13 episodes

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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    • True Crime
    • 4.8 • 795 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 Tylenol Murders: Over-the-Counter Killers

    The Tylenol Murders: Over-the-Counter Killers

    When 52-year-old Bruce Nickell suddenly dropped dead in Washington state, investigators at first thought he'd died of a heart attack. But then a second person collapsed, and police realized that the two victims had both taken the painkiller Excedrin. Suddenly, they realized they were dealing with a copycat of a case that had haunted federal investigators for nearly 15 years. 

    In that earlier case, seven people died when someone randomly tampered with the over-the-counter painkiller to replace some of the powder inside capsules with enough cyanide to kill an entire family. Those deaths changed how medication is packaged nationwide and made it a federal crime to tamper with such products -- a legal change that years later came back to bite Nickell's killer. 

    • 46 min
    Sex, Lies, and Murder: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, and Harry Thaw

    Sex, Lies, and Murder: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, and Harry Thaw

    It was one of the most salacious stories the country had ever heard: A famous architect had been gunned down in front of an audience of hundreds by a man who said he was defending his wife's honor. It so happened the wife was the world's first supermodel. The love triangle among architect Stanford White, model and showgirl Evelyn Nesbit and millionaire unhinged man Harry Kendell Thaw reached its climax on June 24, 1906. With hundreds of witnesses, the case was never a whodunit. Rather, it was a gripping tale of sex, lies, and murder. The story made such headlines nationwide that, for the first time in American history, the jury had to be sequestered.

    "Crimes of the Centuries (https://www.centuriespod.com/) " is a new podcast from the Obsessed Network (https://www.obsessednetwork.com/) exploring forgotten crimes from times past that made a mark and helped change history.

    Follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/centuriespod/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/centuriespod) : @centuriespod

    • 54 min
    The Torture Chamber of Delphine LaLaurie

    The Torture Chamber of Delphine LaLaurie

    A fire broke out in a stately New Orleans mansion in 1834, leading neighbors to rush to the homeowners' aid. What they discovered inside, however, made them realize that the charming and cultured woman of the house had been hiding a horrifying secret: In an upstairs apartment, enslaved people were weighed down by chains, starved to emaciation and barely recognizable as humans. The case of Delphine LaLaurie and her unfathomable cruelty would outrage the nation and beyond.

    "Crimes of the Centuries (https://www.centuriespod.com/) " is a new podcast from the Obsessed Network (https://www.obsessednetwork.com/) exploring forgotten crimes from times past that made a mark and helped change history.

    Follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/centuriespod/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/centuriespod) : @centuriespod

    • 45 min
    Charley Ross: America's First Kidnapping for Ransom

    Charley Ross: America's First Kidnapping for Ransom

    After 4-year-old Charley Ross vanished in a carriage with two men who'd offered him candy and fireworks, police at first told his father to wait it out. Surely the men had no bad intentions. Then came the first ransom letter. And another. And another. In 1874, the Charley Ross case marked the first time in American history that a child had been stolen for money. The case terrified parents, made kidnapping a crime and served as macabre inspiration for future criminals.

    "Crimes of the Centuries (https://www.centuriespod.com/) " is a new podcast from the Obsessed Network (https://www.obsessednetwork.com/) exploring forgotten crimes from times past that made a mark and helped change history.

    Follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/centuriespod/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/centuriespod) : @centuriespod

    • 43 min
    Kitty Genovese: A Murder with 38 Witnesses

    Kitty Genovese: A Murder with 38 Witnesses

    As a 28-year-old woman screamed for help on an otherwise quiet New York City street, neighbors roused from sleep ... and then largely did nothing. The 1964 murder of Kitty Genovese would soon represent apathy in America and spark the creation of a centralized phone number that ultimately changed how the entire nation reported emergencies. While Kitty's case will go down in history as a driving force that launched 9-1-1, the nuances of the crime -- and people's reactions to it -- have been misunderstood for decades.

    "Crimes of the Centuries (https://www.centuriespod.com/) " is a new podcast from the Obsessed Network (https://www.obsessednetwork.com/) exploring forgotten crimes from times past that made a mark and helped change history.

    Follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/centuriespod/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/centuriespod) : @centuriespod

    • 42 min
    The Mysterious Beheading of Pearl Bryan

    The Mysterious Beheading of Pearl Bryan

    When a headless woman's remains were discovered near Cincinnati in 1896, police had a problem. Long before DNA and fingerprinting, the lack of a head made it tough to identify the victim. Thanks to a sharp-eyed shoemaker, a new kind of detective work was born: The woman was ID'd thanks to a pair of distinctive shoes on the corpse's feet. Pearl Bryan was a 22-year-old Indiana woman who'd recently learned she was pregnant. Her lover, a Cincinnati man named Scott Jackson, suggested she come to town so they could figure out their next steps. After police discovered the "who," they then had to piece together the "how."

    "Crimes of the Centuries (https://www.centuriespod.com/) " is a new podcast from the Obsessed Network (https://www.obsessednetwork.com/) exploring forgotten crimes from times past that made a mark and helped change history.

    Follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/centuriespod/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/centuriespod) : @centuriespod

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
795 Ratings

795 Ratings

Demingec ,

Well researched, well narrated

I love this podcast! Thoughtfully approached deep dives into stories I've only barely heard of but can't believe I didn't know about - I really like the host's style as well. She has an engaging tone but is also quite even keeled so almost relaxing to listen to

thesoaper ,

Easy to listen, great format

The format is straight-forward, and there’s little to no side talk. Some stories you might know if you follow true crime but still worth listening to, and there were many I had never heard of before.

Ivy's Stuff ,

Excited to See Where This Goes

This is a somewhat newer podcast... and it’s very new to me! I love the content and the host is a good story teller. I’m excited to see where it goes and to see what stories she finds from the past!

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