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Morbidology is a weekly true crime podcast created and hosted by Emily G. Thompson, author of "Unsolved Child Murders" and co-author of "Unsolved Murders: True Crime Cases Uncovered." Using investigative research combined with primary audio including 911 calls, interviews and trial testimony, Morbidology takes an in-depth look at some of the world's most heinous murders.

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Morbidology is a weekly true crime podcast, created and hosted by Emily G. Thompson. Using primary audio from 911 calls, interviews, interrogations and trial testimony, Morbidology takes a look at some of the most heinous and tragic crimes from all across the world.


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Latest Episodes

25: Rebecca Middleton

Ad-free AvailableBermuda is a British dependent territory in the North Atlantic Ocean, just around 590 miles off the United States Coast. It isn’t a third-world country or a struggling developing nation. It has the one of the highest per capital incomes in the world. In 1996, it had a population of around 60,000 and prided itself on its low crime rate, white sandy beaches and golf courses. Because of this, Bermuda was a widely popular and trouble-free resort, especially popular among Americans. On average, half a million people visit Bermuda yearly. Bermuda was also home to a number of expatriates, many of whom come from British Commonwealth countries and they are attracted to the island because it is steeped in British traditions. With such a small population and low crime rate, island news seldom ventured beyond local newspapers or travel news. That was, at least, until summer of 1996, when the world was rocked by the brutal murder of a young tourist and the injustice that ensued, leaving a black cloud hovering over this idyllic English colony. Show Notes: https://morbidology.com/morbidology-the-podcast-25-rebecca-middletonPatreon: https://www.patreon.com/morbidologyHimalaya +: https://himalaya.com/morbidologyShow recommendation of the week - HOUSEWIVES OF TRUE CRIME. Download the Himalaya app or go to https://www.himalaya.com/housewives and enter promo code HOUSEWIVES at checkout to get 30 days of premium content, FREE!Audio Credit: Ever Mindful, On My Way & Evening of Chaos by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Density & Time - Water Lillies

50 MIN2 h ago
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25: Rebecca Middleton

Morbidology Plus - 01: Michaela Garecht

Exclusive EpisodeAbductions by strangers are relatively rare. In 2018, The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children reported that less than 1% of the missing children reports for that year were stranger abductions. Most missing children are runaways or have been kidnapped by parents in custody disputes.In this exclusive episode of Morbidology Plus, we’re going to cover a case that falls in that 1%.Sources:dearmichaela.comSan Francisco Chronicle, 29 Janaury, 1993 – “Strange Turn in Kidnapping Case”54San Francisco Chronicle, 2 February, 1993 – “Tip on Kidnapping is a Lie”Tri-Valley Herald, 2 September, 2009 – “Police See Similarities Between Dugard, Garecht Cases”The Mercury News, 19 November, 1989 – “Searching for Michaela Themselves a Year After Abduction”The Oakland Tribune, 9 March, 2015 – “Michaela Garecht Disappearance: Speed Freak Killers Information Allegedly Withheld by Sheriff’s Office”San Francisco Chronicle, 6 July, 1994 – “Kidnap Suspect Cleared in 1988 Abductio...

30 MIN5 d ago
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Morbidology Plus - 01: Michaela Garecht

24: The Ewell Family

Ad-free AvailableJust as families across the world were settling down to celebrate Easter Sunday with their loved ones, a brutal crime scene was being discovered in Fresno, California. East Park Circle Drive was affluent neighborhood in Southern California. The half-a-million-dollar homes were well-kept and their gardens well-manicured. The murders stunned the community and highlighted the fact that violent murders were not limited to Fresno’s Skid Row Areas. It was a bloody reminder that even in your own expensive home in a safe and quiet neighborhood, you could become a victim.Show Notes: https://morbidology.com/morbidology-the-podcast-24-the-ewell-familyIn Wondery’s new series Bad Batch, host Laura Beil (Dr. Death) investigates the multi-billion dollar underregulated industry of stem cell therapy where greed and desperation collide. When a group of patients wind up in a Texas hospital in critical condition, the trail leads back to one stem cell company and its charismatic CEO. What happens when...

60 MIN1 w ago
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24: The Ewell Family

Introducing: Bad Batch

Ad-free AvailableIn Wondery's new series Bad Batch, host Laura Beil (Dr. Death) investigates the multi-billion dollar underregulated industry of stem cell therapy where greed and desperation collide. When a group of patients wind up in a Texas hospital in critical condition, the trail leads back to one stem cell company and its charismatic CEO. What happens when a supposed miracle cure leaves you worse off than before? Listen to Bad Batch now: wondery.fm/BBmorbidology

5 MIN1 w ago
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23: Jim Attfield & Nahid Almanea

Ad-free AvailableColchester is a town in the county of Essex. It is known for being a market town and holds one of the most popular markets in North Essex. In 2014, the small town was rocked by two extremely brutal murders and the investigation to catch the killer was one of the biggest carried out by Essex Police. The town was held on edge as the spectre of a serial killer loomed over. Sales of stab proof vests rocketed while people refused to go anywhere alone out of fear they would become the next target.The community and media alike had conjured up the killer as a Yorkshire Ripper or Ted Bundy type, but nobody could have possibly predicted who the killer would turn out to be.Show Notes: https://morbidology.com/morbidology-the-podcast-23-Jim-AttfieldPatreon: https://www.patreon.com/morbidologyHimalaya +: https://himalaya.com/morbidologyShow recommendation of the week - CRIME SALAD. Download the Himalaya app or go to https://www.himalaya.com/crimesalad and enter promo code SALAD at checkout to get...

50 MIN2 w ago
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23: Jim Attfield & Nahid Almanea

22: Garrett Phillips

Ad-free AvailablePotsdam is a small college town in New York of around 9,400 residents. It is located around 20 miles from the Canadian border and has an active downtown strip from the 1950s which morphs into the usually combination of strip malls and chain stores. It is predominantly white. In 2010, it was almost 90% white and less than 3% black. On the 24th of October, 2011, a young boy lay dead on his apartment floor as Potsdam village police embarked on an investigation into his slaying. But did that investigation focus solely on one man before other avenues of investigation were adequately pursed?Long before fingerprints or DNA had even been analysed, Potsdam Village Police zoned in on one man in particular and with an overzealous prosecutor forsaking justice in the name of keeping her campaign promise, tunnel vision took over.Tunnel vision can set in when a horrific crime takes place and there is tremendous public pressure to find the killer. People can often be hard-wired to find support for ...

79 MIN3 w ago
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22: Garrett Phillips

21: Janine Balding

Ad-free AvailableIn the grim lifestyles of homeless youths, instant and transitionary friendships are as routine as day and night. In the late 1980s in Sydney, New South Wales, a group of transient youngsters drifted in and out of each other’s lives just as easily as they drifted around Sydney’s streets and the city’s rail system. Studies have indicated that a common characteristic of young violent offenders is the alienation from families and often from the community as a whole. The displaced youngsters were all well-known to police but in 1988, they became well-known to the world after committing one of the most vicious crimes in Australian history.Show Notes: https://morbidology.com/morbidology-the-podcast-21-janine-baldingThis episode is sponsored by Best Fiends, a free to download app game available on the app store and Google Play!Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/morbidologyHimalaya +: https://himalaya.com/morbidologyShow recommendation of the week - CRIMELINES. Download the Himalaya app or...

53 MINNOV 11
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21: Janine Balding

20: Jordan Davis

Ad-free AvailableOne of the most terrifying things in the world for young African American men is knowing that certain people can feel threatened by you, simply by existing. Black blindness is a phenomenon that makes white cops see an imaginary gun on an African American man during a routine traffic stop. Sometimes, it can go hand in hand with the Stand your Ground Law. In 2012, the Tampa Bay Times found that those who killed African Americans using the law went free 73% of the time while those who killed white people using the law went free 59% of the time. This controversial law offers protection to people who harm or kill someone who they feel threatened by. The ambiguity of the definition of threat under this law grants so much latitude that the law can often be abused. The Stand your Ground Law sets the bar incredibly low for what constitutes as a threat and when deadly force can be used to neutralize that so-called threat, it makes for a slippery slope.In 2012, much of America was celebrating ...

72 MINNOV 4
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20: Jordan Davis

19: Lateisha King

Ad-free AvailableFor a lot of students, middle school is the place for a number of big changes in their life: a new campus, new teachers and even new friends. It is also a time when a lot of teenagers try to find out who they truly are and experimenting in any direction is completely normal.However, sadly middle school can also be a place where bullies target those who they feel are not conforming to the expected norms. The pressures of fitting in alongside a new environment can often prove to be very difficult for some teenagers and when prejudice and bigotry go unchecked, it can sometimes lead to violence.In 2008, a school shooting occurred in Oxnard, California, and in the aftermath, the deceased victim was practically put on trial alongside her killer.Show Notes: https://morbidology.com/morbidology-the-podcast-19-lateisha-kingPatreon: https://www.patreon.com/morbidologyUse Promo Code: "MORBIDOLOGY" for 1 month free on Stitcher Premium! Sign up at www.stitcher.com/premiumPodcast Promo: Beyond the...

78 MINOCT 28
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19: Lateisha King

18: Lisa Rene

Ad-free AvailableAlmost every single day, children pay for the bad choices that adults make. They’re left to die in hot cars. They’re sent into foster care while their parents make their way through the prison system. They’re left in sleazy motels while their guardian tries to get their next drug fix. They’resexually abused or beaten by a relative supposed to care for them. Sometimes the simple proximity to bad decisions can make children vulnerable.We all feel rage at the casual indifference in which adults drag children along in the wake of their bad decisions, and in Arlington, Texas, in 1994, a teenage girl paid the ultimate price for the stupid actions of her older brothers. Show Notes: https://morbidology.com/morbidology-the-podcast-18-lisa-rene/Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/morbidologyUse Promo Code: "MORBIDOLOGY" for 1 month free on Stitcher Premium! Sign up at www.stitcher.com/premium.Podcast Promo: Suspiria: A True Crime PodcastTwitter: https://twitter.com/suspiriapodcastFacebook: h...

48 MINOCT 21
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18: Lisa Rene

Latest Episodes

25: Rebecca Middleton

Ad-free AvailableBermuda is a British dependent territory in the North Atlantic Ocean, just around 590 miles off the United States Coast. It isn’t a third-world country or a struggling developing nation. It has the one of the highest per capital incomes in the world. In 1996, it had a population of around 60,000 and prided itself on its low crime rate, white sandy beaches and golf courses. Because of this, Bermuda was a widely popular and trouble-free resort, especially popular among Americans. On average, half a million people visit Bermuda yearly. Bermuda was also home to a number of expatriates, many of whom come from British Commonwealth countries and they are attracted to the island because it is steeped in British traditions. With such a small population and low crime rate, island news seldom ventured beyond local newspapers or travel news. That was, at least, until summer of 1996, when the world was rocked by the brutal murder of a young tourist and the injustice that ensued, leaving a black cloud hovering over this idyllic English colony. Show Notes: https://morbidology.com/morbidology-the-podcast-25-rebecca-middletonPatreon: https://www.patreon.com/morbidologyHimalaya +: https://himalaya.com/morbidologyShow recommendation of the week - HOUSEWIVES OF TRUE CRIME. Download the Himalaya app or go to https://www.himalaya.com/housewives and enter promo code HOUSEWIVES at checkout to get 30 days of premium content, FREE!Audio Credit: Ever Mindful, On My Way & Evening of Chaos by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Density & Time - Water Lillies

50 MIN2 h ago
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25: Rebecca Middleton

Morbidology Plus - 01: Michaela Garecht

Exclusive EpisodeAbductions by strangers are relatively rare. In 2018, The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children reported that less than 1% of the missing children reports for that year were stranger abductions. Most missing children are runaways or have been kidnapped by parents in custody disputes.In this exclusive episode of Morbidology Plus, we’re going to cover a case that falls in that 1%.Sources:dearmichaela.comSan Francisco Chronicle, 29 Janaury, 1993 – “Strange Turn in Kidnapping Case”54San Francisco Chronicle, 2 February, 1993 – “Tip on Kidnapping is a Lie”Tri-Valley Herald, 2 September, 2009 – “Police See Similarities Between Dugard, Garecht Cases”The Mercury News, 19 November, 1989 – “Searching for Michaela Themselves a Year After Abduction”The Oakland Tribune, 9 March, 2015 – “Michaela Garecht Disappearance: Speed Freak Killers Information Allegedly Withheld by Sheriff’s Office”San Francisco Chronicle, 6 July, 1994 – “Kidnap Suspect Cleared in 1988 Abductio...

30 MIN5 d ago
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Morbidology Plus - 01: Michaela Garecht

24: The Ewell Family

Ad-free AvailableJust as families across the world were settling down to celebrate Easter Sunday with their loved ones, a brutal crime scene was being discovered in Fresno, California. East Park Circle Drive was affluent neighborhood in Southern California. The half-a-million-dollar homes were well-kept and their gardens well-manicured. The murders stunned the community and highlighted the fact that violent murders were not limited to Fresno’s Skid Row Areas. It was a bloody reminder that even in your own expensive home in a safe and quiet neighborhood, you could become a victim.Show Notes: https://morbidology.com/morbidology-the-podcast-24-the-ewell-familyIn Wondery’s new series Bad Batch, host Laura Beil (Dr. Death) investigates the multi-billion dollar underregulated industry of stem cell therapy where greed and desperation collide. When a group of patients wind up in a Texas hospital in critical condition, the trail leads back to one stem cell company and its charismatic CEO. What happens when...

60 MIN1 w ago
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24: The Ewell Family

Introducing: Bad Batch

Ad-free AvailableIn Wondery's new series Bad Batch, host Laura Beil (Dr. Death) investigates the multi-billion dollar underregulated industry of stem cell therapy where greed and desperation collide. When a group of patients wind up in a Texas hospital in critical condition, the trail leads back to one stem cell company and its charismatic CEO. What happens when a supposed miracle cure leaves you worse off than before? Listen to Bad Batch now: wondery.fm/BBmorbidology

5 MIN1 w ago
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Introducing: Bad Batch

23: Jim Attfield & Nahid Almanea

Ad-free AvailableColchester is a town in the county of Essex. It is known for being a market town and holds one of the most popular markets in North Essex. In 2014, the small town was rocked by two extremely brutal murders and the investigation to catch the killer was one of the biggest carried out by Essex Police. The town was held on edge as the spectre of a serial killer loomed over. Sales of stab proof vests rocketed while people refused to go anywhere alone out of fear they would become the next target.The community and media alike had conjured up the killer as a Yorkshire Ripper or Ted Bundy type, but nobody could have possibly predicted who the killer would turn out to be.Show Notes: https://morbidology.com/morbidology-the-podcast-23-Jim-AttfieldPatreon: https://www.patreon.com/morbidologyHimalaya +: https://himalaya.com/morbidologyShow recommendation of the week - CRIME SALAD. Download the Himalaya app or go to https://www.himalaya.com/crimesalad and enter promo code SALAD at checkout to get...

50 MIN2 w ago
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23: Jim Attfield & Nahid Almanea

22: Garrett Phillips

Ad-free AvailablePotsdam is a small college town in New York of around 9,400 residents. It is located around 20 miles from the Canadian border and has an active downtown strip from the 1950s which morphs into the usually combination of strip malls and chain stores. It is predominantly white. In 2010, it was almost 90% white and less than 3% black. On the 24th of October, 2011, a young boy lay dead on his apartment floor as Potsdam village police embarked on an investigation into his slaying. But did that investigation focus solely on one man before other avenues of investigation were adequately pursed?Long before fingerprints or DNA had even been analysed, Potsdam Village Police zoned in on one man in particular and with an overzealous prosecutor forsaking justice in the name of keeping her campaign promise, tunnel vision took over.Tunnel vision can set in when a horrific crime takes place and there is tremendous public pressure to find the killer. People can often be hard-wired to find support for ...

79 MIN3 w ago
Comments
22: Garrett Phillips

21: Janine Balding

Ad-free AvailableIn the grim lifestyles of homeless youths, instant and transitionary friendships are as routine as day and night. In the late 1980s in Sydney, New South Wales, a group of transient youngsters drifted in and out of each other’s lives just as easily as they drifted around Sydney’s streets and the city’s rail system. Studies have indicated that a common characteristic of young violent offenders is the alienation from families and often from the community as a whole. The displaced youngsters were all well-known to police but in 1988, they became well-known to the world after committing one of the most vicious crimes in Australian history.Show Notes: https://morbidology.com/morbidology-the-podcast-21-janine-baldingThis episode is sponsored by Best Fiends, a free to download app game available on the app store and Google Play!Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/morbidologyHimalaya +: https://himalaya.com/morbidologyShow recommendation of the week - CRIMELINES. Download the Himalaya app or...

53 MINNOV 11
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21: Janine Balding

20: Jordan Davis

Ad-free AvailableOne of the most terrifying things in the world for young African American men is knowing that certain people can feel threatened by you, simply by existing. Black blindness is a phenomenon that makes white cops see an imaginary gun on an African American man during a routine traffic stop. Sometimes, it can go hand in hand with the Stand your Ground Law. In 2012, the Tampa Bay Times found that those who killed African Americans using the law went free 73% of the time while those who killed white people using the law went free 59% of the time. This controversial law offers protection to people who harm or kill someone who they feel threatened by. The ambiguity of the definition of threat under this law grants so much latitude that the law can often be abused. The Stand your Ground Law sets the bar incredibly low for what constitutes as a threat and when deadly force can be used to neutralize that so-called threat, it makes for a slippery slope.In 2012, much of America was celebrating ...

72 MINNOV 4
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20: Jordan Davis

19: Lateisha King

Ad-free AvailableFor a lot of students, middle school is the place for a number of big changes in their life: a new campus, new teachers and even new friends. It is also a time when a lot of teenagers try to find out who they truly are and experimenting in any direction is completely normal.However, sadly middle school can also be a place where bullies target those who they feel are not conforming to the expected norms. The pressures of fitting in alongside a new environment can often prove to be very difficult for some teenagers and when prejudice and bigotry go unchecked, it can sometimes lead to violence.In 2008, a school shooting occurred in Oxnard, California, and in the aftermath, the deceased victim was practically put on trial alongside her killer.Show Notes: https://morbidology.com/morbidology-the-podcast-19-lateisha-kingPatreon: https://www.patreon.com/morbidologyUse Promo Code: "MORBIDOLOGY" for 1 month free on Stitcher Premium! Sign up at www.stitcher.com/premiumPodcast Promo: Beyond the...

78 MINOCT 28
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19: Lateisha King

18: Lisa Rene

Ad-free AvailableAlmost every single day, children pay for the bad choices that adults make. They’re left to die in hot cars. They’re sent into foster care while their parents make their way through the prison system. They’re left in sleazy motels while their guardian tries to get their next drug fix. They’resexually abused or beaten by a relative supposed to care for them. Sometimes the simple proximity to bad decisions can make children vulnerable.We all feel rage at the casual indifference in which adults drag children along in the wake of their bad decisions, and in Arlington, Texas, in 1994, a teenage girl paid the ultimate price for the stupid actions of her older brothers. Show Notes: https://morbidology.com/morbidology-the-podcast-18-lisa-rene/Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/morbidologyUse Promo Code: "MORBIDOLOGY" for 1 month free on Stitcher Premium! Sign up at www.stitcher.com/premium.Podcast Promo: Suspiria: A True Crime PodcastTwitter: https://twitter.com/suspiriapodcastFacebook: h...

48 MINOCT 21
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18: Lisa Rene

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