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Episode 55 - Woman in White: The Dictaphone Murder Trial

In the summer of 1914, someone shot through the window of a Long Island doctor’s office, killing a woman inside. When investigators found a dictaphone installed inside the office, they began to suspect the doctor’s jealous wife, who claimed to have been upstairs the evening in question. When the wife’s alibi changed her testimony, Americans had to decide whether to believe the jealous wife or the black maid who contradicted her. Who was the woman in white seen outside the doctor's office just before Lulu Bailey was murdered?


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The New York Times (July 1914- May 1915)

The Day Book. 20 October, 1914

The Evening World. 8 May 1915

The Medford Mail Tribune. 5 May 1915

The Tacoma Times, 29 May 1915

Music: Credits to Holizna, Fesilyan Studios & Virginia Liston

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