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Welcome to Fact or Fiction, the podcast about historical crimes with one fictional detail added. Listen carefully because it's not easy to know if something is Fact or Fiction. Ready to play?

Fact or Fiction: A Mostly-True Crime History Podcast MaxMin Labs, LLC

    • True Crime
    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

Welcome to Fact or Fiction, the podcast about historical crimes with one fictional detail added. Listen carefully because it's not easy to know if something is Fact or Fiction. Ready to play?

    Fact or Fiction Author Series Presents Connie Yen

    Fact or Fiction Author Series Presents Connie Yen

    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!

    • 44 min
    H. H. Holmes: A Fact or Fiction Nightmare!

    H. H. Holmes: A Fact or Fiction Nightmare!

    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 because this is most definitely a case where it's tough to know if something is fact or fiction.  You be the judge!

    • 44 min
    Fact or Fiction : Author Series presents Bryan Johnston

    Fact or Fiction : Author Series presents Bryan Johnston

    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.

    • 51 min
    Fact or Fiction: Author Series presents Owen Pataki

    Fact or Fiction: Author Series presents Owen Pataki

    This is the first episode in what I’m calling the Fact or Fiction: Author Series.  Owen Pataki, co-author of Where the Light Falls and author of Searchers in Winter is my guest.  Searchers in Winter brings events of the Napoleonic Wars to life with its compelling plot, engaging characters, and exciting action sequences.  In this show I have a brief chat with Owen about his book, and then he tells me a mostly-true story related to one of the novel’s subplots.  It’s my job to guess the fiction.  Play along with me.  Listen carefully because it’s not easy to know if something is Fact or Fiction!

    Host:  Laura Shimel
    Guest: Owen Pataki

    Fact or Fiction is a MaxMinLabs production.

    • 50 min
    How Fingerprints Convicted Thomas Jennings

    How Fingerprints Convicted Thomas Jennings

    This episode focuses on the tragic murder of railroad clerk Clarence D. Hiller; the man accused of committing the crime, Thomas Jennings; and the advanced forensic technique of fingerprint identification used successfully for the first time in a murder trial in the United States. Please note that, while I've researched this entire story, I have included one fictional element. That element will be revealed at the end of the episode.

    • 26 min
    Eddie Foy and the Iroquois Theater Fire of 1903

    Eddie Foy and the Iroquois Theater Fire of 1903

    In late December of 1903, the beautiful new Iroquois Theater in Chicago performed a matinee of the family-friendly musical Mr. Bluebeard to a sold-out audience.  Midway through the performance, an overloaded stage light caught fire, and what happened is stranger than fiction.  Listen carefully because it's tricky to know what's Fact or Fiction!

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

kjmoo87 ,

Interesting and Fun!

If I could give this podcast 6 stars, I would!

I listen to a lot of true crime podcasts, but I often find myself zoning out and having to rewind. With Fact or Fiction, I get to interact as an audience member. It keeps me on the edge of my seat, waiting for each detail Laura may have slipped in.

Laura is a wonderful story teller, and an even better liar 😉 I am always entertained by these episodes, and highly recommend them to those interested in true crime stories without the gorey detailed explanations of the crimes

Megandn ,

Fun and unique premise!

I listen to a LOT of true crime podcasts, and most run together. I love the original premise of this one and thoroughly enjoy listening!

Jon in STL ,

Very entertaining!

I really enjoy the historical context. I’ve listened to 5 or 6 episodes and still haven’t correctly guessed the fiction from the facts!

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