Murder Made Me Famous

The unnerving psychology behind murder has long been source material for television, books and movies but why do certain killers capture the attention of millions? Each episode, author and PEOPLE crime reporter Steve Helling presents dramatic recreations of the crimes using archival material and insightful commentary from those connected to the case to help unravel the twisted personalities that were thrust into the spotlight.

22:00:00 2020-01-28
Inspired by the Hannibal TV series and The Silence of the Lambs horror franchise, a real life “Hannibal Lecter” sets out to find human victims as his appetite for human flesh increases. New Copycat Killers podcasts drop each Thursday. Next week, Foren...
22:00:00 2019-12-10
Richard Speck always believed he would shock the world and make headlines. He did just that when he systematically tortured, raped, and murdered eight student nurses from South Chicago Community Hospital on the night of July 13–14, 1966. He craved the a...
22:00:00 2019-12-03
The killer that brought New York City to its knees; David Berkowitz went on a yearlong murderous rampage killing six people in 1976. He mostly targeted long-haired brunettes, leading many women in New York City to cut and dye their hair blonde. Given up f...
22:00:00 2019-11-26
It is one of the most famous cases of serial murder in American history. Albert DeSalvo wanted fame more than anything. He finally found it by striking fear into women - young and old. DeSalvo’s rape and murder spree took the lives of thirteen women bet...
22:00:00 2019-11-21
Enjoy this sneak preview of CopyCat Killers!  The Sopranos – Tony Soprano, the fictional New Jersey mob boss in HBO’s The Sopranos, could seemingly get away with anything, even the eight murders his character committed in the series. But for Rive...
22:00:00 2019-11-19
Notorious gangster Whitey Bulger was one of the most prominent figures in Boston’s organized crime scene. From 1975 to 1990, Bulger also served as an informant to the FBI and tipped off police of other crime families while simultaneously building his ow...
22:00:00 2019-11-12
He was a modern day Robin Hood, with a vicious bite. Pablo Escobar dreamed of being a millionaire as a small child and with ruthlessness and determination, he killed his way to the top, becoming the Columbian Cartel Kingpin of the 1970-80s. Escobar had a ...
22:00:00 2019-11-05
A mathematical prodigy and former professor at Cal Berkeley, Ted Kaczynski became widely known as the “Unabomber” after mailing bombs to universities and airlines between 1978 and 1995. After struggling at Berkeley, he decided to live a survivalist li...
22:00:00 2019-10-31
Happy Halloween! Enjoy this bonus episode of the new Reelz and PodcastOne podcast 'Autopsy: The Last Hours Of..." featuring an in depth look at the death of Patrick Swayze. If you like what you hear be sure to subscribe! ...
22:00:00 2019-10-29
He was the king of terrorism. On the FBI’s Most Wanted list for more than a decade, Bin Laden was the founder of Al Qaeda and crusaded for global jihad. The prime target of his attacks was the United States of America. The most tragic was the attack on ...
22:00:00 2019-10-22
A former Texas music teacher and choir leader, Marshall Applewhite was the founder of the Heaven’s Gate, a religious group which organized the largest American mass suicide since Jonestown. Applewhite lured and brainwashed willing followers with promise...
22:00:00 2019-10-15
Police officer turned killer, Laurie Bembenek, was convicted for the 1981 murder of her then husband’s ex-wife, Christine Schultz. Schultz’s home was broken into and she was gagged and blindfolded along with her sons. The cold-blooded killer then made...
22:00:00 2019-10-08
Hitchhiking, sex worker, Aileen Wuornos garnered national attention after she was charged with murdering at least six different men in less than a year by shooting them at point-blank range. Wuornos’ sanity proved to be a challenge for prosecutors, but ...
22:00:00 2019-10-01
The Canadian serial killer, alongside her husband Paul Bernardo, drugged, raped and murdered three women, including her own younger sister. While the world watched in shock as her sentencing unfolded, Karla struck a deal claiming that she had been an unwi...
22:00:00 2019-09-24
18-year-old Melissa Drexler attended high school in New Jersey where she was impregnated by her boyfriend in 1997. Ignoring her stomach cramps, Drexler arrived at her school’s Prom and gave birth to her son in a bathroom stall. The miraculous moment tur...
22:00:00 2019-09-17
From All-American to convicted murderer, Aaron Hernandez’ early career success as tight end for the New England Patriots was shockingly overshadowed by his violent life as a killer. Hernandez’ temper seemed to get the best of him in situations, and he...
22:00:00 2019-09-10
For three weeks in 2002, the streets of D.C. were terrorized as two men, 17 year-old Lee Boyd Malvo and 42 year-old John Muhammad, hunted random civilians in broad daylight with a rifle. The sniper attacks made national news and Americans became fearful t...
22:00:00 2019-09-03
Murder. Rape. Mutilation. August 1990. After 675 suspects and thousands of pieces of evidence, it all came down to one man: Danny Rolling. Three years after five brutal and disturbing murders in Gainesville, Florida, Danny Rolling is called to trial. He i...
22:00:00 2019-08-27
Although a seemingly average husband and father of two, Dennis Rader lived a double life as a serial killer who terrorized the Wichita, Kansas area from the 1970s to the ‘90s. In letters to police and local news outlets that detailed his murders, Rader ...
22:00:00 2019-08-20
The original “Killer Clown,” Gacy is widely thought to be the inspiration for the terrifying and nightmare inducing Stephen King character, Pennywise the Clown. Gacy’s death count totals 33 young men and teen boys, most of whom he buried in the craw...
22:00:00 2019-08-13
Responsible for killing and dismembering 17 young men between 1978 and 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer is arguably one of the most gruesome serial killers the world has ever seen. Mostly targeting African-American men at gay bars, Dahmer would lure his victims to hi...
22:00:00 2019-08-06
With a total of 49 confirmed murders (he confessed to 71), Gary Ridgway, otherwise known as the Green River Killer, is one of the most prolific serial killer in American history. While married, Ridgway began murdering sex workers and children throughout t...
22:00:00 2019-08-06
The case is undoubtedly the most infamous murder-mystery in history. “Jack the Ripper” is the name given to the unidentified serial killer that murdered and mutilated five female prostitutes in London in 1888. While there have been over 100 theories p...
21:48:00 2019-06-17
Hi MMMF fans! Loved the first episode of 22 Hours: An American Nightmare? Hear the next part of the story, and be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a single episode! Hear the rest of the story with new episodes every Monday, here  ...
21:44:35 2019-06-10
Hi MMMF fans! We want to share with you the first episode of a new podcast, 22 Hours: An American Nightmare. It's the frightening story of a D.C. power couple, their 10-year-old son and housekeeper held hostage and murdered inside their burning D.C. mansi...
21:55:00 2018-09-11
An exclusive prison interview with convicted murderess Pamela Smart, who recounts her affair with a 15 year-old student and the events that led to the brutal murder of her husband as well as a national media frenzy and the Nicole Kidman movie “To Die Fo...
22:00:00 2018-09-04
On one tragic afternoon in 1995, the Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla, was inexplicably shot down by the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar, in a Corpus Christi hotel. Not only did Saldivar receive a life sentence in prison, but she was ...
22:00:00 2018-08-28
Blinded by her obsession for a man who wasn’t interested in women with children, Susan Smith did the unthinkable; pushing her car into a lake, killing her two young sons. Smith’s case first garnered national attention when – for 9 days – she made ...
22:00:00 2018-08-21
As the leader of the Branch Davidians religious cult, David Koresh became highly known for leading his “Army of God” in a 51-day standoff against the Federal Government that resulted in the deaths of four ATF agents and over 80 Davidians. After stockp...
22:00:00 2018-08-14
With estimates that run as high as 130 murders, Rodney Alcala’s ruthless spree of murder, rape, and sexual assault throughout the 1970’s has been widely compared to that of Ted Bundy’s. During this time, Alcala took sexually explicit photos of hundr...
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