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Getting to Know More Strangers- Episode #5

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This podcast aims to take a deep look, at what was one of Chicago’s most famous crimes.

In 1920, on a quiet North Side street, three people entered a tiny vestibule of a two-flat. Ten gunshots later, only one person emerged.

This is the true story.

Episode #5- Getting to Know More Strangers

The first few weeks after the murder of Ruth Wanderer saw a flurry of identifications of the Ragged Stranger. While the identifications of John Maloney and Al Watson garnered the majority of the headlines from this time, there were several others that came and went and merited no more than a couple sentences in the papers.

Leaving no stone unturned, the police went from tracking down concrete leads to dealing with questionable identifications to finally listening to prayers and pleadings from distant locales.

While some of the identifications you will hear about were certainly not the Ragged Stranger, I believe one or two of them may have been the Ragged Stranger and may not be mutually exclusive of one another.

This is the story of a bunch of strangers...

This project aims to fill in the gaps where there is unknown, correct false narratives that have branched away from the truth, and most importantly, to entertain and enlighten.

The Mystery of the Ragged Stranger is written by Michael Hendrychs and produced in partnership with ChicagoNow. It has been sourced from research for my upcoming book Kisses for Julia, Bullets for Ruth: The Mystery of Carl Wanderer & the Ragged Stranger.

More information on The Mystery of the Ragged Stranger can be found on our blog at

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Our intro theme music for the podcast is The Crocodile by the Wiedoft-Wadsworth Quartet. Written by Otto Motzan and Harry Akst and recorded March 1, 1920 in New York City. The performers credited were- Harry Askt on piano, Carl Fenton also on piano, George Hamilton Green on the xylophone, J. Russel Robinson again on piano, F. Wheeler Wadsworth on alto saxophone, and Rudy Wiedoeft also on alto saxophone. Usage via Public Domain.

Our outro theme song is The Butcher's Boy (The Railroad Boy) by Buell Kazee and is used courtesy of June Appal Recordings in Whitesburg, Kentucky. Kazee, a Baptist minister, recorded this haunting song, compiled from a collection of British ballads, in New York City on January 16, 1928. The recordings for Buell Kazee (catalog no. JA009) were made by Mark Wilson, Buell Kazee, and Kentucky Educational Television, and were compiled and produced by Jonathan Greene, Loyal Jones and John McCutcheon for June Appal Recordings. The album was preserved and re-released by Appalshop Archive in 2007 and can be purchased here-…lf-titled-album/.