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Most Notorious! A True Crime History ...
Serial killers. Gangsters. Gunslingers. Victorian-era murderers. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Each week, the Most Notorious podcast features true-life tales of crime, criminals and tragedies throughout history. Host Erik Rivenes interviews authors and historians who have studied their subjects for years, and the stories are offered with unique insight, detail, and historical accuracy.
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The Notorious 1920 Sacco and Vanzetti Murder Ca...
81 min
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1860 New York City's "Gangster Pirate" Albert H...
61 min
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The 1891 Murder of Helen Potts w/ George R. Dek...
57 min
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1968 Michigan's Robison Family Murders w/ Mardi...
54 min
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Rape, Dishonor and Judicial Trial by Combat in ...
70 min
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The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, The Apa...
62 min
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Al Capone, the Secret Six, & the 1933 Chicago W...
52 min
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Alice and Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story w/ Ron...
91 min
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The 1883 Milwaukee Newhall House Fire/Disaster ...
69 min
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Frank Hamer vs. Bonnie and Clyde w/ John Boesse...
55 min
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Frank Hamer: Texas Ranger and Gunfighter w/ Joh...
42 min
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Altamont, The Rolling Stones, the Hell's Angels...
53 min
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The 1906 Murder of Stanford White w/ Simon Baat...
68 min
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Wartime Melbourne's "Brownout Strangler" Serial...
69 min
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The 1902 Manhattan Murder of Walter Brooks w/ ...
73 min
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The 1921 Missoula Murder of Nora Shea w/ Kim Br...
46 min
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"The Man From the Train" Serial Killer w/ Rache...
57 min
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The 1965 Ohio Murder of Cremer Young Jr. w/ Wil...
54 min
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The Black Dahlia Murder Revisited w/ Piu Eatwel...
77 min
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The 1881 Murder of President James Garfield w/ ...
54 min
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Gangland War in 1931 New York City : "Mad Dog" ...
56 min
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Marjorie Congdon and the Glensheen Murders w/ S...
49 min
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WWI-Era France's Serial Killer Henri Landru w/ ...
The subject of today's episode is Henri Landru, the most notorious serial killer in French history. He placed advertisements in Paris newspapers in the late 1910s, preying on lonely women left behind as French soldiers marched off to war. While he woul...
81 min
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The Assassin Who Died Defending Robert E. Lee w...
Ann Marie Ackermann is my guest on this episode, author of the book "Death of an Assassin: The True Story of the German Murderer Who Died Defending Robert E. Lee". In 1835, a German mayor is murdered at night as he approaches his own front door. Afte...
59 min
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1923 Chicago's Accused Murderess Sabella Nitti ...
60 min
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The 1901 Saint Paul Louis Arbogast Murder Part ...
27 min
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The 1964 Murder of Kitty Genovese w/ Catherine ...
61 min
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The 1826 Murder of William Morgan and Other Tal...
Author Jack Kelly joins me to discuss his book, "Heaven's Ditch: God Gold and Murder. He shares some stories of murder and mystery surrounding the great engineering marvel known as the Erie Canal.
50 min
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Mobster Frank Costello w/ Anthony M. DeStefano ...
Mafia historian and Pulitzer-prize winning reporter Anthony M. DeStefano is my guest this episode. He offers insight into gangster Frank Costello, underboss to Lucky Luciano, whose role and influence in the growth of organized crime in America was imme...
63 min
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New York's Notorious Blackwell's Island w/ Stac...
Stacy Horn, author of "Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad and Criminal in 19th-Century New York", joins me to chat about the infamous New York City island, which housed (among other terrible buildings) the women's notorious lunatic asylum that continued...
59 min
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The Race to Save the Romanovs w/ Helen Rappapor...
59 min
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Frank Oldfield vs. the Black Hand w/ William Ol...
In the early 1900s police were stymied by a series of murders of Italian grocers and fruit vendors in midwest America. Witnesses refused to cooperate, which made the crimes impossible to solve. Enter the United States Postal Service. Postal Inspect...
57 min
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The 1849 Boston Murder of Dr. George Parkman w/...
In November, 1849, Dr. George Parkman, Boston businessman and Harvard Medical School benefactor, disappeared. While many believed he might have been done in by an Irish immigrant, the discovery of his dismembered body in a privy eventually led investig...
60 min
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The 1925 Wisconsin Murder of Buddy Schumacher w...
My guest, author and journalist Paul Hoffman, discusses the July 1925 abduction and murder of little Buddy Schumacher in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.  He wrote the book, "Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher."
57 min
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Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and Dodge City, Kansa...
New York Times best-selling author Tom Clavin joins me to talk about his book, "Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West".
56 min
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The 1960 Colorado Murder of Adolph Coors III w/...
In the season finale of Most Notorious, I chat with Philip Jett, author of "The Death of an Heir: Adolph Coors III and the Murder That Rocked an American Brewing Dynasty”. He discusses the attempted kidnapping and eventual murder of Coors Brewery heir ...
73 min
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19th Century Mountain Man Liver-Eating Johnson ...
My guest is Nathan E. Bender, who wrote the introduction for the most recent edition of the 1958 classic "Crow Killer: The Saga of Liver-Eating Johnson".Johnson, (who was the basis for Robert Redford's character in the "Jeremiah Johnson" film), is ...
56 min
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Rose Veres, 1931 Detroit's "Witch of Delray" Ki...
Rose Veres, known as "The Witch of Delray", was tried in 1931 for murdering one of her tenants in Detroit, and has been suspected of killing others throughout the 1920s.  Karen Dybis, author of "The Witch of Delray: Rose Veres and Detroit's Infamous...
77 min
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Lucky Luciano's 1930s NYC Prostitution Trial w/...
In 1936, New York City prosecutors, desperate to put infamous Murder Inc. boss Charles "Lucky" Luciano behind bars, decided to arrest him on tenuous charges for running the Big Apple's largest prostitution racket. Ellen Poulsen is my guest, and auth...
61 min
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The Pied Piper of Tucson Killer w/ Lisa Espich ...
Fifty years after the brutal murders of three Tucson women, an inside account of killer Charles Schmid, aka "The Pied Piper of Tucson" is published -  written by Schmid's former friend Richard Bruns not long after the tragic and terrible events.  ...
63 min
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The New Orleans Axeman Serial Killer w/ Miriam ...
The Axeman has become a figure of American folklore; a jazz-loving serial killer preying on Italian grocers in 1910s New Orleans.Miriam C. Davis, the author of "The Axeman of New Orleans", chats with me about the series of murders that terrified th...
74 min
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Indiana Serial Killer Belle Gunness w/ Harold S...
My guest is the prolific true crime author Harold Schechter, who returns to talk about his latest book, "Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men".  He tells the story about the legendary Norwegian immigrant serial killer who lured...
65 min
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1932 Natchez's Goat Castle Murder w/ Karen L. C...
My guest is Karen L. Cox, author of "Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South". She tells  the story of Jennie Merrill, an aged Southern belle who was murdered in her home in 1932 Natchez Missouri. Two of the main suspects agains...
50 min
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Crimefighter and Police Commissioner Theodore R...
True crime history enthusiasts  are devouring TNT's "The Alienist", the television show based on the popular Caleb Carr novel. Richard Zacks, the author of "Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York" joins me to talk...
57 min
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1885 Austin's "Midnight Assassin" Serial Killer...
From December of 1884 to December of 1885 a serial killer terrorized the city of Austin Texas. He had multiple nicknames: the Midnight Assassin, the Intangible Nemesis and the Servant Girl Annihilator.Journalist Skip Hollandsworth, author of "The M...
53 min
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The 1927 Murder of Marion Parker w/ James L. Ne...
Historian James L. Neibaur, author of "Butterfly in the Rain: The 1927 Abduction and Murder of Marion Parker", talks about the horrific tale of a young girl kidnapped from her family in Jazz-age Los Angeles and brutally murdered.Also, Mark Lee Gard...
77 min
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Serial Killer John Reginald Christie & the Grea...
1952 post-war London was a city in the throes of tragedy. Thousands were sickened and killed from a great filthy smog that choked the city. In the meantime a serial killer named John Reginald Christie was lurking in Notting Hill, murdering multiple wom...
74 min
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Chicago Murderer H.H. Holmes w/ Adam Selzer - A...
Perhaps the most notorious killer in 19th century America was H.H. Holmes, a man who committed fraud and murder with cold abandon across the United States. His infamous Chicago "murder castle" is legendary in true crime lore. My guest, Adam Selzer, aut...
60 min
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The Mysterious 1965 Death of Dorothy Kilgallen ...
My guest is former criminal defense attorney Mark Shaw, author of "The Reporter Who Knew Too Much: The Mysterious Death of What's My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen". He talks about the life of Pulitzer nominated reporter and television s...
65 min
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The 1697 Revenge of Hannah Duston w/ Jay Atkins...
My guest, Jay Atkinson, author of "Massacre on the Merrimack", tells the notorious and controversial story of Hannah Duston. After members of the Abenaki tribe captured her and her newborn infant in March of 1697, they killed her baby on a forced march...
69 min
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Mob Hitman Frank Sheeran, the Kennedys and Jimm...
My guest is Charles Brandt, the author of bestselling book "I Heard You Paint Houses", now being made into a Martin Scorsese film with Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. He tells the story of Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran, a hitman who goes to work...
67 min
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1897 Chicago's Sausage Vat Murder w/ Robert Loe...
In the spring of 1897, Chicago sausage tycoon Adolph Leutgert's wife Louisa went missing. Police soon suspected her body had been dissolved in a vat in Adolph's factory. My guest, Robert Loerzel, author of "Alchemy of Bones: Chicago’s Luetgert Murder C...
67 min
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Nazi Berlin's S-Bahn Serial Killer w/ Scott And...
In 1941 Berlin police were on the hunt for a serial killer who stalked women on the S-Bahn at night, bludgeoning victims to death before throwing their bodies off of the train. Scott Andrew Selby, author of "A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin: The Chil...
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1828 Scotland's Serial Killing Duo Burke & Hare...
In 1828 two friends named William Burke and William Hare killed sixteen people in Edinburgh, Scotland and sold their bodies to an anatomist named Dr. Robert Knox. Dr. Lisa Rosner, author of "The Anatomy Murders", tells the story of this notorious duo o...
82 min
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The 1920 Murder of Oilman Jake Hamon w/ David R...
Oklahoma oilman and multi-millionaire Jake Hamon had just helped elect Warren Harding President of the United States and had a fast track to Secretary of the Interior - but under one condition. He had to break things off with his mistress of ten years,...
55 min
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New York's Mad Bomber w/ Michael Greenburg - A ...
My guest is historian Michael Greenburg, the author of "The Mad Bomber of New York, The Extraordinary True Story of the Manhunt that Paralyzed a City". He tells the story of serial bomber George Metesky, who terrorized New York City in the 1940s and 50...
59 min
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Jack the Ripper 101 w/ Donald Rumbelow - A True...
The number of theories surrounding the Jack the Ripper murders in 1880s London are too staggering to mention. At least 200 suspects have been considered over the decades and spirited debate over his true identity has preoccupied the time of many a true...
69 min
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The 1953 Kidnap and Murder of Bobby Greenlease ...
On September 28th, 1953, Bobby Greenlease, 6 year-old son of millionaire Robert Greenlease, was kidnapped and then murdered by two grifters named Carl Austin Hall and Bonnie Brown Heady. John Heidenry, author of "Zero at the Bone: The Playboy, the Pro...
65 min
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Crime and Punishment in Puritan New England w/ ...
My guest is Juliet Mofford, author of "The Devil Made Me Do It! Crime and Punishment in Early New England". She discusses a variety of topics, including scarlet letters, witches, and the methods that Puritans dealt out punishments to law-breakers.
54 min
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1898 Alaska's Legendary Crime Boss and Huckster...
My guest today, Catherine Spude, author of "That Fiend in Hell: Soapy Smith in Legend", tells the story of the renowned con-man, crime boss and murderer Soapy Smith, known in history as the "King of Skagway". She also helps separate the fact from the f...
47 min
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The 1930s Cleveland Torso Murders w/ James Jess...
In a rough part of Cleveland Ohio called Kingsbury Run, twelve decapitated bodies, some mutilated and dismembered, were discovered from 1934-1938\. My guest, Dr. James Badal, author of "In the Wake of the Butcher: Cleveland's Torso Murders", discusses ...
58 min
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The Real Rasputin w/ Douglas Smith - A True Cri...
There are many myths surrounding Grigori Rasputin, known in popular history as the "Mad Monk" and the "Holy Devil". His influence on Tsar Nicholas II and his family in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Russia is well known, but my guest, Douglas Smith, aut...
48 min
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More 1930s Gangster Molls w/ Ellen Poulsen - A ...
Dillinger historian Ellen Poulsen, author of "Don't Call Us Molls", completes her interview with me about the role of women in Depression-era gangs of the Midwest. Included in this episode, girlfriends of the Barker-Karpis and Dillinger Gangs, Mrs. Bab...
70 min
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John Dillinger's Women w/ Ellen Poulsen - A Tru...
In this first part of my two part interview with Ellen Poulsen, author of "Don't Call Us Molls", we discuss the many women involved with notorious 1930s Public Enemy #1 John Dillinger, including Evelyn "Billie" Frechette, Anna Sage and Polly Hamilton, ...
53 min
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1887 Paris's Rue Montaigne Murders w/ Aaron Fre...
In March of 1887 a high-class prostitute and two others, including a child, were found stabbed to death in a luxury apartment on the upscale Avenue Montaigne. Police settle on a mysterious immigrant gigolo as their main suspect, named Enrico Pranzini....
61 min
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1690s "Pirate" Captain Kidd w/ Richard Zacks - ...
Richard Zacks, bestselling author of "Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd" is my guest, and he tells some stories (and breaks some myths) about a man considered one of the most infamous pirates in American history.Go to www.mostnotorious....
46 min
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1930s Boston's Murderous Millen-Faber Gang w/ N...
The 1930s were filled with news of midwest bank-robbers like John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd and Bonnie & Clyde, but few know that Boston had its own gang of thieves and killers during the Depression. Murt Millen, a whip-smart but un...
65 min
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Wartime Los Angeles's Sleepy Lagoon Murder & Zo...
Two events in early 1940s L.A. grabbed newspaper headlines almost back to back- The murder of Jose Diaz and following trial of 22 boys, and the race riots between American sailors and zoot-suit wearing Mexican-American kids in downtown Los Angeles. Edu...
73 min
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1920s Self-Confessed Serial Killer Carl Panzram...
Carl Panzram was a self-confessed serial killer and rapist, who admitted in his autobiography to over 20 murders just before his execution in 1930. My guest, John Borowski, director of the documentary "Carl Panzram: The Spirit of Hatred and Vengeance" ...
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Lynchings, Vigilantism and Murder in 1850s Fro...
Few of us think of 19th century Los Angeles in the same breath as Tombstone, Dodge City, or Deadwood, but in the 1850s it was filled with rampant racism and violent conflict. Vigilantes roamed the streets and lynchings were commonplace. My guest, Profe...
49 min
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New York's 1910s Santa Claus Con Artist w/ Alex...
In 1913 a PR man named John Gluck successfully petitions the US Post Office for control of New York City's Santa Claus letters. From that point forward, he not only builds the Santa Claus Association into a major holiday organization, but also finds wa...
47 min
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The 1920s Murders of Two Oregon Sheriffs w/ Cor...
Cory Frye, author of "Murder in Linn County, Oregon: The True Story of the Legendary Plainview Killings" is my guest. He tells two stories. On June 21, 1922, Linn County sheriff Charles Kendall and Reverend Roy Healy drove out to arrest a moonshining ...
48 min
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1930s Outlaw Pretty Boy Floyd Part 2 w/ Michael...
My interview with Michael Wallis, author of "Pretty Boy: The Life and Times of Charles Arthur Floyd" continues. We cover the bloody and notorious Kansas City Massacre, as well as the last few weeks, days and hours of Pretty Boy Floyd's life.
49 min
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1930s Outlaw Pretty Boy Floyd Part 1 w/ Michael...
Pretty Boy Floyd lit up the late 20s and early 30s Midwest with bank robberies, daring escapes from the law, and cold-blooded murder. My guest, Michael Wallis, author of "Pretty Boy: The Life and Times of Charles Arthur Floyd", talks about his early li...
68 min
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The 1970 Murder of Boxer Sonny Liston w/ Shaun ...
Rumors for many years have circulated about the mysterious death of famed boxer Sonny Liston in December of 1970. My guest, Shaun Assael, author of "The Murder of Sonny Liston: Las Vegas, Heroin and Heavyweights" and a former police reporter and sport...
47 min
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Mini-Episode - The Hex of Jake Bird w/ Steve Du...
This is a mini-episode of Most Notorious, with a couple of short stories of historical true crime. First, Jake Bird, a serial killer who places a hex on his Tacoma prosecutors and jailers in 1947, told by Tacoma newspaper reporter Steve Dunkelberger. T...
19 min
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The 1945 Sodder Family Tragedy w/ Jennie Hentho...
One of the most enduring historical mysteries of the 20th century is of the missing Sodder children. After a fire in the family home on Christmas Eve of 1945, George and Jennie escaped with four of their children, however five more never made it out of...
45 min
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Arnold Rothstein: 1910s & 20s New York Gambler ...
My guest, David Pietrusza, is the author of "Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius who Fixed the 1919 World Series". He talks about this extraordinary, eccentric man who managed to expertly balance between high society, highbrow...
69 min
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The Kinck Family Murders in 1869 France w/ G.S....
In the outskirts of France in 1869, an entire family is found dead after being stabbed and then buried alive. G.S. Johnston, author of "The Cast of a Hand", talks about France in the 1860s under Napoleon III, and the events that led up to the terrible,...
49 min
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Top 10 Most Notorious Historical Ghosts w/ Dian...
Just in time for some Halloween, Diane Student, co-producer and host of the "History Goes Bump" podcast, joins me to share her list of the top ten most notorious ghosts in American history. We deviate a bit from our regular author /interview format thi...
64 min
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The Murder of Nelson Rehymeyer in 1928 Pennsylv...
In Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, on a November evening in 1928, Nelson Rehymeyer, a local "powwow" practitioner of Christian folk magic, is murdered in his home. John Blymire soon confesses, telling police that he was trying to lift a hex. Shane Free, ...
41 min
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The 1888 Murder of Johnny Gill w/ Kathryn McMas...
In December 1888, in Bradford, England, a little boy named Johnny Gill disappears and is eventually found murdered, his body mutilated almost beyond recognition. Kathryn McMaster, author of "Who Killed Little Johnny Gill" tells the tragic story of this...
66 min
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The Murder of Jane Clouson in 1871 London w/ Pa...
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 w...
48 min
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Matricide in 1895 London w/ Kate Summerscale - ...
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 eve...
59 min
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The 1876 Northfield Bank Raid by the James-Youn...
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 Bi...
73 min
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The 1876 Northfield Bank Raid by the James-Youn...
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 ...
64 min
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The Wolf Family Massacre in 1920 North Dakota w...
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...
78 min
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New York City's Chinatown Tong Wars w/ Scott D....
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 ...
47 min
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Ohio's Celebrity Serial Killer Alfred Knapp w/ ...
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 ...
51 min
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The 1920s PR Team That Reinvented & Swindled t...
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 turned the Ku Kl...
48 min
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The 1907 Murder of Sister Janina w/ Mardi Link ...
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 w...
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1874 Cannibal and Murderer Alfred Packer w/ Har...
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 ...
55 min
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The Bloody Benders, An 1870s Kansas Family of S...
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 ...
55 min
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The 1947 Black Dahlia Murder (Part Two) w/ Stev...
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...
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The 1947 Black Dahlia Murder (Part One) w/ Stev...
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 Bla...
56 min
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"Count" Victor Lustig, 1920s and 30s Con Man a...
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 esca...
39 min
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The 1927 Bath School Massacre w/ Arnie Bernstei...
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, ...
52 min
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1870s Deadwood w/ Barbara Fifer - A True Crime ...
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 Sin...
54 min
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The Real Al Capone w/ Deirdre Marie Capone -A ...
Al Capone is the most infamous gangster in American history,forever associated with Chicago, and known around the world for hisconnection to  the bloody St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Butdid he really order those murders? Many don't think so. My g...
60 min
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1880s & 90s Serial Killer Dr. Thomas Neill Cre...
Dr. Thomas Neill Cream was a 19th century contemporary of Jackthe Ripper, and many claim that they were one in the same. The UK'sA.J. Griffiths-Jones, author of Prisoner 4374, discussesthe life of this serial killer, better known as "Lambeth Pois...
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Arthur Koehler & the 1932 Lindbergh Baby Kidnap...
When authorities have difficulties linking physical evidence to Bruno Hauptmann in the Charles Lindbergh Jr. abduction and murder, Arthur Koehler, an expert on wood, helps them connect Hauptmann to the ladder left outside the Lindbergh family estate on...
50 min
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The Chicago Haymarket "Riot" of 1886 w/ James G...
On May 4th, 1886 in Chicago's Haymarket, a labor rally is interrupted first by a column of police officers, and then by a bomb from the crowd thrown into their ranks. This has major implications for the labor and social reform movement in the US. James...
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The 1900 Axe Murder of John Hossack w/ Patrici...
In the winter of 1900, John Hossack is brutally attacked and mortally wounded with an axe while in bed next to his wife. Patricia Bryan, author of Midnight Assassin, talks about the murder and the number one suspect, John Hossack's wife Margaret, and t...
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The 1920 Duluth Lynchings w/ Michael Fedo - A ...
in 1920 three African-American men were lynched in Duluth, Minnesota, accused of raping a white woman. Over 10,000 people gathered in the street to watch them hang. Michael Fedo, author of The Lynchings In Duluth, discusses this terrible moment in Minn...
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The Wineville Chicken Ranch Murders w/ author A...
In the late 1920s, an estimated 20 boys or more are abducted, tortured and murdered at a chicken ranch in Wineville, California. My guest is Anthony Flacco, author of The Road Out of Hell: Sanford Clark and the True Story of the Wineville Murders. He t...
45 min
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The Peck Family Poisonings in 1916 Michigan w/ ...
I'm joined by Tobin T. Buhk, the author of Poisoning The Pecks of Grand Rapids: The Scandalous 1916 Murder Plot. We talk about the charming, devious killer Arthur Warren Waite, who ingratiated himself into the wealthy Peck family through marriage, and ...
52 min
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Female Spies in the Civil War w/ Karen Abbott -...
Karen Abbott, author of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, joins me to talk about a group of extraordinary women in 1860s America, both Union and Confederate, who become spies to help advance their sides in the Civil War.The song at the end of the epis...
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The 1629 Batavia Mutiny & Massacre w/ Mike Dash...
Off of the coast of western Australia, the Dutch East India Company's state-of-the-art ship, the Batavia, wrecks on a reef in June of 1629. One of the officers on board, a failed apothecary named Jeronimus Corenlisz, is left in charge of the survivors ...
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Murder in 1937 Peking w/ Paul French - A True C...
In 1937, on the eve of the Japanese occupation of Peking (Beijing), China, a young English woman is found brutally murdered at the base of Fox Tower, and an investigation launches that churns up some disturbing details. Paul French, the author of Midni...
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Texas Gangster & Poker King Benny Binion w/ Dou...
Benny Binion was a larger-than-life character, a gangster who grew up in Texas and built a criminal empire. Eventually he moved to Las Vegas, started the Horseshoe Casino, and began the World Series of Poker. I chat with Doug Swanson, author of Blood A...
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The Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890 w/ Jerome A. ...
 December 29th, 2015, marked the 125th Anniversary of one of the most tragic events in American history. My guest Jerome A. Greene, author of American Carnage: Wounded Knee 1890, talks about the massacre of Lakota Indians by the United States 7th Cavalry.
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Billy the Kid & Pat Garrett w/ Mark Lee Gardner...
We're back to Old New Mexico on this episode of Most Notorious. I talk to Mark Lee Gardner, author of To Hell on a Fast Horse: The Untold Story of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett about this famous duo, forever linked in history in the early 1880s.
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The 1946 Portland Torso Murder w/ J.D. Chandler...
J.D. Chandler, author of Murder and Scandal in Prohibition Portland, relays the tale of the Torso Murder in 1946 Portland, Oregon, including his decade long investigation of this very cold case.
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Nazis in 1930s America w/ Arnie Bernstein - A ...
In this episode, host Erik Rivenes talks with Arnie Bernstein, author of Swastika Nation, about the rise Nazism in the United States in the 1930s under Fritz Kuhn. Famed columnist Walter Winchell, Jewish gangsters like Mickey Cohen and Meyer Lanksy, an...
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Machine Gun Kelly w/ Joe Urschel - A True Crime...
Author Joe Urschel is the Executive Director of the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington D.C. He's also the author of The Year of Fear: Machine Gun Kelly and the Manhunt That Changed the Nation. Joe and Erik discuss the life and times of Georg...
42 min
116
The Lawson Family Christmas Murders in 1929 Nor...
On Christmas Day, 1929, in Germanton, North Carolina, Charlie Lawson murdered his wife and six children on their rural farm. This horrific crime is part of local lore, and Trudy J. Smith and her father, M. Bruce Jones researched the massacre 25 years a...
36 min
117
Harry Hayward: Murder in 1890s Minneapolis w/ ...
Jack El-Hai is a Minnesota author who has written many books, including The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Goring, Dr. Douglas M Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of World War 2. However, our subject in this episode of Most Notori...
45 min
118
1870s Child Serial Killer Jesse Pomeroy w/ Haro...
Harold Schecter is one of America's most prolific true crime writers. Back in 2001, he wrote about one of the most chilling serial killing sprees in history, a true life account of the notorious "boy-fiend" Jesse Harding Pomeroy in 1870s Boston. Erik R...
35 min
119
The Murdering Harpe Brothers of 1790s Tennessee...
In 1799 Big Harpe and Little Harpe swathed a bloody path down the Wilderness Trail in Kentucky and Tennessee, murdering everyone in their path. My guest, E. Don Harp, a descendant of the infamous brothers, argues in "The Last Rampage of the Terrible Ha...
41 min
120
Los Angeles Gangster Mickey Cohen w/ Tere Tereb...
Mickey Cohen went from selling newspapers on the streets of L.A. to heading one of the largest crime rackets in the United States. He worked under Bugsy Siegel, rubbed shoulders with Frank Sinatra, Lana Turner and Billy Graham, and cut down enemies wit...
50 min
121
Lizzie Borden with Joe Conforti -A True Crime ...
The murders of Andrew and Abby Borden in 1892, and the accusation that sent daughter Lizzie Borden to trial, is one of the most infamous in American history. But did Lizzie Borden really give her mother forty whacks? What is myth, and what is fact in t...
49 min
122
Leopold and Loeb in 1924 Chicago with Simon Baa...
Guest Simon Baatz, author of “For the Thrill of It: Leopold and Loeb and the Murder That Shocked Chicago” talks about the infamous Bobby Franks murder, and the trial of Leopold and Loeb, with famed criminal attorney Clarence Darrow at the defense. Also...
53 min
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Gangsters in 1930s Minnesota with Paul Maccabee...
Paul Maccabee released the definitive book of Minnesota crime in 1994, “John Dillinger Slept Here: A Crooks Tour of Crime and Corruption in Saint Paul”. Host Erik Rivenes, author of the Detective Harm Queen mystery series, chats with Paul about gangste...
44 min