26 minutes | Aug 4, 2017
A Modern Bluebeard Part 1
Oh boy! So George Clark goes to trial in the 5th installment of Brother Kills Brother. Court becomes quite the spectacle but when they finally get going we learn George’s brother’s wife is not so innocent. She takes the stand and talks about taking Georges ‘honor’ when he was a teenager. We also have part 1 of the Modern Bluebeard, a polygamist with over two dozen wives. But he’s also a mass murderer as he seems to have killed at least four of his wives! Don’t miss this episode of Real Crime. And if you love crime, why not check out my novel THE LAST GIRL available at all bookstores. In THE LAST GIRL, Dexter Vega takes on a missing persons case that gets complicated and dangerous when the wealthy retiree who hired Dexter is found dead. Now the cops are looking at Dexter as the prime suspect in the case. The mystery novel takes place in Sarasota and Mexico City and is a quick fun read for any mystery/thriller fan!
24 minutes | Jul 23, 2017
Brother Kills Brother
Here I am again after a long-ish break. But I’m back. In this episode of Real Crime, we have part 4 of Brother Kills Brother. George Clark allegedly murdered his brother because he was in love with his wife. In this episode, George Clark is getting ready to go to trial. The sheriff is worried about a mob in St. Helena. Clark also makes a confession to his friends at the Salvation Army who come to visit him in jail to pray. The w writer of the article in the San Francisco Call sure paints George Clark in an awful picture! Also, crazy mayhem breaks out during a giant BBQ in Denver at the turn of the century. What was supposed to a good time with Steers, Elk, Bears, and Possums to eat turned into a major brawl leaving at least one dead and others wounded. Now please allow me to plug my novel: “The Last Girl” a mystery that follows unemployed reporter Dexter Vega as he searches for a missing girl. But when he goes to visit his client and tell him his daughter is in Mexico, the man has been killed. And Vega’s prints are all over the murder weapon. Vega now needs to find someone the missing girl in Mexico in order to clear his name before the cops get him! In this podcast episode, we also have this weird request from a man headed to the gallows to be hung. He wants the revernd to make sure he is well buried because he doesn’t want his body to be snatched and used by medical students! Also, African-Americans gather for a voodoo dance in Chattanooga, and this has the white folks on edge.
32 minutes | Apr 19, 2017
A Family Murder Part 4
This episode of the Real Crime podcast features part 4 of the brutal murder of the Lyerly family in North Carolina. Here three of the five African Americans who have been arrested are pulled from the jail and lynched. The reporter gives a very detailed description of the act and we can see how people cut fingers and ears as souvenirs. We also have part 3 of the Brother Kills Brother murder in California. Here, the wife of the victim visits the suspect in jail. And there’s a whole lot of talking going on. Now let me take this moment to plug my novel, The Last Girl. Here’s the cover! Please make sure to pre-order now on Amazon or any other bookstore. The Last Girl is a mystery about Dexter Vega, a newspaper reporter who is laid off from his job in a coastal Florida town. Vega meets a wealthy retiree who hires him to find his daughter who is supposed to be attending the local college. When Vega visits his client to inform him that his daughter is in Mexico, he discovers the man has been murdered. And Vega’s prints are all over the murder weapon. The Last Girl is a mystery about Dexter Vega, a newspaper reporter who is laid off from his job in a coastal Florida town. Vega meets a wealthy retiree who hires him to find his daughter who is supposed to be attending the local college. When Vega visits his client to inform him that his daughter is in Mexico, he discovers the man has been murdered. And Vega’s prints are all over the murder weapon. OK, and also in this crazy episode of Real Crime we have a roundup of Japanese and Korean murder suspects in Hawaii—and get this: an attack on a woman by dozens of drunken rats!
25 minutes | Mar 23, 2017
A Family Murder Part 3
We’re back with more true crime! My apologies for missing the last couple of weeks. But here we are. In this fine episode of Real Crime, you’ll hear part 3 of the vicious murder of the Lyerly family. You’ll get the testimony of the kin of Gillespie (including his 10-year-old son) and a couple of the other prisoners. Also, there is a murder on the range in the ongoing battle between cattlemen and sheepherders in Wyoming, and of course, part 2 of the Brother Kills Brother series as guilt seems to corner in on the guilty party. Here you have it. Real Crime. True crime directly from the pages of vintage newspapers from around the country.
24 minutes | Feb 15, 2017
A Family Murder Part 2
In this episode of Real Crime we have the second part of the murder of the Lyerly family in North Carolina. The 5 ‘negroes’ speak their piece from the jail in Charlotte. Also, there is the first part of the death of a man at the hand of his own brother. Brother kills brother. But the murderer, if indeed it is the brother, didn’t do a very good job of hiding his motive, and his tracks! We also have the telling of a wifebeater getting lashed by the sheriff in the jail and this first person narrative of a ‘pacifist’ who was lecturing in Cincinnati in 1917 and he gets kidnapped and mistreated by ‘patriots’ who seem a lot like the KKK. Some of these articles from the Washington Times and the North Carolina Hickory Democrat have these not so subtle tone when talking about African-Americans, saying they things like: ‘This one was darker with black malevolent eyes and a mean disposition.’ It’s amazing to me how their prose shows their prejudice. Anyway, hope you enjoy this piece of history.
32 minutes | Feb 8, 2017
Vicious Murder of Young Girl
In this week’s episode, we get two horrible crimes. The first one is the discovery of the body of a 7-year old girl who has been viciously mutilated and buried in the basement. The suspect is at large. The newspaper narrates the investigation that leads to the subsequent discovery of the body and what the police are doing to find the killer. Also, we have another horrible crime when persons unknown brutally murder a man and 3 members of his family in their home in North Carolina. Apparently, they were killed by blows of an ax or other object and then the bed set on fire. But listen for yourself as the newspaper article from 1906 brings the tragic moment to life for us. Also, we have the wild narrative of a robbery and subsequent chase through the streets of New York City as two robbers hold up a hotel and then try and escape in a car and a taxi. This is like something out of a gangster flick from the 1920s with cops riding on the guardrails of a car, shooting at the getaway vehicle. Crazy but real as told from the pages of a vintage New York Tribune newspaper. Enjoy!
24 minutes | Feb 1, 2017
News of a Lynching
This episode of Real Crime includes the final installment of the murder of Leoda Childress in North Carolina with the Tilleys finally having their day in court. Also the second part of the murder of a New Jersey bank runner. The killer goes to trial. We also have a number of odd news briefs including one for a lynching in Alabama. There is also news of the killing of a rancher and a brief about two men killed in a duel in Kentucky. Crime is not something new but in the old days, the reasons for deaths and the crimes committed were strange and savage. Motivation ranged from money to liquor to jealousy. Has anything changed?
22 minutes | Jan 25, 2017
Woman Killed in North Carolina
In this episode, we continue with part 9 of the murder of Leoda Childress, that poor North Carolina girl who was shot in the heart with a .22 rifle. The mystery continues! We also have the first part of the death of a bank ‘runner’. This man was transporting over $65 grand from a bank in New Jersey to a bank in Philly when he disappeared. Now a group of hunters have found his body in a shallow grave in the woods. And he’s wearing brand new clothes and shoes that have seen no wear. Did he abscond with the cash and was then killed, or was he kidnapped and killed for the money? Tune in for more crime from the past 200 years. In this episode, we also have a murder from the late 1800s where a woman kills her husband and a different case where a man brings charges against a jealous wife who shot him in the leg after she saw his picture where he is sitting by a cardboard cutout of a woman. What’s this world coming to?
21 minutes | Jan 18, 2017
Family jailed for murder of 20-year-old girl
Real Crime. True Crime stories from newspapers from the last 200 years continues with part 8 of the 1934 murder mystery of Leoda Mae Childress, a 20-year-old North Carolina woman. The Tilley family has been arrested and accusations and alibis fly back and forth as the prosecutor tries to make a case. Was it suicide or murder? Also in this podcast there is the detailed investigation into the murder of an old prospector in Arizona. All the details show us how the murder occurred, but it does not offer any clues as to the culprits. We also have the flare up of a feud in rural Mississippi in the late 1800s, where a three-time prison escapee terrorizes the town and his own father is later lynched by a mob. And our final note is a bizarre bit about a woman whose bedding combusts. Yes, different parts of her bed are catching fire—on their own!
26 minutes | Jan 11, 2017
Final Episode of The Great Circus Murder!
Yes, this episode of Real Crime has the 12th and final installment of the great circus murder of Honest John Brunen. At last the trial of the circus folk comes to a close and the jury delivers its verdict. Drama and conclusion wrap up this long mystery. Was justice served? Also in this episode of Real Crime we have part 7 of the mystery murder of who killed Leoda Childress, the 20-year-old girl in rural North Carolina. In this installment, the Tilley’s are arrested as evidence is outlined with detailed testimony from various neighbors and friends of Leoda. The big question remains about the infamous note and whether Leoda’s death was a suicide or murder. It sure doesn’t look good for the Tilley clan!
28 minutes | Dec 21, 2016
The Great Circus Murder Part 11
In this podcast of Real Crime, we have the final installment of the murder of Florence Allinson in rural New Jersey as Rufus Johnson and George Small head to the gallows. The description of their hanging is told in extreme detail. Part 11 of the long saga of the Great Circus Murder of ‘Honest’ John … Continue reading The Great Circus Murder Part 11→
40 minutes | Dec 14, 2016
The Great Circus Murder Part 10
The Real Crime serials are coming to a close as Geoge Small goes to trial for the murder of Florence Allinson in rural North Carolina and Doris Brunen and Harry Mohr go on trial for the murder of ‘Honest’ John Brunen in part 10 of this long-running saga. And finally there is the continuation of the … Continue reading The Great Circus Murder Part 10→
32 minutes | Dec 7, 2016
The Great Circus Murder Part 9
Murder investigations, grand jury inquiries, and trials are all in this episode of Real Crime. This episode has part 9 of the murder of circus owner ‘Honest’ John Brunen. The narrative is colorful as the defense of Harry Mohr is set to begin. We also get a detailed account of Harry Mohr’s and his sister Doris … Continue reading The Great Circus Murder Part 9→
24 minutes | Nov 30, 2016
The Great Circus Murder Part 8
Real Crime is back with more true crime! Took off last week for Thanksgiving, but here we are again with part 8 of the circus murder of ‘Honest’ John Brunen. Our last episode covered the trial. This episode informs us of an attempted jail break. Things are definitely heating up in Mount Holly, New Jersey. … Continue reading The Great Circus Murder Part 8→
25 minutes | Nov 16, 2016
The Great Circus Murder Part 7
This weeks episode of Real Crime features Part 7 of the great Circus Murder of ‘Honest’ John Brunen. This is now a few months later and the suspects, including Brunen’s wife, are facing the first day of the trial for murder and conspiracy to commit murder. What can I say, it’s a circus! Also in … Continue reading The Great Circus Murder Part 7→
26 minutes | Nov 9, 2016
The Great Circus Murder Part 6
In this new episode of Real Crime we have Part 6 of the Great Circus Murder of ‘Honest’ John Brunen. There has been an important arrest but investigators are sill working to find two other suspects, including the woman with the auburn hair. We also have Part 4 of the murder of Florence Allinson in … Continue reading The Great Circus Murder Part 6→
30 minutes | Nov 2, 2016
The Great Circus Murder Part 5
Here is part 5 of the Great Circus Murder of ‘Honest’ John Brunen. Two people have been arrested in connection with the case, but detectives are far from done investigating. As a matter of fact, they are maneuvering some interesting aspects of the law in order to continue their investigation of the case of the murdered … Continue reading The Great Circus Murder Part 5→
31 minutes | Oct 25, 2016
The Great Circus Murder Part 4
In this episode of Real Crime, things are heating up in the 4th installment of the Great Circus Murder of ‘Honest’ John Brunen as more clues begin to appear, one of them being Brunen’s bulldog. We also have part 2 of the vicious murder of a farm girl in rural New Jersey. A confession seems to have … Continue reading The Great Circus Murder Part 4→
25 minutes | Oct 18, 2016
The Great Circus Murder Part 3
Wow, in episode 7 of Real Crime we have part 3 of the great circus murder of ‘Honest John’ Brunen, and there is a major development in the investigation. The plot thickens in this sensational murder from 1922. Also, we have part 1 of 9 of the vicious murder of a farm girl in rural New Jersey. It is … Continue reading The Great Circus Murder Part 3→
21 minutes | Oct 13, 2016
The Great Circus Murder Part 2
This episode of Real Crime has part 2 of the Circus Murder Mystery of ‘Honest’ John Brunen. Suspects are questioned, declarations are made, but authorities are looking to make multiple arrests in this sensational murder case that took place in Riverside, New Jersey in 1922. The podcast also has an article about the brutal murder … Continue reading The Great Circus Murder Part 2→