Crime Capsule

History So Interesting
It's Criminal

From DNA testing to the Dixie Mafia, we bring you new stories of true crime in American history. Join writer & host Benjamin Morris for exclusive interviews with authors from Arcadia Publishing, writing the hottest books on the most chilling stories of our country’s past.

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The Hunt for the Last Public Enemy in Northeastern Ohio: Interview w/ Author Julie Thompson

The last Public Enemy No. 1 of the Depression era, Alvin “Creepy” Karpis reportedly compiled a record of fifty-four aliases, fifteen bank robberies, fourteen murders, three jailbreaks and two kidnappings. His criminal career came to an end when J. Edgar Hoover and his famed G-Men apprehended the man they wanted more than any other in New Orleans. From there, Karpis found himself confined on Alcatraz Island, where he spent nearly twenty-six years - more than any inmate in the prison’s history. Historian Julie Thompson tells the true story of Karpis’s life and career, a riveting tale taking readers from rural Kansas and Ohio to the bustling streets of the Big Easy and into the bleak innards of “the Rock.”

A lifelong native of Northeast Ohio, historian Julie Thompson completed her history degree at Hiram College, where she graduated with distinction. She has volunteered at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and worked extensively with the Library of Congress Publishing Office on four of its substantial published works. Julie remains an active member of the Freedom Township Historical Society and has served on the board of trustees for the James A. Garfield Historical Society, where she engaged with Hiram College to develop the society’s first internship program and served as a member of her area’s Inter-Museum Council.

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The smoking gun. The bloody knife. The chase, the catch, the courthouse doors. On the Crime Capsule podcast, nothing fascinates us more than the stories of true crime in American history: the deeds and misdeeds that have shocked our citizens and, in some cases, shaped our nation. Traveling coast to coast, our mission is to dig up these stories from America’s past and to bring them to America’s present. To shine a light on the darkness that at times shadows our history. And hopefully, to let that light illuminate the concept of justice more brightly.

Join writer and host Benjamin Morris for exclusive, in-depth interviews with authors from Arcadia Publishing, the largest publisher of local nonfiction in the country. From DNA testing to the Dixie Mafia, our guests have intimate knowledge of the cases they’ve studied. They’re the historians who chronicled them. The reporters who broke them. And sometimes, the cops who cracked them.

Each week, Crime Capsule brings you the authors who have journeyed deep inside the shadows of American history. And we’d love for you to join the conversation. Learn more at evergreenpodcasts.com. Crime Capsule: history so interesting it’s criminal.

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The Team

Benjamin Morris

Host
Writer, researcher, and recovering academic. Poet, fiction writer, and historian. Native Mississippian. List-maker extraordinaire.

Bill Huffman

Producer
A veteran podcast host and journalists with a penchant for true crime and breaking news.