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Ep111: Bank Heists
This week, the gals break into a few cases about some daring folks with not much to lose and a whole lot to gain. Topics include some seriously sketchy landscapers, a braggadocios burglar with a YouTube channel, and the importance of good customer service. Pour a glass of Pheasant Run’s Bank Robber Red Blend, map out your tunnel, remove your sunglasses, and tune in for Bank Heists.
Ep110: Not a Witch! Crimes (Boston Live Show)
This week, the gals conjure up some historic mystical mishaps. Topics include psychedelic moldy wheat, an extra unfortunate case of smallpox, and a group of vegetarian warriors. Pop a can of Sofia Coppola Brut Rosé, give your cauldron a stir, smudge your quarters, and tune in for Not a Witch Crimes.
Ep109: Seduced to Kill
This week, the gals get intimate with a couple of cases involving feminine wiles. Topics include seduction tips for men and women (and the vast disparity between the two), an interview with a former Nazi resistor, and a deadly pizza delivery. Pop a bottle of Sakonnet Siren Vidal Blanc, drape yourself in sushi, don’t forget deodorant, and tune in for Seduced to Kill.
Ep108: Fingerprint Forensics
This week, the gals get their hands on a couple of forensic professionals to give a few “tips” about their craft. Topics include whorls versus swirls, a fatal art store robbery, and a healthy dose of autocannibalism. Pour a glass of Thumbprint Cellars 2015 Gewürztraminer, grab some hand lotion, and tune in for Fingerprint Forensics (featuring Glenn and Eric from Double Loop Podcast).
Ep107: Puritan Crimes (Live in Boston)
This week, the gals step back in time to discuss ye olde salacious improprieties at a live show in Boston. Topics include some super extra first names, a whole bunch of agitated farm animals, and a bigoted peeping-Tom snitch. Crack open a fresh can of Francis Coppola’s Sauvignon Blanc, bring your neighbors some figgy pudding, and tune in for Puritan Crimes.
Ep106: Love Triangles
This week, the gals focus their attention on some cases involving one too many lovers. Topics include some incriminating Facebook posts, major drama in a hotel lobby, and a healthy(ish) dose of Freud. Pop open a fresh bottle of Ménage à Trois Red Blend, give your Brandy and Monica CD a break, and tune in for Love Triangles.
Ep105: Police F*ck Ups
This week, the gals turn the tables to investigate some investigators. Topics include the challenges facing good cops, a famous case from a chicken farm, and, well, some soft-core erotica. Crack open a fresh bottle of Winc’s Debts and Lessons Riesling, spit-shine that badge, and tune in for Police F*ck Ups.
Ep104: Vampire Serial Killers
This week, the gals open the casket and investigate some eerie slayings. Topics include the identity politics of real-life vampires, a French bloodsucker hiding in plain sight, and a human trafficker who was really bad at covering his tracks. Drip some Vampire Vineyards Dracula Merlot onto your lips, tuck into that rare steak, and tune in for Vampire Serial Killers.
Ep103: Figure Skating Crimes
This week, the gals sharpen their skates and jump into some icy incidents. Topics include a quasi-Nazi with a questionable business plan, some incredible mid-90s fashion, and a Minnesotan coach’s fucked-up fixation. Crack open a bottle of Gorgeous Pinot Noir Chardonnay, practice your death spiral (check), and tune in for Figure Skating Crimes.
Ep102: Social Media Crimes
This week, the gals log in and scroll through some socially motivated crimes. Topics include a paternity debacle taken too far, some fatal familial non-issues, and the legal reasons you may want to stay off the grid entirely. Pour a glass of Winc’s #tbt White Blend, turn on your away message, and tune in for Social Media Crimes.
Ep101: Hot for Teacher Crimes
This week, the gals get schooled on some inappropriate student-teacher relations. Topics include an infamous educator with an unhealthy idea of romance, the double-edged sword of power dynamics, and an unsanctioned field trip with a health teacher. Pour yourself a big ol’ glass of Winc’s Summer Water Rosé, finish up your homework, and tune in for Hot for Teacher Crimes.
Ep100: Centenarian Crimes
This week, the gals celebrate their 100th episode by peering into their distant, wrinkly, feeble future. Topics include a very tense roommate situation, a whole bunch of missing Japanese pensioners, and a very dangerous case of dementia. Splurge on a bottle of Winc’s Dime 100 Red Blend (go on, you’ve earned it), call dibs on the bed by the window, and tune in for Centenarian Crimes.
Ep99: Canal Crimes LIVE From Brooklyn, NY!
This week, the gals wade through some grimy waterway crimes. Topics include New York’s extensive (and often biohazardous) canal system, the dangers of peeing into bodies of water, and some slime so toxic that it required a visit to the emergency room. Crack open a bottle of Oxford Landing Estates Sauvignon Blanc, secure your Playstation, hose yourself off, and tune in for Canal Crimes.
Ep98: Crimes that Inspired Musicals
This week, the gals get out their pitch pipes and explore some crimes so intense that they sparked song and dance numbers. Cases include a couple of tabloid-hungry flappers, a conviction that fueled Southern antisemitism, and a meat pie alibi. Pop open a bottle of Winc’s Wall of Sound Red Blend, put on your dancin’ shoes, and tune in for Crimes that Inspired Musicals.
Ep97: Gal Pal Crimes
This week, the gals take stock of their friendships while discussing some not-so-friendly crimes. Topics include a pair of girlfriends with a sick side gig, a jilted wife with a murderous vendetta, and yet another obstacle to breaking that glass ceiling. Pour a glass of Winc’s Chommie Cabernet Sauvignon, toast to your bestie, and tune in for Gal Pal Crimes.
Ep96: Isotope Analysis
This week, the gals put on their goggles and dive into (and over their heads in) some chemistry sh*t. Topics include questionable boxes of bones, a Jane Doe who’s impacted an entire town, and a convoluted analogy involving cats in wigs. Pop a bottle of Winc’s Baseline Syrah, seriously consider what you’re feeding your bones, and tune in for Isotope Analysis.
Ep95: Campus Crimes
This week, the gals go back to school to talk about crimes in college settings. Topics include some important Wisconsin family traditions, baby oil nightmares, and how to get us into the bushes. Crack open a bottle of Arbor Mist Exotic Fruits White Zinfandel, line up those red Solo cups, keep an eye on your drink, and tune in for Campus Crimes.
Ep94: Airport Antics
This week, the gals take off with some odd airport crimes. Topics include stolen and smuggled seafood, contraband penis, literal snakes on a plane, and the science behind those ten-pound Toblerones. Pour a small plastic cup of Airport Road Marquette, remove any liquids over three ounces from your carry-on, and tune in for Airport Antics.
Ep93: Ex-Pat Crimes
This week, the gals seriously consider the pros and cons of living in their native country. Topics include the historical effects of an exodus, a Thai tiger terror plot, plus an isolated couple and a questionable suicide. Pop open a fresh bottle of Barefoot Pinot Grigio, polish your Tiffany lamp collection, and tune in for Ex-Pat Crimes.
Ep92: Eastern European Serial Killers
This week, the gals head east to check out some gory stories from the Motherland. Cases include a spritely set of Ukrainian maniacs, a killer addicted to both sex and socks, and a seriously sick teacher with a thing for his students. This episode is paired with Winc’s Salient Cabernet Sauvignon, so get out your Slovak translation guide, buckle the f**k up, and tune in for Eastern European Serial Killers.
Ep91: Forensic Anthropology
This week, the gals bone up on their forensic skills. Topics include a super-cold case with multiple murderers, the intersection of science and racism, and a couple of lucky bunions. Pick up a bottle of Winc’s Forma de Vida Verdejo, maybe pour a glass of milk to go along with it, and tune in for Forensic Anthropology.
Ep90: Coerced Confessions
This week, the gals dig deep into the psychological reasons behind false confessions. Topics include a team of crummy Irish cops, some really f*cked up legal loopholes, and the motivations of both suspects and authorities. Dump an entire bottle of Inocencio Pinot Noir into your glass, call a lawyer, and tune in for Coerced Confessions.
(BONUS EP) Beyond Stupid: Fake Experts ft. Alie Ward
This week, the gals chat with Alie muthaf*ckin Ward of the Ologies podcast about some notorious know-it-alls. Topics include a slippery sommelier, a doc with dangerous motives, and an obit that’s also a confession and kind of a manifesto. Mix up a dose of Snake Oil Spritzer (that is white wine with kombucha over ice to honor our LA-based guest), make sure you’re up to date on your vaccinations, and tune in for Beyond Stupid: Fake Experts.
Ep89: Killer Couples
This week, the gals take a good, hard look at the men in their lives. Topics include the ways in which a good partner turns bad, a pair on a puppy-love killing spree, and some sick sisterly bonding. Grab a glass of Some Young Punks’ Passion Has Red Lips Cabernet Shiraz, reexamine your current relationship, and tune in for Killer Couples.
Ep88: Royal Kerfuffles
This week, the gals put on their ermine robes and mink mantles to chat about some dastardly kings and queens. Topics include musical underwear, a tale of two cousins with an unnecessary number of spies, and a slightly more violent Romeo and Juliet saga. This episode is paired with Chronic Cellars 2016 Sofa King Bueno Red Blend, so pour some into your goblet (or your father-in-law’s skull), assemble the court, and tune in for Royal Kerfuffles.
Ep87: Forensic Meteorology
This week, the gals forecast crimes occurring during major weather events. Special guest Dr. Elizabeth Austin joins to talk about investigating weather-related evidence. Topics include the devastation of Puerto Rico & a violent plane crash in Texas. Pour a glass of Winc’s Restless Earth Grenache, resign yourself to never flying again, watch Weather Channel’s “Storm of Suspicion,” & tune in for Forensic Meteorology.
Ep86: Ransom Crimes
This week, the gals investigate mysterious clues leading to kidnapped persons. Cases include some greedy-ass Spaniards, a Minnesotan crime worthy of the Cohen brothers, and a woman who blurred the line between lover and accomplice. Pop open a bottle of Winc’s The Bluffer Valdiguié, dig out your old newspapers and some glue, and tune in for Ransom Crimes.
Ep85: Craigslist Crimes
This week, the gals seek personal stories of murder from the annals of public online forums. Topics include Mr. List’s origin story, a grizzled Santa with a super shady internet history, and a multitalented babysitter who answered the wrong ad. Pop open a bottle of Winc’s Ruza Zinfandel Rosé, rethink that too-good-to-be-true job offer, and tune in for Craigslist Crimes.
Ep84: Reservation Crimes
This week, the gals discuss some issues facing Native communities. Topics include boarding schools from hell, haunting legal loopholes, and a group who stumbled into wealth–and mortal danger. Pop open a bottle of Native Vines Cabernet Franc, burn your history books, vote in every election possible, and tune in to Reservation Crimes.
Ep83: Horse Crimes
This week, the gals saddle up to explore some equine crimes. Topics include a professional horse hitman, some suspicious meat filler, and literal painted pony. Pour a glass of Hot To Trot Red Blend from 14 Hands Winery, grab a bucket, reconsider that frozen burger patty, and tune in for Horse Crimes.
Ep82: State Fair Crimes
This week, the gals head to the great state get-together to investigate some odd crimes. Topics include the origins of some deep-fried fair favorites, a road-tripping Nazi, and a real bummer of a beer robbery. Pop open a bottle of Trinity Oaks Chardonnay, pair it with a bucket of cookies, and tune in for State Fair Crimes.
Ep81: Vanished Without a Trace
This week, the gals slip into some mysterious cases involving people who disappear and leave no clues behind. Topics include an unhappy girl with a fishy father, a young woman with everything going for her, plus Payne Lindsey joins us from the podcast “Up and Vanished.” Pour a glass of Lost Vineyards Bianco, do not go for that run, and tune in for Vanished Without a Trace.
Ep80: Art Theft
This week, the gals examine some cultural property thefts and what governments do to try to prevent them. Topics include an extremely expensive late-night heist, a ballsy couple who flew WAY under the radar, and some Chinese knockoffs of a different variety. Pop open a bottle of Winc’s Selected Works Pinot Noir, hang that empty frame, google that fun little piece you picked up at the thrift store, and tune in for Art Theft.
Ep79: Justifiable Homicide
This week, the gals navigate the gray world of murder victims who may have had it coming. Topics include a famous gospel singer who wasn’t exactly a saint, a snowball fight turned fatal, and the many ways in which Stand Your Ground Laws go wrong. Pour a glass of Winc’s Debts and Lessons Riesling, get the hell off your neighbor’s wall, grab a broom for good measure, and tune in for Justifiable Homicide.
Ep78: Game-Changing Evidence
This week, the gals examine some crimes that may not have been solved had it not been for some radical new technologies. Topics include innovated autopsies, a violent man with poor penmanship, and a Super Bowl party turned deadly. Pick up a bottle of Salton’s Evidence Brut Chardonnay, pour yourself a bowl of STRmix, do not trust your car, and tune in for Game-Changing Evidence.
Ep77: Killer Nicknames
This week, the gals examine the ways and reasons criminals earn infamous aliases. Topics include pop psychology and the press, a prolific west-coast terrorist, and a well-mannered Brit who just wanted to find the perfect roommate. Pick up a bottle of NickName Cabernet Sauvignon, purchase a genealogy kit, do NOT speak to your neighbor, and tune in for Killer Nicknames.
Ep76: Dismemberment Crimes
This week, the gals dissect some gory cases in bits and pieces. Topics include historically bloody deaths by elephants, an alleged motivation by marijuana, and a decadent autumnal supper. Grab a bottle of Winc’s Far & Wide Frappato, sharpen your knives, report your missing mother, and tune in for Dismemberment Crimes.
Ep75: Bride Crimes
This week, the gals make the ultimate commitment before their friends and family. Topics include the psychology behind bridezillas, a young wife with a terrible coverup, and a woman with her eyes on the unborn prize. Engage a bottle of Winc’s Pretty Young Thing Sauvignon Blanc, pare down your guest list, double-check that ultrasound, and tune in for Bride Crimes.
Ep74: Hollywood Curses
This week, the gals head to Tinsel Town to chat about some paranormal happenings. Topics include a series of very bad “Omens,” some twisted ties to the Manson family, and a lot of very real skeletons. Snag a bottle of The Skeleton Key Proprietor’s Red, turn off the TV, cancel your flight to London, and tune in for Hollywood Curses.
This week, the gals add to their list of paranoias and discuss how internet relationships can go awry. Topics include a roommate from hell, a lady who couldn’t seem to get over a breakup, and the many, many behaviors that constitute online abuse. Pick up a glass and a bottle of Winc’s Salient pinot noir, save those screenshots, and tune in for Cyberstalking.
Ep72: Fatal Friends
This week, the gals appreciate their friendship while discussing some that turned deadly. Topics include video game motivations for homicide, a casual “Weekend At Bernie’s”-style body dump, and the value of juice rewards. Pop open a bottle of Winc’s The Independent white blend, cancel your birthday party, purge your Facebook friends list, and tune in for Fatal Friends.
Ep71: Trucker Crimes
This week, the gals dodge some bear traps, haul out some stats and cases, and do their best to keep the rubber side on the road. Topics include the grisly origin story of emojis, a trucker with a suspiciously clean cab, and some slang you never knew you needed. Pick up a bottle of Open Road Tempranillo, hop in your rig, check your blind spots, and tune in for Trucker Crimes – 10-4!
Ep70: Waco Whackings
This week, the gals head south to Lone Star State to discuss some unique crimes and culture. Topics include a locomotive stunt gone awry, one very “Lucky” suspect, a violent man who intimidated an entire town for decades, and lots of Dr. Pepper. Crack open a bottle of Spoetzl Brewery Shiner Blonde (yes, we know it’s not a wine), grab your fishin’ pole and your aviators, and tune in for Waco Whackings.
Ep69: Forensic Serology
This week, the gals shoot out some facts and crimes related to male ejaculate. Topics include a whole town “coming” together to solve a mystery, a fast-moving serial rapist, and many, many euphemisms. Release some of Winc’s Funk Zone Red Blend, grab some Jergens and a black light, and tune in for Forensic Serology.
Ep68: Black Widows
This week, the gals chat about women you wouldn’t want to woo. Topics include a French blonde on a schedule, a woman with “psychic” talents and a whole lotta cousins, and post-coital snacks of a cannibalistic variety. This episode is paired with Winc’s Finke’s Widow, so pop a bottle, polish your belly, avoid soup, and tune in for Black Widows.
Ep67: Freshwater Crimes (Minneapolis Live Show!)
This week, the gals are broadcasting from their second Minneapolis live show! Topics include a suspicious scuba diver, a swinger with a jealous husband, and all the cool creatures and crustaceans that will feed on your bloated corpse after drowning. So towel off, check on your swim buddy, pick up a bottle of Trinity Oaks, and dive in for Freshwater Crimes!
Ep66: Crimes that Inspired Bestsellers
This week, the gals read about some famous crimes that became the basis for books. Author M. William Phelps joins the conversation to give some insight on how these books take shape. Other topics include a sensational book release and some questionable pajama alibi. Grab a bottle of Winc’s Selected Works Chardonnay, put some batteries in your portable recorder, hire a ghostwriter, and tune in for Crimes That Inspired Bestsellers.
Ep65: Faked Abductions
This week, the gals discuss the various reasons and ways one might fake their own kidnapping. Cases include a model with an oddly specific thing for socks, a bad decision in the form of a Facebook post, and a prank show gone horribly wrong. This episode is paired with Otis Kenyon Roussanne, so untie your shackles, pop one open, schedule some alone time, and tune in for Faked Abductions.
Ep64: Brute Strength Murders
This week, the gals flex their muscles to discuss some major feats of strength. Topics include a rekindled high school romance that ends in tragedy, a badass nurse who does not have time for your sh*t, and something about Tom Hardy (who really cares what it was). Pick up a bottle of Rodney Strong Cabernet, pump some iron, do NOT drink the scorpion, and tune in for Brute Strength Murders.
Ep63: Unbelievable Acquittals
This week, the gals drop their jaws at some of the most ridiculous acquittals in history. Topics include a not-so-mysterious insulin overdose, yet another killer cop, and courtroom racism. Pop open a bottle of Winc’s Matchlock Cabernet, consult an attorney, demand a toxicology report, and tune in for Unbelievable Acquittals.
Ep62: Drug Deals Gone Bad
This week, the gals sniff out some cases involving illicit drugs and the many ways they’ll screw you over. Topics include a global opium squabble, a young entrepreneur with a straightforward sales pitch, and a man with a lot more to offer in his (ahem) southern head than his northern one. Score a bottle of Winc’s Dime Red Blend, make sure the safety’s on, don’t answer the door, and tune in for Drug Deals Gone Bad.
Ep61: Hometown Gory
This week, the gals return to their hometowns to investigate some sh*t that went down a little too close to home. Topics include a family man turned cold-blooded murderer, an ex-landlord with a grudge, and a domestic dispute that was a little overkill (literally). Pop open a bottle of Winc’s fruity Ville Basse Merlot, tell your parents you’re coming home for the weekend, consider investing in an elevator, be nice to your office manager, and tune in for Hometown Gory.
Ep60: Shallow Graves
This week, the gals dig not-too-deep into some cases involving hasty burials. Topics include the wonders of forensic archaeology, a worldly woman with an unnatural obsession, and the mysterious murder of a family of four. Bust out a bottle of Winc’s Restless Earth Cabernet Sauvignon, call your favorite child, cancel that trip to Mexico, and tune in for Shallow Graves.
Ep59: Be Careful What You Wish For… CRIMES
This week, the girls wish for light and happy cases only to receive some dark and tragic ones (probably because they weren’t very specific about it). Topics include nuanced genies, a lamb dish (or was it beef?) gone bad, and a Jenny Jones bit turned fatal. Crack open a bottle of Winc’s Wonderful White Blend, pick up a scratch ticket, keep your secret crush to yourself, and tune in for Be Careful What You Wish For…Crimes.
Ep58: Beyond Stupid – Scams
This week, the gals get acquainted with the big wide world of stupid scams. Topics include emotive Nigerian princes, a doctor with a medical-adjacent education and a thing for goats, and the minefield that is internet dating for elderly. Press your whole cluster with a bottle of Winc’s Endgame Chardonnay, don’t open that email attachment, double-check your surgeon’s credentials, and tune in for Beyond Stupid: Scams.
Ep57: Bio Crimes
This week, the gals put on their hazmat suits and venture into the science of dangerous biological agents. Topics include some politically-charged letters, a dick of a doctor with a revenge fantasy, and the various natural germs that can wipe out entire countries. Pick up a bottle of Winc’s Sans Script Petit Verdot, write to your congressperson (just don’t eat any powdered donuts beforehand), and tune in for Bio Crimes.
Ep56: God Bless the Vitamins (ahem, Veteran Murders)
This week, the gals honor the brave individuals who have served our country. Topics include a smart young soldier who just wanted her M&Ms, an accomplished Captain and her beloved Boogie, and the nuances of buying lip balm. This episode is paired with Winc’s Rogue Admiral 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, so head back to your tent, make your bed, kick off your boots, and tune in for God Bless the Vitamins Murders.
Ep55: South African Crimes
This week, the gals head to South Africa to investigate some crimes south of the equator. Topics include a vineyard “suicide,” some scandalous text messages, and a teen with a literal axe to grind. Pour yourself a glass of Winc’s Cape Route Chenin Blanc, don’t forget your passport, and tune in for South African Crimes.
Ep54: Sleepwalking Crimes
This week, the gals explore the weird world of somnambulism. Topics include a catatonic Canadian with blood on his hands, why babies are good for hugging, and ye old sleepwalking murder defense. Wash down your Ambien with a glass of Winc’s Pas Ordinaire Red Blend (actually do not do that), cover the pool, strap yourself down, and tune in for Sleepwalking Crimes.
Ep53: Infamous Females
This week, the gals chat dangerous dames, violent vixens, and murderous mavens. Topics include the rise of female incarceration, a Russian serf-slayer, and a maternity hospital from hell. Pop open a bottle of Winc’s Honey Beast White Blend, purchase your freedom by any means necessary, check in with the babysitter, and tune in for Infamous Females.
Ep52: Road Rage Crimes
This week, the gals buckle up to cover highway homicides. Topics include a wild-eyed former aspiring model with a bad temper, a rabbi with an authority complex, and dangerous driving in Los Angeles. Paired with this episode is Winc’s 2012 So This Happened… Red Blend, so park your car before pouring a glass, take a few deep breaths, and settle in for Road Rage Crimes.
Ep51: Pet Crimes
This week, the gals chat about pet-related crimes. Cases include a puppy-induced homicide, the rise and fall of an international racing pigeon empire, and your risk of being killed and eaten by your pets. This episode is paired with Winc’s Copycat Tempranillo, so drop one in your basket, let the dog out, place your pigeon bets, and tune in for Pet Crimes.
Ep50: Crimes Solved by Psychics
This week, the gals explore the paranormal and how investigators can channel it. Topics include a Dutch Miracle Max, a pointy-faced derelict, and some frighteningly specific sets of numbers, plus intuitive consultant Charles Tiemann shares his story. Order a bottle of Winc’s Diviner Sauvignon Blanc, shuffle your tarot cards, burn some sage, and tune in for Crimes Solved by Psychics.
Ep49: Cold Cases
This week, the gals investigate some unsolved murders. Topics include a set of mysterious codes, a bunch of Italian grocers, and an unsettling evening of jazz. Special guest Lieutenant Tommy Potter joins the show to discuss Investigation Discovery’s new season of “Killing Fields: Murder Isle,” as well as his experiences investigating old unsolved crimes. Pour yourself a nice cold glass of Cloud Break Sauvignon Blanc, make sure you’re seen in public, check in with your weed dealer, and tune in for Cold Cases.
Ep48: Crazy Canadians
This week, the gals head to the Great White North to discuss some crazy Canadian crimes. Cases include a military man with a deadly fetish, a chocolate bar outrage, and a surprisingly intense maple syrup heist. So why doncha pick up a two-four ‘a Labatt Blue for yer Molson muscle, count yer loonies (and toonies), kick back on yer chesterfield, and tune in for Crazy Canadians, eh?
Ep47: Organized Crime
This week, the gals talk gangsters. Topics include a beautiful bootlegger, a gentle Italian with too many enemies, and what the heck racketeering actually is. Put a bottle of Winc’s Chop Shop Cabernet Sauvignon in your basket, load your boot pistol, polish your gold chains, and tune in for Organized Crime.
Ep46: Evil Twins
This week’s fan-picked episode has the gals seeing double with an entire show about Evil Twins. Topics include an ancient cosmic egg, a resilient pair of Swedish nutcases, and some charming English rabble-rousers. Paired with this episode is Winc’s Kin & Country Primitivo, so pour two glasses, set your gin trap, shave your goatee, and tune in.
Ep45: Identity Theft
This week, the gals gain a new paranoia while discussing the many ways in which your identity can be stolen. Topics include a douchey Frenchman, some major high school FOMO, and why you should always pay attention to the card reader at the gas pump. Paired with this episode is Winc’s Porter and Plot Dolcetto, so sign up for LifeLock, look over those bank statements, and tune in for Identity Theft.
Ep44: Hate Crimes
This week, the gals get fired up about hate crimes, because obviously. Topics include the deplorable policies of the US federal and state governments (and the heroes that fight against them), a horrific murder in southeast Iowa, and the atrocities that still occur post-apartheid in South Africa. Better stock up with Winc’s Folly of the Beast Pinot Noir (you might need it), look up the numbers for your representatives, and tune in.
Ep43: Forensic Botany
This week, the gals dig up some fascinating cases involving the “field” of forensic botany. Topics include a Welsh Snot Lady, a funky ladder, and the peculiar proclivities of pollen. This episode is paired with Winc’s Field Theory Albariño, so grab your gardening gloves, pop some Claritin, and tune in.
Ep42: Mid-Coitus Murders
This week, the gals chat “O” faces… as in, “OMG, what are you doing??” That’s right, the topic of Ep42 is Mid-Coitus Murders! Cases include some kinky Germans with a thing for the produce aisle, plus a novice dominatrix and creepy old man pairing. So pick up a bottle of Naked Winery’s Committed Red Blend, put down the cucumber, and tune in!
Ep41: Medieval Murders
This week, the gals go back to the Middle Ages (and Early Renaissance) to talk Medieval Murders. Topics include a hungry werewolf, creepy lullabies, and some ghastly medical procedures. Pick up a bottle of Winc’s One from the Quiver Malbec, sharpen thy sword, feed thy wife, and tune in.
Ep40: Casino Crimes
This week, the gals place their bets and chat Casino Crimes. Topics include a fishy French beauty with a tricky pack of cigarettes, a team of “Ocean’s 11” wannabes, and the many ways in which you can get kicked out of a casino. This episode is paired with Winc’s Ace in the Hole Red Blend, so sign up for a bottle, ignore that lusty casino owner, blow on the dice, and tune in!
Ep39: Militia Murders
This week, the gals discuss what makes a militia, and what defines them as murderers. Topics include violent bootcamp dropouts, some Hitler-loving Frenchmen, and a delusional group of drunk white dudes (really narrows it down, eh?). This episode is paired with Winc’s Alma Libre Red Blend, so put a bottle in your basket, polish your musket, line up a lawyer, and tune in for Militia Murders.
Ep38: Sweet Revenge
This week, the gals get vindictive chatting about sweet revenge. Cases include a sleazeball with a penchant for jewelry who couldn’t take no for an answer (plus throw in a cuckolded cop and pair of lesbian lovers for good measure), and one bad ass Mama Bear. This episode is paired with Winc’s Loves Me Not Rosé, so order a bottle, dust off your burn book, and tune in.
Ep37: Occult Crimes
This week, the gals get into the Halloween spirit to chat about occult crimes. Topics include a headless vet, some very imaginative preschoolers, and more skull crafts. This episode is paired with Winc’s Invoke Syrah, so put it in your basket, recover some lost memories, hang onto your rosary, and tune in.
Ep36: Beyond Stupid – Petty BS
This week, the gals revisit a favorite topic to discuss really stupid criminals who achieve notoriety because of some seriously petty sh*t. Topics include a passionate Avril Lavigne fan, an offensive Taco Bell promotion, and a woman who was displeased with her cheese. The wine pairing for this episode is Low Hanging Fruit White Zin, so grab a glass, pay your bill, leave the store manager alone, and tune in for Beyond Stupid: Petty BS.
Ep35: Political Assassinations
This week, the gals explore the rich history of political assassinations. Topics include an axe-wielding bear, a hippie with a vendetta, and one very good reason why you don’t want to piss off Putin. This episode is paired with Shinas Estate Sweet Justice Moscato, so pick up a bottle, pour your own glass (ahem), cancel any upcoming public appearances, and tune in.
Ep34: Stashed Bods
This week, the gals get a little graphic talking about what happens when bodies are kept stashed in a house. Topics include the stages of decomposition, a sleepy strangler, respectful squatters, and some hoarders (naturally). Grab a bottle of Winc’s Funk Zone White Blend, clean out your guest bedroom, consider a bog burial, and settle in for Episode 34: Stashed Bods.
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.