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"What happens when you die? How do you become someone? You're proud of is it possible to find true love, these may be modern questions. But ancient civilizations had answers for all of them. I'm Vanessa Richardson host the newest podcast from par cast mythology every week we present the stories that explained the world before science literature or philosophy with park cast team of writers and voice actors I'll bring each legend to life and then dive into the history origins. And meaning of the myths will present the darker roots of legends, you may know like Hercules and Thor. And we'll also recount lesser known myths, including the Lakota, visit of the white buffalo woman, and the German cautionary tale of the Laura rely tune in every Tuesday to hear why these stories have endured for thousands of years and why like the gods they chronicle. They will probably never die. Mythology is a production of Cutler media, and is part of the park cast network Batholomew premiers December fourth.
November 1, 2019: Edmund Zagorski
"The today is Friday November first Russian in Tennessee for two counts of first degree murder before hello went from true crime history I'm Vanessa Richardson and today we're covering the execution fake drug deal the lengthy litigation process prior to his execution is advised extreme caution is advised for listeners under thirteen seven ten pm on November first two thousand eighteen has the last few reporters trickled inside and found their seats in the gallery. Oh Two one reporter. The glow seemed appropriate because none of this he's execution and was glad there hadn't been much to see so far a curtain behind the curtain there was some kind of metallic clanking floor after a moment and eerie silence settled in bald man sat in the center of the room framed perfectly by the window he stared straight ahead his eyes narrowed the intensity ASCII used for inmates who were executed by lethal injection suited in this manner in six years it wasn't clear why am curtain raised Zagorski looking straight ahead impassive the rest of his body remained perfectly still he didn't struggle against the didn't turn or change his expression he simply said let's words was he reflecting on his past or was he too distracted by the events even tired of his own memories whatever it was that made as water dripped down his face and onto his upper lip leading from the back of the chair and plugged it in the reporters pulse that was the signal Zagorski raised his right hand slightly as if giving all of reality either way no one waved back oh you about the new three dollar little John from Jimmy Johns a skinny mini version Che's or if you like bragging that your lunch only cost three dollars now back to the story on November first old John Dale Dotson and thirty two year old Jimmy Wayne Porter worker residents in the area knew him by the alias Jesse Harden what's and worked on April fifth he struck up a conversation with Dotson and managed a hundred pounds of marijuana for twenty five thousand dollars in the meantime Dotson convinced his friend Jimmy Porter to buy the woods near the trout farm and headed into the trees dots and had brought along call someone if he didn't come home later that night dots both of them down it's likely they were only wounded as the Gorski also also knew about the meeting between the men but didn't investigate the shots he heard that night then Parker failed to return that night little was done to search for their bodies I it didn't take long for police to identify a Gorski as their prime suspect Dotson and porter investigators tracked Zagorski to Ohio where he it's afterward his legal battle continued but his appeals were rejected I his request to death by electrocution at first the request Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to grant Zagorski a stay of execution Iran Tennessee and many other states to abolish capital punishment entirely conversation as we all debate the best way for justice true crime. I'm Vanessa Richardson today in true crime is a podcast original you but now spotify is making it easy for you to enjoy all of your favorite podcast originals. I today in true crime in the search bar at par cast. Were grateful for you. We'll be back with a brand new episode tomorrow in true crime sound design by Russell Nash With Production Assistance by Ron Shapiro Paul Moller.
October 11, 2019: Paul Lee Stine
"Today is Friday October eleventh two thousand nineteen on this day in Nineteen exte- nine twenty nine year old cabdriver Paul Stein was murdered by the infamous Zodiac killer despite a myriad of claim soda today in True Crime was written by Colin McLaughlin. I'm Vanessa Richardson Borough Eleventh Nineteen Sixty nine twenty nine year old Paul Stein and square the shadows seem to dance across the passengers face keeping him in a gloomy shroud Washington and maple the Dan said in a near whisper he didn't speak again Stein started the meter and pulled away it takes an average of eighteen minutes is to reach Washington and Maple in the presidio Heights neighborhood from union station Stein's passenger remained silent for the entire ride mine didn't mind that he'd been driving a cab for long enough to expect all types he'd had passengers that told him their entire life story from the backseat of his cab. Hey Friend I wanNA tell you about the new three dollar little John from Jimmy Johns a skinny mini version of any original Sandwich Ling spree might have ended that night before we discussed the hunt for the elusive Zodiac killer let's go back to the evening of October taxes and delivery fees extra welcome today in true crime apar- cast original pity he was even gearing up to quit just a few months before he'd been mugged by a passenger and ever since he'd felt a tinge of worry whenever order of Paul Stein a cab driver who gave a ride to the Zodiac killer on the night of October eleventh nineteen sixty nine and was a stranger got in his car Stein had decided that cab driving wasn't for him but he still needed to work the job while he found something else and up a new fare at some point around nine thirty pm the passenger was a white man even in the brightly lit intersections that surrounded San Francisco's Union. Oh on the night of October Eleventh Stein and his Yellow Cab were cruising through San Francisco's theatre district he others like two nights ride kept silent speaking only to request a destination Stein thought about turning on the radio but decided against it all of the stations were talking about one thing anyway the Zodiac killer just two weeks before to students had been tied times listener discretion is advised we advise extreme caution for children under thirteen. I'm Vanessa Richardson and today we're discussing the most mine didn't like to define himself as a cab driver that was his night job meant to support him as he pursued his doctorate in English at San Francisco State Univers- killed in his car after reaching his destination had it not been for a communications breakdown within the police the Zodiac killer's ten month long up and stabbed by a man in executioner's hood over
October 9, 2019: The Palo Verde Derailment
"Live a westbound Amtrak train careened off the rails in Arizona and dropped a gut wrenching thirty feet into a gully the today is Wednesday October ninth two thousand nineteen on this day in nineteen ninety five day in true crime was written by Aaron Land. I'm Vanessa Richardson eggs littered the surrounding desert. Almost every passenger was seriously hurt some cradling broken bones it was a scene of APP participating locations taxes and delivery fees extra we hours of the morning banged against boulders luggage tumbled from the overhead compartments and flew out the window by the time the train came to a stop levine it happened to quickly for anyone inside the train to react they were helpless as the windows shattered and the passenger cars Grushin is advised this episode features discussion of murder and domestic terrorism extreme caution is advised for listeners under thirteen Los Angeles data arrive in around nine hours the train cruised along at fifty miles an hour the morning sun had yet without warning the train hit a curve in the track then flew off the rails the massive train tipped over careening and selves pinned inside Neil Hawford a shaggy-haired broad-shouldered man in his late twenties sat in the aw hey friend I wanna tell you about the new three dollar little John from Jimmy Johns a skinny Minnie oaken glass and twisted metal as the dust settled the passengers revealed some tried to leave the train cars while others found the now let's go back to the Arizona desert about sixty miles southwest of Phoenix on October ninth nineteen ninety-five in the stoorikhel aspects of the infamous Palo Verde derailment while I'll cover the narrative the Palo Verde derailment still haunts the city of Palo Verde creep over the horizon in the middle of nowhere any passengers still awake could have looked out the window and seeing a blanket of stars Cam Track train thundered through the Arizona desert right on schedule as far as the conductor was concerned it was a routine trip bound for grew hot and Neil made his way out of the car for air while they waited for police as he looked across the desert something called so condemned police corruption specifically mentioning one local police officer benefiting from drug money kickbacks the writer US missing more Murray Crawlspace and empty frames everyone I'm lance and I'm tim thanks for having US Lance and Tim are here to discuss some of the crime history I'm Vanessa Richardson and today I'm joined by our guest hosts Lance Ren- Stern A- and Tim Polari they host the crime podcast welcome to today and true crime apar- cast original every day we flip back the calendar to this date years ago and recount one event from trump the first time this kind of terrorism was used to instill fear in those travelling West that's true due to the graphic nature of today's crimes listener or writers of the letter had signed it sons of the Gestapo Neil kept the letter for police who's version of any original sandwich for only three bucks it's littler than a regular sandwich which is perfect if you're not super hungry or if you WANNA try a couple of different sandwich his I a piece of folded paper lodged under a rock near the crash curious neal grabbed it it's content Arizona in the twenty four years since the crash no act of domestic terror has compared to the vicious attack that's right lance although as we discover it wasn't offset Waco Texas and Ruby Ridge Idaho both of these incidents had resulted in the deaths of religious extremists the letters always turned his face white the note railed against the government and police it lambasted the ATF's involvement in the stand back of one of the few cars left intact which stalled in total darkness on the broken train track without air conditioning. The Train Che's or if you like bragging that your lunch only cost three dollars order a three dollar Littlejohn Jimmy Johns dot com or with Jimmy Johns down a ravine the two engines had separated from the rest of the train which was strewn helter skelter across the track in addition to the bed the of injured passengers amongst the wreckage police found the sole casualty of the disaster forty one year old train operator Mitchell Bay police began to survey the scene anxious to discover what could have caused the train to derail they soon found their answer the hospital along with dozens of passengers seventy eight people were injured a handful of them in critical condition but the situation in the immediate vicinity of the crash site they had clearly been planted by someone who knew where the train would derail responsibility for the crash and police would find two more all four copies of the letter were found weighted down by small rocks wound began descending on the horrific scene eight of the train cars had derailed four had tumbled off the side of a bridge thirty feet disgruntled employees but soon they would find evidence to suggest the murderous attacker or attackers were likely domestic terrorists in a moment police realized the full scope of the Amtrak attack now back to the story twenty nine railroad spikes had been removed from the rails just as the track curved around a ravine furthermore one of the tracks quickly became clear that this was an act of sabotage plain and simple the FBI was called in and quickly only grew darker when Neil handed police the letter he'd found in the subsequent hours Neil would find an identical copy of the letter that took it's at the time of his death he had been a loyal Amtrak employee for Twenty Years Bates was removed from the scene and transported to the local in other words the train operators would have no indication that the track ahead had been tampered with coupled with the politically charged notes. Fatal train accident was an act of sabotage Lanson Tim or here to help discuss the details and historical impact of this in the early morning of October ninth nineteen ninety-five an Amtrak train travelling from Miami to Los Angeles derailed concluded that the person responsible would need to have an excellent knowledge of trains to pull this off so seamlessly they initially wondered if it could have been had been pushed about four inches in word it was enough to derail the train but too slight to interrupt the electrical connection and the tracks revealed surprisingly little but there was one lead the corrupt police officer hinted at in the letters the FBI writers were ill informed and grasping at straws or the police were covering up the crimes of their own the former assumption seemed far more likely the loved mysteries. I'm Vanessa Richardson thanks again to Lance and Tim old near Palo Verde Arizona sixty miles from Phoenix the police and FBI quickly discovered the tracks had been tampered with this were meant to be intentionally misleading the writer may have hoped to lead police on a wild goose chase searching for an extremist group that never existed worked to discover who this police officer might be in the hopes that it could give them a clue as to who may have written a letter but the lead never panned out either is deadly attack thanks so much Vanessa we're happy to be here yeah initially police in the FBI believed that whoever had derailed the Amtrak must have had knowledge of trail in the first place well whatever their intentions their methods worked police have never arrested anyone in connection to the attack and the case remains open to this the similarities didn't stop there lance this nineteen thirty nine Nevada crash had been caused by train track being moved four inches in wjr plunging thirty feet into the ravine in the years since this has become one of Arizona's most infamous on Sol means based on the precision used to sabotage the tracks only someone familiar with trains would know that something as simple as removing a few states jeanine Nevada derailment case was never solved and the motives for the wrecks still remain a mystery it seems as though the nineteen ninety-five saboteurs were working someone had inverted the railway tracks a mere four inches a small but deadly act of sabotage it is now been twenty four years since the Amtrak train derail and spilled over the side of a Brid Day police still hope to solve the case so as long as the terrorists are at large they could strike again they have blood on their hands and deserve to be brought to justice are joining me today thanks so much for having US Vanessa thanks Vanessa and you can find our podcast missing more Murray crawlspace and empty frames on SPA word enough to keep the electric current running through the tracks but still cause a deadly wreck so frustrating because despite months of investigation the nineteen on cutler sound designed by Russell Nash With Production Assistance by Ron Shapiro Paul molitor Maggie admire and Freddie Beckley this episode of Tea Wchs and budging one track
Introducing: MYTHICAL MONSTERS, A New Parcast Original!
"Dragons Sea serpents giants demons and other terrifying creatures and asks what they represent a mankind. I'm GonNa play you a spent I'm really excited to tell you about my new show called mythical monsters it tells the stories of made his way to the boat I will show you the way father he said of threat only concern I would pursue him to hell itself Vig near acquiesced and please note the story you're about to hear is not a direct account of the saga the winds died and the clouds cleared there before them was a great island he hung his head and said almost inaudibly I would not chase that beast you know where he his accomplishments he was odd who went to per mia who fooled the laps who defeated giants whose name was he is then odd asked you would be walking into the jaws of death vig nears voice carried no sense I am a coward and small all of odds men were puny he could not possibly imagine how this torp could be his father had to admit that his son Vig near only ten years old was already a behemoth and would be terrible welcome to mythical monsters apar- cast pursue him to the end of the nine worlds if only he knew where that fiend was at the mention of Augmon near shook his head I do not like the look of it father but the men needed rest so odd directed one of the Shit your turn to assure his father that he should have listened but there was no time for us he did all large scale and odds son seemed to shrink three sizes and the force with which he trembled shook the very sand beneath their feet ups to dock as soon as they on boarded the island sunk taking the men with it the`red from Norway to Greece who had matched swords with Augmon Tussock who murdered that devil spawns demon mother who to bring it to the center of this dramatic retelling and to truly emphasized the havoc and chaos such a great monster can wreak party's greatest fears you can find episodes of mythical monsters and all other podcast originals for free on spotify or wherever you listen to journal. I'm Vanessa Richardson every week we dive into history's most legendary monsters in telling their stories we hope to shed vervoort odd or Arrow odd the first surviving written account of the Kraken we've combined several accounts of the Kraken over history podcasts to stream mythical monsters for free on spotify just open the APP and type mythical monsters in the search bar at park has am erupted with a vengeance from the ocean they sailed across the water with a determined purpose and the force of odds lucky winds propelling their sales but then forces on the battlefield still odd had little patience for disrespect less so for a child he started to list to listen to the full first episode follow Mythical Monsters for free on spotify and anywhere else you listen to podcasts I hope you enjoy the clip when aero odd I met his son the boy immediately called mythical monsters is about the creatures who have haunted us since the dawn of storytelling beasts with fantastic characteristics crafted in the ancient wonders of the imagination were these monsters something these storytellers experienced firsthand or symbolic twitter at podcast network and if you enjoy today's episode the best way to help is to leave a five star review wherever you're listening it really does help us we're grateful for you our listeners you allow us to do what we love let us know how we're doing reach out on facebook and instagram at podcast and culture a creature that for hundreds of years has seemed to defy definition as it waits in the deep for unsuspecting sailors the things that threatened their ancient way of life on this show we want not only to capture the beauty of these monsters but also to uncover what he's and examine how they vary through different times and cultures and how in many ways they stay the same today light on some truths hidden behind the creations of these beasts where they come from what they symbolize and how they expose humans what they reveal about ourselves our demons are windows to our existential fears and mythical monsters looks to expose the discussing the kraken also commonly referred to as the kraken one of the most feared and famed sea monsters in all of Western in was consistent th-through all accounts the cracking was incredibly large and terrifying even now rumors of its exist redefined legend of a great sea-based that haunted the waters of Scandinavia and even though the tales about its shape differed one thing attendance confound scientists and conspiracy theorists alike and leave us with a fundamental and disturbing question were accounts of the back in the fantastical musings of inspired seafarers or are the stories based on real accounts of yet undiscovered CBC the ancient Nord's spoke of many beasts that haunted the deep there was heather back the great way the criterion has an interesting legacy in our history it was a poor cast is upon it never returned it had many names half Gopher Craw ben see missed one that stood out from the rest the largest monster in the nine worlds who caused the fiercest warriors and the tallest giants L. Your men gunned the vicious sea serpent the eternal torso the giant tusked beast but there was tremble at it's very mention the monster of which men rarely spoke not because it was never seen but because the few who had just to uncover these secrets of the deep we must go back to the first mentions of the great monster of the Sea Z. Wreak but one name survived the test of history one name that would haunt seafarers for hundreds of years end unknown and terrifying it was everything they feared with sudden and violent anger like the coming of a storm Kraken it was a big monster armored as crab tentacles like an octopus USS fierce as a shark every account of the thing changed its form it was just as the ocean it inhabited vast covering the three hundred year life of odd a marauding Viking odds adventures lead him to many distant lands but churn that terrorized ancient sailors to answer these questions we must visit the Vikings and explore the first story to include the legend of the his encounter with the kraken sparked a myth that spanned centuries bracken this was the epic saga of Irv are odd or Ero odd and Slavic Tale written in the thirteenth century if he had not only moments before sworn blood brotherhood with this stranger if you are so privy to the threads of my destiny mm-hmm red beard responded in between his tittering breath if only you knew child that this journey began aero odd but his world is the world of beasts and if you chase him you will only be following the monsters left in his long ago with the birth of Augmon himself binding you both in shared misery odds anger mount told odd all of the cruel details of augment who seems to have been bred specifically to rival odd for every grade so was the crack a monster of parts the piecing together of this discomfort with the deep or was there really a vicious creature tall vikings he could command creatures beyond comprehension and if odd so pursued his rival he would surely forest floor odd relaxed his head against the tree it's only one thing that will bring me forth from these words you made a great enemy of Kinghorn who held stewardship over that land such his losses that he concocted a sinister plot they both knew that odd spoke of Augmon Tusek Eighth Year offs killer the quest you look for is an ill fated lend ugly and demonic and cruel was the child red beard who may or may not have been odin the all father meet his end even grim held Augmon's mother had become ferocious demon that wanted nothing more than to tear odd and his zero odd listened to the speech the red bearded man with the distance of one grown long accustomed to being a hermit the man himself spoiled awake and so red beard who may or may not have been odin himself began the tale of Augmon toxic Dan of revenge he called upon the fearsome ogress grim held and laid with her so that he might bear a son called and one no quest is ill-fated that has yet to even begin odds challenge was met with laughter and it irked him watch shy away from such a challenge well he could see the dangers in pursuing such monsters it was in his nature to fight as his wife. Hello mythical monsters for free on spotify and anywhere else you listen to podcasts on after a time he looked at his new friend we shall sail to England them of lesser men he was ero odd he flew in one direction toward the enemy he would never eighty offs killer long ago when you odd sailed to permeate on your famous outing we're told his tail he made one thing very clear augments world was a world of beasts and monsters were a threat August the importance of a rivalry odds accomplishments could only be measured by how he fared against his opposite but as read then enlighten me brother how are the pads of mine and the demon so crossed your pads may be crossed eight and heroic deed that ought accomplished Augmon seemed to have an act equal to it in its cruelty this was a theme in the ancient Nordic Saga in an almost absent minded manner there is glory for you yet odd all you must do is leave your life of forage to the scavengers of the men apart she searched for odd in the forests of England to the north but like all heroic vikings of the age odd would anted at being called a child after all he was nearly one hundred fifty years old he would have struck red beard down where he stood if told him long ago to run was to doom himself to make himself vulnerable to the pursuing Eros and sharp things that were the bane and I know you know friend you have the look of knowledge about you. The man's eyes shifted but his posture stayed confident she'll clip from the first episode on the Kraken a larger than life sea monster in norse folklore that wreaks havoc and chaos on passing ships and sailors you to find out what happens next fall.
KPRC's Vanessa Richardson Discusses Her Interview w/ Jeff Luhnow Interview
"Award winning chefs love fresh locally sourced products steaks chops ribs chicken delivered right to your door. Liberty DELIGHT FARMS DOT COM scheduled. Your delivery today. Fresh meat raise right Shung. His the Wise Eternal judge who sits on high has the final. Say on all disputes. Back to Sean Salisbury. Show on sports talk. Seven ninety grateful to be back. She's a reporter and anchor for NBC Channel Two P. R. See here in Houston and has the exclusive interview the first interviewed Jeff Luna former. Gm of the Astros has done since he was relieved of his duties here and suspended by Major League Baseball and she's got not at six thirty on channel two. She joins us now. Vanessa Richardson Vanessa. Welcome in let me let me start here. Will there be anything we here in this interview. That blows are minor shocks US tonight. Thanks for having me on. There's a couple of there's a couple of bombshells for sure and the full interview was thirty seven minutes long which is a really really long time and a lot. Most of that will air. And then we'll have the full thing online but he definitely gave a lot of new information and the main thing and you know this is somebody that works media. This is huge. He said that no questions were off limits and went a lot of times when you interview someone who is coming out of the scandal or a sticky situation. They'll say okay. Well you'd have to be anything but I'm not going to answer any questions about this disturbance right. He didn't do that so there. There was a lot Vanessa will. Is there any bus tossing? Goes on are are there. Are People going to be called out that we're not expecting to be called out Yeah I mean there were points on the interview where he talks about Specific incident who handled which incident A lot of times he didn't use names but maybe he used someone's job title And then he really got into got into a lot of Not only the cheating part of it but the clean up of certain incidents because you know there were these talks about Jeff. Lino creating a toxic culture and so He really tries to get into. Why got he doesn't feel that that's proper but yeah he gives specific examples. He talks about Certain members of the organization and then he also has a message for Astros fans that he really wants them to hear as well. All right. We'll astros fans be thumbs up or thumbs down after they hear Jeff Luna tonight. Funny because you know I my job is reporter is just to help. Share the story and then everyone can decide for themselves right right I do. I do think it will Some conversations and he's a smart guy right like he doesn't think everybody's GonNa love him after this but he wanted to share his perspective and give as much information possible with his side of what happened He has some documents and some evidence that he and his lawyer able to get their hands on that support his argument and he just wants people to hear that he wants people to see that and And share his side of things Vanessa. Does he revealed the the evidence tonight in the interview at six thirty that the NASA Richardson Channel to anchor. Reporter joins US here on. The Sean Sows re-showing Sports Talk Seven. Ninety she has the exclusive which is going to be awesome tonight at six thirty on channel. Two I interview former Astros. Gm Jeff lemnos done since. Not only is firing. But since he was suspended by Major League Baseball Vanessa S. A with this and you talk about the documents wide. He do this interview. What what's the reason why I asked him about that? And just the timing of it you know. It's been nine months Since he was he was let go and He just felt like it was the right time to again. Share his story and he didn't WanNa do it while the Astros were playing. He didn't want to try to take attention from the Astros. He didn't WanNa try to steal their spotlight He talked it over with his his wife and I got to know both of them last year and so he thought that now is the proper time they after they're done playing. It's been nine months and You know he didn't WanNa do it at the beginning of the pandemic either so it was a combination of things but he finally felt ready. Vanessa will he be? Does he think he's or do you get a sense from talking to him that this is part of the next step in being employed again does he believe he'll be working in baseball again so? I asked him that tonight and he has a fascinating answer that will interest a lot of people I will say this. You don't have to be that smart. No that that definitely not definitely transformed the Astros and the Saint Louis Cardinals right so I have no doubt that he will be employed again because of you know business analytics statistics. Everything that he does well is highly sought. After so I have no doubt he'll be employed again whether or not it will be in baseball You'll be able to hear some of that answer tonight but I don't think he did this just because he wants to work again. I think that there's an element if you remember when Aj hinch sat down with Tom Brady of MLB network road. There's always an element of well. I have to get my side of the story out there at some sometime right like why wait. Let's just do it now so You know maybe that's a small part of it. But I truly do feel like He. Authentically wanted to give a message to ask. Their fans share his side and his perspective of what happens houses been on him and his family emotionally It's been tough right like I. Anybody getting fired from any job. That would be hard but the thing that really bothered him was He said and he says this a little bit in the interview. Just being painted as the mastermind. Or you know the one that was starting everything and And so it's been hard on him and I asked him about that and you'll see that tonight in the interview. He really gets into how rough that's been but look Sean. He's also honest and he has a couple of things that he says a couple of his regrets right. He doesn't say that he's one hundred. That so it was a very honest Authentic interview and I think after fans it really gonNA interest them no matter how they feel does. Did you get the sense and talk to her? Maybe he answered this. We'll hear from tonight Vanessa. Richardson KP channel reporter anchor. Join US here. On the Sean South ratio she has the exclusive interview tonight on Channel. Two WITH JEFF. Luneau can't wait to hear it and see it Vanessa. Did you get the feeling that he felt like his manager? And or players with the Astros or some that the organization through him under the bus. Is there any part of that? That comes out that he felt like he was on an island alone. Yeah you'll hear a couple of examples. Where he he felt like he was kind of scapegoat and he He talks about and it's not just the cheating scandal there A couple of other incidents. And he you know when we talk about we've been talking about this evidence that he and his lawyer Were able to get their hands on. There's a couple of there's a couple of Anecdote from those pieces of evidence that would lead you to maybe see his perspective on that again. I'm not gonNa tell anybody how to feel but He he does talk about the incidents where he felt like he. Kind of took one for the team per se and Then he was just kind of electro harshly so he gets into a lot of that. And yes sean. There is emotion. There is There is a message to Astros fans. There's what he'll do next. There's details of win. He knows they started cheating based on what he's heard and read and all that so it it was fascinating and You'll never you'll never change everybody's mind. That's not the goal but I'm just a strong believer that everybody deserves a chance to tell their side of the story and then people can decide whether or not they want to believe that person and finally you went into this your sports fan. And you've been doing this for Awhile. Did did he. I don't know what your perspective was about. Jeff Luna going into this but after setting as sitting down and talking to him. Did your perspective of Him Change I. I've always thought Jeff and like I said I was able to meet his family. He has a brother This a writer his wife M ause and we really hit it off last year but It's not like I. I knew him super well and covered him for years like Houston in August of Twenty nineteen. Right he was you know so. So it I did see a different side of him. I saw a more human side of him in this interview. I never thought that he was like the evil person. I think that a lot of people say is But I did see a new perspective and looked he again. He deserves to share his side of the story. And no one has to like it or agree with it but I do think that it will Put a new perspective on it. We've heard from. Aj Hinch we've heard a little bit from some of the players. Jim Crane has had press conferences. The other players from other teams have spoken out. We know that So it'll be nice. I think for people to hear from somebody that was directly involved in the organization and had a front seat to this mess did will this interview. What Major League Baseball talking about? The offices of major league baseball were there eyebrows raised. What will they say about this to say? I definitely GonNa Watch it right. They WanNa know how much he talks about The investigation how much he reveals and and he does talk about his conversations with MLB. Commissioner Rob Manfred. He does get into that I don't know if they'll be upset. I would think that they would know and I would think that the Astros in Jim Crane would know that at some point. He's going to share his his perspective and he's going to share his side of things so. I don't know that they'll be upset but I think that they will watch it. And have their people walk it and go over it and analyze it? Sure I mean. I'm sure that they will this. Was You know one of the biggest scandals in sports? You could see tonight channel. Two right here in Houston Vanessa. Richardson sat down the exclusive first interview. Since Jeff Luna's been fired suspended and it's a channel two at six thirty tonight Vanessa. I'm sure it's going to be awesome. Can't wait to see it here and thank you for taking time on. I know it's GonNa be a busy day for you because of this and days to follow and thank you so much for joining us and we'll do it again. John Thanks for having me on love your show appreciate it thank you. That's Vanessa Richardson. You can find on twitter as well going to be a fun and interesting to say the least mean it's going to be sit down. Must Watch Jesse. All been waiting for is the one guy that we haven't heard from. I set my alarm so I don't forget went on my phone and said it. And thanks to Vanessa. Because you know how this is when it goes everybody's GonNa be talking about a million calls days about. Did he say this? What did he say? We're all going to be sitting back on of needles for effort as fast rose fan for one thing. Yep Open that he does the bus throw into the Yankees and the red sox beyond well there you go Vanessa. Thanks very much very good and we'll be looking forward to it. People have been waiting on this earth. Doing she's got it tonight at six thirty. Krc Channel Award winning ships love racial locally sourced Bronx steaks chops ribs chicken delivered right to your door. 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October 16, 2019: The Cardiff Giant Hoax
"Eighteen sixty nine laborers digging a well in Cardiff New York discovered a massive stone man buried beneath the Earth today is Wednesday October sixteenth two thousand nineteen on this day in age -sposed as nothing more than an elaborate hoax line around nine in the morning Paul had worked Yeah Well Paul squinted at William something seemed off about what he was saying but so long as William was paying them it didn't much matter if things were strange William Lead them to the barn then casually guided them around to the side there was a broad open piece of land John Williams face had arrived it departed he stammered slightly before saying Yup but a second well will do us welcome today in true crime apar- cast original every day we flip back the as Paul and his friend Thomas Approached Williams home he noticed a pair of shovels leaning against the wall near the door Paul figured the see you too said William picking some meat out from between his teeth William handed them each a shovel then beckoned them to follow Bob must be digging today probably ditch on the far end of Williams field but when William answered the door he was quickly corrected good I'd like it around here near this Tree Paul was bewildered once again not only was this a longer walk but digging near a tree dubs laney hosts podcast show crimes of passion as well as another podcast true crime fan club hello everyone I'm thrilled to be here and typically paid a decent wage for rather simple work it was often difficult work but it was simple nonetheless and today seemed no different the Mrs and I have been wanting a well dug around here for a while now Paul was bewildered by this you mean a second well we already for William Newell Before Whenever William Asked for help with extra labor around the Farm Paul Gladly accepted William was fairly well off Doug you one years ago didn't we for a split second Paul Saul Williams browse raise almost as if he was panicked yet as quickly as that look calendar to this date years ago and recount one event from true crime history. I'm Vanessa Richardson and today I'm joined by our guest host Laney that provided a short walk to the entrance of the Barn Paul thought this must definitely be the place then Williams said just a little further give thanks Vanessa I'm so excited to dive into the strange con of the Cardiff giant. Now let's go back to Tober sixteenth eighteen sixty nine it's littler than a regular sandwich which is perfect if you're not super hungry or if you WANNA try a couple of different sandwiches or if you like bragging that your lunch only cost a friend I want to tell you about the new three dollar Littlejohn from Jimmy Johns a skinny mini version of any original sandwich for only three bucks yourselves water from the other well and you know if you find any buried treasure down there be sure to let me know Paul and Thomas Locked eyes three dollars order a three dollar little John at Jimmy John's dot com or with the Jimmy John's APP Appar- -ticipant locations taxes and delivery fees extra working with you again Vanessa Metoo Laney's joining me to discuss some of the historical aspects of the discovery of the Cardiff giant hoax while I'll cover the would mean they'd have to cut through routes that wasn't something people typically did for a simple well but William explained roots are there because the wall As William walked away then Thomas shrugged and planted his shovel in the ground getting to it Paul quickly did the same this wasn't such a bizarre job after all they continued to dig widening their initial whole but as they shoveled deeper into the ground the soil was clearly moist as he lifted the first shovel full from the ground it was good for farming and decent spot to dig a well perhaps water is there then he wiped his brow and spit on the ground he said I'll leave you to it then as it starts to warm up feel free to Paul felt his shovel hit something hard at first he thought it might have been a tree root but feet tall once they had uncovered his whole body Paul and Thomas Stared at it in awe he was weathered down has he stooped down to wipe away the dirt he saw dense white stone and it looked like a human toe elves buried perhaps even petrified Ma'am only this man was gigantic clearly standing at over ten of dirt revealed something new I it was a tow connected to a foot a Shin a Thoai they had found as if he had been buried for centuries his skin was white and calcified but it looked like blue veins ran all throughout ever seen anything quite like this before he was almost positive the world hadn't either Paul called Thomas over and pointed out he said I declare some old Indian has been buried here they moved quickly as each shovel most bizarrely his face was parked as if his pores had even turned to stone his legs were twisted and his arm was pulled coming up the world flocks to view a petrified giant now back to the story on October sixteenth eighteen sixty nine two men digging a well on farmer William Newell's land made a shocking lacrosse his stomach his lips turned slightly upwards in what might have been a smile or a grimace
The Pride of Narcissus Pt. 2
"The following contains depictions of emotional abuse, depression and death by starvation that some listeners may find offensive we advise caution for any listeners under thirteen. Something to note. All myths have many versions and variations for this episode. We've selected those we felt the most dramatic and entertaining and supplemented them with additional research into Greek traditions because mythology comes from oral tradition. There's a wide variety across sources are myths may not always be the version you're familiar with. But we hope you'll enjoy them. Far above the mountains of B OSHA past the great city of Thebes and above the clouds themselves, a figure hovered at the gates of Olympus a pair of mighty wings spread out behind her and a whip coiled around her right hand her name was nemesis. It was her task to bring judgment on mortals who went unpunished for evil deeds or profited from undeserved good fortune. She was the goddess of balance ensuring that mortals did not experience joy or pain to excess. Her eyes were closed, and she listened carefully for mortal cries from below a prayer came to her whispered on the wind from the city of Espy, I far below. It was the voice of a young man breaking with grief his. His name was on Aeneas, and he was standing on a doorstep that did not belong to him in his hands. He clutched a sword. Nemesis opened her eyes at the sound the young man had drawn the sword and directed the point at his heart. The youth plunged the sword into his chest and collapsed on the doorstep. He coughed and sputtered for a moment. No regret in his eyes. Then his body went slack blood spread in a dark pool around him nemesis. Grinned? She had heard the prayers of countless scorned lovers from SP I, but none of those had even remotely sparked her interest. But now a boy was dead all because of a broken heart. A man named narcissus had rejected this boy, and it seemed to nemesis that narcissus needed a lesson in humility nemesis. Spread her wings and dove toward the OSHA. Whip clutched tightly to her side. This would be fun. Welcome to mythology on the par cast network. Every Tuesday, we present dramatic stories from ancient mythology and explore their origins. I'm your host and narrator Vanessa Richardson today were finishing the story of narcissus. The man who grew to represent the terrible cost of mixing beauty and pride. In the last episode. We followed the doomed love story of Manila's who pursued narcissus affection only to be crushed by the revelation that narcissus cared only for himself. This week were approaching the more mythical side of the tail drawing from the version of narcissus as he appears in Avas metamorphosis in it. We get to see how the gods specifically nemesis. But even Zeus and Hera in their own way, get involved in the downfall of this proud man at par cast. We're grateful for you our listeners you allow us to do what we love let us know Howard doing reach out. On Facebook and Instagram at par cast and Twitter at par cast network. And if you enjoy today's episode the best way to help us is to leave a five star review wherever you're listening. It really does help us. We also now have merch head to par cast dot com slash merch. For more information. Nemesis descended into the town of Espy, I disguised as an old woman. She was determined to find this narcissus, whoever he might be she slipped through the streets unheeded, by the mortals, most of whom were gossiping about the events of the night before she passed on Aeneas house where she stopped for a moment. The boys bodies still lay within though the crowd around him had thinned, she marveled at how young he was how the only remarkable thing he ever did with his life was pine for a man beyond his reach after his burial his spirit would head for the river sticks. She knew he was not going to Elise Eum or even the fields of Asfaw del. No, his soul would journey to the morning fields to join others who wasted their lives and unrequited love. A shame for one who only loved so briefly. Nemesis perked up at another sound greater pain than the family of ominous or at least fresher pain, not too far away. She detected another broken heart. She followed the sound to its origin. The weeping woman was face down refusing to hear her mother's comforting words, her tears ran so freely nemesis thought she might die of thirst. They're they're young woman. What causes your pain? What can I do for you nemesis? Saw memory flutter to the surface of the distraught woman's mind a man stood in a window before her, and though the image was blurry through tears. She could tell that he was stunningly beautiful. She watched as the woman timidly asked narcissus to sit next to her at the feast to Artemis and heard him Curtly answer. No before turning his back, though. This man did nothing more nemesis was practiced in the art of reading mortals in the split second before he turned away from his window. This hazy memory of a man was like an open book to her his mind, easy to read. I see that you want me. Of course, you do who could have is not look on me with such desire. But have you looked at yourself? You are not a match for such beauty begun. Nemesis stepped back from this memory within a memory considering the damage this narcissus caused to his fellow mortals was not limited to the death of ominous. She ventured further to see what other emotional damage. He had wrought. Travelling from house to house like a stray gust of wind nemesis found many mortals who suffered from broken hearts at narcissus hand. She moved through a haze of feelings wistful size for men past their prime searching glances from lonely widows and stray kisses from young maidens on the air all meant for narcissus after searching through every broken heart in desperate nemesis concluded that narcissus coveted the effect. He had on other people his greed for these adulation 's hungover desperately I like an early morning mist turning the entire town damp with an ominous sense of longing and hunger. Nemesis had to find this mortal man, following the direction of the be oceans and utilizing a little tracking skill of her own nemesis finally found narcissus walking through the woods. He clutched the shaft of a bow in one hand moving with practiced stealth through the undergrowth but nemesis moved even quieter than he she smirked to herself seeing him for the first time in the flesh. She understood why everyone made such a fuss about narcissus. He was handsome even by Olympia and standards, but like her close friend. Athena, nemesis was married to her duty and found it easy to look past the allure of man. Judging narcissus from afar was easy. The difficulty was choosing his punishment. Narcissus curse to himself as he fired at a hair close to the ground and missed what was going on with him today on Aeneas meant nothing to him. He was a foolish boy with a foolish dream narcissist knew it was better to be beautiful and cruel than kind and ugly. Maybe he'd moved to the forest just to spite Nestor crease and the others then they'd be sorry to see his beauty gone. P was too good for them. Anyway. And yet he did not truly wish to leave this B BI behind though, he would never admit it. I'm Aeneas was correct narcissus loved attention more than anything else and would never desert the company of his fellow men for fear of never getting that attention ever again. Frustrated his fury simmered in his gut without anywhere to go. He could not fo-. Focus on the hunt and could not stomach the idea of going back to the town. Curses. Do not mock me artists, I will bring back a worthy prize today with or without your blessing such pride what manner of punishment. Do you deserve young hunter, shall I turn you into a deer to get shut down by your former companions or perhaps I shall make you a tree on a lonely. Patch of ground forever. Deserted by your kin. No, something more just nurse issus wiped his brow and ventured further into the woods unaware of the eyes of the goddess behind him in nemesis is is he already had two marks against him one forgiving ominous the means to kill himself and the other for possessing beauty without proper humility before the gods. She would watch him she decided until she could sort out the perfect punishment. Luckily for her not too far away from them a crowd of partying nymphs and a jealous. Goddess would conspire to give nemesis the inspiration. She needed. When we return we'll follow the collision course, pushing cursed nymph toward the embittered narcissus. If you're having a difficult time, dealing with depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem or anything else, that's preventing you from living the life. You wanna live? You can do something about it better. Help online counseling is ready to listen and help you anything. You share is confidential and better help even offers financial aid for those who qualify. But better help can't help you. If you don't reach out to them, you can schedule secure video or phone sessions with professional counselors or even by chatter taxed and one of the things I like about better help is that you can get help on your own time and at your own pace better. Help is secure convenient and professional best of all it's truly affordable option mythology listeners. Get ten percent off your first month with discount code myth. So why not get started today? Go to better help dot com slash myth. Simply fill out a questionnaire to help them assess your needs and get matched with a counselor. You'll love that's better. Help dot com slash myth. In late October of nineteen sixty seven young naval Lieutenant prepared for his twenty third mission over North Vietnam. His strike operator told him to be careful as he boarded the a four e Skyhawk. Dive bomber the young Lieutenant assured his superior that he'd be fine. But he wouldn't be John McCain ejected from his plane after a surface to air missile sheared off its right wing. He landed in a lake he broke his right leg left, arm and right arm in three places, the North Vietnamese would then take John McCain hostage. He would be subjected to malnutrition, beatings and torture through sheer willpower and determination, John McCain, endured, what would have killed most soldiers. He was finally granted unconditional release and was allowed to return home to United States and be with his family. But John McCain refused and would be held hostage for four and a half more years. Every Thursday hostage tells the complicated stories behind the world's most intense hostage situations, highlighting the moments where things went tragically wrong as well. As techniques that miraculously saved lives search for and subscribe to hostage wherever you listen to podcasts. Now back to the story. Far from where Narcisse hunted deep among the trees, a small clearing resounded with debauch to joy, a party of reveling nymphs flitted from tree to tree their leader echo was one of artemisinin favorite nymphs. She was known for her sharp tongue and propensity for small talk. Among the nymphs stood Zeus the king of Olympics himself Zeus always felt at home among wood nymphs. They're playful yet seductive nature thrilled him in stark contrast to his wife Hera who treated love selectively and possessively for their part. The nymphs enjoyed playing with a Vero God flattering him and feeding him nuts and berries. Drogheda with Olympics. Let me live forever with the Dryades. And on through say among the trees ladder us mighty zoos. Do I drew every moment away from my harping wife is sweeter than the last. But it would not be so sweet without you. My dears. Are you certain? She did not follow. You. Hear you ask this every time don't you echo? It's a question worth asking Lord Zeus since you are so concerned. Why don't you check to make sure we're alone your wishes, my command, I shall be right back. As the laughter of her sisters faded behind her echo cursed herself for not keeping her mouth. Shut. Even in the presence of such a fearsome Olympian Zeus she always had to speak her mind. This tendency usually endeared her to the God. But in this instance, bringing up harra had prevented her from joining the fun. Nevertheless, she searched the surrounding forest for any sign of Hera or her spies. Echo reached a stream and stopped to drink from it. Listening to the forest around her. Nothing was amiss until. Echo noticed a small glow at the base of nearby oak. It was a minute fire barely bigger than the tip of a candle but growing fast before echo had time to extinguish. It. The ball of fire grew to the size of strutting peacock where it stopped not producing smoke or even consuming. The would around it from the flames stepped Hera Zeus Zeus wife. Her entrance was sudden. But almost casual in its grace. She looked the nymph up and down as the fire behind her dwindled back into the wood her eyes blazed with jealous. Fire echo had heard stories about Harris fury before and wished once again that she hadn't voiced her concerns to Zeus my lady Hera what a surprise Nate an honor naturally. Do you wish to speak to Artemis? She is not written by it today. But I thought I heard her. Born over the hill. They're do not play dumb with me. Nymph? Have you seen my husband? Of course. Not what would he be doing in our humble forest this feigned? Ignorance bores me. I know what you're kind or like, what do you mean? You and your sisters lived like beasts and take great pleasure in drawing, mortal men away from their wives and families for feral brutish bliss. I am no fool. I'll do expect my lady, but you appear to be mistaken my sisters, and I have not seen any Olympian down here in ages. We were just Lorinc one hunter away from his friends. If you heard any laughter, that's violence. What do you hear something? Quiet. The air is thick like the clouds that precede a thunderstorm. He was here. Are you? Sure, they're happy. There was just a wild boar. As Hera tore through the woods looking for her. Unfaithful husband echo, followed close on her heels. They sped between rows of trees while echo attempted to dissuade or distract the jealous. Goddess finally, Herro reached the clearing the nymphs and Zeus had been frolicking in mere moments before and found it empty Hera stood in the clearing boiling with rage in the deserted hollow a single detail stuck out to her footprints on the earth. No nymph trod heavily enough to leave tracks echo began to creep away. She was relieved the others escaped in time, but did not wish to deal with Hera any longer than she had to where are you going? We've searched the entire force my lady I thought I would go back to my tree your prattling on allowed. My husband to slip away from me. What? I sure you I had no intention violence. What is your name echo, my lady echo, well echo? It has been lovely chatting with you. But I am afraid you are going to be silenced from now on I promise mainly to. You will never hear from me. Again, you love having the last word. Don't you this? I will grant you will always have the last word, but no power to speak. I that will be your curse is that. Understood understood perfect. You may go now go now. Yes, I must be gone on. On. Hera vanished. Leaving the cursed nymph alone in the woods echo, tried to speak. But her voice caught in her throat. Her mind could form words, but her mouth refused to release them when a bird flu by she could copy it song. But only for a little while the venture she would always fade back into silence. She wandered through the trees and the underbrush waiting for someone to find her. After what felt like ages. She heard a sound. It was the hunting horn of Artemis echoes heart leapt at the noise, surely the goddess of the hunt would find some solution to hera's curse. She sped toward the trumpeting sound hope Lawson in her breast echo echo, only to find her sisters. We've been searching for Houston Sarah departed, where if you've been you've been why are you looking so dour we were not caught not caught. Why are you talking so funny? So funny. Oh my God. Look at her everyone echo cannot speak. Cannot speak did hair curse. You talk. It of echo talkative echo. Whatever will we do without your gossip echo gossip echo. Echo. Echo. Perhaps you shall make an even better distraction next time we want to play with Lord Zeus lords Zeus. I wonder who will be artists is favourite now Artem os's favourite now. Echo ran after the sound of artemisinin horn, but could not catch up her sister's badgered her every step of the way chanting her name back at her which she had no choice, but to repeat with no power to communicate echo became a creature of scorn for the other nymphs. She gestured wildly trying to point towards artists, but they merely laughed at her flailing after would felt like endless torment echo could not hear artemisinin horn. And was stuck in the woods with her cruel sisters as soon as she had the chance she deserted them and took off running through the trees. As she ran deeper into the woods. She thought to herself. Why couldn't they appreciate that? She had taken the punishment for them after all they had slept with Zeus not her. They acted like everything was a game, including hera's curse, she withdrew into the deepest parts of the forest playful, John gone from her step, no one, but Hera could reverse this curse and the bidder Queen of Olympics wasn't going to be in a forgiving mood when she next followed. Her husband here echo didn't know what to do. She felt desiccated an empty like a tree that has shed all of its leaves for the fall. When we return the cursed, nymph and counters the soon to be cursed hunter ceiling both of their fates. Now back to the story. Nemesis quickly grew bored of watching narcissus take out his anger on the nearby wildlife. He was shallow, man. And watching him had given her no useful insight on how to destroy him. It was clear to her that he was no longer hunting to forget ominous. He was now hunting to defend his own pride. She watched him approach a stream clearly exhausted. No longer making any effort to conceal his presence. Nor cicis pulled his bow and his tunic off his shoulders. He took off his sandals and left them in a small pile in the grass, he then stepped into the river a chill passed through his whole body, and almost divine feeling of serenity coming with it. This was the relief. He needed his difficult day of hunting the misunderstanding. And thespian. I all his troubles vanished from his head in an instant. Gods? My gods narcissist opened his eyes was that someone's voice repeating his words after him. Hello. I must be hearing things. Narcissists was not hearing things in her wondering 's echo had happened upon narcissus as he washed himself in the stream and like many others before her found herself all struck by his beauty nymphs. Do not see mortal men as potential partners they were playthings to be teased and discarded, but when she saw narcissus echo could not help. But fall madly in love with him standing behind a nearby tree. She was tempted to reveal herself to him then in there, but she held herself back would if this man was easily frightened. He could run away and never hear from her again or worse run straight into the tusks of a boar, or a pack of wolves the thought of harm coming to such an exquisite creature made echo feel sick the most. She could bring herself to do is slip his tunic from the pile of garments. And. Hide it in a nearby. Bush such beauty should not be concealed. Nurse issus stepped out of the stream and walked over to where he left his clothes and hunting gear. He put on his sandals. Then stopped knitting his brow in confusion. His tunic was gone once again narcissus looked around. But saw no one standing nearby what sort of animal takes a man's clothes. But nothing else who is there is there echo could not stop herself hera's curse prevented her from staying silent. So with a deep breath, she stepped out from behind the tree she found herself face to face with the handsome hunter, his bow raised in preparation for some kind of animal as soon as he saw her his eyes widened in awe, his hands. Lowered. The bow to mortar is nymphs were ravishingly beautiful echo gave a small smile. To the hunter who remained transfixed on her. Do you have my tunic might tunic what manner of creature? Are you a nymph an IMF can you speak use speak echoes stepped forward reaching toward the hunter? And a welcoming embrace maybe not being able to speak won't be such a horrible existence with this man to comfort me, she thought to herself he was a salvation from her dreadful loneliness built like a God himself her fingers reached him and began to run lightly over his chest watching from behind a nearby tree. Nemesis leaned forward. Now things were getting interesting. Stop stop. Yes. Get off me off me. I know your tricks. You are fair but not fair enough for me for me. Your repetition annoys me big on. Gone narcissus strapped on his bow and left no longer carrying about his nakedness the nymphs attentions revitalized him, but he could not stand her mindlessly. Repeating his words echo, stared after him tears forming in her is in her immortal life, she hadn't shed a single tear until today. Her sobs were silent but not unnoticed for in the nearby bushes. Nemesis watched the whole scene nemesis grinned to herself the hunter was so enamored with his own beauty that he didn't think even a nymph was worthy of him. His punishment had finally become clear to her when narcissus left she stepped forward and touched echo on the shoulder. Do not worry fair nymph. He will be punished be punished. Where are you going? Why? Do you? Follow him. Follow him. Being mortal or immortal, I will never understand the ways of love hers is the last heart. You will ever break narcissus when the smitten echo pursued narcissus nemesis went ahead of them. Both anticipating the hunters path in a clearing ahead of them. She conjured a small pool of water with a surface as polished and smooth as a mirror in it. She worked a special kind of magic personalized for narcissists. Let any man who looks at this pool. Forget himself and see only his reflection staring back at him. Let him be robbed of his commonsense. And look upon himself as a stranger. It was not long before narcissus felt sweat running down his brow and a thirst rise in his throat. He should not have left the stream so quickly. Perhaps he wouldn't have if that nymph had not been so. Narcissus gaped his eyes alighted on nemesis pool a needed reprieve from his all consuming thirst once again, he ran to the water tossing his boa side as he went. Who are you narcissus had caught sight of his own reflection caught by nemesis. Magic narcissus saw before him. The most striking men he had ever seen and not recognizing it as himself fell deeply in love. You are. Breathtaking. I have waited my entire life to find someone worthy of my affections. And you. Narcissus reach toward the pool and his hand went straight through the love of his life. He recoiled, but could not tear his eyes away. Love you love you. I should eat soon. Have caught nothing today. Nothing today to Haiti's with food looking upon your face is the only sustenance I need I need how I long to touch you to hear you say, I love you back. Love you back. Do not toy with me. Like this. Like this narcissists continued pledging love to himself for weeks on end his face and body shriveled from hunger. But he could not look away as the same happened to his beloved and the reflection, even when his heart gave out his eyes stayed fixed upon the water. He died in that spot. Dot bent, over the pool echo watched him for the rest of his life wistfully, repeating his pledges of love back to him her heart broke again when he died a withered bony husk of his former beauty eventually she to dwindle the way. Her physical form grew brittle like a dead tree until it crumbled, completely only her voice remained floating through the breeze. Repeating any words uttered nearby eventually settling in caves and canyons where it can be heard to this day. As for narcissus after several days his hunting companions noticed. He was missing and struck out to search for him. They combed the forest for months, but never found a body. The only trace of narcissus they could find was his bow lying abandoned in clearing a few paces away from it was a small pool of water not seeing their friend. The hunters did not Terry in the clearing and moved on. If they had looked closer. They would have noticed a small yellow flower leaning over the surface of the pool as if enamored with its own reflection. That flower was all that remained of the men who loved himself too much. It is said that even in death nor cicis could not escape nemesis curse often when other Greek heroes descend through the underworld. They catch a glimpse of him staring at his own reflection in the river, sticks unable to tear his gaze away from the one true love of his life. Like, many Greek myths the tale of narcissus ties back into the natural world in this case, a particular strain of flour that is known for its beauty and penchant for growing near bodies of water. The narcissus genus of flour includes many different varieties such as her Miami defa down, dilly and daffodils the particular strain of this flower native to Greece is called the narcissus poetic and is known for its intoxicating scent. It makes an appearance in the myth of percents. Any were Haiti's uses it as a lure for the nature goddess since writings about the flower predate, the myth itself, it's unknown. Whether the flower was named after the character narcissus or the character narcissus was named after the flower, perhaps this function does a form of foreshadowing people who heard early versions of the story giving savvy listeners a hint as to narcissus eventual ironic. Fate. If narcissus had been born humble, he could have had love glory and honor. But as he went through life hurting others to feed his ego. He ended his life entirely devoid of satisfaction. Whether a beautiful man or a beautiful flower narcissus reminds us of the age old adage pride comes before the fall. Thanks again for tuning into mythology. We'll be back Tuesday with a new episode if you enjoy mythology you'll love my other podcast tales tales presents fairy tales the way they were originally told orally and unadulterated traditional fairy tales aren't exactly suitable for children and every other Saturday, we dive into another dark classic tale. 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Bonus: Today In True Crime - Arlis Kay Perry
"Relives the biggest true crime events from each day in history follow today and true crime for free on spotify and anywhere you listen to podcasts. Now I'm Vanessa Richardson introducing a new podcast original today in true crime today and true crime is podcasts new daily show that follow today and true crime for free on spotify and anywhere you listen to podcasts now she was glad he was there although Stanford wasn't considered to be dangerous three people had been murdered on campus in the past two years murder went unsolved but recently DNA evidence may have finally exposed her killer but the real killer turned out to be much closer to home spend some time alone at the Stanford Memorial Church a devout Christian are less always felt better after a prayer session but she still needed a moment to decompress are lists stopped walking when they reached a crossroads in the path she told bruce she wanted to go a few moments later Bruce was backed by her side and they continued their walk home in silence but even though she was still mad at him new his stubbornness came from a place of love Bruce was extremely protective of her and just wanted to make sure she was safe so much so that he had bruce was hesitant to leave her on her own but he knew she needed some space he went on to their dorm while our list to put some distance between her and her husband bruce she loved him dearly after all she had followed him to California after she graduated due to the graphic nature of today's crimes listener discretion is advised we'd vise extreme caution for children under thirteen today I put in their car tires are less looked back stopping to watch Bruce Huff and puff as he ran to catch up to her deep down she a pew she loved how the Moonlight filtered in through the stained glass windows some might find it spooky she thought it was peaceful. I'm Vanessa Richardson. Every day we tell a timely story from true crime history then analyze the historical impact of that day's events too welcome to today in true crime apar- cast original in the Stanford Memorial Church the disturbing nature of her death led some to theorize that she was murdered as part of a perverse satanic ritual from high school earlier that summer but he could be so hard headed why did he care so much about meaningless things like how much air pressure is headed for the church she got there a few minutes before midnight our list took a deep calming breath as she took a seat in we're going back to October thirteenth nineteen seventy four when nineteen year old are less K. Perry was murdered just after midnight insisted on accompanying her to drop some letters at the post office yes it was after eleven pm but it was only a short walk from their dorm and seventy four nineteen year old Arles K. Perry was murdered in the Stanford Memorial Church in California for years eh diving into the story of Arles K. Perry I'm excited to provide an update on the case since it was covered in the podcast original unsolved murders this are lists felt much safer with Bruce by her side she knew their spat about the car tyres was the sort of tiff married couples had all the time in the late night air was crisp but are less was hot with anger she hurried down one of Stanford's Lampley walking pads trying twelve fifteen a m he started to get worried are La- said she was only going to stop at the Church for a few minutes she should have been home already when Bruce went to the church to check on her the doors were locked he headed back to the dorm thinking he must have somehow Mr on her way home but are less wasn't there either for the next few hours Bruce drove around campus all concerns over tire pressure back at the dorm bruce waited up for our less he hated going to bed angry but as the clock struck anyone so deep into the night bruce looked everywhere he traced every conceivable path are could've taken to get home he checked all the secluded spots she could have gone to think after leaving the church he kept replaying their fight in his mind wishing he could take back every anywhere else she could have gone Arlos had only moved out to California in August and hadn't made any good friends yet he was certain she wouldn't be visiting it home while the police searched the area a security guard named Stephen Crawford arrived at the church around five four thing he said he just wanted to hold his wife in his arms and say he was sorry by three a m bruce realized he wasn't on from his head he wondered where on earth his wife could be their argument wasn't so bad that she wouldn't have come home plus there wasn't really I'm going to find his wife on his own a few officers went to the church and confirmed it was locked they assumed something must have happened to her as she walked back home eighty five am to open it for the day to Crawford surprise the door was unlocked Crawford was worried doors luckily it didn't seem like anything was stolen from the church's altar but as Crawford headed back down the aisle something caught his he had personally closed the church the night before around twelve ten am he had called out for anyone still inside to come out before he locked also been torn open and second candle rested between her breasts Crawford immediately called the police and they rushed to the crime scene he was stressed nevertheless he instantly became the prime suspect however blood type testing showed that it was in fact to tell Bruce what had happened he opened the door covered in blood he insisted that it was his as he got severe nosebleeds Whenever Act Bruce's blood on his shirt and not our Lewis's the palm print found on the candle also wasn't a match additionally Bruce agreed to submit to a polygraph test and passed without any issues although polygraphs aren't necessarily a reliable indication of innocence I mean they were able to collect a partial palm print from one of the candles as well as a semen sample that was found on a nearby kneeling pillow your guilt the police were satisfied enough to cross bruce off as a suspect the other suspect the police questioned was the security Graf it seemed like Arles Perry's murder would forever remain unsolved uh-huh DNA testing wasn't yet available it was a valuable piece of physical evidence when the police went scene was too horrific to believe are less laid spread eagle on her back with a five and a half inch ice pick protruding from guard Stephen Crawford like Bruce Crawford's palm didn't match the partial print found on the candle and he also passed a poly her skull her jeans and underwear had been pulled off and two-foot altar candle forced inside her are listens blouse at all up next a shocking break in the case now back to the story as the years went by after our Perry's nineteen seventy four murder the cold case
November 18, 1978: Jonestown Massacre
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Wendy will handle the historical context and the aftermath of the jonestown massacre. While i'll cover the narrative. Thanks for having me vanessa. Hello everyone. I'm glad to be here. Now let's go back to the guy in a jungle in the early afternoon of november. Eighteenth nine thousand nine hundred seventy eight. Us congressman. leo. Ryan was on a rescue mission. He needed to get back to washington as soon as possible to inform the country about the fanatics in jonestown. The rumors he'd heard were true. Jim jones was dangerous. He was keeping people at his compound against their will. Ryan had come to guyana a few days previously to investigate the rumors about a cult known as the people's temple now he had several members of the group with him. They begged to join him for the flight. Back to the united states. But as ryan his congressional cohort and a few journalists waited to board the plane. A huge truck suddenly roared out of the jungle. The vehicle was loaded with armed members of the people's temple. The congressman watched in horror as the gunmen jumped out and fire on them. When the smoke cleared ryan and four others were dead. The surviving cult members were taken back to the compound where jim jones waited to pass judgement on them. When the gunman captured cult members returned to jonestown. Jim jones was distraught. He knew when he sent the armed men after the congressman what the outcome was likely to be their return. Confirmed that ryan was dead. He knew there was no way to cover his tracks. He had ordered the murder of a us congressman and they were obviously members of the cult willing to speak out against him no matter what he did next. He was finished but he wouldn't go down alone. He decided the only way to save his congregation was to send them to a better place. Jones believed that upon death. Each member of the people's temple would go to heaven now. He had to help them get there faster. Jones ordered his most trusted staff to prepare several vats of powdered flavor aid juice. He told them to add a lethal mix of cyanide and sedatives into each container as gallons of the fatal cocktail were prepared. Jones gathered the nine hundred members of the cult that were on site that day. Several members of the people's temple including two of jones's sons were in other parts of guyana. Jones couldn't afford to wait for them to return. He was certain the. Us government would send in armed soldiers at any moment and then there would be no escape. Finally the lethal juice was ready and jones announced to his congregation that it was time for them to drink. He was clear that he was asking them to die but claimed it was a noble death. The cult members were mostly quiet except for a lone woman who spoke up. She didn't want to take part but jones refused to listen to reason. He told his followers that this was a revolutionary suicide and that everyone should die together. He encouraged mothers to use. Syringes scored the juice in their babies mouths. He told families to drink together. Jones assured them that they were dying with dignity. Though he himself wasn't going to drink he had another plan. After the hundreds of members ingested the poison most of them sat quietly then passed out many had their arms around each other once his people were dead. Jim jones took a seat in the central pavilion. Then he shot himself in the head the next day. The guyana army approached the compound. The soldiers had expected heavy resistance from the cul but the place was completely silent inside. They found over nine hundred corpses coming up the aftermath of the horrific massacre listeners. Here's a new show. I can't wait for you to check out when it comes to love. Every story is unique. Some play out like fairy tales seemingly meant to be others defy the odds to achieve happily ever after in our love story the newest spotify original from podcast. 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Thanks minnesota of the eighty seven surviving cult members. Only thirty six of them were in jonestown. The day of the massacre eleven of those had fled into the jungle earlier that day before jones demand the suicide now the only witnesses left including the murdered congressional visitors. The final death toll was nine hundred. Nine over three hundred of the dead were children. Many of whom had been fed poisoned by their parents. It didn't take long for the tragic story to reach the global news outlets besides the murder of congressman leo ryan and others at the airstrip. There were questions about the coercion involved in the suicide jonestown protected by armed guards and many of them were found surrounding the central pavilion where the suicide had taken place. The survivors implied that few members of the cult had actually wanted to follow jones's fatal command but the sad truth was that nobody stepped up to stop the deaths sociologist. John are hall road in his book about jonestown that the presence of armed guards shows at least implicit coercion. Though the guards themselves reported their intentions to visitors in glorious terms and then took the poison nor was the situation structured one of individual choice. Jim jones proposed a collective action and only one woman offered extended opposition. No one rushed up to tip over the vet of flavor aid. Wittingly unknowingly or reluctantly. They took the poison but the implications of the deaths were clear in the cases of many children. They hadn't chosen to take the poison. The tragedy continued to be called a massacre not a mass suicide over the next three months some of the jonestown. Victim's bodies returned to the us but by april nineteen seventy nine around three hundred corpses had been claimed by family members. Another two hundred were too decomposed to identify. Most of the over five hundred remaining unclaimed bodies were moved to a cemetery in oakland california. A memorial was erected over the mass grave. Even wants the victims were buried. The public debate continued around. Why so many people just to follow. Jim jones to their deaths. When i founded the people's temple in the nineteen fifties. His goal seemed admirable. He preached a christian gospel in wanted his church to help the poor feed the hungry and support those were marginalized by society. He presented himself as an anti-racist leader and eventually the majority of jones's followers were black. Americans however is the years went on jones came to see himself as an all powerful savior. He believed he was leading his flock towards salvation. Meetings of the peoples temple became forbidden to outsiders. Jones grew paranoid eventually leading him to found his colony in south america by the mid. Seventy some members of the people's temple disillusioned with jones and they wanted to leave the colony but had confiscated their passports and their money. They tried to contact loved ones back in the us to help those communications. Live leo ryan to come down to however journalist and joe's town expert jeff win wrote that with jones's dangerous egomania. It was only a matter of time before he snapped. A tragedy was inevitable win. Wrote jim jones pitta mayes is the worst that can happen when we let one person dictate what we hear and what we believe. We can only change that if we learn from the past and try to apply it to today. I'm vanessa richardson. Thanks again for joining me today. Wendy thanks for having me. You can find my podcast. So murders on spotify or wherever. You listen to podcasts. Today in true crime is a spotify original from podcast. You can find more episodes of today in true crime and all other originals from podcast for free on spotify. 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October 26, 2019: Sylvia Likens
"Sixteen year old. Sylvia likens was brutally murdered by her foster mother Gertrude Banished Chev- ski Sylvia and to a lesser extent the today is October twenty six two thousand nineteen on this day in nineteen sixty five. Richardson live on a chilly afternoon in a house outside of Indianapolis Indiana she'd been through hell sometimes she'd wondered if that was literally true and God was punishing her but today she reached single ally in the abusive household due to the graphic nature of today's crimes listener discretion is advised we advise extreme caution for word police swarmed the house filling every room and every Hallway Jenny her foster mother giving her statement from the kitchen she could hear the now familiar lies Gertrude announced that Sylvia was disobedient promiscuous always engaging in risky instead repeating the same phrase over and over in her mind don't look at me don't look at me don't look at me don't look Gertrude tried to blame Sylvia's death on neighborhood boys new depths of pain and heartbreak her older sister Sylvia was gone forever dead Mur as she eavesdropped Jenny felt her blood boil gertrude was a liar she and Sylvia had been nothing but polite children under thirteen before we unpack the ramifications of Sylvia's death let's go back to October Twenty Sixth Nineteen Sixty Jenny huddled in the corner pulling her knees up to her chest she tried not to think about what had just happened sorry she pointed to the words that had been cut into Sylvia's stomach in her final hours I'm a prostitute and proud of it Savior Gertrude claimed that Sylvia had run off with a group of dangerous boys who'd raped her and then murdered her to back up the store children gertrude banish shove ski viciously abused her charges upon Sylvia's death her younger sister Jenny found herself without us right and obedient and yet gertrude had yelled she'd hit them she'd gathered neighborhood kids to participate in the name calling and physical hey we're looking at the tragic death of Sylvia likens who was violently abused and murdered by her caretaker in the name of disciplining the original every day we flip the calendar to this date years ago and recount one event from true crime history. I'm Vanessa Richardson and today assaults Sylvia had taken the worst of it and in the days and weeks leading up to her death the girl had grown sickly thin hey friend I want to tell you about the new three dollar Littlejohn from Jimmy Johns a skinny mini version of any original sandwich for only three her body a battered canvas of bruises and broken bones days ago Sylvia had secretly shared her fears with Jenny walks it's littler than a regular sandwich which is perfect if you're not super hungry or if you WANNA try a couple of different sandwiches or if you like bragging that your lunch only you're welcome today and true crime apar- caster cost three dollars order three dollar Littlejohn at Jimmy John's dot com or with the Jimmy John's APP appar- -ticipant locations taxes and delivery fees ex she worried that there was only one escape from Gertrude Abuse Death Today Jenny could only hope that sylvie soon she would die just as surely and painfully as Sylvia had but Jenny was a survivor and she'd never get another was in a better place but Jenny was still trapped under the thumb of the woman who murdered her sister and if she didn't act dance like this one so although she knew that she was risking discovery punishment and her own death Jenny defied her oster mother she crept away from the room confident that Gertrude wouldn't see her slink down the hall she was still too busy lying to the investigator nevertheless she held her breath praying she'd go unnoticed as she passed when Jenny spared a glance at her foster mother as the officer glanced down at Jenny she summoned every ounce of courage she had for her next words get me out of here and I'll tell you everything next will explore Sylvia likens harsh life and torturous death in coffee chatting and didn't seem too concerned about the murder scene right under their noses jenny tug at once shirtsleeves to get his attention we're an open doorway she was relieved to see that Gertrude back was turned. Jenny jogged up to a pair of police officers they were sip Leo was born on January third nineteen forty nine and her younger sister Jenny was born the following year the girls were the daughters of Carnival worker Sqi to care for his daughters while he resumed his work on the road he paid Gertrude Twenty dollars a week for her services solely responsible for child care as well as supporting himself and his family he arranged for a local woman gertrude banish chefs stay with her gertrude began to regularly beat them starve them and verbally berate them and she didn't act alone she incur but when Jenny and Sylvia's mother was arrested and sentenced to jail for shoplifting in the summer of nineteen sixty five their father became but Jenny and Sylvia's father never could have anticipated gertrude sadistic streak only two weeks after the girls came there's who often had to travel for their work when their parents separated the lichens worked out a system where they would take turns working or caring for the children breath we'll also tell how jenny likens tip brought justice for her deceased sister now back to the story ridged her biological children to bully the girls Gertrude seemed to take special delight in devising new tortures for Sylvia but that didn't mean Jenny thank unfinished basement although the girls continued to regularly attend school and Church they did severe she permanently lost control of her bladder later as punishment for wetting the bed Sylvia was forced to live in the day gertrude also sexually assaulted Sylvia with a soda bottle while her children watched and laughed Sylvia's bodily damage was so sylvia so hard she broke her own wrist gertrude later ordered Paula to use the cast as a weapon in her beatings untrustworthy and unconcerned with their wellbeing on October twenty third nineteen sixty five sixteen year olds was totally spared from abuse on one occasion Gertrude invited neighborhood children to her house and encourage them to beat Silvia on Elvia confessed to her sister. I'm going to die I can tell Gertrude also seemed aware that Sylvia couldn't survive your physical state but few did anything to intervene their inaction only confirmed Jenny Sylvia's opinions that adults is longer but instead of letting up on the torture she prepared for the impending murder she spread rumors around town that Sylvia was permitted chess she even supplied lit cigarettes so that the visitors could burn Sylvia with them one of Gertrude Daughters Paula once hits report their circumstances to any adults they were resigned to their fate likewise many neighbors could tell that Sylvia was in dire sylvia succumbed to her injuries the afternoon of October Twenty Sixth Nineteen Sixty five after shouting at the other children in the house shameful memory she was failed by her father neighbors friends and her caretaker and died with no motive of lettered but Sylvia didn't die right away gertrude scrambled to cover up her involvement in the murder instructing her children to tell the Mahood boys to call the police to report her death during the investigation gertrude reported her carefully can her version of the events and carved the
Introducing: TODAY IN TRUE CRIME, a new Parcast Original!
"I'm so excited to tell you about another incredible. Podcast original called today in true crime. That's hosted by our very own. Vanessa richardson turkson congrats on the new show vanessa. Tell us about it. Thanks sammy today. In true. Crime is a new daily podcast that takes you back to the biggest events in true crime crime that happened each day in history and right now. We're going to play today's episode for you great. I can't wait to hear it followed today. In true crime on spotify now now you can hear an all new episode tomorrow. I hope you enjoy it. Today is monday august twenty sixth two two thousand nineteen on this day in nineteen sixteen virginia hill was born on a horse farm in lipscomb alabama as an adult salt she would go on to become one of america's most infamous mob queens welcome to today in true crime apart cast original every day. We flip back the calendar to this date years years ago and recount one event from true crime history. I'm vanessa richardson and today we're going back to the birth of virginia hill who eventually became one of the most towering figures in the national criminal underworld. She was arguably the most powerful female mob boss of her era wielding wealth glamour and sex like deadly weapons but she rose from humble beginnings before we unpack the ramifications occasions of virginia hills life. Let's go back to the evening of her birth. On august twenty sixth nineteen sixteen a little after supper as another day on the farm came to a close margaret. Hill hill sat at the dining table worrying. One of the kids massaged her bloated feet another wash. The dishes a third dried where where the other three had gotten to goodness new margaret could only hope they were staying out of trouble as far as their father went. She didn't even bother to hope she knew. Mack was getting into trouble. He'd earned a bit of cash this past week. That would go towards drink. Not the grocery bills on top of it all this baby. He wouldn't stop kicking. He would be a strong one. Maybe he'd end up a better stud farm than his father. Maybe she'd managed to keep him from the drink. Make a stand up type. The kind who care for his is woman treat her tenderly set aside every penny for his family or it could be a girl but god forbid a woman in this song. The world treated strong girls harshly well men. Did they beat them down. Sometimes they just flat out beat beat them. She concluded thinking of her husband. Margaret gasped and clutched her ballooning stomach. She'd known it was coming and soon but tonight. This baby was wasting no time her son with margaret's feed in his lap looked at her with concern. She smiled at him weekly whispering softly. Don't worry little one. It'll be over soon. I should know oh. It's the seventh time around. Margaret looked around the room with a sigh. Mac wasn't here but she'd handle it herself herself. She had before kids. Come over to your momma. She gasped as another contraction hit. You sweetie pie. Go go around to the neighbors and ask if anyone is free to come help with a birth over here and you honey girl you go find any of your brothers and sisters you can muster margaret glanced at a framed photo of her with mac and their firstborn sitting at a picnic and laughing another kind of pain pain passed over her face for a moment not a contraction this time after a moment of hesitation. She looked back at her daughter and added and once you've found the other kids. Go look for your daddy down at the tavern to the two children scattered running through the hill families ramshackle shackle four room house. The little foot rubber sat still and asked softly mama. What should i do. It took margaret margaret moment to reply. Her mouth was busy twisting in pain but then she swung her legs to the floor patted his little knee and explained that she needed him here with her to help her with the pain. Her eyes blinked quickly to clear away the water then focused on his silky head of fair hair so shiny and beautiful that hair but it wouldn't be for long if he didn't get enough to eat every every train of thought led her back here to the question of how she'd feed her six little ones and now this new baby on the way hey money she so desperately needed money winter was coming. They need to keep warm to eat. That cost cost money. A shiver ran down her back. She lived through two cold winters before winters enters where every day hunger gnawed at her belly so had her children the kids were smart and strong. They could could look out for themselves and each other while she was gone. They'd be fine alone but with their father if he was home alone with them after drinking drinking. She wasn't sure they'd be all right. Margaret shivered again harder this time another contraction hit she. She gritted her teeth. The door burst open interrupting her pain. It was the anti from next door with two of the kids. The neighbor took charge margaret leaned against her as they limped into the bedroom the children pod at their mother's wrists and ankles until they were ordered off to boil the water and collect clean rags margaret shut her eyes for the first time since before sunup worry as always flashed across her mind she could almost hear the elusive clink of coins somewhere far away but this wasn't the time time for that it was time to pray to pray for a living healthy baby though she wasn't so worried about that this time after those vigorous kicks to pray that the baby would live happy and safe and well to pray that it grew up to have more than she she had now to pray that it would follow god's path coming up. We'll hear ear how far from god margaret's baby fell and how far from poverty she rose now back to the story on august twenty six nineteen twelve margaret hill gave birth to virginia hill on a small horse farm in lipscomb alabama ma virginia like her mother and her siblings lived through hunger and through her father's violent drunken rages he beat the children children as well as their mother but even from an early age virginia resented his treatment at seven years old she through hot sausage greece on him fighting back against his blows at fourteen or fifteen. She left home and married her first. I husband her father's treatment however had left. It's mark from the time. Virginia was a little girl. She knew she could never fall in love. Her mother had fallen in love with mac and look where that had gotten her an everywhere around her. Even more peaceful households virginia saw saw different version of the same story playing out. It's long sad narrative women giving men taking she he was going to flip that story and use men as stepping stones to fame fortune and power in nineteen thirty-three at age seventeen. She made her way to chicago where she quickly found her way. Into a circle of high profile mobsters i i as a girlfriend then as a courier and eventually as a powerful keeper of secrets with amel against almost every prominent mobster in chicago and on the east coast she was valued in mob circles across america for her good memory her ability to charm arm and defuse tension and her particular talent for talking up a storm without revealing anything she didn't want to ultimately her talents led her to become a powerful mob boss in her own right. She sat at tables with al capone and lucky luciano handled millions against for the mob and made millions more for herself and that's not even the half of it. What makes virginia story so fascinating is the fact that she used the stereotypes and condescension men applied to her at every of return to her advantage. She was a strong woman. As margaret worried she might be but she was able to mold and manipulate her strength strength into shapes that worked for her in the male dominated criminal underworld after that first pan of hot oil she threw at her abusive father bother her methods for fighting against male dominance grew more subtle and complicated didn't necessarily look like feminism in fact act virginia encouraged male assumptions about her frivolous emotional end superficial nature but all the while she was playing them him and giving as good as she got if not far more margaret didn't need to worry about this baby virginia hill did well for herself but the crime betrayal and mistrust that characterized her lifestyle took their toll all eventually she ended up testifying in televised senate mob hearings that captured the nation evading i._r._s. charges of tax evasion asian and fleeing to europe where she lived out the rest of her short life she had attempted suicide many times but in nineteen sixty fifty six at age forty nine a final try killed her however her fascinating story exemplifies many of the the challenges that faced women of her era. Whatever their profession it also shows one unique brave and often ingenious approach approach to achieving enormous goals against all odds. Thanks for listening today in true crime. I'm vanessa richardson for more information on virginia hill. Check out the episodes of female criminals terminals the dive deeper into her life and crimes and for more stories of mobsters check out the podcast original kingpins today and true a crime is a podcast original. You can find more episodes of today in true crime and all other podcast originals for free on spotify not only to spotify already already have all of your favorite music but now spotify is making it easy for you to enjoy all of your favorite podcast originals like today and true crime for free from your phone desktop or smart speaker to stream today in true crime on spotify. Just open the app and type today in true crime in the search bar at podcast. Were grateful for you our listeners you allow us to do what we love. Let us know how we're doing reach out on facebook and instagram at podcast cast and twitter at parkas network. We'll be back with a brand new episode tomorrow. In true crime today and true crime was created aided by max cutler is a production of cutler media and is part of the podcast network. It's produced by max and ron cutler sound design by kerry murphy with production assistance distance by ron shapiro paul moller maggie admire and carly madden. This episode of today and true crime is written by nora patel. I'm vanessa richardson. So what did you think i loved it. I can't wait to hear more. You can hear a new episode every day to hear tomorrow's all new episode so follow today in true crime for free on spotify and anywhere you listen to podcasts.
Feb 17, 2014: Breck Bednar Murdered
"Netflix presents the first season of its new documentary series crime scene the vanishing the cease hotel from untimely deaths to housing serial killers serial killers. The seasonal is known to many as. La's deadliest hotel college student at lisa. Lambs disappearance is the latest chapter in the hotels complex. History but will it be the last crime scene the vanishing at the seaside hotel now streaming only on that flex i today is wednesday february seventeenth. Twenty twenty one on this day in twenty fourteen british teenager breck. Bedminster was found murdered the night before he went to meet an online friend in person for the first time it wound up being the last thing he ever did. Welcome to today and true. Crime a spotify original from podcast. I'm vanessa richardson and today. I'm joined by our guest host. Greg polson park has its own serial killers which he co host with yours. Truly he also hosts are shows haunted places and urban legends. He's here to discuss some of the historical aspects of today's story while i'll cover the narrative due to the graphic nature of today's crimes listener discretion is advised this episode includes discussions of grooming sexual assault. Pedophilia and graphic violence. Some people may find offensive. We advise extreme caution for children under thirteen. Hello everyone thanks for having me to discuss the tragic story of brechner now. Let's go back to the evening of february sixteenth twenty fourteen. Just outside of surrey. England brek bed. Ner crossed the street carefully heavy backpack over his shoulder. It was a sunday and he didn't have any homework since the day. After was the first day of half term. Most of his friends would be online. Whiling away their free hours playing video games together but today was different for brek. All his computer equipment was stored in his backpack. He had told his father that he was going to visit his friend. Tom brex father overjoyed to hear his son was doing some in-person socializing. Let him go without a second thought. However brek wasn't actually going to see tom he was just going to see someone named louis. Lewis was paying for brex journey from his phone to the cab. He had to take all the way to essex the trip from surrey to essex was about an hour's drive a taxi ride would be pricey for anyone especially a boy of fourteen but lewis told brek he didn't mind after all he had millions to spare. If the cabbie was suspicious of teenager taking such a lengthy journey he didn't object. His money was as good. As anybody's. it's hard to imagine. What kind of anticipation brek felt in the back seat of that cab. Lewis is promises. Were just the thing that could launch a promising career. Make him set for life. Both opportunity friendship after brex stepped out of the cab. Nobody saw him again for hours and when they did he was passed helping. Now when someone disappears in the twenty first century there's usually a digital ripple effect slowly one by one. Their disappearance touches people that they know and hints that something has gone wrong at some point on the seventeenth brex. Mother received a text from her ex husband berry saying that their son had not returned berry told her that brek had texted the night before asking if he could sleep over which berry allowed but that was the last he had heard from their son. Sebastian one of the boys three siblings received an ominous text from a friend. It said if what happened to your brother is real than i'm really sorry. One of the boys gaming friends. Tom was awake early on the seventeenth. He saw lewis. Who was supposed to meet up with. Come online lewis. Sent a message saying there had been an accident. The story he told. Tom was nearly identical to the one. He told the police when he called nine nine nine. The english equivalent of nine. One lewis's voice was understated when he spoke to the dispatcher. He asked for police and forensics team to come to his address. He said he'd gotten into a fight with a friend and they had died. Police were on the scene immediately when they arrived. They found brek bednarz body. He was dead from multiple knife wounds. Lewis claimed brek had arrived in a highly distressed state even talking in ways that seemed suicidal. He said that brett had pulled the knife on him and in his own words. Quote in. self-defense. I put my left arm up to block him from stabbing me effectively. We struggled. I got him to the ground he got up. I grabbed the knife. And i stabbed him once in the back of the neck. I believe somewhere near the brain stem. The police gathered their evidence including brex personal belongings which had been left untouched. No one was jumping to any conclusions yet especially with how forthright lewis had been to the police but brexit friends and family already had a piece of evidence in their possession. That cast doubt on this claim of self-defence. The killer had posted pictures of his victims online coming up. We discuss the aftermath of brek bednarz murder and the circumstances that led to it listeners. I am thrilled to tell you that. This month marks a huge milestone for podcast. It's the four year anniversary of another fantastic podcast. I host called serial killers. If you haven't had a chance to dive into the stories and psychology behind the most nightmarish of all time. There's no better time than right now to start listening each week. We enter the minds the methods and the madness of the world's most sadistic serial killers from the son. Of sam david berkowitz and a co ed killer edmund. Kemper to eileen. Gordo's ed gain and coming soon the night stalker richard ramirez and this february. Look out for our four part special on couples who kill following. the worst. Love has to offer their names may sound ordinary but their atrocities are anything but trust me you do not want to miss it. With hundreds of episodes available the bench and new ones released weekly. Get to know the killer's crimes and says that forever changed. The face of history followed the spotify original from podcast. Serial killers new episodes air every monday and thursday free on spotify. Or wherever. you get your podcast. This episode is brought to you by amazon prime video. What if you thought you killed someone but you just couldn't remember in the new amazon original series. Tell me your secrets emma. The girlfriend of a serial killer is trying to figure out what role she played in the disappearance of missing girl. If you're the girlfriend of a serial killer chances are you probably had something to do with it right. The missing girl's mother is obsessed with tracking down and finding out the truth. This psychological thriller is full of twists and turns and you're constantly questioning whether a character is the victim or the villain. It's so highly addictive and binge worthy that is soon as you finish one episode. You need to see the next from the executive producer of the undoing and big little lies comes. Tell me your secrets. Premiering february nineteenth on amazon prime video now back to the story on february sixteenth. Twenty fourteen fourteen year old brek bedard took a cab to meet louis danes and eighteen year old friend. He made while gaming online shortly. After arriving in lewis's essex flat brek was killed and images of his body circulated online news of brex. Death reached his family by word of mouth seemingly before it was confirmed publicly by the police. As the investigation continued circumstances looked more and more unfavourably on lewis danes in the weeks preceding the attack. He had bought a number of suspicious items online including duct tape and condoms. The police had enough evidence to arrest him for murdering brek despite protesting his innocence through his arrest. Lewis pleaded guilty in november of that same year. He was given a life sentence with a minimum of twenty five years before he would be eligible for parole. Greg here will dive into the circumstances surrounding young brek bednarz murder thanks. Esa like many boys. Age brick had a passion for online gaming and computer programming a particular aptitude from battlefield a game. He often played with his friends. Liam madden tom. Brechin is friends. Met louis danes on a surfer. Lewis ran lewis. Who seemed older than all of them. Became something of an authority figure among the group. His increasingly wild claims however started to doubt among the teenagers for instance he claimed to be a self made millionaire who ran his own company out of an apartment in new york city. His particular focus on breck made many people in brex life. Easy by her own account. Brex mother lauren grew uncomfortable with the amount of influence. This mysterious lewis had on her son's life and she wasn't the only one and matt were beginning to wonder why this guy wouldn't ever get on skype with them or even show them a picture of his face. Eventually they left. The server and lauren wound up contacting the surrey police in december of two thousand thirteen. The police hurt her concerns but did not follow up if they had they would have heard that lewis danes who was actually an eighteen year old living in essex was investigated for the rape and sexual assault of a fifteen year old three years earlier. This case became a textbook example of grooming and the dangers of meeting strangers. Online lewis danes motivation was deemed to be sexual sadistic due to condoms and semen present at the crime scene. In the following years. Lauren husband berry successfully sued the surrey police or mishandling son's case meanwhile brex murderer did not remain silent in november of two thousand fifteen and january of two thousand sixteen to separate blog post appeared online each titled an open letter from lewis danes. It appeared that lewis was illegally blogging from prison. The first of these claims responsibility for brex death but also alleges that breakfast suffering from domestic abuse at home the second was an extended effort to pick apart inconsistencies with the media depictions of the case. Now we do not credit the word of a convicted murderer on the show but vanessa has a short excerpt from the second blog post. Thanks greg the second blog post says i will not go into find detail about what breck and i were creating computer wise. If i had been this grooming predator intent on killing someone then i could have easily left the scene and used my passport and airline ticket and my substantial funds and left the country. What has to ask themselves. Why then call nine nine nine. In fact i could have left the scene and fled to any numerous destinations. But i did not. My actions do not fit the profile that has been created by the media and family. The irony of this blog is that it fits this profile perfectly. A man who groomed a fourteen year old over first person shooter games then stabbed him at home. Sounds like just the kind of person who would blog from prison and try and rehabilitate his image. And though brek bed ner will never get true justice. At least louis danes will never be able to use the shield of online anonymity to hurt someone ever again. I'm vanessa richardson. Thanks again to greg paulson for joining me today. Thanks for having me. You can find our podcast serial killers on spotify or every. Listen to podcasts. Today in true crime is a spotify original from podcast. You can find more episodes of today in true crime and all other spotify originals. From podcast for free on spotify. We'll be back with a brand new episode tomorrow in true crime. Today and true crime is a spotify. Original from podcast it is executive produced by max cutler sound designed by juan boorda with production assistance by ron shapiro carly madden and brusca kovic. This episode of today in true crime was written by robert teams with writing assistance by alex. Benetton fact checking by adriana. Romero and stars vanessa richardson and greg olsen listeners. Don't forget to check out the spotify original from podcast. Serial killers every monday and thursday. Take a deep dive into the minds. And madness of history's most notorious murderers you can. Binge hundreds of episodes four years worth and catch new episodes. Weekly listen to serial killers freon spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
S2: Halloween: The Monster of Florence Strikes Again
"If you enjoy this episode on the Sims family murders you should check out the today true crime podcast with new episodes each day you'll never run out of true crime content again followed today and true crime for free on spotify evening parked near a vineyard instead they were stabbed and shot to death before each other's eyes Zanna feel like the most special woman in the world that night had already been magical with a home cooked dinner at Stefanos apartment and then on Halloween where we delve into the fascinating traditions behind the world's scariest holiday if you enjoy this episode of today and True Crime Be Twenty third two thousand nineteen on this day in nineteen eighty one a serial killer dubbed the monster of Florence murder in the evening was unseasonably warm the air was fresh and the world itself seemed to sing with the problem L. cover the narrative I'm thrilled to dive into the intriguing case of the monster of Florence the monsters kills were often spaced months apart making it difficult for to check out the rest of the podcast presents Halloween feed on spotify. I'm Vanessa Richardson and today I'm joined by our guest host Jason Hope Day we tell a timely story from true crime history then analyze the historical impact of that day's events today's episode is part of our series his fourth set of victims near Colin Zano Italy Young Lovers Stefanos Baldi and Susanna can be thought they would spend a romantic conclusively identified before we get into the search for the monster of Florence. Let's go back to a secluded Italian highway on October twenty third you're welcome to today and true crime podcast original every wanted to stop being so head over heels for Stefan Oh he had a steady job at a textile factory a charming smile and knew how to make Atlanta Georgia the first two episodes or outright now thanks for joining Jason's here to discuss some of the historical aspects of the monster of Florence Murray host of the upcoming podcast gangster house it follows the story of Mike. TV's a well off Atlanta family man who led us shocking nineteen eighty-one just as the sun was setting the possibility what could be better than to be young and in love and Kellyn Zano Susannah had never felt like this before and she never in criminal double life in the underground porn industry. Hey everyone thanks for having me Vanessa can't wait forever window listened to Gangster House if you love this movie Giddy Susannah agreed whence to follow suggested that she not go straight home instead the pair climbed into his car and felt the airspeed between her fingers tonight would be a good night they soon arrived Enos the godfather or even the Deuce you'll love this incredible true story of Mike Thieves the son of Greek immigrants and family man who ran his empire in the most unlikely of places police to discern a pattern after seventeen years of activity from nineteen sixty eight to nine thousand nine hundred five the monster of Florence has still Never Eta Vineyard outside of Colin Zano the evening would be quiet the car would be secluded it was the sort of situation Suzannah's mother always warned her about not to go off alone not to put her reputation at risk and especially not to leave the safety of the well lit and crowded city suzannah's mother was old fashioned in that way she always assumed that terrible things happened when good girls departed and set off for a destination unknown as defined Volkswagen Golf sped down the Freeway Susannah roll down a window others of twenty-six-year-old to funnel Baldy and twenty four year old Susannah Camby on October twenty third nineteen eighty-one while from traditional wisdom her warnings had only gotten worse in the past few months in June police announced that a young couple was murdered in scan assured her mother that she'd never ever find herself alone in a remote area with a man she wasn't married to it was a little white lie DT right outside of Florence to Zana's mother had begun frantically calling her after the news broke warning her daughter of the new and additional wouldn't happen to Susanna nothing bad could ever happen so long as she was with Stefan Oh Stefanos parked on a quiet abandoned road in the Vineyard Susannah couldn't see another soul around even the lights of Colin Zano were shrouded behind the leafy grapevines Susannah smiled her best most sultry smile and batted her eyelashes minutes later Susanna was in Stefanos ranger that stemmed from compromising situations Susanna in response had fudged the truth about her own sexual activity she arms delighting in the feel of his lips on her neck she was so caught up in the moment she failed to see the stranger approaching their call next police find Susanna and Stefanos bodies and continue their hunt for the serial killer known as the monster of Florence car until the front door popped open she didn't understand what was happening who opened the door and why it didn't but ally nonetheless Susannah wasn't going to live her life in fear let her mother fret if that's what she was going to do but those sorts of things is that her mother's warnings had been right bad things really could happen to women like her any sense she turned to glare at the intruder that's when Susannah heard the gunshots minutes later Susanna really now back to the story on October Twenty Third Nineteen eighty-one Stefanos Baldy and Susanna can be on stir of Florence shot the couple then stabbed and mutilated their bodies after they were dead investigators thought they'd already tennis secluded Vineyard outside of Colin Zano Italy there while the pair got intimate in their car a serial killer known only as the MA of female victims and rifled through their purses but never stole anything this led police to believe that his motives were sexual in nature because the monster pairs having sex in remote areas the police theorized that peeping toms may have witnessed something in collaborated with them to find a suspect. This unusual tactic found and arrested the killer months before until October twenty fourth nineteen eighty-one the morning after the murder that doc led police to Enzo Civiletti who according to tips delighted in spying on couples as well as speaking about corpses he was also a known voyeur to belong to the killer near the parked car. Additionally suzannah's mother reported to the police that she received a mysterious phone call on the morning of October reforms went unsolved and young couples continued to die. The next major arrest was Francesco Vinci who already had a history of violent crime living around Florence targeting couples who were together in secluded areas the murders were sporadic often occurring months apart he mutilated genitals a serial killer who would come to be known as the monster of Florence as I mentioned earlier today I'm joined by Jason Hoke who's GonNa take it Lawrence always shot his victims police were able to gather a wealth of ballistic evidence a defect in his gun gave the discharge bullets identifiable imperfections and Spaghetti was released soon afterward but this latest murder provided police with even more clues they find a size eleven footprint believed due to a technical glitch seconds later please try to track information about the caller but this and the other evidence they gathered led them nowhere for years the case of the monster evidence tines Poletti to the murders but the police arrested him anyway during questioning Spaghetti refused to cooperate possibly because he was afraid of being in spite of these identifiers investigators struggled to come up with the lead they eventually turned to nontraditional informants the monster often preyed on young was when police found Stefano and Suzannah's bodies after a passer-by spotted there abandoned vehicle they were the seventh and eighth victims check out the episodes of unsolved murders which explore the case and offer several theories about who the real killer could be. Thanks again anywhere you listen to podcasts. Today is October for more information on the monster of Florence and the police believed his psychological profile matched that of the monster of Florence in questioning they were able to persuade Patani to confess that he had been present for some of the murders over the historical analysis. Here thanks Vanessa for seventeen years from nineteen sixty eight one thousand nine hundred five the monster of Florence terrorized the people aggie admire and Travis Clark this episode of today and true crime was written by Angela Jorgensen. Today's guest host was Jason Hoke I'm Vanessa Richard original you can find more episodes of today in true crime and all other podcast originals for free on spotify not only spotify already have all of your favorite music but now spotify is making it easy for you enjoy all of your favorite podcast originals like today and true crime for free from your phone desktop or smart speaker or forced to release their suspect a third suspect appeared Pietro Pacciani he had a long history of arrests related to sexual and domestic assault twenty four after Susannah was killed but before her body was discovered the male caller claimed he had important information about Susanna but the call cut off you're his car had been spotted near at least one crime scene which was also a favourite makeup spot for local couples other than those rumors and coincidences. There was no you allow us to do what we love. Let us know how we're doing reach out on facebook and Instagram at podcast and twitter at podcast network we'll be back with to this day. The monster of Florence has never been convicted while some believe Patani was the killer numerous theories abound suggesting that the monster may still be out there Jason for joining me today thanks for having me you can find my new podcast gangster house on spotify and wherever you listen to podcasts today in true crime is a par caster to stream today and true crime on spotify
October 12, 2019: Mary Pinchot Meyer
"Eighty four painter Mary Pinch Oh Meyer was shot to death in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington DC her death has been tied to today. Is Saturday October Twelfth Two Thousand Nineteen on this day in Nineteen Six oh today in true crime was written by Nora Patel I'm Vanessa Richardson she ran her slim hands along the wooden shelves a vague smile illuminating her pretty face she NBA's tennis shoes would be good enough for this morning who would see her on her walk anyway her lover unlikely he was dead she reminded her herself with a grimace well the lover she thought about the most these days anyway the handsome painter she'd been sleeping with was still around and her ex husband John's dot com or with the Jimmy John's APP at participating locations taxes and delivery fees extra solved hey friend I wanna tell you about the new three dollar little John Bring her daily walk the only suspect ever officially tied to the murder was acquitted at trial and the rumors surrounding how and why she died thirteen before we unpack the ramifications of the murder let's go back to the morning of October twelve just before noon were never laid to rest. Due to the graphic nature of today's crimes listener discretion is advised extreme caution is advised for listeners under into Bob Falling softly over her face blue and gray pigments today airy cool and crisp detached she saw ride she'd been feeling that detachment for a while but it was good to get the negative energy out on canvas onto something more or less beautiful this was high time to clear her mind with Fresh Air Mary marched out the door determined as ever to fight her way past the grim spectre the fan before the canvas off with the smock brushes in the sink she knew every crevice of the space the shelves of tools and paints the one was probably done she take her lunchtime walk before deciding Mary's rhythm around the studio was practiced and Serene said acts of canvasses in the corner the mule in cat running in and out of the open garden door this was her home in crime history. I'm Vanessa Richardson and today we're going back to October twelfth nineteen sixty four when Mary pinchot Meyer was shot Kennedy poor man dead when he just gotten started another cy a quick scoop of the cat from the floor and a kiss goodbye it and while he was still around just the way she was an emotional wreck held together by good breeding but John John Fitzgerald stolen from her by the crushing head of a speeding car and now again John Her lover and her friend Rick and beguiling with every year and with every painful memory this was her respite the death it seemed to haunt her every year her half sister claimed by suicide her beautiful little boy just nine years old then out of nowhere something cold slammed into her neck coming up Mary's private life becomes she threw her head back and inhaled things weren't easy but life life was still so sweet angry or if you want to try a couple of different sandwiches or if you like bragging that your lunch only cost three dollars order a three dollar Littlejohn at Jimmy from Jimmy Johns a skinny mini version of any original sandwich for only three bucks its little than a regular sandwich which is perfect if you're not super welcome to today and true crime apart cast original every day we flip back the calendar to this date years ago and recount one event from and rustling trees whose leaves were only just beginning to turn in October's thin cold light Mary gazed at those leaves we're here with its strident powerbrokers and clever pretty wives their world of drinking liaisons and whispered secrets old grey mink in lambswool sweater out of the cupboard and then another layer of fuzzy blue Angora the paint spattered pedal pushers and Ken full of things she knew and didn't slowly the cobblestones and well-maintained townhouses gave way to the little towpath public discussion now back to the story shortly after noon on October Twelfth Nineteen Sixty four Mary pincher slowed next to her it's rear window rolled down and Paulie wisher stuck her head out she called out to marry with a laugh and a wave before uh Mary stood looking at her canvas head cocked to the side and Blah oh Meyer went out for her daily walk along the Potomac River but an assailant disturbed her piece he seized her from behind and moments after and her in the soft embrace of Angora and lambswool she hugged her arms about herself as she descended from Georgetown's quiet cobblestones beats down toward the Potomac River and the canal towpath as she passed 'em street a black cars rolling on Mary smiled softly to herself well she had her friends to and all the mad drama of their strange little Georgetown world is transfixed as ever she might be almost forty four her birthday just around the corner but nature's color Palette only seemed to get more vibrant the crew discovered a man named Ray crump junior in the woods nearby he matched the mechanics description his clothes were wet he had she cried out for help he shot her pointblank in the side of the head in her final seconds she fought for life but she was home in his closet on the other side of the city then crump said that he'd been drinking beer by the riverbank fell asleep and tumbled into the water the crump was booked for murder crump's defense run by trail-blazing civil rights activist and lawyer Dovey rowntree latched onto several important factors surrounding the case first of all the murder weapon was never found while the prosecution speculate losing too much blood losing consciousness her assailant ended the struggle when he pressed his gun to her back and shot her a second time it from her and the nation in the blink of an eye but here she was alive with her studio and the beautiful October morning all around appropriately lucid state of mind or skill to kill with such precision and efficiency as Mary's killer had while the prosecution suggest has she fell onto the riverbank a mechanic working on a car on the street above the towpath heard Mary's cry and the ensuing gunshots end and well acquainted with Mary she also socialised with Washington's top journalists and their socialite wives Mary could have known bank she wasn't alone though standing near her corpse the mechanic described was a black man in a light jacket dark slacks circumstantial rowntree insisted that crump also didn't know Mary had no evident motive for killing her and didn't have the body size internet this second hypothesis focuses less on Mary's death and more on the peculiarities of her life in nineteen sixty two and a dark cap a full police crew was at the scene within ninety minutes thanks to witnesses who immediately ran for help which had left him poor and without opportunity but there's another theory in Washington at the time of Mary's death which still lingers in the darker corners of the at the time of Mary's murder and suggested that crump had in fact been guilty he'd killed Mary in a haze of anger at the unjust systems race to the stonewall overlooking the river immediately but by the time they made it to the edge Mary pincher Meyer was lying dead on the river however the public and the media had plenty of their own theories about what had happened some focused on the tense racial politics in the US most anything from state secrets to damaging information about the dead president himself some people wondered if she could have even Mary was reportedly romantically involved with President John F Kennedy while they're affair had apparently cooled by the time he was assassinated in nineteen sixty to the river then jumped into the water to retrieve it but it was his jacket and cap that the police found in the Potomac while his fishing rod was safely brokers Mary's ex husband Cord Meyer was a top man at the CIA James Angleton head of counterintelligence was cords close friend facts that lend credibility to this argument including a heavily redacted FBI memo that states a meeting between the FBI and several scene needed that it was somewhere at the bottom of the Potomac without it their case was anything but airtight in fact all the evidence pointing to crump was a more likely scenario but the lies undermined crump's credibility and the mechanic identified him as the man he'd seen by Mary's was acquitted on all charges no other suspects were ever connected to the crime purist theories surrounding the assassination of John F Kennedy with whom she was romantically linked but the murder remains officially on three they were still old friends and Mary remained a part of the Kennedy circle she was also a part of Washington's general milieu of power podcast and twitter at podcast network will be back with a brand new episode tomorrow in true crime he ended up with Mary's diary and burned it these factors could simply be a testament to how intimately Mary's life was tied to the shadowy wash known something about President Kennedy's assassination and if she too was assassinated to ensure she stayed quiet there some strain winton world of these CIA men but we may never know if her death was something more sinister designed by Kerry Murphy with Production Assistance by Ron Shapiro and Paul Moller additional production assistance by Maggie Admire and Travis Clark this episode a crime for free from your phone desktop or smart speaker to stream today in true crime on spotify just open the APP and type today in true crime in role of Mrs Mary Pinto Meyer this memo was circulated on the day of Mary's death counterintelligence head James Angleton reported the search bar at podcast grateful for you our listeners you allow us to do what we love let us know how we're doing reach out on facebook and Instagram at your CIA men must be cancelled because two of the CIA men in the meeting have been very much involved with matters pertaining to the death and fewer why not only to spotify already have all of your favorite music but now spotify is making it easy for you to enjoy all of your favorite podcast originals like today a cut on his hand and he was full of stories about what he was doing at the scene of the crime at first crump said he had been fishing and had dropped his poll in gate the case today in true crime is a podcast original you can find more episodes of today in true crime and all other podcasts originals for free on spotify today and true crime was created by Max Cutler visit production of Cutler media and is part of the podcast network it is produced by Maxon Ron Cutler sound tested that motive for the murder could have been sexual and pointed to crump's prior arrest record for theft rowntree's defense put them to shame crummy A. and true crime. I'm Vanessa Richardson. If you'd like to delve
Introducing: MYTHICAL MONSTERS, Vanessa's new show!
"I'm really excited. Tell you about a new show. I'm hosting called mythical monsters. It tells the stories of dragons sea serpents giants demons and other terrifying creatures and asks what they represent to mankind. I WANNA play a special clip from the first episode on the Kraken a larger than life C. Monster in norse folklore that wreaks havoc and chaos on passing ships and sailors to listen to the full first episode follow mythical monsters for free on spotify and anywhere else you listen to podcasts. I hope you enjoy the clip please note. The story you're about to hear is not a direct account of the saga of Irv awed or Ero odd. The first surviving written account of the cracking we've combined several counts of the kraken over history to bring it to the center of this dramatic retelling and to truly emphasize the havoc and chaos such a great monster can wreak when aero odd. I met his son. The boy immediately called him a coward Howard and small. All of odds men were puny. He could not possibly imagine how this torp could be his father. Other odd had to admit that his son Vig near only ten years old was already a behemoth and would be a terrible force on battlefield still odd had little patience for disrespect less so for a child he started to list his accomplishments accomplishments. He was odd who went to per mia who fooled the laps who defeated giants whose name was feared from Norway to Greece who had matched swords with Augmon Tussock who murdered that devil spawns demon mother who would pursue oh him to the end of the nine worlds. If only he knew where that fiend was at the mention of augment odd son seemed to shrink three sizes and the force with which he trembled shook the very sand beneath their feet. He hung his head and said almost inaudibly. I would not chase that beast. You know where he is. Then then odd asked you would be walking into the jaws of death. vig nears voice carried no sense of threat not only concern. I would pursue him to hell itself. Vig near acquiesced and made his way to the boat. I will show you the way father he said they they sailed across the water with a determined purpose and the force of odds lucky winds propelling their sales but then the the winds died and the clouds cleared there before them was a great island. Vig near shook shook his head. I do not like the look of it father but the men needed arrest so odd directed one of the ships to doc as soon as they on boarded the island sunk taking the men with it Vig near turned and to assure his father that he should have listened but there was no time for us he did all large scaled limb erupted with a vengeance from the ocean. Welcome to mythical monsters apar- cast original. I'm Vanessa Richardson every week we dive into history's most legendary monsters in telling their stories we hope to shed light on and some truths hidden behind the creations of these beasts where they come from what they symbolize and how they expose humanity's greatest greatest fears you can find episodes of mythical monsters and all other podcast originals for free on spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts it's to stream mythical monsters for free on spotify just open the APP and type mythical monsters in the search bar at par cast. Were grateful awful for you our listeners you allow us to do what we love. Let us know how we're doing reach out on facebook and Instagram at par cast and twitter at podcast network and if you enjoy today's episode the best way to help is to leave a five star review wherever you're listening. It really does help us. Mythical monsters is about the creatures who have haunted us since the dawn of storytelling beasts with fantastic characteristics crafted in the ancient wonders of the imagination. Were these monsters something these storytellers experienced firsthand or symbolic of the things is that threatened their ancient way of life on this show. We want not only to capture the beauty of these monsters but also to uncover what they reveal veal about ourselves. Our demons are windows to our existential fears and mythical monsters looks to expose these and unexamined how they vary through different times and cultures and how in many ways they stay the same today we're discussing the crack in also commonly referred to as the kraken one of the most feared and famed sea monsters in all of Western culture a creature that for hundreds of years has seemed to defy definition as it waits in the deep for unsuspecting sailors. The crackle has an interesting legacy in our history it was poorly defined and legend of a great sea beast that haunted the waters of Scandinavia and even though the details about its shape differed one thing was consistent through all accounts the cracking was incredibly large and terrifying even now rumors of its existence confound confound scientists and conspiracy theorists alike and leave us with a fundamental and disturbing question were accounts of the crack in the the fantastical musings of inspired seafarers or are the stories based on real accounts of a yet undiscovered sea-based to uncover these secrets of the deep. We must go back to the first mentions of the great monster of the see the ancient lords spoke of many beasts that haunted the deep there was heather back the great whale your men gone the vicious sea serpent the eternal torso the giant tusked beast but there was one that stood out from the rest the largest monster in the nine worlds who caused the fiercest warriors and the tallest giants to tremble all at its very mention the monster of which men rarely spoke not because it was never seen but because the few who had cast is is upon it never returned it had many names half gopher craw been see missed see wreak speak but one name survived the test of history one name that would haunt seafarers for hundreds of years the crack in it was a vague monster armored as a crab tentacles like an octopus the fierce as a shark every account of the thing changed its form it was just as the ocean inhabited vast and unknown unknown and terrifying it was everything they feared with sudden and violent anger like the coming of a storm so so was the cracking a monster of parts the piecing together of this discomfort with the deep or was there really a vicious creature that terrorized ancient sailors to answer these questions we must visit the Vikings and explore the first story to include the legend of the crack in this was the epic saga of Irv are odd or Ero odd and Icelandic tale written in the thirteenth century covering the three hundred year life of odd a marauding Viking odds adventures lead him to many distant lands but his encounter encounter with the kraken sparked a myth that spanned centuries Arrow odd awed listened to the speech of the red bearded man with a distance of one grown long accustomed to being a hermit the man himself spoken and almost host absent minded manner. There is glory for you yet odd. All you must do is leave. Your Life of forage to the scavengers of the forest floor floor odd relaxed his head against the tree. It's only one thing that will bring me forth from these words and I know Oh you know friend. You have the look of knowledge about you. The man's eyes shifted but his posture stayed confident they a both knew that odd spoke of Augmon Tusek eighty offs killer. The quest you look for is an ill fated one. No quest is ill-fated that has yet to even begin odds challenge was met with laughter and it irked him red beard responded in between his tittering breath. If only you knew child that this journey began long ago. Oh with the birth of augment himself binding you both in shared misery odds anger mounted at being called a child after all he was nearly one hundred fifty years old he would have struck red beard down where he stood if he had not only moments before sworn blood brotherhood with this stranger. If you are so privy to the threads of my destiny then then enlighten me brother how are the pads of mine and the demon so crossed your paths may be crossed. Arrow awed but his world is the world of beasts and if you chase him you will only be following the monsters left in his wake and so red beard who may or may not have been open himself began the tale of Osmond Tussock Atheist Theon offs killer long ago when you odd sailed to per mia on your famous outing you you made a great enemy of Kinghorn who held stewardship over that land such were his losses that he concocted a sinister plan of revenge he called upon the fearsome ogress grim held and laid with her so that he might bear a son called augment ugly and demonic and cruel was the child Red Beard who may or may not have been odin the all father told hold odd all of the cruel details of augment who seems to have been bred specifically to rival odd for every great and heroic roic deed that odd accomplished. Augmon seemed to have an act equal to it in its cruelty. This was a theme in the ancient Nordic Sagas. The importance of a rivalry odds accomplishments could only be measured by how he fared against his opposite but as red beard told his tail he made one thing very clear. AUGMON's world was a world of beasts and monsters were a threat to all the vikings he could command creatures beyond comprehension and if odd so pursued his rival he would surely meet his end even grim held. AUGMON's mother had become a ferocious demon that wanted nothing more than to tear odd and his men apart apart she searched for odd in the forests of England to the north but like all heroic vikings of the age odd would not shy away from such a challenge well. He could see the dangers in pursuing such monsters it was in his nature to fight as his wife told him I'm long ago to run was to doom himself to make himself vulnerable to the pursuing Eros and sharp things that were the bane of lesser or men. He was ero odd. He flew in one direction toward the enemy. He would never run after a time. He looked at his new friend. We shall sail to England them you to find out what happens next. Follow Oh mythical monsters for free on spotify and anywhere else you listen to podcasts.
April 1, 2020: Bloody Easter
"Today is Wednesday April first twenty twenty on this day in nineteen thirty four outlaws Bony Parker Clyde Barrow and Henry Methane shot and killed two. Texas highway patrolman reports doug the event Bloody Easter. Welcome to today and true crime. Apart cast original. Due to the graphic nature of today's crimes listener discretion is advised extreme. Caution is advised for listeners under thirteen. I'm Vanessa Richardson and today. I'm joined by our guest host Tori. Toby Co host of the podcast killer Queens every week on killer Queens Tori and her sister to rela bring you a lighter take on a true crime. Story sprinkled with endearing and hilarious nineties references. Hi Vanessa thanks for having me and how low today and true crime listeners? So happy you could join Tories here to discuss some of the historical aspects of today's story while I'll cover the narrative. I'm thrilled a dive into the Easter of tears in Barrow Gang. You always hear the names. Bonnie and Clyde but so few people know they're real stories. That's why we're here to tell them. Now let's go back to April first on a desolate strip of Texas road highway. One fourteen grapevine was a sleepy town. Twenty five miles north of Fort. Worth and in the middle of a whole lot of nothing in those days. A few oil derricks and plenty of cattle. When twenty two year old Holloway Murphy joined the State Patrol? He'd been cautioned not to expect the kind of Action. You see in the movies but the pay was dependable. One hundred fifty dollars a month not everyone had such a guarantee in these lean times today was only his second day on patrol and his first on the road. Yesterday Murphy had done a final training session at the Arlington downs race track. He was itching to feel like a real cop today. So Murphy's partner twenty-six-year-old Ed Wheeler decided. They should use that morning to test. The rookies metal. The pair drove out to a deserted strip of highway along with the Third Officer Ivy. Poke depart on the shoulder along dove road. The trio set up some targets on offense a few cans and a hat. Then squared off for target practice. Murphy confidently took aim and fired at the line of targets hitting five out of six shots. He'd grown up poorer than poor in the nearby town of Alto and learned to be a true shot from a young age. The difference between a hit and miss was the difference between a full belly and an empty one when he was out of bullets. Murphy tipped his hat at his fellow. Officers Wheeler smiled impressed. Then took his turn at the line. He hit all six shots easily. He put a hand on Murphy's shoulder and be assured him he was well on his way out of bullets. The officers decided to pack it in. They climbed onto their motorcycles and took off down. Dove road passed by a black car with yellow wheels parked in the ditch. Some kind of stranded motorists wheeler signaled at Murphy telling him to turn around so they could help. Iv who was writing in front didn't even notice when the pair stopped. He kept on down the highway. When wheeler approached the car. He didn't see any passengers then. Suddenly a man leapt out from his hiding spot holding a sawed off shotgun before wheeler could holster is gone. Another band appeared from behind the car. The second man fired his pistol and struck wheeler square in the chest. Holloway Murphy Washed in horror as his partner fell to the ground. He scrambled for his own weapon then remembered he was out of bullets before he could come up with a plan. B The bandit with a sawed off shotgun took aim. He fired three times at Murphy riddling his body with Buckshot. It was his second day on the job and his last coming up the aftermath of Bloody Easter high listeners. The launch of our new podcast series supernatural with Ashley. Flowers has been an incredible success. Were so happy to welcome to the podcast family and can't thank you enough for checking out the show. If you haven't had a chance to listen yet I highly recommend you head over to the supernatural feed and subscribe today every Wednesday Ashley. Flowers takes on a different crime or mystery where the most fitting theory isn't always the most conventional. The first episode has been my favorite so far. Were the deaths of two Brazilian men a result of making contact with spirits on Mars. Get closer to the truth than ever before. Regarding the mystifying lead masks case but you'll also find some other fascinating stories. Did four friends have a highly unusual encounter during a camping trip in Maine. Sort through the out of this world. Circumstances surrounding the allegations incident was Italian. Theoretical physicist et Cetera by Arana's disappearance caused by his discovery of time travel or was it something more sinister each week Ashley takes on the strange and surreal to explain some of the world's most bizarre true crime occurrences if you're the kind of person who questions everything you'll love this. Show follow supernatural with Ashley. Flowers free on spotify. Or wherever? You get your podcasts now. Back to the story on April first. Nineteen thirty four to Texas patrol officers. Twenty-six-year-old Ed Wheeler and twenty two year. Old Holloway Murphy. Were shot and killed on the side of the road. They'd stopped to investigate a car parked on the side of the shoulder. Thinking the motorists needed help instead day walked into an ambush my guest host Tori. Toby is here with me to discuss the bloody Easter murders. She'll take over from here. Thanks Manasseh Murphy and Wheeler didn't know it but accidentally crossed paths with notorious outlaws Clyde Barrow Bonnie Parker and Barrow Gang member Henry Methuen and it was only by chance that the officers came across the group while they were in the middle of laying a trap for someone else. Clyde had recently had a falling out with another pharaoh gang member Raymond Hamilton. They disagreed over how to split the lute from bank robbery and as they parted ways. Hamilton grumbled Bonnie Parker that he was going to kill Clyde over the dispute so Clyde decided he was GonNa Kill Hamilton. Right back when patrolman Murphy and wheeler came across Clyde parked on the side of the road he was lying in wait for Hamilton who he expected to pass by that way in the afternoon. Allegedly Clyde didn't plan to kill the officers when they stopped to question him he only wanted to take them on a joy ride but Henry methuen misunderstood what he meant when Clyde instructed. Let's take them method. Thought that meant they should kill the officers. So when wheeler approached and methuen saw he had the drop on Him. He took a shot. Murphy's death then became a product of circumstance. They couldn't very well. Even you witnesses. So Clyde pulled the trigger on a shotgun in some reports Bonnie allegedly used her foot to turn one of the officers over and fired an excessive shot into his head. Then jibed look there. His head bounced just like a rubber ball but this was an exaggeration. Made up by an eyewitness seeking notoriety in truth. Bonnie was likely asleep in the backseat of the car. For the entire affair. But Murphy and wheelers deaths signalled shift in the hunt for Bonnie and Clyde. The murders galvanized the surrounding area to catch the bandits. Once and for all Murphy's death was especially affecting to the area. He was a brand new ricky on the force only an officer for two days in addition he was supposed to get married less than two weeks after the shooting. His Fiancee Marie. Tallest were her wedding gown. Murphy's funeral two days after the shooting on April third the State Highway Department announced a reward fund for any information that helped bring Bonnie and Clyde to justice they called it. The Texas rat extermination reward. The desperadoes were finally caught on. May Twenty Third Nineteen thirty four almost two months after the bloody Easter murders a joint task force of police officers from Texas and Louisiana cornered the couple on a dirt road and be in. Ville perish just as Clyde planned to ambush Raymond Hamilton. The revenge posse of officers late and wait for Bonnie and Clyde early in the morning of the twenty third as Clyde sped down the dirt road the six collected cops opened fire from their cover in the bushes. They let loose a hundred and thirty rounds and when the smoke cleared. Bonnie and Clyde were dead since their deaths. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow have been immortalized in culture they remain cemented in the public consciousness as symbols of anti establishment and the power of true love but ED wheelers widow Doris Brown Edwards is frustrated by the revisionist history. Why are the killers remembered and not the victims? She said it's like we don't even count glorifying. These killers insults all of us in nineteen ninety six. The city of Grapevine Texas placed a memorial plaque and marker at the site of the bloody Easter killings. It serves as a testament to the men that died and hopefully brings more recognition to their tragedy. I'm Vanessa Richardson. Thanks again to Tori for joining me today. Thanks for having me. You can find my podcast killer Queens on spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts to hear more about Bonnie and Clyde checkout her episodes of crimes of passion that dive deeper into the case today in true crime is a podcast original. You can find more episodes of today in true crime and all other podcast originals for free on spotify. Not only this spotify already. Have all of your favorite music but now spotify making it easy for you to enjoy all of your favorite podcast originals? Like today in true crime for free from your phone. Desktop or smart speaker to stream today in true crime on spotify. Just open the APP and type today in true crime in the search bar at podcast. We're grateful for you our listeners. You allow us to do what we love. Let us know how we're doing reach out on facebook and Instagram? At podcast and twitter at podcast network will be back with a brand new episode tomorrow in. True Crime. Today in true crime was created by Max. Cobbler is a podcast studios original. It is executive produced by Max Cobbler. Sound design by Karie Murphy with production assistance by Ron Shapiro Carly Madden Aaron Larson and Joel Stein. This episode of today in true crime was written by Abigail Cannon with writing assistance by Nora Battelle. I'm Vanessa Richardson. Hi Listeners. If you haven't heard it already I highly recommend you check out the new parkhouse original series supernatural with Ashley Flowers every Wednesday. Take a deep dive into the strange and surreal to find the truth behind some of the world's most bizarre true crime occurrences search for supernatural with Ashley Flowers in the spotify APP and listened free today.
Bonus: Today In True Crime - Zodiac Killer
"Relives the biggest true crime events from each day in history follow today and true crime for free on spotify and anywhere you listen to podcasts. Now I'm Vanessa Richardson introducing a new podcast original today in true crime today and true crime is podcasts new daily show that day in true crime for free on spotify and anywhere you listen to podcasts now Stein started the meter and pulled away it takes an average of eighteen minutes to reach Washington and Maple in the presidio Heights neighborhood from union rumors Stein is Zodiacs last confirmed victim ace keeping him in a gloomy shroud Washington and maple the man said in a near whisper he didn't speak again the Zodiac killer just two weeks before to students had been tied up and stabbed by a man in an executioner's hood over at Lake Singer was a white man even the brightly lit intersections that surrounded San Francisco's Union Square the shadows seemed to dance across the passengers nine twenty nine year old cabdriver Paul Stein was murdered by the infamous Zodiac killer despite a myriad of claims before he'd been mugged by a passenger and ever since he'd felt a tinge of worry whenever a stranger got his car Stein had decided that cabdriver go and recount one event from true crime history due to the graphic nature of today's crimes listener discretion is advised we advise extremists having wasn't for him but he still needed to work the job while he found something else and so on the night of October Eleventh Stein and his yellow four we discussed the hunt for the Elusive Zodiac killer. Let's go back to the evening of October eleventh nineteen sixty nine Shen for children under thirteen. I'm Vanessa Richardson and today we're discussing the murder of Paul Stein a cab driver who gave a ride to the Zodiac killer on the night of October eleventh nineteen sixty nine and was killed in his car after reaching his destination had it not be in station Stein's passenger remained silent for the entire ride Stein didn't mind that he'd been driving a cab for long enough to expect all in for a communications breakdown within the police the Zodiac killer's ten month long killing spree might have ended that Night Bob were cruising through San Francisco's theatre district he picked up a new fare at some point around nine thirty pm the night job meant to support him as he pursued his doctorate in English at San Francisco State University he was even gearing up to quit just a few months twenty nine year old Paul Stein didn't like to define himself as a cabdriver that was his esta Destination Stein thought about turning on the radio but decided against it all of the stations were talking about one thing anyway Barry Esa the get up was weird enough but the guy had also been writing letters to the city's newspapers sending puzzles for people to solve the tips he'd had passengers told him their entire life story from the backseat of his cab others like tonight's ride kept silent speaking only to require assing city instead if the passenger minded he didn't speak up Stein reached for the meter he pulled over at the corner of Washington Street and street here the man said suddenly as the cab approached the next intersection after
July 22, 2020: John Dillinger Shot
"It was one of the most infamous crimes in history more than fifty years later, the Manson family still permeates our culture, our media and our fears. This six episode EPIX original series helter skelter will challenge everything. You think you know about the Manson family. Watch helter skelter on July, twenty, six at ten, nine, central, only on epic's get the channel or get the APP. Today's episode features one of the most notorious bank robbers of the twentieth century. If you like it, you'll enjoy. podcast presents infamous where we descend into the darkest true crime stories find episodes on I leaned worn us Ted Bundy. The Menendez brothers, and more all throughout July search podcast presents on spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. To hear more about today's subject, the notorious John Dillinger check out our June twenty second and twenty four episodes of conspiracy theories. I-. Today is Wednesday July Twenty second twenty twenty on this day in Nineteen thirty four legendary bank robber John Dillinger was shot and killed by FBI agents outside Chicago's biographic theater. His violent death solidified the bureau status as the Premier Fighting Organization in the United States. Welcome today in true crime podcast original I'm Vanessa Richardson and today I'm joined by our guest hosts, ash and Elena Alot today and true crime listeners. Thanks for having US Vanessa. You might have heard of their podcast Morbid, but Ashen Elena or coming aboard the PODCAST team to host our newest show crime countdown every week. They'll tell you. Ten of the craziest crime stories ranked Elaine and I are so excited to be joining you on Parkas true crime team. We have some great. Great episodes coming up on crime countdown like letters from serial killers, deadly colts, and even lottery scams Basically. It's right up your Alley Vanessa it is. I'm really looking forward to listening to this one and so happy to have you both. Join me to host today. Ash Elena will discuss some of the historical aspects of today's story while I'll cover the narrative due to the graphic nature of today's crimes, listener discretion is advised. Extreme caution is advised for listeners under thirteen. Now, let's go back to the evening of Wednesday July twenty second on the north side of Chicago. Special Agent Melvin Purvis stood on the corner of Lincoln Avenue Melting beneath his shirt collar pedestrians in summer dresses, and Straw hats pulsed around him. It had been one of the hottest days in Chicago history temperatures of over one hundred degrees. Fahrenheit had driven the city's residents out of their homes in search of distraction and relief from the sweltering heat, a few doors down a dense crowd milled around the box office of the biographic theater, which proudly proclaimed that it was cooled by refrigeration. A, man, in a long coat, was leaning against the brick facade of the theater, seemingly impervious to the heat. He met purposes gays, and gave an almost imperceptible nod of acknowledgment. Purvis did a quick scan of the street, clocking more than twenty other agents, all doing their best to blend in with the crowd as they waited for his signal. After months of work, they were closer than they've ever been to their goal director of investigations. Chief J. Edgar Hoover had personally selected agent Purvis to lead the special. Task Force his sole objective. Stop John Dillinger. For the past year, the notorious criminal had conducted a string of violent bank robberies from South Carolina to Indiana. His gang had stolen upwards of five hundred thousand dollars, leaving a trail of dead and injured police officers in their wake with each narrow escape, they had made a mockery of law enforcement nationwide. They'd even robbed police stations making off with weapons and ammunition and dillinger's twin jailbreaks were already the stuff of legend. One of the stories claimed that dillinger had carved pistol out of a block of wood, painted it with black. Black Shoe Polish and then held up his prison guards. Purvis didn't know if it was true, but it didn't matter. The public had accepted as fact with each new tale they had become more enamored with the criminal. The government had responded by pouring resources into the manhunt, and by placing a massive twenty thousand dollar bounty on Dillinger's head. His wanted posters were so ubiquitous that span of a few months John Dillinger had become the most recognizable man in the country, which made it even more galling that he had become a ghost. Dillinger had last been seen robbing a bank in South Bend Indiana almost a month earlier, another police officer had been killed, and the bank robber had disappeared without a trace until now a few days ago, agent Purvis had met with a woman who called herself on a sage. She claimed to have information about dillinger's whereabouts, but she wasn't going to give the information up for free. She was a Romanian immigrant on the verge of being deported in exchange for Dillinger's whereabouts. She wanted a guarantee that she would be allowed to stay in the country. Purvis said he would do with he could provided. Her information was good. As it turned out on, a sage hadn't just recognized dillinger on the street, he was a friend of hers, and had recently been dating a prostitute named polly Hamilton who worked at a brothel run by sage, most importantly John Dillinger had invited both sage and poly to go to a movie with him on the evening of July, twenty second sage would wear a bright orange dress so that the F. b. i. could quickly spot her and arrest dillinger. Agent Purvis tensed as the door to the biographic flew open movie goers came pouring out mixing with the pedestrians outside his eyes flitted from one group to the next until he spotted a woman in a vibrant orange dress, she was accompanied by a younger woman and a man in a straw hat. This was it. Purvis raised a cigar to his lips and lit, giving the signal for his men to move in almost instantly, his agents emerged from the crowd, drawing weapons as they converged on dillinger. The bank robber must have noticed them, too. Because he suddenly pushed ahead of the crowd bolting for an alley, two shots rang out drawing shrieks from the crowd, purvis glanced back to see a pair of women lying on the ground beneath the by Graphs Marquee, screaming as other movie goers rushed to help them. One of his agents had missed wildly hitting the civilians. Three more gunshots sounded up ahead. Purvis pushed through the Malay until. Until he reached a group of his agents clustered on the sidewalk. The man in the straw hat lay before them in a pool of blood. He went for his gun. One of the agents said matter-of-factly pointing to a pistol on the sidewalk, purvis nodded to bullets had struck the bank robber in the heart, the third had gone through his neck, exiting above his left eye herbs. His agents had shot to kill and they'd succeeded. John Dillinger was dad. Up Next. We'll discuss the manhunt that led to the killing. More than fifty years later, the Manson family two night. Murder Spree still perplexes us. It permeates our culture, our media and our fears. You think you know the story, but you don't. Find out what really happened on the six episode EPIX original. Series Helter Skelter an American myth. This is the most definitive recounting of the Manson family story, and it will challenge everything. Think you know about this bizarre chapter in American history. Watch helter skelter on July twenty six at ten, nine, central, only on epic's get the channel or get the APP. Now back to the story. On July twenty second, nineteen, thirty four John Dillinger was shot dead by special agents outside the by Graph Theater in Chicago the execution came after a year long bank, robbing spree that turned him into a bona fide celebrity and lead FBI Director J Edgar Hoover to name him public enemy number one. My guest hosts ash and Elena will take us through the extensive manhunt hug that culminated in dillinger's deaf thanks Vanessa. When we discuss John, dillinger's facial reconstructive surgery a few weeks ago, we talked about his transformation from petty criminal into a legendary bank robber. When he was twenty, one dillinger was arrested for holding up a grocery store for fifty dollars. He spent nine years in prison and when he finally got out, he had become a hardened professional criminal. Compared to his time behind bars, the crime spree that turned John Dillinger's into an American legend was actually pretty brief. From nineteen, thirty, three to nineteen, thirty four, he robbed over a dozen banks and two police stations. The jobs were done with a gang of criminals pulled from fellow inmates from dillinger's prison stint together. The group stole approximately five hundred thousand dollars or roughly seven million adjusted for inflation. They were heavily armed and used violence, unsparingly, resulting in countless shootouts with police. Their crimes left ten victims dead and seven others wounded. One reason at the dillinger gang was so successful at evading police was they were always on the move immediately after a bank robbery, they would drive across state lines so that they were always out of reach of whichever law enforcement agency was looking for them. At the moment. It was this strategy in particular. That drew the attention of J. Edgar. Hoover. Who at the? The time was the director of the Bureau of Investigations for several years now hoover had been struggling to evolve his little bureau into a powerful crimefighting agency. He took advantage of the media attention around dillinger's bank robberies and campaigned to have those crimes designated as federal offenses, so they would fall under his jurisdiction. Once this was accomplished. He formed a special task force. Force to hunt and catch dillinger, appointing special agent Melvin Purvis as its lead catching this infamous robber was no easy task, though Purvis came close several times on April twenty second, he tracked dillinger's gang to the little bohemia resort lodge in the woods of Wisconsin. The heavily armed agents fanned out around the lodge anticipating yet another shootout with the criminals when a car came. Came tearing out of the parking lot purposes agent shotted for it to stop. It's an and they opened fire pumping the vehicle with bullets. When they opened the door, they found that the people inside were not members of dillinger's gang, but innocent vacationers who hadn't the agents commands over the music they were listening to two passengers had been injured and one was dead. The shooting had also alert. The dillinger gang to the agents presence. They began firing out of the lodges Windows Forcing Purvis than the others to take cover in the woods before they could regroup and respond. dillinger stole a car and escaped into the night. Three months later, agent Melvin. Purvis finally got his man. Thanks in no small part information provided by DILLINGER's friend on a sage, the bank robber had become so famous that spectators lined up outside of the Chicago morgue, where his body was put on display and a few days later, five thousand people turned up for his funeral. All told the manhunt hunt for John Dillinger's cost. The US government and American tax payers two million dollars approximately four times the amount that is. Is Gang stole over the course of their year long crime spree, despite this purposes execution of John Dillinger was regarded as an unmitigated success for J. Edgar, hoover, earning his fledgling FBI a reputation as the nations premier crimefighting organization, Hoover would keep dillinger's Straw hat and pistol as trophies in his office for years to come special agent Melvin Purvis became even more famous as the man who got dillinger. His popularity eventually earned him the jealousy and I R- of his boss. J. Edgar Hoover placed purvis on worse and worse assignments until he resigned from the FBI in nineteen, thirty, five hoover continued to interfere with purposes attempts to find law enforcement jobs for years afterward. In nineteen sixty Melvin purvis died of a self inflicted gunshot wound at his home in South Carolina. His death was initially ruled a suicide, although later investigation suggested that it might have been an accident, and despite her critical role in assisting the John Dillinger task. Force, on a sage fared no better. She was deported to Romania in nineteen, thirty six. She lived there until her death eleven years later at the age of fifty eight. I'm Vanessa, Richardson thanks again to Ashen Elena for joining me today. Thanks for having us, and you can find crime countdown and our other podcast morbid on spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts to learn more about the dillinger gang checkout the conspiracy theories episodes on dillinger and his mysterious deaf. You can also listen to our today and true crime episode for May. Twenty seventh twenty twenty for a deep dive on John dillinger's facial reconstructive surgery. Today in true crime is a podcast original. You can find more episodes of today in true crime and all other podcast originals for free on spotify not only does spotify already have all of your favorite music, but now spotify is making it easy for you to enjoy all of your favorite podcast originals like today and true crime for free from your phone, desktop or smart speaker to stream today in true crime on spotify just open the APP and type today in true crime in the search bar. We'll be back with a brand new episode tomorrow in True Crime. Today and true crime was created by Max Cutler and is a podcast studios original is executive produced by Max Cutler sound design by one Boorda with production assistance by Ron Shapiro Carly Madden and Joshua Kern this episode of today True Crime was written by Andrew Kelleher with writing assistance by Nora Battelle, I'm Vanessa Richardson.
October 8, 2019: The Lindbergh Baby
"Her Bruno Richard Hauptmann was indicted for the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby. Today is Tuesday October eighth two thousand nineteen on this day in Nineteen Thirty Four First Degree commotion swallowed the Courtroom There were very few dissenting voices at the grand jury's decision everyone who responsible the juror read his statement the indictment would move forward Richard helped men would be tried for murder in the disappeared locations taxes and delivery fees extra the judge banged the gavel to silence the crowded chamber a hush promptly fell over the room and the presiding juror stood doc nature of today's crimes listener discretion is advised extreme caution is advised for listeners under thirteen we'll begin on October eighth crime history I'm Vanessa Richardson Eighty five years ago today Bruno Richard helped men was indicted by a New Jersey Supreme Court for the murder of Charles Augustus Lindbergh junior the Lindbergh case was known as the crime of the century and had captured a baby killer looked like the photographs and police sketches while haunting were never quite like seeing a man in person this would be huge the scoop of a lifetime Hauptmann and his lawyer stood and started to file their way out of the court available in the courtroom journalist Jeffrey Stanton cursed as he tried to fight his way through the Throng of bodies note pad clutched against his chest for two years the world had waited for answers why did they do it what made them choose such a publicly beloved family base that had so urgently insisted his innocence for the last two and a half weeks even more so he wanted to know what the face of the grand jury panel had just reentered from his position at the edge of the court stanton could just make out the back of Richard helped men's the public's imagination for over two years finally it seemed like the Lindbergh's would see justice for their child due to the graphic original sandwich for only three bucks it's littler than a regular sandwich which is perfect if you're not super hungry or if you WANNA try a couple of different sandwiches nineteen thirty four in a courthouse in hundred a New Jersey as the grand jury prepares their ruling hideout seemed of one mind Hauptmann was guilty stanton scribbled furiously jotting down everything in shorthand and why didn't they return the little boy once the ransom was paid but today the court system asked was Richard helped men head his hair was perfectly calmed stanton wished he could get a glimpse of the man's face he wanted to see if he could read any emotions in the There was not a single seat or if you like bragging that your lunch only cost three dollars order three dollars Littlejohn at Jimmy John's dot com or with Jimmy Johns APP welcome to today and true crime apar- cast original every day we flip back the calendar to this date years ago and recount one event from troop the surrounding crowd strained to get a glimpse of the man who was to be tried for the crime of the century his face somehow remained passive his eyes were fixed on the floor in front of him as he made his way to the Exit Stanton didn't think the man looked guilty but instead vert stanton returned to the newsroom that evening and started furiously typing up his report a critical milestone had been passed in the courts early he would look furious he could not imagine being accused of such a horrible crime and not showing any emotion beyond mild discount found really uncomfortable stanton tried his best to maintain objectivity but it was hard to deny if the man was innocent sure room that day justice for the infant Charles Augustus Lindbergh junior was imminent that is if helped men truly it's Lindbergh junior was born a year later the couple seemed to be the very picture of happiness until March I nine rounding the Lindbergh kidnapping and trial of Richard helped men now back to the story at the dawn of the nineteen house this along with the note were the only pieces of tangible evidence that anyone had taken the Child Thirties Charles Lindbergh was one of the most famous men in America he was not a movie star or performer he was an aviator public or police insisting the child was in good care naturally the public found out immediately hundreds of people someone had taken the baby and stolen off into the night pieces of a custom built extendable ladder were also found on the grounds around there about four and a half miles from the Lindbergh home the body was positively identified as the remains of Charles Augustus Lindbergh junior tone of the investigation changed they were no longer searching for kidnappers they were now searching for murderers pursuing the crudely written and poorly spelled ransom note read dear Sir Have Fifty Thousand Dollars Ready Twenty five the house she had only laid him there two hours earlier a note was found on the windowsill and impressions on the Earth below the window him into fame almost overnight in nineteen twenty nine Lindbergh married Anne Morrow and their first child Charles Augustus no useful DNA or fingerprint evidence was recovered from any of the correspondence finally on April second the Lindbergh families the information under questioning and later committed suicide due to the intensity of the interrogation and the possibility of losing her job scattered around the country the first concrete lead turned up on September eighteenth nineteen thirty four when a man phoned the FBI due to four days we will inform you where to deliver the money below these specific demands it warned Lindbergh against notifying the published a pamphlet containing the serial numbers of the bills used in the ransom hoping that this would lead to a clue some of the bills did show up but they were a breakthrough eluded the FBI for over two years but the public's thirst for justice did not wane in the interim the FBI one of the gold certificates wound up in the Corn Exchange Bank and trust company and was traced back to a gas station the attendant worried the money eighteen thirty to around ten PM that night there nurse discovered that the twenty month old child was not in his crib on the second floor Alan made a grisly discovery in the woods along his work route the mutilated body of a toddler lay in a grove of trees beside the road topping act which made transporting kidnapped individuals across state lines a federal offence it's also commonly known as the Lindbergh law circus drawing celebrities from all over America and labeled the trial of the century by the press on February thirteenth thousand dollars in twenty dollars bills fifteen thousand dollars in ten dollar bills and ten thousand dollars in five dollar bills after two did not return the infant over a month later on May Twelfth Truck Passenger William in one thousand nine hundred twenty seven he made the first non-stop transatlantic flight in his plane the spirit of St. Louis the achievement lodged letters throughout march raising the price of the ransom to seventy thousand dollars and reiterating that the police not be involved maybe two accomplices but to this date no new evidence has surfaced is the man who committed what papers had called the crime of the century when we return we'll discuss the circumstances when the kidnappers accepted the ransom they told the mediator that the baby was safe with a pair of women they knew who were uninvolved but nineteen thirty-five helped was convicted of first degree murder his lawyer protested that all the evidence was circumstantial as the it was counterfeit had written down the license plate number of a man who had paid with the bill the car belonged to a man named Richard helped men sent fifty thousand dollars to the kidnappers through an intermediary a good portion of the money was in gold certificates a form of currency on the verge of or no fingerprints DNA or eye witnesses tying him to the scene of the crime helped men continued to insist he was innocent up and converged on the Lindbergh property destroying any evidence of footprints on the ground surrounding the house. The kidnappers sent several more wants to do what we love let us know how we're doing reach out on facebook and Instagram at podcast and twitter at podcast network will be being pulled from circulation the f. b. i. hoped that anyone using these bills would draw attention to themselves and help narrow down the suspects till the date of his execution on April third nineteen thirty six in the wake of the Lindbergh incident Congress passed the federal kidney thousands dollars of the ransom money handwriting analysts matched helped men scrawl to that of the ransom note Hauptmann's trial was a media in true crime and all other podcast originals for free on spotify not only does spotify already have all of your favorite music but now spotify is making it easy for you to enjoy all of your favorite podcast originals like today in true crime for free from your phone desktop or smart speaker to stream a German immigrant with a criminal record helped men fit the FBI's profile to a T.. Inspection of his house revealed almost fourteen his skull was cracked and his body partially decomposed it seemed like he had been there for some time with this discovery the but to this day rumors about the kidnapping circulate many believe that helped men was not acting alone the amount of kidnapping money for podcast network it is produced by Max and Ron Cutler sound design by Russell Nash With Production Assistance by Ron Shapiro Paul Moller Maggie founded his garage was less than a third of the ransom paid in addition based on the size of the ladder many believed that he had at least one and admire and Carly Madden this episode of today and True Crime was written by Robert Teams draw. I'm Vanessa Richardson with a brand new episode tomorrow in True Crime Today in true crime was created by Max Cutler is a production of cutler media and his part