Murder Of The Blonde Butterfly

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

The Saga Of Ruth Freed’s Itchy Trigger Finger

Episode 222 tells of the unsolved murder of a professional party girl in post-Prohibition Chicago. Well, technically it’s unsolved as no one was ever arrested or tried for the murder, but I think it’ll be pretty clear who the alleged culprit is.


The Castle Murder referred to is the subject of episode 210 “Only Death Can Cure Him.”



  • The diary of Audrey Villette read by Susan Ferman
  • 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
  • Richard O Jones, Executive Producer

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A Sip Of Abortionist Ale

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

The Mysterious Murder Of Dr. William H. Wilson

Episode 215 comes not only with a mysterious poisoning, but a side dish of “illegal operations.” Either it’s a devilishly clever plot, or perhaps the police didn’t really give it their all, considering the scandalous nature of Dr. Wilson’s practice.



  • 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
  • Richard O Jones, Executive Producer

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The Black Dahlia

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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

Was It Mother? Or A Maniac?

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

Pittsburgh’s Feely Murder Mystery

Put on your thinking caps for this one, friends. It’s about as cold a case as you can get, about 80 years cold, and officials at the time couldn’t even agree on what exactly happened in the back room of that family home, whether it was a murder or a murder/suicide. I don’t expect we can solve it from a few newspaper clippings, but there does seem to be some irregularities. Certainly, some political undertones. I dunno. What do you think?

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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Under the Haunted Oak

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

The Brutal Murder of Gussie Pfeiffer

This is a baffling case indeed. The body of a young factory girl who had been missing for three days is found “brutalized,” as the euphemism goes, before being murdered and her body dumped near a historic tree in the Bronx. How long had she been there? How long had she been dead? With few clues to go on, police head to the mountains upstate, and to the sea, and who knows where else to find the elusive man the press called “a human gorilla”.

Theme Music by Dave Sams
Research Assistance by Anna from AGP Stories
Media management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

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