The Grim Curriculum

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By: Dina Vee and Charlotte Smelt

Welcome to The Grim Curriculum with hosts Charlotte and Dina. If you’re obsessed with True Crime and the macabre you’ve come to the right place! We are here to teach you a thing or two, or at the very least give you the heebie-jeebies.

Episode 36: Eben Byers and a Brief History of Radithor
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Eben Byers was born into money, was well-educated, and was successful, and the ladies loved him. His life couldn’t have been going any better. Eben was prescribed Radithor by his doctor after an accident left him with chronic pain. A substance that was considered by many to be an energy drink or “cure all” to their various ailments. He felt like a whole new man after consuming high amounts of Radithor over a period of years. That is until his jaw began to fall off because Radithor was just radioactive water.

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Episode 35: Alexander Pearce: The Cannibal Escapee
#35
11/26/2022

Today we are sharing the story of Alexander Pearce, an Irish-born man who in the early 1800s was sentenced to serve seven years in a penal colony in what is now Tasmania for stealing six pairs of shoes.

He escaped with a few other prisoners into the treacherous lands off of Sarah Island. He was the only one that would survive. When he was caught, he told a story of betrayal and cannibalism that was so shocking they thought he was making it up.

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Episode 34: The 1919 Boston Molasses Disaster
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11/19/2022

In January 1919, a massive tank full of molasses would essentially explode, causing a wave of devastation on the docks of the Boston Harbour. Human beings and animals alike were not safe from this wildly unexpected disaster.

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Episode 33: Leonarda Cianciulli - The Soap-Maker of Correggio
#33
11/12/2022

This week we are bringing you the short but gruesome story of Italian serial killer, Leonarda Cianciulli. She was known as The Soap-Maker of Correggio because she would use the body parts of her 3 victims for soap and teacakes, which she then gifted to her friends and family without their knowledge of the ingredients.

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Episode 32: Aileen Wuornos - Part 3
#32
11/05/2022

Welcome to Part 3/3 of our series on Aileen Wuornos. In this episode, we cover Aileen's capture, the part Tyria Moore would play in that, and the rest of her life right up to her execution.

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Episode 31: Aileen Wuornos - Part 2
#31
10/29/2022

Welcome to Part 2/3 of our series on Aileen Wuornos. In this episode, we talk more about the 7 men who were Aileen's victims. As well as the beginning of the search for Aileen and her girlfriend Tyria Moore.

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Episode 30: Aileen Wuornos
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10/22/2022

Today we are covering the one, the only, Aileen Wuornos. She is also known by many as The First Female Serial Killer. Aileen was a drifter killer who targeted men throughout Florida during the late 80s-early 90s. Her weapon of choice was a .22 pistol. Both of these things are incredibly uncommon for women who kill.

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Episode 29: Baba Anujka - The Witch of Vladimirovac
#29
10/15/2022

Baba Anujka is believed to have killed 50-150 people, primarily men before she was caught at the ripe old age of 90. Now you may find yourself wondering how a little old lady could have possibly killed so many people and the answer to that question, my friends, is potions.

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Episode 28: Borley Rectory - The Most Haunted House in England
#28
10/08/2022

It's October which means we had to bring you a paranormal episode. This week we are taking a trip across the Atlantic Ocean to Charlotte's birthplace, England.

Borley Rectory A.K.A. The Most Haunted House in England was built back in 1862 and the strange reports began almost immediately.

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Episode 27: The Dyatlov Pass Incident - Part 2
#27
10/01/2022

Today we are wrapping up the Dyatlov Pass Incident and covering some theories surrounding the cause of death of the 9 hikers involved.

This episode will have you considering strange weather phenomena, extra-terrestrials, and even yetis!

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Episode 26: The Dyatlov Pass Incident - Part 1
#26
09/24/2022

This week we are super excited to bring you part 1 of our 2 part series on The Dyatlov Pass Incident, a crazy mystery that remained unsolved until very recently. Or did it?

In the winter of 1959, 9 experienced, Russian hikers, met their end under very mysterious circumstances when trekking through the Ural Mountains. In this episode, we will be going over the trip to the point of their deaths and into the investigation. Next week we will cover the theories on what investigators think may have happened.

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Episode 25: The Wineville Chicken Coop Murders
#25
09/17/2022

This week's episode isn't an exact sequel to last week's but it definitely has a strong tie-in. While Walter Collin's disappearance remains unsolved, the main suspect, Gordon Northcott is who we are covering today. Northcott, aided by his mother, tortured and murdered young boys at their farm in the 1920s.

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Episode 23: Paranormal Listener Stories
#23
09/14/2022

This week's episode comes straight from a few of our very own listeners! We asked you guys to send us your paranormal experiences and man did you deliver! This episode includes a crazy run-in with a UFO/Alien, a possession at a crossroads, and even a haunted gentlemen's club.

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Episode 24: The Disappearance of Walter Collins
#24
09/10/2022

This week we are covering the unsolved disappearance of Walter Collins. When he vanished seemingly into thin air in 1928, his mother Christine Collins would be dragged into an absolute nightmare that would remain unsolved.

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Episode 22: The Texarkana Moonlight Murders - Part 2
#22
08/27/2022

This week we are wrapping up the fascinating unsolved case of the Texarkana Moonlight Murders; a series of brutal attacks on couples in 1946. In this episode, we cover the investigation and the suspects.

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Episode 21: The Texarkana Moonlight Murders - Part 1
#21
08/20/2022

This week we are diving into another Old Timey Crimey, unsolved edition. This episode starts off a 2 parter covering The Texarkana Moonlight Murders; a series of brutal attacks on couples in 1946 that remains officially unsolved to this day.

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Episode 20: The Jersey Devil
#20
08/13/2022

This week we are doing a lighter topic as a palette cleanser from our Luis Garavito Series. We are going down to the Pine Barrens to bring you the fascinating legend of The Jersey Devil. This cryptid's story has many wild twists and turns and even features a few historical figures!

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Episode 19: Luis Garavito - The Beast Part 3
#19
08/06/2022

Today we are wrapping up this series on The Beast, Luis Garavito. We will be covering what finally got him caught as well as his time in prison and the fact that he may be a free man as early as next year.

Luis Garavito has one of, if not the highest confirmed victim count of any serial killer. His victim count could be as high as 400 victims over the course of only nine years.

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Episode 18: Luis Garavito - The Beast Part 2
#18
07/30/2022

This week we are continuing the brutal and gruesome journey through the case of Luis Garavito. In this episode, we cover the victims who lost their lives at the hands of this evil monster.

Luis Garavito has one of, if not the highest confirmed victim count of any serial killer. His victim count could be as high as 400 victims over the course of only nine years.

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Episode 17: Luis Garavito - The Beast Part 1
#17
07/23/2022

This week we are starting a new series on Serial Killer, Luis Garavito. He has one of, if not the highest confirmed victim count of any serial killer. His victim count could be as high as 400 victims over the course of only nine years.

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Episode 16: Survivor Story - Mary Vincent
#16
07/16/2022

In this episode, we are not covering the story of a killer. We are going to be talking about survival against all odds. This week we are covering Mary Vincent, who at 15 years old endured an attack so evil it will have your jaw on the floor.

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Episode 15: Karla Faye Tucker
#15
07/09/2022

Karla Fay Tucker murdered 2 people with a pickaxe in 1983. That on its own would be crazy enough to warrant an episode on The Grim Curriculum but it was the controversy around her execution and her conversion to Christianity in prison that garnered international attention.

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Episode 14: Katherine Knight - The Female Hannibal Lecter
#14
07/02/2022

This week we discuss the case of one of Australia's most famous female murderers, Katherine Knight. Katherine killed her partner John Price in 2000 and mutilated his body in unspeakable ways.

She's known as the female Hannibal Lecter for a reason and why the judge presiding over her case marked her case file "NEVER TO BE RELEASED".

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Episode 13: The Mothman
#13
06/25/2022

Hey folks! This week we are covering our very first, and Charlotte's personal favourite cryptid, Mothman. Join us to hear some history and some theories about Point Pleasant's own monster legend.

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Episode 12: The Hinterkaifeck Murders Part 3
#12
06/19/2022

This week we are wrapping up the gruesome and still "mostly" unsolved Hinterkaifeck Murders. In this episode, we cover the main people thought to be the most likely suspects of the brutal slaughter of the Gruber family and their maid, Maria back in March of 1922.

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Episode 11: The Hinterkaifeck Murders Part 2
#11
06/11/2022

Welcome to part 2 of our Hinterkaifeck Murders series! If you haven't listened to part 1 already, definitely go back and give it a listen before diving into this episode. This week we discuss the brutal murders of the Gruber family and their maid Maria, as well as the discovery.

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Episode 10: The Hinterkaifeck Murders Part 1
#10
06/04/2022

This week Dina and Charlotte bring you the still-unsolved case of the Hinterkaifeck murders. In March of 1922, an entire family and their maid were brutally slaughtered at their farm in rural Germany. We still don't know who was responsible, but it's a case that has a few twists and turns to keep you guessing.

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Episode 9: Winnie Ruth Judd - The Trunk Murderess
#9
05/28/2022

This week we are coming to you with another ol' timey crimey. Winnie Ruth Judd murdered her two best friends in 1931. However, murder alone would not have launched her into true crime infamy. It was the dismembering and stuffing of her victims into travel trunks that would cement her name in true crime history forever. So buckle up for a story of murder, mayhem, and even prison escapes!

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Episode 8: Haunted Dolls - Our Top 5 Favourites
#8
05/21/2022

We think you've earned a break after all the murder and mayhem we've brought to you so far, so we decided on a little pallet cleanser for you, Grim Curriculum style. It wouldn't be us if we weren't still bringing the creepiness and nightmare fuel, so here are some haunted dolls for ya! Enjoy!

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Episode 7: Donald "PeeWee" Gaskins: The Meanest Man in America Part 2
#7
05/14/2022

Dina and Charlotte are bringing Part 2 of the gruesome ballad of Peewee Gaskins to an end in this week's episode of The Grim Curriculum. Peewee didn't get any taller with age but he sure got more depraved.

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Episode 6: Donald "PeeWee" Gaskins: The Meanest Man in America Part 1
#6
05/07/2022

This week Dina and Charlotte cover Peewee Gaskins, aka the Meanest Man in America. Standing 5'4" tall and weighing in at 130lbs, Peewee was a whole lot of evil packed into a small frame.

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Episode 5: Elizabeth Short - The Black Dahlia Murder
#5
04/30/2022

This week we are covering the infamous, unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short AKA The Black Dahlia. Elizabeth was a young aspiring actress who met her end when she was brutally murdered in LA in 1947. The monster responsible for her death was never brought to justice.

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Episode 4: "Jolly" Jane Toppan: The Killer Nurse
#4
04/23/2022

This week we are bringing you the one and only "Jolly" Jane Toppan.

An early 1900's nurse you wouldn't be relieved to see coming to your aid.

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Episode 3: The Bloody Benders
#3
04/16/2022

This week we are covering The Bender family. The Bloody Benders were a family of serial killers on the American Frontier in the 1870s. They lured weary travelers and settlers into their inn to meet their untimely deaths.

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Episode 2: Mary Bell - The Little Girl Who Couldn't Stop Killing
#2
04/09/2022

This week, Dina and Charlotte are covering the crazy case of British killer, Mary Bell. Mary was only 10 years old when she committed her first murder. By the age of 11, she was responsible for the deaths of two toddlers. Follow us to stay updated on our newest episodes! Twitter: twitter.com/GrimCurriculum Instagram: www.instagram.com/thegrimcurriculum Follow Dina: instagram.com/dinaveeig twitter.com/DinaVeeTweets twitch.tv/dinavee Follow Charlotte: instagram.com/ominouswalrus twitter.com/ominous_walrus


Episode 1: Mark Twitchell: Dexter Killer Wannabe
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03/26/2022

For their debut episode, Charlotte and DIna discuss a case from Edmonton, Alberta. Dexter obsessed serial killer wannabe Mark Twitchell with a love of Star Wars, Cosplay, Filmmaking, and pathological lying.