Killer Cat Woman

SERIAL KILLER CLIPS

A reading from America’s historic newspapers exploring our most prolific murderers. 

The Crimes of Winona Green Freeman

The centerpiece of this episode is a long report from the St. Louis Post Dispatch reporter Frederick H. Brennan on a visit to the Little Rock, Arkansas, jail to visit with accused double murderess Winona Green. I am particularly taken by Brennan’s description of Mrs. Green’s hold on the local law enforcement and press. In 1928, Brennan would be nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting in another murder case. In the prologue, you hear about her final murder conviction as Winnie Ola Freeman, and after the Brennan piece you’ll hear about two other accusations of murder, which would bring her count up to five and the nagging feeling that there might have been more.

Musical direction by Dave Sams

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Sins of the Seventh Angel

YESTERDAY’S NEWS

A reading from America’s historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism.

King Ben and the Curse of the House of David

In this episode, I want to explore portions of a five-part investigative expose that the Detroit Free Press on the cult House of David, which operated a commune near Benton Harbor Michigan in the 1920s. The leader of the cult was Benjamin Franklin Purnell, in these articles confronted with allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct among young members of his flock. Much of the expose, the parts that we’ll be examining, are based on a sworn deposition by one of these young ladies.

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The Dark Strangler of the Continent

SERIAL KILLER CLIPS

A special edition of YESTERDAY’S NEWS exploring America’s most prolific villains.

The Heinous Crimes of Earle Nelson

For this episode, we go north of the border into Canada on the trail of the sinister killer known as “The Dark Strangler.” He killed at least 18 women in a half-dozen American cities, traveling thousands of miles and staying in boarding houses, leaving police without even a vague idea of his identity. Then he ventured north into Canada to continue his spree, but two murders in, the Canadian police join forces to track the man down by following the trail of the various hats he used to disguise himself.

The Dark Strangler of the Continent

Musical direction by Dave Sams

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