The Great Circus Murder Part 11



In this podcast of Real Crime, we have the final installment of the murder of Florence Allinson in rural New Jersey as Rufus Johnson and George Small head to the gallows. The description of their hanging is told in extreme detail. Part 11 of the long saga of the Great Circus Murder of ‘Honest’ John Brunen has some pointed testimony and opinions from Mrs. Doris Brunen and her step-daughter Hazel. The magistrate has announced the trial will wrap up before Christmas.

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And also in this podcast we have the continuation of the mystery of the who killed Leoda Childress. If you’ve been following this case, you know the murder is now connected to the murder of Andrew Eldridge who was found dead in a lake in 1927. This 6th installment of the series looks at the handwriting of the notes in both cases but focuses on the two men arrested for Andrew’s murder.


The Great Circus Murder Part 10



The Real Crime serials are coming to a close as Geoge Small goes to trial for the murder of Florence Allinson in rural North Carolina and Doris Brunen and Harry Mohr go on trial for the murder of ‘Honest’ John Brunen in part 10 of this long-running saga. And finally there is the continuation of the mystery of who killed Leoda Childress.

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If you haven’t kept up and are new to these serials, please go back and listen to the earlier podcasts so you can get the whole story. These stories are read directly from newspaper accounts from back in the day. The narrative follows the dispatches from correspondents writing for the newspapers. The murder-mysteries are investigated by detectives and then go to trial. Enjoy!


The Great Circus Murder Part 9



Murder investigations, grand jury inquiries, and trials are all in this episode of Real Crime. This episode has part 9 of the murder of circus owner ‘Honest’ John Brunen. The narrative is colorful as the defense of Harry Mohr is set to begin. We also get a detailed account of Harry Mohr’s and his sister Doris Brunen’s life in the Mount Holly jail.real crime with Danny Lopez

Also in this episode of Real Crime we now come to part 7 of the inquiry into what part Small might’ve played in the murder of Florence Allinson. Small has pled not guilty!

We also have part 4 of the investigation into the mystery of who killed poor Leoda Childress in rural North Carolina tobacco country. There are a lot of witnesses and a lot of evidence. And the note! It appears the note has the same handwriting as a note that appeared a few years earlier when a man was hung and his body tossed in the local lake. Crazy shit going on in North Carolina!

And for a final bit, I read a Western Union telegram written by Clyde Barrow, leader of the Barrow Gang, and lover of Bonnie Parker—yes, both known better as Bonnie and Clyde. Enjoy!


The Great Circus Murder Part 8



Real Crime is back with more true crime! Took off last week for Thanksgiving, but here we are again with part 8 of the circus murder of ‘Honest’ John Brunen. Our last episode covered the trial. This episode informs us of an attempted jail break. Things are definitely heating up in Mount Holly, New Jersey.

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And there is more true crime. We continue with the investigation into the murder of Florence Allinson. Here, the little girl Ms. Allinson was a foster parent of, gets to meet the alleged murderer of Ms. Allinson, Rufus Johnson. And there are five people arrested for the murder of Leoda Childress in North Carolina, as that investigation heats up with two Tilley’s arrested on suspicion of having written the alleged suicide note. Don’t miss it!


The Great Circus Murder Part 7



This weeks episode of Real Crime features Part 7 of the great Circus Murder of ‘Honest’ John Brunen. This is now a few months later and the suspects, including Brunen’s wife, are facing the first day of the trial for murder and conspiracy to commit murder. What can I say, it’s a circus!

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Also in this episode we have part 5 of the murder of Florence Allinson, that poor farmgirl in rural New Jersey. Apparently, Rufus Johnson’s latest confession has indeed implicated Smalls and now Smalls himself has broken down and confessed to his part in the murder. We also have part 2 of the mystery of the murder of a young woman in North Carolina. Her body has been exhumed and doctors are looking for clues: was it murder or suicide?


The Great Circus Murder Part 6



In this new episode of Real Crime  we have Part 6 of the Great Circus Murder of ‘Honest’ John Brunen. There has been an important arrest but investigators are sill working to find two other suspects, including the woman with the auburn hair.

We also have Part 4 of the murder of Florence Allinson in rural New Jersey. Apparently, there has been a new development where Mr. Smalls is now a suspect and in custody. But Rufus Johnson is still in jail and considered guilty.

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The podcast also has the first episode of the murder of a young woman in North Carolina and it is quite the mystery since there was a note left behind claiming robbers were in the house, yet some believe it was suicide.

And finally, there is the arrest of the famous burlesque dancer Candy Barr after shooting her husband with a .22 rifle. This is all true crime. Enjoy!


The Great Circus Murder Part 5



Here is part 5 of the Great Circus Murder of ‘Honest’ John Brunen. Two people have been arrested in connection with the case, but detectives are far from done investigating. As a matter of fact, they are maneuvering some interesting aspects of the law in order to continue their investigation of the case of the murdered circus owner which happened in March 1922. This episode of Real Crime also has part 3 of the vicious murder of Miss Florence Allinson in New Jersey. This installment covers the trial of Rufus Johnson but has quite a development at the end. Enjoy!

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The Great Circus Murder Part 4



In this episode of Real Crime, things are heating up in the 4th installment of the Great Circus Murder of ‘Honest’ John Brunen as more clues begin to appear, one of them being Brunen’s bulldog.

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We also have part 2 of the vicious murder of a farm girl in rural New Jersey. A confession seems to have been ‘sweated’ out of Rufus Johnson. But while it all seems nice and clean, it’s not quite an open and shut case, so stay tuned!


The Great Circus Murder Part 3



Wow, in episode 7 of Real Crime we have part 3 of the great circus murder of ‘Honest John’ Brunen, and there is a major development in the investigation. The plot thickens in this sensational murder from 1922.

Also, we have part 1 of 9 of the vicious murder of a farm girl in rural New Jersey. It is a sad and terrible crime that shook a small community in Burlington County. And a whole lot more.

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The Great Circus Murder Part 2



This episode of Real Crime has part 2 of the Circus Murder Mystery of ‘Honest’ John Brunen. Suspects are questioned, declarations are made, but authorities are looking to make multiple arrests in this sensational murder case that took place in Riverside, New Jersey in 1922.

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The podcast also has an article about the brutal murder of an African-American woman,  two good old boys shoot themselves to death and a whole lot more. Enjoy!