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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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History and Crime are two of my

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favorite things! I do not know why it took so long two find it😎.

Family Jewels Podcast

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Very well done. A great informational podcast.

iTunes Ratings

1595 Ratings
Average Ratings
1346
134
56
27
32

History and Crime are two of my

By Kdperrin - Feb 16 2020
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favorite things! I do not know why it took so long two find it😎.

Family Jewels Podcast

By guitarpicker61 - Feb 12 2020
Read more
Very well done. A great informational podcast.
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Most Notorious! A True Crime History Podcast

Latest release on Feb 27, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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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: 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 #3: 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 #4: 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 #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: 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 #8: The 1692 Salem Witch Hunt w/ Mary Beth Norton - A True Crime History Podcast

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In this episode, we examine the most notorious witch hunt in American history, in Salem, Massachusetts. Hundreds of women and men were accused of witchcraft by young, "afflicted" girls, and many were executed. 

My guest is Mary Beth Norton, award-winning historian and professor of American history at Cornell University. She joins me to talk about her book, "In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692". Besides explaining the details on how the crisis unfolded, she dispels some of the common myths surrounding this infamous historical event. 


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Jan 24 2020

1hr 8mins

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Rank #9: 1969 L.A.'s Charles Manson Murders w/ Lis Wiehl - A True Crime History Podcast

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With Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon A Time in Hollywood" due to be released at the end of July, there is a renewed interest in Charles Manson and his murderous cult. 

My guest, Lis Wiehl, author of "Hunting Charles Manson: The Quest for Justice In the Days of Helter Skelter"  explains Manson's powerful influence over the wayward youth that flocked to the Spahn Ranch in 1968 and 69, and how he managed to convince them that committing murder would help spark a race war and a revolution. 

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Jul 10 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #10: 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 #11: 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 #12: 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 #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

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Rank #14: 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 #15: 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 #16: 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 #17: 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 #18: 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 #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: Chicago Murderer H.H. Holmes w/ Adam Selzer - A True Crime History Podcast

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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, author of "H.H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil", tells Holmes' story and breaks some myths about the murderous scoundrel. 

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Jan 17 2018

1hr 3mins

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