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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John Taylor: The Man Who Killed Bach
3271

Everyone knows the Academy award winning film Amadeus, where a dramatic jealous-ridden  Antonio Salieri contributed to the death of Mozart. But what you probably don't know is a man named John Taylor was complicit in the death of two other musical giants;  Johann Sebastian Bach and George Friedrich Handel.  And the greatest irony of all...he was their eye doctor. Join us this week on Scoundrel: History's Forgotten Villains as we dive deep into the scandalous, tumultuous and at times barbaric world of 18th century European ophthalmology to uncover the many blindings and killings of Dr. John Taylor.

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Sep 21, 2022
GOOD CULT IS AVAILABLE NOW!
498

Good Cult is an investigative podcast about the dark corners of the New Age self-help movements and the American counterculture. In season one, host River Donaghey will explore his family's group therapy cult to unpack the strange history of the Human Potential Movement, and try to understand how a violent self-help seminar in the 1980s evolved into a global phenomenon, which would capture his own family decades later.


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Sep 14, 2022
Domenica Guillaume: Picassos, Hitmen and Murder
3276

Ever visit the world famous Louvre Museum in Paris?  Ever gaze up at Picassos? How about the Matisses? Well, what if we told you that behind the beautiful colors and brush strokes, a dark history lingers as to why they're in the museum.  You see, many of them used to belong to somebody...some say one of the richest and most ruthless women of 20th century Europe, who besides her art collecting hobby, spent much of 1959 trying to murder her only son. The story of Domenica Guillaume is a masterpiece of greed, hubris and destruction. 

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Sep 07, 2022
The Fox Sisters: The Girls Who "Saw" Dead People
3123

Mediums, Clairvoyants, Psychics. You can't turn on TV these days without seeing a reality show where some self-proclaimed "Communicator" is conversing with dead people. Where did this all come from? Well..it all began with two young sisters from the 1840s named Kate and Maggie Fox. The craziest part?  It all started with a prank. 

 

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Aug 24, 2022
Mata Hari: Exotic Dancer War Criminal
2341

October 15, 1917.  A war criminal is marched before a French firing squad to receive their brutal final punishment.  Their crime... selling secrets to the Germans resulting in the slaughter of 40,000 French officers in one of World War 1's bloodiest battles. As witnesses watch the despicable traitor being pushed before the guns, they are shocked.  The  perpetrator is none other than one of the most famous women of early 20th century Paris: An elegant 41 year old woman named Margaretha Geerthurida MacLeod or as the world knows her: Mata Hari. Join us as we explore the legend of this iconic figure and even beg the question: Was she guilty of the things they said she did...or was she merely a scapegoat.

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Aug 10, 2022
William Bailey: Radioactive Snake Oil Salesman
2963

The turn of the 20th century was a wild and weird time, especially in medicine. New discoveries of radioactive elements created a medical craze with companies putting now-known poisonous substances in medicines with unproven promises to cure everything from arthritis to impotence.  Unfortunately, the only thing these medicines did for people...was eventually kill them. And nobody poisoned more people and pushed more toxic cure-alls than one Dr. William Bailey, a Harvard dropout who wanted to make it big. 

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Jul 27, 2022
Belle Starr: Misunderstood Bandit Queen
3044

You've heard her name in the same breath as other gun slinging wild west hooligans like Billy the Kid and Jesse James. But who really was Belle Starr? Was she the  pistol-packing bloodthirsty Bandit Queen who delighted in breaking the law as her legend dictates, or... was she more a victim of circumstance and the turbulent times she lived? More importantly, who actually killed her that fateful day on February 3 1889?   There are so many questions lingering about Myra Maybelle Shirley Reed Starr,  and on this week's episode, we attempt to answer them all!

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Jul 13, 2022
Emerich Juettner: The Worst Counterfeiter Who Ever Lived
3144

Remember the film, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN with Leonardo DiCaprio about the world's greatest counterfeiter?  Well, this is the opposite. Yup.The world's absolute worst God awful counterfeiter who ever lived. Emerich Juettnner's attempts at counterfeiting one dollar bills were so laughably bad, they looked and felt like what can only be described today as Monopoly money.  But to his amazement, throughout the 1930's and 40's, he was able to elude...and annoy the FBI for over a decade with his heinous bogus bucks .  The history books may have forgotten about Emerich Juettner, but we sure haven't.  

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Jun 29, 2022
Bernarr MacFadden: The Man With the Perfect Body
2947

Before there was Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jack LaLanne, a very different strong man captured the imagination of the planet. A man so powerful and muscular, he changed his first name to sound like the roar of a lion. In the early 20th century, Bernarr MacFadden introduced the world to not only fitness culture, but health beliefs so controversial and dangerous,  they continue to haunt and hurt us today.  

 

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Jun 15, 2022
Sarah Wilson: Fake British Princess
2090

You might have heard of Anna Delvey, or the Tinder Swindler but  what if we told you, 250 years ago...a lowly English maid named Sarah Wilson made these modern imposters look like a bunch of amateurs. Throughout the 1770's, Sarah Wilson traveled the American colonies ripping off the ultra rich, even rubbing up against our Founding Fathers by pretending to  be her royal highness Princess Sophia Carolina Augusta, sister to the Queen of England. The history books might have forgotten about this fascinating rapscallion, but we sure haven't.  

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Jun 01, 2022
VIGILANTE IS AVAILABLE NOW!
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Tim Miller is a famous search-and-rescuer in Dickinson, Texas, who's helped track down more than 300 missing persons. After 38 years of searching, he’s now convinced that he’s finally solved his own daughter’s murder.  In the first season of VIGILANTE, Allie Conti (New York TimesVice) explores the human cost of Tim’s singular obsession with the case—from the people he’s falsely accused in the past, to the current girlfriend he’s put in the crosshairs of a possible serial killer. As Allie prepares to interview the suspect in person, she grapples with whether she might be the latest victim of Tim’s vigilantism.

 

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May 23, 2022
Hong Xiuquan: Demon-Slaying Rebel and Brother to Jesus Christ
2565

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. 

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May 18, 2022
Belle Gunness: The Murderous Black Widow
2330

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.

 

 

 

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May 04, 2022
Sidney Gottlieb: The Man Who Tried To Control Minds
2943

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.  

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Apr 20, 2022
Thomas Blood: The Man Who Stole England's Crown Jewels
2242

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.

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Apr 06, 2022
Sister Virginia Maria: The Murderous Nun of Monza
2463

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. 

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Mar 23, 2022
George Remus: The Real Great Gatsby
3818

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. 

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Mar 09, 2022
James McClintock and His Magical Killing Machines
2349

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.  

 

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Feb 23, 2022
The Many Deaths of Iron Mike Malloy
2272

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. 

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Feb 23, 2022
Welcome to Scoundrel: History's Forgotten Villains
145

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.  

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Feb 12, 2022