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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, tragedies and disasters 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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1
The Mysterious 1928 Death of "Furnace Girl" Elf...
83 min
2
The 1873 Smuttynose Ax Murders w/ J. Dennis Rob...
73 min
3
Oklahoma's 1920s Osage Murders w/ David Grann ...
60 min
4
The 1937 "Babes of Inglewood" Murders w/ Pamela...
72 min
5
1930s Gangster Alvin "Creepy" Karpis w/ Julie T...
80 min
6
The 1692 Salem Witch Hunt w/ Mary Beth Norton -...
66 min
7
The 1946 Texarkana Phantom Serial Killer w/ Jam...
68 min
8
Tom Dooley & the 1866 Murder of Laura Foster w/...
68 min
9
The 1922 Murder of Percy Thompson & Execution o...
63 min
10
Midnight Potboiler: The Doctor & the Devil, or ...
45 min
11
True Crime Tripper: The Lizzie Borden Bed & Bre...
16 min
12
Aghast at the Past: December 17th, 1901
20 min
13
The Gitchie-Manitou Murders w/ Phil Hamman - A ...
62 min
14
Cowboys Vs. Gangsters w/ Samuel Dolan - A True ...
54 min
15
Jack the Ripper: New Clues & Theories w/ Tom We...
68 min
16
The 1919 Chicago Black Sox Scandal w/ Charles F...
57 min
17
Texas Gunfighters Ben Thompson & King Fisher w/...
65 min
18
The 1885 Murder of Sarah Graham (& the Scandal ...
50 min
19
Capt. Matt Leach Vs. John Dillinger Part 2 w/ E...
51 min
20
Capt. Matt Leach Vs. John Dillinger Part 1 w/ E...
62 min
21
The Real Dracula: Vlad the Impaler w/ Leif Pett...
59 min
22
Blackbeard and the Golden Age of Piracy in Amer...
70 min
23
The 1980 Norco Shootout w/ Peter Houlahan - A T...
56 min
24
1860s "Spirit" Photographer William Mumler w/ P...
54 min
25
The 1900 New Jersey Murder of Jennie Bosschiete...
67 min
26
1920s "Bootleg King" George Remus w/ Karen Abbo...
47 min
27
Harper Lee & Murderer Willie Maxwell w/ Casey C...
71 min
28
Arthur Conan Doyle Investigates the 1908 Murder...
63 min
29
1969 L.A.'s Charles Manson Murders w/ Lis Wiehl...
59 min
30
1920s Los Angeles' Bizarre "Blackburn Cult" w/ ...
80 min
31
The Notorious 1920 Sacco and Vanzetti Murder Ca...
81 min
32
1860 New York City's "Gangster Pirate" Albert H...
61 min
33
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
35
Rape, Dishonor and Judicial Trial by Combat in ...
70 min
36
The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, The Apa...
62 min
37
Al Capone, the Secret Six, & the 1933 Chicago W...
52 min
38
Alice and Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story w/ Ron...
91 min
39
The 1883 Milwaukee Newhall House Fire/Disaster ...
69 min
40
Frank Hamer vs. Bonnie and Clyde w/ John Boesse...
55 min
41
Frank Hamer: Texas Ranger and Gunfighter w/ Joh...
42 min
42
Altamont, The Rolling Stones, the Hell's Angels...
53 min
43
The 1906 Murder of Stanford White w/ Simon Baat...
68 min
44
Wartime Melbourne's "Brownout Strangler" Serial...
69 min
45
The 1902 Manhattan Murder of Walter Brooks w/ ...
73 min
46
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
48
The 1965 Ohio Murder of Cremer Young Jr. w/ Wil...
54 min
49
The Black Dahlia Murder Revisited w/ Piu Eatwel...
77 min
50
The 1881 Murder of President James Garfield w/ ...
54 min
51
Gangland War in 1931 New York City : "Mad Dog" ...
56 min
52
Marjorie Congdon and the Glensheen Murders w/ S...
49 min
53
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
54
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
57
The 1964 Murder of Kitty Genovese w/ Catherine ...
61 min
58
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
59
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
60
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
61
The Race to Save the Romanovs w/ Helen Rappapor...
59 min
62
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
63
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
64
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
65
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
66
The 1960 Colorado Murder of Adolph Coors III w/...
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
68
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
69
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
70
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
71
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
72
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
73
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
74
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
75
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
76
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
77
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
78
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
79
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
80
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
81
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
82
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
83
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...
81 min
84
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
86
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
87
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
88
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
89
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
90
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
91
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
92
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
93
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
94
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
95
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
96
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
98
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" ...
67 min
100
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