Singer Buried in the Cellar

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The True Crime of Hawley Harvey Crippen

This episode crosses the Atlantic Ocean a couple of times as the little American Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen flees his London practice with a young stenographer at his side and the body of his wife left buried in the cellar of their posh home. This case has has historical significance in that it was the first time the wireless telegraph was used in tracking a fugitive from justice across the sea.

Recent investigations into the case present a theory that the body in the cellar was not that of Belle Elmore, but of a man, throwing Crippen’s guilt into doubt. I have my own doubts about it all, but you can READ ABOUT IT HERE and make up your own mind.

Theme Music by Dave Sams

Research Assistance by Anna Priestland

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Star Spangled Scoundrels

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

Imagine a high-ranking government attorney being shot down in cold blood, in broad daylight, in front of the White House. It happened in 1859 when New York Congressman Daniel Sickles had received an anonymous note detailing his wife’s affair with the U.S. Attorney of the District of Columbia, who happened to be the son of Francis Scott Key, lyricist of the Star Spangled Banner. He made her write out a confession, then loaded his guns. Yeah. That’s not gonna end well.

Music by Dave Sams

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For Betsy’s Sake

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The Heinous Crime of William Showers

The small farming village of Annville, Pennsylvania, is scandalized by the sudden disappearance of two orphan children who were being cared for by their elderly grandfather. William Showers was by some accounts an alright fellow, but he was lonely and craved the company of a woman who would have nothing to do with the young children. Yeah. It’s gonna get ugly.

Music by Dave Sams

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British Dude Stuffed in Trunk

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The Preller-Maxwell Murder of St. Louis

This episode spans three years and three continents as a pair of British dandies meet on the steamer ship coming out of Liverpool and make a pact to travel together across the United States and on to Auckland, New Zealand. One of them only makes it as far a St. Louis before his body is found packed in a trunk in a hotel room and his partner gone with all of his traveling money. The case, the chase, the trial and the final reckoning all make national headlines and a celebrity out of the murderer, but that’s not going to make this end any better for him.

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