Author Series present Jeffrey D. Simon and "The Bulldog Detective"
Fact or Fiction: A Mostly-True Crime History Podcast
by MaxMin Labs, LLC
2w ago
Today’s guest is author Jeffrey D. Simon, author of several books about terrorism and a former RAND analyst who also taught at UCLA. As a guest on Fact or Fiction, Jeff has agreed to share some of the highlights from his most recent book, The Bulldog Detective: William J. Flynn and America’s First War Against the Mafia, Spies, and Terrorists. Flynn’s career provides a fascinating glimpse into early 20th century crimes and detective methods, and his character is one of the most interesting of the era.  As always, Jeff will infuse one fictional detail into this unbelievable but factual sto ..read more
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Fact or Fiction Author Series presents Amy Kasuga Folk
Fact or Fiction: A Mostly-True Crime History Podcast
by MaxMin Labs, LLC
9M ago
Nicknamed "Liquor Island," Long Island was a center for bootlegging and rumrunning for the New York metropolitan area during Prohibition. Amy Kasuga Folk's book Rumrunners of Suffolk County: Tales from Liquor Island shares highlights from her book and inserts a fictional detail in her four choices at the end of the episode. Will you identify the fiction? Will I? Listeners will be astonished by what they learn, and it's mostly true! Support the show Images and resources used in this episode can be found at factorfictionpodcast.com. If you enjoyed this show, please support the pod by givin ..read more
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The Goat Gland "Doctor"
Fact or Fiction: A Mostly-True Crime History Podcast
by MaxMin Labs, LLC
10M ago
In the first half of the twentieth century, John R. Brinkley was a celebrated and successful "doctor" renowned for his ability to use goat organs to help humans with infertility. In addition to his "medical" success, Brinkley was also an early adopter of radio technology, which he used to advertise his hospital and his other medicines. In this first episode of season 3, which focuses loosely on the KC area, Fact or Fiction welcomes podcasters Cam and Jen of Our True Crime Podcast. They will attempt to distinguish between fact and fiction. Listen carefully because it's tricky to know if what y ..read more
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Fact or Fiction: Author Series presents Joe Johnston
Fact or Fiction: A Mostly-True Crime History Podcast
by MaxMin Labs, LLC
11M ago
In the late nineteenth century, West was wild all the way back to the Mississippi River. Only a day's walk from the progressive big city of St. Louis, rural Jefferson County citizens were struggling with an outbreak of thefts, arson, and more. Mack Marsden, successful livestock trader and family man, was accused of being involved. After Mack was shot and killed, there remained lingering doubts. Was he a criminal, or was he wrongly accused? Author Joe Johnston tells the fascinating story he uncovered while researching The Mack Marsden Murder Mystery. Of course, he inserts one fiction into this ..read more
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Fact or Fiction: Author Series presents Susan Wels
Fact or Fiction: A Mostly-True Crime History Podcast
by MaxMin Labs, LLC
11M ago
From 1848 to 1881, a small Utopian colony in upstate New York—the Oneida Community—was known for its shocking sexual practices, from open marriage and free love to the sexual training of young boys by older women. And in 1881, a one-time member of the Oneida Community—Charles Julius Guiteau—assassinated President James Garfield in a brutal crime that shook America to its core. Susan Wels, author of An Assassin in Utopia, shares this interwoven tale. Of course, she inserts one fiction into this unbelievable but true story. Will I recognize the fiction within the facts? Will you? Images and reso ..read more
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Forrest E. Mars: The Candy Man
Fact or Fiction: A Mostly-True Crime History Podcast
by MaxMin Labs, LLC
1y ago
For this special episode Tracy Marak, member of the Belle Toffee family, is my guest. She shares the Belle Toffee story, and then tries to identify the fiction in the mostly-true story about another candy maker, Forrest E. Mars. Although this story doesn't fit neatly into the true crime category, Forrest Mars' road to ownership of Mars, Inc. wasn’t a smooth one and it certainly wasn’t sweet. Today,  Mars, Inc. is one of the largest privately held companies in the world, and Forrest's descendent are among the world's richest citizens. Listen to learn how Forrest Mars achieved his success ..read more
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Fact or Fiction: Author Series presents Mike Vance
Fact or Fiction: A Mostly-True Crime History Podcast
by MaxMin Labs, LLC
1y ago
James Brockman rose from shady character to preeminent defense attorney in Houston, Texas by representing gang leaders, jilted spouses, wealthy storekeepers, drunken on-duty policemen, and more. His career gained national recognition, including his involvement in the most famous American murder case of the young twentieth century, when he himself was murdered leaving a dubious legacy. Houston historian Mike Vance's book Getting Away with Bloody Murder examines Brockman, the criminals he defended, and the crimes they allegedly committed. In this episode, Vance shares several riveting stories f ..read more
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Fact or Fiction Author Series presents Murderous Matrons
Fact or Fiction: A Mostly-True Crime History Podcast
by MaxMin Labs, LLC
1y ago
In this episode, authors Victoria Cosner and Lorelie Shannon share a mostly-true story from their book Missouri's Murderous Matrons.  Emma Heppermann, a black widow killer, and Bertha Gifford, an angel of mercy, used arsenic to murder unsuspecting family and friends for decades. The story of how they managed to evade discovery is unbelievable. As always, these authors insert one fiction into our discussion. Try to identify what they made up, but be warned: it's not easy to know if something is fact or fiction. Images and resources used in this episode can be found at factorfictionpodcast ..read more
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Fact or Fiction Author Series presents Kimberly Tilley
Fact or Fiction: A Mostly-True Crime History Podcast
by MaxMin Labs, LLC
1y ago
On Christmas Eve of 1900, someone got away with murder. Frank Richardson, wealthy business owner and family man, was shot as he entered his home. Although many people may have wanted him dead, the crime has remained unsolved to this day. Kimberly Tilley, author of Has it Come to This? The Mysterious, Unsolved Murder of Frank Richardson tells us the mostly-true story about Frank Richardson and his murder. She inserts one fiction into this unbelievable story. Try to identify what she made up, but be warned: it's not easy to know if something is fact or fiction ..read more
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Fact or Fiction Author Series presents Cecil Kuhne
Fact or Fiction: A Mostly-True Crime History Podcast
by MaxMin Labs, LLC
1y ago
Litigator and author Cecil Kuhne shares a mostly-true story about Rudolph Ivanovich Abel, the subject of his book KGB Man: The Cold War's Most Notorious Soviet Agent and the First to be Exchanged at the Bridge of Spies. Abel was captured by the FBI in 1957 after an inept colleague betrayed him to the US.  Abel's trial, his conviction, and his eventual exchange across the Glienicker Brücke (the "Bridge of Spies") for US pilot Frances Gary Powers is a riveting story that will leave listeners questioning what is fact and what is fiction ..read more
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