E144: Hannah Mary Tabbs

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This week, Beth and Wendy discuss the case of Hannah Mary Tabbs, a black American woman who lived in Philadelphia during the late 1800s. Tabbs, along with an accomplice, participated in the murder and dismemberment of her alleged lover, Wakefield Gains. This subject was suggested to us by William, and it was researched and written by Minnie, who is also our special guest today!

We dive into the setting (09:07), the killers early life (19:50) and the timeline (25:24).  Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (33:00), “Where are they now?” (01:05:49) followed by our takeaways and what we think made the perp snap (01:06:57).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered and our shout outs (01:13:41). 

Thanks for listening! This is a weekly podcast and new episodes drop every Thursday, so until next time… look alive guys, it’s crazy out there!


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