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
The Hot House
refining radium in the home, for fun and profit
Lots of people have dabbled with strange home businesses -- but only one of them set up a radium refining facility in the basement of his suburban duplex.
Categories: Man's Amazing Inventions, Science & Nature, Series 3 Published: May 4, 2020
Milking It for All It’s Worth
let's get saucy and talk about béchamel
We delve into the world of sauces by talking about the history and use of the milkiest sauce of all - béchamel!
Categories: Arts & Culture, Series 3 Published: April 20, 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
one woman, thirty aliases, forty years and too many crimes to count
The greatest and most notorious Spiritualist swindler of all time was a woman from Kentucky who looked a bit like Lola Montez (if you squinted).
Categories: Biography, Hoaxes, Frauds & Forgeries, Series 3 Published: March 23, 2020
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?
Categories: Hoaxes, Frauds & Forgeries, Series 3, Wild Card Published: March 9, 2020
Rising to the Top
the Renfrew Creamery Kings catch Stanley Cup fever
In 1910, professional hockey was in chaos and a millionaire tried to buy his way to the Stanley Cup with a team of ringers. This is their story
Categories: Series 3, Sports & Leisure Published: February 24, 2020
That No Man Take Thy Crown
the rise and fall of the Harmony Society (1803-1905), the richest communists in the world [Part 2]
The Harmony Society managed to survive the death of its founder, but could it survive the twin ravages of time and greed?
Categories: Eccentrics & Prophecies, History, Series 2 Published: January 27, 2020
Hold Fast What Thou Hast
the rise and fall of the Harmony Society (1803-1905), the richest communists in the world [Part 1]
An unusual cemetery leads us to the story of the Harmony Society (1803-1905), the richest communists in the world, and the saga of their rise and fall.
Categories: Eccentrics & Prophecies, History, Series 2 Published: January 13, 2020
Hurricane Coming Through
the astonishing career of Herbert Lee Washington, baseball's only designated runner
In 1974, Herbert Lee Washington was the world's fastest human... but could he turn raw speed into a professional baseball career? The astonishing story of baseball's "designated runner!"
Categories: Biography, Series 2, Sports & Leisure Published: December 30, 2019
an icon finally gets her due
The story of the "weeping icon" has it all - a 102-year-old flying nun, the Gulf War, armed robbery, John Gotti, religious schism, and insurance fraud. Hear the amazing truth in this week's episode, "Goodnight, Irene"!
Categories: Footsteps into the Unknown, Hoaxes, Frauds & Forgeries, Series 2, Wild Card Published: December 16, 2019
Be My Bebe
everyone deserves a best friend - even Richard M. Nixon
Bebe Rebozo was Nixon's best friend -- but was he a kind, generous man or a fiend combining the worst aspects of Rasputin and Al Capone?
Categories: Biography, History, Series 2 Published: December 2, 2019