Assassination at the State House

YESTERDAY’S NEWS —

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

The Kentucky Conspiracy

The Commonwealth of Kentucky was thrown into political turmoil over the election of its governor in 1899. The Republican candidate, William S. Taylor, first appeared to win the election by a narrow margin, but the votes were challenged by his opponent, William Justus Goebel, who eventually won the seat by an act of the legislature. Tensions run high in the days before his inauguration, and as you can tell by the prologue, these Kentuckians took their politics seriously. Deadly seriously.

Theme Music by Dave Sams
Research Assistance by Anna from AGP Stories
Media management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

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The Boy With One White Eye

YESTERDAY’S NEWS —

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

The Brutal Crimes and Punishment of Jesse Pomeroy

This episode concerns one of the most heinous crimes ever committed by a teenager. Jesse Pomeroy was but 14 years old when he was arrested for abducting and torturing young boys and sent to the state reformatory. He was released after a little more than a year, due either to the pleading of his mother or some kind of bribery, you be the judge. But anyway, you know it’s not gonna end well. At 15 years old, Jesse Pomeroy was the youngest person to be convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to die.

Theme Music by Dave Sams
Research Assistance by Anna from AGP Stories
Media management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

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The Bathing Beauty’s New Hammer

YESTERDAY’S NEWS —

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

The Brutal Murder of Alberta Meadows

Once upon a time, 1922 to be exact, Clara Phillips, a former Hollywood bathing beauty and chorus girl, decides she wants to have a chat with a young lady whom she believes is canoodling with her husband. She stops and buys a brand new hammer on the way.
Yeah. That’s not gonna end well.
This episode is filled with a lot of poignant stories of the incident from a variety of points of view, including a daring escape from justice.

Theme Music by Dave Sams
Research Assistance by Anna from AGP Stories
Media management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

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A Tale of Two Wives

YESTERDAY’S NEWS —

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

A Double Dose of Arsenic

When Edith Carew, an English society woman living in the British expatriate community in Yokohama, went to trial for poisoning her husband, the press couldn’t help but compare it to the case of Florence Maybrick, which took place in Liverpool a few years earlier. And after her conviction, Mrs. Carew was sent back to Britain to serve out her sentence and was placed in the same cell as Mrs. Maybrick. Very interesting… There’ll be a compare and contrast quiz later, so pay attention.

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Media management by Sean R. Jones
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Sunday Magazine #3

True Crime Short Stories —

As I do my research in the dark dusty archives trying to find exciting stories of the scandals, scoundrels and scourges of the past, I often come upon feature stories about interesting crimes and criminal personalities in Sunday magazine sections. They’re not enough for an entire episode, so I’ve strung a few of them together for you.

The first two are of a piece:
— Murder for $2.45, which tells of how a newsboy finds the clue to solving a professional, sorta, murder, while …

— The Waitress and the Death Row War Hero ties in the murder of a theater tycoon with a bit of romantic intrigue.

— Following that, Love and the Counterfeiters is an exciting tale of counterfeiters and double-crossers in the old school Italian mob.

— The next article is titled, When The Ouija Board Spelled “DADDY MUST DIE”, the tragic story of a teenage girl falling into her mother’s web of betrayal and murder.

— And finally, from the classic pages of Master Detective magazine, I give you comes Phantom in the Window: The Murder of Mary Louise Stammer, a heartbreaking tale of another teenager.

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Media management by Sean R. Jones
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