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BADLANDS is a true-crime anthology podcast from Jake Brennan, creator and host of the award-winning music and true crime podcast DISGRACELAND. BADLANDS Season 2: Sportsland is all about the shocking rise and fall of sports legends. Beginning September 22nd, 2021, listen each week for wild stories about Mike Tyson, Oscar Pistorius, Aaron Hernandez, Evel Knievel, Tonya Harding, Pete Rose, Sonny Liston, Spider Sabich, Ty Cobb, and, of course, O.J. Simpson. Follow BADLANDS on Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Wondery+ or wherever you get your podcasts. BADLANDS Season 2: Sportsland premieres September 22nd with new episodes available every Wednesday. Or, beginning September 22nd, you can binge the whole season of 10 episodes on Amazon Music.

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    Diego Maradona: Stolen Blood, Italian Gangsters, and the Hand of God

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 34:10


    Diego Maradona was busted for drugs, prostitution, and shooting an air rifle at reporters. He was also associated with one of the biggest and oldest organized crime families in Italy. Despite all of this, Diego Maradona somehow still showed up the next day and played a great game of soccer. He even turned a soccer match into a weapon during a centuries-long war between England and Argentina. Diego Maradona was more than one of the greatest of all time on the pitch – he was also one of the most infamous.Follow Badlands wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes every Wednesday, or binge the entire new season right now only on Amazon Music amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Robert Rozier: Severed Heads, Death Angels, and the Devil's Night Out

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 34:27


    Robert Rozier's tenure in the NFL and Canadian Football League didn't last very long, but he may well have one of the most insane stories in professional sports. After being rejected by the big leagues, Rozier was drafted by a murder cult in Florida. He became one of the cult's many “death angels,” disciples who carried out their so-called messiah's instructions to kill – a messiah with a habit of ordering the beheadings of those who dared speak out against him. In 1986, as Devil's Night gave way to Halloween, Robert Rozier found himself on the run – not down a football field, but into haunted woods - with authorities hot on his tail.This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners, including graphic depictions of violence.Follow Badlands wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes every Wednesday, or binge the entire new season right now only on Amazon Music amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Joe Namath: Rubbing Elbows with the Mafia, Accused of Assault, and the Birth of the Rockstar Gladiator

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 33:00


    Joe Namath was the Elvis and the Beatles of the gridiron at a time when the NFL was full of players with flat personalities. He was the catalyst that turned athletes into leaders, steering the cultural zeitgeist. Blonde bombshells drove onto the field in Cadillacs to pick him up. He intercepted women from Mick Jagger in New York nightclubs. He wore mink coats and sunglasses on the sidelines during preseason games he didn't play in. He drank, he gambled, he smoked, and he grew his hair long - and people noticed. The mafia. The feds. The media. Even crazed fans…who wanted him dead.Follow Badlands wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes every Wednesday, or binge the entire new season right now only on Amazon Music amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Michael Vick: Shallow Graves, Dogfights, and Self-Destruction

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2022 37:06


    Armed with superstardom and a $100 million NFL contract, Michael Vick made it to the hallowed national stage, a place where many of his peers could only dream about. Unfortunately his increasingly bad decisions led to his self-destruction. It took just one search warrant for Michael Vick to go from one of the NFL's most iconic players to its most vilified. There's no turning back from what police found buried on his 15-acre estate in rural Virginia.This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners, including graphic depictions of violence involving animals.Follow Badlands wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes every Wednesday, or binge the entire new season right now only on Amazon Music amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Ray Lewis: Survival in Baltimore, a Brutal Beating in Miami, and a Double Murder in Atlanta

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 32:37


    Ray Lewis wasn't just a Super Bowl MVP, or a 2-time defensive player of the year, or a 13-time Pro Bowl player - he was the scariest player in the league. From an early age, Ray Lewis used football as a tool to survive a his terrifying reality: abusive and neglectful father figures, drugs and violence, and a beloved mentor shot dead. Four years into a professional career as the Baltimore Ravens' take-no-prisoners linebacker, Ray Lewis' reality caught up with him. That was the night that Ray Lewis was arrested and charged with a shocking double murder.This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners, including child abuse, domestic violence, and graphic depictions of violence.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Introducing: BADLANDS Season 6

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2022 1:31


    Which NFL player found himself drafted into a murder cult that beheaded its disobedient members? How did one of the most fatal events in sports history start with nearly 100 deaths and end in a large-scale coverup? Why did a hard-partying English soccer player attempt to save a savage murderer from a police standoff...with two fishing rods and a rotisserie chicken? Discover the details behind these unbelievable but true stories in an all-new season of Badlands. As American football gets into full swing, we'll explore the intersection of gridiron giants and true crime, with stories about Michael Vick, Ray Lewis, Joe Namath, Robert Rozier, and Lawrence Taylor. And just in time for the World Cup, we're tackling the sins and scandals of the soccer world, with episodes on Diego Maradona, Andrés Escobar, Paul Gascoigne, Bruno Fernandes de Souza, and of course, the infamous Hillsborough Disaster of 1989.Listen to new episodes of Badlands beginning October 26 wherever you get your podcasts, or binge the entire new season exclusively on Amazon Music at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: A Teenage Jewel Thief, a Heel Turn Betrayal, and Raising the People's Eyebrow

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 32:15


    Long before he raised the People's Eyebrow, dropped the People's Elbow, and laid the smackdown on the candyass world of Hollywood, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson ran a jewelry theft ring in Waikiki. He and his peers worked the posh shopping district, snatching and grabbing whatever they could get their hands on and then pawning their haul for cold, hard cash. As a result, he was arrested nearly ten times before he turned 17 years old. But perhaps the only thing more insane than that story is the tale of how Dwayne Johnson transcended a life of petty street crime to become one of the biggest cultural icons of the 21st century.Follow Badlands wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes of Hollywoodland each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 episodes of Badlands: Hollywoodland on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Wondery Presents - The Rewatcher: Buffy The Vampire Slayer

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 4:32


    Welcome to the Hellmouth Weirdos! Your favorite Morbid hosts Ash and Alaina are branching out from true crime and heading to Sunnydale for the ultimate Buffy the Vampire Slayer Rewatch podcast! Alaina is a Buffy superfan and Ash has never watched a single episode, so whether you're Team Angel, Team Spike, or have no clue who those people are…they've got you covered! Join them each week as they slay their way through the series, episode by episode, re-watching, and watching for the very first time. They'll break down Buffy and her friends adventures through weekly recaps, categories, and awards while Ash takes some (wooden stake) stabs at predicting what she thinks will happen next. They'll also welcome the occasional Buffy cast member, guest star, or celebrity superfan to join in the slaying.Listen to The Rewatcher: wondery.fm/BL_REWATCHERSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Patty Hearst: Brainwashing, Cyanide Bullets, and an Heiress-Turned-Terrorist 

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 36:38


    Before Patty Hearst appeared as an actress in John Waters' movies, she captivated America on the silver screen as a hostage terrorized by the Symbionese Liberation Army. When the newspaper heiress was kidnapped by the radical organization in 1974, the country sympathized with her plight. But after just a few months, the SLA's guns weren't pointing at Patty anymore; suddenly, Patty was firing her own weapons during fistfights and bank robberies as a member of the same terrorist group that once kept her locked in a closet. In court, Patty claimed she was brainwashed and that she played along for her own safety. It's true that Patty Hearst gave the performance of a lifetime — but we still don't know which part of her life was the performance.This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners, including graphic depictions of violence.Follow Badlands wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes of Hollywoodland each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 episodes of Badlands: Hollywoodland on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Charlie Chaplin: Japanese Assassins, Murder on a Yacht, and a Stolen Corpse

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 35:35


    Charlie Chaplin was a wanted man. Not just by moviegoing audiences that made him one of the biggest stars of the silent and talkie eras. And not just by governments who questioned his politics. He was nearly murdered by a jealous lover, and was likely the intended target of a homicide aboard the yacht of the wealthiest man in America. He survived numerous attempts on his life, only to be targeted by a cabal of Japanese assassins who wanted him dead. And when he did die, Charlie Chaplin remained in high demand. Just ask the guy who dug up his corpse and held it for ransom.Follow Badlands wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes of Hollywoodland each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 episodes of Badlands: Hollywoodland on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    John Belushi: Punk Rock Riots, Chicago Street Brawls, and Missions from God

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 36:36


    John Belushi may have been one of the funniest comedians of his generation, but he wasn't just a funny guy. He was a rock star. He partied with the Stones, fronted a world-class band of R&B legends, and was responsible for a punk rock riot in Rockefeller Center. He drew the ire of street gangs in Chicago, attempted to steal a boat with his blues brother, and performed one of his final episodes of Saturday Night Live on death's door. Everything was heightened. The stakes. The laughs. The sensory overload of lights, camera, action. He worked hard, and played harder. And when it all came to a crashing halt in a Hollywood bungalow, one question remained: Was John Belushi's death the result of foul play?Follow Badlands wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes of Hollywoodland each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 episodes of Badlands: Hollywoodland on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Bob Crane of Hogan's Heroes: Sex, Lies, Videotape, and Murder

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 34:59


    On the surface, the star of one of the most popular television series of the 1960s was a squeaky-clean symbol of America's innocence. But Hogan's Heroes' Bob Crane lived a secret double life that very few people knew about. His custom-built pornographic paradises were hidden behind the closed doors of his dressing room and apartment. He was obsessed with extra-marital sexual exploits, and he documented them with cutting-edge technology. The joy he received from making people smile was matched only by his need to fulfill his darkest desires…a need that would end in murder.Follow Badlands wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes of Hollywoodland each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 episodes of Badlands: Hollywoodland on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Danny Trejo: A Prison Riot, the Gas Chamber, and Becoming Fear

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 30:55


    Danny Trejo holds the record for most on-screen deaths by an actor. His go-to role is the bad guy – the baddest guy. The guy you do not mess with. And for the first 25 years of his life, he was that guy for real. He led a life of violence and drugs that landed him in just about every hardcore prison in California, including Folsom and San Quentin. On the inside, he ran the gym, the drugs, and protection rackets. And then one day, the tables turned and Danny Trejo was the one who needed protection. After the dust settled on a bloody prison riot, Trejo found himself staring down the death penalty.Follow Badlands wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes of Hollywoodland each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 episodes of Badlands: Hollywoodland on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Lucille Ball: Gun Wounds, Refugees, and the Redhead Who Survived the Red Scare

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 36:00


    Lucille Ball might have been a natural boundary-pusher, but America's top TV comedienne had some ‘splaining to do when a damning news broadcast unveiled her former ties to the Communist Party. The hysteria of the Red Scare threatened to bury this redhead at the bottom of the Hollywood blacklist overnight. Even when America put rampant McCarthyism to rest, the United States government kept watching Lucille Ball – and we're not talking about I Love Lucy reruns.Follow Badlands wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes of Hollywoodland each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 episodes of Badlands: Hollywoodland on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Drew Barrymore: Curses, Corpses, and a Coked-Up Child Star in the Club

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 34:50


    Drew Barrymore spent her childhood charming audiences on movie screens and cramming cocaine up her nose at the most exclusive clubs in the country. Her breakout role as Gertie in E.T.: The Extraterrestrial rocketed her to such far-reaching fame that she became a regular at Studio 54 when she was only 7 years old. Her early taste for unchaperoned nightlife would lure her into other exceptionally adult addictions, nearly extinguishing her flourishing film career before Drew reached high school. As Drew's grandfather and father before her already proved, no one acts – or parties – quite like a Barrymore. No one crashes and burns quite like a Barrymore, either. Follow Badlands wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes of Hollywoodland each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 episodes of Badlands: Hollywoodland on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Charlie Sheen: Tiger Blood, Porn Stars, and the High-Priest Vatican Assassin Warlock

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 34:17


    Not one but two of Charlie Sheen's Mercedes were found crashed into a ravine off Mulholland Drive on separate occasions. By that point, he was working on running his career off the road for a second or third time, in a haze of alcohol, cocaine, $30,000 one-night stands, awkward dinner dates with porn stars and his ex-wife, livestream rants, LAPD house raids, and a triumphant ascent to a Beverly Hills rooftop with a machete and a bottle of red liquid labeled “Tiger Blood.” And that's only part of the story.This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners, including domestic violence.Follow Badlands wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes of Hollywoodland each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 episodes of Badlands: Hollywoodland on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Armie Hammer: Dirty Texts, Bloodthirsty Fetishes, and a Cannibal Kink

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 32:11


    With his chiseled jawline and matinee idol good looks, Armie Hammer could have been another leading man like Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt. But Armie Hammer was not most movie stars. He wasn't even most people. On the surface, his life was perfectly curated and appeared picture-perfect, with no major public scandals or dirt-digging by the press. But his increasingly bizarre appearances in interviews and on social media, not to mention leaked videos and texts, led to shocking revelations about what was really going on behind closed doors. And what was going on was wilder than the untamed dreams of a Hollywood screenwriter.This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners, including sexual assault and graphic descriptions of violence.Follow Badlands wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes of Hollywoodland each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 episodes of Badlands: Hollywoodland on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Introducing BADLANDS Season 5: HOLLYWOODLAND

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 1:46


    Which muscled action star ran a jewelry theft ring as a teenager in Hawaii? How did a critically-acclaimed actor get chewed out by the public and the police for a scandalous cannibalism kink? And which heiress turned actress found herself firing a submachine gun when she was kidnapped and brainwashed by a terrorist organization?Discover the details behind these unbelievable but true stories in an all-new season of Badlands: Hollywoodland. This season of Badlands dives deeper into the shady characters of Tinseltown than ever before, featuring the insane true stories of Drew Barrymore, Charlie Sheen, Danny Trejo, John Belushi, Armie Hammer, Charlie Chaplin, Lucille Ball, Bob Crane of Hogan's Heroes, Patty Hearst, and Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a The Rock.Listen to new episodes of Badlands beginning August 3 wherever you get your podcasts, or binge the entire new season exclusively on Amazon Music at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Introducing DISGRACELAND'S Newest Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 5:56


    Introducing the Disgraceland podcast - a show that tells the insane true crime stories of music's most famous… on their darkest days.Host Jake Brennan, tells the jaw dropping stories of musicians behaving very badly… and some even getting away with murder. In an all new season, he tells the unbelievable histories of the world's most famous musical artists. Like the story of Britney Spears…locked into an unconventional conservatorship. Or Chris Brown's gutted reputation and downward spiral. Or the Beatles' own Ringo Star being targeted by trigger happy extremists…These and many more.Follow Disgraceland wherever you get your podcasts. Or you can listen to all 10 seasons exclusively on Amazon Music. Listen here: wondery.fm/Badlands_D10See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Robin Williams: A Manic Mind at Breakneck Speed, an Addiction to Laughter, and the Devil's Dandruff

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 35:52


    Robin Williams' manic mind moved at such a breakneck speed that cocaine had the opposite effect than it had on most other people: it slowed him down. Robin's primary addiction, however, wasn't cocaine. He was addicted to the dopamine rush of being on a stage, where he could let his mind run wild with free association, and be rewarded with uproarious laughter. He was addicted to proving himself as a dramatic actor, even if that meant attempting to trigger his own mental breakdown by running in place for hours. And when he died tragically at the age of 63, the cause of his death was surprisingly not what anyone suspected. It still isn't.This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners, including suicide. If you're thinking about suicide or are worried about a friend or loved one, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.Follow BADLANDS wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 episodes on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The Dating Game Killer: Persuasion, Charm, and a Depraved Murderer at Large

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 36:12


    Rodney Alcala, AKA The Dating Game Killer, was a depraved murderer who eluded authorities for years. He hid his true identity behind charm and persuasion. He worked as a summer camp counselor while on the lam for the savage assault of an eight-year-old girl. He convinced his parole officer to let him take a vacation to the other side of the country, where he proceeded to commit another of his many murders. While New Yorkers were watching their backs for the Son of Sam in the summer of '77, he killed again. And at the height of his killing spree, he managed to star in one of the creepiest moments in Hollywood history as a contestant on a popular television game show.This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners, including sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and graphic descriptions of violence.Follow BADLANDS wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes from season 4 each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 new episodes on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Sharon Tate Pt 2: Rape, Drugs, and Murdering New Hollywood

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 36:06


    Sharon Tate's entanglement with Charles Manson and her husband, filmmaker Roman Polanski, as well as her involvement in some of the long-rumored hedonistic events at her home on Cielo Drive put her at the center of a counter-narrative that explosively disrupts the supposed motive for the Manson family murders. Was Sharon Tate blissfully ignorant of the darkness that had been bubbling beneath Hollywood's shiny veneer for years? Or is there more to this story than we've been told in the past?This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners, including sexual assault.Follow BADLANDS wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes from season 4 each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 new episodes on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Sharon Tate Pt 1: Wild Parties and Dangerous Company

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 37:48


    Sharon Tate was a sophisticated beauty who literally stopped traffic when she walked down the street. She began her movie career when America was becoming sexually liberated, and despite the ease with which she was made a sex symbol, she aspired to be respected as a serious actress. Decades later, however, she is perhaps best-remembered as one of the victims found brutally murdered at her Cielo Drive home, the one she shared with her husband, director Roman Polanski. Sharon and Roman welcomed regular guests to that home, including Sharon's friend, Mama Cass Elliot, who was at the center of the Manson murders and whose actions may be why the motive for the murders that America has come to accept as fact is actually false.This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners, including sexual assault and suicide. If you're thinking about suicide, or are worried about a friend or loved one, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.Follow BADLANDS wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 episodes on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Mickey Rourke: Organized Crime, the IRA, and Method Acting into Oblivion

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 35:23


    Acting came easy to Mickey Rourke. He was admitted to the prestigious Actors Studio after one audition, which is nuts when you consider that it took Jack Nicholson five auditions and six for Dustin Hoffman. But just because something came easy to Mickey Rourke didn't mean he did things the easy way. His relationships with organizations like the Gambino crime family and the IRA became more talked about than the promising acting career he was busy tanking. He seriously considered carrying out a bloody revenge/suicide plot. And then he turned his back on the silver screen for a new life in the boxing ring. When he returned to Hollywood, his face was so pulverized and surgically altered that he was unrecognizable. So unrecognizable that he had to begin his journey all over again. And at the end of the line was either one of two things waiting for him: redemption or purgatory.This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners, including domestic violence, suicide, and graphic descriptions of violence. If you're thinking about suicide or are worried about a friend or loved one, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.Follow BADLANDS wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes from season 4 each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 new episodes on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Woody Harrelson: Contract Killers, JFK Conspiracies, and Fathers & Sons

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 35:19


    One of Hollywood's most eclectic and unpredictable actors, Woody Harrelson has played a hayseed barback, a streetball hustler, a natural born killer, a true detective, and so many more. But his most profound and difficult role might be his real-life role: the son of an infamous contract killer. Woody's father, Charles Harrelson, was sent to prison for the assassination of a federal judge, only after he had been the subject of one of the largest federal manhunts in U.S. history – a manhunt that ended with a six-hour standoff with authorities during which he confessed to the assassination of JFK.This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners, including domestic violence.Follow BADLANDS wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes from season 4 each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 new episodes on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Judy Garland: Seconals, Benzedrine, and Dexedrine…Oh My

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 36:21


    With a few clicks of their ruby slippers, MGM made 16-year-old Judy Garland a box office giant, but their strict rules nearly killed the budding starlet in the process. The studio's strict diet of chicken soup, uppers, and downers set up teenage Judy for a life fraught with addiction, malnutrition, extreme health complications, and regular visits to rehab. Even years after Judy severed ties with the MGM, the effects of her highly-regulated adolescence creeped into her career, literally poisoning her life — and her liver. A star was born when Judy filmed The Wizard of Oz, but by her late forties, that same star was in rapid decline.This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners, including child abuse and eating disorders.Follow BADLANDS wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 episodes on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Sean Penn: A Prison Escape, The Night Stalker, and Madonna's True Blue Bad Boy

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 34:57


    In the summer of 1985, Sean Penn's marriage to preeminent material girl Madonna was an epochal moment for ‘80s-era Hollywood. The bad boy from Bad Boys and the boy-toy pop superstar blissfully brought together the worlds of movies and music on a Malibu bluff overlooking the Pacific. But their subsequent attempt to make a movie together was anything but blissful. A wild film shoot in China would lead to even wilder things, like the time Sean dangled a photographer upside-down from a ninth-story balcony. Or the time he escaped a prison in Macau and had to have a pardon from the government negotiated by a former member of the Beatles. Or the time he spent in an American prison, where he found himself passing notes with a fellow inmate down the hall…one who happened to be one of the most notorious serial killers in history.This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners, including domestic violence and sexual assault.Follow BADLANDS wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes from season 4 each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 new episodes on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Winona Ryder: Drowning, Designer Theft, and a Deadly Kidnapping

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 37:53


    Between beatnik parents, an LSD guru godfather, and an unconventional upbringing in Northern California, it's not surprising that Winona Ryder became America's endearing weirdo in the 1990s. Her noir starpower shined from an early age in movies like Beetlejuice, Heathers, and Edward Scissorhands, but her penchant for dark roles would lead her towards crime in real life. The only thing weirder than Winona's $5,000 shoplifting spree and the kidnapping of a girl from her own hometown is how the two stories unexpectedly intertwine.This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners, including kidnapping and child abuse.Follow BADLANDS wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes from season 4 each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 new episodes on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Lindsay Lohan: Morgues, Ankle Bracelets, and an Addiction to Chaos

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 36:31


    Lindsay Lohan's arrest record is overcrowded with charges involving theft, cocaine, and the transportation of narcotics. The one-time Disney queen bee shattered her Mercedes and her good girl reputation with back-to-back DUIs when her career was at its peak. After appearing in court 20 times in the span of five years, Lindsay's acting opportunities downgraded from Mean Girls-level blockbusters to meager microbudget art films, including a career-low role that paid her $100 a day to perform alongside porn stars.Follow BADLANDS wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes from season 4 each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 new episodes on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Introducing BADLANDS Season 4: HOLLYWOODLAND

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 1:48


    Which 1980's bad boy made a daring escape from prison and later had his freedom negotiated by a former Beatle? Why did the father of a Hollywood A-lister confess to the assassination of JFK? And just how did a serial killer manage to find his own 15 minutes of fame on national television while in the middle of a killing spree?Hear the wild but true stories behind these questions as the fame, fortune, and felonies of tinseltown come alive in BADLANDS Season 4: HOLLYWOODLAND.BADLANDS is a true-crime anthology podcast from Jake Brennan, creator and host of the award-winning music and true crime podcast DISGRACELAND.This season of BADLANDS features all of these crazy-but-true tales plus the almost-too-crazy-to-be-true stories of Sean Penn, Woody Harrelson, Judy Garland, Robin Williams, Winona Ryder, Lindsay Lohan, Sharon Tate, Mickey Rourke, and Rodney Alcala, AKA The Dating Game Killer.Listen to all 10 episodes of BADLANDS Season 4: HOLLYWOODLAND on-demand, beginning May 11 at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Introducing: Dead and Gone Season 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 5:00


    Despite the Grateful Dead's ethos of peace and love and communal music, there is a darkness that surrounds the band. Across five decades, a string of unexplained accidents, murders and disappearances have befallen some of the band's most dedicated fans; affectionately known as "DeadHeads." Some were last seen on their way to Grateful Dead concerts, others simply vanished or were tragically murdered while attending shows. Hosted by Payne Lindsey (Up and Vanished) and Jake Brennan (Disgraceland), DEAD AND GONE Season 2 dives deep into the DeadHead subculture, investigating four of these tragic unresolved cases while simultaneously navigating the career of this iconic band. A long, strange, deadly trip into the world of The Grateful Dead. Follow and listen here, or at www.deadandgone.com.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Robert Downey Jr.: Running on Empty, Rock Bottom, and Ironclad Resolve

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 37:29


    The man who would be Iron Man was once an uninsurable, unreliable actor who lived many years at the bottom in a haze of drugs and alcohol. His transformation into the highest-paid actor in Hollywood is truly one of the most remarkable stories in the City of Angels.Follow BADLANDS wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes of BADLANDS S3: HOLLYWOODLAND each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 episodes on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The Black Dahlia (Elizabeth Short): A Gruesome Murder, a Corrupt Police Department, and an Unsolvable Mystery

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 38:07


    In January 1947, the mutilated body of 22-year old Elizabeth Short was found, literally cut in half, in a vacant lot in Los Angeles. Even though hundreds of suspects were investigated and dozens of confessions were made, her murder remains unsolved to this day. In the years since, the case has gotten warm and cold again. Speculation into motive and method has been endless. And the deeper you look, the murkier the case becomes. It's a case populated by drunks and junkies, syphilitic ex-cons and petty thieves, kingpins of organized crime, and the most corrupt police officers to ever wear a badge – and it still continues to this day.This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners, including graphic descriptions of violence.Follow BADLANDS wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes of BADLANDS S3: HOLLYWOODLAND each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 episodes on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Robert Mitchum: Reefer Madness, a Daring Escape from a Chain Gang, and Not Giving a Damn

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 38:11


    Robert Mitchum was famously busted for marijuana in the 1940s before his career had really taken off. Not so famous is how he managed to save his legacy, and his life: with the unlikely help of one of the most powerful men in the world.Follow BADLANDS wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes of BADLANDS S3: HOLLYWOODLAND each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 episodes on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Tim Allen: Cocaine in Kalamazoo, Life in Prison, and Flipping for the Feds

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 35:44


    Before he was headed to infinity and beyond, Tim Allen was headed to life in prison for a low-level drug deal in Michigan. This is the story about how his first career ended in a life-changing bust, and what he had to do in order to survive and find a way out.This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners, including discussions about suicide. If you're thinking about suicide or are worried about a friend or loved one, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.Follow BADLANDS wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes of BADLANDS S3: HOLLYWOODLAND each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 episodes on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Brittany Murphy: Pills, Paranoia, and Poison

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 39:21


    The only thing more shocking than Brittany Murphy's untimely death at the age of 32 was what happened next: more unexpected deaths, rumors of poisoning, and even murder.Follow BADLANDS wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes of BADLANDS S3: HOLLYWOODLAND each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 episodes on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Poltergeist Curse: Paranormal Activity, a Plane Crash, and Murder

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 38:17


    Four different actors from the 1980s horror franchise Poltergeist died within a 6-year span. Dominique Dunne was murdered. Julian Beck succumbed to stomach cancer. Will Sampson suffered from a degenerative disease. And Heather O'Rourke's death at the age of 12, was deemed “distinctly unusual.” Was it an eerie coincidence...or something more sinister?This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners, including descriptions of domestic violence and graphic descriptions of violence.Follow BADLANDS wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes of BADLANDS S3: HOLLYWOODLAND each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 episodes on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Sal Mineo: Street Gangs, Ouija Boards, and Unabashed Pride

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2022 40:37


    James Dean's co-star in Rebel Without a Cause was an early trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ community in Hollywood. Over the years he was harassed, heckled, and had his life threatened – just for being himself. When he was mysteriously murdered at the age of 37, the 15-month investigation exposed just how deep intolerance ran in the hearts and minds of many, despite Sal's efforts to the contrary.This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners, including sexual assault.Follow BADLANDS wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes of BADLANDS S3: HOLLYWOODLAND each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 episodes on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Gianni Versace: Sly Stallone, Madonna, Elton John, a Serial Killer, and the Death of the Sun King

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2022 41:00


    Gianni Versace was a runway iconoclast who outfitted the likes of Madonna, Demi Moore, Prince, Sylvester Stallone, and Don Johnson. He lived like Louis XIV and counted Princess Di and Elton John among his friends. He was plagued by rumors of ties to the Calabrian mafia and a secret health diagnosis. Those rumors continued to persist long after he was gunned down by a serial killer who had been on the lam after murdering four other men in three states.Follow BADLANDS wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes of BADLANDS S3: HOLLYWOODLAND each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 episodes on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Jack Nicholson: Hidden Drugs, Road Rage, and a Shocking Crime

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2022 36:09


    In some of Hollywood's best-loved movies, Jack Nicholson played jokers, sailors, inmates – even the Devil himself. But he never played by the rules. He allegedly mooned a crowd of thousands at a basketball game. His bedroom kinks were laid bare in the papers. He fought the MPAA and the LAPD. And in 1994, he attempted to establish his own set of rules when he attacked an idling Mercedes-Benz with a two-iron.This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners, including sexual assault and child sexual abuse.Follow BADLANDS wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes of BADLANDS S3: HOLLYWOODLAND each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 episodes on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Heath Ledger: Baited with Drugs, Beaten to a Pulp, and Beyond the Point of No Return

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2022 37:05


    Heath Ledger's preparation for and disappearance into his movie roles is legendary, and it's what helped him play repressed cowboys, junkies, and maniacal clowns equally well. His research led him to junkies who taught him how to properly shoot up using a stolen prosthetic arm and fake blood, and to a personal diary full of cut-and-paste madness. The paparazzi, however, mocked Heath's method, and took their public quarrel with him to duplicitous lengths.Follow BADLANDS wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes of BADLANDS S3: HOLLYWOODLAND each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 episodes on-demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Introducing BADLANDS Season 3: HOLLYWOODLAND

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2022 1:59


    Which silver screen superstar honed his comedic chops behind bars while doing time for slinging cocaine? Which movie mogul's home in the Hollywood hills played host to one of the most heinous and notorious crimes of the 1970's? And how did ONE movie franchise supposedly curse FOUR different actors, leading them each to an early grave?Hear the unbelievable but true stories behind these questions and more in BADLANDS Season 3: HOLLYWOODLAND.BADLANDS is a true-crime anthology podcast from Jake Brennan, creator and host of the award-winning music and true crime podcast DISGRACELAND.BADLANDS Season 3: HOLLYWOODLAND is all about the dirty deeds of Tinseltown A-listers whose crimes and career lows were as unbelievable as some of their films' plot twists. Beginning February 16th, listen each week for wild stories about Robert Downey Jr., Gianni Versace, Sal Mineo, Tim Allen, Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson, Brittany Murphy, the Poltergeist Curse, Robert Mitchum, and Elizabeth Short, aka The Black Dahlia.Follow BADLANDS wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes of HOLLYWOODLAND each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 episodes of BADLANDS: HOLLYWOODLAND on-demand at amazon.com/badlands.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Badlands Fixes the Oscars: New Hollywoodland Preview Edition (Bonus Episode)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2022 72:21


    Jake reveals the full list of subjects for the new season of Hollywoodland by picking their best roles and movies, and righting the historical mistakes we all know the Academy makes every year.This episode was captured live on Twitch on 1/20/22, catch all streams by following https://twitch.tv/disgracelandtalks.Chat with us about the episode by joining our Discord server at https://discord.gg/7WtPB92SVzSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Badlands Fixes the Oscars: The Hollywoodland Season 1 Awards (Bonus Episode)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2022 52:04


    Jake kicks off the coming season of more Hollywood true crime tales by looking back at all the stars of Hollywoodland Season 1, picking their best roles and movies, and righting the mistakes we all know the Academy makes every year by giving out our own honorary awards.This episode was captured live on Twitch on January 20th, 2022. Catch all streams by following https://twitch.tv/disgracelandtalksChat with us about the episode by joining our Discord server at https://discord.gg/7WtPB92SVzSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Presenting Disgraceland Season 9: Taylor Swift: Interstate Stalking, Vanishing Masters, and Love Letters Gone Wrong (Excerpt)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 2:25


    Deranged stalkers, heroin hounds, and the leering eyes of the FBI – find out who's visiting Disgraceland this winter in Season 9 of the award-winning music and true crime podcast. Check out this excerpt from the the Season 9 premiere episode on Taylor Swift.Listen to the all new season, as well as the first 8 seasons of Disgraceland, only on Amazon Music: amazon.com/disgraceland. For episode notes and other great shows, visit doubleelvis.com and join the Disgraceland community on Twitch and Instagram for behind the scenes talks, music history discussions, and more.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Presenting: Disgraceland Season 9 Trailer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 1:30


    Deranged stalkers, heroin hounds, and the leering eyes of the FBI; find out who's visiting Disgraceland this winter in the Season 9 trailer of Disgraceland. The newest season of the award-winning music and true crime podcast launches January 11, 2022 exclusively on Amazon Music. Visit amazon.com/disgraceland to follow and listen to every episode.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Marilyn Monroe (Part 1): Who Killed Marilyn? JFK? RFK? The KKK? Probable Suicide and a Conspiracy Theory That Won't Quit (Best-Of Episode)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 34:46


    Relive the episode that started it all for Badlands – Marilyn Monroe. Spend New Year's bingeing the whole season and get hyped for Hollywoodland 2 coming your way in the New Year... more on that soon.Marilyn Monroe is one of the greatest Hollywood stars of all time. She rose from orphan to icon by creating an on screen character America could not peel their eyes away from. And she did it all while battling anxiety, depression, and addiction. Along the way she bedded, married, and otherwise conquered America's most impressive men--Joe DiMaggio, Arthur Miller, Frank Siantra and President John F. Kennedy to name a few. And her relationship with JFK and his younger brother, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, would prove disastrous and result in long-running rumors and conspiracy theories about her death that are as hard to debunk as they are to dismiss.This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners, including sexual assault and suicide. If you're thinking about suicide, or are worried about a friend or loved one, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Presenting Disgraceland: Derek and the Dominos: Clapton, Cocaine, Motorcycles, and Murder

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 35:40


    Hey BADLANDS fans: Need a little more true crime in your life? Yeah, us too. If you love BADLANDS, we want to introduce you to host Jake Brennan's other show—the rock and roll true-crime podcast that started it all, DISGRACELAND. Now in its 8th season, DISGRACELAND is an award-winning anthology series about musicians getting away with murder and behaving very badly, including episodes on the Beach Boys, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitney Houston, the Rolling Stones, Cardi B, Led Zeppelin, and many more.In 1960s London, for young guitar enthusiasts, believing that “Clapton is God” was practically the 11th Commandment. In 1970 he lent his big, sticky tone to yet another band: Derek and the Dominos. The group's white-hot blues burned bright for barely more than a year, but their impact was massive. Guided by drug, alcohol and heartbreak free-fall, Eric Clapton created one of rock's most recognizable guitar riffs, while drummer Jim Gordon contributed God's great piano coda. Except Gordon was guided by something far more sinister — something that started with incessant voices in his head, and ended with a hammer, a butcher knife, and a dead mother.To hear all episodes of Disgraceland for free, visit amazon.com/disgraceland. Show notes are available at disgracelandpod.com. Follow us @disgracelandpod on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for music news, bonus episodes, and more.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Badlands Holiday Movie Special: Jake Discusses the Greatest Holiday Movies of All Time

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 40:19


    What are your favorite holiday movies? Traditional? Modern? Dark? Funny? Jake, Zeth, and Taylor sound off with their picks to fill out your December viewing lists.Join the conversation live on Twitch at DisgracelandTalks.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Presenting: The Rumor

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 52:32


    Badlands presents an excerpt from The Rumor, a podcast from Blue Wire.An unlikely conversation at a birthday party sends two friends on a madcap quest to find out if a salacious sports rumor is true. As their investigation circles the legacies of baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., and Hollywood legend Kevin Costner, they find themselves re-examining their deepest-held beliefs about belonging, believing, and what makes a hero. While the truth proves more elusive than a well-thrown knuckleball, one thing is certain: their lives will never be the same.As their investigation picks up pace in "The Rumor", Sam and Mac land on the trail of a former Baltimore cop with the menacing-sounding nickname of Mad Dog—someone they've been told might have insider intel about the rumor. And after parsing a 1997 police report from the Ripken residence for clues, Sam and Mac head for the wealthy Baltimore exurb that appears to have more horses than people. Meanwhile, Sam reveals his intimate connection to the Kevin Costner oeuvre.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.