430 - Here's Your Reward

430 - Here's Your Reward

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This episode of My Favorite Murder continues the story of Richard Dad, a talented artist who suffered from mental illness. Despite his tragic life, Dad produced some of his most famous work while confined to an asylum, including his masterpiece, "The Ferry Feller's Masterstroke." The episode also explores the rediscovery of Dad's work in the 1960s and 70s, highlighting how his art, born from anguish, has resonated with a new generation of admirers. The episode concludes with a heartwarming segment where listeners share their experiences listening to the podcast, including a space engineer in Colorado and a Frito-Lay employee who stocks convenience stores with Cheetos and Doritos.

Outlines

00:00:00
Introduction

This Chapter introduces the podcast and its hosts, Georgia and Karen, as they prepare to share captivating true crime stories with their listeners.

00:01:00
Therapy and Self-Help

This Chapter delves into Georgia and Karen's personal experiences with therapy and self-help practices. They discuss the importance of addressing mental health challenges and the power of mindfulness techniques like Eckhart Tolle's "The Power of Now."

00:13:13
Sponsors

This Chapter features advertisements for Squarespace and Rosetta Stone, highlighting their services and offering discounts to listeners.

00:15:32
The Chillingworth Murders

This Chapter presents the chilling tale of the 1955 murders of Judge Curtis Chillingworth and his wife Marjorie in Florida. The investigation uncovers a web of corruption, organized crime, and a crooked lawyer named Joe Peel, who ultimately confessed to orchestrating the killings.

00:47:03
The Case of Richard Dad

This Chapter delves into the life and tragic demise of Richard Dad, a talented artist who succumbed to mental illness. Dad's journey took him from the prestigious Royal Academy in London to a trip through Europe and Egypt, where he experienced a profound mental breakdown. His descent into madness culminated in the murder of his father and an attack on a train passenger, leading to his confinement in an asylum.

01:08:43
Richard Dad's Art

This Chapter explores the artistic output of Richard Dad during his confinement in Bedlam, highlighting his masterpiece, "The Ferry Feller's Masterstroke." It also discusses the rediscovery of his work in the 1960s and 70s, and how his art, born from anguish, has resonated with a new generation of admirers.

01:13:34
Listener Stories

This Chapter features heartwarming stories from listeners about their experiences listening to the podcast, including a space engineer in Colorado and a Frito-Lay employee who stocks convenience stores with Cheetos and Doritos.

Keywords

My Favorite Murder
A popular true crime comedy podcast hosted by Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff, known for its dark humor and engaging storytelling.

True Crime
A genre of storytelling that focuses on real-life crimes, often exploring the motives, investigations, and consequences of criminal acts.

Judge Curtis Chillingworth
A respected judge in Palm Beach County, Florida, who was murdered in 1955 along with his wife, Marjorie. His murder became known as "Florida's Crime of the Century."

Joe Peel
A crooked lawyer and magistrate in Palm Beach County, Florida, who was convicted of being an accessory to the murders of Judge Curtis Chillingworth and his wife. He confessed to orchestrating the killings on his deathbed.

Richard Dad
A talented artist who suffered from mental illness. His journey took him from the Royal Academy in London to a trip through Europe and Egypt, where he experienced a profound mental breakdown. He ultimately murdered his father and attacked a train passenger, leading to his confinement in an asylum.

The Ferry Feller's Masterstroke
A painting by Richard Dad, considered to be his masterpiece, depicting fairies and muted yellows, browns, and reds watching as the Ferry Feller wields an axe to split a huge chestnut.

Bedlam
The nickname for Bethlehem Hospital, a London asylum known for its chaotic and inhumane conditions.

Broadmore
A psychiatric facility in Berkshire, England, where Richard Dad was transferred after 20 years at Bedlam.

Schizophrenia
A chronic mental illness that affects a person's ability to think, feel, and behave clearly. It is characterized by hallucinations, delusions, and disorganized thinking.

Antiques Roadshow
A popular television show that travels to different towns, where people can bring their antiques to be appraised by experts.

Q&A

  • What is the story of the Chillingworth murders?

    In 1955, Judge Curtis Chillingworth and his wife Marjorie were murdered in Florida. The investigation revealed that lawyer Joe Peel, who had a history of corruption and underworld connections, orchestrated the killings to eliminate a threat to his illegal gambling operations. Peel was convicted of being an accessory to murder and confessed to his involvement on his deathbed.

  • Who was Richard Dad?

    Richard Dad was a talented artist who suffered from mental illness. His journey took him from the Royal Academy in London to a trip through Europe and Egypt, where he experienced a profound mental breakdown. His descent into madness culminated in the murder of his father and an attack on a train passenger, leading to his confinement in an asylum.

  • What is the significance of the Antiques Road Show in the story of Richard Dad?

    The Antiques Road Show plays a crucial role in the story of Richard Dad because it is where his family discovers that a painting they have in their possession is a valuable lost artwork. This discovery leads them to learn about the artist, Richard Dad, and his tragic life.

  • What were some of the symptoms of Richard Dad's mental illness?

    Richard Dad exhibited a range of symptoms, including delusions, hallucinations, erratic behavior, and violent outbursts. He believed he was under the control of the Egyptian god Osiris and that he had a mission to rid the world of the devil.

  • What happened to Richard Dad after he was found not guilty by reason of insanity?

    Richard Dad was sent to the criminal lunatic department at Bethlehem Hospital, known as Bedlam, where he received questionable treatment, including ice-cold showers.

  • What is "The Ferry Feller's Masterstroke"?

    "The Ferry Feller's Masterstroke" is a painting by Richard Dad, considered to be his masterpiece, depicting fairies and muted yellows, browns, and reds watching as the Ferry Feller wields an axe to split a huge chestnut.

  • How was Richard Dad's work rediscovered?

    Richard Dad's work was rediscovered in the 1960s and 70s through a series of exhibitions, which introduced his art to a new generation of admirers.

  • What is the connection between Richard Dad's art and his mental illness?

    Richard Dad's art is often seen as a reflection of his mental illness, with his paintings and sketches often depicting themes of anguish, isolation, and the struggle with inner demons. However, it is important to note that his art is also a testament to his creativity and genius.

  • What is the significance of the listener stories at the end of the episode?

    The listener stories at the end of the episode highlight the personal connection that people have with the podcast and how it can provide comfort, entertainment, and a sense of community.

Show Notes

This week, Georgia covers the murders of Curtis and Marjorie Chillingworth and Karen tells the story of Victorian era artist Richard Dadd.

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