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Season 2 of Crime Waves tells the story of The Texas Renaissance Festival, the largest — and rowdiest — ren fair in the nation. A place where reality and fantasy are blurred. You may think it’s all tights and turkey legs, but what if we told you that the festival has a dark side, too? Over the years, this ren fair has been the scene of murders, assaults, and other assorted crimes. We went to the fair to investigate this place where people live out their carnal fantasies and figure out just exactly how that could become so dangerous. But we didn't expect to find danger for us.

 

Crime Waves is developed and produced by Faceplant and QCODE, in association with No Smiling. 

 

Follow the show now for the strangest true crime stories you’ve never heard of, told by the people who were there — and the ones who picked up the pieces.

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How far would you go to save the world from itself? Dr. Eugene Mallove believed that a new form of world-changing free energy — cold fusion — was just around the corner. Even when his work was pushed to the fringes, he dreamed of a brighter future. But before Dr. Mallove could usher in that future, he was found dead in the driveway of his childhood home. Everyone had their own ideas of who killed him, and investigators were looking in all the wrong places. Crime Waves: Cold Truth is a story about one man's quest to expose the truth, the lengths he would go to save the world, and how his dream caught up with him. ~~~ Crime Waves: Cold Truth is a collaboration of Faceplant and QCODE, in association with No Smiling. ~~~ Follow us On Instagram @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmediapodcasts | @StickFigureProductions | @NoSmilingMedia On Twitter @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmedia | @StickFigurePro | @NoSmilingMedia Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Free energy crusader Dr. Eugene Mallove’s murder continues to inspire conspiracy theories. But the real conspiracy begins 15 years before his death, when Dr. Mallove witnesses a suppression campaign against the budding science of cold fusion — a potential source of cheap, clean, near-infinite energy. A listener note: this episode contains depictions of violence that some people may find disturbing. ~~~ Crime Waves: Cold Truth is a collaboration of Faceplant and QCODE, in association with No Smiling. ~~~ Follow us On Instagram @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmediapodcasts | @StickFigureProductions | @NoSmilingMedia On Twitter @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmedia | @StickFigurePro | @NoSmilingMedia Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Digging deeper into the cold fusion drama at MIT, Dr. Mallove realizes that the treachery of his colleagues is worse than he could’ve imagined. Now he’s faced with a choice that will alter the course of his life. ~~~ Crime Waves: Cold Truth is a collaboration of Faceplant and QCODE, in association with No Smiling. ~~~ Follow us On Instagram @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmediapodcasts | @StickFigureProductions | @NoSmilingMedia On Twitter @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmedia | @StickFigurePro | @NoSmilingMedia Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
After resigning from MIT in disgust, Dr. Mallove strikes out on his own with big hopes and dreams. He encounters the strange underbelly of the free energy world and meets a man whose death inspires conspiracy theories for years to come. ~~~ Crime Waves: Cold Truth is a collaboration of Faceplant and QCODE, in association with No Smiling. ~~~ Follow us On Instagram @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmediapodcasts | @StickFigureProductions | @NoSmilingMedia On Twitter @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmedia | @StickFigurePro | @NoSmilingMedia ~~~ Crime Waves: Cold Truth is sponsored by BetterHelp. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dr. Mallove becomes the poster boy for cold fusion, befriends a sci-fi superstar, and receives funding for his infinite energy crusade. As he ventures further out into the fringes though, some wonder if he’s gone too far. ~~~ Crime Waves: Cold Truth is a collaboration of Faceplant and QCODE, in association with No Smiling. ~~~ Follow us On Instagram @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmediapodcasts | @StickFigureProductions | @NoSmilingMedia On Twitter @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmedia | @StickFigurePro | @NoSmilingMedia ~~~ Crime Waves: Cold Truth is sponsored by BetterHelp. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dr. Mallove’s endeavors begin to falter, and an obsession with secretive inventors alienates him from his friends and colleagues. Then just as cold fusion receives an unexpected lifeline from the government, tragedy strikes. ~~~ Crime Waves: Cold Truth is a collaboration of Faceplant and QCODE, in association with No Smiling. ~~~ Follow us On Instagram @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmediapodcasts | @StickFigureProductions | @NoSmilingMedia On Twitter @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmedia | @StickFigurePro | @NoSmilingMedia ~~~ Crime Waves: Cold truth is sponsored by BetterHelp. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dr. Eugene Mallove’s body is found in the driveway of his childhood home. Some wonder if shadowy forces are at work in Dr. Mallove’s murder. Police frantically search for answers and catch a break in the case. Or so it seems. A listener note: this episode contains depictions of violence that some people may find disturbing. ~~~ Crime Waves: Cold Truth is a collaboration of Faceplant and QCODE, in association with No Smiling. ~~~ Follow us On Instagram @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmediapodcasts | @StickFigureProductions | @NoSmilingMedia On Twitter @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmedia | @StickFigurePro | @NoSmilingMedia ~~~ Crime Waves: Cold truth is sponsored by BetterHelp. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
When Dr. Mallove’s murder case goes cold, authorities bring on a new team of investigators. As they re-examine evidence and find new leads, it looks like they’ve finally uncovered the true story behind the brutal crime. A listener note: this episode contains depictions of violence that some people may find disturbing. ~~~ Crime Waves: Cold Truth is a collaboration of Faceplant and QCODE, in association with No Smiling. ~~~ Follow us On Instagram @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmediapodcasts | @StickFigureProductions | @NoSmilingMedia On Twitter @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmedia | @StickFigurePro | @NoSmilingMedia ~~~ Crime Waves: Cold truth is sponsored by BetterHelp. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Once police receive a confession for Dr. Mallove’s murder, and the case seems like a slam dunk. But it might not be that simple. Meanwhile, cold fusion languishes in obscurity — until now. Maybe. A listener note: this episode contains depictions of violence that some people may find disturbing. ~~~ Crime Waves: Cold Truth is a collaboration of Faceplant and QCODE, in association with No Smiling. ~~~ Follow us On Instagram @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmediapodcasts | @StickFigureProductions | @NoSmilingMedia On Twitter @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmedia | @StickFigurePro | @NoSmilingMedia ~~~ Crime Waves: Cold truth is sponsored by BetterHelp. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Season 2 of Crime Waves tells the story of The Texas Renaissance Festival, the largest — and rowdiest — ren fair in the nation. A place where reality and fantasy are blurred. You may think it’s all tights and turkey legs, but what if we told you that the festival has a dark side, too? Over the years, this ren fair has been the scene of murders, assaults, and other assorted crimes. We went to the fair to investigate this place where people live out their carnal fantasies and figure out just exactly how that could become so dangerous. But we didn't expect to find danger for us. ~~~ Crime Waves: Renaissance, TX is a collaboration of Faceplant and QCODE, in association with No Smiling. ~~~ Follow us On Instagram @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmediapodcasts | @StickFigureProductions | @NoSmilingMedia On Twitter @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmedia | @StickFigurePro | @NoSmilingMedia ~~~ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mad Kingdom | Episode 1

Mad Kingdom | Episode 1

2024-05-1344:422

The Texas Renaissance Festival may host half a million patrons indulging in whimsy and fantasy each year, but it also has a seedy underbelly. After journalist and Peabody Award winner Sean Cannon hears about the kingdom’s dark side from a colleague, he’s plunged into a gonzo journey to understand how these things could happen at a place that its eccentric owner likens to Disneyland. Please note that this episode contains depictions of violence that some people may find disturbing. Listener discretion is advised. ~~~ Crime Waves: Renaissance, TX is a collaboration of Faceplant and QCODE, in association with No Smiling. ~~~ Follow us On Instagram @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmediapodcasts | @StickFigureProductions | @NoSmilingMedia On Twitter @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmedia | @StickFigurePro | @NoSmilingMedia ~~~ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Expectations are quickly overthrown the moment Sean steps through the gates of the ren fair. As day gives way to night, it becomes clear that — in this place dedicated to one man’s quest for freedom — trouble can find you easily. But what kind of trouble, exactly? Please note that this episode contains depictions of violence that some people may find disturbing. Listener discretion is advised. ~~~ Crime Waves: Renaissance, TX is a collaboration of Faceplant and QCODE, in association with No Smiling. ~~~ Follow us On Instagram @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmediapodcasts | @StickFigureProductions | @NoSmilingMedia On Twitter @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmedia | @StickFigurePro | @NoSmilingMedia ~~~ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Thousands see the fair as a place for fantasy and freedom. But a closer look at the crimes of power that’ve occurred here reveals a more sinister story: One of pain and suffering, as the victims hope for answers while the fair appears unmoved. Warning: This episode contains traumatic events and discusses aggression against women and trans people. Listener discretion is advised. ~~~ Crime Waves: Renaissance, TX is a collaboration of Faceplant and QCODE, in association with No Smiling. ~~~ Follow us On Instagram @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmediapodcasts | @StickFigureProductions | @NoSmilingMedia On Twitter @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmedia | @StickFigurePro | @NoSmilingMedia ~~~ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
An attempt to find the king of the fair — who is also the mayor of the town — exposes an intricate web of festival and municipal politics. Sean slowly begins to see a community that is tightly woven by secrecy and fear, where speaking out against its ruler comes with unseen risks. ~~~ Crime Waves: Renaissance, TX is a collaboration of Faceplant and QCODE, in association with No Smiling. ~~~ Follow us On Instagram @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmediapodcasts | @StickFigureProductions | @NoSmilingMedia On Twitter @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmedia | @StickFigurePro | @NoSmilingMedia ~~~ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
After the festival ends, we explore Todd Mission and Grimes County. And that’s when things really get weird. ~~~ Crime Waves: Renaissance, TX is a collaboration of Faceplant and QCODE, in association with No Smiling. ~~~ Follow us On Instagram @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmediapodcasts | @StickFigureProductions | @NoSmilingMedia On Twitter @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmedia | @StickFigurePro | @NoSmilingMedia ~~~ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
As we return from the gonzo ren fair trip with our heads still spinning, we dig deeper into the king’s past — now from afar. The image we get from our investigations is very different from the picture of an almighty ruler that he portrays publicly. ~~~ Crime Waves: Renaissance, TX is a collaboration of Faceplant and QCODE, in association with No Smiling. ~~~ Follow us On Instagram @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmediapodcasts | @StickFigureProductions | @NoSmilingMedia On X @QCODEMedia | @faceplantmedia | @StickFigurePro | @NoSmilingMedia ~~~ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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