Life, Confession And Atrocious Crimes Of Antoine Probst

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A celebration of the pioneers of true crime…

The Cruel Murder of the Deering Family

Episode 177 is adapted from an 1866 trial pamphlet published in Philadelphia. One of the earliest expressions of true crime in print, trial pamphlets were often embellished from newspaper accounts of the case and, like this one, a bloody mass murder on a farmer’s family just after the Civil War, were released within days of the final disposition.

Courtesy of Cornell University Law Library, Trial Pamphlets Collection
Some images via The Library Company of Philadelphia

Theme Music by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music
Media management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

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Inferno in Ypsilanti

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

The Michigan Petting Party Murders

Episode 146 tells of a most horrible and a most quickly resolved murder. When four teenagers are found dead on a country road, public indignation runs high, and under the pressure of the gathering mob, justice moves swiftly. The bodies are found on a Tuesday, and by Friday, the case is resolved.

A “blind pig” was a low-class underground form of drinking establishment where the proprietor could not legally sell a drink, but could charge admission to an animal oddity or curiosity, and provide a “complimentary” cocktail. In some regions, they were called “blind tigers”.  This bizarre practice, with cookies instead of imaginary animals, is alive and well in Washington, D.C., today in the cannabis trade.

Theme Music by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music
Media management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

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A Deadly Brawl at Turkey Creek

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

Amos Lunsford Meets His Match

Episode 175 comes by way of a request from a listener in North Carolina, who wanted to know more about this incident, a fight about a horse at a church revival camp that got out of hand. There might have been whiskey involved. Go figure.

Theme Music by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music
Media management by Sean R. Jones
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Fatal Family Fire

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

The Eldorado Oberst Massacre

Episode 174 begins with a family of seven found incinerated in their farmhouse. The only surviving member of the family was the 17 year old son, who was at the movies with a friend. His story changes so dramatically and so frequently, that justice has a hard time catching up.

Theme Music by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music
Media management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

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