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... Read More...
Categories: People & Places, Series 6
He Whooped to See Them Burn
Simon Girty (1741-1818) -- renegade and traitor, or man of principle?
Was "white savage" Simon Girty (1741-1818) a renegade and traitor, or a man of principle? We reexamine his history and try to figure out what made him tick. Read More...
Categories: Biography, History, Series 4
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. Read More...
Categories: Biography, History, Hoaxes, Frauds & Forgeries, Series 4
Death from Above by Chocolate
sometimes a story seems too good to be true because it is
In 1923, a plane flew over downtown Pittsburgh, dropped Baby Ruth candy bars on the crowd below, and caused widespread panic... or did it? Read More...
Categories: Hoaxes, Frauds & Forgeries, Series 3, Wild Card
The Ugliest Man in Baseball
big, rugged, and in his way, beautiful
He may have had the best worst nickname in baseball, but "Ugly" Johnny Dickshot was more than just a pretty face. He was also a character. Read More...
Categories: Biography, Series 1, Sports & Leisure