Husbands Full of Lead


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

Betty Martin & Mildred Bolton Take Aim

Episode 178 takes us to Chicago in the 1930s, when two women stand trial for very similar crimes: murdering their husbands, the second one inspired by the first. Both women are a little crazy, maybe a lot crazy, but their demeanor during their trials and the very different outcomes make for an interesting study in compare and contrast. One of them is pretty, the other one pudgy. Which one do you guess gets acquitted?

Mildred Mary Bolton committed suicide while in prison in 1943 by slashing her throat with a pair of scissors.
Betty Martin faded into history. I hope she fared better.

Theme Music 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