In this episode, we'll discuss the history of head transplantation and recent medical advancements that might soon make the procedure a reality. Dr. Sergio Canavero is a very controversial figure within the scientific community. He's a cartoonishly boisterous neurosurgeon with 22 years of experience. Despite his extensive resume, many of his peers feel that his research is without merit, that human head transplantation is impossible, and that Canavero's ambitions have made him reckless. Other critics object to the procedure on ethical grounds. Listen to Kevin and Samantha attempt to discuss these topics as Tiny and John Long from the Earth Oddity Podcast do everything within their power to veer the conversation into the oncoming traffic of their minds.
In June 1981 a tiny annoying man finally gained the recognition he'd always wanted but that his hideous personality had prevented him from acquiring. After murdering, mutilating, and eating a young college student in Paris, Issei Sagawa became a B-list celebrity. His parents' wealth and a bit of luck led to Issei Sagawa walking free only a few years after committing his crime. For decades after, Issei enjoyed the attention that was bestowed upon him by those who were curious about the cannibal walking among them. He appeared on late night television shows and on cooking programs. He even made his way into the adult film industry. In this episode we'll discuss this insufferable pervert, and WITL? co-host Samantha will over share about her childhood "hypersexuality".
We recently received some electronic fan mail. This particular email's author related that he enjoys our theme song, he rates our podcast 5 stars, he hopes we continue making the show, and he was once cellmates with a man who cooked and ate his wife. That last nugget of information seemed worthy of a followup. So, we got in touch the man who sent us that email and recorded our conversation with him. Ryan Martin has 4 felonies and 13 misdemeanors. He's done time with a couple of high profile killers including "The Michigan Murderer." Ryan is also incredibly personable. In this episode we'll talk to Ryan about accidentally shooting a prostitute, about his history of violence and drug abuse, and we'll take a listen to some excerpts from his incredibly well written prison essays.
Long enough ago to have certainly past the statute of limitations, I misrepresented myself to serial killers. Pretending to be a woman, I filled pink envelopes with letters hand-written with feminine looping script and mailed them off to some of the most heinous criminals alive in America at the time. One of these criminals replied. The letter I received was from "The Night Stalker," Richard Ramirez.
In this episode, we'll discuss my catfishing of The Night Stalker and answer the questionnaire that Richard Ramirez included with his reply to me. We'll also awkwardly segue into a discussion about Hybristophilia and share a few stories of love behind bars.
In 1976 a Television crew was preparing for an on-location shoot at a Long Beach California funhouse. During the preparation, a crew member accidentally knocked the arm off of what they had previously believed to be a papier-mâché mannequin. To their surprise, this mannequin's newly dismembered arm had a bone inside. Upon closer inspection it was learned that the mannequin was also anatomically correct, complete with a wisp of pubic hair. In this episode, we'll cover Elmer McCurdy's bumbling criminal career and the events that led to his corpse becoming one of the most desecrated in America.
Shannon Larratt was the founder of a website that became notorious as being one of the most unsettling destinations on the web. Contributors to the site routinely posted photos of their own body modifications which often included such invasive procedures as voluntary and medically unnecessary amputations. Shannon himself was one of the first people to have his eyeball tattooed. This website was however much more than a shock site for it's regular contributors. To them, it was a community within which self-expressionism could thrive. In this episode we explore Shannon's contribution to the body modification community, discuss all manner of penile self-mutilation, and we talk with "The Human Tackle Box" Russ Foxx.
In 1927, just a few days before Christmas, Santa Claus held up a bank in Cisco, Texas. After several shootouts with police as well as with hundreds of Texas citizens with poor aim, the largest manhunt in Texas history took place. Within a week, Santa and his accomplices were tracked down. Before the legal system managed to dispense justice though, over 1000 Texans took matters into their own hands.
In part 2 we discuss the gruesome killing that Michael Taylor committed shortly after his 7 hour exorcism. We speak again with Phil who was, in 1974, dating the daughter of the couple that performed Michael's exorcism. We'll cover Michael Taylor's trial, and we'll also find out whether or not we ourselves are susceptible to demonic influence by way of taking "The Demon Test."
Nine months after the release of the film The Exorcist an Ossett West Yorkshire man named Michael Taylor underwent a 7 hour exorcism. The following morning Michael killed and mutilated his wife along with their family dog. In part 1 of "The Worst Exorcism Ever," we discuss the release of the The Exorcist and the impact that the movie had on its mid-1970s audience. We also speak with a new friend and genuine Englishman who was very close to some key players in this story and who shared with us a previously unconsidered perspective on who was really behind this now infamous exorcism.
A 74 year old Mississippi lumberjack had an especially gruesome accident in the Summer of 1984. Forthman Murff was cutting down trees alone as he'd done for decades when one of these trees struck several others on its way down. This led to a shower of heavy branches one of which landed on Murff and left him momentarily unconscious. When he came to he found that his left leg was broken, and his left foot was crushed. More troubling than that though was that he had landed on his chainsaw and it had cut through the front of his neck all the way to his spine. His head was left attached to his body by only his spine and a bit of surrounding tissue. Forthman managed to get medical attention after hopping out of the woods on one leg while holding atop his shoulders his own nearly-severed head. In this episode we speak with a relative of Forthman Murff who shared stories with us about his favorite fun-loving uncle. We also embarked on our first ever Where is the Line? road trip which we managed to fowl up.