Episode 32 Robert Smalls

November 5, 2018
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In 1862, an enslaved crew member of a Confederate steamship, stole the ship and sailed it past Confederate forces to deliver it to the Union. This outlaw to the Confederacy became a hero of the Union and a symbol of hope and freedom to the enslaved people of the American South.  This is incredible story of Robert Smalls, a man who set sail to freedom.

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WATCH: Robert Smalls great-great grandson, Michael B. Moore’s TED Talk “The Audacity of Robert Smalls” See video here

WATCH: Panel discussion on the The Life and Legacy of Former Slave Robert Smalls, part of a city-wide Robert Smalls Commemorative Weekend held in Charleston, South Carolina in 2012. See video here

Music
Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use. Background Music: “Thoreau” by Spazz Cardigan. "Ever Mindful", "Magic Forest", "Bittersweet" and "Relaxing Piano" by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under Creative Commons."Last Stand" and "The Chase" by Purple Plant Music Licensed under Creative Commons

Episode 31 Black Wedding

October 28, 2018
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In 1930, Elena Hoyos met Carl Von Cosel in Key West, Florida. Von Cosel became obsessed with her. This has been called a love story but it’s truly one of the most haunting reminders that desire can drive you to obsession and self destruction.

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Read Atlas Obscura: Morbid Monday
Read Undying Love: The True Story of a Passion That Defied Death by Ben Harrison
Read The Lost Diary Of Count Von Cosel by Carl Von Cosel

Music
Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use. “Night of Chaos” by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under Creative Commons, "Lights" Royalty Free Music by cinematicwaves.com. "Shadowlands", "Seventh Curse" and "Alone" by Purple Plant Music Licensed under Creative Commons

Episode 30 Greenbrier Ghost Dead Women Do Tell Tales

October 22, 2018
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Zona Heaster Shue's life was cut short when she was murdered in 1897. She’s known in West Virginia lore as the Greenbrier Ghost because her ghost helped solve her murder. Did Zona's mother fabricate the story of her ghost to avenge her daughter's murder? Or did Zona's ghost truly help convict the man who killed her? 

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Read Katie Letcher Lyle's book about the Greenbrier Ghost, The Man Who Wanted Seven Wives
Newspaper coverage of the trial of Edward Shue from the West Virginia Archives and History 

The Ghost That Solved Its Own Murder by Stephan Wagner

Music
Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use. “Heavy Heart”, “Giatn Wyrm”, “Magic Forest”, “This House”, “Anguish”, “Dreams Become Real” and “Osuary 6 Air” and "Rites" by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under Creative Commons

Episode 29: Wilmington Coup D’Etat

October 8, 2018
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In November 1898, the only successful coup d'etat in American history unfolded in North Carolina when the local government was overthrown by a group backed by the Democratic party. How and why did this happen?

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Wilmington on Fire Documentary Director Christopher Everett amassed rare photographs, original research, and testimonies from historians and descendants of the victims of the coup to uncover a shocking event that marked a turning point in the politics of the post-Reconstruction South

North Carolina Legislature 2007 Joint Resolution on Wilmington Riots

News & Observer “White supremacists took over a city – now NC is doing more to remember the deadly attack” by Will Doran. December 2017

Editor and Publisher “Why North Carolina Papers Apologized for Role In 1898 Race Riots” by Joe Strupp November 2006

Southern Poverty Law Center “Intelligence Report: America’s Only Coup D'etat” by Molly McCluskey August 2018

Music
Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use. "Crowd Hammer", "Brethren Arise", "Long Note Two" and "Lost Time", "Dark Fog", "Colorless Aura" and "Osuarry The Beginning" by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under Creative Commons

Episode 28: The Vengeful Abduction of Annie Laurie Hearin

September 24, 2018
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At 9:50pm on July 26,1988, the Jackson Mississippi Police Department received a call from 71 year old Robert Hearin reporting his 72 year old wife, Annie Laurie had been kidnapped. A case that would take twists and turns that no one could imagine.

More about this episode
People Magazine feature about the Hearin case September 1988
WLBT Jackson Feature: The disappearance of Annie Laurie Hearin
Washington Post feature about Hearin kidnapping November 1988
Charley Project Missing Index for Annie Laurie Hearin
Details on Alfred Winn legal case and his appeal

Music
Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use.

“Drone in D” "Long Note One" "Long Note Two" "Almost in F Tranqulity" by Kevin MacLeod Licensed under Creative Commons

Episode 27: Mammoth Cave Explorations, Experiments and Enemies

September 10, 2018
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Mammoth Cave is the longest cave system in the world. It was also ground zero for a desperate medical experiment and the Kentucky Cave Wars that drove Floyd Collins to make a decision that made him a media sensation in 1925

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Mammoth Cave National Park Cave Tours
Read Trapped!: The Story of Floyd Collins Paperback by Robert K. Murray and Roger W. Brucker
Watch Robert Murray discuss his book Trapped! at Western Kentucky University in 1980
University of Virginia Records on Mammoth Cave Tuberculosis Hospital Experiment
Read Roger Brucker’s "Grand, Gloomy, and Peculiar: Stephen Bishop at Mammoth Cave"

Music
Theme Song "Dark & Troubled" by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use
“I Am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor” by Chris Zabriskie Licensed under Creative Commons
“Almost in F Tranquility MacLeod” and “Ever Mindful” by Kevin MacLeod Licensed under Creative Commons
“Surrender” by Dan Lebowitz Licensed under Creative Commons
"The Death Of Floyd Collins" by Charlie Oaks. August of 1925 recording from original 78rpm. Public Domain

Coming Soon: The Color Line Murders

September 9, 2018
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Coming October 2018, a historical true crime podcast telling the stories of victims of racial terror in the American South

Music
"Eight" by Ross Gentry, couresy of Headway Recording in Asheville, North Carolina 

Episode 26: Edgar Watson The Desperado of Chatham Bend

August 27, 2018
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The Florida Everglades are full of fascinating wildlife, eerie beauty and countless natural wonders. But within this dense wilderness, is the story of one of a man believed to be one of Florida’s most prolific serial killers. And the people who decided to stop him.

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Read Peter Matthiessen's Watson Trilogy, inspired by the life of Edgar Watson. The trilogy consists of Killing Mister Watson, Lost Man’s River and Bone by Bone.
The Decemberists "E.Watson" - a retelling of the story of the posse that faced down Watson

Music Credits
Theme Song "Dark & Troubled" by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use
“Lost Cowboy" by Coyote Hearing Licensed under Creative Commons 
"Long Note One”, “Long Note Two”, “Long Note Four”, “Drone in D” and "Almost in F Tranquility" by Kevin MacLeod  Licensed under Creative Commons 

Episode 25: The Living Funeral of Felix Bush

July 30, 2018
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In June of 1938, a Tennessee hermit threw himself a funeral party. The "living" funeral made Felix Bush famous. But why had Felix lived as a hermit for decades? And why did he decide to throw himself a funeral and invite all of Roane County, Tennessee?

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Music Credits
Theme Song "Dark & Troubled" by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours andPantherburn for permission for use.

“Passing Time”, “Almost in F Tranquility”, “Ever Mindful”, “Dreams Become Real” by Kevin MacLeod Licensed under Creative Commons
“I Am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor” by Chris Zabriskie Licensed under Creative Commons
"Hold to God’s Unchanging Hands" by Hosea Hudson. Performed at Appalachian South Folklife Festival in Pipestem, West Virginia on July 20th 1979

"Where We’ll Never Grow Old" by The Lower Lights. Buy the song here. Learn more the band at lowerlights.com

More about this episode
Webpage with more info on Uncle Bush, created and maintained by Breazeale Family. Definitive guide to life of Felix Bush
Official Get Low website. Watch the movie based on the real life of Felix Bush

 

 

Episode 24: Gribble House Murders of Savannah

July 16, 2018
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In December of 1909, three women were murdered in a violent axe attack in a boarding house in Savannah, Georgia known as the Gribble House. The attack remains one of the most diabolical crimes in the history of Savannah. Who was the murderer? And what was the motive?

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Music Credits
Theme Song "Dark & Troubled" by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours andPantherburn for permission for use. “Lightless Dawn”, “Long Note 1”, "Long Note 2", “Long Note 4” and “Dark Times” by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under Creative Commons

More about this episode
Ghost haunts Savannah’s ‘most diabolical crime’
Who killed the women in the Gribble House? A forgotten Edwardian axe massacre