One death can change the world. At least, that's what assassins believe. Assassinations recounts history's most dramatic deaths.Through little-known facts, "what-ifs?" and examining assassin's motives, we examine how one murder can alter the course of history. A new episode releases every Monday. Assassinations is a production of Cutler Media and part of the Parcast Network.
John Wilkes Booth was a nationally-renowned star actor, but his most memorable performance at Ford's Theater in D.C. would take place in the presidential box. On April 14, 1865, when the Civil War was all but officially over, Booth and his co-conspirators set in motion a last-ditch plan to destabilize the Union government.Sponsors!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/NATIONS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes 2 minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
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Famed actor John Wilkes Booth was rehearsing with a touring company in St. Louis, when he pointed a prop pistol at his castmate and said, "If you were President Abraham Lincoln, what a chance I'd have." He may have been joking at the time, but two years later in 1865, Booth's chance finally arrived. Parcasters - Need some more true crime history? Check out this weeks episode of Serial killers on the ruthless Cleveland Torso Murderer.
As the sun began to set in Guyana on November 18, 1978, five bodies laid dead on the Port Kaituma airstrip. But the real carnage was still to come. By nightfall, over 900 people would be dead at the Peoples Temple’s Jonestown compound.Sponsors!Robinhood - Robinhood is giving listeners of Assassinations a FREE stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint to help you build your portfolio. Sign up at Nations.Robinhood.com.Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/NATIONS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes 2 minutes and won’t affect your credit!
In this special crossover with the hosts from Cults, we explore the charismatic preacher, Jim Jones, and his congregation’s move from San Francisco to the newly-constructed jungle settlement of Jonestown, Guyana in 1977. The move was intended to keep the Peoples Temple far away from the prying eyes of the U.S. government and media, who'd been looking into Jones' abuses and financial crimes. Parcasters - Check out our new podcast, SURVIVAL! Our first episode covers the incredible story of a North Korean defector, out now at parcast.com/survival
Prince Felix Yusupov's perfectly-laid plans to kill Rasputin didn't go as smoothly as he'd hoped. By the time the affair was over in 1916, Rasputin was poisoned, beaten, shot and drowned.The Bolshevik Revolution had officially begun. Sponsors!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/NATIONS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes 2 minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
Amidst the slow decline of the Russian aristocracy, a drunk, uneducated peasant arrived in St. Petersburg claiming to have mystical powers. His name was Grigori Rasputin and he became one of the Tsar's most trusted advisors. In 1916, a wealthy young aristocrat Prince Felix Yusupuv, saw a chance to redeem his reputation by saving Russia from its massively unpopular wizard-advisor. Parcasters - What was behind Rasputin’s supposed powers? We may never know, but we can try to find out. If you’re interested in the obscure or occult, check out our Unexplained Mysteries podcast today! Available at parcast.com/unexplained
On February 21st, 1965, multiple shooters opened fire at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. Within half an hour, Malcolm X was pronounced dead and Talmadge Hayer was in police custody. However, in the coming days, investigators were met with more questions than answers.Parcasters - If you found yourself fascinated by this story of an American icon, check out our our new episode on John McCain on HOSTAGE, wherever you get your shows. Listen now at parcast.com/hostageSponsors!Robinhood - Robinhood is giving listeners of Assassinations a FREE stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint to help you build your portfolio. Sign up at Nations.Robinhood.com.
In March of 1964, Malcolm X officially broke away from the Nation of Islam to start his own organization. His rivalry with his former mentor, NOI leader Elijah Muhammad, quickly escalated from a personal dispute to an ideological battle with international consequences. After nearly a year of conflict, NOI enforcers were dispatched to silence their defector once and for all.Parcasters - Don't miss the thrilling conclusion of the Harold Nokes loves triangle on Crimes of Passion! Catch up now at parcast.com/passion
Orphan. Conman. Felon. Prisoner. Messiah. Malcolm X emerged from a life of crime, reborn under the gospel of the Nation of Islam and its leader, Elijah Muhammad. But as Malcolm came to national attention as the face and voice of "Black Nationalism" in the late 1950s, rifts began to form in the organization, and soon Malcolm would be in danger... not from outside forces, but from men within his own brotherhood.Sponsors!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/NATIONS to find out how low your Upstart rate is! Checking your rate only takes 2 minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
A devout Muslim, teacher and scholar, he originally set out to help Egypt return to its more culturally focused roots. Instead, the Brotherhood he helped create began using violence to achieve its goals. On February 12th, 1949, Hassan al-Banna saw firsthand the violence he was trying to rein in. Parcasters - Be sure to check out our newest podcast Extraterrestrial! It’s out of this world! Listen at parcast.com/extraterrestrial
In 1949, Egypt was on the brink. The rapidly growing Muslim Brotherhood had struck out against the government in opposition to the actions of King Farouk I. Farouk, a young and inexperienced King of Egypt. As the violence increased, and both sides prepared for war, one man would pay the price: Hassan al-Banna.Parcasters - Be sure to check out Bill’s new show Extraterrestrial! Listen at parcast.com/extraterrestrial!
In less than 24 hours, this famous Denver radio host’s murder became headline news across the nation. Radio stations around the country became fearful of copycat crimes and upped their security. This tragic event made the public aware that militant white supremacist groups were active and a dangerous threat in the 1980s.Parcasters - After this episode of Assassinations, go check out the abduction of Barney and Betty Hill on our new show Extraterrestrial. Listen at parcast.com/extraterrestrial
He was a radio host in Denver that everyone loved to hate, building a career out of insulting everyone, even his own listeners. In 1984, Alan Berg was silenced forever by a militant white supremacist group.Parcasters - If you can’t get enough of Assassinations, be sure to check out our episode of Conspiracy Theories on Martin Luther King Jr., out today! Listen now at parcast.com/conspiracy
In the last years of his reign, this Emperor was known for his frequent and extreme executions. When his mistress discovers her name on his list of people who should be killed, she takes matters into her own hands. This marks the beginning of the end of the Roman Empire.Sponsors!Upstart - So Hurry to Upstart dot com slash NATIONS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is! Checking your rate only takes 2 minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
Known as one of the most egotistical Roman emperors, Commodus famously commissioned statues depicting himself as the mythical hero Hercules. He regularly fought as a gladiator, and claimed to be the son of Jupiter. Ultimately his megalomania would be his downfall, when in 192, a conspiracy formed by his mistress and the praetorian prefect went into action.Parcast News - Be sure to check out Parcast’s first fictional crime show MIND’S EYE at Parcast.com/MindsEye!
Sister Dorothy Mae Stang Pt. 2: The Price of Preservation
Environmentalists are accustomed to large corporations villainizing them. From the 1970s to the early 2000s, Sister Dorothy was no exception, turning the wealthiest landowners in Brazil against her. She was prepared to pay the ultimate sacrifice in order to be a catalyst for change.
Sister Dorothy Mae Stang Pt. 1: “Angel of the Amazon”
Known as the “Angel of the Amazon” she dedicated her life to protecting the poor in the 1970s to early 2000s. In order to lure multinational corporations, Brazil would bribe officials to acquire land, obtain false titles, and evict settlers. Dorothy Mae Stang was a fierce opponent to these unethical practices, and worked tirelessly to protect small-scale farmers during a time of upheaval in Brazil.Sponsors!Audible - Listen to “Evil Has A Name” only on Audible. Listen now at Audible.com/EvilAssassinations.Sun Basket - Go to SunBasket.com/ASSASSINATIONS today to learn more and get $35 off your first order!
As a beacon of progressive hope among the desperate people of Brazil, Marielle Franco made it her life’s mission to help the impoverished and fight police corruption. She was elected councilor in 2017 in a country where political power isn’t always feasible for black, queer politicians. Franco’s supporters believe that her murder was politically motivated, and her killers have yet to be identified.Parcast Network - Check out our new show Hostage at https://www.parcast.com/hostage.
Selena Pt. 2: Yo Te Sigo Queriendo (I Still Love You)
News of Selena’s death shocked her beloved fanbase, and the nation. During Yolanda Saldivar’s sensational trial, her attorneys claimed that she had meant to kill herself but the gun misfired in Selena’s direction. If Selena’s life hadn’t ended so suddenly, the world of music would be vastly different today. Thank you for listening to our new show! If you liked this episode, leave us a nice review, it really helps new listeners find the podcast.Sponsors!Sun Basket - Go to SunBasket.com/ASSASSINATIONS today to learn more and get $35 off your first order!
The Queen of Tejano Music was only 23 when she was shot and killed by her best friend, personal assistant, and President of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar in 1995. The icon was declared dead at The Days Inn in Corpus Christi, Texas after Yolanda shot her in the back. What lead Selena's best friend to assassinate her?Sponsors!Audible - Get 3 months of Audible for just $6.95 a month by going to Audible.com/ASSASSINATIONS or text ASSASSINATIONS to 500 500.
President John F. Kennedy was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. on November 22nd, 1963. The fallout of his death would change the course of history for America and for the world. What would America be like if John F. Kennedy had survived?New Shows!Parcast Network - Don’t forget to rate, review, and subscribe to our other new podcasts Hostage and Kingpins.
November 22nd, 1963, was supposed to be a special day. President John Kennedy had traveled to Dallas, Texas, to attend to some political matters in preparation for his upcoming re-election campaign. But, by the time the sun set, the President would be dead, and police would have in custody the shooter: Lee Harvey Oswald. Kingpins - Don't forget to listen to Kate's other Podcast Kingpins now!
People who defied society. Bullets that defiled bodies. Deaths that define history. Assassinations recounts the lead-up, the fall-out, and impact of history’s most dramatic deaths. Within each story, we explore the people who picked the target, pulled the trigger, or poured the poison. Assassinations launches November 19th, with a new episode every Monday. Assassinations is a production of Cutler Media and part of the Parcast Network.