Bushranger: Ned Kelly and the Ambush at Stringybark Creek


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

This episode, our 75th, comes from another request by an overseas listener, this time from the great down under.

My Aussie friend said I should look into Ned Kelly, whom he described as the Australian Billy the Kid.

One of the better known Ned Kelly stories is his last stand at the Glenrowan Inn wearing a homemade suit of armor, but I’m going to put that story in my pocket for later and this time, focus on an earlier caper, shoot-out that grew out of the brawl described in the prologue.

First, we’ll hear the newspaper account that includes the testimony of the only lawman to survive, and in the second act, we’ll hear from the scoundrel Ned Kelly himself with excerpts from one of the letters he wrote for the Australian Press giving his side of the story.

Musical direction by Dave Sams

The Poison Pastor


A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty.

Crimes of the Scoundrel Clarence V.T. Richeson

This episode explores the tawdry case of Clarence Virgil Thompson Richeson, who was apparently an eloquent preacher and a rising star in the Baptist community as well as a notorious scoundrel.

The tangled web of deceit he wove between three women finally ended in the mysterious death of the unmarried mother of his expected child.

Richeson would later confess that he gave her poison, telling her that it was medicine to induce an abortion.

This case is historically significant in that it was reportedly the first time in America that a man was sentenced to death without a trial, but solely on a confession.

Musical direction by Dave Sams

Incidental music by Chuck Wiggins


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