Most Notorious! A True Crime History Podcast

Most Notorious! A True Crime History Podcast

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Serial killers. Gangsters. Gunslingers. Victorian-era murderers. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Each week, the Most Notorious podcast features true-life tales of crime, criminals, tragedies and disasters throughout history. Host Erik Rivenes interviews authors and historians who have studied their subjects for years, and the stories are offered with unique insight, detail, and historical accuracy.


America’s Most Notorious Hurricanes w/ Eric Jay Dolin - A True Crime History Podcast
Aug 9 • 71 min
Hurricane season is now upon us, and with it possible dangers to the coastal populations of the United States. But the continent has lived through centuries of devastation and death, the result of some truly ferocious hurricanes. My guest, bestselling…
1763 Pennsylvania’s Massacre of the Conestogas w/ Jack Brubaker - A True Crime History Podcast
Aug 2 • 60 min
In 1763 Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the last surviving members of the Conestoga Indian nation, numbering less than two dozen (mostly seniors and children), were housed in the town’s workhouse and under protection of local authorities. Just days after their…
1915 Chicago’s SS Eastland Disaster w/ Michael McCarthy - A True Crime History Podcast
Jul 26 • 67 min
On July 15th, 1915, a steamship with a checkered past called the SS Eastland docked at a wharf on the Chicago River in downtown Chicago, ready to transport 2500 Western Electric employees and their families across Lake Michigan to a company picnic. Once…
1882 Florida’s “Headless Miser” Murder w/ Andrew Fink - A True Crime History Podcast
Jul 19 • 78 min
When the headless and mutilated corpse of an eccentric orange farmer named Sam McMillan was discovered submerged in a Florida lake in October of 1882, suspicion pointed to a young Englishman, Archie Newton, recently forced to flee London due to a…
American Outlaw Butch Cassidy w/ Charles Leerhsen - A True Crime History Podcast
Jul 12 • 66 min
When the name “Butch Cassidy” is mentioned, it conjures an image (for many of us) of Paul Newman, who along with Robert Redford joked their way through the classic 1969 film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”. But that movie was almost entirely…
The 1959 “In Cold Blood” Clutter Murders w/ Gary McAvoy - A True Crime History Podcast
Jul 1 • 54 min
Most of us probably know at least the basics of the 1959 Kansas Clutter family murders case, in large part because the story was dramatically detailed by Truman Capote in his best-selling 1966 non-fiction novel entitled “In Cold Blood”. But was Capote’s…
Murder & Scandal in Beverly Hills w/ Barbara Schroeder & Clark Fogg - A True Crime History Podcast
Jun 12 • 73 min
Beverly Hills, California is not all glitz and glamor. The city has had more than its share of shocking true crime over the last one hundred years, often involving famous figures like Lana Turner, Lupe Vélez, Jean Harlow and Bugsy Siegel. Murder and…
The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre w/ Tim Madigan - A True Crime History Podcast
Jun 6 • 45 min
June 1st, 2020 marked the 99th anniversary of one of the most despicable acts of mass murder in American history. A mob of 10,000 white vigilantes descended on an African-American suburb of Tulsa, Oklahoma - looting, burning houses and businesses, and…
The 1770 Boston Massacre w/ Serena Zabin - A True Crime History Podcast
May 30 • 56 min
The city of Boston was put to the test when occupying British soldiers opened fire into a crowd of rioters on March 5th, 1770. Known forever as the Boston Massacre, it later became a rallying cry for the American Revolution. My guest is Carlton College’s…
The 1934 Kelayres Massacre w/ Stephanie Hoover - A True Crime History Podcast
May 22 • 50 min
On November 5th, 1934, in the small coal mining town of Kelayres, Pennsylvania, Republican political boss Joe Bruno took an extreme and shocking step. Worried and agitated about a possible loss in the following day’s elections, he and his family used his…
The 1859 Washington D.C. Murder of Philip Barton Key II w/ Chris DeRose - A True Crime History Podcast
May 14 • 53 min
As political factions battled in pre-Civil War Washington D.C., a sensational sex and murder scandal suddenly grabbed the nation’s attention. New York Congressman Daniel Sickles, having learned that his wife Teresa was in the midst of a torrid love affair…
The Radium Girls w/ Kate Moore - A True Crime History Podcast
May 6 • 58 min
In the years following World War One, thousands of young women were hired to paint radium on watch and clock dials so they would glow in the dark. As a result, many of the women would suffer the excruciating effects of radiation poisoning, which often…
The Ghost and the Bounty Hunter w/ Adam Courtenay - A True Crime History Podcast
Apr 24 • 54 min
In early 19th century Australia, escaping from a penal colony was not an easy task, mostly because there was no where to go. Six foot five William Buckley did just that, however, wandering though the wild Australian bush before being taken in by a tribe…
The 1931 Leavenworth Prison Break w/ Kenneth LaMaster - A True Crime History Podcast
Apr 17 • 73 min
Leavenworth Penitentiary in Kansas was once home to some of the most notorious criminals in America, including Carl Panzram, Robert “the Birdman” Stroud, Frank Nitti and George “Machine Gun” Kelly. Part of its history includes one of the most exciting…
The Life & Mythology of Calamity Jane w/ Linda Jucovy - A True Crime History Podcast
Apr 10 • 49 min
Calamity Jane is without question one of the most iconic figures in Old West history. She’s been portrayed innumerable times in film and television, most recently in the HBO series Deadwood as Wild Bill Hickock’s loyal buckskin-wearing friend and…
Deadly Diseases in Early 20th Century America w/ Gail Jarrow - A True Crime History Podcast
Apr 1 • 64 min
Black Death. Typhoid fever. Pellagra. In the early 1900s they invaded the United States, killing thousands. One of the most notorious historical figures associated with disease was “Typhoid Mary”, who unknowingly infected untold numbers of people with…
The 1918 Influenza (Spanish Flu) Pandemic w/ John Barry - A True Crime History Podcast
Mar 30 • 53 min
Just over a hundred years ago, the world suffered through a brutal influenza pandemic, which infected up to a quarter of the world’s population. It was nicknamed the Spanish Flu, and killed millions of people. My guest, John Barry, is an historian,…
The 1963 Murder of Carol Thompson w/ William Swanson - A True Crime History Podcast
Mar 11 • 60 min
While the Coen brothers refuse to confirm it, many believe that their movie “Fargo” was inspired by the Carol Thompson murder case. She was viciously killed in her comfortable Saint Paul home by a hitman hired by her eccentric husband, T. Eugene Thompson,…
The “American Sherlock Holmes” & Father of Forensic Science, Dr. Edward Oscar Heinrich w/ Kate Winkler Dawson - A True Crime History Podcast
Mar 4 • 62 min
Some of the most notorious cases in American history were solved by the masterful techniques of forensics expert Dr. Edward Oscar Heinrich. He was known as the “American Sherlock Holmes” for his use of science and deduction to solve what many considered…
The Mysterious 1928 Death of “Furnace Girl” Elfrieda Knaak w/ Kraig Moreland - A True Crime History Podcast
Feb 27 • 82 min
In late October of 1928, authorities in the small town of Lake Bluff, Illinois discovered a grisly scene in the village hall basement. They found a young woman named Elfreida Knaak, naked, horribly burned and barely clinging to life, next to a furnace.…
The 1873 Smuttynose Ax Murders w/ J. Dennis Robinson - A True Crime History Podcast
Feb 20 • 73 min
On March 6th, 1873, a brutal double ax murder took the lives of two Norwegian women living on the isolated Smuttynose Island, one of the Isles of Shoals off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire. My guest is J. Dennis Robinson, a prolific writer, historian…
Oklahoma’s 1920s Osage Murders w/ David Grann - A True Crime History Podcast
Feb 13 • 61 min
David Grann, author of the New York Times Bestselling “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI”, is my guest on this week’s episode of Most Notorious. He talks about his research into a spree of murders of oil-rich Osage…
The 1937 “Babes of Inglewood” Murders w/ Pamela Everett - A True Crime History Podcast
Feb 7 • 74 min
In the summer of 1937, in an idyllic neighborhood of Los Angeles called Inglewood, the unspeakable happened. Three little girls were lured from a park, assaulted and murdered. The sensational case, known as the “Babes of Inglewood” Murders, would shake…
1930s Gangster Alvin “Creepy” Karpis w/ Julie Thompson - A True Crime History Podcast
Jan 30 • 79 min
Alvin “Creepy” Karpis could claim many things in his life. He was not only the brains behind the Barker-Karpis Gang, but the last public enemy of the 1930s, one of J. Edgar Hoover’s most hated adversaries, and the longest serving inmate in Alcatraz…
The 1692 Salem Witch Hunt w/ Mary Beth Norton - A True Crime History Podcast
Jan 23 • 66 min
In this episode, we examine the most notorious witch hunt in American history, in Salem, Massachusetts. Hundreds of women and men were accused of witchcraft by young, “afflicted” girls, and many were executed. My guest is Mary Beth Norton, award-winning…
The 1946 Texarkana Phantom Serial Killer w/ James Presley - A True Crime History Podcast
Jan 16 • 68 min
In early 1946, a serial killer nicknamed “The Phantom Killer” (aka the “Moonlight Killer”) terrorized the citizens of Texarkana (Arkansas and Texas). It was most sensational series of murders in post-war America. Dr. James Presley is my guest, and the…
Tom Dooley & the 1866 Murder of Laura Foster w/ Charlotte Corbin Barnes - A True Crime History Podcast
Jan 10 • 71 min
Most of us are probably familiar with the Kingston Trio song, “Tom Dooley”, but fewer may realize that it was based on the true life murder of Laura Foster in 1866 North Carolina. Charlotte Corbin Barnes is an unapologetic supporter of Tom Dooley’s…
The 1922 Murder of Percy Thompson & Execution of Edith Thompson w/ Laura Thompson - A True Crime History Podcast
Jan 3 • 65 min
In October 1922, a sensational murder gripped the city of London. While on a walk home after a show, Percy Thompson was stabbed by Freddy Bywaters, the lover of his wife, Edith. Passionate love letters written by her, including mentions of the desire to…
Midnight Potboiler: The Doctor & the Devil, or the Midnight Adventures of Dr. Parkhurst
Dec 23, 2019 • 47 min
In March of 1892, a private detective named Charles Gardner was hired by the Reverend Doctor Charles Parkhurst, moral crusader and social reformer, as an escort through the seediest, vilest slums in New York City. The purpose of this slumming tour was so…
True Crime Tripper: The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum
Dec 19, 2019 • 18 min
True Crime Tripper is the second of three new shows I’m trying out on Most Notorious. If launched in 2020, it would be a travel show that focused on historic sites, hotels, restaurants and museums related to true crime history. In this first pilot episode…
Aghast at the Past: December 17th, 1901
Dec 17, 2019 • 22 min
In this first trial episode of “Aghast at the Past”, a possible new weekly addition to Most Notorious, I narrate true crime stories I’ve culled from North American newspapers dated December 17th, 1901. They include the murder of a young woman by a burglar…
The Gitchie-Manitou Murders w/ Phil Hamman - A True Crime History Podcast
Dec 10, 2019 • 64 min
On the evening of November 17th, 1973, five teenagers, enjoying a campfire at the Gitchie-Manitou State Park in Iowa, were terrorized by three sociopathic brothers, who would end up murdering the four boys in brutal fashion. The lone survivor, Sandra…
Cowboys Vs. Gangsters w/ Samuel Dolan - A True Crime History Podcast
Nov 29, 2019 • 56 min
While much is written about Prohibition-era gangsters and bootlegging, the focus is typically in places like Chicago, Kansas City and New York City. Far less known, but very compelling, is the history of the Mexican-American border in the Southwest in the…
Jack the Ripper: New Clues & Theories w/ Tom Wescott - A True Crime History Podcast
Nov 21, 2019 • 70 min
One of the world’s most preeminent Ripperologists, Tom Wescott, author of “The Bank Holiday Murders” and “Ripper Confidential” is my guest on this week’s episode of Most Notorious. His extensive research into Jack the Ripper/Whitechapel murders give his a…
The 1919 Chicago Black Sox Scandal w/ Charles Fountain - A True Crime History Podcast
Nov 15, 2019 • 59 min
In 1919, eight players on the Chicago White Sox baseball team, including “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, were implicated in what would go down in infamy as the Black Sox scandal. In exchange for money, members of the team agreed to intentionally throw the World…
Texas Gunfighters Ben Thompson & King Fisher w/ G.R. Williamson - A True Crime History Podcast
Nov 7, 2019 • 68 min
When many of us think about Old West gunfighters, our minds turn to men like Jesse James, Wyatt Earp, and Billy the Kid. But there were others equally as compelling, including the two that are the subject of my guest G.R. Williamson’s recent book, called…
The 1885 Murder of Sarah Graham (& the Scandal of Emma Molloy) w/ Larry Wood - A True Crime History Podcast
Oct 29, 2019 • 53 min
Emma Barrett Molloy was a well-known Evangelical Christian, temperance and women’s rights activist in the 1870s and 1880s. But in 1885 she found herself embroiled in a lurid scandal involving a con-artist named George Graham. Graham married Emma’s foster…
Capt. Matt Leach Vs. John Dillinger Part 2 w/ Ellen Pousen - A True Crime History Podcast
Oct 15, 2019 • 53 min
My conversation continues with Ellen Poulsen, co-author (with Lori Hyde) of “Chasing Dillinger: Police Captain Matt Leach, J. Edgar Hoover and the Rivalry to Capture Public Enemy No. 1”. In this second part of the interview, Ellen explains the struggles…
Capt. Matt Leach Vs. John Dillinger Part 1 w/ Ellen Poulsen - A True Crime History Podcast
Oct 14, 2019 • 64 min
Ellen Poulsen is back, this time to discuss her new book (co-written with Lori Hyde), “Chasing Dillinger: Police Captain Matt Leach, J. Edgar Hoover and the Rivalry to Capture Public Enemy No. 1.” She walks us through John Dillinger’s rise in 1933 and 34…
The Real Dracula: Vlad the Impaler w/ Leif Pettersen - A True Crime History Podcast
Oct 7, 2019 • 61 min
Just in time for the Halloween season! This episode explores the real Dracula, Vlad the Impaler, a 15th century warrior-ruler infamous for his extreme brutality and cruelty. My guest Leif Pettersen, a former travel writer with Lonely Planet, has spent…
Blackbeard and the Golden Age of Piracy in America w/ Eric Jay Dolin - A True Crime History Podcast
Sep 26, 2019 • 72 min
Bestselling author Eric Jay Dolin joins me to talk about his book, “Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates”. He discusses the Golden Age of Piracy in 17th and 18th century America, explains why pirates were so…
The 1980 Norco Shootout w/ Peter Houlahan - A True Crime History Podcast
Sep 21, 2019 • 58 min
In May of 1980, a brazen group of four heavily armed men, in an attempt to rob the Security Pacific Bank in Norco, California, ended up responsible for one of the most violent criminal events in American history. It would be a massive shootout against an…
1860s “Spirit” Photographer William Mumler w/ Peter Manseau - A True Crime History Podcast
Sep 12, 2019 • 57 min
In the aftermath of the American Civil War there was a sharp rise of interest from Americans interested in communicating with the dead, and the Spiritualism movement grew increasingly popular. This, combined with the new technology of photography, gave…
The 1900 New Jersey Murder of Jennie Bosschieter w/ Kimberly Tilley - A True Crime History Podcast
Sep 5, 2019 • 70 min
In October of 1900, four men accompanied a young woman named Jennie Bosschieter to a saloon, where one of them slipped a large amount of chloral hydrate into her drink. She was then taken on a ride to a remote place, sexually assaulted, and eventually…
1920s “Bootleg King” George Remus w/ Karen Abbott - A True Crime History Podcast
Aug 11, 2019 • 49 min
My guest is Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of “Sin in the Second City”, “American Rose”, and “Liar, Temptress, Soldier. Spy”. She discusses her new book, “The Ghosts of Eden Park”, and the wild story of George Remus, the most powerful…
Harper Lee & Murderer Willie Maxwell w/ Casey Cep - A True Crime History Podcast
Aug 1, 2019 • 74 min
Harper Lee, author of “To Kill A Mockingbird”, famously accompanied Truman Capote as he investigated the murder of the Clutter family; ultimately writing about the terrible events in his true crime classic, “In Cold Blood”. Years later, Lee tackled her…
Arthur Conan Doyle Investigates the 1908 Murder of Marion Gilchrist w/ Margalit Fox - A True Crime History Podcast
Jul 19, 2019 • 66 min
While Arthur Conan Doyle is recognized as the creator of one of the most famous characters in literary history - Sherlock Holmes- fewer people know that Doyle used his Holmesian skills of deduction to help solve actual real-life true crime cases. One in…
1920s Los Angeles’ Bizarre “Blackburn Cult” w/ Samuel Fort - A True Crime History Podcast
Jun 26, 2019 • 83 min
Cults are certainly not a new phenomenon - in fact one of the strangest ones existed in Los Angeles in the 1920s. The “Blackburn Cult”, also known as the “Divine Order of the Royal Arms of the Great Eleven”, was the brainchild of a grifter named May Otis…
The Notorious 1920 Sacco and Vanzetti Murder Case w/ Susan Tejada - A True Crime History Podcast
Jun 19, 2019 • 83 min
If I were to make a list of the most notorious murder cases in American history, the Sacco and Vanzetti case would certainly make my top ten. In April of 1920, two payroll guards were gunned during a robbery in Braintree, Massachusetts. Police immediately…
1860 New York City’s “Gangster Pirate” Albert Hicks w/ Rich Cohen - A True Crime History Podcast
Jun 12, 2019 • 63 min
Long before Dutch Schultz, “Lucky” Luciano or even Monk Eastman ran rackets in New York City, a man named Albert Hicks terrorized lower Manhattan. He’d made his living as a murderous pirate, and became one of the worst criminals to ever wander the…
The 1891 Murder of Helen Potts w/ George R. Dekle Sr. - A True Crime History Podcast
Jun 5, 2019 • 59 min
My guest is George R. Dekle Sr., former prosecutor and prolific author. He discusses his book, “Six Capsules: The Gilded Age Murder of Helen Potts”, and draws comparisons between the Helen Pott’s husband, Carlyle Harris (who would be tried and convicted…
1968 Michigan’s Robison Family Murders w/ Mardi Link - A True Crime History Podcast
May 25, 2019 • 56 min
In June of 1968, a wealthy Detroit-area family was gunned down in their northern Michigan cabin. It would become one of the most famous cold cases in the state’s history. Mardi Link, author of “When Evil Came to Good Hart”, shares the tragic story of the…
Rape, Dishonor and Judicial Trial by Combat in Medieval France w/ Eric Jager - A True Crime History Podcast
May 10, 2019 • 73 min
In 1385, a bitter feud between two French courtesans came to a terrible head when Marguerite, the beautiful young wife of Norman knight Jean de Carrouges, accuses her husband’s enemy, Jacques LeGris, of raping her while she has been left alone. After a…
The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, The Apache Kid, and The Captive Boy Who Started The Longest War in American History w/ Paul Andrew Hutton - A True Crime History Podcast
Apr 30, 2019 • 64 min
Paul Andrew Hutton, best-selling author of The Apache Wars: The Hunt For Geronimo, The Apache Kid, And The Captive Boy Who Started The Longest War In American History, is my guest on this episode of Most Notorious. He tells the story of a mixed-blood…
Al Capone, the Secret Six, & the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair w/ William Hazelgrove - A True Crime History Podcast
Apr 20, 2019 • 55 min
Most of us have grown up thinking that Elliot Ness and his famed “Untouchables” were the crimefighters who brought down the notorious Al Capone in Chicago. But instead, it was a group of millionaire businessmen called the “Secret Six” who were the real…
Alice and Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story w/ Ron Franscell - A True Crime History Podcast
Apr 12, 2019 • 94 min
In 1974, a young woman named Alice killed her abusive husband. Then she met and married a man named Gerald Uden, who was having financial issues with his ex-wife, Virginia Martin. Not long after, Gerald would murder Virginia and her two sons, Richard and…
The 1883 Milwaukee Newhall House Fire/Disaster w/ Matthew J. Prigge - A True Crime History Podcast
Apr 3, 2019 • 71 min
On January 10th, 1883, the famed Newhall House hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, caught fire. Made worse by a series of blunders by hotel staff and a poorly trained and equipped fire department, seventy five people would ultimately lose their lives in the…
Frank Hamer vs. Bonnie and Clyde w/ John Boessenecker - A True Crime History Podcast
Mar 22, 2019 • 57 min
In part two of this episode, John Boessenecker continues his tale of Frank Hamer, including his days as a Prohibition agent in the 1920s, a cold-case investigator, and his famous hunt of notorious Depression-era outlaws and murderers Bonnie Parker and…
Frank Hamer: Texas Ranger and Gunfighter w/ John Boessenecker - A True Crime History Podcast
Mar 22, 2019 • 44 min
My guest is John Boessenecker, former police officer and New York Times bestselling author of Texas Ranger: The Epic Life of Frank Hamer, the Man Who Killed Bonnie and Clyde. In this first part of the episode, he talks about Hamer’s wild and bloody career…
Altamont, The Rolling Stones, the Hell’s Angels & the Killing of Meredith Hunter w/ Joel Selvin - A True Crime History Podcast
Mar 13, 2019 • 56 min
On December 6th, 1969, The Rolling Stones headlined a free concert at Altamont Speedway outside of San Francisco. It quickly turned ugly, culminating with the stabbing death of eighteen-year-old Meredith Hunter by a member of the Hell’s Angels, who were…
The 1906 Murder of Stanford White w/ Simon Baatz - A True Crime History Podcast
Mar 5, 2019 • 70 min
In June of 1906, famed architect Stanford White was murdered by an obsessive millionaire’s son named Harry Thaw at the roof garden theater of Madison Square Garden. His attorneys would claim in the sensational court case that followed that he’d done it…
Wartime Melbourne’s “Brownout Strangler” Serial Killer w/ Ian W. Shaw - A True Crime History Podcast
Feb 24, 2019 • 73 min
In early 1942, as World War II raged and Japan threatened Australia, tens of thousands of American servicemen arrived in Melbourne to provide assistance in the Pacific Theater. One young U.S. soldier, however, named Eddie Leonski, used the browned-out…
The 1902 Manhattan Murder of Walter Brooks w/ Virginia A. McConnell - A True Crime History Podcast
Feb 20, 2019 • 75 min
In 1902 New York City, a group of wealthy young men, known as the Bedford Avenue Gang, spent their free time terrorizing their neighborhood - including drinking, stealing, fleecing businesses and seducing women. After gang member Walter Brooks, began…
The 1921 Missoula Murder of Nora Shea w/ Kim Briggeman - A True Crime History Podcast
Feb 18, 2019 • 49 min
In February of 1921 in Missoula, Montana, a wife and mother of two named Nora Shea was gunned down near some railroad tracks. The main suspect was a local hoodlum named Joe Vuckovich, but a recent piece of surfaced evidence points the finger at her…
“The Man From the Train” Serial Killer w/ Rachel McCarthy James - A True Crime History Podcast
Feb 6, 2019 • 60 min
For decades, the 1912 Villisca, Iowa axe slaughter of the Moore family has been one of the greatest unsolved family massacres in American history. Many believe that it was a local townsperson, but others believe it was the work of an transient serial…
The 1965 Ohio Murder of Cremer Young Jr. w/ William L. Tabac - A True Crime History Podcast
Jan 29, 2019 • 56 min
In August of 1965, the idyllic little community of Shaker Heights, Ohio, was shaken to its foundation when housewife Mariann Colby shot to death her neighbor boy, eight-year-old Cremer Young Jr.. Attorney and professor William L. Tabac, author of Insanity…
The Black Dahlia Murder Revisited w/ Piu Eatwell - A True Crime History Podcast
Jan 21, 2019 • 79 min
The 1947 Los Angeles Black Dahlia murder case has long been one of the most infamous unsolved crimes in American history, and many suspects have been accused over the years of being the slayer of Elizabeth Short. In this second Most Notorious episode…
The 1881 Murder of President James Garfield w/ Candice Millard - A True Crime History Podcast
Jan 14, 2019 • 57 min
On July 2nd, 1881, a disappointed and mentally unstable office-seeker named Charles Guiteau shot President James A. Garfield in a Washington D.C. train station. Over the next weeks, Garfield would linger, bedridden, as infection set in, caused by poor…
Gangland War in 1931 New York City : “Mad Dog” Coll vs. Dutch Schultz w/ Rich Gold - A True Crime History Podcast
Dec 27, 2018 • 58 min
Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll grew up quickly, from Irish tenements to enforcer for Bronx bootlegger and gangster Dutch Schultz while still in his teens. Soon the two split, and began gunning for each other in a bloody feud that left a trail of dead hoodlums in…
Marjorie Congdon and the Glensheen Murders w/ Sharon Darby Hendry - A True Crime History Podcast
Dec 17, 2018 • 52 min
In this special interview episode from the files of Where Blood Runs Cold, I interview Sharon Henry Darby, author of Glensheen’s Daughter, about the notorious Minnesota murderer and arsonist Marjorie Congdon, who besides allegedly conspiring to murder her…
WWI-Era France’s Serial Killer Henri Landru w/ Richard Tomlinson - A True Crime History Podcast
Nov 19, 2018 • 84 min
The subject of today’s episode is Henri Landru, the most notorious serial killer in French history. He placed advertisements in Paris newspapers in the late 1910s, preying on lonely women left behind as French soldiers marched off to war. While he would…
The Assassin Who Died Defending Robert E. Lee w/ Ann Marie Ackermann - A True Crime History Podcast
Nov 2, 2018 • 61 min
Ann Marie Ackermann is my guest on this episode, author of the book “Death of an Assassin: The True Story of the German Murderer Who Died Defending Robert E. Lee”. In 1835, a German mayor is murdered at night as he approaches his own front door. After an…
1923 Chicago’s Accused Murderess Sabella Nitti w/ Emilie La Beau Lucchesi - A True Crime History Podcast
Oct 25, 2018 • 62 min
My guest is Dr. Emilie La Beau Lucchesi, author of Ugly Prey: An Innocent Woman and the Death Sentence That Scandalized Jazz Age Chicago. She discusses the case of Sabella Nitti, a poor Italian immigrant woman accused by police of murdering her husband,…
The 1901 Saint Paul Louis Arbogast Murder Part 1, from Minnesota’s Most Notorious: Where Blood Runs Cold
Oct 18, 2018 • 29 min
I’m pulling a switcheroo this week - in blatant shameless effort to get listeners to try my new podcast, Minnesota’s Most Notorious: Where Blood Runs Cold, I’m putting part one of the first episode from that show up here, a mystery surrounding the murder…
The 1964 Murder of Kitty Genovese w/ Catherine Pelonero - A True Crime History Podcast
Sep 27, 2018 • 64 min
Catherine Pelonero, author of Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and its Private Consequences, is my guest. She walks us through the tragic murder of Kitty Genovese in 1964 and its aftermath. The horrific crime is especially infamous…
The 1826 Murder of William Morgan and Other Tales of the Erie Canal w/ Jack Kelly - A True Crime History Podcast
Sep 19, 2018 • 53 min
Author Jack Kelly joins me to discuss his book, “Heaven’s Ditch: God Gold and Murder”. He shares some stories of murder and mystery surrounding the great engineering marvel known as the Erie Canal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Mobster Frank Costello w/ Anthony M. DeStefano - A True Crime History Podcast
Sep 13, 2018 • 67 min
Mafia historian and Pulitzer-prize winning reporter Anthony M. DeStefano is my guest this episode. He offers insight into gangster Frank Costello, underboss to Lucky Luciano, whose role and influence in the growth of organized crime in America was…
New York’s Notorious Blackwell’s Island w/ Stacy Horn - A True Crime History Podcast
Sep 6, 2018 • 61 min
Stacy Horn, author of “Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad and Criminal in 19th-Century New York”, joins me to chat about the infamous New York City island, which housed (among other terrible buildings) the women’s notorious lunatic asylum that continued to…
The Race to Save the Romanovs w/ Helen Rappaport - A True Crime History Podcast
Aug 30, 2018 • 62 min
Even today, the world is still utterly fascinated with the Romanov family, the last Tsar and Tsarina of Imperial Russia and their famous daughters and son. My guest is Helen Rappaport, a world-renowned expert on the subject. She joins me to discuss her…
Frank Oldfield vs. the Black Hand w/ William Oldfield and Victoria Bruce - A True Crime History Podcast
Aug 22, 2018 • 60 min
In the early 1900s police were stymied by a series of murders of Italian grocers and fruit vendors in midwest America. Witnesses refused to cooperate, which made the crimes impossible to solve. Enter the United States Postal Service. Postal Inspector…
The 1849 Boston Murder of Dr. George Parkman w/ Paul Collins - A True Crime History Podcast
Aug 15, 2018 • 62 min
In November, 1849, Dr. George Parkman, Boston businessman and Harvard Medical School benefactor, disappeared. While many believed he might have been done in by an Irish immigrant, the discovery of his dismembered body in a privy eventually led…
The 1925 Wisconsin Murder of Buddy Schumacher w/ Paul Hoffman - A True Crime History Podcast
Jul 18, 2018 • 59 min
My guest, author and journalist Paul Hoffman, discusses the July 1925 abduction and murder of little Buddy Schumacher in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He wrote the book, “Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher.” Learn more about your ad…
Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and Dodge City, Kansas w/ Tom Clavin - A True Crime History Podcast
Jul 4, 2018 • 59 min
New York Times best-selling author Tom Clavin joins me to talk about his book, “Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West”. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The 1960 Colorado Murder of Adolph Coors III w/ Philip Jett - A True Crime History Podcast
Apr 27, 2018 • 77 min
In this episode of Most Notorious, I chat with Philip Jett, author of “The Death of an Heir: Adolph Coors III and the Murder That Rocked an American Brewing Dynasty”. He discusses the attempted kidnapping and eventual murder of Coors Brewery heir Adolph…
19th Century Mountain Man Liver-Eating Johnson w/ Nathan E. Bender - A True Crime History Podcast
Apr 15, 2018 • 58 min
My guest is Nathan E. Bender, who wrote the introduction for the most recent edition of the 1958 classic “Crow Killer: The Saga of Liver-Eating Johnson”. Johnson, (who was the basis for Robert Redford’s character in the “Jeremiah Johnson” film), is known…
Rose Veres, 1931 Detroit’s “Witch of Delray” Killer w/ Karen Dybis - A True Crime History Podcast
Apr 4, 2018 • 80 min
Rose Veres, known as “The Witch of Delray”, was tried in 1931 for murdering one of her tenants in Detroit, and has been suspected of killing others throughout the 1920s. Karen Dybis, author of “The Witch of Delray: Rose Veres and Detroit’s Infamous 1930’s…
Lucky Luciano’s 1930s NYC Prostitution Trial w/ Ellen Poulsen - A True Crime History Podcast
Mar 28, 2018 • 64 min
In 1936, New York City prosecutors, desperate to put infamous Murder Inc. boss Charles “Lucky” Luciano behind bars, decided to arrest him on tenuous charges for running the Big Apple’s largest prostitution racket. Ellen Poulsen is my guest, and author of…
The Pied Piper of Tucson Killer w/ Lisa Espich - A True Crime History Podcast
Mar 22, 2018 • 67 min
Fifty years after the brutal murders of three Tucson women, an inside account of killer Charles Schmid, aka “The Pied Piper of Tucson” is published - written by Schmid’s former friend Richard Bruns not long after the tragic and terrible events. The…
The New Orleans Axeman Serial Killer w/ Miriam C. Davis - A True Crime History Podcast
Mar 15, 2018 • 77 min
The Axeman has become a figure of American folklore; a jazz-loving serial killer preying on Italian grocers in 1910s New Orleans. Miriam C. Davis, the author of “The Axeman of New Orleans”, chats with me about the series of murders that terrified the city…
Indiana Serial Killer Belle Gunness w/ Harold Schechter - A True Crime History Podcast
Mar 8, 2018 • 68 min
My guest is the prolific true crime author Harold Schechter, who returns to talk about his latest book, “Hell’s Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men”. He tells the story about the legendary Norwegian immigrant serial killer who lured men…
1932 Natchez’s Goat Castle Murder w/ Karen L. Cox - A True Crime History Podcast
Feb 21, 2018 • 53 min
My guest is Karen L. Cox, author of “Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South”. She tells the story of Jennie Merrill, an aged Southern belle who was murdered in her home in 1932 Natchez Missouri. Two of the main suspects against…
Crimefighter and Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt in 1890s New York w/ Richard Zacks - A True Crime History Podcast
Feb 14, 2018 • 60 min
True crime history enthusiasts are devouring TNT’s “The Alienist”, the television show based on the popular Caleb Carr novel. Richard Zacks, the author of “Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt’s Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York” joins me to talk about…
1885 Austin’s “Midnight Assassin” Serial Killer w/ Skip Hollandsworth - A True Crime History Podcast
Feb 7, 2018 • 56 min
From December of 1884 to December of 1885 a serial killer terrorized the city of Austin Texas. He had multiple nicknames: the Midnight Assassin, the Intangible Nemesis and the Servant Girl Annihilator. Journalist Skip Hollandsworth, author of “The…
The 1927 Murder of Marion Parker w/ James L. Neibaur & Mark Lee Gardner on Historic Photographs of Billy the Kid - A True Crime History Podcast
Jan 31, 2018 • 80 min
Historian James L. Neibaur, author of “Butterfly in the Rain: The 1927 Abduction and Murder of Marion Parker”, talks about the horrific tale of a young girl kidnapped from her family in Jazz-age Los Angeles and brutally murdered. Also, Mark Lee Gardner…
Serial Killer John Reginald Christie & the Great London Smog of 1952 w/ Kate Winkler Dawson - A True Crime History Podcast
Jan 24, 2018 • 77 min
1952 post-war London was a city in the throes of tragedy. Thousands were sickened and killed from a great filthy smog that choked the city. In the meantime a serial killer named John Reginald Christie was lurking in Notting Hill, murdering multiple women…
Chicago Murderer H.H. Holmes w/ Adam Selzer - A True Crime History Podcast
Jan 17, 2018 • 63 min
Perhaps the most notorious killer in 19th century America was H.H. Holmes, a man who committed fraud and murder with cold abandon across the United States. His infamous Chicago “murder castle” is legendary in true crime lore. My guest, Adam Selzer, author…
The Mysterious 1965 Death of Dorothy Kilgallen w/ Mark Shaw - A True Crime History Podcast
Nov 8, 2017 • 68 min
My guest is former criminal defense attorney Mark Shaw, author of “The Reporter Who Knew Too Much: The Mysterious Death of What’s My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen”. He talks about the life of Pulitzer nominated reporter and television star…
The 1697 Revenge of Hannah Duston w/ Jay Atkinson - A True Crime History Podcast
Oct 8, 2017 • 71 min
My guest, Jay Atkinson, author of “Massacre on the Merrimack”, tells the notorious and controversial story of Hannah Duston. After members of the Abenaki tribe captured her and her newborn infant in March of 1697, they killed her baby on a forced march…
Mob Hitman Frank Sheeran, the Kennedys and Jimmy Hoffa w/ Charles Brandt - A True Crime History Podcast
Sep 3, 2017 • 71 min
My guest is Charles Brandt, the author of bestselling book “I Heard You Paint Houses”, now being made into a Martin Scorsese film with Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. He tells the story of Frank “the Irishman” Sheeran, a hitman who goes to work…
1897 Chicago’s Sausage Vat Murder w/ Robert Loerzel - A True Crime History Podcast
Aug 13, 2017 • 71 min
In the spring of 1897, Chicago sausage tycoon Adolph Leutgert’s wife Louisa went missing. Police soon suspected her body had been dissolved in a vat in Adolph’s factory. My guest, Robert Loerzel, author of “Alchemy of Bones: Chicago’s Luetgert Murder Case…
Nazi Berlin’s S-Bahn Serial Killer w/ Scott Andrew Selby - A True Crime History Podcast
Jul 30, 2017 • 85 min
In 1941 Berlin police were on the hunt for a serial killer who stalked women on the S-Bahn at night, bludgeoning victims to death before throwing their bodies off of the train. Scott Andrew Selby, author of “A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin: The Chilling…
1828 Scotland’s Serial Killing Duo Burke & Hare w/ Lisa Rosner - A True Crime History Podcast
Jul 18, 2017 • 85 min
In 1828 two friends named William Burke and William Hare killed sixteen people in Edinburgh, Scotland and sold their bodies to an anatomist named Dr. Robert Knox. Dr. Lisa Rosner, author of “The Anatomy Murders”, tells the story of this notorious duo of…
The 1920 Murder of Oilman Jake Hamon w/ David R. Stokes - A True Crime History Podcast
Jul 9, 2017 • 58 min
Oklahoma oilman and multi-millionaire Jake Hamon had just helped elect Warren Harding President of the United States and had a fast track to Secretary of the Interior - but under one condition. He had to break things off with his mistress of ten years,…
New York’s Mad Bomber w/ Michael Greenburg - A True Crime History Podcast
Jun 26, 2017 • 62 min
My guest is historian Michael Greenburg, the author of “The Mad Bomber of New York, The Extraordinary True Story of the Manhunt that Paralyzed a City”. He tells the story of serial bomber George Metesky, who terrorized New York City in the 1940s and 50s…
Jack the Ripper 101 w/ Donald Rumbelow - A True Crime History Podcast
Jun 4, 2017 • 71 min
The number of theories surrounding the Jack the Ripper murders in 1880s London are too staggering to mention. At least 200 suspects have been considered over the decades and spirited debate over his true identity has preoccupied the time of many a true…
The 1953 Kidnap and Murder of Bobby Greenlease w/ John Heidenry - A True Crime History Podcast
May 20, 2017 • 67 min
On September 28th, 1953, Bobby Greenlease, 6 year-old son of millionaire Robert Greenlease, was kidnapped and then murdered by two grifters named Carl Austin Hall and Bonnie Brown Heady. John Heidenry, author of “Zero at the Bone: The Playboy, the…
Crime and Punishment in Puritan New England w/ Juliet Mofford - A True Crime History Podcast
May 6, 2017 • 57 min
My guest is Juliet Mofford, author of “The Devil Made Me Do It! Crime and Punishment in Early New England”. She discusses a variety of topics, including scarlet letters, witches, and the methods that Puritans dealt out punishments to law-breakers. Learn…
1898 Alaska’s Legendary Crime Boss and Huckster Soapy Smith w/ Catherine Spude - A True Crime History Podcast
Apr 22, 2017 • 49 min
My guest today, Catherine Spude, author of “That Fiend in Hell: Soapy Smith in Legend”, tells the story of the renowned con-man, crime boss and murderer Soapy Smith, known in history as the “King of Skagway”. She also helps separate the fact from the…
The 1930s Cleveland Torso Murders w/ James Jessen Badal - A True Crime History Podcast
Apr 8, 2017 • 60 min
In a rough part of Cleveland Ohio called Kingsbury Run, twelve decapitated bodies, some mutilated and dismembered, were discovered from 1934-1938. My guest, Dr. James Badal, author of “In the Wake of the Butcher: Cleveland’s Torso Murders”, discusses the…
The Real Rasputin w/ Douglas Smith - A True Crime History Podcast
Mar 18, 2017 • 50 min
There are many myths surrounding Grigori Rasputin, known in popular history as the “Mad Monk” and the “Holy Devil”. His influence on Tsar Nicholas II and his family in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Russia is well known, but my guest, Douglas Smith, author…
More 1930s Gangster Molls w/ Ellen Poulsen - A True Crime History Podcast
Mar 11, 2017 • 73 min
Dillinger historian Ellen Poulsen, author of “Don’t Call Us Molls”, completes her interview with me about the role of women in Depression-era gangs of the Midwest. Included in this episode, girlfriends of the Barker-Karpis and Dillinger Gangs, Mrs.…
John Dillinger’s Women w/ Ellen Poulsen - A True Crime History Podcast
Mar 3, 2017 • 56 min
In this first part of my two part interview with Ellen Poulsen, author of “Don’t Call Us Molls”, we discuss the many women involved with notorious 1930s Public Enemy #1 John Dillinger, including Evelyn “Billie” Frechette, Anna Sage and Polly Hamilton, and…
1887 Paris’s Rue Montaigne Murders w/ Aaron Freundschuh - A True Crime History Podcast
Feb 21, 2017 • 64 min
In March of 1887 a high-class prostitute and two others, including a child, were found stabbed to death in a luxury apartment on the upscale Avenue Montaigne. Police settle on a mysterious immigrant gigolo as their main suspect, named Enrico Pranzini. My…
1690s “Pirate” Captain Kidd w/ Richard Zacks - A True Crime History Podcast
Feb 10, 2017 • 49 min
Richard Zacks, bestselling author of “Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd” is my guest, and he tells some stories (and breaks some myths) about a man considered one of the most infamous pirates in American history. Go to www.mostnotorious.com…
1930s Boston’s Murderous Millen-Faber Gang w/ Nathan Gorenstein - A True Crime History Podcast
Feb 3, 2017 • 67 min
The 1930s were filled with news of midwest bank-robbers like John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd and Bonnie & Clyde, but few know that Boston had its own gang of thieves and killers during the Depression. Murt Millen, a whip-smart but…
Wartime Los Angeles’s Sleepy Lagoon Murder & Zoot Suit Riots w/ Eduardo Pagán - A True Crime History Podcast
Jan 20, 2017 • 76 min
Two events in early 1940s L.A. grabbed newspaper headlines almost back to back- The murder of Jose Diaz and following trial of 22 boys, and the race riots between American sailors and zoot-suit wearing Mexican-American kids in downtown Los Angeles.…
1920s Self-Confessed Serial Killer Carl Panzram w/ John Borowski - A True Crime History Podcast
Jan 13, 2017 • 70 min
Carl Panzram was a self-confessed serial killer and rapist, who admitted in his autobiography to over 20 murders just before his execution in 1930. My guest, John Borowski, director of the documentary “Carl Panzram: The Spirit of Hatred and Vengeance”…
Lynchings, Vigilantism and Murder in 1850s Frontier Los Angeles w/ John Mack Faragher - A True Crime History Podcast
Jan 7, 2017 • 51 min
Few of us think of 19th century Los Angeles in the same breath as Tombstone, Dodge City, or Deadwood, but in the 1850s it was filled with rampant racism and violent conflict. Vigilantes roamed the streets and lynchings were commonplace. My guest,…
New York’s 1910s Santa Claus Con Artist w/ Alex Palmer - A True Crime History Podcast
Dec 30, 2016 • 49 min
In 1913 a PR man named John Gluck successfully petitions the US Post Office for control of New York City’s Santa Claus letters. From that point forward, he not only builds the Santa Claus Association into a major holiday organization, but also finds ways…
The 1920s Murders of Two Oregon Sheriffs w/ Cory Frye - A True Crime History Podcast
Dec 24, 2016 • 52 min
Cory Frye, author of “Murder in Linn County, Oregon: The True Story of the Legendary Plainview Killings” is my guest. He tells two stories. On June 21, 1922, Linn County sheriff Charles Kendall and Reverend Roy Healy drove out to arrest a moonshining…
1930s Outlaw Pretty Boy Floyd Part 2 w/ Michael Wallis - A True Crime History Podcast
Dec 17, 2016 • 51 min
My interview with Michael Wallis, author of “Pretty Boy: The Life and Times of Charles Arthur Floyd” continues. We cover the bloody and notorious Kansas City Massacre, as well as the last few weeks, days and hours of Pretty Boy Floyd’s life. Learn more…
1930s Outlaw Pretty Boy Floyd Part 1 w/ Michael Wallis - A True Crime History Podcast
Dec 10, 2016 • 70 min
Pretty Boy Floyd lit up the late 20s and early 30s Midwest with bank robberies, daring escapes from the law, and cold-blooded murder. My guest, Michael Wallis, author of “Pretty Boy: The Life and Times of Charles Arthur Floyd”, talks about his early life,…
The 1970 Murder of Boxer Sonny Liston w/ Shaun Assael - A True Crime History Podcast
Dec 2, 2016 • 50 min
Rumors for many years have circulated about the mysterious death of famed boxer Sonny Liston in December of 1970. My guest, Shaun Assael, author of “The Murder of Sonny Liston: Las Vegas, Heroin and Heavyweights” and a former police reporter and sports…
Mini-Episode - The Hex of Jake Bird w/ Steve Dunkelberger & The Schuch Family Murders - A True Crime History Podcast
Nov 29, 2016 • 21 min
This is a mini-episode of Most Notorious, with a couple of short stories of historical true crime. First, Jake Bird, a serial killer who places a hex on his Tacoma prosecutors and jailers in 1947, told by Tacoma newspaper reporter Steve Dunkelberger. The…
The 1945 Sodder Family Tragedy w/ Jennie Henthorn - A True Crime History Podcast
Nov 18, 2016 • 48 min
One of the most enduring historical mysteries of the 20th century is of the missing Sodder children. After a fire in the family home on Christmas Eve of 1945, George and Jennie escaped with four of their children, however five more never made it out of…
Arnold Rothstein: 1910s & 20s New York Gambler & Fixer w/ David Pietrusza - A True Crime History Podcast
Nov 4, 2016 • 73 min
My guest, David Pietrusza, is the author of “Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius who Fixed the 1919 World Series”. He talks about this extraordinary, eccentric man who managed to expertly balance between high society, highbrow…
The Kinck Family Murders in 1869 France w/ G.S. Johnston - A True Crime History Podcast
Oct 27, 2016 • 51 min
In the outskirts of France in 1869, an entire family is found dead after being stabbed and then buried alive. G.S. Johnston, author of “The Cast of a Hand”, talks about France in the 1860s under Napoleon III, and the events that led up to the terrible,…
Top 10 Most Notorious Historical Ghosts w/ Diane Student - A True Crime History Podcast
Oct 21, 2016 • 90 min
Just in time for some Halloween, Diane Student, co-producer and host of the “History Goes Bump” podcast, joins me to share her list of the top ten most notorious ghosts in American history. We deviate a bit from our regular author /interview format this…
The Murder of Nelson Rehymeyer in 1928 Pennsylvania w/ Shane Free - A True Crime History Podcast
Oct 13, 2016 • 43 min
In Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, on a November evening in 1928, Nelson Rehymeyer, a local “powwow” practitioner of Christian folk magic, is murdered in his home. John Blymire soon confesses, telling police that he was trying to lift a hex. Shane Free, the…
The 1888 Murder of Johnny Gill w/ Kathryn McMaster - A True Crime History Podcast
Oct 6, 2016 • 68 min
In December 1888, in Bradford, England, a little boy named Johnny Gill disappears and is eventually found murdered, his body mutilated almost beyond recognition. Kathryn McMaster, author of “Who Killed Little Johnny Gill” tells the tragic story of this…
The Murder of Jane Clouson in 1871 London w/ Paul Thomas Murphy - A True Crime History Podcast
Aug 25, 2016 • 50 min
In 1871, on the outskirts of London, a police constable discovers a young woman, bloodied and battered beyond recognition. She dies, and the police officially have a murder on their hands. They eventually set their sights on Edmund Pook, the son of a…
Matricide in 1895 London w/ Kate Summerscale - A True Crime History Podcast
Aug 18, 2016 • 62 min
Bestselling UK author Kate Summerscale joins me to talk about her book, “The Wicked Boy”. Two young boys, Robert and Nattie Coombs, conspire to murder their mother in Victorian-era London. While the murder is gruesome and sensational, an uplifting event…
The 1876 Northfield Bank Raid by the James-Younger Gang Part 2 w/ Mark Lee Gardner - A True Crime History Podcast
Aug 10, 2016 • 76 min
My conversation with author Mark Lee Gardner continues, about his book “Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West’s Greatest Escape”. In the second part of the story, we talk about the James-Younger Gang’s flight into the Big…
The 1876 Northfield Bank Raid by the James-Younger Gang Part 1 w/ Mark Lee Gardner - A True Crime History Podcast
Aug 3, 2016 • 66 min
Much has been written about Jesse James, including his gang’s ill-fated trip to Northfield, Minnesota, a botched bank raid met with death and tragedy, but never told like this. Mark Lee Gardner, author of “Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield…
The Wolf Family Massacre in 1920 North Dakota w/ Vernon Keel - A True Crime History Podcast
Jul 27, 2016 • 81 min
In April of 1920, neighbors discover the bodies of most of the Wolf Family, killed by shotgun and hatchet, on their North Dakota farm, just outside Turtle Lake. Only the Wolfs’ eight month old daughter survived. Vernon Keel, journalist and author, grew up…
New York City’s Chinatown Tong Wars w/ Scott D. Seligman - A True Crime History Podcast
Jul 20, 2016 • 51 min
From the 1870s to the 1930s, New York City’s fabled Chinatown was the site of a series of vicious wars between two rival tongs, the On Leongs and the Hip Sings. Scott D. Seligman, author of “Tong Wars: The Untold Story of Vice, Money and Murder in New…
Ohio’s Celebrity Serial Killer Alfred Knapp w/ Richard O Jones - A True Crime History Podcast
Jul 15, 2016 • 52 min
Alfred Knapp, known as the “Hamilton Strangler”, left a trail of dead young women through Southern Ohio in the 1890s and early 1900s. My guest, Richard O Jones, the host of the “True Crime Historian” podcast, and author of “The First Celebrity Serial…
The 1920s PR Team That Reinvented & Swindled the Ku Klux Klan w/ Dale W. Laackman - A True Crime History Podcast
Jul 9, 2016 • 51 min
Dale W. Laackman, author of “For the Kingdom and the Power: The Big Money Swindle That Spread Hate Across America”, tells the story of con artists Edward Young Clarke and Bessie Tyler, who through a brilliant public relations campaign turned the Ku Klux…
The 1907 Murder of Sister Janina w/ Mardi Link - A True Crime History Podcast
Jun 29, 2016 • 57 min
In the small town of Isadore Michigan in 1907, a young nun named Janina disappeared. Ten years later, her body is discovered by a priest intent on building a new church on the foundation of the old one. Mardi Link, author of “Isadore’s Secret”, chats with…
1874 Cannibal and Murderer Alfred Packer w/ Harold Schechter - A True Crime History Podcast
Jun 21, 2016 • 58 min
In February of 1874, a group of six men set off through the high mountains of Colorado. Weeks later, only a man named Alfred Packer came out. Packer would later be tried and convicted of robbing, murdering and eating his traveling companions. Prolific…
The Bloody Benders, An 1870s Kansas Family of Serial Killers w/ Phyllis de la Garza - A True Crime History Podcast
Jun 11, 2016 • 57 min
In early 1870s Kansas, a German family named the Benders built a small shack, opened it as an inn, and robbed and butchered travelers who stopped there for a bed or a meal. I’m joined by Phyllis de la Garza, author of “Death for Dinner”, who tells the…
The 1947 Black Dahlia Murder (Part Two) w/ Steve Hodel -A True Crime History Podcast
Jun 5, 2016 • 57 min
My guest, Steve Hodel, author of Black Dahlia Avenger and Most Evil, and I continue our discussion about the Black Dahlia case. We discuss the evidence he’s collected implicating his father George Hodel, including a set of police transcripts that links…
The 1947 Black Dahlia Murder (Part One) w/ Steve Hodel - A True Crime History Podcast
Jun 1, 2016 • 59 min
No case in Los Angeles crime history has been more discussed and speculated about than the January 1947 murder of Elizabeth Short, aka The Black Dahlia. My guest, Steve Hodel, is a private investigator, former LAPD homicide detective, and author of Black…
“Count” Victor Lustig, 1920s and 30s Con Man and Public Enemy w/ Jeff Maysh - A True Crime History Podcast
May 25, 2016 • 41 min
My guest on this episode is Jeff Maysh, author of the Kindle single “Handsome Devil”, a book that documents the life and death of one of the most talented and charming con artists of the 20th century, Victor Lustig. He was a master of disguise, an escape…
The 1927 Bath School Massacre w/ Arnie Bernstein - A True Crime History Podcast
May 18, 2016 • 55 min
May 18th, 2016, marks the 89th commemoration of the Bath, Michigan School Massacre. In 1927 Andrew Kehoe rigged the school with over 600 pounds of dynamite. The explosion killed 38 school children, 6 teachers, and injured dozens more. Arnie Bernstein,…
1870s Deadwood w/ Barbara Fifer - A True Crime History Podcast
May 11, 2016 • 56 min
For those of us who’ve watched and enjoyed HBO’s Deadwood, the town and its characters are absolutely larger than life. But was the show historically accurate? What is fact and what is fiction? My guest, Barbara Fifer, author of Deadwood Saints and…
The Real Al Capone w/ Deirdre Marie Capone -A True Crime History Podcast
May 3, 2016 • 64 min
Al Capone is the most infamous gangster in American history, forever associated with Chicago, and known around the world for his connection to the bloody St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. But did he really order those murders? Many don’t think so. My guest,…
1880s & 90s Serial Killer Dr. Thomas Neill Cream w/ A.J. Griffiths-Jones - A True Crime History Podcast
Apr 27, 2016 • 53 min
Dr. Thomas Neill Cream was a 19th century contemporary of Jack the Ripper, and many claim that they were one in the same. The UK’s A.J. Griffiths-Jones, author of “Prisoner 4374”, discusses the life of this serial killer, better known as “Lambeth…
Arthur Koehler & the 1932 Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping-Murder w/ Adam Schrager - A True Crime History Podcast
Apr 5, 2016 • 52 min
When authorities have difficulties linking physical evidence to Bruno Hauptmann in the Charles Lindbergh Jr. abduction and murder, Arthur Koehler, an expert on wood, helps them connect Hauptmann to the ladder left outside the Lindbergh family estate on…
The Chicago Haymarket “Riot” of 1886 w/ James Green - A True Crime History Podcast
Mar 29, 2016 • 49 min
On May 4th, 1886 in Chicago’s Haymarket, a labor rally is interrupted first by a column of police officers, and then by a bomb from the crowd thrown into their ranks. This has major implications for the labor and social reform movement in the US. James…
The 1900 Axe Murder of John Hossack w/ Patricia Bryan - A True Crime History Podcast
Mar 23, 2016 • 68 min
In the winter of 1900, John Hossack is brutally attacked and mortally wounded with an axe while in bed next to his wife. Patricia Bryan, author of Midnight Assassin, talks about the murder and the number one suspect, John Hossack’s wife Margaret, and the…
The 1920 Duluth Lynchings w/ Michael Fedo - A True Crime History Podcast
Mar 13, 2016 • 48 min
in 1920 three African-American men were lynched in Duluth, Minnesota, accused of raping a white woman. Over 10,000 people gathered in the street to watch them hang. Michael Fedo, author of The Lynchings In Duluth, discusses this horrific moment in…
The Wineville Chicken Ranch Murders w/ author Anthony Flacco - A True Crime History Podcast
Mar 7, 2016 • 47 min
In the late 1920s, an estimated 20 boys or more are abducted, tortured and murdered at a chicken ranch in Wineville, California. My guest is Anthony Flacco, author of The Road Out of Hell: Sanford Clark and the True Story of the Wineville Murders. He…
The Peck Family Poisonings in 1916 Michigan w/ Tobin Buhk - A True Crime History Podcast
Feb 28, 2016 • 54 min
I’m joined by Tobin T. Buhk, the author of Poisoning The Pecks of Grand Rapids: The Scandalous 1916 Murder Plot. We talk about the charming, devious killer Arthur Warren Waite, who ingratiated himself into the wealthy Peck family through marriage, and…
Female Spies in the Civil War w/ Karen Abbott - A True Crime History Podcast
Feb 21, 2016 • 49 min
Karen Abbott, author of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, joins me to talk about a group of extraordinary women in 1860s America, both Union and Confederate, who become spies to help advance their sides in the Civil War. The song at the end of the episode,…
The 1629 Batavia Mutiny & Massacre w/ Mike Dash - A True Crime History Podcast
Feb 14, 2016 • 63 min
Off of the coast of western Australia, the Dutch East India Company’s state-of-the-art ship, the Batavia, wrecks on a reef in June of 1629. One of the officers on board, a failed apothecary named Jeronimus Corenlisz, is left in charge of the survivors and…
Murder in 1937 Peking w/ Paul French - A True Crime History Podcast
Feb 7, 2016 • 55 min
In 1937, on the eve of the Japanese occupation of Peking (Beijing), China, a young English woman is found brutally murdered at the base of Fox Tower, and an investigation launches that churns up some disturbing details. Paul French, the author of Midnight…
Texas Gangster & Poker King Benny Binion w/ Doug Swanson - A True Crime History Podcast
Jan 31, 2016 • 48 min
Benny Binion was a larger-than-life character, a gangster who grew up in Texas and built a criminal empire. Eventually he moved to Las Vegas, started the Horseshoe Casino, and began the World Series of Poker. I chat with Doug Swanson, author of Blood…
The Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890 w/ Jerome A. Greene - A True Crime History Podcast
Jan 24, 2016 • 44 min
December 29th, 2015, marked the 125th Anniversary of one of the most tragic events in American history. My guest Jerome A. Greene, author of American Carnage: Wounded Knee 1890, talks about the massacre of Lakota Indians by the United States 7th Cavalry.…
Billy the Kid & Pat Garrett w/ Mark Lee Gardner - A True Crime History Podcast
Jan 19, 2016 • 57 min
We’re back to Old New Mexico on this episode of Most Notorious. I talk to Mark Lee Gardner, author of To Hell on a Fast Horse: The Untold Story of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett about this famous duo, forever linked in history in the early 1880s. Learn…
The 1946 Portland Torso Murder w/ J.D. Chandler - A True Crime History Podcast
Jan 11, 2016 • 45 min
J.D. Chandler, author of Murder and Scandal in Prohibition Portland, relays the tale of the Torso Murder in 1946 Portland, Oregon, including his decade long investigation of this very cold case. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Nazis in 1930s America w/ Arnie Bernstein - A True Crime History Podcast
Jan 4, 2016 • 49 min
In this episode, host Erik Rivenes talks with Arnie Bernstein, author of Swastika Nation, about the rise Nazism in the United States in the 1930s under Fritz Kuhn. Famed columnist Walter Winchell, Jewish gangsters like Mickey Cohen and Meyer Lanksy, and…
Machine Gun Kelly w/ Joe Urschel - A True Crime History Podcast
Dec 28, 2015 • 44 min
Author Joe Urschel is the Executive Director of the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington D.C. He’s also the author of The Year of Fear: Machine Gun Kelly and the Manhunt That Changed the Nation. Joe and Erik discuss the life and times of George…
The Lawson Family Christmas Murders in 1929 North Carolina w/ Trudy J . Smith - A True Crime History Podcast
Dec 21, 2015 • 39 min
On Christmas Day, 1929, in Germanton, North Carolina, Charlie Lawson murdered his wife and six children on their rural farm. This horrific crime is part of local lore, and Trudy J. Smith and her father, M. Bruce Jones researched the massacre 25 years ago,…
Harry Hayward: Murder in 1890s Minneapolis w/ Jack El-Hai - A True Crime History Podcast
Dec 14, 2015 • 47 min
Jack El-Hai is a Minnesota author who has written many books, including The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Goring, Dr. Douglas M Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of World War 2. However, our subject in this episode of Most Notorious is…
1870s Child Serial Killer Jesse Pomeroy w/ Harold Schechter - A True Crime History Podcast
Dec 7, 2015 • 38 min
Harold Schecter is one of America’s most prolific true crime writers. Back in 2001, he wrote about one of the most chilling serial killing sprees in history, a true life account of the notorious “boy-fiend” Jesse Harding Pomeroy in 1870s Boston. Erik…
The Murdering Harpe Brothers of 1790s Tennessee w/ E. Don Harp - A True Crime History Podcast
Dec 1, 2015 • 43 min
In 1799 Big Harpe and Little Harpe swathed a bloody path down the Wilderness Trail in Kentucky and Tennessee, murdering everyone in their path. My guest, E. Don Harp, a descendant of the infamous brothers, argues in “The Last Rampage of the Terrible…
Los Angeles Gangster Mickey Cohen w/ Tere Tereba - A True Crime History Podcast
Nov 23, 2015 • 52 min
Mickey Cohen went from selling newspapers on the streets of L.A. to heading one of the largest crime rackets in the United States. He worked under Bugsy Siegel, rubbed shoulders with Frank Sinatra, Lana Turner and Billy Graham, and cut down enemies with a…
Lizzie Borden with Joe Conforti -A True Crime History Podcast
Nov 16, 2015 • 52 min
The murders of Andrew and Abby Borden in 1892, and the accusation that sent daughter Lizzie Borden to trial, is one of the most infamous in American history. But did Lizzie Borden really give her mother forty whacks? What is myth, and what is fact in this…
Leopold and Loeb in 1924 Chicago with Simon Baatz - A True Crime History Podcast
Nov 9, 2015 • 55 min
Guest Simon Baatz, author of “For the Thrill of It: Leopold and Loeb and the Murder That Shocked Chicago” talks about the infamous Bobby Franks murder, and the trial of Leopold and Loeb, with famed criminal attorney Clarence Darrow at the defense. Also,…
Gangsters in 1930s Minnesota with Paul Maccabee - A True Crime History Podcast Hosted by Erik Rivenes
Nov 2, 2015 • 47 min
Paul Maccabee released the definitive book of Minnesota crime in 1994, “John Dillinger Slept Here: A Crooks Tour of Crime and Corruption in Saint Paul”. Host Erik Rivenes, author of the Detective Harm Queen mystery series, chats with Paul about gangster…