Old Blood

Sordid: The Life & Death of Mary Scott

November 21, 2022 Old Blood Season 2 Episode 32
Old Blood
Sordid: The Life & Death of Mary Scott
Show Notes

Reports of an American woman slain in Italy's scenic Lake Como circulated across the globe in the summer of 1910. The murdered woman was Mary Scott: socialite, actress, and woman with a past so scandalous that the press blamed her for her own murder. This episode is about the life and death of Mary Scott.


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(Il Manicomio, April, 1916.) Valtorta, Dr. Dario." Journal of Clinical Neurology and Psychiatry. October, 1917. p. 600-602. https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/aop-cambridge-core/content/view/889FAF3371DD3716AD9C2CA50F748C1D/S0368315X00180211a.pdf/the-crime-of-porter-charlton-il-delitto-di-porter-charlton-il-manicomio-april-1916-valtorta-dr-dario-the-crime-of-porter-charlton-il-delitto-di-porter-charlton-il-manicomio-april-1916-valtorta-dr-dari.pdf

"Charlton V. Kelly." United States Supreme Court. 229 U.S. 447.  CHARLTON  v.  KELLY. Argued: April 18, 1913. Decided: June 10, 1913. Wikisource. https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Charlton_v._Kelly

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Duke, Thomas Samuel. Celebrated Criminal Cases of America. (San Francisco:The James H. Barry Company, 1910).

"Extradition of Porter Charlton, an American citizen, from the United States to Italy." PAPERS RELATING TO THE FOREIGN RELATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES, WITH THE ANNUAL MESSAGE OF THE PRESIDENT TRANSMITTED TO CONGRESS DECEMBER 6, 1910. https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1910/ch69  

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"Mary Scott Crittenden Castle Charlton." Find a Grave. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/228163753/mary-crittenden-charlton

Newspapers (1897-1901, 1905, 1909, 1910-1913, 1915):

  • The Chico Record
  • The Colusa Daily Sun
  • The Enterprise (Riverside)
  • The Humboldt Press
  • The Minneapolis Press
  • The Los Angeles Herald
  • The Press Democrat
  • The Morning Press
  • The New York Times
  • The New York Tribune
  • The New York World
  • The Sacramento Daily Union
  • The San Diego Union & Daily Bee
  • The San Francisco Call
  • The San Jose Herald
  • The San Jose Mercury News
  • The Stockton Independent

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

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