Sunday Magazine #14

A Collection of True Crime Short Stories–

Episode 165

Murder by Dynamite

An explosion in the men’s room of a department store sets off a wave of copycats, including one plot to murder a young lawyer by boobytrapping his car with dynamite.

Terror in La Paz

Our first trip to South America in the story of a clever serial killer and master of disguise with his mind set on strangling as many pretty young girls as he can.

Theme Music by Dave Sams
“Transcendental Etudes: Harmonies du Soir” by Franz Liszt, performed by Andreas Xenopoulos; “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2” by Franz Liszt performed by the U.S. Navy Band, courtesy musopen.org
“Tinta Verde” by Augustin Bardi and “Cobade” by Antonio de Bassi performed by Bert Alink, and “Don Perez Freire” by Agustin Barrios Mangore performed by Edson Lopes, courtesy musopen.org
Media management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

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Search for the Desperado Will Harris

YESTERDAY’S NEWS —

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

The Scourge of Sugar Creek

Episode 164 we ask the rhetorical question, “Will the real Will Harris please stay in jail?” It seems Will Harris was the go-to non de plume for a number of Southern scoundrels around the turn of the 20th century. At times that the press is confused, the police are confused, and the town folk are confused, shedding doubt on whether or not they have THE real desperado, or an imposter, or just another desperado by the same name.

Vocabulary:
Persiflage: light and slightly contemptuous mockery or banter.
Smilax: a climbing asparagus, the decorative foliage of which is used by florists

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

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Sunday Magazine #13

A Collection of True Crime Short Stories–

The Man Who Owned Manhattan

The story of a determined private detective who sets out to crack one of the classic con games and match wits with a man with “an educated laugh.”

Love & Money

Two Motives. A tale of the 1870s about a blackmail case evolving into murder.

Mr. Bravo’s Burgundy

From our favorite Pioneer of True Crime, the inimitable Edmund Pearson, comes the scandalous tale of a widow, her doctor, her bosom companion, and her beleaguered second husband.

Theme Music by Dave Sams
La Reine de la Mer by John Philip Sousa, performed by the United States Marine Band, and Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2, S. 244/2, by Franz Liszt, performed by the United States Navy Band, www.musopen.org.
Media management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

Sunday Magazine #12

A Collection of True Crime Short Stories–

Sentenced To Die

When a large blond man, claiming to be a good samaritan, brings a badly beaten fellow into the hospital, it sparks an intricate game of cat and mouse that crosses several states and one international border.

No Judge Or Jury

The Case of the Missing Family. When the Haven family moved west for the mother’s health, they seemed to have left their farm in good hands. But where, exactly, did they go?

The Kahuna Murder Suicide Note

This story revolves around the translation of a suicide note that is both touching and hair-raising. Kahuna, by the way, is Hawaiian folk spiritualism, more or less comparable to a witch doctor or voodoo.

“Surf Shimmy” by Kevin MacLeod, Creative Commons
“Aloha Oe,” traditional Hawaiian Tune, performed by Barbara Browning, Creative Commons.
Theme Music by Dave Sams
Media management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

The Sicilian Trunk Job

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 Murder of Fillipo Caruso

Episode 161 takes us on a trip across the Midwest, from the Italian slums of Chicago, where an Italian produce salesman meets a terrible fate at the hands of his countrymen, aboard a train to Pittsburgh, where his body was found several days later. In this story, the press and the police work together to break down the brotherhood of silence to crack this horrible crime.

Theme Music by Dave Sams
“Bushwick Tarantella” courtesy incompetech.com
Media management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

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