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Crime is so commonplace that it takes something particularly shocking to be labelled the “crime of the century.” Even so, there are a lot of cases that have earned the distinction. In each episode of Crimes of the Centuries, award-winning journalist Amber Hunt will examine a case that’s lesser known today but was huge when it happened. The cases explored span the centuries and each left a mark. Some made history by changing laws. Others were so shocking they changed society.

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    • 4.7 • 2.8K Ratings

Crime is so commonplace that it takes something particularly shocking to be labelled the “crime of the century.” Even so, there are a lot of cases that have earned the distinction. In each episode of Crimes of the Centuries, award-winning journalist Amber Hunt will examine a case that’s lesser known today but was huge when it happened. The cases explored span the centuries and each left a mark. Some made history by changing laws. Others were so shocking they changed society.

    The Case of Kirk Bloodsworth: America’s First DNA Exoneration

    The Case of Kirk Bloodsworth: America’s First DNA Exoneration

    After the 1984 discovery of 9-year-old Dawn Hamilton’s body in the woods, police began their search for a tall, muscular, curly-haired man. Kirk Bloodsworth – fitting that description – was arrested, tried, and sentenced to death. Then, he was tried again and given two consecutive life sentences. Finally, nine years after first being blamed for the crime, a breakthrough in DNA technology would make history.

    "Crimes of the Centuries" is a podcast from the Obsessed Network exploring forgotten crimes from times past that made a mark and helped change history.

    Follow us on Instagram and Twitter: @centuriespod

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    • 42 min
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    Illegal Luck: How the New Hampshire Sweepstakes Went Haywire

    Illegal Luck: How the New Hampshire Sweepstakes Went Haywire

    In the summer of 1964, the first modern lottery was off to the races in New Hampshire. The “Sweeps,” as they were called, were a sensation of national interest, with lawmakers quarreling over the legality of the get-rich-quick horse race scheme and citizens from all over crossing state lines to get in on the action. The craze seemed optimistic, until one man’s attempt at claiming his piece of the pie turned scandalous.

    "Crimes of the Centuries" is a podcast from the Obsessed Network exploring forgotten crimes from times past that made a mark and helped change history.

    Follow us on Instagram and Twitter: @centuriespod

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    • 37 min
    The True Story Behind 'Murder Ordained'

    The True Story Behind 'Murder Ordained'

    Film adaptations of true crimes have to strike a tricky balance between authenticity and drama. 1987’s Murder Ordained depicts the 1983 incidents within a small town in Kansas, where the mysterious deaths of a minister’s wife and a secretary’s husband converge. But upon its release, residents and journalists alike argued the movie left some accuracy to be desired. So, what happened in Emporia?

    "Crimes of the Centuries" is a podcast from the Obsessed Network exploring forgotten crimes from times past that made a mark and helped change history.

    Follow us on Instagram and Twitter: @centuriespod

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    • 39 min
    Soul Leaves Body: The Life and Death of Sam Cooke

    Soul Leaves Body: The Life and Death of Sam Cooke

    Singing his way through the 1950s and early 1960s, appealing to audiences across a segregated music industry, churning out hits of dreamy quality like “You Send Me” and inspirational fortitude like “A Change Is Gonna Come,” Sam Cooke was more than an artist. He lived – and died – a legend. So how did he end up shot in a Los Angeles motel in 1964? In this episode, we’ll trace the tale: start to finish.

    "Crimes of the Centuries" is a podcast from the Obsessed Network exploring forgotten crimes from times past that made a mark and helped change history.

    Follow us on Instagram and Twitter: @centuriespod

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    • 42 min
    The Bender Family: A Suspicious Band of Innkeepers

    The Bender Family: A Suspicious Band of Innkeepers

    Inside a modest cabin on the vast prairies of Kansas lived a family, or at least four individuals claiming to be one. The Benders were an odd bunch: grumpy Ma & Pa, mysteriously moody daughter Kate and John, who didn't even share their namesake. The 1870s were a stark time in the yet-to-be-settled, American West. Travelers on long journeys had slim pickings when it came time to seek shelter. The Benders capitalized on this by doubling their home as an inn, where many checked in... but never checked out.

    "Crimes of the Centuries" is a podcast from the Obsessed Network exploring forgotten crimes from times past that made a mark and helped change history.

    Follow us on Instagram and Twitter: @centuriespod

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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2.8K Ratings

2.8K Ratings

whydoineedanickname??!?? ,

Informative

Thanks, Amber! These stories are forgotten, but intriguing. Your narrative style is great.

Amazon RN ,

Keep listening.

I love this series. I always found the stories intriguing and love learning about how a specific tale changed our history or laws. Season 1 has the most annoying music with the commercials. I actually quit listening to the podcast because of the annoying music. But I gave it another chance and the following seasons do not have the ridiculous music. So glad I gave it another chance.

toastedbeets ,

Lottery episode

Enjoyed learning about the Irish sweepstakes

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