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August 3, 2020 11 min

Before it was regulated, life insurance was the motive for more crimes than a room full of screenwriters could ever conceive. Murder, faux suicide, mysterious disappearances - even self-mutilation - were all employed in fraudulent life insurance schemes.

Some of these plots were successful. More often than not, these perpetrators were caught and, in some cases, hanged.

In this episode, Stephanie discusses the astonishing - and deadly - history of life insurance.

To learn more about the Blue-Eyed Six (mentioned in this episode), read Stephanie's article here:

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