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Stories of the famous and forgotten scandals, scoundrels and scourges of the past, told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism.

Stories of the famous and forgotten scandals, scoundrels and scourges of the past, told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism.
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Cincinnati, OH

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Stories of the famous and forgotten scandals, scoundrels and scourges of the past, told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism.

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English


Episodes

Ready For Rope

9/15/2019
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Murder Of Sheriff Rogers At Glencoe Episode 353 takes place in late 19th century Minnesota, but plays out like a classic Western tale. You know the one, where a pair of strangers come into town, shoot the sheriff, and incite the citizenry to take the law into their own hands. Culled from the historic pages of the Minneapolis Star, the St. Paul...

Duration:01:18:49

Gin! Jazz! Guns!

9/9/2019
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Gin! Jazz! Guns! YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Real ‘Chicago’ Murders Episode 252 explores the two murders that inspired the hit musical “Chicago,” which was based on a play by Maurine Watkins, who did some reporting on both cases as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune. I’ll be joined by my colleague Susan Ferman, whose own podcast Catastrophic Calamities, will premiere next...

Duration:01:39:43

Tragedy At The Trysting Place

9/1/2019
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Tragedy At The Trysting Place YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Ladies’ Man Lawyer & The Mysterious Blonde Episode 151 recalls a fatal shooting on a dark country road when a pair of unemployed thugs set out to rape and plunder unsuspecting couples looking for a quiet place to canoodle. They get more than they bargained for when their mark turns out to be a well-armed...

Duration:01:16:52

The Bad Boy Butcher Of Hollywood

8/25/2019
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Murder Of Myrtle Mellus Episode 350 relates the tale of a love triangle ending in tragedy when a Hollywood socialite is found murdered after one of her regular trysts with her young lover. There’s a lot of drinking and debauchery involved in this, and we never really get all the details of this sordid liaison, but just enough to spark the...

Duration:01:45:02

Little Sweethearts Drowned In Cistern

8/18/2019
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Tragic Despair Of Etta Butts Episode 349 is dedicated to loyal listener Kellie Fenner who wanted to hear more about this case from her hometown Grand Rapids, Michigan, the sad sad story of a mother who committed the unthinkable act of murdering her own children. I actually did the research on this one during a camping tour of Michigan, and since...

Duration:01:36:07

Blood On The Bridge

8/11/2019
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... The Murder Of Bessie Little Episode 348 takes place in Dayton, Ohio, just up the Great Miami River from my hometown. I’m trying to come up with a name for this particular narrative trope, the murder of a woman by the man whose child she is carrying, consequently, the murder of an unborn child as well. There is some question in this case...

Duration:01:24:44

Secrets Of A Meddling Mother-In-Law

8/4/2019
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism...The Trunk In Minnie Lee Griffin’s Basement Episode 347 is a cautionary tale about what can go wrong if you get too involved in the lives of your grown children. When the widow Minnie Lee Griffin thought that her son-in-law was being pursued by a beautiful neighbor, she resorted to subterfuge to save her daughters marriage, and eventually to...

Duration:01:22:59

The Candy Kid Escapes

7/28/2019
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... Demise Of The Whittemore Gang Episode 345 follows the end of the career of the leader of a notorious East Coast gang that terrorized Baltimore and several New York Cities in their bloody quest for money and diamonds. The exciting narrative includes descriptions of several of the gang’s violent heists. *** A creation Of Pulpular Media We...

Duration:01:20:22

Shoot-Out At Wolf Creek

7/21/2019
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty...The Scoundrel Albert BrownleeEpisode 344 takes place in the Pacific Northwest and follows the career of a World War I veteran who returns to a life of crime. This fellow’s a peck of trouble, and since the Huns didn’t get him, the state of Oregon will.Culled from the historic pages of the Eugene Morning Register, the Eugene Guard, and other...

Duration:01:04:14

Rampage On Seventh Street

7/14/2019
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Scoundrel Herman Kabansky There’s a lot of action packed into Episode 343. In addition to a drunken shooting spree and a heroic policeman, the story packs in an escape from jail, an attempted suicide, and a whole lot of courtroom and jailhouse dramatics. Culled from the historic pages of the Washington Post, the Washington Times, and the...

Duration:00:49:25

The Hawes Family Horror

7/7/2019
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE: A story of the criminal justice system at its most extreme--inflicting the death penalty. A Bloody Riot In Birmingham Episode 342 is dedicated to listeners Paula Wellman and Marcie Braden, who along with the Historic Birmingham Facebook group suggested this case and provided me with tons of research. It is a double tragedy, a brutal family murder followed by a massacre in the city streets as a diligent sheriff flexes the strong arm of the law. Culled from the historic...

Duration:02:11:16

Death Of A Ghost Writer

6/30/2019
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Australian Aviatrix And Her Suitors Episode 341 tells the scandalous story of one of Miami, Florida’s most sensational murders when a young writer is found dead in a sleeping porch, a bullet in his head and two suicide notes on the table. Public interest is high because the other two sides of the fatal triangle are two world-famous,...

Duration:00:59:40

Jealous Murder At The Brown Palace Bar

6/23/2019
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Degradation Of Sassy Springer Episode 340 tells of a double murder--one intentional, one accidental--arising out of an unusual love triangle among a married wealthy Denver socialite and two men, both of whom were her lovers, neither of them her husband. Does that make it a love quadrangle? Culled from the historic pages of the Denver Post and...

Duration:02:06:34

The Torch Singer & The Tobacco Heir

6/16/2019
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... Scandal At Reynolda Episode 338 weaves the tale of mystery surrounding the shocking death of the youngest son of the tobacco king R.J. Reynolds when he is found dead in the family’s palatial North Carolina home. Although the coroner immediately ruled it a suicide, other officials felt differently, and suspicion fell on the young man’s new bride and...

Duration:01:57:32

A Murder Half-Avenged

6/9/2019
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... The Diabolical Meeks Family Massacre Scoundrels abound in Episode 337, when an ex-convict is assassinated in cold blood by the men he’s about to turn state’s evidence on. That would be bad enough, but what makes it intolerable is the fact that the turncoat’s wife and daughters are with him when the attack takes place, and his assailants don’t...

Duration:01:23:21

Murder On The McKenzie Trail

6/2/2019
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AN EYE FOR AN EYE -- A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty... The Campfire Cremation Of John Linn Episode 336 is dedicated to True Crime Historian patron Marlene Resch, who wanted to hear a historic case from her hometown of Eugene, Oregon. So I dug around a bit and found this cowboy story which turns out to have been the first execution in Lane County. Culled from the historic pages of the Eugene...

Duration:01:16:37

The Sugar Hollow Memorial Day Murder

5/27/2019
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism...The Lumberjack And The Boatman’s WifeEpisode 335 tells of another scandalous eternal triangle that ends in murder. The victim this time is the husband, and both his comely wife and the illiterate man who cuckolded him go on trial for his murder. Culled from the historic pages of the Wilkes-Barre Record, the Wilkes=Barre Times Leader-Evening News, and...

Duration:01:47:19

Battered Bodies In Stetson Pond

5/19/2019
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Trial Of Arthur Sargent Episode 334 is a simple tale: Three men go fishing on a boat, one man comes back the next day saying the other two were drowned in an accident on the pond. But was it an accident? We’d let the jury decide but for a rare motion with unusual timing by the prosecuting attorney that makes the outcome a certainty. Culled from...

Duration:00:56:10

Drunk Enough For A Fight

5/13/2019
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... Emil Sanger’s Rage Like all episodes of True Crime Historian, Episode 333 is a cautionary tale, this time about rage, when a normal businessman gets so heated about a squabble mixing family and business that he lays out his own ruin. I wouldn’t go so far as to say anyone was asking to be murdered, but... I’ll let you be the judge. Culled from the...

Duration:01:13:07

Double Double Murder

5/5/2019
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS -- Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism... The Crimes Of The Citrus King Episode 332 tells the story of a prominent businessman and his relationship with a young woman that gets him in all kinds of hot water. But the remarkable thing about this story is how history repeats itself, and twenty years later, he finds himself in another fine mess. Culled from the historic pages of the Tampa...

Duration:01:20:05