Fact or Fiction Author Series presents Cecil Kuhne
Fact or Fiction: A Mostly-True Crime History Podcast
by MaxMin Labs, LLC
3w 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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Fact or Fiction Author Series Presents Connie Yen
Fact or Fiction: A Mostly-True Crime History Podcast
by MaxMin Labs, LLC
8M ago
Today’s guest, Connie Yen, is the author of Sinner and Savior: Emma Molloy and the Graham Murder, the true story of an 1886 murder in Greene County known as “The Graham Tragedy.” In 1886, the nude body of Sarah Graham was found in a well on the Molloy property. Subsequent investigations uncovered a bigamous marriage and other allegedly scandalous happenings in the home of temperance advocate Emma Molloy.  Listen carefully because it’s not easy to know what’s fact and what’s fiction in this unbelievable story ..read more
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H. H. Holmes: A Fact or Fiction Nightmare!
Fact or Fiction: A Mostly-True Crime History Podcast
by MaxMin Labs, LLC
11M ago
H. H. Holmes is one of the most infamous killers in the history of Chicago and the United States.  In late 1894, when authorities arrested Holmes on a warrant for horse theft in Texas, they learned Holmes, the architect and former owner of the “murder castle” in Chicago not only looked like the villain from a melodrama but acted the part, too.  Although he confessed to killing 27 people in April 1896, historians still find it nearly impossible to distinguish between fact and fiction. Join me and my guest Nancy as we discuss the facts and fictions about Holmes.  Listen carefully ..read more
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Fiblett 2.6
Fact or Fiction: A Mostly-True Crime History Podcast
by MaxMin Labs, LLC
1y ago
Fiblett 2.6 is a random assortment of entertaining articles about an honorable thief, three girls wrongly imprisoned, a disgruntled husband, and two courageous little boys. Three of them are from published newspaper accounts, but one is my own creation.  Listen closely.  Is it Fact or Fiction ..read more
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Fiblett 2.5
Fact or Fiction: A Mostly-True Crime History Podcast
by MaxMin Labs, LLC
1y ago
Fiblett 2.5 contains three actual articles from newspapers of the past about crimes with a connection to the prestigious Palmer House Hotel in Chicago.  I've written one myself.  Can you identify which one is my creation?  Listen carefully because it's tough to know if what you hear is Fact or Fiction! Note:  If you're interested in learning more about Stuart's Dyspepsia Tablets, the product from the past that is featured in today's Fiblett, I encourage you to check out this article by Teresa Lou Trupiano (https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2470& ..read more
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Bertha Gifford, Murderess?
Fact or Fiction: A Mostly-True Crime History Podcast
by Laura Shimel
1y ago
Bertha Gifford was a matronly lady who devoted herself to her sick neighbors out of the goodness or her heart, or did she have another motive for "helping" her neighbors?  Listen carefully, because it’s more difficult than you think to distinguish between Fact or Fiction ..read more
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The Peaceful Village Band
Fact or Fiction: A Mostly-True Crime History Podcast
by Laura Shimel
1y ago
In the early 1920's a group of inmates from the Jefferson City State Penitentiary, the prison's Peaceful Village Band, used their musical talents to rise to national fame.  Some of the members leveraged this notoriety to shorten their sentences.  Today's episode of Fact or Fiction looks at this group of inmates who’d been incarcerated in Missouri’s only maximum security prison for crimes varying from check fraud to murder ..read more
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Fact or Fiction : Author Series presents Bryan Johnston
Fact or Fiction: A Mostly-True Crime History Podcast
by MaxMin Labs, LLC
1y ago
In this episode of Fact or Fiction: Author Series, Bryan Johnston, author of Deep in the Woods shares the story of the 1935 kidnapping of George Weyerhaeuser, but he adds one fictional detail.  Will I guess it?  Will you? Play along with me and then order a copy of Deep in the Woods to learn all the stranger-than-fiction details about the kidnapping, the kidnappers, and the rest of the story ..read more
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Fiblett #3
Fact or Fiction: A Mostly-True Crime History Podcast
by MaxMin Labs, LLC
1y ago
Fibletts are minisodes of Fact or Fiction that allow you to test your own skills at finding the fiction within the facts!  Today's episode includes four stories, three of which are from an article or related articles and one that is my own creative writing based loosely on another case.  It's up to you to decide which one is the fiction and which ones are the facts!  I'll come clean in two weeks in the next Fiblett edition.  If you can't wait that long, you can find the truth at www.factorfictionpodcast.com or at the Fact or Fiction Facebook page.   Listen carefully ..read more
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Francis J. Tumblety: Doctor? Fraud? Ripper?
Fact or Fiction: A Mostly-True Crime History Podcast
by Laura Shimel
1y ago
In May 1903, a shabbily dressed old man checked himself into a St. Louis hospital claiming “the only poor thing about me is my health.” Doctors weren’t sure what to make of this unusual patient who soon died with no mourners at his bedside. Francis J. Tumblety was indeed a wealthy man, a well-known “herb doctor” who had traveled extensively, been arrested for potential involvement in Lincoln’s assassination, and was widely known to be a potential suspect in the Jack the Ripper slayings of 1888. Join us as we examine the fascinating and eccentric character of Dr. Francis J. Tumblety, whose life ..read more
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