The Chinatown Trunk Murder


Exploring one of history’s most baffling murder mysteries.

The Awful Death of Miss Elsie Sigel

In this episode, we’ll take a look at the newspaper accounts in the case of Elsie Sigel, a pretty young girl from a prominent New York family who went to work as a missionary in Manhattan’s Chinatown. In the summer of 1909, police found Elsie’s body packed in a trunk in an apartment above a chop suey joint.

Music by Chuck Wiggins


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The Blond Who Pulled the Trigger


Exploring America’s criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty

The True Crime of Irene Schroeder

During the early days of the Great Depression, one patrolman is killed and another seriously wounded while trying to prevent a trio of bandits who had robbed a department store in Western Pennsylvania from making a getaway. The surviving officer said it was not one of the two men who killed his partner, but the woman of the group, a young blonde, who was using her four-year-old son as a shield in the getaway. The child, recovered a few days later at his grandfather’s house, confirmed the story, and a nationwide manhunt ends in the desert mountains near Phoenix, Arizona, where the blond and her companions shoot it out with police for six hours, until they run out of ammunition.

Music by Chuck Wiggins

Produced by Richard O Jones


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