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Bring me the Head of George Frederick Cooke

By some accounts, George Frederick Cooke was the greatest tragedian actor of the late 18th and early 19th century; his portrayal of Shakespeare’s Richard III was second to none. Whether he was Scottish, Irish or British was debated in his time; his epitaph reads “Three kingdoms claim his birth / both hemispheres proclaim his worth.” But all who knew him had a few things to say that weren’t quite so complimentary – his biographer, William Dunlap wrote in his diary that Cooke was “a¬†coward, a braggart, a hypocrite, a backbiter, fearing death… yet rushing on to meet him with the…

Coming Soon!

A new podcast from Adam Selzer of Mysterious Chicago, digging up tales behind graves he’s researched all over the United States, including: A detective murdered by Jesse James. The woman who had the first line onstage the night Lincoln was shot. A doctor who was once protected from an anti-grave robbing mob by Alexander Hamilton (or was he?). A flapper who set Chicago on fire before becoming a mystery novelist. At least one president. The man who killed Andrew Jackson (in a way) A deadball era Hall of Fame baseball player. The soldier who’d LOVE being erroneously credited with inventing…