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Strange Country Ep.188: H.H. Holmes

Strange Country

Release Date: 04/29/2021

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Time to reconsider your job and look to marrying someone famous. Or not. Instead you can listen to the sad story about a con woman known by many names, but most famously for being the murdered wife of actor Robert Blake.

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H.H. Holmes carries the distinction of being America's first serial killer, possibly having murder between 20 to 200 people. But like most legends, things aren't always as the seem. Strange Country co-hosts Beth and Kelly peel away the layers of the white devil of Chicago in this episode and discover that it smells a bit like smegma.

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In this episode you will learn the important story of Minnie Cox, an African American postmistress at the turn of the 20th century. Cox was smart, wonderful and successful, but still treated terribly because she was black.

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What is about unsolved murders that stay with us? In particular why does the true crime genre skew female? In this episode of Strange Country, co-hosts Beth and Kelly talk about Julie Monson and Jane Britton, two young women cut down in the prime of their lives. Monson disappeared after a night out in September 1981 in Auburn, NY. Britton was found bludgeoned inside her Harvard University apartment in January 1969. Today's Strange Country episode is sponsored by the Cayuga County Arts Council.

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Thinking of traveling? Now that we are seemingly on the other side of this pandemic- we understand, but we will caution you to not take the late night boat ride run by white supremacists, laden with weaponry thrown into plastic grocery bags. Ok?

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For decades, Anthony Gignac pretended to be Saudi royalty, racking up hotel bills, department store charges, and even swindling Syracuse University out of money. Strange Country co-hosts Beth and Kelly would talk more about this, but are trapped in Nigeria with their huge fortune, and need your help. If you could send your bank account number, they would be happy to share in their wealth.

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In 1912, four-year-old Bobby Dunbar went missing on a family vacation only to turn up nine months later in nearby Mississippi. Or did he? Strange Country co-hosts Beth and Kelly talk about this odd tale of a boy with two mothers claiming him as their son, and the weirdo lurkers and gawkers that we're all now descended from who watched the whole thing with maws gaping wide open. New Strange Country tagline: We've always been garbage.

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Women have been labeled crazy in an effort to shut them up. In the 1970s, the label stuck to Martha Mitchell. Martha's husband John Mitchell headed up Nixon's reelection campaign. Richard Nixon was definitely NOT crazy. He was totally cool in a paranoid, spying, enemy-listing kind of way. Martha knew one of the Watergate burglars was connected to the campaign and that her husband lied about it.

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This week we give honor to the podcast space that let’s us speak our truth and wish singer and actress Eartha Kitt,could have had her own podcast. Instead she had to eat clam bisque with the fancy-pants Doers of the White House, and then speak her mind about Vietnam and the real reason behind crime in America. And then watch her career flounder for years thanks to CIA gossip gatherers, and racists.

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H.H. Holmes carries the distinction of being America's first serial killer, possibly having murder between 20 to 200 people. But like most legends, things aren't always as the seem. Strange Country co-hosts Beth and Kelly peel away the layers of the white devil of Chicago in this episode and discover that it smells a bit like smegma.

Theme music: Big White Lie by A Cast of Thousands

Cite your sources:

“H.H. Holmes.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 12 June 2020, www.biography.com/crime-figure/hh-holmes.

Larson, Erik. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America. Vintage, 2004.

Little, Becky. “Did Serial Killer H.H. Holmes Really Build a 'Murder Castle'?” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 23 Jan. 2020, www.history.com/news/murder-castle-h-h-holmes-chicago.

Pruitt, Sarah. “Was Paul Bunyan a Real Person?” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 20 Nov. 2015, https://www.history.com/news/was-paul-bunyan-a-real-person#:~:text=Historians%20believe%20Bunyan%20was%20based,Michigan%20after%20the%20Civil%20War.&text=The%20French%20pronunciation%20of%20Jean's,evolved%20into%20the%20surname%20Bunyan

Selzer, Adam. H.H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil. Skyhorse. 2017

Stone, Rachel. “Backstory: The Oak Cliff Victims of Famed Serial Killer H.H. Holmes.” Oak Cliff, 12 Oct. 2017, oakcliff.advocatemag.com/2017/10/backstory-oak-cliff-victims-famed-serial-killer-h-h-holmes/#:~:text=Serial killer H.H. Holmes conned,estate holdings before killing her.&text=The Williams girls, Minnie and,returned with her sister Nannie.