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Crime Countdown

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.

Deadly Sibling Dysfunction

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  • 370 views
  • 8 months ago
  • 30:40

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

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  • 420 views
  • 8 months ago
  • 34:23

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

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  • 280 views
  • 8 months ago
  • 32:42

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

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  • 540 views
  • 9 months ago
  • 34:56

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

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  • 310 views
  • 9 months ago
  • 39:40

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

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  • 470 views
  • 9 months ago
  • 36:54

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

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  • 270 views
  • 9 months ago
  • 29:25

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

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  • 550 views
  • 9 months ago
  • 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

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  • 300 views
  • 10 months ago
  • 34:31

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

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  • 280 views
  • 10 months ago
  • 31:15

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

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  • 280 views
  • 10 months ago
  • 01:08

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

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  • 390 views
  • 10 months ago
  • 30:30

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

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  • 280 views
  • 10 months ago
  • 33:20

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.

Solved Cold Case Disappearances

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  • 300 views
  • 10 months ago
  • 33:50

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

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  • 280 views
  • 11 months ago
  • 31:42

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

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  • 270 views
  • 11 months ago
  • 32:29

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.

Best of 2020: Deadly Cults

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  • 250 views
  • 11 months ago
  • 35:15

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. 2)

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  • 220 views
  • 11 months ago
  • 36:23

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. 

Creepy Cannibals

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  • 270 views
  • 12 months ago
  • 33:55

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

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  • 290 views
  • 12 months ago
  • 32:51

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.