Twice Sentenced to Life, Murders Thrice

YESTERDAY’S NEWS

A reading from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism.

The Scoundrel Enos Stoner

This episode, my seventy-first, probably holds the record for the most number of datelines, because it’s the scope of the six-decade long story that is impressive.

Enos Stoner of northeastern Missouri, was first convicted of murder in 1893, at the age of 28. But he was to commit at least two more murders in his day, with a parole, two escapes and a whole lot of other shenanigans and crimes along the way.

Musical direction by Dave Sams

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The Charlie Chaplin Mustache Mystery

A audio-drama inspird by America’s historic newspapers, featuring the Past Tense Players.

Chicago, Illinois

January 21, 1916

“The Charlie Chaplin Mustache Mystery” tells the tale of a daring rush hour robbery, the cold-blooded murder of a police officer, and the hunt for the killer and his blonde accomplice.

The Past Tense Players are Emily Simer Braun, Suzanne Beckner, Chris Laycock, Tim Spoonster, Rachel Michelle Jones, Sean R. Jones, Benjamin Miller, Barry Price, Steve Colwell and Terrance Huff.

Musical direction by Chuck Wiggins.

Recorded at Cortelyou Studios and the studios at TVHamilton.

Sound effects courtesy freesfx.co.uk and freesound.org.

Sources:

 

Chicago Tribune, January 22, 1916
Chicago Tribune, January 22, 1916
Chicago Tribune, January 23, 1916
Chicago Tribune, January 23, 1916
Chicago Tribune, January 24, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, January 24, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, January 26, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, January 27, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, January 29, 1916
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Decauter (Illinois) Daily Review, January 30, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, February 9, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, February 15, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, February 19, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, February 28, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, March 7, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, April 17, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, May 14, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, July 31, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, August 25, 1917