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Wild Society: True Crime Podcast
When the rules of society are broken, things can get a little wild. Each week we discuss a murder case, followed by a true story in the realm of the wild and bizarre. This is Wild Society, a true crime comedy podcast.
October 6, 2021
Jane Toppan + Violet Jessop
Welcome to the 50th episode of Wild Society!Jane Toppan was one of the most popular and adored nurses employed at Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She always expressed a pleasant and upbeat personality, earning her the nick name “Jolly Jane”. But Jane had another side….a side of pure evil.Violet Jessop travelled the world for 43 years as a stewardess aboard ships at sea. Many know her as the “Unsinkable Woman” because she survived not one, but three shipwrecks, two of which the ship completely sank. Being a Titanic survivor, Violet's story is wild and baffling!Check out our merch
September 29, 2021
The Phantom Killer + The Hindenburg
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September 24, 2021
The Giggling Granny + Alison Botha
Welcome to the 48th episode of Wild Society! Nannie Doss soon became known as the “Giggling Granny” because of her odd flirty behavior while in jail. What was such a happy woman doing in police custody? Well it may have been that she murdered four of her five husbands and multiple family members. In this weeks episode we unravel the case of the serial husband killer and her motivate behind the murders.On December 18, 2004, 27 year old Alison Botha was abducted outside her apartment. After being driven to a remote location on the outskirts of town, she was subject to one of the most horrific crimes in South Africa’s history. But perhaps the most shocking part, was that she survived.Check out our merch Alison Botha Sources:
September 15, 2021
David Carter + Mike the Durable
Welcome to the 47th episode of Wild Society! The disappearance of 39-year-old David Carter Sr. from Melvindale, Michigan, turned tragic when half of his body was found on the side of an Ohio interstate. His girlfriend at the time of the disappearance became the case's prime suspect. But how did an identified suspect simply disappear from multiple agencies? Authorities believe the answer could be the stuff of fiction: secretive societies.Check out our merch Mike the Durable Sources:<a href='
August 18, 2021
Vince Li + Little Bastard
Welcome to the 46th episode of Wild Society! On July 30, 2008, Vince Li boarded a Greyhound bus bound for Winnipeg, Canada. The seat he chose was next to a young man named Tim McLean. Three hours after boarding, Li suddenly pulled out a large knife and stabbed McLean. What transpired after that moment would horrify a nation and forever change how you think about traveling by bus.The world was shocked at the tragic death of 24 year old James Dean. He was an up and coming actor, paving the way for a new generation in the film industry, when his life was cut short due to a car accident. After his death, many strange occurrences and deaths happened that involved his crashed 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder sportscar. Was the car cursed? Was it all a coincidence? Or are the rumors too crazy to be true?Check out our merch <a href='
August 11, 2021
John Wayne Gacy + Chick Donohue
Welcome to the 45th episode of Wild Society! John Wayne Gacy is one of the most infamous serial killers in American history. The Chicago native assaulted, raped and murdered at least 33 young men and boys in a 6 year period. In January 1968, U.S. Army Sergeant Rick Duggan was shocked when he saw his childhood friend John “Chick” Donohue. Duggan was in the middle of a warzone in Vietnam. Donohue wasn't serving. In fact, he was wearing blue jeans and a plaid shirt. This is the story of the greatest beer run ever told.Check out our merch <a href=' href=' href='
August 4, 2021
Carina Saunders + The Mignonette
Welcome to the 44th episode of Wild Society! Carina Saunders was just 19 years old when she went missing from the Oklahoma City area. On October 13, 2011 her remains were found behind a grocery store in Bethany, OK. An investigation into her brutal murder ensued. Although there are many twists and turns in the investigation, the case is still unsolved.OSBI: 1-800-522-8017 [email protected] 1884, a crew of five set sail on a yacht named the Mignonette. When a storm hits, causing the ship to sink, the crew embark on journey of survival on the high seas. What transpired from their journey was forever immortalized in legal history. Find out why in the case of the Queen v Dudley and Stephens, murder in the case of necessity is not a defense to a charge of murder.Check out our merch Mignonette Sources:<a href=' href='
July 28, 2021
America's First Serial Killers + Flight 571
Welcome to the 43rd episode of Wild Society!Among the brutal beginnings of the United States, Micajah and Wiley Harpe were the most brutal of men. They killed women, children - even newborns. Their thirst for blood began as guerrillas for the British against the American colonies during the Revolutionary War. Their murderous path led them to kill whoever stood in their way. Their rage was so vicious even pirates once kicked them out of a secret hideout. This is the story of America's first serial killers, the Harpe Brothers.On October 13, 1972 Flight 571 crashed in the Andes Mountains, between Chili and Argentina. This is their survival story.Check out our merch <a href='
July 21, 2021
Fritz Haarman + Kathy Bush
Welcome to the 42nd episode of Wild Society!Described as the most revolting case in German criminal history, the story of Fritz Haarman is not for the faint of heart. Known to have possibly killed up to 50 boys and young men, find out why he was dubbed the “Vampire of Hanover”From the outside looking in, the Bush family appeared to be normal, even though the youngest child, Jennifer, had been in and out of doctor offices and hospitals from a very young age. Around age 8, nurses and doctors began to become suspicious that Jennifer’s illnesses were being caused by her mother Kathy. Is this a case of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy? Child Abuse? Or just a young girl who was sick and outgrew her illnesses? Listen to find out!Check out our merch
July 14, 2021
The Eriksson Twins + Linda Lou Taylor
Welcome to the 41st episode of Wild Society!It’s commonly known that identical twins can have a strong connection to one another, but the case of Ursula and Sabina Eriksson takes this concept up a notch. This case investigates Folie à Deux, French for "a madness of two." Linda Lou Taylor was a sucker for love. Or maybe just marriage. At the age of 69, Linda had been married 23 times - a world record. Her husbands included a one-eyed convict, a couple of gay men, a groom who beat her and one who even locked up her refrigerator to control what she ate and drank. Her shortest marriage was about 36 hours long, to Fred Chadwick. Her last marriage made worldwide headlines when she tied the knot to Glynn Wolfe. Take a listen to the story of true loves.Check out our merch Linda Lou Taylor Sources:<a href='
July 7, 2021
John Douglas White + Anneliese Michel
Welcome to the 40th episode of Wild Society!John Douglas White appeared to be a pastor who had been saved from his past. But when his necrophilia fantasies got the best of him, he murdered 24 year old Rebekah Jane Gay on Halloween morning in 2012. However, this wasn’t the first time White had killed…Growing up in a devout Catholic family in 1960s Germany, Anneliese Michel was pretty, vibrant and caring. Attending mass twice a week, her religious practices became more extreme as she grew older, and were heavily influenced by her mother. All of this changed however, when at 16 she suffered convulsions that led to a diagnosis of temporal lobe epilepsy. What transpired from this baffled doctors and psychologists, and led to the worst case of exorcism ever recorded.Check out our merch Anneliese Michel Sources:
June 30, 2021
Live at OKC Pridefest
Welcome to the first live show of Wild Society at Check out our merch Pink Tea Queens Sources:<a href='
June 23, 2021
The Doodler + The Stonewall Uprising
Welcome to the 38th episode of Wild Society!Gerald Cavanagh sat at a San Francisco gay bar, taking in the nightlife around him. An attractive young man approached the World War 2 veteran. He handed Cavanagh a piece of paper. The young man had drawn Cavanagh’s portrait on that piece of paper. The sketch was good. Really good.After talking a bit, they left the bar and headed for Ocean Beach – a common hookup spot for gay men. As the two got close on the beach, Cavanagh’s new friend pulled out a knife and stabbed him at least 17 times. Cavanagh had just become the victim of the serial killer who would eventually become known as The Doodler. Other gay men would have their fates sealed after being handed a striking sketch by the handsome young man.This story takes you through the decades as police and journalists join together in hopes to solve the mystery of the illusive artist. This week we discuss the Stonewall Riots or the Stonewall Uprising [as some people like to refer to it today] which took place in New York City in 1969, and began the modern day Gay revolution movement.Check out our merch <a href='
June 16, 2021
Zach Bowen and Addie Hall + Shanti Devi
Welcome to the 37th episode of Wild Society!On October 17th , 2006, New Orleans police received a phone call from the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel. A man had jumped from the 7th floor. What transpired from this event and what was found in his back pocket led investigators to find one of the most heinous and heartbreaking crimes in New Orleans history.The reincarnation case of Shanti Devi was one that not only shocked the world but also created interest from Mahatma Gandhi. At just four years old, Shanti began talking about her past life. She began going into more details around age 8 and revealed that her previous name was Lugdi Devi and that she had been married to a man named Kedar Nath. She told her parents that she died shortly after giving birth to a son and that they lived in Mathura. After a large investigation by a group appointed by Gandhi, all claims from Shanti were found to be true. So how did such a young girl remember so many details from her past life? Was it really true or all just a big hoax?Check out our merch Shanti Devi Sources:
June 9, 2021
Herbert Mullin + Dylan McWilliams
Welcome to the 36th episode of Wild Society!Herbert Mullin, also known as the “Earthquake Killer”, terrorized the Santa Cruz area of California during his 4 month murder spree. Although police were unaware they were dealing with a serial killer at first, upon his arrest Mullin confessed to killing 13 people. Equally shocking was his reasoning for the murders.The odds of being bitten by a venomous snake aren't all that high. The odds of being bitten by a venomous snake and then surviving a bear attack are even less. But the odds of doing both and THEN surviving a shark attack? Well, it's 1 out of 893,000,000,000,000. Given those odds, consider Dylan McWilliams really lucky, or really, really unlucky, because he survived all three. This is his story.Check out our merch
June 2, 2021
Luis Garavito + The Suicide Forest
Welcome to the 35th episode of Wild Society!In the 1990’s Colombia’s young homeless boys began to disappear quickly off the streets. After numerous mass graves were found, investigators began to think they had a serial killer on the loose. After putting together a profile of the killer, based on evidence left at a crime scene, investigators were able to narrow down the suspect list to 25 men. On April 22, 1999 Luis Garavito was arrested for the attempted rape of a boy. After being interrogated for 18 hours, he broke and admitted to killing 140 boys in 54 cities. Ultimately Garavito was charged with killing 172 young males but officials believe the number may be closer to 400. At the base of Mt. Fuji lies a dense sprawling forest called Aokigahara. A popular tourist attraction, the dense forest provides countless winding trails and caves. But some people who enter the forest, never intend on leaving. Is something sinister happening inside the “Sea of Trees”?Check out our merch Suicide Forest Sources:<a href='
May 26, 2021
Movie Inspired Killers + Year 536
Welcome to the 34th episode of Wild Society!Movies can inspire change. They make us laugh. They make us cry. They move society to do great things. But for certain people, movies can inspire violence and murder. This story explores the minds of several criminals inspired by some of cinema's most famous films.As we know, the last year has been a tough one for everyone on the planet, but was it the worst year of all time? This wild story covers the year 536 - what many historians consider to be the actual worst year ever.Check out our merch Year 536 Sources:
May 19, 2021
Kelly Anne Bates + Scarecrow Village
Welcome to the 33rd episode of Wild Society!In April of 1996, James Smith walked into a police station confessing he had accidently killed his girlfriend of three years, 17 year old Kelly Anne Bates. What transpired from that event became one of the most horrific cases of abuse and torture ever recorded in modern day history.A small village tucked away in the Iya Valley of Japan now has more scarecrow dolls than people. The dolls outnumber the residents ten to one. Tsukimi Ayano has made over 400 dolls that resemble people who have passed or people who once lived in the village and have left. The town of Nagoro lures around 3,000 people a year from all over the world who are interested in seeing these unique, life-size dolls. We will let you decide if you think it is creepy or cool!Check out our merch <a href=' href='
May 5, 2021
Princess Anne + Amy Lynn Bradley + Anne Bonny & Mary Read
Welcome to the 32nd episode of Wild Society!Around 8 p.m. on March 20, 1974, a man in a white Ford Escort cut off a maroon Rolls-Royce limousine as it drove down a London road. A man in the limousine got out to stop the Ford Escort’s driver who was now walking toward the limousine, thinking he was a disgruntled motorist. From six feet away, the Escort’s driver pulled out a gun and shot the man. The gunman's mission to kidnap Princess Anne had begun.In 1998, Amy Lynn Bradley went missing from a Royal Caribbean cruise liner. After investigators found no evidence of suicide or falling overboard, the case became a world-wide mystery. Did Amy simply decide to run away? Or was something sinister at the heart of her disappearance?In the 1600’s pirates roamed the seas of the Caribbean in hunt of treasure and goods to be stolen. It was unheard of for females to be pirates. Most women on the ship were there to cook and clean for the crew. Anne Bonny and Mary Read pushed cultural norms when they became pirates aboard John “Calico Jack” Rackham's ship. Fighting alongside the men, the women were successful in overtaking many ships, often times leading the operations. Although they both had unusual upbringings, the women made themselves known as two of the most famous badass female pirates in history.Check out our merch Amy Lynn Bradley Sources:<a href=' href=' href=' href='
April 28, 2021
Tulsa Race Massacre
1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission Greenwood Art Project Sources:“Events of the Tulsa Disaster” by Mary Elizabeth Jones Parrish