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Exactly Right Media – the original true crime comedy network

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Tenfold More Wicked takes listeners on a gruesome trip through history with chilling campfire stories of true crime. It's a unique blend of narrative nonfiction storytelling and investigative journalism. Host Kate Winkler Dawson takes a deep dive into the lives of victims...and killers. And how they made history. Now in its tenth season, "Entitled" is a historical true crime story that meets a political scandal in the colony of Virginia, ten years before the Revolutionary War. “Entitled” is ...
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On July 2, 1843, a deadly fire ripped through that section of Fall River, nearly destroying a large portion of the city, including the house next door to Lizzie Borden’s future home. Five years later in that house, the Borden family experiences continued tragedy when Lizzie Borden’s great aunt, Eliza Hathaway Darling Borden, appears to have severe …
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There is a section of Fall River, Massachusetts spanning just two blocks, where several media-grabbing tragedies occurred over a century. These were not simple domestic disputes or deadly bank robberies, they were deaths that seemed so out of the norm that perhaps they were triggered by something other-worldly. Written, researched and hosted by Kat…
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This is “A Blessing and a Curse,” the twelfth season of Tenfold More Wicked on Exactly Right. This season is very different from what we’ve done before. It isn’t just about one crime or one tragedy within one family…it’s about a section of a city that has seen many atrocities over the years. It’s also about one family with many connections, reachin…
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Thomas Cornell Junior is arrested and put on trial for his mother’s murder. Rebecca’s spirit, which visited her brother, was a central witness. Would Thomas be wrongfully convicted? Would he get away with murder? Or was he really guilty? Support this podcast by shopping our latest sponsor deals and promotions at this link: https://bit.ly/4dsqzI1 Le…
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As investigators interview more witnesses, someone comes forward and recalls a disturbing conversation with Rebecca Briggs Cornell. She feared her son, but she was also severely depressed. Had she even contemplated suicide? Support this podcast by shopping our latest sponsor deals and promotions at this link: https://bit.ly/4dsqzI1 Learn more about…
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Rebecca Briggs Cornell’s body is reexamined and something odd is found. Her son, Thomas, is interrogated for her murder if there was one. Was there evidence to prove the case against him in 1673? Is there now? Thomas Cornell Junior might be guilty, it might have been an accident and there may be other possibilities. Support this podcast by shopping…
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Thomas and his family make a terrible discovery in his mother’s room one night in February of 1673. Rebecca Briggs Cornell led a respectable life only to have it end in tragedy. She’s buried, but she’s not gone. One night, Rebecca’s brother falls asleep and receives a supernatural visitor. Support this podcast by shopping our latest sponsor deals a…
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Rebecca Briggs Cornell really dislikes her son’s new wife Sarah Earle. Rebecca is concerned that his daughter-in-law is violent. Her son, Thomas, neglects her and he clearly wants to take over the property, striking fear in Rebecca. Support this podcast by shopping our latest sponsor deals and promotions at this link: https://bit.ly/4dsqzI1 Learn m…
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It’s 1673 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Rebecca Briggs Cornell and her husband Thomas are the town’s founders and have already survived a raft of trauma. They’ve seen their closest friend murdered in New York and were banished from Boston for their religious beliefs. Now they’re concerned about the safety of their family. When Thomas dies, their son…
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This is “Fire and Brimstone,” the eleventh season of TENFOLD MORE WICKED, our oldest story yet. This time we’re traveling to colonial Rhode Island in 1673. This story came from a longtime Tenfold More Wicked listener and distant relative of the victim. Believe it or not, this case is still local lore for residents of the area. Support this podcast …
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John Chiswell is found dead in his home. Was it suicide, murder, or even an accident? The middle and lower classes of Williamsburg don’t believe he’s really dead. Are they right? Will Robert Routledge’s friend ever see justice for his death? Support this podcast by shopping our latest sponsor deals and promotions at this link: https://bit.ly/4dsqzI…
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John Chiswell’s well-connected friends have saved him from a public jail, but they might not be able to save him from the noose. As his murder trial approaches, Chiswell goes quiet and that’s not good. Support this podcast by shopping our latest sponsor deals and promotions at this link: https://bit.ly/4dsqzI1 Learn more about your ad choices. Visi…
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John Chiswell holds a bloody sword, a blade he pulled from the body of Robert Routledge, a man he once considered his friend. But was it murder or self-defense? Luckily for John Chiswell…he has some very powerful friends. Support this podcast by shopping our latest sponsor deals and promotions at this link: https://bit.ly/4dsqzI1 Learn more about y…
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One morning in June, John Chiswell visits a favorite tavern, only to be confronted by a drunk, abusive merchant. At least that was Chiswell’s version of events. So he picked up a sharp sword…and nothing good can come of that. Support this podcast by shopping our latest sponsor deals and promotions at this link: https://bit.ly/4dsqzI1 Learn more abo…
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John Chiswell’s powerful son-in-law, John Robinson is gravely sick. Robinson is Chiswell’s most important business partners. They’re both keeping secrets and, if Robinson dies, Chiswell’s secret will be uncovered. Support this podcast by shopping our latest sponsor deals and promotions at this link: https://bit.ly/4dsqzI1 Learn more about your ad c…
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Colonel John Chiswell is one of Colonial Williamsburg’s most respected men. He married into a famous family and his daughter married one of the most powerful people in Virginia. But Chiswell’s life was a house of cards…and by 1766, it was teetering. Support this podcast by shopping our latest sponsor deals and promotions at this link: https://bit.l…
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“Entitled” is the tenth season of Tenfold More Wicked. It’s a historical true crime story that meets a political scandal in the colony of Virginia, ten years before the Revolutionary War. “Entitled” is about the deaths of three men in the 18th century, how they changed history and about protecting the wealthy and the powerful. Support this podcast …
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This episode isn’t about a typical true crime story. There’s no murder, but there doesn’t need to be to make it a wild story. This is about manipulation, tragedy…and obsession. Lots of obsession. Author Michael Finkel documented all of it in his book: The Art Thief. Support this podcast by shopping our latest sponsor deals and promotions at this li…
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One of my most favorite blogs is one called Murder by Gaslight. It focuses on historical true crime. The writer behind it is Robert Wilhelm and he’s also a nonfiction author. He tells us the story of Pearl Bryan from his book, So Far From Home. Support this podcast by shopping our latest sponsor deals and promotions at this link: https://bit.ly/4ds…
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A writer’s stepfather is a researcher in a prison when he meets a prisoner---and they’ll change each other’s lives forever. This is a tragic true crime tale about regret…lots of regret. Could one decision have saved the life of a police officer? Author Lisa Belkin tells us her very personal story from her book: Genealogy of a Murder: Four Generatio…
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In the late ‘60s, a serial killer stalked women in New England. His name was Tony Costa. He was unusual because he spent a lot of time drawing in his victims. We’ve heard this story from a woman who Costa babysat, but this is a different account. Journalist Casey Sherman tells the story from his book, Helltown: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer o…
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I’ve been fascinated with the story of Jesse Pomeroy in 1870s Boston. He’s the boy who murdered kids for quite a while before he was caught. What does this story tell us about crime today? Author Roseanne Montillo talks about her book, The Wilderness of Ruin: A Tale of Madness, Fire, and the Hunt for America's Youngest Serial Killer. Support this p…
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By now, most of you know the story of the Delphi murders. Actually, this wasn’t a case that I had kept up with. So that’s why this episode is interesting for me. My guest is Nic Edwards—he’s the host of the True Crime Garage podcast. He’s also an author. Nic wrote a book about the murders of Libby and Abby in 2017 called The Delphi Murders: The Que…
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I love 1920s Hollywood…it was full of glitz, glamour, controversy and murder. William J. Mann’s wonderful book: Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood details the story of a mysterious, unsolved murder of film director William Desmond Taylor. Did Mann solve Taylor’s murder, 100 years later? Maybe. Support this podcast by…
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Most of us know this, but women are just as capable of killing as men are. Yet most true crime stories cover men killing women, which makes sense, considering the statistics. Author Jennifer Wright wrote a book called She Kills Me. She did research on dozens of stories, where women are the killers. And now she tells us why. Support this podcast by …
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Most of us know the story about serial killer John Wayne Gacy. I frankly don’t want to know more about Gacy. But I do want to hear about his victims. So I had a great discussion with author David Nelson, who focuses on the boys who were Gacy’s victims in his book, Boys Enter the House: The Victims of John Wayne Gacy and the Lives They Left Behind. …
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In February of 1992, a 22 year old walked into a police station in Florida and confessed that he’d shot and killed his parents. He claimed that he had been possessed by the devil. He was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia and ruled “not criminally responsible” for the murders on grounds of insanity. But after the trial, where do the "criminall…
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What would it be like to interview a serial killer? New York Times best-selling author Jillian Lauren knows. Her haunting account of confronting Samuel Little is detailed in her book Behold the Monster. In our chat, Jillian explains how she convinced Little to tell her where one unknown victim was buried. Support this podcast by shopping our latest…
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Best-selling author Bryan Burrough returns to his small-town Texas roots in the podcast, by Texas Monthly, called “Stephenville.” This season he explores a murder case that went cold for nearly two decades. To tell this amazing story, Bryan is armed with the newly discovered diary of the killer himself. Support this podcast by shopping our latest s…
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The story of one of America’s youngest death row inmates is tragic and complicated. How did a young woman in 1980s Indiana end up in prison? Alex Mar unfolds her incredible book, Seventy Times Seven: A True Story of Murder and Mercy. It’s a journey about racism, anger, and forgiveness. Support this podcast by shopping our latest sponsor deals and p…
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Maurice Chammah hosts a podcast called “Smoke Screen: Just Say You’re Sorry.” It tells the story of a brutal murder of a woman who was disparaged by the police to secure a suspect. And that's just the beginning of the questionable techniques used by investigators, as well as the Texas Rangers. Support this podcast by shopping our latest sponsor dea…
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One of the most incredible stories in true crime is the tale of Arthur Conan Doyle and how he helped free a man…who was innocent of murder. Author Margalit Fox offers us a deep dive into the characters in her book, Conan Doyle for the Defense. Support this podcast by shopping our latest sponsor deals and promotions at this link: https://bit.ly/4dsq…
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You can’t beat a story about an eighteenth-century mutiny and survival and then conflicting accounts. Author David Grann has written about the epic, harrowing saga of a ship and its crew in a book called The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder. Support this podcast by shopping our latest sponsor deals and promotions at this link: https://…
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Most of you have probably heard the story of the Hart family, the couple that drove a car off a cliff with all of their adopted children inside. Our guest Roxanna Asgarian unfolds the story with details that we’ve never heard before, including an investigation into the child welfare system. Support this podcast by shopping our latest sponsor deals …
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One of the most studied murder trials in recent history is the case of Kathleen Peterson, which was featured in the TV series, The Staircase. Author Tiddy Smith recounts the story in his book Death by Talons and focuses on the most controversial part of the case…the owl theory. Support this podcast by shopping our latest sponsor deals and promotion…
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A wealthy man is poisoned in 1830s England, and there are many suspects, including several heirs. Would coffee grounds prove to be crucial evidence in a murder case that helped change forensics? Sandra Hempel in her book, The Inheritor’s Powder, tells us the story of a determined chemist who shifted the outcome of a historic case. Support this podc…
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A man is found dead from a gunshot wound in Washington DC in 1923. He’s an aide and a confidante to a powerful politician, the attorney general of the United States. Was his death a murder or a suicide? Author Nathan Masters tells us the story at the center of his book: Crooked. Support this podcast by shopping our latest sponsor deals and promotio…
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Have you ever heard of the Rice Chest Prince? It’s a real story from Korean history, and it’s a fascinating look at the dynamic between a king and his son, and how it turned so tragic. Author June Hur explores her culture in her novel, The Red Palace, as she uses the Prince’s story for inspiration. Support this podcast by shopping our latest sponso…
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The brutal murder of a 3-year-old shocked Victorian England not only because of how it happened, but because of who the police suspected. Could one of Britain’s most famous detectives solve the case? Author Kate Summerscale tells us the story at the center of her book, The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher. Support this podcast by shopping our latest spons…
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When Dr. Benjamin Gilmer takes over a small clinic in North Carolina, he was told that he is actually the second Dr. Gilmer to practice there. The first “Dr. Gilmer” had murdered his father in 2004. The book: The Other Dr. Gilmer details the lives of both Dr. Gilmers and how their lives intersected. Support this podcast by shopping our latest spons…
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This story centers on a terrible crime in 1999 rural Oklahoma. Two parents were murdered and two teenaged girls in the same trailer went missing. Author Jax Miller details the story in her book, Hell in the Heartland. Support this podcast by shopping our latest sponsor deals and promotions at this link: https://bit.ly/4dsqzI1 Buy my books: katewink…
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One of the most controversial tools used by investigators is the lie detector. It’s used often to intimidate suspects and sometimes it’s responsible for confessions, real and false. Author Amit Katwala explains how the lie detector’s origin is grounded in deception, abuse, and of course murder. Support this podcast by shopping our latest sponsor de…
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In some parts of the world, one of the most dangerous jobs you can have is being a journalist. Author Katherine Corcoran writes about a ground-breaking reporter who risked her life to expose corruption in Mexico… and then she was murdered. Support this podcast by shopping our latest sponsor deals and promotions at this link: https://bit.ly/4dsqzI1 …
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In 1905, many people seemed to have a reason to kill one of the richest women in America and Stanford University’s co-founder, Jane Stanford. Author and Stanford Professor Dr. Richard White tells us about the wealthy eccentric’s troubled legacy and mysterious death. Support this podcast by shopping our latest sponsor deals and promotions at this li…
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When a powerful businessman in Alaska is murdered in his bed in 1953, the police believe that it might have been a break-in gone wrong. But as details about his personal life made headlines, investigators turned to several new suspects. Author James T. Bartlett discusses the potential motives at the center of this story. Support this podcast by sho…
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Liliana Rivera Garza lived in Mexico and journaled everything about her life until she was murdered. Her sister, author Cristina Rivera Garza, looked for clues inside Liliana’s diaries and letters. Determined to figure out what happened, Garza talks about her search for her sister’s killer. Support this podcast by shopping our latest sponsor deals …
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In the 1840s, an Irish family lived in constant turmoil after starting a feud with their entire town in Canada. When tensions rose in the town, the family’s lives were put at risk. Author John Little tells the story about the Black Donnelly tragedy. Support this podcast by shopping our latest sponsor deals and promotions at this link: https://bit.l…
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How well do you know your neighbor? Author Jamie Gehring discusses how for decades she and her family had no idea they were living right next-door to the Unabomber who was secretly building explosives in his cabin. Support this podcast by shopping our latest sponsor deals and promotions at this link: https://bit.ly/4dsqzI1 Buy my books: katewinkler…
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In the mid-1980s Stella Nickell was suspected of murdering her husband using headache pills laced with poison. Author Gregg Olsen describes the panic that ensued when someone else also died from taking pills. But were the two deaths connected? Support this podcast by shopping our latest sponsor deals and promotions at this link: https://bit.ly/4dsq…
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Kate Winkler Dawson's true crime talk show Tenfold More Wicked Presents: Wicked Words is back for its third season. On each new episode of Wicked Words, Kate interviews journalists, podcasters and authors about their fascinating behind-the-scenes stories from their investigations in the world of true crime. These are the stories behind the stories.…
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