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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Murder at Asheville's Battery Park Hotel: An Interview with Author Anne Smith PT. 2

Did the phrase “That’s what I was wondering…” solve a murder? In the morning hours of July 16, 1936, Helen Clevenger’s uncle discovered her bloodied body crumpled on the floor of her small room in Asheville’s grand Battery Park Hotel. She had been shot through the chest. Buncombe County Sheriff Laurence Brown, up for reelection, desperately searched for the teenager’s killer as the public clamored for answers. Though witnesses reported seeing a white man leave the scene, Brown’s focus turned instead to the hotel’s Black employees and on August 9 he arrested bell hop Martin Moore.

After a frenzied four-day trial that captured the nation’s attention, Moore was convicted of Helen’s murder on August 22. Though Moore confessed to Sherriff Brown, doubt of his guilt lingers and many Southerners feared that justice had not, in fact, been served. Author Anne Chesky Smith weaves together varying accounts of the murder and investigation to expose a complex and disturbing chapter in Asheville’s history.

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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.