15 episodes

The historical true-crime podcast that uncovers old blood with each new episode. Join us as a historian investigates history's most fascinating cases of true crime.

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    • 4.9 • 12 Ratings

The historical true-crime podcast that uncovers old blood with each new episode. Join us as a historian investigates history's most fascinating cases of true crime.

    Howl: Violette Noziere, 1930s Paris & the Invisible Generation

    Howl: Violette Noziere, 1930s Paris & the Invisible Generation

    In the summer of 1933, 18-year-old Violette Noziere poisoned her parents before heading out to enjoy the Parisian nightlife. When she was arrested and gave the motive for her crime, Violette scandalized the country.


    Sources:
    Breton, Andre. Violette Nozieres (Brussels: Editions Nicolas Flamel, 1933).
    Maza, Sarah. Violette Noziere: A Story of Murder in 1930s Paris (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011).
    Reynolds, Sian. France Between the Wars: Gender and Politics (London: Routledge, 1996).
    Traub, Courtney. “La Coupole, a Montparnasse Brasserie Haunted With Artistic History.” Paris Unlocked. 10 October, 2023. https://www.parisunlocked.com/best-of-paris/inside-la-coupole-a-montparnasse-brasserie-haunted-with-artistic-history/
    Warner, Judith. “The Murder that Transfixed 1930s Paris.” Book Review - Violette Noziere. New York Times. 3 June, 2011. https://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/05/books/review/book-review-violette-noziere-by-sarah-maza.html


    Music: Credits to David Fesilyan 


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Feral: The Dark Strangler

    Feral: The Dark Strangler

    The Dark Strangler prowled the streets of Jazz Age San Francisco. His murder spree spanned nine states, two countries, and three years, resulting in the murder of anywhere from 22 to 31 women and children. This is the story of America’s most prolific–and forgotten–serial killer, Earl Leonard Nelson.


    Sources:
    Esau, Alvin. The Gorilla Man Strangler Case (Altona: Friesen Press, 2022).
    And "Murders." Alvin A. J. Esau. https://www.alvinesau.com/murders.html
    Gribben, Mark. "Earle Leonard Nelson: The Dark Strangler." Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods. https://crimelibrary.org/serial_killers/history/earle_nelson/1.html
    Schechter, Harold. Bestial: The Savage Trail of a True American Monster (New York: Pocket Star Books, 1998) and 
    And Ripped from the Headlines (New York: Little A, 2020).


    Music: Credits to David Fesilyan 


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Blood Mail: America's First Kidnapping

    Blood Mail: America's First Kidnapping

    In the summer of 1874, little Charley Ross disappeared after taking candy from a stranger. This is the story of America’s first kidnapping and the nationwide manhunt that ended in a deadly shoot-out.




    Sources:
    “Charlie Ross - Gustave Blair - Nelson Miller” https://charleyross.com/
    “Court Identifies ‘Charley Ross’ But Family ‘Disowns’ Him.” Evening star. (Washington, D.C.), May 9, 1939, Page A-5. 

    Duke, Thomas Samuel. Celebrated Criminal Cases of America (San Francisco: The James H Barry Company, 1910). Pp. 536-546.
    Fass, Paula S. Kidnapped: Child Abduction in America (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997).
    Hagen, Carrie. We is got him: the Kidnapping that Changed America (New York: The Overlook Press, 2011) and “The Story Behind the First Ransom Note in American History.” Smithsonian Magazine. December 9, 2013.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-story-behind-the-first-ransom-note-in-american-history-180948612/ 
    Ross, Christian. The Father’s Story of Charley Ross, the Kidnapped Child (Philadelphia: John E Potter and Company, 1876).
    Schechter, Harold. “The Kidnapping of Little Charley Ross, 1874.” The Yale Review. May 14, 2018. https://yalereview.org/article/kidnapping-little-charley-ross-1874
    Zierold, Norman. Defy All the Devils: America’s First Kidnapping for Ransom (Open Road Media, 2018).


    Music: Credits to David Fesilyan 
    For more information, visit www.oldbloodpodcast.com

    • 44 min
    The Sausage King & the Vat of Phat

    The Sausage King & the Vat of Phat

    In 1897, sausage sales plummeted after the wife of the so-called Sausage King suddenly went missing. Chicago police investigated the factory and a mysterious vat filled with reddish-brown slime. Did the wife run away? Was she ground into sausages? Or perhaps something worse?


    Sources:
    Duke, Thomas Samuel. Celebrated Criminal Cases of America (San Francisco: The James H Barry Company, 1910). 
    "Ghost Supply Thrills for Chicago Flat Dwellers." The Sun, August 31, 1913. p. 14
    Loerzel, Robert. Alchemy of Bones: Chicago's Luetgert Murder Case of 1897 (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2003). (And alchemyofbones.com)
    “Sausage Vat Murder.” Chicagology. https://chicagology.com/notorious-chicago/sausagevatmurder/.
    Schechter, Harold. "The 'Sausage Vat Murder,' 1897: Notes on a Killing." The Yale Review. 18 February, 2019. https://yalereview.org/article/sausage-vat-murder-1897
    "The Sausage Vat Murder." Murder By Gaslight. 20 November, 2009. http://www.murderbygaslight.com/2009/11/luise-luetgert-sausage-vat-murder.html
    Music: Credits to David Fesilyan 
    For more information, visit www.oldbloodpodcast.com

    • 46 min
    Sassy: The Brown Palace Murders

    Sassy: The Brown Palace Murders

    It was nearly midnight in May 1911 when crowds left the theater and gathered at the Brown Palace Hotel barroom. Within minutes, shots rang out and patrons scrambled for cover, but two would not survive. What prompted such a brazen shooting in Denver’s most elegant hotel?


    Sources:
    Faulkner, Debra. Ladies of the Brown: A Women’s History of Denver’s Most Elegant Hotel (Arcadia Publishing, 2017).
    Kreck, Dick. Murder at the Brown Palace: A True Story of Seduction & Betrayal (Golden: Fulcrum Publishing, 2003).


    The Rocky Mountain News
    The Aspen-Democrat Times
    The Avalanche Echo
    Canon City Record


    Music: Credits to David Fesilyan 


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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Lawful: The Lynching of Chipita Rodriguez

    Lawful: The Lynching of Chipita Rodriguez

    In the middle of the American Civil War, a horse trader was found in a south Texas river with his head axed in. Following the discovery, the town sheriff arrested an elderly woman by the name of Chipita Rodriguez. Was justice served?
    Sources:
    Abernethy, Francis Edward. Legendary Ladies of Texas (Denton: University of North Texas Press, 1994).
    Correa, Tom. “Was Josefa ‘Chipita’ Rodriguez a Patsy?” The American Cowboy Chronicles. September 30, 2021. http://www.americancowboychronicles.com/2020/02/josefa-chipita-rodriguez-texas-bandit.html
    Davies, Dave. “‘Cult of Glory’ Reveals the Dark History of the Texas Rangers.” NPR. June 8, 2020. https://www.npr.org/2020/06/08/871929844/cult-of-glory-reveals-the-dark-history-of-the-texas-rangers 
    Hebert, Rachel Bluntzer. The Forgotten Colony: San Patricio de Hibernia (Burnet: Eakins Press, 1981).
    Givens, Murphy. “A black day in San Patricio when Chipita was hanged.” Corpus Christi Caller Times. April 6, 2017. https://www.caller.com/story/news/columnists/murphy-givens/2017/01/17/black-day-san-patricio-when-chipita-hanged/96556038/
    Guthrie, Keith. The Legend of Chipita: The Only Woman Hanged in Texas (Austin: Eakin Press, 1990).
    Jennings, Rachel. “Celtic Women and White Guilt: Frankie Silver and Chipita Rodriguez in Folk Memory.” MELUS. Vol. 28. No. 1. (Spring, 2003). Pp. 17-37. 
    Torres, Alfred. Jr., “The noose plagued Mexican-Americans, too.” My San Antonio. November 25, 2017. https://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/commentary/article/The-noose-plagued-Mexican-Americans-too-12381761.php 
    Underwood, Marylyn. “Rodriguez, Josefa [Chipita].” Texas State Historical Association. https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/rodriguez-josefa-chipita 
    Wills, Matthew. “The Untold History of Lynching in the American West.” JSTOR. March 26, 2019. https://daily.jstor.org/the-untold-history-of-lynching-in-the-american-west/ 




    1985 Texas Legislature docs regarding Chipita here: https://thewrongcarlos.net/wp-content/sources/texas-legislature-scr-14-69th-regular-session.pdf 
    For more on the lynching of ethnic Mexicans: https://utrgv.libguides.com/SCA/lynching (Research Guide from the University of Texas)
    Lynching in Texas: https://www.lynchingintexas.org/ 


    Music: Credits to David Fesilyan


    For more information, visit www.oldbloodpodcast.com

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

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First of all: I love Elise’s voice and sense of humor. The material is well explained and very interesting. I looked for a podcast that would cover old (real old) true crime and this one is the only one I found told in a interesting and straight to the story manner. I get annoyed by story tellers that get opinions and everyday blah-blah-blah mixed with the case’s fact and relevance. Elise does none of that. I highly recommend this podcast. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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