Why do you drink? For Christine Schiefer and Em Schulz of the And That’s Why We Drink podcast, the answer is simple: real life is terrifying. The hosts of this delightfully dark show cover true crime and paranormal stories in a way that makes you feel like you’re hanging out with friends, but on a podcast. Each episode features stories that are legitimately freaky, and banter that’s seriously funny.
And That’s Why We Drink takes real stories of urban horror and places them in a context that’s fun and informative. Because the show is so freewheeling, it doesn’t feel daunting to listen to Christine and Em talk about shapeshifters or home invasions. The following 10 episodes have been deemed the best of the best by the show’s creators themselves. After listening, you will definitely need a drink - and not just to toast the hosts.
What They Say: "This episode was a doozy... In it, Em reveals that they went to clown college! Plus, there's a poltergeist and John Wayne Gacy, so to be honest it's disturbing all around."
What It's About: This episode unpacks the intense Smurl family poltergeist, a haunting that involves a succubus and an entity that threw people and a dog across a room. They also break down the horrific John Wayne Gacy murders, which leads to a lot of information about Em's many clown names. Some fun milkshake talk breaks down whether or not chicken and milk work well together.
What They Say: "This one was super fun because Em hadn't heard of DeeDee and Gypsy Rose Blanchard before... I loved watching Em's face during the 'plot twist.' If you don't know what plot twist I'm talking about, do yourself a favor and read more about this crazy story."
What It's About: This episode includes a story about a haunted bowling alley that will make you think twice about going anywhere with a "suicide bathroom." You'll definitely need a drink after listening to the aside about a woman who dies after eating glass.
What They Say: "I might be biased, considering I'm #TeamWine, but learning about this haunted brewery was pretty fun for me. It's a nice way to ease into the horrors of the Papin sisters."
What It's About: Em reports on the Lemp Mansion, a horrifying place filled with ghosts that scream from the walls and entities that kick down bedroom doors. They also take a look at a pair of sisters who murdered the family of their boss.
What They Say: "The real-life story of Anneliese Michel inspired The Exorcism of Emily Rose, so it goes without saying that this is a pretty creepy one. The Axeman of New Orleans is shiver-inducing too. It was one of my favorite topics to research!"
What It's About: #TeamWine and #TeamMilk dig into the inspiration for The Exorcism of Emily Rose and uncover some fascinating facts about demonic possession. Christine dives into the Axeman of New Orleans, a possible serial killer who murdered in the name of jazz. The creepiest part of the episode comes when Christine admits to contacting a spirit with a pendulum, helped by a listener.