67 minutes | Sep 18, 2018

The Governor is Doing What?? - Episode #7

Carl Wanderer had been given a 25 year prison sentence for murdering his wife. In a second trial, he was sentenced to die upon the gallows for the murder of the Ragged Stranger. A third trial, after a successful appeal using an arcane law from 1845, drew such heated passions in the city that the Chicago Chief of Police would be sentenced to five days in jail for comments he made about the trial. Normally a condemned man has a last lifeline with a governor being able to commute a sentence, but unfortunately for Wanderer, days before he was to hang, Illinois Governor Len Small was indicted and went into hiding. Could Wanderer somehow slip out of the noose again? Episode #7- The Governor is Doing What? After Carl Wanderer had been found guilty of murdering his pregnant wife Ruth and been given a prison sentence that could be shortened to 13 years with good behavior, public sentiment demanded that he be tried again for the murder of the Ragged Stranger. At trial Wanderer would have a new defense team, including a female attorney, something nearly unheard of in the day, and with the new lawyers came a new strategy; admit Carl killed the Ragged Stranger but only because he was insane. The trial would feature repeated confrontations between the trial judge and attorneys for both the defense and the prosecution that enthralled the city's murder fans that queued up for the trial. There would be no compromise verdict at this trial but like a cat with nine lives, Wanderer still had some life left in him. This project aims to fill in the gaps where there is unknown, correct false narratives that have branched away from the truth, and most importantly, to entertain and enlighten. The Mystery of the Ragged Stranger is written by Michael Hendrychs and produced in partnership with ChicagoNow. It has been sourced from research for my upcoming book Kisses for Julia, Bullets for Ruth: The Mystery of Carl Wanderer & the Ragged Stranger. More information on The Mystery of the Ragged Stranger can be found on our blog at www.chicagonow.com/the-ragged-stranger/ And on our website at theraggedstranger.com/ On Instagram www.instagram.com/raggedstranger/ Facebook www.facebook.com/ragged.stranger.54 Twitter twitter.com/Ragged_Stranger Our intro theme music for the podcast is The Crocodile by the Wiedoft-Wadsworth Quartet. Written by Otto Motzan and Harry Akst and recorded March 1, 1920 in New York City. The performers credited were- Harry Askt on piano, Carl Fenton also on piano, George Hamilton Green on the xylophone, J. Russel Robinson again on piano, F. Wheeler Wadsworth on alto saxophone, and Rudy Wiedoeft also on alto saxophone. Usage via Public Domain. Our outro theme song is The Butcher's Boy (The Railroad Boy) by Buell Kazee and is used courtesy of June Appal Recordings in Whitesburg, Kentucky. Kazee, a Baptist minister, recorded this haunting song, compiled from a collection of British ballads, in New York City on January 16, 1928. The recordings for Buell Kazee (catalog no. JA009) were made by Mark Wilson, Buell Kazee, and Kentucky Educational Television, and were compiled and produced by Jonathan Greene, Loyal Jones and John McCutcheon for June Appal Recordings. The album was preserved and re-released by Appalshop Archive in 2007 and can be purchased here- www.appalshop.org/store/june-appal…lf-titled-album/.
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