Episode 24: Decades Before Lizzie Borden Gained Notoriety, This Woman was Dubbed the “Witch of Staten Island”

On Christmas night in 1843, a horrific crime rattled Staten Island. Within days, suspicion attached itself to one woman. Decades before Lizzie Borden gained notoriety, this young woman was accused of a horrific crime and dubbed the “Witch of Staten Island.” Have you ever heard of Polly Bodine? DOWNLOAD NOW Credit: For this episode, I…

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Episode 17: This Great Warrior Escaped Slavery and Established America’s First Free Black Community

More than a century before the United States was even formed, some African slaves escaped forced servitude and formed the first free black community in the nation. The enclave was founded and led by an extraordinary military commander who has never received proper acknowledgment in history books. He gave the lost hope, the fledgling refuge,…

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Episode 16: Unsuspecting Men were “Shanghaied” Through Port Townsend’s Secret Underground

At the end of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the number of skilled and unskilled sailors needed to staff sea-going vessels fell short. Innocent men were forced to serve as seamen under conditions that were little better than serfdom. This cunning practice happened through a secret underground in one part of the Pacific northwest.…

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