2 brand-new episodes of International Infamy with Ashley Flowers, available now on Spotify! Additionally, Ashley Flowers recently put together a playlist exclusively for Spotify highlighting the international crimes and mysteries she explores from around the world (HERE).
Last week’s episode explored Iceland’s most controversial murder case and one of the strangest investigations in world history – a tale of political intrigue, alcohol smuggling, two murders, and a massive criminal conspiracy. Even though six people confessed to being involved in this saga, the evidence alarmingly suggested that none of it ever happened and the investigation fell into total disarray as suspects began to lose their grip on reality. Ashley Flowers looks into the outlandish case of collective recollection and implanted memory over the disappearances of two men.
- Listen to “ICELAND: The Reykjavik Confessions”: HERE
○ Description: In 1974, a missing persons case in Reykjavik, Iceland, turned into a murder investigation when six people confessed to two killings. The only problem: There were no bodies. No evidence. And the six suspects had no memory of committing any crimes.
This week’s newest episode travels to the backlands of Brazil in the 1930s, where a young woman, Maria Bonita, had her life forever changed when she left her struggling marriage for the legendary Lampião, the Bandit King. He was the 20th century’s greatest outlaw, renowned as the bravest, cleverest, and most dangerous man in the backlands. Although nothing could fully prepare her, Maria seemed to embrace the life of an outlaw and all the violence that came along with it. While the scale and brutality of Lampião’s crimes are staggering, their tale is a love story at heart, a story so iconic it reads like something out of a dark fairytale. Ashley Flowers dives into the complicated origin stories of Lampião and what ultimately leads to his great demise.
- Listen to “BRAZIL: The Bandit King”: HERE
○ Description: He was the 20th century’s greatest outlaw. She was a peerless beauty trapped in a loveless marriage. Together they perpetrated a spree of brutal violence that left its mark on Brazil forever. This is the story of Lampião the Bandit King and his love, Maria Bonita.
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.