True Crime Historian

True Crime Historian

Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told through vintage newspaper accounts from the golden age of yellow journalism

Episodes

June 30, 2022 100 min
The Mysterious Murder Of Dr. William H. Wilson

Episode 216 comes not only with a mysterious poisoning, but a side dish of “illegal operations.” Either it’s a devilishly clever plot, or perhaps the police didn’t really give it their all, considering the scandalous nature of Dr. Wilson’s practice.
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told through vintage newspaper accounts from the golden age of yellow journalism...
The Gillooly/Lannon Affray
Episode 443 tells the story of the first officer to be killed in the line of duty in Kokomo, Indiana. But was the violent action against him provoked, or spurred on by a notorious local gang? The question divided the growing Indiana town.
Culled from the h...
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January 22, 2019 93 min
SERIAL KILLER CLIPSA reading of Yesterday’s News exploring one of History’s most prolific murderers. The Mysteries Of Belle Gunness Episode 308 examines the strange story of Belle Gunness, which came to light only after her house burned down with her body presumably inside and a dozen or so bodies buried in the yard. There’s a lot of conjecture and debate about this case still going on today. Culled from the historic pages of the C...
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June 26, 2018 78 min
YESTERDAY’S NEWS --
Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism...
The First Mrs. Kinkead
Episode 258 tells the sad story of a nurse who fell in love with her patient. If you can believe her story, she may have been led on a bit, maybe outright deceived by his promises of marriage. But then, he marries another and the nurse turns stalker.
For your delight and i...
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Episode 256 we return to the mother of all murder mysteries, the case of Lizzie Borden in commemoration of the 125th anniversary of the verdict in her sensational trial, June 20, 1893. We again turn to the godfather of American True Crime, Edmund Pearson, the librarian who wrote slyly humorous takes of famous murder cases. His landmark essay, simply titled The Borden Case, makes up the first 119 pages of Pearson’s Studies in Murder...
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March 18, 2018 85 min
AN EYE FOR AN EYE --
A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty...
The Avondale Horror
Episode 231 is a dark, dark tale of what happens when the population doesn’t die fast enough to keep the medical schools supplied with cadavers for dissecting: The resurrectionists start hitting people over the head to hasten the process and get their points. The repo...
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December 4, 2017 144 min
AN EYE FOR AN EYE --
A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty...
A Foul Deed In Ft. Thomas
In celebration of our 200th episode, I’m going to share one of my favorite local stories. The murder itself took place a state over, but one of the convicted murderers lived for a time in my hometown, and the sad story of Pearl Bryan is well-known in the three s...
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November 17, 2017 67 min
UNSOLVED
A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring one of history’s most baffling murder mysteries.
The Murder Of Elizabeth Short
By listener request, Episode 196 follows the first month of the investigation of one of Hollywood’s most celebrated murder mysteries that begins when of a 22-year-old party girl turns up tortured, murdered, and mutilated by the side of a busy boulevard. She was such a runabout that when her body was i...
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August 26, 2017 91 min
The Great Borden Hearing Begun.
While Lizzie Borden waits in the Taunton jail for her preliminary hearing to see if she is to go on trial for the murder of her father and stepmother, the community’s sympathy is expressed in interviews to people close to her and the appearance of “a wild-eyed man” ready to take the blame from her shoulders.
We will continue “The Lizzie Edition” in June 2018, the 125th anniversary of the famous trial o...
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August 18, 2017 75 min
Still in the middle of the inquest, Fall River officials finally feel as though they have enough evidence to make an arrest for the murder of Andrew J. Borden. She is sent to the jail in Taunton, Mass., where the matron turns out to be an old family friend.
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August 11, 2017 81 min
Part II: The Hunt Progresses. The surviving members of the Borden household are being held as prisoners in their own home, even while officials literally take it apart searching for clues. Yet they remain mum on the contents of the ongoing inquest, leaving ample room for speculation.
Theme music “My Ain Countrie” by Mary Lee Demarest, 1861, performed by Davide Severi with Plava Kuca on Violin.
Media Management by Sean R. Jones
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August 4, 2017 88 min
Butchered in Broad Day --
Episode 166...
In commemoration of the 125th anniversary of America’s greatest murder mystery, True Crime Historian brings you “The Lizzie Edition,” and in-depth look at the murder of Andrew J. Borden in Fall River, Massachusetts, on August 4, 1892, and the trial of his daughter Lizzie Borden the following June....
Theme music “My Ain Countrie” by Mary Lee Demarest, 1861, performed by Davide Severi with Plava...
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October 30, 2016 68 min
Crane Neck Nugent, Prohibition TriggerThe Gangster Chronicles
Book Two, Chapter Six
__Crane Neck gets arrested in a Florida speakeasy, then is quickly in the wind again. Meanwhile, the hunt for his former partner and archenemy Bob Zwick continues. When Zwick’s reign of terror finally ends, details of their worst exploits are revealed in court.
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Music by Dave Sams
www.truecrimehistorian.com/1925nugent
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October 24, 2016 37 min
Crane Neck Nugent, Prohibition AssassinThe Gangster Chronicles 2.5
Crane Neck returns to Cincinnati to do a favor for his old boss, Fat Wrassman: Even the score for the hit on George Murphy. But it means going after his partner, Bob “The Fox” Zwick. You don’t want to miss the showdown in the streets of Cincinnati between Fat Wrassman and Detective Dutch Schafer.
- Music by Dave Sams
-www.truecrimehistorian.com/1925nugent
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October 16, 2016 48 min
Crane Neck Nugent, Prohibition TriggerThe Gangster Chronicles 2.4
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Crane Neck Nugent’s career included work with the gang of Fred “Killer” Burke of St. Louis, whom he got to know when they served together as machine gunners in World War I. While no one was ever charged with the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, it is generally agreed that Al Capone hired the Burke gang, whom he called his “American Boys,” to take down his rival Bugs Mor...
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October 9, 2016 64 min
Crane Neck Nugent: Prohibition Trigger -The Gangster Chronicles 2.3 -
With the heat turned up high in Ohio, Crane Neck retreats to Kansas City to join the gang of his Army mentor Fred “Killer” Burke, the leader of his own gang there. A Toledo job goes south on the Burke gang, and a patrolman ends up dead from machine gun fire. Meanwhile Jack Parker, Todd Messner, Breck Lutes, Rodney Ford, and Bob Zwick hold up a craps game at the Pe...
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October 3, 2016 35 min
The Gangster Chronicles 2.2.2-
George "Fat" Wrassman figures heavily (so to speak) in the saga of Crane Neck Nugent. While this case doesn't bear directly on Nugent's story, it tells you the kind of man that Fat was, and will help inform some of the action in a later episode, so I offer this as a bonus to The Gangster Chronicles Book Two at no extra charge.
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Crane Neck Nugent: Prohibition Trigger-
The Gangster Chronicles 2.2.1
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The murders of Gus Fitch, Bob Sollick, Glenn Hiatt, Martin Dailey and Buddy Ryan. Crane Neck Nugent was involved in four of these, and will soon avenge a fifth.
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September 25, 2016 44 min
Crane Neck Nugent, Prohibition Trigger -
The Gangster Chronicles 2.1
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A reading from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism
The second volume of The Gangster Chronicles explores one of the many side effects of the Great Experiment, America's Prohibition on alcohol.
I’ve often contended that Prohibition made criminals out of a lot of ordinary people who just wanted to drink and serve drinks. ...
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September 11, 2016 244 min
 Murder Under the Crab Apple Tree By Damon Runyon
When a friend of mine started pitching Hall-Mills murder to me as a potential episode, I was immediately enthralled by the tale of an Episcopalian rector and his tragic affair with the choir singer, but when he told me the case hinged on the eyewitness testimony of “the pig woman,” I knew this was a story for True Crime Historian. 
But it gets even better. I started looking into it an...
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