The Zodiac Killer
Craving Crimes
by Criminology and Criminal Justice Collective UMD
3M ago
In this episode of the Craving Crimes Podcast, we explore the haunting tale of the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified serial murderer who terrorized Northern California in the late 1960s and early 1970s. We discuss the elusive killer's uncertain origins, the captivating yet frustrating police investigation, and the enduring mystery of the case. Learn about the various theories surrounding the Zodiac Killer's identity and the profound impact of these crimes on popular culture and the world of true crime. Join us as we unravel one of the most enigmatic and chilling criminal cases in history, includi ..read more
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Jerome Brudos | The Shoe Fetish Slayer
Craving Crimes
by Criminology and Criminal Justice Collective UMD
3M ago
Some high heels are “to die for,” but for this South Dakota man, they’re “to kill for”. Jerome “Jerry” Brudos had a deep fascination for women’s footwear and undergarments that he would follow women and sexually assault them. Then, he murdered four women between the years of 1968 and 1969. He would dress their dead bodies in undergarments and take photos of them. Then, he would cut off a body part to leave as a trophy for himself. After, he would tie their body parts to a car part and toss them into the Long Tom River in Oregon where he was residing. His obsession with high heels gave him the ..read more
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The Black Dalhia Murder
Craving Crimes
by Criminology and Criminal Justice Collective UMD
3M ago
The Black Dahlia Murder is a term that refers to the unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, a young woman who was found brutally killed and mutilated in Los Angeles in 1947. Her body was discovered on January 15, 1947, in a vacant lot in the Leimert Park neighborhood. The body was cut in half, drained of blood, and posed in a provocative manner. The murder of Elizabeth Short became one of the most sensational and widely publicized crimes of the 20th century, with media coverage and speculation surrounding the case continuing to this day. The crime scene was thoroughly investigated, and numerous s ..read more
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Rodney Alcala | The Dating Game Killer
Craving Crimes
by Criminology and Criminal Justice Collective UMD
3M ago
"The Dating Game". A popular American television show where bachelorettes choose between three available men that are looking for love to go on a date with and, hopefully, find something more. Except, what happens when one of the striking bachelors turns out to be a convicted murderer? Rodney Alcala appeared on (and won) "The Dating Game" in 1978, after having committed the murders of two women and taking the lives of multiple more. His reign of terror certainly does not make him a very appealing bachelor anymore ..read more
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Who took Molly? | The Unsolved Abduction and Murder of Molly Anne Bish
Craving Crimes
by Criminology and Criminal Justice Collective UMD
3M ago
Molly was dropped off by her mother Magi to begin her eighth day of work as a lifeguard at Comins Pond in Warren, Massachusetts. Shortly thereafter, the first of the children and their parents arrived for swimming lessons. They noticed that Molly was not at her post. Molly's water bottle, sandals, beach chair, whistle, police radio, and first aid kit where left behind. A search of the area did not reveal what happened to her; she had disappeared without a trace ..read more
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Who Are You Eating? | The Twisted Case of Joe Metheny
Craving Crimes
by Criminology and Criminal Justice Collective UMD
3M ago
Joe “The Cannibal” Metheny raped and butchered at least 10 people through the 1990s, targeting sex workers and the homeless. In addition to the murders, he saved the meatiest parts of the victims from being mixed with beef and pork, which were made into hamburgers. These were sold to unsuspecting passersby at his barbecue pit stand outside his home. According to Metheny, the human body tasted very similar to pork; if you mixed it together, no one could tell. For what he has done, he expressed no remorse ..read more
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The Puzzling Disappearance of Brandon Swanson
Craving Crimes
by Criminology and Criminal Justice Collective UMD
3M ago
Brandon Swanson, the man who allegedly disappeared into thin air.  Brandon Swanson disappeared the night of May 14th, 2008. Extensive searches have found no body to this day or any trace of the college student who allegedly left a party with his friends that night. With no physical evidence, dead ends, and no leads, one question remains: Where is Brandon Swanson ..read more
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The Soapmaker of Correggio
Craving Crimes
by Criminology and Criminal Justice Collective UMD
3M ago
Leonarda Cianciulli was a successful soap maker in Correggio, Italy. Though she was popular and well liked by her neighbors, she held a dark secret. While they thought nothing of the strange aromas coming from her kitchen, she was boiling her victims into soap and baking their blood into tea cakes. In this episode, find out how a grieving and desperate mother exercised human sacrifice to save her army-bound son ..read more
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Who Killed Ken Rex McElroy in Broad Daylight?
Craving Crimes
by Criminology and Criminal Justice Collective UMD
3M ago
Ken Rex McElroy was born on June 1st, 1934 in Nodaway County, Missouri. He was the second youngest of sixteen kids all raised by married couple, Tony and Mabel McElroy. McElroy would be accused of committing several crimes throughout his life including theft, burglary, arson, and assault. McElroy was located in the D&G Tavern with his wife, Trena when the townspeople followed him in, completely surrounding him. The crowd then followed him, blocking his way out and on June 10th, 1981, Ken Rex McElroy was shot several times, two bullets hitting him, and was killed in his pickup truck. But wh ..read more
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John List
Craving Crimes
by Criminology and Criminal Justice Collective UMD
3M ago
In 1971, John List, a supposedly good father, disappeared in the country after killing his entire family composed of his wife, mother, and three kids. The bodies took over a month to be discovered and only with the help of a neighbor. A manhunt began, with questions arising: where was he and why did he do this? It took the United States police over twenty years to track him down, but only with help from a very unlikely source ..read more
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