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Most Notorious! A True Crime History Podcast

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Each week, the Most Notorious podcast features true-life tales of crime, criminals and tragedies throughout history. Host Erik Rivenes interviews authors and historians who have studied the subjects, so the stories are accurate, in-depth and well-researched.

Each week, the Most Notorious podcast features true-life tales of crime, criminals and tragedies throughout history. Host Erik Rivenes interviews authors and historians who have studied the subjects, so the stories are accurate, in-depth and well-researched.
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United States

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Each week, the Most Notorious podcast features true-life tales of crime, criminals and tragedies throughout history. Host Erik Rivenes interviews authors and historians who have studied the subjects, so the stories are accurate, in-depth and well-researched.

Language:

English

Contact:

6122470200


Episodes

The 1953 Kidnap and Murder of Bobby Greenlease w/ John Heidenry - A True Crime History Podcast

5/20/2017
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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 Prostitute, and the Murder of Bobby Greenlease" tells the disturbing story of this notorious crime, which included corrupt cops and Saint Louis mobsters.

Duration: 01:06:54


Crime and Punishment in Puritan New England w/ Juliet Mofford - A True Crime History Podcast

5/6/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:57:36


1898 Alaska's Legendary Crime Boss and Huckster Soapy Smith w/ Catherine Spude - A True Crime History Podcast

4/22/2017
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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 fiction and dispel some myths about the most notorious man in Alaskan history. Sponsored by Huntakiller.com Promo Code: Most and Casper.com/most

Duration: 00:51:20


The 1930s Cleveland Torso Murders w/ James Jessen Badal - A True Crime History Podcast

4/8/2017
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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 details of the crimes and the investigation, including the involvement of legendary lawman Elliot Ness. Sponsored by www.BlueApron.com/most

Duration: 00:59:08


The Real Rasputin w/ Douglas Smith - A True Crime History Podcast

3/18/2017
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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 of "Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs" sheds new light on his life, his motives and where the legends end and the actual man begins.

Duration: 00:50:18


More 1930s Gangster Molls w/ Ellen Poulsen - A True Crime History Podcast

3/11/2017
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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. Babyface Nelson and Bonnie Parker of Bonnie and Clyde fame. Sponsored by BlueApron.com/most

Duration: 01:13:29


John Dillinger's Women w/ Ellen Poulsen - A True Crime History Podcast

3/3/2017
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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 the role that molls played in the lives of bank-robbing Depression-era gangsters. Sponsored by Simplisafe.com/most

Duration: 00:55:19


1887 Paris's Rue Montaigne Murders w/ Aaron Freundschuh - A True Crime History Podcast

2/21/2017
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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 guest, Aaron Freundschuh, author of "The Courtesan and the Gigolo: The Murders in the Rue Montaigne and the Dark Side of Empire in Nineteenth-Century Paris" tells the story of the crime, the investigation, the trial, and the role that...

Duration: 01:02:19


1690s "Pirate" Captain Kidd w/ Richard Zacks - A True Crime History Podcast

2/10/2017
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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 and click the Amazon link for all of your online shopping needs!

Duration: 00:49:43


1930s Boston's Murderous Millen-Faber Gang w/ Nathan Gorenstein - A True Crime History Podcast

2/3/2017
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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 unstable Jewish kid, his mentally challenged brother, Irv, his wife, Norma Brighton (the wayward daughter of a minister), and his MIT graduate friend Abe Faber, formed the Millen-Faber gang in the early 30s. My guest, Nathan Gorenstein, author of...

Duration: 01:06:41


Wartime Los Angeles's Sleepy Lagoon Murder & Zoot Suit Riots w/ Eduardo Pagán - A True Crime History Podcast

1/20/2017
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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. Eduardo Obregón Pagán is a professor at Arizona State University and a co-host of PBS's History Detectives, and he talks with me about his book, "Murder at the Sleepy Lagoon: Zoot Suits, Race, and Riot in Wartime L.A.".

Duration: 01:14:19


1920s Self-Confessed Serial Killer Carl Panzram w/ John Borowski - A True Crime History Podcast

1/13/2017
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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" talks about this man, who many consider one of most evil people to ever walk the earth, and how childhood traumas and prison torture might have contributed in transforming him into a monster.

Duration: 01:09:45


Lynchings, Vigilantism and Murder in 1850s Frontier Los Angeles w/ John Mack Faragher - A True Crime History Podcast

1/7/2017
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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, Professor John Mack Faragher, author of "Eternity Street: Violence and Justice in Frontier Los Angeles" talks about this rough and savage time in California history.

Duration: 00:50:11


New York's 1910s Santa Claus Con Artist w/ Alex Palmer - A True Crime History Podcast

12/30/2016
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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 to steal large amounts of money in the process. Alex Palmer, author of "The Santa Claus Man: The Rise and Fall of a Jazz Age Con Man and the Invention of Christmas In New York", talks about one of the great Christmas cons in American history.

Duration: 00:47:21


The 1920s Murders of Two Oregon Sheriffs w/ Cory Frye - A True Crime History Podcast

12/24/2016
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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 farmer named Dave West. By the end of the day, all three men were dead. William Dunlap replaced him, but was also killed on duty within a year.

Duration: 00:50:23


1930s Outlaw Pretty Boy Floyd Part 2 w/ Michael Wallis - A True Crime History Podcast

12/17/2016
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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.

Duration: 00:50:43


1930s Outlaw Pretty Boy Floyd Part 1 w/ Michael Wallis - A True Crime History Podcast

12/10/2016
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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, his first forays into crime, time in a Kansas prison, and an audacious bank heist in his hometown cheered by his friends and grandfather in this first part of a two part series on the legendary social bandit.

Duration: 01:10:42


The 1945 Sodder Family Tragedy w/ Jennie Henthorn - A True Crime History Podcast

11/18/2016
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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 the house. At first, it was assumed that they died in an accidental fire, but a series of strange clues aroused their suspicions that something more sinister happened to them and their home instead. I'm joined by Jennie Henthorn, granddaughter...

Duration: 00:47:36


Arnold Rothstein: 1910s & 20s New York Gambler & Fixer w/ David Pietrusza - A True Crime History Podcast

11/4/2016
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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 intellectual circles, Tammany Hall and the underworld, and had his fingers in just about every racket in Jazz-Age New York City. Sponsored by Stamps.com.

Duration: 01:10:34