Sick Sad World

Sick Sad World
A True Crime and Horror Podcast
Girls Only
Mar 8 • 61 min
While Jasmine is still on hiatus, Mari brings on Faryn Quinn—writer, feminist, disability activist—to celebrate International Women’s Day! Mari talks about Thomia Hunter and the clemency she received for the death of her abuser, and Faryn tells us the…
Marginalized in True Crime
Feb 22 • 73 min
While Jasmine is on hiatus, Mari brings on special guest Kitty to talk about what it’s like to be involved in the true crime community while having multiple marginalized identities, and the recent kidnapping and murder of Riya Rajkumar. CW: violence…
Killer Couples
Feb 8 • 60 min
Valentine’s Day is coming up next week, so Mari and Jasmine are talking about lovers… who are also killers. Mari starts it off with the famous Australian case of the murder of Stacey Mitchell, and Jasmine brings it to a close with the “Witch Killers.” So…
Let’s Talk About Police Violence
Jan 25 • 71 min
With Bell’s Let’s Talk campaign around the corner, Mari and Jasmine decide to talk about an important issue for people with mental health concerns. Jasmine talks about the police shooting of Paul Boyd and Mari talks about the police shooting of Sammy…
Who You Gonna Call?
Jan 11 • 74 min
In this episode of Sick Sad World, Mari and Jasmine take on cases from the original Ghostbusters: the Warrens. Mari describes the events that inspired the Amityville Horror, while Jasmine illuminates the inspiration behind the Conjuring. CW: familicide,…
Crimes of 2018
Dec 28, 2018 • 87 min
Mari and Jasmine bring the year to an end with some major crimes of 2018. Jasmine talks about a secret serial killer border patrolman, and Mari describes the mass shooting at the Capital Gazette Newsroom in Maryland. CW: border security, violence against…
Cold Cases
Dec 14, 2018 • 68 min
This chilling episode of Sick Sad World is all about cases as cold as a Canadian winter. Mari looks into 7 cold cases from Toronto’s gay community that have been speculated to possibly be connected to Bruce McArthur. Jasmine turns her attention to…
Buffy Time
Nov 30, 2018 • 93 min
In this episode, Jasmine is away while she studies for school, but special guest Avneet Sharma fills her place to talk about this week’s special theme: Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Mari and Avneet discuss their favourite episodes, their favourite villains,…
Nov 17, 2018 • 84 min
Check out the latest episode of Sick Sad World as Mari and Jasmine talk about some famous cyber crimes. Jasmine tells the tale of the Sony hack that was rumoured to be an attack on the movie The Interview. Mari gets dark with the case of the Blue Whale…
Writers Who Kill
Nov 2, 2018 • 56 min
Jasmine and Mari dive into the macabre as they tell the stories of writers who kill! Mari tells the tale of Juliet Hulme, an infamous New Zealand case. Jasmine speaks of two writers: Blake Leibel/J.J. Paulsen. Mari also gives a news update about a writer…
This Is Halloween
Oct 19, 2018 • 66 min
Come celebrate Halloween with Jasmine and Mari on this festive episode of Sick Sad World. They talk about different kinds of celebrations of the dead: Pitru Paksha and the Hungry Ghost Festival. They also talk about all their favourite Halloween…
The Disappearance of Mel Nadel
Oct 5, 2018 • 60 min
On this very special episode of Sick Sad World, special guest Kristen Nadel joins Mari and Jasmine to talk about the disappearance of her father and her book Freebird.Don’t forget to email us your episode suggestions, comments, concerns, and whatever else…
A Horror Review
Sep 21, 2018 • 121 min
Celebrate Jasmine’s birthday with a review of some of our favourite and most recent picks in horror. Mari reviews The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker and Hush (2016). Jasmine reminisces about Cabin in the Woods (2012) and Pet Sematary (1989). Content…
2 Cruel 4 School
Sep 7, 2018 • 106 min
It’s back to school time, and this week Mari and Jasmine are digging into school-related crimes. Jasmine will talk about Adam Lanza of the Sandy Hook school shooting and Mari rants about Elliot Rodger and the Isla Vista Killings. CW: school shootings,…
Killer Confessions
Aug 24, 2018 • 86 min
It’s Mari’s birthday! So this week, Mari and Jasmine tackle some famous Killer Confessions. Mari takes on Ed Kemper, the CoEd Killer! And Jasmine delves into the notorious Daniel Rader aka BTK. CW: sexual assault, body mutilation, necrophiliaThis Week’s…
Bonus Episode 3
Aug 17, 2018 • 16 min
Bonus Episode 3 by Sick Sad World: A True Crime and Horror Podcast
Haunted Mansions
Aug 10, 2018 • 90 min
Mari and Jasmine have a little fun this episode talking about spooky haunted mansions! Jasmine takes on a local story about Casa Loma, and Mari takes on the inspiration for American Horror Story: Coven. The LaLaurie House.Podcast Promo: Macabre London…
Bonus Episode 2
Aug 3, 2018 • 49 min
In this bonus episode, Mari and Jasmine give a primer on anti-oppression language, like intersectionality, ableism, and the suffix -misia. If you ever hear a term on Sick Sad World that you don’t quite get, send us an email or a tweet! E-mail:…
The Dangers of Being Disabled
Jul 27, 2018 • 78 min
In this heart wrenching episode of Sick Sad World, Mari and Jasmine welcome special guest Andrew Gurza to talk about some cases a little close to home. Mari and tells the story of Bill Luft, and Andrew brings attention to the murder of Tracy Latimer by…
Bonus Episode 1
Jul 20, 2018 • 31 min
Mari and Jasmine have a fun chat about superstitions and also review the SyFy show Superstition!As always, you can find us on Twitter @SickSadWorldSSW and on Instagram @sick_sad_world_pod. Send your suggestions, recommendations, comments, and concerns to…
Origins of Scary Things
Jul 13, 2018 • 50 min
For our Friday the 13th episode, Jasmine and Mari look into the origins of popular horror monsters. Jasmine looks at the evolution of the fear of clowns, while Mari discusses the inspiration for Freddy Kreuger. CW: clowns, mentions of sexual assault and…
Missing and Murdered
Jun 30, 2018 • 77 min
In this very solemn episode of Sick Sad World, Mari and Jasmine try to honour the Indigenous people of Turtle Island. Mari talks about the Highway of Tears and the failure of police while talking about serial killer Robert William Pickton. Jasmine delves…
Fathers in Crime
Jun 15, 2018 • 91 min
Mari and Jasmine celebrate their fixed microphone and Father’s Day with this episode about fathers in true crime stories. Mari tackles John List and the List murders while Jasmine delves into Thomas Bart Whitaker and father’s fight for victims’ rights.…
Mysterious and Unsolved Cases
Jun 1, 2018 • 100 min
In this episode, learn about the mysterious disappearance of Dorothy Scott and the unsolved deaths from the Dyatlov Pass incident with Mari and Jasmine. They take an in-depth look at weird and unsolved cases.
Cult Classics
May 18, 2018 • 112 min
On this extra-length episode of Sick Sad World, Mari and Jasmine dive into some “cult classics”! Mari explores Charles Manson and the Manson Family murders, while Jasmine looks at a very different kind of cult, The People’s Temple and what happened at…
Myths, Fables, and Mystical Buttholes
May 4, 2018 • 53 min
Jasmine and Mari talk about monsters from myths and folklore across cultures. They look at monsters from the Caribbean, the Philipines, Vietnam, Japan, and India! Also, a crime update on the Golden State Killer and the Toronto van attack.
The Aliens Made Me Do It
Apr 20, 2018 • 46 min
This episode, Jasmine and Mari look to the stars for their creepy stories. Could aliens be using mind control to get these perpetrators to commit crimes? Or are they just looking to cast off the blame? CW: mentions of child pornography (no details), guns,…
Creepy Stories - It Happened To A Friend of a Friend
Apr 6, 2018 • 44 min
Mari and Jasmine share stories from their friends and family about creepy, spooky, and even at times uplifting supernatural things that have happened to them or someone they know.
Mar 23, 2018 • 59 min
In the inaugural episode of Sick Sad World, Mari and Jasmine talk about Jack the Ripper and the Cleveland Strangler and the copycats they inspired. Content Warning: This episode discusses violence against sex workers and women of colour, body mutilations,…