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Most Notorious! A True Crime History Podcast

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Rank #127 in True Crime category

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History
True Crime
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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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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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Loved this podcast and confirmed my instinct to buy the book.

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I love this podcast interviews with authors about historical figures.

iTunes Ratings

1752 Ratings
Average Ratings
1469
150
61
29
43

Osage Podcast

By Lil Sandy - May 26 2020
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Loved this podcast and confirmed my instinct to buy the book.

Love it.

By brianjets - May 03 2020
Read more
I love this podcast interviews with authors about historical figures.
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Most Notorious! A True Crime History Podcast

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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.

Rank #1: Lizzie Borden with Joe Conforti -A True Crime History Podcast

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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 this notorious murder case? Erik speaks with Joseph Conforti, author of "Lizzie Borden on Trial: Murder, Ethnicity and Gender" about the woman behind the crime.  Support the show! Go to www.mostnotorious.com and click the Amazon link for all of your online shopping needs! 

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Nov 17 2015

52mins

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Rank #2: Mob Hitman Frank Sheeran, the Kennedys and Jimmy Hoffa w/ Charles Brandt - A True Crime History Podcast

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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 for famed mob boss Russell Bufalino and Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa in the 1950s and 60s. According to confessions by Sheeran to Brandt, he was involved in three of the most famous murders of their era - President John Kennedy, Jimmy Hoffa and "Crazy" Joe Gallo. Go to www.mostnotorious.com and click the Amazon link for all of your online shopping needs! 

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Sep 03 2017

1hr 11mins

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Rank #3: The 1960 Colorado Murder of Adolph Coors III w/ Philip Jett - A True Crime History Podcast

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In this episode 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 Adolph Coors III in 1960 Colorado, and the personal involvement of J. Edgar Hoover in this sensational case that drew international interest. 

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Apr 27 2018

1hr 17mins

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Rank #4: The Black Dahlia Murder Revisited w/ Piu Eatwell - A True Crime History Podcast

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The 1947 Los Angeles Black Dahlia murder case  has long been one of the most infamous unsolved crimes in American history, and many suspects have been accused over the years of being the slayer of Elizabeth Short.

In this second Most Notorious episode about the subject, I talk with Piu Eatwell, author of Black Dahlia, Red Rose: The Crime, Corruption and Cover Up of America’s Greatest Unsolved Murder. In her book, she makes a convincing case that the murderer was a man being pursued in a separate parallel police investigation, secret from the public, until it all blew up and the doctor leading the charge was unfairly discredited, despite compelling evidence. 

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Jan 22 2019

1hr 19mins

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Rank #5: The 1947 Black Dahlia Murder (Part One) w/ Steve Hodel - A True Crime History Podcast

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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 Black Dahlia Avenger. In his book he documents his investigation into the murder, implicating his own father, George Hodel, in the process. 

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Jun 01 2016

59mins

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Rank #6: Jack the Ripper: New Clues & Theories w/ Tom Wescott - A True Crime History Podcast

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One of the world's most preeminent Ripperologists, Tom Wescott, author of "The Bank Holiday Murders" and "Ripper Confidential" is my guest on this week's episode of Most Notorious.

His extensive research into Jack the Ripper/Whitechapel murders give his a unique perspective into this truly iconic true crime cold case. Focusing on some of the more intriguing peripheral players in the events, including a suspicious prostitute named "Pearly Poll", he offers a fresh take and new theories on who might have murdered the "Canonical Five" (and likely more) in Victorian-era London.

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Nov 21 2019

1hr 10mins

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Rank #7: The 1918 Influenza (Spanish Flu) Pandemic w/ John Barry - A True Crime History Podcast

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Just over a hundred years ago, the world suffered through a brutal influenza pandemic, which infected up to a quarter of the world's population. It was nicknamed the Spanish Flu, and killed millions of people. 

My guest, John Barry, is an historian, adjunct faculty at Tulane University, and author of the New York Times bestseller "The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Greatest Plague in History". He joins me to offer some historical perspective on the disease, in an effort to shed some light on our own current battle with COVID-19. 

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Mar 30 2020

53mins

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Rank #8: Al Capone, the Secret Six, & the 1933 Chicago World's Fair w/ William Hazelgrove - A True Crime History Podcast

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Most of us have grown up thinking that Elliot Ness and his famed "Untouchables" were the crimefighters who brought down the notorious Al Capone in Chicago. But instead, it was a group of millionaire businessmen called the "Secret Six" who were the real reason for the Capone Outfit's demise. 

In his book "Al Capone and the 1933 World's Fair: The End of the Gangster Era in Chicago", my guest, William Hazelgrove, makes the argument that in order for the city to successfully host their second World's Fair, they had to take out Al Capone first.

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Apr 20 2019

55mins

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Rank #9: The 1947 Black Dahlia Murder (Part Two) w/ Steve Hodel -A True Crime History Podcast

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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 his father to other unsolved Los Angeles murders from the late 1940s. 

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Jun 05 2016

57mins

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Rank #10: 1920s Self-Confessed Serial Killer Carl Panzram w/ John Borowski - A True Crime History Podcast

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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" talks about this man, who many consider one of most evil people to ever walk the earth, and how childhood traumas and prison torture might have contributed in transforming him into a monster. 

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Jan 13 2017

1hr 10mins

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Rank #11: The Wolf Family Massacre in 1920 North Dakota w/ Vernon Keel - A True Crime History Podcast

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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 up in Turtle Lake, and joins me to talk about the book he's written about the sensational and tragic crime, called "The Murdered Family". Go to www.mostnotorious.com and click the Amazon link for all of your online shopping needs! 

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Jul 27 2016

1hr 21mins

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Rank #12: Top 10 Most Notorious Historical Ghosts w/ Diane Student - A True Crime History Podcast

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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 this week to delve into some of the sightings of ghostly activity attributed to many of the subjects we've covered in past episodes, including The Black Dahlia and Jesse James, and some we haven't, like the infamous H.H. Holmes. Go to www.mostnotorious.com and click the Amazon link for all of your online shopping needs! 

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Oct 21 2016

1hr 30mins

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Rank #13: The Real Rasputin w/ Douglas Smith - A True Crime History Podcast

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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, author of "Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs" sheds new light on his life, his motives and where the legends end and the actual man begins. 

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Mar 18 2017

50mins

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Rank #14: Jack the Ripper 101 w/ Donald Rumbelow - A True Crime History Podcast

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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 crime history buff. Donald Rumbelow is my guest on this first Jack the Ripper episode of Most Notorious. He is a world renowned expert on the subject, and gives us an introduction to the infamous series of murders, and also discusses some of the primary suspects. His book "The Complete Jack the Ripper" has been the go-to manual for Ripperologists for 45 years. Go to www.mostnotorious.com and click the Amazon link for all of your online shopping needs! 

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Jun 04 2017

1hr 11mins

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Rank #15: The Real Dracula: Vlad the Impaler w/ Leif Pettersen - A True Crime History Podcast

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Just in time for the Halloween season! This episode explores the real Dracula, Vlad the Impaler, a 15th century warrior-ruler infamous for his extreme brutality and cruelty.

My guest Leif Pettersen, a former travel writer with Lonely Planet, has spent considerable time in Romania, and through his writing, research and wanderings, developed a special attachment to the real life Dracula.  His book on the subject is part memoir, part travelogue and part history, and called:  "Backpacking with Dracula: On the Trail of Vlad ‘“the Impaler” Dracula and the Vampire He Inspired".

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Oct 07 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #16: 1920s Los Angeles' Bizarre "Blackburn Cult" w/ Samuel Fort - A True Crime History Podcast

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Cults are certainly not a new phenomenon - in fact one of the strangest ones existed in Los Angeles in the 1920s. The "Blackburn Cult", also known as the "Divine Order of the Royal Arms of the Great Eleven", was the brainchild of a grifter named May Otis Blackburn. She, along with her daughter Ruth, in need of money, suddenly claimed that the archangel Gabriel had visited them with orders to write books that revealed the mysteries of life, death, and a post-apocalyptic world that would be ruled by eleven Queens . 

My guest is Samuel Fort, author of "Cult of the Great Eleven".  He discusses some of the cult's bizarre rituals and behavior, and more ominously, the mysterious deaths and disappearances it was involved in - grim events that would eventually be exposed to the country in a sensational trial. 

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Jun 26 2019

1hr 23mins

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Rank #17: 1870s Child Serial Killer Jesse Pomeroy w/ Harold Schechter - A True Crime History Podcast

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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 Rivenes chats with the author about his fascinating book called "Fiend", along with some information on his newest work. Go to www.mostnotorious.com and click the Amazon link for all of your online shopping needs! 

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Dec 07 2015

38mins

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Rank #18: Frank Hamer vs. Bonnie and Clyde w/ John Boessenecker - A True Crime History Podcast

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In part two of this episode, John Boessenecker continues his tale of Frank Hamer, including his days as a Prohibition agent in the 1920s, a cold-case investigator, and his famous hunt of notorious Depression-era outlaws and murderers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.

John Boessenecker is the New York Times bestselling author of  Texas Ranger: The Epic Life of Frank Hamer, the Man Who Killed Bonnie and Clyde. 

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Mar 22 2019

57mins

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Rank #19: "The Man From the Train" Serial Killer w/ Rachel McCarthy James - A True Crime History Podcast

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For decades, the 1912 Villisca, Iowa axe slaughter of the Moore family has been one of the greatest unsolved family massacres in American history. Many believe that it was a local townsperson, but others believe it was the work of an transient serial killer.

From the late 1890s until possibly as late as the 1920s, Paul Mueller, a German sailor, rode the American rails, murdering entire families with the blunt edge of an axe, according to my guest, Rachel McCarthy James. She, along with her co-author and father, baseball historian and  statistician Bill James, make a convincing case in their book, The Man From the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery, that they have discovered the slayer of potentially a hundred or more people across the United States, Canada, and even Germany. 

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Feb 06 2019

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Rank #20: The 1885 Murder of Sarah Graham (& the Scandal of Emma Molloy) w/ Larry Wood - A True Crime History Podcast

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Emma Barrett Molloy was a well-known Evangelical Christian, temperance and women's rights activist in the 1870s and 1880s. But in 1885 she found herself embroiled in a lurid scandal involving a con-artist named George Graham. Graham married Emma's foster daughter, Cora Lee, but without divorcing his first wife, Sarah. When Sarah eventually found and confronted him, Graham murdered her and attempted to cover up the crime. Emma, of course, would be caught up in the drama, front-line fodder for a scandal-hungry press. 

My guest is Larry Wood, author of "Bigamy & Bloodshed: The Scandal of Emma Molloy and the Murder of Sarah Graham". He gets into the nitty-gritty of this shocking story on this week's episode of Most Notorious. 





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Oct 29 2019

53mins

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American Outlaw Butch Cassidy w/ Charles Leerhsen - A True Crime History Podcast

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When the name "Butch Cassidy" is mentioned, it conjures an image (for many of us) of Paul Newman, who along with Robert Redford joked their way through the classic 1969 film "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid".  But that movie was almost entirely fictional, and as often typical, Hollywood ignored the far more interesting  factual historical account of the legendary outlaw and his vast criminal resume. 

Charles Leerhsen, author of "Butch Cassidy: The True Story of an American Outlaw", is my guest on this Most Notorious episode. He helps separate fact from fiction, and shares some fascinating stories about the life of the gentleman robber Robert Leroy Parker, aka Butch Cassidy. 

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Jul 12 2020

1hr 6mins

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The 1959 "In Cold Blood" Clutter Murders w/ Gary McAvoy - A True Crime History Podcast

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Most of us probably know at least the basics of the 1959 Kansas Clutter family murders case, in large part because the story was dramatically detailed by Truman Capote in his best-selling 1966 non-fiction novel entitled "In Cold Blood". 

But was Capote's book as factual as he claimed it was? The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says so, but my guest, Gary McAvoy does not. Gary, along with Ronald R. Nye, collaborated to write the book "And Every Word Is True", based on the personal notes and files of Ronald's father Harold Nye, lead investigator of the case. Gary joins me to share some tantalizing theories from their book, based on forgotten facts, clues and witness statements from the original investigation over sixty years ago. 

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Jul 01 2020

54mins

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Murder & Scandal in Beverly Hills w/ Barbara Schroeder & Clark Fogg - A True Crime History Podcast

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Beverly Hills, California is not all glitz and glamor. The city has had more than its share of shocking true crime over the last one hundred years, often involving famous figures like Lana Turner, Lupe Vélez, Jean Harlow and Bugsy Siegel.

Murder and scandal seem to follow the rich and famous, and my guests - investigative reporter Barbara Schroeder and forensic science specialist Clark Fogg - are experts at not only documenting these stories, but also occasionally writing their final chapters, using modern investigative and crime-solving techniques whenever possible.

Their book is called "Beverly Hills Confidential: A Century of Stars, Scandals and Murders", and they join me to offer fascinating details on many of the most notorious solved and unsolved cases in Hollywood history.

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Jun 12 2020

1hr 13mins

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The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre w/ Tim Madigan - A True Crime History Podcast

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June 1st, 2020 marked the 99th anniversary of one of the most despicable acts of mass murder in American history. A mob of 10,000 white vigilantes descended on an African-American suburb of Tulsa, Oklahoma - looting, burning houses and businesses, and killing men, women and children. Black business owners put up a fierce resistance, but were soon beaten back by sheer numbers and firepower.

My guest, Tim Madigan, is the award-winning author of "The Burning: Massacre, Destruction, and the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921". He shares some of the firsthand accounts he was able to record from witnesses to the tragic event, and offers an explanation as to how this massacre became a "hidden history" in the United States up until recently.

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Jun 06 2020

45mins

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The 1770 Boston Massacre w/ Serena Zabin - A True Crime History Podcast

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The city of Boston was put to the test when occupying British soldiers opened fire into a crowd of rioters on March 5th, 1770. Known forever as the Boston Massacre, it later became a rallying cry for the American Revolution. 

My guest is Carlton College's Professor Serena Zabin, author of "The Boston Massacre: A Family Affair". Her research into the pivotal event breaks some longstanding myths on the Massacre, including introducing evidence that suggests that many of the British soldiers who occupied Boston homes in the late 1760s actually assimilated smoothly into the city during their stay. 

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May 30 2020

56mins

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The 1934 Kelayres Massacre w/ Stephanie Hoover - A True Crime History Podcast

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On November 5th, 1934, in the small coal mining town of Kelayres, Pennsylvania, Republican political boss Joe Bruno took an extreme and shocking step.  Worried and agitated about a possible loss in the following day's elections, he and his family used his large weapons arsenal to fire into a Democratic parade. 

My guest, Stephanie Hoover, author of "The Kelayres Massacre: Politics & Murder in Pennsylvania's Anthracite Coal Country", outlines the political tensions leading up to the terrible event, give details of the shootings, and explains what  happened to the killers afterwards. 

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May 23 2020

50mins

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The 1859 Washington D.C. Murder of Philip Barton Key II w/ Chris DeRose - A True Crime History Podcast

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As political factions battled in pre-Civil War Washington D.C., a sensational sex and murder scandal suddenly grabbed the nation's attention. New York Congressman Daniel Sickles, having learned that his wife Teresa was in the midst of a torrid love affair with U.S. Attorney Philip Barton Key II, angrily confronted him in a park with fatal consequences. 

My guest is Chris DeRose, New York Times bestselling author, historian and former law professor. He shares details from his meticulously researched book, "Star Spangled Scandal: Sex, Murder and the Trial That Changed America". 

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May 15 2020

53mins

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The Radium Girls w/ Kate Moore - A True Crime History Podcast

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In the years following World War One, thousands of young women were hired to paint radium on watch and clock dials so they would glow in the dark. As a result, many of the women would suffer the excruciating effects of radiation poisoning, which often lead to their deaths at an early age. 

My guest, Kate Moore, is author of the New York Times bestselling book "Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women". She joins me to talk about this terrible tragedy (which would be covered up by the guilty corporations for decades) and the bravery of the afflicted women, who fought an uphill battle for justice. 

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May 06 2020

58mins

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The Ghost and the Bounty Hunter w/ Adam Courtenay - A True Crime History Podcast

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In early 19th century Australia, escaping from a penal colony was not an easy task, mostly because there was no where to go. Six foot five William Buckley did just that, however, wandering though the wild Australian bush before being taken in by a tribe of aborigines, close to death. For the next thirty-two years he would live with the tribe, before finally meeting famed bushranger and bounty hunter John Batman. 

My guest, Adam Courtenay, is an Australian author and historian, and he joins me to talk about this legendary character and his role in one of the most dangerous and tragic eras in Australia's history. His book is called "The Ghost and the Bounty Hunter."

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Apr 25 2020

54mins

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The 1931 Leavenworth Prison Break w/ Kenneth LaMaster - A True Crime History Podcast

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Leavenworth Penitentiary in Kansas was once home to some of the most notorious criminals in America, including Carl Panzram, Robert "the Birdman" Stroud, Frank Nitti and George "Machine Gun" Kelly. Part of its history includes one of the most exciting prison breaks in U.S. history, when the "Leavenworth Seven" kidnapped Warden Tom White in December of 1931 White and busted out, only to face one wild obstacle after another. 

My guest, Kenneth LaMaster, is not only a Leavenworth prison historian but a former correctional officer of the institution. He offers some background history on Leavenworth, tells the tale of the breakout, and even shares stories of his own personal brushes with infamous criminals while working there. His book is called "Leavenworth Seven: The Deadly 1931 Prison Break". 

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Apr 18 2020

1hr 13mins

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The Life & Mythology of Calamity Jane w/ Linda Jucovy - A True Crime History Podcast

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Calamity Jane is without question one of the most iconic figures in Old West history. She's been portrayed innumerable times in film and television, most recently in the HBO series Deadwood as Wild Bill Hickock's loyal buckskin-wearing friend and sidekick. Her reputation proceeded her wherever she went, as a master bullwhacker, an excessive drinker, a riveting storyteller, and as a woman who found herself in some of the most pivotal moments in American western history. But how much of her larger-than-life personality was based on fact, and how much was exaggerated? 

My guest, Linda Jucovy, helps separate fact from fiction in this episode of Most Notorious. She is the author of "Searching for Calamity: The Life and Times of Calamity Jane". 

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Apr 10 2020

49mins

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Deadly Diseases in Early 20th Century America w/ Gail Jarrow - A True Crime History Podcast

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Black Death. Typhoid fever. Pellagra. In the early 1900s they invaded the United States, killing thousands. One of the most notorious historical figures associated with disease was "Typhoid Mary", who unknowingly infected untold numbers of people with typhoid fever while cooking in kitchens along the east coast. 

My guest, Gail Jarrow, is the author of three books which she calls her "Deadly Diseases Trilogy". They are "Bubonic Panic: When Plague Invaded America", "Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary", and "Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat". She discusses the history of these epidemics in America, and how early 20th century doctors tried to combat them. 

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Apr 01 2020

1hr 4mins

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The 1918 Influenza (Spanish Flu) Pandemic w/ John Barry - A True Crime History Podcast

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Just over a hundred years ago, the world suffered through a brutal influenza pandemic, which infected up to a quarter of the world's population. It was nicknamed the Spanish Flu, and killed millions of people. 

My guest, John Barry, is an historian, adjunct faculty at Tulane University, and author of the New York Times bestseller "The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Greatest Plague in History". He joins me to offer some historical perspective on the disease, in an effort to shed some light on our own current battle with COVID-19. 

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Mar 30 2020

53mins

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The 1963 Murder of Carol Thompson w/ William Swanson - A True Crime History Podcast

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While the Coen brothers refuse to confirm it, many believe that their movie "Fargo" was inspired by the Carol Thompson murder case. She was viciously killed in her comfortable Saint Paul home by a hitman hired by her eccentric husband, T. Eugene Thompson, in March of 1963, leaving behind four small children. It was an absolutely sensational case, one not only covered extensively by local press, but by national and international press as well. 

Longtime journalist William Swanson covers the case with me. His book is called "Dial M: The Murder of Carol Thompson". 

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Mar 11 2020

1hr

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The "American Sherlock Holmes" & Father of Forensic Science, Dr. Edward Oscar Heinrich w/ Kate Winkler Dawson - A True Crime History Podcast

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Some of the most notorious cases in American history were solved by the masterful techniques of forensics expert Dr. Edward Oscar Heinrich. He was known as the "American Sherlock Holmes" for his use of science and deduction to solve what many considered unsolvable cases, including Oregon's infamous 1923 Siskiyou "train robbery"/multi-murder, and San Francisco's 1921 Fatty Arbuckle murder case. 

My guest, once again, is Kate Winkler Dawson. She talks about Heinrich's pioneering crime-solving techniques, his compelling, complicated personality, and his personal troubles as well. She is the author of "American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI". 

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Mar 04 2020

1hr 2mins

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The Mysterious 1928 Death of "Furnace Girl" Elfrieda Knaak w/ Kraig Moreland - A True Crime History Podcast

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In late October of 1928, authorities in the small town of Lake Bluff, Illinois discovered a grisly scene in the village hall basement. They found a young woman named Elfreida Knaak, naked, horribly burned and barely clinging to life, next to a furnace. From that point on, investigators would uncover a bizarre story, including a secret affair, mystical Christian rituals, and contradictory deathbed confessions.

My guest is historian Kraig Moreland, who has researched this hometown mystery for years. His book is called "Furnace Girl: The Mysterious Case of Elfrieda Knaak".




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Feb 27 2020

1hr 22mins

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The 1873 Smuttynose Ax Murders w/ J. Dennis Robinson - A True Crime History Podcast

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On March 6th, 1873, a brutal double ax murder took the lives of two Norwegian women living on the isolated Smuttynose Island, one of the Isles of Shoals off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire.

My guest is J. Dennis Robinson, a prolific writer, historian and steward of Smuttynose Island, and author of "Mystery on the Isles of Shoals: Closing the Case on the Smuttynose Ax Murders of 1873". He not only tells the story of the murders of Karen and Anethe Christensen, the harrowing escape by Karen's sister, Marin, and the capture and trial of Louis Wagner, but of the rocky and desolate island itself, and it's role in the horrific and bloody affair. He also addresses the recent conspiracy theories, fueled by a popular novel, that Marin was the actual murderer.



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Feb 20 2020

1hr 13mins

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Oklahoma's 1920s Osage Murders w/ David Grann - A True Crime History Podcast

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David Grann, author of the New York Times Bestselling "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI", is my guest on this week's episode of Most Notorious. He talks about his research into a spree of murders of oil-rich Osage Indians in 1920s Oklahoma. Dozens and dozens of people were being murdered in a crime wave that became so sensational that J Edgar Hoover and his fledgling F.B.I. were forced to intercede. A team of agents, led by famed lawman Tom White would eventually uncover a diabolical plot to slaughter an entire family.



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Feb 13 2020

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The 1937 "Babes of Inglewood" Murders w/ Pamela Everett - A True Crime History Podcast

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In the summer of 1937, in an idyllic neighborhood of Los Angeles called Inglewood, the unspeakable happened. Three little girls were lured from a park, assaulted and murdered. The sensational case, known as the "Babes of Inglewood" Murders, would shake Depression-era America. 

My guest, Pamela Everett, is not only an attorney with the InnocenceProject and a UNR professor of criminal justice, but also the niece of two of the girls who were killed that day, Madeline and Melba Marie. She draws some very interesting conclusions from her research into the case, and shares her serious doubts about the guilt of the man convicted of the murders. A second suspect, instead, seems more likely to be the killer. 

Her bestselling book is called Little Shoes: The Sensational Depression-Era Murders That Became My Family's Secret.

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Feb 08 2020

1hr 14mins

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1930s Gangster Alvin "Creepy" Karpis w/ Julie Thompson - A True Crime History Podcast

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Alvin "Creepy" Karpis could claim many things in his life. He was not only the brains behind the Barker-Karpis Gang, but the last public enemy of the 1930s, one of J. Edgar Hoover's most hated adversaries, and the longest serving inmate in Alcatraz history. 

Julie Thompson, author of "The Hunt for the Last Public Enemy in Northeastern Ohio: Alvin "Creepy" Karpis and his Road to Alcatraz" is my guest on this week's episode of Most Notorious. She reveals fascinating details about this brilliant, cunning and dangerous bankrobber-killer. She also tells the little known story of Karpis's final heist in Garrettsville, Ohio - the last successful train robbery in American history. 


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Jan 31 2020

1hr 19mins

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By Lil Sandy - May 26 2020
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Loved this podcast and confirmed my instinct to buy the book.

Love it.

By brianjets - May 03 2020
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I love this podcast interviews with authors about historical figures.