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True Crime Historian

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Podcast Overview

Stories of the famous and forgotten scandals, scoundrels and scourges of the past, told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism.

Podcast Episodes

The Sicilian Trunk Job

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

Sunday Magazine #11

In The Devil's Beef Tub

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 158 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


Sunday Magazine #10

Episode 158

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



The Ghastly Stockton Trunk Episode

The Ghastly Stockton Trunk Episode

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



A Trial Without Music

A Trial Without Music YESTERDAY’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

The Fainting Jazz Baby Murder Ordeal

Sunday Magazine #9

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___

Murder Behind Closed Doors

Sunday Magazine #8

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

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