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With crime-stopping old ladies, fortune-telling dogs and professional walkers-on-heads, it’s all go in the first mini episode for 2019. Join your hosts, Jim and Violet, as they unravel the most surreal, ridiculous, and utter nonsense shorter stories from the historical newspaper archives. HEALTH AND SAFETY WARNING: Do not attempt to recreate the 18…
 
“Born and brought up through childhood with wild animals for playmates”, Frank C. Bostock was no ordinary child. From the age of 15, he became the “Boy Trainer” for his parents’ travelling menagerie, and went on to become a pioneers of showbiz across Britain - before monopolising the prime real estate of Dreamland in Coney Island with his epic disp…
 
In this episode of Yesterday's Chip Paper, join Violet and Jim and hear the story of the Bronco Bustin' Baronet, AKA Sir Genille Cave-Browne-Cave, a man who did every possible job on earth, fought in every nearest convenient war and survived things that should have killed a moose. Plus, a letter about an organ plague and a poem describing the worst…
 
With ghosts solving their own murders, ghosts murdering innocent victims, and other stories that involve neither ghosts nor murder, things are getting SPOOKY for this mini episode. Such as the lady haunted by a… penny? Join your hosts, Jim and Violet, as they prove that truth is truly stranger than fiction just in time for the haunting season. So b…
 
This week, we check in with a man of many names who commits the most heinous of crime, then disappears...or does he? Plus, Jim reads a letter from a 130-year-old Facebook troll and possibly the best poem we've found to date. Yesterday's Chip Paper is the podcast where your hosts, Jim and Violet, scour historical newspaper archives and unearth forgo…
 
In the wilds of 1800s Scotland, one man stood alone against those who sought to subvert the law by smuggling and distilling their own, tax-free booze. Using violence, guile, violence and a hardiness that is rare in a human being (plus violence), Malcolm Gillespie became a hero to some, a curse to others and a criminal to all. Join Jim and Violet as…
 
In this edition of Yesterday's Chip Paper Extra!, Jim and Violet explore desperate fights between boys and eagles, incompetent night watchmen, the dangerous world of overenthusiastic film buffs, and a cantankerous character from Jim’s past. Yesterday's Chip Paper is the podcast where your hosts, Jim and Violet, scour historical newspaper archives a…
 
With the help of his gun “Old Kill-Devil”, Sam Hildebrand became a figure revered by the entire state of Missouri, including the infamous Jesse James. This episode, we’re going to the wilderness of Doe Run in St Francis County, for the tale of a notorious bushwhacker during the Civil War. With over 100 alleged kills to his name, Hildebrand embarked…
 
George A. Witzhoff was born in Switzerland in the 1860s. Following the death of his father, he moved to the US to become proficient in the art of dentistry. Teeth didn't cut it for George, however. In fact, George had a particular talent for con-artistry, theft and escape. Join Jim and Violet as we explore the sordid life of a man who came to be kn…
 
Ida Lewis and Nancy Rose were two of a kind - women who tended lighthouses after their father and husband respectively could no longer enact their duties. Ida would go on to win worldwide fame and be dubbed the “Bravest Woman in America”. Nancy… would not. This episode, Violet tells the story about how the lives of two seemingly similar lighthouse …
 
Charles Parton was born around 1870 into a hard world. Raised in a public house owned by his pugilist father, his future would be no easier. Join Violet and Jim as we follow Charles to the ring, to the floor, around the world and on a tour of prison cells as we discover the often-surreal, consistently tragic life of Charles Parton; pugilist, possib…
 
In this edition of Yesterday's Chip Paper Extra!, Violet and Jim read each other's stories from across the centuries, ranging from an unfortunate Scotsman to a monkey who may well write questionable novels. Join us as we delve into the historical newspaper archives and dig up the stories that don't make full episodes by themselves, but are very fun…
 
*There were more, but we liked this title. The Elliot family was one of the preeminent farming families of 1870s Chemung County, NY. Until, one fateful day, one brother sold another brother some inadequate horses and caused a rift that lasted a generation. Join Violet and Jim for a tale of barn-burnings, shootings that are possibly not shootings, r…
 
Scotland-born Samuel Bissett was a man of many talents; shoemaking, brokering and, more famously, making all sorts of animals do all sorts of things that animals don't normally do in front of adoring crowds around the country. Join Jim and Violet as we discover the incredibly fun story of Samuel Bissett's magical menagerie. Plus, Violet delves into…
 
In this episode of Yesterday's Chip Paper Extra! Violet and Jim read some stories for the first time, featuring a nonsense and angering riddle, lots of people reacting to situations in the worst possible way and a load of Canadian guys who just cannot keep their noses out of people's business. If you like what you hear, please do rate and review us…
 
In honour of International Women’s Day, Violet tells the story of Elizabeth Taylor (also known as Happy Ned) who spent most of her life dressing and working as a man. Having spent many years as a common labourer, she set sail in 1862 to the southern states during the American Civil War. After spending several years as a blockade runner, she returne…
 
Ernest William Welsh invented a lot of stuff. Maybe. Possibly. From creating instruments of death to starting feuds with fellow inventors, there's nothing Ernest can't do. Join Jim and Violet as we explore the life of a man with a laundry list of inventions accredited to him and who really, really wants to kill lots of people as soon as possible. T…
 
1890s Indiana, a state in the midst of a boom. A character appears in the newspapers with a talent so strange he becomes a star. He went by the name of Harry Beno, and everything he did should realistically have killed him, from drinking neat poison to jamming spikes in his head for the entertainment of others. Join Violet and Jim as we look into t…
 
In this episode of Yesterday's Chip Paper Extra! Violet and Jim read out stories from historical newspapers, covering topics ranging from sorcery to the untimely death of a previously featured figure. Join us as we each host sees their stories for the first time and go on a wild ride through history. Yesterday's Chip Paper is a fortnightly/bimonthl…
 
Sent packing by his mother with 7000 Francs to “have an adventure”, Louis de Rougemont would not disappoint. But his fantastical story soon took a nasty turn, as he journeyed to Australasia only to get stranded on a remote island for two and a half years, before living - and leading among cannibals, surviving stormy seas and... riding turtles. De R…
 
One of Hull’s most revered fighters both in and out of the ring, Albert Shakesby was the last person you’d want to get on the wrong side of. While he had reportedly saved 30 lives from “violent death” by the age of 29, he also constantly thirsted for a row, whether squaring up to the nation’s best sportsmen or the band of the Salvation Army. So whe…
 
Honey, fascists and the death of Santa Claus - just some of the topics covered in this special Christmas edition of Yesterday's Chip Paper Extra! - the very best of the shorter stories from the world's historic newspaper archives. Learn all about the traditional festive season in Violet's home country of Australia, and discover the story of the aba…
 
In this edition of Yesterday's Chip Paper Extra! We read to each other about incompetent police, errant livestock, insanity-inspired murders on the high seas and more. As with all of our mini-episodes, the stories we read out have been sourced by the other host, and haven't been shared in advance, so we have no idea what we're about to read. If you…
 
Anton Probst was a carpenter's son from (probably) Wiesbaden, Germany. After being deservedly dumped by his betrothed, he embarked upon a criminal escapade with a not-too-bright friend that put the friend in prison and sent Anton on the run. Eventually, in 1863, Anton arrived in the US, and nothing around him was ever pleasant again. He lied, cheat…
 
When a war munitions broker is shot on the steps of his front porch, it causes chaos in the affluent area of Hyde Park, Chicago. For over three weeks the police hunt for his mysterious killer, throwing up dozens of theories and suspects, until a man hands himself in to authorities over 200 miles away in Cedar Rapids. But detectives are suspicious a…
 
A man hires a ghost to kill his wife, a hanging hand haunts a thriving hotel, and a shrunken head is causing trouble from a ping pong box. It's a rapid fire round-up of the best Halloween stories from the historic newspaper archives! In this second mini episode from Yesterday's Chip Paper, we'll also hear the tactics of a ghostly thief and inventiv…
 
Should man mate with apes? How do you survive a bear attack? And what exactly is dibbling a man's clay? All of these questions are answered in the first ever mini episode from Yesterday's Chip Paper. As well as this, there are tales of unbelievable bravery, saving mail trains and novel tactics from a creative policeman. YCP Extra! Sees Jim and Viol…
 
In episode 24, Jim covers the story of Jane Cakebread, a woman once known internationally and now almost completely forgotten. Jane was a likeable character known throughout Victorian Britain and beyond, a woman who got herself in trouble so many times that she broke records for the number of her criminal convictions, and was the catalyst for a hug…
 
“Atlanta woman announced her marriage, went to New York to buy her trousseau, and came home with unknown corpse.” - The Vicksburg Herald, 14 Nov 1915 Violet tells the story of Julia Choate Crumley, and ‘the tiny lie that grew into a monster that threatened her destruction’ as the Chicago Tribune put it - or- the lengths a 28-year-old society girl w…
 
Euphrasie Mercier and her siblings were set for life, until a revolution left them penniless. Years of trying to make ends meet, spells in asylums and failed businesses followed until, one fateful day, Euphrasie crossed paths with Elodie Menetret, a kind and generous woman followed by the faint whiff of scandal. This meeting would lead to Elodie's …
 
Described as a “vulgar, industrious, shrewd” character worthy of Charles Dickens or Chris Reade, this is the story of, arguably, the most brilliant and bonkers businessman of Victorian London. William Harris, the Sausage King, built his string of sausage shops from the murky misery of Newgate Market, before moving to his glamorous new premises acro…
 
A handsome young couple go to an island off the coast of Ireland to paint, bathe and...murder? In episode 20 of Yesterday's Chip Paper, Jim tells the story of the Ireland's Eye Murder, also known as the Kirwan Case. This true crime story has every element of a classic Victorian scandal: the untimely death of a - repeatedly described in every newspa…
 
Just before midnight on the 14th of April 1912, the RMS Titanic, branded “unsinkable” by the White Star Line, struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage. The ship, which was the largest vessel in the world at the time, was transporting 2,208 passengers and crew from Southampton to New York. Everyone knows how the story ends, but the reports printed at …
 
In this episode, Jim goes a little off piste and takes liberties with what is and isn't a newspaper, but nonetheless unearths squalid stories of a half-hanged man and the most lavish con man who ever conned. In our letters to the editor, we have mystery vegetables that are probably hilarious and a poem from a child with no friends. Yesterday's Chip…
 
Ingenious inventor or crackpot fraud? This is the question on everyone’s mind with this edition of Yesterday’s Chip Paper. When an English inventor lights up the world’s imaginations with claims of his invisible Death Ray, the War Office is quick to try and validate it. So is Harry Grindell Matthews onto something or is this a fraudulent story gone…
 
On episode 16 of Yesterday's Chip Paper, Jim regales Violet with the terrible tale of Alexander Pearce, an Irishman sentenced to transportation in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) in the early 19th century. A repeated escape artist, Pearce and his companions took off one fine day and made good their escape from camp. The events that took place in the f…
 
Morritt was one of the most famous magicians of his time, Monson was a notorious criminal let off scot-free. What could possibly go wrong when these two household names join forces for a tour? In 1893, Charles Morritt was running highly successful nights at the Prince’s Theatre in London’s Piccadilly. Alfred John Monson was in the centre of the Ard…
 
One balmy, Charleston night in May of 1862, an act of such bravery was carried out that it would turn the perpetrator into a propaganda sensation and a national celebrity (depending on whose side you were on). This is the story of Robert Smalls, a man who went from slavery to the senate in the 19th century South. Also this week, Violet reads out a …
 
In 1932, an Englishman, an Australian and an American walk into a house in Florida. One of them wouldn’t leave alive. This is the story of Englishman Captain Bill Lancaster and Australian “Chubbie” Miller, who met at a party in London, a chance encounter that would spark the most bizarre five years of their lives. Soon they’d embark on a flight to …
 
This is the story of Giovanni Succi, once the most famous name in Paris completely forgotten today. Succi was a hunger artist, a name given to people from across the world who took part in great feats of fasting. Some cited science as their motive, others entertainment, but the one thing they all knew for certain was that they couldn’t ever lose. E…
 
In the basement kitchen of the Department of Agriculture, 12 young men sat down to a meal laced with poison, an event that would occur three times a day for the next 18 months. This is the incredible story of Dr Harvey Washington Wiley and the Poison Squad, tasked with the experiment of finding out just how bad food preservatives were for the human…
 
This week Jim unravels the true story of the criminal who inspired Charles Dickens’ Fagin. Ikey Solomon was a notorious criminal of the early 19th century, a pickpocket turned international star thanks to his incredible plots to plunder his fellow men of their goods. His unbelievable story leads us across London, New York, Rio, Sydney and Tasmania.…
 
It’s witchcraft and murder in small town America in this episode of Yesterday’s Chip Paper. In 1928, 60-year-old Nelson Rehmeyer is beaten to death and set on fire in his home in York, Pennsylvania. The culprit? A self-proclaimed witch doctor and his two (very) young accomplices. Plus, a scornful letter to atomic bombs and a love poem (or is it?) t…
 
In this episode of the Yesterday's Chip Paper podcast, Jim tells the story of a mystery that swept the nation, as wealthy socialite Violet Gordon Charlesworth dies in a car accident that sees her thrown into the sea near Conway, from a cliff still known as 'Violet's leap'. The case had the nation - and the world - on the edge of their seats, until …
 
After several random attacks, there’s a manhunt in Yorkshire for the Halifax Slasher. The whole town’s in turmoil, people stay indoors and locals go rogue in vigilante groups - but no-one can track him down. The twist in this tale is unbelievable. Meanwhile, a letter to the editor in the defence of dogs and some delightfully anti-climatic poetry. Y…
 
Captain Stewart saw mutiny in a dream. This is the unreal story of what happened next, except it's oh so very real. Jim and Violet are in the same studio for the very first episode of 2017, bringing you the story of murder at sea, plus some great poetical advice to kick start your new year's resolutions and a letter to the editor from the testy nei…
 
Violet covers the unbelievable story of the six youthful desperadoes and the Thanksgiving Day riot at Folsom Prison in 1927. Meanwhile, Jim discovers a man desperately trying to get a moral across through a murderous apple metaphor, and "Old Fashioned" letter writer who really hates these newfangled sewerage systems. Yesterday's Chip Paper is a for…
 
This week, Jim goes back to 1726 and finds one of the most unbelievably messed-up stories published in any newspaper ever. Meanwhile, Violet deals with a psychotic girl from Kentucky who thinks she can save the souls of Thanksgiving turkeys. British Newspaper Archive www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/ Eliphind www.eliphind.com Library of Congress h…
 
In this Halloween special, Jim and Violet find some horrifying true stories in the historic newspapers, including the three spinster sisters in the skeleton house and dangerous mashed potato. British Newspaper Archive http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/ Trove http://trove.nla.gov.au/ Findmypast https://www.findmypast.co.uk/…
 
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