When I was growing up, western movies were just starting to pass out of popularity. After decades as one of the most popular genres, cowboys just weren’t as cool as they used to be. Thankfully, I got quite the education in the genre from… Continue Reading “Fancy Shoes: The Bizarre Fate of Big Nose George”
By 1930, 68-year-old George W. Appleby had practiced medicine for forty-years in the small town of Bristow, Iowa. In many ways, he was exactly what you’d expect – a white-haired elderly man who seemed to genuinely care about his patients and treated their various… Continue Reading “The Insane Doctor: Medicine, Drugs, and Murder in Small-Town Iowa”
Dr. George Appleby was everything a small-town doctor should be: polite, gentle, and caring. But under the surface seethed hidden secret that would burst forth one dark day in 1900. Sources ‘Mad Deed of A Doctor.’ The Courier, 1/10/1900 ‘Dr. Appleby’s Crime.’ The… Continue Reading “Episode 53: The Insane Doctor: Medicine, Drugs, and Murder in a Small-Town”
It probably came as quite a shock to some people when 68-year-old G.W. Appleby was arrested on drug charges in early 1930. Appleby had been practicing medicine in the small-town of Bristow, Iowa for forty years. He was loved and… Continue Reading “‘Suffer the Children…’ : The Wearly Child Murder of 1900”
These young men are building reputations of respect and trust with both the community they live in and the wider world. They are quite possibly the very last people that you would ever expect to say that they live in what may have been one of the most haunted houses in the Quad Cities.