The fifth episode of Spotify’s latest Original true crime podcast from Parcast, INTERNATIONAL INFAMY, hosted by Ashley Flowers is available now.
Today’s newest episode explores the chilling unsolved crimes of the infamous “Il Monstro” in Florence, Italy. The Monster of Florence committed (16) murders throughout 1968-1985, instilling a wave of terror into the people of Italy, and after many years of dead end leads many believe the killer is still alive today. Ashley Flowers investigates years of evidence, stories, and theories of the infamous unsolved crimes, posing the questions: Is the Monster of Florence still alive and well? Is there more than one killer? And has the monster been hiding in plain sight this entire time?
- Episode Title: ITALY: Monster of Florence
- Description: For almost two decades, a gruesome serial killer preyed on young lovers in the hills of Florence. And he wasn’t just out for blood — he wanted body parts. After a 40-year manhunt, hundreds have been accused of being the Monster, many have been jailed, but the real killer has never been caught.
In International Infamy, Ashley explores international cases for the first time, breaking down interesting and high-profile crimes from a foreign country in each episode, while sharing the twists and turns of the case and also exploring the cultural details that make the stories unique. Ashley has demonstrated her ability to tap into the mystery and history genres with her existing Parcast podcasts (Supernatural, Very Presidential), and in this new show, she continues her passion for true crime but with an international twist.
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL INFAMY:
International Infamy with Ashley Flowers is the first Spotify podcast to launch day in date across the USA, Mexico, and Brazil. Every episode, Ashley will break down interesting and high profile crimes from a foreign country, sharing the twists and turns of the case while also exploring the cultural details that make the stories unique. Ashley has demonstrated her ability to tap into the mystery and history genres with her existing Parcast podcasts (Supernatural, Very Presidential), and in this new show, she returns to true crime but with an international twist.
Every few decades, there is a crime that rocks the entire country – the Lindbergh kidnapping, the Manson Family Murders, OJ Simpon, etc. – and these infamous stories have become part of America’s cultural DNA. Every country around the world has at least (1) case of this nature, some of which are almost too shocking to believe, and International Infamy will explore (15) different crimes from (15) different countries, including: in France, a conman whose charade ends in mass murder. In Mexico, a masked wrestler turned serial killer. In Iceland, six people confess to a murder that never actually happened. And more.
ABOUT ASHLEY FLOWERS:
Ashley Flowers is the Founder & CEO of audiochuck, a female-focused podcast network. In addition to her work executive producing and hosting audiochuck shows, she also hosts Supernatural and Very Presidential for Parcast. Ashley was born and raised in the midwest and has been true-crime obsessed since birth. She grew up with aspirations of becoming a detective and solving cold cases, and ultimately went to college at Arizona State University to study biomedical research. After college, she got a job doing genetics research at the University of Notre Dame. She eventually moved into software sales, and was working at a local software company in Indiana when she was drawn to the idea of working back in her original passion, and began producing podcasts.