Old Blood

A Deadly Thrust: The Hatpin Panic

October 31, 2022 Old Blood Season 2 Episode 31
Old Blood
A Deadly Thrust: The Hatpin Panic
Show Notes

When women discovered newfound freedom on the streets of turn-of-the-century America, they also observed new dangers. When society failed to protect them from those perils, women demanded the right to defend themselves with increasingly violent and un-ladylike methods that sent men into a panic. This episode is about the "Hatpin Panic" and the murders of Elizabeth Mize and William Keller.


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