Scoundrel: History's Forgotten Villains

By KAST MEDIA | Jason and Carissa Weiser

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 May 19, 2022

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History consists of heroes and villains (and, I suppose everything in between)... but it's usually the villains who are the most interesting: Their flaws, their quirks, the voids in their hearts that force them to do the unthinkable. These are the characters that fascinate us, that pull us in, that compel us to watch and don’t let us look away. And these are the characters that Scoundrel: History’s Forgotten Villains is all about.

Scoundrel, is a new bi-weekly anthology podcast from Kast Media and the award winning creators of Myths & Legends, that tells the stories of the rapscallions through time who were just a little more adept at hiding their evil from historians than others. By joining them on their treacherous journeys, we not only learn about what makes them tick, but more importantly, the times that created them.

Sidney Gottlieb, George Remus, Thomas Blood, James McClintock. They’ve all done horrible things...on varying scales. If there’s anything we can salvage from their misdeeds and incalculable human suffering, it’s the opportunity to use them to elucidate the times they’ve lived… so that we can better understand ourselves.


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VIGILANTE IS AVAILABLE NOW!
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May 23, 2022
Hong Xiuquan: Demon-Slaying Rebel and Brother to Jesus Christ
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Ten years before the US Civil War, a little revolt broke out in China that was commanded by a 37-year-old former school teacher who believed himself to be a demon-slaying younger brother to Jesus Christ. By the time Hong Xiuquan was done, 30 million people were killed and the world would never be the same.  Special Thanks To Our Sponsors:    Wondrium Wondrium is offering our listeners a FREE TRIAL plus 20% off the Annual Plan. To get this offer you need to visit our special URL: Wondrium.com/SCOUNDREL Best Fiends You’ve earned your fun time. Go to the App Store or Google play to download Best Fiends for free. Plus, earn even more with $5 worth of in-game rewards when you reach level 5.   Burrow Thanks again to Burrow for supporting the show. Listeners can get $75 off their first order at Burrow.com/scoundrel.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 18, 2022
Belle Gunness: The Murderous Black Widow
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It's 1908 in La Porte, Indiana and a farmhouse belonging to Belle Gunness, a 50-year-old immigrant from Norway, is engulfed in flames. As firefighters dig through the charred remains of Belle's family, they discover something else: Dozens of bodies buried in the backyard. While it's difficult to know exactly what one of America's first female serial killers was thinking as she slaughtered her victims for profit, there's one thing for certain. Belle Gunness was one naughty Norwegian.   Special Thanks To Our Sponsors:  Story Worth Give all the “moms” in your life a meaningful gift you’ll both cherish for years – StoryWorth! Right now, for a limited time, you’ll save $10 on your first purchase when you go to StoryWorth.com/scoundrel.   GreenChef Go to GreenChef.com/scoundrel130 and use code scoundrel130 to get $130 off, plus free shipping!”   Wondrium Wondrium is offering our listeners a FREE trial membership. To get this offer you need to visit Wondrium.com/SCOUNDREL.   Helix Helix is offering up to 200 dollars off all mattress orders AND two free pillows for our listeners at HelixSleep.com/scoundrel.       See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 04, 2022
Sidney Gottlieb: The Man Who Tried To Control Minds
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Sidney Gottlieb led a fairly simple life.  He and his wife lived on a farm. He milked goats and practiced meditation.  From the looks of this spectacularly mundane, even boring-appearing man, you would have no idea of one tiny inescapable tidbit ...Sidney Gottlieb is one of the most prolific torturers the Cold War has ever produced. He spearheaded a program run by the CIA charged with the sole goal of controlling people's minds called MK Ultra. In its wake exists a body count numbering in the thousands and unspeakable suffering that has yet to heal. This is his treacherous true story.     Special Thanks To Our Sponsors:  Wondery: American History Tellers - Lewis and Clark Listen to American History Tellers: Lewis and Clark on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, or you can listen ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery app.   AARP Try the benefits for yourself! Go to AARP.org/SCOUNDREL to join for just $12 for your first year with automatic renewal. You’ll get a second membership for free, plus AARP the Magazine and a free gift!   Wondrium Trust us, we know you’ll love Wondrium as much as we do. Sign up NOW through our special URL to start your free trial. Go to Wondrium.com/scoundrel.   Best Fiends You’ve earned your fun time. Go to the App Store or Google play to download Best Fiends for free. Plus, earn even more with $5 worth of in-game rewards when you reach level 5.   Burrow Listeners can get $75 off their first order at Burrow.com/scoundrel.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 20, 2022
Thomas Blood: The Man Who Stole England's Crown Jewels
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On an early morning in the year 1671, a 53-year-old man named Thomas Blood enters the Tower of London to perform perhaps the most daring heist in the history of humanity. A lifelong nemesis of the English crown, Blood and his brigade of bandits channel their rage and do the impossible:  Steal The Crown Jewels. Throughout his life, Blood's misadventures prove to be so bold, dangerous and deliciously audacious, they're still making historians scratch their heads 350 years later. Special Thanks To Our Sponsors:  The Jordan Harbinger Show Check out jordanharbinger.com/start for some episode recommendations, OR search for The Jordan Harbinger Show on Apple Podcasts, Green Chef Go to GreenChef.com/scoundrel130 and use code scoundrel130 to get $130 off, plus free shipping!” Wondrium Sign up NOW through our special URL to start your free trial. Go to Wondrium.com/scoundrel. Helix Helix is offering up to 200 dollars off all mattress orders AND two free pillows for our listeners at HelixSleep.com/scoundrel.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 06, 2022
Sister Virginia Maria: The Murderous Nun of Monza
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It's 1606 in the Italian peninsula and you can feel the beauty and euphoria of the Renaissance in the air. But at the same time, in a small garden in Monza of Northern Italy, two very unenlightened people talk in hushed tones, and we promise: absolutely nothing beautiful will come of it. A nun by the name of Sister Virginia Maria of Monza whispers into the ear of her dangerous lover, Giovanni Paolo Osio.  She wants another nun in her monastery dead, hence sparking one of the most villainous scandals in Church history.    Special Thanks To Our Sponsors:  Blinkist Right now Blinkist has a special offer just for our audience. Go to Blinkist.com/SCOUNDREL to start your free 7 day trial and get 25% off of a Blinkist Premium membership. The Jordan Harbinger Show Check out jordanharbinger.com/start for some episode recommendations, OR search for The Jordan Harbinger Show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.  AARP Try the benefits for yourself! Go to AARP.org/SCOUNDREL to join for just $12 for your first year with automatic renewal. You’ll get a second membership for free, plus AARP the Magazine and a free gift!   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 23, 2022
George Remus: The Real Great Gatsby
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It's 1920 and George Remus, a Chicago attorney, stands before the bench in a Federal courtroom. He watches in horror as the Judge finds his client, a local booze bootlegger, guilty of violating the recently passed Volstead Act. The man's punishment? A $10,000 fine, the equivalent of roughly over $160,000 in today's money. Remus is horrified by the obscene punishment but notices that his client could care less. The bootlegger casually removes a wad of cash from his pocket so thick it can barely fold and tosses it to Remus to drop it off for him as he exits. Staring down at the money, Remus has a plan: To become the biggest bootlegger of illegal booze the world has ever seen. This is a tale of betrayal, duplicity, and cold-hearted murder.    Special Thanks To Our Sponsors:    BLINKIST Right now Blinkist has a special offer just for our audience. Go to Blinkist.com/SCOUNDREL to start your free 7 day trial and get 25% off of a Blinkist Premium membership.   THE JORDAN HARBINGER SHOW We really enjoy this show and we think you will as well! There’s just SO much here. Check out jordanharbinger.com/start for some episode recommendations, OR search for The Jordan Harbinger Show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.    GREENCHEF Go to GreenChef.com/scoundrel130 and use code scoundrel130 to get $130 off, plus free shipping!     See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 09, 2022
James McClintock and His Magical Killing Machines
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It’s 1880 and a man claiming to be famed bomb and submarine builder James McClintock walks into the British Consulate in Philadelphia. He smoothly offers to help the Monarchy fight Irish rebels by secretly building them faulty bombs. The British are intrigued, but have only one question.  Seeing as the real James McClintock accidentally blew himself up while testing torpedoes in Boston Harbor one year earlier, then… who the heck is this man standing in front of them. Brace yourself for a saga filled with betrayal, treason, oh and explosions.  Lots and lots of explosions.   Special Thanks To Our Sponsors: Blinkist Right now Blinkist has a special offer just for our audience. Go to Blinkist.com/SCOUNDREL to start your free 7 day trial and get 25% off of a Blinkist Premium membership.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 23, 2022
The Many Deaths of Iron Mike Malloy
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It’s 1933 and the Great Depression is ravaging New York City. A group of men calling themselves the Murder Trust come up with the perfect scheme to score a quick buck. Secure a life insurance policy on a a local alcoholic vagrant and then meticulously conceal his cold blooded murder. The only problem for them is the local drunk they picked to kill is a man named Michael Malloy - a man who simply won’t die.  Special Thanks To Our Sponsors:   Blinkist Right now Blinkist has a special offer just for our audience. Go to Blinkist.com/SCOUNDREL to start your free 7 day trial and get 25% off of a Blinkist Premium membership.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 23, 2022
Welcome to Scoundrel: History's Forgotten Villains
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History consists of heroes and villains (and, I suppose everything in between)... but it's usually the villains who are the most interesting: Their flaws, their quirks, the voids in their hearts that force them to do the unthinkable. These are the characters that fascinate us, that pull us in, that compel us to watch and don’t let us look away. And these are the characters that Scoundrel: History’s Forgotten Villains is all about. Scoundrel, is a new bi-weekly anthology podcast from Kast Media and the award winning creators of Myths & Legends, that tells the stories of the rapscallions through time who were just a little more adept at hiding their evil from historians than others. By joining them on their treacherous journeys, we not only learn about what makes them tick, but more importantly, the times that created them. Sidney Gottlieb, George Remus, Thomas Blood, James McClintock. They’ve all done horrible things...on varying scales. If there’s anything we can salvage from their misdeeds and incalculable human suffering, it’s the opportunity to use them to elucidate the times they’ve lived… so that we can better understand ourselves.   Scoundrel: History's Forgotten Villains - premiers Wednesday, February 23 on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 12, 2022