Plead The Belly
By Amelia and Shyloh
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A podcast about women and the crimes they commit. Hosted by your friends Amelia and Shyloh.
||Explicit015 - PTB discusses multiple coups, Antastasia and Dilma Rousseff||Brazil claimed their independence from Portugal in 1822, creating the empire of Brazil that lasted until 1889. Pedro II was given the throne when he was 5 yrs old. In 1889 there was a coup where Marshal Deodoro da Fonseca overthrew Pedro II and declared Brazil a republic though it operated as a dictatorship. There were elections but they were rigged and the country suffered from many economic problems. Then in 1930 there was another coup, lead by Vargas. They created a new constitution in 1934 that shut down congress and gave Vargas all the power. There was another coup that lead to a populist government and more elections. Vargas was removed from government but he ran again and in 1950 he ran for president again and won. He founded the He founded the Petrobras Brazilian State Oil Enterprise, which is an oil company owned by the state of Brazil. In 1964 there was another coup and this lead to a military dictatorship and a mandatory two party system. Military-sanctioned indirect elections were held for most elected positions. The opposition party won an election and José Sarney took office. The economy isn’t doing well and the inflation is devastating. This is in the 1990’s and there’s a collar government and Sarney was removed due to a scandal. Itamar, the vice president was moved to president. Launched something called Plano Real an economic plan to fix the hyperinflation. No one thought he could do it, it looked too much like previous plans but it did work. Carodo was the minister of economics for the Plano Real and was elected president in 1995. He privatized a lot of government services. In 2003 Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is elected. He’s a popular president but, there was a corruption scandal. he was convicted of money laundering in 2017. Dilma Rousseff worked on his campaign and became his chief of staff. Silva groomed her to be his successor. Rousseff was born in Brazil on 14 December 1947. She became the first woman president of Brazil after growing up working with a left wing organization that opposed the government. She was imprisoned for three years on the charge of subversion and during that time was subjected to torture by her captors. When she was released she went back to school and earned her bachelor's degree and got involved in local politics. She had many smaller roles in government but her big break came when she helped with Silva’s campaign. When she ran for president she lost the first round by not getting over 50% of the votes. This triggered a second round of voting and then she won with 56% of votes. She was sworn into office on January 1, 2011. Corruption charges hit her right away. They lead to 5 of her cabinet members resigning, all holdovers from Silva’s organization. In November 2012 six more officials are arrested on charges of influence peddling and corruption. Rousseff fired two of them. They were accused of being involved in a scheme to bribe members of the Chamber of Deputies, and it alleged that she was involved. While this happened the economy is suffering and the banks tried to reduce interest rates and lowering the reserve requirement for banks. It was Rousseff trying to mess with the numbers so things looked better than they were. This also lead to protests from the middle class. Rousseff is reelected despite all this. Sources say it was largelt due to the smear campaign she ran against the other candidate. Her second term started poorly due to the poor economy and the Petrobras scandal, which broke in 2014. It alleged millions of dollars in kickbacks from corporations to the oil company (which is government owned) so they can get cheaper contracts. Most members of Congress that were accused were part of her party. This lead to Operation Car Wash, which the US was involved in and||2/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit014 - PTB discusses their (new) patron saint, the meticulousness of the mob and Stephanie St. Clair||014 - PTB discusses their (new) patron saint, the meticulousness of the mob and Stephanie St. Clair||1/28/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit013 - PTB discusses high school romance, how everything is bigger in Texas and Bonnie Parker||The group robbed banks across five state- TX, OK, MI, NM and LA. They robbed 15 banks in total. Bonny was rarely involved in the actual robberies and usually drove the get a away car.||1/16/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit012 - PTB Discusses Their Year in Review, Charlie Brown Christmas Trees and Vera Renczi||There are few details about Vera Renczi’s early life. According to some accounts she was born in Bucharest in 1903 but given the timeline of the murders it’s more likely that she was born in the late 1800’s. Her mom died when she was 13 and she moved to Northern Yugoslavia with her dad where she attended boarding school. By 15 she was unmanageable- she had a reputation of running away and going out with older boys. Her childhood friends described her as having it an ‘almost pathological desire for constant male companionship and possessing a highly jealous and suspicious nature’. First marriage was to Karl Schick, a man who was much older than her. She was under 20. She had one son, named Lorenzo. Soon she began to suspect that he was being unfaithful and she poisoned his dinner with arsenic. She told everyone that he had abandoned her and his son. After approximately a year of “mourning“, she declared that she had heard that he died in a car accident. She remarried and that husband also disappeared. She claimed to have gotten a letter that declared his intentions to leave her. The was her last marriage. She began to have affairs and those men all disappeared. The story was the same- that they were unfaithful and then abandoned her. One of the men’s wives followed him to Renczi’s house and then saw that he never came out. She called the police who went to investigate. They found 32 unburied bodies in her wine cellar in zinc-lined coffins, including her son’s body. Renczi confessed to killing them all out of the fear that they would leave her. She may not have existed. The timeline doesn’t match up and the details are sketchy.||12/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit011- PTB Discusses Leonarda Cianciulli, How to make soap, and Shyloh's safety||Born in Montella Italy in the 1920’s. As a young child tried to commit suicide twice. She married Raffaele Pansardi and in 1930 they moved to Correggio where she opened a small shop. She was very popular and well-respected within her neighborhood. She had 17 pregnancies, three of which resulted in miscarriages and ten died as kids. Only four survived to adulthood. In 1939 her eldest son Giuseppe, was to be enlisted in the military to serve in WWII. Giuseppe was her favorite child and Cianciulli wanted to save him. She went to see a fortune teller to figure out how to save him who told her “In your right hand I see prison and in your left a criminal asylum.” She took this to mean that she needed human sacrifice to save her son. Her first victim was Faustina Setti. She invited Setti over under the guise of finding her a husband. Cianciulli had Setti write letters to her family, telling them that she would be leaving to visit her potential husband. Then, she subdued Setti with drugged wine and murdered her with an axe. She cut Setti into 9 pieces and gathered her blood. Below is Cianciulli’s statement for what she did to the body: “I threw the pieces into a pot, added seven kilos of caustic soda, which I had bought to make soap, and stirred the mixture until the pieces dissolved in a thick, dark mush that I poured into several buckets and emptied in a nearby septic tank. As for the blood in the basin, I waited until it had coagulated, dried it in the oven, ground it and mixed it with flour, sugar, chocolate, milk, and eggs, as well as a bit of margarine, kneading all the ingredients together. I made lots of crunchy tea cakes and served them to the ladies who came to visit, though Giuseppe and I also ate them.” Cianciulli then took Setti’s life savings, which she would have received for setting the woman up with a husband. Victim two was Francesca Soavi. Cianciulli took the same steps as she did with Setti- she told Soavi that she had found her a teaching job, had her write letters and then murdered her and baked her into teacakes. Her mistake was with her third victim, Virginia Cacioppo. Cacioppo was a retired soprano and Cianciulli promised her a job. Her mistake was that Cacioppo’s sister in law was curious and caught on, telling the police what she knew and eventually leading them to Cianciulli’s door. She denied it until the police began to suspect her son, Giuseppe, at which point she confessed. After a short trial she was sentenced to 33 years and spent three in an asylum. During her final year in prison she died of a cerebral apoplexy. This was in 1970 at age 79. A link to the John Oliver The Wax and the Furious.||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit010 - PTB Discusses Miyuki Ishikawa, Amelia's fear of being touched and our social media skills||She was born in 1897 in a small southern town in Japan called Kinitomi. Not a lot is known about her early life but as an adult she became the director of a hospital ward. She saw families who were having babies and wasn’t able to afford them and chose to take matters into her own hands. At the time abortion was illegal and there were no social programs to help the families. Ishikawa allowed children to die through neglect. It’s speculated that she killed around 103 babies this way. She had accomplices, including her husband and a doctor. The doctor was in charge of falsifying the death certificates. After doing this for a while she decided that she could make money off of this. After allowing the children to die her husband and her would approach the couple and ask for money for letting the baby die. The government ignored this for a long time but eventually she was caught. Two police officers found the remains of babies at the hospital she worked out. An autopsy revealed that the babies didn’t die of natural causes and three days later she was arrested with her husband. She claimed that she was innocent and that the parents were responsible via negligence. The public supported her defensive but a lefiest author opposed her and spoke out about it, describing it as an act of discrimination since the babies were from poor families. The investigation revealed 40 bodies in the hospital and another 30 in a nearby temple. Ishikawa was sentenced to 8 years in prison and her accomplices were given 4 years because this was considered a crime of omission. All three appealed and their sentences were reduced by half. In June of 1949 abortion was legalized in Japan, partially due to this case.||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit009 - PTB Discusses Griselda Blanco, Cocaine Cowgirls, Mean Girls and The Drug Trade in the 1970's||Born in Columbia in 1943. She was raised in an abusive situation, her step father abused her and she grew up in the slums. At 11 years old she joined a gang. The gang captured a 10 year old boy and his family refused to pay the ransom for him so Blanco killed him on a dare. At age 14 she moved out of her family’s home and became a prostitute. This is how she met her first husband. She divorced him and married her second husband. Her second husband, Alberto Bravo, was involved in the drug cartel, getting her involved. Blanco helped and was known for her creative ways of smuggling drugs, like hiding coke in lingerie and having women wear it on airplanes. Blanco and her second husband were busted a joint NYPD/DEA sting called Operation Banshee. It was the largest sting to have occurred at that time. Because of that, she left Florida and returned to Columbia to avoid jail time. Later that year, she thought her husband was stealing money from her. This resulted in a shootout between the two of them. She pulled out a gun and shot her second husband, killing him. In the late 1970’s she moved back to Fl and met and married her third husband, Dario Sepulveda. She was also trying to solidify her hold on the local drug trade and plunged the city into a drug war known as the Cocaine Cowboy Wars. She smuggled more than three tons of cocaine into the United States annually, netting some $80 million per month. In 1984 Blanco moved to CA. In 1985 she was arrested for drug crimes. She received the maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, though she reportedly continued to run her empire/ She was also implicated in 200 murders but there wasn’t enough evidence to convict her until one of her top hit men, Jorge Ayala turned on her and agreed to testify against her. At this point, she was charged with 3 murders. While she was awaiting trial, Charles Cosby, an Oakland crack dealer, contacted her to help her however he could. Blanco took him up on the offer and during one visit slipped him a note that read “jfk 5m ny.” She wanted him to organize the kidnapping of John F. Kennedy Jr in New York and hold him in exchange for her release. The kidnappers would receive $5 million for their trouble. Supposedly, the kidnappers came close to pulling it off. They managed to surround Kennedy while he was out walking his dog but an NYPD squad car passed by and scared them off. The state sought death penalty but Ayala’s credibity was undermined when it was revealed that he had been having phone sex with secretaries in the prosecuting attorney’s office In 1998 Blanco ultimately pled guilty in exchange for a reduced sentence, and six years later, in 2004, she was released and deported to Colombia. Blanco reportedly retired from a life of crime, but in 2012 she was assassinated by a gunman on a motorcycle as she left a butcher shop in Medellín.||11/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit008 - PTB Discusses Aileen Wuronos, Continued Cult-ish Behavior, and Shady Adult Adoptions||Aileen Wuornos was born on 2/29/1956 as Aileen Carol Pittman. Her mom was only 14 years old when she married Aileen’s father, Leo Dale Pittman. She never met her dad, he was in jail when she was born, having been convicted of sexual acts against children. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia and hung himself in prison. When she was four her mom abandoned her and her older brother with her grandparents. While she lived with them she was beaten and sexually abused by her grandfather. She became sexually active at age 11. At age 14 she was raped and became pregnant. She was sent to a home for unwed mothers where she gave birth to a son. He was adopted and she never saw him again. She was thrown out of the house at 15 and became a prostitute. At 18 she was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), disorderly conduct, and firing a .22-caliber pistol from a moving vehicle. She was later charged with failure to appear in court. At 20, she hitchhiked to Florida and married a 69-year-old man named Lewis Fell. It was annulled after 9 weeks because he didn’t like that she went to bars and got into fights. On July 17 of that year her brother Keith died of esophageal cancer and she received $10,000 from his life insurance. The money quickly ran out, she spent it on expense cars and other things. She went back to being a prostitute and, a decade later, she met Tyria Moore at a Daytona gay bar in 1986, and the 2 started dating. Some sources say they had a good relationship and Tyria was her partner in crime others say it was rocky. Aileen began murdering in 1989, killing Richard Mallory on November 30th. He was a convicted rapist she she later claimed it was self defense. He, like all of her victims, was a john. His car was found two days later and his body wasn’t found until December 13th. On June 1st 1990 she killed David Spears. His nude body was found along Florida State Road 19 in Citrus County. He had been shot six times. The next victim was Charles Carskaddon. He was killed on May 31, 1990. His body was found on June 6, 1990 in Pasco County. He had been shot nine times with a small-caliber weapon. The fourth was Peter Siems. On July 4, 1990, his car was found in Orange Springs, Florida. Moore and Wuornos were seen abandoning the car, and Wuornos' palm print was found on the interior door handle. His body was never found. The fifth was Troy Burress. On July 31, 1990, he was reported missing. On August 4, 1990, his body was found in a wooded area along State Road 19 in Marion County. He had been shot twice. Her sixth victim was Charles "Dick" Humphreys. On September 12, 1990, his body was found in Marion County. He was fully clothed and had been shot six times in the head and torso. His car was found in Suwannee County. Her final victim was Walter Jeno Antonio. On November 19, 1990, Antonio's nearly nude body was found near a remote logging road in Dixie County. He had been shot four times. Five days later, his car was found in Brevard County. On July 4, 1990, Wuornos and Moore abandoned Siems’ car after they were involved in an accident. Witnesses saw them leave the car and gave police their names. This began a media campaign to find the two women. The police also found items from the victims in pawn shops with prints that matched the prints lifted from the victims car. Wuornos was in the FL system, making it easy to identify her prints. On January 9, 1991 Wuornos was arrested on an outstanding warrant at a biker bar in Volusia County. The next day, police found Moore in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She agreed to help obtain a confession from Wuornos in exchange for immunity. A phone call with Moore lead to Wuornos’ confession on January 16, 1991. In January of 1992 she went to trial for killing Mallory and the judge allowed evidence of t||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit007 - PTB Discusses Dee Dee and Gypsy Blanchard, Dr. Phil, and How Old Shyloh and Amelia Were In College||Dee Dee Blancharde had Gypsy at age 24, the father was 17. Separated soon after, Dee Dee and Gypsy moved in with her father and stepmother. Gypsy starts to develop sleep apnea at 3 months old. They also found a chromosome disease that slowed her development. In a wheelchair since age 7 because of muscular dystrophy. She also had leukemia and a feeding tube. In 2005 their apartment was destroyed in 2005 due to Hurricane Katrina. Lost all the medical files. Moved to Missouri and started fresh. Given a new house from habitat for humanity as well as a make a wish trip, in addition to many other perks. Dee Dee and Gypsy seemed to be very close, they were always close in public, holding hands and close together. As Gypsy grew older she got into science fiction and boys. Her mom worried that the boys would take advantage of her. Gypsy met Nicholas Godejohn and started dating him online. Then on June 14, 2015 there are two facebook posts on Dee Dee’s facebook. “That b---- is dead.” and “I fucken SLASHED THAT FAT PIG AND RAPED HER SWEET INNOCENT DAUGHTER...HER SCREAM WAS SOOOO FUCKEN LOUD LOL.” When people went to check on her they found Dee Dee dead from multiple stab wounds and Gypsy had disappeared but her wheelchair was still there. Gypsy was found a few days later with Nicholas, in WI and everything came to light. None of Gypsy’s illness were real. All of the records were fake, including her birth certificate. The pills and procedures were real. This is known as Munchausen By Proxy, where someone tries to convince the world that another person is ill. Dee Dee would shave Gypsy’s head, she would find a new doctor when one disagreed with her and cut anyone out of their lives who questioned her, including Gypsy’s dad. Gypsy was aware, to some extent, that none of her illnesses were real. Gypsy and her boyfriend killed her mom so Gypsy could get out of the situation. Once found she was held on a one million dollar bail. Plead guilty in court to second degree murder. She received a 10 year sentence. Boyfriend plead not guilty and is still awaiting trial. Now, Gypsy is working toward earning her GED and participating in the research process for "By Proxy," a proposed scripted TV series about the case.||10/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit006 - PTB Discusses the Kurim Case, Internet Security, and Why Cannabilism Makes For Bad Parenting||The Crimes In May 2007 a neighbor bought a baby monitor and through it saw a live feed of two boys who were being tortured. He recognized a woman in the video as his neighbor and called the cops, who went to the house and found the boys imprisoned in a broom closet. They were naked and bound. It was discovered that 8 year old Ondřej was beaten and made it eat his own vomit. 10 year old Jakub endeared the same treatment, as well as cigarette burns, being submerged in water and sexual abuse. Ondřej also had his skin cut off in strips and it was eaten by cult members and himself. This started in 2006 because the mom, Klara, wanted the boys to be nice to Anička, a girl she wanted to adopt. Grail Movement It was conceived before WWII in the 1940’s by Oskar Ernst Bernhardt, who perceived himself as a messiah. He was imprisoned for four years during WWI. He wrote a book called In The Light of Truth which explained their beliefs, which was a mix of Christianity and New Age ideology. Ended up back in Germany and started to build a compound. He had plans to build a castle but during WWII Hitler exiled him and he died there. Movement continued to move forward with his children and grew into several thousand members in various countries. There was a schism over who owned the texts and several sects broke off and became more extreme and violent. Connection with this Case Klara learned about the cult when she was trying to adopt Anička, who she found out about through her sister, Katerina. Katerina also introduced Klara to Anička’s doctor, who Klara possibility never met. They communicated through text messages. The doctor convinced Klara to torturing her children for Anička, who was actually Barbora Škrlová, a 31 year old woman who was being groomed to take on a leadership role in the cult. She disguised herself as a 13 yr old Norwegian school-girl to be under Klara’s care. The many faces of Barbora The doctor was probably Joseph Škrlová, Barbora Škrlová’s father. The may have also known the boy’s from boy scouts. It’s believed that Joseph, Barbora and Katerina were all in on this together. The Grail Movement released a statement claiming that they weren’t connected and that they were removed from the movement 11 years ago. The Trial After all this came out Barbora escaped to Norway where she posed as an orphan boy until she was arrested and was returned for trial. The mom didn’t intend to kill the boys. As the prosecutor said, “Their aim was to make the boys blindly serve their religious goals.” Klara is quoted as saying, "Yes, I know now I hurt my children. But I never intended to. Horrible things were happening then and I do not understand now how I could let it all happen.” All found guilty. Klara was sentenced to 35 yrs in prison. Barbora got 15 to 20. Two of men who ate her son got 7 years and a third got 5 years.||9/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit005 - PTB Discusses Dalphine LaLaurie, Slavery, Torture, and Nick Cage||LaLaurie was born on March 19th, 1787 in New Orleans and was married three times and had 5 kids. Pictures of the house on Royal Street Bought land at 1140 Royal Street with her third husband and built a 2 story house (later added a third story). It was one of the tallest structures in the French Quarter and was valued at 33,000 in 1831 (around 900,000 today). LaLaurie’s crimes were discovered when a slave girl jumped from a window after being whipped for hitting a snarl in Lalaurie’s hair. She nearly landed on a passerby and he reported it. LaLaurie was fined 300$ for this and had some of her slaves taken away (but her family just bought them back). Her actions were completely exposed when a slave who was chained to the stove in the kitchen started a fire. This fire exposed LaLaurie’s actions and torture. Authorities checked her attic and found numerous slaves who had been tortured and mutilated. Some of the more gruesome details may have been exaggerated over time but she did horribly mistreat her slaves. Her husband knew about this, though he died before the fire. After being discovered LaLaurie fled to Paris and possibly faked her death. She never seemed to understand why she had to flee. Her actions may have been related to the fear that came from the Haitian revolution, which took place from 1791 to 1803. Slaves rose up and overthrew French rule for a period of time, which brought fear to many slave owners in America that the same thing may happen. Another event around this time was the New Orleans Slave Revolt of 1811. A group of slaves lead nearly 500 men in revolt and the US Military was sent in to stop the slaves. The slaves were killed and tortured for punishment. .||9/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit004 -Martha Stewart||Background:Martha Stewart was born August 3, 1941 in New Jersey. She wasn’t from a wealthy family but grew up babysitting for famous people like Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle. At age 15 she began modeling and had contracts with companies like Unilever and Chanel. She used this to pay her way through college. She continued modeling until her first daughter was born, at which point she left and became a stock broker. In 1973 she left and began renovating houses and teaching cooking lessons. She founded a catering company with a friend in 1976. From here, she published her first cookbook in 1979, which lead to her first TV show in 1986. Martha Stewart Living Premiered in 1993. CrimesStewart owned stock in ImClone Systems and sold it in 2001 after receiving nonpublic information from Peter Bacanovic, her broker at Merrill Lynch. She avoided a loss of $45,673 by selling her 3,928 shares. The next day the stock fell 16%. An investigation began and she claimed that they sold the stock because it was falling, but the timing was too suspect. Faneuil, Baconovic’s assistant, took a plea deal and gave all the information he had to the prosecutor’s, helping them prosecute Stewart and Baconovic. Stewart was convicted in March 2004 of felony charges of conspiracy, obstruction of an agency proceeding, and making false statements to federal investigators, and was sentenced to five months in a federal correctional facility and a two-year period of supervised release (to include five months of electronic monitoring). She also paid a 30,000$ fine and returned the money that she gained from her insider trading deal. She also agreed to a five-year ban from serving as a director, CEO, CFO, or any other officer role responsible for preparing, auditing, or disclosing financial results of any public company but has stayed on as chief creative officer at Martha Stewart Living. Since her release, she has spoken out about prison conditions and trying to improve conditions for prisoners. Stewart has not been on dancing with the stars but we thought our listeners may enjoy this video of her mad moves:||8/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit003 - Elizabeth Báthory||Elizabeth Bathory is one of history’s bloodiest offenders. Listen as we unpack the nature of her crimes and the political environment at the time. Click to listen!||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit002 - Pirates + Losing Streak Lois||This month we look at some of histories most dangerous women pirates! AND we begin our journey following the case of Loosing Streak Lois. Click to listen||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit001 - Welcome!||For our first podcast we’re examining where the term plead the belly came from, how it was used and by whom. Click to listen||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode One Coming May 1st, 2018!||Thank you for visiting our page! Please check out our teaser and come back on May 1st for our first episode!||4/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
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The hosts feel like some of your friends hanging out talking about... murder ladies... They have a great sense of humor (with some groaners sprinkled in for good measure) with interesting and little known subject matter.
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