After years of trying to hide their deranged sense of curiosity, hosts Coni and Meg have decided to give up on normalcy in order to give you the horrific details of gruesome true crime stories that you probably didn't need to know. On Wednesdays, we're Gruesome.
50:33It seems like everyone knows about the Salem witch trials, but did you know that witch hunts are still happening all over the world? Between 1960 and 2000 there were close to 40,000 people murdered after being accused of witchcraft in one country alone. Meg takes you through some of the most famous witch hunts and some that happened as recently as last year.
The Lane Bryant Murders
49:58The suburban town of Tinley Park was voted as the best place in America to raise your family in 2009 by BusinessWeek Magazine.This suburban paradise seemed frozen in time, protected from the crimes that the neighboring city of Chicago often experienced. Coni takes you through the case that shattered the facade of safety in this otherwise perfect town.
The Michigan Murders
55:27The Michigan Murders began in March of 1967 and continued into 1969. Eastern Michigan University was plagued by a string of murders that got more gruesome as time went on. Meg tells you about the nine lives lost and how they caught the murderer. Or was it murderers?
Nicole Van Den Hurk
46:49Nicole Van Den Hurk disappeared on her way to work in November of 1995. Coni takes you through Nicole's disappearance and the unique circumstances that brought her murderer to justice. Sources: https://www.buggedspace.com/nicole-van-den-hurk-cold-case/ https://nltimes.nl/
The Carnival Mafia
42:30The sights and smells of a carnival are common in most small towns toward the end of the summer but what is going on after the lights turns off? Is there a carnival mafia lurking in the underbelly of the festival circuit? A hit put on an elderly couple selling handicrafts suggests that there might be. Meg takes us through this short case with a ton of twists and turns!
The Lululemon Murder
58:35On the night of March 11, 2011 Jayna Murray and Brittany Norwood were brutally attacked while closing down their Lululemon store they both worked at. Coni takes you through the case that left Jayna Murrary dead and investigators asking a lot of questions about the events that unfolded that night.
Sarah Jo Pender
55:13Dubbed a “female Charles Manson”, Sarah Jo Pender was found guilty of a double homicide in August of 2002. Despite Sarah’s claims that she wasn’t even in the house when it happened, she was sentenced to 110 years in prison. Meg takes you through the twists that followed her sentencing. Was she puppeteering her boyfriend to commit murder or was she just young, dumb, and in love?
Matthew Taylor Coleman
45:00Matthew Taylor Coleman was arrested in early August of 2021 for the brutal murder of his two children. This week, Coni tackles Gruesome's first "current event" case, and the conspiracy groups that fueled Coleman's transformation from doting dad to murderer.
The Yogurt Shop Murders
1:07:02Austin, Texas in 1991 was a much different place than it is today. The city was rocked in December of that year when the charred bodies of four teenage girls were discovered within a burning yogurt shop. Meg discusses what happened then versus what we know today about this 25-year-old cold case.
58:06Randall Woodfield was living the American Dream. He had parents who loved him, friends who adored him, and a promising football career. What made the serial flasher turn into a serial killer? Coni takes you through the Green Bay Packers worst ever draft pick.