True Crime Historian

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 Aug 2, 2018

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True Crime Historian remembers the famous and forgotten scandals, scoundrels, and scourges of the past told through vintage newspaper accounts from the golden age of yellow journalism.

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Battered Bodies In Stetson Pond
3670
<strong><br>YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism...<br></strong><br>The Trial Of Arthur Sargent<br><br>Episode 334 is a simple tale: Three men go fishing on a boat, one man comes back the next day saying the other two were drowned in an accident on the pond. But was it an accident? We’d let the jury decide but for a rare motion with unusual timing by the prosecuting attorney that makes the outcome a certainty. <br><br>Culled from the historic pages of the Bangor Daily Whig and Courier, and other newspapers of the era.<br><br>***<br><br>A creation Of <a href="http://pulpular.com">Pulpular Media<br></a><br>We invite you to check out Pulpular Media’s newest production, Portals to Possibility, an improvised comedy about an alternate reality, where monsters are real--and hilarious!!! Visit pulpular.com/portals for a brand-new episode.<br><br>Want to get a jump on the next episode of True Crime Historian? Why then, download the new podcast app Himalaya and get all new episodes a day early, then drop a buck in the tip jar for True Crime Historian.<br><br>Support your favorite podcaster at <a href="https://www.patreon.com/TrueCrimeHistorian/overview?">www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian</a>. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require.<br><br>***<br><br>Opening theme by Nico Vitesse.<br><br>Incidental music by Nico Vitesse, Chuck Wiggins, and Dave Sames. Some music and sound effects licensed from <a href="https://www.podcastmusic.com/">podcastmusic.com</a>.<br><br>Closing theme by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DaveSamsandTheDaveSamsBand/?fref=ts">Dave Sams </a>and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music.<br><br>Media management by <a href="http://www.seanmillerjones.com">Sean Miller-Jones<br></a><br>Richard O Jones, Executive Producer<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
May 20, 2019
Drunk Enough For A Fight
4627
<strong>YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism...<br></strong><br><em>Emil Sanger’s Rage </em><br><br>Like all episodes of True Crime Historian, Episode 333 is a cautionary tale, this time about rage, when a normal businessman gets so&nbsp; heated about a squabble mixing family and business that he lays out his own ruin. I wouldn’t go so far as to say anyone was asking to be murdered, but... I’ll let you be the judge.<br><br>Culled from the historic pages of the Milwaukee Journal and other newspapers of the era.<br><br>***<br><br>A creation Of <a href="http://pulpular.com">Pulpular Media<br></a><br>We invite you to check out Pulpular Media’s newest production, Portals to Possibility, an improvised comedy about an alternate reality, where monsters are real--and hilarious!!! Visit pulpular.com/portals for a brand-new episode.<br><br>Want to get a jump on the next episode of True Crime Historian? Why then, download the new podcast app Himalaya and get all new episodes a day early, then drop a buck in the tip jar for True Crime Historian.<br><br>Support your favorite podcaster at <a href="https://www.patreon.com/TrueCrimeHistorian/overview?">www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian</a>. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require.<br><br>***<br><br>Opening theme by Nico Vitesse.<br><br>Incidental music by Nico Vitesse, Chuck Wiggins, and Dave Sames. Some music and sound effects licensed from <a href="https://www.podcastmusic.com/">podcastmusic.com</a>.<br><br>Closing theme by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DaveSamsandTheDaveSamsBand/?fref=ts">Dave Sams </a>and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music.<br><br>Media management by <a href="http://www.seanmillerjones.com">Sean Miller-Jones<br></a><br>Richard O Jones, Executive Producer<br><br><br><br><br><br>
May 14, 2019
Double Double Murder
4907
YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism...<br><br>The Crimes Of The Citrus King<br><br>Episode 332 tells the story of a prominent businessman and his relationship with a young woman that gets him in all kinds of hot water. But the remarkable thing about this story is how history repeats itself, and twenty years later, he finds himself in another fine mess.<br><br>Culled from the historic pages of the Tampa Times, the Tampa Bay Times, the Tampa Tribune, and other newspapers of the era.<br><br>***<br><br>A creation Of <a href="http://pulpular.com">Pulpular Media<br></a><br>We invite you to check out Pulpular Media’s newest production, Portals to Possibility, an improvised comedy about an alternate reality, where monsters are real--and hilarious!!! Visit pulpular.com/portals for a brand-new episode.<br><br>Want to get a jump on the next episode of True Crime Historian? Why then, download the new podcast app Himalaya and get all new episodes a day early, then drop a buck in the tip jar for True Crime Historian.<br><br>Support your favorite podcaster at <a href="https://www.patreon.com/TrueCrimeHistorian/overview?">www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian</a>. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require.<br><br>***<br><br>Opening theme by Nico Vitesse.<br><br>Incidental music by Nico Vitesse, Chuck Wiggins, and Dave Sames. Some music and sound effects licensed from <a href="https://www.podcastmusic.com/">podcastmusic.com</a>.<br><br>Closing theme by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DaveSamsandTheDaveSamsBand/?fref=ts">Dave Sams </a>and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music.<br><br>Media management by <a href="http://www.seanmillerjones.com">Sean Miller-Jones<br></a><br>Richard O Jones, Executive Producer<br><br><br><br><br><br>
May 06, 2019
A Corpse In The Attic Next Door
4386
<strong>AN EYE FOR AN EYE --&nbsp; A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty...</strong><br><em>The $2.35 Murder</em><br><br>Episode 331 is dedicated to listener Kalie Jansen who recommended this strange story of a&nbsp; Syracuse, New York woman who came up missing during a brutal snowstorm, and the surprising way in which the mystery unfolded.<br><br>Culled from the historic pages of the Syracuse Herald and other newspapers of the era.<br><br>***<br><br>A creation Of <a href="http://pulpular.com">Pulpular Media<br></a><br>We invite you to check out Pulpular Media’s newest production, Portals to Possibility, an improvised comedy about an alternate reality, where monsters are real--and hilarious!!! Visit pulpular.com/portals for a brand-new episode.<br><br>Want to get a jump on the next episode of True Crime Historian? Why then, download the new podcast app Himalaya and get all new episodes a day early, then drop a buck in the tip jar for True Crime Historian.<br><br>Support your favorite podcaster at <a href="https://www.patreon.com/TrueCrimeHistorian/overview?">www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian</a>. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require.<br><br>***<br><br>Opening theme by Nico Vitesse.<br><br>Incidental music by Nico Vitesse, Chuck Wiggins, and Dave Sames. Some music and sound effects licensed from <a href="https://www.podcastmusic.com/">podcastmusic.com</a>.<br><br>Closing theme by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DaveSamsandTheDaveSamsBand/?fref=ts">Dave Sams </a>and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music.<br><br>Media management by <a href="http://www.seanmillerjones.com">Sean Miller-Jones<br></a><br>Richard O Jones, Executive Producer<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Apr 28, 2019
The Biddle Brothers Bandit Gang
6360
YESTERDAY’S NEWS --<br><br>Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism...<br><br>And The Jailer’s Wife’s Betrayal<br><br>Episode 330 is the exciting story of the Biddle Brothers of Pittsburgh, whose ransack of a humble home turns to homicide, and leads to a line-of-duty death of one of the city’s beloved officers. I was well into recording this episode before I realized that there was a movie based on this story. I’ve got a prize ready for the first person to contact me via email or social media with the name of the actress who played the jailer’s wife.<br><br>Culled from the historic pages of the Pittsburgh Press, the Pittsburgh Daily Post and other newspapers of the era.<br>***<br><br>A creation Of <a href="http://pulpular.com">Pulpular Media<br></a><br>We invite you to check out Pulpular Media’s newest production, Portals to Possibility, an improvised comedy about an alternate reality, where monsters are real--and hilarious!!! Visit pulpular.com/portals for a brand-new episode.<br><br>Want to get a jump on the next episode of True Crime Historian? Why then, download the new podcast app Himalaya and get all new episodes a day early, then drop a buck in the tip jar for True Crime Historian.<br><br>Support your favorite podcaster at <a href="https://www.patreon.com/TrueCrimeHistorian/overview?">www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian</a>. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require.<br>***<br><br>Opening theme by Nico Vitesse.<br><br>Incidental music by Nico Vitesse, Chuck Wiggins, and Dave Sames. Some music and sound effects licensed from <a href="https://www.podcastmusic.com/">podcastmusic.com</a>.<br><br>Closing theme by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DaveSamsandTheDaveSamsBand/?fref=ts">Dave Sams </a>and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music.<br><br>Media management by <a href="http://www.seanmillerjones.com">Sean Miller-Jones<br></a><br>Richard O Jones, Executive Producer<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Apr 22, 2019
The Millionaire Orphan
5648
YESTERDAY’S NEWS --<br><br>Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism...<br><br>The Tragic Typhoid Conspiracy<br><br>Episode 329 tells of an unusual modus operandi, the use of typhoid germs as a method of poisoning when an Illinois attorney goes on trial for the murder of a young man he raised after the death of his mother, who happened to leave her son a million dollar estate. A big welcome back to our friend Susan Ferman, who will read passages written during the trial by the Chicago Tribune’s ace female reporter Genevieve Forbes Herrick about some of the women involved in the case.<br><br>Culled from the historic pages of the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers of the era.<br><br>***<br><br>A creation Of <a href="http://pulpular.com">Pulpular Media<br></a><br>We invite you to check out Pulpular Media’s newest production, Portals to Possibility, an improvised comedy about an alternate reality, where monsters are real--and hilarious!!! Visit pulpular.com/portals for a brand-new episode.<br><br>Want to get a jump on the next episode of True Crime Historian? Why then, download the new podcast app Himalaya and get all new episodes a day early, then drop a buck in the tip jar for True Crime Historian.<br><br>Support your favorite podcaster at <a href="https://www.patreon.com/TrueCrimeHistorian/overview?">www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian</a>. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require.<br><br>***<br><br>Opening theme by Nico Vitesse.<br><br>Incidental music by Nico Vitesse, Chuck Wiggins, and Dave Sames. Some music and sound effects licensed from <a href="https://www.podcastmusic.com/">podcastmusic.com</a>.<br><br>Closing theme by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DaveSamsandTheDaveSamsBand/?fref=ts">Dave Sams </a>and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music.<br><br>Media management by <a href="http://www.seanmillerjones.com">Sean Miller-Jones<br></a><br>Richard O Jones, Executive Producer<br><br><br><br><br>
Apr 14, 2019
Moonlight Murder On Lake Palourde
4831
<strong><br>AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- </strong><br><br>A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty...<br><br><em>The Laboeuf Triangle </em><br><br>Episode 328 revisits one of our favorite tropes, the love triangle gone awry. The people involved here weren’t rich and famous, but ordinary people tragically caught up in their passion.<br><br>***<br><br>A creation Of <a href="http://pulpular.com">Pulpular Media<br></a><br>We invite you to check out Pulpular Media’s newest production, Portals to Possibility, an improvised comedy about an alternate reality, where monsters are real--and hilarious!!! Visit <a href="http://pulpular.com/portals">pulpular.com/portals</a> for two brand-new episodes.<br><br>Want to get a jump on the next episode of True Crime Historian? Why the, download the new podcast app Himalaya and get all new episodes a day early, then drop a buck in the tip jar for True Crime Historian.<br><br>Support your favorite podcaster at <a href="https://www.patreon.com/TrueCrimeHistorian/overview?">www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian</a>. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require.<br><br>Don’t forget to use the secret code TCH to get $100 of free delivery credit for your first seven days when you download the <a href="https://postmates.com/">Postmates</a> app.<br><br>***<br><br>Opening theme and some incidental music by Nico Vitesse.<br><br>Some music and sound effects licensed from <a href="https://www.podcastmusic.com/">podcastmusic.com</a>.<br><br>Closing theme by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DaveSamsandTheDaveSamsBand/?fref=ts">Dave Sams </a>and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music.<br><br>Media management by <a href="http://www.seanmillerjones.com">Sean Miller-Jones<br></a><br>Richard O Jones, Executive Producer<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Apr 07, 2019
The Assassination Of Jesse James
5558
The Assassination of Jesse James&nbsp;<br>YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Exploits Of The Outlaw James Gang Episode 326 finishes off Wild West Month with the epic tale of one of the most notorious bands of outlaws to plague the American frontier. It’s a wild ride, so hang on. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Can’t wait for the next episode to drop? Download the new podcast app Himalaya and get all new episodes a day early, and drop a buck in the tip jar for True Crime Historian. Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. Don’t forget to use the secret code TCH to get $100 of free delivery credit for your first seven days when you download the Postmates app. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean Miller-Jones Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Apr 01, 2019
The Tall Love Of Laura Bullion
4246
YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Thorny Rose Of The Wild Bunch Episode 324 tells the tale of a young woman who would do anything for the man she loves, even go to prison for him. The couple were associated with the gang known as the Wild Bunch, featuring such notorious characters as Black Jack Ketchum, Butch Cassidy, and Harry Longbaugh, also known as the Sundance Kid. Culled from the historic pages of the St. Louis Times-Dispatch, the St. Louis Republican, and other newspapers of the era. Epilogue. Ben Kilpatrick did not get out of federal prison until 1911. By that time, Laura Bullion had been involved with several other men and was living in Memphis. They never reconnected. Kilpatrick was killed in an attempted train robbery in 1912. Laura Bullion worked as a seamstress and interior designer in Memphis until she died of heart disease at age 85 in 1961, the last surviving member of the Wild Bunch. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Can’t wait for the next episode to drop? Download the new podcast app Himalaya and get all new episodes a day early, and drop a buck in the tip jar for True Crime Historian. Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. Z-O-L-A Zola, the wedding company that will do anything for love,&nbsp; will give you $50 off your registry when you land at Zola.com/True Take care of your body with a subscription to Care/Of and get personalized vitamin and supplement packs right to your door, and get 50 percent off your first month with the secret code TCH50 when you check out at takecareof.com. Don’t forget to use the secret code TCH to get $100 of free delivery credit for your first seven days when you download the Postmates app. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean Miller-Jones Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Mar 24, 2019
The End Of John Wesley Hardin
4728
YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Grand Mogul Of The Texas Desperados Episode 322 relates the downfall of one of the most desperate desperados of the Old West, John Wesley Hardin, the man so mean that it is alleged he shot a fellow just for snoring. Culled from the historic pages of the Galveston Daily News, The El Paso Times, and other newspapers of the era. You can find out more about the career of John Sellman, the man who killed John Wesley Hardin and 13 other outlaws, by registering at the Safe House at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. A bonus episode, “14 Notches On A Colt 45” will be published Thursday for patrons pledging just a dollar a month or more. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Can’t wait for the next episode to drop? Download the new podcast app Himalaya and get each new episode a day early, and drop a buck in the tip jar for True Crime Historian. Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. Z-O-L-A Zola, the wedding company that will do anything for love, will give you $50 off your registry when you land at Zola.com/True Take care of your body with a subscription to Care/Of and get personalized vitamin and supplement packs right to your door, and get 50 percent off your first month with the secret code TCH50 when you check out at takecareof.com. Don’t forget to use the secret code TCH to get $100 of free delivery credit for your first seven days when you download the Postmates app. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean Miller-Jones Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Mar 17, 2019
The Colusa Tragedy
4822
YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Capture Of Hong Di Episode 321 continues our exploration of stories from the Old West, this one from a ranch near Colusa when a Chinese cook, a mere boy of 17, opens fire with a rifle during the family meal. After a flight from justice, an unlikely hero captures the fugitive, who is put on trial while a vengeful crowd gathers outside demanding the extreme penalty of the law. Culled from the historic pages of the the San Francisco Examiner and other newspapers of the era. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Can’t wait for the next episode to drop? Download the new podcast app Himalaya and get each new episode a day early, and drop a buck in the tip jar for True Crime Historian. Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. Z-O-L-A Zola, the wedding company that will do anything for love, will give you $50 off your registry when you land at Zola.com/True Take care of your body with a subscription to Care/Of and get personalized vitamin and supplement packs right to your door, and get 50 percent off your first month with the secret code TCH50 when you check out at takecareof.com. Don’t forget to use the secret code TCH to get $100 of free delivery credit for your first seven days when you download the Postmates app. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean Miller-Jones Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Mar 11, 2019
Trouble At Tombstone
6161
YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Earp Brothers Take A Stand Episode 319 takes us on a journey to one of the most famous gunfights in Old West history, the shoot-out at the OK corral. The first two thirds relates the story from the newspaper accounts of the day, while the third act gives a first-person account from Wyatt Earp himself. Culled from the historic pages of the Tombstone Epitaph, the Arizona Daily Star, the San Francisco Examiner, and other newspapers of the era. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Can’t wait for the next episode to drop? Download the new podcast app Himalaya and get each new episode a day early, and drop a buck in the tip jar for True Crime Historian. Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. Z-O-L-A Zola, the wedding company that will do anything for love,&nbsp;will give you $50 off your registry when you land at Zola.com/True Take care of your body with a subscription to Care/Of and get personalized vitamin and supplement packs right to your door, and get 50 percent off your first month with the secret code TCH50 when you check out at takecareof.com. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean Miller-Jones Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Mar 05, 2019
The Hardscrabble Poison Widow
5969
YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... She Conversed With The Devil Episode 317 explores the bizarre tale of Martha Wise who becomes so tired of the scorn of her family and their objection to her dating life after the death of her husband, that she starts putting arsenic in their drinking water. Not everyone dies, so the intense family drama carries over into her sensational trial and damning testimony from a cousin made invalid from the poison and the suicide of a sister-in-law. Culled from the historic pages of the Akron Beacon Journal and other newspapers of the era. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Can’t wait for the next episode to drop? Download the new podcast app Himalaya and get all new episodes a day early, and drop a buck in the tip jar for True Crime Historian. Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. Z-O-L-A Zola, the wedding company that will do anything for love,&nbsp;will give you $50 off&nbsp;your registry when you land at Zola.com/True Take care of your body with a subscription to Care/Of and get personalized vitamin and supplement packs right to your door, and get 50 percent off your first month with the secret code TCH50 when you check out at takecareof.com. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Miller-Jones Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Feb 25, 2019
The Gun Alley Murder
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE --&nbsp; A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... The Mysterious Case Of Alma Tirtschke Episode 315 is Dedicated to Peter Quinn, a listener down under who brought this case to my attention, the sad tale of a 12 year old girl who disappeared while running errands for her family. Her body was found naked and outraged the following morning. Based on the testimony of some spurious witnesses, as you shall hear, the crown executed the owner of a wine shop near the alley. But did they get the right man. Culled from the historic pages of the Melbourne Age and other newspapers of the era. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Can’t wait for the next episode to drop? Download the new podcast app Himalaya and get all new episodes a day early, and drop a buck in the tip jar for True Crime Historian. Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. Z-O-L-A Zola, the wedding company that will do anything for love,&nbsp;will give you $50 off&nbsp;your registry when you land at Zola.com/True Take care of your body with a subscription to Care/Of and get personalized vitamin and supplement packs right to your door, and get 50 percent off your first month with the secret code TCH50 when you check out at takecareof.com. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Miller-Jones Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Feb 18, 2019
No Mercy For The Swashbuckling Scoundrel
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE --&nbsp; A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... A Secret Crime Spree Revealed By Murder Episode 313 is the action-packed story of a pair of bands who met in juvenile jail, and embarked on a short-lived but deadly crime spree through the Wyoming Valley of Eastern Pennsylvania that included two murders, a shooting to kill, several home invasions, and a general disregard and disdain for social order and the rule of law. But they’ll get what’s coming to them. Culled from the historic pages of the Wilkes-Barre Record, the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader and other newspapers of the era. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Can’t wait for the next episode to drop? Download the new podcast app Himalaya and get all new episodes a day early, and drop a buck in the tip jar for True Crime Historian. Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. Start your new year off right with a subscription to Care/Of to bring personalized vitamin and supplement packs right to your door, and get 50 percent off your first month with the secret code TCH50 when you check out at takecareof.com. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Miller-Jones Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Feb 11, 2019
The Incident At Cherry Creek
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... Bannon Buries Bodies In The Haven Barn Episode 312 tells the story of a disappearing farming family in North Dakota, who were said to have gone out West for the health of the wife and mother. But the young man left in charge has a strange story to tell, and it keeps changing. When the truth is revealed, if it is revealed, the community seeks its own justice. Horror and indignation Culled from the historic pages of the Bismarck Tribune and other newspapers of the era. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Can’t wait for the next episode to drop? Download the new podcast app Himalaya and get all new episodes a day early, and drop a buck in the tip jar for True Crime Historian. Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. Start your new year off right with a subscription to Care/Of to bring personalized vitamin and supplement packs right to your door, and get 50 percent off your first month with the secret code TCH50 when you check out at takecareof.com. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Miller-Jones Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Feb 04, 2019
The Flypaper Poisoner
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SERIAL KILLER CLIPS A reading of Yesterday’s News exploring one of History’s most prolific murderers. The Lady Bluebeard Lyda Southard Episode 310 finishes off Lady Serial Killers Month with the tale of Lyda Trueblood Meyer Southard, who is credited with killing four husbands, a brother-in-law, and her own baby. Along with a sordid marital history, this tale has the bonus of a daring prison escape and a 15-month flight from justice. Culled from the historic pages of the Honolulu Star Bulletin, the Salt Lake City Telegram, and other newspapers of the era. A creation Of Pulpular Media Can’t wait for the next episode to drop? Download the new podcast app Himalaya and get all new episodes a day early, and drop a buck in the tip jar for True Crime Historian. Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. Start your new year off right with a subscription to Care/Of to bring personalized vitamin and supplement packs right to your door, and get 50 percent off your first month with the secret code TCH50 when you check out at takecareof.com. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Miller-Jones Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Jan 29, 2019
Harvest Time On The Murder Farm
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SERIAL KILLER CLIPSA reading of Yesterday’s News exploring one of History’s most prolific murderers. The Mysteries Of Belle Gunness Episode 308 examines the strange story of Belle Gunness, which came to light only after her house burned down with her body presumably inside and a dozen or so bodies buried in the yard. There’s a lot of conjecture and debate about this case still going on today. Culled from the historic pages of the Chicago Tribune, the St. Louis Post Dispatch, and other newspapers of the era. A creation Of Pulpular Media Can’t wait for the next episode to drop? Download the new podcast app Himalaya and get all new episodes a day early, and drop a buck in the tip jar for True Crime Historian. Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Miller-Jones Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Jan 22, 2019
The Black-Eyed Borgia Of Baldwin
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SERIAL KILLER CLIPSA reading of Yesterday’s News exploring one of History’s most prolific murderers. Mrs. Creighton’s Cocoa And Egg Nog Episode 307 is the epic tale of the serial killer Mary Frances Quevada Avery Creighton, who is generally credited with three poisonings, although she was acquitted in court on the first two. But 12 years later, she will find herself ensnared in a tangled web of adultery, pedophilia, and murder when she conspires with her live-in lover to poison his wife so that he can marry her teenage daughter. It’s a long and sordid tale, so settle in with your favorite beverage. Horror and indignation Culled from the historic pages of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and other newspapers of the era. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Can’t wait for the next episode to drop? Download the new podcast app Himalaya and get all new episodes a day early, and drop a buck in the tip jar for True Crime Historian. Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Miller-Jones Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Jan 15, 2019
A Wretched Witch Of A Wife
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SERIAL KILLER CLIPSA reading of Yesterday’s News exploring one of history’s most prolific murderers. The Lizzie Halliday Horrors Episode 305 kicks off Lady Serial Killers Month with the strange story of Lizzie Halliday, the perpetrator of at least five, maybe six murders, and once you hear about those, you’ll wonder if maybe there weren’t a few more than that. In addition to six murders, the spice in this tale includes a near-lynching and the lunatic antics of the prisoner, the first American woman to receive a death sentence in the electric chair. Amusement and indignation, Culled from the historic pages of the Middletown Times, the New York World, and other newspapers of the era. *** If you’re a true fan of True Crime Historian and want to catch the next episode a day early, I invite you to download the Himalaya app and follow this show for exclusive first access. Himalaya is the brand new official podcast player of True Crime Historian, where you can find every single podcast you currently love and or will love in the future. Yeah, Himalaya has got your back. It’s free, it’s the easiest to use, and we’re adding cool new features everyday. Go to your app store, download Himalaya, and don’t forget to follow True Crime Historian once you’re there and drop a quarter in the tip jar! *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Can’t wait for the next episode to drop? Download the new podcast app Himalaya and get all new episodes a day early, and drop a buck in the tip jar for True Crime Historian. Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Miller-Jones Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Jan 08, 2019
A Body In The Cement Shanty
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS --Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Racine Street Bridge Horror Episode 303 takes us back to 1909 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where a teenage girl disappears while walking home from her married sister’s house. The area was known as a dark, dangerous place, but she’d made the journey many times. Until one fateful dark night... Culled from the historic pages of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and other newspapers of the era. A creation Of Pulpular Media Can’t wait for the next episode to drop? Download the new podcast app Himalaya and get all new episodes a day early, and drop a buck in the tip jar for True Crime Historian. Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Miller-Jones Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Dec 31, 2018
A Fatal Drinking Party
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... The Brutal Murder Of Ethel Mae Atkins Episode 301 is an especially sordid tale, and I don’t belive all of the lurid details were revealed, although many of them hinted at as police and people who knew her inadvertently reveal uncomfortable truths even as they try to protect the dignity of the victim. But I think she just went on a bender and things took a dark fatal turn. What do you think? Culled from the historic pages of the Philadelphia Inquirer and other newspapers of the era. *** If you think this episode is worth a couple of bucks, I invite you to download the Himalaya app for your smart phone where you can listen and give True Crime Historian some tip jar love. Himalaya is the official podcast player of True Crime Historian, where you can listen to new episodes 24 hours before they’re released to other players. Himalaya has features that you don’t normally find in podcast players, such as featured playlists. So download Himalaya (spell) and don’t forget to follow True Crime Historian. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Can’t wait for the next episode to drop? Download the new podcast app Himalaya and get all new episodes a day early, and drop a buck in the tip jar for True Crime Historian. Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Miller-Jones Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Dec 27, 2018
The Basement Butcher Of Prospect Place
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... The Brownell-Bennett Dismemberments Episode 300 recounts a grisly pair of murders that are uncovered when New York City residents begin finding stray body parts around Brooklyn. The reporting isn’t terribly graphic, but there are a few ghastly descriptions. There’s your trigger warning. Culled from the historic pages of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, the New York Daily News, and other newspapers of the era. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Can’t wait for the next episode to drop? Download the new podcast app Himalaya and get all new episodes a day early, and drop a buck in the tip jar for True Crime Historian. Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Miller-Jones Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Dec 17, 2018
Shot In The Arms Of The Law
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS --Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... Berthe Claiche’s Revenge Episode 297 relates the sad story of Berthe Claiche, whom we met briefly in last week’s episode when she gave a necklace to her cellmate, Josephine Terranova. I normally like to mix things up a bit, but these two tales have a lot in common, interesting back stories about immigrants struggling to adapt to American ways, courtroom theatrics, and sympathetic abused female defendants. Not that murder is ever a good idea, but if I were in their shoes... What do you think? Culled from the historic pages of the New York Evening World, the New York Sun, and other newspapers of the era. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenderloin,_Manhattan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grisette_(person) $10 in 1906=$275 in 2018 *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Can’t wait for the next episode to drop? Download the new podcast app Himalaya and get all new episodes a day early, and drop a buck in the tip jar for True Crime Historian. Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Miller-Jones Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Dec 10, 2018
The Soiled Sicilian Bride
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS --Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... Josephine Terranova’s Revenge Episode 297 is a sad story about a young immigrant woman so abused by her relatives that when the truth is revealed to her newlywed husband, he breaks off the union. The teenage bride believes she has but one recourse: To do what God commands. Culled from the historic pages of the New York World and other newspapers of the era. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. Get pre-measured food to make your meals straight to your door with Hello Fresh! www.hellofresh.com/TRUE60. Get six meals free with the promotional code TRUE60 when you check out. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Miller-Jones Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Dec 03, 2018
Bullet Shakes Tinseltown
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UNSOLVED: A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring one of history’s most baffling murder mysteries.The Murder Of William Desmond Taylor Episode 295 recaps one of Hollywood’s first and most sensational murder cases. After his death, the mysterious past life and personal entanglements of William Desmond Taylor lead in a dozen different directions, but none apparently toward a solution to the case. But there’s a reason the case aroused so much sensation. Culled from the historic pages of the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers of the era. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. Get pre-measured food to make your meals straight to your door with Hello Fresh! www.hellofresh.com/TRUE60. Get six meals free with the promotional code TRUE60 when you check out. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Miller-Jones Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Nov 26, 2018
Virginia Venus And The Sidewalk Sheik
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... A Rampage In Richmond Episode 293 may start out like your ordinary love triangle gone awry, but the city of Richmond, Virginia is scandalized by the revelations that come out about the young people of their city during the shocking trial. Culled from the historic pages of the Richmond Times Dispatch and other newspapers of the era. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. Get pre-measured food to make your meals straight to your door with Hello Fresh! www.hellofresh.com/TRUE60. Get six meals free with the promotional code TRUE60 when you check out. If you like hearing about historical scoundrels here, you’ll also like The Gray Mask, a true spy podcast. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Miller-Jones Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Nov 19, 2018
The Mad Butcher Of Kenmore Avenue
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS --Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... AKA The Lipstick Killer And His Imaginary Accomplice Hang onto your seats, folks, this one is another wild ride down psychopath lane. Folks in a nice Chicago neighborhood are scandalized when a string of murders go from fearsome to gruesome. Police get their man--or men, depending on how you look at it--almost by accident when the culprit is arrested for another crime. His crimes are heinous and involve a child, so tread carefully if your sensitive to that stuff, but I will tell you that the reporting isn’t overly graphic. Culled from the historic pages of the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers of the era. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. Get pre-measured food to make your meals straight to your door with Hello Fresh! www.hellofresh.com/TRUE60. Get six meals free with the promotional code TRUE60 when you check out. If you like hearing about historical scoundrels here, you’ll also like The Gray Mask, a true spy podcast. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Miller-Jones Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Nov 12, 2018
Escape From The Asylum
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Escape From The AsylumYESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Pearce Insanity Plot Episode 289 is a scandalous story that shook two Midwestern cities in the late 1930s when a woman came forward with a bizarre tale of abduction, adultery, assault, addiction and absconsion. That’s why I’m putting this story on my A-list. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. Get pre-measured food to make your meals straight to your door with Hello Fresh! www.hellofresh.com/TRUE60. Get six meals free with the promotional code TRUE60 when you check out.0 *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Nov 05, 2018
The Amador Deathbed Confession
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS --Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... Murder Of The Mythical Helen Johnson Episode 288 goes out to True Crime Historian patron Aisha B., who requested a murder from her hometown of Pleasanton, California. Although a lot of these historic stories have humorous elements when considered in modern light, I don’t normally treat them as comedies. There may or may not be any actual murders in this one, but there are plenty of accusations and much ado about Mrs. Amador’s allegations that makes it a comedy of errors that would make Shakespeare proud. Wait ‘til they get to the bones. Also, since this story came up a little shorter on time than most episodes, stay tuned after the credits for a bonus short short story. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to commercial free editions of all new episodes, exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Oct 29, 2018
The Ragged Stranger
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE: A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty...The Heinous Crime Of Carl Wanderer Episode 286 relates one of the most reprehensible double murders we’ve yet to encounter. They’re all reprehensible, but there’s no question that the act of Carl Wanderer was spawned by truly evil intent. Culled from the historic pages of the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers of the era. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Oct 22, 2018
Something Went Wrong Somewhere
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS --Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Rosewood Massacre Episode 284 is dedicated to True Crime Historian patron Mary Virginia Avery who lives near what used to be Rosewood, Florida, where the probably unfounded accusation of a black man for assaulting a white woman led to the destruction of the town and the banishment from Levy County of all of its citizens. Because incidents like this were numerous and under-reported, I’ve included accounts of some of the racial unrest in that area that researchers believe contributed to the rage that was exhibited that night, and also some passages from a report produced in 1993 based on interviews with survivors. Although I’ve edited the news reports to lighten the obvious racial bias, there are times when I felt it important to read them as written, so be aware that the language may be strong at times. History is not always pretty, and I don’t think it endorses the racism of the day to bring it into light. I believe that all of my stories are cautionary tales, and it’s too easy to see echoes of these events in modern America. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Oct 17, 2018
Slain In The Sammamish Slough
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UNSOLVED: A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring one of history’s most baffling murder mysteries.Who Killed Lettie Whitehall? Episode 282 is dedicated to True Crime Historian patron Vivia Boe, who requested an episode from her hometown, Bothell, Washington. In scouring the archives, I found this tragic story that takes place in the vicinity. It’s usually hard to get a full episode from an unsolved case as there’s usually no resolution and a good story needs an ending. This one has a lot of middle, to be sure, as law enforcement thrashes around and blames every man in town for the poor girl’s death. They finally charge a guy, but the evidence is thin. One clue still bugs me, tho. How do you explain the missing tooth? *** Culled from the historic pages of the Seattle Daily Times and other newspapers of the era. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Oct 08, 2018
Ambush At The Lazy Day Ranch
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS --Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Deadly Trout Creek Land Squabble Episode 281 is dedicated to listener and patron Kimberlee Anderson, who shares a hometown with the defendants in this case. Although first reports said that Mrs. Alice Harris was a widow, it turns out she was a divorcee whose ex-husband was of THE Harris family of Harrisville, Utah. This story seems like it could’ve been a classic John Ford western, a land dispute in the Utah desert that turns deadly. I think maybe Maureen O’Hara as Alice Harris and Robert Mitchum as the wisecracking Tackman. *** Culled from the historic pages of the Salt Lake City Herald Republican, the Salt Lake City Tribune, the Ogden Standard, and other newspapers of the era. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Oct 01, 2018
Storming The Santa Clara County Jail
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The Kidnapping Of Brooke L. Hart YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... Mob rule threatens the city of San Jose, California in Episode 279 when the scion of a beloved wealthy family, the owners of the town’s biggest department store, is kidnapped by a pair of opportunistic thugs. When the young man’s body is recovered from the waters of the San Francisco Bay, the crowd gathers around the Santa Clara County jail, and the governor of California lets popular justice take its course. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Sep 24, 2018
A Sophisticated Scoundrel
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... The End Of Gordon Fawcett Hamby Episode 277 is a fascinating portrait of a cold-blooded psychopath and sociopath, an erudite Canadian seaman who allegedly traveled the world committing the most dastardly robberies. But when he goes too far and murders a friend, his conscience finally gets to him and his eight year career comes to a crashing halt and the light of day. Culled from the historic pages of the New York Herald and other newspapers of the era. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Sep 17, 2018
The Wyoming Valley American Tragedy
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Pregnant Church Worker Found Dead In Harvey’s Lake If the tropes in Episode 275 sound a bit like Episode 96, “The Body In Big Moose Lake,” the familiarity was not lost on the people of the day, either. The 1906 murder of Grace Brown in Big Moose Lake inspired novelist Theodore Dreiser to write “An American Tragedy,” which became an instant classic when it was published in 1925. The story you are about to hear struck such a familiar chord that the press made many comparisons and headlines described the murder of Freda McKechnie and the trial of Bobby Edwards in the same terms. Theodore Dreiser was called upon by the New York Post to cover the trial, and he makes a brief appearance in our story when he receives an admonition from the bench. *** Culled from the historic pages of the Wilkes-Barre Record, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, the Wilkes-Barre Evening News and other newspapers of the era. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Sep 10, 2018
The Late Night Newlywed Shooting
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... A Bad Year For The Crabbs Episode 274 tells the tragic story of the Crabb family of Delavan, Illinois. One minute, they were well-respected bankers, pillars of the community. But the aftermath of a tragic death in the family mansion led to charges of manslaughter, perjury, and embezzlement, and another untimely death. Culled from the historic pages of the Bloomington, Illinois, Pantagraph and other newspapers of the era. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Sep 04, 2018
Premium Episode Preview: Valentine's Day Decapitation
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The Meat Cutter’s Madness A Safe House Special The main source document for Episode 273 comes from my personal files, something I dug out after doing last week’s regular episode about the professor that decapitated his wife and spent the rest of his life in a hospital for the criminally insane. Although I was an arts/entertainment writer for most of my journalism career, I actually started on the hard news side as an editor and bureau chief, supervising three reporters in the Cincinnati suburb of Fairfield, Ohio. In 1990, one of my reporters covered a murder that took place on Valentine’s Day, when a man decapitated his wife in a psychotic rage. That summer, the reporter came back from a hearing with a copy of the psychiatrist’s report filed with the court, and it was so dramatic and bizarre that I made a copy and stashed it away without any plan, just a writer’s need to have it, little realizing that I would someday be True Crime Historian. So after the last show, I remembered this case and I rooted around my storage unit, broke open a filing cabinet that I’d lost the key to, and found the file. So this story is only about 28 years old, the freshest episode yet! Unlike the deranged professor of Episode 272, however, this mad decapitator did not spend the rest of his life locked up. He’s out there somewhere today, declared sane and walking free. The fact that this happened on Valentine’s Day is even richer when reminded that the holiday actually commemorates a beheading: https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/st-valentine-beheaded To hear the doctor’s report and learn what drove the meat cutter to such a gruesome task, please visit www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. This episode will be available to patrons at all levels.
Sep 01, 2018
The Deranged Ex-Professor’s Confession
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... Why I Decapitated My Wife When I first encountered the headlines that led me to episode 272, they had me at wife decapitation, but it turns out to be so much more: a trunk murder, a sordid love triangle, a broken-hearted aged father and two poor waifs left without a mother. Plus some of the most spirited and detailed reporting you’ll find. *** Culled from the historic pages of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and other newspapers of the era. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Aug 27, 2018
A Good Girl’s Journey Brutally Interrupted
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... It Happened In A Fargo Hotel Episode 270 examines a case that baffled police then, and still today, there is some doubt cast on the verdict. But at the time, when the body of an innocent young farm girl turns up brutally raped and murdered in a Fargo, North Dakota, hotel room, fingers turn toward the night clerk, admittedly the town Lothario. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Aug 20, 2018
The Tri-State Gang & The Moll Who Knew Too Much
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... Executed For A Worthless Haul Episode 268 takes us back to the years just after Prohibition when gangsters no longer had illegal alcohol to excite their purpose. This gang terrorized three states until their number came up, as it always does, and their story not only contains some daring and ill-conceived heists, but internal strife and a flight from justice. This episode comes from the suggestion of listener Bill Murray. I don’t know if it’s the same Bill Murray of film and television fame, but I’m not saying it’s not. Culled from the historic pages of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Baltimore Sun, the Newport News Daily News, and other newspapers of the era. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Aug 13, 2018
A Savage Attack In The Blackberry Patch
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The True Crime Of Charles Wilson Against Mamie Walsh Episode 266 details a random, impulsive act in the wilds of frontier Oregon. When a pretty little 14 year old girl turns up brutally murdered and possibly raped, the town of Milwaukie and nearby villages teeter on the brink of mob violence for several weeks until... well, no spoilers here. Thanks to listener Peter Boe, who once again turns up a doozy. For your outrage and indignation. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian. Just a dollar a month reserves your bunk at the safe house and access to exclusive content and whatever personal services you require. ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Aug 06, 2018
In The Poor Dutch Girl’s Shanty
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Betrayal Of Gerretje Haast Although there is a verdict and a lot of drama in Episode 265, many details of this case remain oblique. Only two people know what happened in that shack on the windswept Colorado prairie, and they aren’t talking, but there are many subtle clues to pique your imagination. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian, and see what kind of loot you can haul out of the Safe House. ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. Do your hair a favor with all natural Nutrafol and get your first bottle for $10 with subscription and promotional code TRUE at Nutrafol.com. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Jul 30, 2018
The Omaha Sniper
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... Frank Carter, Maniac Episode 263 explores the psyche of a purely evil man, but also a witty, highly entertaining individual, a textbook sociopath. Culled from the historic pages of the Omaha World Herald and other newspapers of the era. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian, and see what kind of loot you can haul out of the Safe House. ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. Do your hair a favor with all natural Nutrafol and get your first bottle for $10 with subscription and promotional code TRUE at Nutrafol.com. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Jul 23, 2018
The Accidental Assassination Of The Father Of Greater New York
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... Unveiling The Scandalous Hannah Elias Episode 261 begins with a prominent citizen of New York City being gunned down on the street in a case of mistaken identity. But finding the real reason behind the killing, officials uncover a questionable liaison between another prominent citizen and a woman who is living in comfortable circumstances that belie her humble origins. Then things get messy. This story has a strong racial element to it. Whenever possible, I have tempered the rough language that was common in the day, except in direct quotes or when it is relevant to the narrative. In those cases, I read it as published. Culled from the historic pages of the New York World and other newspapers of the era. A creation Of Pulpular Media Claim your bunk at the safe house and get access to commercial-free episodes, weekly specials, all the loot you care to haul away, and the personal services of True Crime Historian. Visit patreon.com/truecrimehistorian for details. ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. Do your hair a favor with all natural Nutrafol and get your first bottle for $10 with subscription and promotional code TRUE at Nutrafol.com. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Incidental music by Nico Vitesse, Chuck Wiggins. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Incidental music also by Chuck Wiggins. C Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Jul 16, 2018
Kidnapped By A Moral Leper
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Tragic Ordeal Of Sally Horner Episode 260 relates the sad, short life of Florence Sally Horner, who endured a two-year kidnapping by a convicted sex offender. If that’s not sad enough for you, stick around for the twist at the end. A creation Of Pulpular Media Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian, and see what kind of loot you can haul out of the Safe House. ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. Do your hair a favor with all natural Nutrafol and get your first bottle for $10 with subscription and promotional code TRUE at Nutrafol.com. *** Opening theme and incidental music by Nico Vitesse. Incidental music by Nico Vitesse, Chuck Wiggins. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Incidental music also by Chuck Wiggins. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Jul 09, 2018
Brutal Murder In Apple Valley
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Scoundrel John Arthur Pender In episode 259, a woman and her toddler son are brutally murdered in their remote Oregon cabin. Suspicion falls on a neighbor who had been given their mail, found unopened at the crime scene. With intense courtroom testimony and a handful of plot twists, this one will keep you guessing. Did he, or didn’t he? Culled from the historic pages of the Oregon Daily Journal, the Oregonian, and other newspapers of the era. A creation Of Pulpular Media Support your favorite podcaster at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian, and see what kind of loot you can haul out of the Safe House. ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. Do your hair a favor with all natural Nutrafol and get your first bottle for $10 with subscription and promotional code TRUE at Nutrafol.com. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Incidental music by Nico Vitesse, Chuck Wiggins. Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Jul 02, 2018
Olivia Stone And Her Spirit Lawyer
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The First Mrs. Kinkead Episode 258 tells the sad story of a nurse who fell in love with her patient. If you can believe her story, she may have been led on a bit, maybe outright deceived by his promises of marriage. But then, he marries another and the nurse turns stalker. For your delight and indignation A creation Of Pulpular Media ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. Do your hair a favor with all natural Nutrafol and get your first bottle for $10 with subscription and promotional code TRUE at Nutrafol.com. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Incidental music by Nico Vitesse. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Jun 26, 2018
Like A Moth To The Flames Of Fate
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Florodora Beauty Takes The Stand Episode 257 is another of our favorite tropes, the love triangle gone awry, another showgirl and another man about town who wants to eat his cake and take it to Europe, too. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. Do your hair a favor with all natural Nutrafol and get your first bottle for $10 with subscription and promotional code TRUE at Nutrafol.com. *** Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Jun 22, 2018
The Lizzie Edition Part V: Edmund Pearson's 'The Borden Case'
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Episode 256 we return to the mother of all murder mysteries, the case of Lizzie Borden in commemoration of the 125th anniversary of the verdict in her sensational trial, June 20, 1893. We again turn to the godfather of American True Crime, Edmund Pearson, the librarian who wrote slyly humorous takes of famous murder cases. His landmark essay, simply titled The Borden Case, makes up the first 119 pages of Pearson’s Studies in Murder, from which this episode is adapted. Bewilderment and indignation *** A creation Of Pulpular Media Opening theme by Nico Vitesse. Incidental music by Nico Vitesse. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Jun 19, 2018
A Climax Of Repression
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Stanford Bathtub Murder Episode 255 examines the sensational events following the discovery of a woman found dead in the bathtub, bludgeoned to death, and all circumstantial evidence pointing to the husband. I’m not so sure. The prosecution theory makes some sense, but I think they failed to prove a crucial element that would have convinced me. Drop me an email or a message on Facebook and tell me if you think the same way, what that missing element might be. Culled from the historic pages of the Oakland Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, and other newspapers of the era. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. Do your hair a favor with all natural Nutrafol and get your first bottle for $10 with subscription and promotional code TRUE at Nutrafol.com. *** Opening and incidental music by Nico Vitesse. Incidental music also by Chuck Wiggins. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Jun 15, 2018
Hangman’s Day
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PULP NONFICTION -- A celebration of the pioneers of true crime... The Inept Executioner of Wise County Episode 254 has a different format than usual. I was perusing an old True Detective Magazine and found a story written from the point of view of the hangman of Wise County, Virginia, telling the stories of the five men whose heads he put in nooses. It was an interesting story, but something wasn’t quite right about it. So I did some research on the individual cases, and have woven some news stories of the day in with the executioner’s tale, an exercise in point of view as it were. It’s interesting to note that the ghostwriter of the True Detective story was James Taylor Adams, the beloved folklorist of Wise County. For your delight and indignation, *** A creation Of Pulpular Media ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. Do your hair a favor with all natural Nutrafol and get your first bottle for $10 with subscription and promotional code TRUE at Nutrafol.com. *** Opening and incidental music by Nico Vitesse. Incidental music also by Chuck Wiggins. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Jun 11, 2018
Burned Alive In A Georgia Pyre
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... The Hodges Massacre And It’s Awful Aftermath Put on your favorite indignation hat, my friend, because episode 253 is going to be one of those. This case was mentioned in the coverage of the Padrick case, episode 245, Slain For Her Own Salvation, and it piqued my interest and the interest of some listeners, so I looked into it. I hesitated going on. We live in tense times but I decided it’s important to remember how ugly things can get. All of my stories are cautionary tales, and we should never forget the dark past so we won’t go there again. That said, I do have two trigger warnings for this story. The newspapers of the day routinely used what you might call the soft N-word in describing African-Americans. I don’t like changing history, but I edited these when I could just for decency sake, but when it was necessary for context or in direct quotes, I read what was written. Also, I want to let you know that this narrative includes graphic descriptions of mob violence, so you might be prepared to fast-forward a little if it gets too intense for you. The Hodges family massacre sparked a wave of lynchings and other crimes against African-Americans in Georgia and nearby states. According to the Tuskegee Institute, between 1882 and 1964, 4,743 people were lynched in the United States, 3,446 of them African-Americans, 73 percent. Georgia racked up 531, 92 percent African-American, more lynchings than any other state except Mississippi, 581. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. Do your hair a favor with all natural Nutrafol and get your first bottle for $10 with subscription and promotional code TRUE at Nutrafol.com. *** Opening and incidental music by Nico Vitesse. Incidental music also by Chuck Wiggins. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Jun 08, 2018
Sunday Magazine 23: When Justice Fails
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Episode 252 tells of two cases where the wheels of justice had a blow-out and people were convicted of crimes they did not commit. Twenty-Three Years Skidoo: What Was Justice In This Case? by Peter Levis. After a night of rough drinking and showing off his roll of money from selling some stock, a farmer goes missing. When his body finally turns up, a lot of fingers point in the same direction, but is it the right one? Uncle Amos Dreams A Dream, by Edmund Pearson. A farmer with visions of his missing son-in-law summoning him from the grave may seem like a flimsy reason to start an investigation, but it did, though it takes some time to arrive at the real truth. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. Do your hair a favor with all natural Nutrafol and get your first bottle for $10 with subscription and promotional code TRUE at Nutrafol.com. *** Opening and incidental music by Nico Vitesse. Incidental music also by Chuck Wiggins. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Jun 04, 2018
The Great Beattie Wife Murder
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... Starring Beulah Binford As ‘The Woman In The Case’ Episode 251 is the story of one of the most sensational murders of its day when the spoiled son of a well-to-do Richmond, Virginia, commits a ghastly crime. The entire nation is enthralled by the salacious details of the case and photos of his beautiful young paramour, a girl with a bad reputation though still in her teens, graces front pages everywhere. Culled from the historic pages of the Richmond VA Times Dispatch, the Washington Times and other newspapers of the era. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron Be a part of the story. Get in the game at huntakiller.com/true Do your hair a favor with all natural Nutrafol and get your first bottle for $10 with subscription and promotional code TRUE at Nutrafol.com. *** Opening and incidental music by Nico Vitesse. Incidental music also by Chuck Wiggins. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Jun 01, 2018
Sunday Magazine #22: Done In By Details
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Episode 250 tells about two elaborately planned murders, one on the East Coast, one on the West, that would have been perfect except one was a little too clever, one a little too careless. Later on, we’ll hear from one of True Crime Historian’s favorite pioneers of true crime, the inimitable Edmund Pearson, but the first story comes from the classic pages of True Detective Magazine. The Red Pepper Clue by Donald Russell. Looks like the man was killed by a passing auto while he was drinking. Then why were there spices in the vicinity? The Man Who Was Too Clever, by Edmund Pearson. He planned it down to every detail, including a double alibi. But he was done in by his own enthusiasm. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron Be a part of the story. Get in the game at huntakiller.com/true Do your hair a favor with all natural Nutrafol and get your first bottle for $10 with subscription and promotional code TRUE at Nutrafol.com. *** Opening and incidental music by Nico Vitesse. Incidental music also by Chuck Wiggins. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
May 28, 2018
Searching For The Elusive Sea Cinderella
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Case Against Professor Kane Episode 249 digs into the case of a college professor accused of drowning his wife for the love of another woman, but the prosecution first has trouble identifying her, then tracking her down, then getting the court to allow her testimony and love letters as evidence. I love a good fall from grace story, but what I really like about this case is the devotion shown by the professors father, a renown surgeon who lives in a small Pennsylvania town founded by his father. Stick around after the credits for a little bonus story about him. Culled from the historic pages of the Newport News, Virginia, Daily Press, the Kane, Pennsylvania Republican, and other newspapers of the era. A creation Of Pulpular Media ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron Be a part of the story. Get in the game at huntakiller.com/true Do your hair a favor with all natural Nutrafol and get your first bottle for $10 with subscription and promotional code TRUE at Nutrafol.com. *** Opening and incidental music by Nico Vitesse. Incidental music also by Chuck Wiggins. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
May 25, 2018
Sunday Magazine #21: The Peck's Addition Produce Murders
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Episode 248 looks at two strange murders from my hometown. They take place in a part of town known as Peck’s Addition, named for the doctor who originally purchased and plotted the lots. Peck’s Addition is bottom land near the Great Miami River, and until a flood protection project in 1913 helped keep the river at bay, the land was occupied and farmed by some of the city’s poorest citizens. So I guess it’s no wonder that a crop would be a matter of life and death. The Peck’s Addition Half-Acre of Corn Murder: Concerns a deadly mix-up over who’s supposed to be planting the potatoes and corn. The Peck’s Addition Melon Patch Murder: He kept telling those boys to quit stealing his melons, so when their father starts making a road through his melon patch, things turn ugly. The Scoundrel William Condon: Banjo Murderer. This is a little orphan story, one that I came across and found so much promise in, but there’s just no more to it. You don’t come across a banjo murder every day, though maybe you should. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron Be a part of the story. Get in the game at huntakiller.com/true Do your hair a favor with all natural Nutrafol and get your first bottle for $10 with subscription and promotional code TRUE at Nutrafol.com. *** Opening and incidental music by Nico Vitesse. Incidental music also by Chuck Wiggins. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
May 22, 2018
A Bullet To The Editor
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Soteldo-Barton Affair Episode 247 strikes close to home for me. Having worked for 25 years in a newsroom with very little security, the possibility of an indignant individual bursting in with a gun and opening fire because he didn’t like what was printed was a constant, albeit low-grade, fear. In this case, when the bullets start flying and witnesses ducking out the door, it’s hard to tell who shot who. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron Be a part of the story. Get in the game at huntakiller.com/true Do your hair a favor with all natural Nutrafol and get your first bottle for $10 with subscription and promotional code TRUE at Nutrafol.com. *** Opening and incidental music by Nico Vitesse. Incidental music also by Chuck Wiggins. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
May 18, 2018
Sunday Magazine #20: European Trunk Murders II
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PULP NONFICTION -- A celebration of the pioneers of true crime... *** Episode 246 explores two more European trunk murders told by two pioneers of true crime, reporters R.O. Scallon of the New York World and Peter Levins of the New York Daily News. The Brighton Trunk Murder By Peter Levin, tells of how an American trunk murder led to the discovery of three other trunk murders in Britain. Levin’s report will be followed by the Guardian’s report on the trial from one of the cases, including a statement by the accused. The Lake Como Honeymoon Trunk Murder By R.O. Scallan. When a American newlywed woman’s body turns up in a trunk in an Italian lake, police expect to find the groom’s body floating nearby. But alas, not a double murder, but a honeymoon squabble gone too far. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron Be a part of the story. Get in the game at huntakiller.com/true Do your hair a favor with all natural Nutrafol and get your first bottle for $10 with subscription and promotional code TRUE at Nutrafol.com. *** Opening and incidental music by Nico Vitesse. Incidental music also by Chuck Wiggins. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
May 14, 2018
Slain For Her Own Salvation
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Boy Preacher And His Teenage Wife Episode 245 tells the scandalous tale of a young preacher with a David complex, who in order to save his wife’s soul, takes her life, and the life of her mother, just so he could get away. Culled from the historic pages of the Augusta Chronicle and other newspapers of the era. Elliott Padrick remained confined in the Georgia State Prison in Milledgeville for 39 years until his death on March 12, 1961. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron Be a part of the story. Get in the game at huntakiller.com/true Do your hair a favor with all natural Nutrafol and get your first bottle for $10 with subscription and promotional code TRUE at Nutrafol.com. *** Opening and incidental music by Nico Vitesse. Incidental music also by Chuck Wiggins. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
May 11, 2018
Mary Pearcy's Perambulator
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... The Murders of Phoebe Hogg and Phoebe Hogg Episode 244 tells of a murder in Victorian London so vicious and violent and ghastly that some people believe to this day that the perpetrator was the infamous Jack The Ripper. Or Jill The Ripper as it were, for this brutal murder of a mother and her babe fell squarely upon Mary Eleanor Wheeler Pearcy, who will pay dearly for her crime. *** *** A creation Of Pulpular Media ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron Be a part of the story. Get in the game at huntakiller.com/true Do your hair a favor with all natural Nutrafol and get your first bottle for $10 with subscription and promotional code TRUE at Nutrafol.com. *** Opening and incidental music by Nico Vitesse. Incidental music also by Chuck Wiggins. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
May 08, 2018
The West Virginia Mail Order Bluebeard
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... Torture In The Quiet Dell Slaughter Garage Episode 243 is the sordid tale of a man who pursued women he presumed were wealthy with long distance love letters in order to swindle them of their money. Yeah, that’s a story we’ve heard before, but this one goes an extra step darker with a gruesome murder of women and children. Consider that your trigger warning. The West Virginia community was so outraged by the crime that the lingering crowds began to worry the police. And for good reason. You’ll want to join them. There are some excellent first-hand accounts of the events of this story, and because the victim was from Chicago, the Tribune sent their ace reporter Genevieve Forbes Herrick to West Virginia to interview the principals. We welcome back Susan Ferman to read Ms. Herrick’s reports. Culled from the historic pages of the Chicago Tribune, Pittsburgh Press and other newspapers of the era. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron Be a part of the story. Get in the game at huntakiller.com/true Do your hair a favor with all natural Nutrafol and get your first bottle for $10 with subscription and promotional code TRUE at Nutrafol.com. *** Opening and incidental music by Nico Vitesse. Incidental music also by Chuck Wiggins. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
May 04, 2018
A Lover in the Attic
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YESTERDAY'S NEWS - A reading from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism. - This episode is probably one of the most bizarre murder cases on record, about a woman who kept a secret lover for 18 years -- in her attic. You know that’s not going to end well. - Not too much more to say about it as the story speaks for itself. You heard the set-up. It gets weirder... - Music by Dave Sams - www.truecrimehistorian.com/1930dolly
Apr 30, 2018
The Bloody Burdell Bond Street Murder
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PULP NONFICTION -- A celebration of the pioneers of true crime... Two Twists On A Classic Tale Episode 242 is dedicated to listener Peter Boe who wanted me to do this case so badly he sent me a book. For a lot of reasons, I can’t read a 298-page book in a single episode, so I found something just as interesting: Two versions of the case by two true crime pioneers, the first by distinguished journalist Alfred Henry Lewis and the second by True Crime Historian favorite Edmund Pearson. It’s interesting how they approach it from different perspectives, with different details. And we’ll end with an obituary that tells of the interesting life of the defendant after she leaves Bond Street. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron Be a part of the story. Get in the game at huntakiller.com/true Do your hair a favor with all natural Nutrafol and get your first bottle for $10 with subscription and promotional code TRUE at Nutrafol.com. *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Apr 27, 2018
The Portland Green Trunk Murder Mystery
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PULP NONFICTION -- A celebration of the pioneers of true crime... The Money Was The Motive Episode 241 is another variation on one of our favorite tropes, the trunk murder. This one takes place in the Pacific Northwest when a shady couple of transients tries to pull a long con on a wealthy, recently widowed rancher. Getting rid of the body is always the tricky part. Culled from the historic pages of True Detective Magazine, the Oregon Daily Journal and other newspapers of the era. *** ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron Be a part of the story. Get in the game at huntakiller.com/true *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Apr 24, 2018
Murder Of The Phantom Twins
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Trial Of The Mother of Dolls Episode 240 is one of those cases where you just know that someone is off their rocker, but it’s hard to figure out exactly who. Things get weird when a husband charges his wife with murdering twin babies that he never saw. So what was he pushing around in the double stroller the last couple of months. Culled from the historic pages of the Munster Times, the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers of the era. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron Be a part of the story. Get in the game at huntakiller.com/true *** Some incidental music by Nico Vitesse Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Apr 20, 2018
The Grocer And The Trigger-Happy Thugs
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... The Rev. Executioner Tightens The Noose Episode 239 not only gives you two executions for the price of one, but an executioner that has to choose between his moral convictions and his duty under the law. What I like most about this story, though, is the fierce teenage daughter who shows no fear when it comes to facing down these half-witted bandits. If the final scene doesn’t raise the hair on your neck, I don’t know what will.Culled from the historical pages of the Des Moines Tribune, the Des Moines Register and other newspapers of the era. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron Be a part of the story. Get in the game at huntakiller.com/true ZOLA is the wedding registry that will do anything for love. Receive a $50 credit towards your registry when you sign up at zola.com/true *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Apr 17, 2018
Don’t Drop The Dynamite
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Boston Broker Bomber’s Attack On Wall Street Episode 238 takes an inside look on the mad business of stock trading during the boom of the late 1800s as we hear the news of a bombing attack on an office of one of the titans of Wall Street, the second richest man in the world. The dust is barely settled when the lawsuits begin, and you’ll get a kick out of the reason why. Culled from the pages of the New York World and other newspapers of the era. Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron Be a part of the story. Get in the game at huntakiller.com/true ZOLA is the wedding registry that will do anything for love. Receive a $50 credit towards your registry when you sign up at zola.com/true *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Apr 13, 2018
Sunday Magazine #19: Two European Trunk Murders
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Episode 237 The Heroic Widow And The Bloodthirsty Bandits: A frail Mexican woman rides a burro through hours of anguish to save her kidnapped American benefactor. Murder In The Palm Of His Hand: When a Kentucky divorcee shows up with four bullet holes in her back, police turn to the old paraffin test to eliminate suspects and see through alibis. The Ingenious Bluebeard of Kensal Rise: The silver-tongued George Albert Crossman sure had a way with the ladies. He had three of them living in one house, each oblivious to the real nature of his relationship with the others. You know that’s not gonna end well. The Corpse In The Oversize Trunk: Across the channel in France, police try to track down the mysterious body and the distinctive trunk that it was hidden in. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron Be a part of the story. Get in the game at huntakiller.com/true Hear the mystery explained at Unexplained Mysteries on your favorite podcast player. *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Apr 09, 2018
The Baby In The Beer Bar
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... The Tragedy Of Joyce Joan Shouse Episode 236 is a down and dirty story of a negligent mother, a sexually frustrated hunchback, and one terrible night in a hotel cafe. There’s a lot of blame to go around on this one. Culled from the historical pages of the Louisville Courier Journal and other newspapers of the era. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron Be a part of the story. Get in the game at huntakiller.com/true Hear the mystery explained at Unexplained Mysteries. *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Apr 06, 2018
The Cross-Country Candy Caper
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Case Of The Deadly Bon-Bons Just about every sensational murder case is hailed as too strange for fiction or the most remarkable in history, but episode 235 really is unique, a murder inflicted on two persons unknown to the assailant from a distance of nearly 3,000 miles. Add into that the usual sleazy scandals, and this one is ripe for your horror and indignation. Culled from the historical pages of the San Francisco Call, San Francisco Chronicle, The Wilmington Delaware Morning News and other newspapers of the era. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron Be a part of the story. Get in the game at huntakiller.com/true *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Apr 03, 2018
Mrs. Carrick’s Rouge And Whiskers
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UNSOLVED: A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring one of history’s most baffling murder mysteries. The Search For The Sheba Bandit Episode 234 is not only a murder mystery, but it also explores the history of attitudes regarding alternative lifestyles. Now that we’re living in an age where gender is a fluid thing, it’s interesting to hear how the police and the press respond when the main suspect doesn’t quite fit into the sexual norms of nearly a century past. Culled from the historic pages of the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers of the era. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron Be a part of the story. Get in the game at huntakiller.com/true *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Mar 30, 2018
Sunday Magazine #18: A Clue At The Kitchen Window
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Case of the Smoking Corpse: When a young man stumbles upon an smoking corpse, police not only solve a murder but break up a caper to rid the banks of all the cash in Indianapolis, starting with a clue from a horseshoe. A Clue At The Kitchen Window (The Strangulation in Apartment 16): From the classic pages of True Detective Magazine, a young man discovers a girl he just picked up dead in her apartment. He has an alibi and there are many leads to follow, but the young man’s story doesn’t sit right with some of the detectives on the case. True Detective Magazine, November 1948 (vol. 50; no. 2). *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron Be a part of the story. Get in the game at huntakiller.com/true *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Mar 26, 2018
The Squirrel Hill Affair
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... Jealous Husband Murders Rival, Wounds Wife Episode 232 is really just your average love triangle gone awry, but there are mysteries to be solved here, and the real reason I like this story is that the bad girl in this case is not the instigator, but a survivor, the victim of a jealous husband, a strong Southern woman with flair and flaws of her own. Culled from the historic pages of the Pittsburgh Post, the Pittsburgh Daily Press and other newspapers of the era. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron Be a part of the story. Get in the game at huntakiller.com/true *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Mar 23, 2018
Robbed Of A Grave
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... The Avondale Horror Episode 231 is a dark, dark tale of what happens when the population doesn’t die fast enough to keep the medical schools supplied with cadavers for dissecting: The resurrectionists start hitting people over the head to hasten the process and get their points. The reporting also includes some interesting stories about the craft of the grave robber. Culled from the historic pages of the Cincinnati Enquirer and other newspapers of the era. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron Be a part of the story. Get in the game at huntakiller.com/true *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Mar 18, 2018
The Ugly Duckling Murderess
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PULP NONFICTION -- A celebration of the pioneers of true crime... Sabella Nitti Gets Almost Pretty Episode 230 turned out to be the exception to the rule in the 1920s, when a woman not only gets convicted of murder, but also faces execution for her alleged crime. Public indignation and sympathy for the defendant were both so inflamed that it becomes part of the story. Culled from historic pages of the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers of the era, featuring reporting and commentary by legendary Chicago journalist Genevieve Forbes Herrick, whose contributions will be read by guest voice Susan Ferman. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron Be a part of the story. Get in the game at huntakiller.com/true *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Mar 16, 2018
The White Cloud Rolling Pin Murder Conspiracy
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Tribulation Of Meda Dudgeon Hodell Episode 229 is a rich tale from the swamplands of Michigan, an ever-changing story that includes a faked suicide, a pair of murders, an attempted double lynching, confessions out the wazoo, as well as charges of police corruption and coercion, even a couple of ghost stories, all centered on a simple 20-year-old country girl, the bride of a much older man. Yeah, it’s that kind of country. Culled from the historic pages of the Detroit Free Press and other newspapers of the era. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron Be a part of the story. Get in the game at huntakiller.com/true *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Mar 12, 2018
The Blackmailing Butterfly Of Broadway
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UNSOLVED: A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring one of history’s most baffling murder mysteries. Vivian Gordon’s Final Caper Though the body was found in the Bronx, Episode 228 is a dark, twisting ride to the seedy  side of Broadway near the end of Prohibition, with a heavy dose of family drama swirling around a tale teeming with underworld villainy and police corruption. There were plenty of people with a motive to murder Vivian Gordon. Was it the cops? The crooks? Or some combination thereof? It’s a stumper. Told from the historic pages of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and other newspapers of the era. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron Be a part of the story. Get in the game at huntakiller.com/true *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Mar 09, 2018
Joan Kiger And The Dream Intruders
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Covington Kiger Conspiracy Charge Episode 227 is the strange tale of a teenage girl who admittedly shot her brother and her father in the middle of the night, thinking she was shooting at burglars. Did she kill her family because of a nightmare? Was the girl insane? Or were there more sinister forces at work? Seems like no one can decide. What do you think? *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron Be a part of the story. Get in the game at huntakiller.com/true *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Mar 05, 2018
The Tragedy Of The Schoolteacher Sisters
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... Killed By The Dapper Bootlegger Episode 226 is dedicated to True Crime Historian listener Kalie Jansen, who recommended this sad story of two sisters, gunned down and left dead by the roadside after a Christmas holiday with their elderly parents. It takes some clever police work and legal maneuvering to find justice in this case. Culled from the historic pages of the Miami Daily Record, the Oklahoman, and other newspapers of the era. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Mar 02, 2018
Hypnotized By The Devil
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... Queen Of The Chicago Vampires Episode 225 at first seems like a run of the mill burglary case, until we get to know the defendant as the story takes careening plot turns compounded by the sensational press coverage, and a mysterious surprise ending. Told from the historic pages of the Oshkosh Northwestern, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Interocean and other newspapers of the era. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Feb 26, 2018
Buried Alive In The Desert
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UNSOLVED! A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring one of history’s most baffling mysteries. The Ordeal Of June Robles Episode 224 explores the sensational kidnapping for ransom of a young Tucson girl, the granddaughter of one of the city’s pioneers. It’s a story as frustrating as it is heartbreaking as a legion, literally, of pursuers doggedly but fruitlessly seek the kidnappers. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Feb 23, 2018
The Fiend Of Nebraska
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PULP NONFICTION -- A celebration of the pioneers of true crime... Life And Confession Of Stephen Dee Richards Episode 223 takes us to the prairies of Nebraska to explore the state’s first serial killer, Stephen Dee Richards. His confession and the reporting of his murder come from a sensational trail pamphlet published shortly after his death, the 19th century version of a true crime podcast. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron ZOLA is the wedding registry that will do anything for love. Receive a $50 credit towards your registry when you sign up at zola.com/true *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Feb 19, 2018
Murder Of The Blonde Butterfly
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UNSOLVED A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring one of history’s most baffling murder mysteries. The Saga Of Ruth Freed’s Itchy Trigger Finger Episode 222 tells of the unsolved murder of a professional party girl in post-Prohibition Chicago. Well, technically it’s unsolved as no one was ever arrested or tried for the murder, but I think it’ll be pretty clear who the alleged culprit is. *** The Castle Murder referred to is the subject of episode 210 “Only Death Can Cure Him.” *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron ZOLA is the wedding registry that will do anything for love. Receive a $50 credit towards your registry when you sign up at zola.com/true *** The diary of Audrey Villette read by Susan Ferman Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Feb 16, 2018
The Secret Of Wolf's Creek
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PULP NONFICTION -- A celebration of the pioneers of true crime... The Case Of The Hanging Dog Episode 221 comes from the pages of the classic True Detective Magazine, May 1945, the story of a missing man, a murdered dog, and a decomposing body found in the swamps of Northeastern Ohio. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron *** Incidental music courtesy podcastmusic.com Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Feb 12, 2018
The Pied Piper Of Tucson
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Teenage Sex & Murder Club Episode 220 takes us to Tucson, Arizona in the 1960s, when a police find a charismatic young man responsible for the disappearance of three teenage girls as the leader of a bizarre little party cult. But even when the murder cases are closed, the exciting story continues to include a daring prison break and a deadly prison brawl. *** Culled from the historic pages of the Arizona Daily Star. For a different perspective on this case, I encourage you to check out the book “I, A Squealer,” by Richard Bruns. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Feb 09, 2018
Case Of The Tangled Clues
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PULP NONFICTION -- A celebration of the pioneers of true crime... The Long Island Gas Station Murder Episode 219 is the first person report of Long Island detective Felix Di Martini as he investigates the death of a benevolent small businessman, the owner of a service station. His dogged pursuit of the culprit was told in the classic pages of True Detective magazine, historic purveyors of sensational true crime, April 1945. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Feb 06, 2018
Three International Manhunts
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Sunday Magazine #17 When Justice Triumphed: Strange Murder Of An Aged Romeo. In Argentina, a family feud gets settled in a grisly way. Black Cat Doomed: Britain’s First Ride Murderer. Scotland Yard attempts to track down gangsters that seem to have been taking lessons from their American colleagues. Saskatchewan Killer. A lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police begins to wonder if he can live up to their motto as he chases a murderer back and forth across the American border. Culled from historical syndicated newspaper features and classic pages of true crime pulp magazines. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Feb 06, 2018
The Priest And His Dismembered Wife
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... The Mutilation Of Anna Aumuller Episode 217 is more than just a murder. It starts out one of your everyday girl gone bad headless torso murders, but the finding of the body parts only opens a sweeping international criminal case that gets the feds involved. This story has a big pile of drama around every corner, including some impressive courtroom theatrics, but is so laced with lies and deceit that it might have been easier to put Anna’s body back together than to get at the entire truth of the matter. But whatever story is true, any one of them will make your blood curdle. Promise. *** Culled from the historic pages of the New York Sun and the New York Times *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Feb 03, 2018
A Sip Of Abortionist Ale
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UNSOLVED: A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring one of history’s most baffling murder mysteries. The Mysterious Murder Of Dr. William H. Wilson Episode 215 comes not only with a mysterious poisoning, but a side dish of “illegal operations.” Either it’s a devilishly clever plot, or perhaps the police didn’t really give it their all, considering the scandalous nature of Dr. Wilson’s practice. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron ZOLA is the wedding registry that will do anything for love. Receive a $50 credit towards your registry when you sign up at zola.com/true *** Incidental music by Nico Vettese Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Jan 29, 2018
Young Love, Serious Crime
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... Teller And His Teenage Moll Episode 215 is dedicated to True Crime Historian listener Virgil Kay, who sent me the case file on this story of a pair of bandits on the run, a 27-year-old exhibitionist and his 17-year-old moll, a tough girl who was said to be the brains behind the operation, such as it was. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron ZOLA is the wedding registry that will do anything for love. Receive a $50 credit towards your registry when you sign up at zola.com/true *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Jan 26, 2018
The King Of The Osage Hills
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FROM THE OFFICIAL FILES -- A true crime story culled from historic documents in law enforcement archives. A Terrible Reign Of Murder Episode 214 digs deep into the files of the FBI and one of its early successful investigations during the tenure of J.Edgar Hoover, when the Bureau of Investigations looked into the murder of as many as 60 to 70 Osage Indians. The file includes a report by Agent Frank Smith as well as statements by informants who helped break the conspiracy. True Crime Historian welcomes guest reader Susan Ferman as Katherine Cole, one of these informants. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron ZOLA is the wedding registry that will do anything for love. Receive a $50 credit towards your registry when you sign up at zola.com/true *** The statement of Katherine Cole read by Susan Ferman Incidental music by Nico Vettese Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Jan 23, 2018
A Royal Slashing
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Murder Of The Duchess Of Praslin Episode 213 is dedicated to listener Clare Stevenson, who reached out after watching the 1940 movie “All This, And Heaven, Too,” the story of a scandalous murder in the courts of France that helped precipitate the French Revolution. Based on dispatches to London, the real story is not quite the Hollywood version, but I can definitely see Bette Davis as Henriette DeLuzy. *** Culled from the pages of the London Observer and the London Times. *** Claude Debussy’s Violin Sonata in G minor, L. 140, performed by Oliver Colbentson, courtesy musopen.org. Written in 1917, it was DeBussy’s final composition. The premiere, which was on May 5, 1917, was Debussy's last public performance. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron ZOLA is the wedding registry that will do anything for love. Receive a $50 credit towards your registry when you sign up at zola.com/true *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Jan 19, 2018
The Jealous Rage Of Martha Place
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... First Lady Of The Electric Chair Episode 212 tells the story behind the first walk of a woman to the electric chair. One cold winter night, a woman apparently attacks her husband with an axe as he walks through the door, leaving him for dead in the entryway. Besides this gruesome sight, neighbors are about to discover a whole house full of horrors. *** Culled from the historic pages of the New York World and Brooklyn Daily Eagle For the story behind the very first execution by electric chair, listen to Episode 19: The Shocking Death Of William Kemmler. To learn more about the Mrs. Knack referred to in this episode, call up Episode 14, “The Long Island Torso Murder.” *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron ZOLA is the wedding registry that will do anything for love. Receive a $50 credit towards your registry when you sign up at zola.com/true *** Incidental music by Nico Vettese Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Jan 14, 2018
A Wild Ride In Paris, Texas
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... Two Doomed Fugitives Episode 211 is truly a historic case, the story behind the first execution under the Lindbergh kidnapping law, which called for the death penalty in cases where a kidnapping victim is taken across state lines, even if they remain unharmed. So when a pair of fugitives takes hostage a pair of small-town policemen in their own car... Well,  you know that’s not going to end well. This is also a historic episode because since it’s a federal case, we have our first guest appearance of a President of the United States, except for that time we tried to steal Lincoln’s body in episode 59. *** For more information about the Lindbergh Kidnapping, give “A Ladder At The Window”, Episode 113, a listen. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron *** Story compiled from the reports of the The Paris News, The Miami Daily News-Record, The Abilene Reporter, The Casper Star-Tribune, The Arizona Republic, The Corsica Daily Sun, The Chillicothe (Missouri) Constitution Tribune, and the Salt Lake Tribune. *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Jan 12, 2018
Only Death Can Cure Him
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... The Brickbat Moron Serial Murders Episode 210 is a dark journey through five murders in two widely separated states, all perpetrated by a simple minded man, using bricks as weapons. Each case has enough drama to be an episode of its own. Taken together, it’s five times as ugly. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron *** Incidental music by Nico Vettese Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Jan 09, 2018
Two Acquitted Women
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Jan 05, 2018
The Kidnapped Canadian Preemie
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... Baby Irene And Her Two Mothers Episode 208 seems to start out like a murder case: An elderly man marries a girl forty years younger and suddenly dies three months later. But it turns out to be something much more complicated, even an international incident, the macguffin being an adorable tiny baby girl. The final decision on the case being dramatically made by the famed federal Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis, who incidentally, was born right down the road from me. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron Australian and Canadian listeners can get a 30-day free trial at Ship Station. *** Incidental music by Chuck Wiggins Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun *** Richard O Jones, Executive Producer
Jan 01, 2018
For The Hand Of Hattie Shreck
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... The Islip Murder Of Cynthiana Clock Hawkins Episode 207 tells the tragic story of a young man so beguiled by love and consumed by greed that he commits a most heinous crime when his mother refuses to give her blessing. His careless circumstantial trail quickly trumps his vain effort to pin the crime on the proverbial drifter. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron Australian and Canadian listeners can get a 30-day free trial at Ship Station. *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Dec 29, 2017
Mrs. Buzzi Faces The Chair
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Botched Fake Suicide Of A Millionaire Contractor Episode 206 is not just your typical love triangle gone awry, but the story of a woman about to be scorned, retaliating in advance. There’s also some intriguing family drama, a conspiracy among sisters, and a re-trial that proves to be more sensational than the first. That rarely happens. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron Australian and Canadian listeners can get a 30-day free trial at Ship Station. *** Incidental music by Nico Vettese Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Dec 25, 2017
Colonel Swope and Dr. Hyde
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Kansas City Typhoid Murders Episode 205 tells the story of a dark shadow that fell over Kansas City when the death of philanthropist Colonel Thomas H. Swope resulted in a murder trial, the defendant a member of his own family. Did Dr. Hyde infect the family with typhoid, too? Or was he just the victim of a lingering family grudge? *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron Australian and Canadian listeners can get a 30-day free trial at Ship Station. Simple Contacts. They don’t call it simple for nothing. *** Incidental music by Nico Vettese Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Dec 22, 2017
The Miser’s Poke Of Gold
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Travels Of Clara Elizabeth Skarin Episode 204 tells the interesting tale of a young woman who shoots her aged benefactor and loots his trunk for a poke full of gold, then goes on a spending spree to update her wardrobe. Was it self-defense, or premeditated. That’s the question. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod Simple Contacts. They don’t call it simple for nothing. ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Dec 18, 2017
The Fiend With The Wristwatch Tattoo
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Kidnapping And Murder Of Betty Schnaidt I dedicate episode 203 to listener Charlene Hall, who not only requested a show about a brutal murder and kidnapping in her hometown, but also sent me her personal collection of clippings to form the basis for this story. Turns out, Charlene’s hometown murder was the culmination of a summer of terror and a brutal cross-country kidnapping spree. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod Simple Contacts. They don’t call it simple for nothing. It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Additional music by Chuck Wiggins Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Dec 15, 2017
The Milk Cow Murder
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... Assassination of Nancy Parker Episode 202 takes us inside the mind of an unhinged woman, but not too deeply. The story takes a lot of strange contradictory turns as the layers are peeled back and everyone tries to get the story straight. Or not. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod Simple Contacts. They don’t call it simple for nothing. It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Dec 12, 2017
Close Calls For Catherine Cassler
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Murders Of William Lindstrom, Cammie Soutar, And Maybe One Other Guy Episode 201 tells the story of a woman’s allegedly murderous career in Chicago and Indiana. Three times, a murder or otherwise suspicious death took place near Mrs. Cassler, and she even spent some time condemned to the gallows, but fate twisted in her favor every time. She did spend more than two years in jail, but overall, it seems she got pretty lucky indeed. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod Simple Contacts. They don’t call it simple for nothing. It’s time to step up your watch game. Join the MVMT! *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Dec 08, 2017
The Mystery Of Pearl Bryan's Head
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... A Foul Deed In Ft. Thomas In celebration of our 200th episode, I’m going to share one of my favorite local stories. The murder itself took place a state over, but one of the convicted murderers lived for a time in my hometown, and the sad story of Pearl Bryan is well-known in the three states involved, with many dubious legends and rumors abounding, and it’s said that her spirit haunts a Northern Kentucky nightclub. But what I really like about this story is that it has one of the most remarkable descriptions of an execution that I’ve come across. Enjoy. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod Simple Contacts. They don’t call it simple for nothing. *** Incidental music by Nico Vettese Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Dec 04, 2017
Grandma Nusbaum And Her Somewhat Youthful Lover
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... Elderly Carpenter Murdered With Hammer So Episode 199 tells what happens when a grandmother with a grumpy but somewhat wealthy old husband befriends a younger man when he is released from prison and begins paying him $250 a month for his, um, affections. Yeah, that’s not gonna end well. It’s a grand, sordid conspiracy, just like we like ‘em. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod Simple Contacts. They don’t call it simple for nothing. /true *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music by Nico Vettese and Chuck Wiggins Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Dec 01, 2017
A Body Between The Rails
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Reily Mattock Murder Episode 198 is centered on one of my favorite murder tropes: the so-called eternal triangle between the cranky old farmer, his fading wife, and the handsome young farmhand. Yeah, you know that’s not gonna end well, but they might’ve gotten away with it if they had just put the body across the tracks. Details, details. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod *** Incidental music by Nico Vettese Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Nov 25, 2017
Lizzie Nutt’s Sad Experience
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PULP NONFICTION -- A celebration of the pioneers of true crime... Murders Of Honor Episode 197 gives us not one, but two murders arising over the defense of a young lady’s reputation. The Pennsylvania trials garnered national attention and the great orator Indiana Senator Daniel Voorhees served as counsel for the defense in the second trial, delivering a remarkable 100-minute closing speech. The highlights are excerpted near the end of this tale, adapted from a pamphlet published shortly after the conclusion of the trial. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Some incidental music by Chuck Wiggins Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Nov 21, 2017
The Black Dahlia
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UNSOLVED A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring one of history’s most baffling murder mysteries. The Murder Of Elizabeth Short By listener request, Episode 196 follows the first month of the investigation of one of Hollywood’s most celebrated murder mysteries that begins when of a 22-year-old party girl turns up tortured, murdered, and mutilated by the side of a busy boulevard. She was such a runabout that when her body was identified by fingerprints, no one had realized she hadn’t been seen in five days. But the body was fresh. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Some incidental music by Chuck Wiggins Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Nov 17, 2017
Sunday Magazine #16: Three British Bluebeards
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A Collection Of True Crime Short Stories Old England is not so jolly for episode 195 as we take a look at three different cases with a body count of at least four wives and one mistress. First up, from the snarky true crime pioneer Edmund Pearson we have the story of a distinguished poisoner. Following that, “The Ugly Romeo” tells of a serial bathtub murderer, and we’ll close with the grisly story of a married man who loved his girlfriend to pieces. Nineteen Dandelions by Edmund Pearson The Ugly Romeo by Frank Cipriani The Crumbles Bungalow Murder *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Nov 14, 2017
The Convict Bridegroom And His Aged Wife
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... The Mahoney Trunk Murder of Seattle Episode 194 takes place in the Pacific Northwest when an elderly wealthy widow marries a man fresh out of Walla Walla prison, then disappears on their honeymoon two months later. I think we know where this is going, and yeah, it’s not gonna end well. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Some incidental music by Chuck Wiggins Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Nov 10, 2017
Sunday Magazine #15
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Two Sordid Ladies Prologue: Death’s Deception (Prologue). True Detective, volume 56, number 4 Episode 193, Sunday Magazine #15, consists of  two stories, one of passion and lust, one of lust for power. “She Shot To Kill” is two stories from the 1893 Omaha Daily Bee that tells of a deadly love triangle. There’s a great contrast between the first day’s coverage and the second, then no more mention is made of the affair. “The Woman In The Wall” comes from the a vintage issue of True Detective (56; 4), the story of a woman so consumed by ambition that she turns on the people who help her on her journey. But you know, like most of the journeys we discuss, this one’s not going to end well. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Nov 06, 2017
Snakes On The Witness Stand
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... Episode 192 gets a bit epic, but it’s the story that keeps on giving, with two botched murders and moral charges to boot, and things go from crazy to crazier when they bring a pair of rattlers named Lethal and Lightning into the courtroom. The Trial Of Rattlesnake James, The Red-Headed Bluebeard *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod Transform your commute.  Ride with Audible. @audible Sophistication. It’s all part of The Intercontinental Life. ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Nov 04, 2017
What Happened To Grace
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... The Atrocities Of Albert Fish Episode 191 is without a doubt the vilest case you will ever hear on this program because I don’t think I could find one worse if I tried. There is a lot of evil discussed here, torture and cannibalism and more. Consider this your trigger warning. I’d turn back if I were you. At least, put the kids to bed and plug in your ear buds. Keep this between us. Happy Halloween. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod Transform your commute.  Ride with Audible. @audible Sophistication. It’s all part of The Intercontinental Life. *** Check out my guest appearance on the “Gone Cold” podcast! *** Incidental music by Nico Vettese Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Oct 30, 2017
Jealous Wife Double Murder, Part Two
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Oct 28, 2017
Jealous Wife Double Murder, Part One
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Rosier Affair Episode 189 is the first part of a story that is so twisted, snarled, and sensational that we broke it down into two episodes because one show couldn’t hold all the drama. It starts out looking like another love triangle gone awry, but... well, just hang on. This is a bumpy one. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod Transform your commute.  Ride with Audible. @audible Sophistication. It’s all part of The Intercontinental Life. *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Oct 24, 2017
Body In The Bayou
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Haynesville/Homer Hammer Murder The scandal in Episode 188 unfolds in the small towns dotting the bayou country of northern Louisiana. When the town grocer goes missing, his wife declares that he’s run out on her. But then a former boarder returns to take up lodging in her home. Yeah. That’s not gonna end well. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod Transform your commute.  Ride with Audible. @audible Sophistication. It’s all part of The Intercontinental Life. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. @BlueApron *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Oct 20, 2017
Saving Mother From The Gallows
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Baldwin Trunk Murder Episode 188 takes us to Prohibition Era Los Angeles, where a galavanting doctor gets a snootful of juice, and then more than what he bargained for. Factor in a devoted teenage son who will do anything to protect his mother and a somewhat bewildered boyfriend to come up with another scandalous tale. ***Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymediaMember of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpodTransform your commute.  Ride with Audible. @audibleSophistication. It’s all part of The Intercontinental Life.You spend a third of your life in your sheets. Are you making the most of that time? Try Brooklinen, get $20 off and free shipping with the promo code “TRUECRIME”. @brooklinen*** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Oct 16, 2017
The Great New Jersey Swamp Mystery
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Doctor’s Wife And The Dumpy Little Chicken Man Episode 186 explores another eternal triangle resulting in murder. This time, it’s the youngish wife of an elderly doctor who plots with a neighboring poultry salesman to put a deadly end to her marriage. Obviously, it doesn’t end well for them or they wouldn’t be on this show. *** Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymedia Member of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpod Transform your commute.  Ride with Audible. @audible Sophistication. It’s all part of The Intercontinental Life. ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You spend a third of your life in your sheets. Are you making the most of that time? Try Brooklinen, get $20 off and free shipping with the promo code “TRUECRIME”. @brooklinen *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Oct 14, 2017
Dead? Or Dead Drunk?
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Golden Gate Park Tunnel Tragedy Episode 185 takes us to the West Coast, just after prohibition, when a girl turns up dead, strangled, and “violated” as they say, in Golden Gate Park, just after being unceremoniously ejected from a rich man’s hotel apartment after refusing his advances. The man has an alibi. See if you buy it. ***Hosted by Wondery. @wonderymediaMember of the BombPod Media Network. @bombpodTransform your commute.  Ride with Audible. @audibleSophistication. It’s all part of The Intercontinental Life.ZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire. You spend a third of your life in your sheets. Are you making the most of that time? Try Brooklinen, get $20 off and free shipping with the promo code “TRUECRIME”. @brooklinen*** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Oct 10, 2017
The Farmer, His Wife, And The Gangling Hand
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Willow Love Triangle Murder Plot Episode 184 takes us into Pennsylvania Dutch territory where two local farmers are found murdered in the woods a month apart. Though not related, the second murder sparks intense local interest, especially when the farmer’s wife is discovered in a salacious love affair. *** Transform your commute.  Ride with Audible. Sophistication. It’s all part of The Intercontinental Life. You can eat like a gourmet and cook like a chef in your own kitchen with Blue Apron, a better way to cook. Hosted by Wondery. Member of the BombPod Media Network. *** Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Oct 06, 2017
Mob Justice for Leo Frank
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Murder of Mary Phagan Episode 183 tells of one of the most famous cases of an innocent man wrongly accused. When a teen-age factory girl is found dead in the basement of an Atlanta pencil manufacturer, the blame falls onto the mild-mannered Jewish superintendent of the plant, and the jury takes the word of a drunken janitor. It will take 70 years for the truth to come out. *** Transform your commute.  Ride with Audible. Sophistication. It’s all part of The Intercontinental Life. *** Theme Music by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Incidental music by Nico Vettese Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Oct 03, 2017
Pretty Hostess Slain in Cemetery
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... The Peoria Hallmark Sex Murder Episode 182 tells the story of a young sex fiend, whose aggressive pursuit of his nefarious goals ends up with a body in a ditch. Police find a diary he kept of his exploits, and is used in court as evidence -- for the defense. *** This episode made possible by....Transform your commute.  Ride with Audible.You spend a third of your life in your sheets. Are you making the most of that time? Try Brooklinen, get $20 and free shipping with the promo code “TRUECRIME”.Sophistication. It’s all part of The Intercontinental Life.*** Theme Music by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Sep 29, 2017
Mystic Murder for Money
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Philadelphia Arsenic Ring Episode 181 takes us down a dark road of spiritualism and witchcraft, of an elaborate web that led to an estimated 200 deaths by various means including arsenic poisoning, and two executions and 12 life sentences as a consequence. In a sidebar that I am posting as a separate episode, “The South Philly Witch Doctor,” you can hear a first-person account of the mystic practices behind this stunning conspiracy. *** Theme Music by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Sep 26, 2017
Sidebar: The South Philly Witch Doctor
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Sidebar to "Mystic Murder for Money: The Philadelphia Arsenic Ring." A first-person account of how Morris Bolber and the gift of "the evil eye" established a faith healing practice that led to one of the largest murder-for-hire schemes ever uncovered. *** Cello Sonata no. 1 in D Major, Op. 18 by Anton Rubenstein, courtesy musopen.org.
Sep 26, 2017
Tracking Harry Tracy
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Last Desperado Of The Wild West Episode 180 takes us to the final days of the Old West and the search for the notorious outlaw Harry Tracy, who made a daring, deadly escape from the Oregon penitentiary and embarked on a deadlier two month flight from justice. *** Theme Music by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun *** Member of the BombPod Media Network
Sep 23, 2017
The Walloomsac River Conspiracy
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... How Mary Rogers Murdered Her Husband Episode 179 tells the story of a sordid little plot to commit murder in 1902, set in motion by a young married woman of questionable reputation. One boyfriend helps her in her plot. Another testifies against her. And when she receives her sentence, she cries for her girlfriend. *** Theme Music by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Sep 19, 2017
Husbands Full of Lead
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... Betty Martin & Mildred Bolton Take Aim Episode 178 takes us to Chicago in the 1930s, when two women stand trial for very similar crimes: murdering their husbands, the second one inspired by the first. Both women are a little crazy, maybe a lot crazy, but their demeanor during their trials and the very different outcomes make for an interesting study in compare and contrast. One of them is pretty, the other one pudgy. Which one do you guess gets acquitted? *** Betty Martin faded into history. I hope she fared better. Theme Music by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Sep 15, 2017
Life, Confession And Atrocious Crimes Of Antoine Probst
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PULP NONFICTION -- A celebration of the pioneers of true crime... The Cruel Murder of the Deering Family Episode 177 is adapted from an 1866 trial pamphlet published in Philadelphia. One of the earliest expressions of true crime in print, trial pamphlets were often embellished from newspaper accounts of the case and, like this one, a bloody mass murder on a farmer’s family just after the Civil War, were released within days of the final disposition. To see a collection of etchings from the trial pamphlet: www.truecrimehistorian.com/1866probst. Text and images Courtesy of Cornell University Law Library, Trial Pamphlets Collection and The Library Company of Philadelphia. *** Theme Music by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Sep 12, 2017
Inferno in Ypsilanti
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Michigan Petting Party Murders Episode 176 tells of a most horrible and a most quickly resolved murder. When four teenagers are found dead on a country road, public indignation runs high, and under the pressure of the gathering mob, justice moves swiftly. The bodies are found on a Tuesday, and by Friday, the case is resolved. A “blind pig” was a low-class underground form of drinking establishment where the proprietor could not legally sell a drink, but could charge admission to an animal oddity or curiosity, and provide a complimentary cocktail. In some regions, they were called “blind tigers”. This bizarre practice, with cookies instead of imaginary animals, is alive and well in Washington, D.C., today in the cannabis trade. *** Theme Music by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Sep 09, 2017
A Deadly Brawl at Turkey Creek
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... Amos Lunsford Meets His Match Episode 175 comes by way of a request from a listener in North Carolina, who wanted to know more about this incident, a fight over a horse at a church revival camp that got out of hand. There might have been whiskey involved. Go figure. *** Theme Music by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Sep 04, 2017
Fatal Family Fire
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Eldorado Oberst Massacre Episode 174 begins with a family of seven found incinerated in their farmhouse. The only surviving member of the family was the 17 year old son, who was at the movies with a friend. His story changes so dramatically and so frequently, that justice has a hard time catching up. *** Theme Music by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Sep 01, 2017
Charged With The Heinous Crime of Voting While Female
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Trial of Susan B. Anthony Featuring Emily Simer Braun as Susan B. Anthony Episode 173 explores the prosecution of one of the most hideous crimes in American history, trying to sway an election by voting. By a woman!. Just kidding. The real crime here is the way the judge handed down the decision. Listen, and tell me if you agree. Theme Music by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. “Sound Off” by John Philip Sousa, performed by the United States Marine Corps Band, via musopen.org Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Aug 28, 2017
The Lizzie Edition, Part IV
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The Great Borden Hearing Begun. While Lizzie Borden waits in the Taunton jail for her preliminary hearing to see if she is to go on trial for the murder of her father and stepmother, the community’s sympathy is expressed in interviews to people close to her and the appearance of “a wild-eyed man” ready to take the blame from her shoulders. We will continue “The Lizzie Edition” in June 2018, the 125th anniversary of the famous trial of Lizzie Borden. *** Theme music “My Ain Countrie” by Mary Lee Demarest, 1861, performed by Davide Severi with Plava Kuca on Violin. Media Management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Dedicated to Rachel Michelle Jones, whose enthusiasm for the case prompted this monumental treatment.
Aug 26, 2017
The Crumhorn Mountain Mallet Murder
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... Little Eva’s Roadhouse Plot Episode 171 relates the sordid tale of a plot to collect insurance money. After Eva Coo, a Cooperstown, New York roadhouse proprietress, purchased $10,000 in policies for her handyman, she asks him and her best friend to go for a ride in the country in a car she just borrowed. Yeah, that’s not gonna end well. *** Theme Music by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Aug 23, 2017
The Lizzie Edition, Part III
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Still in the middle of the inquest, Fall River officials finally feel as though they have enough evidence to make an arrest for the murder of Andrew J. Borden. She is sent to the jail in Taunton, Mass., where the matron turns out to be an old family friend.
Aug 18, 2017
The Skeleton of Islip Woods
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... Confession of the Bigamist Otto Mueller ___ Episode 169 concerns the search for the killer of a young woman whose body is found in a remote Long Island development over a year after her death. The one clue takes the investigation to Europe, with sudden and surprising results. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams ___ Media management by Sean R. Jones ___ Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___
Aug 15, 2017
The Lizzie Edition, Part II
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Part II: The Hunt Progresses. The surviving members of the Borden household are being held as prisoners in their own home, even while officials literally take it apart searching for clues. Yet they remain mum on the contents of the ongoing inquest, leaving ample room for speculation. Theme music “My Ain Countrie” by Mary Lee Demarest, 1861, performed by Davide Severi with Plava Kuca on Violin. Media Management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Dedicated to Rachel Michelle Jones, whose enthusiasm for the case prompted this monumental treatment.
Aug 11, 2017
The Case of the Kidnapped Incubator Baby
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... Fiasco at the World’s Fair__ There’s a lot of crazy in episode 167, and it’s a little confusing at first because there’s so much of it going around, but even once the source of the crazy is obvious, the story is just picking up. I never thought I’d be doing a crime story about a child custody case, but I never heard of a child custody case like this one. Hold one, everybody. This one is a wild ride.__ Glossary: __ Accouchment: the process of giving birth to a baby. __ Theme Music by Dave Sams __ Media management by Sean R. Jones __ Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun __
Aug 08, 2017
The Lizzie Edition, Part I
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Butchered in Broad Day -- Episode 166... In commemoration of the 125th anniversary of America’s greatest murder mystery, True Crime Historian brings you “The Lizzie Edition,” and in-depth look at the murder of Andrew J. Borden in Fall River, Massachusetts, on August 4, 1892, and the trial of his daughter Lizzie Borden the following June.... Theme music “My Ain Countrie” by Mary Lee Demarest, 1861, performed by Davide Severi with Plava Kuca on Violin.... Media Management by Sean R. Jones... Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun... Dedicated to Rachel Michelle Jones, whose enthusiasm for the case prompted this monumental treatment.
Aug 04, 2017
Sunday Magazine #14
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Sunday Magazine #14 Episode 165 Murder by Dynamite: An explosion in the men’s room of a department store sets off a wave of copycats, including one plot to murder a young lawyer by boobytrapping his car with dynamite. Terror in La Paz: Our first trip to South America in the story of a clever serial killer and master of disguise with his mind set on strangling as many pretty young girls as he can. Theme Music by Dave Sams “Transcendental Etudes: Harmonies du Soir” by Franz Liszt, performed by Andreas Xenopoulos; “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2” by Franz Liszt performed by the U.S. Navy Band, courtesy musopen.org. “Tinta Verde” by Augustin Bardi and “Cobade” by Antonio de Bassi performed by Bert Alink, and “Don Perez Freire” by Agustin Barrios Mangore performed by Edson Lopes, courtesy musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Jul 31, 2017
Searching for the Desperado Will Harris
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Search for the Desperado Will Harris YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Scourge of Sugar Creek_ Episode 164 we ask the rhetorical question, Will the real Will Harris please stay jail. It seems Will Harris was the go-to non de plume for a number of Southern scoundrels around the turn of the 20th century. At times that the press is confused, the police are confused, and  the town folk are confused, shedding doubt on whether or not they have THE real desperado, or an imposter, or just another desperado by the same name. Vocabulary: Persiflage: light and slightly contemptuous mockery or banter.Smilax: a climbing asparagus, the decorative foliage of which is used by floristsTheme Music by Dave Sams Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Jul 28, 2017
Sunday Magazine #13
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The Man Who Owned Manhattan: The story of a determined private detective who sets out to crack one of the classic con games and match wits with a man with “an educated laugh.” Love & Money: Two Motives. A tale of the 1870s about a blackmail case evolving into murder. Mr. Bravo’s Burgundy: From our favorite Pioneer of True Crime, the inimitable Edmund Pearson, comes the scandalous tale of a widow, her doctor, her bosom companion, and her beleaguered second husband. Theme Music by Dave Sams La Reine de la Mer by John Philip Sousa, performed by the United States Marine Band, and Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2, S. 244/2, by Franz Liszt, performed by the United States Navy Band, www.musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Jul 24, 2017
Sunday Magazine #12
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Sentenced To Die: When a large blond man, claiming to be a good samaritan, brings a badly beaten fellow into the hospital, it sparks an intricate game of cat and mouse that crosses several states and one international border. No Judge Or Jury: The Case of the Missing Family. When the Haven family moved west for the mother’s health, they seemed to have left their farm in good hands. But where, exactly, did they go? The Kahuna Murder Suicide Note: This story revolves around the translation of a suicide note that is both touching and hair-raising. Kahuna, by the way, is Hawaiian folk spiritualism, more or less comparable to a witch doctor or voodoo. "Surf Shimmy" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ “Aloha Oe,” traditional Hawaiian Tune, performed by Barbara Browning, Creative Commons. Theme Music by Dave Sams Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Jul 17, 2017
The Sicilian Trunk Job
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... The Murder of Fillipo Caruso ___ Episode 161 takes us on a trip across the Midwest, from the Italian slums of Chicago, where an Italian produce salesman meets a terrible fate at the hands of his countrymen, aboard a train to Pittsburgh, where his body was found several days later. In this story, the press and the police work together to break down the brotherhood of silence to crack this horrible crime. Theme Music by Dave Sams ___ “Bushwick Tarantella” courtesy incompetech.com/ ___ Media management by Sean R. Jones ___ Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Jul 14, 2017
Sunday Magazine #11
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Talking Needles Solving The Murder Of Anna Nosko. In the days before all the scientific CSI, intelligent investigators could still put together an airtight case based on unlikely forensic evidence. True Detective Mysteries, November, 1925. Convicted By A Silk Thread When a young girl is found half-naked and totally dead on a garden path, the police find their case hanging quite assuredly by a thread. Death Wears A Blue Mask On Sylvania’s Fifteenth Tee. A golf outing turns to tragedy when the party reaches the isolated fifteenth tee. Theme Music by Dave Sams Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Minuet in Am by Henry Purcell and Peer Gynt Suite by Edvard Grieg, courtesy musopen.org
Jul 10, 2017
In The Devil's Beef Tub
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... Buck Ruxton’s Double Jigsaw Puzzle Murder Episode 159 takes us once again to the British Isles, our first excursion into Scotland with the story of a physician (some accounts call him a gynecologist) accused of dismembering his wife and the nanny of their children, scattering their parts in a deep bowl-like valley near the town of Moffat, so named as it was known as a good spot for hiding stolen cattle. Theme Music by Dave Sams Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun Clips at True Crime Historian.com
Jul 07, 2017
Sunday Magazine #10
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A Town in the Grip of Terror: Amarillo, Texas, had been a calm place where little happened, but two shocking murders and three attacks changed it into a town in the grip of terror. After listening to the story, visit www.truecrimehistorian.com/magazine10 to find out what happened to the scoundrels. The Widow of Hallu: Police Inspector Lejeune had never seen a woman like her. She was fat to the point of obesity. Her eyes were round, child-like; her voice was a stifled whisper. But this huge simple woman had committed murder, had pounded the life from her husband in a fit of maniacal rage. From the pages of the classic pulp magazine “True Detective,” Vol. 4, no. 1. Theme Music by Dave Sams Incidental music for “The Widow of Hallu” by Dana Boule from the album “Songs For Paris.” Used with permission. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Jul 03, 2017
The Ghastly Stockton Trunk Episode
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Life, Loves, And Crimes Of Emma LeDoux ___ Episode 157 tells the scandalous tale of a California woman who loved not wisely but too often. It’s hard to say from the newspaper reports and court records how the corpse in the trunk actually met its demise, but Emma Le Doux would never escape the consequences, for a time becoming only the second woman in California to be sentenced to the noose. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams ___ Media management by Sean R. Jones___ Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Jun 30, 2017
A Trial Without Music
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A Trial Without MusicYESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Scarsdale Apple Orchard Torch Murder Scandal ___ Episode 156 is the scandalous tale that begins with the charred body of a young woman, identified only by a mole on an unburned leg. Turns out she was married. And had a boyfriend. Police solve the case quickly, but the decision of the jury is to be whether it was a crime of passion, manslaughter, or premeditated first degree murder. Here are the facts. You decide. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams ___ Media management by Sean R. Jones ___ Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Jun 26, 2017
The Fainting Jazz Baby Murder Ordeal
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Dorothy Ellingson Shoots Her Mother Episode 155 sends us back into the jazz age with another tale of a bad girl gone worse. It seems like a cut and dry case, and it is, but there’s a great deal of drama between her arrest and the somewhat anti-climactic trial. By the way, the sheiks referred to in the story are not from the Middle East, but because of the popularity of popularity of the Rudolph Valentino film, “sheik” became jazz slang for good-looking playboy types.
Jun 23, 2017
Sunday Magazine #9
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Episode 154 brings us two tales of two fellows who find their lives out of control, and try to get it back, the wrong way. ___ “A Lifetime Of Hate: Thomas Fay Redfern’s Revenge.” After nearly 20 years of stewing about how one man did him wrong, at least in his own mind, a Louisville, Kentucky, native comes home to get his revenge. ___ “George Yerigan Shoots Up the Place,” tells the story of a man whose troubles actually began on the battlefields of France. He brings back many war souvenirs, and a good case of shell shock. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams ___ "Widow's Theme" commissioned from Chuck Wiggins. ___ Media management by Sean R. Jones___ Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun___
Jun 19, 2017
Murder Behind Closed Doors
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS — Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism… Peggy Nash Tells How She Killed Her Husband Episode 153 involves a domestic dispute, shots fired. What drew me to this story, actually, was the patience of the woman charged. Wait til you hear all of the altercations she had with this man before she finally put an end to it. I’m not justifying homicide, but… well, I’ll tell the story, you supply your own horror, outrage, and indignation. They’ll talk about a previous incident in the family history, and as a bonus, I’ve included a short story at the end that covers some of that, so stay through past the credits. Theme Music by Dave Sams “Widow’s Theme” by Chuck Wiggins, used with permission. “Jazz Baby” by Blanche Merrill and M.K. Jerome, 1919, and “Hall of the Mountain King” by Edvard Grieg, 1875, transcribed from public domain piano rolls. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Jun 16, 2017
Sunday Magazine #8
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Three Lady Conspirators...Episode 152 brings us a trio of deadly, dastardly females. ___ “Bathsheba Spooner’s Well Of Secrets: The First American Murderess”, in which the daughter of an exiled Loyalist would become the first woman tried for murder in the newly formed United States of America.___ Here’s some information on the The Spooner Well. ___ “The Strange Crime Of The Merry Widow Of Bicester” takes us to battle-torn England during World War II, when as if there wasn’t enough death and suffering, a jealous mistress plots to take out her man’s wife. ___ “Tiny Error Of The Wily Widow” transports us to the plains of the Dakotas and another plot to get rid of a wealthy husband for a younger man. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Harpsichord Concerto no. 1 in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, courtesy of musopen.org. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun 152_magazine008
Jun 12, 2017
The Puppy Love Hatchet Murder
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS --Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... Nagging Mother Killed In Her Own Kitchen ___ Episode 151 is the twisted little tale of a family quarrel gone extreme. There are a couple of different explanations as to how things got so heated on that July afternoon in 1936, but my take is that four beers in a 110-pound girl coming home to a chronically nagging mother with a hatchet nearby... Yeah, whether it started over dinner or a kiss or something else, that’s not gonna end well. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams ___ Media management by Sean R. Jones ___ Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/1936macknight
Jun 09, 2017
The Baldwin Hills Babes In The Woods Murders
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... A Crossing Guard Confesses Episode 150 is the brutal tale of one of the most fiendish murders on record in California, or anywhere, that a dogged prosecutor pins on the town’s simple minded crossing guard. The man confesses four times, but I dunno... I think they might have gotten the wrong maniac. See what you think. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams ___ Media management by Sean R. Jones ___ Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/1922dyer
Jun 06, 2017
The Case Of The Tell-Tale Love Letters
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... The Murder Of Percy Thompson By His Wife’s Young Lover ___ For Episode 149 we make a journey to England in the 1920s and hear about the torrid affair between a successful milliner, but unhappy wife, and a young sailor eight years her junior. She writes saucy letters to his ports of call while he’s away that seem to indicate a plan for murdering her husband. She says she was role-playing, just showing how much she loved him. He had a different interpretation. ___ Trial Booklet: https://ia801304.us.archive.org/26/items/in.ernet.dli.2015.126770/2015.126770.Trial-Of-Frederick-Bywaters-And-Edith-Thompson.pdf___ Theme Music by Dave Sams ___ Media management by Sean R. Jones ___ Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/1922thompson
Jun 02, 2017
Many Marriages, Many Murders
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... The Approximately 55 Wives of Johann Hoch ___ Episode 148 tells the unlikely story of a German immigrant who managed to wed dozens of women, mostly widows that he met through personal ads in German newspapers in several American cities. Soon as he could get his hands on their money, he’d run. Sometimes, his cons wouldn’t work, and he’d resort to murder. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams ___ “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from the Peer Gynt Suite by The Musopen Orchestra ___ Media management by Sean R. Jones ___ Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/1905hoch
May 29, 2017
The Decapitated Captain
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... The Tri-State Head And Hands Murder Plot ___ The cast of characters in Episode 147 includes a previously convicted murderer who works as a driver and “sort of a secretary” for an eccentric former opera singer, three thugs that he met in prison, and a fire captain who often bragged of his success in the market after his retirement, amassing a fortune worth more than two million dollars in today’s money. The inept plot to murder for the papers covers three states and a nationwide manhunt that resulted in the first mass execution in the state of Indiana.___ Theme Music by Dave Sams___ Media management by Sean R. Jones___ Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/1936miller
May 26, 2017
Sunday Magazine #7
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Sunday Magazine #7 -- Four Freaky Tales ... ___ Spider Attic Ghost Killer: The truly bizarre tale of a man who stalked an elderly couple by living in their attic, sneaking down to forage meals from their fridge. The Texas Candy Bar Murders: The coroner called it suicide, but others questioned how the young mother-to-be shot herself in back of the head. (34:13) The Nurse and Her Nagging Aunty: Another botched suicide when someone other than the suicide ends up dead. (50:23) The Dissection of Antoine Le Blanc: The story of an immigrant who within months of getting off the boat plots a murder before he learns the language. He was from France, or Switzerland or somewhere. His punishment will make your skin crawl. (1:11:11) To find out more, visit Weird New Jersey: http://weirdnj.com/stories/antoine-leblanc/ ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/magazine007
May 22, 2017
Gussie Humann's Little Secret
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Murder of Harry Dewey Garbe ___ Episode 145 takes into the life story of 18-year-old bad girl Gussie Humann, and an ill-conceived plan to get back at an old boyfriend that resulted in her becoming the youngest person indicted for first degree murder in Queens County, New York. It’s a winding, twisting road, that begins with a deathbed accusation, a number of varying confessions, and the bad girl’s shameful secret. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams ___ Media management by Sean R. Jones ___ Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/1921garbe
May 19, 2017
A Nightclub Girl In A Curfew Town
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A Nightclub Girl In A Curfew Town YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Escapades Of Velma West ___ Episode 144 takes us into the scandalous world of a restless young flapper and her secret life. Before it’s over, we’ll have a brutal murder, a scandalous revelation, a sensational confession, a daring prison break, and drama galore. Hang on, everybody... This one’s a roller coaster. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
May 15, 2017
Fatty's Fateful Pajama Party
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS --Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... Hollywood’s First Sex Scandal ___ Episode 143 digs back into the early days of the motion picture industry, before Hollywood became synonymous with greed and lust and power. It only took a murder charge to bring down one of the biggest stars of the day, and even though it seems like poor Fatty got a bum rap on the deal, it’s probably the only reason Arbuckle’s work is not held in as high regard as Keaton and Chaplin today. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams ___ Media management by Sean R. Jones ___ Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ ___ bit.ly/1921arbuckle
May 12, 2017
Wedding Day Dead
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... The Murder Of The Groom __ Episode 142 tells the story of a St. Louis family with a tendency to resort to gun violence to solve their financial woes, imaginary or otherwise. The first crime was over a loan of $2,000 that probably never happened. Then, two years later, the woman who survived the incident turns her eye toward her brother’s insurance policy, and the prospect of a marriage and a new beneficiary gets her to thinking. Yeah. That’s not gonna end well. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
May 09, 2017
Whispers Of The Devil
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PULP NONFICTION -- A celebration of the pioneers of true crime... Life, Crimes and Confession of Bridget Durgan ___ Episode 141 conveys the confession of an Irish immigrant, young but hardened by life, who after getting fired from her housekeeping job, resolves to murder her mistress. Once she gets the idea in her head, she can’t let it go. Adapted from a sensational pamphlet published in 1867, the first act is purported to be a confession penned by the culprit’s own hands, and the second part... well, let’s just say it’s not gonna end well for Bridget Durgan. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams ... Additional music by Chuck Wiggins... ___ Media management by Sean R. Jones... ___ Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun...
May 06, 2017
Sunday Magazine #6
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A Collection Of True Crime Short Stories___ The Bigamist And Her Murderous Husband The Sweetwater Double Homicide First up is the sordid tale of a love octangle or some such, when the suspiciously widowed husband of a girl married five times without a divorce gets fed up with the legal harassment from his wife’s elderly suitor--yeah, that’s not gonna end well. ___ The Storybook Taxi Bandit Murder At 8:13 The Storybook Taxi Bandit This action-packed tale begins with a fidgety stranger walking into an Indiana cafe, soon followed by an interstate manhunt. __ Stalking The Tiger Girl The Bandit Queen of 1927 And our finale “Stalking The Tiger Girl,” tells of a Los Angeles detective’s pursuit of a sassy, auburn-haired hold-up artist, who suddenly found repentance--after her arrest. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Additional music by audionautix.com and from public domain piano rolls converted to midi. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/magazine006
May 02, 2017
The Bremerton Party Massacre
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... Six Dead At Erland’s Point ___ Episode 139 is the gruesome story of a home invasion, circa 1934, a case that seemed so random that it took over a year to crack one of the most brutal mass murders witnessed by the Pacific Northwest. The small-town police are at first presented as in over their heads, but they remained dogged in their pursuit, and justice will be served. Eventually. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/1934bremerton
Apr 29, 2017
The Diary Of The Greenwich Village Madcap
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS --Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Complicated Death of Starr Faithfull ___ Episode 138 is the case that inspired the John O’Hara novel and Elizabeth Taylor film “BUtterfield 8,” the sad, sordid tale of a beautiful girl with an evocative name and a traumatic past that put her on a road to ruin. The finding of her body led to a probe deep into the social fabric of three cities on two continents. The telling of the story isn’t especially graphic, but it does go to dark, dark places. Just so you know. Theme Music by Dave Sams Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/1931faithfull
Apr 25, 2017
Fred Fanning's False Confession
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS --Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... Who Killed The Widow Short? ___ Episode 137 is the quirky story of the death of a beloved widow in Topeka, Kansas. She was old and in ill health, and no one suspected any foul play until her caretaker--allegedly her late husband’s nephew--suddenly confessed to the crime, but then the autopsy told another story entirely. Was Fred Fanning covering for someone? Or did someone have undue influence over his mind, if he had one? I’m True Crime Historian Richard O Jones and I give you: Fred Fanning’s False Confession Who Killed The Widow Short? ___ Playlist Here are some other True Crime Historian episodes about poisoners and/or confessions: The Mystery of My Husband’s Body In My Trunk The Death Cell Confession Of Anna Marie Hahn The Murderous Mania Of Jolly Jane, Part I The Murderous Mania Of Jolly Jane, Part II The Cyanide Widow ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Apr 22, 2017
The Trials Of Otis Clark, Etc.
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS --Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Herrin Coal Mine Massacre ___ Episode 136 comes by way of a request from Herrin, Illinois, where a True Crime Historian listener Chris Baines wanted to know more about some hometown dark history, about the time a local mining company imported 50 guys from Chicago to bust a strike, 25 men to ship the coal that had been dug, and 25 men to stand guard with rifles and a machine gun to make sure the work got done. Yeah. That’s not gonna end well. ___ Playlist If you liked this episode, here are a few others about social unrest and/or rivalries gone too far. Revenge of the Anarchists (Part 1: Crime) Revenge of the Anarchist (Part 2: Punishment) A Deadly Family Feud Mystery at the American Saloon The Demented Dynamiter of Bath ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/1922herrin
Apr 18, 2017
The Glickstein Tragedies/The Battered Bride Bathtub Murder
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS --Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels, and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Examination Room Murder Major Green Collared By The Collar For Episode 135 we’ve put together a double-header expanding on the theme of the past two episodes. Both of these cases were mentioned in “The Good Friday Beekman Place Bathtub Murder” and Tears of the Weeping Willow.” First is the story of how an unfortunate relationship brought tragedy upon tragedy to a physician’s family, and then we’ll explore the case of a housewife caught unaware by a burglar carrying a deadly weapon. ___ Recommended Episodes: The East Orange Bathtub Murder The Chinatown Trunk Murder The Wicked Working Girl of Fall River The Belle in the Belfry ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Violin Concerto in E minor #15 by Felix Draeseke, performed by Julia Röntz - Wolfgang Müller-Steinbach, courtesy musopen.org Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ 1937marycase
Apr 15, 2017
The Good Friday Beekman Place Bathtub Murder
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... Crime Club Founder Found Dead ___ Episode 134 takes place five months and one city block from Episode 133, Tears Of The Weeping Willow. They are otherwise unrelated, except that both incidents begin with sexual assaults that end in murder. In this one, an up-and-coming author and recent bride makes the grave mistake of opening the door of her upscale Manhattan East Side apartment to a young man who wanted to talk about her love seat. Without many clues to go on, police pin their hopes on a stray piece of twine left at the scene of the crime. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams String Quartet no. 15 in Dm, K. 421 and String Quartet no. 19 in C 'Dissonant', K. 465 by Mozart, performed by the Musopen String Quartet. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun bit.ly/1936titterton
Apr 11, 2017
Tears Of The Weeping Willow
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Trial Of Vera Stretz The next two episodes of True Crime Historian will be a pair of murders, of sorts, as they both took place within a swank New York City block of each other within months of each other. First up, Episode 133 is the story of a scholarly young artist whose married fiance tries to take things too far. This story is performed by True Crime Historian producer Emily Simer Braun, reprising the role of Alice Cogan, ace reporter for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, whose wise-cracking reporting we first heard in episode 16, “Momsies Deadly Love.” Theme Music by Dave Sams String Quartet no. 6 in Fm, Op. 80 by Felix Mendelssohn performed by the Musopen String Quartet Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/1936stretz
Apr 08, 2017
Sunday Magazine #5
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A Pair Of Chilling Confessions --“The Confession of ‘Texas Jim’ Baker” ... “The Vampire of Dusseldorf” ___ The first half of episode 132 is a first person account of the crimes of James “Texas Jim” Baker, who is said to have killed, usually by poison, nine men around the world. His gleeful rendering of his story was published after his capture in 1930. The second half is culled from a pair of Sunday magazine articles that includes copious quotes from the sworn confession of the man dubbed “The Vampire of Dusseldorf” as told in court. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata performed by Paul Pitman, courtesy musopen.org Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/2017magazine05
Apr 04, 2017
Sunday Magazine #4
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A Collection of True Crime Short Stories -- A Trio of Pernicious Characters: A Murderer, A Bigamist, And A Bank Robber ___ First up, a frightful scream in the night leads police to gruesome torch slaying and a scandalous love triangle in “Murder by Fire” by Brandon Wright, from the pages of the classic pulp magazine Master Detective. ___ At the 39-minute mark, we have “The Abominable Mr. Yelverton,” a cheeky tale by Edmund Pearson, one of my favorite early true crime writers, tells the story of a British aristocrat caught in a bigamy scandal. And finally, at precisely the one-hour mark, “The American Exchange Bank Robbery” by Cleveland Moffett, another of our Pulp Nonfiction favorites, comes from the files of the Pinkerton Detective Agency. They got the money back, they know who did it, but mysteries still abound. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams The Colonel Bogey March by Kenneth Alford, performed by the U.S. Navy Band, courtesy musopen.org. The Peer Gynt Suite by Edvard Grieg, performed by the Musopen Symphony. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/2017magazine04
Mar 28, 2017
Was It Mother? Or A Maniac?
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UNSOLVED: A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring one of history’s most baffling murder mysteries. Pittsbugh’s Feely Murder Mystery Put on your thinking caps for this one, friends. It’s about as cold a case as you can get, about 80 years cold, and officials at the time couldn’t even agree on what exactly happened in the back room of that family home, whether it was a murder or a murder/suicide. I don’t expect we can solve it from a few newspaper clippings, but there does seem to be some irregularities. Certainly, some political undertones. I dunno. What do you think? ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Additional music by Chuck Wiggins Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/1936feely
Mar 25, 2017
Model Murder
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS --Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... What The Dog Saw At Beekman Place __ This episode is one of the creepiest and sleaziest yet, when the mad Bohemian debauchery that made Greenwich Village famous spills over into the posh East Midtown. The colorful cast of real-life characters includes a woman who ran a prohibition speakeasy, her beautiful model daughter and her artistic friends, and an estranged husband who is disgusted by the whole thing, but addicted to pornography. And wait til you hear the eerie confession! You’re gonna love it. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/1937gedeon
Mar 21, 2017
Black Jack Desperados
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... The Botched Execution of Tom Ketchum ___ This episode takes us back to the Old West with the tale of the Black Jack gang, terrors of the Southwest from about 1896 to 1991 when its leader, Tom Ketchum, was finally captured trying to pull off a train robbery solo. He didn’t know the conductor had been robbed once before and carried a sawed off shotgun. Yeah. That’s not gonna end well. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Additional incidental music by Chuck Wiggins Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/1901ketchum
Mar 17, 2017
Gypsy The Serial Killer Elephant
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SERIAL KILLER CLIPS --A reading of Yesterday’s News exploring some of History’s most prolific murderers... Rampage At Valdosta ___ For this episode, True Crime Historian presents its first non-human perpetrator, a great big crazy brilliant elephant first known as Empress when imported into the United States in 1871. She killed so many handlers that she was sentenced to death many times, but doing so was so difficult that she was just passed from show to show. Along the way someone changed her name to Gypsy, and she spent the last decade of her tragic life with the Harris Nickel Plate Circus. She claimed at least seven victims, but she was crazy for a reason, and if you’re an animal lover, I’ve got to warn you that you’re about to get a big dose of outrage and indignation. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Carnival of the Animals: Elephants by Camille Saint-Saëns courtesy Creative Commons. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/1902gypsy
Mar 13, 2017
Eyes Of The Murderous Nymph
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE --A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... The Saga of Ida and Paul V. Hadley ___ Ida Hadley was so passionate for her husband Paul that they called her a nymphomaniac in court. But I get ahead of myself. Their trouble really started in Beaumont, Texas, when a man makes eyes at Ida and Paul shoots him. This steamy story spans five years and includes three trials, attempted and successful jailbreaks, multiple flights from justice across five states, and two murders -- one of them from a moving train! ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Research Assistance by Anna from AGP Stories Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/1916hadley
Mar 11, 2017
Flight Of The Red Rose Murderer
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PULP NONFICTION -- A reading from the pioneers of true crime... The Minot Redemption ___ This classic potboiler from the pages of True Detective Mysteries Magazine concerns a party of sailors landing in a private speakeasy in the San Pedro Harbor during prohibition. Told from the perspective of a detective on the case, this is a tale of sin and redemption, of an escape from justice and ill-fated love, and the efforts of an amateur sleuth in discovering the fugitive. Theme Music by Dave Sams Research Assistance by Anna from AGP Stories Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/1925desilva
Mar 07, 2017
The Potato Sack Torch Murder
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... Death of a Teenage Stenographer ___ Fifteen year old Ruth Wheeler, recent graduate of a secretarial school, excitedly picked up a referral from her alma mater and headed to her first job interview in a building on East 75th Street in New York City. She was not seen again alive. Two days later, a man living in the same building discovered that someone had dumped a gunny sack full of trash on his fire escape. But there was something not quite right about that bundle of garbage. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Research Assistance by Anna from AGP Stories Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/1910wheeler
Mar 04, 2017
Assassination At The State House
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS --Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Kentucky Conspiracy ___ The Commonwealth of Kentucky was thrown into political turmoil over the election of its governor in 1899. The Republican candidate, William S. Taylor, first appeared to win the election by a narrow margin, but the votes were challenged by his opponent, William Justus Goebel, who eventually won the seat by an act of the legislature. ___ Tensions run high in the days before his inauguration, and as you can tell by the prologue, these Kentuckians took their politics seriously. Deadly seriously. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Research Assistance by Anna from AGP Stories Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/1900goebel
Feb 27, 2017
The Boy With One White Eye
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS --Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Brutal Crimes and Punishment of Jesse Pomeroy This episode concerns one of the most heinous crimes ever committed by a teenager. Jesse Pomeroy was but 14 years old when he was arrested for abducting and torturing young boys and sent to the state reformatory. He was released after a little more than a year, due either to the pleading of his mother or some kind of bribery, you be the judge. But anyway, you know it’s not gonna end well. At 15 years old, Jesse Pomeroy was the youngest person to be convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to die. Theme Music by Dave Sams Research Assistance by Anna from AGP Stories Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/1874pomeroy
Feb 25, 2017
The Bathing Beauty's New Hammer
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS --Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels, and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Brutal Murder of Alberta Meadows ____ Once upon a time, 1922 to be exact, Clara Phillips, a former Hollywood bathing beauty and chorus girl, decides she wants to have a chat with a young lady whom she believes is canoodling with her husband. She stops and buys a brand new hammer on the way. Yeah. That’s not gonna end well. This episode is filled with a lot of poignant stories of the incident from a variety of points of view, including a daring escape from justice. The Bathing Beauty’s New Hammer Theme Music by Dave Sams Research Assistance by Anna from AGP Stories Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ____ bit.ly/1922phillips
Feb 21, 2017
A Tale of Two Wives
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS --Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... A Double Dose of Arsenic When Edith Carew, an English society woman living in the British expatriate community in Yokohama, went to trial for poisoning her husband, the press couldn’t help but compare it to the case of Florence Maybrick, which took place in Liverpool a few years earlier. And after her conviction, Mrs. Carew was sent back to Britain to serve out her sentence and was placed in the same cell as Mrs. Maybrick. Very interesting... There’ll be a compare and contrast quiz later, so pay attention. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Research Assistance by Anna from AGP Stories Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Feb 18, 2017
Sunday Magazine #3
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True Crime Short Stories -- As I do my research in the dark dusty archives trying to find exciting stories of the scandals, scoundrels and scourges of the past, I often come upon feature stories about interesting crimes and criminal personalities in Sunday magazine sections. They’re not enough for an entire episode, so I’ve strung a few of them together for you. The first two are of a piece: -- Murder for $2.45, which tells of how a newsboy finds the clue to solving a professional, sorta, murder, while ... -- The Waitress and the Death Row War Hero ties in the murder of a theater tycoon with a bit of romantic intrigue. -- Following that, Love and the Counterfeiters is an exciting tale of counterfeiters and double-crossers in the old school Italian mob. -- The next article is titled, When The Ouija Board Spelled “DADDY MUST DIE”, the tragic story of a teenage girl falling into her mother’s web of betrayal and murder. -- And finally, from the classic pages of Master Detective magazine, I give you comes Phantom in the Window: The Murder of Mary Louise Stammer, a heartbreaking tale of another teenager. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Research Assistance by Anna from AGP Stories Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun I’m True Crime Historian Richard O Jones signing off for now
Feb 14, 2017
A Hatchet In Her Handbag
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PULP NONFICTION --A reading from the pioneers of true crime... The Murder Of The Butcher Pops Wagner ___ This episode Sweet 16-year-old Lena Theresa Neinstedt, known as Terry, a pretty eighth-grade dropout with a habit of stealing government checks out of neighborhood mailboxes. A wild child of the streets of New York, young Terry also had a habit of carrying a knife -- to keep the wolves from pawing her, she said. When she lost the knife, she discovered a small hatchet around the house that fit nicely in her patent leather handbag. Yeah, that’s not gonna end well. This story comes from the pages of the classic Master Detective magazine, April 1946. ___ If you’re looking to make the perfect hire, visit www.ziprecruiter.com/first and place your ad for free. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Research Assistance by Anna from AGP Stories Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/1945wagner
Feb 11, 2017
Assassination of a Gambler
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE --A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... The Corruption of Lt. Charles Becker ___ This episode is about the story of police corruption in New York’s Tenderloin District, so named by the police because there was so much graft to be made, that they stopped eating chuck steak and started eating tenderloin. The trouble starts when the gambling house operator Herman Rosenthal gets double-crossed by his business partner Charles Becker, who also happened to be a police lieutenant. Rosenthal is so upset, he decides to name names in front of a grand jury. Yeah. That’s not gonna end well. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Research Assistance by Anna from AGP Stories Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/1912becker
Feb 07, 2017
Under The Haunted Oak
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UNSOLVED -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring history’s most baffling murder mysteries... The Brutal Murder of Gussie Pfeiffer ___ This is a baffling case indeed. The body of a young factory girl who had been missing for three days is found “brutalized,” as the euphemism goes, before being murdered and her body dumped near a historic tree in the Bronx. How long had she been there? How long had she been dead? With few clues to go on, police head to the mountains upstate, and to the sea, and who knows where else to find the elusive man the press called “a human gorilla”. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Research Assistance by Anna from AGP Stories Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Feb 04, 2017
Mother Chose Murder
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PULP NONFICTION --A reading from the pioneers of true crime... The Cleveland Kaber Conspiracy By Marjorie Wilson ___ Back in the golden ages of newspapers, it was common for them to publish serialized novels of romance, adventure and intrigue, but true crime serials were not quite so common. But here is a novella-lenght story published in 19 chapters in five parts by newspapers in 1921 when Eva Kaber was standing trial for leading a plot to murder her invalid husband. It’s a crazy, crazy story of Italian assassins, fortune tellers, and Pinkerton detectives conspiring with amateur spies to bring an elaborate murder plot to light. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Research Assistance by Anna from AGP Stories Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ____ www.truecrimehistorian.com/1921kaber
Jan 31, 2017
A Ladder At The Window
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... The Lindbergh Tragedy ___ Here at True Crime Historian, we take kind of a perverse pride in bringing you stories of some of history’s forgotten scandals, scoundrels and scourges. But since I’ve been asking for listener requests, several people have asked for this, one of the rare cases that really earned the title “Crime of the Century.” As you can tell by the introduction, the baby Lindbergh, son of an American aviation hero, the little eaglet, was one of America’s most-loved babies of his day, and that helped make his short life one of legend. So the newspapers went over every little detail of the case and assigned their ace reporters to cover every aspect. I always hesitate at doing stories involving the murder of children, and there’s a particular passage in here that gets a little graphic in its details, so if you’re sensitive to such things, you might want to fast forward through that part. But if you stick with it, you’ll encounter a remarkable description of a mother receiving the most horrible horrible news imaginable. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Incidental music by the Marine Corps band courtesy of museopen.org and Chuck Wiggins Research Assistance by Anna from AGP Stories. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ Bit.ly/1932lindbergh
Jan 28, 2017
The Mad Pastor of Rattle Run
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS --Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... Bloody Murder Among the Pews ___The inside of the Battle Run Michigan Methodist Church was smeared with blood as if it had been the scene of a battle to the death, and charred bones discovered in the stove were presumed to belong to the missing pastor, Rev. John H. Carmichael. But then, the town roustabout also turned up missing, and the game is on to figure out who killed who. This gruesome story plays out in less than a week, and ends with a chilling confession. Gave me the willies reading it. Hope you get ‘em, too. Theme Music by Dave Sams Research Assistance by Anna from AGP Stories Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ www.truecrimehistorian.com/1909browning
Jan 24, 2017
The Mystery of My Husband’s Body in My Trunk
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS --Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism.... Madame Bessarabo’s Explanation ___When the body of a missing international businessman was found in an unclaimed trunk in the train station at Nancy, France, his wife, the French dramatist and poet known as Hera Mertel, and his step-daughter were immediately suspected, but it took two years to end their legal ordeal. Mysteries remain, such as how the two petit women managed to truss up the body and carry it around in the trunk, Mme. Bessarabo was convicted of the crime. Today’s episode focuses on an epistle she wrote from her jail cell as she continues to proclaim her innocence, even denying that it was her husband’s body in her trunk. Yeah, right. ___ If you’re looking to make the perfect hire, visit www.ziprecruiter.com/first and place your ad for free. Theme Music by Dave Sams Incidental music by Dana Boule from her album Songs for Paris Research Assistance by Anna from AGP Stories Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ www.truecrimehistorian.com/1922bessarabo
Jan 21, 2017
The Philadelphia Trunk Murder
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The True Crimes of Edward F. Keller ___ This episode follows the criminal career of one Edward F. Keller, who makes national headlines when he is arrested for murdering his business partner and burying the body in a trunk in the basement of their leather shop. But his trouble doesn’t stop there. You’ll want to stick around to the end to find out how karma accomplished what the justice system could not. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Research Assistance by Anna from AGP Stories Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ www.truecrimehistorian.com/1915_keller
Jan 17, 2017
Girl Buried in a Barrel
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE --A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... The Awful Fate of Mary Ann Rheinhardt ___ This episode explores the heinous crime of the scoundrel Edward Reinhardt of Manhattan and Staten Island who got tangled up with two women, got them both in trouble, and apparently, had to pick a favorite. Yeah, that’s not gonna end well. And when they find the barrel buried on the shore of Silver Lake, all sorts of scandal comes tumbling out. ___ Research Assistance by Anna from AGP Stories Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun That’s Dave Sams on Guitar ___ And don’t forget, you can post your job openings to the entire internet, more or less, with one click and for free when you sign up at www.ziprecruiter.com/first ___ www.truecrimehistorian.com/1878reinhardt
Jan 14, 2017
Shot Dead on Deadline
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS --Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Trial of Miss Edith Colby, Girl Reporter ___This episode tells a sordid little tale of a battle between a small-town female newspaper reporter and a politician who impugned her dignity by calling her a “red light woman.” When she brought a gun into the newsroom, the editor told her that if she was going to shoot the man, to do it before the paper went to press, as it would be good for sales. Yeah, that’s not going to end well. ___ Theme Music: Dave Sams Research Assistant: Anna Priestland Media Manager: Sean R. Jones ___ www.truecrimehistorian.com/1916colby
Jan 10, 2017
The Prosecutor Stands Accused
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS --A reading from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Mysterious Murder of Harriet Moss McDaniel ___ In the midst of a campaign for re-election, the prosecutor of Buchanan County Missouri becomes the defendant, on trial for the murder of his wife. He says it was a home invasion by his political enemies, or maybe someone he had sent to jail. The state says it was because of a love affair with his wife’s best friend. Pay attention to that part of the story, because that’s not gonna end well either. ___ Theme Music: Dave Sams Media Manager: Sean R. Jones Research: Anna Priestland ___ truecrimehistorian.com/1916McDaniel
Jan 07, 2017
The Duke’s Dubious Double Life
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PULP NONFICTION -- A reading from the pioneers of true crime.Edmund Pearson’s ‘The Curious Druces’ To ring in the New Year, we return to one of our favorite pioneers of true crime, Edmund Pearson. A librarian by profession, Pearson moonlighted as a true crime writer and his stories are filled with cheeky humor. In this tale, he provides his own sarcastic post-mortem on a bizarre case of extortion in which the descendants of a shop owner lay claim to the estate of the Duke of Portland.
Jan 02, 2017
Singer Buried in the Cellar
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE --A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... This episode crosses the Atlantic Ocean a couple of times as the little American Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen flees his London practice with a young stenographer at his side and the body of his wife left buried in the cellar of their posh home. This case has has historical significance in that it was the first time the wireless telegraph was used in tracking a fugitive from justice across the sea. __ Theme music by Dave Sams Research Assistance by Anna Priestland
Dec 30, 2016
"The Pretty Imposter" & "Granny Knot"
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A pair of short true crime stories.Theme music by Dave Sams.
Dec 26, 2016
Star Spangled Scoundrels
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism....Imagine a high-ranking government attorney being shot down in cold blood, in broad daylight, in front of the White House. It happened in 1859 when New York Congressman Daniel Sickles had received an anonymous note detailing his wife’s affair with the U.S. Attorney of the District of Columbia, who happened to be the son of Francis Scott Key, lyricist of the Star Spangled Banner. He made her write out a confession, then loaded his guns. Yeah. That’s not gonna end well. ___ Music by Dave Sams
Dec 23, 2016
For Betsy's Sake
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty --The Heinous Crime of William Showers ... The small farming village of Annville, Pennsylvania, is scandalized by the sudden disappearance of two orphan children who were being cared for by their elderly grandfather. William Showers was by some accounts an alright fellow, but he was lonely and craved the company of a woman who would have nothing to do with the young children. Yeah. It’s gonna get ugly. ___ Music by Dave Sams www.truecrimehistorian.com/1888showers
Dec 19, 2016
The Polish Ladies Poison Plot
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SERIAL KILLER CLIPS --Stories of the world's most prolific serial killers told from historic newspaper accounts in the golden age of yellow journalism -- The Many True Crimes of Tillie Klimek and Nellie Koulik -- __ So a man goes to a doctor because he’s not feeling well and the doctor says, Sounds like arsenic poisoning, and suddenly there are four women in jail who discovered that arsenic is more effective in getting rid of a husband than divorce. The ringleader of them all, however, not only poisoned her husband, but, well, just about anybody who crossed her. Including an annoying dog. Before it was through, more than 20 deaths would be attributed to Tillie Klimek. For our 100th episode, we will take a look at one of Chicagos most prolific serial killers and her disciples. __ Music by Dave Sams www.truecrimehistorian.com/1922klimek
Dec 12, 2016
Murder in Conestoga Creek
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YESTERDAY'S NEWSThe Crocodile Tears of Calvin Dellinger ____ Early one brisk fall morning in 1888, a group of railroad men spy the drowned body of Mary Catherine Dellinger on the bank of Conestoga Creek in rural Pennsylvania. The evidence is thin and circumstantial, but it all points to her husband, Calvin, who expertly plays the part of the grieving husband, but his history of cruelty to women leads to a different conclusion. There’s a coda to the murder story that takes place thirty years later, when Calvin Dellinger again gets into trouble for playing with dynamite. Literally.
Dec 09, 2016
Lucy's Lethal Love
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS --Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism -- The Crescent City Quadrangle Scandal -- This episode is a rare love quadrangle that comes to light when a woman is charged with accessory to the murder of her banker husband, committed by her physician lover and the state’s attorney turns out to be her former fiance. It’s a tangled, tangled web, and you know it’s not going to end well. __ Theme Music by Dave Sams Incidental Music by Chuck Wiggins www.truecrimehistorian.com/1910sayler
Dec 05, 2016
Married Then Murdered
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE --A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty -- What Happened in the Guttenberg Woods This episode is another story of a honeymoon trip gone awry, but it was likely doomed from the start. For one thing, Mina Muller and Martin Kettler -- if that’s his real name -- were both already married. With children. But they still visit the minister and, well, you know it’s not gonna end well. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Incidental music by Richard Wagner, performed by the Unites States Marine Band ___ www.truecrimehistorian.com/1881muller
Dec 02, 2016
The Body in Big Moose Lake
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE --A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty -- 'Billy' Brown's Tragic Affair -- Today’s episode is a tragic story of young love gone bad. Real bad. So bad, in fact, that ended up with the body of a young girl found floating in an up-state New York lake one summer day in 1906. The man she came there went missing, but not for long. Was it a simple accident as Chester Gillette would claim, or a brutal, cold-blooded murder on a honeymoon trip? The answer may be in the tear-stained letters she wrote to him. -- Theme music by Dave Sams. Incidental music by Chuck Wiggins, www.truecrimehistorian.com/1906gracebrown
Nov 28, 2016
The Haunted Hangman
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE --Exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the death penalty -- San Quentin Executioner Amos Lunt -- In this episode we explore a different point of view of capital punishment, a behind the scenes look at the gallows of San Quentin Prison from the hangman. One of the minor characters in the episode “The Belle in the Belfry” was the hangman, Amos Lunt, who seemed quite shaken by the event and was reported as “seeing spooks”. That was enough to get me to look a little deeper into Amos Lunt and his descent into madness. - Theme Music by Dave Sams
Nov 25, 2016
Something Horrible Happened in Hawaii
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YESTERDAY'S NEWS__Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism.__ In this episode, True Crime Historian takes you to the island paradise of Hawaii, not yet a state in 1932 when the wife of a naval officer stationed there is allegedly raped and beaten by four natives. A few months later, her mother, her husband and two of his enlisted men face a jury under the counsel of the famed defense attorney Clarence Darrow in a case that both sides claim puts the territory of Hawaii itself on trial. - Music by Dave Sams www.truecrimehistorian.com/1932massie
Nov 18, 2016
A Family of Outlaws: The Reckless Reno Gang
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PULP NONFICTION__A tribute to the pioneers of True Crime__ From "The Pinkertons: A Detective Dynasty" by Richard Wilmer Rowan __ After the Civil War, the Reno Brothers explored a new way to rob trains that inspired the James and Younger gangs. But even the wild and wily Reno brothers were no match for Allen Pinkerton and his detectives. Although it takes place in Indiana, this story has the trappings of a tale of the Old West: Daring robberies, fugitives from justice, clever arrests, and a final showdown in the New Albany jail. __ Music by Dave Sams www.truecrimehistorian.com/1868reno
Nov 14, 2016
The Blonde Butcher Trunk Murder
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS, tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism. The Escapes and Escapades of Winnie Ruth Judd In the fall of 1931, Phoenix resident shows up in a Los Angeles train depot trying to claim three trunks that she had shipped there. The clerks wouldn’t let her take the trunks because of the foul odor emanating from them. Winnie Ruth Judd said she’d go get the key so they could see there was nothing nefarious in her luggage. She was eventually sentenced to death for the murder of her two best friends, though she would claim insanity. And self defense. Theme music by Dave Sams www.truecrimehistorian.com/1931judd
Nov 07, 2016
Lizzie Gillespie Killed by Twin Brother
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YESTERDAY'S NEWS__Classic tales of scandals, scoundrels, and scourges from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalilsm... __Family Tragedy in Rising Sun __In a lot of these stories from the old newspapers, the press coverage often takes on the attributes of another character in the drama. In this case, the town of Rising Sun, Indiana, seems to evolve as the story progresses. When one of the town matrons, the spinster Lizzie Gillespie is found assassinated in her parlor, townfolk tell reporters she had no enemy in the world and there could be no logical reason for the murder. Then they start thinking of things, but they don’t want to name names. And when Lizzie’s twin brother Jim goes to trial, he and his co-defendants fear lynching, but the town only wants to be entertained by the scandal. While I recognize the tragedy of a life lost, I find a subtle comedy in this tale of intrigue, betrayal and murder. Theme music by Dave Sams Incidental music by Chuck Wiggins www.truecrimehistorian.com/1903gillespie
Nov 04, 2016
Chasing the Fox of Gangsterdom
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Crane Neck Nugent, Prohibition TriggerThe Gangster Chronicles Book Two, Chapter Six __Crane Neck gets arrested in a Florida speakeasy, then is quickly in the wind again. Meanwhile, the hunt for his former partner and archenemy Bob Zwick continues. When Zwick’s reign of terror finally ends, details of their worst exploits are revealed in court. __ Music by Dave Sams www.truecrimehistorian.com/1925nugent
Oct 31, 2016
The Shaw Smile Slashing (A Quick Shot of Murder)
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EXTRA! Edition___When I'm researching a story, I always keep my eye out for interesting headlines to see if they lead me to interesting murder cases. __One of the most frustrating things is when I find a good headline and a compelling story, but I can't find any follow-up or back story and there's just not enough information available to make a good episode. __Still, some of them are too good not to share, so I've decided to start putting out occasional "EXTRA!" Editions of some of these orphan newspaper clippings. __This one has all the makings for a really sleazy tale of adultery, betrayal, and of course MURDER! __But alas, this is the only article I could find on it. __It certainly left me wanting to know more about this drama. ___________________________________________________________________ Music by Dave Sams
Oct 29, 2016
The Purcell Nicotine Poison Puzzle
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Or, Death of a Composer- UNSOLVED - A special edition of Yesterday’s News examining some of history’s most perplexing mysteries. - This episode involves the body of a songwriter and real estate speculator found tied to a chair with an expression of surprise frozen on his dead face and suspicions of suicide. - Wait. What? - Suicide tied to a chair? - The evidence is so jumbled, police are at a loss to explain, but the backstory to the incident and a foray into the worlds of traveling musicians and actors, hints at motives deeply hidden, and possibly scandalous. - This is one that will keep you guessing. - Theme Music by Dave Sams - Incidental music, "The Old Bachelor" by Henry Purcell, Creative Commons via musopen.org - Sound effects via freesound.org
Oct 28, 2016
The Hit at Symmes Corner
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Crane Neck Nugent, Prohibition AssassinThe Gangster Chronicles 2.5 Crane Neck returns to Cincinnati to do a favor for his old boss, Fat Wrassman: Even the score for the hit on George Murphy. But it means going after his partner, Bob “The Fox” Zwick. You don’t want to miss the showdown in the streets of Cincinnati between Fat Wrassman and Detective Dutch Schafer. - Music by Dave Sams -www.truecrimehistorian.com/1925nugent
Oct 24, 2016
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre
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Crane Neck Nugent, Prohibition TriggerThe Gangster Chronicles 2.4 - Crane Neck Nugent’s career included work with the gang of Fred “Killer” Burke of St. Louis, whom he got to know when they served together as machine gunners in World War I. While no one was ever charged with the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, it is generally agreed that Al Capone hired the Burke gang, whom he called his “American Boys,” to take down his rival Bugs Moran. In this episode, we’ll also hear about Burke’s murder of a policeman in Michigan a few months after the massacre, his capture two years later when some of this information came to light.
Oct 16, 2016
The Cyanide Widow
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PULP NONFICTION -- A reading from the pioneers of true crime.The sensational trial of Jessie Costello captured the public’s attention in the spring and summer of 1933, after her husband, a fire department captain, died of an apparent heart attack after attending the wake of a friend’s father. But when officials get wind of his wife’s indiscretions, they snatch the body from the funeral to run a complete autopsy and find enough cyanide in his body to kill 20 men and his wife, Jessie, stands accused of his murder. The case garnered a lot of attention, and this episode will explore four varied reports of the trial and its aftermath. The first report comes from a popular novelist of the day, Katharine Brush, whose “Red Headed Woman” was made into a major motion picture starring Jean Harlowe in 1931. I’ve again enlisted the aid of my colleague Emily Simer Braun to read Ms. Brush’s take on Jessie’s testimony in her own defense. The second section and fourth sections are Sunday Magazine style reports, one written just before she went to trail and the finale written a year after. Between those, we’ll hear from Pulp Nonfiction favorite, the cheeky Edmund Pearson, who was truly a pioneer of true crime. - Music by Dave Sams - www.truecrimehistorian.com/1933costello
Oct 14, 2016
The Assassination of Robert Andres
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Crane Neck Nugent: Prohibition Trigger -The Gangster Chronicles 2.3 - With the heat turned up high in Ohio, Crane Neck retreats to Kansas City to join the gang of his Army mentor Fred “Killer” Burke, the leader of his own gang there. A Toledo job goes south on the Burke gang, and a patrolman ends up dead from machine gun fire. Meanwhile Jack Parker, Todd Messner, Breck Lutes, Rodney Ford, and Bob Zwick hold up a craps game at the Pelican Club in North College Hill, killing the town marshal who stopped in to chew the fat. Later, Jack Parker is found dead outside Lebanon, Ohio. When the state’s chief witness in the first trial for the marshal’s murder turns up charred in an abandoned barbecue shack, police enhance their search for Crane Neck and Bob the Fox, while the surviving Dumele killers face the music. - Chapter 4: The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre - Music by Dave Sams
Oct 10, 2016
Poison in the Pepper Box
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SERIAL KILLER CLIPS - A reading of Yesterday’s News exploring some of History’s most prolific murderers. - Although Louise Vermilya of Chicago was never convicted of a crime, history lays around 10 deaths at her door, mostly family members and suitors. She did go to trial once, and we’ll take a pretty close look at the drama, including a suicide attempt, that led up to her acquittal as we look at the wake of mysterious deaths throughout her life. This story allows me to bring back Emily Simer Braun, who did such a remarkable job giving us the confession of Anna Hahn a couple of months ago, to read the quotes attributed to Louise Vermilya in the Chicago newspapers. - Music by Dave Sams - www.truecrimehistorian.com/1911vermilya
Oct 07, 2016
The Gangster Called "Fat"
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The Gangster Chronicles 2.2.2- George "Fat" Wrassman figures heavily (so to speak) in the saga of Crane Neck Nugent. While this case doesn't bear directly on Nugent's story, it tells you the kind of man that Fat was, and will help inform some of the action in a later episode, so I offer this as a bonus to The Gangster Chronicles Book Two at no extra charge.
Oct 03, 2016
Cincinnati Gangster War (Crane Neck's Early Hits)
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Crane Neck Nugent: Prohibition Trigger- The Gangster Chronicles 2.2.1 - YESTERDAY'S NEWS - The murders of Gus Fitch, Bob Sollick, Glenn Hiatt, Martin Dailey and Buddy Ryan. Crane Neck Nugent was involved in four of these, and will soon avenge a fifth.
Oct 03, 2016
Bald Knobber 2: The Botched Execution of Chief Bull Creek Dave
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE- A reading of Yesterday's News exploring the judicial system at its most extreme: Inflicting the death penalty - This episode is a sequel to the tale of The Giant Vigilante Captain Nat Kinney, about one of the Bald Knobber masked vigilante groups that sprang up in the Ozark region after the civil war. This story concerns the Bald Knobbers in the adjacent county to Nat Kinney, where once again, and another instance where vigilante justice backfires. It’s a good story and has a lot of action, including a jail break. But my favorite part is the heart-breaking report of the artist who ventures into the hills to get sketches of the families of the condemned men just days before their scheduled execution. I’ll post the sketches on my website, but his word pictures are some of the most powerful I’ve come across in the historic newspaper archives. - Musical direction by Dave Sams http://www.truecrimehistorian.com/1887baldknobber2
Sep 30, 2016
What the Cab Driver Forgot
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Crane Neck Nugent, Prohibition Trigger - The Gangster Chronicles 2.1 - YESTERDAY'S NEWS - A reading from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism The second volume of The Gangster Chronicles explores one of the many side effects of the Great Experiment, America's Prohibition on alcohol. I’ve often contended that Prohibition made criminals out of a lot of ordinary people who just wanted to drink and serve drinks. But it also gave some truly bad men an opportunity to misbehave. Although he had one of the worst nicknames names ever, Raymond "Crane Neck" Nugent, was one of the most ruthless of the era's gangsters. At 25, he went to trial for the murder of a bootlegger, and when the witness who came forward right after the event changed his mind at the trial -- well, we’ll look at that here in Chapter One. Before his own demise, Nugent would be suspected in at least 15 high-profile murders, including the most famous gangland massacre of the Prohibition era. Yeah, he was probably one of the guns at the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. - Musical direction by Dave Sams
Sep 26, 2016
Bushranger: Ned Kelly and the Ambush at Stringybark Creek
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YESTERDAY'S NEWS - A reading from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism. - This episode, our 75th, comes from another request by an overseas listener, this time from the great down under. My Aussie friend said I should look into Ned Kelly, whom he described as "the Australian Billy the Kid." One of the better known Ned Kelly stories is his last stand at the Glenrowan Inn wearing a homemade suit of armor, but I’m going to put that story in my pocket for later and this time, focus on an earlier caper, shoot-out that grew out of the brawl described in the prologue. First, we’ll hear the newspaper account that includes the testimony of the only lawman to survive, and in the second act, we’ll hear from the scoundrel Ned Kelly himself with excerpts from one of the letters he wrote for the Australian Press giving his side of the story. - Musical direction by Dave Sams
Sep 23, 2016
The Poison Pastor
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE --A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty. - Crimes of the Scoundrel Clarence V.T. Richeson - This episode explores the tawdry case of Clarence Virgil Thompson Richeson, who was apparently an eloquent preacher and a rising star in the Baptist community as well as a notorious scoundrel. The tangled web of deceit he wove between three women finally ended in the mysterious death of the unmarried mother of his expected child. Richeson would later confess that he gave her poison, telling her that it was medicine to induce an abortion. This case is historically significant in that it marks the first time in America that a man was sentenced to death without a trial, but solely on a confession. - Musical direction by Dave Sams
Sep 19, 2016
The Ogress of Reading
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SOLEMNLY SWORN AN EYE FOR AN EYE OVERSEAS EDITION - The Trial and Execution of Amelia Dyer - This episode comes at the request of a listener across the great pond in the United Kingdom. - We will be exploring the testimony from the trial of Amelia Dyer, who would take in infants and toddlers for adoption for a fee, and then murder the poor children for the profit. - She is said to have once referred to herself as an angel maker. I’ve seen estimates of her carnage at as many as 400 young souls, but she was formally convicted on only one count. - But that was enough for her to pay the ultimate price. - By the way, 10 pounds in 1896 would be 1,190 pounds in 2016, adjusting for inflation, and in current conversion rates, 1,190 pounds is a bit more than $1,500 at the time of this broadcast. - Vocabulary Word: pelisse It comes from the Latin for a garment of fur, but in this case referred to a long, loose outer coat made for infants. - Musical direction by Dave Sams
Sep 16, 2016
The Pig Woman's Tale, Part VI
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PULP NONFICTION - A reading from the pioneers of true crime - This is the final episode exploring the sensational Hall-Mills murder trial of 1926. - In this episode, we’ll hear the end of the testimony of the defendant Mrs. Frances Hall, and the closing arguments from the "million-dollar defense" and the firecracker special prosecutor, , against the backdrop drama of allegations of juror misconduct and local county politics. - Theme music by Dave Sams
Sep 12, 2016
Twice Sentenced to Life, Murders Thrice
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YESTERDAY'S NEWS - A reading from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism - The Scoundrel Enos Stoner - This episode, my seventy-first, probably holds the record for the most number of datelines, because it’s the scope of the six-decade long story that is impressive. Enos Stoner of northeastern Missouri was first convicted of murder in 1893 at the age of 28. But he was to commit at least two more murders in his day, with a parole, two escapes and a whole lot of other shenanigans and crimes along the way. - Musical direction by Dave Sams - www.truecrimehistorian.com/1893stoner
Sep 09, 2016
The Pig Woman's Tale, Part V
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When a friend of mine started pitching Hall-Mills murder to me as a potential episode, I was immediately enthralled by the tale of an Episcopalian rector and his tragic affair with the choir singer, but when he told me the case hinged on the eyewitness testimony of “the pig woman,” I knew this was a story for True Crime Historian. But it gets even better. I started looking into it and discovered that the famed sportswriter Damon Runyon covered the trial with the same breezy prose he used in the short stories he wrote that inspired the musical “Guys and Dolls,” with daily dispatches drawing vivid word pictures of the trial and its participants. I felt it worthy of in depth exploration, so we’ll be doing a six episode series released on consecutive Sundays to hear all about the case and its cast of characters as told by one of America’s premier storytellers, who turns out to also be a pioneer of True Crime.
Sep 05, 2016
Trail of the Red Ax
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UNSOLVED!- Exploring one of history's most baffling murder mysteries. - The Villisca Ax Murders Mystery This episode starts with a brutal axe murder that scandalized the quiet town of Villisca, about 2,000 souls in the summer of 1912, when a family of six and two young visitors were killed in their beds by an assailant wielding a long-handled axe, the family’s own tool, which was left at the scene. Clues were scant, and it took years for the twists and subplots to emerge, including a string of similar murders, implications that it was a job for hire by a business rival, and a bizarre confession by an itinerant minister five years later. - Musical direction by Dave Sams - Horror ambiance by the Klankbeeld team via freesound.org - www.truecrimehistorian.com/1912villisca
Sep 02, 2016
The Pig Woman's Tale, Part IV
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PULP NONFICTION- A reading from the pioneers of true crime - Murder Under the Crab Apple Tree By Damon Runyon - This episode is the fourth of six exploring the sensational Hall-Mills murder trial of 1926. - The murder took place four years earlier, when the bodies of the Episcopalian rector Edward Wheeler Hall and choir singer Eleanor Mills were found shot, mutilated and posed under a crabapple tree in DeRussey’s Lane, the lover’s lane of Brunswick, New Jersey. - Endearing letters written between the two were scattered about the scene, and the rector’s wife, her two brothers and a cousin were eventually charged with the murders. The trial became the proverbial media circus, and the press section included Damon Runyon, the famed sportswriter also noted for his short stories about the seedy side of Broadway, who sent out dispatches in the same evocative prose style. - In addition to inspiring Guys and Dolls, Damon Runyon was also a pioneer of true crime. - This episode explores the testimony providing an alibi for the defendant Henry Stevens, brother-in-law of one of the victims, who claims he was fishing at the time of the murder. - Music by Dave Sams - www.truecrimehistorian.com
Aug 29, 2016
The Calumet Christmas Catastrophe
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YESTERDAY'S NEWS - A reading from America's historical newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism - Panic at the Italian Hall - This episode comes from the request of a listener in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan who wanted to know more about the panic disaster that took place at the Calumet Italian Hall in 1913. I actually went through Calumet a couple of years ago on vacation when we wanted to see what the upper peninsula of the upper peninsula of Michigan was like. We found a lot of good microbreweries and wandered about some of the old copper mines, but we missed the monument dedicated to the victims of this horrible tragedy. Now that I know about it, the next time I’m in Calumet, I will definitely pay my respects. It’s a sad story, folks, but I think it’s an important one to remember because it’s all about what happens when we lose our civility. - Theme music by Dave Sams Some incidental music via musopen.org Creative Commons license
Aug 26, 2016
The Pig Woman's Tale, Part III
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PULP NONFICTION - A reading from the pioneers of true crime - This episode is the third of six exploring the sensational Hall-Mills murder trial of 1926. The murder took place four years earlier, when the bodies of the Episcopalian rector Edward Wheeler Hall and choir singer Eleanor Mills were found shot, mutilated and posed under a crabapple tree in DeRussey’s Lane, a remote part of Brunswick, New Jersey, popular with young lovers seeking a private place to park. Love letters written between the two were scattered about the scene, and the rector’s wife, her two brothers and a cousin were charged with the murders. The trial became the proverbial media circus, and the press section included Damon Runyon, the famed sportswriter also noted for his short stories about the seedy side of Broadway, who sent out dispatches in the same evocative prose style. In addition to inspiring Guys and Dolls, Damon Runyon was also a pioneer of true crime. - Musical direction by Dave Sams
Aug 22, 2016
The Death Cell Confession of Anna Marie Hahn
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty. - This episode comes at the request of a faithful listener in Cincinnati who wanted to hear more about Anna Marie Hahn, the first woman to be executed in Ohio's electric chair. - Although ‘Arsenic Annie’ had stoically proclaimed her innocence right up until her dying day, Anna Marie Hahn left a handwritten 20-page confession in her death row cell on December 7, 1938, when they led her to Ohio’s electric chair, literally kicking and screaming. - In the letter, she not only takes responsibility for six murders, she denies other poisoning attempts and goes into details about her life and how she began her series what the governor called cold-blooded and horrifying crimes when he made the final decision to take her to the chair. - The letter is such a remarkable and revealing self-portrait, more entertaining than her pathetic execution, that I gave it to a professional actress, my friend and colleague Emily Simer Braun, to help bring out some of the nuances in this rare insight into the mind of a mass murderer. - Music by Dave Sams - www.truecrimehistorian.com/1938hahn
Aug 19, 2016
The Pig Woman's Tale, Part II
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PULP NONFICTION - A reading from the pioneers of true crime - Murder Under the Crab Apple Tree By Damon Runyon
Aug 15, 2016
Black Bart, The PO8 Highwayman
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YESTERDAY'S NEWS- A reading from America's historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism. - Until recently, I presumed that Black Bart was a fictional character, like the Lone Ranger or Dudley Do-right, but I was recently set straight on that account and subsequently discovered a story that COULD pass for pretty outlandish romantic fiction. Charley Bowles did get the moniker Black Bart from the villain in a dime novel, but I think he used it ironically because it didn’t really fit his gentlemanly style. He only robbed coaches carrying treasure belonging to the Wells Fargo Company, apparently in revenge for a mining dispute in Nevada. When he left his doggerel poetry at the scene of the crime, he would sign it “Black Bart PO8” spelling poet with a numeral, text messaging style before the internet, ahead of his time. - Music by Dave Sams - www.truecrimehistorian.com/1883blackbart
Aug 12, 2016
The Pig Woman's Tale, Part I
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PULP NONFICTION - A reading from the pioneers of true crime. - Murder Under the Crab Apple Tree By Damon Runyon - When a friend of mine started pitching Hall-Mills murder to me as a potential episode, I was immediately enthralled by the tale of an Episcopalian rector and his tragic affair with the choir singer, but when he told me the case hinged on the eyewitness testimony of “the pig woman,” I knew this was a story for True Crime Historian. But it gets even better. I started looking into it and discovered that the famed sportswriter Damon Runyon covered the trial with the same breezy prose he used in the short stories he wrote that inspired the musical “Guys and Dolls,” with daily dispatches drawing vivid word pictures of the trial and its participants. I felt it worthy of in depth exploration, so we’ll be doing a six episode series released on consecutive Sundays to hear all about the case and its cast of characters as told by one of America’s premier storytellers, who turns out to also be a pioneer of True Crime. - Music by Dave Sams - www.truecrimehistorian.com/1922hallmills
Aug 08, 2016
The Pollock Diamond Robbery
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PULP NONFICTION- A reading from the pioneers of true crime. - From the Archives of the Pinkertons by Cleveland Moffett - This episode begins with a daring train robbery and tells the story of how one of America’s most famed detectives, the esteemed William Pinkerton, solves a string of seemingly unrelated robberies while tracking the lone bandit down. - The exciting tale is told by Cleveland Moffett, a New York journalist who wrote mystery stories on the side and in 1905 syndicated a series of articles about the exploits of the Pinkerton Detectives that was published in newspapers across the country. - Music by Dave Sams - www.truecrimehistorian.com/1892pollack
Aug 05, 2016
The Showgirl and the Con Man
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YESTERDAY'S NEWS - A reading from America's historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism. - The Complicated Romance of Fannie Brice and Notorious Nicky Arnstein - In this episode, we’ll take a little break from murder and mayhem for a love story with a different kind of mayhem. The world of Broadway was quite aghast when Fannie Brice, a star of the Ziegfield Follies, took up with New York gambler Julius Wilford Arnstein, better known as Nicky, whose story was adapted into the musical “Funny Girl.” The first act is a Sunday magazine article that was published while Nicky was serving time in the Leavenworth prison, and act two is a telling of the conclusion of the romance by Brooklyn Daily Eagle’s star reporter Alice Cogan. - Music by Dave Sams - www.truecrimehistorian.com/1920nicky
Aug 01, 2016
The Lincoln Tomb Raiders
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PULP NONFICTION- A reading from the pioneers of True Crime. - Captain Tyrrell’s Stories of the Secret Service - In this episode, we turn again to the writing of Captain Patrick D. Tyrrell, a former investigator for the Secret Service who set down many of his adventures in a syndicated newspaper feature that ran in 1905. - This is an exciting story about two related investigations. After Tyrrell and his men track down some of the Midwest’s most notorious counterfeiters, they stumble onto a plot to steal the corpse of Abraham Lincoln by some of the scoundrels in an attempt to have one of their star engravers released from prison. In the first act, we’ll hear about how Captain Tyrrell broke the counterfeiting ring, and in the second act, how a pair of Pinkerton detectives botched the sting at the Lincoln Memorial in Springfield, Illinois. - Music by Dave Sams - www.truecrimhistorian.com/1879lincoln
Jul 29, 2016
The White Slavery Suicide Pact
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS - A reading of America’s historic newspapers from the golden age of yellow journalism. - Murder in the Marberry Resort - In this episode, we get an unusual glimpse into the world inside a bordello at the turn of the previous century, when a young prostitute reneges on a suicide pact with another, and allegedly kills a third girl to keep her secret safe. One of the things I like about this story is the outrage and indignation expressed by the newspaper editors that seems both quaint and relative to many of today’s social issues. - Music by Dave Sams - www.truecrimehistorian.com/1912jessie
Jul 22, 2016
Part 2: Revenge of the Anarchists (Punishment)
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AN EYE FOR AN EYEA special edition of Yesterday’s News with stories of the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the death penalty. - The Chicago Haymarket Riot of 1886 Part 2: Punishment - In my last episode, I began the story of the 1886 riot in Chicago in which a group of anarchists exploded a bomb near a line of policemen that killed seven officers, with seven men facing a jury for the horrible crime. Now in Part Two: Punishment, we’ll hear reports on the resolution of the case, which includes four executions, but not before the anarchists manage to set off another bomb. In the jail. For real. - Musical direction by Dave Sams
Jul 18, 2016
Part 1: Revenge of the Anarchists (Crime)
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EYE FOR AN EYE - A special edition of Yesterday’s News with stories of the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the death penalty. - The Chicago Haymarket Riot of 1886 - I scheduled this episode over two months ago, and when I started recording it earlier this week, reading about the escalation of tension and the tragic consequences, I couldn’t help but think of the awful tragedy in Dallas recently and the assassination of five police officers there. - How history repeats itself! Only the details change. - There’s a lot of crime in this story, so I’m going to break it into two episodes, "Crime" and "Punishment". In "Crime," this episode, we’ll hear about the mounting labor troubles and the shooting of two strikers by Chicago police, and the judgement exacted on the seven anarchists who sought their revenge by setting off a bomb that killed seven police officers the following day. - On Sunday, I will release Part Two: Punishment, with the reports on the resolution of the case, which includes some executions, but not before the anarchists manage to set off another bomb. In the jail. You don’t want to miss that. - Music by Dave Sams - www.truecrimehistorian.com/1884haymarket
Jul 15, 2016
Sins of the Seventh Angel
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS- A reading from America’s historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism. - King Ben and the Curse of the House of David - In this episode, I want to explore portions of a five-part investigative expose that the Detroit Free Press on the cult House of David, which operated a commune near Benton Harbor Michigan in the 1920s. The leader of the cult was Benjamin Franklin Purnell, in these articles confronted with allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct among young members of his flock. Much of the expose, the parts that we’ll be examining, are based on a sworn deposition by one of these young ladies. - Musical direction by Dave Sams - www.truecrimehistorian.com/1923purnell
Jul 08, 2016
Sunday Magazine: A Trilogy of True Crime Adventures
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"Turned into a Tigress by her Borgia Blood""How a Criminal Acrobat Makes a Living Out of His Genuine Broken Neck" "How a Little Dog Avenged the Murder of His Master" - Back when newspapers were still a big deal, the Sunday paper was really something special. A good metropolitan Sunday newspaper was huge, with plenty of special sections and thick with advertising. One popular feature was the Sunday Magazine, where readers would discover feature length human interest articles, and true crime was a staple of those pages. So today, I’m giving you three stories. The first is about an opera singer whose genetic past gave her a strange predilection for torture. Following that, you’ll hear about a former circus performer who became a grifter when a near-fatal injury gave him the ability to fake a broken neck. And finally, the tale of a whip-smart mongrel dog who helped solve a murder. - Music by Chuck Wiggins - www.truecrimehistorian.com/magazine001 - www.blueapron.com/TRUECRIME
Jun 27, 2016
Edmund Pearson's "The Third Passenger"
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PULP NONFICTION A reading from the pioneers of true crime as a literary genre. - Or, What’s in That Package, Mr. Wainwright? - In this episode, I’m bringing you another story from Edmund Pearson, a late nineteenth/early 20th century true crime writer, a librarian by trade, who rose to fame with his account of the Lizzie Borden trial. In this episode, he tells the story of an 1875 murder in old London town, which makes this my first episode involving a foreign crime. I have a lot of listeners in England, so let me know if you’d like to hear more stories from across the great pond. - Music by Chuck Wiggins - www.truecrimehistorian.com/1875wainright
Jun 24, 2016
The Demented Dynamiter of Bath
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS- A reading from America’s historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism, - The Michigan School House Massacre In this episode, we’ll take a look at the most tragic school massacre in American history, this one perpetrated by the school district’s treasurer, upset over a recent rise in his property taxes to build a new school. So he decides to blow up his own house and take the school down, too, claiming 45 lives, including his own. If not for a faulty wiring plan, it could have been worse. Much worse. - www.truecrimehistorian/1927kehoe - Music by Chuck Wiggins
Jun 20, 2016
Torture at the Chicken Ranch
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EYE FOR AN EYE - A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring America’s judicial system at its most extreme: Inflicting the death penalty. - The Awful Crimes of the Northcott Family - In this episode, we follow the unusual narrative of the Northcott family. They came from Canada, and who know what atrocities they committed there, but when they came to California to practice their evil habits, they were caught, but not soon enough. As many as eight young men may have been tortured and murdered on their Wineville farm, but none of them seemed to be able to tell a truth, even when their lives depended on it. One would go to prison, and one would pay the ultimate price for their crimes, but that hardly seems enough. This is the crime that inspired the 2008 Clint Eastwood film “The Changeling” - Music by Chuck Wiggins
Jun 17, 2016
A Deadly Family Feud
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EYE FOR AN EYEA special edition of YESTERDAY’S NEWS that looks at the American justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the death penalty. - The Execution of J.G. Rawlings and His Accomplice - This episode takes us back to the turn of the last century, rural Georgia circa 1905, when an argument over a field border incites a family feud that results in four deaths, including the murder of two innocents and a double hanging. - Music by Chuck Wiggins - www.truecrimehistorian.com/1905rawlings
Jun 10, 2016
Dillinger at the Biograph
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THE GANGSTER CHRONICLES A special edition of Yesterday’s News focusing on the notorious scoundrels of the Prohibition and Depression eras. The Final Chapter of the Dillinger Saga - The first volume of this this series has been devoted to the exploration of newspaper accounts of the trail of terror blazed by one of America’s most famous, dare I say most beloved, gangsters, John Dillinger. - From the time he was paroled from the Michigan City prison in May, 1933, to the time he was gunned down by police on a Chicago sidewalk 14 months later, John Herbert Dillinger was one of America’s most notorious scoundrels. - In previous chapters, we read the newspaper accounts of the escape of ten convicts from the Indiana penitentiary at Michigan City and the bloody delivery of Dillinger from the Lima, Ohio, jail; how Dillinger and his new gang blazed a trail of terror across the Midwest until he was captured in Tuscon, his second daring escape using a gun he made from broomstick, and his continuing reign of terror. Last month, we heard about one more narrow escape from the clutches of the law and one final bank robbery. - The narration for this episode was recorded on the main stage of the Biograph Theatre in Chicago, where Dillinger saw his last film just minutes before meeting his fate on the sidewalks of the Windy City. It was a movie theater then, and Dillinger, his hair dyed black, came here with two women to see Clark Gable in “Manhattan Melodrama,” and on the way out… Well, listen to this episode to see how it all shakes out. - Music by Chuck Wiggins - www.truecrimehistorian.com/1934dillingers0106
Jun 06, 2016
Preacher's Baby Girl / Gangster's Wife
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS- A reading of historical newspapers from the golden age of yellow journalism. - The Trial and Travails of Norma Brighton Millen - On Sunday, I will be presenting the final chapter of the Dillinger saga, which I recorded from the main stage of the Biograph Theater, where the scoundrel John Dillinger watched his last gangster picture. Today’s episode takes place around the same time that the Dillinger story began reaching its climax in the first half of 1934. - It’s the story of a young girl, the daughter of a prominent minister and graduate of a fine finishing school, who fell into the wrong crowd and married a man who would be executed for the crime of the gang he was trying to build. The papers never said, but I can’t help but think the Millen-Faber Gang fancied themselves to be the Dillingers of the East Coast. The story grabbed my attention because of the way Norma Brighton Millen presented herself after her capture. Is she the innocent dupe as she proclaimed? Or was she using her pretty face and sophisticated air to disguise her inner bad girl and get off easy? I’d like to hear your thoughts, so leave me some comments on my Facebook page after you listen. - Music by Chuck Wiggins - www.truecrimehistorian.com/1934millen
Jun 03, 2016
Anarchist Kills Them All
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YESTERDAY'S NEWSA reading from America’s historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism. - Today I bring you the sad tale of a family massacre. This will be the first time I’ve reported on a murder/suicide, because you rarely get to hear about the drama that led up to the tragedy, because there’s no one left to tell the story. There are still a lot of unanswered--and over-answered--questions in this one, but I like how the reporter included the details of the family history and their daily lives into the narrative, although I do think they’ve put too much emphasis on the role of the man’s politics in his decision to commit this horrible act. - The descriptions of the photographs and posters on the wall refer to Chicago’s Haymarket Riot of May 1886, a protest by radical labor organizers that went wild. Seven police and one civilian were killed by a bomb thrown that day, and seven men were given death sentences as a result, with four eventually hanged. That’s a good story in itself, and I’m adding it to the list of future episodes. - Music by Chuck Wiggins - www.trucrimehistorian.com/1896klaettke
May 30, 2016
Hanged Three Times and Lived
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YESTERDAY'S NEWSA reading from America's historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism. Luke Brannon Thwarts a Lynching - The Classic Village of Oxford, Ohio, got so riled up over a shooting in a local saloon, that they bust open the jails and drag the culprits to the local hanging tree. The tree had been  used once before, and if you go to my archives, you can hear about that tale in the episode two, "An Outrageous Murder in Oxford," in which the town got so outraged over the apparent murder of one of the town matrons that they hung a dead man. A decade later, another Oxford mob attempts another lynching, but it doesn’t really go any better for them, not when brave Deputy Luke Brannon swoops in just in the nick of time. - Music by Chuck Wiggins
May 27, 2016
The Bloody Benders
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SERIAL KILLER CLIPS Original newspaper accounts of America’s most prolific murderers. - This episode, we’re looking at the legend of a Kansas family that killed at least 11 visitors to their roadhouse in the early 1870s. They aroused suspicion by choosing as a victim a well-known physician, whose family soon pulled out all stops in a search until they uncovered his body, along with 10 missing travelers, on the Bender property. The Bender Family was nowhere to be found, and never were. Sightings and even arrests were regular for many years, even into the next century, but the second act of this episode purports to tell the true story of what happened to the mass murdering hostelers. - Music by Chuck Wiggins
May 23, 2016
Quadruple Electrocution: Four Murders, Four Executions
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EYE FOR AN EYEA special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the American criminal justice system at its most extreme, inflicting the death penalty. - Although this episode stands alone, it is something of a follow-up to "The Shocking Death of William Kemmler," which I published about two months ago. If you remember, that execution went so badly that many thought it was a failed experiment. Indeed, it took the state of New York nearly a year to perform a second electric chair execution, but it did so with a bang, putting four men to death on the same day, July 7, 1891. - Will it work out any better? Listen and find out… - Music by Chuck Wiggins - www.truecrimehistorian.com www.facebook.com/truecrimehistorian twitter: @trucrimehistory
May 20, 2016
Naughty Nellie Bailey, Frontier Temptress
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PULP NONFICTIONA Reading from the Pioneers of True Crime - Today’s story of an 1883 murder appeared in newspapers across the country in 1905 under the byline of Captain Patrick D. Tyrrell, who at that time had retired from a career as a detective in the United States Secret Service. His job was mainly to hunt down counterfeiters, but he achieved some fame when he foiled a plot to steal the body of Abraham Lincoln, a case I hope to take up in a future episode. He wrote this and other stories in a syndicated newspaper feature titled “Tales from the Secret Service”. - Music by Chuck Wiggins - www.truecrimehistorian.com
May 13, 2016
Jim Tully's 'The Living Dead: A Death Cell Interview'
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PULP NONFICTIONA reading from the pioneers of true crime. - True crime history is not just about reviving the stories of America's scandals, scoundrels and scourges, but also about exploring the history of true crime as a genre. - This episode is also a bonus sidebar to The Gangster Chronicles, a special edition of Yesterday's News focusing on the notorious scoundrels of the Prohibition and Depression eras. - On the first Sunday of each month, The Gangster Chronicles has been exploring newspaper accounts of John Dillinger’s fourteen month murderous rampage across middle America. Episode Six, Dillinger at the Biograph, will be released June 5. In doing my homework for this episode, I came across a feature story by Jim Tully that was datelined July 21, 1934, but published on July 22, the very day that Dillinger would see his last movie. - Jim Tully was a fairly well-known writer in the 1920s and ‘30s, but not for true crime. He wrote novels based on the hard-luck life of Irish immigrant like his parents and his nine-year stint as a young hobo riding America’s rails. He was one of the first freelance reporters to work the Hollywood beat and for a time served as secretary to Charlie Chaplin, who later sued Tully for writing an unflattering article about him. - He was a large, soft-spoken man, but also a professional boxer, and a year before writing this article was himself the subject of a profile by the famed sportswriter Damon Runyon. - On my website, www.truecrimehistorian.com, you can read what Hollywood columnist Walter Winchell had to say about Tully’s association with gangsters, because as it would happen, Jim Tully grew up in the factory towns of Northern Ohio and knew Charles Mackley as a teenager. - Mackley, you may recall, was one of the ten escapees from the Michigan City Prison, involved in Dillinger’s delivery from the Lima jail, and captured in Tuscon. At the time of this article, Mackley and Harry Pierpont, the trigger man in the Lima murder, were both awaiting their execution. - This feature story not only detail’s Tully’s visit to “the death row,” but also an account of a poignant lunch later with the parents of Harry Pierpont. - Music by Chuck Wiggins
May 09, 2016
Strangled in a Strange City
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UNSOLVED!A special edition of Yesterday's News exploring some of history’s greatest mysteries. The Curious Murder of Mary Ekhart - In this episode, we look at newspaper accounts of the murder of Mary Ekhart, a young woman from Dayton, Ohio, who separated from her husband and went to live in Cincinnati, where she had a lead on a job in a candy factory. A few days later, her body was found dead in a rooming house, and police tracked down every lead trying to find the mysterious stranger seen lurking in front of the house on the morning of the day of her murder. - Music by Chuck Wiggins - www.truecrimehistorian.com
May 06, 2016
Dillinger at Little Bohemia
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THE GANGSTER CHRONICLES 1.5A special edition of Yesterday's News focusing on the notorious scoundrels of the Prohibition and Depression eras. - We're beginning this series with newspaper accounts of the trail of terror blazed by one of America's most famous, dare I say most beloved, gangsters, John Dillinger. - From the time he was paroled from the Michigan City prison in May, 1933, to the time he was gunned down by police on a Chicago sidewalk 14 months later, John Herbert Dillinger was one of America's most notorious scoundrels. - In previous chapters, we read the newspaper accounts of the escape of ten convicts from the Indiana penitentiary at Michigan City and the bloody delivery of Dillinger from the Lima, Ohio, jail; how Dillinger and his new gang blazed a trail of terror across the Midwest until he was captured in Tuscon, his second daring escape using a gun he made from broomstick, and his continuing reign of terror. In this chapter, we’ll hear about one more narrow escape from the clutches of the law and one final bank robbery. I’m pleased to announce that on Sunday, May 8, I will be recording the final chapter of the Dillinger saga from the main stage of the Biograph Theatre in Chicago, where Dillinger saw his last film just minutes before meeting his fate on the sidewalks of the Windy City. Please visit my website, www.truecrimehistorian.com, for updates on that event. - Musical Direction by Chuck Wiggins
May 02, 2016
The Chinatown Trunk Murder
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UNSOLVED!Exploring one of history's most baffling murder mysteries. The Awful Death of Miss Elsie Sigel - In this episode, we’ll take a look at the newspaper accounts in the case of Elsie Sigel, a pretty young girl from a prominent New York family who went to work as a missionary in Manhattan’s Chinatown. In the summer of 1909, police found Elsie’s body packed in a trunk in an apartment above a chop suey joint. - Music by Chuck Wiggins - www.truecrimehistorian.com
Apr 29, 2016
The Strangler's Wife
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TRUE CRIME STORY TIMEThe Sad Tale of Anna May Gamble Knapp - Around the jails and the Indiana and Ohio neighborhoods where he lived, Alfred Knapp carried the nickname “Looney” Knapp for his bizarre, often childish behavior. He spent half of his adult life in prison for petty larcenies and attacks upon young women. When he was released from the Michigan City Penitentiary in the summer of 1902, he joined his third wife, Hannah, in her hometown of Hamilton, Ohio. Three days before Christmas that year, Knapp strangled his wife in the early morning hours and put her body in a box and put the box in the Great Miami River, then told everyone that Hannah had left him. Some in his family became suspicious, and when he remarried two months later, they had him arrested for bigamy. Alfred Knapp then not only confessed to killing his wife, but four other women in Cincinnati and Indianapolis, including his second wife. Consequently, “The Strangler Knapp” became a Midwest sensation and dozens of newspapers sent reporters to cover the case. - One of the many things that makes the Knapp case a remarkable story worth telling is the intense family and courtroom drama that was chronicled in the extensive press coverage. One of the most colorful real-life characters in this tale is the young, simple-minded fourth wife, from whose bed he was arrested for bigamy at four in the morning. So I want to tell you her story in a series of excerpts from my latest book, The First Celebrity Serial Killer: Confessions of the Strangler Alfred Knapp. - I invite you to visit my website, www.truecrimehistorian.com, for source information and instructions on how you can buy an inscribed edition of “The First Celebrity Serial Killer.”
Apr 22, 2016
Mystery at the American Saloon
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TRUE CRIME STORY TIMEThe Saga of the Scoundrel Thomas McGehan A true crime short story by Richard O Jones - On Christmas eve, 1870, three men attack a local politician with boulders and slungshots, and at least a dozen men scramble for the door while five shots pepper the faro room at the American Saloon in Hamilton, Ohio. One of bullets kills the politician, Thomas Myers, but in their haste, none of the gamblers see who fired the gun. The blame falls on the leader of the gang of thugs who attacked Myers, his political rival Thomas McGehan. At his trial the famed former Congressman, exiled Copperhead and gubernatorial candidate Clem Vallandigham, who literally gives his life to McGehan’s defense. - For a complete list of sources for this podcast, please visit www.truecrimehistorian.com, where you can also find newspaper clippings and drawings from this case, including a diagram of the layout of the American saloon, as well as more stories about the scandals, scoundrels and scourges of America’s past, along with information about my true crime books and my Two-Dollar Terror series of historical crime novellas. - Music by Chuck Wiggins
Apr 11, 2016
Dillinger in the Wind
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THE GANGSTER CHRONICLES 1.4- The Gangster Chronicles is a special edition of Yesterday's News focusing on the notorious scoundrels of the Prohibition and Depression eras. - We're beginning this series with newspaper accounts of the trail of terror blazed by one of America's most famous, dare I say most beloved, gangsters, John Dillinger. - From the time he was paroled from the Michigan City prison in May, 1933, to the time he was gunned down by police on a Chicago sidewalk 14 months later, John Herbert Dillinger was one of America's most notorious scoundrels. - In chapter one, we looked at the escape of ten convicts from the Indiana penitentiary at Michigan City and the bloody delivery of Dillinger from the Lima, Ohio. In Chapter Two, Dillinger and his new gang blazed a trail of terror across the Midwest. In chapter three, Dillinger gets quietly captured in Tuscon, but makes another daring escape, this time, using a gun he made from broomstick. - With Dillinger again in the wind, state and now federal police launch a desperate manhunt while the gangster continues his trail of terror. - For source information and clips related to this installment of the Gangster Chronicles, visit www.truecrimehistorian.com, where you can also find additional stories about the scandals, scoundrels and scourges of America's past, as well as information about my books and my TwoDollar Terror series of true crime novellas. - And come back here next month for Chapter 5 in the Dillinger saga when the notorious scoundrel once more narrowly escape arrest in a deadly police raid at Little Bohemia.Lodge in Wisconsin. - Musical direction by Chuck Wiggins.
Apr 04, 2016
"The Disappearance of Doctor Parkman"
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PULP NONFICTIONA reading from True Crime Edmund Pearson - True crime history is not just about reviving the stories of America's scandals, scoundrels and scourges, but also about exploring the history of true crime as a genre. - Edmund Pearson was a librarian by trade, but also one of the early writers of true crime, who first came to prominence in his articles about the Lizzie Borden trials in the 1890s. In 1928, he wrote a series of eight true crime articles for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about some of America's Classic murders. - This one takes place in 1849, a week before Thanksgiving, in a laboratory at the Harvard Medical College while the famed physician and author Oliver Wendell Holmes was lecturing in the room directly above. The victim was one of Boston's wealthy elite on a mission to collect a debt from a geology professor. - The Parkman-Webster murder case, as it came to be known, was notable because it was one of the first murder cases where circumstantial forensic evidence was used in a trial. - Please visit www.truecrimehistorian.com/1849webster for more information on this story, including a clipping describing John White Webster's execution and a link to the complete trial transcript. On the website, you can also find additional stories about America's famous and forgotten scandals, scoundrels and scourges as well as information about how to purchase my true crime books and Two-Dollar Terror novellas. - Musical direction and theme music by Chuck Wiggins.
Apr 01, 2016
The Wicked Working Girl of Fall River
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SOLEMNLY SWORNTestimony from History’s Sensational Trials Rhode Island v. The Rev. Eprhaim Kingsbury Avery - Some sixty years before the trial of Lizzie Borden put the town of Fall River Massachusetts in the public eye, the body of Sarah Maria Cornell, a 30 year old millworker from that town was found hanging from a haystack pole in the nearby town of Tiverton, just across the Rhode Island border. - The first coroner’s jury ruled the death a suicide, but a note later found in the woman’s boarding house led to the first of two exhumations of the body and the arrest of the Rev. Ephraim Kingsbury Avery for her murder. - It is believed to be one of the first trials of a minister for murder in America, and it was a scandalous one. Newspapers across the country published transcripts on a daily basis, and when it was all over, many booklets—including one by the defendant himself—were published with the complete testimony and arguments of the 27 day trial. - I invite you to my website, www.truecrimehistorian.com, where you can find complete source information and links to copies of two of the booklets containing complete transcripts of Avery’s trial. I have also posted photos of a surtout, a type of overcoat, and a calash, a retractable bonnet that not only provides protection from the elements, but also hides the face of the wearer. On the website, you will also find information about my true crime books and my TWO-DOLLAR TERROR series of true crime novellas. Music by Chuck Wiggins.
Mar 28, 2016
The Man With the Twisted Foot
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PULP NONFICTIONA reading from the pioneers of True Crime The Murder of Edith May Thompson Woodill - True crime history is not just about reviving the stories of America's scandals, scoundrels and scourges, but also about exploring the history of true crime as a genre. - Apart from the lurid newspaper accounts of crimes in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, some of the earliest writers of true crime grew out of the pulp magazine tradition. - This story revolves around the friendship between a pretty socialite and an erudite, seemingly scholarly man who came to live in her hometown on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The residents of Talbot County were shocked beyond belief when a pair of crab trappers pulled the body the newly-married young woman from the Chesapeake Bay and the newcomer disappeared. - The following story is adapted from the April, 1930 edition of True Detective Mysteries Magazine, a first-person account from the Sheriff on the case, told twenty years after the fact. - This episode runs a little longer than usual, but I promise you it is worth the time to follow the winding trail of deceit and the exciting manhunt in the shallow Maryland waters. - Please visit www.truecrimehistorian.com for source information on this story, and a few clippings from the original reporting, including the map that the Sheriff referred to. On the website, you can also find additional stories about America's famous and forgotten scandals, scoundrels and scourges as well as information about how to purchase my true crime books and Two-Dollar Terror novellas. - Musical direction and theme music by Chuck Wiggins
Mar 25, 2016
Girl Did Not Kill Herself
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TRUE CRIME STORY TIMEA true short story by Richard O Jones The Mysterious Death of Louise Monteabaro - Police Chief Henry Blake’s story was consistent throughout, from the time he reported the incident to the judge/acting coroner to the time that the dead girl’s aunt stabbed him in the neck: Miss Louise Monteabaro used her own gun to commit suicide in the passenger seat of her car. But according to those who new the young sewing machine saleswoman, that seemed unlikely. - Visit www.truecrimehistorian.com/monteabaro for sources and clippings, along with more stories about the famous and forgotten scandals, scoundrels and scourges of America's past. - Musical direction by Chuck Wiggins
Mar 14, 2016
Dillinger's Showdown in Tucson
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THE GANGSTER CHRONICLES 1.3Yesterday's News A reading from America's historic newspapers - From the time he was paroled from the Michigan City prison in May, 1933, to the time he was gunned down by police on a Chicago sidewalk 14 months later, John Herbert Dillinger was one of America's most notorious scoundrels. - In chapter one, we looked at the escape of ten convicts from the Indiana penitentiary at Michigan City and the subsequent delivery of Dillinger from the Lima, Ohio, jail that led to the death of Sheriff Jesse Sarber. In Chapter Two, Dillinger and his new gang blazed a trail of terror across the Midwest. - Now, the wanted desperados have made their way to Tuscon, Arizona, to escape the heat of Chicago, but a hotel fire spells the beginning of the end for most of the outlaw gang. - Musical direction by Chuck Wiggins. - Produced by Richard O Jones
Mar 07, 2016
"Violent Cremation: The Terrible Vengeance of a Father"
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PULP NONFICTIONA reading from the True Crime pioneer Lafcadio Hearn - CONTAINS GRAPHIC LANGUAGE - True crime history is not just about reviving the stories of America's scandals, scoundrels and scourges, but also about exploring the history of true crime as a genre. Although he became better known late in his career for his books on travel and on Japanese legends and ghost stories, Lafcadio Hearn began his professional writing career as a staff correspondent for the Cincinnati Enquirer. He was such a devotee of Edgar Allen Poe that he carried the nickname, The Raven, given to him by an early mentor, throughout his life. The devotion shows in much of his writing, including this account of a tanyard murder in 1874. - Even though the author was visually impaired, Hearn's account of this ghastly crime contains graphic details of the discovery of the body and the autopsy, so if you are sensitive to such things, you might want to fast forward through that part. - The tanyard was situated next to a soap factory that had caught fire the previous night and attracted a crowd of 50,000, the newspapers said, to watch the massive flames. Such was the mood of the city that Hearn begins his report with a quote from William Shakespeare's tragic Hamlet. - Please visit www.truecrimehistorian.com/1874tanyard for source information on this story, and an excellent essay about the life and travels of Lafcadio Hearn written by my friend and colleague James Fuhrman. - On the website, you can also find additional stories about America's famous and forgotten scandals, scoundrels and scourges as well as information about how to purchase my true crime books and Two-Dollar Terror novellas. - Musical direction and theme music by Chuck Wiggins - Produced by Richard O Jones
Mar 04, 2016
Momsie's Deadly Love
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VOICES FROM THE PASTAn audio drama culled from the pages of Yesterday's News Featuring the Past Tense Players. The Murder of Albert Snyder - In the quiet community of Queens Village, a bored, spoiled housewife takes up with a traveling corset salesman, and in their passion and greed conspire the murder of her husband. Their ill rendered plot soon unravels and the lovers turn against each other to the police and on the witness stand. Both will pay a heavy price. "Momsie's Deadly Love" is about the true crime of Ruth Brown Snyder and Henry Judd Gray, the love triangle that inspired the film noir classics "Double Indemnity" and "The Postman Always Rings Twice." - The narration and dialogue in this audio drama have been culled nearly verbatim from the pages of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, trial coverage by the paper's popular correspondent, the sassy Alice Cogan. - For a complete list of sources, visit www.truecrimehistorian.com, where you can also find newspaper clippings and photos from this case, and more stories about the scandals, scoundrels and scourges of America’s past. - The Past Tense Players are Emily Simer Braun, Suzanne Beckner, Russ Laycock, Chris Laycock, Tim Spoonster, Barry Price, Sandra M. Orlett, Rachel Michelle Jones, Sean R. Jones, Benjamin Miller, Alison Strickland Rampa and Justyn Rampa . - Musical direction by Chuck Wiggins. - Produced by Richard O Jones
Feb 29, 2016
"The Embarrassments of Mr. Udderzook"
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PULP NONFICTIONA reading from True Crime pioneer Edmund Pearson - True crime history is not just about reviving the stories of America's scandals, scoundrels and scourges, but also about exploring the history of true crime as a genre. - Edmund Pearson was an early pioneer in true crime writing. A librarian by trade, he came to prominence as an author through his essay on the Lizzie Borden case included in his 1924 book, Studies in Murder. In 1928, Pearson wrote a series of weekly columns for The St. Louis Post Dispatch. "The Embarrassments of Mr. Udderzook" is the first article in that series, a wry, often sarcastic look at a case of two murders wrapped around an insurance fraud and stuffed inside a case of arson that came to light in February, 1872.
Feb 26, 2016
The Confession of H.H. Holmes, A Litany of Horror
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SERIAL KILLER CLIPSYesterday's News A reading from America's historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism. - Philadelphia County Prison April, 1896 - Convicted of the murder of Benjamin Pitzel and suspected of as many as 200 murders carried out in his Chicago "Castle," H.H. Holmes was sentenced to be hanged on May 7, 1896. While awaiting execution, he wrote out a 10,000 word confession by hand, admitting to 27 murders, that was published in newspapers around the country. In this episode of True Crime Historian, Richard O Jones reads passages from that confession, detailing the horror of some of his most brutal crimes. - Listen carefully to find out how you might win a FREE copy of my newest book, "The First Celebrity Serial Killer: Confessions of the Strangler Alfred Knapp." - Music by Chuck Wiggins - For sources and clippings, visit www.truecrimehistorian.com/1896holmes.
Feb 15, 2016
The Boy Hanged from a Chair
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AN EYE FOR AN EYEYesterday's News The True Crime of Harvey Church A reading from America’s historic newspapers - Chicago, Illinois 1921-1922 Convicted of killing a pair of Packard salesmen because he wanted a car to impress the girls, Harvey Church went into a catatonic coma a month before his execution and never came out of it, even as deputy sheriffs carried him to the gallows in a chair. - Musical direction by Chuck Wiggins - Visit www.truecrimehistorian/1922church for sources and clips.
Feb 12, 2016
Dillinger’s Indiana Outlaws
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THE GANGSTER CHRONICLES 1.2A reading from America’s historic newspapers from the golden age of yellow journalism - Law enforcement officials and fellow bandits alike lose their lives in the hunt for the desperate criminals who escaped from the Michigan City prison and murdered a sheriff in getting John Dillinger out of jail. In the meantime, Dillinger and his companions continue their spree of mayhem across the Mid [...]
Feb 08, 2016
Billy Gohl, Admiral of the Floater Fleet
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SERIAL KILLER CLIPSYesterday's News A reading from America's historic newspapers - Aberdeen, Washington February, 1910 During the last half of the first decade of the twentieth century, the port of Grays Harbor near the city of Aberdeen Washington, was so inundated with dead bodies that the local newspapers called it the invasion of the floater fleet. Numerous investigations did not turn up anything except a few likely suspects and even more mystery. When police arrested the local union agent Billy Gohl for the murder of a pair of sailors, they believed they caught the man behind anywhere from 40 to 200 murders between 1906 and 1910. Music by Chuck Wiggins
Feb 01, 2016
The Charlie Chaplin Mustache Mystery
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VOICES FROM THE PAST…  An audio-drama inspired by America’s historic newspapers Featuring the Past Tense Players.  - Chicago, Illinois January 21, 1916.  A daring rush hour robbery, the cold-blooded murder of a police officer, and the hunt for the killer and his blonde accomplice.   The Past Tense Players are Emily Simer Braun, Suzanne Beckner, Chris Laycock, Tim Spoonster, Rachel Michelle Jones, Sean R. Jones, Benjamin Miller, Barry Price, Steve Colwell and Terrance Huff.   Musical direction by Chuck Wiggins.   Recorded at Cortelyou Studios and the studio [...]
Jan 25, 2016
Bald Knobber: The Giant Vigilante Captain Nat Kinney
2017
YESTERDAY’S NEWSA reading from America’s historic newspapers - Taney County, Missouri After the Civil War Captain Nat Kinney was a large man, both in stature and reputation, and both of them seemed to grow to mythic proportions among the citizens Taney County, Missouri, deep in the Ozark Mountains. Kinney was the king of the Bald Knobbers, a group of Christian citizens who organized to police themselves against the ruffians and hooligans who would interrupt their church services and raid their homesteads. The presence of the Bald Knobbers deeply divided the region between those would let the law take its course and those who would take the law into its own hands. - Music by Carter Bancroft and Alan Patterson. Theme music by Josh Woodward.
Jan 18, 2016
Dillinger’s Bloody Escape
1791
THE GANGSTER CHRONICLES 1.1Yesterday's News A Reading from America’s Historic Newspapers - In this first volume of "The Gangster Chronicles," we will follow the trail of terror blazed by one of America's most famous, perhaps most beloved, gangsters, John Dillinger. From the time he was paroled from the Michigan City prison in May, 1933, to the time he was gunned down by police on a Chicago sidewalk in front of the Biograph Theater 14 months later, John Herbert Dillinger was one of America's most notorious scoundrels. Chapter One will detail some of Dillinger's earliest known robberies and his murderous escape from the Lima jail. We plan to tell the Dillinger saga in five chapters. After this first one, you can expect a new installment at 7 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month. We're considering the options for Volume 2 and are welcome to suggestions. Please email us at truecrimehistorian@outlook.com with your thoughts. - Music by Audionautix. Theme song by Josh Woodward.
Jan 11, 2016
The Red Hand: The Alleged Crime of Thomas Woolfolk
2761
YESTERDAY’S NEWSA Reading from America’s Historic Newspapers - Bibb County, Georgia, 12 miles from Macon August 6, 1877 Frantic screams in the night shatter the pastoral calm of the Bibb County, Georgia, countryside. By the time neighbors arrive, nine members of the family of Captain Richard Woolfolk lay in deadly repose, brutally slain by the savage blows of an ax. The only survivor, 27-year-old son Thomas Woolfolk, the black sheep of the family and perennial loser, says that he escaped the carnage by jumping through a bedroom window and running into the woods. Suspicious eyes immediately imagine a noose around the young man’s neck. Will the truth come out? Will young Woolfolk pay the ultimate price for a crime he did not commit?
Jan 04, 2016
The Chemical Christmas Murder
1472
YESTERDAY’S NEWSA Reading from America’s Historic Newspapers Holiday Special - New Cumberland, Pennsylvania Christmas Day, 1937 The press said that Charles Mobley had been drinking some whiskey during the day and he went berserk after drinking two glasses of beer. Mobley didn’t seem drunk to the patrons of Doc’s Place when he stopped in for a Christmas day nightcap, and he only had the two glasses of beer before he started shooting up the place. Was he drunker than he seemed? Or was he under the influence of something else?
Dec 24, 2015