Independent by Accident
a brief history of Neutral Moresnet (1814-1918)
An ambitious Prince William Frederick, prince of Orange-Nassau, was an ambitious man. The House of Orange had been chased from Holland by French revolutionaries, so when the Napoleonic empire crumbled in the final months of 1813 he was determined to grab as much of the spoils as he possibly could. His ultimate ambition was to […]
Categories: History, People & Places, Series 11 Published: July 11, 2022
Your Heart’s Sorrow
the 1874 abduction of Little Charley Ross
In 1874 four-year-old Charley Ross was kidnapped in front of his family's Philadelphia home... and became America's first case of kidnapping for ransom.
Categories: Intriguing & Unsolved Mysteries, People & Places, Series 11 Published: June 27, 2022
An Arm Is Not Enough
a shark, a severed human arm, and a high speed boat chase; Australia's strangest unsolved mystery has it all
On Anzac Day 1935, a shark in a Sydney aquarium vomited up a severed human arm. The police investigation that followed went to some truly strange places.
Categories: Intriguing & Unsolved Mysteries, People & Places, Series 10 Published: May 16, 2022
More Lovely and More Temperate
poor estate planning, a daring art theft, and a brief history of Anglo-Irish relations
In which two Irish art students commit a daring daylight museum heist with virtually no planning, and somehow get away consequence-free.
Categories: Arts & Culture, Series 7 Published: April 12, 2021
The Terror of Gillikin Country
they terrorized the rust belt for years, and the cops were none the wiser
For years the Monongahela Valley was terrorized by the Torso Burchianti Gang. Except maybe that gang wasn't quite as fearsome as the cops thought...
Categories: People & Places, Series 6 Published: December 28, 2020
that's Ezekiel 9:9 for those of you reading along at home
How many times will folks fall for the same old tricks? You might be surprised. The story of Prince Mike, King Ben, and the Houses of Israel and David.
Categories: Biography, Eccentrics & Prophecies, People & Places, Series 5 Published: November 23, 2020
Bound in Mystery and Shadow
thou shall not suffer a witch to live
In 1929 it was a sensation, "the most notorious witchcraft trial since Salem." Today it's all but forgotten. Let's talk about the York County Hex Murder.
Categories: Footsteps into the Unknown, People & Places, Series 5 Published: October 26, 2020
let me tell you about the healing power of color
The idea that color has healing power is a relatively modern (and utterly fallacious) one. We discuss its development through the 19th and 20th centuries.
Categories: Hoaxes, Frauds & Forgeries, Science & Nature, Series 5 Published: October 12, 2020
“I’m the Naughty Boy.”
you love science — but probably not nearly as much as Bayard Peakes did
On July 14th, 1952 a mysterious man walked into the office of the American Physical Society and murdered secretary Eileen Fahey for no apparent reason.
Categories: Science & Nature, Series 5 Published: September 14, 2020
Pleadings from Asbury Park
a fake marriage, a dead baby, and 21 absinthe frappes
The amazing story of Laura Biggar, the Anna Nicole Smith of 1901, and her crazy plot to steal an inheritance that may or may not have been rightfully hers.
Categories: Biography, History, Hoaxes, Frauds & Forgeries, Series 4 Published: June 1, 2020
A Menace to the West
David Grundman goes shooting at a stationary target -- and breaks off more than he can handle
When a man fights a cactus, you probably don't expect the cactus to win.
Categories: Most Popular, Series 3, Wild Card, Wonders of the Natural World Published: April 6, 2020