Many Marriages, Many Murders


A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty…

The Approximately 55 Wives of Johann Hoch

Episode 148 tells the unlikely story of a German immigrant who managed to wed dozens of women, mostly widows that he met through personal ads in German newspapers in several American cities. Soon as he could get his hands on their money, he’d run. Sometimes, his cons wouldn’t work, and he’d resort to murder.

Theme Music by Dave Sams
“In the Hall of the Mountain King” from the Peer Gynt Suite by The Musopen Orchestra
Media management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun