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.
Episode 1: 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.
Episode 2: Glensheen and Minnesota’s Most Notorious Murder, Part II
Caroline and Adrienne finally get to the scandalous murder that happened at Glensheen. They also learn how to pronounce “Ajo, AZ” and that cake should always be avoided. Adrienne’s geriatric cat Mona guest stars.
Sources: “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.
Episode 4: The Scandalous Life and Death of Stanford White, Part I
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…
Episode 5: The Scandalous Life and Death of Stanford White, Part II
Caroline and Adrienne wrap up their deep dive into the life of Stanford White. Spoiler alert: he ends up murdered. Our intrepid hosts also decide that a Scandal Sheets soundtrack needs to happen…and that cats don’t like house guests.
Sources: “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
Episode 6: Scandalmonger William Randolph Hearst and his Amazing Castle, Part I
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. Also, this episode is cat-forward and Adrienne wants to know why Missouri is the “Show Me” state?
Episode 7: Scandalmonger William Randolph Hearst and his Amazing Castle, Part II
Caroline and Adrienne finish the story of William Randolph Hearst and the prodigious task that was the construction of Hearst Castle. The drink of the episode is called “Behind the Barn” and Caroline designates herself the Captain of Scandal. Adrienne is still thinking about her new title.
Sources: 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.
Sources: “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: 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. Join Caroline and Adrienne as they discuss the early years of Henry’s life and one of the monumental hotels he developed. Along the way they discover their mutual love for “Faerie Tale Theatre” and weird things like Tuberculosis hospitals.
Episode 10: Henry Flagler, Scandalous Oil Magnate and Florida Developer, Part II
We wrap up our episodes on Henry Flagler as we explore his last two marriages and the houses that he built for those wives. Married for a third time at 71, his last wife didn’t seem to mind and would become the nation’s wealthiest widow upon his death. Even though she was 30 years younger than him, she didn’t last too much longer herself. We also learn to pronounce Louisville (hint: it’s “Loo-vull) and Caroline discovers that four glasses of wine is more than enough.
SOURCES: 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.
Episode 11: King Edward VII and His Lovely Ladies
Episode 12: King Edward VII and His Lovely Ladies, Part II
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, which arrived approximately every two years following his birth in 1841. With Queen Victoria ruling England until 1901, Bertie had very little to do besides embroil himself in scandalous affairs.
SOURCES: There are myriad biographies on Edward VII, but for our episodes, we consulted Jane Ridley’s Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince. There are also numerous documentaries available on YouTube, including Queen Victoria’s Children.
Episode 13: 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?
Episode 14: Murder at Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Scandalous Life, Part II
Caroline and Adrienne pick up with Frank Lloyd Wright’s life following the tragic events at Taliesin. Don’t worry–there’s plenty more scandal to be had including more marriages (and more divorces), illegitimate babies, and money troubles.
Sources: “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.
Episode 15: When the Astors Ruled the Big Apple
This week 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.
Episode 16: When the Astors Ruled the Big Apple, Part II
Caroline and Adrienne finally get to the scandalous divorce of J.J. and Ava Astor. They are joined by some special guests in the studio (not cats, for once, OK…the cats make an appearance too) and learn that Caroline was quite the prankster in high school.
Episode 17: When the Astors Rules the Big Apple, Part III
The Astors were so scandalous they have consumed three episodes! Join Caroline and Adrienne as they wrap J.J. Astor’s divorce from his wife, re-marriage to a much younger woman, and his untimely death in 1912. Bonus points if you figure out what happened to him. Also, Adrienne delves into the Astor’s Newport “cottage” and discusses the influences that contributed to its design.
SOURCES: “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.
Episode 18: A Very Charleston Scandal: The Murder of Francis Warrington Dawson
Episode 19: A Very Charleston Scandal: The Murder of Francis Warrington Dawson, Part II
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.
SOURCES: “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.
NOTE: Coming Spring 2019, a new book entitled Dawson’s Fall will explore the life and murder of Francis Warrington Dawson. Authored by Francis’s great granddaughter, it will be available through FSG Publishing (an imprint of MacMillan).