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

October 10, 2022 Old Blood Season 2 Episode 30
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Monstrous Strange II: Lydia Broadnax, Michael Brown & George Wythe
Show Notes

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.

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


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Callender, James. “The President, Again” by James Thomson Callender (September 1, 1802). (2020, December 07). In Encyclopedia Virginia. https://encyclopediavirginia.org/entries/the-president-again-by-james-thomson-callender-september-1-1802.

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Music: Dellasera by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

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