Crime Countdown

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 Jul 25, 2020
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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.

Episode Date
Solved Cold Case Disappearances
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.
Jan 18, 2021
Medieval Torture Methods
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.
Jan 11, 2021
‘80s Horror Movie Killers
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.
Jan 04, 2021
Best of 2020: Deadly Cults
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.
Dec 28, 2020
Not-So-Jolly Christmas Crimes
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.
Dec 14, 2020
Creepy Cannibals
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.
Dec 07, 2020
Death Row Last Meals
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.
Nov 30, 2020
JFK Assassination Theories
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.
Nov 23, 2020
Mysterious Water Deaths
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?
Nov 16, 2020
Obsessed Stalkers
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.
Nov 09, 2020
Greatest Art Heists
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."
Nov 02, 2020
Halloween Murders
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.
Oct 26, 2020
Haunted Murder Sites
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…
Oct 19, 2020
Stolen Body Parts
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.
Oct 12, 2020
Unforgettable Crimes of 1995
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.
Oct 05, 2020
Infamous Alcatraz Inmates
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.
Sep 28, 2020
Royal Killers
Today’s criminals ruled with bone-crushing fists. Ash and Alaina’s top ten royal killers include a queen who protected her siblings, a king who had his wives beheaded, and vile forms of torture that could only be the result of absolute authority.
Sep 21, 2020
Killer Texans
"Don't Mess With Texas" never rang truer than in these ten criminal cases. Alaina and Ash dive into the Lone Star State's most notorious killers.
Sep 14, 2020
Lottery Scams
A chance of luck, a stroke of fortune, a twist to beat the odds… The lottery represents hopes and dreams—but not everyone's willing to wait for their lucky day. These criminals set out to rig the system through cons, theft, and even murder. Ash and Alaina stack up the ten most striking lottery scams.
Sep 07, 2020
Shocking Daytime Murders
What drives a person to kill in front of witnesses? Ash and Alaina explore the tales and motives of shameless criminals who killed in broad daylight. The only thing more shocking than the brutality of these slayings is the fact that some remain unsolved.
Aug 31, 2020
Dangerous Moms
"Maternal" typically means warm and loving... These moms were anything but. Alaina and Ash dive into the top ten dangerous moms, including a cheer mom gone crazy, the notorious Casey Anthony, and unthinkable baby-killers.
Aug 24, 2020
Daring Prison Breaks
From Alcatraz to the Tower of London, prisons are built to keep people in. But today's criminals dodged bullets, swam miles, changed their names—and even their faces—to gain freedom. Alaina and Ash decide which prisoner took the biggest risk… and if it paid off.
Aug 17, 2020
Hotel Crimes
Is there anything creepier than finding a dead body in your hotel room? Whether you believe they're haunted or not, some hotels have stains that can't be cleaned. Alaina and Ash check into hotels linked to cases of mob hits, arson, and mysterious disappearances.
Aug 10, 2020
Serial Killer Letters
There are two types of serial killers: Those who never want to be known, and those who crave infamy. The second group are the letter writers: the ones who add to the horror and confusion with manifestos and threats. Alaina and Ash review the ten most chilling letters, and killers who wrote them.
Aug 03, 2020
Zodiac Killer Theories
He may be the most famous serial killer of all time, but we still don't know who he is. Ash and Alaina round up the most chilling Zodiac Killer suspects, and try to uncover how a notorious murderer with multiple eyewitnesses escaped prosecution.
Jul 27, 2020
Unsolved Murders: 1970s
Despite fifty years of investigation, a question mark still remains next to these crimes. But just because there's no answer doesn't mean there isn't disturbing evidence... or creepy suspects. Ash and Alaina dive into unsolved murders that are anything but groovy.
Jul 20, 2020
Fatal Romances
Shakespeare wrote that Iove is blind, but in these criminal cases, love is blinding. Ash and Alaina dive into obsessive, dangerous love stories—including a murdered queen, an outlaw couple and a few Beyoncé references.
Jul 13, 2020
Deadly Cults
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.
Jul 13, 2020
Welcome to Crime Countdown!
The craziest events. The most disturbing criminals. The creepiest details. Ash and Alaina from the hit podcast Morbid probably don’t agree on where they should all rank… but they’re counting down anyway! This is their new Parcast series, Crime Countdown. Every Monday, discover ten unsettling true crime stories centered around a common theme. With the help of the Parcast research gods, Ash and Alaina will try to shock, surprise, and one-up each other—debating each case and their rankings with a hint of humor to lighten the mood. Topics include Fatal Romances, Serial Killer Letters, and even Stolen Body Parts. Crime Countdown premieres July 13th! Listen free on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts!
Jun 18, 2020