The Polish Ladies Poison Plot


Stories of the world’s most prolific serial killers told from historic newspaper accounts in the golden age of yellow journalism —

The Many True Crimes of Tillie Klimek and Nellie Koulik —

So a man goes to a doctor because he’s not feeling well and the doctor says, Sounds like arsenic poisoning, and suddenly there are four women in jail who discovered that arsenic is more effective in getting rid of a husband than divorce. The ringleader of them all, however, not only poisoned her husband, but, well, just about anybody who crossed her. Including an annoying dog. Before it was through, more than 20 deaths would be attributed to Tillie Klimek. For our 100th episode, we will take a look at one of Chicagos most prolific serial killers and her disciples.

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Murder in Conestoga Creek


Telling classic tales of historic scandals, scoundrels, and scourges from newspaper accounts in the golden age of yellow journalism.

The Crocodile Tears of Calvin Dellinger

Early one brisk fall morning in 1888, a group of railroad men spy the drowned body of Mary Catherine Dellinger on the bank of Conestoga Creek in rural Pennsylvania. The evidence is thin and circumstantial, but it all points to her husband, Calvin, who expertly plays the part of the grieving husband, but  his history of cruelty to women leads to a different conclusion. There’s a coda to the murder story that takes place thirty years later, when Calvin Dellinger again gets into trouble for playing with dynamite. Literally.