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Take a gruesome trip through history with chilling campfire stories of true crime. It’s a unique blending of narrative nonfiction storytelling with investigative journalism, a deep dive into the lives of victims...and killers. And how they made history.
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The climax of Howard Pierson’s story. After almost 30 years in a mental health facility, the killer might just walk free. And if he does, he’ll have a huge amount of money at his disposal, thanks to his siblings. But Howard Pierson’s life would end tragically…just not in the way you might expect. Written, researched, and hosted by Kate Winkler Dawson/producers Jason Wehling and Laura Sobel/sound designer Eric Friend/composer Curtis Heath/web designer Ilsa Brink Subscribe to my newsletter: tenfoldmorewicked.com Buy my books: katewinklerdawson.com If you have suggestions for historical crimes that could use some attention, email me: info@tenfoldmorewicked.com Follow me on social: @tenfoldmore (Twitter) / @tenfoldmorewicked (Facebook and Instagram) See my sources here: tenfoldmorewicked.com  2021 All Rights Reserved See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Howard Pierson has escaped from the Austin State Hospital, three years after killing his parents. Newspapers print dramatic headlines while investigators, including the Texas Rangers, search for the escapee. Is Howard capable of killing again? One relative has a startling theory about why Howard really killed Will and Lena Pierson. Written, researched, and hosted by Kate Winkler Dawson/producers Jason Wehling and Laura Sobel/sound designer Eric Friend/composer Curtis Heath/web designer Ilsa Brink Subscribe to my newsletter: tenfoldmorewicked.com Buy my books: katewinklerdawson.com If you have suggestions for historical crimes that could use some attention, email me: info@tenfoldmorewicked.com Follow me on social: @tenfoldmore (Twitter) / @tenfoldmorewicked (Facebook and Instagram) See my sources here: tenfoldmorewicked.com  2021 All Rights Reserved See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A jury finds Howard Pierson incapable of standing trial because he is insane. He’ll be sent to a mental health facility, not a prison. But there’s a caveat: if Howard is ever determined to be sane, he can be tried for killing his parents. We also find out more about Will Pierson…he’s not the kind person he appears to be. Howard is soon on the run. Written, researched, and hosted by Kate Winkler Dawson/producers Jason Wehling and Laura Sobel/sound designer Eric Friend/composer Curtis Heath/web designer Ilsa Brink Subscribe to my newsletter: tenfoldmorewicked.com Buy my books: katewinklerdawson.com If you have suggestions for historical crimes that could use some attention, email me: info@tenfoldmorewicked.com Follow me on social: @tenfoldmore (Twitter) / @tenfoldmorewicked (Facebook and Instagram) See my sources here: tenfoldmorewicked.com  2021 All Rights Reserved See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In April of 1935, Howard Pierson has confessed to Austin police that he murdered his parents. The district attorney prepares a case against the 21-year-old, asserting that Howard snapped because his father had refused to fund his education at the University of Texas and then forced him to toil in a hot oil field. But Howard’s brother and sister hire several top defense attorneys who declare that Howard Pierson is not bitter…but insane. Will the defense work?  Written, researched, and hosted by Kate Winkler Dawson/producers Jason Wehling and Laura Sobel/sound designer Eric Friend/composer Curtis Heath/web designer Ilsa Brink Subscribe to my newsletter: tenfoldmorewicked.com Buy my books: katewinklerdawson.com If you have suggestions for historical crimes that could use some attention, email me: info@tenfoldmorewicked.com Follow me on social: @tenfoldmore (Twitter) / @tenfoldmorewicked (Facebook and Instagram) See my sources here: tenfoldmorewicked.com 2021 All Rights Reserved See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Will and Lena Pierson are dead and their son, Howard, is sitting in a police station in Austin, Texas. Howard’s siblings describe him as a sad boy who became an awkward young man. Investigators also discover that Will and Lena Pierson had a hefty life insurance policy. But who would benefit the most from their murders? And were they really killed over money? Written, researched, and hosted by Kate Winkler Dawson/producers Jason Wehling and Laura Sobel/sound designer Eric Friend/composer Curtis Heath/web designer Ilsa Brink Subscribe to my newsletter: tenfoldmorewicked.com Buy my books: katewinklerdawson.com If you have suggestions for historical crimes that could use some attention, email me: info@tenfoldmorewicked.com Follow me on social: @tenfoldmore (Twitter) / @tenfoldmorewicked (Facebook and Instagram) See my sources here: tenfoldmorewicked.com  2021 All Rights Reserved See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In 1935 William and Lena Pierson are living a wonderful life; he is an associate judge on the Texas Supreme Court, a career politician. She is a beloved homemaker and mother to their three children: Bill, Alice and Howard. One night in April, Howard (their youngest child) rushes into a local hospital with an arm wound—he’s been shot by robbers in rural Austin, by a creek. His parents are dead. The local police are panicked. Written, researched, and hosted by Kate Winkler Dawson/producers Jason Wehling and Laura Sobel/sound designer Eric Friend/composer Curtis Heath/web designer Ilsa Brink Subscribe to my newsletter: tenfoldmorewicked.com Buy my books: katewinklerdawson.com If you have suggestions for historical crimes that could use some attention, email me: info@tenfoldmorewicked.com Follow me on social: @tenfoldmore (Twitter) / @tenfoldmorewicked (Facebook and Instagram) See my sources here: tenfoldmorewicked.com 2021 All Rights Reserved   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Season Three Trailer

Season Three Trailer

2021-03-1502:352

Introducing: Tenfold More Wicked, Season Three The third season of Tenfold More Wicked is called “Murder in the Court.” It's a historical true crime story about a fractured family in 1930s Texas and the murders that left a black mark on its history. Associate Supreme Court Justice William Pierson is revered on the bench, while his wife Lena is adored by their three kids at home. One night in April of 1935 the couple is murdered. Soon the suspect would shock everyone with a controversial defense that still angers people today.   Written, researched, and hosted by Kate Winkler Dawson/producers Jason Wehling and Laura Sobel/sound designer Eric Friend/composer Curtis Heath/web designer Ilsa Brink Subscribe to my newsletter: tenfoldmorewicked.com Buy my books: katewinklerdawson.com If you have suggestions for historical crimes that could use some attention, email me: info@tenfoldmorewicked.com Follow me on social: @tenfoldmore (Twitter) / @tenfoldmorewicked (Facebook and Instagram) See my sources here: tenfoldmorewicked.com   2021 All Rights Reserved See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The climax of Burke and Hare’s story—will they both die on the gallows? Would their wives face the same fate? A twist on the tale is coming. And Dr. Robert Knox has a reckoning. Written, researched, and hosted by Kate Winkler Dawson/producers Jason Wehling and Laura Sobel/sound designer Eric Friend/composer Curtis Heath/web designer Ilsa Brink Subscribe to my newsletter: tenfoldmorewicked.com Buy my books: katewinklerdawson.com If you have suggestions for historical crimes that could use some attention, email me: info@tenfoldmorewicked.com Follow me on social: @tenfoldmore (Twitter) / @tenfoldmorewicked (Facebook and Instagram) See my sources here: tenfoldmorewicked.com   2021 All Rights Reserved See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A raucous Halloween parts leads to a violent death for one poor person in Old Town. The police are offered a valuable tip, but will they ignore it? Dr. Robert Knox is targeted. The end is near… Written, researched, and hosted by Kate Winkler Dawson/producers Jason Wehling and Laura Sobel/sound designer Eric Friend/composer Curtis Heath/web designer Ilsa Brink Clips at the beginning of the episode are from the movie Peter Cushing: The Fiendish Ghouls and the radio show Crime Classics, from the episode titled "If a Body Need a Body, Just Call Burke and Hare." Subscribe to my newsletter: tenfoldmorewicked.com Buy my books: katewinklerdawson.com If you have suggestions for historical crimes that could use some attention, email me: info@tenfoldmorewicked.com Follow me on social: @tenfoldmore (Twitter) / @tenfoldmorewicked (Facebook and Instagram) See my sources here: tenfoldmorewicked.com     2021 All Rights Reserved   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Body Snatcher: Daft

The Body Snatcher: Daft

2021-02-1542:103

Resentment grows between William Burke and William Hare in Old Town, while Dr. Robert Knox continues to make professional enemies in New Town. And the serial killers pick the wrong victim. Will this be the end of their partnership…even their lives? Written, researched, and hosted by Kate Winkler Dawson/producers Jason Wehling and Laura Sobel/sound designer Eric Friend/composer Curtis Heath/web designer Ilsa Brink Subscribe to my newsletter: tenfoldmorewicked.com Buy my books: katewinklerdawson.com If you have suggestions for historical crimes that could use some attention, email me: info@tenfoldmorewicked.com Follow me on social: @tenfoldmore (Twitter) / @tenfoldmorewicked (Facebook and Instagram) See my sources here: tenfoldmorewicked.com   2021 All Rights Reserved See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mary Paterson has entranced Dr. Robert Knox, and she’s earned William Burke and William Hare a large fee. As the murders continue, things begin to shift as mistrust between the serial killers grows. While one victim haunts Burke, Hare and his wife make a fateful decision. Written, researched, and hosted by Kate Winkler Dawson/producers Jason Wehling and Laura Sobel/sound designer Eric Friend/composer Curtis Heath/web designer Ilsa Brink Subscribe to my newsletter: tenfoldmorewicked.com Buy my books: katewinklerdawson.com If you have suggestions for historical crimes that could use some attention, email me: info@tenfoldmorewicked.com Follow me on social: @tenfoldmore (Twitter) / @tenfoldmorewicked (Facebook and Instagram) See my sources here: tenfoldmorewicked.com   2021 All Rights Reserved See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
William Burke and William Hare begin targeting victims and perfecting their murder method: Burking (look it up in the dictionary). Dr. Robert Knox’s classes are at capacity now…he’s making loads of money. He and his assistants happily hand over money to Burke and Hare…and never ask questions. But soon all three would meet a woman who would change everything—and put their business at risk.  Written, researched, and hosted by Kate Winkler Dawson/producers Jason Wehling and Laura Sobel/sound designer Eric Friend/composer Curtis Heath/web designer Ilsa Brink Subscribe to my newsletter: tenfoldmorewicked.com Buy my books: katewinklerdawson.com If you have suggestions for historical crimes that could use some attention, email me: info@tenfoldmorewicked.com Follow me on social: @tenfoldmore (Twitter) / @tenfoldmorewicked (Facebook and Instagram) See my sources here: tenfoldmorewicked.com   2021 All Rights Reserved   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In 1827 William Burke and William Hare, both poor immigrants from Ireland, enter into a business partnership. When a lodger at Hare’s boarding house suddenly dies the pair meets Dr. Robert Knox, one of the world’s most sought-after anatomy professors. Knox needs cadavers to teach classes to future surgeons—just like anatomy professors today. Burke and Hare earn more money with one body than a year’s worth of wages. But now…they need more bodies. Written, researched, and hosted by Kate Winkler Dawson/producers Jason Wehling and Laura Sobel/sound designer Eric Friend/composer Curtis Heath/web designer Ilsa Brink Subscribe to my newsletter: tenfoldmorewicked.com Buy my books: katewinklerdawson.com If you have suggestions for historical crimes that could use some attention, email me: info@tenfoldmorewicked.com Follow me on social: @tenfoldmore (Twitter) / @tenfoldmorewicked (Facebook and Instagram) See my sources here: tenfoldmorewicked.com   2021 All Rights Reserved See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Season Two Trailer

Season Two Trailer

2021-01-1102:541

Introducing: Tenfold More Wicked, Season Two This second season of Tenfold More Wicked is called “The Body Snatcher.” It's a historical true crime story about the world’s most famous graverobbers…who never actually robbed a grave. They murdered. In the early 1800s William Burke and William Hare snatched poor people off of the streets of poverty-stricken Edinburgh, Scotland. The serial killers murdered 16 people…and made medical history that still resonates today. Written, researched, and hosted by Kate Winkler Dawson/producers Jason Wehling and Laura Sobel/sound designer Eric Friend/composer Curtis Heath/web designer Ilsa Brink Subscribe to my newsletter: tenfoldmorewicked.com Buy my books: katewinklerdawson.com If you have suggestions for historical crimes that could use some attention, email me: info@tenfoldmorewicked.com Follow me on social: @tenfoldmore (Twitter) / @tenfoldmorewicked (Facebook and Instagram) See my sources here: tenfoldmorewicked.com   2021 All Rights Reserved See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The climax of Edward Rulloff’s tale—would he escape the noose once again? Would his brilliant brain make history, as he suspected it would? Yes. But not for the reasons he had hoped. Edward would become the avatar for the “criminal mind.”  Written, researched, and hosted by Kate Winkler Dawson/producers Jason Wehling and Laura Sobel/sound designer Eric Friend/composer Curtis Heath Subscribe to my newsletter: tenfoldmorewicked.com Buy my books: katewinklerdawson.com If you have suggestions for historical crimes that could use some attention, email me: info@tenfoldmorewicked.com Follow me on social: @tenfoldmore (Twitter) / @tenfoldmorewicked (Facebook) / @tenfoldmorewicked (Instagram) See my sources here: tenfoldmorewicked.com   2020 All Rights Reserved See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Edward’s failure to secure funding for his research has not deterred him. But he and his crime ring need money, so they rob a dry goods store in Upstate New York—a terrible idea. Three more people would soon die and Edward Rulloff would become infamous. Written, researched, and hosted by Kate Winkler Dawson/producers Jason Wehling and Laura Sobel/sound designer Eric Friend/composer Curtis Heath Subscribe to my newsletter: tenfoldmorewicked.com Buy my books: katewinklerdawson.com If you have suggestions for historical crimes that could use some attention, email me: info@tenfoldmorewicked.com Follow me on social: @tenfoldmore (Twitter) / @tenfoldmorewicked (Facebook) / @tenfoldmorewicked (Instagram) See my sources here: tenfoldmorewicked.com   2020 All Rights Reserved See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
After Edward’s release from prison, the Schutts pressure the district attorney to make a drastic decision. But it's too late because their son-in-law vanishes and reappears in New York City where he can easily hide from the Schutts. Edward becomes Professor Leurio and the aging academic hopes to sell his groundbreaking manuscript on linguistics for a fortune. Written, researched, and hosted by Kate Winkler Dawson/producers Jason Wehling and Laura Sobel/sound designer Eric Friend/composer Curtis Heath Subscribe to my newsletter: tenfoldmorewicked.com Buy my books: katewinklerdawson.com If you have suggestions for historical crimes that could use some attention, email me: info@tenfoldmorewicked.com Follow me on social: @tenfoldmore (Twitter) / @tenfoldmorewicked (Facebook) / @tenfoldmorewicked (Instagram) See my sources here: tenfoldmorewicked.com   2020 All Rights Reserved See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Now that his secrets are laying at the bottom of Cayuga Lake, Edward is free to become the academic he had always strived to be. But the people of Tompkins County—and the Schutt family—have different plans for him. And they involve a noose. Written, researched, and hosted by Kate Winkler Dawson/producers Jason Wehling and Laura Sobel/sound designer Eric Friend/composer Curtis Heath Subscribe to my newsletter: tenfoldmorewicked.com Buy my books: katewinklerdawson.com If you have suggestions for historical crimes that could use some attention, email me: info@tenfoldmorewicked.com Follow me on social: @tenfoldmore (Twitter) / @tenfoldmorewicked (Facebook)/ @tenfoldmorewicked (Instagram) See my sources here: tenfoldmorewicked.com   2020 All Rights Reserved See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Edward is frustrated with his banal life in the countryside. He’s bored by his job as a botanical doctor—he dreams of a career in academia. Edward is disgusted by his disloyal in-laws and his unappreciative wife, Harriet. And he hates Dr. Henry Bull, Harriet’s handsome (and flirtatious) cousin. Four people die in one episode—all from the same family. Written, researched, and hosted by Kate Winkler Dawson/producers Jason Wehling and Laura Sobel/sound designer Eric Friend/composer Curtis Heath Subscribe to my newsletter: tenfoldmorewicked.com Buy my books: katewinklerdawson.com If you have suggestions for historical crimes that could use some attention, email me: info@tenfoldmorewicked.com Follow me on social: @tenfoldmore (Twitter) / @tenfoldmorewicked (Facebook) / @tenfoldmorewicked (Instagram) See my sources here: tenfoldmorewicked.com   2020 All Rights Reserved See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In 1842 Edward Rulloff, a mysterious young academic, charms his way into the Schutt family in Dryden, a small village in Upstate New York. He’s hardworking and loyal—he impresses the prominent family. Edward is a good husband, at first. But the Schutts quickly learn that he’s also arrogant, jealous…and vengeful. Written, researched, and hosted by Kate Winkler Dawson/producers Jason Wehling and Laura Sobel/sound designer Eric Friend/composer Curtis Heath Subscribe to my newsletter: tenfoldmorewicked.com Buy my books: katewinklerdawson.com If you have suggestions for historical crimes that could use some attention, email me: info@tenfoldmorewicked.com Follow me on social: @tenfoldmore (Twitter) / @tenfoldmorewicked (Facebook) / @tenfoldmorewicked (Instagram) See my sources here: tenfoldmorewicked.com   2020 All Rights Reserved See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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No, thank you....But thank you for changing the title of the show.......Wasn't "catchy" enough ?

May 10th
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PotatoCouch

one must realize that treatment in mental health hospitals then were probably likely to make him quiet, demure, etc. lobotomy, electric shock therapy, etc.

May 7th
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Andrew Stimpson Gee

In America it's only the rights of the criminal that get respected, victims get brushed aside. Notice how the lawyer laughs when talking about victims, that really highlights her feelings towards them. Also notice how they brush over the freshman who was murdered. Victim blaming should be added to the trigger warning.

May 5th
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Gleaming Cube

I live rite down the road from Dryden. I went to a power meet there when i was in high school.

May 5th
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Andrew Stimpson Gee

Why does the narrator assume that this kid has no control of his life? He was an adult had been to college for a few years. If he wanted to be could have gone out on his own.

May 4th
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Sherrie Brown Lucas

So, who will be next, that will keep Howard down and make him angry?! There will be someone before long. This is his m o.

May 3rd
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Sherrie Brown Lucas

In a vacuum or objectively?! really? I can agree with mental illness, depending on the case and how good of a liar these people are. Do not speak for "most" people. I would say, 100%, that they should have accountability! I have not been a victim or knowingly known a person who is a victim of these people. You are so full of yourself. I think forgiveness is important and to treat them humanly, but not to give them freedom. It is far too dangerous!

May 3rd
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Sherrie Brown Lucas

At 27:30 If he is going to be tremendously stressed again, that sounds like it could be a repeat. Would anyone be following up with him, like a parole? You can't do parole if there has been no trial! Mandatory, mental health checks? And would the cost of that be on the perpetrator or our taxes? And for how long?

May 3rd
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Sherrie Brown Lucas

Also, if you think he is deemed mentally "ok" now, then atrial should happen, now.

May 3rd
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Sherrie Brown Lucas

It doesn't matter how he feels. He and we all know that he did it. There should still be a trial and he should serve his time in a mental facility. Another question is ; how do you know if or when he should he released. They let him out before he murdered and attacked people. They were wrong! No one knows enough so day if he's safe for society. I don't think he ever will be. This is not curable. I feel bad for him, to a point, but there really is no way to know that he won't have more episodes when he gets his freedom. I feel much worst for his victims and their families. I think he should be treated well in there, but he should stay in there.

May 3rd
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Sherrie Brown Lucas

At 24 min : If he knew right from wrong is not a fact, but debatable. He certainly knew enough, not to kill HIMSELF, when the voices told him to.

May 3rd
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Sherrie Brown Lucas

So, if he heard voices telling him to kill himself, why didn't he? Because he didn't want to die, but he didn't worry about other people's lives. pretty easy to figure out.

May 3rd
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Patty McTernan Spitzler

wonderful!!!

Apr 30th
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Mike Richter

So your giving a free education and don't pass your classes and your the victim?

Apr 27th
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N. G

great show!

Mar 6th
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Rebecca Butcher

Wow, such an excellent podcast! Well researched and presented, I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

Feb 22nd
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alli lent

I didn't know I could hate these men more than I already did.

Feb 18th
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Andrew Stimpson Gee

The only way to pass pills, mouth to mouth kiss.

Feb 9th
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Gurmeet Kaur

I just finished listening to season 1, and enjoyed it thoroughly. Thanks for your great presentation of a dark and intriguing crime story from the past. Onto season 2 now.

Feb 7th
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Poe Jangles

so odd that someone would be happy to have someone on the mayflower who probably helped commit genocide but would be afraid to say their last name because their distant relative was a serial killer.... love this podcast but that first comment off the hop through me

Jan 31st
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