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The historical true-crime podcast that uncovers old blood with each new episode. Follow a murder historian back in time to re-live history's most significant crimes with the historical context that you won't find on other true crime podcasts.
 
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The 30-year-old barrister Charles Bravo died after an excruciating three-day battle with poison. The case was doused in clues, a fact that detectives hoped would aid in their quest for justice, but only hindered it. The list of suspects grew, and investigators struggled to cross names off their lists for good. The problem was that there were far to…
 
The 1931 Massie Affair ended in a lynching that shocked the world and a murder trial that threatened the Hawaiian Islands. This is Part II of "What Hast Thou Done." For Part I, listen to Episode 33. Sources: Black, Cobey. Hawaii Scandal (Waipahu: Island Heritage, 2002). Creel, H. G. Hawaii: An International Crime (Girard: Appeal to Reason, 1915). H…
 
In 1931, a prominent Navy wife stationed near Pearl Harbor accused five locals of assaulting her after leaving a Waikiki club. This is the story of the Massie Affair, in which decades of racial tension surfaced in a sensational murder trial and threatened the Hawaiian Islands with martial law. Sources: Black, Cobey. Hawaii Scandal (Waipahu: Island …
 
Reports of an American woman slain in Italy's scenic Lake Como circulated across the globe in the summer of 1910. The murdered woman was Mary Scott: socialite, actress, and woman with a past so scandalous that the press blamed her for her own murder. This episode is about the life and death of Mary Scott. Sources: Adams, J. Barfield. "The Crime of …
 
When women discovered newfound freedom on the streets of turn-of-the-century America, they also observed new dangers. When society failed to protect them from those perils, women demanded the right to defend themselves with increasingly violent and un-ladylike methods that sent men into a panic. This episode is about the "Hatpin Panic" and the murd…
 
1806 Virginia sees a murder forgotten, a murder ignored, and a murderer set free. This is also the episode where you learn about Thomas Jefferson's secret murdered love child. Maybe. This is Part II of Monstrous Strange. For Part I, please listen to episode 29. Sources: Bailey, John. Jefferson’s Second Father: (Pan, 2013). Berexa, Daniel. “The Murd…
 
In 1806, a founding father of the newly created United States was murdered. This episode is the story of a botched murder investigation, the fight for freedom, and a murderer’s forgotten victims. Sources: Bailey, John. Jefferson’s Second Father: (Pan, 2013). Berexa, Daniel. “The Murder of Founding Father George Wythe.” Tennessee Bar Association. ht…
 
As the rest of the world unfurled their newspapers to read about the sinking of the Titanic, Argentines opened their papers to learn of a tragedy closer to home. A father discovered his three-year-old boy murdered and abandoned in a vacant home. The baby was only one casualty in a wave of attacks against the children of Buenos Aires. Sources: Beran…
 
After an elderly woman was discovered brutally murdered in her upscale Glasgow apartment, police charged a 38 year-old Jewish-German immigrant with her murder. The arrest sparked a century-long battle for justice and was championed by the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle. Sources: "The Case of Oscar Slater." National Records of Scotla…
 
When the LA Times exploded in 1910, a labor war erupted in Los Angeles. At stake was nothing less than the future of their city. This is part two of the two-part episode, Battle for Babylon: The LA Times Bombing. Sources: Blum, Howard. American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood, and the Crime of the Century (New York: Crown Publish…
 
In 1910, the city of Los Angeles was an inferno of unrest. A handful of powerful men used coercion, corruption, and outright theft to build their dream metropolis in the middle of a desert. But when labor unions shifted their focus to California, these powerful men realized that their furtunes would be ruined if they did not keep union men out of L…
 
How did ancient Greeks obtain justice during a century known for bloodshed and turbulence? And how did the Athenians reconcile such senseless violence with their society's high values of justice and truth? Two ancient Athenian murder trials answer these questions and show how the city’s so-called Golden Age was just as ruthless as the rest of ancie…
 
In 1909, New York City Police discovered the corpse of a white woman stuffed into a trunk. Because cops found the corpse in a Chinese man’s apartment, the murder ignited a ‘war’ against Chinese Americans, who the press claimed were out to steal and spoil white women. This episode is the story of the Chinatown Trunk Mystery, the ‘Yellow Peril,’ and …
 
While World War I erupted throughout Europe, the Caillaux scandal plunged France into a chaotic murder trial that overshadowed the coming global conflict. What else do you expect to happen when a wife of the former Prime Minister murders her husband’s greatest political rival? Sources: Allain, Jean-Claude, Joseph Caillaux, 2 vols (Paris: Imprimerie…
 
In the very early hours of September 9, 1739, a group of slaves digging a drainage ditch for the Stono River near Charleston, South Carolina, decided to break into a general store for a drink to celebrate their hard (and unpaid) work. The events that followed culminated in the largest and bloodiest slave rebellion in colonial American history. Sour…
 
Count Francesco Cenci, a 16th-century Roman nobleman, had a long record of cruel and violent behavior. In September of 1598, villagers found the count's body in a ravine at the bottom of his castle. His family claimed that he accidentally fell from the castle's balcony, but the inconsistencies in their stories led the villagers of La Petrella to be…
 
In 1864, a small city in southern Brazil witnessed what many have called “the greatest crime on earth.” The legend of what occurred in a Porto Alegre slum still haunts the city to this day, as do many questions. Is the crime true, or is it simply national folklore? Did the famous biologist Charles Darwin really comment on these murders as he read a…
 
New York's Adirondack Mountains have long been praised for their tranquility and restorative powers on the body and soul. But in 1906, a tragedy shattered this illusion and brought a girl’s heartbreak to the front page of newspapers across the country. Sources: Brandon, Craig. Murder in the Adirondacks: An American Tragedy Revisited. (Utica: North …
 
In 1899, Allen Britt did Frankie Baker wrong. The consequence of his betrayal was murder and a ragtime song from St. Louis that became a cherished part of American folklore. Sources: “Britt, Allen [Frankie and Johnny],” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, https://nkaa.uky.edu/nkaa/items/show/2234. Cooperman, Jeanette. “The story of segrega…
 
In 1917, a dance craze swept through the streets of New York City, prompting reformers to launch a campaign against tango bars and the “Tango Pirates” that preyed upon lonely middle-aged women. When a married woman was found strangled to death in one of the city’s ritziest hotels after meeting an infamous Tango Pirate, it made front-page news and l…
 
In a real game of thrones, the Julio-Claudian family jostled for power throughout their century-long dynasty. The Roman Empire’s first hundred years featured stabbings, poisonings, beatings, and suicides. No one was safe and everything was fair game in a family that would do anything to win --and keep-- their power. And at the heart of this family …
 
A Sydney hard man called him one of toughest AFL players. 129 games, 97 of those as a utility swingman in the red and white! Traded to the Cats at the end of 1998 but unfortunately bad knees shortened his playing career in 2001. Find out what older brother of Cameron is up to now, the final interview for 2021, Jason Mooney. https://bloods-of-old.ca…
 
If you recognize the name Fatty Arbuckle at all, it is likely in conjunction with Hollywood's greatest scandal. He's known as the man who raped and murdered an actress. And the woman he supposedly murdered is recognized solely as the girl raped by Fatty Arbuckle. All she is remembered for now is a bunch of lies and a single day that no one, to this…
 
If you recognize the name Fatty Arbuckle at all, it is likely in conjunction with Hollywood's greatest scandal. He's known as the man who raped and murdered an actress. And the woman he supposedly murdered is recognized solely as the girl raped by Fatty Arbuckle. All she is remembered for now is a bunch of lies and a single day that no one, to this…
 
Just before the AFL’s 2021 Final Series, I spoke with head coach of Sturt in the SANFL Mr Martin Mattner! 124 games for the red and white. A life member of the Swans, 2012 Premiership hero… forget about Nick Malceski’s goals it’s all about that TACKLE! https://bloods-of-old.captivate.fm/ https://www.facebook.com/BloodsOfOld https://twitter.com/bloo…
 
The Bastendorffs’ home was considered one of the few respectable boarding homes in Victorian London...until the discovery of a corpse unleashed a sex scandal and murder mystery that has still gone unsolved. Who would want to murder the quirky, old Matilda Hacker? And how had no one discovered her corpse for so long? Sources: Gamber, Wendy. “Boardin…
 
John "Liver-Eating" Johnston was one of the "mountain men" who explored the American Northwest in the mid to late 1800s. Like the other "mountain men," Liver-Eating Johnston had his fair share of battles with the Native Americans who were defending their land. Unlike the other "mountain men," Johnston supposedly ate the livers of hundreds of native…
 
By 1793, radical revolutionaries had unleashed a wave of bloodshed that threatened to swallow France whole. Charlotte Corday travels to Paris to wrestle with the mastermind of this reign of terror, Jean-Paul Marat. Sources: For a complete list of sources, please visit https://www.oldbloodpodcast.com/post/episode-9-the-terror-july Music: Dellasera b…
 
Jean-Paul Marat terrorized France with his newspaper long before the most famous period of the French Revolution known as the Terror. By September of 1792, Marat and his allies’ calls for heads led to four days of unimaginable horror and bloodshed. Sources: Please see https://www.oldbloodpodcast.com/post/episode-8-the-terror-september for a complet…
 
Newly widowed women began to fill the streets of 17th century Rome. This prompted an investigation into their late husbands’ deaths that would uncover a legendary poison that struck fear in the hearts of abusive husbands everywhere. For over 350 years, the poison Aqua Tofana has been linked to the infamous Giulia Tofana, who confessed to killing ov…
 
Show Notes Episode 5 - The Women of Alexandria Raya and Sakina have become legends in Egypt, infamous for being the sisters who murdered the sex workers of Alexandria and burying them underneath their homes. Parents will no longer give their children the names “Raya” and “Sakina,” fearing they are cursed. Egyptians tell misbehaving children that th…
 
Peter ‘Spida’ Everitt: A real cult figure of Aussie Rules Footy. 291 games across three clubs, he’s a St Kilda Hall of famer, 3 x All Australian, radio personality and host of ‘The great Australian Doorstep’. The one thing Swans fans want to know is… why didn’t he play for Sydney a year earlier?? We would of won the 2006 flag right??.... YES!!... A…
 
When Mary Blandy fell in love with a Scottish nobleman in 1747, she had no idea that in just a few years, her father would be murdered and she would find herself at the center of an international scandal. Sources: Jenkin, Anna. “Perceptions of the Murderess in London and Paris, 1674-1789,” 2015. Rivington, John and James. The Tryal of Mary Blandy, …
 
Episode 3 - Ruby McCollum It is 1952 in Florida, the heart of Jim Crow. A black woman walks into a white doctor's office and shoots the doctor dead. But why? And who is the real victim in this murder? Sources: Cross, LaToya. “New Documentary Revisits Jim Crow-Era Shooting.” Jet Mag. Associated Press, January 2, 2015. https://www.jetmag.com/entertai…
 
In part 2 of the Leopold and Loeb murder case, Nathan and Richard scramble to cover up their murder of Bobby Franks, leading to a national debate over emotional maturity and the death penalty. While psychologists study the murderers, Americans obsess over their psychopathy, and the world’s most famous defense attorney prepares for “the trial of the…
 
In Chicago in 1924, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb abducted and murdered 14-year-old Bobby Franks. The murder ignited a national backlash against what they saw as a morally bankrupt Jazz Age, and a furor over the two wealthy, psychopathic murderers who killed an innocent child just for the thrill of it. This is part 1 of the 2 episodes that cover …
 
A journeyman of AFL footy playing 83 games for 3 different clubs. Experiencing the ultimate high being a premiership player for the Sydney Swans and the dramatic lows, suffering crippling anxiety behind the scenes. Hear how Mitch battled with mental health and how he’s now helping others. Learn more about Mr Anxiety: https://www.mranxiety.com.au/…
 
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