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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 and tragedies throughout history. Host Erik Rivenes interviews authors and historians who have studied their subjects for years, and the stories are offered with unique insight, detail, and historical accuracy.
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In the aftermath of the American Civil War there was a sharp rise of interest from Americans interested in communicating with the dead, and the Spiritualism movement grew increasingly popular. This, combined with the new technology of photography, gave rise to a scam called "spirit photography". The main perpetrator of the fraud was William H. Mumler, who convinced many that he could capture images of lost love ones alongside the living in portrait photographs.  Eventually he would face a sensational trial, with even P.T. Barnum testifying against him. My guest is Peter Manseau, writer and curator of American Religious History at the Smithsonian Institution. His book is called "The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln's Ghost", and he tells the this tale of deception in this latest episode of Most Notorious. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In October of 1900, four men accompanied a young woman named Jennie Bosschieter to a saloon, where one of them slipped a large amount of chloral hydrate into her drink. She was then taken on a ride to a remote place, sexually assaulted, and eventually died from the overdose.My guest is Kimberly Tilley, author of "The Poisoned Glass", and she tells the disturbing story of the murder, the investigation, the trial and its aftermath.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
My guest is Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of "Sin in the Second City", "American Rose", and "Liar, Temptress, Soldier. Spy". She discusses her new book, "The Ghosts of Eden Park", and the wild story of George Remus, the most powerful bootlegger in early Prohibition-era America. It's a roller-coaster tale - his rise, his fall, and the  strange love triangle he shared with wife Imogene and Prohibition Agent Franklin Dodge, which would ultimately drive him to such rage that he would shoot her dead and face a sensational trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Harper Lee, author of "To Kill A Mockingbird", famously accompanied Truman Capote as he investigated the murder of the Clutter family; ultimately writing about the terrible events in his true crime classic,  "In Cold Blood". Years later, Lee tackled her own multi-murder investigation, with the goal of writing her own true crime book.My guest is Casey Cep, author of "Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee". She not only discusses Harper Lee's involvement, but goes into detail about the Reverend Willie Maxwell, who after murdering five people in Talapoosa County, Alabama, was himself shot dead during the funeral for one of his victims. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
 While Arthur Conan Doyle is recognized as the creator of one of the most famous characters in literary history - Sherlock Holmes- fewer people know that Doyle used his Holmesian skills of deduction to help solve actual real-life true crime cases. One in particular had to do with Oscar Slater, a Jewish immigrant gambler who was convicted for the brutal beating death of a wealthy woman named Marion Gilchrist in Glasgow, Scotland in late December of 1908.My guest, Margalit Fox, is author of the book "Conan Doyle for the Defense: How Sherlock Holmes's Creator Turned Real-Life Detective & Freed a Man Wrongly Imprisoned For Murder".  She tells the story about Slater's wrongful conviction and Doyle's crusade for justice amidst a corrupt Glasgow police department.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
With Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon A Time in Hollywood" due to be released at the end of July, there is a renewed interest in Charles Manson and his murderous cult. My guest, Lis Wiehl, author of "Hunting Charles Manson: The Quest for Justice In the Days of Helter Skelter"  explains Manson's powerful influence over the wayward youth that flocked to the Spahn Ranch in 1968 and 69, and how he managed to convince them that committing murder would help spark a race war and a revolution. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Cults are certainly not a new phenomenon - in fact one of the strangest ones existed in Los Angeles in the 1920s. The "Blackburn Cult", also known as the "Divine Order of the Royal Arms of the Great Eleven", was the brainchild of a grifter named May Otis Blackburn. She, along with her daughter Ruth, in need of money, suddenly claimed that the archangel Gabriel had visited them with orders to write books that revealed the mysteries of life, death, and a post-apocalyptic world that would be ruled by eleven Queens . My guest is Samuel Fort, author of "Cult of the Great Eleven".  He discusses some of the cult's bizarre rituals and behavior, and more ominously, the mysterious deaths and disappearances it was involved in - grim events that would eventually be exposed to the country in a sensational trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
If I were to make a list of the most notorious murder cases in American history, the Sacco and Vanzetti case would certainly make my top ten. In April of 1920, two payroll guards were gunned during a robbery in Braintree, Massachusetts. Police immediately honed in on two Italian-born anarchists, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, and charged them with murder. My guest, Susan Tejada, author of "In Search of Sacco and Vanzetti: Double Lives, Troubled Times and the Massachusetts Murder Case That Shook the World", dives into the case in detail. And it's fascinating - from a questionable police investigation, including confusing ballistics evidence, to a biased judge, to an ignored confession, this is a case that caused a world-wide outcry over a failed legal process, which led to the eventual execution of both men. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Long before Dutch Schultz, "Lucky" Luciano or even Monk Eastman ran rackets in New York City, a man named Albert Hicks terrorized lower Manhattan. He'd made his living as a murderous pirate, and became one of the worst criminals to ever wander the notorious Five Points, a wretched slum made famous in Asbury's (and Scorsese's) "Gangs of New York". Rich Cohen, bestselling author of "The Last Pirate of New York: A Ghost Ship, A Killer, and the Birth of a Gangster Nation" is my guest this week. He tells the story of a mysterious, empty ship found floating in the New York Harbor in 1860, and evidence left behind of three violent murders that would eventually lead police to the handsome and ruthless Albert Hicks. Go to www.mostnotorious.com and hit the Amazon link for all of your online shopping needs! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
My guest is George R. Dekle Sr., former prosecutor and prolific author. He discusses his book, "Six Capsules: The Gilded Age Murder of Helen Potts", and draws comparisons between the Helen Pott's husband, Carlyle Harris (who would be tried and convicted for her murder in the sensational New York case)  and Ted Bundy, whom Dekle was responsible for prosecuting in Florida. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Sherrie Lucas

I really like this author. I like the way he thinks and how he uses his words.

Jun 21st
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Robert Stanley

hard to follow if you're dumb , otherwise s good true story..

May 18th
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Viva La Vida

This expert finishes each sentence with a question mark. So difficult to listen to.

May 16th
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Sharon Anderson

this is supposed to be 10 Most Notorous Historical Ghosts with Diane Student, but it the Jamws/Younger bank robbery podcast

Apr 23rd
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Jaymes

love how she has to explain what a cricket bat is...for all those millions of Americans who, if it's not in America would have no idea what it is.

Apr 17th
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jakfuk

boring babbling bullahit

Apr 14th
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Jaymes

interesting story but that author is hard to listen to , that upward inflection in his voice is super annoying

Apr 3rd
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Ishmael

Leonsku was a weak coward. Glad he got put to death.

Feb 27th
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Ashley McKerall

episode 6 btw... the Jesse POMerOY EpiSODE...

Feb 21st
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Ashley McKerall

I can't listen to thIS, because of the rISING, of every 4th wORD, that this guy SAYS, and it's very disTRACTING, and I just can't foLLOW...

Feb 21st
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Ishmael

I can't wait to see "I am the Night" tomorrow!

Jan 28th
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corp Azilum

I love some of the metaphors this guy uses.

Jan 26th
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Just a fan

There's money in murder.

Jan 23rd
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Jaymes

everybody and their auntie has a theory on the Black Dahlia case, love his show but I'm gunna have to miss this episode, I can't stomach ANOTHER theory in one of these historical cold cases, everybody thinks their THEORY is the real one and their usually held together by circumstantial evidence at best. I don't understand why some of these authors have to keep beating a dead horse by writing the 100th book on the subject and then try to push an idea that was never mentioned in the other 99 books on the subject, lol..

Jan 22nd
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corp Azilum

Jaymes Yeah, but if I remember right the one in this book was the best idea the police had too.

Jan 24th
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Stephen Hemmings

absolutely fascinating story with an incredible (if homicidal!) character at the centre of things. You could not make this stuff up! Well done to all involved in this production. Most Notorious is always a great listen.

Jan 15th
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Stephen Hemmings

Another great podcast. Thanks for your work.

Jan 2nd
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Stephen Hemmings

Great production. Very well presented and well informed. Very listenable. Well done!

Jan 2nd
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