Assassinations

Assassinations

One death can change the world. At least, that's what assassins believe. Assassinations recounts history's most dramatic deaths.Through little-known facts, "what-ifs?" and examining assassin's motives, we examine how one murder can alter the course of history. A new episode releases every Monday. Assassinations is a production of Cutler Media and part of the Parcast Network.... Show More

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When he took aim at the Archduke on June 28th, 1914, Gavrilo Princip hoped to end the Austrian Empire’s reign and cement his place in history as a revolutionary. He succeeded - and started a world war in the process.Parcasters - This week on The Dark Side Of.. we cover the tragic story of “The Hollywoodland Sign Girl” an upcoming actress who succumbed to the pressure of stardom, and forever changed what we think of when we see the ... Read more

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Gavrilo Princip grew up on stories of Serbian martyrs who died defending their country from oppression. In 1914, at the age of 19, Gavrilo resolved to join their ranks by killing the Archduke of Austria-Hungary, Franz Ferdinand.Sponsors! Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/NATIONS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes—and won’t affect your credit!

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When former Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa was gunned down by a band of assassins in 1923, suspicion immediately swirled around the sitting president, Álvaro Obregón. The murder’s aftermath threatened to launch Mexico into another bloody civil war.Parcasters - Theodosia Burr Alston is more than a character in a song from Hamilton! Find out about her life and mysterious disappearance this week on Gone! Available now at parcast.c... Read more

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Hollywood is one of our most celebrated institutions, but do you know the dark shadows draped over its early years? In this new Parcast Original, we reexamine unknown and overlooked histories of society's beloved cultural touchstones. Every multi-episode series will take on a new topic, from the music industry, to sports, and even dating and romance.In this clip, we introduce the complicated story of Hollywood's founding as a relig... Read more

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It is widely believed the President of Mexico, Álvaro Obregón, was behind the 1923 murder of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa. After losing countless battles, and his right arm, to Villa’s militia, Obregón certainly had a reason to want revenge.Sponsors! Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/NATIONS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes—and won’t affect your credit!

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After slaying Emperor Caligula, Cassius Chaera ordered the Praetorian Guard to kill every living member of Caligula’s family line and liberate Rome from the corrupt royal bloodline. But an oversight would threw Rome into more chaos than anyone could have imagined.Parcasters - What is it like being inside of an erupting stratovolcano? Only one way to find out! Listen to this week's episode of SURVIVAL on the 1993 eruption of the Gal... Read more

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The son of a famed Roman general, Caligula, was beloved by the Roman military from his infancy. But the young emperor's cruelty and reckless behavior pushed the head of his military guard, renowned war hero Cassius Chaera, to topple the ruler he'd helped create.Sponsors!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/NATIONS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes 2 minutes—and won’t affect your credit!

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In this new podcast, we dive into cases resulting in acquittal or exoneration, examining the crimes, trials, and verdicts that make us ask the question: what defines guilt? If you enjoy true crime, courtroom drama, and high stakes storytelling, you won’t want to miss an episode of NOT GUILTY. Subscribe today on Spotify, or wherever you get your shows!In this clip we introduce the unsolved murder of Bonnie Lee Bakley, and the suspic... Read more

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The weekend after Thanksgiving in 1992, Sara Tokars was kidnapped from her driveway and shot in the head on a quiet street in Cobb County, Georgia. The eyewitness descriptions of her assailant - a young black man with a gun - painted a vivid portrait for the media of urban crime seeping into the suburbs. But as the truth unraveled, the full story became much more complicated, and more worrisome. Parcasters - You asked for it, ... Read more

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April 29, 2019 43 min

When Sara Ambrusko married her childhood neighbor Fred Tokars in 1986, she thought she'd found her ticket to a life of safety and security in the idyllic suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. But the secrets Fred kept locked away in their basement would put them both in life-or-death danger. Sponsors!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/NATIONS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes 2 minutes—and won’t affect... Read more

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Just days after the Civil War came to an end in 1865, the nation was thrown into chaos once again when President Abraham Lincoln was killed. The ensuing manhunt for his killer, John Wilkes Booth, would test the loyalties of the still-divided country.Parcasters - What was it like to live through the Titanic tragedy? Find out today on survival! Available now at parcast.com/survival

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John Wilkes Booth was a nationally-renowned star actor, but his most memorable performance at Ford's Theater in D.C. would take place in the presidential box. On April 14, 1865, when the Civil War was all but officially over, Booth and his co-conspirators set in motion a last-ditch plan to destabilize the Union government.Sponsors!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/NATIONS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate on... Read more

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April 12, 2019 15 min

Hi Assassinations fans! If you love political intrigue, history, and clandestine operations, you're going to love our new podcast, ESPIONAGE. In this clip, we introduce the story of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, American citizens who spied on behalf of the Soviet Union, giving them access to technology that would alter the balance of the Cold War. To hear the rest of this episode, subscribe to ESPIONAGE on Spotify, or wherever you li... Read more

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Famed actor John Wilkes Booth was rehearsing with a touring company in St. Louis, when he pointed a prop pistol at his castmate and said, "If you were President Abraham Lincoln, what a chance I'd have." He may have been joking at the time, but two years later in 1865, Booth's chance finally arrived. Parcasters - Need some more true crime history? Check out this weeks episode of Serial killers on the ruthless Cleveland Torso Mu... Read more

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April 1, 2019 42 min

As the sun began to set in Guyana on November 18, 1978, five bodies laid dead on the Port Kaituma airstrip. But the real carnage was still to come. By nightfall, over 900 people would be dead at the Peoples Temple’s Jonestown compound.Sponsors!Robinhood - Robinhood is giving listeners of Assassinations a FREE stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint to help you build your portfolio. Sign up at Nations.Robinhood.com.Upstart - Hurry to Upst... Read more

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March 25, 2019 46 min

In this special crossover with the hosts from Cults, we explore the charismatic preacher, Jim Jones, and his congregation’s move from San Francisco to the newly-constructed jungle settlement of Jonestown, Guyana in 1977. The move was intended to keep the Peoples Temple far away from the prying eyes of the U.S. government and media, who'd been looking into Jones' abuses and financial crimes. Parcasters - Check out our new podca... Read more

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Prince Felix Yusupov's perfectly-laid plans to kill Rasputin didn't go as smoothly as he'd hoped. By the time the affair was over in 1916, Rasputin was poisoned, beaten, shot and drowned.The Bolshevik Revolution had officially begun. Sponsors!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/NATIONS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes 2 minutes—and won’t affect your credit!

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Amidst the slow decline of the Russian aristocracy, a drunk, uneducated peasant arrived in St. Petersburg claiming to have mystical powers. His name was Grigori Rasputin and he became one of the Tsar's most trusted advisors. In 1916, a wealthy young aristocrat Prince Felix Yusupuv, saw a chance to redeem his reputation by saving Russia from its massively unpopular wizard-advisor. Parcasters - What was behind Rasputin’s suppose... Read more

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March 4, 2019 52 min

On February 21st, 1965, multiple shooters opened fire at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. Within half an hour, Malcolm X was pronounced dead and Talmadge Hayer was in police custody. However, in the coming days, investigators were met with more questions than answers.Parcasters - If you found yourself fascinated by this story of an American icon, check out our our new episode on John McCain on HOSTAGE, wherever you get your s... Read more

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February 25, 2019 41 min

In March of 1964, Malcolm X officially broke away from the Nation of Islam to start his own organization. His rivalry with his former mentor, NOI leader Elijah Muhammad, quickly escalated from a personal dispute to an ideological battle with international consequences. After nearly a year of conflict, NOI enforcers were dispatched to silence their defector once and for all.Parcasters - Don't miss the thrilling conclusion of the Har... Read more

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