The Boyfriend's Death

April 15, 2021 Kristina Downs Season 1 Episode 8
The Boyfriend's Death
Show Notes

Returning from an unplanned hiatus, Jesse and Kristina discuss the classic urban legend known as "The Boyfriend's Death." What are the implications of stories about couple's being attacked at lovers' lanes? Why is it the man who pays the ultimate price in this story? What things happen when you go outside of populated areas? As always, we compare the legend to true crime stories, discussing some cases in which couples were actually attacked at lover's lanes.


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This episode is dedicated in memory of Kristina's beloved cat Wash Seamus Downs, who passed away suddenly in February.