True Crime Historian

True Crime Historian

United States

Stories of America's scandals, scoundrels and scourges from historic newspapers in the golden era of yellow journalism.

Episodes

The Bremerton Party Massacre  

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

The Diary Of The Greenwich Village Madcap  

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

Fred Fanning's False Confession  

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

The Trials Of Otis Clark, Etc.  

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

The Glickstein Tragedies/The Battered Bride Bathtub Murder  

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

The Good Friday Beekman Place Bathtub Murder  

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

Tears Of The Weeping Willow  

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

Sunday Magazine #5  

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

The Erstwhile Housekeeper  

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 Eva Dugan ___ Episode 131 concerns the murky relationship between the mysterious hired wife, a Tuscon rancher, and a young man who came to stay. It’s also about the dogged chase for the fugitive conducted by a determined sheriff, but the scene that strikes me most takes place in the office of a prison warden when they confront the suspected murderer with an unsettling relic of her crime. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/1927mathis

Sunday Magazine #4  

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

Was It Mother? Or A Maniac?  

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

Model Murder  

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/1938gedeon

Gypsy The Serial Killer Elephant  

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/1895gypsy

Eyes Of The Murderous Nymph  

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

Flight Of The Red Rose Murderer  

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

The Potato Sack Torch Murder  

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

Assassination At The State House  

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

The Boy With One White Eye  

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

The Bathing Beauty's New Hammer  

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

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