The Diary Of The Greenwich Village Madcap

YESTERDAY’S NEWS —

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

The Complicated Death of Starr Faithfull

Episode 138 is the case that inspired the John O’Hara novel and Elizabeth Taylor film “BUtterfield 8,” the sad, sordid tale of a beautiful girl with an evocative name and a traumatic past that put her on a road to ruin. The finding of her body led to a probe deep into the social fabric of three cities on two continents.
The telling of the story isn’t especially graphic, but it does go to dark, dark places.
Just so you know.

Theme Music by Dave Sams
Media management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

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Fred Fanning’s False Confession

YESTERDAY’S NEWS —

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

Who Killed The Widow Short?

Episode 137 is the quirky story of the death of a beloved widow in Topeka, Kansas. No one suspected any foul play until her caretaker–allegedly her late husband’s nephew–suddenly confessed to the crime, but then the autopsy told another story entirely. Was Fred Fanning covering for someone? Or did someone have undue influence over his mind, if he had one?

Theme Music by Dave Sams
Media management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

Recommended Episodes:

Here are some other True Crime Historian episodes about poisoners and/or confessions:
The Mystery of My Husband’s Body In My Trunk
The Death Cell Confession Of Anna Marie Hahn
The Murderous Mania Of Jolly Jane, Part I
The Murderous Mania Of Jolly Jane, Part II
The Cyanide Widow

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