What a Creep Season 19, Episode 9: The Station Nightclub Fire

On Thursday, February 20, 2003, at 11:07 pm, the band Great White headed onto the stage of the East Warwick, Rhode Island rock club The Station with a blast of pyrotechnic sparks. Singer Jack Russell quickly observed that the stage and ceiling were catching fire, and the crowd of over 460 people was told to leave the building.

Within 6 minutes, the building was engulfed in flames killing 100 people (the youngest was 18) and injuring 230 others. Today we will discuss what led up to the tragedy and what has happened in the 20 years since then.

Trigger warning: Death by fire

Sources for this episode include:

Station Nightclub Fire Wikipedia
The Providence Journal
CBS 48 Hours (October 2021)
The Hour (Norwalk, CT)
Report of the Technical Investigation of The Station Nightclub Fire
(June 2005)WPRI.com (Timeline of Events)
NBC News
The New York Times (2003)
YouTube “Wonder”
The Cinemaholic
The New York Times (2006)
Boston Globe 2021
Daily Mail 2021
More Resources:
Killer Show by John BarylickFrom the Ashes,
Surviving the Station Nightclub Fire by Gail Russo
Trial by Fire by Scott James

The Not Fade Away Podcast “The Who in Cincinnati” 

What a Creep Season 19, Episode 8: Wanye LaPierre and the NRA

Wayne LaPierre is the CEO of the NRA, the National Rifle Association. He’s the man who said the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. He’s the man who blames mental illness, video games, and movies every time there’s another mass shooting in this country. He’s the man who made the NRA the powerful lobbying organization it is today. Wayne LaPierre is a greedy, selfish creep who manipulates the public discourse on guns to keep those donation dollars flowing into the NRA.
Sources for this episode include:
Trigger warnings: Gun violence involving men, women, children, and elephants

What a Creep Season 19, Episode 7: Bill Murray

Bill Murray is a comedy legend who first came to fame as one of the “Not Ready for Primetime Players” on Saturday Night Live from 1977-1980 and has gone on to star in classic films like Stripes, Rushmore, Ghostbusters, What About Bob?, and Groundhog Day–to name a few.

He also has won Emmy Awards, been nominated for an Academy Award, and received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2016.

He is also known to be an abusive Creep who has been a bully in just about every sense of the word on set and off since the beginning of his career and only in the last year faced anything resembling consequences.

We are also big fans, but this shit needs to be discussed.

Sources for this episode:

New York Times
Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair Geena Davis review
Bill Murray creeping on Geena Davis on the Arsenio Hall Show in 1990 (YouTube)
Los Angeles Times
The Smoking GunTop 10 Beyond the Screen (ignore the bad pronunciations)
Los Angeles Times podcast “Asian Enough” with Lisa Liu
Nikki Swift.com
Entertainment Weekly
The AV Club
New York PostPage 6 History of Bill Murray Beefs
Slash Film
Geena Davis’s memoir Dying of Politeness

Trigger warning: Domestic Violence, Assault, and Workplace Abuse.


What a Creep Season 19, Episode 6: Jared Fogle from Subway

Jared Fogle was the face of Subway sandwiches for years. He was famous for losing 245 pounds by eating two Subway sandwiches daily. But eventually, he got more famous for being a pedophile.
Sources for this episode
Trigger warning: Child sexual abuse

What a Creep Season 19, Episode 5: Stockholm Syndrome

Is Stockholm Syndrome a real diagnosis or just sexist trash?

On Thursday, August 23, 1973, a convicted felon Jan-Erik Olsson entered the Kreditbanken Bank in Stockholm, Sweden (technically Norrmalmstrong); he was wearing a wig, painted his eyebrows black, pulled out a submachine gun, and yelled in English with an American accent “the party has begun!”

He fired several shots into the ceiling, announced this was a robbery, and ordered people to the ground. A silent alarm alerted the police, and two officers showed up (one of them unarmed.) Ollson shot one of the officers in his hand while the other was ordered to sit in a chair and sing “Lonesome Cowboy” while taking four hostages into a vault.

Six days later, the entire group, including convicted criminal Clark Olofsson, came out of the bank sacred, dehydrated, and in fear for their lives. They were all scared of the cops, and the kidnap victims had so much sympathy they hugged the captors before being taken to the hospital. All refused to testify against their kidnappers and said they felt more terrified of being harmed by the police than the criminals who held them for days at gunpoint.

The term “Stockholm Syndrome” or, more accurately, Norrmalmstrong Syndrome” was created by Nils Bejerot (a criminologist and psychiatrist), who theorized that victims come to love their kidnappers as a coping mechanism. This would also be the basis of other labels that pathologize and often discredit victims, like trauma bonding (or TROW-MAh, according to Jamie Lee Curtis), battered wife syndrome, and why women seem to pick abusive men.

Over the years, the bank heist and kidnapping situation has been revisited and revised to show a complete picture of what happened in these six days and why Stockholm Syndrome might be a false theory. In short, it’s a creepy diagnosis meant to show women how weak they are under pressure. We think it is bullshit.

Sources for this episode:
The MarySue
Inside Edition
Crying Out for Justice Blog
DR. Allen Wade Rethinking Stockholm Syndrome (YouTube)
The Independent UK
Today I Found Out.com
Business Insider
Vogue Scandinavia
IMDB “Clark”
Clark Olofsson Wikipedia
Memory Motel podcast
The History of Stockholm Syndrome PDF
Reason Based Practice
BBCCriminal podcast
The New Yorker (November 17, 1974)
Six Days in August: The Story of the Stockholm Syndrome by David King

Trigger warnings: Kidnapping, gun violence, and Margo’s bad pronunciations

What a Creep Season 19, Episode 4: Anita Bryant

Anita Bryant was a singer in the early ‘60s, but she’s probably best known for her Florida orange juice commercials in the early 70s. She could’ve just got her big juice money and lived a quiet life. Instead, she used her fame to strip basic human rights away from gay people.

And while trying to criminalize being gay was not new in the 70s, she’s the one who took it mainstream. The impact of her hateful campaign can be seen in the current “Don’t Say Gay” bill in Florida and the laws around the country targeting drag shows.

Sources for this episode:
Trigger warnings: Homophobia

What a Creep Season 19, Episode 3: Bonnie & Clyde

Bonnie Elizabeth Parker (Bonnie Parker) & Clyde Chestnut (Champion) Barrow were Depression-era outlaws who caught the nation’s attention between 1932-1934 with their antics. According to legend, they were star-struck lovers who traipsed across the middle of America and the South, holding up banks to “stick it to the man.”

The 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde, directed by Arthur Penn and starring Warren Beatty (possible future Creep episode) and Faye Dunaway, was a sexed-up Hollywood version of their affair.

In real life, they were murderous losers who took 11 lives, kidnapped several people and dropped them off hundreds of miles from home to evade the police, mainly robbed small businesses like gas stations and grocery stores, and put out shitty poetry. Today we will talk about the real story behind Bonnie and Clyde.

Trigger warnings: Sexual assault and murder

Sources for this episode:

64 Parishes

Crime Museum
USA Today
Texas Monthly
405 Magazine
Texas Archive
Bonnie & Clyde: The Making of a Legend by Karen Blumenthal
PBS American Experience
Netflix: The Highwayman
Anything Under the Sun (YouTube)



What a Creep Season 19, Episode 2: The NFL

Are you ready for some football? The NFL (National Football League) is the wealthiest professional sports league in the world and the most popular in the United States.
It’s also got a lot of creepy behavior, including a culture of sexual harassment, doling out light punishment for players convicted of sexual assault and domestic violence, racism, and full-on ignoring player safety.NON-Creep: Pat Tillman and the Pat Tillman Foundation
Sources for this episode
Trigger warning: Sexual assault, sexual harassment, concussions, suicide, and bad football puns

What a Creep Season 19, Episode 1: A Quartet of UK Creeps

Co-horts! We have reached season 19 (!), leading it with one of our “Quartet of Creeps”–UK style! We have stories of creepiness from the worlds of entertainment, punditry, and a tale about an Irish woman who really disliked her British boss. These stories are more of an overview than a deep dive into shitty behavior, and we always reserve the right to revisit any or all of them as solo episodes.

Trigger warnings: Sexual assault, murder, racism, sexism, transphobia, and general assholery.

Sources for Ricky Gervais

Sources for DJ Tim Westwood
Sources for Katie Hopkins
Sources for Kate Webster

What a Creep Season 18, Episode 10: Howard Hughes

An old-timey Hollywood Creep is a longtime fan favorite of this show. We feel it is time to talk about a billionaire who was acclaimed as an original thinker (he honestly was, though) and also one of Hollywood’s most prolific swordsmen.

Howard Hughes either inherited a fortune or grew a nice inheritance (more on that later) at the age of 19 and would go on to be one of the wealthiest people of the 20th Century while also innovating the worlds of business, aviation, real estate, and most notably–motion pictures.
He was also a manipulative, abusive Creep who treated women like trash and was not all that great to anyone who worked for or was related to him. Leonardo DiCaprio played him in the Martin Scorsese film The Aviator and got many of the essential details correct but missed an opportunity to expose his more douchey behavior.

Thankfully–this is what we do here at What a Creep!

Trigger warnings: Sexual assault, coercive control, and general assholery.

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