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Rotten but still a little sweet! Rotten Mango is a true crime + all things spooky podcast. We love doing deep dives into the darkest crimes and we tend to not leave out any details - which can get a little rotten at times. If you want deep dives in the psychology of killers, no holding back storytelling of crimes, and stories of lesser known criminals from around the world this is the place for you. Welcome to Rotten Mango but don’t worry it all comes with a seasoning of comedy/sweetness.

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7-year-old Mary Galvin has plans to kill her older brother. The way he roams around town with that empty gaze. The way their parents refuse to talk about his behavior. It was all going to end. Mary had her older brother, Donald Galvin, tied to a tree as she gathers sticks to pile at his feet. He is a witch about to be burnt at the stake. Donald is more than happy to play along. In the end, Mary backs out of her plan to kill him—she didn’t bring matches along and by the time she realizes what she’s really doing—she’s sprinting away like it never happened. Donald is fine either way. If she had gone through with it he would’ve happily died right then and there because to him, Mary is more than just his little sister. She is the Virgin Mary. The Mother of Christ himself—and it makes sense—because they’re not even real siblings. Donald had been switched at birth and his real mother is actually an octopus. This is the story of the ‘most mentally disturbed family in America’ (according to one psychiatrist). 12 full blood siblings living in one house. 6 out of the 12 siblings would be diagnosed with schizophrenia. This is the case of the Galvin family. Donate To The Galvin Family Trust: https://galvinfamilytrust.org/  Full Source Notes: rottenmangopodcast.com To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
They are the only ones inside the laundromat and they need help.  The two sisters are standing over baby Benson’s tiny body trying to do chest compressions. Everything was fine two seconds ago.  He was asleep in the car and they brought him while they were running errands - why is he ice cold to the touch? None of this makes sense? When the police arrive at the scene. They agree. None of this makes sense.  Because baby Benson was dead when the sisters pulled him out of his car seat to perform CPR. He was dead when they walked into the laundromat.  In fact - he had been dead for a few hours.  Which begs the questions - how long has he been dead, how did nobody notice, and who did this to him?  Full Source Notes: rottenmangopodcast.com To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
This was probably the strangest call the Hollywood police received.  A foul stench coming from an apartment unit. A dead man is found with his head painted green and red. He didn’t even look human - he looked like he was wearing a mask.  But in front of him is a tripod set up - with a camera. Someone had filmed his death. In fact, someone had filmed 20 hours of this man losing his mind. His mental collapse.  20 hours of footage that shows him slowly losing touch with reality and start living fully in his fantasy world. His ultimate fantasy? Send one of the most famous singers an acid bomb. Because if she’s ugly. Nobody will want her anymore. She will come crawling to him - her biggest fan.  Full Source Notes: rottenmangopodcast.com To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The police had a strange situation on their hands. A thief had broken into a multi-million dollar home - to steal a safe. The safe had 3 items in it. Jewelry. Investment documents. And the home owner’s old phones. The police were able to quickly determine that the thief did not want the jewelry or the investment documents in the safe. Which means - the thief is going after the home owner’s old phones. Why would a thief want some old phones? Was there something on there that they didn’t want anyone else to see? But most puzzling is - who would do this to Goo Hara? The home belonged to a k-pop idol who had just died just 49 days ago. What did they want from her safe? And how does this connect to the Burning Sun case? Full Source Notes: rottenmangopodcast.com To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
A young man calls the police around 3:30 am to report that he had just been physically assaulted by his ex-girlfriend. Officers are dispatched and the caller greets them with a few red scratches on his face. He had gone over to his ex-girlfriend’s apartment to break up with her—but that’s when she went crazy; scratching his face and twisting his arm. The officers ask the man for her name. Goo Hara. A K-pop idol from the girl group KARA.   When the police begin investigating, the man’s story begins to fall apart. If what he’s saying is true, why is there CCTV footage of Goo Hara on her knees—seemingly begging the young man? Why did he email Dispatch, a Korean tabloid, twice during this so-called ‘one sided assault?’ And what does all of this have to do with Burning Sun? A couple of months pass, and Goo Hara helps reporters blow the lid off the Burning Sun case. Not even a year later, she is found dead. This is part two of Burning Sun. Full Source Notes: rottenmangopodcast.com To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
There’s this fascinating little town called ‘Little Japan.’ It’s a gated community with cookie-cutter houses, though they boast beautiful chandeliers and heated floors, and all of them have a matching set of priceless portraits hanging on their walls. The residents are nine Japanese families, hence the name, and they have their own private chefs, maids, even chauffeurs in black Mercedes. A small movie theater, a massive sauna house, and a grocery store where they never have to pay. The catch? If they ever want to leave the community ‘gates,’ they must ask for permission from the Supreme Leader… The town itself is not even an hour outside of North Korea’s capital. The families themselves are neither Japanese nor North Korean royalty, nor are they diplomats or even government officials either. They’re a gang of hijackers. Hijackers who stole a plane and flew it into North Korea—and now the distinguished guests of the Kim regime were to become his secret weapon. Full Source Notes: rottenmangopodcast.com To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
A church in South Carolina has gone viral recently--even making national headlines. A young pastor by the name of JP is caught on a recorded sermon saying: “One day I’m going to preach about getting rich, strong, healthy, and finding a hot wife that loves Jesus!”  The congregation laughs awkwardly because on his left hand ring finger is a wedding band—he’s already married—but he won’t be for much longer.  Just a few weeks later, Pastor JP’s wife—14 years younger than him—is found face down, submerged in a marsh, an entire state away.  Just four days after that, the media reports that Pastor JP was drinking at a bar with a woman thought to be his mistress.  This is the ongoing investigation into the tragic death of Mica Francis Miller.  Mica Francis Miller’s Go Fund Me link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/justiceformica Official Justice For Mica website link: https://justiceformica.com/home Full Source Notes: rottenmangopodcast.com To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3 people are sitting at a table in a diner. Miriam, a middle aged woman sits stiffly, and across from her are two young men. One of them fiddles with a radio; a police scanner. He leans towards Miriam as if they’re sharing a secret across the table. “Your daughter smoke weed or something?” She gives him a look. Radio man continues, “I mean… she’s just so relaxed. Easy to deal with which is good. I like that. That’s why I want to let her go… for a price.” He tells Miriam that he will convince his boss to spare her daughter from a torturous death for $2k USD cash. Miriam suppresses a smile; she has to play along or else everything she’s planned will fall apart. Her daughter Karen had been kidnapped by one of the most dangerous cartels in all of Mexico and Miriam knew that nobody gets taken by that cartel and gets out alive. She also knew that she would not stop until she took every single member out for what they had done to her family. Full Source Notes: rottenmangopodcast.com To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Somi doesn’t normally go through her husband’s things, but their house has been so cluttered, she’s going to lose her mind. From the back of their closet, she comes across old VHS tapes and a VHS player that she doesn’t recognize. Home movies, old memories? She pushes the tape in and presses play. The screen lights up. It’s a bed and two naked bodies. Her husband… and another girl laying next to him. There are words written all over both of their bodies in thick marker, words like ‘Prince’ and ‘King.’ Then Somi sees the blood. The girl has a long slice down her private area; she’s bleeding, trembling, completely terrified. The male—her husband’s voice—snaps at the girl, “Endure it even if it hurts.” Then he proceeds to SA her. Somi is frozen—but her mind is in overdrive—she can’t shake the feeling that she knows the girl—she can’t place a name but she recognizes the girl’s face. It was the same one on the missing posters in town. The girl in the video was the little, 8-year-old girl that had gone missing a year ago. Full Source Notes: rottenmangopodcast.com To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
A man is laying face first, unconscious in his living room. Alyssa and Vanessa are standing over him. Alyssa reaches for the zip ties and binds his ankles together, three zip ties thick. Vanessa on the other hand is terrified. She’s screaming in her head to ‘STOP! This needs to stop! It’s taking things too far!’ But the words won’t come out; the only thing she can do is wait for a moment when Alyssa looks away—then Vanessa dives for the scissors. She cuts the zip ties off his ankles. “NO!” Alyssa forces Vanessa aside and reties his ankles and his wrists. Vanessa lost her chance. She can only watch helplessly as Alyssa yields a massive hunting knife and sends it plunging into the man’s neck. Then she begins sawing—back and forth. They watch the blood soak into the carpet. Police would later find the victim, Harold Sasko, and announce that his suspected killer was a 19 year old girl named Sarah. However this episode is NOT Harold’s story. Neither Alyssa’s, nor Vanessa’s. This is the case of Sarah McLinn, diagnosed with DID, and the many, many people who believe she should be free. RAINN Resources Website link to CHAT w/ a trained staff member who can provide you confidential crisis support: https://hotline.rainn.org/online  Call the National SA Hotline anytime at: 800.656.4673 Full Source Notes: rottenmangopodcast.com To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Orchards are not fun at 3am. The rustling of the leaves feels no longer feels like a nice sunny, breezy day, it sounds like someone is hiding behind a tree somewhere watching you. Standing in the middle of an orchard is a group of high schoolers and young 20 something year olds just huddled in a circle.  “What did kim say about the—? “HURRY just start pouring it!”  They kick their shovels aside, start pouring the concrete into the hole, and watch as it covers first the hand, then the torso, and now the face.  The face of the 15-year-old girl that they held captive for a month and tortured.  When they’re done, they head back to their cars with their shovels… And honestly? They think they did it; that they’re getting away with it. But don’t they know? History always repeats itself.  A very, very similar case took place 26 years ago in Japan: The case of Junko Furuta.  This episode is about a case that everyone in South Korea has been calling: The Korean Junko Furuta case. Full Source Notes: rottenmangopodcast.com To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
“I’m going to use the restroom real quick.” Jia’s husband opens his eyes and looks at his phone. It’s 1AM. The two of them are on an overnight train heading home. He blinks before ripping his blanket off to escort his wife -  “No, it’s okay. I have my phone with me. Just stay here. I’ll be back quick.” She leaves for the restroom - careful to not wake up any of the other passengers in the sleeper carriage. She climbs down the bunk bed steps and balances through the aisle to the restroom.  BAM. Jia’s husband eye’s fly open and he checks the time. 1:30AM. It’s been thirty minutes and his wife is not back from the restroom. Strange…  He searches the entire carriage before alerting the train conductor…  “Please you have to help my wife is missing!” The train conductor smiles at him. “Don’t be ridiculous. Nobody goes missing on a moving train.” Full Source Notes: rottenmangopodcast.com To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The to do list for the party mainly consists of purchasing groceries, cleaning the upstairs rooms, and airing out the pungent smell in the bathrooms.  17 year old Cassandra grabs the bottle of bleach and pours it out onto the bathroom floors. There. That should do.  Her boyfriend, Johnny, helps her glue the bathroom door shut. Sealing it with a caulk gun. There. Now nobody can get in and nobody can get out.  But more importantly - the smell won’t get downstairs and ruin the vibes.  “It’s a sewage issue.” That’s what they tell the party guests.  19 year old Johnny had used the restroom and because the sewer lines were blocked up he couldn’t flush. Excuse the smell.  They did not tell them that they were getting high right under 2 dead bodies that were decomposing upstairs.  Full Source Notes: rottenmangopodcast.com To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The police office ran through the apartment complex - only stopping to investigate a suspicious looking Korean girl in a blue mustang.  “What unit?” “656” she said.  The exact unit he was called to for a potential home invasion and hostage situation.  “What’s your name?” “My name is Sunny Han.” He tried to memorize her face before running to the unit. They found in the apartment 2 college girls had been tied up by gunmen. They were trying to kill the girls.  As the officer is interviewing the two female victims he can’t help but shake the feeling of deja vu.  “Wait, I’m sorry what did you say your name was?” “Sunny. Sunny Han.” But that’s not possible. How can someone be two places at once?  Full Source Notes: rottenmangopodcast.com To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
It was supposed to be a cute little road trip.  12-year-old Isabella, her best friend Asunta, and Isabella’s mom were in the car heading towards the beach.  Isabella’s mom tried to keep the spirits high for the girls -  “Okay, why don’t we all share a story! Get our creative juices flowing!” 12-year-old Asunta offers to start. Her voice suddenly shaky -  “There once was a girl who laid in her bed to sleep. She awoke to a man in a mask dragging her body off her bed, covering her mouth, and then choking her with his big strong hands. The girl could not breathe. She could not scream. She was going to die.” Isabella’s mom pulls the car over to the side of the road because Asunta is bawling her eyes out. “Sweetie, are you alright?” Asunta was not alright. This was a true story, and it happened to Asunta - a man broke into their home and tried to kill her.  But when Isabella’s mom talks to Asunta’s parents about it - she’s even more confused. Why are they not freaked out? Why didn’t they report this to the police? Who is this masked man, and is he still out there? Why would he want to kill Asunta? And did the man come back? Because 2 months later, Asunta would be murdered.  Soon - everyone in Asunta’s life would become a prime suspect. Including her wealthy adoptive parents.  Full Source Notes: rottenmangopodcast.com To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Department of Justice makes a very public statement—it feels more like a threat.  “Please do not reproduce, share, or use this exhibit in any way. If you have downloaded this file, please delete it off your device.”  The DOJ had accidentally leaked a file they previously moved to seal from the public. Not one thing, nor one name was redacted.  The file in question - is the client list to one of the most high profile sex workers in all of Manhattan.  Her revenue in just a few years was in the millions of dollars - her hourly rate was $1500.  It’s safe to assume that this leaked, ’sealed’ file includes the names of NYC’s upper elite. High peorfile businessmen, millionaire-married couples, artists, restaurant tycoons, and lots and lots of rich married men.    Some of the names were recognized to be high level executives at Apple, other major retailers, one wealthy hedge fund manager, one international diamond dealer, and a former NY Supreme Court Judge.  But they hadn’t just been listed as clients for sex work.  They had all been named as alleged clients of a sex trafficking business run by a college cult.    10 years prior, a man had walked onto an elite private school campus to visit his daughter, a sophomore at the university. The man, her father, ends up staying on campus, living in his daughter’s dorm, and quickly begins the process of grooming and brainwashing all of his daughter’s friends.    The result was a decade long cult. Some of the friends turned cult members were ‘promoted’ to chauffeur or solder. Others into forced labor. His daughter’s friends would become his wives.’ And that left one, forced to turn to sex work. They all served one old, middle aged man.  This is the case of Lawrence Ray and his decade long cult of college students and sex.  Full Source Notes: rottenmangopodcast.com To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
“Hey, can my dad stay with us for a little while after he gets out of prison?”  It was an odd request but Talia’s roommates felt like they couldn’t say no. Talia was a good friend, she always talked about wanting to become a lawyer and help people. She just had this tiny little quirk…  She was obsessed with her dad.  Even at parties - she would not stop talking about what an incredible man he was. He’s just going to stay in their dorms while he looks for a new place. What could possibly go wrong? When Larry Ray moves into Talia’s dorm - he slowly starts brainwashing all of Talia’s friends. Soon, he will be sleeping in Talia’s best friend’s room. Encouraging the students to all have intimate relations with each other… while he watches.  This would be the start of his decade-long college cult.  Full Source Notes: rottenmangopodcast.com To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oh Won is getting into his next at home project – everything is set up for success. He has a whole bottle of his favorite Chinese liquor. It’s stronger than Vodka, but he’s tossing it back like water.  His hand reaches for his phone as he feels the urge again. He’s on autopilot mode - staring at his screen, swiping, swiping… He presses play and puts his phone up against the bathroom sink. The woman’s moaning is just echoing off the bathroom wall… He lights a cigarette and squats down with his 8-inch knife. He starts moving the knife back and forth.  The key is that each cut has to be uniform; all the same thickness and size. It’s the most enjoyable for consumption that way… Before Oh Won knew it, six hours had passed. 365 pieces of meat, meticulously sliced into uniform, same-sized, thin pieces. He portioned them out and placed them into 17 separate black plastic bags. All that’s left are the bones and the parts that aren’t really important. He flips over the piece he was working on all morning. He stares at her face. He didn’t—couldn’t take any meat from there. Her face and hair were untouched, but below her neck, all of her flesh had been sliced off up until her knees.   He had deboned her. Full Source Notes: rottenmangopodcast.com To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The "3 Body Problem" was going to be Jeff Bezoz’s billion-dollar investment. The plan? Invest $1B into a new sci-fi series and watch the subscriptions to Amazon Prime Video flow in. All they have to do is buy the English adaptation rights off from the Chinese gaming giant – Yoozoo Gaming. They own the film and TV rights to the “3 Body Problem Universe.” The deal was close to being done – till CEO Lin Qi of Yoozoo walks into a conference room in LA. Dressed like a gangster. Puts his feet up on the table and suggests a co-production. He blew up the deal that Amazon had been working on for 8 months. Amazon was upset but as they were walking out of the meeting room… they noticed something. Nobody around CEO Lin looked happy either. They wouldn’t be surprised when they heard the news 2 years later. The billionaire CEO Lin was murdered by someone inside his company. Full Source Notes: rottenmangopodcast.com To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
There’s a boring red brick building in the middle of Yale University’s campus. If you walk past it you might think it’s an administrative office. It looks - boring.  But if you look closely - there are 75 CCTV cameras pointed directly at the building. Covering every square inch of the exterior. Why would they need so much security for a university building? It is the Animal Research Laboratory. It houses over 4000 research mice and has tens of millions of dollars of research experiments being conducted inside the brick walls.  It is one of the most secure buildings on campus.  Till a brilliant Yale graduate student disappears inside.  She walks in.  Never walks out.  She is nowhere to be found in the building - or at least that’s what the authorities initially thought.  But have they checked the walls? Full Source Notes: rottenmangopodcast.com To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Jul 4th
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Kimberly Perdigon

this is so heartbreaking 😢 i hope she still finds reasons to smile and be genuinely happy.

Jun 19th
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Mindy Watson

Gia needs to leave China. She won't get proper care unless she is able to emigrate to a Western country. What a sad story.

Jun 10th
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Andreana Sutherland

"self exit". My Days, what is happening ? Do people get a criminal record for using the real words of things these days?

Jun 10th
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Kevin Chaika

as of March 21st of 2024 her parole was denied and she's stuck in jail

Jun 4th
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Nicole Ali

Poor baby 💔💔

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Adela Vang

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May 22nd
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May 21st
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JigglyBees

A wee thing about leading questions. It is the biggest no-no of any criminal or civil investigation. The minute you have asked someone a leading question, you have corrupted the investigation. Any evidence based off that conversation can be immediately ruled inadmissible as 'fruit of the poison tree'. Because from that moment on any testimony made can be spun into reasonable doubt ~ sincerely a former forensics student and teacher-in-training.

May 7th
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Nicole Hoover

It’s just so sad that the teachers reported he needed serious help and no action was taken.

May 5th
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Ella Maria

Well done

Apr 28th
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Apr 19th
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Jenna D'Amico

this is the first one I couldn't listen to. there's a special place in hell for these people.

Apr 5th
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Mar 25th
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Afsa komal

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Mar 24th
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Afsa komal

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Mar 24th
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Afsa komal

I cried so hard hearing this but I have to say I love your podcast

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