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The Noir Factory Podcast is created for the mystery reader, noir movie goes, or true crime buff who wants a closer look into the genre. Mystery writer Steven Gomez looks at crime history, pulp stories, noir films, and the men and woman who made them. Each week we will examine an event or figure in crime history, a pulp or noir writer, or a piece of detective work, both fictional and in real life.

The Noir Factory Podcast is created for the mystery reader, noir movie goes, or true crime buff who wants a closer look into the genre. Mystery writer Steven Gomez looks at crime history, pulp stories, noir films, and the men and woman who made them. Each week we will examine an event or figure in crime history, a pulp or noir writer, or a piece of detective work, both fictional and in real life.
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The Noir Factory Podcast is created for the mystery reader, noir movie goes, or true crime buff who wants a closer look into the genre. Mystery writer Steven Gomez looks at crime history, pulp stories, noir films, and the men and woman who made them. Each week we will examine an event or figure in crime history, a pulp or noir writer, or a piece of detective work, both fictional and in real life.

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Noir Factory Case #37: Huey Long- The King Fish

4/27/2018
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The Noir Factory Podcast Case #37 Huey Long-The King Fish “One of these days the people of Louisiana are going to get good government. And they aren’t going to like it.” -Huey Long Huey Pierce Long Jr. was born to Huey Pierce Long Senior and Caledonia Tison Long on August 30th, 1893 in Winnfield, Louisiana. Winnfield was a dirt-poor parish and the wealthy Long family stood out. They were the wealth and class of Winn Parish and lead the community for generations. Huey’s...

Duration:00:33:49

Noir Factory Episode C#36: Leopold and Loeb CORRECTED

2/11/2018
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Noir Factory Podcast Episode #36 Leopold and Loeb ***CORRECTED BACKGROUND AUDIO*** My deepest apologies! The previous version of this episode was released “in progress” and by mistake . Please enjoy this updated version and again, my sincerest apologies! -Steve Gomez ------ “To be an effective criminal defense counsel, an attorney must be prepared to be demanding, outrageous, irreverent, blasphemous, a rogue, a renegade, and a hated, isolated, and lonely person - few love a...

Duration:00:25:27

BEST OF 2017:George Remus

1/5/2018
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Noir Factory BEST OF 2017 There’s a tradition in the podcasting world that during the first week of a new year you look back at the episodes you’ve put out in the world. I know, if it’s a podcasting tradition how old can it be, right? Still, just like drinking too much on New Year’s Eve and stepping on the scale after the holidays, we look at one episode that seemed to resonate with our listeners more than any other. Perhaps it’s because the subject of the episode is a self-made...

Duration:00:01:38

Hero Obscura Episode 48-Santa Claus

12/25/2017
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Hero Obscura Episode #48 Santa Clause Today’s hero isn’t obscure. Not in the least. In fact, he’s known by all. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist. And how dreary a world it would be if he didn’t. Old Saint Nick. Father Christmas. Kris Kringle. Santa Clause. Today on Hero Obscura. ----------------- If you haven’t done so already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! Reviews are an important way to help listeners discover the show. www.itunes.com Look...

Duration:00:07:23

Noir Factory Interrogation #4-Dmitri Matheny

12/20/2017
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Noir Factory Interrogation #4 Dmitri Matheny- Noir Jazz ------------------------------------ Crime Jazz: “The Femme Fatal. The cop on the beat. The hard-boiled detective. The saxophone under the street lamp in the fog. It’s the music of “Chinatown” and “Taxi Driver.” -Dmitri Matheny Find Dmitri’s work at www.dmitrimatheny.com If you haven’t done so already, please review us on iTunes! It is an important way to help new listeners to discover the show....

Duration:00:32:36

NF Case #35: Sexton Blake-Pulp Detective

12/1/2017
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Noir Factory Podcast Case #35 Sexton Blake-Pulp Detective “If there is a wrong to be righted, an evil to be redressed, or a rescue of the weak and suffering from the powerful, our hearty assistance can be readily obtained. We do nothing for hire here; we would cheerfully undertake to perform without a fee or a reward. But when your clients are wealthy, we are not so unjust to ourselves as to make a gratuitous offer of our services.” -Sexton Blake As the 19th century came to a close,...

Duration:00:20:06

A short interruption for the Noir Factory

9/21/2017
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We will be back the week of October 16th.

Duration:00:01:41

Interrogation #3: Will Viharo-Gonzo Pulp Writer

8/10/2017
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Noir Factory Podcast Interrogation #3 Will Viharo: Gonzo Pulp Writer Will Viharo is the author of the Vic Valentine series as well as the host of Seattle's Noir at the Bar, a seasonal showcase that combines author readings with alcohol, the way God intneded it. He is a writer that defies classification, with his work mixing humor, surrealism, gore, violence, and sex. His newest work, Vic Valentine, International Man of Misery, is due out this fall and in this interrogation I get a...

Duration:00:29:34

Case #34: Joseph Weil-The Yellow Kid

7/27/2017
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Noir Factory Podcast Case #34 Joseph Weil: The Yellow Kid “Who's going to believe a con artist? Everyone if she's good.” -Andy Griffith Joseph Weil was born in Chicago in 1875 to Mr. and Mrs. Otto Weil. The couple owned a small neighborhood grocery store and made a decent income. Their boy, Joseph, helped out after school by sweeping up and stocking shelves. And then he discovered racehorses.

Duration:00:19:50

Case #33: The Black Sox-Baseball's Most Notorious Scandal

7/14/2017
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Case #33: The Black Sox I'm forever blowing ballgames, pretty ballgames in the air. I come from Chi, I hardly try, just go to bat and fade and die. Fortune's coming my way, that's why I don't care. I'm forever blowing ballgames, and the gamblers treat us fair. -Ring Lardner You could say that it started with Charlie Comiskey, because a lot of things started with Charlie Comiskey in Chicago in 1919. Comiskey owned the Chicago White Sox, a serious contender in any year, and...

Duration:00:23:07

Case #32 : Alan Ladd and Box 13

6/30/2017
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Noir Factory Case #32 Alan Ladd and Box 13 “I'm the most insecure guy in Hollywood. If you had it good all your life, you figure it can't ever be bad, but when you've had it bad, you wonder how long a thing like this will last.” -Alan Ladd Alan Walbridge Ladd was born on September 3, 1913 in Hot Springs, Arkansas and was the only child of Ina Raleigh and Alan Ladd. Like most of the characters Ladd went onto play, his upbringing was rough and growing up was a constant struggle. The...

Duration:00:20:27

Hero Obscura Podcast Preview #3

6/28/2017
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NFL SuperPro For a hero to fail, a lot of things has to happen. It has to be poorly thought out, ill conceived, and have little in terms of redeeming quality. Oh, and it should be created with ulterior motives. Sounds pretty harsh? Then you just haven't met NFL SuperPro.

Duration:00:05:59

Hero Obscura Podcast Preview #2

6/27/2017
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Space Cabbie! Everyone has a hero. For cop's it's probably the Dark Knight and for soldiers I can imagine Captain America, depending on the army your in. But what about the ordinary guys? What about the accountants and pastry chefs or the mail carriers and DMV workers? Fishermen, okay...we'll give you Aquaman. But for the Lyft and Uber drivers out there, today's episode is for you! I give you Space Cabbie!

Duration:00:05:50

Hero Obscura Podcast Preview #1

6/26/2017
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The Blue Diamond Some heroes are with us for ages and other are gone in the blink of an eye. If you are in the business of being a hero, particularly a super one, you never know how long you'll have. You just have to make sure that you use our time wisely. That and you should punch a lot of Nazis.

Duration:00:07:09

Case #31: The Batman

6/17/2017
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“He's clearly a man with a mission, but it's not one of vengeance. Bruce is not after personal revenge ... He's much bigger than that; he's much more noble than that. He wants the world to be a better place, where a young Bruce Wayne would not be a victim ... In a way, he's out to make himself unnecessary. Batman is a hero who wishes he didn't have to exist.” -Frank Miller In 1939 detectives and vigilantes rules the popular literary landscape. They were hard men who handed out justice...

Duration:00:21:56

Case#30: Billie Holiday- Jazz Legend

5/31/2017
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“Behind me, Billie was on her last song. I picked up the refrain, humming a few bars. Her voice sounded different to me now. Beneath the layers of hurt, beneath the ragged laughter, I heard a willingness to endure. Endure- and make music that wasn't there before.” -Barack Obama The woman who would be Billie Holiday was born Eleanora Fagan in Philadelphia on April 7th, 1915. In her autobiography Lady Sings the Blues, written with William Duffy, Billie said that her parents were “just a...

Duration:00:23:30

Case #29: George Remus-King of the Bootleggers

5/15/2017
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"He and this Wolfsheim bought up a lot of side-street drug-stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter. That's one of his little stunts. I picked him for a bootlegger the first time I saw him, and I wasn't far wrong." -F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby George Remus was born on November 13th 1876 in Germany to Frank and Maria Remus, a working class family. He was the middle child with an older sister and younger brother and while he was still just a toddler, the...

Duration:00:21:29

Noir Factory Interrogation #002

4/27/2017
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Eddie Muller is the founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation. According to their website, the Film Noir Foundation is a non-profit public benefit corporation created as an educational resource regarding the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of film noir as an original American cinematic movement. Eddie is also the host of Noir City, the coolest non-profit fundraiser known to man. Noir City is a traveling film festival and chief fundraising event for the Film Noir...

Duration:00:46:06

Case #28: Charles Ponzi- Conman

4/17/2017
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“Even if they never got anything for it, it was cheap at that price. Without malice aforethought I had given them the best show that was ever staged in their territory since the landing of the Pilgrims! It was easily worth fifteen million bucks to watch me put the thing over." -Charles Ponzi Carlo Pietro Giovanni Guglielmo Tobaldo Ponzi was born in Lugo, Italy in 1882 and did the world a favor, one of very few, by changing his name to Charles Ponzi. He came from a family that was at one...

Duration:00:23:45

Case #27: "Durable" Mike Malloy

3/29/2017
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Noir Factory Podcast Episode #27 In 1996 a board game called KILL DR. LUCKY came out. It was a wildly fun game where each person takes turns trying to, well...kill Dr. Lucky. Don't judge me. It was a simpler time. The game required each player to take a turn at doing in the Rasputin-like physician, which was sooo much more difficult than it sounded. It took luck and daring to get the good doctor away from all other players and do him in, and more often than not, he escaped no worse...

Duration:00:20:05