Many Marriages, Many Murders

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A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty…

The Approximately 55 Wives of Johann Hoch

Episode 148 tells the unlikely story of a German immigrant who managed to wed dozens of women, mostly widows that he met through personal ads in German newspapers in several American cities. Soon as he could get his hands on their money, he’d run. Sometimes, his cons wouldn’t work, and he’d resort to murder.

Theme Music by Dave Sams
“In the Hall of the Mountain King” from the Peer Gynt Suite by The Musopen Orchestra
Media management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

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The Decapitated Captain

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A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty…

The Tri-State Head And Hands Murder Plot

The cast of characters in Episode 147 includes a previously convicted murderer who works as a driver and “sort of a secretary” for an eccentric former opera singer, three thugs that he met in prison, and a fire captain who often bragged of his success in the market after his retirement, amassing a fortune worth more than two million dollars in today’s money. The inept plot to murder for the papers covers three states and a nationwide manhunt that resulted in the first mass execution in the state of Indiana.

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

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