The Erstwhile Housekeeper

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 Botched Execution of Eva Dugan

Episode 131 concerns the murky relationship between the mysterious hired wife, a Tuscon rancher, and a young man who came to stay. It’s also about the dogged chase for the fugitive conducted by a determined sheriff, but the scene that strikes me most takes place in the office of a prison warden when they confront the suspected murderer with an unsettling relic of her crime.

Theme Music by Dave Sams
Media management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

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Sunday Magazine #4

A Collection of True Crime Short Stories —

A Trio of Pernicious Characters: A Murderer, A Bigamist, And A Bank Robber.

First up, a frightful scream in the night leads police to gruesome torch slaying and a scandalous love triangle in “Murder by Fire” by Brandon Wright, from the pages of the classic pulp magazine Master Detective.
At the 39-minute mark, we have “The Abominable Mr. Yelverton,” a cheeky tale by Edmund Pearson, one of my favorite early true crime writers, tells the story of a British aristocrat caught in a bigamy scandal.
And finally, at precisely the one-hour mark, “The American Exchange Bank Robbery” by Cleveland Moffett, another of our Pulp Nonfiction favorites, comes from the files of the Pinkerton Detective Agency. They got the money back, they know who did it, but mysteries still abound.

Theme Music by Dave Sams
The Colonel Bogey March by Kenneth Alford, performed by the U.S. Navy Band, courtesy musopen.org. The Peer Gynt Suite by Edvard Grieg, performed by the Musopen Symphony.
Media management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

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Was It Mother? Or A Maniac?

UNSOLVED:

A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring one of history’s most baffling murder mysteries.

Pittsburgh’s Feely Murder Mystery

Put on your thinking caps for this one, friends. It’s about as cold a case as you can get, about 80 years cold, and officials at the time couldn’t even agree on what exactly happened in the back room of that family home, whether it was a murder or a murder/suicide. I don’t expect we can solve it from a few newspaper clippings, but there does seem to be some irregularities. Certainly, some political undertones. I dunno. What do you think?

Theme Music by Dave Sams
Additional music by Chuck Wiggins
Media management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

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Model Murder

YESTERDAY’S NEWS —

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

What The Dog Saw At Beekman Place

This episode is one of the creepiest and sleaziest yet, when the mad Bohemian debauchery that made Greenwich Village famous spills over into the posh East Midtown. The colorful cast of real-life characters includes a woman who ran a prohibition speakeasy, her beautiful model daughter and her artistic friends, and an estranged husband who is disgusted by the whole thing, but addicted to pornography. And wait til you hear the eerie confession! You’re gonna love it.

Theme Music by Dave Sams
Media management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

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Black Jack Desperados

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 Botched Execution of Tom Ketchum

This episode takes us back to the Old West with the tale of the Black Jack gang, terrors of the Southwest from about 1896 to 1901 when its leader, Tom Ketchum, was finally captured trying to pull off a train robbery solo. He didn’t know the conductor had been robbed once before and carried a sawed off shotgun. Yeah. That’s not gonna end well.

Theme Music by Dave Sams
Additional incidental music by Chuck Wiggins
Media management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

Notes:


A young Jack Elam as Blackjack Ketchum in a episode of “Stories of the Century”, 1955.

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