Episode 282 LIVE: The Tuskegee Syphilis Study

Half a century after it was exposed, the Tuskegee Syphilis Study remains one of the darker chapters in American medical history, and led to several reforms in medical ethics, particularly in regard to informed consent for human subjects. Beginning in 1932, the US Public Health Service conducted a study to determine the course that syphilis would take if left untreated. Tragically, the subjects of the study were all impoverished African-American sharecroppers, none of whom were told what the study was for and whether they had syphilis or not. Worse still, the engineers of the study refused to allow the subjects to undergo treatment for the disease, even after penicillin was proven to be an effective remedy; not only did more than a hundred men die as a result of this refusal, but several of the men also passed the disease on to their wives, and some of their children were later born with congenital syphilis as well. Join Tom and Jenny on this grim journey through medical malfeasance on a sickly and somber episode 282.

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Episode 223 LIVE: The Witchcraft Trial of Margaret Mattson

On today’s spellbinding installment, Tom and Jenny are discussing an interesting and not-very-well-known witchcraft trial from the 17th century. Swedish immigrant Margaret Mattson, suspected of cursing the neighbors’ livestock, was brought before a judge and jury in what was the state of Pennsylvania’s only official witchcraft trial, and one that took place nearly a decade before the much more famous events in Salem. Presided over by state founder and Quaker William Penn, the trial was notable for its outcome, which was quite different than the tragic results of later trials. Hop onto your broomsticks and get ready for the magical journey into colonial American history that is episode 223.

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Episode 212 LIVE: The Mysterious Howard Hughes

On this eccentric installment, Tom and Jenny discuss the fascinating life of billionaire aviator, inventor, movie producer, real estate tycoon, ladies’ man, and reclusive OCD sufferer Howard Hughes. Born into a wealthy family in the early twentieth century, Howard would go on to realize many of his fantastical dreams, including setting several speed records in his specially designed aircraft, producing blockbuster films during Hollywood’s golden age, and dating some of the most beautiful and accomplished actresses of the era. But a series of head injuries and a genetic predisposition toward mental illness meant that his final years were spent in a drastic spiral downwards, as Howard succumbed to paranoia and phobias that spurred him to withdraw from the world at large and become imprisoned in a hell of his own making. Slap on your flying goggles and don’t touch the doorknobs as we delve deeply into intrigue and tragedy on episode 212.

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193: Frontier Cannibalism! Alferd Packer, Colorado Cannibal; and the Sad Fate of the Donner Party

On this grim saga of the Old West, Tom and Jenny are delving into two cases of cannibalism and disaster on the American frontier. First, we’ll talk about Alferd (or Alfred) Packer, a prospector in the late 19th century who went off on a gold-mining expedition with five other men and returned alone, having probably killed and eaten his companions. Then we’ll regale you with the disastrous and tragic story of the Donner Party, a wagon train of several families that became snowbound in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and ended up resorting to cannibalism to survive. Get ready for some horrific history on this 193rd installment of 13 O’Clock!

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Episode One Hundred Twelve: The Harpe Brothers and Belle Gunness

It’s another true crime double feature, but this time it’s American history style! We’ll be discussing two cases of some of the most brutal killers on the American frontier…the infamous Harpe Brothers, who murdered at least forty people in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Illinois in the late 18th century, and the legendary Belle Gunness, a ruthless “lonely hearts” killer who murdered somewhere between fourteen and forty victims at the dawn of the 20th century and buried many of the bodies on her farm. Take a swig of sarsaparilla and slap on your spurs, because episode 112 is going back in time for historical crime.

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Clip at the beginning taken from Evil Kin: Something Wicked in the Woods.

Song at the end: “The Ballad of Belle Gunness” by TJ McFarland.

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Episode One-Hundred-Five: The Salem Witch Trials, Wandering Wombs, and Clever Corvids

Tom and Jenny return to the American history well on this week’s installment, covering one of the darkest chapters of the colonial era: the Salem witch trials. During a brief, fifteen-month period in the 1690s, numerous people were accused and twenty were executed for witchcraft in and around Salem, Massachusetts. Why did it happen? Was it simply a case of mass hysteria, fueled by jealousy and religious hatred? Or was there some medical cause for the bizarre paroxysm? Listen in as we break down the event, as well as spend entirely too much time yapping about wandering wombs and really smart birds. Heat up the cauldron and ready the eye of newt, because episode 105 is about to cast its spell.

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Clip at the beginning taken from the 1996 film The Crucible.
Song at the end: “Witch Hunt” by MDFMK.

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Episode Ninety-Eight: The Lost Colony of Roanoke and More! Independence Day Special

It’s a drunken American Independence Day extravaganza on this episode of 13 O’Clock! To celebrate the 4th of July holiday, Tom and Jenny are delving into America’s oldest unsolved mystery: the fate of the colonists of the infamous Lost Colony of Roanoke. There are also numerous, slightly slurred digressions into a few funny news stories and probably more stuff about butts than is entirely appropriate. So grill up some hot dogs and light up some fireworks for a strange, sloshed, and star-spangled episode 98.

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Clips at the beginning and throughout taken from In Search of History: Lost Colony of Roanoke.

Song at the end: “Roanoke” by Mr. Betts Class.

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Episode Sixty-Six: The Bloody Benders

Ah, the good old days, when you could pack up your family and lay claim to hundreds of acres of prairie and set about building a life for yourself through hard work and perseverance. Or, if you happened to pass through Kansas in around 1871 on the way to set up your homestead, you could alternately get your head bashed in and your throat slashed by a “family” of twisted serial killers. On this episode of 13 O’Clock, Tom and Jenny explore one of the darkest corridors of 19th century American history, focusing on the infamous Bloody Benders, a faux family of four murderers who are thought to have brutally killed at least twenty travelers, and also seem to have largely gotten away with it. Hop in your covered wagon for the journey into episode 66, and when you see the Benders’ inn on the side of the Osage Trail, best keep moseying on by.

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Song at the end: “The Bloody Benders” by Macabre.