Under the Haunted Oak


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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The Purcell Nicotine Poison Puzzle

Or, Death of a Composer


A special edition of Yesterday’s News examining some of history’s most perplexing murder mysteries

This episode involves the body of a songwriter and real estate speculator found tied to a chair with an expression of surprise frozen on his dead face and suspicions of suicide.

Wait. What?

Suicide tied to a chair?

The evidence is so jumbled, police are at a loss to explain, but the backstory to the incident and a foray into the worlds of traveling musicians and actors, hints at motives deeply hidden, and possibly scandalous.

This is one that will keep you guessing.

Theme Music by Dave Sams

Incidental music: “The Old Bachelor” by Henry Purcell. www.musopen.org

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