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A HIATUS, A HERO, AND AN OUTLAW

6/23/2019
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In 1947, in New York, an innocent man was convicted and sent to prison, for a murder he didn't commit. A newspaper reporter was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for proving him innocent, and winning his release. Also: Police Blotter, July 8, 1895 (Guthrie, Oklahoma). THE HERO: EDWARD MOWERY Edward Mowery, Reporter, Dies; Won a Pulitzer Prize in 1953, New York Times, December 21, 1970. Hoffner Walks Out, A Free Man, The People’s Almanac # 2 (1978), pp. 712-13. Man Awarded $112,291 For...

Duration:00:35:36

TROUBLED TIMES IN CHINATOWN

6/12/2019
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The dark and violent side of the history of Chinatown, in New York City, during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Also: Police Blotter & Court News (Florida), November 24, 1899. HISTORICAL REFERENCES Troubled Times In Chinatown: Luc, Sante, Low Life (1991), at pp. 127-29; 144-47; 226-29. Tom Lee, Mayor of Chinatown (photo, 1913). Tom Lee, Infamous New York (blog page, 2013). Seligman, Scott, Tong Wars: The Untold Story of Vice, Money, and Murder in New York's Chinatown...

Duration:01:10:18

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, TRUE CRIME WRITER

5/11/2019
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In 1846, future U.S. president Abraham Lincoln wrote a short story about a very strange and mysterious murder case, that had taken place in Illinois, a few years earlier. The story was published in a local newspaper. On this episode, you will hear Lincoln’s dramatic tale of true crime, told in full. Also: Police Blotter and Court News, October 4, 1867. HISTORICAL REFERENCES Abraham Lincoln, True Crime Writer: Lincoln, Abraham, A Remarkable Case of Arrest for Murder (also known as The...

Duration:01:02:46

THE WITCH WHO WASN'T: JANE WENHAM - 1712

4/4/2019
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The trial of Jane Wenham in 1712, is mostly infamous as "the last witchcraft trial in England". But, that's not the only reason why this case should be infamous. Also: Police Blotter & Court News - June 1, 1863. HISTORICAL REFERENCES: The Witch Who Wasn't: Jane Wenham - 1712. Guskin, Phyllis J., The Context of Witchcraft: The Case of Jane Wenham (1712), Eighteenth-Century Studies Vol. 15, No. 1 (Autumn, 1981), at pp. 48-71 (mistakenly claiming that the Wenham case was the last...

Duration:00:42:41

THE STORY BEHIND APRIL FOOL'S DAY

4/1/2019
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The title says it all. Our guest: Emily Prokop of The Story Behind Podcast. Operation Switcheroo! Enjoy.

Duration:00:04:28

CLARA'S CRAZY IDEA - 1893

3/8/2019
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The story of the woman who gave birth to the Public Defender system, for the U.S., in 1893. HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Books: Babcock, Barbara, Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz (2011). Drachman, Virginia, Sisters In Law: Women Lawyers In Modern American History (1998). Law Reviews: Schwartz, Mortimer, Brandt, Susan & Milrod, Patience, Clara Shortridge Foltz: Pioneer in the Law, 27 Hastings Law Review 545 (1976). Babcock, Barbara, Clara Shortridge Foltz: Constitution-Maker, 66...

Duration:01:16:29

SLAVERY IN DISGUISE - 1892

2/27/2019
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The tragic story of how, during the years between the late 1870s and early 1940s, the states of the American South used the criminal courts to effectively re-establish slavery for hundreds of thousands of black people, and poor whites -- through forced work on privately-owned plantations, mines and factories -- withstanding the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, and the prohibition added to the U.S. Constitution in 1864. Also: Police Blotter & Court News - July 27, 1855. HISTORICAL...

Duration:00:40:42

A TEEN LOVE STORY - 1890

2/9/2019
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The adventures (mis-adventures?) of two young teen couples, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who ran away from home, to Cleveland, Ohio, in September 1890, to elope. HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Cleveland Plain Dealer, September 10 & 11, 1890. Pittsburgh Dispatch, September 10 & 11, 1890. (a harsher view of the events). Associated Press, news reports, September 10 & 11, 1890. GUEST VOICES: Guest Narrator - Kathy Obuszewski – free lance voice artist. Instagram Etsy Twitter Mrs. Caddy -...

Duration:00:38:45

THE KIDNAPPING OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR - 1929

1/22/2019
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The story of the kidnapping of the lieutenant governor of Idaho in 1929, by a crew of incompetent gangsters. Also: Police Blotter & Court News, November 16, 1886. HISTORICAL REFERENCES: The Kidnapping of the Lieutenant Governor McClary, Daryl C., William B. Kinne, Lieutenant Governor of Idaho, Is kidnapped On June 12, 1929, History Link (2006). Unintended Consequences of a Noble Experiment, Notes from the Latah County Historical Society (April 7, 2015). Kinne Kidnapping: Idaho...

Duration:00:38:36

THE MIDNIGHT BAND OF MERCY - 1893

1/4/2019
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The story of an organized group of relentless ladies, who were serial killers, in New York City, 1893. Also: Police Blotter & Court News, January 17, 1870. HISTORICAL REFERENCES: The Midnight Band of Mercy - Online articles and information: Hartwell, Sarah, 1893: The Midnight Band of Mercy vs. The New York SPCA (a very detailed article, with commentary and fascinating verbatim reprints of news stories about the Midnight Band of Mercy. from the time period). New York Cat Ladies and...

Duration:01:21:39

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

12/20/2018
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Campbell Playhouse audio drama of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, as broadcast on nationwide radio, December 24, 1939, featuring the voices of Orson Welles, as narrator, and Lionel Barrymore, as Ebeneezer Scrooge. GUEST VOICE: Charles Dickens - Michael Marshall - freelance voice artist. Miscellaneous: Outro Aphorism (voice) – Kit Caren, co-host of the Forgotten News Podcast. Host Intro – Nina Innsted, the host of the Already Gone podcast. Dickens Quote: Dickens, Charles,...

Duration:01:13:10

CHRISTMAS DAY IN JAIL - 1865

12/16/2018
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The story of Christmas Day in jail, 1865, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Also: Police Blotter & Court News, Washington D.C., December 18, 1882. HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Christmas in Jail - 1865 Cleveland Plain Dealer, December 26, 1865. Police Blotter & Court News: Washington Republican, December 18, 1882. GUEST VOICES: Christmas in Jail - 1865 - Narrator - Eleiece Krawiec - freelance voice artist Police Blotter & Court News - Guest Narrator - Brandi T - freelance voice...

Duration:00:28:06

WHAT KATIE WOULDN'T TELL - 1884

11/24/2018
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The story of the murder of Kate McDonnell, an Irish-American girl, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1884, and her inexplicable deathbed effort to hide the identity of her killer. Also: Police Blotter & Court News, Cleveland, Ohio, January 5, 1864. Note: This is our most unusual Police Blotter segment, featuring an all-star cast of podcasters. HISTORICAL REFERENCES. What Katie Wouldn't Tell: Newspapers - The Pittsburgh Dispatch, February 28, 1884. The Cleveland Plain Dealer,...

Duration:00:34:01

THE MAYOR AND THE LITTLE OLD LADY - 1935

11/4/2018
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A story about an incident in the life of Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia of New York City in 1935, and how it directly pertains to the people of the U.S., right now, in 2018. HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Manning, Brennan, The Ragamuffin Gospel (2008). Cerf, Bennett, Try and Stop Me (1944), p. 268-269. McCullough, Donald, Say Please, Say Thank You: The Respect We Owe One Another (1999), p. 159-160. GUEST VOICES: Narrator (Featured Story) - Scott Ennis of Stories of Yore Podcast. Host Intro –...

Duration:00:14:00

THE VANISHING OF DAVID LANG - 1880

10/24/2018
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In 1880, in Gallatin, Tennessee, a farmer named David Lang, apparently vanished from the face of the earth, in front of his wife, children and friends. HISTORICAL REFERENCES The Vanishing of David Lang: Palmer, Stuart, Fate Magazine, July 1953, How Lost Was My Father?, pp. 75-85 (1931 interview of Sarah Lang, and related article & documents, as presented by Mr. Palmer, the author). Bierce, Ambrose, The Difficulty of Crossing a Field (short story, fiction), contained within published...

Duration:01:34:44

THE VANISHING OF DAVID LANG - 1880

10/24/2018
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In 1880, in Gallatin, Tennessee, a farmer named David Lang, apparently vanished from the face of the earth, in front of his wife, children and friends. HISTORICAL REFERENCES, GUEST INFORMATION AND ALL OTHER PERTINENT DETAILS, WILL BE POSTED ON 10/25/2018.

Duration:01:34:44

Introducing: WHISPERED TRUE STORIES

10/18/2018
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Kit Caren has something important to tell you.

Duration:00:05:10

THE ANTI-FUNGAL MAYOR WHO NEVER WAS - 1967

10/11/2018
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STRANGE — BUT FORGOTTEN: MINI-EPISODE # 5. In July 1967, thousands of newspapers, across the United States, published the news that a can of foot powder had been elected as mayor of a town in Ecuador. But, the story was completely untrue. How were they all duped? HISTORICAL REFERENCES Foot Powder Wins Election, Hands Down, Reuters (news service), July 17, 1967. Foot Powder Produces Headaches in Ecuador, New York Times, July 18, 1967. Correction, United Press International, July 20,...

Duration:00:21:09

THE CHILD BRIDE OF ATHENS COUNTY – 1940

9/26/2018
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The very unusual story of the marriage of a 10 year old girl with a 21 year old man, in January 1940, in Athens County, Ohio - including the decades of aftermath. This was an event which made headlines across the U.S., at the time. The second part of episode will feature the latest installment of our popular segment Police Blotter and Court News, with short tales of small time crime from 1868. HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Child Bride: Three Get Ohio Terms in Child Marriage, Cleveland Plain...

Duration:00:47:25