The Good Friday Beekman Place Bathtub Murder

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…

Crime Club Founder Found Dead

Episode 134 takes place five months and one city block from Episode 133, Tears Of The Weeping Willow. They are otherwise unrelated, except that both incidents begin with sexual assaults that end in murder. In this one, an up-and-coming author and recent bride makes the grave mistake of opening the door of her upscale Manhattan East Side apartment to a young man who wanted to talk about her love seat. Without many clues to go on, police pin their hopes on a stray piece of twine left at the scene of the crime.

Theme Music by Dave Sams
String Quartet no. 15 in Dm, K. 421 and String Quartet no. 19 in C ‘Dissonant’, K. 465 by Mozart, performed by the Musopen String Quartet
Media management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

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Tears Of The Weeping Willow

YESTERDAY’S NEWS —

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

The Trial Of Vera Stretz

The next two episodes of True Crime Historian will be a pair of murders, of sorts, as they both took place within a swank New York City block of each other within months of each other. First up, Episode 133 is the story of a scholarly young artist whose married fiance tries to take things too far.
This story is performed by True Crime Historian producer Emily Simer Braun, reprising the role of Alice Cogan, ace reporter for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, whose wise-cracking reporting we first heard in episode 16, “Momsies Deadly Love.”

Theme Music by Dave Sams
String Quartet no. 6 in Fm, Op. 80 by Felix Mendelssohn performed by the Musopen String Quartet
Media Management by Sean R. Jones
Production Assistance by Emily Simer Braun

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Sunday Magazine Number 5

A Collection of True Crime Short Stories —

A Pair Of Chilling Confessions

“The Confession of ‘Texas Jim’ Baker” & “The Vampire of Dusseldorf”

The first half of episode 132 is a first person account of the crimes of James “Texas Jim” Baker, who is said to have killed, usually by poison, nine men around the world. His gleeful rendering of his story was published after his capture in 1930. The second half is culled from a pair of Sunday magazine articles that includes copious quotes from the sworn confession of the man dubbed “The Vampire of Dusseldorf” as told in court.

Theme Music by Dave Sams
Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata performed by Paul Pitman, courtesy musopen.org
Media management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

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