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Forgotten News Podcast

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Welcome to the Forgotten News podcast. This is your window to hear true stories from long ago. Stories that once made headlines. Stories that people thought would be unforgettable, but soon were lost in the sands of time, or were buried deep in the d...Show More
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THE WITCH WHO WASN'T: JANE WENHAM - 1712

38:41 | Apr 4th

In history books, NEW EPISODE! THE WITCH WHO WASN'T:  JANE WENHAM. The trial of Jane Wenham in 1712, is mostly infamous as "the last witchcraft trial in England".  But, that's not the only reason why this case should be infamous. Listen and find out....Show More
THE STORY BEHIND APRIL FOOL'S DAY

04:09 | Apr 1st

The title says it all. Our guest: Emily Prokop of The Story Behind Podcast. Operation Switcheroo! Enjoy.
CLARA'S CRAZY IDEA - 1893

1:27:25 | Mar 8th

The story of the woman who gave birth to the Public Defender system, for the U.S., in 1893. HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Books: Babcock, Barbara, Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz (2011). Drachman, Virginia, Sisters In Law: Women Lawyers In Modern Am...Show More
SLAVERY IN DISGUISE - 1892

42:08 | Feb 27th

The tragic story of how, during the years between the late 1870s and early 1940s, the states of the American South used the criminal courts to effectively re-establish slavery for hundreds of thousands of black people, and poor whites -- through forc...Show More
A TEEN LOVE STORY - 1890

39:59 | Feb 9th

The adventures (mis-adventures?) of two young teen couples, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who ran away from home, to Cleveland, Ohio, in September 1890, to elope.    HISTORICAL REFERENCES:Cleveland Plain Dealer, September 10 & 11, 1890.  Pittsburgh ...Show More
THE KIDNAPPING OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR - 1929

40:20 | Jan 22nd

The story of the kidnapping of the lieutenant governor of Idaho in 1929, by a crew of incompetent gangsters. Also: Police Blotter & Court News, November 16, 1886.   HISTORICAL REFERENCES: The Kidnapping of the Lieutenant Governor McClary, Daryl C., W...Show More
THE MIDNIGHT BAND OF MERCY - 1893

1:39:12 | Jan 4th

The story of an organized group of relentless ladies, who were serial killers, in New York City, 1893. Also: Police Blotter & Court News, January 17, 1870.   HISTORICAL REFERENCES: The Midnight Band of Mercy - Online articles and information:  Hartwe...Show More
CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

1:13:10 | Dec 21st, 2018

Campbell Playhouse audio drama of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, as broadcast on nationwide radio, December 24, 1939, featuring the voices of Orson Welles, as narrator, and Lionel Barrymore, as Ebeneezer Scrooge. GUEST VOICE: Charles Dickens -...Show More
CHRISTMAS DAY IN JAIL - 1865

27:16 | Dec 17th, 2018

The story of Christmas Day in jail, 1865, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.  Also:  Police Blotter & Court News, Washington D.C., December 18, 1882.   HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Christmas in Jail - 1865 Cleveland Plain Dealer, December 26, 1865. Police Blotter & Co...Show More
WHAT KATIE WOULDN'T TELL - 1884

34:01 | Nov 24th, 2018

The story of the murder of Kate McDonnell, an Irish-American girl, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1884, and her inexplicable deathbed effort to hide the identity of her killer. Also: Police Blotter & Court News,                                  Cleve...Show More
THE MAYOR AND THE LITTLE OLD LADY - 1935

12:37 | Nov 4th, 2018

A story about an incident in the life of Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia of New York City in 1935, and how it directly pertains to the people of the U.S., right now, in 2018.   HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Manning, Brennan, The Ragamuffin Gospel (2008). Cerf, Ben...Show More
THE VANISHING OF DAVID LANG - 1880

40:36 | Oct 25th, 2018

In 1880, in Gallatin, Tennessee, a farmer named David Lang, apparently vanished from the face of the earth, in front of his wife, children and friends. HISTORICAL REFERENCES   The Vanishing of David Lang: Palmer, Stuart, Fate Magazine, July 1953, How...Show More
Introducing: WHISPERED TRUE STORIES

05:10 | Oct 18th, 2018

Kit Caren has something important to tell you.
THE ANTI-FUNGAL MAYOR WHO NEVER WAS - 1967

21:09 | Oct 11th, 2018

STRANGE — BUT FORGOTTEN: MINI-EPISODE # 5. In July 1967, thousands of newspapers, across the United States, published the news that a can of foot powder had been elected as mayor of a town in Ecuador.  But, the story was completely untrue.  How were...Show More
THE CHILD BRIDE OF ATHENS COUNTY – 1940

49:29 | Sep 26th, 2018

The very weird story of the marriage of a 10 year old girl with a 21 year old man, in January 1940, in Athens County, Ohio - including the decades of aftermath. This was an event which made headlines across the U.S., at the time.  The second part of ...Show More
THE CASE OF THE TORTURED SCHOOL TEACHER – 1911

58:04 | Aug 26th, 2018

This episode tells the story of Mary Chamberlain. a young teacher in Beverly, Kansas, in 1911, who was dragged from a buggy on an isolated road in the woods, stripped naked, and covered with hot tar by a gang of five men, while several others stood n...Show More
THE LAST STAGECOACH ROBBERY IN THE UNITED STATES - 1899

1:02:53 | Jul 20th, 2018

On this first anniversary episode of the Forgotten News Podcast, we tell the story of the last stagecoach robbery in the United States, which took place in Arizona in 1899.  There will also be a Police Blotter and Court News segment (August 28, 1886)...Show More
JACK THE RIPPER, SHAKESPEARE AND WINNIE THE POOH: A TRUE CRIME STORY - 1891

1:16:06 | Jun 20th, 2018

You are going to have to listen to this episode, if you want to find out what connects Jack the Ripper, Shakespeare, Winnie the Pooh - and New York City in 1891.      HISTORICAL REFERENCES:   Shakespeare / Jack The Ripper Mystery: Gardner, Charles W....Show More
5 MYSTERY LYNCHINGS IN OHIO: 1877-1932

57:48 | May 16th, 2018

There were 21 lynchings in the State of Ohio, between 1856 and 1932. This episode tells the stories of the 5 lynchings, for which the least amount of information exists. These lynchings took place in 1877 (two), 1892, 1920 and 1932. There is also be ...Show More
POLICE BLOTTER & COURT NEWS – JUNE 19, 1868

27:05 | Apr 30th, 2018

Strange — But Forgotten: Mini-Episode # 4. A look at the news of various random local arrests and criminal court cases, in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, as published verbatim in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, on June 19, 1868.  A true "slice of life", from a s...Show More
WHEN FICTION MEETS FACT (AND FICTION MEETS FICTION): THE STORY OF STEVE BRODIE, MAUD AND PERCY

1:18:08 | Apr 6th, 2018

In July 1886, Steve Brodie, a resident of the Bowery neighborhood of New York City, made a bet to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge, into the river below, in exchange for the money to open a saloon. This was a 135 foot jump. He became legendary for the le...Show More
BONUS EPISODE: TWO LYNCHINGS AND A PSYCHOLOGIST

18:48 | Mar 20th, 2018

Psychologist Kate Bowers Wallinga offers her professional opinion regarding the events which led to the lynchings in New Richmond, Ohio, of George Mangrum in 1876 and Noah Anderson in 1895.  GUEST VOICE:  Kate Bowers Wallinga, psychologist and host o...Show More
TWO LYNCHINGS IN ONE SMALL TOWN: 1876 & 1895

1:00:18 | Mar 15th, 2018

The small town of New Richmond, Ohio, was the location of the lynchings of a violent serial rapist and murderer in 1876, and the killer of a beloved elderly man in 1895. This episode tells the tragic and terrifying chain of events which led to these ...Show More
RULES FOR LADIES / RULES FOR GENTLEMEN: 1845

51:45 | Feb 15th, 2018

On this episode, we celebrate St. Valentine’s Day, by taking a look at a set of Rules for Ladies and Rules for Gentlemen, that was published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 1845. Were they good advice (then or now)? Several wonderful podcasters join...Show More
McGURK’S SUICIDE SALOON, NEW YORK CITY - 1893-1902

59:23 | Feb 6th, 2018

In the 1890s, a wild, lawless (and often terrifying) dive saloon in New York City somehow became a destination for desperate young women who desired to end their life. HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Sante, Luc, Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York (199...Show More
EQUAL IN DEATH: The Last Public Execution in Ohio – 1844

23:45 | Jan 16th, 2018

On February 9, 1844, Esther Foster and William Graham were jointly executed by hanging, in Columbus, Ohio, on the same scaffold. It was the last public execution held in the state. Foster was an African-American woman and Graham was a white man.   HI...Show More
THE WITCH OF PLUM HOLLOW – 1891

28:12 | Jan 8th, 2018

The life and true story of “Mother” Elizabeth Barnes, the so-called “witch” of Plum Hollow, Ontario.   HISTORICAL REFERENCES:   The Wise Woman of Plum Hollow, Ottawa Free Press, March 16, 1891. My Grandmother Was Mother Barnes - The Witch of Plum Hol...Show More
NEW YEAR'S "CALLS"

1:12:12 | Jan 4th, 2018

It was a very popular custom, during the 19th century, for people to make a short visit to their friends and neighbors on New Year’s day or eve. In this episode, we will discuss that tradition, and our own effort to revive it, here in the internet ag...Show More
CHRISTMAS EVE ON WALL STREET – 1882

20:07 | Dec 24th, 2017

A spontaneous practical joke, on Christmas Eve 1882, at the New York Stock Exchange, ignited a wild chain reaction of very silly shenanigans. And that wasn’t the only place of business where that happened.   HISTORICAL REFERENCES:   Fun at the Stock ...Show More
THE LYNCHING OF THE OUTLAW JEFFERSON DAVIS - 1873

22:03 | Dec 20th, 2017

On July 26, 1873, a man calling himself Jefferson Davis was beaten, shot, and dragged through the streets of Ragersville, Ohio, before finally being hung from a tree, by an angry mob. This is the true story of the lynching -- and its extremely strang...Show More
THE PARTY OF THE CENTURY – 1896

1:16:53 | Dec 16th, 2017

On a cold dark night in December of 1896, many of the richest men in New York City were enjoying themselves at a bachelor party, when it was suddenly and unexpectedly raided by the police, on the basis of a tip that “indecent entertainment” was takin...Show More
EVIL GOES ON TRIAL – 1888

49:55 | Oct 31st, 2017

The story of Madame Editha Diss DeBar, a fake psychic and professional con artist, who fooled Luther Marsh, a nice old man (a retired judge!) into believing she had amazing and miraculous powers to communicate with the dead, including his late wife. ...Show More
KIDNAPPERS, PIRATES AND PICK-POCKETS – 1920

33:47 | Oct 19th, 2017

This is a “true crime” episode which also opens up a unique “slice of life” from two totally different stories and two completely different locations in 1920: the nation of China and Cleveland, Ohio (sort of).   HISTORICAL REFERENCES:   30 Men Arrest...Show More
AN ASSAULT, A LYNCHING, AND THE END OF INNOCENCE – 1856

40:36 | Oct 7th, 2017

In October 1856, an angry mob in Manchester, Ohio, lynched a man named Bill Terry. He was accused of a brutal assault on a young woman, Margaret Morris. This was the first lynching to take place in Ohio.         HISTORICAL REFERENCES:   Adams County ...Show More
DID AN AIRPLANE FLY OVER NEW YORK CITY IN 1876?

07:22 | Sep 25th, 2017

According to an article published in a respected New York newspaper in 1876, a local inventor successfully built and flew an aircraft over the city. But - did it really happen?   HISTORICAL REFERENCE:   Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, December 30,187...Show More
THE OHIO “FLYING MACHINE” MYSTERY OF 1897

1:06:10 | Sep 22nd, 2017

In 1897, numerous individuals across Ohio reported that they had seen an airship in the sky, hovering over their city or town. This was years before the first successful flight of a motorized aircraft was supposed to have occurred – according to the ...Show More
ELLA NELSON – THE “NOT GUILTY” KILLER - 1891

49:07 | Aug 22nd, 2017

In New York City, in February 1891, a young woman named Ella Nelson shot and killed her married boyfriend. Yet, in a wild trial, a jury declared her “Not Guilty”. This shocking case made nationwide headlines at the time, but is hardly known today. Th...Show More
WILD AND CRAZY OHIO - 1897

45:51 | Aug 3rd, 2017

The year 1897 was a hotbed of news reports of encounters with bizarre and unexpected animals and other wild creatures, in random places in Ohio.     HISTORICAL REFERENCES:   Akron Beacon and Republican, April 28, 1897.   Akron Times-Democrat, May 26,...Show More
EDITORIALS ABOUT THE LYNCHING OF JOSEPH LYTLE, 1892

09:17 | Aug 3rd, 2017

The infamous lynching in Findlay, Ohio was front-page headline news across the U.S., at the time. In this short “bonus” episode, you will hear excerpts of editorials from a diverse collection of major newspapers, speaking out about the incident, with...Show More
A TROUBLING AFTERMATH OF THE LYNCHING OF JOSEPH LYTLE

09:10 | Jul 23rd, 2017

The tragic impact of the lynching of Joseph Lytle on his sister-in-law, Martha Lytle.     HISTORICAL REFERENCE:   Driven Crazy By The Action Of The Findlay Mob, Cleveland Plain Dealer, May 17, 1892.     GUEST VOICES:   Newspaper Reporter: Steven Card...Show More
THE LYNCHING OF THE HATCHET MAN

1:13:12 | Jul 15th, 2017

This first episode will feature a quick summary of what this podcast is about, and what listeners can expect to hear in the future. This is immediately followed by our first featured story: The saga of Joseph Lytle, a middle-aged bully, who was lynch...Show More