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True Crime


A weekly podcast where the dark, and sometimes weird, true stories in American politics are discussed.






Episode 218: Ginny Sack | Henry Denhardt

Tina and Hillary cover the murder of Henry Denhardt. Henry Denhardt, a prominent figure in Kentucky politics, found himself entangled in a murder investigation. BUT as the trial reached its conclusion, Denhardt faced a shocking twist of fate when revenge caught up to him. Sources Tina's Story Daily News Kentucky brothers sought revenge on general who killed their sister--and dodged jail time ( David J. Krajicek New York Times Denhardt Is Indicted On Charge Of Murder ( News NBC 40 Throwback Thursday – Hendry Denhardt and an 80-year-old unsolved murder ( Telia Butler Throwback Thursday: Was Henry Denhardt a serial killer? Two nearly 90-year-old cold cases ( Telia Butler and Chris Bratton Sam Terry's Kentucky History Blog Gen. Denhardt's Date with Death ( Time KENTUCKY: General & Widow (Cont'd) (,33009,757013,00.html) Wikipedia Henry Denhardt ( Photos Henry Denhardt ( Public Domain via Wikipedia Verna Elizabeth Garr Headstone ( Sam Terry's Kentucky Blog


Episode 217: Die Angry | The Yablonski Murders

Hillary and Tina cover the Yablonski murders. Joseph A. "Jock" Yablonski was a labor leader known for his advocacy for miners' rights. BUT he fell victim to a tragic murder that shed light on corruption within the United Mine Workers of America. Sources Hillary's Story CrimeReads How The 1969 Murders of a Labor Leader and His Family Changed Coal Country Forever ( Forbes Cillian Murphy Starring In Crime Film About 1960s Mining Murders—What To Know About The True Story Of Joseph Yablonski ( HISTORY Bodies of family killed by United Mine Workers found | January 5, 1970 ( Library of Congress Joseph A. Yablonski legal case collection ( Observer-Reporter Fifty years later, the murder of the Yablonskis still resonates ( Killings of UMWA leader Jock Yablonski, his family shocked Western Pa. 50 years ago ( YOUTUBE A Murder In The Union: The Assassination of Jock Yablonski ( Wikipedia Joseph Yablonski ( Photos Joseph Yablonski ( W.A. "Tony" Boyle ( Bettman via Smithsonian Magazine Pittsburgh Press Headline ( PressReader Claude Vealy ( AP via PennLive Yablonski Sons at Court- ( AP via PennLive


Episode 216: Gumball Machine | Paul Kennedy

Tina and Hillary cover former Ocean Gate mayor, Paul Kennedy. Paul Kennedy served as mayor of Ocean Gate beginning in 2007. BUT after years of deceit, he finally paid the price for profiting off the town. Sources Tina's Story app Ex-Ocean Gate mayor pleads guilty to ‘pattern of official misconduct;’ jailtime expected ( Erik Larsen NJ Gov’t auctions, parking meter revenue. Former N.J. mayor admits pocketing town’s money ( Sheldon New Jersey Globe Jersey Shore Mayor Who Stole Money From Parking Meters Gets Three Years In Prison ( Wildstein Ocean City's Prosecutor's Office FORMER OCEAN GATE MAYOR SENTENCED TO STATE PRISON FOR PATTERN OF OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT ( Photos Paul Kennedy Mug Shot ( Ocean Country Prosecutor's Office via Patch Paul Kennedy ( Facebook via New Jersey Globe


Episode 215: Bamboozled | Salvatore DiMasi

Hillary and Tina cover the former speaker of the Massachusetts House Salvatore DiMasi. Salvatore DiMasi ascended to power in politics, reaching the esteemed position of Speaker of the Massachusetts House. BUT his downfall came swiftly when corruption charges led to incarceration. Sources Hillary's Story Boston Herald Sal DiMasi, other federal cons can't be automatically blocked from Beacon Hill lobbying, SJC rules ( CBS News Former House Speaker Sal DiMasi Asks For 3-Year Sentence ( Sal DiMasi Appeals Conviction, Sentence ( Courthouse News Service Corruption conviction is no bar to lobbying, ex-lawmaker tells Massachusetts high court ( Daniel Jackson The Daily Free Press Salvatore DiMasi will resign as Speaker ( FBI Boston Division Former Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Lobbyist Convicted on Corruption Charges ( The New York Times Massachusetts: Ex-Speaker of House Is Indicted ( Katie Zezima The Sun Ex-Mass. Speaker Sal DiMasi, associates indicted ( WBUR Former Speaker DiMasi, 3 Associates Indicted On Federal Corruption Charges ( Lisa Tobin Wikipedia Salvatore DiMasi ( Photos Salvatore DiMasi ( Cape Cod Times DiMasi on the Mass. House Floor ( Cape Cod Times DiMasi after leaving prison ( by Steven Senne via Seattle Times


Li'l Muck Episode 52: Jayden D'Onofrio

Hillary interviews activist Jayden D’Onofrio, Chairman of Florida Future Leaders PAC. Jayden D’Onofrio has a lengthy political background and has been a leader in multiple youth focused political organizations including VOTFlorida and Voters of Tomorrow. Since his last visit to the podcast in November of 2022, Jayden has founded the Florida Future Leaders PAC. The focus of the PAC is to combine the power of Florida College Democrats, Florida High School Democrats, and paid on-campus organizing to make change in Florida. Websites Florida Future Leaders PAC ( Special Guest: Jayden D'Onofrio.


Episode 214: Normies and Freaks | Helen Hulick and the Fight to Wear Pants

Tina and Hillary cover the history of women winning the right to wear pants. Throughout history gender norms dictated what women could or couldn’t wear. BUT pants are now the norm thanks to women who challenged conventions. Sources Tina's Story All That's Interesting Meet Helen Hulick, The Woman Who Was Jailed For Wearing Pants To Court ( Marco Margaritoff City Data Forum Roane Woman arrested for wearing pants in 1923 ( LA Times California Retrospective: In 1938, L.A. woman went to jail for wearing slacks in courtroom ( Medium Two Women Who Were Arrested for Wearing Pants, 80 Years Apart ( Kester NBC News How drag bans have made clothing a political statement, according to a queer style expert ( Snopes Did a Woman Go To Jail for Wearing Slacks in 1938? ( Nur Ibrahim Trace Arrested for Wearing Pants ( Wikipedia Helen Beebe ( WRTV Indianapolis Women given permission to pursue pants 100 years ago (,that%20was%20put%20into%20effect.%E2%80%9D)--Michael Hartz Photos Helen Hulick wearing pants (1938) ( the Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection via Snopes Hulick Newspaper Clipping ( Snopes Hulick in denim prison dress ( UCLA via All That's Interesting


Episode 213: Ear Tingle | FBI Investigates Louie, Louie

Hillary and Tina cover the FBI investigation of the Louie, Louie song. The Kingsmen's rendition of "Louie, Louie" has been an iconic song since its debut in the 1960s. BUT when rumors surfaced about potentially obscene lyrics surfaced, the FBI was called in to investigate. Sources Hillary's Story FBI Louie Louie (The Song) ( History The FBI Laboratory weighs in on the “dirty” lyrics of “Louie Louie” ( Indy Star That time Indiana teens ratted out dirty ‘Louie Louie’ lyrics, and the FBI got involved ( Higgins The Legal Satyricon The Raunchy Version of Louie Louie — Lyrics Are Public Domain? ( Loudersound What happened when the FBI tried to decipher The Kingsmen's Louie Louie ( Bill DeMain Medium About Those Banned “Louie Louie” Lyrics- ( Neal Umphred The New Yorker Is This the Dirtiest Song of the Sixties? ( Anwen Crawford NPR How the universally recognized song "Louie Louie" by the Kingsmen came to be ( Deena Prichep on Weekend Edition Sunday 'Louie Louie': The story behind the song everyone knows but no one understands ( Deena Prichep Wikipedia The Kingsman ( Louie Louie ( Photos Richard Berry ( Richard Berry Estate via KCRW's X post The Kingsmen ( Scandore/Shayne via Wikipedia (Public Domain) Louie Louie Lyrics ( Techdirt FBI Report (*Y2FqetZtgxAphFMNTSbORQ.jpeg)--from Mental Floss via Medium


Episode 212: Rot in Piss | Brock Adams

Tina and Hillary cover former Washington Senator Brock Adams. Brock Adams served as congressman and transportation secretary before rising to the US Senate. BUT when allegations of sexual harassment arise his career plummets. Sources Tina's Story K5 NBC #MeToo movement is decades in the making ( Natalie Brand Lewiston Tribune NANCY REAGAN, BROCK ADAMS DESERVE A DIFFERENT COURT ( Jim Fisher New York Times Brock Adams, 77, Senator and Cabinet Member, Dies ( Michael Janofsky Post Alley Thirty Years After the Scandal that Changed Northwest Politics Forever ( Barry Mitzman The Seattle Times 8 More Women Accuse Adams -- Allegations Of Two Decades Of Sexual Harassment, Abuse - And A Rape ( Susan Gilmore, Eric Nalder, Eric Pryne, David Boardman Photos Brock Adams ( Public Domain via Wikipedia Michael Fancher Seattle Times Editor Speaks to C-Span ( from C-Span


Episode 211: Little Tooth | Operation Flagship

Hillary and Tina cover Operation Flagship. Operation Flagship was a clever ruse devised by the feds to nab fugitives in Washington DC. BUT, the elaborate scheme ultimately highlighted the innovative tactics used to catch wrongdoers and brought notoriety to the US Marshal's Service. Sources Hillary's Story Chicago Tribune POLICE ARREST 100 FUGITIVES IN TICKET RUSE ( Los Angeles Times Free Football Party Lures Fugitives Into Arms of Law ( Ronald J. Ostrow Medium How Cops Used A Fake NFL Football Ticket Giveaway In 1985 To Capture Wanted Fugitive Criminals ( Andrew Martin US Marshals Service Fugitive Investigative Strike Teams - No Such Thing as a Free Lunch (,and%20DC%20Metropolitan%20Police%20officers) The Washington Post Football Party Proves a Bust ( John Ward Anderson Wikipedia Operation Flagship ( YouTube Mass Amount Of Fugitives BUSTED In Football Ticket Sting Operation ( Photos Banner at Sting Operation ( US Marshals Service via Wikipedia (Public Domain) Arresting Fugitives ( US Marshals Service via Wikipedia (Public Domain) Master of Ceremonies ( US Marshals Service Website


Episode 210: Hot Potato | Scott Bartlett

Tina and Hillary cover former Public Works Superintendent Scott Bartlett. Scott Bartlett served as Fairfield public works superintendent BUT, his reckless handling of toxic waste unleashed one of the most devastating environmental disasters in Connecticut's history. Sources Tina's Story Chron Judge refuses to dismiss dumping case against former Fairfield officials ( Daniel Tepfer CTPost Former public works superintendent gets 5 years in Fairfield dumping case ( Daniel Tepfer Fox 61 4 more arrested in Fairfield dumping investigation ( Doug Stewart NBC CT Fairfield town official sentenced to prison in hazardous waste dumping probe ( Angela Fortuna News 12 Former Fairfield DPW superintendent found guilty of multiple charges in first fill pile trial ( Patch Bartlett Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison In Fairfield Fill Pile Case ( Alfred Branch The Register Citizen Pandemic delays Fairfield dumping case ( Daniel Tepfer Photos Scott Bartlett Mug Shot ( Fairfield Police Department via Patch Owen Fish Pond 2018 ( Hamlet Hub


Episode 209: Birds of a Feather | Judge Alex Kozinski

Hillary and Tina cover Judge Alex Kozinski. Judge Alex Kozinski, accused of sexual misconduct, remained hidden in the shadows for decades. BUT, the advent of #MeToo brought his actions into the spotlight. Hillary's Story CBS News Judge Alex Kozinski steps down after allegations of sexual misconduct ( Forbes He’s Back. After Resigning, Federal Judge Accused of Sexual Harassment Returns As A Practitioner ( Patricia Barnes Los Angeles Times Porn trial in L.A. is halted ( Scott Glover NPR Federal Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski Accused Of Sexual Harassment ( Ina Jaffe Politico Federal appeals court judge steps down amid sexual misconduct probe ( Cristiano Lima Reuters Trump hires former 9th Circuit judge Kozinski for Twitter court fight ( Jacqueline Thomsen and Mike Scarcella Slate I Received Some of Kozinski’s Infamous Gag List Emails. I’m Baffled by Kavanaugh’s Responses to Questions About Them ( Heidi Bond Wikipedia Alex Kozinski ( Photos Alex Kozinski (!/quality/90/? J. David Ake from AP via Politico Brett Kavanaugh ( Fred Schilling/Public Domain via Wikipedia


Episode 208: Dear Lord | Karen Silkwood

Tina and Hillary cover the mysterious death of Karen Silkwood. Activist Karen Silkwood was delivering important documents to a reporter. BUT, in a tragic turn of events, a fatal car crash deepened the mystery. Sources Tina's Story Britannica Karen Silkwood ( History Karen Silkwood dies in mysterious one car crash ( Koco News 5 This Day In History: Karen Silkwood dies in mysterious crash in Crescent ( National Whistleblower Center Karen Silkwood ( News Channel 8 44 years later, the death of Karen Silkwood is still a mystery ( Maureen Wurtz The Observer via Mary Ellen Mark The Karen Silkwood File ( Joyce Egginton PBS Frontline The Karen Silkwood Story ( Public Health and the Law The Case of Karen Silkwood ( George J. Annas United Steelworkers The Karen Silkwood Story ( Photos Karen Silkwood ( The Oklahoman Karen Silkwood's crashed vehicle (,q_auto:good,fl_progressive:steep/ espinage& substack Greg Blot holding sign at Karen Silkwood 1978 Memorial ( The Oklahoman


Episode 207: Rescue Mission | Alan Berg

Hillary and Tina cover the murder of Alan Berg. Alan Berg hosted a popular radio show, BUT his life was tragically cut short by neo-Nazis, shedding light on the dangers of hate and extremism. Sources Hillary's Story Colorado Public Radio Murder of Colorado radio man Alan Berg still resonates 30 years later ( Andrea Dukakis The Detroit Post The murder of Alan Berg in Denver: 25 years later ( Neo-Nazi who shot Denver radio host Alan Berg dies in federal prison in Pa ( Howard Pankratz History A radio host is gunned down for his controversial view ( Los Angeles Times 2 Supremacists Guilty in Death of Jewish Radio Host ( The New York Times OUTSPOKEN TALK SHOW HOST SLAIN OUTSIDE DENVER HOME ( Andrew H. Malcolm Reddebrek on YouTube KOA Ken Hamblin-Alan Berg Shooting ( Rolling Stone Alan Berg: Talked to Death ( Stephen Singular Wikipedia Alan Berg ( The Order ( Photos Alan Berg ( The Bowie News Bruce Pierce ( Southern Poverty Law Center David Lane ( Southern Poverty Law Center


Classic Episode: See You in Hell | ROE vs. Wade and Abortion in America

We hope you enjoy this rerelease of one of our favorite episodes: Episode 123. Originally released on May 11, 2022, you will hear us discuss abortion in the United States before and after the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade. Hillary and Tina cover Roe vs. Wade and the history of abortion in America. Hillary’s Story Throughout the early history of America, abortion was permitted. BUT when women began to seek more rights, more restriction on abortion gets enacted. Tina’s Story Roe vs. Wade made a woman’s right to choose a private issue and ensured safe access to abortion. BUT despite that republican law makers have fought to restrict abortion access in America. Hillary's Sources AJPH Population Group Abortion Rates and Lifetime Incidence of Abortion: United States, 2008–2014 ( Rachel K. Jones PhD, and Jenna Jerman MPH The Atlantic My Abortion Before Roe v. Wade ( Elizabeth Stone Bustle Getting An Abortion In The '60s Was Way Different Than It Is Today ( Amanda Chatel The Daily Beast Here’s What Life Was Like for American Women in America Before ‘Roe v. Wade’ ( Geoffrey R. Stone Fast Company Which states will ban abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned? These maps will tell you- ( Christopher Zara History Roe v. Wade ( The New York Times Before Roe ( Illan Panich-Linsman and Lauren Kelley Pew Research Center About six-in-ten Americans say abortion should be legal in all or most cases ( Hannah Hartig Planned Parenthood I Had an Illegal Abortion Before Roe v. Wade ( Phyllis (guest blogger) Slate Caught in the Net ( Leslie J. Reagan Vice I Got an Illegal Abortion Before Roe v. Wade--by Carter Sherman ( Wikipedia Unsafe abortion ( Photos National Police Gazette Cover with Madame Restell (*sGKVvhLCeE7Da_LV3LrT5Q.jpeg)--from Wikimedia via Timeline Majority of Americans Approve of Legal Abortion Chart ( Pew Research Center Gloria Allred and Norma McCorvey (,f_auto,q_auto:best/newscms/2018_23/1907051/170218-allred-mccorvey-supreme-court-cb-1619.jpg)--by Greg Gibson/AFP via NBC News Tina's Sources Alabama Author of Alabama abortion ban says state might add exceptions as it grapples with possible Roe ruling ( Sarah Whites-Koditschek Rep. Terri Collins: Banker turned pro-life crusader ( Abbey Crain BedBible Black and Hispanic people have the most to lose if Roe is overturned ( BedBible CNN 13 states have passed so-called 'trigger laws,' bans designed to go into effect if Roe v. Wade is overturned...


Episode 206: Definitely Paisan | The Italian Hall Disaster

Tina and Hillary cover the Italian Hall Disaster of 1913. Union strikers were joyously celebrating Christmas in the Italian Hall, BUT when someone yelled "fire," tragedy engulfed the hall, extinguishing the festive celebration. Sources Tina's Story The History Navigator The Italian Hall Disaster and the Copper Strike of 1913 ( Allison Memories of the Prairie The Italian Hall Disaster: a fateful Christmas Party ( Devin Walk Michigan Live 1913 Italian Hall Disaster was a Michigan Christmas Eve tragedy ( The New York Times MOYER DRIVEN OUT OF CALUMET REGION ( MOYER WOUNDED; LAYS IT TO PLOT ( Woody Guthrie Lyrics 1913 Massacre ( Wikipedia Anna Clemenc ( Italian Hall (,served%20as%20a%20memorial%20park.) Italian Hall Disaster ( Photos Anna Clemenc with flag ( history navigator Italian Hall 1913 ( domain via Wikipedia Funeral in Church for Victims ( Michigan Live Funeral Procession for the Victims ( domain via Wikipedia


Episode 205: A Nose for Kink | William Bulger

Hillary and Tina cover former Massachusetts Senator, William Bulger. Senator William Bulger enjoyed a distinguished career. BUT, as his brother, crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, Jr. went on the lam and hit the FBI's most wanted list, the family connection emerged, casting a shadow over his political legacy. Sources Hillary's Story ABC News Tale of Two Brothers: Whitey and Billy Bulger's Rise to Power in Crime and Politics ( ABC News Boston Globe Bowing to Bulger brothers tainted the Commonwealth ( Joan Vennochi How Spotlight revealed the secret deal between Whitey Bulger and the FBI ( Annalisa Quinn ‘My Name Is Bulger’: A tale of two brothers ( Mark Feeney Senate president: A mix of Southie, power ( Christine Chinlund Massachusetts Legislature Senator William M. Bulger ( The New York Times Sticking by a Murderous Brother, and Paying for It Dearly ( Katharine Q. Seelye Sixty Minutes (YouTube) BILLY BULGER - MR PRESIDENT - 60 MINUTES (CBS; 11/1993) ( Suffolk University Oral history interview with William Bulger (OH-014) ( Wikipedia William Bulger ( Photos William Bulger ( the Boston Globe William Bulger and James Bulger as children ( The Boston Herald William Bulger Testifying at 2003 Congressional Hearing ( The Boston Globe James "Whitey" Bulger, Jr. Mugshot (,d_placeholder_euli9k,h_1439,w_2560,x_0,y_0/dpr_1.5/c_limit,w_908/fl_lossy,q_auto/v1492198539/articles/2014/06/27/whitey-bulgar-a-government-approved-maniac/140627-grover-bulger-tease_busti4)--from Magnolia Pictures via The Daily Beast


End of Year Special | 2023 Wrap Up

In our End of Year Special for 2023, Tina and Hillary are joined by their Executive Producer Alfredo Olvera to talk about their favorite episodes of the year, political winners and losers, and the best and worst political stories of 2023. For show notes and links to our sources, please click here (


Episode 204: Thelma and Louise | MKUltra

Tina and Hillary cover the CIAs program MKUltra. CIA's MKUltra delved into mind control, BUT the program turned into a twisted journey of brainwashing and torture, revealing the dark side of experimentation. Sources Tina's Story ATI What Was MK-Ultra, The CIA’s Top-Secret Cold War Research Program? ( Katie Serena El Pais 70 years of MKUltra, the CIA ‘mind-control’ program that inspired ‘Stranger Things’ ( Grey Dynamics MK-Ultra: The CIA Infiltrates the Human Psych ( Michael Ellmer History THE CIA'S APPALLING HUMAN EXPERIMENTS WITH MIND CONTROL ( Brianna Nofil MK-Ultra ( How Stuff Works Operation Midnight Climax: A CIA Sex, Drugs and Surveillance Program ( Patrick J. Kiger The New York Times MKUltra Joint Hearing documents ( Sidney Gottlieb, 80, Dies; Took LSD to C.I.A. ( NPR The CIA's Secret Quest For Mind Control: Torture, LSD And A 'Poisoner In Chief' ( Terry Gross/Fresh Air Smithsonian Magazine What We Know About the CIA’s Midcentury Mind-Control Project ( The Stuttering Foundation Sidney Gottlieb: The Infamous Gentle-Hearted Torturer ( The Washington Post Before he was the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski was a mind-control test subject ( Bryan Pietsch Wikipedia MKUltra ( Sidney Gottlieb ( Wired The conspiracy theorists convinced celebrities are under mind control ( Photos Sidney Gottlieb ( The Stuttering Foundation MKUltra LSD Document ( CIA/Public Domain via Wikipedia Whitey Bulger Mug Shot ( FBI/Public Domain via Wikipedia


Episode 203: Malocchio | Anton Cermak

Hillary and Tina cover the murder of Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak. Anton Cermak, a beacon of hope for many, arrived in the U.S. from the Czech Republic, shaping a remarkable political career. BUT, tragically, his journey met a sudden and violent end when he was gunned down. Sources Hillary's Story Britannica Anton J. Cermak ( Chicago Public Library Mayor Anton Joseph Cermak Biography ( The Chicago Tribune 90 years ago, the father of Chicago’s political machine died after being struck by an assassin’s bullet intended for FDR ( Ron Grossman The shooting of Anton Cermak ( Peter Kendall The New York Times Anton Cermak's Life ( WBEZ Chicago Anton Cermak: Chicago’s first ‘Boss’ ( John R. Schmidt Wikipedia Anton Cermak ( Giuseppe Zangara ( Photos Anton Cermak ( domain via Wikipedia Anton and FDR ( Chicago Tribune Giuseppe Zangara Mugshot ( FL Dept. of Corrections/Public Domain via Wikipedia Old Sparky ( Jack Spottswood via Florida Memory


Episode 202: Bologna Pony | The New England Christmas Ban

Tina and Hillary cover when Christmas was banned in New England. Bigger cities in early America observed Christmas . BUT when celebrations went too far, New England Puritans banned the holiday for years. Sources Tina's Story Atlas Obscura The Long-Banned Tradition of Mummering in Newfoundland Is Making a Comeback ( Sarah Laskow Colonial Williamsburg Wassailing through History (,Christmas%20in%20the%20mother%20country.)--By Robert Doares History Saturnalia ( When Massachusetts Banned Christmas ( Massachusetts Law Banning Christmas (,feasting%2C%20or%20any%20other%20way%E2%80%A6) Wassailia The History of Wassailing ( Why Christmas The History of Wassailing and Mumming ( Wikipedia Cotton Mather ( Photos William Bradford taking toys from Pilgrims on Christmas Day ( WBUR Public Notice Banning Christmas (*Cq4cikR-kViqXKS_IhIjwg.jpeg)--via Medium