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Infamous America

53 EpisodesProduced by Black Barrel MediaWebsite

Historical True Crime — assassins, gangsters, mobsters and lawmen; manhunts, scandals and unexplained phenomena, we'll cover them all. This is historical true crime that dives into the wildest and darkest chapters of America's past.

53 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

Introducing Season One | SALEM

September 25th, 2018

5:14

There are people whose names will live forever in American history: John Wilkes Booth, Benedict Arnold, Bonnie and Clyde. There are robberies, …

SALEM 1 | "The Devil"

October 2nd, 2018

33:36

When two girls fell ill in January 1692, no one suspected the affliction would lead to one of the most infamous events in American history. The …

SALEM 2 | "Deceivers"

October 10th, 2018

38:47

The crisis escalates beyond the afflictions of four girls. Numerous people in Salem Village have frightening experiences with witchcraft, and the …

SALEM 3 | "Wildfire"

October 16th, 2018

40:52

Witchcraft spreads rapidly through Salem Village and the surrounding towns. The number of afflicted rises, and so does the number of accused. Fear …

SALEM 4 | "The Rope"

October 24th, 2018

41:00

The Salem Witch Trials finally begin, and they produce scandalous moments that no one will forget. The results are predictable and the executions …

SALEM 5 | "Legacy"

October 31st, 2018

44:44

The Salem witch trials reach their darkest point as more innocent lives are lost. When the crisis touches the highest level of government, the governor finally stops the trials. The outbreak slowly fades away, but it …

SALEM 6 | Interview: Emerson Baker

November 7th, 2018

40:03

Professor Emerson Baker is an authority on the Salem witch trials. His book, "A Storm of Witchcraft," was a vital resource for this show. In this episode, he shines a light on many aspects of crisis, including his …

SALEM 7 | Interview: Rachel Christ

November 14th, 2018

33:00

Rachel Christ is the Director of Education at the Salem Witch Museum. We met at the museum for a great discussion about the history of witchcraft, the Salem crisis in context with the witch hunts in Europe, and modern …

SALEM 8 | Interview: Elizabeth Peterson

November 21st, 2018

29:37

Elizabeth Peterson is the Director of the Witch House and Pioneer Village in Salem. The Witch House is the home of judge Jonathan Corwin and has been preserved as a museum to give visitors a rare glimpse into the life …

BLACK SOX 0 | Prologue

July 30th, 2019

5:10

It's been 100 years since the most infamous event in baseball history. In 1919, a group of Chicago White Sox players conspired to lose the World's Series. This the story of legendary players like Shoeless Joe Jackson; …

BLACK SOX 1 | "The Glory Days"

August 7th, 2019

35:00

Baseball’s progression from an amateur activity to a professional sport is full of great stories. Hear about the myths and legends of early baseball; …

BLACK SOX 2 | "A Turbulent Year"

August 14th, 2019

38:45

In a time of great upheaval around the world, America experiences outbreaks of violence and fear. Walter Johnson, Ty Cobb and the other stars of the …

BLACK SOX 3 | "The Bankroll"

August 21st, 2019

34:04

As the regular season winds down, the talk of a World Series fix heats up. Chicago White Sox players meet with two sets of gamblers and name a price …

BLACK SOX 4 | "The Fix"

August 28th, 2019

40:02

The World Series plays out as rumors of a conspiracy run wild through the inner circles of baseball. Suspicion rises. Tension builds in the White Sox clubhouse. The gamblers double cross the players. The players double …

BLACK SOX 5 | "Say It Ain't So"

September 4th, 2019

38:32

After the World Series, Major League Baseball experiences an offseason of turmoil: White Sox owner Charlie Comiskey investigates his players; the …

BLACK SOX 6 | "Eight Men Out"

September 11th, 2019

53:41

The scandal crashes down on the White Sox players and gamblers. The criminal trial is a fiasco, though it ends well for the defendants. But the new …

BLACK SOX 7 | Jacob Pomrenke Interview

September 18th, 2019

32:19

Jacob Pomrenke is the chairman of the SABR Black Sox Scandal Research committee. He separates fact from fiction in an interview that dissects the most prominent myths of the Black Sox scandal. Special thanks to the SABR …

BLACK SOX 8 | Mike Nola Interview

September 25th, 2019

38:25

Mike Nola is the official historian of the Shoeless Joe Jackson virtual Hall of Fame at BlackBetsy.com. He relates stories of the most famous member …

BILLY THE KID 0 | Prologue

October 30th, 2019

5:26

The life of the most infamous outlaw in the history of the American West is steeped in mystery. This is the story of Henry McCarty, aka Henry Antrim, otherwise known as William H. Bonney, glorified in legend as Billy …

BILLY THE KID 1 | "Henry Antrim alias Kid"

November 6th, 2019

30:05

A mischievous boy becomes a petty thief. The petty thief becomes a drifter. The drifter becomes a killer. The mysterious and scattered life of Henry McCarty begins in the American West. For more details, please visit

BILLY THE KID 2 | "Crooks, Killers and Thieves"

November 13th, 2019

30:21

Lincoln County in southeastern New Mexico Territory grows into a hotbed of corruption and murder. Men named Murphy, Dolan and Brady align themselves …

BILLY THE KID 3 | "The Machine"

November 20th, 2019

29:06

Tensions mount as Jimmy Dolan discovers the method he will use to destroy John Tunstall and Alex McSween. With support from the Santa Fe ring, Dolan …

BILLY THE KID 4 | "Shots Fired"

November 27th, 2019

27:31

The conflict brewing in Lincoln County reaches the point of no return. Sheriff Brady and Jimmy Dolan organize a posse to attack John Tunstall and …

BILLY THE KID 5 | "Regulators"

December 4th, 2019

30:36

In the wake of John Tunstall's murder, a group of his loyal fighters form a posse called the Regulators to bring his killers to justice. Within days, …

BILLY THE KID 6 | "Lincoln County War, Part 1"

December 11th, 2019

29:18

Another Regulator captain dies. The Regulators continue their quest for vengeance. Alex McSween assembles his force; Jimmy Dolan assembles his force; …

BILLY THE KID 7 | "Lincoln County War, Part 2"

December 18th, 2019

25:00

The Lincoln County War ends with a murderous finale. The Dolan faction strikes a lethal blow, but it doesn't destroy the Regulators. The Regulators …

BILLY THE KID 8 | "On The Run"

December 25th, 2019

28:06

Exactly one year after the murder of John Tunstall, a Lincoln County miracle occurs: Jimmy Dolan and Billy Bonney make peace. The two warring …

BILLY THE KID 9 | "Wanted: Dead or Alive"

January 1st, 2020

28:59

Billy's violent end draws near. After another bloody shootout, he officially becomes "Billy the Kid" and the governor puts a price on his head. Pat …

BILLY THE KID 10 | "The Legend"

January 8th, 2020

41:37

The outlaw lifestyle finally catches up with Billy the Kid. A shootout claims the life of one of his oldest friends; he is sentenced to hang for his …

DILLINGER 1 | "Birth of a Criminal"

January 15th, 2020

28:20

Public Enemy No. 1 — that was John Dillinger in the early 1930s. He robbed banks and took hostages and shot it out with the cops for 13 months. But before he was the first celebrity criminal in modern America, he was an …

DILLINGER 2 | "Three Midnights"

January 22nd, 2020

31:32

Fast cars and machine guns become vital tools for gangsters, including Al Capone's mob in Chicago. A German thief pioneers modern heist tactics …

DILLINGER 3 | "Partners In Crime"

January 29th, 2020

30:15

Banks fall one by one as Dillinger finds his groove as a robber after his release from prison. But the action isn't always glamorous. His early conspirators are not up to the task and he finds himself in frustrating …

DILLINGER 4 | "Prison Break"

February 5th, 2020

34:07

Young outlaw Lester Gillis arrives on the national scene and forms a connection to John Dillinger. Meanwhile, Dillinger makes a major decision: he's going to break his friends out of prison. With Dillinger's help, ten …

DILLINGER 5 | "Hostages"

February 12th, 2020

35:57

Dillinger regains his freedom after a violent jail break. He reunites with a young woman named Billie Frechette, who has a checkered past. Dillinger …

DILLINGER 6 | "Crown Point"

February 19th, 2020

34:13

John Dillinger kills a cop during a gun battle outside a bank. He and the gang head to Arizona to avoid the police in the Midwest, but Dillinger soon …

DILLINGER 7 | "Federal Fugitive"

February 26th, 2020

32:39

In the wake of Dillinger's daring prison break, the Bureau of Investigation officially joins the hunt for the most wanted robber in America. John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson team up for a bank robbery for the first …

DILLINGER 8 | "Showdown at Little Bohemia"

March 4th, 2020

35:00

John Dillinger suffers a setback at the hands of Special Agent Melvin Purvis: he watches helplessly as his girlfriend, Billie Frechette, walks into a trap. After her arrest, Dillinger and his gang lay low at a resort …

DILLINGER 9 | "Public Enemy No. 1"

March 11th, 2020

28:44

Dillinger continues robbing banks as his girlfriend, Billie Frechette, receives a prison sentence. As law enforcement draws closer to Dillinger, he has plastic surgery to alter his famous face. Then Dillinger and Baby …

DILLINGER 10 | "No Escape"

March 18th, 2020

32:22

In the Season Finale, Dillinger plans one last robbery. He wants a big score to send him into retirement, but he doesn't know that someone close to him is working with Special Agent Melvin Purvis. Purvis and the "woman …

BOOTH 1 | "Assassin"

March 31st, 2020

33:08

John Wilkes Booth assassinates the first president in American history on Good Friday, April 14, 1865. At the same time, Lewis Powell savagely attacks the Secretary of State. Washington City turns into chaos as people …

BOOTH 2 | "Wild With Fright"

April 7th, 2020

24:45

While Booth and Herold hurry toward their first destination, Washington descends into the chaos behind them. Ford's theatre is mayhem as the audience …

BOOTH 3 | "Enemies, Foreign and Domestic"

April 14th, 2020

27:00

Booth and Herold continue to flee south and arrive at the farm of Dr. Samuel Mudd. Mudd gives them aid, but then learns about the assassination and …

BOOTH 4 | "Manhunt"

April 21st, 2020

25:06

Booth and Herold navigate a swamp with the help of a stranger and then lay low while Army patrols scour the countryside. In Washington, Secretary …

BOOTH 5 | "American Brutus"

April 28th, 2020

28:31

Booth and Herold attempt a dangerous river crossing and it does not go as planned. Edwin Stanton's manhunt snares more conspirators, including those …

BOOTH 6 | "The Garrett Farm"

May 5th, 2020

27:42

Booth and Herold finally make it to Virginia, but they are not welcomed with hospitality. As they continue their trek south, they meet three …

BOOTH 7 | "Useless"

May 12th, 2020

36:45

In the Season Finale, Booth and Herold decide to spend one more night at the Garrett farm and the choice leads to the final confrontation. The 16th …

BOOTH 8 | "Rathbone and Robinson"

May 20th, 2020

12:45

This bonus episode tells two short stories: the tragedy of Major Henry Rathbone and his fiancee Clara Harris, and the brave tale of Private George …

UPDATE | Bonus content is here!

May 26th, 2020

8:11

Black Barrel+ premium listening experience is now live. Subscription plans that offer bingeable seasons, early access, and exclusive bonus episodes are now available for both Legends of the Old West and Infamous America

ALCATRAZ 1 | “Fortress of Isolation"

May 27th, 2020

25:58

The history of Alcatraz Island is written by the escape attempts. In the earliest days of American occupation, it was a fort. And from the very …

ALCATRAZ 2 | “Blastout”

June 3rd, 2020

26:39

In the 1940s, the situation on Alcatraz took a dark turn. A brutal escape attempt claims two lives, but also turns a guard into a hero. And then “Doc” Barker, of the infamous Barker Gang, leads a breakout that always …

ALCATRAZ 3 | “Battle of Alcatraz”

June 10th, 2020

29:26

The most violent escape attempt in the history of Alcatraz, and possibly the American prison system, rocks the island in May of 1946. Six inmates …

ALCATRAZ 4 | “The Hole”

June 17th, 2020

27:19

Alcatraz cools down for a few years after the battle, but eventually the escape attempts resume. Some inmates are desperate to flee the harsh …

ALCATRAZ 5 | “The Greatest Escape”

June 24th, 2020

34:18

In the waning days of the prison, three inmates perform arguably the greatest prison break in American history. It’s immortalized by Hollywood in the …

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