EVIL GOES ON TRIAL – 1888

Tue Oct 31 2017 (49:55)

The story of Madame Editha Diss DeBar, a fake psychic and professional con artist, who fooled Luther Marsh, a nice old man (a retired judge!) into believing she had amazing and miraculous powers to communicate with the dead, including his late wife. In 1888, she nearly fleeced him of his entire life savings, until she and her cronies were arrested for conspiracy to commit fraud, and were put on trial.


HISTORICAL REFERENCES:


New York Sun, March 29, 1888.


New York Tribune, April 2 & May 1, 1888.


The New York Times, March 29, 1888.


New York Times, June 17, 1888.


Editha Diss DeBar – background:


Empress of Swindle: The Life of Ann Odelia Diss Debar, by John Benedict Buescher


https://wikivisually.com/wiki/Swami_Laura_Horos


https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/OW19011225.2.50


Howe & Hummel law firm - background:


Murphy, Cait, Scoundrels in Law. The Trials of Howe & Hummel (2010).

 

Rovere, Richard, Howe and Hummel: Their True and Scandalous History (1947, second ed., 1985) [original title: The Magnificent Shysters].


GUEST VOICES:


Editha Diss DeBar: Lanie Hobbs from the True Crime Fan Club podcast and the We’re All Just Pretending podcast.


Luther Marsh: Pete Lutz from the Pulp Pourri podcast, the Jake Dimes podcast, the Range Detective podcast; and the Save the Last Word for Me podcast.


William Howe: Frank Docherty from the English Martial Arts podcast.


Jeremy Collins from Podcasts We Listen To podcast and Facebook group.


Host Intro & Extro Aphorism: Anabelle D-C from Forgotten News Podcast, and also AnabelleAudios@hotmail.com.


EPISODE MUSIC:


Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses / by/3.0


At Rest

 

The Curtain Rises


I Knew A Guy


Midnight_Meeting


Nightmare Machine


Simple Music to Frighten Small Children By


Freesound.org:


Ghostly Music


Strange_Ambient_Music_1_-_Monastery_-_Broken_Chime


Scary Violins


SOUND EFFECTS:


Dementia a.k.a. Daughter of Horror - 1955 (film intro, public domain).


EXTRO APHORISM:


Source:  Chesterton, G.K., The Resurrection of Father Brown (stort story, 1926), available in the collection, The Incredulity of Father Brown


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