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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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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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English

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Episodes

The Mysterious 1965 Death of Dorothy Kilgallen w/ Mark Shaw - A True Crime History Podcast

11/8/2017
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My guest is former criminal defense attorney Mark Shaw, author of "The Reporter Who Knew Too Much: The Mysterious Death of What's My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen". He talks about the life of Pulitzer nominated reporter and television star Dorothy Kilgallen, who was on the brink of breaking wide open the real story behind John Kennedy's assassination before her mysterious and suspicious death abruptly ended her investigation.

Duration: 01:07:07


The 1697 Revenge of Hannah Duston w/ Jay Atkinson - A True Crime History Podcast

10/8/2017
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My guest, Jay Atkinson, author of "Massacre on the Merrimack", tells the notorious and controversial story of Hannah Duston. After members of the Abenaki tribe captured her and her newborn infant in March of 1697, they killed her baby on a forced march north. Duston got her revenge by killing and scalping ten of her captors, including six children, and fleeing by canoe back to her home in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

Duration: 01:11:59


The 1970 Murder of Boxer Sonny Liston w/ Shaun Assael - A True Crime History Podcast

12/2/2016
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Rumors for many years have circulated about the mysterious death of famed boxer Sonny Liston in December of 1970. My guest, Shaun Assael, author of "The Murder of Sonny Liston: Las Vegas, Heroin and Heavyweights" and a former police reporter and sports writer for ESPN Magazine, talks about the suspects and possible scenarios surrounding Lison's demise, and the very strong possibility of his murder.

Duration: 00:49:23


Mini-Episode - The Hex of Jake Bird w/ Steve Dunkelberger & The Schuch Family Murders - A True Crime History Podcast

11/29/2016
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This is a mini-episode of Most Notorious, with a couple of short stories of historical true crime. First, Jake Bird, a serial killer who places a hex on his Tacoma prosecutors and jailers in 1947, told by Tacoma newspaper reporter Steve Dunkelberger. The second story is one that has haunted the citizens of Waseca, Minnesota for decades. Farmer Julius Schuch and two of his children were murdered on their family farm in 1929. This one researched and told by me. Go to www.mostnotorious.com and...

Duration: 00:20:55


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: 00:47:37


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: 01:11:35


The Kinck Family Murders in 1869 France w/ G.S. Johnston - A True Crime History Podcast

10/27/2016
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In the outskirts of France in 1869, an entire family is found dead after being stabbed and then buried alive. G.S. Johnston, author of "The Cast of a Hand", talks about France in the 1860s under Napoleon III, and the events that led up to the terrible, tragic murders of Jean and Hortense Kinck and their six children by Jean-Baptiste Troppmann and possible accomplices. Sponsored by Harrys.com & Stamps.com.

Duration: 00:52:21


Top 10 Most Notorious Historical Ghosts w/ Diane Student - A True Crime History Podcast

10/21/2016
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Just in time for some Halloween, Diane Student, co-producer and host of the "History Goes Bump" podcast, joins me to share her list of the top ten most notorious ghosts in American history. We deviate a bit from our regular author /interview format this week to delve into some of the sightings of ghostly activity attributed to many of the subjects we've covered in past episodes, including The Black Dahlia and Jesse James, and some we haven't, like the infamous H.H. Holmes.

Duration: 01:27:19


The Murder of Nelson Rehymeyer in 1928 Pennsylvania w/ Shane Free - A True Crime History Podcast

10/13/2016
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In Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, on a November evening in 1928, Nelson Rehymeyer, a local "powwow" practitioner of Christian folk magic, is murdered in his home. John Blymire soon confesses, telling police that he was trying to lift a hex. Shane Free, the producer and director of the documentary "Hex Hollow" is my guest on this week's episode of Most Notorious, where he explains the details of this strange and terrible crime. Sponsors of this week's episode are Stamps.com and Harrys.com .

Duration: 00:57:38


The 1888 Murder of Johnny Gill w/ Kathryn McMaster - A True Crime History Podcast

10/6/2016
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In December 1888, in Bradford, England, a little boy named Johnny Gill disappears and is eventually found murdered, his body mutilated almost beyond recognition. Kathryn McMaster, author of "Who Killed Little Johnny Gill" tells the tragic story of this most horrific of crimes, and the man who she thinks did the evil deed. Episode sponsored by Stamps.com and MackWeldon.com.

Duration: 01:08:44


The Murder of Jane Clouson in 1871 London w/ Paul Thomas Murphy - A True Crime History Podcast

8/25/2016
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In 1871, on the outskirts of London, a police constable discovers a young woman, bloodied and battered beyond recognition. She dies, and the police officially have a murder on their hands. They eventually set their sights on Edmund Pook, the son of a wealthy printer, who had employed the woman, named Jane Clauson, as a family servant. Paul Thomas Murphy, author of "Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane: A True Story of Victorian Law and Disorder: The Unsolved Murder that Shocked...

Duration: 00:49:15


Matricide in 1895 London w/ Kate Summerscale - A True Crime History Podcast

8/18/2016
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Bestselling UK author Kate Summerscale joins me to talk about her book, "The Wicked Boy". Two young boys, Robert and Nattie Coombs, conspire to murder their mother in Victorian-era London. While the murder is gruesome and sensational, an uplifting event years later gives hope that rehabilitation can have a positive effect on a young criminal's life.

Duration: 01:01:51


The 1876 Northfield Bank Raid by the James-Younger Gang Part 2 w/ Mark Lee Gardner - A True Crime History Podcast

8/10/2016
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My conversation with author Mark Lee Gardner continues, about his book "Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's Greatest Escape". In the second part of the story, we talk about the James-Younger Gang's flight into the Big Woods of southern Minnesota, and the difficulties that they faced navigating through unknown territory, and also the troubles the local posses had finding them.

Duration: 01:15:58


The 1876 Northfield Bank Raid by the James-Younger Gang Part 1 w/ Mark Lee Gardner - A True Crime History Podcast

8/3/2016
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Much has been written about Jesse James, including his gang's ill-fated trip to Northfield, Minnesota, a botched bank raid met with death and tragedy, but never told like this. Mark Lee Gardner, author of "Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid and the Wild West's Greatest Escape", joins me to tell the story of the James-Younger gang's foray north from Missouri and the chaos that followed.

Duration: 01:07:27


The Wolf Family Massacre in 1920 North Dakota w/ Vernon Keel - A True Crime History Podcast

7/27/2016
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In April of 1920, neighbors discover the bodies of most of the Wolf Family, killed by shotgun and hatchet, on their North Dakota farm, just outside Turtle Lake. Only the Wolfs' eight month old daughter survived. Vernon Keel, journalist and author, grew up in Turtle Lake, and joins me to talk about the book he's written about the sensational and tragic crime, called "The Murdered Family".

Duration: 01:19:42


New York City's Chinatown Tong Wars w/ Scott D. Seligman - A True Crime History Podcast

7/20/2016
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From the 1870s to the 1930s, New York City's fabled Chinatown was the site of a series of vicious wars between two rival tongs, the On Leongs and the Hip Sings. Scott D. Seligman, author of "Tong Wars: The Untold Story of Vice, Money and Murder in New York's Chinatown" joins me to chat about the origins of the animosity, and how their rivalry escalated into incredible brutality for both sides.

Duration: 00:49:25


Ohio's Celebrity Serial Killer Alfred Knapp w/ Richard O Jones - A True Crime History Podcast

7/15/2016
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Alfred Knapp, known as the "Hamilton Strangler", left a trail of dead young women through Southern Ohio in the 1890s and early 1900s. My guest, Richard O Jones, the host of the "True Crime Historian" podcast, and author of "The First Celebrity Serial Killer in Southwest Ohio: The Confessions of the Strangler Alfred Knapp", tells the story of the life and death of this notorious killer.

Duration: 00:53:08


The 1920s PR Team That Reinvented & Swindled the Ku Klux Klan w/ Dale W. Laackman - A True Crime History Podcast

7/9/2016
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Dale W. Laackman, author of "For the Kingdom and the Power: The Big Money Swindle That Spread Hate Across America", tells the story of con artists Edward Young Clarke and Bessie Tyler, who through a brilliant public relations campaign turned the Ku Klux Klan from shadowed obscurity to a structured and powerful organization of millions in late 1910s and early 1920s America, and made a fortune in the process.

Duration: 00:48:36


The 1907 Murder of Sister Janina w/ Mardi Link - A True Crime History Podcast

6/29/2016
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In the small town of Isadore Michigan in 1907, a young nun named Janina disappeared. Ten years later, her body is discovered by a priest intent on building a new church on the foundation of the old one. Mardi Link, author of "Isadore's Secret", chats with me about the terrible circumstances surrounding the death of Sister Janina.

Duration: 00:56:34


1874 Cannibal and Murderer Alfred Packer w/ Harold Schechter - A True Crime History Podcast

6/21/2016
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In February of 1874, a group of six men set off through the high mountains of Colorado. Weeks later, only a man named Alfred Packer came out. Packer would later be tried and convicted of robbing, murdering and eating his traveling companions. Prolific true crime writer Harold Schechter returns again to Most Notorious to talk about his bestselling book, Man-Eater.

Duration: 00:56:53