Star Spangled Scoundrels

YESTERDAY’S NEWS —

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

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 —

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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