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Who’s the worst serial killer? Where’s the creepiest cult? What’s the coldest of all cold cases? If you’re a true crime fan, you’ve probably asked yourself some of these questions. Well, Parcast thinks you deserve answers… or at least some passionate opinions. And they’ve enlisted co-hosts Ash Kelley and Alaina Urquhart from the hit podcast Morbid to get to the bottom of things. Welcome to their Parcast original series, Crime Countdown. Every Monday, Ash and Alaina discuss ten unsettling true crime stories centered around a common theme. With the help of the Parcast research gods, they’ll try to shock, surprise, and one-up each other—debating each case and their rankings with a hint of humor to lighten the mood. These best friends may not be experts. And they may not always agree. But… they’re counting down anyway.

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    • Jul 26, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    • 64 EPISODES

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    Honeymoons Gone Wrong

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 59:15

    Honeymoons can go bad in a lot of ways. But some go criminally bad. Ash and Alaina count down the haunting memories of post-wedding trips that will have everyone asking — accident or murder? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bad Neighbors

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 37:39

    Neighbor disputes are usually over petty issues such as collapsed fences, barking dogs, or untrimmed trees. Ash and Alaina count down the neighbors who didn't understand simple conflict resolution, and took their anger to deadly levels.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Faked Deaths and Double Lives

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 37:46

    Faking your death is so extreme you must be running from something criminal to do it. Ash and Alaina call out the fakers who tried to escape liability, responsibility, and prison by “dying” or becoming someone else. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Influential Internet Sleuths

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2021 35:02

    It's one thing to enjoy true crime. But getting involved in real cases when you're not a real detective is a complicated world. Ash and Alaina click through the internet sleuths who made the biggest impacts on real crimes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bermuda Triangles

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2021 39:07

    Some places are magnets for the inexplicable… Ash and Alaina visit trippy locations where we've blamed unsolved and unexplained activity on serial killers, extraterrestrials, and Bigfoot.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Deadly Vacations

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2021 32:58

    Traveling never goes exactly right. But some trips go deadly wrong. Ash and Alaina snapshot picture-perfect vacays that turned into unsolved murders, mysterious disappearances, and road trips with tragic last stops. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Infamous Accomplices

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 32:20

    Loyalty is usually seen as a virtue, even if it's a problematic one. Ash and Alaina name the most devoted sidekicks to infamous cold-blooded killers, who proved that loyalty can in fact be very problematic.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    State Park Crimes

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 34:50

    The great outdoors can be peaceful… or the setting of horrific crimes. Ash and Alaina set up camp in some of the most majestic state parks in the U.S. whose reputations have been tested by murder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Spine-Chilling 911 Calls

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2021 34:50

    We all know “911. What’s your emergency?” But the responses to that question can send shivers down your spine. Ash and Alaina dial up killer confessions and calls for help where goosebumps are guaranteed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Celebrity Spies

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 35:36

    Being famous or a secret agent seems like two very different fantasies. But in real life, these two worlds have collided quite often. Ash and Alaina unmask the celebrities who have had a starring role in espionage. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Tragic Wedding Crimes

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2021 32:21

    Weddings are meant to be magical. But when crime crashes your big day, happiness turns to horror. Ash and Alaina cordially invite you to the most unfortunate unions between matrimony and mayhem. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Horrifying Home Invasions

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2021 35:42

    We’re all scared of what goes bump in the night. Because that noise could mean someone has just invaded your home. Ash and Alaina unlock the door to the most terrifying and deadly break-ins. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Charismatic Cult Leaders

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2021 38:52

    Behind every successful cult is a persuasive leader convincing hordes of people to conform to their views of the world. Ash and Alaina rollcall the most charming leaders with the most devout followings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Weird Hollywood Crimes

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2021 36:33

    L.A. has seen some very odd crimes that don’t quite have a Hollywood ending. Ash and Alaina head off to La La Land for the most bizarre crimes with twists and turns that seem tailor-made for the big screen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    High Crimes

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2021 37:34

    The higher you go, the further you fall. Ash and Alaina blaze through legendary crimes committed by drug smugglers, con artists and kingpins that all came at a high cost. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Scariest Forests

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2021 40:35

    Their killer histories and haunting folklore leave us wondering if that was a tree we heard falling or something far more sinister. Ash and Alaina visit forests with the deadliest reputations and spookiest inhabitants. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Deadly Sibling Dysfunction

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2021 34:55

    As long as there have been siblings, there’s been dysfunction. But most family drama ends in apologies or time outs. Ash and Alaina introduce us to siblings whose jealousy, power struggles, and greed turned deadly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Victims Who Got Away

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2021 38:38

    The victims of ruthless killers, genocide, or deranged predators didn’t choose to put their lives at risk. But they did choose to survive. Ash and Alaina tell the harrowing tales of victims who got away — but just barely. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Baffling Boston Crimes

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2021 36:57

    Boston is a proud city. But even in the best of towns, questionable things happen in the dark. And this episode is personal. Ash and Alaina reveal the most wicked baffling crimes that happened right in their hometown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Twisted Spring Break Crimes

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2021 39:10

    Spring Break is a chance to let loose and let your guard down. But no one loves a carefree teen quite like a killer. Ash and Alaina visit sunny hot spots where twisted crimes put an end to amazing vacations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Suspicious Falls

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2021 44:40

    Whether they fell from the sky, out of a window, or just in their own home, the details of these stories will have you questioning everything. Ash and Alaina dissect the most dubious drops, pitting accident against murder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Eeriest Killer Nicknames

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2021 41:54

    Some nicknames, given to the world’s worst killers, conjure up images of horror, bloodshed, and demented minds. Ash and Alaina roll call the eeriest of them all, and share the spine-chilling stories behind them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Florida Man Moments

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2021 34:25

    Ridiculous crimes from the Sunshine State helped make criminals there become an internet trend. Ash and Alaina highlight the craziest crimes where the headline started with “Florida Man...”

    Alaina and John’s Love Story - A Valentine’s Special

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2021 23:46

    A Valentine’s Special? Count us in! Ash and Alaina are each sharing the highlights and hardships of their real-life romances in Our Love Story, a Spotify Original from Parcast. Listen here to Alaina and John recount their relationship milestones. Then search “Our Love Story” to hear Ash and Drew — and more of your favorite Parcast hosts — do the same. New episodes every Tuesday. Listen free on Spotify! 

    Terrifying Urban Legends

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2021 39:31

    Truth or twisted fiction, these stories are so hauntingly good, they’ve lasted for generations. Ash and Alaina revisit the most terrifying urban legends that blur lines between what’s real and what's just a scary story.

    Game-Changing Murder Trial Evidence

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2021 36:15

    It’s the pivotal moment in any court-room drama — when evidence is presented that clinches a case. Ash and Alaina bang the gavel on the most significant pieces of murder trial evidence ever.

    New Limited Series: Criminal Couples

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2021 1:08

    This season, “L” stands for love… and lawless… and lethal. Beginning February 1st, uncover history’s most infamous couples in this collection of episodes from across Parcast Network. Follow the misdeeds of married mafiosos. Enter the transgressions of casanova cult leaders. And demystify the lives of coupled kingpins, pirates, and spies… Because in this limited series, romance takes a sharp turn into the radical.  Get a preview of Criminal Couples right here, then search “Criminal Couples” to find and follow the series. Episodes air every Monday. Listen free, only on Spotify. 

    Australian Crimes

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2021 35:30

    It's a country. It's a continent. It's a true crime capital. Ash and Alaina count down the worst killers, con artists, and creeps from down under.

    Mysterious Musician Deaths

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2021 38:20

    Two things people obsess over: music and murder conspiracy theories. And by people, we mean Ash and Alaina, as they investigate the strangest details behind ten rock stars' mysterious deaths.

    Welcome to the Family: The Kennedys

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2021 1:23

    They’re a powerful political dynasty with no shortage of tragedies, scandals and controversies. Ahead of the 60th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, revisit the most shocking moments in the Kennedy family history — from conspiracies and cover-ups to assassinations and affairs — in this Parcast limited series.  All 12 episodes are available January 19th. Listen free, only on Spotify. 

    Solved Cold Case Disappearances

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2021 38:50

    When the trail goes cold, that's often the end of the story. But this week, Alaina and Ash look at disappearances solved over twenty years after the person went missing. After years of wondering, the families got the closure they needed, and in some cases, a rare happy ending.

    Medieval Torture Methods

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2021 36:42

    Everyone wants to see a criminal confess. But today's top ten may have wanted it a little too much. Ash and Alaina examine the gnarliest torture methods, the people who used them, and those who suffered before giving up information — or were killed in the process.

    ‘80s Horror Movie Killers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2021 37:29

    Just because they're made-up doesn't make these crimes less horrifying. Especially when you consider their real-life inspirations. Ash and Alaina take a nostalgia trip to find the top ten ‘80s movie killers.

    Superstitions Special: New Year’s Eve Festivities

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2020 35:00

    The clock’s winding down on the final moments of the year and people around the world are putting their charms and traditions to work, shoring up good fortune for the future. But it’s not always our own personal luck that’s on the line… In this story, a night of superstitions weaves together the fates of merrymakers eager for fresh starts.  This episode is presented by Superstitions, a Spotify Original from Parcast. Follow Superstitions free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

    Best of 2020: Deadly Cults

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2020 41:15

    The Manson Family. Jonestown. Waco. So many cults end in tragedy. But it may be the cults you haven't heard of that are the most brutal. Ash and Alaina explore famous, infamous and lesser-known cults to determine the deadliest.

    The Sodder Family Tragedy: 75 Years Later (Pt. 3)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2020 41:42

    For decades, family members and sleuths have tried to determine what really happened the night of the fire. As of yet, they have been unsuccessful. But the clues remain, the questions linger, and the case unofficially stays open…  This episode is presented by Unexplained Mysteries, a Spotify Original from Parcast. For more of history’s greatest puzzles, follow Unexplained Mysteries free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

    The Sodder Family Tragedy: 75 Years Later (Pt. 2)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2020 42:23

    In the aftermath of the fire, a startling number of tips, twists, and witnesses came forward regarding the fate of the Sodder children. Their father, George, followed the clues for decades, driven by a suspicion of the “official” story and a belief that the blaze was no accident. This episode is presented by Unexplained Mysteries, a Spotify Original from Parcast. For more of history’s greatest puzzles, follow Unexplained Mysteries free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. 

    The Sodder Family Tragedy: 75 Years Later (Pt. 1)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2020 38:14

    Early Christmas day in 1945, Jennie Sodder woke up to her house on fire. The blaze consumed her home, and five of her young children. Or did it? Strange events, prescient remarks, and a lack of human remains hinted at more nefarious — though no less tragic — outcomes.  This episode is presented by Unexplained Mysteries, a Spotify Original from Parcast. For more of history’s greatest puzzles, follow Unexplained Mysteries free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

    Not-So-Jolly Christmas Crimes

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2020 37:47

    Happy holidays, weirdos! ‘Tis the season for arson, fraud and larceny as Alaina and Ash explore the most criminal ways someone’s ever ruined Christmas.

    Creepy Cannibals

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2020 37:20

    Ash and Alaina count down crimes that'll make you lose your appetite — and maybe the contents of your stomach. Pro tip: Listen to this one after lunch.

    Death Row Last Meals

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2020 36:39

    The only thing weirder than death row inmates’ last meal requests is that we, as a society, honor them. Ash and Alaina count down the top ten death row meals, and examine how usually, they’re more than just a meal.

    JFK Assassination Theories

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2020 35:54

    The murder of America's 35th president, followed by the murder of his killer, and the untimely death of his killer's killer, left the U.S. in a tailspin. Ash and Alaina tackle the ten most believable theories that surfaced in the wake of the chaos.

    Mysterious Water Deaths

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2020 37:32

    You never know what's lurking below the surface — and that applies to criminals just as much as oceans and lakes. Ash and Alaina dive into ten awfully suspicious deaths and disappearances. Were they all watery accidents? Or was there something deeper?

    Obsessed Stalkers

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2020 35:16

    We've all done some light stalking: looking up a new acquaintance on Facebook, searching for a crush on Google... But there's nothing light about today's ten crimes. Ash and Alaina examine the creepiest stalkers, and their disturbing psychology.

    Greatest Art Heists

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2020 36:14

    Exciting. High-profile. And usually, no one dies! Alaina and Ash dish up ten art heists, and try to figure out why this is one crime that keeps getting labeled "cool."

    Halloween Murders

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2020 42:08

    No one bats an eye when they see gore or dead bodies on Halloween... and some cold-blooded killers use that to their advantage. Alaina and Ash recount Halloween night's most unsettling crimes.

    Haunted Murder Sites

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2020 46:38

    The only thing creepier than a room where someone was murdered? That room being haunted. Ash and Alaina present the top ten murders where the victim’s death was just the beginning…

    Stolen Body Parts

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2020 43:23

    Stealing a dead body? Unsettling. Stealing a single dead finger? Simply bizarre. Ash and Alaina count down the weirdest thefts of disembodied skulls, limbs, and internal organs.

    Unforgettable Crimes of 1995

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2020 36:59

    25 years ago, most of our listeners were probably paying more attention to their Beanie Babies than to true crime. So Ash and Alaina dive into ten of 1995's crimes you may have missed... and the ones we'll never forget.

    Introducing Blind Dating

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2020 19:05

    Can you meet the love of your life doing a socially distanced podcast in your living room? There’s only one way to find out! Every Wednesday on Blind Dating, host Tara Michelle introduces one hopeful single to two strangers in a voice-only virtual hangout. They’ll chat, flirt, and make the case for why they deserve a second date. But once a match is made and the cameras are turned on, will the new connection be strong enough to last? Enjoy the first episode of Blind Dating, then follow Blind Dating free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts! 

    Infamous Alcatraz Inmates

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2020 37:48

    We all agree that Alcatraz is the world’s most infamous prison, but who are its most infamous inmates? Alaina and Ash count down the most memorable criminals to ever go into Alcatraz, and a few who got out—or died trying.

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