The Scoundrel Frank Badgley


Episode 347 is dedicated to the True Crime Historian patron Kim Parkhurst, who discovered several scoundrels, including the subject of this story, on the Indiana branch of her family tree. Her people seem to be as shady as my own, so we may have other stories from them down the road.


Ms. Parkhurst, by the way, is a splendid artist. If you’re in need of a smile, and who isn’t, check out the whimsical paintings in her Etsy shop under the name Toadbriar.

Culled from the historic pages of the Hammond Indiana Times, the Indianapolis Times, and other newspapers of the era.


If you want to dig deeper into this case, complete your registration at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian where you can listen to an extended edit with 30 minutes of additional content, including an attempted jail break from the Michigan City prison that further shows Badgely’s connection to members of the infamous Dillinger gang, or you can delve into the entire case file with complete coverage of Badgley and Brown’s trial.

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Bosson’s Bitter Whiskey And Bananas


Episode 436 comes from a request by True Crime Historian patron Marlene Resch, who wanted to hear a story from her home Lane County, Oregon. So I dug up this sordid tale of a man who stands trial for the murder of his wife, with allegations of insurance fraud and lust for his young sister-in-law, who turns out to not have the best reputation herself.


Culled from the historic pages of the Eugene Guard, the Eugene Morning Register, and other newspapers of the era.

  • A creation Of Pulpular Media

  • Also from Pulpular Media:

  • Portals to Possibility, an improvised mock-talk show that proves you don’t have to be human to be good people. Visit pulpular.com/portals2 for a brand-new episode.

  • Catastrophic Calamaties, Exploring the famous and forgotten disasters of the 19th and 20th centuries. What could go wrong? Everything!

  • Some listeners choose to support this podcast by checking in at the Safe House at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian, to get early access, exclusive content, and whatever personal services you require.

  • Some listeners don’t want to pledge monthly support but just want to send a few bucks this way. You can do that at www.buymeacoffee.com/crimehistorian. You can also subscribe to a $5 monthly or $50 annual membership!

  • Musical contributors include Nico Vitesse, Lucia La Rezza, Joyie, Danielle Mo, Dave Sams, Rachel Schott and David Hisch.

  • Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com.

  • Media management by Sean Miller-Jones

  • Richard O Jones, Executive Producer


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The Montgomery Grocer Murder Mystery


Episode 433 follows the investigation of a robbery gone south down South, and while the family battles over the will, police arrest many different suspects, but it takes three years before they get a confession from an unexpected place.


Culled from the historic pages of the Montgomery Advertiser, the Montgomery Times, and other newspapers of the era.

  • A creation Of Pulpular Media

  • Also from Pulpular Media:

  • Portals to Possibility, an improvised mock-talk show that proves you don’t have to be human to be good people. Visit pulpular.com/portals2 for a brand-new episode.

  • Catastrophic Calamaties, Exploring the famous and forgotten disasters of the 19th and 20th centuries. What could go wrong? Everything!

  • Some listeners choose to support this podcast by checking in at the Safe House at www.patreon.com/truecrimehistorian, to get early access, exclusive content, and whatever personal services you require.

  • Some listeners don’t want to pledge monthly support but just want to send a few bucks this way. You can do that at www.buymeacoffee.com/crimehistorian. You can also subscribe to a $5 monthly or $50 annual membership!

  • Musical contributors include Nico Vitesse, Lucia La Rezza, Joyie, Danielle Mo, and Dave Sams.

  • Some music and sound effects licensed from podcastmusic.com.

  • Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music.

  • Media management by Sean Miller-Jones

  • Richard O Jones, Executive Producer

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