17. Hokum or Broken? Debunking Dr. Death Ray

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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 way too far? Also this week, Jim finds the shortest poem in the world and an ode to the old Hollywood great John Wayne.

Yesterday’s Chip Paper is a fortnightly(ish) history podcast that looks into the strange, macabre and downright terrifying stories found in historic newspaper archives. Whether it be true crime, tales of adventure or unbelievable characters from history, it’s guaranteed to be downright bonkers. Your hosts, Jim and Violet, are two amateur researchers based on opposite sides of the Atlantic who love delving into the crazy world of historic newspapers and getting to the bottom of history’s strangest headlines from across the world.

Newspaper archives used in this episode:

British Newspaper Archive www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/

Newspapers.com

TROVE (National Library of Australia) trove.nla.gov.au/

More on Harry Grindell Matthews: http://www.rexresearch.com/grinmatth/grmatthews.htm http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2013/03/harry-grindell-matthews-madcap-inventor-of-the-death-ray-and-the-sky-projector/

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