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Infamous America

Author: Black Barrel Media

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Historical True Crime — assassins, gangsters, mobsters and lawmen; manhunts, scandals and unexplained phenomena. Stories of the wildest and darkest chapters of America's past.

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Nina Gilden Seavey was twelve on May 5, 1970, the day an Air Force building in St. Louis burned to the ground. Her dad represented a young man accused of the crime: Howard Mechanic. Facing serious federal time, Howard went on the run and became one of the longest-running fugitives in U.S. history. As an adult, Nina picked up the trail. What ever happened to Howard Mechanic?This eight-part series is the tangled story of her search for answers. Hundreds of Freedom of Information requests. Hundreds of thousands of pages of documents. FBI surveillance and confidential informants. Cold War spies, conspiracy theories and the murder of a civil rights icon. And the sacrifices America makes in the name of national security. https://www.audacy.com/podcasts/my-fugitive-49438 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A woman named Becki is lounging by the pool at the Fontainebleau Hotel when she decides to proposition a strapping pool attendant. Go on a date with her...and her husband. What begins as an unconventional proposition will soon throw them all into the international spotlight. And that’s because the couple is none other than Jerry Falwell Jr. and his wife Becki, two of the most powerful figures in Evangelical America. Wondery presents In God We Lust, hosted by Brooke Siffrin and Aricia Skidmore-Williams of Even the Rich. A story of an alluring sex scandal, power, money and a very public fall from grace. When word of their affair fell into the wrong hands it led to political extortion and a public outing that brought Jerry Falwell Jr.’s empire crashing down. Listen at http://wondery.fm/IGWL_Infamous Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
There are people whose names will live forever in American history: John Wilkes Booth, Benedict Arnold, Bonnie and Clyde. There are robberies, manhunts, prison riots and unexplained phenomena that are still debated today. We'll journey through all of them on this show. In Season One, we'll tell the story of the Salem Witch Trials. This isn't the version you learned in history class... Visit www.blackbarrelmedia.com for more details and to subscribe.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
SALEM 1 | "The Devil"

SALEM 1 | "The Devil"

2018-10-0234:332

When two girls fell ill in January 1692, no one suspected the affliction would lead to one of the most infamous events in American history. The Puritans of Salem Village believed the Devil had attacked their community and they would stop at nothing to find the witches who were Satan's minions. For episode details, visit www.blackbarrelmedia.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
SALEM 2 | "Deceivers"

SALEM 2 | "Deceivers"

2018-10-1039:511

The crisis escalates beyond the afflictions of four girls. Numerous people in Salem Village have frightening experiences with witchcraft, and the girls name four women as the sources of the devilry. Magistrates hold the first public examinations of the accused women and the results are explosive. For more details, visit www.blackbarrelmedia.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
SALEM 3 | "Wildfire"

SALEM 3 | "Wildfire"

2018-10-1641:411

Witchcraft spreads rapidly through Salem Village and the surrounding towns. The number of afflicted rises, and so does the number of accused. Fear races through the community as it becomes clear that anyone could be a witch. No one is safe as the afflicted girls are now haunted by ghosts of the dead. And the crisis claims its first life. For more details, visit www.blackbarrelmedia.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
SALEM 4 | "The Rope"

SALEM 4 | "The Rope"

2018-10-2441:541

The Salem Witch Trials finally begin, and they produce scandalous moments that no one will forget. The results are predictable and the executions begin. And even as the accused are condemned to hang, the afflicted girls name new witches. But doubts about the trials slowly creep into the public's voice... For more details, please www.blackbarrelmedia.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
SALEM 5 | "Legacy"

SALEM 5 | "Legacy"

2018-10-3145:402

The Salem witch trials reach their darkest point as more innocent lives are lost. When the crisis touches the highest level of government, the governor finally stops the trials. The outbreak slowly fades away, but it haunts all involved for the rest of their lives. For the next 300 years, family members, scholars and historians try to understand it all went so horribly wrong. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Professor Emerson Baker is an authority on the Salem witch trials. His book, "A Storm of Witchcraft," was a vital resource for this show. In this episode, he shines a light on many aspects of the crisis, including his thoughts on the biggest question of all: How did this happen? For more details, please visit www.blackbarrelmedia.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rachel Christ is the Director of Education at the Salem Witch Museum. We met at the museum for a great discussion about the history of witchcraft, the Salem crisis in context with the witch hunts in Europe, and modern witch hunts, as well as many other things. For more details, please visit www.blackbarrelmedia.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Elizabeth Peterson is the Director of the Witch House and Pioneer Village in Salem. The Witch House is the home of judge Jonathan Corwin and has been preserved as a museum to give visitors a rare glimpse into the life of a judge of the Salem witch trials. We met Elizabeth in the house to hear about the lives of Puritans, the perspective of the judges during the trials, and much more. For more details, please visit www.blackbarrelmedia.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
BLACK SOX 0 | Prologue

BLACK SOX 0 | Prologue

2019-07-3036:55

It's been 100 years since the most infamous event in baseball history. In 1919, a group of Chicago White Sox players conspired to lose the World's Series. This the story of legendary players like Shoeless Joe Jackson; baseball moguls like Charles Comiskey; and ruthless gamblers like Arnold Rothstein. This is the true story of "Eight Men Out." Special thanks to the SABR Black Sox Research Committee for assistance in this production. For more details, please visit www.blackbarrelmedia.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Baseball’s progression from an amateur activity to a professional sport is full of great stories. Hear about the myths and legends of early baseball; the pioneers and the inventors; the moguls and the superstars. And the gamblers. It all leads to the formation of the 1919 Chicago White Sox and sets in motion the elements of one of the most infamous scandals in baseball history. Special thanks to the SABR Black Sox Scandal Research Committee. For more details, please visit www.blackbarrelmedia.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In a time of great upheaval around the world, America experiences outbreaks of violence and fear. Walter Johnson, Ty Cobb and the other stars of the Deadball Era rise to prominence. The Chicago White Sox navigate the 1919 season and by the end of the year, they are on the verge of a World Series berth. Behind the scenes, some of the players begin to discuss the possibility of a big payday during the Series, much bigger than the bonuses they would earn for participating in the event. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
As the regular season winds down, the talk of a World Series fix heats up. Chicago White Sox players meet with two sets of gamblers and name a price to lose the Series. The gamblers weave a complicated web to raise the money before the Series begins. One group secures the help of the biggest gambler of them all, Arnold Rothstein. On the eve of Game One, the deal is done and everyone waits to see if the players will go through with the fix... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The World Series plays out as rumors of a conspiracy run wild through the inner circles of baseball. Suspicion rises. Tension builds in the White Sox clubhouse. The gamblers double cross the players. The players double cross the gamblers. In the end, no one wins. Special thanks to the SABR Black Sox Scandal Research Committee for assistance in this production. For more details, visit www.blackbarrelmedia.com. Social media: @blackbarrelmedia on Facebook and Instagram, and @bbarrelmedia on Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
After the World Series, Major League Baseball experiences an offseason of turmoil: White Sox owner Charlie Comiskey investigates his players; the National Commission begins to collapse; and Boston sends its best player to New York. As the 1920 season plays out, rumors of a World Series conspiracy fade from memory… until the final week of the year. Three White Sox players testify before a grand jury and the scandal erupts in the newspapers. For more details, please visit www.blackbarrelmedia.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The scandal crashes down on the White Sox players and gamblers. The criminal trial is a fiasco, though it ends well for the defendants. But the new commissioner of baseball is not beholden to the courts and he levies the ultimate punishment against the players. After the appeals fail, the players make new lives for themselves. Most play with outlaw teams across the country. And the story ends with a memorable reunion of the two of the greatest hitters of all time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jacob Pomrenke is the chairman of the SABR Black Sox Scandal Research committee. He separates fact from fiction in an interview that dissects the most prominent myths of the Black Sox scandal. Special thanks to the SABR Black Sox Scandal Research Committee for assistance in this production. For more details, please visit www.blackbarrelmedia.com. Our social media pages are: @blackbarrelmedia on Facebook and Instagram, and @bbarrelmedia on Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mike Nola is the official historian of the Shoeless Joe Jackson virtual Hall of Fame at BlackBetsy.com. He relates stories of the most famous member of the Black Sox in a free wheelin’ interview that chronicles Joe’s life and career. In addition, he talks about the Shoeless Joe film that is moving through the pipeline in Hollywood. For more details, please visit www.blackbarrelmedia.com. Our social media pages are: @blackbarrelmedia on Facebook and Instagram, and @bbarrelmedia on Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Joshua Wilson

great podcast, great narration, great content

Mar 28th
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Johnny Utah

Bonnie and Clyde's original* bullet riddled car and artifacts, (clothing, wanted posters, news articles, photos) is at Whiskey Pete's Hotel and Casino in Primm Nevada. If you ever get the chance, stop in. If it's the real car, it's kinda cool.

Mar 1st
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Johnny Utah

Bonnie and Clyde's original* bullet riddled car and artifacts, (clothing, wanted posters, news articles, photos) is at Whiskey Pete's Hotel and Casino in Primm Nevada. If you ever get the chance, stop in. If it's the real car, it's kinda cool.

Mar 1st
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m a

something is missing in the beginning of the second episode. how did they choose the victim.

Aug 20th
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Doug McConnell

What soda? Whiskey and (club) soda or soda water is actually a pretty common drink

Jul 31st
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rupexo

this is a really great episode! loved the duo commentary on this case.

Jul 30th
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rupexo

man this guy has the best voice for this style of podcasting

Jul 23rd
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swordfich

Great series as always!

Jul 15th
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swordfich

My grandfather and grandmother lived in Winnsboro from the early 30's until they passed in the early 90s. My granddad was a huge baseball fan and he left a bunch of newspaper clippings and photos behind from local and national teams. Finding out that Joe played there in the 30's means that I now need to go dig through all of that stuff again with a new eye.

Feb 4th
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Jahn

Great information and enjoyable podcast.

Jan 27th
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Christopher Saradin

"Most notorious criminal in the history"? How do you figure? How many did he kill? 4? This was an incredibly boring story.

Jan 17th
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#Royalebleu

completely enjoying this series 👍

Jan 14th
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Gerber Alvarez

la cagan estos ojos de su mama

Jan 5th
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Bill Squire

Billy the kid kept my attention enjoyed the perspective and timeline of events.

Dec 25th
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Justin Broms

This was put together very well with a ton of information. A++

Dec 17th
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#Royalebleu

nice cast so far 👌

Dec 7th
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Rainbow Spirit19

This podcast is teaching me a lot of stuff about the place I live

Dec 3rd
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Eric Boughman

I think this series is excellent - thorough, entertaining, and insightful. Excellent narration! Who is the negative multi-comment guy? After the first bash, just move on... Anyway, thanks for making this available!

Nov 26th
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Joe Hartman

Loved the Black Sox's stories. Thanks for the insightful and detailed research. I'll be looking forward to the Joe Jackson movie.

Nov 21st
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Steve Harrison

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Nov 6th
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