Old Blood

The Dreadful Place

October 11, 2021 Old Blood Season 1 Episode 11
Old Blood
The Dreadful Place
Show Notes

The Bastendorffs’ home was considered one of the few respectable boarding homes in Victorian London...until the discovery of a corpse unleashed a sex scandal and murder mystery that has still gone unsolved. Who would want to murder the quirky, old Matilda Hacker? And how had no one discovered her corpse for so long?


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

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