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Every day, stories unfold that have no resolution. Unresolved is an investigative and immersive look at those stories, as host Micheal Whelan tries to determine why these stories - unsolved crimes and other unexplained phenomena - have no ending.


The Assassination of Philip Barton Key

A love triangle between a Congressman, his wife, and a U.S. Attorney turns violent when a mysterious letter is received.

Daniel Sickles was a young Congressman from New York, who had the favor of President James Buchanan himself. To outsiders, Sickles seemed well on his way to having a lengthy career in Washington. Since moving there, he had befriended many, but none were as close to him and his wife as U.S. Attorney Philip Barton Key.

Key, the son of American icon Francis Scott Key, was one of the most charming and handsome men in the region. But on the evening of February 24th, 1859, Sickles would receive a mysterious letter, alleging that Key - his trusted friend and political ally - was having an affair with his wife...

Written, hosted, and produced by Micheal Whelan

Special thanks to Chris DeRose, author of the book "Star Spangled Scandal," for agreeing to speak to me and for all of his assistance in making this episode happen. Please make sure to grab a copy of his book online or at your nearest bookstore. You can learn more by checking out his publisher's page at

Producers: Maggyjames, Ben Krokum, Roberta Janson, Quil Carter, Peggy Belarde, Matthew Brock, Laura Hannan, Astrid Kneier, Evan White, Katherine Vatalaro, Damion Moore, Amy Hampton Miller, Timothy Stratton, Scott Meesey, Steven Wilson, Sara Willemsen, Scott Patzold, Kathy Marie, Marie Vanglund, and Lori Rodriguez

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Music Credits

Rest You Sleeping Giant - "Leaving For Chicago"

Lee Rosevere - "Breathing"

Alan Spiljak - "Harmony"

Graham Bole - "Away An Wash Yer Hauns Ya Clatty Article"

noiseonport - "spectre"

Alan Spiljak - "Empty Days"

Mystery Mammal - "Leer"

Other music created & composed by Ailsa Traves

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