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For centuries, a question has fascinated scientists: can you identify a murderer based on their physical or neurological characteristics? And, if so – what could you do about it?  In this week’s ShortHand, we sum up the research into criminal brain chemistry, and look at the dangers of explaining away acts of extreme violence. Become a patron: Patreon Order a copy of the book here (US & Canada): Order on Wellesley Books Order on Amazon.com Order a copy of the book here (UK, Ireland, Europe, NZ, Aus): Order on Amazon.co.uk Order on Foyles Follow us on social media: Instagram Twitter Visit our website: Website Sources available on redhandedpodcast.com
Kidnapped, attacked and left disembowelled in the desert by two men who claimed to have been possessed by demons, Alison Botha suffered one of the most torturous ordeals we’ve ever covered. The men responsible met through a shared love of cheap drinks, sexual assault and the occult, but nothing can explain the brutality of their crimes. Welcome to a case we’ve been avoiding for years… and for good reason.
The Holocaust is possibly the most infamous genocide in history – and through it all, one man, in particular, stood out for his brutality. His sadistic actions, and depraved “medical experiments” during the Holocaust earned him the name “Angel of Death”, and cemented his legacy as one of the most evil men of the 20th century. This is the story of Josef Mengele.  Rolf Mengele Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFQaDSv1IKg
In February 1986, the prime minister of Sweden was walking home from the cinema, when a man stepped out of a shop doorway and shot him in the neck with a .357 Magnum. The killer ran down a side street – and disappeared without a trace. The mystery surrounding Olof Palme’s death is a Swedish national obsession that's barely left the headlines in the decades since. Hundreds of theories, from international hitmen to lone gunmen and police conspiracies, have swirled around one of the most extensive murder investigations in history. And then, in 2020, investigators called a press conference – to announce that they had finally found the killer…
There are plenty of things that separate us from the animal kingdom. But one of the weirdest and most inexplicable is that we can grow so bloody old – way past reproductive age.  And one theory is that we owe our longevity to none other than the sexually transmitted infection, gonorrhoea. How? Well, you’ll have to listen to find out… Become a patron: Patreon Order a copy of the book here (US & Canada): Order on Wellesley Books Order on Amazon.com Order a copy of the book here (UK, Ireland, Europe, NZ, Aus): Order on Amazon.co.uk Order on Foyles Follow us on social media: Instagram Twitter Visit our website: Website Sources available on redhandedpodcast.com
Are you the kind of financially savvy Spooky Bitch who wants to try before you buy? Then why don't you have a listen to all of the very best BONUS CONTENT that we put out on Patreon last month? This month we've got some great clips of our on tour shenanigans, plus us watching some of the goriest horror movie moments as voted by you! If you like what you hear, head on over to Patreon.com/RedHanded for all the extra content you can handle!
In 1995, the billionaire founder of DHL disappeared off of the face of the planet and left behind a closet full of skeletons. The aftermath stirred up one of the most colossal, convoluted shit storms you’ve never heard of. Two plane crashes, underage sex trafficking, missing DNA, cover-ups, private detectives, and a billion dollars of inheritance left in the air – this is the story of Larry Hillblom.
Jared Fogle was an all-American megastar. Famous for losing almost half his body weight on a diet consisting of Subway sandwiches, crisps and diet soda, Jared became one of the richest stars in TV advertising history. He also started The Jared Foundation, an international paedophile ring, masquerading as a charity fighting childhood obesity. Join us this week for Jared Fogle, a tale of Italian herbs and sleaze... Become a patron: Patreon Order a copy of the book here (US & Canada): Order on Wellesley Books Order on Amazon.com Order a copy of the book here (UK, Ireland, Europe, NZ, Aus): Order on Amazon.co.uk Order on Foyles Follow us on social media: Instagram Twitter Visit our website: Website Sources available on redhandedpodcast.com
For more than three and a half decades, the disappearance of 12-year-old Jonelle Matthews was a mystery – a riddle neither authorities nor her family members could solve. The residents of her cloistered Colorado hometown had scoured every inch of prairie. Jonelle’s face had been on milk cartons nationwide. Even the President of the United States had appealed to the public for help. Still, every lead had fizzled. Every person of interest had turned out to be a dead end.  Then, in 2019, Jonelle’s remains were unearthed near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. With the discovery came a troubling new question: Had the truth been hiding in plain sight the entire time? Was the man who couldn’t stop obsessing over Jonelle’s disappearance also the person who took her? From Campside Media and Wondery comes season two of SUSPECT. Former CNN reporter Ashley Fantz and executive producers Matthew Shaer and Eric Benson (Suspect, Over My Dead Body) dig into one of the most mind-bending cold cases in modern history, in an attempt to separate fact and fiction, compulsion from guilt, and true-crime fandom from a motive for murder. Hey Prime Members, listen to the Amazon Music exclusive podcast, SUSPECT: Vanished in the Snow, in the Amazon Music App. Download the app today. http://www.amazon.com/SUS_us_pfd_AA_110122.
On 28 October 2022, in a move that shocked absolutely everyone, investigators in Indiana arrested 50 year old Richard Allen for the murders of Abby Williams and Libby German. In this episode (that underwent a frantic rewrite in light of these recent developments), Suruthi and Hannah discuss the arrest of Allen, the personality profile of the Delphi killer and what we do know about the crime scene - plus the unbelievable catfishing twist that threw us all… Become a patron: Patreon Order a copy of the book here (US & Canada): Order on Wellesley Books Order on Amazon.com Order a copy of the book here (UK, Ireland, Europe, NZ, Aus): Order on Amazon.co.uk Order on Foyles Follow us on social media: Instagram Twitter Visit our website: Website Sources available on redhandedpodcast.com
In part two of our special on Europe’s witch craze, we take a look at how the insanity spread to the UK thanks to a paranoid new king and a 19-year-old, self-styled Witchfinder General. Plus: what really goes down at a witches’ sabbath, and why did women make up 90% of the thousands killed? Become a patron: Patreon Order a copy of the book here (US & Canada): Order on Wellesley Books Order on Amazon.com Order a copy of the book here (UK, Ireland, Europe, NZ, Aus): Order on Amazon.co.uk Order on Foyles Follow us on social media: Instagram Twitter Visit our website: Website Sources available on redhandedpodcast.com
On 14 February 2017, the bodies of 13-year-old Abby Williams and 14-year-old Libby German were found in the woods in Delphi, Indiana. Libby’s phone was discovered not far from the crime scene, and the videos she  had recorded on it quickly made this case one of the most infamous of recent decades… Become a patron: Patreon Order a copy of the book here (US & Canada): Order on Wellesley Books Order on Amazon.com Order a copy of the book here (UK, Ireland, Europe, NZ, Aus): Order on Amazon.co.uk Order on Foyles Follow us on social media: Instagram Twitter Visit our website: Website Sources available on redhandedpodcast.com
For over a thousand years, witches were believed to be local soothsayers who used their powers for everyday charms and spells. But in the 16th and 17th centuries, Europe was suddenly gripped by a new idea: that witches were part of an organised demonic network, plotting with the devil himself to cloud the whole world in evil. And to stop the armies of darkness, more than 200,000 people were executed across Europe for the crime of witchcraft. In the first half of our two-parter on Europe's witch hunters, H&S look at how it grew into a state-sanctioned frenzy, why it lasted for over 200 years, and some of the more gruesome torture methods they used to extract confessions... Become a patron: Patreon Order a copy of the book here (US & Canada): Order on Wellesley Books Order on Amazon.com Order a copy of the book here (UK, Ireland, Europe, NZ, Aus): Order on Amazon.co.uk Order on Foyles Follow us on social media: Instagram Twitter Visit our website: Website Sources available on redhandedpodcast.com
Recorded live in Columbus, Ohio, at Obsessed Fest 2022, H&S bring you a historical Halloween special. The girls look back at the horrors of Stalin’s cannibal island, and at one of the world’s most prolific serial killers, who terrorised Nazi-occupied Paris. Episode with slideshow: https://youtu.be/vDarJBeELEY
In this highly anticipated mash-up at the London Podcast Festival 2022, Drunk Women Solving Crime meet RedHanded for a night of cava, chaos and olden-timey crime…  Check out Drunk Women Solving Crime, every week, wherever you listen to your podcasts. And to donate to your local food bank, click here.
Lock your doors and shut your windows – it’s that time of year again! H&S are back with their annual Halloween story swap. In part one, the girls bring you the tragic case of the Liske family, followed by the chilling, unsolved disappearance of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh. 2022 LIVE SHOW TICKET LINKS: https://redhandedpodcast.com
Elizabeth Holmes and her startup, Theranos, are now infamous. With millions of lives put at risk, and hundreds of millions of dollars flushed down the toilet, they serve as the ultimate cautionary tale of “fake it till you make it” gone wrong.  But with her sentence approaching, we ask why anyone trusted Elizabeth Holmes in the first place – first with their money, and then with American lives…
Krugersdorp, a town northwest of Johannesburg, has always had high levels of violent crime. But when South Africa’s own satanic panic kicked into full force in the early 90s, its citizens had an altogether more unholy threat on their hands. This is the story of a godly rivalry that spun out of control – taking in vampires, werewolves and the murders of eleven people. And behind it all, a 48th-generational satanic witch with 1,000 multiple personalities and a score to settle. 2022 LIVE SHOW TICKET LINKS: https://redhandedpodcast.com Sources: https://www.numbeo.com/crime/in/Krugersdorp-South-Africa https://krugersdorpnews.co.za/479092/krugersdorp-crime-stats-kidnapping-rape-cit-robbery-and-theft-of-motor-vehicle-motorcycle-increase-murder-decrease/ https://www.enca.com/south-africa/krugersdorp-killings-thought-to-be-linked https://www.vice.com/en/article/5gdwp3/dr-kobus-jonker-420-v17n4 https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-10-24-there-was-darkness-over-my-child-mikeila-valentines-mother/ https://www.news24.com/you/news/local/back-from-the-dead-how-krugersdorp-killer-zak-valentine-fooled-his-family-and-friends-20210819 https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2019-08-12-over-protected-zak-valentine-earned-r70000-a-month-when-he-began-killing https://www.news24.com/News24/court-hears-how-krugersdorp-killers-faked-death-of-one-of-their-own-for-life-insurance-payout-20181010 https://www.numbeo.com/crime/in/Krugersdorp-South-Africa https://krugersdorpnews.co.za/479092/krugersdorp-crime-stats-kidnapping-rape-cit-robbery-and-theft-of-motor-vehicle-motorcycle-increase-murder-decrease/ https://www.enca.com/south-africa/krugersdorp-killings-thought-to-be-linked https://www.vice.com/en/article/5gdwp3/dr-kobus-jonker-420-v17n4 https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-10-24-there-was-darkness-over-my-child-mikeila-valentines-mother/ https://www.news24.com/you/news/local/back-from-the-dead-how-krugersdorp-killer-zak-valentine-fooled-his-family-and-friends-20210819 https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2019-08-12-over-protected-zak-valentine-earned-r70000-a-month-when-he-began-killing https://www.news24.com/News24/court-hears-how-krugersdorp-killers-faked-death-of-one-of-their-own-for-life-insurance-payout-20181010 https://www.news24.com/News24/the-krugersdorp-killings-explained-who-was-murdered-how-and-why-20190605
Few places live up to their reputation like Aokigahara, known in the West as Japan’s ‘Suicide Forest’.  Dense woodland, purported magnetic interference and tales of ghostly Yurei make navigating the forest difficult – but finding a secluded place to contemplate your existence is all too easy. Every year, dozens of people travel to Aokigahara to take their lives. But why? This week, we discuss the dark Japanese folklore and sinister realities behind one of the world's most tragically disturbing places…
This case takes the notion of life imitating art to a newly macabre extreme. In 2010, Blake Leibel released his graphic novel, Syndrome. Described as The Truman Show meets Se7en, the story follows a rogue neuropathologist as he attempts to find a cure for evil, using a condemned serial killer as his guinea pig. Initially met with a lukewarm response, the novel garnered international attention in 2015 after Leibel seemed to use its most violent scenes to commit what's been described as "the most brutal murder in LA's history".
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geegee

the first podcast I have ever had to turn off. so sorry for this woman good lord. as soon as you said she survived I was done. my god.

Dec 1st
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Angela Setford

Bad

Dec 1st
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Katie the Book and Yarn Dragon

Interesting theory!

Nov 22nd
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Angela Setford

Cor this episode was unbelievable! I want to read more! How have I never heard of him?!

Nov 17th
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Katie the Book and Yarn Dragon

Well this one is intense. I'm so glad for the breakthrough.

Nov 5th
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Angela Setford

Wow I really enjoyed this one. Interesting and very sad.

Nov 4th
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Jennifer June

what was the name of the podcast you recommended during this episode?

Nov 3rd
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Katie the Book and Yarn Dragon

nice bite

Oct 19th
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Katie the Book and Yarn Dragon

interesting

Oct 12th
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Katie the Book and Yarn Dragon

Excellent episode. Repressed memory has a lot to answer for

Oct 5th
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Katie the Book and Yarn Dragon

well shorthanded is interesting

Oct 4th
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Katie the Book and Yarn Dragon

Interesting case

Sep 29th
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Katie the Book and Yarn Dragon

oh wow

Sep 24th
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Katie the Book and Yarn Dragon

British Jeremy Springer is vile.

Sep 20th
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Katie the Book and Yarn Dragon

Ooff rage stroke ending indeed.

Sep 15th
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Nobody Special

I am enjoying listening to these old episodes. I have to laugh when you asked about duck tape being a thing on a farm. Duck tape is a thing everywhere. Not only handy to fix things but make dresses and suits out of haha

Sep 6th
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Nobody Special

One thing to remember about American prisons is that child sex offenders are treated so horribly by the other prisoners. As in, having the same thing done to him that he did to others. The likelihood of him not dying from some unfortunate accident at some point is very low. I also believe (?) that he can be charged in every state he committed the crimes in on a local level. Should he ever be released law enforcement has that in their back pocket to put him back in potentially. Then there are the dads that would be waiting for him if he got out. Each willing to go to jail themselves for murder if they ever laid eyes on him again.

Sep 5th
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Katie the Book and Yarn Dragon

nice podcast

Aug 15th
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Katie the Book and Yarn Dragon

nice new series

Aug 12th
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Mel Cartledge

This episode just blew my mind. Honestly these parents are living a nightmare and I truely hand on heart hope they get Arthur the help he needs before it's to late

Jul 26th
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