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Infamous America

82 EpisodesProduced by Black Barrel MediaWebsite

Historical True Crime — assassins, gangsters, mobsters and lawmen; manhunts, scandals and unexplained phenomena. Stories of the wildest and darkest chapters of America's past.

82 Episodes | 2018 - 2021

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

36:06

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

41:17

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

43:22

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

43:30

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

47:14

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

41:33

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 the crisis, including his …

SALEM 7 | Interview: Rachel Christ

November 14th, 2018

33:30

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

30:07

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

37:30

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

41:15

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

36:34

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

42:32

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

41:02

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

56:11

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

33:49

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

39:55

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

32:35

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

32:51

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

31:36

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

30:01

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

33:06

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

31:48

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

27:30

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

30:36

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

31:29

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

41:35

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

30:50

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

34:02

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

32:45

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

35:01

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

38:27

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

36:43

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

33:40

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

35:59

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

31:14

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

34:52

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

35:38

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

27:15

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

29:30

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

27:36

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

31:01

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

30:12

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

39:15

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

14:15

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

27:12

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

27:44

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

31:59

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

28:26

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

35:21

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 …

DB COOPER 1 | “The Skyjacking”

July 8th, 2020

35:15

This is the story of one of the most infamous unsolved crimes in American history. In November of 1971, a man calling himself “Dan Cooper” hijacks an …

DB COOPER 2 | “The Investigation”

July 15th, 2020

33:01

Law enforcement agencies race to find the hijacker, but they face major obstacles. The possible search area is massive and the weather hampers the investigation on the ground. The media turns the story into nationwide …

DB COOPER 3 | “The Suspects”

July 22nd, 2020

34:36

Years pass, and the heat of the initial investigation dies down. The FBI reviews numerous suspects but dismisses each one. There are no leads on the hijacker and no new pieces of evidence … until a boy finds bundles of …

DB COOPER 4 | “Conspiracy Theories”

July 29th, 2020

38:37

Host Chris Wimmer interviews the writer of the D.B Cooper series, Jamie Lyko. They add more detail to the story of the money found in the sand bar; they analyze a new suspect; and they discuss theories of how Cooper …

LEOPOLD & LOEB 1 | “Crime of the Century”

August 12th, 2020

30:36

Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb are young and rich. They’re highly intelligent. And they’re about to become cold-blooded killers. They meticulously …

LEOPOLD & LOEB 2 | “Bobby”

August 19th, 2020

29:58

In May of 1924, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb kidnap 14-year-old Bobby Franks and carry out their ruthless murder plan. They believe they are …

LEOPOLD & LOEB 3 | “Trial of the Century”

August 26th, 2020

30:23

The families of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb hire the most famous defense attorney in America, Clarence Darrow, to keep their sons off death row. …

LEOPOLD & LOEB 4 | “Aftermath”

September 2nd, 2020

30:48

Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb begin their new lives in prison, and those lives take very different turns. They use their money and intelligence to …

LIZZIE BORDEN Ch. 1 | “Axe Murders”

September 23rd, 2020

29:58

August 4, 1892 is a hot day in Fall River, Massachusetts. The Borden house is quiet until 30-year-old Lizzie screams that her father has been killed. …

LIZZIE BORDEN Ch. 2 | “Prime Suspect”

September 30th, 2020

30:09

The Borden murders shock the city of Fall River. The police begin their investigation and they quickly discover a potential murder weapon. They …

LIZZIE BORDEN Ch. 3 | “The Verdict”

October 7th, 2020

31:00

Lizzie Borden goes to trial for the murder of her father and stepmother. The stakes are as high as they can get: she could face the death penalty if …

TEXAS CHAINSAW Ch. 1 | “A Sinister Tale”

October 21st, 2020

29:05

In the 1920s and 1930s, Ed Gein grows up on a Wisconsin farm with a domineering mother and an alcoholic father. He’s bullied by other kids and sinks …

TEXAS CHAINSAW Ch. 2 | “Killing Time”

October 28th, 2020

30:52

After Ed Gein experiences personal tragedy, he becomes a true eccentric. His house fills with junk and squalor. He begins visiting cemeteries in the dark of night. He reads about grave robbing and murder, and then a …

TEXAS CHAINSAW Ch. 3 | “The Ghoul of Plainfield”

November 4th, 2020

29:52

After another woman goes missing in Plainfield, Wisconsin, the police make horrifying discoveries at the farm of Ed Gein. The scene is beyond their …

TEXAS CHAINSAW Ch. 4 | “Museum of the Morbid”

November 11th, 2020

35:17

The full scope and scale of the crimes of Ed Gein comes to light, and it shocks 1950s America. He becomes the inspiration for books and movies, …

BERMUDA TRIANGLE Ch. 1 | “Ghost Ships”

November 25th, 2020

28:59

Disappearing ships. Disappearing crew members. Disappearing passengers. The Bermuda Triangle has a long history of causing ships and people to vanish without a trace. Here are some of the most puzzling mysteries of the …

BERMUDA TRIANGLE Ch. 2 | “The Disappearance of Flight 19”

December 2nd, 2020

32:52

Five Navy Avenger airplanes vanished in the area of the Bermuda Triangle on December 5, 1945. The routine training flight began without problems but grew more alarming as time passed. Then it disappeared off radar and …

BERMUDA TRIANGLE Ch. 3 | “Electronic Fog”

December 9th, 2020

28:39

In the 1960s, writers began to theorize about the causes of the disturbing stories related to the Bermuda Triangle. Pilots and passengers stepped forward to report bizarre experiences. As the number of reportedly …

BERMUDA TRIANGLE Ch. 4 | “The Truth”

December 16th, 2020

31:21

Mysteries are solved as researchers make discoveries on the bottom of the ocean. Scientists and educators dispel conspiracy theories with new …

BONNIE & CLYDE Ep. 1 | “The Fairytale”

January 20th, 2021

32:26

Bonnie and Clyde grow up in poor families during the bleak years of the Great Depression. Clyde begins a life of petty crime and Bonnie works a series of jobs while she dreams of stardom. They meet at a party and their …

BONNIE & CLYDE Ep. 2 | “The Lake Dallas Gang”

January 27th, 2021

30:09

Clyde wants revenge on Eastham Prison after his release. He and Bonnie form a loose-knit gang to commit a string of robberies with the goal of conducting a raid on the prison farm. But after a robbery and a shootout …

BONNIE & CLYDE Ep. 3 | “Suicide Sal”

February 3rd, 2021

31:07

The wild ride of Bonnie and Clyde truly begins. The murder of a deputy in Oklahoma sends the gang on the run. Law enforcement agencies chase the gang …

BONNIE & CLYDE Ep. 4 | “Eastham Prison Break”

February 10th, 2021

30:06

The gang experiences tragedy and triumph. Clyde loses his idol, but finally carries out his plan to strike Eastham Prison. In the wake of the attack, …

BONNIE & CLYDE Ep. 5 | “The Easter Sunday Murders”

February 17th, 2021

29:20

After the Barrow Gang commits a series of robberies, the gang fractures and Bonnie and Clyde sense that their time is coming to an end. Then they …

BONNIE & CLYDE Ep. 6 | “Trail’s End”

February 24th, 2021

30:55

The movements of the Barrow Gang become predictable as it evades law enforcement throughout the south. But Texas Ranger Frank Hamer has identified a pattern and he develops a plan to bring down the outlaws. He and his …

MIAMI DRUG WARS Ep. 1 | “The Black Widow”

March 24th, 2021

29:21

Griselda Blanco grows up in painful and traumatic conditions on the streets of Medellin, Colombia. She becomes hardened and violent at a young age. …

MIAMI DRUG WARS Ep. 2 | “Evil Is Stronger Than Good”

March 31st, 2021

31:02

Jon Roberts is born into the New York mafia. But when he runs afoul of the mob, he moves to Miami and transforms himself into a successful cocaine …

Introducing My Fugitive

April 5th, 2021

4:18

Nina Gilden Seavey was twelve on May 5, 1970, the day an Air Force building in St. Louis burned to the ground. Her dad represented a young man accused of the crime: Howard Mechanic. Facing serious federal time, Howard …

MIAMI DRUG WARS Ep. 3 | “The Two-Headed Beast”

April 7th, 2021

31:03

Griselda Blanco escalates her wars against her rival drug lords in Miami, primarily through the use of her top hitman, Rivi Ayala. Rivi helps carry out a daylight attack at Miami International Airport that brings more …

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