Most Notorious!  A True-Crime History Podcast

Most Notorious! A True-Crime History Podcast

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Each week, the Most Notorious podcast features true-life tales of crime, criminals and tragedies throughout history. Hosted by Erik Rivenes, author of the Detective Harm Queen historical mystery series.


The Murder of Jane Clouson in 1871 London w/ Paul Thomas Murphy - A True Crime History Podcast  

In 1871, on the outskirts of London, a police constable discovers a young woman, bloodied and battered beyond recognition. She dies, and the police officially have a murder on their hands. They eventually set their sights on Edmund Pook, the son of a wealthy printer, who had employed the woman, named Jane Clauson, as a family servant. Paul Thomas Murphy, author of "Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane: A True Story of Victorian Law and Disorder: The Unsolved Murder that Shocked Victorian England" tells the story of the murder, the subsequent trial, and his own ideas on what really happened.

Matricide in 1895 London w/ Kate Summerscale - A True Crime History Podcast  

Bestselling UK author Kate Summerscale joins me to talk about her book, "The Wicked Boy". Two young boys, Robert and Nattie Coombs, conspire to murder their mother in Victorian-era London. While the murder is gruesome and sensational, an uplifting event years later gives hope that rehabilitation can have a positive effect on a young criminal's life.

The 1876 Northfield Bank Raid by the James-Younger Gang Part 2 w/ Mark Lee Gardner - A True Crime History Podcast  

My conversation with author Mark Lee Gardner continues, about his book "Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's Greatest Escape". In the second part of the story, we talk about the James-Younger Gang's flight into the Big Woods of southern Minnesota, and the difficulties that they faced navigating through unknown territory, and also the troubles the local posses had finding them.

The 1876 Northfield Bank Raid by the James-Younger Gang Part 1 w/ Mark Lee Gardner - A True Crime History Podcast  

Much has been written about Jesse James, including his gang's ill-fated trip to Northfield, Minnesota, a botched bank raid met with death and tragedy, but never told like this. Mark Lee Gardner, author of "Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid and the Wild West's Greatest Escape", joins me to tell the story of the James-Younger gang's foray north from Missouri and the chaos that followed.

The Wolf Family Massacre in 1920 North Dakota w/ Vernon Keel - A True Crime History Podcast  

In April of 1920, neighbors discover the bodies of most of the Wolf Family, killed by shotgun and hatchet, on their North Dakota farm, just outside Turtle Lake. Only the Wolfs' eight month old daughter survived. Vernon Keel, journalist and author, grew up in Turtle Lake, and joins me to talk about the book he's written about the sensational and tragic crime, called "The Murdered Family".

New York City's Chinatown Tong Wars w/ Scott D. Seligman - A True Crime History Podcast  

From the 1870s to the 1930s, New York City's fabled Chinatown was the site of a series of vicious wars between two rival tongs, the On Leongs and the Hip Sings. Scott D. Seligman, author of "Tong Wars: The Untold Story of Vice, Money and Murder in New York's Chinatown" joins me to chat about the origins of the animosity, and how their rivalry escalated into incredible brutality for both sides.

Ohio's Celebrity Serial Killer Alfred Knapp w/ Richard O. Jones - A True Crime History Podcast  

Alfred Knapp, known as the "Hamilton Strangler", left a trail of dead young women through Southern Ohio in the 1890s and early 1900s. My guest, Richard O. Jones, the host of the "True Crime Historian" podcast, and author of "The First Celebrity Serial Killer in Southwest Ohio: The Confessions of the Strangler Alfred Knapp", tells the story of the life and death of this notorious killer.

The 1920s Ku Klux Klan & the Public Relations Team That Both Swindled and Legitimized It w/ Dale W. Laackman - A True Crime History Podcast  

Dale W. Laackman, author of "For the Kingdom and the Power: The Big Money Swindle That Spread Hate Across America", tells the story of con artists Edward Young Clarke and Bessie Tyler, who through a brilliant public relations campaign turn the Ku Klux Klan from shadowed obscurity to a structured and powerful organization of millions in late 1910s and early 1920s America, and make a fortune in the process.

The 1907 Murder of Sister Janina w/ Mardi Link - A True Crime History Podcast  

In the small town of Isadore Michigan in 1907, a young nun named Janina disappeared. Ten years later, her body is discovered by a priest intent on building a new church on the foundation of the old one. Mardi Link, author of "Isadore's Secret", chats with me about the terrible circumstances surrounding the death of Sister Janina.

1874 Cannibal and Murderer Alfred Packer w/ Harold Schechter - A True Crime History Podcast  

In February of 1874, a group of six men set off through the high mountains of Colorado. Weeks later, only a man named Alfred Packer came out. Packer would later be tried and convicted of robbing, murdering and eating his traveling companions. Prolific true crime writer Harold Schechter returns again to Most Notorious to talk about his bestselling book, Man-Eater.

The Bloody Benders, An 1870s Kansas Family of Serial Killers w/ Phyllis de la Garza - A True Crime History Podcast  

In early 1870s Kansas, a German family named the Benders built a small shack, opened it as an inn, and robbed and butchered travelers who stopped there for a bed or a meal. I'm joined by Phyllis de la Garza, author of "Death for Dinner", who tells the story of the murderous family known in history and American lore as the "Bloody Benders".

The 1947 Black Dahlia Murder (Part Two) w/ Steve Hodel - A True Crime History Podcast  

My guest, Steve Hodel, author of Black Dahlia Avenger and Most Evil, and I continue our discussion about the Black Dahlia case. We discuss the evidence he's collected implicating his father George Hodel, including a set of police transcripts that links his father to other unsolved Los Angeles murders from the late 1940s.

The 1947 Black Dahlia Murder (Part One) w/ Steve Hodel - A True Crime History Podcast  

No case in Los Angeles crime history has been more discussed and speculated about than the January 1947 murder of Elizabeth Short, aka The Black Dahlia. My guest, Steve Hodel, is a private investigator, former LAPD homicide detective, and author of Black Dahlia Avenger. In his book he documents his investigation into the murder, implicating his own father, George Hodel, in the process.

"Count" Victor Lustig, 1920s and 30s  Con Man and Public Enemy w/ Jeff Maysh - A True Crime History Podcast  

My guest on this episode is Jeff Maysh, author of the Kindle single "Handsome Devil", a book that documents the life and death of one of the most talented and charming con artists of the 20th century, Victor Lustig. He was a master of disguise, an escape artist, and the creator of epic swindles in the 1920s and 30s, including "selling" the Eiffel Tower and managing one of the most prolific counterfeiting operations in American history. 

The 1927 Bath School Massacre w/ Arnie Bernstein - A True Crime History Podcast  

May 18th, 2016, marks the 89th commemoration of the Bath, Michigan School Massacre. In 1927 Andrew Kehoe rigged the school with over 600 pounds of dynamite. The explosion killed 38 school children, 6 teachers, and injured dozens more. Arnie Bernstein, author of "Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing", talks with me about the devastating tragedy.

1870s Deadwood w/ Barbara Fifer - A True Crime History Podcast  

For those of us who've watched and enjoyed HBO's Deadwood, the town and its characters are absolutely larger than life. But was the show historically accurate? What is fact and what is fiction? My guest, Barbara Fifer, author of Deadwood Saints and Sinners, helps set the record straight. Her writing partner and co-author, the late Jerry Bryant, was a consultant on the Deadwood TV show, and has passed to her a treasure trove of historical research on both the town, and its biggest villain, Al Swearengen. She chats with me about both on this week's episode.

The Real Al Capone w/ Deirdre Marie Capone  -A True Crime History Podcast  

Al Capone is the most infamous gangster in American history, forever associated with Chicago, and known around the world for his connection to  the bloody St. Valentine's Day Massacre. But did he really order those murders? Many don't think so. My guest, Deirdre Marie Capone is the granddaughter to Al's brother Ralph, and author of Uncle Al Capone. She offers an inside view into the Capone family, and helps dispel some of the long held beliefs about Al Capone, his actions, and his later life.

1880s & 90s Serial Killer  Dr. Thomas Neill Cream  w/ A.J. Griffiths-Jones - A True Crime History Podcast  

Dr. Thomas Neill Cream was a 19th century contemporary of Jack the Ripper, and many claim that they were one in the same. The UK's A.J. Griffiths-Jones, author of Prisoner 4374, discusses the life of this serial killer, better known as "Lambeth Poisoner", and the bloody trail he left through Canada, the United States and England.

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