14 episodes

A history and true-crime podcast dedicated to the American West’s strange crimes and historically resonant intrigues.

Death in the West Death in the West

    • True Crime
    • 5.0 • 275 Ratings

A history and true-crime podcast dedicated to the American West’s strange crimes and historically resonant intrigues.

    The Great French Copper Scheme

    The Great French Copper Scheme

    In this bonus episode to Season One, we plunge into one of the most audacious financial schemes of all time—an international plot to seize control of the copper market that linked the fate of Butte, Montana to the wiles of a mysterious Frenchman.

    • 20 min
    Season One Roundtable

    Season One Roundtable

    The Death in the West team meets to debrief and answer some questions from listeners following the end of season one. What did we learn? What surprised us most about making the first season? Why do we think the story of Frank Little persists more than 100 years after his death?

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 10: Butte/America

    Episode 10: Butte/America

    In the final episode of season one, we examine Frank Little's legacy a century after his death and hear the theories of his murder from leading experts. Plus, one final trip to Butte, Montana, as locals grapple with the mining town's past, present and future.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 9: Why Copper is Red

    Episode 9: Why Copper is Red

    In episode nine, after two years interviewing experts and sifting through the evidence, we present our best theory of who killed Frank Little. We also spend some quality time with the rogues' gallery of crooked cops, seedy businessmen, company gunmen, corporate lawyers and patriotic vigilantes who've been linked to the murder over the years.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 8: Theories

    Episode 8: Theories

    In episode eight, we begin to comb through the many theories surrounding Frank Little's unsolved murder and meet some of the case's most colorful researchers. Plus, after Little's death, the federal government cracks down on the IWW.

    • 58 min
    Episode 7: Tinder Box

    Episode 7: Tinder Box

    In episode seven, Frank Little arrives in Butte, Montana where, after 13 days of hell-raising speeches and furious organizing, he's murdered by unknown assassins. The Death in the West team invades the sixth floor of the Hennessy Building and reports from what was once the nerve center of the Anaconda Company.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
275 Ratings

275 Ratings

Jaysonware1 ,

Important American labor history.

This is a very well put together podcast full of information that I never learned in school. Every single working class person should know this history. Thank you to all who worked on this project for the invaluable information presented in such a way that will hold one’s attention. Great podcast!!!

RFMiller ,

Absolutely fascinating! Makes history come alive.

This podcast is amazing. Full of great research and insight. It helps me appreciate the complexity of Montana. Learning so much from it. History comes alive as they retell it. The music they include is fantastic too. If you like immersive stories, history, and true crime, this is for you!

Chuck Winn ,

So well done

Not everyone can do justice to the stories of Butte, Montana. Zach and crew knocked it out of the park. I was spellbound by their storytelling, brilliant production and research which brought the City of Butte, the copper mining era, and the fascinating story of Frank Little to light. I’ve listened all the way through twice and can’t wait for season 2. Have a listen and you won’t be disappointed.

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