Fresh Hell Podcast

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Two women, from opposite sides of the Atlantic, talk about murder, mystery and the macabre. This is your award winning, international true crime podcast, hosted by Annie and Johanna.

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A young man spends a fun night at a discotheque, but he will never return home alive again. What happens in this cold January night is a senseless crime and a more senseless death. Johanna tells you about the murder of Ulrich Nacken, that teaches us all a lesson in civil courage!

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Nov 24

30 min

One early March day in 1876 raw meat started to fall from the sky in rural Kentucky. What caused this incident? Was it a bad omen? And most importantly: Would you try to eat mystery meat that rained down on you?

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Nov 17

38 min 11 sec

This week we are talking about the probable fate of Walter Collins, as well as the kidnapping of Lewis and Nelson Winslow and several other children, who are unfortunately unknown to this day. Responsible for their brutal murders is a man named Gordon Stewart Northcott

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Nov 10

58 min 22 sec

In part one we discuss the incredible story of a missing boy, Walter Collins, and what his mother, Christine suffered in her desperate attempts to find her son in 1920s Los Angeles. 

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Nov 3

52 min 49 sec

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Oct 27

59 min 40 sec

In the penultimate episode of the most macabre month of the year, we’re talking monsters. Two of our favorite Cryptids, the Dover Demon of Massachusetts and the Jersey Devil of New Jersey are discussed.    

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Oct 20

46 min 53 sec

Spooky season continues, and today we discuss some of the most famous curses in history.  We talk about the history of India’s Koh-i-Noor diamond, the sacred site of Uluru, the car that ended James Dean’s life, and a deadly chair.   This episode is sponsored by Best Fiends: www.bestfiends.com

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Oct 13

54 min 37 sec

Today we’re talking about Urban Legends…the lies we tell for the thrill of a scare. Annie & Johanna share the creepiest, most hair raising tales of terror from around the world for the first episode in the spookiest month. So sit back, relax…and don’t forget to check the backseat!

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Oct 6

42 min 56 sec

In the summer of 1928 workers find the burning body of a woman in a Viennese park. Who is the victim and who murdered her? And is this really an unsolved case? This week Johanna tells you the story of Katharina Fellner who was murdered at the Lainzer Tiergarten

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Sep 29

36 min 34 sec

In early 1917, the people of Wilkes-Barre, PA were terrified by a attacker who was stalking young women and cutting off locks of their hair. Fear turned to hysteria as young women and girls received terrifying letters warning them they would be next, their hair often cut at the scalp. Would police catch the person responsible for these bizarre and well planned attacks? Join us and we’ll tell you everything. 

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Sep 22

47 min 58 sec

Mary Catherine Edwards was a beautiful, beloved second grade teacher. Her brutal murder in 1995 was devastating for her friends and family, and shocked her hometown Beaumont, Texas. The case was cold for 26 years until just recently, when a DNA match through an ancestry site gave detectives their first lead.    This episode is sponsored by Best Fiends: www.bestfiends.com

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Sep 15

38 min 52 sec

Grace Mae Brown was the bright beautiful daughter of a family who ran a dairy farm in South Otselic, NY. Today Annie tells us about her cold blooded murder in the beautiful Adirondacks, and the sensational trial that followed.    Outro: Arthur Collins "Bill Baley, Won't You Please Come Home?" (1902)

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Sep 8

1 hr 7 min

In the Spring of 1922, a family living on a picturesque farm in France was devastated when their lovely 2 year old daughter went missing one day, in broad daylight. A month later the grieving family had a visit from the police who came with a photograph and news that their daughter had been found in Cherbourg. Was this a miracle, or was there a much darker explanation? Johanna tells us the shocking story of Pauline Picard, and it’s one that’ll keep Annie up for a while.

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Aug 25

55 min 42 sec

Today Annie completes the story of the school bus full of children who were kidnapped, and buried alive in a remote area in California’s Alameda County.

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Aug 18

1 hr 1 min

1976, Chowchilla, California: a school bus with 26 children and the driver on board just vanishes on a hot summer day. Annie tells us the story of the Chowchilla Kidnapping.   This episode is sponsored by Best Fiends: www.bestfiends.com

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Aug 11

50 min 1 sec

Today we read some of our favorite listener stories. These Hellions made us laugh and cry, and today we are sharing their stories with you!

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Aug 4

43 min 13 sec

Sugar can be a real killer, but usually not quite like this… We discuss the 1858 mass poisoning of more than 200 people in Bradford, England. The deadly consequences when an inert is accidentally replaced with arsenic, and the tragic aftermath.

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Jul 28

43 min 14 sec

Johanna tells Annie about the brutal murder of a retired army officer, that took place in Mönchengladbach in 1906. Once again gredd is the motive for a crime!

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Jul 21

40 min 42 sec

Evelyn Grace Hartley was a 15 year old girl, who was abducted in 1953 while babysitting, in Lacrosse, Wisconsin. Annie tells Johanna the details of this terrifying, baffling, still unsolved case.

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Jul 14

1 hr

We have a lot of differences, but we both love the beauty, art, architecture and macabre aspects that come when visiting a historic place of worship, and today Johanna tells Annie about the famous St. Stephen’s cathedral in Vienna. This magnificent building’s mosaic tile roof might first catch your eye, but join us as Johanna tells us the fascinating and macabre history of this architectural treasure.

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Jul 7

47 min 56 sec

Today we discuss two cases of Reincarnation that we find particularly compelling. A child in America with memories of his death as a navy pilot in World War 2 is discussed, as well as the story of a woman from the, UK who used hypnosis to help retrieve childhood memories, and track down the surviving children in Ireland she felt she abandoned, when she died in a past life.

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Jun 30

42 min 10 sec

Johanna tells Annie about the devastating and infuriating murder of 8 year old Lucie Berlin. The trial was also notable, as some of the blood evidence presented in court was a first in the history of forensics

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Jun 23

51 min 22 sec

We are back, this week with a bonus episode: Annie had the great pleasure to be a guest on Crimelines, True Crime. Charlie and Annie talk about the new developments in the mysterious case of the Lady of the Dunes. Will we soon learn the true identity of this unforgotten Jane Doe?

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Jun 16

53 min 7 sec

We talked about their lives, and deaths. But what happened to Katherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Katherine Parr after their deaths? This week we talk about their funerals, or lack thereof, and the places they allegedly haunt. And did they, in fact, rest in peace?

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May 26

1 hr 1 min

As some of you are starting to plan for future trips, we thought we could give you a few travel suggestions. From haunted hotels to the Door to Hell, we got you covered. This episode is sponsored by Best Fiends: www.bestfiends.com

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May 19

51 min 8 sec

This week Johanna tells Annie all about a Japanese singer, who landed a smash hit all around the world with his first solo single, and also about his tragic death in the deadliest single aircraft accident, that caused the death of 520 people. Link to flight voice recorder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xfh9-ogUgSQ

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May 12

53 min 20 sec

This week we take a look at some of the lighter spookier coincidences we know of.  Did Mark Twin predict his own death?  What are the coincidences between Lincoln & Kennedy? How does nature vs. nurture play a role in the story of the Jim Twins? Can Sir Anthony Hopkins please confirm a rumor about his role in the Girl From Peteovska, starring Goldie Hawn? We'll look at these coincidences and more in this episode, which is much lighter and chattier compared to our usual episodes. You've been warned!  

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May 5

43 min 6 sec

This week Johanna tells Annie the story of the Beast of Gévaudan, who is thought to be responsible for over 100 deaths. But what, or who, was this creature that haunted the remote French region in the middle of the 18th century?

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Apr 28

55 min 18 sec

Known as the ‘Merry Widow of Weymouth,’ by the police who were occasionally called to end parties, Grayce Asquith was a woman who had survived a lot of loss, but had found happiness again, only to be brutally murdered and dismembered, at the age of 41. John Lyons, the man she intended to marry, was missing, and nowhere to be found... join us as we discuss the Murder of Grayce Asquith and the disappearance of John Lyons.

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Apr 21

50 min

This is considered to be the first high profile missing person case of the US. What happened to New York socialite Dorothy Arnold, who disappeared in December of 1910, after she bought a box of chocolate?   This episode is brought to you by Best Fiends: www.bestfiends.com

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Apr 14

38 min 51 sec

This is part two of a two part episode covering the unsolved 1981 murders that rocked a small Northern California town, the former Keddie resort. Annie tells Johanna about Glenna Sue Sharp and her five kids. Their dream of starting a fresh life had come true, but they were only there for five months when they were the victims of unspeakable violence. Several family members and a family friend were brutally murdered. This week, we talk new evidence, confessions, theories and conspiracy theories...

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Mar 24

1 hr 1 min

This is part one of a two part episode covering the unsolved 1981 murders that rocked a small Northern California town, the former Keddie resort. Annie tells Johanna about Sue Sharp and her five kids. Their dream of starting a fresh life had come true, but they were only there for five months when they were the victims of unspeakable violence. Several family members and a family friend were brutally murdered. Next week, we talk evidence, confessions, theories and conspiracy...

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Mar 17

1 hr 6 min

Johanna and Annie discuss the events surrounding the disappearance of three lighthouse keepers on a desolate island off the windswept coast of Scotland. Was there a supernatural force at play, or a more pragmatic explanation? Join us as we discuss the theories and please share your own thoughts with us as we discuss this enduring mystery.

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Mar 10

50 min 33 sec

Johanna tells Annie the story of Mathias Kneißl, a Bavarian folk legend from the 1800’s. How did this accordion playing carpenter become a killer, and wanted man? Did he manipulate the system, or was he a victim of it?             

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Mar 3

50 min

In today's episode we are discussing the lives and deaths of wives 4, 5 & 6: Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Katherine Parr

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Feb 24

50 min 42 sec

Today Annie & Johanna cover the highlights of the lives and deaths of the six women who married King Henry VIII. In today’s episode we’ll discuss Katherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, and what King Henry was really like.

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Feb 17

1 hr 10 min

Today we’re celebrating our 100th episode by sharing some of your stories of murder, mystery and the macabre. CW: this episode touched on suicide, addiction, and other difficult topics, listener discretion is advised!

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Feb 10

39 min 57 sec

Today we conclude the Sylvia Likens case by telling you about the abuse and torture she suffered during the weeks leading up to her death. We also discuss the trial that followed and the aftermath. This episode is particularly difficult to listen to!

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Feb 3

56 min 27 sec

This case is still considered to be one of the most horrendous crimes in the State of Indiana. In 1965, 16 year old Sylvia Likens had to endure months of torture and abuse by a woman who was supposed to take care of her. But Gertrude Baniszewski was not the only one involved in this murder

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Jan 27

45 min 5 sec

Annie tells Johanna about a long forgotten murder on the beautiful island of Bermuda. This is a tragic case of domestic abuse and murder, at the hands of her husband, Edward Skeeters...perhaps with a supernatural twist? You decide if it was coincidence or something unexplained that gave the lovely, kind Anna the justice she deserved, but never had while she was alive.

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Jan 20

47 min 22 sec

When the Thorne family, of Bondi, won the 10th Opera House lottery their lives changed overnight.  But instead of a dream come true that helped their hardworking family, the lotto win quickly became a nightmare when their 8 year old son, Graeme was taken on his way to school. The kidnapping of Graeme Thorne shocked Syndey, Australia and for children growing up at this time, things would never be quite the same again.

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Jan 13

1 hr 5 min

Johanna takes Annie back to the Habsburg era, to discuss one of Austria’s serial killers, Hugo Schenk. This imposter, con-man and murderer was charming, brutal and ruthless, and he didn’t work alone. Most infuriating? His motive.       This eispde is sponsored by Best Fiends: www.bestfiends.com

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Jan 6

51 min 11 sec

In this episode we read back through some of the top headlines of 2020, most of which are...not good. We discuss some of the major events in a particularly awful year and conclude with some of the more interesting New year's traditions around the world. Join us and remember everything we survived this year

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Dec 2020

44 min 3 sec

What started as a run of the mill burglary on Christmas Eve would end in one of the most violent attacks this small town in Illinois would ever witness. Soon the question would be: Who is the hunter and who is the prey?! Talking about children with violent tendencies is never easy, especially during the holidays, but today Annie & Johanna discuss the victims of a devious, duplicitous child in a very affluent small town, just before Christmas!   Outro by: Carol Of The Bells by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Artist: http://audionautix.com/

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Dec 2020

48 min 4 sec

It was Christmas Eve 1945, when a fire destroyed the home of George and Jennie Sodder, where they lived with their 10 children. The remains of 5 of their children could not be found. What happened to Maurice, Martha, Louis, Jennie and Betty.   This episode is brought to you by https://www.springrooskin.com/

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Dec 2020

1 hr 6 min

It was on Christmas Day 1929, when Charles D. Lawson went on a 20 min killing spree, that resulted in the death of almost his entire family. What had caused this horrendous crime?   This episode is sponsored by Best Fiends: www.bestfiends.com   Outro: "The Murder of the Lawson Family" by Carolina Buddies

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Dec 2020

49 min 41 sec

This week we discuss some of the more disturbing early medical treatments, how witches played a role in healing, and why you might want to spend some quality time neck deep in a whale carcass. From early forms of contraception and abortion to literally blowing smoke up your arse, we’ll discuss it, in this episode, which is sure to be the first in a series...

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Dec 2020

50 min 54 sec

Today Annie & Johanna conclude their discussion of the Madeleine McCann case. We travel from the UK to Portugal and finally to Germany, where Madeleine’s likely killer is behind bars for an unrelated crime. We discuss the ‘man’ the German authorities refer to as Christian B, his disturbing criminal past, and share our final thoughts on this tragic case.   This week's sponsor is Lulubug Jewelry, visit www.lulubugjewelry.net and get 10% off your purchase with the promo code KEEPGOING This week, for Black Friday, get 10% off in our merchstore https://teespring.com/en/stores/fresh-hell-podcast with the promo code OPUS

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Nov 2020

58 min 8 sec

In a departure from their more usual episodes, Annie and Johanna discuss the 2007 disappearance of British 3 year old, Madeleine McCann, while her family were on holiday in Portugal.

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Nov 2020

1 hr 4 min