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Monstrous Strange II: Lydia Broadnax, Michael Brown & George Wythe

Show Notes for Episode 30-

Monstrous Strange II: Lydia Broadnax, Michael Brown & George Wythe

This is Part II of Monstrous Strange. For Part I, please listen to episode 29.

1806 Virginia sees a murder forgotten, a murder ignored, and a murderer set free.

This is also the episode where you learn about Thomas Jefferson's secret murdered love child. Maybe.


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Chadwick, Bruce. I Am Murdered: George Wythe, Thomas Jefferson, and the Killing That Shocked a New Nation. (Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2009).

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Music: Dellasera by Shane Ivers -

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