Sugar Coated Murder

Two sisters discussing true crime murders while baking in the kitchen and sharing recipes in a True Crime Comedy Improv podcast.

In this Thanksgiving episode, Anne Varner and Karen DeVanie gather at a local coffee shop called Tidal Grounds to discuss what they're watching on TV right now.  They slip in the history of their family tradition of dressing balls (aka stuffing balls) and stories of past Thanksgivings at Grandma's house in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains.  Anne manages to share the story of a woman who died and was dug up with a surprisingly beautiful face. (The dead woman, not Anne!)

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In this episode, Karen bakes warm, comforting Honey Muffins.  Anne takes us on a wild and crazy ride in Idaho with a string of convenience store murders that seem to have a particular calling card. Karen brings us back to Charleston, SC, for the 2020 disappearance and murder of Massachusetts native Celia Sweeney that ends in Spartanburg. There are updates on the bidet shenanigans as well.

In this episode Anne Varner bakes Memama's Tea Cake recipe.  The recipe takes them back to their grandmother's kitchen where they remember "secret" recipes of old.  While Anne bakes Karen tells the story of the heinous murder of Katie Eastburn and 2 of her daughters. Anne finishes off the episode with the horrible murder of 22 year old Kristin Huggins. 


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In episode 38 the sisters are finally back in the kitchen.  Karen whips up a yummy pumpkin ginger loaf while Anne unpacks the details surrounding the case of the Pixy Stix murder in Huntsville, TX. Karen presents the murders of two teenagers murdered in Grandbury, TX that took 5 years to solve. 







Karen and Anne welcome special guests, MaryP and Sarah, to the final installment of the OctoBoo series. 



Both guests bring their A Games and break out chilling ghost stories from the Outer Banks of North Carolina, also known as the Nags Head area.  First, Mary Patrick gives the creepy tale of how T.I. Daniels came to haunt the building where the restaurant the Black Pelican sits today.  T.I. was notorious for giving his boss, James Hobbes a very hard time back in the 1800s.  They were employed as Surf Men at one of the Life Saving Stations along the coastline.  Poor investigator Clayton showed up to look into some shenanigans, but was pulled into a horrible scene of mayhem and murder and cover-up.  An argument ensues and Hobbes eventually kills T.I. and the men bury him at sea and cover up the crime scene.

Next, Sarah tells us about Mr. Teach, who becomes the infamous pirate Black Beard.  She weaves a story of his pirating and plundering throughout the waters off the Outer Banks, and she even gives us some noble facts about him.  He was able to build quite a gang and a hearty ship, but, alas, his lack of honesty and antics of never-ending plundering get him captured by the Virginia Navy.  When he is finally caught, the jig is up and his head comes off and that's how the haunting begins!



In this OctoBoo special episode, the sisters visit the Haunted Jail of Charleston, SC, but they're not alone!  Their storytelling friends, Andrea and Bruce, escort them and tell some chilling tales.  Of course, hi-jinx ensues and Karen gets a fright and Anne gets a tap.  Join us for this Haunting visit.


The sisters are tipping the bottle again!  And telling creepy, spooky tales about being buried alive and sorority hauntings.  And there's bourbon.

In this Spooky Octoboo Special episode, we come to you remotely from the LowCo Cafe in Charleston, SC.  We have guest professional story tellers, Andrea St Amand and Bruce Orr.  They bring to us ghost stories where the ghosts that passed over due to their own murders!

The sisters celebrate International Podcast Day with some great murder cases and yummy baked treats!  Anne bakes up a last taste of summer with scrumptious Key Lime Bars, using a recipe straight from Key West, FL.  While Anne's in the kitchen, Karen tells the maniacal tale of Blanche Taylor Moore from Alamance County, NC.  Then, Anne weaves a gruesome, yet interesting story from Jericho, NY, that starts with Dick & Jane & a mysterious barrel. 

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In this episode, it's Karen's turn to bake.  She turns out delicious and seasonal Apple Cider Baked Donuts.  While Karen bakes, Anne present the psychotic personality of Ed Geins whose propensity for corpses leads to some creative ways he makes use of them.  Several famous movie characters were modeled after Ed's personality traits and his profile is adopted by Norman Bates, Wild Bill (from Silence of the Lambs), and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre dude.  It's hard to believe someone with his habits really ever existed!  Then, Karen presents the case of the Folly Beach (SC) serial killer from the 1970s.  Richard Valenti is one sick [email protected]#K!  After his sexual depravity drives him to commit horrible acts. It makes you wonder who would ever fight to get him out of prison, even after he confesses!

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