015 Hyperbolic Chamber

July is kicking our respective butts, so welcome to Wicked and Weird: Current Events where we just shoot the shit about the wicked and equally weird shit going on in our world today. In this ep, we cover the case of Barbara Coombes who recently went to jail for killing her father, and we talk about the spectacular failure of TanaCon.

Human-looking cat

Barbara Coombes sources:
BBC article
The Guardian article

Barbara Coombes pictures:
Coombes, her father, father’s burial site

TanaCon sources:
Verge article
NY Magazine article
Shane Dawson docu-series
Tana’s video about Vidcon
Twitter thread

TanaCon pictures:
Tana Mongeau
Michael Weist

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008 Exormisms

In this episode, CJ tells us about the alleged demonic possession and exorcism of Michael Taylor and Alex recounts the mysterious circumstances surrounding the “missing men of Boston”.

Content Warnings: graphic violence, pedophilia

Talking points: into the wild, the wild truth, chris mccandless, carine mccandless, jon krakauer, demonic possession, michael taylor, missing men of boston, jonathan dailey, smiley face killer, conspiracy theory

Michael Taylor sources:
Wikipedia article
Wakefield Express article
Mysterious Universe article
Real Unexplained Mysteries article

Michael Taylor photos:
Michael & Christina Taylor
Michael Taylor

Missing men sources:
Cryptid Antiquarian article
Boston Globe article 1
Boston Globe article 2
Awesome Jelly article
Reddit thread

Missing men photos:
Smiley face graffiti
Boston police boat
Jonathan Dailey

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007 Cadaver Manatees

Join us for episode 7 where Lauren discusses the mysterious disappearance of SCUBA diver Ben McDaniel and Alex recounts the unsolved murders of two women both named Mary Morris.

Talking points: east area rapist, golden state killer, and then there were none, ben mcdaniel, cadaver dogs, someone knows something, cadaver manatees, mary lou morris, mary mcginnis morris, stiff, into the water

Ben McDaniel sources:
Wikipedia article
Leisure Pro article
Ben’s father’s comments
Commercial Appeal article
Paul McDaniel Foundation
Documentary, “Ben’s Vortex”
Investigation Discovery, “Disappeared” season 5, episode 11 “Vortex”
“Someone Knows Something” podcast, season 1, episode 5 “Breeze & Grief” (cadaver dogs)

Ben McDaniel pictures:
Ben McDaniel
Vortex Spring (aerial shot)
Cave “gate”
Cave warning sign
Cave interior
Ben McDaniel commemorative stone in cave
Video of 4 restrictions

Mary Morris sources:
ABC News article
Mamamia article
Unsolved article
Reddit thread
Unsolved Mysteries wiki

Mary Morris pictures:
Mary Lou (left) and Mary McGinnis (right)

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006 Muneral

Join us for a much lighter episode that involves ghostly court testimony and hidden pirate treasure!

Highlights: columbine, school shootings, greenbrier ghost, west virginia, greenbrier bunker, pirates, la buse, olivier levasseura, hidden treasure,

Greenbrier Ghost sources:
Prairie Ghosts article
Wikipedia article

Greenbrier Ghost photos:
Zona Heaster
Mary Jane Heaster
Zona and Edward
Zona and Edward’s home
Artist’s depiction of ghostly visit
Artist’s depiction of autopsy
Zona’s gravestone
Greenbrier Ghost road sign

La Buse sources:
Wikipedia article
Cryptogram article
Golden Age of Piracy article
Telegraph article
BBC article

La Buse photos:
Jolly Roger flag
La Buse’s tombstone
Cryptogram
Cryptogram 2
Cryptogram cipher

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005 Insect Activity

Hello and welcome to Wicked and Weird! New title, same game. Today, CJ discusses the unsolved murder of the Lady of the Dunes and Alex recounts the murder of Mark Kilroy.

Highlights: title change, lady of the dunes, jaws, whitey bulger, unsolved mystery, unidentified body, buckskin girl, mark kilroy, adolfo de jesus constanzo, cults, human sacrifice

Lady of the Dunes sources:
Wikipedia page
Mass Live article
Celebrate Boston article
Boston Globe article
Ranker article
Splinter News article
Whitey Bulger “The Moth” podcast episode

Lady of the Dunes photos:
Composite sketch 1
Composite sketches 2
Composite sketch 3
Crime scene **WARNING: GRAPHIC**
“Jaws” extra
Whitey Bulger
Hadden Clark
LotD’s unmarked grave

Mark Kilroy sources:
Wikipedia page
Rolling Stone article
People article
Bizarre & Grotesque article
Documentary (YouTube)

Mark Kilroy photos:
Mark Kilroy 1
Mark Kilroy 2
Adolfo de Jesús Constanzo
Cauldron used by cult

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004 Crooks & Nannies

Welcome! In this ep, Alex tells CJ and Lauren about the truly haunting murder of Tatiana “Tanya” Strakhova from Russia, and Lauren discusses the years-long stalking case of Melissa Anelli, famed Harry Potter fandom expert.

Content warning: sexual assault, murder, toxic masculinity, stalking, emotional abuse, psychological abuse

Highlights: russian social politics, tanya strakhova, artyom iskhakov, harry potter, melissa anelli, jessica parker, jk rowling

Tanya Strakhova sources:
Meduza article
Inforesist article
life.ru article
ntv.ru article
msk article
Buzzfeed article

Tanya Strakhova photos:
Tanya Strakhova

Melissa Anelli sources:
Wikipedia
Melissa’s website
Melissa’s Tumblr

Criminal episode
USA Today article
NPR article
NY Post article
Harry, A History Amazon page
Tripwire article
Reddit AMA

Melissa Anelli photos:
Melissa Anelli
Jessica’s blog post 1
Jessica with Anelli’s book
Anonymous Tumblr message 1
Anonymous Tumblr message 2
Jessica’s tattoo

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003 Pigman and the Curse of the Rocks

Today, CJ tells us the story of Sam Harris, the Pigman of Vermont, and Lauren recounts the strange stories of cursed rocks coming out of the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona.

Highlights: Pigman, Sam Harris, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, stealing things from college because you’re poor

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Sam Harris/Pigman sources:
1. http://www.paranormal-encounters.com/wp/the-pigman-of-northfield-vermont/
2. http://newenglandfolklore.blogspot.com/2011/05/pigman-of-northfield-vermont.html
3. http://cryptidz.wikia.com/wiki/Pigman

Petrified Forest National Park sources:
1. “Criminal” (Podcast), Episode 23: Triassic Park
2. https://www.nps.gov/pefo/index.htm
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petrified_Forest_National_Park
4. https://www.nytimes.com/1999/11/28/us/petrified-forest-shrinks-one-stolen-piece-at-a-time.html
5. http://azdailysun.com/news/local/rocks-with-a-conscience-pile-up-at-petrified-forest/article_6f32c9cf-973b-5666-b1cf-bd65da184099.html
6. https://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/slide-show-bad-luck-petrified-forest
7. http://theiceplant.cc/product/bad-luck-hot-rocks/

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