The Body in Big Moose Lake


AN EYE FOR AN EYE —

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

‘Billy’ Brown’s Tragic Affair

Today’s episode is a tragic story of young love gone bad. Real bad. So bad, in fact, that ended up with the body of a young girl found floating in an up-state New York lake one summer day in 1906. The man she came there went missing, but not for long. Was it a simple accident as Chester Gillette would claim, or a brutal, cold-blooded murder? The answer may be in the tear-stained letters she wrote to him.

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Incidental music by Chuck Wiggins

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The Haunted Hangman

AN EYE FOR AN EYE

A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the death penalty

San Quentin Executioner Amos Lunt

In this episode we explore a different point of view of capital punishment, a behind the scenes look at the gallows of San Quentin Prison from the hangman.

One of the minor characters in the episode “The Belle in the Belfry” was the hangman, Amos Lunt, who seemed quite shaken by the event and was reported as “seeing spooks”.

That was enough to get me to look a little deeper into Amos Lunt and his descent into madness.

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Red Lilac and the White Witch of Buffalo

YESTERDAY’S NEWS —

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

The Cayuga Ouija Board Murder

In 1930, the famed diorama artist Henri Marchand created a set of spectacular dioramas for a Buffalo New York Museum, had an affair with one of his models, Lila Jameson, called Red Lilac by her Cayuga tribe. She so fell in love with him, that he tricked a superstitious elderly woman into committing a horrible crime so she and her artist could be together. Check in with me Sunday for “Red Lilac and the White Witch of Buffalo: The Cayuga Ouija Board Murder”

Indian Drumming tracks courtesy Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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Something Horrible Happened in Hawaii

YESTERDAY’S NEWS — 

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

The Incident at Ala Moana

In this episode, True Crime Historian takes you to the island paradise of Hawaii, not yet a state in 1932 when the wife of a naval officer stationed there is allegedly raped and beaten by four natives. A few months later, her mother, her husband and two of his enlisted men face a jury under the counsel of the famed defense attorney Clarence Darrow in a case that both sides claim puts the territory of Hawaii itself on trial.

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A Family of Outlaws: The Reckless Reno Gang

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From the Pinkertons: A Detective Dynasty by Richard Wilmer Rowan

After the Civil War, the Reno Brothers explored a new way to rob trains that inspired the James and Younger gangs. But even the wild and wily Reno brothers were no match for Allen Pinkerton and his detectives. Although it takes place in Indiana, this story has the trappings of a tale of the Old West: Daring robberies, fugitives from justice, clever arrests, and a final showdown in the county jail.

(Feature image of Allan Pinkerton courtesy wikicommons)