The Ten-Spot Murder Plot

YESTERDAY’S NEWS

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

YESTERDAY’S NEWS

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 www.truecrimehistorian.com, 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.

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The Long Island Torso Murder: The True Crime of Martin Thorn and Augusta Nack

YESTERDAY’S NEWS

Eye for an Eye Edition

One summer day in 1896, three young boys discover a mysterious package floating near the docks of the East River. Hoping for some kind of treasure, what they found was the freshly dismembered body of a man. Police eventually discovered the identity of the man and found that he was involved in a deadly love triangle. His lover and her other man were charged with the grisly crime.

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The Boy Hanged from a Chair: The True Crime of Harvey Church

YESTERDAY’S NEWS

A reading from America’s historic newspapers

 


Eye for an Eye Edition
The Boy Hanged from a Chair
The True Crime of Harvey Church
Chicago, Illinois
1921-1922

Convicted of killing a pair of Studebaker salesmen because he wanted a car to impress the girls, Harvey Church went into a catatonic coma a month before his execution and never came out of it, even as deputy sheriffs carried him to the gallows in a chair.

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Serial Killer Clips: Billy Gohl, Admiral of the Floater Fleet

YESTERDAY’S NEWS

A reading from America’s historic newspapers during the golden age of yellow journalism

Aberdeen, Washington

February, 1910

During the last half of the first decade of the twentieth century, the port of Grays Harbor near the city of Aberdeen Washington, was so inundated with dead bodies that the local newspapers called it the invasion of the floater fleet. Numerous investigations did not turn up anything except a few likely suspects and even more mystery. When police arrested the local union agent Billy Gohl for the murder of a pair of sailors, they believed they caught the man behind anywhere from 40 to 200 murders between 1906 and 1910.

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