Fred Fanning’s False Confession


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

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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