Case Histories of Pre 20th Century Serial Killers.
Episode 9, "The Wicked Lady Skelton"
England, 1657. The Civil War and the beheading of King Charles I has forced many Noble families into desperate straights, as Oliver Cromwell's Round Heads, along with the radical parliament, confiscated lands and fortunes that had been secure for centuries. Into this chaos arose a phenomenon known as The Highwaymen, former titled gentlemen who took to robbing pay wagons and travelers along the country's narrow roads after dark. The worst of these was no gentleman at all, but a woman who became known as The Wicked Lady Skelton, a Royalist aristocrat's daughter who murdered over 50 innocent souls during her three year reign of terror.
Episode 8, "Bass Reeves, Charlie Next Moon, and the Indian Territory Murders"
In the spring of 1881. Bass Reeves, the first black Federal Marshall in US history, was called upon by an old friend, Cherokee Tribal Policeman Charlie Next Moon, to help track down a man who had murdered in cold blood two Cherokee women and a white reservation school teacher in the Indian Territories of Oklahoma. Both men were seasoned lawmen, but neither was prepared for what faced them out on the murderer's trail. And even after witnessing the brutality of the killing fields of the Civil War, the horrors they would witness in their pursuit of this crazed killer would haunt them both for the rest of their lives.
Episode 7, "The Family That Preys Together, Slays Together"
Throughout history, stories of families that murdered for money, or simply to satisfy a lust for blood, have caused sleepless nights for nobility and commoners alike. On this episode of Fatal Gothic, hosts Julia Parker and Stephen Savage explore some of the most notorious Killer Clans ever to haunt our nightmares. These include the Beans, Scotland's legendary Cannibal Clan, The Harpe Brothers, who are considered by many the first true serial killers in America, a century before H.H. Holmes, and Kansas' Bloody Benders, an immigrant family from Germany who, in the years following the Civil War, murdered scores of western bound travelers before escaping into legend.
Episode 6, Part 2, "The Chicago Strangler and the Lady Detective"
Chicago, 1866. Pinkerton agent Kate Warne knows the identity of the serial killer she is seeking to capture, but he's still on the loose. And even though many Pinkertons and Chicago Police officers are scouring the city looking for him, Kate decides going undercover is probably the best bet to draw him out. Little does she know how right she is, or how dangerous her hunch will prove to be.
Episode 6, "The Chicago Strangler and the Lady Detective"
Chicago, 1866. The Civil War is over, and immigrants are pouring into Chicago from all over Europe looking for a better life. What they find instead are very few jobs, followed of course by a spike in crime, including a rash of brutal sexual murders against women in the mostly Irish and German areas of the city. The Pinkerton Detective Agency is called in by the city's major business interests who feel the police are too inept to solve these dreadful crimes. Pinkerton selects one of his top detectives, Kate Warne, known throughout the world as "The First Lady Detective", to hunt down the murderer. But how deep is Kate willing to travel into the Pits of Hell in order to complete her mission?
Ep. 5, A conversation with Fatal Gothic co-hosts Julia Parker and Stephen Savage
On this special episode, Fatal Gothic co-hosts, film and television director Stephen Savage and actress Julia Parker talk about Julia's acting career, and discuss the origins of the Fatal Gothic Podcast and what's in store for the listeners in the coming months.
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