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Women's History Month: Political Assassinations

March is Women's History Month and we are celebrating by covering cases that revolve around women.  Our format is slightly different than usual, with each host presenting a case that revolves around a central topic.  This week our topic is political assassinations.  In Rebecca's case we ride in the way-back-machine to the French Revolution and learn about Charlotte Corday, who assassinated the blood-thirsty revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat.  In Rachel's case we have our epilogue to the Manson Family series and discuss Squeaky Fromme, a member of the "family" who attempted to assassinate Gerald Ford.  We also discuss Sara Moore, who tried again only a few weeks later.  

Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy

In honor of Abraham Lincoln's 209th birthday on February 12, 2018 we took a look at the Lincoln assassination.  Most Americans know that Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth while watching a play at Ford's Theatre and then died the next day.  However, history is far more complicated than that.  In this episode we discuss the people behind the plot, their motives, and the other, largely unknown, victims of the Lincoln assassination conspiracy.

The Boy in the Box

This episode focuses on  a 61 year old cold case.  In 1957 a young boy was found bruised and naked in a box on the side of the road in the Fox Chase district of Philadelphia.  Despite rigorous investigation by police and forensic testing as it became available, the identity of this child still remains a mystery.  However, he is not the only young John (Jane) Doe from Philadelphia.  In this episode we also discuss the similar cases of the girl in the box and the boy in the bag.

Lane Bryant Shooting

In this episode we discuss a tragic and rare event: an unsolved mass shooting.  Ten years ago a  man walked into a Lane Bryant store in Tinley Park, IL and demanded money.  He took the women who were there shopping and working into the back and shot them all.  Only one survived.  Despite the eyewitness description of the perpetrator, the crime remains unsolved.

The Manson Family: Part III

As we finish our series on the Manson Family we discuss the media circus surrounding the trials of the "family members"and many of the stunts performed by followers and Manson himself in order to derail the proceedings.

The Manson Family: Part II

The story of the Manson family continues.  We discuss some of the horrific crimes perpretrated by members of the "family."  On a summer evening in 1969 several of Manson's followers broke into a home on Cielo Drive in Los Angeles and murdered five people.  Among the murdered were an eighteen year old boy who was visiting the property's cartaker and actress Sharon Tate, who was eight months pregnant.  The atrocities didn't stop there.  The next night they murdered another Los Angeles couple Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.

The Manson Family: Part 1

Charles Manson began life as an underpriveleged child and spent his teenage years and early adulthood in and out of both various prisons and various marriages.  In the 1960s he began a "commune" that he called the Manson Family.  He taught his followers that they were the reincarnations of the first Chrisitians and he was Christ reincarnated.  Why would anybody choose to follow such a man?  The turbulent times of the 1960s included constant fears of nuclear war, changing ideas about love and sexuality, and racial divisions within the United States.  The need for something to believe in coupled with the immense difficulties that leaving the family presented led to a group of individuals who would go down in history for their infamous crimes.

The Murderous Lions of Tsavo

In 1898 two maneless male lions freuently attacked workers building the Kenyan-Ugandan railroad over the Tsavo River.  From March until December the two lions, called the Ghost and the Darkness, dragged workmen from their tents and killed them, often within hearing distance of the horrified men left in camp.  Lieutenant-Colonel John Henry Patterson attempted to protect the camp by erecting fences and traps, but nothing worked.  He vowed to shoot the lions in order to stop the killings.  Nine months (and between 35-150 victims depending on sources) later he succeeded and stopped their reign of terror.  What caused the lions to turn to humans as a food source, and is it murder if the culprit is an animal?