043 Listener Choice – Von Erich Wrestling Family Curse

The Von Erich family (from left to right): Kerry, Fritz, Kevin, Chris (front), Mike and David.

Is There a Von Erich Family Curse? 

Is there a Von Erich family curse? In Ghostly’s forty-third episode, Pat and Rebecca are joined by Bob from Bob After Dark to explore the Von Erich family curse, one of the pro wrestling world’s most tragic stories. With all the tragedy surrounding the Von Erich family, people start to wonder what happened. Was this family of wrestling royalty cursed?

Listener Warning – This episode contains serious themes on mental illness. Some listeners may be sensitive to some of the history in this story. Parents may want to preview before letting younger listeners listen. If you are struggling, please call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit crisistextline.org to text someone anytime.

Questions Explored in this Episode

Who are the Von Erich’s? What was their role in the WCCW and pro wrestling? Who was Fritz Von Erich and what drove him to fame? How did his sons end up in wrestling and what made them some of the most famous wrestlers in Texas? Who were each of the sons and what were they like? What happened to cause 5 of the 6 sons to die? Was it a curse?

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Ghost Story – Von Erich Family Curse

Listen to Rebecca tell the story of what drove the most famous of the Von Erich’s, Kerry Von Erich, to contemplate taking his own life, but was it real?

History of the Von Erich Family

Pat tells the history of pro-wrestling and how it evolved to where it was in the 1950’s and then the 1980’s, when the Von Erich boys rose to fame. He also reveals the tragedies that struck this family repeatedly.

The Debate

Rebecca offers ideas on curses, and then discusses what may have caused this family to be cursed. Did someone put a curse of the family? Were there just too many “accidents”? Did ghosts speak to Kerry? Then Bob and Pat share what they think is real and what is just tragic.

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Sources for this Week’s Episode

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Von_Erich_family
LWS Pro Wrestling: https://lastwordonprowrestling.com/2018/02/18/von-erich-curse-kerry-von-erich-passes-away-25-years-ago/
Fansided: https://dailyddt.com/2017/11/23/the-lonesome-deaths-of-the-von-erichs/
Medium: https://medium.com/wrestling-deep-end/wrestling-abuse-and-death-the-twisted-tale-of-the-von-erich-family-ba689fd51021
Paranormal Searchers: https://parasearcher.blogspot.com/2014/11/10-families-with-extremely-creepy-curses.html
Vice Video – The Dark Side of the Rign – The Last of the Von Erichs: https://video.vice.com/en_us/topic/the-von-erichs

Music for this episode was performed by Michael Rivers
Intro: “III. Allegro moderato from Gargoyles” by Lowell Liebermann
Outro: “Dream Images (Love-Death Music)” by George Crumb
Bumper: “Ghost Waltz” by Lowell Liebermann

Special thanks to our Guest Co-Host Bob from Bob After Dark. Find Bob on Facebook @bobafterdark and listen to Bob After Dark wherever you find great podcasts.