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True Tales of American Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues (Rebroadcast)

Americans have always been fascinated by criminals, immortalizing notorious bad guys on screen and on the page. But many of our most diabolical and misguided citizens have been overlooked by history books. Paul Martin highlights a colorful cast of ne'er-do-well's, from the drunken cop who left his post guarding President Lincoln the night he was shot to the killer who inspired Alfred Hitchcock's film "Psycho." He joins us to share their stories.

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Excerpted from "Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues: Incredible Tall Tales of Mischief and Mayhem" by Paul Martin. Prometheus Books, 2014. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.

Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues: Incredible Tall Tales of Mischief and Mayhem


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