Life, Confession And Atrocious Crimes Of Antoine Probst

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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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Whispers Of The Devil

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A celebration of the pioneers of true crime…

Life, Crimes and Confession of Bridget Durgan

Episode 141 conveys the confession of an Irish immigrant, young but hardened by life, who after getting fired from her housekeeping job, resolves to murder her mistress. Once she gets the idea in her head, she can’t let it go. Adapted from a sensational pamphlet published in 1867, the first act is purported to be a confession penned by the culprit’s own hands, and the second part… well, let’s just say it’s not gonna end well for Bridget Durgan.

Theme Music by Dave Sams
Additional Music by Chuck Wiggins
Media Management by Sean R. Jones
Production Assistance by Emily Simer Braun

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