The Ten-Spot Murder Plot


A Reading of Historic Newspapers in the Golden Age of Yellow Journalism

The Fall from Grace and Tragic Murder of the Rev. Gaylord V. Saunders

This episode tells the sordid tale of a Methodist minister suffering from a midlife crisis and in losing his faith falls into the path of sin and degradation. It gets so bad, that his beleaguered wife offers a young man a $10 bill to find someone to kill her husband before he kills her. This was in 1934, so adujsted for inflation, that comes to $177.71 in 2016 dollars.

Music by Chuck Wiggins


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Dillinger in the Wind


The Gangster Chronicles
Book 1, Chapter

The Gangster Chronicles is a special edition of Yesterday’s News focusing on the notorious scoundrels of the Prohibition and Depression eras.

We’re beginning this series with newspaper accounts of the trail of terror blazed by one of America’s most famous, dare I say most beloved, gangsters, John Dillinger.

From the time he was paroled from the Michigan City prison in May, 1933, to the time he was gunned down by police on a Chicago sidewalk 14 months later, John Herbert Dillinger was one of America’s most notorious scoundrels.

Chapter One: Dillinger’s Bloody Escape

Chapter Two: Dillinger’s Indiana Outlaws

Chapter Three: Dillinger’s Showdown in Tuscon

With Dillinger again in the wind, state and now federal police launch a desperate manhunt while the gangster continues his trail of terror.

For source information and clips related to this installment of the Gangster Chronicles, visit, where you can also find additional stories about the scandals, scoundrels and scourges of America’s past, as well as information about my books and my TwoDollar Terror series of true crime novellas.

And come back here next month for Chapter 5 in the Dillinger saga when the notorious scoundrel once more narrowly escape arrest in a deadly police raid at Little Bohemia.Lodge in Wisconsin.

Musical direction by Chuck Wiggins.


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