Welcome to The Killer Tea, a podcast hosted by best friends -Kristina and Chelsee- that uses armchair psychology as a way to traverse the minds of serial killers and the F word to cope with what they find there.
How do you know if the patriarch of your family is a monster? He seems like a loving father, a hard worker and provider for the family. But there are little snippets of time when things don’t seem quite right. A storm is building just below the surface. And it’s about to explode.
What makes a killer? Nature vs Nurture has been a hot topic in the psychology of serial killers. In the case of Keith Hunter Jesperson, he believes he was raised to be a killer, bred by his father to be the brutal strangler he was...or was a 25ft fall what awoke the killer within?
Mexico City, Mexico, witnesses claim that a tall, stocky woman has been seen leaving the scenes of multiple homicides. But the police can’t believe that a woman could be responsible for the murders of 30 elderly women. For years these murders continue until the authorities finally admit that la mataviejitas is on the loose.
It’s the mid 1930’s in Cleveland, Ohio. The city is recuperating from the effects of the Great Depression, but as hopeful workers flood into the city, decapitated and mutilated bodies begin to wash up on the shores of Lake Erie. Who is the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run?
June 2000, officers go to the home of John Edward Robinson to serve an arrest warrant on sexual battery. As they’re searching his property they move two 85lb barrels. Blood begins to pour from the barrels, these officers have stumbled upon a gruesome discovery.
Doctors are supposed to be someone you can trust implicitly. Someone you go to when you are at your most vulnerable. But what happens when the physician you entrust your life to becomes the Angel of Death?
Where do legends come from -are they the made up musings of medieval times or based on actual events? When does the horrible truth become more horrifying than the legend? “The Blood Countess” Elizabeth Bathory is one of the most notable historic killers of fact and fiction -even inspiring part of Bram Stroker’s “Dracula”.
Inspiration for fictional characters are often pulled from real life; but can that really be true for characters who are so terrifying, the thought of them being real people is an impossibility? In 1987 the inspiration for the notorious Buffalo Bill (Silence of the Lambs) was arrested. What authorities discovered in his basement may be even more disturbing than his on-screen counterpart.
Late 1960’s, women in Portland, Oregon are being attacked. Someone is strangling and stealing from them. The odd thing is, it’s not their money he is after. As the shoe thief escalates, women start to vanish as well.
1893, The World Fair is happening in Chicago, IL. There is also a brand new hotel in town. But there is something weird about this hotel, is it a custom made house of horrors or a con man’s dream castle? Rumors swirl around this building, people are going missing and there can only be one person to blame. Right?
1954, Tulsa, Oklahoma; a 49 year old woman stands trial. She’s been accused of murdering 4 of her 5 husbands. Her method? Arsenic poisoning. As investigators dig deeper into her past, it becomes clear that she is much more than a black widow. This Giggling Granny has much more sinister secrets.
June 2007, residents in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio, begin complaining of a putrid smell. A local sausage factory is blamed for the source of this stench. The smell continues to get worse as the years go by, forcing residents to leave the neighborhood. It’s not until October 2009 that the source of this smell is revealed. Bodies are found decaying inside the home of the Cleveland Strangler.
Ep 4: February of 1983, plumbers are called to 23 Cranley Gardens. The residents had sent a letter complaining of problems with the sewer lines backing up into their homes. The plumber was horrified when he found human flesh in the lines coming from the building. The police are even more shocked when an ordinary man in glasses and a suit comes home to his upstairs flat. Is this the man responsible? It doesn’t seem possible.
California, January 27, 1978, police stumble into a brutal scene. Three people lay dead and one toddler is missing from the home. It’s a grisly scene. Who could commit such an atrocity? These murders seem strangely similar to the one that happened a mere 4 days prior. Who is butchering bodies, drinking their blood and stealing organs? Vampires are supposed to be fictional characters, but there seems to be one loose in Sacramento.
Cooke County, Illinois, December 11, 1978: For six agonizing years, young teenage boys were disappearing off the streets of metropolitan Chicago at an astonishing rate. Despite desperate pleas from dozens of concerned parents, the police dismissed these missing children as mere rebels without a cause or runaways.
But when 15 year old Robert Piest suddenly vanishes from the pharmacy where he works -just moments after speaking to his mother in the store- everything changes.
Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, 1999; Cynthia Vigil is found running in terror for her life. Her captor is going to be coming after her. Clad in a slave collar, chains and blood, she runs down the road screaming for help. Several cars pass her, but none stop to help her. She manages to find a neighbor that has their door open and rushes inside. She pleads with them to help her to call the police. She’s quickly whisked off to the hospital where she tells the authorities about her experience at the hand of David Parker Ray and his toybox.
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.