Episode 24: The Women of Jack the Ripper, Part 2: THE VICTIMS
Annie Chapman and her husband.

Annie Chapman and her husband.

The victims of Jack the Ripper, the most famous serial killer in the world, are known to us mostly by their autopsy photos. In the conclusion to our WOMEN OF JACK THE RIPPER series, historian Hallie Rubenhold comes on the podcast to illuminate the rough and tragically brief lives of Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elisabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Jane Kelly—the canonical five. Hallie is the author of The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper.

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Sources:

Interview with Hallie Rubenhold

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper, by Hallie Rubenhold

Descriptions of the victims’ injuries are available in detail on casebook.org/victims/

Music:

“Guilty” by Richard A. Whiting, Harry Akst, and Gus Kahn, sung by Anna Telfer.

“Funeral March in C minor, Op. posth. 72 no. 2” by Frederick Chopin, used with permission from musopen.org.

Tori Telfer
Episode 23: The Women of Jack the Ripper, Part 1: JILL
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We remember Jack the Ripper as a man who did the brutal work of a typical male serial killer, de-feminizing his victims by hacking up their bodies. But in this two-part series, let’s take a look at the women who circle around the Ripper legend. First up, the admittedly controversial and kinda odd theory that perhaps Jack the Ripper is the wrong nickname for the killer—perhaps, some writers insist, we should have been looking for a Jill all along! This episode features an interview with Jonathan Menges of Casebook.org and the Rippercast.

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Sources:

Interview with Jonathan Menges of Casebook.org and the Rippercast

Jack the Ripper by William Stewart

Jack the Ripper: The Hand of a Woman by John Morris

Letter to the Times (London), 18 Sept 1888, by Lord Sidney Godolphin Osborne

The Complete Jack The Ripper A-Z, by Paul Begg, Martin Fido, Keith Skinner

I Caught Crippen by Walter Dew

“Was Jack the Ripper a Woman?” Independent, 18 May 2006

Interview with Dr. Lawson Tait, Pall Mall Gazette, 21 September 1889

Music:

“Guilty” by Richard A. Whiting, Harry Akst, and Gus Kahn, sung by Anna Telfer.

“Jane The Ripper” by Cullah on Be Love Not Fear, under license (CC BY 4.0).

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Episode 22: Dark Angel in the House: Adelaide Bartlett
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Victorian women were expected to be wives and mothers—not killers. Enter Adelaide Bartlett. In her middle-class Victorian world of green wallpaper, taxidermy, and submissive wifehood, the beautiful Adelaide was an enigma. Was she telling the truth about her husband’s weirdness? Was she really as good as she seemed? And most importantly: did she do it?

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The Trial of Adelaide Bartlett for Murder, Held at the Central Criminal Court from Monday, April 12, to Saturday, April 17, 1886

 “Adelaide Bartlett and the Pimlico mystery,” by M. Farrell, BMJ, Dec 24, 1994

“Science and Masculinity: The 1886 Pimlico Mystery Revisited,” by Holly Reynolds, University of Colorado

Murder Files from Scotland Yard and the Black Museum, by R. Michael Gordon

The A-Z of Victorian Crime, by Neil R. A. Bell, Trevor Bond, Kate Clarke, M.W. Oldridge

 “Syphilis – Its Early History and Treatment until Penicillin and the Debate on its Origins,” by John Frith, Journal of Military and Veterans’ Health, Vol 20 No 4

“George Dyson Alias John Bernard Walker,” by John A. Vickers, Methodist History, 41:1 (October 2002)

Hitchcock on Hitchcock, Volume 2: Selected Writings and Interviews

“The Heroine of the Hour,” The Pall Mall Budget: Being a Weekly Collection of Articles Printed in the Pall Mall Gazette from Day to Day, with a Summary of News, Volume 34, 1886

Music:

“Guilty” by Richard A. Whiting, Harry Akst, and Gus Kahn, sung by Anna Telfer.

“Silver Threads Among the Gold,” sung by John McCormack.

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Episode 21: Crime-Fighting Broad 002: Eunice Hunton Carter, Lawyer
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In 1930s New York, a single man ruled the entire city with extortion, racketeering, and a healthy dose of murder. Nobody could take him down—until a black girl from Atlanta decided to try her hand at it. It was the match of the century: the lawyer, Eunice Hunton Carter vs. the mobster, Lucky Luciano. Only one of them would walk out of that courtroom unscathed.

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Source:

Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster, by Stephen L. Carter 

Music:

“Guilty” by Richard A. Whiting, Harry Akst, and Gus Kahn, sung by Anna Telfer.

“Moonlight Ride Ft. Bluey Moon,” by Isaac Chambers, licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License and used with permission.

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Episode 20: Lonely Baby: Blanche Barrow
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Once upon a time, in 1930s Texas, a girl named Blanche fell desperately in love with a boy named Buck. She thought they had a shot at a good life together, but everything went off the rails one night when Buck’s brother and his brother’s girlfriend—Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker—showed up drunk at their door. Before long, Blanche was swept up in the on-the-run world of Bonnie and Clyde, terrified that their outlaw lifestyle would take her love away from her.

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Sources:

My Life With Bonnie and Clyde, by Blanche Caldwell Barrow

Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde, by Jeff Guinn

Running with Bonnie and Clyde: The Ten Fast Years of Ralph Fults, by John Neal Phillips

Music:

“Guilty” by Richard A. Whiting, Harry Akst, and Gus Kahn, sung by Anna Telfer.

“Saguaro,” by Tone Ranger, licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License and used with permission.

Tori Telfer
Episode 19: Mama: Anne Hamilton-Byrne
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In 1960s Melbourne, a lot of very wealthy people found themselves wondering if there was more to life, and wouldn’t you know, a gorgeous yoga teacher was there to tell them: yes, yes there is. But this yoga teacher with her warm, appealing aphorisms would soon become a voracious cult leader with a penchant for pretending like she was the best mama in the world. This is the story of Anne Hamilton-Byrne, a woman who wanted to be an actress and a mother, but ended up playing God on a purple throne, ruining the life of every child she touched.

This episode features interviews with Chris Johnston and Rosie Jones, authors of The Family.

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Sources: 

The Family by Chris Johnston and Rosie Jones

interview with Chris Johnston and Rosie Jones, February 12, 2019

“Where Is This Woman?” The Age, 8 Sept 1990

“The Family and Its Use of Drugs,” The Age, 10 Sept 1990

“The Family Spreads Out,” The Age, 11 Sept 1990

World Religions and Spirituality (wrldrels.org)

“Inside the bizarre 1960s cult, The Family: LSD, yoga and UFOs,” The Guardian, 12 Feb 2017

Music:

 “Guilty” by Richard A. Whiting, Harry Akst, and Gus Kahn, sung by Anna Telfer.

“Sirens ft. Shazieh,” by Rorschack, licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License and used with permission.

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Episode 18: The Godmother: Griselda Blanco
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At the end of the 1970s, body after dead body began appearing on the streets and sidewalks and parking lots of Miami. Many of those bodies were linked to the Colombian cocaine trade, which was in turn linked to one incredibly powerful woman with a love of gangster movies and a penchant for drive-by shootings. Meet Griselda Blanco: the Black Widow, La Madrina, the Godmother of Cocaine.

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Sources:

“The Godmother” by Richard Smitten, South Florida Sun Sentinel, 19 Feb 1989

“Michael Corleone Blanco Lives in the Shadow of his Cocaine-Queen Mother,” Miami New Times, 13 Oct 2011

“The Hunt For The ‘Cocaine Godmother,’” CBS Miami, 27 Sept 2012

United States of America, Appellee, v. Griselda Blanco, Defendant-appellant, 861 F.2d 773 (2d Cir. 1988)

“Secretaries Suspended Over Phone Sex,” AP News, 24 Feb 1998

“After 25 years in prison, Cocaine Cowboys hitman wants reduced sentence,” Miami Herald, 29 April 2013

“Griselda Blanco: Escaping The Electric Chair,” CBS4 Miami, 20 No 2012

“Asesinada de dos balazos en Colombia ‘La reina de la coca’, una leyenda del crimen,” El País, 4 Sept 2012

“Colombia’s ‘cocaine queen’ living in obscurity when she was shot dead,” El País, 13 Sept 2012

“’Godmother’ gunned down,” Leader-Telegram, 5 Sept 2012

“Pérez-Reverte's ‘La Reina del Sur’ or Female Aggression in ‘Narcocultura,’” Aldona Bialowas Pobutsky, Hispanic Journal Vol. 30 No. ½

“Female Drug Smugglers on the U-S.-Mexico Border: Gender, Crime, and Empowerment,” Howard Campbell, Anthropological Quarterly, Vol. 81 No. 1

“Immigration Officials to Deport ‘Godmother,’” The Tampa Tribune, 7 June 2004

Cocaine Cowboys (documentary), 2006

Cocaine Cowboys 2 (documentary), 2008

Music:

“Guilty” by Richard A. Whiting, Harry Akst, and Gus Kahn, sung by Anna Telfer.

“Hijack the Magik ft. Nitty Scott,” by The Polish Ambassador, licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License and used with permission.

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Episode 17: Crime-Fighting Broad 001: Lois Gibson, Forensic Artist
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At eight years old, Lois Gibson begged God to give her a job where she could draw faces. As a young woman, a man with an evil face burst through her door, leaving her broken, despairing, and consumed with the desire for justice.

At thirty-nine, she became a full-time forensic artist. At sixty-six, she made the Guinness Book of World Records. This is the story of Lois Gibson, the world’s most successful forensic artist.

Sources:

Faces of Evil: Kidnappers, Murderers, Rapists, and the Forensic Artist Who Puts Them Behind Bars, by Lois Gibson and Deanie Francis Mills

Interview with Lois Gibson, 1/9/2019

“Most criminals positively identified due to the composites of one artist,” guinnessworldrecords.com

“Forensic artist: N.C. man in famous kissing photo,” Rocky Mount Telegram, 5 Aug 2007

“Stormy Daniels sketch artist Lois Gibson holds world record for most successful identifications,” NY Daily News, 17 April 2018

Music:

“Guilty” by Richard A. Whiting, Harry Akst, and Gus Kahn, sung by Anna Telfer.

“Lynx - Picture (The Polish Ambassador Remix),” by The Polish Ambassador, licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License and used with permission. 

Misc.:

Criminal Broads MERCH + Criminal Broads PATREON!

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Episode 16: The Redheaded Hellcat Who Wasn’t: Rhonda Belle Martin
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Beneath the soft green grass of the Last Supper cemetery, most regular, God-fearing residents of Mobile, Alabama had one family member resting. Maybe two. Rhonda Belle Martin had eight.

This is the story of a woman who the tabloids labeled a “redheaded hellcat,” whose urge to kill swept over her one day when her little daughter asked for a drink of water, and who was never able to explain why she gave her poisoned milk, instead.

Sources:

All coverage of Rhonda Belle Martin’s case (sometimes spelled “Rhonda Bell Martin”) from The Montgomery Adviser, March 1956-Oct 1957

“Check on ‘Other Husbands’ of Suspected Ala. Murderer,” The Times (Shreveport, Louisiana), 11 Mar 1956

“Open Graves For Clue To Six Deaths,” Nevada State Journal, 13 Mar 1956

“Redheaded Hellcat Admits Killing Six Kin With Arsenic,” Daily News, 14 Mar 1956

“Kin Claim Poisoner Kept Young Husband ‘Prisoner in Drink,’” Alabama Journal, 15 Mar 1956

“Poison Guard Urged on MDs,” Alabama Journal, 21 Apr 1956

“Early Trial Set for Mrs. Martin,” Alabama Journal, 19 May 1956

“Verdict of Death Rendered by Jury For Mrs. Martin,” Alabama Journal, 5 Jun 1956

“Mrs. Martin Sentenced To Die July 13 For Poison Murder,” Alabama Journal, 6 Jun 1956

Executed Women of 20th and 21st Centuries, by L. Kay Gillespie

Music:

“Guilty,” by Ruth Etting, via archive.org

“Gymnopédue no. 3” by Erik Satie, via musopen.org. (Musopen requires all users who upload music to the site to represent that the uploaded musical composition and/or the sound recording is in the public domain.)

Tori Telfer
Episode 15: Teenager in Love: Falicia Blakely
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Falicia Blakely was only 16 when she met the man who would change the course of her life. At first, Mike Berry was the perfect boyfriend—bringing her flowers, treating her little boy as his own son. But then came the brainwashing, the manipulation, and the fire. Before long, Falicia would find herself holding a phone and a pistol, with Mike on the other end of the call, urging her to shoot.

Sources:

Interview with Falicia Blakely (11/26/18)

“Learning to Hit a Lick” parts 1 and 11, by Mara Shaloup, Creative Loafing, March 2004

A Treacherous Hustle: Hitting a Lick for the Love of a Pimp, by Sereniti Hall

The Falicia Blakely Letters From Her Pimp by Sereniti Hall

“Videotaped statement admissible in slayings,” The Atlanta Constitution, 13 Sept 2003

“Death penalty sought in sex scam slayings,” The Atlanta Constitution, 18 Jan 2003

“Prostitute admits to 3 slayings, blames pimp,” The Atlanta Constitution, 17 Jan 2004

“Prostitute admits role in slayings,” The Atlanta Constitution, 10 June 2004

Music:

“Guilty,” by Ruth Etting, via archive.org

“Haunted House of the Rising Sun” by Kathleen Martin, licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

Tori Telfer
Episode 14: Jim Jones’ Right-Hand Woman: Carolyn Layton (feat. Laura Elizabeth Woollett)
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While many remember the 1978 Jonestown massacre as a dark monument to the power of a single man’s paranoia and fanaticism, the tale of Jim Jones’ lover, Carolyn Layton, reveals a more complicated narrative—and a more frightening truth. Carolyn was a bubbly young woman who believed in pacifism and political engagement, but when she met Jim Jones, she became an unsmiling woman would do anything for Jones’ cause—including death. Was this a personality change, or had Carolyn been a secret fanatic all along? Author Laura Elizabeth Woollett comes on the podcast to tell us Carolyn’s long-forgotten story, which she covers in her latest novel, Beautiful Revolutionary.

Sources:

Interview with Laura Elizabeth Woollett, author of Beautiful Revolutionary (Scribe Publications, 2018)

“The Jonestown Massacre,” from the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training

“Drinking the Kool-Aid: A Survivor Remembers Jim Jones,” The Atlantic, 18 Nov 2011

“Alternative Considerations of Jonestown and Peoples Temple,” sponsored by the Special Collections of Library and Information Access at San Diego State University 

Music:

“Guilty,” by Ruth Etting, via archive.org

“Gnossiennes no. 1” by Erik Satie, via musopen.org

“Reverend (Jim Jones)” by Church of Misery, used with permission

Final clip of Carolyn Layton talking was released by the FBI via the Freedom of Information Act. You can hear the full audio here.

Tori Telfer
Episode 13: Bloodsucking Broads! A Very Gory Halloween Special, Feat. Elizabeth Bathory, Mercy Brown, and Female Vampires Galore!
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Do female vampires exist? Are they bloodier than their male counterparts? And if the answer to those first two questions is yes: should we race to the grocery store RIGHT NOW to stock up on garlic?! Join me as we travel through the long, dark, decomposition-ridden history of female vampires, from ancient Assyrian myths to New England vampire panics to Hungarian countesses with bad reputations. We’ll talk about lady vamps in legend, in pop culture, and—eek!—in real life. Happy Halloween!

Sources:

“The Blood Countess: Erzsébet Báthory,” from Lady Killers by Tori Telfer
Dracula Was a Woman: In Search of the Blood Countess of Transylvania, by Raymond T. McNally
Food for the Dead: On the Trail of New England’s Vampires by Michael Bell
“The Great New England Vampire Panic,” Smithsonian, October 2012
“Grave of Mercy Brown,” Atlas Obscura
“Not All Fangs Are Phallic: Female Film Vampires,” by James Craig Holte, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, Vol. 10, No. 2
Vampire ASMR Roleplay: Meeting the Countess” by Stephanie Swan Quills
“2 Guilty in ‘Lesbian Vampire Trial,’” The Ottowa Citizen, 16 Feb 1991
“Woman wondered if lover was a vampire, court told,” The Age, 7 Feb 1991
“Blood-drinking devil worshipers face life for ritual Satanic killing,” The Guardian, 1 Feb 2002
“German killing shines light on Satanism,” Calgary Herald, 20 Jan 2002
“Flirting with Hitler,” The Guardian, 16 Nov 2002
“2 middle school girls waited in a bathroom and planned to cut up their classmates, police say,” CNN, 26 Oct 2018

Music:

“Guilty,” by Ruth Etting, via archive.org
“Ghost Surf Rock,” by Loyalty Freak Music via freemusicarchive.org

Tori Telfer
Episode 12: Vice Queens of Sydney: Tilly Devine and Kate Leigh
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If you were looking for vice, Sydney in the 1920s-1940s was the place to be. Duck into the back alleys of Surry Hills and Woolloomooloo and you’d find all the cocaine, “sly grog” (booze!), brawling, and brothels your dark little heart desired, all of it presided over by not one but two larger-than-life crime queens: Tilly Devine and Kate Leigh. The women’s’ rivalry was bloody, colorful, absurd, and stretched on for decades. They raged at each other in the press and in the streets; they insulted each other’s dogs (GASP!); they tried to outdo each other with glamorous photoshoots. Polish your diamonds and hike up your garters, listeners, because we’re diving into their story.

Sources:

Razor by Larry Writer

Lillian Armfield: How Australia’s First Female Detective Took on Tilly Devine and the Razor Gangs and Changed the Face of the Force, by Leigh Straw

“Bad Beef,” Western Mail, 4 April 1929

“Gang War,” The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 Dec 1929

“Notorious Underworld Figure Does Not Fear for Life,” Truth, 13 April 1930

“Says Tilly to Kate,” Truth, 29 Jun 1930

“K-K-Katey…You’re the Only ‘Girl’ That I Abhor!” Truth, 7 Feb 1932

“Underworld Queen Is an Interesting Contrast,” Arrow, 7 Oct 1932

“Two Bragging Crooks Live on Fat of the Land,” Truth, 27 Aug 1933

“Tilly Devine in Brawl,” The Newcastle Sun, 20 Sept 1943

“Practical Jokes On Tilly Devine,” Morning Bulletin, 16 Jun 1945

“Wedded Bliss—Or a Razor,” The Sun, 22 Jan 1950

“Study in Scarlet: An Uncrowned Queen of Slumland Drips with Diamonds and Charity,” People (Sydney), 15 March 1950

 “Tilly Devine’s Birthday Party,” The Sun, 10 Sept 1950

“The Bloom Has Gone Off Sly Grog, Says Kate,” Truth, 8 Aug 1954

Tilly Devine, Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 8 (1981)

Kate Leigh, Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 10 (1986)

Music:

“Guilty,” by Ruth Etting, via archive.org

“Shake It and Break It,” by Lanin's Southern Serenaders, via freemusicarchive.org

“K-K-K-Katy (Stammering Song),” sung in 1918 by Billy Murray

Tori Telfer
Episode 11: Rebel of the Ravines: Phoolan Devi
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How much abuse can a woman endure before she breaks? That seemed to be the unconscious and horrible goal driving the wealthy men who abused Phoolan Devi time and again, and sent her to prison, and tried to deny her water, and tried to shame her into submission. It was as though they were mad scientists, experimenting on the human spirit. But their experiment failed when Phoolan, still a teenager, got swept up into the wild world of Northern Indian bandits, called dacoits, where she learned the fine and vicious art of vengeance. Come along for a surreal story of abuse and revenge, one that starts in poverty and ends in power.

Sources:

I, Phoolan Devi, by Phoolan Devi

India’s Bandit Queen, by Mala Sen

“India’s Bandit Queen,” November 1996 issue of The Atlantic

“The Great Indian Rape-Trick,” Arundhati Roy

“Phoolan Devi Shot Dead,” The Times of India, July 25, 2001

“Killer of Phoolan Devi, India's 'Bandit Queen', given life sentence,” The Guardian, August 14, 2014

Phoolan’s obituary, The Telegraph, July 26, 2001

Post-prison interview with Poolan (excerpted at end of episode)


Music:

 “Guilty” by Ruth Etting, via archive.org

“Raag” by Vinod Prasanna × Okey Szoke × Pompey (the flute player, Vinod Prasanna, is from Phoolan’s home state!), via freemusicarchive.org

Choti Si Umar (title song from Bandit Queen), sung by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Tori Telfer
Episode 10: Lizzie Borden, LLC
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We all know the story: Lizzie Borden may or may not have taken an ax (okay, a hatchet) and given her mother (okay, stepmother) forty whacks (okay, nineteen). We know for sure that there were two deaths, and a lot of blood. But something sprung to life the day of those brutal double murders: the Lizzie Borden industry.

For the very special tenth episode of Criminal Broads, let’s dive into the wild and endlessly enduring legend of alleged ax murderess Lizzie Borden, tackling her not as a killer, but as a cultural touchstone. We’ll cover the crimes themselves, but also the myths, misinformation, and weird products that have sprung up around the Lizzie Borden biz. Today, you can buy a pair of Lizzie Borden earrings, watch a Lizzie Borden rock opera, see a couple of Lizzie Borden-themed horror movies, go to a Lizzie Borden ballet, buy a Lizzie Borden Candle, drink a Lizzie Borden Cocktail, and stay at the Lizzie Borden B&B—but the one thing you can never, ever do is know exactly what Lizzie Borden was thinking on August 4, 1892.

Music:

“Guilty” by Ruth Etting, via archive.org

“Gnossiennes no. 1” by Erik Satie, via musopen.org

“Lizzie Borden” by Michael Brown

Tori Telfer
Episode 9: Queen of Pirates: Cheng I Sao
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As the 19th century loomed, China experienced a huge boom in piracy—and the largest, most terrifyingly organized fleet that menaced the South China Sea was led by…a woman. Madame Cheng (remembered as Cheng I Sao or Ching Shih) had a meteoric rise from impoverished sex worker to climb to arguably the most successful and influential pirate of all time. Should we cheer her on—or remember her as a criminal?

Sources:

Pirates of the South China Coast, 1790-1810, by Dian Murray

“One Woman's Rise to Power: Cheng I's Wife and the Pirates,” by Dian Murray, published in Historical Reflections / Réflexions Historiques, Vol. 8, No. 3

Piracy in Early Modern China,” by Robert Antony, International Institute for Asian Studies newsletter #35

Asian Piracy,” by Sebastian R. Prange, Oxford Research Encyclopedia

The History of Piracy, by Philip Gosse


Music:

“Guilty” by Ruth Etting, via archive.org

“Gnossiennes no. 1” by Erik Satie, via musopen.org

Tori Telfer
Episode 8: The Mad Dog Killer's Girlfriend: Caril Ann Fugate
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In 1958, Nebraska was terrified by a spree killing so brutal, so atrocious that it seemed impossible to believe it was pulled off by...teenagers. When Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate were apprehended, she ran screaming to the cops, telling them he was going to kill her. He told them she was a killer, too.

Sources:

Caril, by Ninette Beaver, B.K. Ripley, and Patrick Trese

Starkweather: The Story of a Mass Murderer by William Allen

“New Life is Redemption for Caril Ann Fugate, Who Still Claims Innocence in Killings,” The Daily Beast, June 27 2012

“Fugate recovering from injuries, but can't shake Starkweather legacy,” Lincoln Journal Star, January 21, 2014

Caril Ann Fugate Life After Trial (video clip)

The Starkweather Murders (video clip)

Music:

Stark Weather by Icky Blossoms

Sfyria Trio (intro and transition music)

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Episode 7: Hell’s Princess: Belle Gunness, feat. Harold Schechter
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Bestselling true crime author Harold Schechter comes on the podcast to tell us the story of Belle Gunness, a Norwegian-American serial dater who had a thing for butcher’s tools. Or perhaps you know her as the author of the best dating profile line ever: “Triflers need not apply.” Belle’s story is covered at length in Schechter’s new book, Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men. Also discussed: why female psychopaths are more psychopathic than people give them credit for; how male serial killers are “undiscriminating”; why poisoners are worse than Jack the Ripper; and the old “meat grinder falls on head” trick.

 

Source: 

Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men

Music:

Sfyria Trio

Get in touch! Drop a line to criminalbroads@gmail.com or follow @criminalbroads on Instagram.

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Episode 6: The Commander: Beatrice Munyenyezi
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In 1998, Beatrice Munyenyezi came from Rwanda to New Hampshire, claiming that she needed sanctuary from the horrific genocide that had recently happened in her home country. On her immigration forms, she swore that she’d had nothing to do with the violence. She was a mother, after all! But when an agent from the Department of Homeland Security began looking into her past, he couldn’t believe the brutal stories that emerged.

After you listen to the episode, LET’S HELP by donating to these amazing organizations!

International Crisis Group

Survivor’s Fund / Supporting Survivors of the Rwandan Genocide

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Episode 5: Sister Amy’s Murder Factory: Amy Archer Gilligan, feat. M. William Phelps
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Bestselling true crime author M. William Phelps comes onto the podcast to tell us the story of Amy Archer Gilligan, a turn-of-the-century serial killer who disguised her sociopathic tendencies under a kind, neighborly facade. Her lemonade was laced with arsenic, and her convalescent home was not a place where anyone could get better. Phelps’ book on Amy is called The Devil’s Rooming House. Also discussed: hot tub horrors, female criminals’ skyrocketing brutality (eek), and an amazing undercover lady cop named Zola.

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