The Locked Room Murder of Joseph Elwell
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by Stephanie Hoover
1y ago
In 1920, carouser and card player Joseph Bowne Elwell was found on the brink of death in his Manhattan townhouse, a fresh bullet wound in his forehead. The home's doors were locked and the windows were barred. So how did the killer get in...? In this episode, historical true crime author Stephanie Hoover discusses the real case that made the "locked room mystery" one of America's most enduring fictional genres ..read more
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Special Election Day Episode: The Five Worst Predictions... Ever!
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by Stephanie Hoover
1y ago
It's Election Day in America and the only thing we can be sure of is that a lot of people will have a lot of predictions. Humans have tried to predict the future since the first caveman wondered if it would rain. But the truth is, no one knows what the future holds. Still, that doesn't stop people from guessing. Today I'm going to tell you about the five worst prognostications of all time (including the one about women not actually wanting to vote.) I predict that, if nothing else, you'll find them an entertaining reminder that - where human beings are concerned - there's no such thing as a su ..read more
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Six Things You Don't Know about the Kennedy Assassination
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by Stephanie Hoover
1y ago
The Warren Commission wrote what was supposed to be the final word on the assassination of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. Unfortunately, its report spawned a seemingly endless stream of conspiracy theories about Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby - and even Kennedy himself. The truth is, though, you don't have to turn to theoretical hypotheses to read crazy stories about Kennedy's killing - all you have to do is study the files from the FBI's original investigation. And, Stephanie Hoover has. In this episode, she reveals six - sometimes entertaining, sometimes sad - thin ..read more
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Insured to Death: Life Insurance and the Crimes It Inspired
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by Stephanie Hoover
1y ago
Before it was regulated, life insurance was the motive for more crimes than a room full of screenwriters could ever conceive. Murder, faux suicide, mysterious disappearances - even self-mutilation - were all employed in fraudulent life insurance schemes. Some of these plots were successful. More often than not, these perpetrators were caught and, in some cases, hanged. In this episode, Stephanie discusses the astonishing - and deadly - history of life insurance. To learn more about the Blue-Eyed Six (mentioned in this episode), read Stephanie's article here: http://www.hauntinglypa.com/blue ..read more
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Pennsylvania's Hex Murders
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by Stephanie Hoover
1y ago
Tourists arrive by the thousands to enjoy the classic sights and attractions of Pennsylvania Dutch Country: Amish families in horse-drawn buggies, vast farms, old-fashioned smorgasbord restaurants, and - of course - the colorful floral and geometric designs of the hex symbols attached to brightly painted barns. Few of these tourists realize, however, that as recently as 90 years ago, hexing and witch doctoring were still very serious subjects in this region of the Keystone State. In fact, in several cases, these primitive superstitions led to bloody murder. In this episode Stephanie tells th ..read more
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A Special Father's Day Episode: Romer Troxell and His Murdered Son
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by Stephanie Hoover
1y ago
While looking down at the face of his murdered son, Romer Troxell heard a familiar voice. It was his boy, Charlie, guiding him to the killer. On this special episode of Stephanie Hoover Has That Story, Stephanie tells you the mystifying yet beautiful story of a father/son bond that continued after death ..read more
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The Killing of Fright Night
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by Stephanie Hoover
1y ago
How the popular vampire franchise Fright Night was killed by one of the most notorious murders in American history ..read more
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Joseph Faurot and the First Fingerprint Conviction
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by Stephanie Hoover
1y ago
The use of fingerprints as a means of establishing identity dates back to 300 BC. But, it was American agricultural scientist Thomas Taylor who first proposed, in 1877, the use of palm and finger marks to identify criminals. The elevation of fingerprints from "junk science" to reliable courtroom evidence was first achieved by New York Police Inspector Joseph Faurot. Faurot's passion for this field, and his absolute faith in its accuracy, made him the nation's most respected fingerprint expert. In this episode, Stephanie discusses this fascinating history of fingerprints, from early scientifi ..read more
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Luminol and the Sam Sheppard Murder Trial
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by Stephanie Hoover
1y ago
Today, Luminol is used in nearly every crime show and police procedural. But, during the infamous Sam Sheppard murder trial, it was still a new and somewhat suspect investigation tool. In this episode, historical true crime author Stephanie Hoover explains the history of Luminol and how it became an indispensable crime scene technique ..read more
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Werewolves: The Legends of Lycanthropy
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by Stephanie Hoover
1y ago
As the old rhyme goes... Even he who is pure of heart And says his prayers at night May become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms And the moon is full and bright. We all know the legends - but where did this myth of "man-becomes-wolf" originate? Are these simply exaggerated stories of one of the world's most efficient natural predators? Perhaps the werewolf's carnage is symbolic of the savagery man has inflicted on man over the centuries. Or, could there actually be some underlying truth to the folklore? Stephanie has that story - but she'll leave the conclusions to you. To share your comments ..read more
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