Momsie’s Deadly Love: The Murder of Albert Snyder

VOICES FROM THE PAST

An audio drama culled from the pages of Yesterday’s News

Featuring the Past Tense Players.

Long Island, New York

1927

In the quiet community of Queens Village, a bored, spoiled housewife takes up with a traveling corset salesman, and in their passion and greed conspire the murder of her husband. Their ill rendered plot soon unravels and the lovers turn against each other to the police and on the witness stand. Both will pay a heavy price.

“Momsie’s Deadly Love” dramatizes the true crime of Ruth Brown Snyder and Henry Judd Gray, the love triangle that inspired the film noir classics “Double Indemnity” and “The Postman Always Rings Twice.”

The narration and dialogue in this drama have been culled nearly verbatim from the pages of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, trial coverage by the paper’s popular correspondent, the sassy Alice Cogan.

For a complete list of sources, visit www.truecrimehistorian.com, where you can also find newspaper clippings and photos from this case, and more stories about the scandals, scoundrels and scourges of America’s past.

The True Crime History Players are Emily Simer Braun, Suzanne Beckner, Russ Laycock, Chris Laycock, Tim Spoonster, Barry Price, Sandra M. Orlett, Rachel Michelle Jones, Sean R. Jones, Benjamin Miller, Alison Strickland Rampa and Justyn Rampa.

Musical direction by Chuck Wiggins.

Sources and clippings:

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 21, 1927
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Edmund Pearson’s “The Embarrassments of Mr. Udderzook”


Pulp Nonfiction

A reading from the pioneers of True Crime

Edmund Pearson was an early pioneer in true crime writing. A librarian by trade, he came to prominence as an author through his essay on the Lizzie Borden case included in his 1924 book, Studies in Murder.

In 1928, Pearson wrote a series of weekly columns for The St. Louis Post Dispatch. This podcast is a reading of the first article in that series, a wry, often sarcastic look at a case of two murders wrapped around an insurance fraud and stuffed with arson that came to light in February, 1872.

tdtcover07As a companion to the story of Udderzook, I can recommend “Man Beheaded; Dentist Sought: The True Crime of Richard M. Brumfield,” as it has some strange parallels. In 1921, the Roseburg, Oregon, dentist Dr. Richard M Brumfield tried to fake his own death by putting the dead body of the local hermit, Dennis Russell, in the flaming wreckage of Doc’s roadster–after he removed the man’s teeth and set off a stick of dynamite in his mouth. It was a thin ruse, and when the dentist was nowhere to be seen, a thorough manhunt of the Oregon Mountains and the Pacific Coast ensued. After a month of mistaken identities and false leads, the trail suddenly turned north to Canada, where it only took the Royal Northwest Mounted Police a few days to get their man. Or did they?

Musical direction and theme music by Chuck Wiggins.

Sources and clips:

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 16, 1928
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 16, 1928

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Reading Times, November 12, 1874
Reading Times, November 12, 1874