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Crime is so commonplace that it takes something particularly shocking to be labelled the “crime of the century.” Even so, there are a lot of cases that have earned the distinction. In each episode of Crimes of the Centuries, award-winning journalist Amber Hunt will examine a case that’s lesser known today but was huge when it happened. The cases explored span the centuries and each left a mark. Some made history by changing laws. Others were so shocking they changed society.
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To his neighbors, Bob Berdella was a proactive citizen who helped launch a neighborhood watch group. Sure, he was a bit condescending, but he seemed to have a big heart, using his Kansas City home as a safe haven for young men in trouble. But then, in 1988, a young man jumped from a second-story window of Berdella's house wearing nothing but a dog collar, prompting police to scour the innocuous-looking home on Charlotte Street. What they uncovered would lead to the quaint home being labeled a "House of Horrors," and to a case that both shocked the nation and changed state law.  "Crimes of the Centuries (https://www.centuriespod.com/) " is a new podcast from the Obsessed Network (https://www.obsessednetwork.com/) exploring forgotten crimes from times past that made a mark and helped change history. Follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/centuriespod/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/centuriespod) : @centuriespod
Thanks to Prohibition, criminal gangs were a dime a dozen in the 1920s and '30s, but the Karpis/Barker Gang became one of the era's longest lived, highest profile, and most consequential. During the Depression, their exploits not only burnished the reputation of the FBI and its director J. Edgar Hoover, but also inadvertently triggered the end to rampant corruption in St. Paul Minnesota.  While its body count was hefty -- and included lawmen like a sheriff gunned down in cold blood -- its enduring reputation hinges on its supposed matriarch, Ma Barker, who would go on to be depicted in movies and TV shows as a gun-toting criminal mastermind. There's no question three of her sons, and plenty of their friends, were stone-cold killers, but was Ma really pulling all the strings? "Crimes of the Centuries (https://www.centuriespod.com/) " is a new podcast from the Obsessed Network (https://www.obsessednetwork.com/) exploring forgotten crimes from times past that made a mark and helped change history. Follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/centuriespod/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/centuriespod) : @centuriespod
When widower Sam Doss was rushed to the hospital with abdominal pains in 1954, his doctor was flummoxed by his life-threatening yet mysterious illness. But Doss got better and came home -- then died the next day. That's what prompted police to look at his matronly, sweet-talking new wife, Nannie.  Born Nannie Hazle, it turned out this missus had left a trail of dead husbands behind her -- not to mention several relatives, all of whom died of sudden and inexplicable illnesses. By the time Nannie was done confessing, she'd earned nicknames like The Giggling Grandma and The Black Widow. "Crimes of the Centuries" is a new podcast from the Obsessed Network exploring forgotten crimes from times past that made a mark and helped change history. Follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/centuriespod/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/centuriespod) : @centuriespod
When a 22-year-old woman living with relatives in a boarding house disappeared on Dec. 22, 1799, her loved ones didn't immediately worry. But when she still hadn't returned days later, all eyes turned to her lover -- whom she'd supposedly been set to marry the last time she was seen alive. Levi Weeks came from a family with money, so his rich brother did something that was unheard of at this point in American history: He hired fancy lawyers. And that's how Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr ended up on the same side defending a man against murder charges in 1800.  The case, referenced in Lin Manuel Miranda's award-winning musical "Hamilton," marks two firsts: The defense panel was America's first legal Dream Team, and the Weeks' case was the first recorded murder trial in the country's history. "Crimes of the Centuries" is a new podcast from the Obsessed Network exploring forgotten crimes from times past that made a mark and helped change history. Follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/centuriespod/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/centuriespod) : @centuriespod
On May 21, 1924, 19-year-old Nathan Leopold and 18-year-old Richard Loeb convinced a younger boy, 14 year old Bobby Franks, to get in a car with them. We think Leopold was driving with Loeb in the backseat. 14 year old Bobby sat in the passenger seat. From behind, Loeb struck the younger boy several times in the head with a chisel, and then dragged him into the backseat where he eventually died.  Leopold and Loeb were wealthy kids who thought they were smarter than everybody else. And they committed this murder to prove it. They believed that they were so intellectually gifted that they could plan and execute a crime so perfect that they would never be caught. They were wrong, of course. And the details of this story and their plan are so terrifying and haunting that it changed the way people raised their kids and thought about psychology. "Crimes of the Centuries" is a new podcast from the Obsessed Network exploring forgotten crimes from times past that made a mark and helped change history.
At 3:00 am on April 27th, 1913, the body of 13 year old Mary Phagan was found in the basement of the factory where she worked in Atlanta, Georgia. Her dress was up around her waist and a strip from her petticoat had been torn off and wrapped around her neck. Her face was blackened and scratched, and her head was bruised and battered. Almost immediately, the murder, and the mystery surrounding who would do such a horrible, brutal thing to a child went the 1913 equivalent of viral. When authorities finally landed on a suspect, their evidence was flimsy at best. The trial was a media spectacle and the outcome not only embedded this story in American history, but also sparked child labor laws. "Crimes of the Centuries" is a new podcast from the Obsessed Network exploring forgotten crimes from times past that made a mark and helped change history.  Follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/centuriespod/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/centuriespod) : @centuriespod
Crime is so commonplace that it takes something particularly shocking to be labelled the “crime of the century.” Even so, there are a lot of cases that have earned the distinction. In each episode of Crimes of the Centuries, award-winning journalist Amber Hunt will examine a case that’s lesser known today but was huge when it happened. The cases explored span the centuries and each left a mark. Some made history by changing laws. Others were so shocking they changed society. Full episodes of "Crimes of the Centuries" premiere on October 26, 2020.
Comments (9)

Suzanne Hubbard Gerken

I was so thrilled to hear about this podcast. Just beginning my first episode and loving it already. Thank you for your work!

Nov 29th
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Lisa G

I like this but the background music is distracting.

Nov 11th
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seeNEMatik - Photo&Video

we're just gonna skip over the fact that the KKK was founded by Democrats!!

Nov 4th
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Cass Molander

like what I've heard so far.

Nov 1st
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Jahn

Great research...

Oct 30th
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victoria frieson

I don’t like it

Oct 27th
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