Episode 49: The Von Erich Family Curse

Episode 49 (1)

In the 1950s, wrestler Jack Adkisson created his sinister alter ego, Fritz Von Erich, and began what would become a very successful career in the sport. Tragedy, however, struck in 1959, when Jack’s six-year-old son died in a bizarre electrical accident: knocked unconscious by a short circuit in his family’s trailer park, he fell into a puddle and drowned. This terrible event would only be the beginning of the so-called Von Erich Family curse. In the years that followed, illness, injuries, depression, drug addiction, and suicide would plague all of Jack’s remaining sons until only one child survived. Can it really be just a horrible happenstance that Fritz Von Erich outlived 5 of his 6 children? If there was a curse, what could he possibly have done to bring it upon himself and his family? Can fame and fortune instead be blamed for the athletes’ deaths?

Sources:

https://medium.com/wrestling-deep-end/wrestling-abuse-and-death-the-twisted-tale-of-the-von-erich-family-ba689fd51021

https://www.oxygen.com/martinis-murder/von-erich-family-curse-wrestling-family-story-dark-side-of-the-ring

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heel_(professional_wrestling)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kayfabe#:~:text=In%20professional%20wrestling%2C%20kayfabe%20%2F%CB%88,predetermined%20nature%20of%20any%20kind

 

Music:

Quarantine Isle was created by Edmond Aggabao: https://soundcloud.com/drumj8/quarantine-isle.

Our theme song, “Straight-Up Enigmas,” was written and created for the podcast by Chuck Flyer.

Long Note One by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100418

Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Lightless Dawn by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100655

Artist: http://incompetech.com/

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