Join hosts Caroline and Adrienne as they expose the secret, and not-so-secret scandals of history along with the people and places associated it.
Episodes 1 and 2: Glensheen and Minnesota’s Most Notorious Murder
Join Caroline and Adrienne as they discuss what is in Minnesota. “Cherries on Spoons” apparently. Oh and murrrrrder. Also, Glensheen, the palatial estate of Minnesota’s second richest man, Chester Congdon.
Reading List: “40 Years Later, Glensheen Murders Still Grip Duluth”; “Marjorie Congdon”; “My Weekend with Marjorie Congdon” by Alyssa Ford; and “Secrets of the Congdon Mansion” by Joe Kimball. Visit Glensheen on the web for more information on the house and the Congdon family.
Episode 3: A Mysterious Murder Suicide at Greystone: The Doheny Family
This week on Scandal Sheets, Caroline promotes Adrienne to “host” and they discuss the Greystone Mansion in Los Angeles. While this mansion has been seen in multiple movies, it has a dark past which includes a rather suspicious murder suicide.
Episodes 4 and 5: The Scandalous Life and Death of Stanford White
In this episode, Caroline and Adrienne discuss the scandalous life and death of architect Stanford White and his marvelous mustache. One part of the prolific Gilded Age architecture firm, McKim, Mead, and White, “Stanny” had quite the interesting personal life… Caroline and Adrienne wrap up their deep dive into the life of Stanford White. Spoiler alert: he ends up murdered.
Reading List: Triumvirate by Mosette Broderick; the Trials of Harry Thaw for the Murder of Stanford White; “Evelyn Nesbit: the World’s First Supermodel” by Lindsay Baker; American Eve by Paula Uruburu; Girl on the Velvet Swing by Simon Batz.
Episodes 6 and 7: Scandalmonger William Randolph Hearst and his Amazing Castle
Caroline and Adrienne discuss the grand master of scandal (it’s pro-geni-tor), William Randolph Hearst. In addition to inventing sensationalized news reporting, Heart constructed the eye-wateringly beautiful Hearst Castle, also known as San Simeon. Along the way he indulged in a long-term affair with a movie star and may have murdered someone. Oops.
Reading List: Julia Morgan, Architect by Sarah Holmes Boutelle; The Uncrowned King: the Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst by Kenneth Whyte; “Scandal: William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies” on Unusual Historicals; “Obituary Revives Rumor of Hearst Daughter” by Faye Fiore for the Los Angeles Times.
Episode 8: The Million Dollar Theater and the Fatty Arbuckle Scandal
Caroline and Adrienne start the show off with lemurs but don’t worry we’re serving up an extra helping of scandal this episode as we discuss the Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle scandal which rocked Hollywood. Find out how it all went down and what connection the scandal has to LA’s Million Dollar Theater.
Reading List: “The Million Dollar Theater” via Los Angeles Historic Theater Foundation; the Million Dollar Theater; “Historic Core’s elaborate Million Dollar Theatre has a new tenant” by Blanca Barragan for Curbed:LA; “The Skinny on the Fatty Arbuckle Trial” by Gilbert King for Smithsonian Magazine; “The Scandals of Hollywood: the Destruction of Fatty Arbuckle” by Anne Helen Petersen for The Hairpin
Episode 9 and 10: Henry Flagler, Scandalous Oil Magnate and Florida Developer
Turns out that Henry Flagler, the old dude that developed Florida’s east coast, was one smokin’ hottie when he was younger. Which might account for his three marriages, two of which were to women half his age. This ingenious businessman made millions on oil refining and then invested it in the development of hotels and railroads that opened Florida to millions of tourists.
Reading and Watch List: Henry Flagler: The Astonishing Life and Times of the Visionary Robber Baron who founded Florida by David Leon Chandler; A Century in the Sun, a documentary produced and aired by WLRN in Miami, Florida; and “Fatal Fortunes: The Flager-Kenan-Bingham Triangle” by the New York Social Diary.
Episodes 11 and 12: King Edward VII and His Lovely Ladies
In this flashback to the “lost” episodes of “Scandal Sheets”, Caroline and Adrienne explore the life of the playboy prince, Albert Edward of England. Born the heir to the English throne, Bertie (as he was known by his familiars) was raised in an idyllic home with his parents, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Or was he? Subjected to heavy criticism by his parents, Bertie was considered “slow” in comparison to his siblings. With Queen Victoria ruling England until 1901, Bertie had very little to do besides embroil himself in scandalous affairs.
Reading and Watch Lists: Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince by Jane Ridley. There are also numerous documentaries available on YouTube, including Queen Victoria’s Children.
Episodes 13 and 14: Murder at Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Scandalous Life
Frank Lloyd Wright was an internationally acclaimed architect known for iconic buildings such as Fallingwater and the Guggenheim Museum. While his professional life was a success, his personal life was akin to a Jerry Springer episode. Extramarital affairs, acrimonious divorces, and…murder. Join Caroline and Adrienne as they see exactly what Frank was getting up to in Wisconsin. Eating cheese, perhaps?
Reading and Watch List: “Loving Frank” by Nancy Horan; Frank Lloyd Wright, a two-part documentary by Ken Burns; “Massacre at Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘Love Cottage'” by Christopher Klein; and “The Terrible Crime at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin” by Stacy Conradt. You can also visit Taliesin on the web, or in person, if you’re in that neck of the woods.
Episodes 15, 16, 17: When the Astors Ruled the Big Apple
We dive deep into the Astor family of New York City. Founded by John Jacob Astor I, a German immigrant, the family would grow to own a good portion of New York and span two competing sides of the family.
Reading List: “The Titanic’s Wealthiest Passenger Left Behind an Amazing Legacy in Manhattan” from the Business Insider; “The Properties of John Jacob Astor, a Shark Among Whales” from Curbed: NY; “A Fixer Upper to End Them All” by The New York Times; and “Mrs. Madeline Talmage Astor” from Encyclopedia Titanica.
Episodes 18 and 19: A Very Charleston Scandal: The Murder of Francis Warrington Dawson
Caroline and Adrienne finally have a Charleston scandal and it’s a doozy! What do you get when an idealistic British expat becomes the editor of the city’s most well known paper? A murder, of course. Join our intrepid hosts as they explore the life and scandalous death of Francis Warrington Dawson.
Episode 20: A Very Charleston Scandal: The Murder of Francis Warrington Dawson, An Interview with Roxana Robinson
Reading List: “The Strange Career of Frank Dawson” in The New York Times; The Correspondence of Sarah Morgan and Francis Warrington Dawson, edited by Giselle Roberts; Upheaval in Charleston: Earthquake and Murder on the Eve of Jim Crow by Susan Millar Williams and Stephen G. Hoffius; 99 Bull Street (Francis Warrington Dawson House) via Historic Charleston Foundation archives.
Now Available: Dawson’s Fall by Roxana Robinson. Authored by Francis’s great granddaughter, the book dramatizes Dawson’s life and scandalous murder.
Episodes 21 and 22: My Three Families: The Scandalous Private Life of Louis Kahn
Caroline and Adrienne introduce Louis Kahn, one of the greatest modern architects of the 20th century and a serial…family man? In this first part we discuss Kahn’s early life, influences, and multiple entanglements with women.
Episodes 23, 24, 25, 26: Those Scandalous Singers
The Scandal Sheets ladies are serving up an extra heaping helping of scandal with a four part series on the Singer family. Isaac Merritt Singer is credited with inventing the sewing machine, when in fact he just improved upon the product and marketed the hell out of it. When he was not borrowing others’ ideas, he was on a one man quest to re-populate the earth. No, he wasn’t Mormon, just insatiable.
Episode 27 and 28: The Scandalous Tallulah Bankhead
Caroline and Adrienne return after hiatus with the scandalous tale of Talullah Bankhead….man eater and well, let’s just say that she was all for practicing equal opportunity when it came to sex partners. Known as a brilliant stage actress, she struggled to break into Hollywood and eventually ran aground during the period of heightened morality during the Hayes Code era.
Episode 29: House of Scandal: Chateau de l’Horizon
Join your intrepid hosts for a trip to the Cote d’Azure and the detailing of a maybe? scandal. Chateau de L’Horizon was built in the 1930s for a British stage actress who hosted some of the most scandalous and well known personages of the early 20th century.
Episode 30: The Tragically Scandalous Lemp Family
Caroline and Adrienne head to St. Louis otherwise known as “Beer City” to discuss brewing royalty or the brewery family you’ve never heard of–the Lemps. Along with the Pabsts (who were their BFFs), the Lemps made Lager great again or perhaps for the first time. But this wealthy and successful family was plagued by bad health, suicides, and a particularly horrible heir who was involved in a scandalous divorce case.
Warning: This episode discusses suicide. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please seek help. Talk to a friend or call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at (800) 273-8255.