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This week on the Ominous Origins podcast, we’re discussing the not-so-jolly Christmas murder spree of vile serial killer Ronald Gene Simmons.

Despite sharing two-thirds of a name with rock legend Gene Simmons, Ronald Gene Simmons has a far more sinister claim to fame. While Gene Simmons of KISS fame was a rock god worshipped by millions, Ronald was a serial killer who worshipped demons. A vessel for pure evil, he killed 16 people, including his entire immediate family. We may not be talking about the wild rock ‘n roll lifestyle, but I promise you’re in for a wild ride.


Ronald Gene Simmons was a US citizen who excelled as a member of the military in more than one role. He was a decorated soldier, and from all accounts did well for himself while enlisted. However, something changed when he retired from the military.

Perhaps it’s the post-high school syndrome; you know the jocks who peak at 17, then it’s all downhill from there?

Yeah, I’m thinking Simmons peaked in the military and didn’t know what to do when he got out. He worked a string of low-paying jobs, a couple from which he was fired. Maybe it was all the stress from being fired and a failure, or maybe it was the fact he fathered a child with his own daughter — yeah, that happened — that set him off.

Whatever the trigger for Simmons’ downward spiral, something snapped in him one fateful night in December of 1987. On that night, Simmons killed his entire family before going after all those who wronged him.

There are some terrible and gruesome details that you can only get by listening to the episode, so…listen!



Ominous Origins

Welcome to the Ominous Origins Podcast, a Horror Shots production. If you were previously a fan of the Horror Shots Podcast, this is the same great show with the same compelling content focused on myth, mysterious creatures, unexplained events, spooky stories — and even some of the strangest and most disturbing true crime stories. As always, our goal is to entertain, but also to enlighten with short, well-researched episodes on a variety of fascinating topics.

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