Author: The Kitchen Table Historian

I am an author and historian who writes about long-forgotten and out of the way events and places. I love the bizarre, the unusual, and the downright weird. I write a regular blog at my website, www.johnbrassardjrcom.wordpress.com, and also manage a facebook page about things of historical interest called The Kitchen Table Historian.

Episode 25: Horace and Geneva: The Wrong Way to Fix a Marriage

Horace and Geneva’s marriage began to fall apart for all the usual reasons: money, jealousy, and neglect. Their path to…

Horace and Geneva: The Wrong Way to Fix a Marriage

Living with another person is not always an easy thing. Sharing your personal space with another human being always involves…

Fancy Shoes: The Bizarre Fate of Big Nose George

When I was growing up, western movies were just starting to pass out of popularity. After decades as one of…

Episode 54: Fancy Shoes: The Bizarre Story of Big Nose George

Stories of the American West have captivated generations of people. But beyond the tales of cowboy shootouts and outlaw exploits…

The Insane Doctor: Medicine, Drugs, and Murder in Small-Town Iowa

By 1930, 68-year-old George W. Appleby had practiced medicine for forty-years in the small town of Bristow, Iowa. In many…

Episode 53: The Insane Doctor: Medicine, Drugs, and Murder in a Small-Town

Dr. George Appleby was everything a small-town doctor should be: polite, gentle, and caring. But under the surface seethed hidden…

Pretty Things and A Good Right Hook

In 1922, Myrtle Belden was a rural mail carrier around Yorkville, Illinois. A single woman in her late twenties, she…

Episode 52: Pretty Things and a Good Right Hook

In many true crime tales, women are all too often the unfortunate victims. In the 1920’s, Hazel Anderson and Helen…

Episode 51: The Koenig Murder/Suicide of 1870

William Koenig came to America with his family for a better opportunity. On a warm August night in 1870, it…

The Koenig Murder/Suicide of 1870

Some have said that the most dangerous people that you can ever come across are people that have nothing to…