29. Clowns Where?

• October 15th, 2019

It turns out that the history of clowns is huge and nuanced, and Alix may have bit off… well, more than she was expecting to bite. We’re finishing up Victorian Europe with a few legitimately disturbing fictional stories. Then we cross the pond and discuss the history of a few places where clowns are likely to congregate. Freak shows, Circuses, and Carnivals. It’s a little light, a little dark, and as usual: It’s complicated.

Resources for this episode: 

Hop Frog, Edgar Allan Poe (1849)

Pagliacci, Ruggero Leoncavallo (1892)

Encyclopedia Britannica baybee!

Promo from: Me, My Demon, and I https://anchor.fm/memydemonandi


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28. The First Clown

• October 8th, 2019

Today, Sunshine and Alix are talking about the real horrors and tragedies in first recognizable clowns. In this episode: Commedia Dell'arte, Joseph Grimaldi, Jean Gaspard Deburau.

Promo: Cutting Class Podcast - cuttingclasspodcast.com

Most of the research for this episode came from:

Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi, by Joseph Grimaldi, edited and abridged by Charles Dickens.

"The Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi" - Essay by Andrew McConnell Stott. Both found here: https://publicdomainreview.org/2011/11/14/the-memoirs-of-joseph-grimaldi/

Spirits Podcast, Ep 97: Clowns https://spiritspodcast.com/episodes/clowns

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27. Tragedy, Comedy, and Jesters

• September 20th, 2019

We're continuing our historical exploration behind the history of Spoooky Clowns this week with a dive into Greek theater traditions and the real proto-clown, the jester. This isn't our scariest episode yet, but stick with us. It will all make sense soon.

Promo from Under The Shroud - Find them here: https://www.undertheshroud.com/

Also check out our buddies from Tone Deaf here: https://tonedeafmusical.com/

Most of the research for the episode came from these sources:

Cartwright, Mark. “Ancient Greek Theatre.” Ancient History Encyclopedia, 14 July 2016. https://www.ancient.eu/Greek_Theatre/

Maitland, Karen. “What Was Life like for a Court Jester?” History Extra, Mar. 2017. https://www.historyextra.com/period/medieval/what-was-life-like-for-a-court-jester/

Otto, Beatrice K. Fools Are Everywhere: the Court Jester around the World. University of Chicago Press, 2007. https://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/640914.html

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26. Tricksters - The Proto Clown

• August 30th, 2019

We're starting a series on "Why the hell are clowns so scary?!" And in classic PomPitchPod fashion, we're starting as close to the beginning as we can get - the archetype: The Trickster.

We also start by discussing some of the fundamental reasons we think might cause our near universal fear of clowns.

A ton of research for this episode and future clown related episodes were from the Smithsonian and Encyclopedia Britannica.

Also the podcast Myths and Legends, specifically episode 40 on the trickster tortoise of West African folklore.

And Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood - A Day at the Circus

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25. The Candy Man Part 3: several mostly bad endings

• August 16th, 2019

In the final episode on Dean Corll, Alix and Sunshine tell the rest of the story, complete with several endings. (Most of them, pretty bad). The trio has begun a dissolution, but the way the killing spree comes to a final stop is quite the surprise.

Some victims remain unidentified, others may still have never even been found. If you or anyone you know has any information on unidentified Corll victims you can contact Houston Forensic Investigative Services at 713-796-9292

A huge part of our research was from:
The Lost Boys by Skip Hollandsworth (2011, April). Texas Monthly. Retrieved from https://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/the-lost-boys/

Also - The Dean Corll episodes by Last Podcast on the Left and Parcast's Serial Killers

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24. The Candy Man Part 2: David Brooks and Wayne Henley

• August 2nd, 2019

In Episode 2 of the Candy Man, Sunshine and Alix are talking about Dean Corll's accomplices, David Brooks and Wayne Henley - two teenage boys who could have become Corll's next victims, but he liked enough to keep around and use in his sick past times. Starting with the murders that bring the boys in and going to the point where their relationships begin to crack.

A huge part of our research was from:
The Lost Boys by Skip Hollandsworth (2011, April). Texas Monthly. Retrieved from https://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/the-lost-boys/

Also - The Dean Corll episodes by Last Podcast on the Left and Parcast's Serial Killers

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23. The Candy Man Part 1: Dean Corll

• July 26th, 2019

We all have a near instinctual knowledge to protect children from white windowless vans for fear of a man with candy waiting to lure them away. Have you ever wondered where that story comes from? Sunshine and Alix are taking on the show's first full blown serial killer and it's a doozy. In this episode, they talk about the life of Dean Corll - The Candy Man - all the way up to his first confirmed murder. Content warning: this episode talks about some seriously heavy topics and goes into details about torture, assault, murder, and sexual violence.

A huge part of our research was from:
The Lost Boys by Skip Hollandsworth (2011, April). Texas Monthly. Retrieved from https://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/the-lost-boys/

Also - The Dean Corll episodes by Last Podcast on the Left and Parcast's Serial Killers

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22. Vampires 3 - Daddy Vladdy Is No More

• July 12th, 2019

In our final vampires episode we're telling only true stories about the real people who inspired our modern vampire myths. Obviously we have to talk about Vlad the Impaler and Elizabeth Bathory, but we're also telling some stories of lesser known vampires who influenced the vampire myth just as much.

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21. Vampires 2 - The Myths: our official stance

• June 28th, 2019

Sunshine and Alix are still on vampires! We're talking about the myths that created the monster we know today. From Greece to China to Eastern Europe - which aren't all that far from each other - but the ride is still a blast.

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20. Vampires 1 - Safer Coffins For The Undead

• June 17th, 2019

It looks like Sunshine and Alix with be working through vampires for a while, so get ready for the official part 1. This time we're talking about all the behind the topic stuff: what are vampires, what myth says, and what might really be going on.

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