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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.


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.


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?


Woman Killed in North Carolina



In this episode, we continue with part 9 of the murder of Leoda Childress, that poor North Carolina girl who was shot in the heart with a .22 rifle. The mystery continues! We also have the first part of the death of a bank ‘runner’. This man was transporting over $65 grand from a bank in New Jersey to a bank in Philly when he disappeared. Now a group of hunters have found his body in a shallow grave in the woods. And he’s wearing brand new clothes and shoes that have seen no wear. Did he abscond with the cash and was then killed, or was he kidnapped and killed for the money?

real crime with Danny LopezTune in for more crime from the past 200 years. In this episode, we also have a murder from the late 1800s where a woman kills her husband and a different case where a man brings charges against a jealous wife who shot him in the leg after she saw his picture where he is sitting by a cardboard cutout of a woman. What’s this world coming to?


Family jailed for murder of 20-year-old girl



Real Crime. True Crime stories from newspapers from the last 200 years continues with part 8 of the 1934 murder mystery of Leoda Mae Childress, a 20-year-old North Carolina woman. The Tilley family has been arrested and accusations and alibis fly back and forth as the prosecutor tries to make a case. Was it suicide or murder?

real crime with Danny LopezAlso in this podcast there is the detailed investigation into the murder of an old prospector in Arizona. All the details show us how the murder occurred, but it does not offer any clues as to the culprits. We also have the flare up of a feud in rural Mississippi in the late 1800s, where a three-time prison escapee terrorizes the town and his own father is later lynched by a mob. And our final note is a bizarre bit about a woman whose bedding combusts. Yes, different parts of her bed are catching fire—on their own!


Final Episode of The Great Circus Murder!



Yes, this episode of Real Crime has the 12th and final installment of the great circus murder of Honest John Brunen. At last the trial of the circus folk comes to a close and the jury delivers its verdict. Drama and conclusion wrap up this long mystery. Was justice served?

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Also in this episode of Real Crime we have part 7 of the mystery murder of who killed Leoda Childress, the 20-year-old girl in rural North Carolina. In this installment, the Tilley’s are arrested as evidence is outlined with detailed testimony from various neighbors and friends of Leoda. The big question remains about the infamous note and whether Leoda’s death was a suicide or murder. It sure doesn’t look good for the Tilley clan!


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 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!