The Dark Side of Barbie: 4 Crime Podcasts That Involve The Iconic Doll

While Mattel’s iconic Barbie doll has long been associated with spreading joy, these crime podcast episodes shed light on a darker aspect of its influence.

Delving into stories ranging from notorious criminals dubbed the ‘Ken & Barbie Killers’ to spine-chilling calling cards, take a listen below to explore a different side of Barbie’s legacy.

Killer Psyche with Candice DeLong – Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka: The Ken & Barbie Killers

In this gripping episode of “Killer Psyche,” former FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong delves into the horrifying murders perpetrated by Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka, infamously known as the ‘Ken and Barbie Killers.’ Although their media-given monikers highlighted their attractive and youthful looks, their actions were far from innocent. This episode explores the psychology that brought these killers together and uncovers the reason why only one remains incarcerated to this day.

Listen HERE.

True Crime Garage – The Barbie Doll Killer Part 1 & 2

In 1995, 6-year-old Rosie Tapia was tragically taken from her bedroom in the middle of the night. Her body was found nearby, just hours later. Although Rosie’s case remains unsolved, a Barbie Doll was left on her grave days after her funeral. Could this Barbie be the key to finding Rosie’s killer? 

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Listen to Part 1 HERE and Part 2 HERE.

The First Degree – Killing Time: Barbie Blunders

Curious about the history of Barbie? Where did she come from and why did she become so popular? In this episode of The First Degree, Jac Vanek, Alexis Linkletter and Billy Jensen take us through the controversial editions of Barbie that Matell would probably rather us forget. 

Listen from 10:54 mins to catch up on the history of Barbie, or jump to 34:53 mins.

Listen HERE.

My Favorite Murder – Live at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta (The Barbie Bandits)

In this special Live episode of My Favourite Murder, Karen and Georgia take us through the story of Heather Johnston and Ashley Miller aka the ‘Barbie Bandits’.

Story begins: 50:30 mins

Listen HERE.