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

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

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___

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 Bister” 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

The Puppy Love Hatchet Murder  

YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... Nagging Mother Killed In Her Own Kitchen ___ Episode 151 is the twisted little tale of a family quarrel gone extreme. There are a couple of different explanations as to how things got so heated on that July afternoon in 1936, but my take is that four beers in a 110-pound girl coming home to a chronically nagging mother with a hatchet nearby... Yeah, whether it started over dinner or a kiss or something else, that’s not gonna end well. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams ___ Media management by Sean R. Jones ___ Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/1936macknight

The Baldwin Hills Babes In The Woods Murders  

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... A Crossing Guard Confesses Episode 150 is the brutal tale of one of the most fiendish murders on record in California, or anywhere, that a dogged prosecutor pins on the town’s simple minded crossing guard. The man confesses four times, but I dunno... I think they might have gotten the wrong maniac. See what you think. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams ___ Media management by Sean R. Jones ___ Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/1922dyer

The Case Of The Tell-Tale Love Letters  

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 Percy Thompson By His Wife’s Young Lover ___ For Episode 149 we make a journey to England in the 1920s and hear about the torrid affair between a successful milliner, but unhappy wife, and a young sailor eight years her junior. She writes saucy letters to his ports of call while he’s away that seem to indicate a plan for murdering her husband. She says she was role-playing, just showing how much she loved him. He had a different interpretation. ___ Trial Booklet: https://ia801304.us.archive.org/26/items/in.ernet.dli.2015.126770/2015.126770.Trial-Of-Frederick-Bywaters-And-Edith-Thompson.pdf___ Theme Music by Dave Sams ___ Media management by Sean R. Jones ___ Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/1922thompson

Many Marriages, Many Murders  

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 Approximately 55 Wives of Johann Hoch ___ Episode 148 tells the unlikely story of a German immigrant who managed to wed dozens of women, mostly widows that he met through personal ads in German newspapers in several American cities. Soon as he could get his hands on their money, he’d run. Sometimes, his cons wouldn’t work, and he’d resort to murder. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams ___ “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from the Peer Gynt Suite by The Musopen Orchestra ___ Media management by Sean R. Jones ___ Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/1905hoch

The Decapitated Captain  

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 Tri-State Head And Hands Murder Plot ___ The cast of characters in Episode 147 includes a previously convicted murderer who works as a driver and “sort of a secretary” for an eccentric former opera singer, three thugs that he met in prison, and a fire captain who often bragged of his success in the market after his retirement, amassing a fortune worth more than two million dollars in today’s money. The inept plot to murder for the papers covers three states and a nationwide manhunt that resulted in the first mass execution in the state of Indiana.___ Theme Music by Dave Sams___ Media management by Sean R. Jones___ Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/1936miller

Sunday Magazine #7  

Sunday Magazine #7 -- Four Freaky Tales ... ___ Spider Attic Ghost Killer: The truly bizarre tale of a man who stalked an elderly couple by living in their attic, sneaking down to forage meals from their fridge. The Texas Candy Bar Murders: The coroner called it suicide, but others questioned how the young mother-to-be shot herself in back of the head. (34:13) The Nurse and Her Nagging Aunty: Another botched suicide when someone other than the suicide ends up dead. (50:23) The Dissection of Antoine DeBlanc: The story of an immigrant who within months of getting off the boat plots a murder before he learns the language. He was from France, or Switzerland or somewhere. His punishment will make your skin crawl. (1:11:11) To find out more, visit Weird New Jersey: http://weirdnj.com/stories/antoine-leblanc/ ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/magazine007

Gussie Humann's Little Secret  

YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Murder of Harry Dewey Garbe ___ Episode 145 takes into the life story of 18-year-old bad girl Gussie Humann, and an ill-conceived plan to get back at an old boyfriend that resulted in her becoming the youngest person indicted for first degree murder in Queens County, New York. It’s a winding, twisting road, that begins with a deathbed accusation, a number of varying confessions, and the bad girl’s shameful secret. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams ___ Media management by Sean R. Jones ___ Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/1921garbe

A Nightclub Girl In A Curfew Town  

A Nightclub Girl In A Curfew Town YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Escapades Of Velma West ___ Episode 145 takes us into the scandalous world of a restless young flapper and her secret life. Before it’s over, we’ll have a brutal murder, a scandalous revelation, a sensational confession, a daring prison break, and drama galore. Hang on, everybody... This one’s a roller coaster. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

Fatty's Fateful Pajama Party  

YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... Hollywood’s First Sex Scandal ___ Episode 143 digs back into the early days of the motion picture industry, before Hollywood became synonymous with greed and lust and power. It only took a murder charge to bring down one of the biggest stars of the day, and even though it seems like poor Fatty got a bum rap on the deal, it’s probably the only reason Arbuckle’s work is not held in as high regard as Keaton and Chaplin today. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams ___ Media management by Sean R. Jones ___ Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ ___ bit.ly/1921arbuckle

Wedding Day Dead  

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 The Groom __ Episode 142 tells the story of a St. Louis family with a tendency to resort to gun violence to solve their financial woes, imaginary or otherwise. The first crime was over a loan of $2,000 that probably never happened. Then, two years later, the woman who survived the incident turns her eye toward her brother’s insurance policy, and the prospect of a marriage and a new beneficiary gets her to thinking. Yeah. That’s not gonna end well. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

Whispers Of The Devil  

PULP NONFICTION -- A celebration of the pioneers of true crime... Life, Crimes and Confession of Bridget Durgan ___ Episode 141 conveys the confession of an Irish immigrant, young but hardened by life, who after getting fired from her housekeeping job, resolves to murder her mistress. Once she gets the idea in her head, she can’t let it go. Adapted from a sensational pamphlet published in 1867, the first act is purported to be a confession penned by the culprit’s own hands, and the second part... well, let’s just say it’s not gonna end well for Bridget Durgan. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams ... Additional music by Chuck Wiggins... ___ Media management by Sean R. Jones... ___ Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun...

Sunday Magazine #6  

A Collection Of True Crime Short Stories ___ The Bigamist And Her Murderous Husband The Sweetwater Double Homicide First up is the sordid tale of a love octangle or some such, when the suspiciously widowed husband of a girl married five times without a divorce gets fed up with the legal harassment from his wife’s elderly suitor--yeah, that’s not gonna end well. ___ The Storybook Taxi Bandit Murder At 8:13 The Storybook Taxi Bandit This action-packed tale begins with a fidgety stranger walking into an Indiana cafe, soon followed by an interstate manhunt. __ Stalking The Tiger Girl The Bandit Queen of 1927 And our finale “Stalking The Tiger Girl,” tells of a Los Angeles detective’s pursuit of a sassy, auburn-haired hold-up artist, who suddenly found repentance--after her arrest. ___ Theme Music by Dave Sams Additional music by audionautix.com and from public domain piano rolls converted to midi. Media management by Sean R. Jones Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___ bit.ly/magazine006

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

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