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Fact or Fiction: A Mostly-True Crime History Podcast


Welcome to Fact or Fiction, the podcast about historical crimes with one fictional detail added. Listen carefully because it's not easy to know if something is Fact or Fiction. Ready to play?

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Fact or Fiction : Author Series presents Bryan Johnston

Nov 23 • 51:47

In this episode of Fact or Fiction: Author Series, Bryan Johnston, author of Deep in the Woods shares the story of the 1935 kidnapping of George Weyerhaeuser, but he adds one fictional detail.  Will I guess it?  Will you?...

Fact or Fiction: Author Series presents Owen Pataki

Sep 6 • 50:32

This is the first episode in what I’m calling the Fact or Fiction: Author Series.  Owen Pataki, co-author of Where the Light Falls and author of Searchers in Winter is my guest.  Searchers in Winter brings events of the Napoleonic Wars to life with its compelling plot, engaging characters, and exciting action sequences.  In this show I have a brief chat with Owen about his...

How Fingerprints Convicted Thomas Jennings

Aug 24 • 26:48

Eddie Foy and the Iroquois Theater Fire of 1903

Jun 14 • 49:37

Beulah May Annan: The Real Roxie Hart

Jun 1 • 45:45

In April of 1924, Beulah Annan shot her lover in the bedroom she shared with her husband Al.  She rested next to the dead man and played one song over and over on her phonograph until Al arrived home.  What followed is such a sensational story, that reporter Maureen Watkins used it as the basis for her successful play, Chicago.  That play was the basis for the hit musical ...

Fiblett 2.8

May 24 • 10:19

Johann Hoch: America's Bluebeard

May 17 • 34:35

Bluebeard is a French folk-tale about a villainous man who married and then killed multiple wives.  The American version of this story isn't a folk tale--it's real.  Today's episode of Fact or Fiction examines the story of Johann Hoch, a man accused of marrying scores of women, absconding with their fortunes, and even murdering a few.  Listen carefully because it's never e...

Fiblett 2.7

May 10 • 17:33

The Case of the Ragged Stranger

May 3 • 39:07

In the early 1920's, Chicago reporters Charles MacArthur and Ben Hecht encountered and sensationalized the highly unusual murder of a young mother-to-be, Ruth Wanderer.  These two reporters, who  went on to become decorated Hollywood screenwriters, called Ruth Wanderer's tragic story, The Case of the Ragged Stranger!  Listen carefully because it's tricky to know which part...

Fiblett 2.6

Apr 26 • 09:23

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