The Mystery of the Ragged Stranger podcast Episode #6- Carl Wanderer Goes to Trial for the Murder of the Ragged Stranger can be found here...
Carl Wanderer had been given a 25 year prison sentence for murdering his wife. In a second trial, he was sentenced to die upon the gallows for the murder of the Ragged Stranger. A third trial, after a successful appeal using an arcane law from 1845, drew such heated passions in the city that the Chicago Chief of Police would be sentenced to five days in jail for comments he made about the trial.
Normally a condemned man has a last lifeline with a governor being able to commute a sentence, but unfortunately for Wanderer, days before he was to hang, Illinois Governor Len Small was indicted and went into hiding.
Could Wanderer somehow slip out of the noose again?
The Mystery of the Ragged Stranger Podcast Episode #7- The Governor is Doing What? - can be listened to below...
Our intro theme music for the podcast is The Crocodile by the Wiedoft-Wadsworth Quartet. Written by Otto Motzan and Harry Akst and recorded March 1, 1920 in New York City. The performers credited were- Harry Askt on piano, Carl Fenton also on piano, George Hamilton Green on the xylophone, J. Russel Robinson again on piano, F. Wheeler Wadsworth on alto saxophone, and Rudy Wiedoeft also on alto saxophone.
Our outro theme song is The Butcher's Boy (The Railroad Boy) by Buell Kazee and is used courtesy of June Appal Recordings in Whitesburg, Kentucky. Kazee, a baptist minister, recorded this haunting song, compiled from a collection of British ballads, in New York City on January 16, 1928. The recordings for Buell Kazee (catalog no. JA009) were made by Mark Wilson, Buell Kazee, and Kentucky Educational Television, and were compiled and produced by Jonathan Greene, Loyal Jones and John McCutcheon for June Appal Recordings. The album was preserved and re-released by Appalshop Archive in 2007 and can be purchased here.
Episode #8 of the podcast coming Monday, October 1- A Conclusion to the Ragged Stranger Story
This project aims to fill in the gaps where there is unknown, correct false narratives that have branched away from the truth, and most importantly, to entertain and enlighten.
It has been sourced from research for my upcoming book Kisses for Julia, Bullets for Ruth: The Mystery of Carl Wanderer & the Ragged Stranger.