A Royal Slashing

YESTERDAY’S NEWS —

Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism…

The Murder Of The Duchess Of Praslin

Episode 213 is dedicated to listener Clare Stevenson, who reached out after watching the 1940 movie “All This, And Heaven, Too,” the story of a scandalous murder in the courts of France that helped precipitate the French Revolution. Based on dispatches to London, the real story is not quite the Hollywood version, but I can definitely see Bette Davis as Henriette DeLuzy.


Culled from the pages of the London Observer and the London Times.


Claude Debussy’s Violin Sonata in G minor, L. 140, performed by Oliver Colbentson, courtesy musopen.org. Written in 1917, t was DeBussy’s final composition. The premiere, which was on May 5, 1917, was Debussy’s last public performance.



  • Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music.
  • Media management by Sean R. Jones
  • Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
  • Richard O Jones, Executive Producer

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The Jealous Rage Of Martha Place

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…

First Lady Of The Electric Chair

Episode 212 tells the story behind the first walk of a woman to the electric chair. One cold winter night, a woman apparently attacks her husband with an axe as he walks through the door, leaving him for dead in the entryway. Besides this gruesome sight, neighbors are about to discover a whole house full of horrors.




  • Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music.
  • Media management by Sean R. Jones
  • Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
  • Richard O Jones, Executive Producer

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A Wild Ride In Paris, Texas

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…

Two Doomed Fugitives

Episode 211 is truly a historic case, the story behind the first execution under the Lindbergh kidnapping law, which called for the death penalty in cases where a kidnapping victim is taken across state lines, even if they remain unharmed. So when a pair of fugitives takes hostage a pair of small-town policemen in their own car… Well,  you know that’s not going to end well. This is also a historic episode because since it’s a federal case, we have our first guest appearance of a President of the United States, except for that time we tried to steal Lincoln’s body in episode 59.


For more information about the Lindbergh Kidnapping, give “A Ladder At The Window”, Episode 113, a listen.



Story compiled from the reports of the The Paris News, The Miami Daily News-Record, The Abilene Reporter, The Casper Star-Tribune, The Arizona Republic, The Corsica Daily Sun, The Chillicothe (Missouri) Constitution Tribune, and the Salt Lake Tribune.


  • Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music.
  • Media management by Sean R. Jones
  • Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

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Only Death Can Cure Him

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 Brickbat Moron Serial Murders

Episode 210 is a dark journey through five murders in two widely separated states, all perpetrated by a simple minded man, using bricks as weapons. Each case has enough drama to be an episode of its own. Taken together, it’s five times as ugly.



  • Incidental music by Nico Vettese
  • Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music.
  • Media management by Sean R. Jones
  • Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

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Double Feature: Two Acquitted Women

YESTERDAY’S NEWS —

Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism…

Episode 209 is a deadly double header, two stories about women murdering their philandering men and getting away with it.

The Broadway Playboy Picks A Fight:

When a housewife complains to her husband that he should spend more time with his children and less time drinking with his friends, he cracks her over the head with a pool cue. Big mistake.

To Save Others From Heartache:

A nurse leaves her job and moves to another state to follow the man she loves on the promise of marriage. When she gets there, she discovers he is nothing but a love pirate.



  • Incidental music by Nico Vettese
  • Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music.
  • Media management by Sean R. Jones
  • Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

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