The Bremerton Party Massacre

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…

Six Dead At Erland’s Point

Episode 139 is the gruesome story of a home invasion, circa 1934, a case that seemed so random that it took over a year to crack one of the most brutal mass murders witnessed by the Pacific Northwest. The small-town police are at first presented as in over their heads, but they remained dogged in their pursuit, and justice will be served. Eventually.

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

Clips: Continue reading “The Bremerton Party Massacre”

The Diary Of The Greenwich Village Madcap

YESTERDAY’S NEWS —

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

The Complicated Death of Starr Faithfull

Episode 138 is the case that inspired the John O’Hara novel and Elizabeth Taylor film “BUtterfield 8,” the sad, sordid tale of a beautiful girl with an evocative name and a traumatic past that put her on a road to ruin. The finding of her body led to a probe deep into the social fabric of three cities on two continents.
The telling of the story isn’t especially graphic, but it does go to dark, dark places.
Just so you know.

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

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Fred Fanning’s False Confession

YESTERDAY’S NEWS —

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

Who Killed The Widow Short?

Episode 137 is the quirky story of the death of a beloved widow in Topeka, Kansas. No one suspected any foul play until her caretaker–allegedly her late husband’s nephew–suddenly confessed to the crime, but then the autopsy told another story entirely. Was Fred Fanning covering for someone? Or did someone have undue influence over his mind, if he had one?

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

Recommended Episodes:

Here are some other True Crime Historian episodes about poisoners and/or confessions:
The Mystery of My Husband’s Body In My Trunk
The Death Cell Confession Of Anna Marie Hahn
The Murderous Mania Of Jolly Jane, Part I
The Murderous Mania Of Jolly Jane, Part II
The Cyanide Widow

Clips: Continue reading “Fred Fanning’s False Confession”

The Trials Of Otis Clark, Etc.

YESTERDAY’S NEWS —

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

The Herrin Coal Mine Massacre

Episode 136 comes by way of a request from Herrin, Illinois, where a True Crime Historian listener Chris Baines wanted to know more about some hometown dark history, about the time a local mining company imported 50 guys from Chicago to bust a strike, 25 men to ship the coal that had been dug, and 25 men to stand guard with rifles and a machine gun to make sure the work got done. Yeah. That’s not gonna end well.

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

Recommended Episodes:

If you liked this episode, here are a few others about social unrest and/or rivalries gone too far:
Revenge of the Anarchists (Part 1: Crime)
Revenge of the Anarchist (Part 2: Punishment)
A Deadly Family Feud
Mystery at the American Saloon
The Demented Dynamiter of Bath

Clips: Continue reading “The Trials Of Otis Clark, Etc.”

The Glickstein Tragedies/The Battered Bride Bathtub Murder

YESTERDAY’S NEWS —

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

The Examination Room Murder
Major Green Collared By The Collar

For Episode 135 we’ve put together a double-header expanding on the theme of the past two episodes. Both of these cases were mentioned in “The Good Friday Beekman Place Bathtub Murder” and Tears of the Weeping Willow.” First is the story of how an unfortunate relationship brought tragedy upon tragedy to a physician’s family, and then we’ll explore the case of a housewife caught unaware by a burglar carrying a deadly weapon.

Theme Music by Dave Sams
Violin Concerto in E minor #15 by Felix Draeseke, performed by Julia Röntz – Wolfgang Müller-Steinbach, courtesy musopen.org
Media management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

Recommended Episodes:

The East Orange Bathtub Murder
The Chinatown Trunk Murder
The Wicked Working Girl of Fall River
The Belle in the Belfry

Clips: Continue reading “The Glickstein Tragedies/The Battered Bride Bathtub Murder”