E175: The Rainbow Maniac

(note: time stamps are without ads & may be off a little)

This week Beth and Wendy discuss an unidentified serial killer that the Brazilian press dubbed “The Rainbow Maniac”. This is due to the fact that the murders took place at Paturis Park, Carapicuíba, Brazil, a known meeting place for gay men. This episode was researched and scripted by Minnie.

First, we dive into the setting (07:36) and the timeline (29:26).  Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (32:57), “Where are they now?” followed by our takeaways and what we think made the perp snap (54:34).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered and our shout outs (01:01:50). 

This episode was researched & scripted by Minnie Williams.

Thanks for listening! This is a weekly podcast and new episodes drop every Thursday, so until next time… look alive guys, it’s crazy out there!


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Shout Outs

Beyond the Rainbow Podcast

Winter is Crappening Podcast

Keep It Podcast

The Read Podcast

Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities on Netflix

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How Not to Get Murdered

Follow LGBTQ + voices doing the work and spreading positivity The Trevor Project, the read, PapiJuice and L.nuzzles are folks I recommend following immediately

If you are seeking support for issues with coming out, relationships, bullying, self-harm, and more, contact the LGBT National Hotline at 1-888-843-4564 for one-to-one peer support.

If you or a loved one are struggling with a mental health crisis, contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357 for information on support and treatment facilities in your area.

If you are having suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.

For more mental health resources, see our National Helpline Database.


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