Fred Fanning’s False Confession

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Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism…

Who Killed The Widow Short?

Episode 137 is the quirky story of the death of a beloved widow in Topeka, Kansas. No one suspected any foul play until her caretaker–allegedly her late husband’s nephew–suddenly confessed to the crime, but then the autopsy told another story entirely. Was Fred Fanning covering for someone? Or did someone have undue influence over his mind, if he had one?

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

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Here are some other True Crime Historian episodes about poisoners and/or confessions:
The Mystery of My Husband’s Body In My Trunk
The Death Cell Confession Of Anna Marie Hahn
The Murderous Mania Of Jolly Jane, Part I
The Murderous Mania Of Jolly Jane, Part II
The Cyanide Widow

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The Trials Of Otis Clark, Etc.

YESTERDAY’S NEWS —

Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism…

The Herrin Coal Mine Massacre

Episode 136 comes by way of a request from Herrin, Illinois, where a True Crime Historian listener Chris Baines wanted to know more about some hometown dark history, about the time a local mining company imported 50 guys from Chicago to bust a strike, 25 men to ship the coal that had been dug, and 25 men to stand guard with rifles and a machine gun to make sure the work got done. Yeah. That’s not gonna end well.

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

Recommended Episodes:

If you liked this episode, here are a few others about social unrest and/or rivalries gone too far:
Revenge of the Anarchists (Part 1: Crime)
Revenge of the Anarchist (Part 2: Punishment)
A Deadly Family Feud
Mystery at the American Saloon
The Demented Dynamiter of Bath

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