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Once in a generation a choice is made that is so bad, it echoes in eternity. It leads us into to dead-end jobs, unshakeable nick-names and ill-advised hair cuts. Graham Rodgers makes those kind of choices on a daily basis. With the help of his bandleader and unlicensed life coach, Gerard, he's here to tell us how to overcome our worst mistakes by gathering them together in an un-ventilated room, cleaning them with ammonia and bleach, then passing out from the toxic fumes. (Formally known as ...
 
Join comedians Jacob Trimmer and Tim Groeschel in a mashup of true crime, history, and comedy as they swap stories and make jokes about people throughout time who have lived interesting and violent lives. Get your dose of grindhouse history every Tuesday and Thursday, because everyone likes violence as long as it's happening to someone else. Feel free to reach out to us with any feedback or comments at letthemfightpodcast@gmail.com, https://www.facebook.com/LTFpodcast, or https://twitter.com ...
 
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Another entry in the book of Eastern European garbage names for you today, dear listeners. Our man of the hour, Jozef Rohac, has lived one hell of a life. And man does his story veer off into a direction I did not expect it to go when we starting out, but it is a pretty great story. Also, there should be some accent marks or whatever in that name, …
 
Today we make a return to Australia to talk about a group we've overlooked a bit, the aborigines. Specifically Jimmy Governor. He tried to make the best of his life, but was often the subject of mockery and mistreatment due to his aborigineness, or whatever you'd call it. Now I don't want to give away the end, but that mistreatment does come back t…
 
We're closing out the week with a good old fashioned cowboy story for you, dear listeners. We're talking about Sam Bass, an outlaw who admittedly was almost more legend than man. In fact, his reputation was so hyped up that influenced the actions of the lawmen tracking him down. And his story crossed the Atlantic at a time when people got all their…
 
Well, we certainly have an episode for you today, dear listeners. Gwen Graham and Cathy wood, a shittier pair of murderous lesbians I've never seen before. These two may have had real shitty upbringings, I say may because nobody really knows because in addition to their love of murder and bad poetry, they also love lying their gross tits off. Eithe…
 
Continuing with our accidental theme of the week, we have another badass dude that led his people in killing a whole bunch of other people for the freedom of their nation. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk kicked ass for a long time, then saw an opportunity to create an independent Turkey, and boy did he seize that opportunity. This guy's life was dope, so giv…
 
Today we're going back to Haiti, before it was named Haiti though, to talk about Jean-Jacques Dessalines, one of the most important people involved in the revolution that broke the country free from the French. Which was not only a huge moment in history for the Caribbean, but had a ripple effect that impacted several other countries, including Ame…
 
Today we're talking about Jozef Gabcik, one badass Czechoslavakian. Or Slavic? Czech maybe? I don't know, it's all kind of a mess around the time we're talking about due to being conquered. When old Adolf Hitler came a-knocking in his part of Europe he knocked back. It took a minute but he managed to accomplish something nobody else did during Worl…
 
Ugh, this fucking guy. Well dear listeners, there's nobody to cheer for in this episode. But is there somebody to root against. Elliot Rodger had a boatload of issues, and of course all those issues were somebody else's fault. Specifically women, because why not blame an entire gender for your being a creepy weirdo. Anyways, join us in making fun o…
 
Today we have another American hero for you, dear listeners. Francis Marion may look like a doofy bastard, based on the drawings of him, but when a bunch of limey redcoated assholes showed up on his front porch, he put boot to ass until they were no longer a problem. He was so good at it he became something of a mythological figure and got a ton of…
 
Just in case you couldn't tell from the name of the guy in the episode, and the picture (if you're on a platform that can see it) of him being escorted by the FEDs, we're talking about a mafia goon today. Vincent "The Chin" Gigante was actually pretty smart for a guinea, sure he was brutal and a criminal like the rest of them, but he pulled off som…
 
Today we'll be talking about one crazy Russian who embodies the saying, "If you love what you do you'll never work a day in your life." Unfortunately for a lot people, what Vasily Blokhin loved doing was executing people for the Soviet government. And boy was he good at his job. A real go getter. With synergy. And whatever other bullshit words corp…
 
Another fun one for you today, dear listeners. We're talking about a naval badass with an unfortunately Dutch ass name, Michiel de Ruyter. Michiel started out his career as a future badass as a humble seaman. From there he kept working his way up the ranks and winning battles against ships from all different countries like he wanted to collect the …
 
Jason welcomes his long-time literary chum Stephen 'Tom' McKenna for a tender ramble about bludgeoning writers they don't like, ritual suicide in porno detail, movies about writers, Hamnet, stroking flanks, birthdays at Pizza Patio, the Dukes of Hazzard, & how (all evidence to the contrary) reading has made them better people. Jason also shares som…
 
It's time to go back to the medieval days, dear listeners. It's been a while since we covered a good old fashioned shitkicker in full plate, so here we go. Edward the Black Prince may have been born of noble blood, but his dad didn't want to raise no pansy. So he made Edward go out and win his position on the battlefield. And boy did Edward prove h…
 
Well, dear listeners, we've had a lot of requests for this guy and we always said that he'll have his day, we're just waiting. And now that day is upon us. To commemorate a special occasion this week, we're bringing you Albert Fish. One of the grossest dudes to walk the Earth. His body count may not have been high, or it might have been astronomica…
 
This week we're taking another trip down under to talk about Australian gangster and inventor of the dad bod, Carl Williams. He put a lot of people in the ground, but also the cops' nickname for him was Fat Boy. So it's hard to decide if he's scary or not. Unless you're one of the people he killed, then I guess it's pretty easy to pick scary. Anywa…
 
Well, we certainly have something for you today, dear listeners. Manuel Blanco Romasanta seemed like mostly your average run of the mill Spanish dude. Sure, there was some weirdness surrounding his birth, and yea he may have killed some people. But mostly normal. Then things get super weird. We'll let you decide for yourselves if the stuff he claim…
 
Jason welcomes English songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Andrew Tyrone Rodgers for a jaw about accidentally wearing Lincoln Park t-shirts, DKPs (Duran-KISS Pleasures), fixing holes, revisiting childhood poems, cosmic hot pots, too much pop in the park on a Friday, internet cafés, & losing & finding family members. Music by both Andy & the bombasti…
 
We have another fun one for you today, dear listeners! And no trick this time, just good old fashioned Portuguese fun. You'll probably be able to figure out where Peter Francisco did his fighting pretty quickly, but I won't spoil it either way. I will say though, that there are some bonkers stories about the guy, and while a lot of it seems exagger…
 
Welcome back, dear listeners! This week we'll be taking a trip back to America's hat to talk about Montreal based mobster, Vito Rizzuto. He tried to handle his business in a different way than your usual mafia goon, and was known for lowering the violence during his tenure. Then some shit hit the fan and things changed, and Montreal went all Drowni…
 
We're closing out this week with a nice, relaxing episode. Just kidding, it's nightmares! Mary Bell's life story is just one tragedy after another, for pretty much ever. So it's not terribly shocking that she did the things she did. Though the age she did them may surprise you. And make sure you stick around til the end to learn about the worst god…
 
Today we have a nice, fun episode for you, dear listeners. Colin Anson wasn't his birth name, but he changed it for a pretty damn good reason. Then he used his new found identity to work the most noblest of professions, killing Nazis. This badass ran all around the western theater kicking fascist dicks into fascist dirt. Enjoy!…
 
Jason welcomes legendary Pods & Sods co-host, Debbie Gibson enthusiast, & pop/rock/rap fantasist Craig Smith for a river deep, mountain high ramble about keyboards made of dynamite, Beatles-obsessed drug-dealing uncle-cousins, discographies of imaginary bands, the best Milli Vanilli video, the constant disappointment of heartbreak, Duran Duran's 'T…
 
Ahh, Richard Speck. This guy is a real piece of shit. And boy was he inept at being a criminal, don't let the body count fool you. Also, I won't say why, so as to not spoil anything, but I honestly don't know whether it's worse to be near him as a bird or a nurse. Strap in for this ride, dear listeners, and I guarantee you won't see the end of this…
 
Today we're talking about this tiny Irish nutball who decided to become the poster child for people who crank it to Soldier of Fortune. "Mad Mike" decided that being an accountant was boring, so he skipped a couple steps and jumped right to mercenary working in Africa. He had a pretty good run at success, and one huge failure. And you know what the…
 
We have a bit of a confusing guy for you today, dear listeners. Jackie Arklov is in many ways just like every other neo-Nazi. A war criminal, mentally unstable, an asshole, so on and so forth. But he is also kind of, well, black. And sure, he explains why as a black dude he self identified as a neo-Nazi, but it certainly doesn't clear it up since h…
 
You know that alphabet soup nightmare of a name in the title can only mean one thing, we're talking about someone from Poland today. This guy will never find a mini license plate in a tourist trap with his name on it, but he did play a significant role in American history. If you're wondering why you weren't taught about him in school, go look at t…
 
Jason welcomes Daria Salamon, author of 'The Prairie Bridesmaid' & co-author of 'Don't Try This At Home,' for a jaw about why Winnipeg is cool for artists, the blonde awfulness of 'Sweet Valley High,' being covered in eggs & tears, the glory of handwritten letters, how as long as the writing is honest the rest can be fixed, & being bullied by a chi…
 
The week of shitbags continues today with Klaus Barbie, the "Butcher of Lyon." What can we say about this Nazi scumbag that a French military tribunal hasn't already? Well, probably a lot actually since they have to be somewhat professional. Anyways, listen in to this garbage monster's life story, with occasional breaks so that Jacob can rant angri…
 
Welcome to 300, dear listeners! We're dropping a real special episode for you today. Beloved actor and national treasure, Danny Trejo. For those of you thinking "but he's just an actor," before Danny became America's badass tío, he did some stuff. And well, just listen in and find out. Enjoy!By Jacob Trimmer and Tim Groeschel
 
It's the week of our 300th episode and we managed to find something new for you, dear listeners. Today we have Teddy Roosevelt Jr, the son of a person we've previously covered, Teddy Roosevelt, obviously. You'd think it'd be pretty hard to come out from under that massive shadow, but boy did lil' Teddy find a way. Dude did some bonkers shit, so giv…
 
Jason welcomes the refreshingly swear-y Hollay Ghadery, author of 'Fuse,' for a wide-ranging chinwag about multiple vasectomies, hangovers through the decades, feeling anxious about eternity, being a writer or being dead, getting better all the time, & semantic satiation. Hollay also shares some not-too-bad early sh*t. Music by the death-defying DJ…
 
Today we're talking about Australian psychopath John Justin Bunting. This dude was probably the most incompetent serial killer I've ever heard of. But he just. Kept. Getting. Away. With. It. The only thing he was worse at than hiding his crimes was giving people nicknames. So tune in and join us in mocking this worthless Aussie. Enjoy!…
 
Today we're going to talk about Prince Rupert of the Rhine. A pretty innocuous sounding name, for a dude that wound up being one of the most badass cavalrymen of his time. Also, he had a poodle and a monkey, and you just KNOW that crazy bastard taught the monkey how to ride the poodle into battle. Sure, there are zero sources saying it, but history…
 
William Alexander Morgan lived a pretty bonkers ass life, and one day while chilling in Miami he looked out across the water and saw an island, and decided that island needed some goddamn freedom, and that he was the man to bring it to them. Sure, looking back on it now we can say that was a real bad idea and he supported the wrong dude, but still …
 
Jason welcomes musician & poet Bill Hickey for a ramble-yak about sharing an elevator with a pissed-off David Foster Wallace, carpet farming, fighting off ALL the members of KISS, & the sick, lip-smacked goodness of gritty early sh*t. They also reminisce about the glories of Goontown, Penguin Dust, & that one time Bill was Jason's roadie. Check out…
 
Well, dear listeners, we have another awful garbage monster for you today. Frank Spisak had a lot of things going on, and they were all pretty awful. Luckily he wasn't that good at what he did so he got caught pretty quickly. But there's still something for everybody in this episode. Murder, cross dressing, Nazi shit, and some great attorney quotes…
 
Well, where do I start with this one. Ian Brady was a real gigantic piece of shit, and I don't make that claim lightly. I mean, you know a person is trash when being a Nazi isn't even in their top 5 worst traits. But you know how we do here at LTF, so we had a lot of fun making fun of this loser of a serial killer. Tune in and enjoy!…
 
Alright you bloodthirsty monsters, you asked for him and now you're getting him. Today we're talking about garbage person and even worse musician, Varg Vikernes. A man so dedicated to racism he made his own version of D&D where instead of dungeons, it's racism and instead of dragons, it's even more racism. He also kinda sorta murdered a dude and de…
 
Today we're talking about a man shrouded in myth and legend, which is pretty unnecessary since the dude was a fucking badass for real. So why make up extra shit? I dunno, people are weird and stupid sometimes. Anyways, this psycho mountain lived like 4 peoples' lives worth during his time on Earth, and left behind a bit of an odd legacy years later…
 
Jason welcomes writer & artist Kimberley Orton for a chat about the 20 best Tom Waits songs, what Toronto sounds like, how four to four-thirty is just not long enough for proper sex, the crashing pleasure of hanging up on people, getting bonked by the backspin, & eyes & teeth. Kimberley also shares some exciting excerpts from her teenage journals. …
 
It's time for another batshit biker, dear listeners! Though George Rowe is a bit different than the run of the mill, as you shall soon find out. The early parts are definitely par for course though. Shitty childhood, violence, drugs, racism. Then it gets a bit weird, but you'll probably find yourself rooting for him. So strap in, and enjoy!…
 
Today we're covering one of the rarest of scumnut pursuers, a South Korean serial killer. Yoo Young-Chul put in some serious work once he realized how much he loved killing. But boy did he wind up with one of the worst nicknames we've ever seen for a serial killer. It was also nice after all the times we've seen American cop incompetence to see som…
 
We're closing out anniversary week strong for you, dear listeners, with one of the most famous Americans who ever lived. Teddy motherfucking Roosevelt. A man who accomplished a ton in his life, especially considering how weak and fragile he was as a child. Not only did he do a bunch of badass, crazy shit, he also said some things that became famous…
 
Welcome to anniversary week, dear listeners! It's been 3 whole years since the start of this podcast, and we're starting the week off with an episode that people have been waiting a while for, England's very own Kray twins. Reggie and Ronnie Kray lived bonkers lives and rose to a level of success and infamy that most gangsters can only dream of. Of…
 
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