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Big IDEAS, Big OPINIONS, Big MOUTHS… The world famous Sofa King Podcast! The Sofa King Podcast is a weekly podcast dedicated to popular culture, recent events, and whatever topics the hosts find interesting. From conspiracy theories and technology to the mass media and the future, this podcast explores two interesting topics per week in a way that is simultaneously informative, critical, and humorous. The podcast hosts have big ideas, big opinions, big mouths, and give their take on weekly topics in a way that is both cynical and educational. Adult content, themes, and language. Listen below.

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  • Episode 519: Frank Matthews: The Black Caesar
    September 25th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at the life of the African-American drug kingpin Frank Matthews: The Black Caesar. Matthews went from stealing chickens to running a numbers game in the back of his barber shop to being the top non-Mafia drug importer in the nation, in just a couple of years. He organized small drug dealers to take on the Mob; he ran the control of cocaine and heroin to 21 states; he was the first person to tap into the South American drug cartels; he went to war with the Black Mafia. He disappeared at age 29, having already formed a drug empire that bested everyone from Al Capone to Pablo Escobar.He was born in North Carolina and raised by his aunt when his mother died. When he was only 14, he formed a gang to steal chickens from local farms and sell them locally. A farmer caught them one day, and Matthews beat him. With a brick. A year later, he was out of prison and started running numbers. Eventually, he moved to Philadelphia  and then New York and did his numbers racket out of the back of a barber shop. However, this wasn’t enough for the ambitious Frank Matthews. He wanted in on the drug trade.He tried to get friendly with some of the big Mafia families, but they all declined. So, he forged his own way. He befriended "Spanish Raymond" Márquez, who put him in touch with "El Padrino", Cuban Mafia godfather of New York. This contact allowed him to get the drugs directly from Corsica, the same supplier as the mob used. And Matthews was now an international player.He started to make so much money he would forget that he gave someone a million dollars, and he ran out of room to store his stacks of cash. He would fly to Vegas to have the casinos launder his money. He saw the potential to really move things, though, and he called a meeting in Atlanta with all big drug dealers cut out by the mob. They created a network, and the drug game changed for America thanks to Matthews.However, he got sloppy, and eventually there were federal and local warrants for his arrest. He was pinched in Vegas and extradited to New York where he silently slipped away on bail. He was never seen again. So where did Frank Matthews go? Why does one author thing this has to do with the CIA? Why did mob boss Carlo Gambino put a hit on him, and what made him retract it? Who was Major Coxson, and what did he have to do with the Black Mafia? Why was he so much more powerful than Jemeker Thompson, Crack Queen of LA? Listen, laugh, learn. Visit Our Sources:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Matthews_(drug_trafficker)https://themobmuseum.org/blog/did-frank-matthews-get-away-with-it/https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/durham-news/dn-community/article10277654.htmlhttps://ganglandgazette.com/what-happened-to-drug-lord-frank-matthewshttps://www.ozy.com/true-and-stories/the-black-godfather-who-rose-fell-and-vanished/82420/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_Coxson
  • Episode 518: The Three Stooges: Moe, Larry, the Cheese!
    September 22nd, 2020
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we crack wise about the greatest comedy trio to have ever been put on film—The Three Stooges. Their short films were so popular that they single handedly saved the genre from dying for years and years. They poked fun at Hitler in the 1940s, and were so good at it that they made his personal death list. Though they started as a small vaudeville act in New York, they became the biggest game in comedy for multiple studios and for several decades.The keystone of the Stooges was one family—the Horowitz brothers. Shemp, Moe, and Jerome (aka Curley) Horowitz were all high school drop outs who had a love of acting and theater and quit school to pursue it. Shemp and Moe did various small roles, worked at the theaters and movie companies, and paid their dues. Curley hung out where they did, learned the business back stage, and did his own thing as well, such as studying dance. Eventually, a childhood friend named Ted Healy created a successful vaudeville show, and he needed stooges.He would play the straight man and try to sing and talk to the audience, but three bumbling stooges would come out and interrupt him. Though, it was a rotating cast, Shemp and Moe were the best at it. They hired a violin player named Larry Fine, and the rest was history. As they became more and more popular on stage and some small film roles, Shemp quit because he hated Healy. They added Curley to the act, and they blew up.Their films became so successful, that the movie companies could force theaters to take on B movies and stinkers they made or hold back the latest Three Stooges films. When they were at their peak, however, Curley had a series of health problems and strokes (that some think came from the beatings he took on set). He had to quit, and Shemp came back from a very successful solo act.It was a wild time in Hollywood. Healey was found dead, likely beaten to death by one of Lucky Luciano’s men. Larry at one point had to get paid more for fear that someone would bomb their stage acts. And their horrible producer screwed them out of millions of dollars by permanently convincing them that their movies weren’t making any money. When Shemp suddenly died of a heart attack, they considered quitting, but their evil producer held them to the final four films they had to make.So, how did this lead to fake Shemp? What was Joe, and who was Curley Joe, and why weren’t they the same person? Why did Larry live in a hotel until middle age? What were our personal experiences watching them as we grew up? Listen, laugh, and learn. Visit Our Sources:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three_Stoogeshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaudevillehttps://www.threestooges.com/https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/three-stooges/https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/curly-howard-grandson-three-stooges-tells-allhttps://www.mentalfloss.com/view?id=three-stooges-facts-mm&src=facebookhttps://screencrush.com/didnt-know-about-three-stooges/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moe_Howardhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curly_Howardhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shemp_Howardhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Fine
  • Episode 517: Arthur Dozier School: A Curriculum of Murder
    September 18th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look into the horrible history of Florida’s school for juveniles called the Arthur Dozier School. It opened in 1900 and ran until 2011. It was the subject of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize winning book The Nickel Boys. The Dozier school was (in)famous for housing children who often did nothing worse than smoke a cigarette at school, be truant, or run away from home. But as punishment, they endured life in leg irons, torture, illegal restraints, beatings till they bled, rape, and even murder. Estimates are that there are a total of 98 bodies buried on the site, and one group alleges there is a cover up by the local and Florida investigation teams.So, based on a law in the late 1800s, this school found funding and opened a couple years later. It was a large 159 acre campus with several buildings. It was segregated, so half the facilities were for black inmates and half for white. It was renamed a few times, and it switched hands as far as what governmental agency ran it. It was built to house 104 boys, aged 13 to 21. But that expanded to as young as 9, and at the height of its population, there were over 500 crammed into this space.It as a place of tragedy and dark history. A fire killed several boys and staff. Almost a dozen died to the Spanish Flu. And in its first remodel, they built a structure that the boys called the White House. It was where they took you if you were going to be beaten. Or tortured. Or raped. Because apparently in the 1950s and 60s, the people who ran the place were sadistic. Hundreds of boys who call themselves the White House Boys came forward in the 2000s to report their bloody beatings (lashed hundreds of times till their underwear was interwoven in their flesh, and they passed out—at the hands of an ominous one armed man), their rape, and even dead boys they saw from time to time.The White House Boys tried to get restitution or legal justice, but the statute of limitation had run out on any abuse they suffered, so it was shot down. But there were hundreds of them, so word must have gotten out, right? It did. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement ran an investigation which said they could find no forensic proof of abuse and no witnesses who  would talk.The White House Boys think this might have been a cover up. And an article called “For Their Own Good” that came out of St. Petersburg kept it in the nation’s attention. Eventually, the Department of Justice and the and the University of South Florida each did their own investigations with rather different results. So, how many bodies did they find? What did the surviving boys recall of their tortures here? Why did nobody ever get in legal trouble? What finally got the victims a chance to legally exhume bodies of their relatives? Listen, laugh, learn.  Visit Our Sources:https://www.npr.org/2012/10/15/162941770/floridas-dozier-school-for-boys-a-true-horror-storyhttps://www.tampabay.com/investigations/2019/08/18/they-went-to-the-dozier-school-for-boys-damaged-they-came-out-destroyed/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_School_for_Boyshttps://www.abandonedfl.com/arthur-g-dozier-school-for-boys/https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/08/16/boys-were-beaten-abused-florida-reform-school-now-colson-whitehead-fictionalizes-that-history/https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/22/a-type-of-justice-florida-reform-school-yields-evidence-of-more-graveshttps://dartcenter.org/content/for-their-own-good-0
  • Episode 516: Roald Dahl: From Ace to Spy to Oompa Loompa
    September 15th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we take a look at the very interesting life of a man named Roald Dahl. You may think you’ve never heard of him, but we promise that you have. For one, he was a world famous and beloved children’s author. He wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and many other stories. What you don’t know is that he was an adventure-starved, globetrotting, WWII fighter pilot ace. He survived a crash, shot down enemy aircraft, and was eventually stationed to Washington where he met Ian Fleming and did work for the spy agency MI6.Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916 to Norwegian parents who were wealthy. His father died when he was young, but his mother opted to stay in the UK because that’s where the best schools were. So, he attended school there, getting kicked out of one or two and being beaten by a headmaster here and there. He was also behind the Great Mouse Plot of 1924 which involved a dead rodent and a jar of gobstoppers. He eventually got through school, and when his mom said she’d pay for him to attend Oxford and be anything he wanted, he declined. He’d rather see the world. And see the world he did. He hiked around for a while and then got a job for an oil company in the Middle east.While there, he was drafted by England to help round Germans up in the city of Dar-es-Salaam where he was stationed. After that, he joined the Royal Air Force, and soon, his country was at war. After extensive training, he was given a really bad and outdated aircraft. Once, while piloting on his own, he was given the wrong directions and crashed in the middle of the desert. He sustained major injuries and was temporarily blind, but the kept on.Eventually, he fought in several dog fights, including the Battle of Athens, but he had to quit flying because of the injuries from the crash. He was such as smooth talker, however, that he was sent to Washington DC to be a diplomat and try to get the US into the war. While there, he doubled as a spy, meeting people like Ian Fleming and doing tasks directly for MI6.During the war, his friends got him to start writing, and people loved his work. He began with short stories and a tale about his own air crash, but he soon drifted to the fantastical children’s stories he is so beloved for now. He wrote James and the Giant Peach first, and the rest was history. His books were hits. He wrote 19 in all, saw several get adapted to film, and he even wrote the scripts for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and You Only Live Twice.There isn’t much bad to say about this man. He was a war hero. A national patriot. He is beloved by children all over the world. Even Queen Elizabeth considered him one of the most influential people in British culture. Oh, but he was an anti-Semite, so there is that. Listen, laugh, learn.  Visit Our Sources:https://www.biography.com/writer/roald-dahlhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roald_Dahlhttps://www.famousauthors.org/roald-dahlhttps://www.notablebiographies.com/Co-Da/Dahl-Roald.html#:~:text=Roald%20Dahl%20was%20born%20September,himself%20skilled%20at%20finding%20trouble.https://www.roalddahlfans.com/about-dahl/dahl-biography/https://www.roalddahl.com/roald-dahlhttps://www.natgeokids.com/uk/kids-club/entertainment/books/roald-dahl-facts/https://www.huffpost.com/entry/roald-dahl-words_n_57d74c2de4b09d7a687f6b35?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAANNqHUXwNhr2kYfOLAqioxTzln2hiR0gtJSVg8E4wN2pWc677atsmGGp1F8J7guUwxDTauiMAjzHnlH4LXX7bxhUvNaQ8cyS9rsGGMx1E3HNBukSFzUiJ4glE6iFdWmjl9ihTwuf3NTLV9tT-BCrbTFg7QHYxY_l3b01AEYw6XNGhttps://qz.com/779365/six-of-roald-dahls-made-up-words-have-been-added-to-the-oxford-english-dictionary-to-celebrate-his-centenary/ 
  • Episode 515: Uruguayan Flight 571: Tragedy, Cannibalism, and Survival
    September 11th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we take a look at an infamous case of Cannibalism, the crash of Uruguayan Flight 751. In October of 1972, a plane crashed carrying 40 passengers and 5 crew. As the plane bounced off the side of the mountain, it lost its wing, then it’s tail, then it’s other wing. All the while, people fill out and littered the snowy mountain side. Much like the Donner Party, after several weeks, they were out of food and lost on a glacier. Over two horrible months, they resorted to cannibalism and had no hope of rescue.The scene: October 13th, 1972. An amateur rugby club from Uruguay headed to Santiago, Chile to play a match. They rented an air force plane to take them there, and they had extra seats, so friends and family could come along. The co-pilot was put in charge of the flight, and he got lost in the fog and reported the wrong position. He crashed. While he was trying to pull up and avoid the mountain that suddenly emerged from the fog, it was too late. Uruguayan Flight 751 tore itself apart as it struck the summit of the mountain, until finally the fuselage slid down the mountain for over 2000 feet.They stacked the dead outside of the fuselage, and they sorted out the food. There was hardly any because it wasn’t a typical passenger plane, and the galley had broken off when the tail fell away. On day eleven, the search was called off. It was just them on a mountain with no vegetation or animal life. They were all starving, and people were dying every few days. There was a blizzard. An avalanche killed more of them. They finally made the horrible decision to eat human flesh even though most thought it was a sin.Eventually, Roberto Canessa and Antonio Vizintin decided to make the trek across the deadly mountain. They were hit by another blizzard and thought they weren’t going to make it. Eventually, after days of climbing and hiking with no snow gear or food, they found civilization. How many survived? How many refused to eat flesh and died of starvation? What is a muleskinner, and how did it help them get rescued? How long can one chocolate covered peanut last a man? Why didn’t they just radio for help? What did they discover the best way was to eat human flesh? Listen, laugh, learn.Visit Our Sources:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uruguayan_Air_Force_Flight_571https://historycollection.com/how-the-uruguayan-air-force-flight-571-crash-drove-a-rugby-team-to-cannibalism/https://www.npr.org/2019/06/09/731044367/story-of-the-1972-andes-plane-crash-in-out-of-the-silencehttps://historydaily.org/uruguayan-air-force-flight-571-cannibalshttps://america.cgtn.com/2017/12/20/survivor-roberto-canessa-relives-1972-plane-crash-in-the-andeshttps://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2016/04/160403-andes-uruguay-rugby-cannibal-plane-crash-canessa-ngbooktalk/
  • Episode 514: South Park: The Legend of Trey and Matt
    September 8th, 2020
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the creation of South Park and the many movies, awards, and plays of Trey Parker and Matt Stone. From trying to show Mohamed on TV in spite of death threats (5 times…) to going in drag on acid to the Academy Awards, these two push every boundary they can. And somehow, they manage to make a show that has become a touchstone of global popular culture. In fact, they make the show in as little as four days, usually sending it over satellite the night it is due to air. Love them or hate them, their vulgar humor somehow manages to wow critics who credit them for their intuitive ability to say exactly what needs to be said in any given moment.The creators of South Park are Trey Parker and Matt Stone. They met in college at the University of Colorado, and though Trey had already pioneered his cut out animation style on previous projects, the two of them kept using it in small pieces they rolled out on VHS. In fact, one of these, called Jesus Vs. Santa, was one of the first truly viral videos on the internet. The two of them started a production company and produced a musical about a cannibal which was eventually bought by Troma Entertainment and rebranded as Cannibal! The Musical! This was the start of their entrance into Hollywood (and the start of their love for musicals).After a couple of failed pilots they pitched at Fox, they finally landed on South Park. It took them three months to film the pilot with crude cutouts and stop motion animation. Comedy Central picked it up, and it was an overnight success. South Park made Comedy Central go from being a small time network to a major television presence.Parker and Stone had a rough couple of seasons at the start of the show, and they were signed to do more if they agreed to make a movie. They did. It almost won an Oscar. They made more shows, and they made hundreds of millions of dollars in merchandising alone. Then, one time, they decided to write a musical play. They did. It won the Tony for best play as well as 8 others. They win Emmy after Emmy and a Peabody Award (somehow) using the most crass and often offensive comedy on all of television. If you want to know more about their background, what they did before South Park, their insane process of creating episodes, or just the truth about why Chef left the show (was it Scientology?!?), give this one a listen. Visit Our Sources:6 Days to Air Documentaryhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trey_Parkerhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Parkhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Stonehttps://paleymatters.org/20-years-of-south-park-a-raunchy-retrospective-d15e555160b0https://screenrant.com/south-park-facts-trivia/https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/65262/10-things-you-might-not-know-about-south-park
  • Episode 513: The 761st Tank Battalion: The Original Black Panthers
    September 4th, 2020
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we go back in time to World War Two and look at the outstanding story of the 761st Tank Battalion. Known as the Black Panthers (no, not those Black Panthers), they were the first ever all black tank battalion. They met with racism and even a race riot during training the states, but they won a Medal of Honor, 11 Silver Stars, and just under 300 Purple Hearts.This group was created to help get more troops in tanks, but rules at the times said that African Americans couldn’t integrate with white troops. So, the 761st was created to be led by white officers but have no white soldiers serving on the front lines with them. They trained Louisiana where the baseball legend Jackie Robinson got in trouble for refusing to get to the back of a bus while he was in the battalion. Their training went so well, and they had such high marks that General Patton wanted them as part of his fighting force.He famously gave them a very inspiring speech about the need for African American troops and how important this was for their race, but then he also famously turned around and said that blacks were too slow witted to be good in a tank. But they excelled. They helped the troops of the 101st Airborne in the Battle of the Bulge. They liberated a concentration camp. They inflicted 130,000 German casualties.The 761st had epic soldiers and tank commanders in their crew from Ruben Rivers who won the medal of honor to John Long and Roy King who helped liberate a city. And the star of the show as a man named Wayne Crecy. He won the silver star for a particular day of combat, but the group historian estimates that he killed between 300-400 Germans in their push to Berlin. So if you want to learn what earned this man the title of “the baddest man of the 761st” or just have a love of World War Two, give this one a listen. Visit Our Sources:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/761st_Tank_Battalion_(United_States)https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/crecy-warren-gamaliel-hardinghttps://www.warhistoryonline.com/instant-articles/warren-crecy-baddest-man.htmlhttps://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/black-panthers-761st-tank-battalionhttps://www.benning.army.mil/armor/earmor/content/issues/2014/Oct_Dec/GunnersSeat.htmlhttps://www.tracesofwar.com/persons/41821/Crecy-Warren-Gamaliel-Harding.htm?c=awhttp://www.blerdsonline.com/2017/02/black-captain-america-sgt-warren-gh.html 
  • Episode 512: Robin Williams: The Restless Genius
    September 1st, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we discuss the comedy, drama, acting, drugs, life, and death of the one and only Robin Williams. He was said to be funny since childhood, and as he grew, so did his personality and laughs. He blew up with the once-in-a-lifetime hit Mork and Mindy in the late 1970s, and he moved on to a series of massive hit films. From Popeye to Dead Poet’s Society and Goodwill Hunting to Aladdin, his scope and range won him three Oscar nominations and endless awards. And don’t forget the standup. His insane half improved comedy routines were stuff of legend, and according to one story, they are the reason David Letterman got out of the stand-up business.He was born to an upper class family in Chicago, and his family moved around a lot. After an early retirement, they settled in Tiburon, California (where he still owned property when he died). He went to a couple of colleges to study acting, and eventually found himself at the world famous Juilliard School. After a few years, he was told he should leave the school because there was nothing left for them to teach him—not accents, not drama, not comedy, no methods. He was just that good.After college, he started doing standup in San Francisco and LA. He was discovered while on stage in LA and started doing small appearances on TV. Eventually, he was called in to play the alien Mork in a really bad episode of Happy Days, and he turned it into such comedy gold that he got his own show based on the character. It exploded as one of the most popular shows of the 70s and 80s and put him on the map. From there, he jumped to feature films with Popeye and spent decades doing amazing comedies and devastating dramas. All the while, he still did stand up and released comedy specials. Oh, and he did drugs. A lot. He quit and went back to them and quit again, but all the cocaine is said to have started his health decline later in life with heart problems.After four decades of hits, Robin Williams ended his own life on August 11, 2014. The common belief was that he battled from secret depression. His wife, however, revealed that he had Lewy Body Disease. The Lewy Body proteins in his brains were the worst his doctors had ever seen, and they made him miserable, paranoid, depressed, and anxious to the point where he could no longer function. After his death, he still released several films, so we like to think he’s actually alive and well and living on Tupac Island. Listen, laugh, learn.Visit Our Sources:https://www.biography.com/actor/robin-williamshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Williamshttps://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/05/robin-williams-death-biography-dave-itzkoff-excerpthttps://n.neurology.org/content/87/13/1308https://www.investopedia.com/articles/wealth-management/010516/look-robin-williams-net-worth-and-what-happened-his-estate.asp
  • Episode 511: Dean Corll: The Candyman Killer
    August 28th, 2020
    On this episode  of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we talk some true crime and look at the life, murders, and death of Dean Corll. Called the Candyman or the Pied Piper, Corll had a reputation in Houston for giving candy to teenage boys from his family candy shop. He was loved by his community, and he didn’t seem to have anything in his background that was typical to trigger a serial killer. A divorce and some suppressed homosexuality were in his background, but none of the madness that usually forces one to kill. However, he became one of the most prolific killers, racking up at least 28 deaths in his time. Oh, and he had two teenage accomplices.Corll was raised by middle class parents and moved around a bit since his father was in the military. His folks divorced, remarried, divorced again. His mom eventually took the advice of a traveling pecan salesman (like you do) and started a candy company in her garage. A teenaged Corll worked there after school, and it eventually became big enough to move to a proper factory.Corll was drafted during Vietnam but served stateside as a radio repairman. He was discharged early on the grounds of family hardship since he needed to run the factory. Once home again, he put a pool table in the back of the factory and would often take batches of boys to the beach as a sort of “Scout Leader” persona. Eventually, the candy competition was too fierce, and the candy shop closed. Somehow in the year or so after this, he went from a model citizen to a maniacal sex crazed serial killer.He recruited two youths to help Dean Corll scout and bring him teenage boys for $200 a pop. They were David Brooks and Elmer Wayne Henley. They saw him as a father figure and thought that the sex that was happening with Corll and their recruits was consensual. At least at first. Eventually, the rape and murder started. And eventually, Henley and Brooks helped hide the bodies and got involved at every part of the killings.This one leaves a lot of unanswered questions. First off, what set Dean Corll off? He went from mild mannered to monster in merely months. Second, how did they get so many teenage boys to come over to the house? Why didn’t the police start to investigate this crazy wave of teenage murders? Was Corll part of a nation wide teenage sex trafficking ring? Why did Henley eventually shoot Corll? What pushed him too far and made him say “enough”? Where did they hide the bodies? What kind of sentences did Henley and Brooks get? Listen, laugh, learn. Visit Our Sources:https://murderpedia.org/male.C/c/corll-dean.htmhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Corllhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elmer_Wayne_Henleyhttps://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/the-lost-boys/https://rare.us/rare-news/history/dean-corll-candy-houston-texas/https://www.oxygen.com/candyman-killer-dean-corll-elmer-henley-real-killers-behind-netflix-mindhunterhttps://heavy.com/news/2018/01/pedophile-serial-killer-candyman-houston-sadist/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Owen_Brooks
  • Episode 510: The Batavia: Maritime Mutiny and Mass Murder
    August 25th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at one of the greatest maritime disasters in history, the wreck of the Batavia. I know what you’re thinking. It’s like the Titanic but back in time. No, not at all. This one involved mutiny, hanging a young girl off the side of the boat, a shipwreck, murder, sex slaves, more murder, and a war between the survivors on small islands in the East Indies.The Batavia was the newly build flagship of the Dutch East Indies Company (not to be confused with their rival the British East India Company). It set sail on its maiden voyage with a fleet loaded with silver and gold. Their job was to make it around the world on a very dangerous 8 month voyage to buy spices in Java. It was said that only one in four sailors would make it back from such a trip, but all would be sharing in a split of the riches if they did.This particular trip started off poorly. The skipper of the ship was named Ariaen Jacobsz. He had to take his order from the fleet commander Francisco Pelsaert. But, based on pervious encounters at sea, they hated each other’s guts. Toward the end of the journey, the animosity grew so much that Jacobsz and a merchant named Jeronimus Cornelisz planned for a mutiny. They had a poor woman named Lucretia Jansz get assaulted in the night on the ship. They knew the Commander would over react, and they could use this as an excuse to mutiny. Then, they could take the gold and silver and go start a new island nation, like you do.But the dumb asses ran ashore the next day in dangerous waters and wrecked the ship. 40 passengers died in the wreck, and the rest reached shore. The Commander got a ship and some of the heartiest of the men and headed out to find water. It took them 33 days to make it back due to a series of bad luck at island after island. In the meantime Cornelisz took over and lost his marbles. He started to orchestrate murders of the healthy and those who could stop him. He consolidated power, boats, and weapons and sent those loyal to the company off to “Find water,” so he had no competition. Throats were slit, people were pushed off boats, he even planned to poison a baby. There were sex slaves and starvation, and pretty much the worst depravity you could imagine.So, how did the banished soldiers end up fighting back? What type of inter-island war started between these groups? How did the soldiers survive the fights when they had no weapons? What became of the the Batavia's Commodore, and how was he able to return at the helm of a big new ship? What happened to the mutineers and murderers? Why do they think this wreck was the first time Europeans colonized Australia? Listen, laugh, learn.  Visit Our Sources:https://www.sea.museum/2016/06/04/barbarism-and-brutality-surviving-the-batavia-shipwreckhttps://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2017/12/new-mass-grave-batavia-shipwreck-murder-australia-history/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batavia_(1628_ship)http://museum.wa.gov.au/research/research-areas/maritime-archaeology/batavia-cape-inscription/bataviahttps://www.nma.gov.au/defining-moments/resources/wreck-of-the-bataviahttps://listverse.com/2018/06/15/10-punishments-of-the-royal-navy-during-the-age-of-sail/#:~:text=By%20the%201800s%2C%20this%20was,death%20was%20slow%20and%20painful.  
  • Episode 509: Haitian Earthquake: Devastation, Death, Deceit
    August 21st, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the devastation, death, deceit, and clean up surrounding the Haiti Earthquake from 2010. On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti, and the results were epic. Estimates are that 250,000 lives were lost and 1.5 million people were displaced. 80% of schools, 60% of government buildings, the majority of roads, the bulk of medical facilities all collapsed. In all, roughly a quarter of a million homes were destroyed. International aid gathered billions to help Haiti recover, but corrupt government and even more corrupt charities kept anything meaningful from happening to help this island that is still suffering ten years later.Before the quake hit, Haiti was one of the poorest countries in the world, with 70% of the population living under the poverty line. Most Haitians lived on about $1.25 a day, and they relied on small time agriculture which is constantly damaged due to tropical storms. To make things worse, the government has no sense of a plan for the urban centers such as Port-Au-Prince, and there are no regulations or building codes. If there is space to build a structure, you can pretty go for it and squat and throw up a house or building.All of this led to the perfect storm of devastation for Haiti. In the days after the quake, they were using dump trucks and earth movers to haul off the thousands of bodies lining the streets. Destroyed roads, docks, and airports made aid impossible to get into the island nation. But, in the aftermath, aid organizations, celebrity concerts, and social media gathered billions of dollars.However, as one group of journalists reported, the American Red Cross lost roughly $500 million in aid that never made it to the streets, and even some of the biggest celebrities who raised money were busted for graft and taking the money for themselves (we’re looking at you Wycliffe Jean). So, if you want to hear about the worst quake in modern memory, get ready to listen, laugh, learn.Visit Our Sources:https://www.npr.org/sections/pictureshow/2020/01/12/794939899/haiti-in-ruins-a-look-back-at-the-2010-earthquakehttps://www.worldvision.org/disaster-relief-news-stories/2010-haiti-earthquake-factshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Haiti_earthquakehttps://theconversation.com/a-decade-after-the-earthquake-haiti-still-struggles-to-recover-129670https://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/wayoflife/01/13/haiti.charity.scams/index.htmlhttps://reliefweb.int/report/haiti/independent-review-us-government-response-haiti-earthquake-final-reporthttps://www.npr.org/2015/06/03/411524156/in-search-of-the-red-cross-500-million-in-haiti-reliefhttps://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1690716-lamika-factsheet-from-red-cross-website.htmlhttps://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/wyclef-jean-faces-criminal-probe-over-haiti-charity-8209814.htmlhttps://www.lessonsfromhaiti.org/lessons-from-haiti/key-statistics/https://www.cnn.com/2016/10/11/americas/haiti-dominican-republic-visual-explainer/index.htmlhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010s_Haiti_cholera_outbreak
  • Episode 508: Marilyn Manson: Maestro of the Macabre
    August 18th, 2020
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we study the king of the grotesque, everyone’s favorite Antichrist, Marilyn Manson. He was born as Brian Hugh Warner, and he had a love of music early in life. Once he started his band in college, he decided to name every member after one serial killer and one famous super model. And it worked. His grotesque imagery and crazy stage antics and unique, distorted sound made him rise up the charts in just a matter of year. Now, he’s still producing music, acting, has become an accomplished water color artist, and even met Anton LaVey who inducted him as minister in the Church of Satan.Brian Warner was born to two fairly religious parents. He attended Christian schools, and while they taught him everything he was not supposed to do, he took it the other way and used the ideas of sin and the demonic as what he WOULD do. After hearing The Doors for the first time, he knew he wanted to pursue music. Once in college, he started a couple of bands. First was Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids, Satan on Fire, and Mrs. Scabtree. It was the Manson persona that caught the eye of Nine Inch Nail’s Trent Reznor. Reznor signed him after convincing Jimmy Iovene he needed to, produced him, and took him on tour with him, helping to launch Manson’s career.From there, his career was an explosion of popular culture. His bizarre and shocking imagery and stage behavior made him an MTV darling (remember MTV?). He was also a permanent target of the religious and was even blamed for the Columbine shooting. So much so that it damaged his career and made record sales and concert attendance seriously dip.But, his intelligence, his ability to write and give eloquent interviews, and the truth won out, and his career got back on track. Some people see him as a clown, but his persona is very intentional and ingenious. He was poised at just the right time to do just the right amount of gross. He knew the music world needed a dark prince, and he provided one with his shock rock.So, why did Trent Reznor and him have a falling out, and what brought them back together? What type of paintings does he do? What crazy things has he done on stage? What did he do on stage to get arrested, and why did some many ex members of his band sue him and claim he screwed them out of money? And, oh, what’s the deal with him and Satan? Listen, laugh, learn.Visit Our Sources:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marilyn_Mansonhttps://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/the-golden-age-of-grotesque-marilyn-mansons-most-shocking-moments-155971/https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/columbine-whose-fault-is-it-232759/https://www.nme.com/news/music/marilyn-manson-says-hes-finished-his-masterpiece-of-a-new-album-2656329https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Marilyn_Mansonhttps://deadline.com/2019/09/marilyn-manson-american-gods-casting-season-three-neil-gaiman-starz-1202737047/https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/marilyn-manson-2262.phphttps://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/02/06/marilyn-manson_n_6625118.htmlhttps://www.famousbirthsdeaths.com/marilyn-manson-bio-net-worth-facts/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Puteskyhttps://www.ranker.com/list/trent-reznor-marilyn-manson-friendship/jacob-sheltonhttps://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/trent-reznor-says-marilyn-manson-has-become-a-dopey-clown-73520/https://loudwire.com/marilyn-manson-trent-reznor-mended-ways/ 
  • Episode 507: Maura Murray: A Disappearance Most Strange
    August 14th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we explore one of the strangest missing persons cases in America: the disappearance of Maura Murray. On the evening of February 9, 2004, she had a minor car crash, and by the time the police got there, she was missing. But her behavior leading to this moment is what makes it strange. She had packed up her entire dorm room, lied to her bosses that there was a death in the family (so she could get a week off), and she had a car full of clothes, directions to rentals to stay in, and even a lot of cash from an ATM. Her entire family had no idea she had done any of this.What makes this a weird one is that she was a great student. She went to West Point and then transferred to the University of Massachusetts. She was a good student, a local track star, and otherwise a girl in her early twenties doing things right. Murray had a run in on the wrong side of the law when she stole the credit card number someone and used it at restaurants, but was otherwise an upstanding citizen.There was some indication that she was having trouble with her boyfriend. There was plenty of evidence that she planned to leave. Her dorm was packed up in boxes, and she had made several net searches for vacation rentals and even called some to find out prices. So, with a packed car and apparently the intention to bail, she crashed her car into a tree. There was spilled wine found in the car, so she could have been drunk.A man drove by and asked if she needed help as she stood beside her car. She indicated she did not and pleaded that he not call the police. She said she’d already called AAA for a tow (she had AAA but never called them). The man drove and called for help since there was no cell phone reception in the area. By the time he came back, she was gone.Eventually, the police declared it a missing persons case and sent dogs on the trail. They followed it a little ways before it just vanished along the side of the road. This indicated she most likely got in someone’s car only a few minutes after the crash.Some say she was trying to head up to a nice vacation spot to kill herself. Some say she was escaping an abusive boyfriend. Others say she was pregnant in a scandalous three way love affair with a coach from her university. Another theory is that she headed to Canada where she lives to this day in order to escape some sort of danger. Alive or dead, murder or suicide, this case is still very active, and new clues keep coming up. Come to your own conclusion and give this one a listen. Visit Our Sources:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSCpSXGo5K4https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Maura_Murrayhttps://medium.com/@kympasqualini/police-search-for-maura-murray-who-vanished-february-9-2004-f78e0f7d662ahttps://medium.com/the-true-crime-times/the-mysterious-maura-murray-disappearance-9ea0b581923fhttps://www.mauramurraymissing.org/https://www.vizaca.com/maura-murray-disappearance/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CK_QYCBqV8U&feature=emb_logohttps://www.boston25news.com/news/maura-murrays-38th-birthday-family-launches-new-website-missing-umass-student/JRQW77SCPFFW7J42W5BC2PRZ7A/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Brianna_Maitland
  • Episode 506: Paul Ogorzow: Nazi Serial Killer!
    August 11th, 2020
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we talk about little known serial killer who did his thing during the reign of the Third Reich in Berlin. His name was Paul Ogorzow, and he was a Nazi serial killer. He started with sexual assault and rape, but like most serial killers he grew in desire and comfortability with his crimes. Eventually, he graduated to murder, and he had the perfect environment to do so. He committed his crimes during war-time black outs intended to keep bombing raids from finding targets. He also did it on a rail line that saw as many as 29 accidental deaths per month due to the dangers of the blackout.There isn’t a whole lot known about his childhood. He was born to a single mother who was a farm worker during World War One. He was eventually adopted by a farmer named Ogorzow and moved near Berlin. As a young man, he joined the Nazi Party and eventually became a member of the its paramilitary branch called the SA. For some reason, he never went off to war, but he was instead hired to help run the metro trains through Berlin called the S-Bahn. He excelled at his job, and he rose in ranks in the SA. He married and had two kids and was living the Nazi dream.But somewhere along the way, something broke in him. He started to use blackout conditions to scare and berate women who couldn’t identify him in the dark. Then he started to sexually assault them, and he eventually devolved to rape. With some of his rapes, he tried to kill either by bludgeon or knife or throwing them from moving trains. He left several victims for dead (which later caught up to him since they were eye witnesses). Eventually, he started to kill.He killed a total of eight women, most of them on or around the S-Bahn train line where he worked.Eventually, the head of Berlin’s homicide division (Wilhelm Lüdtke) started an investigation. But the blackouts made it hard as did media control. Goebbels wanted to keep morale high in Berlin. Therefore, the cops weren’t able to give any real info about the murders to people they questioned, and the media wasn’t allowed to print much of anything. This meant women traveled on the serial killer’s train line without fear.So, what measures did Lüdtke take to try and capture him? What finally got him caught? What was his life like with his wife and kids through all of this? What went down at the trial, and what was the time between arrest and execution? Listen, laugh, learn. Visit Our Sources:https://killerpedia.com/serial-killers/paul-ogorzow/https://www.ranker.com/list/paul-ogorzow-facts/cat-mcauliffehttps://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-serial-killer-in-nazi-berlin-the-chilling-true-story-of-the-s-bahn-murderer-b-y-scott-andrew-selby/2014/02/07/1fd0b510-69a6-11e3-ae56-22de072140a2_story.htmlhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Ogorzowhttps://www.macleans.ca/culture/books/a-serial-killer-in-nazi-berlin-the-chilling-true-story-of-the-s-bahn-murderer/http://www.the13thfloor.tv/2016/07/18/the-horrific-true-story-of-nazi-germanys-s-bahn-killer/Book: A Serial Killer in Berlin
  • Episode 505: Titanic: Icebergs, Hubris, and Death
    August 7th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we travel back in time and look at the short life of the doomed ship, The RMS Titanic. The Titanic famously sank on April 15, 1912 and had a massive cultural impact, just like the Challenger or 9/11 did in more recent times. Of the 2240 people on board, only 706 survived, in spite of having three hours from the time of the iceberg collision to the total sinking of the vessel. The chaos and poor management during the crisis lead to a great many deaths, and the entire event lead to both Oscar winning films and tons of pretty cool conspiracy theories.The Titanic was built by the White Star Line, which was in a trade battle with the Cunard line. These two companies were the main passenger lines across the Atlantic, so building bigger, nice, and faster was sort of a corporate cold war at the time. The Cunard line had been winning for years, so the three Olympic class vessels built by White Star were supposed to win this war. The Titanic, obviously, was the first of these to launch.The ship was heralded for its beauty and size. Even the second class cabins were said to be nicer and bigger than first class cabins on any other ship. Third class, which was where the bulk of the passengers were (and where the bulk of the prophets were made) was also nicer than any other third class. So, the grandeur of the ship along with celebrities and tycoons such as John Jacob Astor IV and Benjamin Guggenheim made this THE ship to be on.So, packed with staff and passengers, it set out to cross to New York. The launch went smoothly (aside from a small coal fire), but after four days of smooth sailing, they were warned of ice bergs. They didn’t listen. They hit one. People died. The ship sank.You know the drill, but we’ll go over the time line and try to paint a vivid picture of what it would have been like on the ship or in the water. And it all points to conspiracy theories because, come on, what doesn’t? Why do they say that the ship sank because it secretly said “No Pope” on the side? What is this about a mummy’s curse? Did JP Morgan have the ship sunk to kill his rivals on the creation of the Federal Reserves? Was it actually the sister ship Olympic that sank and not the Titanic at all? Listen, laugh, learn. Visit Our Sources:https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-the-titanic-still-fascinates-us-98137822/https://www.history.com/topics/early-20th-century-us/titanichttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Titanichttps://www.nationalgeographic.org/education/titanic/https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/17665970https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wreck_of_the_RMS_Titanichttps://www.history.com/news/titanic-sinking-conspiracy-myths-jp-morgan-olympichttps://www.businessinsider.com/titanic-sinking-conspiracy-theories-2018-4https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/infrastructure/a26533526/olympic-titanic-conspiracy-theory/https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/james-cameron-my-titanic-obsession-304772.htmlhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wreck_of_the_Titan:_Or,_Futilityhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmo_Duff-Gordon  
  • Episode 504: Eminem: Drugs, Detroit, and Detox
    August 4th, 2020
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the life, career, addiction, and rap battles of the one and only Eminem. Call him Marshal Mathers or Slim Shady, but he’s one of the biggest selling musical artists of all time and still has the bestselling rap album of all time. He was born poor to a father who ditched him and a mother who he claimed was abusive and strung on out on pills. This critical figure in the hip hop game went from the streets of 8 Mile to the top of the charts in spite of being a white drug addict and underage father. If he can do it, so can you (if, you know, you’re one of the best rappers to ever live…).Though Detroit is his spiritual home, Marshal Mathers was born in Missouri. He had a rough childhood with an absentee father and a mother who couldn’t land steady work. They traveled a lot trying to stay with family or get a job and ultimately landed in Detroit when he was very young. Marshal hated school, repeated the 9th grade 3 times before dropping out. The one thing he did love was the English language and word play, and he came to life after hearing his first rap songs. In a matter of no time, he was one of the best underground rappers in the brutal Detroit rap battle scene.This landed him a spot in at the 1997 Rap Olympics in LA. While there, he took second in the nation, and was able to get a copy of his Slim Shady EP into the hands of Jimmy Iovene who promptly gave the tape to Dr. Dre. They signed him immediately. His Slim Shady character appealed to the violent but socially conscious music background of Dr. Dre. They released his first major album in 1999, and the rest is history.His second album, the Marshal Mathers LP sold 22 million copies and broke records. Eminem started to land Grammy Awards and get the praise he deserved as a rapper and criticism he earned for his violent, sexist, homophobic lyrics.With success came the dangers of success. While he was working 16 hour days on the set of 8 Mile, he got addicted to prescription medication. Eventually, he almost died for doing enough methadone to equal 4 bags of heroin. He went to rehab, left, fell back to drugs, and went back a second time. With the help of Elton John. It’s a strange world.Eminem’s album, Revival was a failure both critically and financially, and it got him attacked by a new generation of rappers trying to take him down. However, a few months later, he released Kamikaze, which most people claimed had him win a rap beef against an entire generation of mumble rappers. You might love him, and you have grounds to. You might hate him, and you have grounds to. But you can’t deny the success and appeal of this once in a life time musician.Visit Our Sources:https://www.biography.com/musician/eminemhttp://www.eminem.net/biography/https://www.nme.com/photos/50-things-you-didn-t-know-about-eminem-1428834https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eminemhttps://www.musicinminnesota.com/36-interesting-facts-eminem/https://www.samaa.tv/culture/2017/10/happy-birthday-eminem-10-facts-you-should-know-about-the-rap-star/https://www.thestreet.com/lifestyle/eminem-net-worth-15015963https://www.aceshowbiz.com/celebrity/eminem/biography.html 
  • Episode 503: Apollo 13: Explosions, Starvation, and Duct Tape
    July 31st, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at the infamous flight of NASA’s Apollo 13. Made famous for a new generation by the film of the same name, this was one of the most important moments in all of space flight. A critical error on the way to the moon led to the three astronauts cramped into a small lunar lander built for 2 passengers the whole way home. They were low on power, venting oxygen, couldn’t scrub the CO2 from the air, were starving (their food was frozen and dried), and one of them was sick with an infection. How did they survive? This was the 13th Apollo mission, and many said that is the number of bad luck. Well, maybe. The Apollo missions were created by John F Kenedy as a race to the moon to help win the Cold War, and after Apollo 11 landed on the moon (or didn’t, depending on your beliefs), there were still a bunch of Saturn V rockets left over. NASA used them for more missions to the moon, and Apollo 13 was to be the third mission that would land humans on the lunar surface.The crew was commanded by James Lovell and included the pilot of the lunar module Fred Haise, and pilot of the command module John Swigert. They were 200,000 miles out when they made a news broadcast for the folks back home. Nine minutes later, an alarm sounded related to a hydrogen tank. They went to mix the tank, so it wouldn’t freeze, and the ship suddenly buckled and shuttered.There had been an explosion. They lost two oxygen tanks and were venting a third, and they had to make quick, hard decisions to try and make it around the moon and back to Earth.Ground control came up with miraculous secondary uses of technology to keep them fed and breathing. But it was freezing cold since there wasn’t enough power to run a heater. They were losing weight due to lack of food and dehydration, and one of them caught a kidney infection due to lack of water (they needed to preserve the water for critical ship functions). So, how did they calculate the return burn of the engine to get them home after their equipment was destroyed? How did duct tape help save the day? What became of the astronauts? What happened to the Plutonium that was in the wreckage that made it back to earth? Why did one company require a towing bill for bringing part of the ship back from the moon? Listen, laugh, learn. Visit Our Sources:https://www.space.com/17250-apollo-13-facts.htmlhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_13https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/missions/apollo13.htmlhttps://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/lunar/ap13acc.htmlhttps://astronomy.com/magazine/news/2020/04/jim-lovell-on-apollo-13https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/apollo-13-at-50-years-looking-back-at-the-missions-lost-lunar-science/https://www.rd.com/list/apollo-13-facts-you-didnt-know/https://stargazersclubwa.com.au/13-facts-you-may-not-know-about-apollo-13/ 
  • Episode 502: George Washington: The Reluctant Warrior President
    July 28th, 2020
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we travel back in time and look at the life, loves, war, revolution, presidency and death of George Washington. Born to a middle class family, he rose in wealth and power, until by age 20, he was the wealthiest land owner in Virginia. His story is incredible. He joined the British to stop the French from spreading onto their land. His first fight there basically started a world war because he didn’t know what he was doing. This man was a passionate farmer and whiskey distiller, but he kept getting the call to serve his nation, as a warrior, a spymaster, a politician, and ultimately president.The Washington family had been in American for three generations before George was born. His parents were of an upper middle class and bought some land, which eventually became his famous home at Mt. Vernon. His father increased his fortune, died, left it all to George’s older brother Lawrence. Then Lawrence built up more fortune, died of tuberculosis, and left it all to George. He was the wealthiest man in the colony.But he didn’t sit around counting his gold. Instead, Washington learned how to work the farm and survive in the woods. He worked with the laborers and slaves, it is said, instead of sitting in the big house. He eventually joined a dangerous surveying party and came back as the official surveyor of the surrounding area. That involvement with government made him the selection to talk to some French who had encroached on “British” territory. He did; they politely said they wouldn’t leave. Washington came back with a small military force and attacked and killed the commander, basically kicking off an war between the British and the French. His time in the French Indian War gave him experience on the battlefield.Eventually, the war ended, and he returned to his farming life at Mt. Vernon. However, the Brits were gouging the colonists to make up for the money they spent in the war. Tax after tax led to things like the Boston Tea Party, and eventually, everyone wanted an end to British Rule. The revolution had begun. Again, though he didn’t want it, Washington’s experience, wealth, and prestige, landed him the top military role in the war.Here, he suffered major victories and massive losses. He endured harsh winters, did some legendary tactics, and even survived one battle with four bullet holes in his cloak and two dead horses underneath him. Eventually, the war was won, and Washington settled down once again. And once again, duty called. The new nation of states was falling apart, many of them enacting taxes tougher than the Brits did in order to pay back the war debts. So, the founding fathers called the Constitutional Congress, rewrote the constitution, and called upon George Washington to be the first president. His time in that office set the precedence for the president. He wasn’t a king but an official. So, how long did he last as president? Did he really have wooden teeth? What was up with him and slaves? Did he have a secret lover on the side? Did he really chop down that cherry tree? Listen, laugh, learn. Visit Our Sources:https://www.biography.com/us-president/george-washingtonhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washingtonhttps://www.whitehouse.gov/about-the-white-house/presidents/george-washington/https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/george-washington-the-reluctant-president-49492/https://www.historynet.com/george-washingtonhttps://www.si.edu/spotlight/highlights-george-washington-1732-1799https://www.history.com/news/george-washington-little-known-factshttps://www.bostonteapartyship.com/george-washington-factshttps://www.britannica.com/event/Townshend-Acts 
  • Episode 501: John Demjanjuk: The Hunting of a Nazi
    July 24th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at the crazy case of a Cleveland man named John Demjanjuk, and the decades long court battle to prove he was the evil Ivan the Terrible. Ivan the Terrible was a guard at the gas chambers in the Treblenka concentration camp. He was notorious for stabbing the prisoners with a saber, cutting their ears off on their way to a work shift, rape, killing babies, and nailing people’s ears to the walls of the death chamber. If John Demjanjuk was truly Ivan the terrible, he deserved to pay for his crimes. But the battle in various international courts were a roller coaster of evidence. Was he Ivan the Terrible?What is known about Demjanjuk is that he was born in the Soviet Union in 1920 He survived the Holodomor famine, worked on a state-owned farm, and was finally drafted into the Soviet Army in 1940. While there, he fought in the horrible Battle of Kerch Peninsula where Soviet Casualties were above 570,000 in five months. He was captured and taken as a prisoner of war. However, the Germans used their Soviet POWs in some concentration camps. Many of the Soviet prisoners hated the Jews so much, that they would become complicit in the final solution.At the end of the war, he was bounced around a bit, got married, and settled in Ohio. He became an American citizen, had four children, and worked at a Ford Plant. The American Dream. But, in 1975, a reporter brought evidence to a US Senator, and the court saga was on! His American citizenship was stripped, and he was extradited to Israel to stand trial for crimes against humanity. Through a very emotional case filled with dozens of eyewitness horror stories, Demjanjuk was found guilty and given the death penalty. But, there was an appeal.And then an appeal to an appeal, and a crazy bunch of court madness that took him Israel back to the US and then Germany to stand a second trial. Janet Reno even got involved. Once the Soviet Union Collapsed, thousands of records that may pertain to his case were declassified as the KGB vanished. And that brought a whole new batch of evidence.So, what crimes was he finally convicted of by Germany? How did he only get five years jail time? How did he die before he could ever serve his sentence? What were the full crimes of the notorious Ivan the Terrible? How bad was Treblinka? Who else might have been Ivan the Terrible if it wasn’t Demjanjuk, and what ever happened to that guy?Visit Our Sources:https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/john-demjanjuk-prosecution-of-a-nazi-collaboratorhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Demjanjukhttps://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-01-28/demjanjuk-sobibor-nazi-holocaust-death-camphttps://www.jpost.com/international/john-demjanjuk-jr-new-pictures-are-not-proof-my-father-was-a-nazi-guard-616059https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/tv/a29698588/devil-next-door-holocaust-killer-ivan-the-terrible-john-demjanjuk-true-story/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPq0HXWRf48https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Kerch_Peninsulahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_the_Terrible_(Treblinka_guard)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treblinka_extermination_camphttps://www.history.co.uk/article/ivan-the-terrible-the-infamous-treblinka-guardhttp://www.jeffjacoby.com/5609/the-terrible-crimes-of-ivan 
  • Episode 500: Who’s Askin’?
    July 21st, 2020
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we celebrate our 500th episode! If you’re looking for a regular episode, this ain’t it! This is a star-studded (well, us three anyway) extravaganza. We walk down memory lane of the past 500 episodes. We share stories, drink whiskey and answer questions from our lovely SKult. What questions, you may be wondering?You guys have separated yourselves from all of the other conspiracy/true crime podcasts (at least in my opinion), what do you think you guys did to get away from others and make your own signature show and culture? What is the most memorable episode you have recorded? What was the worst podcast to research because it was overly sensitive topic or just not a lot out there about the subject? What would happen if Brad actually studied for a topic? I want to start by saying I love the show so there is no shade being thrown here but I wanna know Why is there such a lack of deep research done on a lot of the main individuals lives, specifically the serial killers and cult leaders? It feels almost like I’m just reading the Wikipedia for them...but then I’ll listen to Last Podcast On The Left, who does incredible in-depth research into these peoples parents, childhood, etc...at the end you get a pretty clear idea of where their psychologically at and the events that got them to that point...again I’m not talking shit or anything...just something I noticed that can make the show better than it already is. Are there any episodes that you regret doing and conversely are there any that really inspired you? When did people start sending you whiskey/whisky and why did they start, how did it become a thing? How does it feel when you don’t know someone but they know you because of the podcast and they are excited to meet/talk to you? I assume that this is the time for introspection, and I guess that I should say thanks. I don’t do social media, so the reason I became a Patron was to say thanks Aside from the great episodes I found the early bonus episodes inspiriting. The general attitude in the UK is wanting others to fail so it is refreshing to hear the opposite. In the last few years I have set up a business and generally accepted less bullshit and become a better person. I am sure you influenced that, so thanks.So, if you’re looking for a regular episode where we research and talk about things, skip ahead or skip back. This is a celebration of us making you endure our incessant blathering and dick jokes for the past several years. Cheers, salud, mazeltov, aloha, and à votre santé!
  • Episode 499: Polio: The Paralytic Pandemic
    July 17th, 2020
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we get all pandemic on you and talk about Polio. Famous for causing paralysis and death through the first half the century (most notably in the US and UK), this disease goes back to ancient Egypt. Two doctors created different vaccines for the disease in the 1950s and 60s and largely set the path toward the vaccine schedule that is used in modern medicine. However, with that came complications such as the Cutter Incident where the vaccine itself paralyzed kids. And what about the rumors of the vaccine causing cancer or even the new polio like disease spreading in America?Polio is a horrible disease caused by three different viruses. It spreads most notably through the brown highway, aka, the fecal-oral route. The virus does its thing in the intestines, so your poop is filled with Polio if you are infected, and if that somehow makes it into someone’s mouth, well there it is. Though it sounds gross, in areas with natural rivers as water sources, this would be a common spread. It can also spread oral to oral, but that is less likely.Polio is a trip because it can be asymptomatic to symptoms like a cold with bad body aches. Then, for the one percent, it can cause permanent paralysis of muscles and permanent muscle atrophy. It can even kill if it affects someone’s ability to breathe, swallow, or regulate mucus. But two vaccines came to the rescue. The first was invented by Jonas Salk, who created one based on dead Polio virus, and Albert Sabin who created one based on live virus that was mutated to, you know, not kill us.The Sabin style oral vaccine is what the WHO uses to this day, and it does have one side effect which is vaccine bleed. In fact, in recent years, naturally occurring polio has had fewer cases than polio caused by otherwise healthy people who bleed the Polio virus out of their bodies after they got the vaccine. There is also the case of the Cutter Incident, where one lab infected 200,000 Americans with a vaccine that gave them Polio. While Polio is often held up as the ideal disease that a vaccine can cure, many use things like the bleed and the Cutter Incident as a warning of what could go wrong with vaccines. Where do you fall? And is there any trough to the rumors that monkey cells in the early vaccine can cause cancer? Listen, laugh, learn. Visit Our Sources:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poliohttps://www.cdc.gov/polio/what-is-polio/index.htmhttps://www.nhs.uk/conditions/post-polio-syndrome/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1383764/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cutter_Laboratories#The_Cutter_incidenthttps://sciencefeedback.co/claimreview/claim-that-virus-contaminating-polio-vaccine-between-1955-and-1963-is-cancer-causing-not-supported-by-science/https://www.nationalacademies.org/news/2011/10/more-data-needed-to-determine-if-contaminated-polio-vaccine-from-1955-1963-causes-cancer-in-adults-todayhttps://academic.oup.com/jnci/article/95/7/532/2520688https://www.sciencehistory.org/historical-profile/jonas-salk-and-albert-bruce-sabin 
  • Episode 498: Whitey Bulger: Boston’s Godfather of Crime
    July 14th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we do some mobster-style true crime and talk about the kingpin of Boston, Whitey Bulger. In the 1970s and 80s, Bulger ran the Winter Hill Gang and was the head of the Irish Mob in the Boston area. This was a title he earned through several wars with the Irish, a deal with the Italians, and a whole lotta bodies. His story was so wild that Martin Scorsese based Jack Nicholson’s character from The Departed on him. Johnny Depp also played him in Black Mass. Whitey was part of MKUltra, supported the Irish Republican Army, and turned his job as an FBI informant on its ear, corrupting the local feds. He managed to escape capture by globe-trotting with his girlfriend for 16 years.Born to two immigrants from Canada, James “Whitey” Bulger was a typical Southie kid from Boston. His father was a longshoreman who lost his arm in an accident and could no longer work. While Whitey’s siblings all did well in school and walked the straight and narrow, he turned to the streets. He was in a gang called the Shamrocks by the age of 14, and in his time with them he was arrested for assault, forgery and armed robbery. Once out of jail, he spent some time in the military but spent as much time in the brig as he did serving his country.At 26 years old, he got arrested for armed robbery while jacking a truck. In prison, he volunteered for the MKUltra project once he found out he’d get paid to take drugs. It didn’t go so well as the LSD took its toll, but eventually he got out. Once free, he found himself in the middle of a war between Irish gangs. He killed the wrong guy, like you do, and escalated things until the Italian mob got involved and settled a peace.This was the birth of the Winter Hill Gang. From there, he raised in the ranks. He did it all. Extortion, theft, armed robbery, murder, anything you can think of that a mafia does, you can bet Whitey did it. Some say his mob was even responsible for the Gardner Museum Heist. Eventually, he became an FBI informant, though he prided himself on serving them weak information in return for favors. In time, he had his two FBI handlers accepting bribes and giving him tips and covering from every crime he committed. In fact, when the entire leadership of the Winter Hill Gang was arrested, Whitey was spared by the FBI and took control of the gang.He ran Boston with a strange code that he had, and he was racist, using terrorist tactics to try and stop desegregation of schools in the 1960s. Eventually, the DEA and local police figured out that the FBI was covering for him, so they build their own case. Whitey’s FBI guys tipped him off, however, and he went on the run for a whopping 16 years. At one point, he even beat Osama Bin Laden on the top 10 most wanted list. So, how did his girlfriend’s boob job help get them caught? Where were they living? How many murders did he get sentenced for? What brutal end did he face at the hands of other mobsters while an old man in jail? How did his own plans to die on the lamb lead to an abandoned mine shaft in Arizona? Listen, laugh, learn.  Visit Our Sources:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitey_Bulgerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9j5I6h8Q-0https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/30/obituaries/whitey-bulger-dead.htmlhttps://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/interactive/us/bulger-timeline.htmlhttps://themobmuseum.org/notable_names/whitey-bulger/https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/31/us/james-whitey-bulger/index.htmlhttps://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/whitey-bulger-juror-regrets-conviction-after-receiving-dozens-letters-crime-n1137871
  • Episode 497: Order of the Solar Temple: Murder, Suicide, and Sex
    July 10th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we sift through the ashes of a pretty wicked cult that most people have near heard of: The Order of the Solar Temple. The OTS was a group that was loosely based on the beliefs of the Knights Templar with a heavy dash of the Rosicrucians, but after it met with some financial success and had a good base of followers, it was all about brain washing, sex, extortion, and transitioning to the Dog Star Sirius to escape the upcoming apocalypse. Oh, and then there was the time all of the members killed each other and themselves. That’s how you get to Sirius after all…The whole thing started in 1976 when Jo Di Mambro launched the Centre for the Preparation of the New Age. It was a small affair, but soon he had small groups coming to live with him and give him their money. He started a second franchise in Geneva, and a few years later, he met Luc Jouret. Di Mambro recognized that Jouret was even more charismatic than he was, and they partnered up. Di Mambro would be the shot caller behind the scenes, and Jouret would become the face man of the group.Eventually, the groups they had started merged to become The Order of the Solar Temple. They recruited more and more people and accrued more and more wealth. Their beliefs also grew more and more crazy. Eventually, Di Mambro became the reincarnation of Christ, and they were both forcing women to have sex with them as part of their rituals to appease the Jesus sun god. Their con game got more elaborate as they installed projectors, special effects, and holograms into their lodges to help show their miracles to the members of the different “clubs” of their cult.This went south, however. The guy who installed the devices and Di Mambro’s son told the cult about the false miracles. A lot of them bailed, but many stayed behind and doubled down in their belief. And this was when The Transit was born. The Transit was how they would use flame to cleanse their bodies and push their spirits to new reincarnations on a planet orbiting Sirius. They would live in paradise and start a new human race. This, of course, didn’t go so well.So, how many people died in their murder/suicide Transition to Sirius? What was the method of death? What happened to the three month old baby who they said was the antichrist? How man Transits were there for the Order of the Solar Temple? Listen, laugh, learn. Visit Our Sources:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_Solar_Templehttps://torontosun.com/news/world/solar-temple-massacre-mystery-endures-25-years-laterhttps://people.howstuffworks.com/10-infamous-cults6.htmhttps://infosect.freeshell.org/infocult/phenomene/English/HTML/doc0008.htmhttps://filmdaily.co/news/order-of-the-solar-temple/https://www.ranker.com/list/order-of-the-solar-temple-cult/amandasedlakhevenerhttps://www.voxspace.in/2018/09/12/order-of-the-solar-temple/ 
  • Episode 496: Gardner Museum Heist: Half a Billion Dollar Mystery
    July 7th, 2020
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we explore the largest art heist in American history, the Gardner Museum Heist. In 1990, thirteen pieces of art were stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The grade total? A whopping half $600 million dollars. Just one painting was worth half of that. The FBI thinks it was done by a group of local Irish mobsters, and though the statute of limitations is past, it is still an active case as the FBI hopes to retrieve the art back.The Gardner museum was troubled. The FBI discovered a plot for Whitey Bulger’s Irish mob to rob the place with a storm of smoke bombs. After this, the museum upgraded its security. However, the museum was on hard financial times, and they were limited by the wealthy (deceased) Gardner’s wishes. The museum had to stay as is, no renovations, no exceptions, so every upgrade of security was a breach of this agreementEventually, some motion sensors and outdoor cameras were installed, but it wasn’t enough. Because on the night of March 18th, two robbers dressed as police men came to investigate “a disturbance” and handcuffed the two night guards to pipes in the basement with tape across their faces. The robbers took their time. They were in the museum for 81 minutes. They tripped motion sensors in two rooms, but somehow, they went back and forth without activating sensors. The FBI still can’t figure that one out.They stole painting from Rembrandt, Degas, and Vermeer. In fact, Vermeer’s painting, The Concert, is considered the most expensive single item ever stolen in the world. So, what happened when a reliable contact came forward wanting to give the paintings back to the Gardner Museum in 1994? How did the FBI learn the identities of the thieves, and why was there never an arrest? What is the connection to the Irish mob? What are the theories about where the art ended up? Why did the robbers take some stuff worth next to nothing but left the most expensive painting hanging up on the third floor? Why do people think the security guard named Rick Abath was involved? Listen, laugh, learn.Visit Our Sources:https://www.gardnermuseum.org/about/thefthttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabella_Stewart_Gardner_Museum_thefthttps://news.artnet.com/art-world/gardner-heist-suspect-released-prison-1703613https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAxZSdNej-Ihttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyNdZmrqNFE&list=PLfJ_d5dtb0oG_u6AwgAL8px7X4_LQO_Az&index=39https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyNdZmrqNFE&list=PLfJ_d5dtb0oG_u6AwgAL8px7X4_LQO_Az&index=39https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noX0jW9E6NUhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabella_Stewart_Gardnerhttps://news.artnet.com/art-world/isabella-stewart-gardner-heist-solved-283368 
  • Episode 495: Dreaming: What’s Going on In There?
    July 3rd, 2020
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we explore one of the greatest mysteries of the human mind—dreaming. We all dream. Whether we remember it or not, our mind makes us dream several times a night when we get normal sleep. The average person is said to have five years of dreaming in their lifetime. But what are they, where do they come from, and what do dreams mean? Those are hard questions to answer.Experts can’t locate a specific center of the brain that is doing the dreaming. For example, parts of the brain that control imagination are entirely shut down during the dream. Also, the brain does amazing feats of recovery, such as flushing plaque off of neurons and letting the emotional center run wild while the parts that cause stress shut off. The question really becomes why do we do it?One sleep expert named Matthew Walker from Cal Berkeley, says dreams serve two major purposes. One is to give our daily experiences a place in the framework of our lives. By dreaming, our new memories are merged with who we are. Second, dreams take the emotional edge off of bad emotions or tragic events. In the morning, we can often face things with a clear mind and apply logic where only emotion was present the night before.He even talks about Lucid Dreaming (which we covered in our Parasomnia episode) and shows that is 100% a scientifically proven thing. But what about those common dreams we all have? Do your teeth fall out in your dreams? Are you chased by an animal or a person? Are you falling or perhaps flying? What about being naked at work or being late for a test? These are very common to many of us, and we talk about what the experts think these dreams archetypes mean. From recurring dreams to lucid dreams, this one has it all! Visit Our Sources:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBby0RJw3Dchttps://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/dreaminghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreamhttps://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/dreaming-overviewhttps://www.mentalfloss.com/article/55442/12-common-dreams-and-what-they-supposedly-meanhttps://www.verywellmind.com/understanding-your-dreams-2795935https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/why-do-we-dream-matthew-walker-explores-the-theories-behind-nocturnal-fantasias-a3799396.htmlhttps://www.foundmyfitness.com/episodes/selectively-remember-dreamshttps://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/media-spotlight/201807/why-children-have-nightmares
  • Episode 494: Kiddie Pageants: Big Hair and Big Money
    June 30th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we polish our tiaras and talk about child beauty pageants. They of course made national news with the tragic death of Jonbenet Ramsey in 1996. But after that, they stayed in the forefront of popular culture. HBO’s influential documentary called Living Dolls lead to the TV show Toddlers in Tiaras and the flaming turd filled train wreck that was Honey Boo Boo. Each year, over 250,000 children participate in America alone. From underage prostitutes to 8 year olds getting motel Botox, this one has it all.You would think that beauty pageants for children came from the sick minds of the current generation, but there is in fact a long history. P.T. Barnum organized a kid’s beauty pageant in 1855 called the National Baby Show, and it gained 143 contestants and an audience of over 60,000. This spread to other similar ideas, mostly judging naked babies like cattle. By the 1920s, however, the modern adult beauty pageants was born in New Jersey (of course it was…). From there, the idea of a Little Miss America was spawned, and it hasn’t stopped since. While Jonbenet’s death may have put these horror shows on the map, they had been there all along.There are different types of pageants; some are Natural, where rules are in place about amounts of makeup and outlandish outfits. Others are a Glitz, which are the ones you’re thinking about. Fake teeth, caked makeup, hair like a televangelist prostitute, horrible dances, all the worst of the worst. To get through a big pageant, it’s gonna cost a parent at least $5000, but some may spend as much as $70,000 by the time designer dresses, makeup, travel, and all the rest is calculate. But there are large purses to be won, so it keeps on keeping on.Some say the pageants are a good thing. They breed self confidence and sportsmanship. Others argue they sexualize children and create problems ranging from body dismorphia to eating disorders and big time trust issues when every friend is a competitor likely to throw you under the bus. So, how many pageants are there a year? What types of events do they perform in order to win? How are more recent online pageants judged? What happened to the mom who was self injecting Botox in her own 8 year old daughter in the lobby of a hotel? Listen, laugh, learn.   Visit Our Sources:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_beauty_pageanthttps://www.thelist.com/136545/the-untold-truth-of-childhood-beauty-pageants/https://www.bustle.com/articles/183975-whats-the-history-of-child-pageantshttps://www.thecut.com/2012/11/child-pageant-star.htmlhttps://www.moms.com/pageant-child-reasons-should-against/https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=8128371 
  • Episode 493: Spanish Inquisition: Torture, Death, and other Catholic Fun!
    June 26th, 2020
    On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we travel back to castle times and look at one of the worst crimes the Catholic Church ever committed: The Inquisition. While the Spanish Inquisition is the most famous, there were inquisitions in Rome, Portugal, The New World and tons of colonies in Central and South America. The Inquisition was based on a series of edicts passed by the Catholic church and enforced by local kings and queens.The purpose? To eradicate heretics, supposedly. And who were heretics? Well, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Protestants, those who committed sodomy, families that couldn’t produce children, and many more. In some areas of the world, the Inquisition was pretty mild. The point of the Inquisition was to get heretics to confess, and a few lashes later they were free to go on about their business (as long as the converted to Catholicism or got the hell out of town). But in other areas such as Spain, it got medieval.People were tortured on The Rack, The Catherine Wheel, and the Strappado. They were burned and water boarded. They were imprisoned for years with no real trial, and they were often burned at the stake. Historians vary wildly from this being a pandemic of murder to being a mild case of murder, but death was the result. (Estimates we read were between 1250 and 300,000 deaths…)Spain had it the worst. For one thing, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella just ended a civil war and needed a legal way to get rid of their enemies. Heretics! Second, they needed money to fight a crusade where they would make more money. Heretics! The Inquisition is seen by many as a power grab and last gasp of the old monarchy and papal structure trying to hold on to power. As the world changed, fear of torture and death kept everyone avoiding the change. And for the record, I’m not going to make a “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition” joke here. Visit Our Sources:https://www.history.com/topics/religion/inquisitionhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Inquisitionhttps://history.howstuffworks.com/historical-figures/spanish-inquisition.htmhttps://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/the-inquisitionhttps://www.historyrevealed.com/eras/medieval/in-a-nutshell-spanish-inquisition/https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/controversy/the-inquisition/the-truth-about-the-spanish-inquisition.htmlhttps://historycollection.co/snap-crackle-pop-torture-methods-of-the-spanish-inquisition/ 
  • Episode 492: Johnny Knoxville: Stuntman, Prankster, Jackass
    June 23rd, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at the stunts, injuries, films, practical jokes, and television shows of the one and only Johnny Knoxville. Knoxville was inspired as a child by Evil Knievel, Jack Kerouac, and Hunter S. Thompson, and he went on to live a life they all would have been proud of. He was the a producer and main performer in the wildly successful Jackass television show, which went on to spawn several films (with yet more in pre-production all the time). He’s been nominated for an academy award and has injured just about every part of his body that exists.Born Philip John Clapp in Knoxville, Tennessee, he was a very smart and sickly child. At one time he had the flu, bronchitis, and pneumonia all at once; on top of his asthma, it literally almost killed him. He got straight A’s in high school and earned a free ride to a drama school, but dropped out to do his own thing. He wanted to be an actor and stunt man, so he found a way. He started by writing articles for Big Brother, a skating magazine. One day, he wanted to write an article about him testing police devices such as pepper spray and tasers. His editor at the time was Jeff Tremaine (later a producer on Jackass). He told him if he was going to write the article, he may as well film it. The rest was history.With a cadre of skateboarders who were all friends, they launched Jackass. Once the pilot was filmed (where Knoxville broke his ankle), they turned to a friend named Spike Jonze (the academy award winning director) to sell the idea. He got them a deal on MTV. After three seasons, they did several movies, each one more dangerous and ludicrous than the last one. Half of the cast became household names, from Steve-O to Pontius and Wee Man to Bam Margera. They stuff cars up their butts, almost died with crazy explosive rockets, and did things nobody could believe. And then they’d come back for more. And more. And more.Eventually, Johnny Knoxville went on to star in regular movies like Walking Tall with The Rock and Men In Black II. He kept going as the head of his own production company, writes books, and is still doing stunts and getting hurt. What was his favorite prank of them all? What was his worst injury? How did he almost with an Oscar for Bad Grandpa? Who died and made the entire stunt crew slow down? Will there be a Jackass 4? Listen, laugh, learn.Visit Our Sources:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Knoxvillehttps://www.ladbible.com/entertainment/viral-celebrity-why-we-dont-see-much-of-johnny-knoxville-nowadays-20170310https://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-celebrities/actors/johnny-knoxville-net-worth/#:~:text=Johnny%20Knoxville%20Net%20Worth%3A%20Johnny,net%20worth%20of%20%2475%20million.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsKXq8AQTZEhttps://www.digitalspy.com/tv/ustv/a31114432/jackass-bam-margera-johnny-knoxville-steve-o/https://www.thetalko.com/johnny-knoxville-15-concealed-facts-about-his-life-and-what-hes-up-to-today/https://glamourpath.com/johnny-knoxvillehttps://www.mentalfloss.com/article/66347/13-dangerous-facts-about-jackassPageant Joke: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=W9x0034PyD0&feature=emb_logoTerror Taxi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaYgv8likRs
  • Episode 491: Alchemy: The Science of Magic
    June 19th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at the ultimate merger of science and magic, the ancient art of Alchemy. Everyone knows that Alchemy was an attempt to turn lead into gold using something called the Philosopher’s Stone. But it was much more than that. At the heart of Alchemy was a philosophy or religion about how the world works and how it ties to the nature of mankind. For centuries, they were considered valid scientists, but eventually, a bunch of Alchemical conmen and religious fervor persecuted them. At this point, they went underground and hid their chemical experiments in symbols and crazy works of art that are just being understood by scholars today.Alchemy is an ancient pseudo-science that dates back thousands of years. It was everywhere from India to China to the Middle East and Europe. Some of the greatest minds in science such as Isaac Newton and Robert Boyle were convinced that much of Alchemy was accurate. And it was. For centuries, some of the greatest minds dedicated themselves to chemical experimentation. And yes, they wanted to create gold, but not to get rich.Their philosophy which guided their science was that everything in nature went from an infant or impure state to a more mature or enlightened state. This was the way with holy men, and it was also the way with gold. If they could figure out how to remove impurities and mature a low down metal such as lead, they’d end up with gold. This was spiritual. Because if they could transmute bland metal into gold, they could transmute their soul from sinner to divine. All of the world worked like this to the Alchemist.But, the problem was, it didn’t work like this. Lead isn’t an immature or corrupt version of gold, so their chemical experiments could only get them so far. After a while, everyone believed in it, though, and Alchemists started to promise gold to patrons. They’d get paid, skip town, and do it again. This gave them a bad name, and when real science hit the scene with advances in chemistry, the underlying philosophy of Alchemy was proven incorrect.But, there is a professor named Lawrence Principe who is doing Alchemy today. He has been translate to use old, obscure pictures of dragons eating roosters into chemical formulas. He’s made rocks glow and made golden trees sprout from the sand using these ancient recipes and old materials. So is there something to alchemy, or is it just a failed Neanderthal cousin to modern chemistry? Listen, laugh, learn. Visit Our Sourceshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alchemyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/alchemy-may-not-been-pseudoscience-we-thought-it-was-180949430/https://www.livescience.com/39314-alchemy.htmlhttps://www.rsc.org/periodic-table/alchemy/what-is-alchemyhttps://library.brown.edu/exhibit/exhibits/show/evolution-of-chemistry/the-language-of-chemistry/alchemical-symbols-as-secret-chttps://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/01/30/this-chemist-is-unlocking-the-secrets-of-alchemy/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosopher%27s_stone
  • Episode 490: The Hart Clan: First Family of Wrestling
    June 16th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at the First Family of Wrestling, the Hart Family. Even if you’re not a fan of the WWE, this one has it all. Shocking in-ring death during a pay per view, a massive corporate screw over at a pay per view, a family of amazing wrestlers for several generations, and training in a horrible place called "The Dungeon." We focus mostly on Stu, Brett, and Owen Hart out of this crazy legacy of amazing superstars, but we touch on plenty of other wrestlers as well.The Hart legacy started with Stu Hart. He was born to humble beginnings but soon became a wrestling phenomenon. He performed for various territories until he got tired of bad writing that never saw him going anywhere. Eventually, he got married and took his own wresting territory called Stampede Wrestling, which controlled Western Canada and Montana. Stu Hart made enough money there to buy an infamous mansion. In the basement of the mansion was The Dungeon, one of the most world famous wresting gyms in the world. He trained Chris Jericho, Edge, Christian, Mark Henry, Chris Benoit, Junkyard Dog, British Bulldog, Roddy Piper, Nikolai Volkov, Gorilla Monsoon, and his own sons and daughters. His training philosophy? Pure pain.From that upbringing came Brett “The Hitman” Hart. He rose to fame in the WWF and became the biggest superstar in the world of professional wrestling. He was known as the “Best there is, best there was, and best there ever will be.” Most pro-wrestlers put him in the top three best wrestlers of all time due to his skills and ability to work the crowd. At the peak of his fame, however, WWF was being beaten in the ratings, and they could no longer afford his expensive contract. Vince McMahon convinced him to get a better deal at rival WCW, and he did. On his last night with the WWF, he experience the Montreal Screwjob which resulted in Brett Hart losing his title without his knowledge, him wrecking the joint in a rage, and him knocking Vince out in the locker room.This wasn’t the only horrible thing that happened to a Hart at pay per view. In fact, we’ll get into the tragic story of Owen Hart, Brett’s youngest brother. He had ups and downs in the ring and went through a couple of different territories, but eventually, he found a place in the WWF. When he was flying in on a stunt cable for a pay per view entrance, however, something went horribly wrong. He fell nearly 80 feet and landed in the ring. He was rushed to the hospital and declared dead within a few hours. This was met with lawsuits and controversy.Why did the stunt rigging fail? Why did WWF hire riggers who wouldn’t follow safety protocols? How much did Owen’s widow sue them for, and was she successful? Why did Vince decide to let the pay per view continue, even though it was technically a crime scene? Listen, laugh, learn.Visit Our Sourceshttps://talksport.com/sport/wrestling/699850/bret-hart-vince-mcmahon-wwe-wcw-montreal-screwjob-shawn-michaels/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bret_Harthttps://www.brethart.com/bio/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stu_Harthttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hart_wrestling_familyhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owen_Harthttps://www.essentiallysports.com/wwe-news-the-mystery-and-controversies-behind-the-death-of-owen-hart/https://www.cbssports.com/wwe/news/owen-harts-legacy-a-priority-as-martha-harts-wounds-have-healed-though-her-distaste-for-wwe-has-not/https://www.si.com/wrestling/2019/05/23/wwe-owen-hart-death-20th-anniversaryFilm: Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows
  • Episode 489: Richard Chase: The Vampire of Sacramento
    June 12th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we researched some true crime for you. We hit you with the case of Richard Chase—the Vampire of Sacramento. I know that title sounds lame, but this guy was as twisted as it gets. We’re talking making smoothies out of neighbor’s pets in a bloody blender. Injecting himself with rabbit’s blood. Obsession over Nazi UFOs. Several murders, cannibalism, and even drinking a baby’s own blood through a straw made of his own penis. Yeah. That kind of twisted.So, everyone says that Richard Chase was the picture perfect pre-serial killer. He checked all the boxes on a thing called the Macdonald Triad, which supposedly predicts your penchant to be a serial killer. He was an arsonist, he wet his bed late, he tortured and killed animals. He was also abused in a financially troubled household.He was very ill, mentally. As early as 18, his therapists said there was something deeply wrong with him. He would do things such as drop a dead cat at his mom’s feet and disembowel it to start drinking the blood. She, as you do, would just walk away. There was so much writing on so many walls. He was arrested for being naked and covered in blood and carrying organs. He told a neighbor he killed his pet and ate it. The guy was sick.Then, his murders started once pets weren’t big enough. He used a .22 for most of his victims, and would shoot them only to mangle them with knives and have sex with the corpses. He’d also take organs and blood back home to eat and drink and make smoothies with.After a horrible mass killing a mother, her son, her nephew, and a baby she was baby sitting, the manhunt was on. The FBI did a crazy accurate profile of him, and a former high school acquaintance gave a tip that finally got him arrested. His house, like his crime scenes, was a thing of pure horror. I’m not going to type it all here, so if you want more, give us a download and then listen, laugh, learn (and be repulsed…).Warning: This is a bad one. Visit Our Sources:https://murderpedia.org/male.C/c/chase-richard.htmhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Chasehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macdonald_triadhttps://www.crimemuseum.org/crime-library/serial-killers/richard-trenton-chase/https://allthatsinteresting.com/richard-chasehttp://maamodt.asp.radford.edu/Psyc%20405/serial%20killers/Chase,%20Richard%20-%20fall,%202005.pdf
  • Episode 488: Ozzy Osbourne: Booze, Bats, and Black Sabbath
    June 9th, 2020
    On this episode of the World Famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at the life, music, antics, and tv shows of the epic Ozzy Osbourne. Whether it be through his early time in the legendary Black Sabbath, through his amazing solo career, biting heads off bats (or doves), or his show The Osbournes, most people know the name Ozzy. His work in Black Sabbath created an entirely new type of metal rock and roll, and they crafted some of the greatest rock hits ever. Ozzy continued with hit after hit and drug after drug in his own solo career and lived a life worthy of discussion.He was born to a working class family in Birmingham. His birth name was John Michael Osbourne, but he took the nickname Ozzy as a child. He battled with learning disabilities and dyslexia, and he was sexually abused by other kids as a child, and this led him to hate school, rebel, and start doing drugs. After hearing the Beatles for the first time, he knew his path was going to be that of a musician. But he started in a short career in crime, getting busted for burglary and doing a brief stint in jail.When he got out, he met the other musicians that would set his destiny. He joined a band formed by bass player Terence “Geezer” Butler, guitarist Tony Iommi, and drummer Bill Ward. They called themselves Earth, but had to change the name. They settled, thankfully, on Black Sabbath. This group of musicians changed the face of rock and created the type of metal that ushered in everyone from Metallica to Guns N’ Roses. With hits like Paranoid, Iron Man, and War Pigs, they climbed the charts. And did so many drugs. Eventually, Ozzy was fired for being too wild and had to fly solo. Unlike many front men now without an act, Ozzy excelled. He kept churning out classics and hits. In this period he met Sharon and had his second batch of kids (he had a first wife and first set of kids but wasn’t ever there for them).They, of course, were chronicled in the TV show, The Osbournes. It was the highest rated show on MTV, back when MTV had high ratings. It won an Emmy, and it made a whole different generations and types of people come to love Ozzy. In fact, the show is sometimes credited for giving his darker music a more global audience since they were able to finally see him for the genius that he was after the show humanized him.So what type of drugs did Ozzie do? How many times did he quit music, and why did he always go back? How times did he quit drugs, and why did he always go back? What happened the time he tried to strangle Sharon? Did he really bite the head off a bat and a dove? What is the Ozzy Stare?Did he really dip his balls in a music executive’s champaigne glass? When was he diagnosted with Parkinsons? Is he still recording music? Listen, laugh, and learn. Visit Our Sources:https://www.biography.com/musician/ozzy-osbournehttps://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2020-02-12/ozzy-osbourne-parkinsons-disease-post-malonehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozzy_Osbournehttps://www.festivalsherpa.com/10-facts-ozzy-osbourne-will-make-jaws-drop/https://www.factinate.com/people/42-wild-facts-ozzy-osbourne/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Osbourneshttps://www.pensandpatron.cm/lifestyle/osbourne-family/Shot in the Dark Ozzy Stare (1:35ish into the video): https://www.facebook.com/RRROCKSTARS/videos/191770758145838/?v=191770758145838 
  • Episode 487: Jesse James: Guerilla, Cowboy Style
    June 5th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we take a look back in time and explore the life, crimes, and assassination of Old West Outlaw, Jesse James. He was forged in the middle of the Civil War, and at the young age of 16, a brutal attack on his family farm made him join a confederate guerilla army along with his brother Frank. While there, they scalped, murdered, and mutilated the Northern forces. This gave them a very particular set of skills, skills which they turned to a life of crime. They joined or formed several of the most notorious gangs of the time, robbing banks, trains, and stagecoaches, murdering, warring with the Pinkertons, and living on the wrong side of the law.Jesse James was born to a wealthy preacher and plantation owner along with his brother Frank and a sister. They lived in a part of the border between North and South that was critical in the Civil War. Their county was rich with slaves, and when the war officially started, both sides committed horrible acts of savagery in this part of the nation. It was here that Frank and Jesse learned to shoot, ride, and be otherwise badass.When the days of the militia and the war wound down, they did not. They started to rob and kill everyone who was associated with the North. Northern trains and banks owned by the “enemy” were the targets. This and a very successful public relations campaign with the newspaper editor named John Newman Edwards gave Jesse James a massive reputation. He was seen by his community to be not a murderer and outlaw but a Robin Hood who was righting the wrongs of the war.But in spite of this public opinion, he did murder. He admitted to killing a little girl and shot people in the head or the back while robbing banks. Eventually, he married his cousin Zee and kept the crime train rolling. Eventually, Jesse and Frank formed the James-Younger Gang, and they became a national sensation. They became so famous that the founder of the Pinkerton Agency came after them directly. Eventually, they tried to retire, but Jesse kept going back to crime. Eventually, he formed a small gang with Charlie and Robert Ford. The Fords were offered a major bribe by the Governor to capture of kill Jesse James, and one day, Robert Ford shot Jesse in the back of the head, assassination style.So, what became of the Ford Brothers after this killing? How much money were they offered? Did Jesse know this was coming? What came of Frank James? How does the modern day car guy tie in to the Jesse James lineage? How did a bomb blow off Jesse James’s mother’s arm? Listen, laugh, learn. Visit Our Sources:https://www.biography.com/crime-figure/jesse-jameshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesse_Jameshttps://www.wbur.org/npr/212374395/what-drove-wild-wests-jesse-james-to-become-an-outlawhttps://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/james-jesse/https://www.whizzpast.com/25-little-known-facts-about-the-outlaw-jesse-james/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesse_James_(customizer)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Capehart_O%27Kelley 
  • Episode 486: Sun Gym Gang: Bungling Murder
    June 2nd, 2020
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we explore some true crime and hit you with the astounding tale of the Sun Gym Gang. This was a gang of bumbling criminals who did some awful stuff to people. It was made into a Michael Bay movie called Pain and Gain starring The Rock, but it was far more dark than that comedy seemed to make it all play out. This one involves a gang of people who met in a gym and their career of kidnapping, torture, drugging their hostages, murder, Medicare fraud, and dressing as ninjas. Yes. Ninjas.So where did it all start? In Florida. A man named John Meese owned the Sun Gym, a place for serious body builders. It was losing money, so he hired a conman named Daniel Lugo who immediately convinced Meese that he should be head manager. While there, Lugo looked for victims and found others who he’d trust to help with his upcoming crimes. People such as Noel Doorbal and Jorge Delgado. They eventually struck gold once they met Marc Shiller. Delgado had bought a scam Medicare billing business off of him and claimed he was owed hundreds of thousands of dollars. So, the gang decided to posse up and kidnapped Shiller.Over the course of several weeks, they tortured Schiller (in his own home) until they got him to sign over a one million dollar offshore account as well as other assets. They took his cars, furniture, computers, and brought them all home to use them. Once they were done with him, they got him drunk and put him at the wheel of a car, figuring he’d wreck and die. He wrecked. He didn’t die. So, like you do, they lit him on fire with gasoline to kill him. He didn’t die and got away. Next crime.Through a stripper contact, they found a guy named Frank Griga and his girlfriend Krisztina Furton. He was wort millions through phone sex. So they abducted both of them and planned to do the same thing. But it got violent, and Griga was killed in a struggle. Furton didn’t fare much better. She was given enough of a horse tranquilizer to kill several horses in an attempt to get her to tell them the security codes of the house. She died before she would.Meanwhile, Schiller recovered, and his story was so crazy that the cops didn’t believe him. He even hired a private eye, but it came to nothing since the cops didn’t help. But, once Griga went missing, and is Lamborghini was found, they took it seriously. The names of Lugo and Doorbal came up in this investigation, and it tied to the Schiller case, and then it all fell apart for the Sun Gym Gang.What evidence did the cops find at the gang member’s houses while putting together the case? How long did they live in house of their first victim? What type of sentences did they all get? How accurate is the movie to the real situation? Why did the first victim end up doing jail time after the trial of his kidnappers? What happened when they tried to decapitate Griga’s corpse with a chainsaw? Will Home Depot take a bloody murder chainsaw back if you have a receipt? Listen, laugh, learn Visit Our Sources:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Gym_ganghttps://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/pain-and-gain-where-the-real-life-sun-gym-gang-characters-are-now-6391577https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pain-and-gain-the-real-life-story-behind-miamis-murderous-sun-gym-gang/https://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/pain-and-gain.phphttps://nypost.com/2014/04/21/pain-gain-film-subject-sues-for-alleged-misrepresentation/https://slate.com/culture/2013/04/pain-gain-true-story-fact-and-fiction-in-the-new-movie-starring-mark-wahlberg-photos.htmlhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_3NjlNqQachttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSubCyUof0A
  • Episode 485: Jeff Bezos: Behind The World’s Richest Man
    May 29th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at the wealthiest man on earth, Jeff Bezos. Originally, a seller of books, Bezos has become our overlord. Most people in America rely on him for everything from groceries and clothing to furniture and even television shows. He runs one of the largest space exploration companies on earth, Blue Origin, and the Amazon servers are one of the largest hosting backbones on earth (even serving the CIA). From the birth of the Internet to controversy about how his workers are treated, this one has it all.Bezos was born to parents who divorced right away, and he was raised by his step father, an immigrant named Bezos. He was a smart child and did very well at school, graduating with top honors from both his high school and Princeton. When he was a teen-ager, he even started a group that was dedicated to space exploration, something he’s still focusing on to this day.He started working for various startups and landed a great job at a financial firm in New York, but in a very ballsy move, he quit and headed to Seattle to start an online bookstore. He figured that the stock market would always be there, but the start of the internet would only happen once.So, he launched out of his garage, showing the website to a group of friends for support. His parents invested a few hundred thousand dollars, and he was off and running. Within three years, Amazon went public, and it slowly grew into the juggernaut it is today.He eventually branched out from selling books to selling CDs and movies, and then went on to streaming to take Netflix on. Eventually, Amazon started to sell almost everything, and by 2018, he had over 100,000,000 Prime members paying their annual dues for free two day shipping and any number of digital services.He started to spend hundreds of millions of his earnings from Amazon (eventually a billion a year) on Blue Origin, a project designed to keep humanity alive and get them to colonize other planets. Eventually, he bought the Washington Post newspaper. Many people think it was to help control his image because at the same time, he quit driving and old car and dressing casually and started to look like a James Bond villain instead.So what is his management style like? What do people say about his personality? Why do some people think he’ll become the first trillionaire? What are the controversies around how he treats his workers? What’s up with his fashion transformation, and how much will it cost for him to send you to space? Listen, laugh, learn Visit Our Sources:https://www.biography.com/business-figure/jeff-bezoshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Bezoshttps://www.forbes.com/profile/jeff-bezos/#728b5bf1b238https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2020/05/14/jeff-bezos-worlds-first-trillionaire-sparks-heated-debate/5189161002/https://www.bloomberg.com/billionaires/profiles/jeffrey-p-bezos/https://qz.com/1799608/amazon-ceo-jeff-bezos-finds-new-ways-to-spend-money/https://www.entrepreneur.com/slideshow/333159https://www.workandmoney.com/s/jeff-bezos-wealth-facts-1be9a1efeb8b467ahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Amazonhttps://nypost.com/2019/07/13/inside-the-hellish-workday-of-an-amazon-warehouse-employee/ 
  • Episode 484: Atari: Life Behind the Pong
    May 26th, 2020
    On this episode of the world Famous Sofa King Podcast, we do a dive into the history of the video game and look at the rise and fall of Atari. The world of video games would not exist without the innovation of Atari. They started the video arcade with the invention of the coin operated video game, and just when that changed all of entertainment for millions of kids in the 70s and 80s, they created the at home video game console. Then there was the time they made the ET video game, considered by many to be the worst there ever was. It was so bad, they buried the unsold copies in a land fill instead of try to sell them. From rock star nerds at the birth of silicon valley to corporate sellouts, Atari had it all.The company was started by two visionaries named Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney. They were computer engineers who would visit campuses like the University of Utah and MIT just to play the video games that only computer engineers could play on the only five computers in America that could run them. Eventually, they realized that making video games end up like pinball machines, where you play for a quarter, they started their quest.Their first game was developed for a company called Nutting Associates. It was a confusing thing called Computer Space. It didn’t sell well and was hard to play. Within a few years, they developed and programmed Pong, and it was a wild hit. It spread through bars and pizza parlors and arcades and made Atari some real money. As processors got cheaper, they made arcade games like Asteroids, Tempest, Missile Command, Centipede, and Paper Boy.But as they drove around collected quarters (yes, they got 50% of the take, so they had to collect in the early days), there were other computer innovations that made home computing cheap enough to afford. Thus, they created the Atari 2600. This console is still considered the most successful gaming console ever. It sold the Atari games, but more importantly, it licensed home version of games made by other companies, like the epic Space Invaders. In fact, Taito’s Space Invaders made Atari sell more sets than any of their own gamesThe other great thing about Atari was that it revenge of the nerds. The engineers and computer programmers in the early days partied like rock stars. There was booze on site, a brigade that voted on marijuana quality, hot tub parties, women coming and going, and even Steven Spielberg wanted them. This was what led to the disaster that was ET, right during the first video game winter.Atari crashed and burned once they were purchased by Warner, but they struggled to stay relevant. Though they still exist, they are shadow of their previous greatness. If you are over 40, you remember them fondly, and if you aren’t, you should do some retro gaming and learn yourself something, young’un! Visit Our Sources:https://www.ign.com/articles/2014/03/20/ign-presents-the-history-of-atarihttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atarihttps://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/2012/04/pong-atari-and-the-origins-of-the-home-video-game.htmlhttps://www.npr.org/2017/05/31/530235165/total-failure-the-worlds-worst-video-gamehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari_video_game_burialhttps://www.computerhistory.org/revolution/computer-games/16/185https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari,_Inc.https://www.thoughtco.com/history-of-atari-1991225https://backtothegaming.com/2018/05/11/the-history-of-atari/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqMicrUywSY
  • Episode 483: Alexander the Great: History’s Ultimate Conqueror?
    May 22nd, 2020
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at one of the greatest military leaders in human history, Alexander the Great. Alexander was born in the Greek kingdom of Macedonia in 356 B.C. He was the son of a powerful king and queen, and after Game of Thrones type ups and downs, he took Macedonia as king after his father was assassinated. From there, Alexander conquered Greece and moved to India, Egypt, and even Persia (the Middle East). By the time he was 32, he was considered "King of Babylon, King of Asia, King of the Four Quarters of the World."Alexander was born to King Philip II and Queen Olympia. While he was a boy, his father had him trained in everything from music to military, swordsmanship to horsemanship, and even philosophy (at the hands of the one and only Aristotle). By the time he was 16, he formed a cavalry and defeated an until then undefeatable group called the Sacred Band of Thebes. At the age of 19, his father was murdered by his own body guard, and after a brief struggle for power, Alexander was declared king of Macedonia. However, his father’s biggest legacy was a body of joined states called the Corinthian League, and they didn’t bow down to Alexander. Until he made them. One by one, the Greek states fell to Alexander’s army, and even the mighty Spartans joined this new League with Alexander as its head.Once Greece was his, Alexander set his sights at the biggest military target there was—Persia. It was said to be impossible to defeat their massive army, but in just a few years, Alexander had their king Darius III on the run. He next took Egypt and India, and all of Persia, becoming the king of the known world. He established over 70 cities named Alexandria (some of which still exist today with the same name).After his 13 year run of zero defeats in battle, what finally made his army say enough and want to head back? What was his reaction when is enemy Darius III was killed by his own army? What was the story with his mighty horse Bucephalus? Was Alexander the Great truly bisexual? Was he truly a drunk? How did he undo the famed Gordian Knot? Did he conquer more than Genghis Khan did? Listen, laugh, learn.  Visit Our Sources:https://www.biography.com/political-figure/alexander-the-greathttps://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/alexander-the-greathttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_the_Greathttps://www.historyhit.com/facts-about-alexander-the-great/https://www.ancienthistorylists.com/greek-history/top-10-amazing-facts-about-alexander-the-great/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/League_of_Corinthhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hellenistic_period 
  • Episode 482: Father Yod: LA’s Vegan Sex Guru
    May 19th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we discuss a cult leader (or commune founder?) and spiritual love guru named Father Yod. Yod (pronounced like “load”) was originally named James Edward Baker. James Baker was a very interesting man, if you believe the tales about his past. He was a World War II Marine who allegedly won the Silver Star at the battle Guadalcanal. He killed a man, twice, after the war. He was friends with Jack Lalane and the guy who founded Dr. Brag’s amino acid and vinegar company. All this lead to him being one of the most influential people in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s and a cult called The Source Family.James Baker left his family to move to LA and become a stunt man. It didn’t work, and he found himself hanging out with hippies and beatniks. Allegedly, he robbed two banks and made the money to open a restaurant called The Source. The Source was the first vegetarian/health food restaurant to ever open in LA. It was a massive success ($10,000 a day) and attracted movie stars and film producers. Many say it set the course of LA cuisine and made it the healthy, kale loving city it is today.Baker had studied yoga under the famous Yogi Bhajan. He started to teach at his restaurant and attracted a following of his own. Next thing you know, he’s renamed Father Yod. He starts to recruit young girls, and he makes so much money in his restaurants that he buys a mansion and starts a love commune. Or a cult. Hard to say.A documentary of footage from their own cameras paints a picture of a commune that shares and doesn’t have the typical heavy-handed cult leader. But, the group had influence on the film, so it could just be propaganda? There was sex, multiple wives, crazy beliefs, indoctrination, underage brides, and all the stuff you expect from a cult, but it never got cult dark. Whatever this thing was, Father Yod left a major impression on LA, and to this day his people love him and keep their crazy cult names. Visit Our Sources:https://filmdaily.co/obsessions/true-crime/the-source-family/https://gizmodo.com/how-the-source-family-turned-sex-drugs-and-rock-n-ro-1563127606https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father_Yodhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Source_Familyhttps://www.vice.com/en_us/article/xd4wv7/source-family-rises-againhttps://www.ranker.com/list/source-family-cult-facts/drew-granthttps://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/wtf/the-truly-bizarre-story-of-father-yods-cult/news-story/95e5136dd4cd65b2417064a082987c39https://laist.com/2019/11/29/source_family_restaurant_vegetarian_dinner_gratitude_kitchen_dec_5.phphttp://venetic.co/ImGonna.htmlhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8MsHfReCQc 
  • Episode 481: Munster Rebellion: A Castle Times Cult
    May 15th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we travel back in time and look at a little known cult slash political revolt known as the Münster Rebellion. Back in Castle Times, the German city of Munster became home to a group of three men (Bernhard Rothman, Jan Matthys, and John of Leiden) who staged a coup against royalty and the Roman Catholic Church in 1535. They threw out the Bishop and the city council, and they replaced the town with their own communist, pacifists, polygamist sect known as the Anabaptists. This devolved quickly, and involved orgies, a brutal siege that lead to a siege, starvation, cannibalism, torture and beheadings. So many beheadings.The backdrop to this madness was a time in European history known as the Protestant Reformation. It was when the stranglehold of the Catholic church was broken by people like Henry VIII and Martin Luther. Once there were religious power vacuums, new ideas spread like wildfire. In fact, many historians liken the Anabaptist religion to a hydra with heads springing up everywhere.The first head belonged to a guy named Melchior Hoffmann, who advocated communal living (a huge no-no to the landed aristocracy) and religious freedom (a huge no-no to the Catholic Church). He was arrested for his crazy thoughts, but his ideas had already taken root in the fertile soil of chaos that was Europe.Cut to Münster. Here, the priest Bernhard Rothman basically took over the city by replacing everyone in power with a friendly Anabaptist. Even the Prince Bishop had to leave. In this power vacuum, a man named Jan Matthys took control. He moved to Münster because he had heard there were religious freedoms there. He quickly took over with his charisma. He banned private property, established a communal living situation, and wen tot war with the banished Bishop who put the city under siege.Now, Matthys had himself a vision that on Easter Sunday, his Lord God would make everything right, so he and a couple dozen men stormed the army waiting outside of town. They were captured, and he was beheaded and had his testicles nailed to the city gate. In this new power void a man named John of Leiden took over. He went buck wild.He forced all women to marry (which lead to polygamy since they outnumbered men three to one). He forced people to become Anabaptist or starve and get none of the communal pot. He cut heads off for laughing at him, not converting, and even killed one of his sixteen wives for telling him she didn’t want the stolen jewelry John gave her. The city starved while John and his boys partied, until eventually, the Bishop stormed the city and took it back.What horrible fate did John meet (trust me, it was worse than genitals nailed to a door)? How long did this siege last? How did the Bishop afford an army and a lengthy siege? What happened to the Anabaptists after this Munster Rebellion? Why to people compare the Muster Rebellion to formation of the Islamic State today? Listen, laugh, learn. Visit Our Sources:https://www.thelocal.de/20180503/muenster-theocracy-history-anabaptistshttps://www.thelocal.de/20140328/16th-century-mayhem-in-muenster-with-jan-van-leiden-expat-dispatches-the-local-germanyhttps://www.danceshistoricalmiscellany.com/munster-rebellion-creation-16th-century-theocracy/https://medium.com/interesting-histories/interesting-histories-munster-rebellion-85513768fd5chttps://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-islamic-state-the-mue_b_6748368https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%BCnster_rebellionhttps://www.history.com/topics/reformation/reformation 
  • Episode 480: Woodstock: Filth, Music, Love, and Drugs
    May 12th, 2020
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at Woodstock. Not only was it the most important music festival ever, it set the tone and soundtrack of an entire generation. It helped the nation stop thinking of hippies in so bad a light, and it created the careers of several of the largest musical acts of the era. What started as a music festival that was supposed to make people a lot of money and attract upwards of 50,000 people, became a free hippie love fest of a half a million people that bankrupted the concert planners.When four guys in the music industry decided to have a music festival in New York state, they named their new group after an area where musicians like Bob Dylan would play—an area known as Woodstock. They started looked for large areas of open land that could house their enormous dream, and they settled on Howard Mills Industrial Park in Wallkill, New York. The people of the town, however, voted against the dirty hippies and shut it down with only 6 weeks left to plan.The guys instead found a 600 acre dairy farm owned by Max Yasgur. The crew scrambled to get things ready. They decided they either had time to build a stage and a lighting tower or build a fence and ticket counters. They decided on the stage, which was a good thing. Soon, before the festival even stared, 50,000 people stormed the gates, and made Woodstock a free festival.Within days, a ten mile stretch of highway was filled with abandoned cars. The entire city nearby was shut down as half a million hippies flocked to the show. An estimated half a million more went the other way and headed back home when they encountered the traffic jam to beat all traffic jams.The acts had to be flown in by the national guard. Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, Santana, The Grateful Dead, Credence Clearwater Revival, Sly and the Family Stone, The Who, Jefferson Airplane,Joe Cocker, and Jimi Hendrix just to name a few! But it wasn’t the dream concert some people make it out to be. Raw sewage merged with rain water and the floor around the stage was a dung filled mud pit. It took an hour to get to the bathroom. There was hardly any food because no regular food vender would work there, and two of the three original food stalls got burned to the ground in anger when they raised hot dog prices.Security was mostly comprised of a guy named Wavy Gravy and his workers from a hog farm co-op. They enforced the law by throwing pies at people and hitting them squirts of seltzer water. Like you do. Everything was laced with drugs, and people were roofied left and right. There was dope, sex, acid, music, sex, skinny dipping, more dope, more sex, music, and mud and sex and music. If you want to get nostalgic for the 60s, turn on, tune in, drop out, listen, laugh, and learn. Visit Our Sources:https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2019/08/woodstock-50-photos-1969/596107/https://www.woodstock.com/https://www.history.com/topics/1960s/woodstockhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodstockhttps://www.aier.org/article/woodstock-occurred-in-the-middle-of-a-pandemic/https://allthatsinteresting.com/woodstock-festival-1969https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAGVGNWQ2Hc 
  • Episode 479: Cursed Bread: The CIA, LSD, and Mass Hysteria
    May 8th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we explore a little known mass hallucination event in a small town in France. It was August 15, 1951, in the small town of Pont-Saint-Esprit in southern France. Roughly 300 people fell ill, including 50 people sent to insane asylums and 7 deaths. Theories range from ergot poisoning to tainted bleached bread, but the best of all links it to the CIA’s MK Ultra mind control program and the use of LSD.So, what happened in Pont-Saint-Esprit? The morning of August 15, people started to fall ill, and the waiting rooms at all doctor offices were at capacity. At first, the symptoms were basic stuff like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Then the symptoms got strange—mass insomnia, and people started to smell like dead mice. Then? The whole village went plumb crazy.Journalists on the scene recorded a staggering amount of hallucinations. For example, one man shouted to his room-mates “I’m dead! My head is made of copper and I have snakes in my stomach!” A girl thought she was being attacked by tigers, and a man nearly died after jumping in a river to drown his belly full of snakes. Another guy was being chased by bandits with donkey ears. You get the picture.So, how did this happen? The French Government investigated and came up with a lot of theories such as poisoning by the ergot fungus (known in history to have caused mass hysteria such as the Salem Witch Trials). They also pointed to a chemical called Panogen used to clean wheat containers and even a tainted water supply. Interestingly, the government failed to consider the source of the grain itself, which is the first conspiracy. You see, the French government controlled the supply of grain, so they didn’t want to blame themselves.More recently, a scholar named Steven Kaplan wrote a book and concluded it was due to illegal chemical bleach poisoning by the baker who tried to make the flour as white as possible.However, the big doozy is from journalist Hank P. Albarelli Jr. He started to study the suicide of the CIA’s Doctor Frank Olson. This led him down a rabbit hole of MKULTRA and something called MKNAOMI, both of which involved the creators of LSD, a major chemical factory near the town, and typical CIA tomfoolery. If you like a good CIA cover up, this is the episode for you.Visit Our Sources:https://www.bbc.com/news/world-10996838http://www.tootlafrance.ie/features/the-idyllic-french-village-that-went-insanehttps://www.mentalfloss.com/article/558020/pont-saint-esprit-france-1951-bread-poisoning-mass-hallucinationshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1951_Pont-Saint-Esprit_mass_poisoninghttps://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/24/arts/24iht-blume.1.14718462.htmlhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_MKNAOMIhttps://www.vice.com/en_us/article/qbw8vv/the-great-french-acid-trip-1https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidney_Gottlieb 
  • Episode 478: George Carlin: The Vulgar Prophet
    May 5th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at the life, laughs, and legacy of one of the greatest comedians of all time—George Carlin. Carlin was made most famous for his “7 Dirty Words” set. It got him arrested and made him fight the FCC all the way to the supreme court. He took on the mantle of the vulgar prophet, a man who would cut society and humanity to the quick but do it with a laugh. From cocaine heart attacks to Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, George Carlin had a hell of a run.He was born in New York to a mother who left his drunken father to raise two boys by herself. He did well in school due to his sharp intellect but was kicked out due his bad attitude, and eventually dropped out before he could graduate. After a stint in the Air Force (where he was courts-martialed three times!), he took to work at the local radio station. He teamed up with Jack Burns, and they started a funny radio hour which was successful enough for them to get picked up by a bigger station in LA. From there, they made an album together, and Carlin started to hone his stand-up routine. He played a more traditional role, wearing a suit and staying clean, until he was discovered by the first shock comedian, Lenny Bruce.Bruce helped mentor Carlin, and they even got arrested together for Bruce’s vulgarity on stage. Eventually, Carlin changed his act. Instead of a suit and standard material, he wore jeans and a tee shirt with a beard and long hair. This was the 60s after all. His manager warned that he’d lose 90% of his business, and he did, but eventually he rebounded even better as his true, cut throat self.He performed the epic “7 Dirty Words” bit that go him arrested. A radio station played the bit from his record, and they had to fight all the way to the supreme court as a result. In his comedy, George Carlin was known to be anti-government, anti-religion, anti-corporation, anti-humanity, pro critical thought, pro-independence, and pro cocaine. His bits are still some of the funniest, most shocking and honest assessments of all of the human condition, and if you haven’t listened to him much, you need to do so. Right after you download this episode and listen to it first, that is…Visit Our Sources:Your Rights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gkjWxCl6zEhttps://www.biography.com/performer/george-carlinhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Carlinhttps://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/george-carlins-shocking-prescience-on-the-nights-before-911https://www.motherjones.com/media/1997/03/george-carlin/https://georgecarlin.com/https://www.npr.org/transcripts/120502583https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/George_Carlinhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_dirty_words
  • Episode 477: Jemeker Thompson: The Crack Queen of Compton
    May 1st, 2020
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we take a look at a very unique crime lord, the so-called Queen Pin of crack cocaine, Jemeker Thompson. She was overlooked by the competition and the feds since women didn’t deal drugs on that scale, but she is said to have been in control of virtually all crack coming in to South Central LA in the 1980s during their crack epidemic.Jemeker was born to a poor, single mother in South Central. She had five siblings. One fateful day, they all came home to find they had been evicted from their apartment. She looked at all her worldly possession sitting on the lawn and had no place to live. This lack of money and control set her on a path of greed and cunning.By high school, she was a talented enough runner to be training for the 1984 Olympics. At her meets she met a low end pot dealer named Anthony "Daff" Mosley. They fell in love, and she started to sell his pot in her high school. Eventually, she got addicted to the money and thrill and told Duff they needed to switch to cocaine. He refused. She didn’t. And the Queen Pin was born. She eventually learned how to make crack cocaine and shifted their business to this new drug. The first day, she sold half a key from her mother’s window. The next day, a full key. Within a week, she was selling multiple kilograms a day.They got rich fast. I’m talking, they moved into Michael Jackson’s neighborhood rich. (But only after Duff cheated on Jemeker, and she shot at him. It was an apology house.). It reached a point where everyone knew that they were the key to crack in LA and eventually most parts of the nation. Someone decided to shut them down by murdering Duff at a craps game. But he wasn’t in charge, and the empire just grew.What did Jemeker do to launder her money? How come her laundering business became successful enough for her to get out of the drug game (though she didn’t)? What happened with a courier was busted with 30 keys of coke on the way to Vegas? Did the CIA help her from getting arrested? What finally brought her down, and how did she go from the queen of crack and hair extensions to a minister? Listen, laugh, learn.Visit Our Sources:https://www.biography.com/crime-figure/jemeker-thompsonhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jemeker_Thompsonhttps://www.sunsigns.org/famousbirthdays/d/profile/jemeker-thompson/https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/F3/126/1032/497938/https://listverse.com/2014/09/12/10-of-the-richest-and-most-powerful-female-crime-lords-ever/
  • Episode 476: Madeline McCann: Murder, Abduction, or Stupidity?
    April 28th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we take a look at some true crime and investigate the disappearance of Madeline McCann. Madeline was a three year old British girl who was with her family on vacation in Portugal in 2007. While she slept alongside her two year old twin brother and sister, her parents ate tapas and partied at a restaurant on the other side of the pool. Several hours later, when the parents came to check on them, Madeline was famously missing.So, what happened? There is a lot of speculation about that. What is known is that the three children were asleep with the parents, Kate and Gerry McCann went to dinner and drinks. They checked on the sleeping kids from time to time. At one point, the father found them to be asleep but noticed their bedroom door wasn’t where it was when he last checked. At another point, a friend checked on them but didn’t bother going as far as the bedroom to actually look at the kids.Eventually, at 10:20 PM, Kate went in and found Madeline missing. She sounded the alarm, and the entire resort staff started searching and calling her name. The police came, and then some other ones came, and they did an investigation.But, the investigation was botched. The crime scene was left open and therefore corrupted, and basic things like locking down the town or doing a door to door search happened hours or days too late. There was a sighting called the Tanner Sighting which pointed police in a direction (which proved to be the wrong direction).What are the theories of missing Madeline? One biggie that the Portuguese police pursued was that the parents did it. They either gave Madeline a sedative to sleep through their party, and gave her too much, or they left her alone she met some accident in the apartment. They hid the body and covered it up. But then there are other disturbing theories—pedophiles took her and killed her; she was sold into slavery; or she woke up and wandered off and died. Either way, the family spent a ton of money keeping their daughter’s name and face in the press, and the investigation is still going. If you want to know what we think happened, you’ll have to download and dig it!Visit Our Sources:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Madeleine_McCannhttps://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/madeleine-mccann-disappearance-latest-what-happened-scenarios-a8632886.htmlhttps://www.biography.com/crime-figure/madeleine-mccannhttps://allthatsinteresting.com/madeleine-mccannhttps://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/madeleine-mccann-suspect-martin-ney-paedophile-police-investigation-a8900256.html 
  • Episode 475: Buddhafield: Not Your Average Sex Cult
    April 24th, 2020
     On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at a little known cult that started in the 1980s called The Buddhafield. The Buddhafield was a group of people initially from Southern California who found a new type of family with each other, under the guidance of “The Teacher.” The Teacher, also known as Michel, Andreas, or Jaime Gonzalez, led them into some LSD type hypno therapy god hunting body trips.They loved each other; they loved him; they found peace. Until they didn’t, and Michel started to have sex with male members of the group (often against their will) and do your typical cult control over all of them.The story is mostly known thanks to a man named Will Allen who made a documentary called Holy Hell. He is an ex-member of this group, and due to his background in film, he was considered the unofficial documentarian of the group. He filmed The Teacher, the students, the spiritual retreats, and the daily lives of the Buddhafield family. In fact, he was one of Michel’s closest allies in the group (and among other tasks, he was on call 24 hours a day to give him massages).Michel held sessions with the group, such as The Shakti Retreat, in which he gave them parts of his own spiritual power. The biggie, though, was called The Knowing. It was a multiple day ceremony which was capped with him letting his followers fully, truly know god. The funny thing is, they actually believed all this stuff was true. So much so, that even when the abuse and cult weirdness started, many of them stayed because they didn’t want to have to quit the strange spiritual highs that Michel—and only Michel—was able to take them on.The Buddhafield group started as a reinvented family of people who just wanted to find meaning in life, and it turned, inevitably, to a cult. Michel started to charge them for therapy sessions, many of which ended in forced sex. He threatened that they’d die if they left and even asked members of the group to ruin the lives of defectors by getting the IRS to attack them. He forced abortions on the women if they wanted to stay, and he had many of the members living as his servants.Yet somehow, they all still loved the Buddhafield family enough to endure it. Finally, there was a breaking point, and a great defection of members, but it still exists, and the Teacher is still out there teaching. If you dig cults, this is the episode for you!   Visit Our Sources:Holy Hell Documentary: https://www.netflix.com/watch/80097438?source=35https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhafield_(cult)https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/interviews/a45261/holy-hell-buddhafield-documentary-will-allen-interview/https://www.huffpost.com/entry/holy-hell-cult-documentary_n_5744c96ae4b055bb11708e51https://psmag.com/news/how-to-escape-from-a-cult-in-the-21st-centuryhttps://www.npr.org/2016/05/26/479635824/cult-survivor-documents-2-decades-inside-holy-hell 
  • Episode 474: John DeLorean: Cars, Corporations, and Cocaine
    April 21st, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we travel back in time and look at a legend of the 1980s, John DeLorean. DeLorean was a very gifted engineer and marketer who invented the category of the muscle car with the creation of the GTO. His rise through the ranks of Detroit’s Big Auto made him the top rival of Ford, and a celebrity as well. He eventually built the iconic DMC-12 made immortal by the Back to the Future movies and then blew it all in an FBI arranged 220 pound cocaine deal. Like you do.John DeLorean was born where else, but Detroit Michigan. He was the son of two immigrants (and an abusive father), and he was smart. He went to the best schools due to his grades and intellect, and eventually got multiple degrees, even though he took a pause to go fight in WWII. When he returned, he took a few jobs and eventually got work at the Packard company. He thrilled his bosses there, and when Packard merged with another company, he left and joined General Motors.It was there that his star rose. He created the Pontiac GTO and in so doing, gave birth to the muscle car. GM leaders didn’t want this car, and DeLorean had to lie and fight to get it made, but it was wildly successful. He created other big car lines and jumped higher and higher up the corporate ladder. But his Hollywood life style, casual looks, big mouth, and defiance made him unpopular. Eventually, a speech he wanted to give leaked, and he parted ways just before he would have likely become president of GM.So, off he went to design his own car and create his own car company. It took a decade to go from concept to factory floor. He lined up investors (even famous ones like Johnny Carson and Sammy Davis Junior), and he had to open a plant in Ireland due to tax breaks he was afforded there, but he finally produced the DMC-12. His goal was to make the best care possible: best for safety, best for speed, best for aesthetics, best for the environment.But he didn’t. It had a small motor that couldn’t push the weight of stainless steel frame. It was prohibitively expensive. The doors jammed, and it had a lot of problems. A friend of his had a solution to fix his financial mess. Join with him and buy 220 pounds of  cocaine and sell them to get liquid cash to save the company. So DeLorean joined forces with this guy, and it turned out to be an FBI sting. The star of Detroit was now a world-renowned drug dealer with a collapsed car company.So what happened to DeLorean once he was busted? What type of legal wrangling got him away from jail time? Why do some people think he conned everyone, including the FBI in this drug deal? What happened when he tried to create a new DMC years later? What happened to the company he started? Listen, laugh, learn. Visit Our Sources:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_DeLoreanhttps://detroithistorical.org/learn/encyclopedia-of-detroit/delorean-johnhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/chucktannert/2019/07/26/john-delorean-reinvented-the-dream-car-then-he-totaled-it/#76b287d514efhttps://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/john-z-delorean-is-arrested-in-24-million-cocaine-dealhttps://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/john-delorean-dmc-facts/https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/54600/5-things-you-might-not-know-about-john-deloreanhttps://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/a27319135/delorean-biopic/
  • Episode 473: Marilyn Monroe: Bombshells and Barbiturates
    April 17th, 2020
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we talk about one of the ultimate sex symbols and icons of popular culture—Marilyn Monroe. She came from a horrible upbringing and through sheer force of will (and marketing savvy) rose to become of one of the greatest movie starts of all time. She married Joe DiMaggio and legendary playwright Arthur Miller, sometimes slept her way to the top, and allegedly had an affair with both John F Kennedy and Robert Kennedy. Love her or hate her, she was pure force of will in Hollywood and totally changed the way the town, and actresses, worked.She was born Norma Jeane Mortenson in a hospital in LA. She never knew who her father was, and her mother was in and out of mental institutions her entire childhood. This left young Normal Jean at the hands of the foster system. She was raped at age 11 and had a horrible upbringing with no stability or love. At the age of 16, she married a merchant marine just to be able to get out of the foster system. When he was off serving in WWII, she worked a munitions plant.One day, a photographer came by to take pictures of women in factories making a difference for the war. Her career as a model began like a rocket. Within a few years, she was on dozens of magazine covers and was allegedly having an affair with an executive at 20th Century Fox. She got a contract with them to make some movies, but she was off to a slow start. She was always late to the set, and she was too shy to really shine and impress any directors. But she had work (and divorced her husband) and kept manipulating the system PR in interesting ways to rise to the top.And rise to the top she did. Her movies made hundreds of millions, and she slowly became the face of her generation. She married sports legends and intellectuals and had sexual affairs with people in the industry who could (and did) advance her career. But she was not without controversy. She had trouble when old nude photos appeared on the scene (trouble which she turned in her favor).Eventually, she started getting more serious roles and winning awards for them. She started to shed the image of the ditzy blonde bombshell and become a legit actress. But by then, her depression had gotten bad, and she’d grown addicted to barbiturates and sleeping pills. She allegedly had affairs with one (or two) of the Kennedy brothers, and she was found dead in her room of an apparent overdose at the age of 36.Or was she? Conspiracy theories abound. Did the mob kill her for some reason? Did the Kennedy’s have her killed to keep their affairs a secret? Did she die on the way to a hospital with Robert Kennedy, who then had her body placed back in her house until he could leave town? Is there any truth to the fact that she might have had sex with Albert Einstein? Listen, laugh, learn. Visit Our Sources:https://www.biography.com/actor/marilyn-monroehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marilyn_Monroehttps://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/marilyn-monroe-is-found-deadhttps://www.notablebiographies.com/Mo-Ni/Monroe-Marilyn.htmlhttps://www.mentalfloss.com/article/19268/14-breathless-facts-about-marilyn-monroehttps://medium.com/the-nonfiction-zone/18-fascinating-facts-about-marilyn-monroe-f074ccd76f2bhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Marilyn_Monroehttps://www.sbs.com.au/guide/article/2017/07/24/4-conspiracy-theories-about-death-marilyn-monroe
  • Episode 472: Killdozer: Modern Day Hero or Complete Lunatic?
    April 14th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the notorious Killdozer. This homemade battle tank was created a man named Marvin Heemeyer in 2002. He used it in Granby, Colorado and went on a rampage of revenge against the big wigs in city hall and the owner of a cement factory that he tried to stop from being built. Some people celebrate June 4 as Killdozer day—the day a little guy got revenge against government can factories. Others think he was a nut job who was told by God to run rampant through town and put a lot of folks in danger.Marv was ex Air force, and he settled in Granby after he got out of the service. He found a home he loved and moved in and started work in a muffler shop. In no time, he owned his own muffler shop, and was an ideal citizen. He snowmobiled, did work for the police, and was the best welder in town. He bought some property, and in doing so, outbid a man named Cody Docheff, and this is where the trouble started.Docheff wanted to build a concrete factory right next to Marv’s property. To make things worse, city hall seemed to be overtly on Docheff’s side. They rezoned Marv’s property and forced him to connect to a sewer line. However, the sewer line was hundreds of feet away and would have cost about $80,000 to get it set up. Oh, and he would have to get permission to build under Docheff’s property, which he was denied. So as a result, the city fined him $100 a day and at one point even refused to take his check.Marv fought back legally, starting a lawsuit, and even having the fine points of the concrete plant gone over by a lawyer. Nothing he could do would stop the people who ran the town from siding with Docheff, and eventually, Marv bought a giant bulldozer from California and turned it into a bullet-proof tank. Like you do.At points, its armor was a foot thick. It had video cameras, fresh air circulation, and gun ports for things as large as his .50 caliber rifle. He went on a rampage through town, which was caught on pretty amazing video. So, how many people died at the hands of the Killdozer? Was the city really so complicit in supporting the concrete factory? How did the Killdozer finally get stopped? What happened when Marv targeted industrial sized propane tanks with his sniper rifle? Why did he think God was telling him to do all this? Listen, laugh, learn.Visit Our Sources:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_Heemeyerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZbG9i1oGPAhttps://www.snopes.com/news/2017/06/09/killdozer-day-marvin-heemeyer/https://www.damninteresting.com/the-wrath-of-the-killdozer/https://sofrep.com/news/folk-hero-or-real-villain-the-complex-tale-of-colorados-killdozer/Tread: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5807330/ 
  • Episode 471: Black Dog of England: Cryptid, Myth, or Hellhound?
    April 10th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we explore a mysterious being that has been seen all around the world, but most prominently in England—The Black Dog. The Black Dog (commonly called the Black Shuck) is said to be a massive creature the size of a calf. It is seen at crossroads, typically with glowing red eyes. And while some people say they show up to guide people lost on sacred roads, others say that to hear their horrible howl and meet their fiery gaze is a portent. You will be dead within the year.So, where is the Black Dog myth found? Well, everywhere. But it most common in the UK and even in the Americas. It was first noted back in 1577 where it road into a church on a lightning bolt and killed several parishioners. Now that’s an entrance! After that, it has persisted enough in local legends that it is considered a mythical motif by professors of folklore. So, is this thing a pure myth that ties into some human unconscious, or is it an actual cryptid animal that has yet to be discovered?In American, a variation called the Fencerail Dog is thought to be a real creature and isn’t tied into the idea of being a ghost. In fact, many scholars think it is a hyena like cryptid called the Shunka Warak’in that is known to have killed cattle in various states.The Black Dog is allegedly something that struck terror in the heart in a way that a normal dog does not. One look at the being makes most observers say it was not a mere dog. One scholar discovered a massive seven boxes of written encounters in one area of England alone. It is a popular being, but is it a folklore or a cryptid? A ghost or a demon? If you want to find out, listen, laugh, and learn.Visit Our Sources:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_dog_(ghost)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Shuckhttps://modernfarmer.com/2014/06/black-shuck/https://pinebarrensinstitute.com/cryptids/2018/11/13/cryptid-profile-the-fence-rail-doghttps://pinebarrensinstitute.com/cryptids/tag/black+doghttps://thoughtcatalog.com/james-b-barnes/2014/10/5-terrifying-stories-and-lore-about-the-legendary-black-dogs-to-haunt-your-walks-home/https://truehorrorstoriesoftexas.com/category/cadejo-black-dog/https://allthatsinteresting.com/black-shuckhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motif-Index_of_Folk-Literature
  • Episode 470: Jim Carrey: Method Acting and Rhino Butts
    April 7th, 2020
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we discuss one of the all-time legends of comedy, Jim Carrey. From a homeless childhood to eventually becoming the highest paid actors in Hollywood, his life has been quite a journey. He’s made some of the greatest comedic movies of all time, and his new life in Television and as a painter meet with critical acclaim as well. From his politics to his stance on vaccines, he’s always controversial.Jim Carrey was born in a suburb of Toronto to a lower middle class family. His father a was a sax player who eventually had to give it up to work and support his family. Work was tough, however, and at one point the family found themselves living in the back of a VW van. He and his brother worked as night janitors to helps support the family, but at 15, he discovered comedy, and his father supported him by taking him to different comedy clubs. The day he turned 16 and could legally drop out of school he did—school, after all, was only getting in the way of the funny.He grew in notoriety as a unique stand up talent, who could riff off to top of his head and rely on his prodigious impersonation skills instead of a polished set. He impressed Rodney Dangerfield enough that he was hired to be the legend’s opening act in Vegas. Soon after, Carrey moved to the LA and started auditioning and living the life. He auditioned for Saturday Night Live, which didn’t work out, but eventually landed a role on In Living Color.From there, he made movie hit after movie hit. Ace Ventura, Dumb and Dumber, The Mask, The Truman Show, and Cable Guy (for which earned $20 million!). He went on to star in dramas such as Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Mind and The Man in the Moon, and his prowess as an actor spread along with a couple of Golden Globe wins. He also grew a reputation for being a hardcore method actor who would lose himself in roles and be very difficult to work with.Eventually, Hollywood took its toll, and he backed out of the limelight. He spent his time on spiritual pursuits and self-exploration. He has had some success as a painter, doing interesting and often controversial political paintings.So, which Hollywood starlets has he had relationships with? What’s up with him and the anti-vaccine movement? Why did he get heat for a bucket list comment while doing press for Sonic the Hedgehog? Did he really write himself a $10 million dollar check when he was twenty that he was able to cash years later? Listen, laugh, learn. Visit Our Sources:https://www.biography.com/actor/jim-carreyhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Carreyhttps://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/jim-carreys-reluctant-return-hollywood-1134623https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/fans-are-not-pleased-with-jim-carreys-predatorial-joke-against-female-journalist.html/https://www.uselessdaily.com/news/25-amazing-facts-about-jim-carrey-list/I Need Color: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21CEOlBq2YIConan Episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCB_gau9tIkBucket List Comment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK_xK5QMRqo 

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