Tag: Illinois

Episode 57: Steam and Fury: The Lansing Steamboat Disaster of 1867

  Steamboats are an iconic part of the history of the Mississippi River. In the case of the steamboat Lansing,…

Steam and Fury: The Lansing Steamboat Disaster of 1867

  The Mississippi River, despite its nickname the “Big Muddy,” is surrounded by natural beauty. Bluffs over look the water…

Death Curve: The Legend of Julia Markham

The first time that I remember hearing about a place called “dead man’s” anything was when I was over at…

Episode 56: Death Curve: The Legend of Julia Markham

The Death Curve of Cambridge, Illinois, will forever be linked to the story of a woman who committed a horrible…

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 22: The Tinsmith’s Ghost

Even familiar noises can seem odd in a new house. In 1887, one woman tried to explain away the mysterious…

The Tinsmith’s Ghost

There’s nothing quite like moving into a new house. In most cases, a new buyer obviously likes it, otherwise they…

Damsels in Distress? Three Women Who Broke the Stereotype in 1920

Movies are full of iconic imagery.  From the majestic vistas of Monument Valley in John Ford’s westerns to the bleak…