The Minds of Madness - True Crime Stories

The Minds of Madness - True Crime Stories

Ordinary people who do unthinkable things...The Minds of Madness is a True Crime Podcast that examines the most disturbing criminal minds and the impact violent crimes have on survivors of homicide.

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April 14, 2024 46 mins
Ever heard the phrase “If you give an inch, they’ll take a mile?”

In 2017, a wealthy doctor in his 70s met a young, beautiful model on the verge of homelessness. Wanting to help her out, he began paying her rent. She quickly began asking for more and more…and more.

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Imagine stepping out to your mailbox one morning, only to discover an envelope addressed to you from a notorious serial killer who has been locked away since the 80s.

Inside the envelope, you're relieved not to find any grisly mementos; but instead find a birthday card for your infant child along with a handwritten message complimenting you on your beautiful family.

Some might argue that such a message would ...
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A newlywed couple’s honeymoon is supposed to be the happiest time of their lives - their first chance to introduce themselves as spouses to the world. Embarking on a journey of love, adventure, and discovery together.

Comedian Mike Binder described Honeymoons as “A short period of doting between dating and debting” It's one of those things that’s funny because for many of us…it’s true

One way to avoid the “de...
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Throughout the early 2000s, there was a particular man who believed he’d been severely wronged: treated unfairly and unjustly by a certain group of people…. 

Day after day, these perceived offenses continued eating away at him and he constantly blamed others for everything wrong in his life, which had fallen into utter shambles. 

Ultimately consumed by his rage, he decided to take revenge against everyone he ...
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Join us as we take a terrifying look into the Philadelphia Basement of Horrors. You’ll hear the twisted story of a family harboring terrible secrets for more than a decade, and about the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit, even when it seems all hope is certainly lost. 

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Sometimes you meet the most fascinating people on vacation. You just never know who you might encounter. People from different cultures, possible future lifelong friends, or even someone famous.

There’s also that chance of even meeting that special someone.
In January 2002, a young German photographer named Janina was on holiday in Cancun, Mexico.

She’d been enjoying the sand, surf and sun when she was in...
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Police in the Chicago suburbs were stunned in 1995 when a family dog brought home a severed human left leg and then again, five days later another leg.

Over several months, numerous body parts from the same victim would be discovered scattered along the border between Wisconsin and Illinois. Whoever had done this, had gone through painstaking efforts to dispose of their victim.

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In this last chapter of our series, we’ll tie everything together from what you’ve learned about Jennifer Lynn Shirm's case. You’ll also learn more about Joseph Blea's crimes and how he became connected to Jennifer.

You’ll also hear from Andy Shirm (Jennifer’s son) share how he’s found healing and a way to cope living with the reality of not having a mother and knowing the details about her violent death. 

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In Part 3 of “Who Killed Jennifer” you’ll hear about one man who became tied to two separate cases and possibly linked to one of the most notorious crimes in New Mexico history - The West Mesa Murders.

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Join us for Part #2 of “Who Killed Jennifer” - The Investigation as we take you through our own two-year-long dive, into the murder of Jennifer Lynn Shirm. We’ll introduce you to Mike Gallagher a retired journalist for the Albuquerque Journal who suspected that Jennifer’s case might be linked to several other homicides in the area at the time of Jennifer’s murder.

You’ll hear about the perils she faced, and how at the...
Andres Shirm spent his entire childhood terrified of a man his family thought was responsible for his mother - Jennifer Lynn Shirm's disappearance. Even the sight of the man’s photo sent Andy into full-on panic attacks.

Although he'd eventually learn that his mother hadn't just been taken - she'd been murdered, it wouldn't be until decades later that he'd learn that the man he'd been afraid of all those years, hadn’t ...
In 2016, April 16th was the first perfect day of spring in rural Muskegon County Michigan.

By 9:00 that Saturday morning, it was 62 degrees and already the warmest day of the season by far. And 53-year-old Dawn Schmidt was among those taking advantage of these glorious conditions.

Making herself a steaming cup of morning coffee, she carried it outside to her back deck and sipped away, staring at the forest, a...
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Our homes are more than just physical structures; they’re our sanctuaries, providing a safe refuge from the outside world.

But imagine if someone had meticulously written a 250-page manifesto, obsessively determined to breach that sanctuary? Someone so consumed with rage over a perceived wrongdoing from years earlier, that deadbolts and alarms would do nothing to stop him from carrying out his mission to exact revenge...
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Join us as renowned True Crime investigative journalist and New York Times Bestselling author, Aphrodite Jones takes us on a chilling journey, of the decades-long saga of Karl Karlsen.

A man whose life was filled with a series of strange and unfortunate accidents that seemed to follow him and his family, wherever they went.

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Join us as we re-examine the disappearance of Natalee Holloway. A case that spawned a media frenzy. A relentless personal investigation by Natelee’s family, and a thousand unanswered questions.

Now, finally, we have a chance to return to the case with a more complete timeline of events, with answers from the killer himself.

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    As we wrap up another incredible year, I wanted to take a moment to express my heartfelt appreciation to all our listeners,  for joining us this year as we covered some pretty unbelievable cases.

    To wrap up 2023, we wanted to also bring you in on some other chilling cases, you may have never heard about. So we asked some of our closest podcast friends, to tell us about one of the cases they covered this year, that sto...
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    On the cold spring morning of April 19, 2020, a woman staggered from the woods outside Portapique Nova Scotia. Her bare feet were blackened from running through the woods, and she was covered in scrapes and bruises.

    She hammered on the door of a neighbor, who let her inside and called 911.

    She told police something had finally snapped in her abusive common-law partner Gabriel Wortman. But by the time she made...
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    Join us, as we examine the horrific case of the Keller Family Massacre. A family annihilation with no easy answers.

    You’ll hear the strange story of a doomsday prepper and family man who spent eight years digging an elaborate underground bunker into the side of a mountain. A bunker with only one purpose....his own survival.

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    In May 2012, a man named Mick Philpott stepped up to the mic, at a small pub tucked away in a corner of Derby, England.

    Wearing a fedora and sunglasses, Mick picked up the microphone and waited for a few beats before belting out the legendary lyrics, "We're caught in a trap. I can't walk out."

    As Mick's wife giggled at the back of the pub, Mick poured himself into the Elvis song "Suspicious Minds" apparently ...
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    Join us as we take a look at the shocking case of Austria’s most notorious serial killer - the unbelievable story of a violent, sadistic murderer, whose twisted crimes spanned two decades across four different countries. 

    You’ll learn about a devious, crafty, and ruthless killer. Who wasn’t just hiding in plain sight…but in front of the cameras as well.

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