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Female Criminals

A weekly True Crime, History and Society podcast featuring Vanessa Richardson
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How do quests for enlightenment get so sinister? In this three-part special from Cults, a Spotify Original from Parcast, we’re looking at three stories of yoga gurus who were loved — then loathed — for their practices. We start in Romania, char
Hosts Vanessa Richardson and Lanie Hobbs explore the story of Geshe Michael Roach and Christie McNally — the so-called king and queen of Diamond Mountain who used tantric yoga to lure hundreds to their Arizona desert retreat. This episode is a
In Japan, a yoga teacher named Shoko Asahara claimed he had special DNA, developed the battery-powered “Perfect Salvation System,” and directed his cult, Aum Shinrikyo, to carry out chemical attacks in Tokyo. This is the final episode in the th
In the mood for gratitude? Join us right here on Tuesday, November 23rd, for a three-part Thanksgiving special presented by Cults and Crimes of Passion. Listen to the trailer for a “breathtaking” introduction to the series. Learn more about you
After marrying the heir to the Gucci empire, Patrizia Reggiani was living the dream. Almost overnight, she became a jet-setting socialite, rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous. But when her husband threatens to take all the glitz and glam
Starting today, unpack the epic dramas of history’s most infamous buccaneers. Real Pirates takes you right into the heart of the action with immersive storytelling and pulse-racing tales, charting the lives of the legendary men and women who ro
In the early 1990s, erstwhile biographer Lee Israel was having the time of her life forging letters from long-dead celebrities. But when that particular scheme got too risky, she switched gears, and started making real money moves... Learn more
A new daily show packed with real feelings, deeper meanings, and new points of view. Every weekday, join host Jordyn Rolling for stories of love, loss, and becoming — all told by the actual people who lived them. Catch an episode right here, th
When a sought-after biographer makes a costly misstep, she gets desperate enough to use her talents for more criminal exploits… Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
One night in 1834, a fire swept through the LaLaurie mansion in New Orleans, drawing a crowd of worried onlookers. Until then, Delphine LaLaurie had been a queen of Creole society, but what volunteers found inside her home as they rushed to hel
Delphine LaLaurie is a name synonymous with history's most twisted villains. But though there are countless embellished and horrific stories about the evils she carried out in her New Orleans mansion, few know the story before the legend... Lea
You might recognize them from the hit true crime podcast RedHanded, but now, Suruthi Bala and Hannah Maguire are serving up cults analysis like you’ve never heard it before. Every week, they’ll examine the unbelievable crimes and everyday insid
Mary Batemen had been playing people for fools for years. The problem was, too many of her dissatisfied customers stuck around to complain about her trickery. Her solution? Murder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adch
We’re gazing deep into the crystal ball to meet the leading figures — and tireless skeptics — of the 19th-century Spiritualism movement. Come for the history, mystery and lies. Stay for the Halloween séance. Listen to an exclusive clip from the
Mary Bateman was an accomplished liar from a young age, and when she grew up, she started using that talent as a way of making money. Passing herself off as a witch, she tricked paranoid and gullible customers into handing over their hard-earne
In 2018, an investigative journalist traveled to the compound of an elite spiritual organization called the Fellowship of Friends. Their leader had predicted global catastrophe — but the end-times prophecy was just the beginning. Jennings Brown
In 1933, Kathryn took the FBI on a ride the likes of which no other criminal could ever match. So buckle up, listeners. This here’s about to be a wild one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
In this special collection of Parcast episodes, we’re revisiting the lore and tackling the tallest of tales from an era that’s endlessly mythologized in American pop culture — the Wild West. From bloody feuds to gunslinging bandits, unsolved mu
Behind every great man, there's a great woman. Or so they say. But Kathryn Kelly was never that far behind her infamous mobster husband. For most of her life, she was calling her own shots, instigating trouble and making her own way. So it seem
What if Mr. Right turns out to be Mr. So Wrong? On season 2 of Impostors, Abby Ellin tells the story of one conman who entangled his lovers, friends, family, and coworkers in an identity fraud scheme that stretched all the way to the Pentagon. 
There have always been two Marthas: the hammer and the needle. And while most of us probably associate her more with the needle — the homecrafts and kitchen magic — it was really the hammer — her ruthless business savvy — that made Martha Stewa
Listeners, today we’re bringing you the first episode from the newest true crime Spotify Original from Parcast. Every Thursday on Disappearances, host Sarah Turney examines the most urgent mysteries in the world — cases where people seemingly v
After years of getting away with murder at her aged care facility, Amy Archer-Gilligan didn’t realize how closely she was being watched. But in her desperation to make money, she was finally exposed as one of America’s deadliest female serial k
Business leaders and industry innovators are typically held up as examples to emulate — seizing the chance to turn a profit whenever possible. But Amy Archer-Gilligan was more money hungry than most, and she wasn't content to let her revolution
Confronted with her status as an asymptomatic carrier of typhoid fever, Mary Mallon was disbelieving and hostile. She was captured, tested, and quarantined nonetheless. Her legacy includes deaths and debilitation — but was she a criminal? Learn
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