Most people have no idea what's hiding behind their favorite things. We dig deep into everything from charities to the Founding Fathers to the Bible, and turn up disturbing stories and salacious details. From the Space Race to the Wizard of Oz, there might just be a dark side to everything. The Dark Side Of is a production of Cutler Media and part of the Parcast Network.
Many know of Halloween’s ancient pagan origins, but few know the details. Samhain, the ancient Celtic festival, featured familiar traditions such as carving and costumes. But there was a potentially darker aspect—one that included human sacrifice.
Though our favorite celebrations throughout the year are supposed to be a time of joy and love, they are often anything but. The pressures to travel, spend money, and take time off can have deadly consequences.
We are excited to announce our next season of The Dark Side Of will aim to uncover the most dastardly stories associated with the winter holiday season. Halloween candy tampering, psychological stress, overspending, and more will be covered this season on The Dark Side Of, starting Monday, October 7.
In 1933, Hungarian composer Rezso Seress and lyricist Laszlo Javor released "Gloomy Sunday," which soon came to be known as The Hungarian Suicide Song thanks to the 200 cases of suicide that were linked to the tune's release.
Breaking into the spotlight at the age of fifteen, Selena Quintanilla was constantly under the watchful eye of her strict father-turned-manager, stereotype-driven record labels, and possessive fans. Through it all, Selena willfully fought for control of her own life - and the consequences would turn deadly.Sponsors!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/DARKSIDE to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is.
In our new show SPORTS CRIMINALS, we break down the crimes and careers of the most controversial sports figures in history. From kidnapping and murder to widespread corruption scandals, we give you the play by play of what lurks in the shadows of the sports world. New episodes come out every Thursday! In this clip we introduce the incredible rise and precipitous fall of Oscar Pistorius, who captured the attention of the world by participating in the 2012 Olympic games as a double-leg amputee. To finish this episode, subscribe to SPORTS CRIMINALS on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
Syd Barrett's creative vision propelled Pink Floyd from the underground into the mainstream. But the demands of fame quickly became too much. Eventually, he was cast out of the band he helped create, and sadly didn't get the help he needed until late in life.
A Compton gang-member turned record producer, in the early 1990s Suge Knight built an empire on violence and intimidation. From Vanilla Ice's deadly experience on a fifteenth-storey balcony to the murder of Tupac Shakur, few who enter Knight's orbit escape unscathed.
Over the last two decades, Korean pop music has achieved international success. But the highly polished songs and dance routines are often the products of exploitation behind the scenes. Many management companies have a history of locking idols into lengthy contracts, taking control of their lives, and even verbally and physically abusing performers.
During his lifetime, Elvis rocketed to unprecedented fame. But living as the King came at a terrible cost. While millions screamed for him onstage, he struggled to find people to relate to in his private life. In the late 1970s, his loneliness, isolation, and drug problems eventually led him to an early grave.Sponsors!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/DARKSIDE to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is.
Crime never takes a day off, and neither do we. In our new podcast, TODAY IN TRUE CRIME, every day, we flip back the calendar and examine a true crime event from the same date years ago.In this clip, we look back at August 20th, 1966, when the bodies of two Brazilian electrical engineers were found with strange lead masks over their eyes. Subscribe to TODAY IN TRUE CRIME for a new story every day!
Johnny Cash's outlaw image made him one of the best-selling musicians of all time. But it wasn't just an act, and for decades he struggled with the consequences of drug use, depression, and his own personal dark side.Parcasters - This week on Serial Killers we take a look at Anna Marie Hahn, who killed with one goal in mind: insurance money. Don’t miss this riveting episode!
One of the genre's first crossover R&B and Rock 'n' Roll stars, Wilson wowed audiences on-stage from the early 1950s to the mid 1970s. But Wilson was beholden to his passions for drugs, sex, and rage - vices that would destroy him.Sponsors!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/DARKSIDE to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
In our new podcast, MEDICAL MYSTERIES, we follow desperate patients battling mysterious symptoms--from the bizarre to the terrifying--as determined doctors race against the clock for a diagnosis. From rare genetic disorders to a worldwide pandemics, we explore the high stakes world of medicine, and the secrets of the human body.In this clip, we introduce one of the most notable patients of all time, Joseph Merrick, otherwise known as “The Elephant Man.” To listen to the end of this episode, subscribe to MEDICAL MYSTERIES, on Spotify or anywhere you listen to Parcast Originals!
When Prohibition went into effect in 1920, New York City's nightlife was thrust underground. Liquor production was taken over by bootleggers. Clubs were taken over by mobsters. And jazz musicians played on the bandstand, with guns literally pointed at their backs.Parcasters - On tomorrow’s episode of Mythology, we take on the legendary Odyssey, bringing the incredible journey to life! Subscribe to MYTHOLOGY today to hear the most notable stories in human history as you never have before.
When Amy Winehouse passed away in 2011 at the age of 27, she joined a select group of hyper talented musicians who passed away at that young age. But it is not the year 27 that is cursed, but rather a music industry that preys on an individual’s weaknesses and encourages them to be destructive. Sponsors!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/DARKSIDE to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is.
In 1939, 16-year-old Judy Garland began filming the Wizard of Oz. While the film would become a beloved classic, Judy would go on to struggle with eating disorders and drug addiction she developed on-set, before her afflictions would lead to her tragic demise.Parcasters - Don’t miss all of our special Summer of ‘69 episodes by subscribing to Parcast Presents: Summer of ‘69, on Spotify, or anywhere you listen to podcasts!Sponsors!Away - For $20 off a suitcase, visit AwayTravel.com/DARK and use promo code DARK during checkout!
One of Hollywood's first child stars, Shirley Temple began her career in 1931 when she was only three years old. She then spent the rest of her youth performing in unsafe conditions, fending off unwanted sexual advances, and even accused of stealing a dead child's soul. Parcasters - This week on Survival we cover the experiences of two brothers in the Civil War, and the way their lives changed in an instant. Tune in today on Spotify or wherever you listen to Parcast Originals!
In the 1940s, the Red Scare had everyone on high alert, as whispers of Communist conspiracies swept through Hollywood. When Edward Dmytryk was wrongfully accused of a Communist agenda, he would soon learn that one false move would lose him absolutely everything.Parcasters - Indira Gandhi was gunned down by members of her own security staff. Why was she targeted, and what was the impact? Find out today on Assassinations, available now on Spotify or wherever you listen to Parcast Originals!
In 1930s Hollywood, Howard Strickling and Eddie Mannix were two of the most powerful men in town. From arranging secret adoptions to covering up murder, they were more than just MGM’s managers, they were The Fixers. Sponsors!Veestro - Visit TryVeestro.com/Dark and try the 6 most popular Veestro meals for just $49! Plus get free shipping on all orders!
In 1921, Arbuckle was the king of Hollywood. The highest-paid actor of the day, surpassing even the likes of Charlie Chaplin. But one booze-filled, wayward hotel party would leave Arbuckle accused of murder, as every friend he had in town abandoned him to a media feeding frenzy. Sponsors!Daily Harvest - Go to DailyHarvest.com and enter promo code DARK to get three cups FREE in your first box!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/DARKSIDE to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
By 1932, budding Hollywood starlet Peg Entwistle had everything: money, a successful Broadway career, accolades, and undeniable charm. But none of that stopped her from throwing herself off the Hollywood sign, plummeting to her death.Parcasters - Bob Champion was an accomplished jockey when we was diagnosed with cancer, his journey gives a new meaning to getting back on the horse. Listen to this new episode of Survival on Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts!
After a childhood struggle with poverty, 16-year-old Lana Turner became a world famous movie star in 1937, praised for her grace, and talent. Her public life seemed like a fairy tale, but over the next 20 years, her private life was plagued with toxic relationships. Sponsors!Daily Harvest - Go to Daily-Harvest.com and enter promo code DARK to get three cups FREE in your first box!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/DARKSIDE to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
Before Toddlers in Tiaras, there were the mothers of Vaudeville in the early 1910s, Rose Thompson Hovick had her dreams of stardom cut short, and became obsessed with turning her own children into stars.Parcasters - Theodosia Burr Alston is more than a character in a song from Hamilton! Find out about her life and mysterious disappearance this week on Gone! Available now at parcast.com/gone
Taylor's murder in 1922 and ensuing scandals about his sex life, involvement and drugs, and rumored mistresses was enough to cause a rift between Hollywood and the rest of the country, and send movie studios scrambling to cover up the culprit.Parcasters - Thank you so much for listening to our new show!
Once envisioned as a Christian utopia, the land of Hollywood quickly evolved into a place of crime and debauchery. When the film industry infiltrated the quiet community in the early 1900s, it brought with it a world of chaos and anarchy. Wild enough that its impact would change our cultural history forever. Sponsors!Daily Harvest - Go to Daily-Harvest.com and enter promo code DARK to get three cups FREE in your first box!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/DARKSIDE to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
Follow us as we shine a light on the most beloved events, cultural touchstones, and institutions in history. The Dark Side Of will consist of miniseries covering Hollywood, the American Presidency, Music, Dating, Sports, and more! This Parcast Original will dive deep into the unknown and overlooked histories behind everything we hold most dear. The Dark Side Of... premieres Monday, May 20th.