Most Notorious! A True Crime History Podcast
Most Notorious! A True Crime History Podcast
Erik Rivenes
Serial killers. Gangsters. Gunslingers. Victorian-era murderers. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Each week, the Most Notorious podcast features true-life tales of crime, criminals, tragedies and disasters throughout history. This is an interview show, spotlighting authors and historians who have studied their subjects for years, and whose stories are offered with unique insight, detail, and historical accuracy.
1876 Texas's England Family Massacre w/ Glen Sample Ely - A True Crime History Podcast
In late August of 1876, an eighty-two-year-old Methodist minister, William England, his wife Selena, and two of their children were slaughtered on their North Texas farm. Selena, on her deathbed, insisted that one of the murderers was their neighbor, Ben Krebs, with whom they had suffered some ongoing troubles. But was he the actual killer, or did someone else, with another motive, murder the England family that hot summer night? My guest is Glen Sample Ely, and in his book, "Murder in Montague: Frontier Justice & Retribution in Texas", he lays out evidence to suggest that Ben Krebs and his friends were wrongly convicted in the slayings.
Jan 14
1 hr 30 min
Ontario's Forest City Serial Killer w/ Vanessa Brown - A True Crime History Podcast
In late 1960s a serial murder stalked the city of London, Ontario, killing at will and baffling police.My guest is author, bookstore owner and historian Vanessa Brown. She has spent countless hours researching these horrific murders and looking for the killer, and joins us to share details and theories from her book, "The Forest City Killer: A Serial Murderer, a Cold-Case Sleuth, and a Search for Justice." Her bookstore's website is:
Jan 8
1 hr 4 min
Jack the Ripper Suspect Francis Tumblety w/ Michael L. Hawley - A True Crime History Podcast
Francis Tumblety was one America's greatest 19th century charlatans. A medical quack who became rich peddling cure-all herbal remedies, his larger-than-life character and questionable morals put him into some sticky situations - including being arrested as a suspect in the Lincoln assassination. But his most notorious claim to fame was as a Scotland Yard suspect in the Jack the Ripper murders. My guest, Michael L. Hawley, author of "Jack the Ripper SUSPECT Dr. Francis Tumblety" presents evidence that suggests that Tumblety should be taken far more seriously as a suspect than he has been in the past.More information about Michael Hawley can be found at his website: www.michaellhawley.comHe is also a co-host of the podcast, House of Mystery Radio:
Dec 30, 2020
1 hr 13 min
New York Gangster Francis "Two Gun" Crowley w/ Jerry Aylward - A True Crime History Podcast
In the first few months of 1931, Francis "Two Gun" Crowley, an illiterate, psychopathic nineteen-year-old kid, went on a violent New York crime spree, which included murdering a Nassau county cop named Fred Hirsch. Things culminated in an intense gun-battle against between Crowley and over two hundred police officers, who had surrounded his Manhattan apartment building. My guest is Jerry Aylward, a retired New York detective of thirty two years, who has written the definitive book on the subject, entitled "Francis 'Two Gun' Crowley's Killings in New York City & Long Island".  More information can be found about him and his book at his website: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 21, 2020
1 hr 1 min
Introducing Aghast at the Past: 1892
Enjoy this sneak-peak of Aghast at the Past: 1892, a brand-new podcast from the creator of Most Notorious. Ghastly true-crime stories culled from newspapers published in the dark heart of America's Gilded-Age and the golden era of yellow journalism. Please subscribe wherever you get your podcasts to ensure immediate delivery of new episodes!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 14, 2020
2 min
The 1903 Murder of Ed Burdick w/ Kimberly Tilley - A True Crime History Podcast
In February of 1903, wealthy businessman Ed Burdick was beaten to death in the den of his Buffalo, New York mansion. Investigators were faced with a strange crime scene and a multitude of suspects. Among them was his own wife Alice and her lover, a close family friend named Arthur Pennell. My guest, Kimberly Tilley, author of "Cold Heart: The Great Unsolved Mystery of Turn of the Century Buffalo," comes on Most Notorious to share the salacious details of a scandal and murder that rocked the city to its core. More information about Kimberly Tilley's book can be found at her website: more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 9, 2020
1 hr 11 min
1927 Texas's "Santa Claus Bank Robbery" w/ Tui Snider - A True Crime History Podcast
My guest, historian and author Tui Snider shares the wild story of the ill-fated Helms-Ratliff gang, who held up the First National Bank in Cisco, Texas on December 23rd, 1927. Eager to collect a $5000 "Dead Bank Robber Reward", townspeople converged on the bank, and during an intense gun battle the police chief, his deputy and one of the gang members were slain. Eventually Marshall Ratliff, who famously wore a Santa Claus suit to the botched robbery, would be lynched after murdering a jailer as he awaited execution.Tui Snider's book is called "Santa Claus Bank Robbery: A True Crime Saga in Texas", her website is, and she can be found on YouTube under the name "Tui Snider Exploring Historic Cemeteries". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 2, 2020
1 hr 2 min
The 1950 Murder of JoAnn Dewey w/ Pat Jollota - A True Crime History Podcast
In March of 1950, a young woman named JoAnn Dewey, trying to get home, was beaten and kidnapped on a Vancouver, Washington street corner, in full view of witnesses. None lifted a finger to help. A week later her body would turn up in a river a few miles away. My guest is Pat Jollota, author of "The Murder of JoAnn Dewey in Vancouver, Washington". She joins me to share the tragic story of JoAnn's murder, and how investigators finally found her killers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 25, 2020
1 hr 3 min
James Jesse Strang: Con Man, Mormon Prophet and the "King of Heaven & Earth" w/ Miles Harvey - A True Crime History Podcast
1840s America produced some colorful characters, and none more so than James Jesse Strang. After declaring himself a Mormon prophet, Strang moved his small congregation to Michigan's Beaver Island, proclaimed himself king, and created a criminal enterprise, before finally meeting his death at the hands of his own followers. My guest, bestselling author Miles Harvey, shares some astonishing stories about one of America's very first confidence men. His book is called "The King of Confidence: A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American Monarch".  More information on the author and his book can be found at his website: .Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 16, 2020
1 hr 3 min
The Sensational 1937 Disappearance of Alice Parsons w/ Steven C. Drielak - A True Crime History Podcast
On the morning of June 10, 1937, New York heiress Alice Parsons disappeared off the face of the earth.  Investigators almost immediately suspected that Anna Kupryanova, the Russian housekeeper, and Alice's husband, William Parsons, knew more than they were letting on. My guest is former NYPD detective and Hot Zone Attribution specialist Steven C. Drielak, and his book is called "Long Island’s Vanished Heiress: The Unsolved Alice Parsons Kidnapping". He shares his research and personal theories about one of New York's greatest unsolved mysteries.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 10, 2020
1 hr 10 min
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