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Let Them Fight: A Comedy History Podcast
152 minutes | Jan 20, 2022
Ep. 270 Bartley Gorman (Guest: Kyle Clark)
Friend of the show Kyle Clark is back with us again to talk about King of the Gypsies, Bartley Gorman. Not only did he live a bonkers life, but it turns out being a badass runs in his blood. His story is chock full of violence, fantastic quotes, and gypsy shenanigans. Enjoy!
90 minutes | Jan 18, 2022
Ep. 269 Ray Lambert (Guest: Kyle Clark)
We brought back friend of the show Kyle Clark to talk about Ray Lambert, a dude that lived through some of the worst shit World War 2 had to offer. And he did it all as a medic. Don't worry, he killed some shitbags along the way too, but his main focus was keeping American troops alive, and damn if he wasn't good at his job. Enjoy!
69 minutes | Jan 13, 2022
Ep. 268 Harald Hardrada
Today we got a type of badass we haven't covered in a while, viking. Harald Hardrada traveled all over the old world and honed his killing abilities. First in Russia, and you know those psycho ice monsters know how to get killing done. Then he was off to fuck with Jaffar in Constantinople, and boy did he make bank doing that. From there, the world was his stabbable oyster, and he had shellfish every night. Enjoy!
141 minutes | Jan 11, 2022
Ep. 267 Peter Sutcliffe
We got a long one for you today, dear listeners. We even thought we were gonna have to split this one into two episodes, but it all worked out and we were able to bring this shining beacon of good citizenry to you in just a single day. I'm kidding about that good citizenry part though, Peter Sutcliffe was a massive piece of shit. But man did he stay busy. And he was protected along the way by apathy, incompetence, and a fine bit of chicanery. So give a listen to the life of the Yorkshire Ripper, enjoy!
62 minutes | Jan 6, 2022
Ep. 266 Valentine Strasser
Today, dear listeners, we have a tale of great success, and even greater failure. A story both fun and sad. We're talking about Valentine Strasser. At one point he was the most important person in the entire country of Sierra Leone, and at another he was drinking palm wine in the slums since that's what you do when you're unemployed. In any event, he lived a very interesting life and we're here to make fun of all of it. Enjoy!
53 minutes | Jan 4, 2022
Ep. 265 Russell Williams
Welcome to the first episode of the new year, dear listeners! We're bringing you another military man from up Canada way, a pilot this time. But Russell Williams is more than just that. There's a nice "fun" surprise twist in this episode, like an M. Night Shyamalan movie! Here's hoping you find it more like The Sixth Sense than The Happening, but we'll see. Enjoy!
54 minutes | Dec 30, 2021
Ep. 264 Frederick Townsend Ward
Welcome to the last episode of 2021, dear listeners. We have another man with three names for you, which historically means prepare for awfulness. But this one is blessedly free of any of that, he's just a plain and simple badass. I mean, sure he kind of fought for some bad people, but he did a lot of badass stuff and didn't really do anything shitty on his end, so we can forgive him. Enjoy, and happy new year!
48 minutes | Dec 28, 2021
Ep. 263 Joseph Winston "Pat" Glover
Today we're talking about another Joseph, but this one was dope as hell. He found probably the bonkerest way to deal with all the stress leading up to Operation Market Garden during World War 2, then had to deal with that whole cluster fuck of a battle. But then he got to take a nice tour of the European countryside before making his way back to England. Enjoy!
65 minutes | Dec 23, 2021
Ep. 262 Josef Fritzl
Well, dear listeners, (one of) you asked for it, so you got it. Today's episode is Josef Fritzl and well, he is a monster of a piece of shit. His story has quite a few twists and turns along the way and around every corner is another nightmare. He also takes the grand prize for scumbaggiest way to defend his crimes that I've ever heard. Also, he should definitely get whatever the opposite of a #1 Dad mug is. Enjoy!
54 minutes | Dec 21, 2021
Ep. 261 "Hardcore" Rick Rescorla
Today we have a real treat for you, dear listeners. A real pipe hitting badass named Rick Rescorla, and the only person in history nicknamed "Hardcore" and they weren't a putz. Aside from Hardcore Holly, may his career rest in peace. Anyways, this dude was awesome and while he kept taking work where he was kinda fighting for a bad cause, he left when he realized how shitty it was. Also, you for sure won't see where his story is gonna end up, I know I fucking didn't. Enjoy!
42 minutes | Dec 16, 2021
Ep. 260 Ken Rex McElroy
Welcome back, dear listeners. We continue this week of charming individuals with Ken McElroy, a man beloved in his community. Nah, just kidding, he's a giant piece of shit just like the last guy was and everyone hated him. Turns out, years of stealing, beatings, and threats does not make people want to be your friend. Ken answers the question of, "what if a high school bully never got the ass kicking he deserved that would also fix him, then grew up?" Anyways, enjoy!
59 minutes | Dec 14, 2021
Ep. 259 Charles Rodman Campbell
Well, dear listeners, we have a real garbage monster for you today. Charles Rodman Campbell (three names is always a bad sign) was what is referred to as a revenge killer, but man does his reason for wanting revenge suck. This episode also features one of the most egregious failings by the criminal justice system we've ever covered, but it isn't the cops being incompetent this time at least. So strap in, and enjoy the ride!
67 minutes | Dec 9, 2021
Ep. 258 Robert Jay Mathews
Today we bring you a man you will happily root against as we tell you his story. Robert Jay Mathews may not have been a good person by any metric, but what he lacked in that department he more than made up for in crazy. When he had successfully recruited some likeminded crazies to his cause, he took to the rural area of the Pacific Northwest to start pursuing his plan of kicking off a race war, you know, like a normal person would do. I don't want to spoil anything, but you won't hate the ending. Enjoy!
53 minutes | Dec 7, 2021
Ep. 257 Samuel Brady
Today we're covering renowned Indian fighter, Samuel Brady. I'm not saying the Brady family hated Native Americans, but the back and forth between the two groups made the Hatfields and McCoys look like a petty squabble. There's a lot of fun in this episode: scalping, great escapes, and the most unique use of a campfire I've heard before. Enjoy!
55 minutes | Dec 2, 2021
Ep. 256 Sada Abe
It's time for another trip to Japan, dear listeners. This time we're going to be talking about notable crazy person, Sada Abe, who answers the question, "What happens when the dick is TOO good?" Horror. That's what happens. But her exploits made her a bit of a celebrity/nightmare in Japan, to such an extent that Asa Akira played her in a porno. So strap in and listen to how bad the Japanese justice system failed, and enjoy!
50 minutes | Nov 30, 2021
Ep. 255 Nieves Fernandez
Today we're talking about badass Filipina, Nieves Fernandez. When the Japanese showed up in the Philippines during WW2 and started taking over and doing all their evil shit, she took the quote, "Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats," to heart and took a break from teaching to do exactly that. Armed with a bolo machete, and homemade guns and grenades, she made the Japanese pay in blood for their invasion. Enjoy!
54 minutes | Nov 25, 2021
Ep. 254 Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck
Happy turkey day, dear listeners. After you're done stuffing your face and arguing with your family, kick back and enjoy this episode on badass German, Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck. I know, I'm as surprised as you that I'm calling a German a badass, but he was pretty dope. The whole colonization of Africa thing was a bit...not so dope, but given the times, he was still the best of the bunch. His men, both German and African, loved him. And his enemies respected him, some later even became his friends. Enjoy!
57 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
Ep. 253 Roch "Moses" Theriault
What can I say about Canadian cult leader Roch Theriault except, ew. When a dude shits on people as punishment and that doesn't even come close to the worst thing about him, there's really no better way to describe him than "gross." He's also a dude whose appearance is way too on the nose for the kind of person he is. While a lot of the things he does are pretty par for course when it comes to psycho religious fanatics, he does manage to sneak in a few surprising moments. Enjoy!
46 minutes | Nov 18, 2021
Ep. 252 William Laws Calley Jr.
Welcome back, dear listeners! Today we are talking about a real grade A piece of shit, William Calley. A lot of bad stuff was done over the course of the Vietnam War, and Calley was right at the heart of one of the instances where some bad stuff occurred. He should have just stuck with being an incompetent officer instead of graduating to full blown dickhead, but what are ya gonna do? Well if you're the US government, almost nothing! There's no bitterness here, I swear. Anyways, enjoy!
50 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
Ep. 251 Willem Frederik Holleeder
I know most of the time when you think about the Netherlands you don't think about criminals, murder, and crazy kidnapping plots, but that's exactly what we have for you today. Willem Holleeder even had a dumb nickname like so many American criminals. Of course nobody was going to tell him that it was dumb, since he was a goddamn murderer and pretty much everyone was terrified of him. But you don't have to be scared like them, so laugh away. Enjoy!
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