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Episode 47 - The Sausage King & the Vat of Phat

In 1897, sausage sales plummeted after the wife of the so-called Sausage King suddenly went missing. Chicago police investigated the factory and a mysterious vat filled with reddish-brown slime. Did the wife run away? Was she ground into sausages? Or perhaps something worse?

Episode 47- The Sausage King & the Vat of Phat is available now on Spotify, Apple & all major platforms.







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Music: Credits to David Fesilyan

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