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We all would like to think that we're immune to being persuaded, but were that true, advertising wouldn't work, the best candidates would always get elected, and our personal relationships would always be equitable. On Belief examines why, with so much information available to us to dissuade us from joining harmful groups. I ask people who have had first hand experience with harmful groups and sects how they were seduced, how they were tricked, and how they got out.
 
Erin and Amanda are sisters, librarians, and sister librarians hailing from scenic central Oklahoma, and in this series they examine and rank clubs, cults, MLMs and more to determine which one they'd most like to join. Join us for math and questionable singing.
 
Journalist and dogged student of all things forensic, Wess Haubrich, examining the nitty, gritty details you didn't know about crime... Help the podcast run! Daily Crime News and more here: https://www.patreon.com/realmonsters Make a donation here: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=WLPEMHK7SH43Y https://www.buymeacoff.ee/realmonster http://www.cash.app/$RMPodcast https://www.givebutter.com/realmonsters #crime #truecrimepodcast #history #justice
 
This is a podcast for people somewhere in between believer and skeptic. Whether it's aliens, bigfoot, or just creepy Dan down the hall, we'll talk about it. Feedback, reviews, subs, and all are super appreciated, but we want to talk to you as well, so connect with us on Twitter and Facebook: @SkepSkepPod on both! Or visit our website at SkepticalSkeptics.com!
 
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The eternal dilemma: Get groped by a creepy Australian, or get terrorist-tastic with a creepy Japanese guy? Today we're rocketing to the bottom with Universal Medicine ("UniMed"), a cult literally dreamed up by a guy on the toilet to get to second base with the ladies, and Aum Shinrikyo, a cult dreamed up by a weird bully with a thing for constant …
 
Rachael discusses the murder of Deborah Linsley, a woman killed on a populated train with barely any witnesses. Theo enters the world of folklore to discuss scary, odd and funny stories surrounding a well known figure; the Devil. As always, we finish with a dumb criminal. If you like Spree, please consider giving a 5 star review and follow us on so…
 
This week's matchup gives you a choice of cultures to appropriate: You can hang out with the Rainbow Family and immerse yourself in some muddled, deeply unsurprising theft of Native American ideas, or you can tie a string on with the Kabbalah and take a moment to consider if it's possible to improperly appropriate your own culture! Seems like a yes…
 
Sometimes talkin' real fast is the same as enlightenment, especially when you're extremely sleep-deprived and possibly living in a fallout shelter because the cult you're in is definitely sure there's gonna be a nuclear war any day now. This was certainly the case with the Church Universal and Triumphant, a bunch of weirdos in Montana. Today they g…
 
Theo goes to the distant past to discuss a strange occurrences like hens laying prophecies and ghosts objecting to cons. Rachael addresses the unsolved case of Libby German and Abigail Williams, two murdered teenagers who managed to record their possible killer. As always, we finish with a dumb criminal. If you like Spree, please consider giving a …
 
Y'ever meet a college roommate's dad and think, "Now THERE'S a guy I want to move into the common area of our dorm room!" Man, have we got the Dad for you. In today's episode we meet Larry Ray, an insane creep who took advantage of his daughter's suitemates at Sarah Lawrence College and conned them into nearly a decade of deeply bizarre servitude a…
 
We've had a good time with clubs and organizations, but there's also a limit to how much right-wing white guy bullshit a person can study before they have to switch back to studying not-necessarily right-wing bullshit. That's right folks, cults are back! The season 3 premiere pits a couple of obscure dipshits against each other, which is clearly sh…
 
In this episode, we discuss: The basic beliefs of the Unification Church What it's like for kids What are the rules, and are they different by gender? What is the companion book to the Bible that the Unification Church uses? What are the political beliefs of the church? And more... Support On Belief: A Podcast About Cults…
 
“The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.” — Publilius Syrus Fear compelled her heart to build up to a terrifying and deadly 100 mph crescendo… Shallow, rapid half gasps emanated from the 62-year-old widow as her skin turned a pallid blue… the Monster garroting her with steel wire from her kitchen. Slow… FAST! … Slow… FAST! … Slo…
 
There's a point in every person's life when they must ask themselves whether 'tis nobler to indulge in forensic sniffing and tasting of milk, or to join a group of dead and dying white male comedians founded on an obsession with Milton Berle's dingus. For us, that day has come. The FFA (Future Farmers of America) was founded to promote pride and de…
 
At a glance, one could be forgiven for assuming there's no way we'd join a group where the world's richest and most powerful men (only men) go to piss everywhere in a way that wild animals find unwise. One could also be correct in assuming this, but that'd make for a short and boring episode. Fortunately we've got the Shriners in the opposite corne…
 
100 EPISODES! For this milestone both hosts are going to be discussing a Japanese cult from the early 80s. Believing they would bring the end of the world they tried multiple methods in which to inflict the most harm at a wide scale. Murder, kidnapping and strange anime were all attributed to the cult. But it was 1995 when it all came to ahead... I…
 
Hop on, loser! We're going to postwar England! Join us for one of the mildest gang fights since the episode of "Newhart" where the Hooligals rumbled with the Puffians. As thoughtfully chronicled in The Who's rock-opera-cumentary "Quadrophenia," this week we'll have a look at the Rockers, a group heavily inspired by U.S. biker culture of the 1950s, …
 
This week we take a look at two groups of people utterly fucked over — by England and by the people so awful they got kicked out of England, respectively — and the groups they formed to express their well-thought-out grievances. Props to the American Indian Movement (AIM) for making their point while killing a whole whole whole lot fewer people; sl…
 
There's something for everyone in this match: Grave robbery, astonishing-yet-unsurprising disrespect for Native Americans, Paul Walker, Pacey, baffling tests designed to screw marginalized people into dying in Vietnam, "wars" consisting of bombing unoccupied buildings, decades of hiding, and a whole lot of Bad Ideas From White Guys in Their Early 2…
 
We go to anxiety inducing levels this week when Rachael covers a case of criminal negligence. Theme parks are supposed to induced heart pounding fun, particularly roller coasters. But things don't go to plan when Alton Towers, The Smiler, isn't checked properly. Theo travels back to the 1800s which has more than on horror. The horror of general lif…
 
WOOP WOOP Y'ALL! This week it's a thoughtful examination of getting soaked in cheap soda and occasionally meth vs. endless guitar solos from a band whose most compelling members have been (gratefully, presumably) dead for decades, and whose fans are twirling, TWIRLING, ALWAYS TWIRLING!!! If you think about it, Juggalos are like Deadheads, but tailo…
 
Apologises for sound quality on this episode, testing a new set up. Theo highlights the case of sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman, two women of colour who had their lives taken by a brutal killer. The case shows glaring misconduct by the Metropolitan Police that let down the victims and their family. Rachael dives into the bizarre case of Bas…
 
Enjoy these episodes on Death Cults! Journalist and dogged student of all things forensic, Wess Haubrich, examines the nitty, gritty details you didn’t know about famous (and not so famous but equally weird) crimes and their unseen motivations. Thanks for reading! You can also support the Real Monsters’ podcast Wess does to get even deeper into the…
 
The rare breed: 2 blood-related serial killers, one Journalist and dogged student of all things forensic, Wess Haubrich, examines the nitty, gritty details you didn’t know about famous (and not so famous but equally weird) crimes and their unseen motivations. Thanks for reading! You can also support the Real Monsters’ podcast Wess does to get even …
 
The deadly sarin gas released by a death cult headquartered in Japan. Journalist and dogged student of all things forensic, Wess Haubrich, examines the nitty, gritty details you didn’t know about famous (and not so famous but equally weird) crimes and their unseen motivations. Thanks for reading! You can also support the Real Monsters’ podcast Wess…
 
The first in our death cult series. There's a lot you may not know about Jonestown. Journalist and dogged student of all things forensic, Wess Haubrich, examines the nitty, gritty details you didn’t know about famous (and not so famous but equally weird) crimes and their unseen motivations. Thanks for reading! You can also support the Real Monsters…
 
Our look at Wisconsin's most infamous cannibal. Journalist and dogged student of all things forensic, Wess Haubrich, examines the nitty, gritty details you didn’t know about famous (and not so famous but equally weird) crimes and their unseen motivations. Thanks for reading! You can also support the Real Monsters’ podcast Wess does to get even deep…
 
We're Americans, after all, which means we can't deal with even the tiniest soupçon of nuance. What better mindset could there be when approaching a showdown between the well-intentioned but ultimately semi-disastrous teetotaling Women's Christian Temperance Union and the gathering of unredeemable 18th-Centuray Upper-Class British Shits that christ…
 
Rachael delves into the oldest case yet when discussing what happened to the princes in the tower. Theo discusses a curious ghost town where a mine fire from the 60s still burns today. As always, we finish with a dumb criminal.If you like Spree, please consider giving a 5 star review and follow us on social media.Twitter: @SpreePodcast.@TheGingerBo…
 
On this auspicious week following the United States' 245th birthday, we look back to a week ago, the auspicious week before the United States' 245th birthday, and the not-quite-an-episode we recorded then. I mean, look, it's an episode, it's just not specifically about clubs and organizations—unless you count the mildly exclusive club of people who…
 
Folks, it's summer. It's a time of vacation. And last weekend, when we normally would have recorded this week's show, was Brian's vacation. So there's no new entire show this week. However, please enjoy/listen grudgingly to/mercilessly roast this week's offering, a new song about not having a podcast episode for this week.…
 
Journalist and dogged student of all things forensic, Wess Haubrich, examines the nitty, gritty details you didn’t know about famous (and not so famous but equally weird) crimes and their unseen motivations. Thanks for reading! You can also support the Real Monsters’ podcast Wess does to get even deeper into these cases. Find it wherever you get yo…
 
Look, just because it's a creepily secretive cabal of the ultra-rich and politically connected doesn't mean the Bilderberg Group is creepy as hell, does it? It does? Oh, excellent! I'm relieved to hear you say that; I also find it incredibly creepy. In today's episode they will definitely not show up to their showdown with the Black Panthers, a cru…
 
Real Monsters: The Oldest Motive, Murder for Money Journalist and dogged student of all things forensic, Wess Haubrich, examines the nitty, gritty details you didn’t know about famous (and not so famous but equally weird) crimes and their unseen motivations. Thanks for reading! You can also support the Real Monsters’ podcast Wess does to get even d…
 
Real Monsters: Lethal Ladies Mary Tudor and Empress Wu, with special guest Kelly Evans Journalist and dogged student of all things forensic, Wess Haubrich, examines the nitty, gritty details you didn’t know about famous (and not so famous but equally weird) crimes and their unseen motivations. Thanks for reading! You can also support the Real Monst…
 
This episode explores the reason why in certain airports one might be required to take their shoes off. Theo delves into the case. Rachael takes on a strange case involving a con-woman named Samantha Azzopardi. She does something many are reluctant to do: return to high school as an adult. As always, we finish with a dumb criminal.If you like Spree…
 
It had to happen eventually, folks: The Girl Scouts are squaring off against the Boy Scouts, and hooboy it is not gonna go well for the one with all the sexual abuse. (SNS for spoilers.) I mean, look: In the Boy Scouts' defense, is there anything inherently wrong with a crypto-militaristic, consistently right-wing group founded in the depths of Bri…
 
Sometimes you have choose between inherently evil and stupid organizations. Sometimes it's this week. The Greek System at U.S. Universities is known for just about every kind of baked-in racism, sexism, and classism; the John Birch Society is known for being a paranoid anti-Communist horse shit factory of the type that was generally laughed out of …
 
The most prolific serial killer in US history? Journalist and dogged student of all things forensic, Wess Haubrich, examines the nitty, gritty details you didn’t know about famous (and not so famous but equally weird) crimes and their unseen motivations. Thanks for reading! You can also support the Real Monsters’ podcast Wess does to get even deepe…
 
One of the sickest southern aristocrats ever. The brutality of the story of how she treated her slaves so enraged the citizens of New Orleans they ran her out of town. Journalist and dogged student of all things forensic, Wess Haubrich, examines the nitty, gritty details you didn’t know about famous (and not so famous but equally weird) crimes and …
 
Content warning: Part 1 contains some slurs against gay people, spoken by a gay person. Also CW for mentions of r*pe and abuse by police, and an unavoidable smidgen of pedophilia. If you’re gay and have a job, you’ll have a hard time choosing between this week’s clubs! The Mattachine Society and the Daughters of Bilitis provided safe and empowering…
 
The hosts take you to the 1980s where Rachael delves into the mysterious death of Zigmund Adamski. Many theories were speculated but one seemed to look beyond Earth as an explanation... Theo discusses a more recent case which took place in Italy where a case of foolish decisions led to deadly consequences. As always, we finish with a dumb criminal.…
 
Quite possibly the most clinical psychopath we've ever dealt with. This one, as most RM cases, is not for the faint of heart. Journalist and dogged student of all things forensic, Wess Haubrich, examines the nitty, gritty details you didn’t know about famous (and not so famous but equally weird) crimes and their unseen motivations. Thanks for readi…
 
Our episode on one of the most enduring mysteries in the annals of American crime, the Zodiac Killer. Journalist and dogged student of all things forensic, Wess Haubrich, examines the nitty, gritty details you didn’t know about famous (and not so famous but equally weird) crimes and their unseen motivations. Thanks for reading! You can also support…
 
You can have a shovel or a leather mug, but you can't have both. This week we determine whether 'tis nobler to White Savior into a recently semi-decolonized country and insist on capitalism, or to get shitty about the relative authenticity of other people's costumes. It's the Peace Corps, where the germ of an idea John F. Kennedy kind of swiped fro…
 
Did Wayne Williams kill 28+ children in the Atlanta, Georgia metro area? Or is he a wrongly convicted man? Journalist and dogged student of all things forensic, Wess Haubrich, examines the nitty, gritty details you didn’t know about infamous (and not so infamous but equally weird) crimes and their unseen motivations. Thanks for reading! You can als…
 
This weeks episode sees the hosts follow the theme of travel. Theo kickstarts in the 1980s where the apparent victims of a vicious killer work for minicab companies. Rachael delves into the case of Lars Mittank, a German tourist last seen at Varna Airport before vanishing without a trace. As always, we finish with a dumb criminal. If you like Spree…
 
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