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 Skeleton of Islip Woods  

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...

Confession of the Bigamist Otto Mueller ___

Episode 169 concerns the search for the killer of a young woman whose body is found in a remote Long Island development over a year after her death. The one clue takes the investigation to Europe, with sudden and surprising results. ___

Theme Music by Dave Sams ___

Media management by Sean R. Jones ___

Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun ___



The Lizzie Edition, Part II  

Episode 168

In commemoration of the 125th anniversary of America’s greatest murder mystery, True Crime Historian brings you “The Lizzie Edition,” an in-depth look at the murder of Andrew J. Borden in Fall River, Massachusetts, on August 4, 1892, and the trial of his daughter Lizzie Borden the following June.

Part I: Butchered in Broad Day. The town of Fall River, Massachusetts, reels when a prominent businessman and his wife are found brutally murdered in their own home. With no weapon and no obvious motive, police try to determine if the murderer was an intruder or a member of the household. August 4-8, 1892.

Part II: The Hunt Progresses. The surviving members of the Borden household are being held as prisoners in their own home, even while officials literally take it apart searching for clues. Yet they remain mum on the contents of the ongoing inquest, leaving ample room for speculation.

Theme music “My Ain Countrie” by Mary Lee Demarest, 1861, performed by Davide Severi with Plava Kuca on Violin.

Media Management by Sean R. Jones

Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

Dedicated to Rachel Michelle Jones, whose enthusiasm for the case prompted this monumental treatment.



The Case of the Kidnapped Incubator Baby  

YESTERDAY’S NEWS --

Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism...

Fiasco at the World’s Fair__

There’s a lot of crazy in episode 167, and it’s a little confusing at first because there’s so much of it going around, but even once the source of the crazy is obvious, the story is just picking up. I never thought I’d be doing a crime story about a child custody case, but I never heard of a child custody case like this one. Hold one, everybody. This one is a wild ride.__

Glossary: __

Accouchment: the process of giving birth to a baby. __

Theme Music by Dave Sams __

Media management by Sean R. Jones __

Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun __



The Lizzie Edition, Part I  

Butchered in Broad Day --

Episode 166...

In commemoration of the 125th anniversary of America’s greatest murder mystery, True Crime Historian brings you “The Lizzie Edition,” and in-depth look at the murder of Andrew J. Borden in Fall River, Massachusetts, on August 4, 1892, and the trial of his daughter Lizzie Borden the following June....

Theme music “My Ain Countrie” by Mary Lee Demarest, 1861, performed by Davide Severi with Plava Kuca on Violin....

Media Management by Sean R. Jones...

Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun...

Dedicated to Rachel Michelle Jones, whose enthusiasm for the case prompted this monumental treatment.



Sunday Magazine #14  

Sunday Magazine #14

Episode 165

Murder by Dynamite: An explosion in the men’s room of a department store sets off a wave of copycats, including one plot to murder a young lawyer by boobytrapping his car with dynamite.

Terror in La Paz: Our first trip to South America in the story of a clever serial killer and master of disguise with his mind set on strangling as many pretty young girls as he can.

Theme Music by Dave Sams

“Transcendental Etudes: Harmonies du Soir” by Franz Liszt, performed by Andreas Xenopoulos; “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2” by Franz Liszt performed by the U.S. Navy Band, courtesy musopen.org.

“Tinta Verde” by Augustin Bardi and “Cobade” by Antonio de Bassi performed by Bert Alink, and “Don Perez Freire” by Agustin Barrios Mangore performed by Edson Lopes, courtesy musopen.org.

Media management by Sean R. Jones

Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

Searching for the Desperado Will Harris  

Search for the Desperado Will Harris

YESTERDAY’S NEWS --

Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism...

The Scourge of Sugar Creek _

Episode 164 we ask the rhetorical question, Will the real Will Harris please stay jail. It seems Will Harris was the go-to non de plume for a number of Southern scoundrels around the turn of the 20th century. At times that the press is confused, the police are confused, and  the town folk are confused, shedding doubt on whether or not they have THE real desperado, or an imposter, or just another desperado by the same name.

Vocabulary:

Persiflage: light and slightly contemptuous mockery or banter.Smilax: a climbing asparagus, the decorative foliage of which is used by florists

Theme Music by Dave Sams

Media management by Sean R. Jones

Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun



Sunday Magazine #13  

Sunday Magazine #13

Episode 163

The Man Who Owned Manhattan: The story of a determined private detective who sets out to crack one of the classic con games and match wits with a man with “an educated laugh.”

Love & Money: Two Motives. A tale of the 1870s about a blackmail case evolving into murder.

Mr. Bravo’s Burgundy: From our favorite Pioneer of True Crime, the inimitable Edmund Pearson, comes the scandalous tale of a widow, her doctor, her bosom companion, and her beleaguered second husband.

Theme Music by Dave Sams

La Reine de la Mer by John Philip Sousa, performed by the United States Marine Band, and Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2, S. 244/2, by Franz Liszt, performed by the United States Navy Band, www.musopen.org.

Media management by Sean R. Jones

Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun



Introducing Tides of History  

From the fall of the Roman Empire to the rise of the modern world: history ebbs and flows over the centuries, driven by great tides of economic, social, political, religious, and cultural change that shape the world and everyone who lives on it. In this new series from Wondery, PhD historian Patrick Wyman (Fall of Rome) brings the cutting edge of that history to listeners in plain, relatable English.  Episodes 1 & 2 out now!

Subscribe here so you never miss an episode : https://smarturl.it/TOH

Sunday Magazine #12  

Sunday Magazine #12

Episode 162

Sentenced To Die: When a large blond man, claiming to be a good samaritan, brings a badly beaten fellow into the hospital, it sparks an intricate game of cat and mouse that crosses several states and one international border.

No Judge Or Jury: The Case of the Missing Family. When the Haven family moved west for the mother’s health, they seemed to have left their farm in good hands. But where, exactly, did they go?

The Kahuna Murder Suicide Note: This story revolves around the translation of a suicide note that is both touching and hair-raising. Kahuna, by the way, is Hawaiian folk spiritualism, more or less comparable to a witch doctor or voodoo.

"Surf Shimmy" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

“Aloha Oe,” traditional Hawaiian Tune, performed by Barbara Browning, Creative Commons.

Theme Music by Dave Sams

Media management by Sean R. Jones

Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun




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

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

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 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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