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Most Notorious! A True Crime History Podcast

Serial killers. Gangsters. Gunslingers. Victorian-era murderers. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Each week, the Most Notorious podcast features true-life tales of crime, criminals, tragedies and disasters throughout history. Host Erik Rivenes interviews authors and historians who have studied their subjects for years. Their stories are offered with unique insight, detail, and historical accuracy.

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Recent Episodes of Most Notorious! A True Crime History Podcast


352:  The Ward-Peters Murder Case w/ James Polchin - A True Crime History Podcast

352: The Ward-Peters Murder Case w/ James Polchin - A True Crime History Podcast

On the morning of May 16, 1922, a young man’s body was found on a desolate road in Westchester County. The victim was penniless ex-sailor Clarence Peters. Walter Ward, the handsome scion of the family that owned the largest chain of bread factories in the country, confessed to the crime as an act of self-defense against a violent gang of “shadow men,” blackmailers who extorted their victims’ moral weaknesses. From the start, one question defined the investigation: What scandalous secret could lead Ward to murder?

My guest is author and historian James Polchin, whose latest book, "Shadow Men: The Tang...

Episode 17 July 2024 1h, 20m and 24s


Today in MoNo History: The 1881 Rock Island Train Robbery w/ Mark Lee Gardner

Today in MoNo History: The 1881 Rock Island Train Robbery w/ Mark Lee Gardner

In this mini MoNo interview, I chat with Mark Lee Gardner about the James Gang and their holdup of a Rock Island Railroad train in Missouri 143 years ago today. Two men were murdered during the robbery.


Mark's website: https://songofthewest.com/


My previous interviews with Mark:

The Northfield Bank Raid: https://www.mostnotorious.com/2022/12/12/mono-classics-the-1876-northfield-bank-raid-by-the-james-younger-gang-parts-1-2/

Billy the Kid: https://www.mostnotorious.com/2020/08/05/mono-classics-billy-the-kid-pat-garrett-w-mark-lee-gardner/

Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse and the Battle of the Little Bighorn: https://www.mostnotorious.com/2023/04/14/sitting-bull-crazy-horse-the-battle-of-the-little-bighorn-w-mark-lee-gardner/

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Episode 15 July 2024 14m and 31s


351:  A Modern-Day Police Perspective on the Jack the Ripper Murders w/ Steven Keogh

351: A Modern-Day Police Perspective on the Jack the Ripper Murders w/ Steven Keogh

I'm joined by former Scotland Yard detective Steven Keogh, who examines the Jack the Ripper case in his recent book, "Murder Investigation Team: Jack the Ripper". He applies current investigative techniques and uses his own experiences as a detective to revisit this very infamous series of murders.



The author's website: https://stevekeogh.com/

Options to purchase the book here: https://books2read.com/u/38Wo2w

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Episode 11 July 2024 1h, 26m and 49s


350:  Mafia Spies w/ Thomas Maier -  A True Crime History Podcast

350: Mafia Spies w/ Thomas Maier - A True Crime History Podcast

In the early 1960s, two top gangsters, Johnny Roselli and Sam Giancana, were hired by the CIA to kill Cuba’s Communist leader, Fidel Castro, only to wind up murdered themselves amidst Congressional hearings and a national debate about the JFK assassination.


My guest, journalist Thomas Maier, is the author of "Mafia Spies: The Inside Story of the CIA, Gangsters, JFK, and Castro, " which will debut as a Paramount Plus docuseries on July 16. In this interview he talks about the plot to kill Castro, the moment when J Edgar Hoover learns about the assassination at...

Episode 2 July 2024 1h, 12m and 1s


350:  Mafia Spies w/ Thomas Maier -  A True Crime History Podcast

350: Mafia Spies w/ Thomas Maier - A True Crime History Podcast

In the early 1960s, two top gangsters, Johnny Roselli and Sam Giancana, were hired by the CIA to kill Cuba’s Communist leader, Fidel Castro, only to wind up murdered themselves amidst Congressional hearings and a national debate about the JFK assassination.


My guest, journalist Thomas Maier, is the author of "Mafia Spies: The Inside Story of the CIA, Gangsters, JFK, and Castro, " which will debut as a Paramount Plus docuseries on July 16. In this interview he talks about the plot to kill Castro, the moment when J Edgar Hoover learns about the assassination at...

Episode 2 July 2024 1h, 12m and 1s


MoNo Encore:  The Mysterious Disappearance of Joan Risch w/ Stephen Ahern

MoNo Encore: The Mysterious Disappearance of Joan Risch w/ Stephen Ahern

In this month's MoNo Encore episode, we revisit one of the strangest cases ever covered on this show, in my humble opinion.


On October 24th, 1961, one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in Massachusetts history began when housewife and mother Joan Risch vanished from her home. Investigators were perplexed by a kitchen floor smeared with blood, a telephone receiver ripped from the wall and placed gently on the edge of a trash basket, and a bloodhound who traced her scent to the middle of her driveway. Later, drivers would report seeing someone resembling Joan stumbling...

Episode 29 June 2024 2h, 8m and 9s


MoNo Encore:  The Mysterious Disappearance of Joan Risch w/ Stephen Ahern

MoNo Encore: The Mysterious Disappearance of Joan Risch w/ Stephen Ahern

In this month's MoNo Encore episode, we revisit one of the strangest cases ever covered on this show, in my humble opinion.


On October 24th, 1961, one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in Massachusetts history began when housewife and mother Joan Risch vanished from her home. Investigators were perplexed by a kitchen floor smeared with blood, a telephone receiver ripped from the wall and placed gently on the edge of a trash basket, and a bloodhound who traced her scent to the middle of her driveway. Later, drivers would report seeing someone resembling Joan stumbling...

Episode 29 June 2024 2h, 8m and 9s


349:  Gentleman Jewel Thief Arthur Barry w/ Dean Jobb -  A True Crime History Podcast

349: Gentleman Jewel Thief Arthur Barry w/ Dean Jobb - A True Crime History Podcast

My guest this week is award-winning author Dean Jobb. He joins me to talk about one of the most colorful criminals of the Jazz Age, Arthur Barry. Barry, who has been called "the greatest jewel thief who ever lived", was a master burglar who specialized in robbing New York's wealthiest citizens. Barry would have encounters with a wide array of interesting figures from the 20s and 30s, ranging from the Prince of Wales to investigators working on the Lindbergh Baby kidnapping case.


Dean Jobb's book, out on June 25, is called "A Gentleman and a...

Episode 26 June 2024 51m and 48s


349:  Gentleman Jewel Thief Arthur Barry w/ Dean Jobb -  A True Crime History Podcast

349: Gentleman Jewel Thief Arthur Barry w/ Dean Jobb - A True Crime History Podcast

My guest this week is award-winning author Dean Jobb. He joins me to talk about one of the most colorful criminals of the Jazz Age, Arthur Barry. Barry, who has been called "the greatest jewel thief who ever lived", was a master burglar who specialized in robbing New York's wealthiest citizens. Barry would have encounters with a wide array of interesting figures from the 20s and 30s, ranging from the Prince of Wales to investigators working on the Lindbergh Baby kidnapping case.


Dean Jobb's book, out on June 25, is called "A Gentleman and a...

Episode 26 June 2024 51m and 48s


348:  Martha Needle: "The Richmond Poisoner" w/ Samantha Battams

348: Martha Needle: "The Richmond Poisoner" w/ Samantha Battams

On this episode of Most Notorious, I'm joined by Dr. Samantha Battams, who documents the life and times of serial killer Martha Needle in her book "The Secret Art of Poisoning: The True Crimes of Martha Needle, The Richmond Poisoner."


Martha Needle was accused of poisoning her three children, husband and future brother-in-law in late 19th century Australia.



The author's website: https://www.samanthabattams.com/

The book is available on Amazon in the United States here: https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Art-Poisoning-Richmond-Poisoner-ebook/dp/B07NPQRMXC

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Episode 21 June 2024 1h, 3m and 23s

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