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  • DragonKing Dark Podcast - The Death of Heath Ledger - Episode 293

    24/10/2021 Duración: 34min

    We continue our 100 darkest moments in pop culture history by looking at the death of 28 year old actor Heath Ledger. Heath Ledger had a couple of breakout moments, first in the movie Brokeback Mountain and then an even more iconic portrayal of The Joker in the Batman movie The Dark Knight. Then he died suddenly from a drug overdose. The tragic story of an actor who had just broken through to a whole other level only to be struck down in his prime.

  • DragonKing Dark Podcast - The Death of Paul Walker - Episode 292

    17/10/2021 Duración: 33min

    A staple of the popular Fast and the Furious movie franchise, actor Paul Walker still likely had a tremendous film career ahead of him when he was tragically killed at the age of 40 in a car accident in California. The grisly details of the fiery car crash were blasted all over the celebrity news websites in 2013 when the car he was a passenger in crashed at a high rate of speed and burst into flames. As one of our 100 darkest moments in pop culture history we will look at the movie career of Paul Walker, his death, and what may have lay ahead for the popular actor.

  • DragonKing Dark Podcast - The Death of Steve Irwin - Episode 291

    03/10/2021 Duración: 38min

    We continue our 100 darkest moments in pop culture history podcast series with a look at the shocking, sudden, accidental death of worldwide television star "The Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin. Steve Irwin gain worldwide fame with his various TV shows and specials looking at the animal kingdom and his work with the Australia Zoo. He was charismatic and loveable. While on a trip filming footage for one of his specials and his daughter's new show, he became one of the few known human fatalities from a Stingray strike.

  • Thrash Metal Show Podcast - What If Cliff Burton Never Joined Metallica

    27/09/2021 Duración: 59min

    After a long hiatus, NoFriender returns with a new edition of the Thrash Metal Show Podcast. He was kind enough to let me know "It's about Cliff Burton" but too lazy to write a show description so here I am doing it for him. Cliff Burton was a founding member of Metallica who was tragically killed in a tour bus accident in 1986. Instrumental to early sound of Metallica he was replaced by Jason Newstead whom Metallica completely cut his bass out of his first album with them.

  • DragonKing Dark Podcast - The Death of Jayne Mansfield - Episode 290

    26/09/2021 Duración: 50min

    Continuing our look at 100 of the darkest moments in pop culture history, Karl is joined by Tonya from WhenItWasCool.com to discuss the death of starlet Jayne Mansfield who was killed in a car accident in 1967. The events leading up to her death are quite dark and mysterious including a stint in the Church of Satan and possibly a romantic fling with the Black Pope himself Anton Levay. Poor career choices, comparisons to Marilyn Monroe, and more make for a sad but captivating story.

  • DragonKing Dark Podcast - The Black Sox Scandal - Episode 289

    19/09/2021 Duración: 58min

    Our continuing series of 100 of the darkest moments in pop culture history takes a look at a moment where nobody died but it completely effected Major League Baseball. The Black Sox Scandal was a gambling and game-fixing scandal where members of the Chicago White Sox were accused of throwing the 1919 World Series. Despite acquittals in a trial, Judge Landis permanently banned all eight men from professional baseball. The punishment was eventually defined by the Baseball Hall of Fame to include banishment from the Baseball Hall of Fame. Despite requests for reinstatement in the decades that followed (particularly in the case of Shoeless Joe Jackson), the ban remains.

  • DragonKing Dark Podcast - The Killing of John Lennon - Episode 288

    12/09/2021 Duración: 50min

    Our series of 100 darkest moments in pop culture history continues this week with the murder of John Lennon. The Beatles were icons of pop music. Having broken up years earlier the individual members of The Beatles had gone on to various other solo projects and John Lennon had already had a brilliant solo career and was now staging a comeback when a deranged fan shot him down in cold blood in front of his New York apartment.

  • DragonKing Dark Podcast - The Death of Roberto Clemente - Episode 287

    05/09/2021 Duración: 41min

    Legendary baseball star Roberto Clemente spent much of his time involved in charity work. Managua, the capital city of Nicaragua, was struck by a massive earthquake on December 23, 1972. Clemente arranged emergency relief flights. He soon learned, however, that the aid packages on the first three flights had been diverted by corrupt officials of the Somoza government, never reaching victims of the quake. He decided to accompany the fourth relief flight, hoping that his presence would ensure that the aid would be delivered to the survivors. The airplane he chartered a Douglas DC-7 cargo plane, had a history of mechanical problems and an insufficient number of flight personnel and was overloaded by 4,200 pounds. It crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Isla Verde, Puerto Rico immediately after takeoff due to engine failure.

  • DragonKing Dark Podcast - The Killing of Marvin Gaye - Episode 268

    29/08/2021 Duración: 48min

    Our list of 100 of the darkest moments in pop culture history continues with the killing of Marvin Gaye. Marvin Gaye was an influential singer and musician who gained worldwide fame for his work with Motown Records. He was fatally shot by his father, Marvin Gay Sr., on April 1, 1984, at their house in the West Adams district of Los Angeles, California. Gaye was shot three times following an altercation with his father after he intervened in an argument between his parents. The wounds were fatal and he was pronounced dead on arrival at the California Hospital Medical Center.

  • DragonKing Dark Podcast 285 (Killing of Sam Cooke)

    22/08/2021 Duración: 44min

    DragonKing Dark continues our look at 100 of the darkest moments in pop culture history by looking at the killing of legendary singer Sam Cooke. On December 11, 1964, singer Sam Cooke was gunned down in Los Angeles, CA. The original story and the one most commonly told is the 33 year old had taken a 22 year old girl to a seedy motel, attempted to rape her, she then escaped carrying his clothes, he chased after her and got into a physical altercation with the motel manager who then shot and killed him. Since his death in 1964 the story has gotten more complicated.

  • DragonKing Dark Podcast - Woodstock '99 - Episode 284

    15/08/2021 Duración: 35min

    Continuing our 100 darkest moments in pop culture history at least this time nobody died... well, I guess one person did though the circumstances of his death are nebulous, numerous sexual assaults took place, lots of arson, and a general mockery of popular culture and toxic fandom displayed itself at the peace and love festival known as Woodstock. Woodstock '99 put the worst of us on display and killed the iconic name of Woodstock which had been a touchstone of pop culture 30 years earlier.

  • DragonKing Dark Podcast - Great White Station Nightclub Fire - Episode 282

    08/08/2021 Duración: 52min

    Our series of 100 of the darkest moments in pop culture history continues with the disastrous Station Nightclub fire in 2003 that killed 100 people during a Great White concert. Great White was nationally known band which had a few hits during the hair metal era. In 2003, while playing a concert at the Station Nightclub in West Warwick, RI, pyrotechnics set off during the show caused the club to catch fire and burn down causing a massive loss of life. 

  • DragonKing Dark 281 (The Death of Eddy Guerrero)

    01/08/2021 Duración: 44min

    We continue our series discussing 100 of the darkest moments in pop culture history by looking at the death of pro wrestling star Eddy Guerrero. Guerrero's death differs from others we have looked at so far. Eddy (yes, that is the correct spelling out of his own mouth) was not murdered, nor did he die in a tragic accident. Eddy died at a young age due to the abuse his body took from the wrestler lifestyle. Eddy was an A+ performer and the pro wrestling business was worse off without him.

  • DragonKing Dark Podcast - The Eagles of Death Metal Concert Tragedy - Episode 280

    25/07/2021 Duración: 47min

    In 2015 Paris, France was hit by a coordinated terrorist attack involving multiple gunmen and bombs. The heart of the killings came at a concert at the Bataclan theater where concert goers were taken hostage and 90 people killed inside at an Eagles of Death Metal concert. The band themselves barely escaped. Since then, the band's frontman has ignited controversy with some statements he has made and many seem to continue to struggle with what happened that night as three gunmen with bombs opened fire on a concert.

  • DragonKing Dark Podcast - The Who 1979 Cincinnati Concert Disaster - Episode 279

    18/07/2021 Duración: 35min

    We continue our 100 darkest moments in pop culture history with a look back at another concert disaster. This one happened before a concert by The Who in Cincinnati, OH in 1979 where 11 fans were crushed to death when the doors to the arena failed to open in time. Like several of the tragedies we've looked at so far, this one is compounded by the young age of the victims.

  • DragonKing Dark Podcast - The Murder of Tupac - Episode 278

    11/07/2021 Duración: 44min

    100 of the darkest moments in pop culture history continues and this week we look at the shooting death of 25 year old rapper Tupac Shakur. To say that 2Pac was controversial would be a huge understatement. He was controversial, talented, and had a giant impact on popular culture. He was also legit to the violent music he made. This was not the first time he was shot and he was caught in a violent battled between two music companies that didn't shy away from gunplay. Who killed 2Pac? You'll find out who and why.

  • DragonKing Dark Podcast - The Death of Elvis (With Some Bizarre Twists) - Episode 277

    04/07/2021 Duración: 53min

    We continue our look at 100 of the darkest moments in pop culture history. One of the biggest was certainly the death of the King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley. Now let's be honest, you probably know everything you want to know about the death of Elvis... or do you? On this episode, host Karl Stern talks about the twists and turns of his death including a speeding car slamming into mourners at the funeral (killing one person), and the attempt to steal the body of Elvis days later.

  • DragonKing Dark - The Death of Brandon Lee - Episode 276

    27/06/2021 Duración: 53min

    The next installment in our 100 darkest moments in pop culture history goes back to March 1993 when Brandon Lee, actor and son of legendary pop culture icon Bruce Lee, is killed on the set of the dark gothic comic book inspired movie The Crow. Gunned down in a completely avoidable accident, Brandon Lee was about to break through even bigger than where he was... eerily mimicking the death of his father. We discuss the accident and the aftermath of the untimely and unnecessary death of Brandon Lee.

  • DragonKing Dark Podcast - The Murder of Dimebag Darrell - Episode 275

    20/06/2021 Duración: 58min

    Pantera was a band with a lot of issues. So many, in fact, that it wasn't even a band any longer. An incendiary interview in a magazine and a massive failure on the part of mental health services lead to one of the 100 darkest moments in pop culture history when a disturbed fan entered an Ohio nightclub and shot and killed guitarist Dimebag Darrell and several others before a hero made the save. Unfortunately, that hero has a story too.

  • Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling Zone

    18/06/2021 Duración: 04min

    What is the Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling at When It Was Cool? The history of professional wrestling from it's earliest inception to the year 2000 is being indexed at WhenItWasCool.com. Learn about people like Col. James H. McLaughlin, William Muldoon, Farmer Burns, Frank Gotch, Tom Jenkins, George Hackenschmidt, Strangler Lewis (both of them), Lou Thesz, Gorgeous George, Buddy Rogers, Bruno Sammartino, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, The Rock, and more.

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