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New York Streets of Blood
31 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
The Locked Room Murder of Joseph Bowne Elwell
On June 11th 1920 notorious bridge player and American Success Story Joseph Bowne Elwell was found murdered in his home. He was found in a chair in his living room with his brains blown out. What makes this murder so mysterious was that the living room was locked from the inside. There was no signs of struggle, no gun, and no fingerprints. The case soon had no suspects as the police uncovered Elwell's life of philandering with women. In this episode we cover the murder of Joseph Bowne Elwell and play detective as I present theories as to who murdered him.
29 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
The Mad Bomber George Meteskey
After a bomb was found on a ledge of the Con Ed Building in New York City in November 1940 a sixteen year man hunt would ensue for the Mad Bomber. After World War Two had ended Bombs started being placed around New York City. At first the bombs did not go off because they were poorly made. In the 1950 they started going off but only caused injuries. The final bomb would go off in Brooklyn Theater in 1956.Police were hard pressed to find a suspect. Con Ed had an endless list of disgruntled former employees and nothing helped the police narrow down a suspect. They turned to a phycologist James Brussels who came up with a phycological and physical profile of the bomber. Criminal Profiling is born.This helped them track down George Metesky the man who would be dubbed the Mad Bomber. One of America's first serial bombers. In this episode we explore Metesky's life and why he turned to bombing, The investigation, and how he was tracked down.
30 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
The Boss of Bosses Charles Lucky Luciano
Charles Lucky Luciano was born in Italy but raised in New York City. He started as a lowly street gang member and rose to power to become the head of the American Mafia. In this episode we cover Luciano's rise from poor Italian immigrant to the Boss of Bosses. From beating up fellow school kids for money to being a hired gun and bootlegger. To eventually becoming the head of his own mafia family. Luciano would also become the head of the commission. The commission was the governing body of all mafia businesses nationwide and was primarily controlled by the five families of New York City. Listen to this episode as we deep dive into the life and crimes of Charles Lucky Luciano one of New York City's criminal legends.
19 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
The Lexington Avenue Explosion of 1914
On July 4th 1914 an explosion randomly went off at an unassuming apartment building on Lexington Avenue. 4 men were discovered dead and dozens more were injured. T he explosion would trigger an investigation into the attempted assassination of one of world's richest men. All of this would stem from one of the bloodiest and deadliest labor strikes in American History. Listen to the episode and the story of the would bomb plot the blew up in the face of its conspirators.
30 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
The Murder of Elsie Siegel
Elsie Siegel was the daughter of a prominent family in New York City. She would teach in Missionaries in lower Manhattan for Chinese people. One day her father received a telegram that she was in Washington D.C A Chinese man worried about his cousin who had not been seen in several days went to get the help of the police. The police officer opened the apartment belonging to the cousin. They would find a room completely empty with only a bed and a trunk. The trunk was bound with rope. When the policeman opened the trunk the found the naked body of a murdered young woman. That woman would be Elise Siegel and a nationwide manhunt would be underway for the suspected killer. The murder would be one of passion and the killer would ultimately get away, despite having his photo in every paper across the nation.
29 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
The Murder of Veronica Gedeon A.K.A The Easter Sunday Murders
On Easter Sunday of 1937 a mentally deranged man named Robert Irwin would go to the home of the Gedeon family. He would go there seeking one of the daughters Ethel Gedeon, whom he was in love with. After not having the feelings reciprocated and finding out Ethel was married. Robert Irwin murdered the mother Mary Gedeon and the sister Veronica Gedeon. He then killed an innocent man who was renting a room at the boarding house. The murder became greatly sensationalized after lurid photos of Veronica Gedeon were found by the press. The young woman was a model in the big city and was often photographed in flimsy clad. A nationwide manhunt took place to find Robert Irwin but he would turning himself in after confessing to a Chicago newspaper. He was then turned into the New York Police Department. His trail would center on his mental health. This case prompted many reforms in New York States Mental Health Laws. In this episode we go into Robert Irwin's backstory and discuss the lasting effects of his murder.
31 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
The Murder of Benjamin Nathan
Benjamin Nathan was a wealthy Jewish Businessman who was a prominent member of the New York Stock Exchange. He owned a home in the city on 23rd street. He also owned a summer home in Morristown, New Jersey. On won fateful night on July 28th 1870 Benjamin Nathan would be murdered in his home. He would be found in his room bludgeoned to death with blood everywhere. The safe was opened and the contents of the safe where thrown about the room. Four people were in the house during the time of the murder but did not hear a violent struggle. The murder drew massive public interest in New York City and the inquest into the murder was making headline. However no one was bought to just for the murder. In this episode we discuss the murder and investigation. I will also present my own theories to who killed Benjamin Nathan.
30 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
The Assassination of Archbishop Leon Tourian
Political and Religious assassinations can create chaos among entire countries and groups of people of different beliefs and ideology. One such assassination was that of Armenian Archbishop Leon Tourian. In this episode we discuss the murder of the Armenian Catholic Archbishop Leon Tourian. On Christmas eve 1933 while holding a Christmas eve mass at an Armenian church in Washington Heights, 9 men surrounded and killed Archbishop Tourian. I will discuss the events that lead to attempts on the Archbishop's life. Describe how the murder went down based on eye witness testimony. I will also discuss the effects of his murder on the Armenian community in the United States.
30 minutes | Nov 29, 2020
The Unsolved Murder of Sara Fox
In May of 2004 a young Julliard Student named Sara Fox would go for a run and never return. She was reported missing and for days the NYPD and volunteers searched the parks and asked everyone in her Inwood neighborhood if they had seen Sara.Days later volunteers would find a the naked decomposing corpse of Sara Fox. Evidence was limited as were leads. The NYPD struggled to look for suspects. Even when they had a suspect they had no evidence to even make an arrest. In this episode we discuss the disappearance of Sara. The effort took to find her. The investigation into her death. I will even lay out theories of what possibly happened to Sara.
31 minutes | Nov 8, 2020
Happy Land Mass Murder
30 years ago in March of 1990 a fire broke out in the Happy Land Night Club in the Bronx. The fire was started by Julio Gonzalez a Cuban immigrant who had a fight with his girlfriend of eight years. During the argument a bouncer kicked out Gonzalez.Gonzalez left and returned with a dollar of gasoline and set fire to the Night Club entrance. The fire trapped the patron in the club because it was blocking the only exit. When the FDNY and other first responders reached the club, they found 87 people dead inside. It was the largest mass murder in the US at the time. What the first responders walked into that night scarred their psyches for the rest of their lives.
31 minutes | Nov 1, 2020
The Mafia Camorra War
In the 1910s emerging Italian gangs were planning to take over the rackets of New York City. You had the Morrello Family Mafia in East Harlem and the Camorra Gangs in Brooklyn. Ironically the two factions would starts as allies in ridding the New York Underworld of its biggest players. After assassinating the competition the Morello's did not settle who would over the rackets in Manhattan. This lead to war with the heads of each gang plotting to kill the other. Eventually the Camorra would gain the up[per hand.It would be short lived as a Camorra snitch would bring the bloody war to an end.
30 minutes | Oct 11, 2020
The Murder of Nancy Spungen
Nancy Spungen was a troubled girl from the Philadelphia suburbs who dropped out of college and moved to New York City. Upon her arrival she became a well known groupie in the city's emerging punk rock scene. She became a known prostitute and junkie among the crowd.In 1978 she met and feel in love with British Punk Rocker Sid Vicious. The two had a dysfunctional relationship which involved heavy drug use and violent altercations. After the Sex Pistols broke up Nancy and Sid set out to make it on their own and they moved to the Chelsea Hotel.On October 11th 1978 Nancy would be found stabbed to death in their residence. Sid would be the prime suspect. In this episode we examine the murder of Nancy Spungen.
28 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
Son of Sam
Arguably New York City's most infamous serial killers was David Berkowitz a.k.a The Son Of Sam. Berkowitz would terrorize New York City during the 70s. A time where the city was already besieged by violent crime.In this episode we detail the traumatic childhood Berkowitz suffered and the mental psychoses he fell into. How he decided to give himself the name Son of Same. Of course we will detail each murder and how the infamous Son Of Sam was caught.
25 minutes | Sep 27, 2020
The Brooklyn Butcher Kwauhuru Govan
On February 11th 2004 the body of a young female was discovered in two laundry bags in an alley in Brooklyn just off Palmetto ST. The body was naked and had been dismembered. Investigators later identified the body as 17-year-old Bushwick resident Sharabia Thomas.Then in On February 18, 2005 a body was discovered in two trash bags in the tracks by the Nostrand Avenue train station in Brooklyn. This body unfortunately would not have its head. The body was found by a MTA transit worker. Through finger prints the body was identified as 19-year-old Rashawn Brazell. Unfortunately there are no specifics as to how Rashawn was killed.Both cases would go cold until the NYPD cold case unit ran the DNA evidence through the FBI Database over 10 years later. In this episode we discuss how the NYPD found the killer and how they were able to get a conviction for one of the murders.
55 minutes | Sep 20, 2020
The Murder of Stanford White
Stanford White was an Architect whos work still grace the New York City Landscape. His most famous work was the second Madison Square Garden. He was also a womanizer and was no in some circles for his appetite for young women. He even had a dedicated apartment for such escapades.One woman he would lure to his den of debauchery was aspiring actress Evelyn Nesbit. Stanford white would sexually assault her and take her virginity. Something that would upset her future husband millionaire heir Harry Thaw. June 25, 1906 while stopping in New York Harry Thaw and Evelyn Nesbit would randomly come across White. At a show on the rooftop theater of Madison Square Garden Harry Thaw would murder Stanford White. The trail of the century the papers called it. The murder was so sensational that for the first time in American History the jury had to be sequestered. In this episode we explore the full story behind White's murder. All the details of the trail and the aftermath.
55 minutes | Sep 13, 2020
The Murder of Helen Jewett
At 3 a.m. on April 10, 1836, Helen Jewett’s body was discovered in her bed. Her skull had three mortal gashes. Her body had been crisped by the fire still smoldering in her mattress. There were no signs of struggle.The investigation would unravel a salacious affair between Helen a 23 year old prostitute and her lover Richard Robinson a 19 year male from money. After being charged with Helen's murder Richard Robinson would be ultimately acquitted. An all white male jury returned a verdict of not guilty after 15 minutes of deliberation. The press was shocked despite eye witness and physical evidence clearly implicating him. The love affair between a boy from money and a prostitute captivated the city and had the local papers sell like hot cakes. In this episode we describe the dysfunctional love affair, the brutal murder, and the sham trial that resulted in a not guilty verdict.
24 minutes | Sep 7, 2020
Wall Street Bombing of 1920
One of America's oldest terror attacks remains unsolved to this day. There are no memorials to the victims of this attack anywhere in New York City. All the evidence that remains of this attack are the damaged buildings that still stand. In this episode we go over the 1920 bombing of Wall Street. An attack that stuck at the heart of America's financial center. We go through the days events and describe the horror the bombing left behind.
19 minutes | Sep 1, 2020
Shooting at City Hall
Politics is a dirty business, but on one fateful day in 2003 it turned deadly in the chambers of New York’s City Hall. July 24, 2003 Councilman James Davis would be shot and killed in the chambers of City Hall by political rival Othniel Askew. In this episode we take you through the days events and the reaction from the city leaders at the time.
22 minutes | Aug 24, 2020
The Life and Murder of Giuseppe Morello
The Mafia has a long history in New York City and some of the earliest mafioso's can be traced to the late 1800s. One of the most influential mob bosses in the early formation of organized crime is Giuseppe Morello. He would start the first scillian american gang and the Morello family would eventually become the Genovese family. In this episode we discuss his life of crime and his murder.
27 minutes | Aug 18, 2020
Dog Day Afternoon
Dog Day Afternoon is a great film starring Al Pacino. However the film is based on a real life bank robbery that took place in Brooklyn. On one hot August Day in 1972 John Wojtowicz and accomplices entered a Chase Bank in Gravesend Brooklyn. What ensued would be one of the craziest bank robbery stories to ever happen in New York City history. The events that transpired would be the inspiration for an academy award winning film. In this episode we discuss the real Dog Day Afternoon Robbery
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