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Ep33: Hitchhiking Murders
This week, the gals talk hitchhiking and its many (alleged) dangers. Topics include FBI mind games, a hippie troublemaker, and an armless heroine. This week’s episode is paired with Winc’s Brethren of the Road Grenache, so sign up at trywinc.com/gals, put on your short shorts, stick your thumb out, and tune in for Hitchhiking Murders.
Ep32: Faking One’s Own Death
This week, the gals interview Elizabeth Greenwood, author of Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud. Cases include an unfortunate traffic stop, a crafty Victorian woman, and man with a plan (and a canoe). This topic is paired with Decoy Cabernet, so grab a glass, plan your drowning, check your brake lights, and tune in for Episode 32: Faking One’s Own Death.
Ep31: Criminal Profiling
This week, the gals talk criminal profiling and welcome a special guest: Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald, author and the FBI profiler who helped catch the Unabomber. Topics include linguistic analysis, a grudge against a utilities company, and a seriously sick Freemason. Pick up a bottle of 19 Crimes: The Warden Red Blend, take a different route home, unbutton your jacket, and tune in!
Ep30: Workplace Murders
This week, the gals chat employees who snap (an estimated 90% due to bad fluorescent lighting and open office floor plans). Cases include a stocky family man with entirely too many guns and objectionable driving, and a confused copycat killer/TV reporter with a grudge. Ep30 Workplace Murders has been paired with Cass Vineyards Marsanne, a delicious wine from a listener’s actual workplace! So punch your timecard, grab a glass, and tune in!
Ep29: Dangerous Minds
This week, the gals chat neuroscience and how brain injuries and diseases can cause homicidal behaviors. Topics include an unfortunate dynamite accident, a questionable public suicide, and high school athlete turned murderer. Pick up a bottle of Evolucio Furmint, quit the football team, schedule an MRI, and tune in for Dangerous Minds.
The gals discuss the meaty issue of Cannibalism in this week’s episode. Topics include crabby spiders, a horror show in a Czech basement, and a seriously hungry Frenchman. This episode is paired with a nice chianti – Ruffino Chianti Riserva. Pick up a bottle, check on your cat, consider vegetarianism, and dig in.
Ep27: Forensic Odontology
This week, the gals bite into the field of Forensic Odontology, or the study of dentistry in criminal cases. Topics include an interview with a professional, an unidentified corpse exhibit, and a literal dumpster fire with fatal consequences. Crack open a bottle of Von Buhl Bone Dry Riesling, avoid tsunami-prone areas, schedule a dentist appointment (for real), and tune in.
Ep26: Psychos & Socios
This week, the gals chat about the spectrum between sociopathy and psychopathy, what the symptoms are, the differences between the two, and a couple of cases where these illnesses had fatal consequences. Topics include the infamous psychopath test, a murderous Medieval noblewoman, and a really, really bad mom. Pick up a bottle of Crios Torrontes, get a babysitter, ignore any royal summons, and tune in for Episode 26: Psychos & Socios.
Ep25: White Male Terrorism
This week, the gals tackle an oft-overlooked American scourge: White Male Terrorism. Topics include the ways language affects our fears, the dangers of Amy Schumer, and a group who is both pro-life and pro-homicide. The topic is paired with Relax Riesling, so crack open a bottle, turn off inflammatory cable news, stay out of movie theaters, and tune in.
Ep24: Trust Fund Murders
The gals explore the darker side of being filthy, filthy rich in this week’s episode: Trust Fund Murders. Cases include a very bratty daughter, her violent boyfriend, and a blue-blood massacre in Indiana. This topic is paired with Blue Nun 24K Sparkling White so grab a goblet, cancel that trip to Bali, and settle in.
Ep23: International Abductions
This week, the gals discuss what it takes to smuggle someone across international borders. Topics include legal loopholes, a fishy wife and her fishier husband, and yet another reason not to go to Wisconsin. This episode is paired with The Prisoner: Blindfold White Blend, so grab a glass, check in with your mother, yell (don’t scream), and tune in for International Abductions.
Ep22: Wine & Crime LIVE!
This week, the gals talk Minnesota murders during their live show at Bauhaus Brew Labs in Minneapolis! Topics include a literal rubber-necker, a very naughty adoptive daughter, and one killer with a flair for the dramatic. So get the hell out of St. Paul, summon your night nurse, pour yourself a pint of blood orange radler, and enjoy the show.
Ep21: Rage Blackouts
This week, the gals talk rage blackouts and how well this defense stands up in court. Topics include Norse berserkers, an ominous shopping cart, and a good ol’ fashioned drunken familial dispute. Pick up a bottle of Troublemaker Red Blend, chill your amygdala, don’t let any crackheads in, and enjoy the show.
Ep20: Beyond Stupid Thieves
This week, the gals offer up a palette cleanser chatting Beyond Stupid: Thieves over a bottle of the light and fruity Big House Pinot Grigio. Cases include The OG Duct Tape Bandit, several copycats, and one ornery donkey. So sit back, sweat through your duct tape face mask, and tune in!
Ep19: Stockholm Syndrome
This week, the gals discuss Stockholm Syndrome (a condition from which Dan most likely suffers #ProposeDan) over a bottle of Spellbound Petite Sirah. Cases include an heiress turned “freedom fighter,” an Austrian modern-day Cinderella who got fed up with chores, and the ultimate nightmare-fuel… The Girl in the Box. So loosen your restraints, convince your captor to roam for a bit, and tune in!
Ep18: Axe Murders
This week, the gals swap stories about real-life axe murders. Cases include an ultra-violent and still unsolved incident in rural Iowa, a paranoid sea captain and his ill-fated crew, and a truly bizarre attempted-homicide-turned-morning-ritual (which also happens to be the genesis for this podcast). The topic is paired with Tinedo Cala N.1 Tempranillo blend, so pour a glass, lock the shed, activate your home security system, and settle in for Axe Murders.
Ep17: Odd M.O. Murders
This week, the gals go over the finer points of how and why killers kill, and the most odd modi operandi (M.O.s). Cases include an Indonesian spit-sucking medicine man with a very fertile sugarcane field and a soldier with major mommy issues and a thing for singers. Paired with Gran Passione Rosso Veneto, this episode will make you feel a lot better about your own bizarre habits.
Ep16: Missing Persons
This week, the gals speculate why and how thousands of people go missing every day. Topics include a demographic breakdown, some really shitty laws, a seriously mysterious house fire, and a well-off DA with entirely too many possible reasons for vanishing. The topic is paired with Witness Tree Viognier, so grab a glass, check in with your mom, enable your phone’s location services, and settle in for Missing Persons.
Ep15: Catfishing Crimes
This week, the gals examine the modern phenomenon of catfishing. Topics include a lonely football star, a sniper with a chip on his shoulder, a bunch of fake suicides, a literal ghost, and a whole lotta Nev. This episode is paired with Predator Cabernet Sauvignon, so set your away status, pick up a glass, admit you’re not an eighteen-year-old blonde, and tune in(cognito) for Catfishing Crimes.
Ep14: Mob Mentality Murders
This week, the gals talk gangs, mobs, and the many ways in which group mentality can get violent. Cases include the dark side of Indian public transportation, a relatively fruitless mass mugging, and some fatally good Black Friday deals. This topic is paired with Tons de Duorum red blend, so pour a glass, stay away from Walmart, and tune in for Mob Mentality Murders.
Ep13: Angels of Death (Part 2)
In Part Two, the gals get into the cases of a couple of real-life Angels of Death: nurse “Jolly Jane” Toppan and Nazi monster Josef Mengele, plus a few “doc-tators,” including one former ophthalmologist who turned out to be a big fan of chemical weapons. This episode is paired with Whispering Angel Rosé, so grab a bottle and try not to drink the entire liter in one sitting. (Or do, we don’t judge.)
Ep13: Angels of Death (Part 1 ft. Dr. Nandi)
This week, the gals are joined by Dr. Partha Nandi, MD (Verified Non-Murderer & Health Hero) to chat Angels of Death (aka Doctors Who Kill). And bonus! This topic is going to be a Two-Parter! Part 1 dissects the difference between what some might consider “an act of mercy” and straight-up homicide, a line that seemed prrrretty blurry pre-WWII. Dr. Nandi also answers some (supes inapprope) fan questions, and we get a glimpse of The Good Doctor from Detroit’s musical tastes.
Ep12: Exorcisms Gone Wrong
This week, the gals get into exorcising (and not the healthy kind). Topics include exorcism rituals from around the world, cool popes, an exceptionally unfortunate Romanian orphan, and why burying yourself alive is never wise. This week’s episode is paired with Santa Elvira Pinot Grigio (we hear a bottle of white wine a day keeps the demons at bay), so put down your torch, grab a bottle (and a rosary), and tune in.
Ep11: Psychotic Breaks
This week, the gals break down what’s behind a psychotic break. Topics include a synthetic-pot-head, a pathetic virgin with a god complex, and a dangerous big brother (with great eyebrows). This week’s episode is paired with the budget-friendly Twisted Old Vine Zinfandel, so break a ten to buy a bottle, and wash it all down with some antipsychotic meds!
Ep10: Blood Spatter
The gals gush over bloodstains and the ways in which sprays, spurts, pools, and trails are used in forensic investigations. Topics include a shady gynecologist, whimsical blood terminology, and whether a dingo really did eat that baby. This episode is paired with Bloody Marys, so mix one up, wipe the spatter off your shoes, grab a protractor, and tune in.
Ep9: Lucky Bastards
This week, the gals discuss a few “Lucky Bastards” (i.e. Creeps who got away with murder for wayyy too long), including Robert “Killed ‘Em All” Durst, Willie Pickton of Piggy Palace infamy, and, of course, Herman Mudgett (aka Leonardo DiCaprio) (aka HH Holmes). By popular demand, for this episode we’ve selected a bottle of 19 Crimes Red Blend out of Australia. We hear this wine pairs beautifully with Long Pig (aka “The Other Other White Meat”). Um, maybe don’t Google that.
Ep8: Killer Kids
This week, the gals consider the motives and minds of children who murder. Cases include a 13-year old serial killer, a seemingly sweet little girl with an insidious habit, and a publicity stunt gone horribly wrong. This topic is paired with Cascinacastlet Barbera D’Asti, so pick up a bottle, make sure there are no murderous minors nearby, and enjoy.
Ep7: Cruise Ship Disappearances
This week, the gals take you to a tropical paradise of terror and certain demise on the high seas. That’s right, it’s time to talk Cruise Ship Disappearances! So grab a bottle of Vega Sindoa Garnacha Rose and climb aboard! But don’t forget a life jacket…
Ep6: Munchausen’s Syndrome
This week, the gals discuss the motivations and methods of Munchausen’s Syndrome and Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome. Pick up a bottle of Melodramatic Red Blend and tune in for the psychology behind faking illness, a mother-daughter duo who toe the “by proxy” line, and a recent case that involves a lifetime of lies, Miranda Lambert, and murder. But no teeth.
Ep5: Crimes of Passion
The gals explore some of the ways your undying love can seriously backfire on you–or your partner. We dig into the neurology of love and aggression, then explore some individual crimes of passion from across the pond and right here in the U.S. Grab a bottle of The Affair Pinot Noir and prepare your ears for some hideous French pronunciations, even worse British accents, and the alarming similarities between severed penises and Pizza Rolls.
Ep4: Peeping Toms
This week, the gals get paranoid exploring the many ways strangers can watch you, even in the privacy of your own home (or Porta Potty). Topics include the perks of porn, lawyering loopholes for perverts, and one real shithead poopy offender. Twist open a box of Naked Grape Merlot, close the blinds, and enjoy some twisted tales of Peeping Toms!
Ep3: Lesser Known Cults
The gals discuss a couple of utterly bonkers cults that have somehow evaded the spotlight in recent years. These stories will have you saying “Uganda be kidding me!” and googling travel agencies to take you to the comet Hale-Bopp (AKA San Diego). Episode topics include our odds for scoring a Nike endorsement deal, #tfw your apocalypse predictions are thwarted, and everyone’s favorite company, Herbalife. This week’s wine pairing has a bizarre (and somewhat inexplicable) cult following of its own: Kendall Jackson Chardonnay. Go grab a bottle (you know it’s on sale) and enjoy!
The gals explore various motivations and traumas that might trigger arsonist behaviors, techniques for evading capture (which do not include erotic journaling of your capers), and the one way you should not waterproof a circus tent. Criminal cases include John “Pillow Pyro” Orr, Julio Gonzalez, and Peter “Bruce Lee” Dinsdale. This week’s topic is paired with a fiery Garnacha de Fuego, which is not as flammable as it sounds.
The gals dive right in with a classic taboo, discussing the perks and pitfalls of sex with a corpse. Criminal cases include Jeffrey Dahmer, Anatoly Moskvin, Edmund Kemper III, and Bryan Hathaway. This topic is paired with a lovely 2014 Gio Dominico Negro Langhe Nebbiolo, so grab a glass, pop that bottle, and please don’t judge us.