Episode 56: Snuff Films Do Not Exist!

We’ve all heard whispered rumors about snuff films, films so dark, so depraved, that real actors were actually killed on screen just for the sake of entertainment. We’ve also heard the resolute denial that such things happen from the most worldly of our know-it-all acquaintances. Somewhere between those two well known rumors lies the truth, and you know what they say about the truth, don’t you? It’s often more terrifying than fiction. Such is the case this week on Just A Story because we will be looking at unnerving murderers who documented their own crimes, from the Glamour Girl Slayer, Harvey Glatman; to the Boneyard Killers, Leonard Lake and Charles Ng, to a star-struck Canadian psychopath Lucca Magnotta. In addition to a our meandering tour of True Crime Alley, we’ll be speaking to Holly Kingstown, a real life insider from the industry about how snuff and have been unjustly conflated in the modern imagination. We’ll be exploring the cinematic history of gore and sexploitation flicks and the way those genres helped build the myth of snuff, as well.  We’ll also try to pin down a somewhat official definition of ‘snuff’ and see if we can find any real world examples of the stuff.  Join us as we dare to explore the world of snuff, where life is cheap!

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Guest Storyteller:

Heidi Joy – Holly Kingstown

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Harvey Glatman – The Glamour Girl Slayer

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Snuff (1976)


British link to ‘snuff’ videos | UK news | The Guardian

The 1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick Video : Antisocial Personality Disorder Forum – Psych

1500 caught in child porn swoop • The Register

Snuff: Murder and torture on the internet, and the people who watch it | The Verge

The Mondo Research Laboratories: The Web Viles 01 – “Snuff Films Do Not Exist”

The Web’s Dark Secret – Newsweek


When sex abuse can lead to murder | World news | The Guardian

Feds Hack Site on ‘Dark Web’ in Child Pornography Sting Operation

Paedophile videos stun Italians | World news | The Guardian

Italian politicians ‘obstructing inquiry into child porn on Net’ | The Independent

BBC News | UK | Porn ring ‘was real child abuse’

Australian Government – Australian Institute of Criminology – International Police Operations Against Online Child Pornography

The Boneyard Serial Killers: Leonard Lake & Charles Ng

Journey Into Evil – Serial Killers Leonard Lake & Charles Ng

Ng Murder Trial Opens With Chilling Videos – latimes

Luka Magnotta guilty of 1st-degree murder in Jun Lin’s slaying – Montreal – CBC News

Edmonton man pleads guilty to posting gruesome Magnotta video | CTV Montreal News

Trial begins for man who posted Magnotta murder video | CTV Montreal News

Psychiatrist questioned Magnotta about promoting video before murder | CTV Montreal News

Grisly murder in Montreal: A timeline of events | CTV Montreal News

Teacher suspended for showing Magnotta video | CTV Montreal News

Soft Core/Hard Gore: Snuff As A Crisis in Meaning Eithne Johnson and Eric Schaffer

The Snuff Film: The Making of an Urban Legend

No Way of Knowing: Crime, Urban Legends and the Internet By Pamela Donovan

Grindhouse Database

Media Violence – American Academy of Pediatrics

Does Media Violence Lead to the Real Thing – NYT


5 thoughts on “Episode 56: Snuff Films Do Not Exist!

  1. I just found your podcast and love it! Though I question in this episode about calling War of the Worlds a found footage piece since it is supposed to be a live news report.
    A much better example is a radio show ten years later. Ghost Hunt is an episode about a radio dj who goes into a haunted house and disappears and they listen to the discarded recording later. It’s never clear what truly happened but played very well.


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