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Examining old and forgotten stories of yesteryear and modern times, with emphasis on true crime and the unexplained.

Forgotten Darkness Andrew Gable

    • Society & Culture

Examining old and forgotten stories of yesteryear and modern times, with emphasis on true crime and the unexplained.

    63 - A Blaze on Banyan

    63 - A Blaze on Banyan

    Lucille Miller was a California housewife who, in 1964, was accused of murdering her dentist husband in a fiery accident on a lonely road through a lemon grove. The ensuing case is one of the most muddled and morally-unclear I have ever come across.
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    Opening music from https://filmmusic.io. "Giant Wyrm" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com). License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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    Closing music by Soma.
    SOURCES
    “Another death factor in murder trial.” Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, December 7, 1964.
    “Attorney Hayton tells trial of affair with Mrs. Miller.” Los Angeles Times, February 5, 1965.
    “Attorney to ask federal hearing in Miller case.” Redlands Daily Facts, December 10, 1964.
    “Attorneys keep vigil in auto fire death case.” Los Angeles Times, October 11, 1964.
    “Civil rights of arrested woman said violated.” Eureka Humboldt Standard, December 16, 1964.
    “Coroner declares Dr. Miller murdered.” San Bernardino County Sun, October 16, 1964.
    “Cremation in a car; murder quiz of wife.” San Francisco Examiner, October 11, 1964.
    “Decision due today on dentist's auto death.” Los Angeles Times, October 13, 1964.
    “Defense presses for Mrs. Miller's release.” San Bernardino County Sun, October 23, 1964.
    “Dentist dies in auto blaze; wife arrested.” Los Angeles Times, October 9, 1964.
    “Dentist dies in flaming car, wife held.” San Bernardino County Sun, October 9, 1964.
    “Dentist's wife indicted after jury hearing.” Santa Cruz Sentinel, October 21, 1964.
    “Dentist's wife indicted for car fire death.” Los Angeles Times, October 21, 1964.
    “Exam indicates suspect pregnant.” Santa Maria Times, December 21, 1964.
    “Hearing for wife held for murder.” Eureka Humboldt Standard, October 14, 1964.
    “Miller trial loses juror; 'discharged.'” San Bernardino County Sun, February 26, 1965.
    “Motel romance loveless on his part, Hayton says.” Los Angeles Times, February 9, 1965.
    “Mother of three faces indictment.” Ukiah Daiy Journal, October 20, 1964.
    “Mother to go on trial.” Roseville Press-Tribune, November 5, 1964.
    “Mrs. Miller arraigned in dentist's car death.” Los Angeles Times, October 22, 1964.
    “Mrs. Miller loses another freedom bid.” San Bernardino County Sun, October 17, 1964.
    “Mrs. Miller to enter plea on Friday.” Redlands Daily Facts, October 28, 1964.
    “Mrs. Miller's defense may seek trial delay.” Los Angeles Times, November 30, 1964.
    “Murder charges filed against Mrs. Miller.” Redlands Daily Facts, October 13, 1964.
    “New trial scheduled.” Hanford Sentinel, December 9, 1964.
    “New trial set Jan. 11 in Miller murder case.” Redlands Daily Facts, December 8, 1964.
    Hartsfield, Jack. “Attorneys clash during Miller trial arguments.” San Bernardino County Sun, February 26, 1965.
    ─. “Debbie Miller, friends take witness stand.” San Bernardino County Sun, February 10, 1965.
    ─. “Doctor Miller's funeral first quiet in case.” San Bernardino County Sun, October 16, 1964.
    ─. “Foley tears into Turner and Mr. Hayton.” San Bernardino County Sun, February 26, 1965.
    ─. “Lucille Miller may gain freedom.” San Bernardino County Sun, February 6, 1972.
    ─. “Lucille Miller's 5-year fight for freedom.” Ontario Daily Report, October 18, 1970.
    ─. “Miller murder trial goes to jury today.” San Bernardino County Sun, March 2, 1965.
    ─. “Mrs. Miller's murder trial opens tomorrow.” San Bernardino County Sun, December 1, 1964.
    ─. “Turner claims defense using double talk.” San Bernardino County Sun, March 2, 1965.
    ─. “Turner says Mrs. Miller's story baloney.” San Bernardino C

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    62 - The Mapleton Ghost

    62 - The Mapleton Ghost

    A ghost haunts the railroad connecting Brooklyn and Coney Island in August 1894, but it soon proves to be... not what was expected.
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    Opening music from https://filmmusic.io. "Dark Child" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com). License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Closing music by Soma.
    SOURCES
    Brooklyn Standard-Union, May 28, 1894.
    Brooklyn Eagle, March 7, 1943.
    “A.D. Mapledoram.” Brooklyn Citizen, March 28, 1909.
    “All lies within the ken of Mr. Kennedy's pen.” Brooklyn Eagle, March 7, 1943.
    “Funeral of Margaret Barning.” Brooklyn Eagle, August 10, 1894.
    “Ghost – beware!” Brooklyn Standard-Union, August 14, 1894.
    “Ghost hunt a-wheel.” New York Evening World, August 13, 1894.
    “Her identity is a mystery.” New York Evening World, August 6, 1894.
    “Her identity known.” New York Evening World, August 8, 1894.
    “Mapleton slights its ghost.” Brooklyn Eagle, August 11, 1894.
    “Mapleton's ghost out again.” New York Evening World, August 20, 1894.
    “Mapleton's shy ghost.” New York Sun, August 20, 1894.
    “Mr. Kelly's queer statement.” Brooklyn Eagle, August 9, 1894.
    “More mysterious than ever.” Brooklyn Eagle, August 7, 1894.
    “Recognized at the morgue.” Brooklyn Eagle, August 8, 1894.
    “Rides royally.” Brooklyn Citizen, July 8, 1894.
    “Scientists look for a ghost.” Brooklyn Eagle, August 22, 1894.
    “The ghost cornered.” Brooklyn Eagle, August 28, 1894.
    “The ghost seen again.” New York Sun, August 13, 1894.
    “The ghost walks again.” Brooklyn Standard-Union, August 20, 1894.
    “The great ghost hunt.” Brooklyn Eagle, August 23, 1894.
    “Three shots at the ghost.” New York Sun, August 17, 1894.
    “To be interred in Jersey.” Brooklyn Citizen, August 9, 1894.
    “Turned out to be a pig.” Brooklyn Standard-Union, August 13, 1894.
    “Walks about the city.” Brooklyn Eagle, August 26, 1894.
    Heffernan, John A. “How two reporters laid Mapleton ghost.” Brooklyn Times-Union, July 21, 1930.
    https://www.nycsubway.org/wiki/Early_Rapid_Transit_in_Brooklyn,_1878-1913
    http://and-now-the-screaming-starts.blogspot.com/2009/08/stuff-portrait-of-victorian-ghost.html
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Drinker_Cope

    • 22 min
    61 - The Case of George Edalji

    61 - The Case of George Edalji

    Small-town politics and old-fashioned racism come into play when the household of an Indian vicar in Great Wyrley, in Staffordshire, England is targeted for harassment. In 1903, a series of animal mutilations and maiming afflict the area and the vicar's son, a solicitor by the name of George Edalji, is convicted.
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    Opening music from https://filmmusic.io. "Giant Wyrm" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com). License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    "Dark Child" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com). License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Closing music by Soma.
    SOURCES
    “A stupid hoax.” London Standard, July 26, 1895.
    “Cattle-maiming – fresh atrocities at Great Wyrley.” The Guardian, August 28, 1907.
    “Cattle-maiming – the new situation at Great Wyrley.” The Guardian, August 29, 1907.
    “Edalji is restored.” Washington Post, December 1, 1907.
    “Extraordinary hoax.” Essex County Standard, August 24, 1895.
    “Labourer sent to penal servitude.” London Times, November 7, 1934. https://www.casebook.org/press_reports/times/19341107.html
    “'Poison pen' letters.” The Guardian, November 7, 1934.
    “Strange persecution of a clergyman.” Birmingham Daily Post, January 20, 1893.
    “Strange persecution of a clergyman.” Leicester Chronicle and Leicestershire Mercury, April 1, 1893.
    “The Edalji case – a mysterious letter from Walsall.” The Observer, January 20, 1907.
    “The Edalji case – prisoner to be released this week.” The Observer, October 7, 1906.
    “The maiming outrages – an arrest at Wolverhampton.” The Guardian, September 6, 1907.
    “The renewed Wyrley outrages.” Manchester Guardian, April 1, 1904.
    “The Staffordshire maiming outrages.” The Penny Illustrated Paper, November 14, 1903.
    “The Wyrley outrages.” The Guardian, September 7, 1907.
    Costello, Peter. Conan Doyle, Detective: The True Crimes Investigated by the Creator of Sherlock Holmes. London: Constable & Robinson, 2006.
    Doyle, Arthur Conan. “The Case of Mr. George Edalji.” New York Times, February 2-3, 1907.
    Risinger, D. Michael. “Boxes in Boxes: Julian Barnes, Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes and the Edalji Case.” International Commentary on Evidence 4:2 (2006).
    Weaver, Gordon. Conan Doyle and the Parson's Son: The George Edalji Case. Cambridge: Vanguard Press, 2006.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shapurji_Edalji
    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/mar/18/arthur-conan-doyle-set-up-by-police-fabricated-letters
    https://britishheritage.com/features/sir-arthur-conan-doyle-and-the-case-of-george-edalji

    • 41 min
    60 - Fire, Devil, Bat

    60 - Fire, Devil, Bat

    Charles Fort related the story of how an elderly couple named the Krings were murdered and their house burned, and a number of mysterious bodies found nearby. Discussed here is the story of what actually happened. Also: unreported facts in the cases of the 1909 sightings of the Jersey Devil in Bristol, PA and a possible other interpretation of the famous Houston Batman.
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    Opening music from https://filmmusic.io. "Dark Child" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com). License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)Closing music by Soma.
    SOURCES
    Austin American-Statesman, June 19, 1953.
    Bucks County Gazette, July 4, 1901; January 30, 1902.
    Perkasie Central News, July 2, 1908; April 22, 1909; November 25, 1918.
    “Attacker of 12 women believed held.” Brownsville (TX) Herald, October 14, 1953.
    “Beautiful ex-model said suicide victim.” Waco Tribune-Herald, July 4, 1953.
    “Bellaire mugger strikes again.” Odessa (TX) American, February 26, 1953.
    “Bellaire phantom suspect caught.” Mexia (TX) Daily News, October 14, 1953.
    “Bristol dealers are acquitted.” Bucks County Gazette, May 22, 1908.
    “Bristol liquor dealers arrested.” Bucks County Gazette, February 28, 1908.
    “Cambria County mysteries.” Altoona Tribune, February 4, 1892.
    “Death in the flames.” Altoona Tribune, January 29, 1892.
    “Democrats to have censors for candidates.” Bristol Daily Courier, March 9, 1915.
    “'Devil prints' in Bristol.” Bucks County Gazette, January 22, 1909.
    “Houston area love bandit is sought by dogs.” Waco News-Tribune, May 21, 1952.
    “Houston girl fights off night attacker.” Lubbock Evening Journal, February 5, 1953.
    “Lynn pleaded guilty.” Bucks County Gazette, February 28, 1908.
    “Man eludes pair in chase.” Lubbock Evening Journal, May 21, 1953.
    “Mysterious 'Batman' seen by five persons in Houston.” El Paso Times, June 19, 1953.
    “Phantom prowlers sought by officers at Dallas, Houston.” Lubbock Morning Avalanche, September 30, 1953.
    “Purse snatcher is sought at Houston.” Lubbock Evening Journal, October 23, 1953.
    “Slashed with a knife.” Bucks County Gazette, January 23, 1902.
    “Suspected mugger held in Houston.” Mexia (TX) Daily News, March 9, 1953.
    “The borough conventions.” Bucks County Gazette, February 11, 1892.
    “Two horses killed.” Bucks County Gazette, November 6, 1908.
    “Woman foils bold attacker in Houston.” McAllen (TX) Monitor, June 11, 1953.
    Fort, Charles. The Complete Books of Charles Fort. New York: Dover, 1974.
    Gerhard, Ken. Encounters With Flying Humanoids. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn, 2013.
    Kernell, Samuel and Michael P. McDonald. "Congress and America's Political Development: the Transformation of the Post Office from Patronage to Service." American Journal of Political Science 42:3 (July, 1999).
    McCloy, James F. and Ray Miller, Jr. The Jersey Devil. Moorestown, NJ: Middle Atlantic Press, 1976.
    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/37244885/samuel-kring
    https://walterhutskyjr.com/beckys-grave-the-truth-revealed/
    https://www.tribdem.com/news/laurel-highlands-haunts-legends-swirl-around-young-woman-s-grave/article_dccdb3d4-bc59-11e7-a6a2-3fac73a4ba05.html

    • 26 min
    59 - The Maniac of Beekman Hill, Part Two

    59 - The Maniac of Beekman Hill, Part Two

    The net closes around Robert Irwin who, it turns out, is far more volatile than anyone knew. His is actually a rather sad story of mental illness, criminality, and someone who was essentially doomed to lead the life he did before he was even born.
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    Opening music from https://filmmusic.io. "Dark Child" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com). License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)Closing music by Soma.
    SOURCES
    “Comb city for 'mad slayer' of model.” New York Daily News, April 6, 1937.
    “Cops think Gedeon killer made mask's of model's face.” Long Branch (NJ) Daily Record, April 8, 1937.
    “Eagle crime tipster used Irwin's alias.” Brooklyn Eagle, April 7, 1937.
    “Guilt of Irwin found in check of fingerprints.” Brooklyn Eagle, April 7, 1937.
    “Hunt queer-acting man at Woodstock.” Rutland (VT) Daily Herald, April 7, 1937.
    “It's a cinch! Amateurs find Irwin in 5 places.” Brooklyn Eagle, April 6, 1937.
    “Killer carved soap statue in model's home.” Des Moines Tribune, April 8, 1937.
    “New clue places murder suspect on M&M liner.” Rutland (VT) Daily Herald, April 7, 1937.
    “Ronnie's fiance sleepless, fearing death; going abroad.” Brooklyn Eagle, April 6, 1937.
    “Sculptor confesses to Easter triple slaying.” Quad-City Times (Davenport, IA), June 27, 1937.“Student wore masks, Gedeon informs police.” Brooklyn Eagle, April 6, 1937.
    “Thinks Irwin is suicide.” Wilkes-Barre (PA) Times-Leader, April 9, 1937.
    “Triple killing suspect seen in mountains.” Brooklyn Eagle, April 8, 1937.
    Reynolds, Quentin. Courtroom: The Story of Samuel S. Leibowitz. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1950.
    Schechter, Harold.  The Mad Sculptor: The Maniac, The Model, and the Murder That Shook the Nation. New York: Little A, 2014.
    https://hoover.blogs.archives.gov/2016/07/14/lou-henry-hoover-and-the-mad-sculptor/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azusa_Street_Revival

    • 48 min

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