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

The Herrin Coal Mine Massacre

Episode 136 comes by way of a request from Herrin, Illinois, where a True Crime Historian listener Chris Baines wanted to know more about some hometown dark history, about the time a local mining company imported 50 guys from Chicago to bust a strike, 25 men to ship the coal that had been dug, and 25 men to stand guard with rifles and a machine gun to make sure the work got done. Yeah. That’s not gonna end well.

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

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