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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 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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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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Best vintage true crime

By kimms freetime - Aug 08 2019
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I am glad I found this podcast, love history & true crime always looking forward to a new one.

Love!

By JenJenCan98 - Jun 25 2019
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Love this podcast and the stories, Mr. Deckel is a fav

iTunes Ratings

1325 Ratings
Average Ratings
1134
104
46
19
22

Best vintage true crime

By kimms freetime - Aug 08 2019
Read more
I am glad I found this podcast, love history & true crime always looking forward to a new one.

Love!

By JenJenCan98 - Jun 25 2019
Read more
Love this podcast and the stories, Mr. Deckel is a fav
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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 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.

Rank #1: Harper Lee & Murderer Willie Maxwell w/ Casey Cep - A True Crime History Podcast

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Harper Lee, author of "To Kill A Mockingbird", famously accompanied Truman Capote as he investigated the murder of the Clutter family; ultimately writing about the terrible events in his true crime classic,  "In Cold Blood". Years later, Lee tackled her own multi-murder investigation, with the goal of writing her own true crime book.

My guest is Casey Cep, author of "Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee". She not only discusses Harper Lee's involvement, but goes into detail about the Reverend Willie Maxwell, who after murdering five people in Talapoosa County, Alabama, was himself shot dead during the funeral for one of his victims. 
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Aug 01 2019
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #2: Gangsters in 1930s Minnesota with Paul Maccabee - A True Crime History Podcast Hosted by Erik Rivenes

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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 gangster history and the terrible crimes committed by Dillinger, the Barker-Karpis Gang and other notorious Midwest bank-robbing gangsters of the 1930s. 
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Nov 02 2015
45 mins
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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 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 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
1 hour 14 mins
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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
1 hour 17 mins
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Rank #5: 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
59 mins
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Rank #6: 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
57 mins
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Rank #7: 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
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #8: 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
50 mins
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Rank #9: 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
53 mins
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Rank #10: Leopold and Loeb in 1924 Chicago with Simon Baatz - A True Crime History Podcast

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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, Irish mobster Dean O'Banion runs into trouble on Chicago's north side. 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 10 2015
53 mins
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Rank #11: 1920s "Bootleg King" George Remus w/ Karen Abbott - A True Crime History Podcast

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My guest is Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of "Sin in the Second City", "American Rose", and "Liar, Temptress, Soldier. Spy". 

She discusses her new book, "The Ghosts of Eden Park", and the wild story of George Remus, the most powerful bootlegger in early Prohibition-era America. It's a roller-coaster tale - his rise, his fall, and the  strange love triangle he shared with wife Imogene and Prohibition Agent Franklin Dodge, which would ultimately drive him to such rage that he would shoot her dead and face a sensational trial. 
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Aug 11 2019
47 mins
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Rank #12: Altamont, The Rolling Stones, the Hell's Angels & the Killing of Meredith Hunter w/ Joel Selvin - A True Crime History Podcast

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On December 6th, 1969, The Rolling Stones headlined a free concert at Altamont Speedway outside of San Francisco. It quickly turned ugly, culminating with the stabbing death of eighteen-year-old Meredith Hunter by a member of the Hell's Angels, who were acting as security.

My guest, Joel Selvin, long-time music critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and New York Times bestselling author, explains how the concert came into being and offers details on the terrible night, including his thoughts on whether Mick Jagger and the Stones  were really aware of the extent of the violence during their set.  Joel Selvin's book is called The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day.

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Mar 13 2019
54 mins
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Rank #13: 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
55 mins
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Rank #14: 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
1 hour 18 mins
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Rank #15: 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
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #16: 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
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #17: 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
48 mins
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Rank #18: 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
1 hour 20 mins
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Rank #19: 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
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #20: Rose Veres, 1931 Detroit's "Witch of Delray" Killer w/ Karen Dybis - A True Crime History Podcast

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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 1930’s Murder Mystery" is my guest on this week's episode of Most Notorious, and not only tells Rose's story, but helps separate  legend (and serial killer accusations) from the true-life, historical account of her story. 

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Apr 05 2018
1 hour 17 mins
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