A Body Between The Rails

YESTERDAY’S NEWS —

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

The Reily Mattock Murder

Episode 198 is centered on one of my favorite murder tropes: the so-called eternal triangle between the cranky old farmer, his fading wife, and the handsome young farmhand. Yeah, you know that’s not gonna end well, but they might’ve gotten away with it if they had just put the body across the tracks. Details, details.



  • Incidental music by Nico Vettese
  • Theme music performed 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

Lizzie Nutt’s Sad Experience

PULP NONFICTION —

A celebration of the pioneers of true crime…

Murders Of Honor

Episode 197 gives us not one, but two murders arising over the defense of a young lady’s reputation. The Pennsylvania trials garnered national attention and the great orator Indiana Senator Daniel Voorhees served as counsel for the defense in the second trial, delivering a remarkable 100-minute closing speech. The highlights are excerpted near the end of this tale, adapted from a trial pamphlet published shortly after its conclusion.



  • Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music.
  • Some incidental music by Chuck Wiggins
  • Media management by Sean R. Jones
  • Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

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The Black Dahlia

UNSOLVED!

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

The Murder Of Elizabeth Short

By listener request, Episode 196 follows the first month of the investigation of one of Hollywood’s most celebrated murder mysteries that begins when of a 22-year-old party girl turns up tortured, murdered, and mutilated by the side of a busy boulevard. She was such a runabout that when her body was identified by fingerprints, no one had realized she hadn’t been seen in five days. But the body was fresh.



  • Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music.
  • Some incidental music by Chuck Wiggins
  • Media management by Sean R. Jones
  • Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

Sunday Magazine #16

A Collection Of True Crime Short Stories–

Three British Bluebeards

Old England is not so jolly for episode 195 as we take a look at three different cases with a body count of at least four wives and one mistress. First up, from the snarky true crime pioneer Edmund Pearson we have the story of a distinguished poisoner. Following that, “The Ugly Romeo” tells of a serial bathtub murderer, and we’ll close with the grisly story of a married man who loved his girlfriend to pieces.

Featured in this Episode:

  • Prologue: Ossified Man Aids In Arrest Of Monkey
  • Nineteen Dandelions by Edmund Pearson
  • The Ugly Romeo by Frank Cipriani
  • The Crumbles Bungalow Murder


  • Theme music performed 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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The Convict Bridegroom And His Aged Wife

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 Mahoney Trunk Murder of Seattle

Episode 194 takes place in the Pacific Northwest when an elderly wealthy widow marries a man fresh out of Walla Walla prison, then disappears on their honeymoon two months later. I think we know where this is going, and yeah, it’s not gonna end well.



  • Theme music performed by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music.
  • Some incidental music by Chuck Wiggins
  • Media management by Sean R. Jones
  • Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

Clips:

Continue reading “The Convict Bridegroom And His Aged Wife”