What a Creep Season 15, Episode 8: The creepy history of Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is one of those wonderful, sleepy destinations in the mountains of Northern California. Known for its Boardwalk and being close to the Redwoods, it’s a travel destination and the home for more than 270,000 in a truly diverse population.

The tension between the Mexican heritage and modern “progress” is a part of the culture that really changed when the University of Santa Cruz opened there creating a youth population in the 1960s which changed the area from being seen as a tourist destination in the summer and a religious/conservative to the hippie culture. 

In the early 1970s, it was, for a time, known as “The Murder Capital of the World” with several mass killers and serial rapists who preyed on the population with victims as young as four and up to the elderly. 

Today we talk about the history of the region, the most famous crimes of the 20th century, and why you should still visit if you ever get the chance. 

Trigger warnings: Murder, sexual assault, and basic creepiness

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What a Creep Season 15, Episode 7: Belle Gibson

Belle Gibson is the creator of The Whole Pantry app and author of its companion cookbook, “The Whole Pantry.” She had claimed that she had been given only months to live after she was diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer. But she was able to skip chemotherapy and cancer treatments and heal herself with “nutrition and holistic medicine.” You’ll be surprised to learn that’s not true. She’s such a creep. 

Trigger warning: Cancer

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What a Creep Season 15, Episode 7: Charles Starkweather & Caril Ann Fugate

Charles Starkweather was 19 when he took his 14-year-old girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate through Nebraska and Wyoming in January 1958 on a murder spree that ultimately took 11 lives (including her baby sister). Starkweather was obsessed with James Dean and loved the media attention and infamy this brought him. Caril Ann maintains to this day that she was an innocent victim of a psychopath.

Charles was executed on June 25, 1959, and Caril Ann served 18 years in a Nebraska prison. Their story has inspired films like Badlands, Kalifornia, and Natural Born Killers. Today we are talking about the controversy over who was the real killer and who were the real victims here.

Trigger warnings; Murder, coercive control, and sexual assault.

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This episode’s Not a Creep are the organizations that are fighting for what’s right as the US Supreme Court plans to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The Cut and Mashable have put together a list of state-level organizations that you can donate to. And here’s a list of other worthy organizations.

What a Creep: Season 14, Episode 7 – Clarence Thomas

Listen to “What a Creep: Clarence Thomas (Supremely Creepy Justice of the Supreme Court)” on Spreaker.

Clarence Thomas is a justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. He’s only the second African-American to serve on the Court, after Thurgood Marshall. Since 2018, Thomas has been the longest-serving member of the Court, with a tenure of 30 years. He’s also a creep with a history of sexually harassing women.

Oh, and his wife, Ginni Thomas, is a creep, too.

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What a Creep Season 14, Episode 4: Peter Nygard

Peter Nygard is a Finnish-Canadian fashion executive and a super creep. More than 80 women from the Bahamas, Canada, and the United States have joined a class-action lawsuit accusing Nygard of rape, sexual assault, and sex trafficking.

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Trigger warnings: Rape and sexual assault

 

What a Creep Season 14, Episode 3: Norman Mailer

Norman Mailer has been in the news lately. His son, John Buffalo Mailer, is partnering with biographer J. Michael Lennon on a new trove of Norman Mailer’s writings on what American democracy will look like in the future. The man died in 2007 at the age of 84 and lived as big a life as any (we will get into it in this episode.)  Yet, Mailer’s longtime publisher Random House said they will not be associated with this work, instead, Skyhorse publishing (which worked with Woody Allen last year) decided to take on this new work.

Why is Mailer potentially considered “canceled” so long after his death and living a life out loud with his machismo & boorishness?  Today we will talk about Norman Mailer and why he is one of the most controversial (and creepy) writers and creators of the 20th century.

Trigger warning: Domestic violence and homophobia

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What a Creep Season 14, Episode 2: Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh was one of the most popular talk radio hosts and leading voices of the conservative movement in the United States. He was the prototype to Fox News trashcans like Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity, and even disgraced former president Donald Trump.

Rush Limbaugh was a sexist, racist, homophobic bigot and a big ol’ creep.

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Trigger warnings: Racism, sexism, and homophobia

What a Creep Season 14, Episode 1: Canada’s Residential Schools

From 1831 to 1998 North America put seven generations of indigenous people (primarily children) into residential schools to take the culture of First Nation and turn it into a Christian/European society. The Catholic Church was often involved, but the Canadian Government ran some. More than 150,000 children were forcibly taken from their families and sent to overcrowded schools that cut their hair off, changed their names, made them convert to Christianity, exposed them to violence. They were forbidden from speaking in their native language, and when they died it was not reported to authorities. (It’s estimated about 25% died from everything from illness to malnutrition.)

Last year in May 2021, more than 1300 unmarked graves were found at four different former residential schools, which caused the nation to finally come to terms with a national stain that has never really been rectified.

Trigger warnings: child abuse, sexual assault, racism, and cultural genocide. Take care of yourselves while listening.

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What a Creep Season 13, Episode 10: Dov Charney of American Apparel

Dov Charney is the creator of American Apparel, a retail clothing chain that sold the building blocks for your hipster wardrobe – leggings, plain T-shirts, and pants. But it had really sleazy marketing and a dedication to not make their clothes in a sweatshop which made them kinda cool. Unfortunately, Dov Charney is probably more famous for his sexual harassment than he is for American Apparel.

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Trigger warnings: Sexual harassment and sexual assault

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