Monthly Archives: February 2017

A Family Murder Part 2



In this episode of Real Crime we have the second part of the murder of the Lyerly family in North Carolina. The 5 ‘negroes’ speak their piece from the jail in Charlotte. Also, there is the first part of the death of a man at the hand of his own brother. Brother kills brother. But the murderer, if indeed it is the brother, didn’t do a very good job of hiding his motive, and his tracks!

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We also have the telling of a wifebeater getting lashed by the sheriff in the jail and this first person narrative of a ‘pacifist’ who was lecturing in Cincinnati in 1917 and he gets kidnapped and mistreated by ‘patriots’ who seem a lot like the KKK. Some of these articles from the Washington Times and the North Carolina Hickory Democrat have these not so subtle tone when talking about African-Americans, saying they things like: ‘This one was darker with black malevolent eyes and a mean disposition.’

It’s amazing to me how their prose shows their prejudice. Anyway, hope you enjoy this piece of history.


Vicious Murder of Young Girl



In this week’s episode, we get two horrible crimes. The first one is the discovery of the body of a 7-year old girl who has been viciously mutilated and buried in the basement. The suspect is at large. The newspaper narrates the investigation that leads to the subsequent discovery of the body and what the police are doing to find the killer. Also, we have another horrible crime when persons unknown brutally murder a man and 3 members of his family in their home in North Carolina. Apparently, they were killed by blows of an ax or other object and then the bed set on fire. But listen for yourself as the newspaper article from 1906 brings the tragic moment to life for us.

real crime with Danny LopezAlso, we have the wild narrative of a robbery and subsequent chase through the streets of New York City as two robbers hold up a hotel and then try and escape in a car and a taxi. This is like something out of a gangster flick from the 1920s with cops riding on the guardrails of a car, shooting at the getaway vehicle. Crazy but real as told from the pages of a vintage New York Tribune newspaper. Enjoy!


News of a Lynching



This episode of Real Crime includes the final installment of the murder of Leoda Childress in North Carolina with the Tilleys finally having their day in court. Also the second part of the murder of a New Jersey bank runner. The killer goes to trial. We also have a number of odd news briefs including one for a lynching in Alabama.

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There is also news of the killing of a rancher and a brief about two men killed in a duel in Kentucky. Crime is not something new but in the old days, the reasons for deaths and the crimes committed were strange and savage. Motivation ranged from money to liquor to jealousy. Has anything changed?