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The Gangster Chronicles 1.1: Dillinger’s Bloody Escape


A Reading from America's Historic Newspapers


The Gangster Chronicles: 
Volume 1, Chapter 1

Dillinger's Bloody Escape

May to October 1933

In this first volume of "The Gangster Chronicles," we will follow the trail of terror blazed by one of America's most famous, perhaps most beloved, gangsters, John Dillinger. From the time he was paroled from the Michigan City prison in May, 1933, to the time he was gunned down by police on a Chicago sidewalk in front of the Biograph Theater 14 months later, John Herbert Dillinger was one of America's most notorious scoundrels. Chapter One will detail some of Dillinger's earliest known robberies and his murderous escape from the Lima jail.  We plan to tell the Dillinger saga in five chapters. After this first one, you can expect a new installment at 7 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month. We're considering the options for Volume 2 and are welcome to suggestions. Please email us at with your thoughts.

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Music by Audionautix. Theme song by Josh Woodward.


The Red Hand: The Alleged Crime of Thomas Woolfolk


A Reading from America's Historic Newspapers

Bibb County, Georgia, 12 miles from Macon

August 6, 1877

Frantic screams in the night shatter the pastoral calm of the Bibb County, Georgia, countryside. By the time neighbors arrive, nine members of the family of Captain Richard Woolfolk lay in deadly repose, brutally slain by the savage blows of an ax. The only survivor, 27-year-old son Thomas Woolfolk, the black sheep of the family and perennial loser, says that he escaped the carnage by jumping through a bedroom window and running into the woods. Suspicious eyes immediately imagine a noose around the young man’s neck. Will the truth come out? Will young Woolfolk pay the ultimate price for a crime he did not commit?

Visit for a case timeline, a list of sources, drawings and other clippings from the newspapers of the day.
Music by Josh Woodward.

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The Chemical Christmas Murder


A Reading from America's Historic Newspapers

New Cumberland, Pennsylvania

Christmas Day, 1937

The press said that Charles Mobley had been drinking some whiskey during the day and he went berserk after drinking two glasses of beer. Mobley didn’t seem drunk to the patrons of Doc’s Place when he stopped in for a Christmas day nightcap, and he only had the two glasses of beer before he started shooting up the place. Was he drunker than he seemed? Or was he under the influence of something else?


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Music by Audionautix.

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