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Kudzu Killers: Homicide and Sweet Tea
Kudzu Killers Podcast
Kudzu Killers is a true crime podcast featuring a couple of honest-to-goodness southern gals discussing compelling tales of southern style homicide.
Feb 1, 2022
The Shopping Cart Killer
He doesn't fit the profile for a serial killer. He met his victims on a dating app... ...And he disposed of the bodies using a shopping cart. The Shopping Cart Killer this week on Kudzu Killers: Homicide and Sweet Tea
Jul 9, 2021
The Disappearance of Morgan Nick
Morgan Nick was just 6 years old when she was abducted from a Little League park in Alma, Arkansas on June 9, 1995. Join Kim today on Kudzu Killers: Homicide and Sweet Tea to hear the details of the abduction and see if you can offer some information on her disappearance. Let's give this family closure.
Jul 1, 2021
Season 2 Kudzu KIllers trailer
Back with Season 2, all about unsolved cases and missing persons, and other things in between.
Mar 23, 2021
Good vs Evil: Steven and Cary Stayner
When Steven Stayner was kidnapped in 1972, the world watched as police and his family searched for him. Then he emerged a hero in 1980 when he rescued little Timmy White from suffering the same fate of torture, molestation and rape he'd endured for 7 years. Steven was hailed a hero. And then there was Cary, Steven's older brother...
Mar 19, 2021
Bringing Back the Firing Squad
With lethal injection and electrocution pretty much off the table in most states, some are reconsidering firing squad as a form of capital punishment. Is it really more humane than other methods of execution? You be the judge.
Mar 16, 2021
The Lurker in the Library: Serial Killer Gregory Davis
Little is known about the case of Mississippi Serial Killer Gregory Davis, but Lark pieces together his crimes and the aftermath. Ever feel like you were being watched through the stacks? Promo for Harpy Hour podcast.
Mar 12, 2021
Finally Solved: The Colorado Hitchhiker Murders
When two female hitchhikers were murdered in separate incidents on the same day back in 1982, the only evidence was some blood on a glove and a tissue. It took 39 years and many man-hours of genetic genealogy tracking to finally identify their killer. A man was arrested last week for their murders. More and more often, genetic genealogy databases are helping solve long-cold crimes. Tune in for the story of these two young women.
Mar 9, 2021
Unjustified: The Tragic Execution of Joe Arridy
Joe Arridy's IQ was 46, meaning he had the mental capacity of a 6-year-old. When he was arrested for the rape and murder of 15 year old Dorothy Drain in 1936, he didn't understand what was being asked in his interrogation. There were so many things indicating Joe's innocence, yet he was still convicted of murder and sentenced to death. This is Joe's story, and it begs the question, should those with diminished mental capacity be eligible for the death penalty? Promo: For Nerds by Nerds
Mar 5, 2021
The Case of the Suspended ME
What happens when a respected veteran medical examiner is found to have missed something major on an autopsy? Do you call into question every autopsy he performed in his 40 years of service? That's a decision being mulled over in Fort Worth, Texas as Dr. Marc Krouse faces suspension and inquiries into his reports after missing a vital piece of information in the examination of a murder victim. All opinions expressed are our own and in no way reflect any official information.
Mar 2, 2021
Torture Mother: The Slow Murder of Sylvia Likens
When Sylvia Likens's parents dropped her and her sister, Jenny, off at the home of Gertrude Baniszewski for a few months while they traveled, they never imagined the horrors their daughter would go through. Starvation finally claimed Sylvia's life, but not before months of horrendous torture at the hands of her substitute "mother." This is not one for the faint of heart. Listen with caution. Many triggers including torture, abuse, and starvation.
Feb 18, 2021
Forensic Friday and the Deep Freeze
Sorry, folks. No Forensic Friday episode this week. Here's why, and have a wonderful weekend. See you next week! Stay safe and warm.
Feb 16, 2021
Solving the Murder of Christy Mirack
Christy Mirack was violently murdered in 1992 as she was getting ready for work. But who would kill the beloved 25-year-old school teacher? No one knew the answer for over 25 years. Then genetic genealogy stepped in.
Feb 12, 2021
The Police Chief's Harem
In this story, that's still developing, Lark discusses the Facebook face-off of a small town police chief's mistresses, their comparing of notes, forged paperwork, and the downfall of a small town officer of the law.
Feb 9, 2021
Attack on Lover's Lane: The Colonial Parkway Murders
A series of unsolved homicides between 1986-1989 that still haunts us today. Young couples in love, going to their favorite parking spots, never expecting to be the next victims of a sadistic serial killer. Will we ever know who the killer really was? promo for Leave the Lights On podcast
Feb 5, 2021
Stupid Is As Stupid Does: The Lighter Side of Crime
Instead of Forensic Friday, today we have Funny Friday. Stories of criminals being dumb. Really dumb.
Feb 2, 2021
Satanic Sacrifice: The Murder of Elyse Pahler
When three teenagers decided they wanted to make a human sacrifice to the devil in the hope it would make their heavy metal band famous, they chose the purest girl they knew: Elyse Pahler. But how they killed her, and what they did to her body afterward were truly horrific, and all done in the name of Satan. Promo for Riddle Me That! True Crime Podcast
Jan 29, 2021
Death Row Widows: Why Do Women Fall for Murderers?
There is a term for women who fall in love with serial killers on death row: hybristophilia. From Ted Bundy to Richard Ramirez, some women go for the ultra bad boys. It's a complex psychological issue that Lark explains in this episode of Forensic Fridays.
Jan 26, 2021
Gypsy Rose -- A Lifetime of Abuse Avenged
This is the story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, who was physically and emotionally abused by her mother, who suffered from Munchausen's by Proxy. After years of fear of her mother's punishments and abuse, Gypsy made a deadly plan to escape.
Jan 22, 2021
The Identification of Mostly Harmless
When a hiker identified only by his trail name, Mostly Harmless, was found dead in his tent near the Florida everglades, the mystery surrounding his true identity grew. Was he a dying man trying to complete his bucket list of a hike from New York to Key West? Was he someone who was trying to live off the grid for fear of his life? The speculation grew, until a genomic lab in Texas identified him over two years after his remains were found.
Jan 19, 2021
The Walker Family: Murdered in Cold Blood
What happened when Christine "Tilly" Walker came home early on December 19, 1959? Who was at the home who would rape and murder her, then wait until her husband got there 30 minutes later and slaughter him and their two young children? Was it all tied to an infamous case which took place only a month prior? In this very short episode we discuss the details of the murders, police theory, and the possible suspects, who had famously committed the murder of another family in their home.
Jan 15, 2021
Obsessive Love: The Murder of Alisha Bromfield
Twenty-one-year-old Alisha Bromfield was 6 and a half months pregnant when her boss, who had verbally and sexually harassed her for five years, murdered her and her unborn daughter. He claimed he was too drunk to know what he was doing. Alisha's mother worked to make sure that defense was never used again. A compelling story of obsessive love, murder, and a mother's fight to make sure something good came out of her daughter's death.
Jan 12, 2021
The John/Joan Case: A Tragic Experiment
When their child's circumcision went horribly wrong, the Reimers were told by Dr. John Money to raise him as a girl, and his twin brother as a boy. Bruce became Brenda. But Money's nature versus nurture experiment was a failure, and the results were tragic.
Jan 8, 2021
Sliced from the Womb: The Murder of Bobbie Jo Stinnett
Bobbie Jo Stinnett was 23 years old and about to become a mother on December 16, 2004, when she was murdered and her baby ripped from her womb by a woman named Lisa Montgomery. Montgomery is set to be executed on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. This is the story of her crimes.
Jan 5, 2021
The Sledgehammer Killer
Fifteen-year-old Zachary Davis wanted to be a serial killer. On the night of August 10, 2012, he chose his first victim: his mother. Includes jailhouse interview with Dr. Phil.
Dec 29, 2020
The Necrophiliac Wore Stilettos
What do you do when your mama dresses you like a girl, then abuses you for wanting your own pair of patent leather pumps? Well, you kill woman and molest their dead bodies, of course. Lark tells us about the case of Jerry Brudos, serial killer, cross-dresser and necrophiliac.
Dec 22, 2020
Sign of the Zodiac: Solving the Final Cipher
A case that has baffled police, reporters, and the general public for over 50 years. The Zodiac Killer terrorized Vallejo, California and the Bay Area during a year-long killing spree, taking the lives of at least 5 people, possibly more. A multinational team of computer programmers believe they have finally solved the 4th and final cipher sent to newspapers presumably by the killer.
Dec 18, 2020
Nipped in the Bud: A Case of Penilectomy
When a Florida man was pulled over for his third DWI and given a prison sentence, he never expected he'd come out missing body parts. Enter the urologist from Hell, Dr. Paul Perito. Listener discretion, especially those in possession of...um...certain Y chromosome related physical attributes is advised.
Dec 15, 2020
Thrill for the Kill: Teenage Murderer Alyssa Bustamante
A diary entry was the downfall of teen thrill killer, Alyssa Bustamante. In 2009, she murdered 9-year-old neighbor Elizabeth Olten, just to see what it felt like. Then she wrote about her feelings in her diary. Listen in as Lark tells the story of the 15-year-old murderer, the trial, and the punishment.
Dec 11, 2020
Wet-Vac Your Way to DNA
When there's no way to lift DNA from a piece of evidence, it's M-Vac to the rescue. One of the latest developments in DNA harvesting technology. We cover three cases where this instrument has assisted in solving cold case murders.
Dec 8, 2020
The Eyes Have It: Charles Albright, the Dallas Eyeball Killer
Charles Albright, Renaissance man, great guy, generous to a fault. Murderer. Check out the story of the Dallas Eyeball Killer.
Dec 4, 2020
Jack Attack! The Infamous Jack the Ripper
For their 50th episode, Kim and Lark decided to cover the crimes that brought them to true crime. Leather Apron, The White Chapel Murderer, infamously known as Jack the Ripper. Lark tells the gory detailstr of the victims and the resulting investigation, and Kim discusses a few suspects, and gives her idea of who the killer, or killers, may have been.
Dec 1, 2020
The Gruesome Murder of Tara Lea McCarthy
Delmar Anholt didn't want the baby his girlfriend, Tara McCarthy, was carrying, so when she was eight and a half months pregnant, he murdered her and the baby in the most gruesome way imaginable. This episode is extremely explicit regarding the injuries and torture sustained by Tara, and the faint of heart should carefully consider whether or not to listen.
Nov 27, 2020
Captured in Time: The Bog Bodies
In 1950, a discovery in a peat bog in Denmark became known as Tollund Man, a 2,000 year old body perfectly preserved by the elements of the bog, complete with noose around his neck. This Forensic Friday we discuss the nearly 2,000 bodies since discovered in bogs all across northern Europe.
Nov 24, 2020
Fish Food: The Story of Rapist, Murderer, and Cannibal, Albert Fish
Albert Fish's DNA was messed up from the get go, with more family members suffering from mental illness than were normal. Spending 5 years in a sadistic orphanage brought out the crazy in him, and laid the groundwork for the sick and twisted sadomasochistic serial murderer he became.
Nov 20, 2020
Death Race 1890: The First Use of the Electric Chair
After several less than successful hangings, the State of New York, indeed the whole country, was looking for a more "humane" method of execution. In steps a cast of irregulars, including George Westinghouse, Thomas Edison, and a dentist and inventor by the name of Alfred P. Southwick. The initial results were...less than desirable. Listen to the Great Death Race of 1890.
Nov 17, 2020
The Life and Times of Ed Gein
Ed Gein was the ultimate mama's boy. This is the story of an unstable man with a sadistic mother, who has been the inspiration for many horror movies, novels and characters.
Nov 13, 2020
The Secret Life of Professor James St. James
In 1967, James Wolcott murdered his entire family, and was sentenced to 6 years in a mental institution. After his release, James Wolcott disappeared. He reinvented himself as a college professor. This is his story. Any opinions are our own, and are in no way assumed as factual.
Nov 10, 2020
An Unthinkable Plan: The Susan Smith Story
At 9 p.m. on October 25th, 1994, a wailing woman turned up on the front porch of a home, telling the owner she'd been carjacked and her sons, 3-year-old Michael and 14-month-old Alex, were still in the car. Police arrived soon after and began their investigation. That was the beginning of the unthinkable plan Susan Smith hatched to get rid of the one thing she thought was keeping her from having her man: her children. The heartbreaking story of the disappearance of Michael and Alex Smith, and the 9-day search for the boys that ended in tragedy.
Nov 6, 2020
Stealing the Dead: The Sunset Mesa Funeral Home Scandal
The directors of the Sunset Mesa Funeral Home thought they had a sweet deal. Sign people up for cremation, substitute a little kitty litter for the ash, and sell the various body parts of their loved ones. After all, parts is parts.
Nov 3, 2020
Pee Wee Gaskins
Pee Wee Gaskins, born the runt of the family, was a rapist, serial killer, robber, and hit man. Listen as Lark tells his convoluted story, with clips of his jailhouse interview, and his last words before his execution. This episode is extremely graphic as the sadistic and graphic nature of the murders is described. Listen with caution.
Oct 30, 2020
Extreme Haunts: McKamey Manor
Russ McKamey: Ultimate Showman or Sadistic Entrepreneur? Listen and decide for yourself as Kim explores the venues humble beginnings and mass appeal. And contempt.
Oct 29, 2020
Witchcraft and Punishment
Matthew Hopkins was appointed Witchfinder General in England in 1644, and during his tenure hanged more that 100 accused witches. This episode discusses his methods of interrogation and execution of those purported to practice the dark arts.
Oct 28, 2020
Top 6 Torture Methods of the Spanish Inquisition
Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition... Well, maybe Inquisitor Torquemada did, or at least he enjoyed the show. Listen for the top 6 methods of torture used to gain confessions at the auto da fe in Spain and the New World. Don't forget to enter the drawing for a Kudzu Killers swag bag. Go to kudzukillerspodcast.blogspot.com for details and contact form. Entries for this episode close at 11:59 CST on 10/29/20. The question for today's episode is: What torture method was used up until the middle of the 20th century as a means of capital punishment?
Oct 27, 2020
Elizabeth Bathory: Countess Dracula
Halloween Week episode 2 deals with Elizabeth Bathory, well known Hungarian countess, and world's most prolific female killer, according to Guinness World Records. She loved to torture, maim, and toss her victims to the wolves. Don't forget to enter our Bag o' Swag giveaway. Go to our blog at Kudzukillerspodcast.blogspot.com for entry instructions and this episode's question.
Oct 26, 2020
The Exorcism of Vilma Trujillo
Today is the first day of our Halloween giveaway for a Bag o' Swag. See entry details at kudzukillerspodcast.blogspot.com Vilma Trujillo Garcia lived in the tiny village of El Cortezal, raising her two little children amid family and friends. But when Vilma began to talk to herself and hallucinate, her family knew something was wrong. Enter the evangelical preacher who convinced them Vilma needed an exorcism.
Oct 23, 2020
Vigilante Cannibals and Penis Soup
What do you do when 29 cannibals are hunting you down to eat your brains? You run. But that didn't quite work out for these witch doctors who were trying to escape tribal justice. Listen. Learn. Don't eat the soup.
Oct 20, 2020
Samuel Little: Confession of a Serial Killer
Samuel Little has recently been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in US history. He's confessed to 93 murders, and is in the process of assisting in identifying the victims. Included are excerpts of his confession tapes, as well as an interview of one of the survivors. Promo for What the Suck? podcast.
Oct 16, 2020
Machine Gun Kelly and the Oil Man
George "Machine Gun" Kelly. Bootlegger, bank robber...henpecked husband? On this Forensic Friday we look at the case that landed George in Alcatraz for the last time. And the Oklahoma oilman who led the FBI to capture George. There were a lot of firsts for forensics in this case, as well as infamous trials. We also talk about Kathryn Kelly, the woman who made her husband famous.
Oct 13, 2020
Murder Over a Wax Museum
What do three wax museums, cutting horses, murder and insurance fraud have in common? This story, that's what. Listen to the story of the murder of a Dallas socialite and horse enthusiast, which is still unsolved. See who you think done it.
Oct 9, 2020
Stages of Death and Decomposition
Ever wonder what a person goes through as death nears? What about the stages of decomposition and how that helps forensic investigations? In this week's episode, Lark explains these stages. A bit of gore, so listen with caution.
Oct 6, 2020
Spree Killer Levi King and his Sole Survivor
In the middle of the night, September 30, 2005, Levi King broke into the home of Brian Conrad, and murdered him, his pregnant wife, and 14-year-old stepson. Even the family dog. But he missed both shots at 10-year-old Robin, the sole survivor of his 2 day killing spree. Includes an excerpt of the 911 call placed by 10-year-old Robin.
Oct 2, 2020
Kate Warne: First Female Detective
The year was 1856. Twenty-three years old, widowed, and in a new city, Kate Warne had the audacity to walk into Allan Pinkerton's office and ask for a job. No, not the secretarial position he'd advertised, but the one for a detective. A trailblazer in her time, and this is her story.
Sep 29, 2020
House of Horrors: The Dozier School for Boys
One little boy asked the judge to send him to Dozier School for Boys because he'd heard it was like summer camp. Little did he know the lies he'd been told. The Dozier School for Boys had a cemetery out back for the boys who didn't survive punishments meted out by the one-armed man. It wasn't a small cemetery.
Sep 25, 2020
The Strange Phenomenon of Coffin Birth
Coffin births have been documented as far back as the 1500s. This episode explains the phenomenon as well as why we don't see it as frequently today. Promo for Sudio earbuds Promo for Kudzu Killers Podcast's Halloween Sweeps Week
Sep 22, 2020
The Yogurt Shop Murders
It's said Austin, Texas lost its innocence that day, when four teenage girls were raped, murdered, and set on fire. Four teenage girls who were looking forward to a sleepover that would never happen.
Sep 18, 2020
Autopsies: Not as Seen on TV
If you're a fan of CSI or NCIS, or any number of shows dealing with murder investigation, you've likely seen their version of an autopsy. Listen today to find out what they got right, what they got wrong, and what's involved behind the scenes of forensic, clinical, and pathological autopsies.
Sep 15, 2020
Doctor Death: License to Kill
Dr. Christopher Duntsch operated on 37 people between December 30, 2011 to June 26, 2013, and maimed, paralyzed or flat out murdered 33. This is a story of, as one doctor described him, a "crazed maniac," and how his conviction set precedent for surgeons and hospitals across the country.
Sep 11, 2020
The Executioners Song
Ever wonder about the executioner, the guy who flips the switch or pushes the button? Tomorrow on Kudzu Killers: Homicide and Sweet Tea, Lark explores the other side of the curtain.
Sep 8, 2020
Born to Be Bad: Todd Kohlhepp
It seems Todd Kohlhepp was born to be bad. From an early age, he terrorized children in nursery school, and that behavior progressed as he grew older. When a woman was found in a shipping container on his property, the jig was up. Now everyone would know the extent of Todd's crimes. Includes promo for Nopeville podcast.
Sep 4, 2020
Forensic Friday: Body Snatchers, Brains, and Other Odd Things
This week on Forensic Friday, Lark discusses human taxidermy, brain theft, and body snatching. Tune in for some truly odd stories.
Sep 1, 2020
Madame Murder: The Story of Delphine LaLaurie
Delphine LaLaurie, New Orleans socialite and thrice married matron, had a secret. Her attic was a torture chamber, and her victims were slaves. Join us to delve into the life, loves, and psychopathic lunacy of Madame LaLaurie, and take a look inside her murder mansion.
Aug 28, 2020
Forensic Friday: Much Ado About -- MUMMIES!
This week, Kim's talking all about mummies. How they were embalmed, who dug them up, and both new and old ways we've studied them. Download and listen to the mummy tales.
Aug 25, 2020
The Casanova Killer
Paul John Knowles started his life of crime at 8 years old, with petty theft and burglary. His own daddy put him in reform school. But when he got in his late 20s, stealing was no longer enough. Settle back with you glass of sweet tea and let us tell you about one of the most prolific, and puzzling, serials killers in the Southern U.S. Included: The cold case of Virginia State Trooper Johnny Rush Bowman, who was murdered August 19, 1984. Information courtesy of www.defrostingcoldcases.com Trailers for What the Suck Podcast (@whatthesuckpod1} and CrimeLapse: True Crime Podcast (@CrimeLapsePod)
Aug 21, 2020
Forensic Fridays: Methods of Mayhem
Gun, check. Knives, check. Pickle jar...what? On this Forensic Fridays mini episode, Lark discusses unusual methods of murder. Tune in and learn--but don't use--these unique weapons and deaths. Some are definitely disturbing, so listener beware.
Aug 18, 2020
Giggling Granny: A girl, a pie, and a dream
Nanny Doss loved to bake prune pies for her family. She just neglected to tell them her secret ingredient: rat poison. Sick and twisted tale of a woman, a box of prunes, and a taste for murder.
Aug 14, 2020
Forensic Fridays: The Body Farm
Ever think about what happens after you die? Have you ever considered donating your body to science? I mean, we don't need it anymore, right? How about donating to a body farm? Tune in and learn a little bit about what body farms are, and how they've...
Aug 11, 2020
Monsters are Real: The Murders of Channon and Christopher
Channon Christian and Christopher Nelson were leaving a friend's apartment in Knoxville, Tennessee when they were carjacked and kidnapped by a gang of criminals. Their horrific torture and murders were the things of nightmares. This isn't a fun episode,...
Aug 7, 2020
Forensic Fridays: Mr. Maroon and How Ancestral DNA Helped ID a Serial Killer
Robert Eugene Brashers was a burglar, a rapist, a thief. He was also a serial killer. In our second episode of Forensic Fridays, find out how an ancestral DNA testing lab helped identify him for decades old crimes.
Aug 4, 2020
Cannibal Queen: From Sugar Daddy to Fry Daddy
She just wanted to find a rich man to take care of her. After a horrible childhood filled with abuse, Omaima Nelson had finally found her man in Bill. What went so horribly wrong that Thanksgiving? Tune in to find out.
Jul 30, 2020
Forensic Fridays: What Happens After the Body is Gone?
We all know that, when a murder occurs, there's an investigation by police, there's a forensic team who gathers all the evidence, and there's the coroner, who takes the body away for autopsy. But what happens after that? Who cleans up the mess left...
Jul 28, 2020
Carl and the Corpse: Love Never Dies
Carl Tanzler had an interesting life, full of adventure and travel. When he and his family settled in Key West, Florida, Carl found his soul mate. Too bad she died. But then again, love never really dies...
Jul 21, 2020
Heavenly Hymns and Homicide
Bernie was a mild mannered funeral director. Marge was a cantankerous old widow with far more money than friends. Their relationship was one of those things that just clicked...until it didn't.
Jul 14, 2020
Episode 7: Ronald Gene Simmons - A Case of Familicide
Ronald Gene Simmons, career military man, decorated Vietnam veteran, spree killer. Christmas week, 1987 in a tiny town of Dover, Arkansas, Gene Simmons decided to murder his entire family, as well as two acquaintances. Sixteen people altogether. This is...
Jul 12, 2020
Kudzu Killers: Homicide and Sweet Tea Podcast Trailer
Trailer for the Kudzu Killers podcast.
Jul 10, 2020
Q and A Fun with Kim and Lark
Just for fun, we've answered a few questions for y'all, just to let you get to know us a little better. Hope you enjoy, and if you have any questions of your own, be sure to post them on our blog at kudzukillerspodcast.blogspot.com
Jul 7, 2020
Episode 6: Serial Bride - The Shonda Johnson Story
Shonda was a girl who liked to get married. Many times. Divorce, on the other hand... Well, murder was a lot easier that paperwork.
Jun 30, 2020
Episode 5: The Taco Bell Strangler
Henry Louis Wallace had his life going well. A military vet, honorably discharged, married to his high school sweetheart... Where did things go horribly wrong?
Jun 23, 2020
Episode 4: The Butcher of Elmendorf
Joe Ball: former bootlegger, bar owner, and serial killer. He got rid of his problems with the five alligators he kept behind his bar. Gore galore in this tale of love, loss, and large reptiles.
Jun 16, 2020
Episode 3: Jerry "Animal" McFadden
Gerald McFadden liked to be called Animal, and that's exactly what he was. Paroled for a second time after the rape and attempted murder of an 18-year-old young woman, he went on to murder three teenagers at Lake Hawkins in Texas. DNA evidence may link...
Jun 13, 2020
The Axeman of New Orleans
Episode 2 deals with the Axeman of New Orleans, who preyed on Italian immigrants, specifically grocers. All the gory details are explored, including a bizarre letter from the axeman to the city of New Orleans. Graphic content, descriptions of grisly...