The Mystery of My Husband’s Body in My Trunk

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

Madame Bessarabo’s Explanation

When the body of a missing international businessman was found in an unclaimed trunk in the train station at Nancy, France, his wife, the French dramatist and poet known as Hera Mertel, and his step-daughter were immediately suspected, but it took two years to end their legal ordeal. Mysteries remain, such as how the two petit women managed to truss up the body and carry it around in the trunk, Mme. Bessarabo was convicted of the crime. Today’s episode focuses on an epistle she wrote from her jail cell as she continues to proclaim her innocence, even denying that it was her husband’s body in her trunk. Yeah, right.

Theme Music by Dave Sams
Research Assistance by Anna from AGP Stories
Media management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Incidental music by Dana Boule

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The Philadelphia Trunk Murder

YESTERDAY’S NEWS –

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

The True Crimes of Edward F. Keller

This episode follows the criminal career of one Edward F. Keller, who makes national headlines when he is arrested for murdering his business partner and burying the body in a trunk in the basement of their leather shop. But his trouble doesn’t stop there. You’ll want to stick around to the end to find out how karma accomplished what the justice system could not.

Theme Music by Dave Sams
Research Assistance by Anna from AGP Stories
Media Management by Sean R. Jones
Production Assistance by Emily Simer Braun

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