Category Archives: True Crime

VoK 602: Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness (Netflix miniseries)



While isolating at home the Vassals have been pulled into the vortex that is Netflix’s “Tiger King”. We examine what this miniseries showed us, what it didn’t show us, and if anyone involved will be profiting from this show for very long?

Hosts: Adam (drownedsnow), Kevin (creep nuncle keving), Hannah (Shadowbaby), Jock (Munrojock2), Saad (saad164), and Casey (blue-eyed-queen)

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VoK 553: Chernobyl (HBO miniseries)


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The vassals discuss the critically acclaimed HBO miniseries Chernobyl, depicting the 1986 nuclear reactor disaster.

Hosts – Bina007, Adam/Drownedsnow, Jock/MunroJock2, Thomas/FTWard, Steven/SJLee, and Matt/Varley.

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VoK 498: The Vollop #4 – Operation Pimlico


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Join Bina007 as she vollops Varley and It Rhymes With Sleek / Jack about the most successful Soviet spy ever to work for the West – Oleg Gordievsky. Active in the 1970s and 1980s, Oleg was simultaneously briefing Reagan, Thatcher and Gorbachev and may have prevented all-out war during Abel Archer 83.  Best of all, he was the subject of a thrilling exfiltration from Soviet Russia.  The after show begins at 1hr 20m.

Music credit – Alpine Universe & Paul McCartney

Picture credit – as shown

Book recommendation – The Traitor and the Spy by Ben McIntyre

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VoK 493: Mindhunter (Netflix series) – Season 1


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Join the psycho sickos Thomas, Dana, Bina, Hannah, and Varley as they do a deep dive into the first season of the Netflix series Mindhunter. This podcast reviews the series and takes a deeper look into the killers featured in it. The sickos will discuss dark and disturbing issues that may not be suitable for everyone. With that in mind enjoy the long awaited, poorly edited (by Varley) podcast as an early Halloween gift.

Music credit – Mindhunter theme by Jason Hill.

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VoK 449: The Vollop #3 – Andrew Cunanan


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Join the Vassals of Kingsgrave as they continue their homage to the awesome podcast “The Dollop” with the third installment of The Vollop! Bina007 tells Varley mo Varley and podcast lurker Munrojock2 the sorry tale of Andrew Cunanan and the killing spree that culminated in the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace in 1997.

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VoK 447: Serial Podcast (Review) – Season 1



The Vassals review the first season of Serial, a true crime podcast which investigates the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee  and the subsequent conviction of her ex-boyfriend Adnan Masud Syed. Join Tanja (Scilens), Casey (blue-eyed-queen), Steven (SJLee),  Michael (Mordion), and Michal (inkasrain) for a discussion of the Serial phenomenon, the ethics of internet sleuthing, the slippery nature of memory, the listener’s need for closure.

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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Links:
Serial
Undisclosed
Truth & Justice

VoK 443: Wormwood (Netflix miniseries)


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Join Bina007, Matt/Varley, Thomas/FTward and Jock/MunroJock2 as they have a spoiler-filled discussion of Netflix’s docu-drama series Wormwood, released in December 2017. Directed by Oscar winning documentarian Errol Morris, the series investigates the apparent suicide of the bacteriologist Frank Olson in 1953, and posits the theory that the CIA assassinated him because he was a security risk.

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VoK 437: The JFK Assassination (Part 1) – Dallas 11/22/63 and Lee Harvey Oswald


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Please join Bina (Bina007), Matt (Varley), Jock (MunroJock2) and Thomas (FTWard) as we begin discussing the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  We explore the context and events of Dallas November 22 1963, the short life of Lee Harvey Oswald, our own personal theories and say allegedly often while making air quotes.

As this is Part 1, we would very much welcome your feedback and participation in this ongoing discussion.

Edited by: FTWard

Photo – Handbill circulated by Robert Surrey, an aide to General Edwin A. Walker, in Dallas November 1963.

After Show begins at 1:41:00

Intro Audio – WFAA TV Dallas

Outro Music – “The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead” written by Andy Partridge
Performed by Crash Test Dummies featuring Ellen Reid

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VoK 432: The O. J. Simpson Murder Case


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With slightly quixotic timing, Bina007 and Julia/NoTrueLady discuss their reactions to the 1995 criminal trial of OJ Simpson for the murder of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.  We also discuss the recent TV series American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson and the Oscar winning documentary OJ: Made In America.

Music credit – The People vs OJ Simpson

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VoK 419: Serial Killer Roundtable


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Warm up for Halloween with the Sicko Serial Killer aficionados Matt/Varley, Bina007, and Thomas/FTWard, as they discuss The Werewolf of Bedburg, George Chapman and The Somerton Man/Tamam Shud respectively. We apologise in advance for any inappropriate levity. We had a bunch of fun and we hope you do too!

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VoK 361: The Vollop #1


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Music credit: Billy Joel, We Didn’t Start The Fire

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VoK 272: The Black Dahlia (Part 2)


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In Part Two of this Podcast, Matt (Varley), Julia (No True Lady), Bina (Bina007) and Thomas (FTWard) discuss theories and suspects in the murder of Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles, 1947. We also briefly talk about how The Black Dahlia murder has been portrayed in the media.

We would like to warn listeners that the subject matter we discuss is extremely graphic and disturbing. This is not suitable listening for minors and those of a sensitive disposition should consider whether to continue. We also want to emphasise that we have great sympathy and respect for Elizabeth Short, the victim. When we discuss details of her murder it is to better understand the mindset of the murderer. We also discuss details of Miss Short’s life, but in no way agree with the sensationalist contemporary media coverage of her. Rather, the fact that this took place is an interesting aspect of the social history of the time and worthy of investigation in itself.

After Show Starts At: 2:11

Edited by: FTWard

Photo: Santa Barbara Police 1943 Photographer Unknown

Music:
“In California” – by Neko Case & Lisa Marr
Performed by Tawnee Kendall & Jacob Wolkenhauer
@TawneeKendall

“Hotel California” – by Don Felder, Don Henley, Glenn Frey
Performed by Gabriella Quevedo
@GabyQuevedo

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Further reading & listening:
[Southampton Books] Ships to the USA & internationally
[FBI Archive] The Black Dahlia Files
[Étant Donnés] Marcel Duchamp’s Tableaux
[Principled Uncertainty] A podcast interview with Steve Hodel
[Principled Uncertainty] The second part of the Hodel interview
[The Dollop] Episode on the early history of the LAPD
[You Must Remember This] Podcast about the early history of Hollywood

VoK 269: The Black Dahlia (Part 1)


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Thomas (FTWard), Julia (No True Lady) and Bina007 discuss the social context and discovery of the horrific murder of Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles, 1947 as well as recapping what we know of the victim’s life. The next episode will discuss the suspects in the murder then and now.

We would like to warn listeners that the subject matter we discuss is extremely graphic and disturbing. This is not suitable listening for minors and those of a sensitive disposition should consider whether to continue. We also want to emphasise that we have great sympathy and respect for Elizabeth Short, the victim. When we discuss details of her murder it is to better understand the mindset of the murderer. We also discuss details of Miss Short’s life, but in no way agree with the sensationalist contemporary media coverage of her. Rather, the fact that this took place is an interesting aspect of the social history of the time and worthy of investigation in itself.

Music credit: the original soundtrack of the film The Black Dahlia by Mark Isham.

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VoK 256: H. H. Holmes


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Join Matt (Varley), Thomas (FTWard) and Bina007 as they discuss the infamous nineteenth century fraudster, bigamist and serial killer, H. H. Holmes. Music credit:  The Flaming Lips, Bad Days.

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VoK 146: Jack the Ripper (Part 2) – It All Leads to Lizard People


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Join Julia (NoTrueLady), Thomas (FTWard) and Bina007 in the second part of their investigations into the Whitechapel Murders of 1888. In this part, they discuss the main serious suspects in the Jack the Ripper case, some crackpot theories, and the cultural impact of the murders.

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Further reading on Jack the Ripper:
[Paul Begg’s book] A concise rundown of the facts with no spurious finger-pointing
[Emily Marsh] The woman who might’ve spoken to the author of the From Hell letter
[The Crawford Letter] The letter that mentions that Druitt’s family consider him to be the killer
[The Kosminski book] The best researched book making the case against Kosminski
[The Devil and the White City] A superb book on H H Holmes and the 1893 Chicago World Fair

Cultural echoes:
[Pandora’s Box] The 1929 Louise Brooks movie in which Lulu is killed by Jack The Ripper
[Penny Dreadful] The contemporary TV show featuring Jack the Ripper as one of many aspects of gruesome Victoriana
[The Crimson Petal and the White] Michel Faber explores everything bizarre about Victorian attitudes toward women, sex and prostitutes

VoK 145: Jack the Ripper (Part 1)


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In the first part of our Jack the Ripper discussion, Julia (NoTrueLady) and Bina007 discuss the social conditions at the time of the Whitechapel Murders and make their observations on the deaths of the victims – claimed and canonical. They then discuss the main members of the police investigation and the alleged Ripper letters.  Finally, Thomas (FTWard) teleports in from the future to give us his take on the victims and the Ripper letters.

Warning – this podcast contains discussion of violence and prostitution that some listeners may find disturbing or offensive.

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