88 episodes

Notorious Bakersfield is a podcast that steps back in time to look at some of Bakersfield's most notorious crimes, events, and characters that have impacted this Central California Valley community.

Notorious Bakersfield Robert Petersen

    • True Crime
    • 4.9 • 123 Ratings

Notorious Bakersfield is a podcast that steps back in time to look at some of Bakersfield's most notorious crimes, events, and characters that have impacted this Central California Valley community.

    E81: A 1909 Mystery

    E81: A 1909 Mystery

    A house fire in 1909 near Union Ave and Hosking Rd killed an entire family. Was it an awful accident or something more sinister? This 114-year-old Bakersfield mystery will be explored in this episode.

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    • 20 min
    E80: The Corporation Part 2

    E80: The Corporation Part 2

    The Corporation Part 2
    For a period of time that spans almost the entire 1980s, an organized crime ring operated in Bakersfield.

    This crime syndicate consisted of a rag-tag group of friends and acquaintances. They targeted independent businesses and individuals throughout Bakersfield. And they got away with committing crimes for years.

    This band of brazen criminals even gave themselves a catchy name...The Corporation.

    The mastermind of the Corporation was a reserve Bakersfield Police officer.

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    • 21 min
    E79: The Corporation Part 1

    E79: The Corporation Part 1

    For a period of time that spans almost the entire 1980s, an organized crime ring operated in Bakersfield.

    This crime syndicate consisted of a rag-tag group of friends and acquaintances. They targeted independent businesses and individuals throughout Bakersfield. And they got away with committing crimes for years.

    Their offenses were prolific...robberies, armed robberies, burglaries, and even three murders.

    This band of brazen criminals even gave themselves a catchy name...The Corporation.

    The mastermind of the Corporation was a reserve Bakersfield Police officer.

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    • 16 min
    Encore: The Virgin Mary In Bakersfield

    Encore: The Virgin Mary In Bakersfield

    During Christmas 1984 through to the New Year, the faithful and curious alike flocked to an East Bakersfield home to view what some claimed to be that of an apparition of the Virgin Mary. This is the story about The Virgin Mary In Bakersfield.

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    • 7 min
    Encore: Killer Santa At Denny's

    Encore: Killer Santa At Denny's

    In 1989, Kenneth Obney and a companion were ambushed by an assailant wearing a Santa costume in the parking lot of a Denny's restaurant in Bakersfield.

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    • 11 min
    E78: The 1977 Wind & Dust Storm

    E78: The 1977 Wind & Dust Storm

    "Most of Arvin blew through Bakersfield on its way to Fresno..." That's how Don Hart, the mayor of Bakersfield at the time, described the 1977 wind and dust storm.

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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
123 Ratings

123 Ratings

IBMateoFeo ,

Good Stuff!

Hats off to Rob Peterson’s insight and dedication in bringing Bakersfield CA to life via Notorious Bakersfield!

Smokinokie21 ,

A True Storyteller from Bakersfield

A fantastic job. I grew up in Bakersfield in the 60’s and 70’s and 80’s. Your storytelling is top rate. Keep up the great work!

Omihw ,

Great storyteller

I am originally from Saudi Arabia and I’ve been living in Bakersfield for the past five years and this podcast makes me feel i lived here forever, I learned so much from him”good and bad”. What a wonderful narrator.

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