Deathbed Confessions is a brand new podcast series from Parcast in partnership with Noiser, launching exclusively on Spotify from Wednesday 21 July.
Each week, Deathbed Confessions will uncover the fascinating real-life stories behind the long-held secrets and the deep, dark confessions made by people taking their final, dying breaths.
Plagued by the guilt and agony of holding their secrets in for so many years – be it murder, fake identities, illicit affairs and even classified government information – they make the end-of-life decision to finally reveal the shocking skeletons in their closet, ridding themselves of their secret once and for all!
Narrated by host Estefania Hageman, Deathbed Confessions is an ongoing series, with weekly episodes released each Wednesday.
The series opens with the deathbed confession of Hollywood film actress Margaret Gibson. In 1922, Anglo-Irish American William Desmond Taylor, a film director responsible for 59 silent films, and who starred in 27, was found dead in his bungalow early one morning.
This led to a frenzy of fabricated newspaper articles at the time, and remained an ongoing mystery; a murder crime that was never solved, despite there being several suspects and witnesses.
It was over 40 years later, in 1964, as the former movie starlet Margaret was experiencing a heart attack, that she called for a Priest to be by her side and in her dying breath she uttered the words: “I killed William Desmond Taylor”.
Other stories to be covered across the series include:
- Building contractor Frank Thorogood confessing to the murder of Rolling Stones founding member Brian Jones, after his death in a swimming pool had long been ruled by police to have been an accident.
- The conspiracy surrounding CIA Agent E. Howard Hunt and his role in JFK’s murder.
- After taking a lethal dose of paracetamol, Jeffrey Gafoor confessed to a brutal murder in Cardiff, where a woman had been stabbed 50 times.
- Ottis Toole was serving 5 consecutive life sentences for murder, and whilst on his deathbed he claimed sole responsibility for the horrific murder of 6-year-old Adam Walsh in 1981.
Pascal Hughes, Noiser’s founder and CEO said: “Deathbed Confessions is the first Spotify exclusive podcast from Noiser and Parcast’s partnership, and we can’t wait for audiences to get stuck into the incredibly engrossing stories that the show will tell – they’ve been fascinating! Our aim has always been to make podcasts that stand the test of time, and so it’s a great thrill to now be partnering with Spotify on a string of upcoming podcast series.”
Max Cutler, Founder and Managing Director of Parcast and Head of New Content Initiatives at Spotify added: “We are thrilled to kickstart our partnership with Noiser with Deathbed Confessions, a riveting examination into real-life secrets held close until the point of their timely reveal, and the perfect podcast to showcase both of our team’s commitment to premium and unforgettable stories.”