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Serial killers. Gangsters. Gunslingers. Victorian-era murderers. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Each week, the Most Notorious podcast features true-life tales of crime, criminals and tragedies throughout history. Host Erik Rivenes interv...Show More
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Al Capone, the Secret Six, & the 1933 Chicago World's Fair w/ William Hazelgrove - A True Crime History Podcast

54:15 | Apr 20th

Most of us have grown up thinking that Elliot Ness and his famed "Untouchables" were the crimefighters who brought down the notorious Al Capone in Chicago. But instead, it was a group of millionaire businessmen called the "Secret Six" who were the re...Show More
1969 L.A.'s Charles Manson Murders w/ Lis Wiehl - A True Crime History Podcast

59:58 | Jul 10th

With Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon A Time in Hollywood" due to be released at the end of July, there is a renewed interest in Charles Manson and his murderous cult. My guest, Lis Wiehl, author of "Hunting Charles Manson: The Quest for Justice In the...Show More
1920s Los Angeles' Bizarre "Blackburn Cult" w/ Samuel Fort - A True Crime History Podcast

1:20:44 | Jun 26th

Cults are certainly not a new phenomenon - in fact one of the strangest ones existed in Los Angeles in the 1920s. The "Blackburn Cult", also known as the "Divine Order of the Royal Arms of the Great Eleven", was the brainchild of a grifter named May ...Show More
The Notorious 1920 Sacco and Vanzetti Murder Case w/ Susan Tejada - A True Crime History Podcast

1:21:50 | Jun 19th

If I were to make a list of the most notorious murder cases in American history, the Sacco and Vanzetti case would certainly make my top ten. In April of 1920, two payroll guards were gunned during a robbery in Braintree, Massachusetts. Police immedi...Show More
1860 New York City's "Gangster Pirate" Albert Hicks w/ Rich Cohen - A True Crime History Podcast

1:01:35 | Jun 12th

Long before Dutch Schultz, "Lucky" Luciano or even Monk Eastman ran rackets in New York City, a man named Albert Hicks terrorized lower Manhattan. He'd made his living as a murderous pirate, and became one of the worst criminals to ever wander the no...Show More
The 1891 Murder of Helen Potts w/ George R. Dekle Sr. - A True Crime History Podcast

57:54 | Jun 5th

My guest is George R. Dekle Sr., former prosecutor and prolific author. He discusses his book, "Six Capsules: The Gilded Age Murder of Helen Potts", and draws comparisons between the Helen Pott's husband, Carlyle Harris (who would be tried and convic...Show More
1968 Michigan's Robison Family Murders w/ Mardi Link - A True Crime History Podcast

54:34 | May 25th

In June of 1968, a wealthy Detroit-area family was gunned down in their northern Michigan cabin. It would become one of the most famous cold cases in the state's history. Mardi Link, author of "When Evil Came to Good Hart", shares the tragic story of...Show More
Rape, Dishonor and Judicial Trial by Combat in Medieval France w/ Eric Jager - A True Crime History Podcast

1:11:23 | May 10th

In 1385, a  bitter feud between two French courtesans came to a terrible head when Marguerite, the beautiful young wife of Norman knight Jean de Carrouges, accuses her husband's enemy, Jacques LeGris, of raping her while she has been left alone. Afte...Show More
The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, The Apache Kid, and The Captive Boy Who Started The Longest War in American History w/ Paul Andrew Hutton - A True Crime History Podcast

1:03:47 | Apr 30th

Paul Andrew Hutton, best-selling author of The Apache Wars: The Hunt For Geronimo, The Apache Kid, And The Captive Boy Who Started The Longest War In American History, is my guest on this episode of Most Notorious. He tells the story of a mixed-blood...Show More
Alice and Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story w/ Ron Franscell - A True Crime History Podcast

1:32:31 | Apr 12th

In 1974, a young woman named Alice killed her abusive husband. Then she met and married a man named Gerald Uden, who was having financial issues with his ex-wife, Virginia Martin. Not long after, Gerald would murder Virginia and her two sons, Richard...Show More
The 1883 Milwaukee Newhall House Fire/Disaster w/ Matthew J. Prigge - A True Crime History Podcast

1:10:51 | Apr 3rd

On January 10th, 1883, the famed Newhall House hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, caught fire. Made worse by a series of blunders by hotel staff and a poorly trained and equipped fire department, seventy five people would ultimately lose their lives in t...Show More
Frank Hamer vs. Bonnie and Clyde w/ John Boessenecker - A True Crime History Podcast

56:53 | Mar 22nd

In part two of this episode, John Boessenecker continues his tale of Frank Hamer, including his days as a Prohibition agent in the 1920s, a cold-case investigator, and his famous hunt of notorious Depression-era outlaws and murderers Bonnie Parker an...Show More
Frank Hamer: Texas Ranger and Gunfighter w/ John Boessenecker - A True Crime History Podcast

43:38 | Mar 22nd

My guest is John Boessenecker, former police officer and New York Times bestselling author of Texas Ranger: The Epic Life of Frank Hamer, the Man Who Killed Bonnie and Clyde. In this first part of the episode, he talks about Hamer's wild and bloody c...Show More
Altamont, The Rolling Stones, the Hell's Angels & the Killing of Meredith Hunter w/ Joel Selvin - A True Crime History Podcast

55:20 | Mar 13th

On December 6th, 1969, The Rolling Stones headlined a free concert at Altamont Speedway outside of San Francisco. It quickly turned ugly, culminating with the stabbing death of eighteen-year-old Meredith Hunter by a member of the Hell's Angels, who w...Show More
The 1906 Murder of Stanford White w/ Simon Baatz - A True Crime History Podcast

1:09:49 | Mar 6th

In June of 1906, famed architect Stanford White was murdered by an obsessive millionaire's son named Harry Thaw at the roof garden theater of Madison Square Garden. His attorneys would claim in the sensational court case that followed that he'd done ...Show More
Wartime Melbourne's "Brownout Strangler" Serial Killer w/ Ian W. Shaw - A True Crime History Podcast

1:13:00 | Feb 25th

In early 1942, as World War II raged and Japan threatened Australia, tens of thousands of American servicemen arrived in Melbourne to provide assistance in the Pacific Theater.One young U.S. soldier, however, named Eddie Leonski, used the browned-out...Show More
The 1902 Manhattan Murder of Walter Brooks w/ Virginia A. McConnell - A True Crime History Podcast

1:17:33 | Feb 20th

In 1902 New York City, a group of wealthy young men, known as the Bedford Avenue Gang, spent their free time terrorizing their neighborhood - including drinking, stealing, fleecing businesses and seducing women. After gang member Walter Brooks, began...Show More
The 1921 Missoula Murder of Nora Shea w/ Kim Briggeman - A True Crime History Podcast

50:24 | Feb 18th

In February of 1921 in Missoula, Montana, a wife and mother of two named Nora Shea was gunned down near some railroad tracks. The main suspect was a local hoodlum named Joe Vuckovich, but a recent piece of surfaced evidence points the finger at her h...Show More
"The Man From the Train" Serial Killer w/ Rachel McCarthy James - A True Crime History Podcast

1:01:07 | Feb 6th

For decades, the 1912 Villisca, Iowa axe slaughter of the Moore family has been one of the greatest unsolved family massacres in American history. Many believe that it was a local townsperson, but others believe it was the work of an transient serial...Show More
The 1965 Ohio Murder of Cremer Young Jr. w/ William L. Tabac - A True Crime History Podcast

57:47 | Jan 29th

In August of 1965, the idyllic little community of Shaker Heights, Ohio, was shaken to its foundation when housewife Mariann Colby shot to death her neighbor boy, eight-year-old Cremer Young Jr..  Attorney and professor William L. Tabac, author of In...Show More
The Black Dahlia Murder Revisited w/ Piu Eatwell - A True Crime History Podcast

1:20:51 | Jan 22nd

The 1947 Los Angeles Black Dahlia murder case  has long been one of the most infamous unsolved crimes in American history, and many suspects have been accused over the years of being the slayer of Elizabeth Short. In this second Most Notorious episod...Show More
The 1881 Murder of President James Garfield w/ Candice Millard - A True Crime History Podcast

58:26 | Jan 14th

On July 2nd, 1881, a disappointed and mentally unstable office-seeker named Charles Guiteau shot President James A. Garfield in a Washington D.C. train station. Over the next weeks, Garfield would linger, bedridden, as infection set in, caused by poo...Show More
Gangland War in 1931 New York City : "Mad Dog" Coll vs. Dutch Schultz w/ Rich Gold - A True Crime History Podcast

59:33 | Dec 28th, 2018

Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll grew up quickly, from Irish tenements to enforcer for Bronx bootlegger and gangster Dutch Schultz while still in his teens. Soon the two split, and began gunning for each other in a bloody feud that left a trail of dead hoodlum...Show More
Marjorie Congdon and the Glensheen Murders w/ Sharon Darby Hendry - A True Crime History Podcast

53:15 | Dec 18th, 2018

In this special interview episode from the files of Where Blood Runs Cold, I interview Sharon Henry Darby, author of Glensheen's Daughter,  about the notorious Minnesota murderer and arsonist Marjorie Congdon, who besides allegedly conspiring to murd...Show More
WWI-Era France's Serial Killer Henri Landru w/ Richard Tomlinson - A True Crime History Podcast

1:25:45 | Nov 20th, 2018

The subject of today's episode is Henri Landru, the most notorious serial killer in French history. He placed advertisements in Paris newspapers in the late 1910s, preying on lonely women left behind as French soldiers marched off to war. While he wo...Show More
The Assassin Who Died Defending Robert E. Lee w/ Ann Marie Ackermann - A True Crime History Podcast

1:02:54 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Ann Marie Ackermann is my guest on this episode, author of the book "Death of an Assassin: The True Story of the German Murderer Who Died Defending Robert E. Lee".  In 1835, a German mayor is murdered at night as he approaches his own front door. Aft...Show More
1923 Chicago's Accused Murderess Sabella Nitti w/ Emilie La Beau Lucchesi - A True Crime History Podcast

1:03:58 | Oct 25th, 2018

My guest is Dr. Emilie La Beau Lucchesi, author of Ugly Prey: An Innocent Woman and the Death Sentence That Scandalized Jazz Age Chicago. She discusses the case of Sabella Nitti, a poor Italian immigrant woman accused by police of murdering her husba...Show More
The 1901 Saint Paul Louis Arbogast Murder Part 1, from Minnesota's Most Notorious: Where Blood Runs Cold

29:19 | Oct 18th, 2018

I'm pulling a switcheroo this week - in blatant shameless effort to get listeners to try my new podcast, Minnesota's Most Notorious: Where Blood Runs Cold, I'm putting part one of the first episode from that show up here, a mystery surrounding the mu...Show More
The Legendary Oklahoma Outlaw Bobby Bluejacket w/ Michael P. Daley - A True Crime History Podcast

1:07:35 | Oct 11th, 2018

My guest, Michael P. Daley, author of "Bobby Bluejacket: The Tribe, The Joint, The Tulsa Underworld", tells the extraordinary story of Oklahoma criminal Bobby Bluejacket. It's a tale of a young man of Shawnee heritage who turned to crime at an early ...Show More
The 1964 Murder of Kitty Genovese w/ Catherine Pelonero - A True Crime History Podcast

1:05:05 | Sep 27th, 2018

Catherine Pelonero, author of Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and its Private Consequences, is my guest. She walks us through the tragic murder of Kitty Genovese in 1964 and its aftermath. The horrific crime is especially infamous b...Show More
The 1826 Murder of William Morgan and Other Tales of the Erie Canal w/ Jack Kelly - A True Crime History Podcast

54:05 | Sep 20th, 2018

Author Jack Kelly joins me to discuss his book, "Heaven's Ditch: God Gold and Murder. He shares some stories of murder and mystery surrounding the great engineering marvel known as the Erie Canal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit More
Minnesota's Most Notorious: Where Blood Runs Cold - Introduction

05:05 | Sep 17th, 2018

Erik Rivenes, host of the Most Notorious podcast, has spent over two decades compiling a file of historical true crime stories from his native state of Minnesota. This introduction explains the format of the new podcast, "Minnesota's Most Notorious: ...Show More
Mobster Frank Costello w/ Anthony M. DeStefano - A True Crime History Podcast

1:07:18 | Sep 13th, 2018

Mafia historian and Pulitzer-prize winning reporter Anthony M. DeStefano is my guest this episode. He offers insight into gangster Frank Costello, underboss to Lucky Luciano, whose role and influence in the growth of organized crime in America was im...Show More
New York's Notorious Blackwell's Island w/ Stacy Horn - A True Crime History Podcast

1:02:50 | Sep 6th, 2018

Stacy Horn, author of "Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad and Criminal in 19th-Century New York", joins me to chat about the infamous New York City island, which housed (among other terrible buildings) the women's notorious lunatic asylum that continu...Show More
The Race to Save the Romanovs w/ Helen Rappaport - A True Crime History Podcast

1:03:00 | Aug 30th, 2018

Even today, the world is still utterly fascinated with the Romanov family, the last Tsar and Tsarina of Imperial Russia and their famous daughters and son. My guest is Helen Rappaport, a world-renowned expert on the subject. She joins me to discuss h...Show More
Frank Oldfield vs. the Black Hand w/ William Oldfield and Victoria Bruce - A True Crime History Podcast

1:01:02 | Aug 22nd, 2018

In the early 1900s police were stymied by a series of murders of Italian grocers and fruit vendors in midwest America. Witnesses refused to cooperate, which made the crimes impossible to solve.  Enter the United States Postal Service. Postal Inspecto...Show More
The 1849 Boston Murder of Dr. George Parkman w/ Paul Collins - A True Crime History Podcast

1:03:57 | Aug 16th, 2018

In November, 1849, Dr. George Parkman, Boston businessman and Harvard Medical School benefactor, disappeared. While many believed he might have been done in by an Irish immigrant, the discovery of his dismembered body in a privy eventually led invest...Show More
The 1925 Wisconsin Murder of Buddy Schumacher w/ Paul Hoffman - A True Crime History Podcast

1:00:38 | Jul 18th, 2018

My guest, author and journalist Paul Hoffman, discusses the July 1925 abduction and murder of little Buddy Schumacher in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.   He wrote the book, "Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher." Learn more about your...Show More
Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and Dodge City, Kansas w/ Tom Clavin - A True Crime History Podcast

1:00:01 | Jul 4th, 2018

New York Times best-selling author Tom Clavin joins me to talk about his book, "Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The 1960 Colorado Murder of Adolph Coors III w/ Philip Jett - A True Crime History Podcast

1:17:05 | Apr 27th, 2018

In the season finale of Most Notorious, I chat with Philip Jett, author of "The Death of an Heir: Adolph Coors III and the Murder That Rocked an American Brewing Dynasty”. He discusses the attempted kidnapping and eventual murder of Coors Brewery hei...Show More
19th Century Mountain Man Liver-Eating Johnson w/ Nathan E. Bender - A True Crime History Podcast

59:52 | Apr 15th, 2018

My guest is Nathan E. Bender, who wrote the introduction for the most recent edition of the 1958 classic "Crow Killer: The Saga of Liver-Eating Johnson". Johnson, (who was the basis for Robert Redford's character in the "Jeremiah Johnson" film), is k...Show More
Rose Veres, 1931 Detroit's "Witch of Delray" Killer w/ Karen Dybis - A True Crime History Podcast

1:18:46 | Apr 5th, 2018

Rose Veres, known as "The Witch of Delray", was tried in 1931 for murdering one of her tenants in Detroit, and has been suspected of killing others throughout the 1920s.  Karen Dybis, author of "The Witch of Delray: Rose Veres and Detroit's Infamous ...Show More
Lucky Luciano's 1930s NYC Prostitution Trial w/ Ellen Poulsen - A True Crime History Podcast

1:03:26 | Mar 29th, 2018

In 1936, New York City prosecutors, desperate to put infamous Murder Inc. boss Charles "Lucky" Luciano behind bars, decided to arrest him on tenuous charges for running the Big Apple's largest prostitution racket. Ellen Poulsen is my guest, and autho...Show More
The Pied Piper of Tucson Killer w/ Lisa Espich - A True Crime History Podcast

1:05:07 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Fifty years after the brutal murders of three Tucson women, an inside account of killer Charles Schmid, aka "The Pied Piper of Tucson" is published -  written by Schmid's former friend Richard Bruns not long after the tragic and terrible events.  The...Show More
The New Orleans Axeman Serial Killer w/ Miriam C. Davis - A True Crime History Podcast

1:15:40 | Mar 15th, 2018

The Axeman has become a figure of American folklore; a jazz-loving serial killer preying on Italian grocers in 1910s New Orleans. Miriam C. Davis, the author of "The Axeman of New Orleans", chats with me about the series of murders that terrified the...Show More
Indiana Serial Killer Belle Gunness w/ Harold Schechter - A True Crime History Podcast

1:07:21 | Mar 8th, 2018

My guest is the prolific true crime author Harold Schechter, who returns to talk about his latest book, "Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men".  He tells the story about the legendary Norwegian immigrant serial killer who lur...Show More
1932 Natchez's Goat Castle Murder w/ Karen L. Cox - A True Crime History Podcast

52:12 | Feb 22nd, 2018

My guest is Karen L. Cox, author of "Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South". She tells  the story of Jennie Merrill, an aged Southern belle who was murdered in her home in 1932 Natchez Missouri. Two of the main suspects agai...Show More
Crimefighter and Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt in 1890s New York w/ Richard Zacks - A True Crime History Podcast

59:03 | Feb 14th, 2018

True crime history enthusiasts  are devouring TNT's "The Alienist", the television show based on the popular Caleb Carr novel. Richard Zacks, the author of "Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York" joins me to talk ...Show More
1885 Austin's "Midnight Assassin" Serial Killer w/ Skip Hollandsworth - A True Crime History Podcast

55:00 | Feb 8th, 2018

From December of 1884 to December of 1885 a serial killer terrorized the city of Austin Texas. He had multiple nicknames: the Midnight Assassin, the Intangible Nemesis and the Servant Girl Annihilator. Journalist Skip Hollandsworth, author of "The Mi...Show More
The 1927 Murder of Marion Parker w/ James L. Neibaur & Mark Lee Gardner on Historic Photographs of Billy the Kid - A True Crime History Podcast

1:18:54 | Feb 1st, 2018

Historian James L. Neibaur, author of "Butterfly in the Rain: The 1927 Abduction and Murder of Marion Parker", talks about the horrific tale of a young girl kidnapped from her family in Jazz-age Los Angeles and brutally murdered. Also, Mark Lee Gardn...Show More
Serial Killer John Reginald Christie & the Great London Smog of 1952 w/ Kate Winkler Dawson - A True Crime History Podcast

1:15:42 | Jan 24th, 2018

1952 post-war London was a city in the throes of tragedy. Thousands were sickened and killed from a great filthy smog that choked the city. In the meantime a serial killer named John Reginald Christie was lurking in Notting Hill, murdering multiple w...Show More
Chicago Murderer H.H. Holmes w/ Adam Selzer - A True Crime History Podcast

1:02:00 | Jan 17th, 2018

Perhaps the most notorious killer in 19th century America was H.H. Holmes, a man who committed fraud and murder with cold abandon across the United States. His infamous Chicago "murder castle" is legendary in true crime lore. My guest, Adam Selzer, a...Show More
The Mysterious 1965 Death of Dorothy Kilgallen w/ Mark Shaw - A True Crime History Podcast

1:07:08 | Nov 9th, 2017

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

1:10:30 | Oct 8th, 2017

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 mar...Show More
Mob Hitman Frank Sheeran, the Kennedys and Jimmy Hoffa w/ Charles Brandt - A True Crime History Podcast

1:09:10 | Sep 3rd, 2017

My guest is Charles Brandt, the author of bestselling book "I Heard You Paint Houses", now being made into a Martin Scorsese film with Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. He tells the story of Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran, a hitman who goes to wo...Show More
1897 Chicago's Sausage Vat Murder w/ Robert Loerzel - A True Crime History Podcast

1:09:01 | Aug 13th, 2017

In the spring of 1897, Chicago sausage tycoon Adolph Leutgert's wife Louisa went missing. Police soon suspected her body had been dissolved in a vat in Adolph's factory. My guest, Robert Loerzel, author of "Alchemy of Bones: Chicago’s Luetgert Murder...Show More
Nazi Berlin's S-Bahn Serial Killer w/ Scott Andrew Selby - A True Crime History Podcast

1:23:09 | Jul 30th, 2017

In 1941 Berlin police were on the hunt for a serial killer who stalked women on the S-Bahn at night, bludgeoning victims to death before throwing their bodies off of the train. Scott Andrew Selby, author of "A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin: The Chilli...Show More
1828 Scotland's Serial Killing Duo Burke & Hare w/ Lisa Rosner - A True Crime History Podcast

1:23:54 | Jul 18th, 2017

In 1828 two friends named William Burke and William Hare killed sixteen people in Edinburgh, Scotland and sold their bodies to an anatomist named Dr. Robert Knox. Dr. Lisa Rosner, author of "The Anatomy Murders", tells the story of this notorious duo...Show More
The 1920 Murder of Oilman Jake Hamon w/ David R. Stokes - A True Crime History Podcast

57:03 | Jul 9th, 2017

Oklahoma oilman and multi-millionaire Jake Hamon had just helped elect Warren Harding President of the United States and had a fast track to Secretary of the Interior - but under one condition. He had to break things off with his mistress of ten year...Show More
New York's Mad Bomber w/ Michael Greenburg - A True Crime History Podcast

1:01:24 | Jun 26th, 2017

My guest is historian Michael Greenburg, the author of "The Mad Bomber of New York, The Extraordinary True Story of the Manhunt that Paralyzed a City". He tells the story of serial bomber George Metesky, who terrorized New York City in the 1940s and ...Show More
Jack the Ripper 101 w/ Donald Rumbelow - A True Crime History Podcast

1:11:11 | Jun 4th, 2017

The number of theories surrounding the Jack the Ripper murders in 1880s London are too staggering to mention. At least 200 suspects have been considered over the decades and spirited debate over his true identity has preoccupied the time of many a tr...Show More
The 1953 Kidnap and Murder of Bobby Greenlease w/ John Heidenry - A True Crime History Podcast

1:09:48 | May 21st, 2017

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

58:24 | May 6th, 2017

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

50:48 | Apr 22nd, 2017

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

1:01:58 | Apr 8th, 2017

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", discusse...Show More
The Real Rasputin w/ Douglas Smith - A True Crime History Podcast

51:44 | Mar 18th, 2017

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, a...Show More
More 1930s Gangster Molls w/ Ellen Poulsen - A True Crime History Podcast

1:15:26 | Mar 12th, 2017

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. B...Show More
John Dillinger's Women w/ Ellen Poulsen - A True Crime History Podcast

57:13 | Mar 4th, 2017

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

1:05:16 | Feb 21st, 2017

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

50:20 | Feb 11th, 2017

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

1:09:09 | Feb 3rd, 2017

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

1:18:21 | Jan 20th, 2017

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

1:12:15 | Jan 13th, 2017

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

52:48 | Jan 7th, 2017

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, Pro...Show More
New York's 1910s Santa Claus Con Artist w/ Alex Palmer - A True Crime History Podcast

50:51 | Dec 30th, 2016

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

52:14 | Dec 24th, 2016

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

52:32 | Dec 17th, 2016

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. Learn mo...Show More
1930s Outlaw Pretty Boy Floyd Part 1 w/ Michael Wallis - A True Crime History Podcast

1:11:42 | Dec 10th, 2016

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

51:18 | Dec 3rd, 2016

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

21:44 | Nov 29th, 2016

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

49:20 | Nov 18th, 2016

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

1:14:00 | Nov 4th, 2016

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

52:35 | Oct 28th, 2016

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

1:07:40 | Oct 21st, 2016

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

44:31 | Oct 14th, 2016

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

1:09:45 | Oct 7th, 2016

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

51:40 | Aug 25th, 2016

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

1:03:26 | Aug 18th, 2016

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

1:17:08 | Aug 10th, 2016

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

1:07:30 | Aug 3rd, 2016

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

1:22:44 | Jul 27th, 2016

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

51:10 | Jul 21st, 2016

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

54:37 | Jul 15th, 2016

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

52:04 | Jul 9th, 2016

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

58:18 | Jun 29th, 2016

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

59:24 | Jun 22nd, 2016

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. Prolifi...Show More
The Bloody Benders, An 1870s Kansas Family of Serial Killers w/ Phyllis de la Garza - A True Crime History Podcast

58:38 | Jun 11th, 2016

In early 1870s Kansas, a German family named the Benders built a small shack, opened it as an inn, and robbed and butchered travelers who stopped there for a bed or a meal. I'm joined by Phyllis de la Garza, author of "Death for Dinner", who tells th...Show More
The 1947 Black Dahlia Murder (Part Two) w/ Steve Hodel -A True Crime History Podcast

58:05 | Jun 5th, 2016

My guest, Steve Hodel, author of Black Dahlia Avenger and Most Evil, and I continue our discussion about the Black Dahlia case. We discuss the evidence he's collected implicating his father George Hodel, including a set of police transcripts that lin...Show More
The 1947 Black Dahlia Murder (Part One) w/ Steve Hodel - A True Crime History Podcast

1:00:11 | Jun 1st, 2016

No case in Los Angeles crime history has been more discussed and speculated about than the January 1947 murder of Elizabeth Short, aka The Black Dahlia. My guest, Steve Hodel, is a private investigator, former LAPD homicide detective, and author of B...Show More
"Count" Victor Lustig, 1920s and 30s Con Man and Public Enemy w/ Jeff Maysh - A True Crime History Podcast

42:30 | May 25th, 2016

My guest on this episode is Jeff Maysh, author of the Kindle single "Handsome Devil", a book that documents the life and death of one of the most talented and charming con artists of the 20th century, Victor Lustig. He was a master of disguise, an es...Show More
The 1927 Bath School Massacre w/ Arnie Bernstein - A True Crime History Podcast

56:01 | May 18th, 2016

May 18th, 2016, marks the 89th commemoration of the Bath, Michigan School Massacre. In 1927 Andrew Kehoe rigged the school with over 600 pounds of dynamite. The explosion killed 38 school children, 6 teachers, and injured dozens more. Arnie Bernstein...Show More
1870s Deadwood w/ Barbara Fifer - A True Crime History Podcast

58:00 | May 12th, 2016

For those of us who've watched and enjoyed HBO's Deadwood, the town and its characters are absolutely larger than life. But was the show historically accurate? What is fact and what is fiction? My guest, Barbara Fifer, author of Deadwood Saints and S...Show More
The Real Al Capone w/ Deirdre Marie Capone -A True Crime History Podcast

1:04:00 | May 4th, 2016

Al Capone is the most infamous gangster in American history, forever associated with Chicago, and known around the world for his connection to  the bloody St. Valentine's Day Massacre. But did he really order those murders? Many don't think so. My gu...Show More
1880s & 90s Serial Killer Dr. Thomas Neill Cream w/ A.J. Griffiths-Jones - A True Crime History Podcast

55:21 | Apr 27th, 2016

Dr. Thomas Neill Cream was a 19th century contemporary of Jack the Ripper, and many claim that they were one in the same. The UK's A.J. Griffiths-Jones, author of Prisoner 4374, discusses the life of this serial killer, better known as "Lambeth Poiso...Show More
Arthur Koehler & the 1932 Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping-Murder w/ Adam Schrager - A True Crime History Podcast

53:43 | Apr 5th, 2016

When authorities have difficulties linking physical evidence to Bruno Hauptmann in the Charles Lindbergh Jr. abduction and murder, Arthur Koehler, an expert on wood, helps them connect Hauptmann to the ladder left outside the Lindbergh family estate ...Show More
The Chicago Haymarket "Riot" of 1886 w/ James Green - A True Crime History Podcast

51:06 | Mar 29th, 2016

On May 4th, 1886 in Chicago's Haymarket, a labor rally is interrupted first by a column of police officers, and then by a bomb from the crowd thrown into their ranks. This has major implications for the labor and social reform movement in the US. Jam...Show More
The 1900 Axe Murder of John Hossack w/ Patricia Bryan - A True Crime History Podcast

1:10:51 | Mar 23rd, 2016

In the winter of 1900, John Hossack is brutally attacked and mortally wounded with an axe while in bed next to his wife. Patricia Bryan, author of Midnight Assassin, talks about the murder and the number one suspect, John Hossack's wife Margaret, and...Show More
The 1920 Duluth Lynchings w/ Michael Fedo - A True Crime History Podcast

50:27 | Mar 14th, 2016

in 1920 three African-American men were lynched in Duluth, Minnesota, accused of raping a white woman. Over 10,000 people gathered in the street to watch them hang. Michael Fedo, author of The Lynchings In Duluth, discusses this terrible moment in Mi...Show More
The Wineville Chicken Ranch Murders w/ author Anthony Flacco - A True Crime History Podcast

48:39 | Mar 7th, 2016

In the late 1920s, an estimated 20 boys or more are abducted, tortured and murdered at a chicken ranch in Wineville, California. My guest is Anthony Flacco, author of The Road Out of Hell: Sanford Clark and the True Story of the Wineville Murders. He...Show More
The Peck Family Poisonings in 1916 Michigan w/ Tobin Buhk - A True Crime History Podcast

56:00 | Feb 29th, 2016

I'm joined by Tobin T. Buhk, the author of Poisoning The Pecks of Grand Rapids: The Scandalous 1916 Murder Plot. We talk about the charming, devious killer Arthur Warren Waite, who ingratiated himself into the wealthy Peck family through marriage, an...Show More
Female Spies in the Civil War w/ Karen Abbott - A True Crime History Podcast

50:36 | Feb 22nd, 2016

Karen Abbott, author of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, joins me to talk about a group of extraordinary women in 1860s America, both Union and Confederate, who become spies to help advance their sides in the Civil War. The song at the end of the episo...Show More
The 1629 Batavia Mutiny & Massacre w/ Mike Dash - A True Crime History Podcast

1:04:52 | Feb 15th, 2016

Off of the coast of western Australia, the Dutch East India Company's state-of-the-art ship, the Batavia, wrecks on a reef in June of 1629. One of the officers on board, a failed apothecary named Jeronimus Corenlisz, is left in charge of the survivor...Show More
Murder in 1937 Peking w/ Paul French - A True Crime History Podcast

56:45 | Feb 8th, 2016

In 1937, on the eve of the Japanese occupation of Peking (Beijing), China, a young English woman is found brutally murdered at the base of Fox Tower, and an investigation launches that churns up some disturbing details. Paul French, the author of Mid...Show More
Texas Gangster & Poker King Benny Binion w/ Doug Swanson - A True Crime History Podcast

49:16 | Jan 31st, 2016

Benny Binion was a larger-than-life character, a gangster who grew up in Texas and built a criminal empire. Eventually he moved to Las Vegas, started the Horseshoe Casino, and began the World Series of Poker. I chat with Doug Swanson, author of Blood...Show More
The Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890 w/ Jerome A. Greene - A True Crime History Podcast

46:44 | Jan 25th, 2016

 December 29th, 2015, marked the 125th Anniversary of one of the most tragic events in American history. My guest Jerome A. Greene, author of American Carnage: Wounded Knee 1890, talks about the massacre of Lakota Indians by the United States 7th Cav...Show More
Billy the Kid & Pat Garrett w/ Mark Lee Gardner - A True Crime History Podcast

57:52 | Jan 19th, 2016

We're back to Old New Mexico on this episode of Most Notorious. I talk to Mark Lee Gardner, author of To Hell on a Fast Horse: The Untold Story of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett about this famous duo, forever linked in history in the early 1880s. Lear...Show More
The 1946 Portland Torso Murder w/ J.D. Chandler - A True Crime History Podcast

46:00 | Jan 12th, 2016

J.D. Chandler, author of Murder and Scandal in Prohibition Portland, relays the tale of the Torso Murder in 1946 Portland, Oregon, including his decade long investigation of this very cold case. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit More
Nazis in 1930s America w/ Arnie Bernstein - A True Crime History Podcast

50:33 | Jan 4th, 2016

In this episode, host Erik Rivenes talks with Arnie Bernstein, author of Swastika Nation, about the rise Nazism in the United States in the 1930s under Fritz Kuhn. Famed columnist Walter Winchell, Jewish gangsters like Mickey Cohen and Meyer Lanksy, ...Show More
Machine Gun Kelly w/ Joe Urschel - A True Crime History Podcast

45:30 | Dec 28th, 2015

Author Joe Urschel is the Executive Director of the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington D.C. He's also the author of The Year of Fear: Machine Gun Kelly and the Manhunt That Changed the Nation. Joe and Erik discuss the life and times of Geo...Show More
The Lawson Family Christmas Murders in 1929 North Carolina w/ Trudy J . Smith - A True Crime History Podcast

40:21 | Dec 21st, 2015

On Christmas Day, 1929, in Germanton, North Carolina, Charlie Lawson murdered his wife and six children on their rural farm. This horrific crime is part of local lore, and Trudy J. Smith and her father, M. Bruce Jones researched the massacre 25 years...Show More
Harry Hayward: Murder in 1890s Minneapolis w/ Jack El-Hai - A True Crime History Podcast

48:42 | Dec 14th, 2015

Jack El-Hai is a Minnesota author who has written many books, including The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Goring, Dr. Douglas M Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of World War 2.  However, our subject in this episode of Most Notorio...Show More
1870s Child Serial Killer Jesse Pomeroy w/ Harold Schechter - A True Crime History Podcast

39:27 | Dec 7th, 2015

Harold Schecter is one of America's most prolific true crime writers. Back in 2001, he wrote about one of the most chilling serial killing sprees in history, a true life account of the notorious "boy-fiend" Jesse Harding Pomeroy in 1870s Boston. Erik...Show More
The Murdering Harpe Brothers of 1790s Tennessee w/ E. Don Harp - A True Crime History Podcast

44:38 | Dec 1st, 2015

In 1799 Big Harpe and Little Harpe swathed a bloody path down the Wilderness Trail in Kentucky and Tennessee, murdering everyone in their path. My guest, E. Don Harp, a descendant of the infamous brothers, argues in "The Last Rampage of the Terrible ...Show More
Los Angeles Gangster Mickey Cohen w/ Tere Tereba - A True Crime History Podcast

53:45 | Nov 23rd, 2015

Mickey Cohen went from selling newspapers on the streets of L.A. to heading one of the largest crime rackets in the United States. He worked under Bugsy Siegel, rubbed shoulders with Frank Sinatra, Lana Turner and Billy Graham, and cut down enemies w...Show More
Lizzie Borden with Joe Conforti -A True Crime History Podcast

53:21 | Nov 17th, 2015

The murders of Andrew and Abby Borden in 1892, and the accusation that sent daughter Lizzie Borden to trial, is one of the most infamous in American history. But did Lizzie Borden really give her mother forty whacks? What is myth, and what is fact in...Show More
Leopold and Loeb in 1924 Chicago with Simon Baatz - A True Crime History Podcast

56:57 | Nov 10th, 2015

Guest Simon Baatz, author of “For the Thrill of It: Leopold and Loeb and the Murder That Shocked Chicago” talks about the infamous Bobby Franks murder, and the trial of Leopold and Loeb, with famed criminal attorney Clarence Darrow at the defense. Al...Show More
Gangsters in 1930s Minnesota with Paul Maccabee - A True Crime History Podcast Hosted by Erik Rivenes

47:00 | Nov 2nd, 2015

Paul Maccabee released the definitive book of Minnesota crime in 1994, “John Dillinger Slept Here: A Crooks Tour of Crime and Corruption in Saint Paul”. Host Erik Rivenes, author of the Detective Harm Queen mystery series, chats with Paul about gangs...Show More