April 20, 1999. Seniors Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold enter Columbine High School armed with bombs and guns, murdering twelve students and a teacher, while injuring dozens more in what becomes the most iconic school shooting in US history. In the aftermath, a shocked community, and even the nation, searched for understanding that wouldn't come easily. Twenty years later, we still want to know the answer to one question: why? Join host Ryan Kraus for a journey through the evolutionary architecture of existence, starting 200,000 years ago with the foundations of modern humanity, moving through the times of Egyptian pyramids, to the formation of the post-WWII middle class mindset, to the rise of Marilyn Manson, the mental health crisis, and finally, inside the doors of Columbine High School on that fateful day as he examines how we ended up with Eric and Dylan, why they killed, and, most importantly, how we can address the problem to finally put an end to mass shootings.
A Table for Two at Folie à Deux: The Eriksson Twins
In May 2008, Swedish-born twins Ursula and Sabina Eriksson fled Sabina's home without warning in the middle of the night, leaving her partner and two children ignorant of their whereabouts. Later that day, they arrived in Liverpool, England, presumably by ferry, where they proceeded to kick off one of the strangest events in recent years, one so mired in psychological uncertainty that even professionals have been left scratching their heads as to how it culminated in murder. Join host Ryan Kraus for an analytical dissection of the event from start to finish, including a theoretical road map for eliminating such mysterious emotional ailments in the future.
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On August 4, 1892, the town of Fall River, MA became witness to one of the more horrifying, yet fascinating crimes in modern history, the gruesome axe murders of Andrew and Abby Borden, which remain unsolved to this day. At the time, however, strong suspicion was cast upon Andrew's daughter, Lizzie, who not only held contempt and disdain for Abby, but supposedly had her eye on her father's money as well. Despite significant circumstantial evidence, Lizzie's day in court saw her walk free and claim her inheritance. But the mystery remains. Did Lizzie Borden commit cold-blooded murder? And, if so, what really drove such a seemingly docile woman over the edge? Join host Ryan Kraus for a psychological exploration of the sociopath, from its conception by nature, through the act of murder, and beyond the stars into a distant future.
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On the night of July 22, 1991 Milwaukee police entered the apartment of 31-year-old Jeffrey Dahmer in response to a complaint by a man who said he'd been handcuffed and held hostage there only minutes earlier. Having been to the residence in the past, the cops thought this might be another case of a domestic dispute between two young lovers. Once inside, however, what they found was far more sinister. Join host Ryan Kraus for Part II of a psychological journey through the emotional plight of the Milwaukee Cannibal, arguably the most infamous serial killer to have ever lived.
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On May 21, 1960, proud parents Lionel and Joyce Dahmer welcomed their baby boy Jeffrey into the world. By 1991, he would become one of the more notorious serial killers of all time. Join host Ryan Kraus for a psychological journey back in time to Jeff’s childhood to learn what went wrong. Part I of a limited series.
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How to be Civil at Candlelight Vigils & Other Great Ways to Get in Her Pants While Making Concrete Plans to Spend Christmas in France: The Scott Peterson Story
On December 24, 2002, a young pregnant woman named Laci Peterson seemingly vanishes from the face of the earth while walking her dog. In the aftermath, media attention turns to her husband, Scott, who embarks on a series of odd behaviors before the bodies of his wife and unborn son finally turn up. Years later, Scott Peterson sits on California's Death row for the crime. But did he really do it? Join host Ryan Kraus for a psychological profile of the man convicted of this infamous crime.
How to Hinder Your Game on Tinder & Other Fantastic Fables from the Rise & Fall of Gold Coast Gable
BONUS EPISODE: In the early morning hours of August 8, 2014 a young woman named Warriena Wright plunged to her death from the hi-rise balcony of an apartment building located along Australia's Gold Coast. In the aftermath, her date for the evening, a local playboy named Gable Tostee, found himself charged with the crime. But one question remained: accident ... or murder? Join host Ryan Kraus for a psychological exploration of the events that precipitated the most infamous Tinder hookup in recent memory.
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The Inexplicable Hurry of Maura Murray: From Cerebral Cortex to Gravitational Vortex
On February 9, 2004, a 21-year-old college student named Maura Murray disappears after a car accident on route 112 in Haverhill, NH and is never seen again. What follows is one of the more baffling mysteries in American true crime lore. Join host Ryan Kraus for an in-depth look at the psychology of the event as he travels inside the mind of Maura Murray.
Missing Madeleine McCann & The Meticulous Metaphysical Manipulation of Miscalculated Motion
On May 3, 2007, a 3-year-old British girl disappears from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, igniting one of the most infamous missing persons cases in modern history. But in the 12 years since, from allegations of a kidnapper to suspicions cast upon the parents, one question remains unanswered: what happened to Madeleine McCann? Join host Ryan Kraus for a psychological examination of the evidence in an effort to uncover the truth.
Villains in Villisca: The Anatomy of an Axe Murder
At 10pm on June 9th, 1912, the Moore family of Villisca, Iowa returns home from the Children's Day Program at their local Presbyterian church along with two guests. But as night turns to dawn, the family of six never emerges from behind the drawn curtains of the residence. Soon after, a suspicious neighbor sets off a chain of events that leads to a gruesome discovery: eight dead bodies, all bludgeoned with an axe. Two adults. Six children. And no answers more than 100 years later. Join host Ryan Kraus for a casual stroll through the crime scene as he attempts to extract motive and possible suspects from the psychology present in the murders.
The Exorcism of Elliot Rodger Part II: Investigating the Inherent Intricacies of Being Idly Introverted – E027
Join host Ryan Kraus in part II of this series covering Elliot Rodger and the Isla Vista Massacre, in which he takes the audience down the rabbit hole once again for a psychological examination of evolution's war on introversion and its resulting societal implications that lead to violence.
The Exorcism of Elliot Rodger Part I: Trajectory from the Old Rectory – E026
On the evening of May 23, 2014, 22-year-old UCSB student Elliot Rodger murdered three students in his apartment near campus before taking his rampage to the streets behind the wheel of a fast-moving car. After killing or wounding more than a dozen people in his path, the perpetrator crashed the vehicle and took his own life, leaving us with one very important question: why? Join host Ryan Kraus for a psychological examination of the early years documented in Elliot's manifesto "My Twisted World" to learn what brought forth the demon.
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On August 5, 1962, the world learned of the death of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe, who succumbed to an overdose of barbiturates at age 36. Decades later, however, many still speculate the actress was the victim of murder. Join host Ryan Kraus for a psychological profile of the life and death of a legend.
Angie Housman & The Deification of the Devil – E024
On November 18, 1993, 9-year-old Angie Housman vanished after getting off a school bus less than a block from her home. In the following days, terror gripped the residents of St. Ann, MO as police searched desperately for a missing little girl and her abductor. Their worst fears were confirmed when Angie's frozen body was discovered tied to a tree in a remote wilderness nearby. 25 years later, her killer's identity remains unknown. Join host Ryan Kraus as he paints a psychological portrait of evil from the scarce palette of clues left on this canvas.
Gushing Geysers & Emotional Trip-Weiers: The Sickness in Summoning Slender Man – E023
On May 31, 2014, a 12-year-old middle school student from Waukesha, WI was discovered lying on a bike path covered in blood, the victim of a vicious stabbing. Police soon learned the attackers were the girl's best friend Morgan Geyser and classmate Anissa Weier, who were apprehended while attempting to flee to a fictional mansion in the forest. When prompted for motive, they claimed a paranormal being named Slender Man was going to kill their families if they didn't comply with his demands to eliminate their friend. But more than 5 years later, we still don't have an answer that's even remotely grounded in reality. Join host Ryan Kraus on a psychological journey for the truth.
Sabrina Aisenberg & The Peculiar Particulars of Passing Polygraphs While Pleading the Fifth
On the morning of November 24, 1997, parents Steve and Marlene Aisenberg called 911 to report their 5-month-old daughter, Sabrina, had been taken from her crib in the middle of the night. But the police didn't find any evidence of an intruder. So, what began as a kidnapping quickly became whispers of foul play, with the cops pointing the finger at the parents. 20 years later, we're still wondering what happened to Sabrina Aisenberg. Join host Ryan Kraus for a psychological exploration of the truth beneath the lies.
Big Fish, Back Doors & Blackouts: The Brian Shaffer Story
On March 31, 2006, a 27-year-old Ohio State medical student named Brian Shaffer went out for a night of drinking with a friend, one that culminated at the Big Tuna Saloona, where Brian is seen on security footage talking to two young women outside the entrance at 1:55am. He then walks off camera back into the bar, and subsequently disappears from the face of the Earth, never to be heard from again. Join host Ryan Kraus as he examines the most likely explanations for this baffling mystery.
Menendez Bros: How We Hired Gordon Gekko to Murder John Candy & Bury Him in The Great Outdoors
August 20, 1989 - Two brothers, Lyle and Erik Menendez, enter their parents Beverly Hills mansion shortly before midnight and execute the couple with shotgun blasts, garnering the suspicion of police in the aftermath as they spend a fortune on lavish gifts and vacations. But soon the evil deeds will catch up with them, and the brothers are arrested for the murders. What follows in the trial is a battle for the truth that pits allegations of sexual assault against monetary greed. But, in the end, we're still left with one pertinent question: why? Join host Ryan Kraus as he attempts to answer this question through the societal implications of that time period in America.
From Cavemen to Combat to Macabre: The Origin Story of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre – E019
On October 1, 1974 director Tobe Hooper unleashed a horror film that silenced US audiences from coast to coast with its unflinching look at a group of young people who run out of gas on a road trip and end up getting slaughtered by a crazed family living in a decrepit house nearby. But beneath the surface of this iconic film, and behind the mask of its star, Leatherface, is the mystery of its origin. Join host Ryan Kraus as he peels back the curtain on the evolutionary implications of a horror masterpiece.
Devil in the Details: The Disappearance of Joan Risch – E018
On the afternoon of October 24, 1961 a little girl shows up at the doorstep of her neighbor's home in Lincoln, MA to proclaim, "Mommy's gone and the kitchen is covered in red paint." What follows is one of the most baffling disappearances in American history, one that remains unsolved to this day. Join host Ryan Kraus for a psychological study of movement in an attempt to uncover the truth.
West Memphis Three Part IV: Terry Hobbs & The Quintessential Questions for Creating a Cockroach
Join host Ryan Kraus for the final chapter of this series covering the infamous Robin Hood Hills child murders. In this episode, we examine Terry Hobbs, the stepfather of 8-year-old victim Stevie Branch, who garnered strong suspicion in the case when DNA testing revealed a hair possibly matching his own was found in a ligature of another victim, Michael Moore.
West Memphis Three Part III: Jessie Misskelley & The Fantastical Findings of Fido The Family Dog
On June 3, 1993, a 17-year-old boy with a low IQ named Jessie Misskelley confessed to the Robin Hood Hills murders at the West Memphis police department. The minor was not represented by an attorney, nor were his parents present. By the end of the interrogation, however, he'll have implicated Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and himself as the perpetrators of this horrific crime. But was he telling the truth?
West Memphis Three Part II: The Anatomy of a Rattlesnake
Nearly 25 years after the bodies of Christopher Byers, Stevie Branch, and Michael Moore were pulled from the murky waters of a shaded gully in the forest of Robin Hood Hills, we still don't have a clear picture of what transpired that afternoon that led to murder. Join me as I attempt to extract the truth by way of the symbolism apparent in the killer's actions.
West Memphis Three Part I: Mr. Bojangles & the Ponderings of Pennywise – E017
May 5, 1993 - When three young boys out for an afternoon bike ride through West Memphis, Arkansas never return home, a search the next morning reveals they were brutally murdered, their bodies concealed in a drainage ditch. A police report filed that day shows that an incident at a nearby restaurant the night before involved a mysterious man covered in blood and mud who just disappeared into the night without a trace. But to this day, nobody knows his identity, or if he had anything to do with the murders. Join me as I examine the infamous Mr. Bojangles.
The Lutz family has finally settled into their new home at 112 Ocean Ave in Amityville after a demanding move. But at 3:15am, in the dark silence of the of the night, George awakens to loud noises coming from downstairs. As he goes to check on the problem, however, one fact immediately becomes apparent: something uninvited has made its way into this house.
December, 1975 - Thirteen months after the murders of the DeFeo family, George and Kathy Lutz purchase the Dutch Colonial located at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville with the same "High Hopes" as their predecessors. But 28 days later, they flee in terror. Join me as I examine the psychological impetus for the haunting.
The Real Amityville Horror Part III: Paranormal Origin
Join me for the most clinical entry in the series as I examine the impetus for convicted killer Butch DeFeo's claims of demonic possession leading to murder, and how it became the transitional psychology that rendered the terrifying haunting the following year.
The Real Amityville Horror Part II: Butch vs. Shaggy
Join me for the second chapter of this series as I go inside 112 Ocean Avenue to diagram the psychology behind the DeFeo murders, specifically dissecting the killer's methods by way of the only survivor of the massacre: Shaggy the Sheepdog. Only days before the crime, Ronald DeFeo Jr. swore to his father he was going to kill the animal. But in the end, the canine was the only one spared. Why?
The Real Amityville Horror Part I: The Lost Relics of Babylon
Amity, NY. In the early morning hours of November 13, 1974, Suffolk County police make a gruesome discovery inside the DeFeo residence located at 112 Ocean Avenue. The bodies of two adults, in addition to four children, are found in different bedrooms throughout the home, victims of a shooting. But while it was relatively simple for police to deduce the surviving 23-year-old son, Ronald DeFeo Jr., was the culprit, no one ever could have expected the terror that would ensue when he was unable to answer this question: why?
On November 22, 1963, a nation was silenced in the aftermath of the shocking assassination of its leader, John F. Kennedy. But as quickly as we were introduced to the prime suspect, Lee Harvey Oswald, he suffered the same fate at the hands of a Dallas nightclub owner named Jack Ruby. Yet, well past the 50th anniversary of the crime, Ruby's true motive has never been exposed. Join me as I examine why.
When a nationally televised program about the murder of JonBenet Ramsey aired in late 2016, I found myself in agreement with host Jim Clemente's opinion that Burke Ramsey committed the crime. But there's still one question we really need to answer. Join me in my inquiry.
The son of martial arts pioneer Bruce Lee, rising actor Brandon Lee managed to carve out a niche of his own in the entertainment world starring in low-budget action flicks. But with a major release in his near future, complete with the starring role that would make him famous, Brandon Lee was mysteriously shot to death on set by another actor.
Philadelphia, 1987. Police officers executing a search warrant at the home of Gary Heidnik uncover of a shocking house of horrors, including chained women imprisoned in a basement dungeon. But in the aftermath of the crimes, he not only gained notoriety for his evil acts, but also for owning a Rolls Royce. Years later, I saw it listed for sale, and picked up the phone to make an offer.
By age 15, Edmund Kemper had committed two brutal murders and been locked away in a mental institution. When he turned 21, however, he was deemed fit to rejoin society. And that's when the real killing began. Join me as I open the hatch on this man's head and take a quick peek inside the mind of a murderer.
Dennis Rader, aka the BTK Killer, brutalized the Wichita, KS area with a series of vicious murders throughout the 1970s. This is the story of a woman who barely managed to escape his wrath with a single stroke of luck. But a few months later, the killer returned with a terrifying message.
In the early morning hours of May 14, 2008, a 19-year-old college student driving home from a party got his car stuck in a ditch while navigating the back roads of rural Minnesota. But as he contacted his father and attempted to meet him at a nearby location, the call suddenly dropped. And that's the last time anybody ever heard from Brandon Swanson.
Few men have inspired the disgust and awe of polite society to the extent of Ed Gein, a man possessed with a psyche so disturbing it became the backbone of the modern horror film. But while the torment might have been in his mind, the real terrors were inside his home.
February, 1957: The beaten, bruised body a of a deceased young boy is found abandoned in a cardboard box along the side of the road in an undeveloped section of northeast Philadelphia. In the six decades since the crime, nobody has been able to identify him.
July, 1974: It's a beautiful summer afternoon at Lake Sammamish in Issaquah, Washington, a great day for families to have some fun in the sun. But lurking among them is a manipulative sociopath, one with a handsome face, a charming smile, and a burning desire to murder young women.
The Nightstalker was a heartless monster who roamed the streets of Los Angeles in the mid-1980s, unleashing a reign of terror upon its citizens that was finally brought to an end on August 31, 1985, when he was pummeled by an angry mob. Here's how it happened.
On November 28, 1969, 22-year-old Penn State student Betsy Aardsma collapsed to the library floor during a study session, leaving onlookers and medical personnel rushing to her aid. But it soon became apparent this was no emergency; it was murder. Nearly 50 years have passed since, yet no one has ever been brought to justice for the crime.
On April 6, 1996, a 48-year-old New Jersey man was attacked in his apartment by two unknown assailants, and then disappeared without a trace. Soon after, it became apparent to police that his wife of more than 25 years, Rita Gluzman, was the mastermind behind the crime. But where was the body?
A harrowing discovery was made on Halloween morning, 1975, when 15-year-old Greenwich, CT resident Martha Moxley was found bludgeoned to death underneath a tree in the family's backyard. It soon became apparent a monster was lurking somewhere in the shadows of a wealthy, gated community, but more than four decades later, we're still asking one pertinent question. Who really killed Martha Moxley?
Join host Ryan Kraus for the second part of this psychological examination of the motivations behind the 1999 murder of high school senior Hae Min Lee. In this episode, we dissect the possibilities of what occurred in the controversial 21 minutes for which her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, still can't seem to account for his whereabouts, and offer theories as to why these memories escape him.
Enter the strange, analytical mind of host Ryan Kraus as Part I of this series scratches the surface of motive in this case by specifically examining the psychological impetus for 17-year-old Adnan Syed to murder his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee after school on January 13, 1999.
Gunshots rang out on the streets of LA shortly after midnight on March 9, 1997, and when the chaos subsided one of the greatest rappers to ever grace the game was dead. Twenty years later, we're still asking ourselves who killed Biggie Smalls. Who was the man in the dark suit and bowtie who reached out the window of a Chevy Impala SS with a 9mm and pulled the trigger? Was he an associate of Death Row Records founder Suge Knight? Was it retaliation for Tupac Shakur's murder only months earlier? Let's take a look.
On October 8, 2009, Bobby and Sherilynn Jamison leave their Eufaula, OK home in the family truck with 6-year-old daughter Madison and her dog Maisy in tow. They trek 30 miles away into the Sans Bois Mountains, where they supposedly scout property to buy where they could make a new life. But that's the last anybody ever hears from them. Days later, their truck is found abandoned, with all their personal belongings still inside, including the suffering dog and an envelope full of $32,000 cash under the seat. The only item missing is a .22 that belonged to Sherilynn, leading some to speculate this was a murder-suicide. But what about the ghosts? The ones Bobby and Sherilynn told their pastor about. The ones that were chasing them. Are they coming to get us, too?
July 26, 2009. A Ford Windstar minivan enters the Taconic State Parkway shortly after 1:30pm and accelerates to a speed of 85 mph ... going the wrong way into oncoming traffic. Behind the wheel is 36-year-old Diane Schuler, high on marijuana with a blood-alcohol level of .19, more than twice the legal limit. She's out of control, weaving around cars with a bottle of Vodka next to her and 5 children as passengers. The terror continues for 1.7 miles, until the van collides head-on with an SUV, killing everybody but Diane's 5-year-old son, Bryan. In the aftermath, an investigator reveals conversations with more than 50 family members and friends proves nobody had ever seen Diane drunk, or even consume more than a single drink. So, what pushed this responsible, loving mother over the edge? A panic attack? A stroke? Or was it something more sinister?
On February 19, 2013, a maintenance worker at the Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles checks the 4 towering water tanks on the building's rooftop after complaints from guests about a strange taste and smell emanating from the supply to their rooms. Inside one of the structures he finds the floating dead body of 21-year-old Canadian tourist Elisa Lam, who'd checked into the hotel only weeks earlier and subsequently disappeared. In the aftermath, the LAPD releases surveillance video from the hotel's elevator the morning of Lam's death, which depicts the young woman engaging in incredibly odd behavior. And, as the footage goes viral, so do speculations of everything from foul play to paranormal activity. But was there really something hiding in the shadows?
26-year-old father and oil-field worker Brandon Lawson leaves his San Angelo, TX home shortly before midnight on August 9, 2013, at the culmination of an argument with his common-law wife, Ladessa. After calling his father, he drives north on Highway 277 toward the man's house until his truck runs out of gas in a dark, remote wilderness near the town of Bronte. Only minutes later, Brandon makes a chilling 911 call where he claims somebody is chasing him, and begs for the cops to hurry ... but the line goes dead. Shortly after, he calls his brother to say he's bleeding, yet the call drops again. And that's the last anybody ever hears from Brandon Lawson. Join me in the search for the truth.
On the morning of November 1, 2007, Amanda Knox, an American college student living abroad in Perugia, Italy, returns to her apartment to find the front door open, blood in the bathroom, and her unresponsive roommate locked inside a bedroom. Fearing the worst, she calls her boyfriend, and the two of them try to break down the door, to no avail. So, they call police, who discover the body of 22-year-old English student Meredith Kercher inside. But the nightmare has only just begun ... because now the police are looking at the couple's strange behavior. And, before long, they'll be separated and confined to jail cells, interrogated until they finally break and point the finger at each other, ultimately spawning a desperate quest for justice and redemption that would span a decade.
On July 5, 2011, Casey Anthony was acquitted of numerous charges related to the asphyxiation death of her 3-year-old daughter Caylee in Orlando, FL, drawing outrage from the media and general public that persists to this day, even garnering her the moniker "World's Most Hated Mom." But years later, still lost in the shuffle is what really happened to little Caylee Anthony. In a case predicated upon lies, join me as I endeavor to uncover the truth by way of reverse-engineering the psychology and linguistics of this madness in the absence of fact.
In the early morning hours of December 9, 2001, novelist and aspiring politician Mike Peterson makes a harrowing 911 call to report that his wife Kathleen has fallen down the stairs of their Durham, NC mansion and is barely breathing. By the time police arrive, however, they find Kathleen dead in a pool of blood, and what's been reported as an accident suddenly seems like murder. But the only other person in the house that night was her loving husband. So, did he do it? And is the truth buried in a dark secret from his past? Let's take a look.
Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders/JonBenet Ramsey: A Closer Look – E003
In a 2-part episode, we first delve into the unsolved Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders, a series of unexplained deaths throughout the 1970s involving young female victims being dumped along roadsides, a case in which there is still very little evidence. Everybody from Ted Bundy to the Hillside Stranglers have been investigated, to no avail. However, there is a prime suspect, one we know all too well. But did he do it? Then, in the second part of our show, we take a closer look at some of the evidence in the JonBenet Ramsey case, specifically analysis of the 911 call, ransom note, and bowl of pineapple.
On September 27, 1969, a young woman named Cecelia Shepard died while being rushed to the hospital after she and fellow student Bryan Hartnell were viciously stabbed as they picnicked along an isthmus on a beautiful day at Lake Berryessa in Northern California. But before succumbing to her injuries, she provided a detailed description of a man dressed in a black executioner's hood who carried a gun and a foot-long knife. This was the face of evil. This was the Zodiac. But despite one of the largest manhunts in American history, his identity remains unknown. Or does it?
On the morning of December 26, 1996, a frantic mother named Patsy Ramsey calls 911 to report that her daughter is missing and a ransom note was left on their back staircase demanding $118,000. As authorities investigate the disappearance, however, it quickly becomes apparent that not everything is what seems. And their suspicions are validated when the little girl's dead body is discovered in the wine cellar near a broken basement window. But was there really an intruder? Or were parents John and Patsy hiding something? Maybe even a dark secret about their 9-year-old son, Burke? Let's find out.