (which we take a journey to try to find)-Colonel Buck’s Tomb in Bucksport -The Robie-Andrews Dorm which is an allegedly haunted dorm at The University of Southern Maine's (USM) Gorham campus -The Wood Island Lighthouse -The Seguin Island Lighthouse Hauntings -Pamola (not the beer) -The Hermit of North Pond Christopher Knight -Paul Bunyan -The Monster Of Pocomoonshine Lake -The Ghost Bride Of Haynesville Woods-The Fort William Henry Haunting -Maiden's Cliff Haunting in Camden -The Legend of Wessie -Bigfoot -Andre the Seal -The Royal Tar Circus Ship That Sank Off Vinalhaven -Portland's Whorehouse Riots-The Turner Beast Join Our Facebook Group to Request a Topic: https://t.co/DeSZIIMgXs?amp=1Support Our Patreon For More Unreleased Content: https://www.patreon.com/themiserymachineInstagram: miserymachinepodcastTwitter: misery_podcast #truecrime #documentary #mystery

56mins

9 Mar 2020

Rank #13

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Chris Benoit: The Dark Side of the Ring

This week, Drewby and Yergy delve deep into the chilling real-life story of Chris Benoit, a Canadian professional wrestler with an illustrious career (WWF/WWE, WCW, ECW, NJPW) that was found dead by suicide due to hanging after murdering his wife and young son. This was a high profile case given Benoit being at the top of the WWE at the time, and came with many theories about what the motive was or if Benoit was the one responsible at all. Also present in the autopsy was Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) which claimed Benoit had the brain of "an 85 year old Alzheimer's patient" by one doctor. We cover the rampant use of steroids and painkillers in wrestling, the lack of action from promotions who discover their wrestlers are abusing drugs, and the string of deaths of wrestlers at young ages from heart complications tied to the misuse of steroids and other substances.  Join Our Facebook Group to Request a Topic: https://t.co/DeSZIIMgXs?amp=1Support Our Patreon For More Unreleased Content: https://www.patreon.com/themiserymachineInstagram: miserymachinepodcastTwitter: misery_podcast #truecrime #documentary #mystery

1hr 7mins

16 Mar 2020

Rank #14

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Joe Exotic | Netflix's "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness."

This week, Drewby and Yergy discuss the case of Joe Exotic, recently thrust back into the spotlight as the subject of the new Netflix docuseries "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness." Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, (né Schreibvogel; born March 5, 1963), popularly known as Joe Exotic, is an American former zoo operator. He previously owned and ran the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma. He claimed to be the most prolific breeder of tigers in the United States. He ran as a candidate for President of the United States as well as for Governor of Oklahoma, but neither campaign garnered significant public support. In 2019 he was convicted on 17 federal charges of animal abuse (eight violations of the Lacey Act and nine of the Endangered Species Act) and two counts of murder-for-hire, for a plot to kill Carole Baskin, the chief executive officer of Big Cat Rescue, an animal rescue organization for exotic cats. He is currently serving 22 years in federal prison. This week's episode was brought to you by our sponsor True Crime XS: https://www.truecrimexs.com/Join Our Facebook Group to Request a Topic: https://t.co/DeSZIIMgXs?amp=1Support Our Patreon For More Unreleased Content: https://www.patreon.com/themiserymachinePayPal: https://www.paypal.me/themiserymachineInstagram: miserymachinepodcastTwitter: misery_podcast #truecrime #podcast #mystery #documentary #sanctuary

52mins

30 Mar 2020

Rank #15

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Katherine Foster - The University of South Alabama Coed Killing

This week, we cover another listener suggestion - thank you Chris C. for your recommendation (and for the insider information you provided to us!) Katherine Foster was a well liked college freshman at the University of South Alabama - (or "South" as the students call it), that was killed in cold blood and left in the forest on campus. We discuss the crime and the panic it caused at the university, as well as her killer's eventual capture three decades later. Hot takes include why Investigation Discovery is quite literally terrible (and disrespectful to victims and their families), Mobile being the "Mother of Mardi Gras," and how to make a brain slushee with Jessi Slaughter!

48mins

25 Nov 2019

Rank #16

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COVID-19 Update 3.16.2020 | The Virus Makes Landfall in Maine | Social Distancing

In this bonus episode, Drewby and Yergy review the happenings about our local area now that the Wuhan Coronavirus (now known as COVID-19,) has not only hit the USA, but has hit the twin cities of Lewiston/Auburn here in Maine. We cover some of the latest national news updates on the pandemic, discuss our own preparations for an eventual lockdown, and our journey into Hannaford in masks - as well as the lack of food and paper goods in supermarkets.  Join Our Facebook Group to Request a Topic: https://t.co/DeSZIIMgXs?amp=1Support Our Patreon For More Unreleased Content: https://www.patreon.com/themiserymachineInstagram: miserymachinepodcastTwitter: misery_podcast #truecrime #documentary #mystery

25mins

17 Mar 2020

Rank #17

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COVID-19 Update 3.19.2020 | Support Local Businesses | What About The Prisoners?

Yergy and Drewby give you the latest updates on the state of COVID-19 in Lewiston/Auburn Maine, and share with you what you can do on a local level to support small business in your area during this trying time. Please stay home as much as you can and practice social distancing, every little bit goes a long way! We also talk about the lack of prisoner care regarding the virus at this time, and what could happen if the Coronavirus enters the prison system. The first small business we outline in this episode is the Craft Brew Underground in Auburn, Maine. You can support this business during the outbreak by purchasing a gift card for yourself, a friend (or us) here!!! Next, go check out Courtney at Quiet City Books in Lewiston for all of your art and reading needs! She's got a wide arrange of books, postcards, local art, and much more! You should go visit my friend Drew at Mr. Drew's Exotic Rescue & Education Center in Lewiston for all of your feeder needs! He's got a wide selection of crickets, meal worms, roaches, and frozen/live rodents to keep your scale babies happy. You can also support the center via their Amazon Wish List or by donations through PayPal here!!! Go check out Caribbean Life Grocery & Gift Shop in Lewiston for all of your specialty grocery needs. The have a wide variety of drinks, rice, yams, plantains, meats, hot sauces, and other goods that you can't find anywhere else - and some of the sweetest owners ever (they literally taught Yergy how to cook some of the veggies she purchased on the fly)! Make sure to check them out in Freeport at Jeff's Jamaican Cuisine after the pandemic is over and they open back up! Last but certainly not least, if you have little ones - please go check out my cousin Laura at Sippy Cup Consignment in Lisbon Falls for all of your clothing and toy needs. She updates her inventory album daily (which you can view on her Facebook page here) and can ship orders to you, as well as hook you up with curbside pick up!  Join Our Facebook Group to Request a Topic: https://t.co/DeSZIIMgXs?amp=1 Support Our Patreon For More Unreleased Content: https://www.patreon.com/themiserymachine Instagram: miserymachinepodcast Twitter: misery_podcast

14mins

20 Mar 2020

Rank #18

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BONUS EPISODE: Christmas Patreon Sneak Peek

In the spirit of Christmas, we're featuring a very special cut of our Patreon Christmas episode for you all! Join us as Yergy recounts the tale of an absolute disaster of a holiday party she recently attended at an "adult daycare center." Want more bonus content? Consider donating to our Patreon!

31mins

22 Dec 2019

Rank #19