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A Family Murder Part 4



This episode of the Real Crime podcast features part 4 of the brutal murder of the Lyerly family in North Carolina. Here three of the five African Americans who have been arrested are pulled from the jail and lynched. The reporter gives a very detailed description of the act and we can see how people cut fingers and ears as souvenirs. We also have part 3 of the Brother Kills Brother murder in California. Here, the wife of the victim visits the suspect in jail. And there’s a whole lot of talking going on.

Now let me take this moment to plug my novel, The Last Girl. Here’s the cover! Please make sure to pre-order now on Amazon or any other bookstore. The Last Girl is a mystery about Dexter Vega, a newspaper reporter who is laid off from his job in a coastal Florida town. Vega meets a wealthy retiree who hires him to find his daughter who is supposed to be attending the local college. When Vega visits his client to inform him that his daughter is in Mexico, he discovers the man has been murdered. And Vega’s prints are all over the murder weapon.

The Last Girl is a mystery about Dexter Vega, a newspaper reporter who is laid off from his job in a coastal Florida town. Vega meets a wealthy retiree who hires him to find his daughter who is supposed to be attending the local college. When Vega visits his client to inform him that his daughter is in Mexico, he discovers the man has been murdered. And Vega’s prints are all over the murder weapon.

OK, and also in this crazy episode of Real Crime we have a roundup of Japanese and Korean murder suspects in Hawaii—and get this: an attack on a woman by dozens of drunken rats!


A Family Murder Part 3



We’re back with more true crime! My apologies for missing the last couple of weeks. But here we are. In this fine episode of Real Crime, you’ll hear part 3 of the vicious murder of the Lyerly family. You’ll get the testimony of the kin of Gillespie (including his 10-year-old son) and a couple of the other prisoners.

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Also, there is a murder on the range in the ongoing battle between cattlemen and sheepherders in Wyoming, and of course, part 2 of the Brother Kills Brother series as guilt seems to corner in on the guilty party. Here you have it. Real Crime. True crime directly from the pages of vintage newspapers from around the country.


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?