Sick Sad World

Sick Sad World

By Sick Sad World

Sick Sad World is a bi-weekly podcast on the dark and macabre. Co-Hosts Mari and Jasmine will take on grisly murders, spooky ghost stories, alien tales, and all things creepy, bringing their unique perspectives and (hopefully) witty banter. New episodes every other Friday! (Content warnings included before each story)


If you’d like to share a spooky story, suggest a theme or case, or just want to let us know how lovely we are, send us an e-mail at sicksadworldpod@gmail.com.


Mari is a nonbinary and disabled writer, model, and activist. They write about race, gender, sexuality and ability when they aren’t checking their closet for monsters.


Jasmine is a digital artist, lazy gamer, and natural-hair enthusiast. She is also a low-key, self-proclaimed fashion admirer, and someone who has an interest in human rights and politics.


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Update and Announcement
We know it's been a while since we last posted an episode, so here's an update on what's been going on and what will be going on in the future.Get in touch:Facebook: @SickSadWorldSSWTwitter: @SickSadWorldSSWInstagram: @sick_sad_world_podEmail: sicksadworldpod@gmail.comTranscript:[Sick Sad World Intro] [Mari]: Hi it's Mari from Sick Sad World. I'm here today with an announcement and a bit of an update on where we've been. So the last few months I know we've been promising episodes and never falling through, and that's because both of us had a lot of personal and professional issues come up over the last few months and so we've put off recording week after week. We realized that we were both feeling pretty burnt out and because this is an unpaid project that we're doing, we had to put our kind of professional careers first. That being said we don't want this podcast to be over so we are going to be coming back in the fall with a season two. The reason we're calling this a season two and not just a continuation of our podcast is because we are going to do a little bit of restructuring. We're gonna be taking this time to try and figure out the best way that Sick Sad World can grow and be the kind of content that we really want to put out there. So as always we invite you to reach out to us either through social media (we will still be monitoring our pages) or through email at SickSadWorldPod@gmail.com and you know, let us know how you want to see the podcast to grow. Anyways, please reach out. We also encourage you to reach out with any sponsorship opportunities that you may have or any other ways that you might want to support the podcast. Just let us know. So as always, don't be a murder and we'll hear from you in the fall. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02:14
July 26, 2019
Girls Only
While Jasmine is still on hiatus, Mari brings on Faryn Quinn—writer, feminist, disability activist—to celebrate International Women’s Day! Mari talks about Thomia Hunter and the clemency she received for the death of her abuser, and Faryn tells us the truth about Sarah Winchester and the Winchester Mystery House. Faryn’s social media:Twitter and Instagram: @farynfireballBecome a Patron: www.patreon.com/SickSadWorldSSW/Don’t forget to email us your episode suggestions, comments, concerns, and whatever else you want to tell us at sicksadworldpod@gmail.com!And follow us onTwitter: @SickSadWorldSSWInstagram: @sick_sad_world_podFacebook: fb.me/SickSadWorldSSW See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1:01:53
March 8, 2019
Marginalized in True Crime
While Jasmine is on hiatus, Mari brings on special guest Kitty to talk about what it’s like to be involved in the true crime community while having multiple marginalized identities, and the recent kidnapping and murder of Riya Rajkumar. CW: violence towards children, violence in South Asian communities, abusive relationshipsFacebook post on the Amber Alert system: https://www.facebook.com/binaryrainbow.space/posts/10161496501215416True Crime Intersections group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2192946407616766/Become a Patron: www.patreon.com/SickSadWorldSSW/Don’t forget to email us your episode suggestions, comments, concerns, and whatever else you want to tell us at sicksadworldpod@gmail.com!And follow us onTwitter: @SickSadWorldSSWInstagram: @sick_sad_world_podFacebook: fb.me/SickSadWorldSSW See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1:13:07
February 22, 2019
Killer Couples
Valentine’s Day is coming up next week, so Mari and Jasmine are talking about lovers… who are also killers. Mari starts it off with the famous Australian case of the murder of Stacey Mitchell, and Jasmine brings it to a close with the “Witch Killers.” So open up a box of chocolates for this episode of Sick Sad World.CW: sexually motivated violence, descriptions of assault and murder, bloodPromo: Crime Crazy PodcastBecome a Patron: www.patreon.com/SickSadWorldSSW/Don’t forget to email us your episode suggestions, comments, concerns, and whatever else you want to tell us at sicksadworldpod@gmail.com!And follow us onTwitter: @SickSadWorldSSWInstagram: @sick_sad_world_podFacebook: fb.me/SickSadWorldSSW See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1:00:10
February 8, 2019
Let's Talk About Police Violence
With Bell's Let's Talk campaign around the corner, Mari and Jasmine decide to talk about an important issue for people with mental health concerns. Jasmine talks about the police shooting of Paul Boyd and Mari talks about the police shooting of Sammy Yatim. CW: police violence, gun violence, brief description of sexual harassmentStats: https://cmha.ca/about-cmha/fast-facts-about-mental-illnesshttp://ontario.cmha.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/CMHA-Mental-health-factsheet.pdfhttps://www.camh.ca/en/driving-change/the-crisis-is-real/mental-health-statisticshttps://www.cbc.ca/news/investigates/most-canadians-killed-in-police-encounters-since-2000-had-mental-health-or-substance-abuse-issues-1.4602916https://cpha.ca/racism-public-health-issue-canada-its-time-speak-outPromo: Shamble FestBecome a Patron: www.patreon.com/SickSadWorldSSW/Don’t forget to email us your episode suggestions, comments, concerns, and whatever else you want to tell us at sicksadworldpod@gmail.com!And follow us onTwitter: @SickSadWorldSSWInstagram: @sick_sad_world_podFacebook: fb.me/SickSadWorldSSW See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1:11:50
January 25, 2019
Who You Gonna Call?
In this episode of Sick Sad World, Mari and Jasmine take on cases from the original Ghostbusters: the Warrens. Mari describes the events that inspired the Amityville Horror, while Jasmine illuminates the inspiration behind the Conjuring. CW: familicide, mention of child abuse, Catholic church and exorcismsPromo: The Lady DicksBecome a Patron: www.patreon.com/SickSadWorldSSW/Don’t forget to email us your episode suggestions, comments, concerns, and whatever else you want to tell us at sicksadworldpod@gmail.com!And follow us onTwitter: @SickSadWorldSSWInstagram: @sick_sad_world_podFacebook: fb.me/SickSadWorldSSW See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1:14:17
January 11, 2019
Crimes of 2018
Mari and Jasmine bring the year to an end with some major crimes of 2018. Jasmine talks about a secret serial killer border patrolman, and Mari describes the mass shooting at the Capital Gazette Newsroom in Maryland. CW: border security, violence against sex workers, mass shootings, Donald Trump, fake news, harassment Promo: Crime in ColorCRIP: www.CRIProject.comUn*Form: https://www.unformfashion.com/ Toronto 2033: http://toronto2033.com/ AYCE Dance Collective: https://www.facebook.com/aycecollective/ Become a Patron: www.patreon.com/SickSadWorldSSW/Don’t forget to email us your episode suggestions, comments, concerns, and whatever else you want to tell us at sicksadworldpod@gmail.com!And follow us onTwitter: @SickSadWorldSSWInstagram: @sick_sad_world_podFacebook: fb.me/SickSadWorldSSW See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1:27:13
December 28, 2018
Cold Cases
This chilling episode of Sick Sad World is all about cases as cold as a Canadian winter. Mari looks into 7 cold cases from Toronto's gay community that have been speculated to possibly be connected to Bruce McArthur. Jasmine turns her attention to Cleveland in the 1930s to a series of cold cases called the Torso Murders.Become a Patron: www.patreon.com/SickSadWorldSSW/Don’t forget to email us your episode suggestions, comments, concerns, and whatever else you want to tell us at sicksadworldpod@gmail.com!And follow us onTwitter: @SickSadWorldSSWInstagram: @sick_sad_world_podFacebook: fb.me/SickSadWorldSSW See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1:08:25
December 14, 2018
Buffy Time
In this episode, Jasmine is away while she studies for school, but special guest Avneet Sharma fills her place to talk about this week’s special theme: Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Mari and Avneet discuss their favourite episodes, their favourite villains, and all things Buffy. Avneet’s article: https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/5948x8/how-buffy-the-vampire-slayer-perfected-the-coming-out-scene Avneet’s social: Twitter: https://twitter.com/AVNEETSAYSInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/notavneet/ Drag Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/welovekala_/ Become a Patron: www.patreon.com/SickSadWorldSSW/Don’t forget to email us your episode suggestions, comments, concerns, and whatever else you want to tell us at sicksadworldpod@gmail.com!And follow us onTwitter: @SickSadWorldSSWInstagram: @sick_sad_world_podFacebook: fb.me/SickSadWorldSSW See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1:33:57
November 30, 2018
Cybercrimes
Check out the latest episode of Sick Sad World as Mari and Jasmine talk about some famous cyber crimes. Jasmine tells the tale of the Sony hack that was rumoured to be an attack on the movie The Interview. Mari gets dark with the case of the Blue Whale Challenge. CW: coerced self-harm and suicideBecome a Patron: www.patreon.com/SickSadWorldSSW/Don’t forget to email us your episode suggestions, comments, concerns, and whatever else you want to tell us at sicksadworldpod@gmail.com!And follow us onTwitter: @SickSadWorldSSWInstagram: @sick_sad_world_podFacebook: fb.me/SickSadWorldSSW See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1:24:45
November 17, 2018
Writers Who Kill
Jasmine and Mari dive into the macabre as they tell the stories of writers who kill! Mari tells the tale of Juliet Hulme, an infamous New Zealand case. Jasmine speaks of two writers: Blake Leibel/J.J. Paulsen. Mari also gives a news update about a writer who wrote an essay called "How To Murder Your Husband" and then murdered her husband!CW: domestic violence, toxic relationships, mentions of suicide and eating disorders, body mutilation, mental illnessBecome a Patron: www.patreon.com/SickSadWorldSSW/Don’t forget to email us your episode suggestions, comments, concerns, and whatever else you want to tell us at sicksadworldpod@gmail.com!And follow us onTwitter: @SickSadWorldSSWInstagram: @sick_sad_world_podFacebook: fb.me/SickSadWorldSSW See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
56:55
November 2, 2018
This Is Halloween
Come celebrate Halloween with Jasmine and Mari on this festive episode of Sick Sad World. They talk about different kinds of celebrations of the dead: Pitru Paksha and the Hungry Ghost Festival. They also talk about all their favourite Halloween favourites and memories.Become a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/SickSadWorldSSW/Don’t forget to email us your episode suggestions, comments, concerns, and whatever else you want to tell us at sicksadworldpod@gmail.com!And follow us onTwitter: @SickSadWorldSSWInstagram: @sick_sad_world_podFacebook: fb.me/SickSadWorldSSW See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1:06:07
October 19, 2018
The Disappearance of Mel Nadel
On this very special episode of Sick Sad World, special guest Kristen Nadel joins Mari and Jasmine to talk about the disappearance of her father and her book Freebird.Don’t forget to email us your episode suggestions, comments, concerns, and whatever else you want to tell us at sicksadworldpod@gmail.com!And follow us onTwitter: @SickSadWorldSSWInstagram: @sick_sad_world_podFacebook: fb.me/SickSadWorldSSWFind Kristen Nadel on social media! Her Book: https://www.amazon.com/Freebird-Kristen-Nadel-ebook/dp/B07G9M18NT/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534540757&sr=8-1&keywords=freebird+kindleFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/kristennadelauthorPatreon: www.patreon.com/kristennadelauthorInstagram: amywinemouseTwitter: kristennadel See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1:00:37
October 5, 2018
A Horror Review
Celebrate Jasmine's birthday with a review of some of our favourite and most recent picks in horror. Mari reviews The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker and Hush (2016). Jasmine reminisces about Cabin in the Woods (2012) and Pet Sematary (1989). Content Warnings: discussions of sexual violencePromo: Talk Spooky To MeDon’t forget to email us your episode suggestions, comments, concerns, and whatever else you want to tell us at sicksadworldpod@gmail.com!And follow us onTwitter: @SickSadWorldSSWInstagram: @sick_sad_world_podFacebook: fb.me/SickSadWorldSSW See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
2:01:42
September 21, 2018
2 Cruel 4 School
It’s back to school time, and this week Mari and Jasmine are digging into school-related crimes. Jasmine will talk about Adam Lanza of the Sandy Hook school shooting and Mari rants about Elliot Rodger and the Isla Vista Killings. CW: school shootings, child murders, misogyny, incels, gun control See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1:46:48
September 7, 2018
Killer Confessions
It’s Mari’s birthday! So this week, Mari and Jasmine tackle some famous Killer Confessions. Mari takes on Ed Kemper, the CoEd Killer! And Jasmine delves into the notorious Daniel Rader aka BTK. CW: sexual assault, body mutilation, necrophiliaThis Week's Promo: Unearthly Paranormal StoriesDon’t forget to email us your episode suggestions, comments, concerns, and whatever else you want to tell us at sicksadworldpod@gmail.com!And follow us onTwitter: @SickSadWorldSSWInstagram: @sick_sad_world_podFacebook: fb.me/SickSadWorldSSW See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1:26:11
August 24, 2018
Bonus Episode 3
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16:34
August 17, 2018
Haunted Mansions
Mari and Jasmine have a little fun this episode talking about spooky haunted mansions! Jasmine takes on a local story about Casa Loma, and Mari takes on the inspiration for American Horror Story: Coven. The LaLaurie House.Podcast Promo: Macabre London www.acast.com/macabrelondon or www.itunes.com/macabrelondonDon’t forget to email us your episode suggestions, comments, concerns, and whatever else you want to tell us at sicksadworldpod@gmail.com!And follow us on Twitter: @SickSadWorldSSWInstagram: @sick_sad_world_podFacebook: fb.me/SickSadWorldSSW See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1:30:36
August 10, 2018
Bonus Episode 2
In this bonus episode, Mari and Jasmine give a primer on anti-oppression language, like intersectionality, ableism, and the suffix -misia. If you ever hear a term on Sick Sad World that you don't quite get, send us an email or a tweet! E-mail: sicksadworldpod@gmail.com Twitter: @SickSadWorldSSWInstagram: @sick_sad_world_pod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
49:21
August 3, 2018
The Dangers of Being Disabled
In this heart wrenching episode of Sick Sad World, Mari and Jasmine welcome special guest Andrew Gurza to talk about some cases a little close to home. Mari and tells the story of Bill Luft, and Andrew brings attention to the murder of Tracy Latimer by her father, Robert Latimer. CW: familicide, murder, gun violence, ableism, sanism, eugenics, court systemsAndrew Gurza is a Disability Awareness Consultant and Cripple Content Creator, bringing attention to issues surrounding disability. You can find his work, like his podcast DisabilityAfterDark, on his website www.AndrewGurza.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewGurza. Podcast Promo: Perhaps It’s YouDon’t forget to email us your episode suggestions, comments, concerns, and whatever else you want to tell us at sicksadworldpod@gmail.com!And follow us on Twitter @SickSadWorldSSW and Instagram @sick_sad_world_pod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1:18:27
July 27, 2018
Bonus Episode 1
Mari and Jasmine have a fun chat about superstitions and also review the SyFy show Superstition!As always, you can find us on Twitter @SickSadWorldSSW and on Instagram @sick_sad_world_pod. Send your suggestions, recommendations, comments, and concerns to us in an email sicksadworldpod@gmail.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31:27
July 20, 2018
Origins of Scary Things
For our Friday the 13th episode, Jasmine and Mari look into the origins of popular horror monsters. Jasmine looks at the evolution of the fear of clowns, while Mari discusses the inspiration for Freddy Kreuger. CW: clowns, mentions of sexual assault and murder (warning ahead of time), heart conditions/illnessDon’t forget to email us your episode suggestions, comments, concerns, and whatever else you want to tell us at sicksadworldpod@gmail.com! And follow us on Twitter @SickSadWorldSSW and Instagram @sick_sad_world_pod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
50:11
July 13, 2018
Missing and Murdered
In this very solemn episode of Sick Sad World, Mari and Jasmine try to honour the Indigenous people of Turtle Island. Mari talks about the Highway of Tears and the failure of police while talking about serial killer Robert William Pickton. Jasmine delves into the Missing and Murdered case of Della Ootoova, an Indigenous woman whose death never saw justice. CW: violence towards Indigenous women, stigma towards sex workers and drug users, the police and justice system, desecration of victimsMore Information!Check out the links below for the resources we mentioned during the episode!CBC - Missing and Murdered database - http://www.cbc.ca/missingandmurdered/Seven Fallen Feathers - Tanya Talaga - https://houseofanansi.com/products/seven-fallen-feathersMissing and Murdered podcast - https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcasts/missing-murdered-who-killed-alberta-williams/Just Another Indian: A Serial Killer and Canada’s Apathy - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/782596.Just_Another_Indian More books: https://www.kairoscanada.org/missing-murdered-indigenous-women-girls/books National Inquiry: http://mmiwg-ffada.ca/ Finding Dawn (documentary) - https://www.nfb.ca/film/finding_dawn/More info on the Highway of Tears: https://www.highwayoftears.ca/Highway of Tears (documentary) - http://highwayoftearsfilm.com/Don’t forget to email us your episode suggestions, comments, concerns, and whatever else you want to tell us at sicksadworldpod@gmail.com! And follow us on Twitter @SickSadWorldSSW and Instagram @sick_sad_world_pod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1:17:05
July 1, 2018
Fathers in Crime
Mari and Jasmine celebrate their fixed microphone and Father’s Day with this episode about fathers in true crime stories. Mari tackles John List and the List murders while Jasmine delves into Thomas Bart Whitaker and father’s fight for victims’ rights. CW: murders, gun violence, discussion of abusive fathers, death penalty, prison and the penal systemDon’t forget to email us your episode suggestions, comments, concerns, and whatever else you want to tell us at sicksadworldpod@gmail.com! And follow us on Twitter @SickSadWorldSSW and Instagram @sick_sad_world_pod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1:31:47
June 15, 2018
Mysterious and Unsolved Cases
In this episode, learn about the mysterious disappearance of Dorothy Scott and the unsolved deaths from the Dyatlov Pass incident with Mari and Jasmine. They take an in-depth look at weird and unsolved cases. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1:40:18
June 1, 2018
Cult Classics
On this extra-length episode of Sick Sad World, Mari and Jasmine dive into some “cult classics”! Mari explores Charles Manson and the Manson Family murders, while Jasmine looks at a very different kind of cult, The People’s Temple and what happened at Jonestown. CW: Christianity, murders, sexual manipulation, general manipulation, mass suicide, drugs See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1:52:07
May 19, 2018
Myths, Fables, and Mystical Buttholes
Jasmine and Mari talk about monsters from myths and folklore across cultures. They look at monsters from the Caribbean, the Philipines, Vietnam, Japan, and India! Also, a crime update on the Golden State Killer and the Toronto van attack. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
53:01
May 4, 2018
The Aliens Made Me Do It
This episode, Jasmine and Mari look to the stars for their creepy stories. Could aliens be using mind control to get these perpetrators to commit crimes? Or are they just looking to cast off the blame? CW: mentions of child pornography (no details), guns, child neglect, racist conspiracy theories See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
46:37
April 20, 2018
Creepy Stories - It Happened To A Friend of a Friend
Mari and Jasmine share stories from their friends and family about creepy, spooky, and even at times uplifting supernatural things that have happened to them or someone they know. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
44:12
April 7, 2018
Trendsetters
In the inaugural episode of Sick Sad World, Mari and Jasmine talk about Jack the Ripper and the Cleveland Strangler and the copycats they inspired. Content Warning: This episode discusses violence against sex workers and women of colour, body mutilations, murder, and the police. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
59:51
March 23, 2018