E177: Stephanie St. Clair

(note: time stamps are without ads & may be off a little)

This week Beth and Wendy discuss Stephanie St. Clair, the “Queen of Numbers.” A gangster, civil rights advocate, fashionista and businesswoman. Not technically a serial killer… but she may have been responsible for some murders during a gang war with the infamous Dutch Schultz.

First, we dive into the setting (07:06), the killers early life (25:58) and the timeline (29:09). Then we get into our takeaways and what we think made the perp snap (55:31).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered (01:00:06) and our shout outs (01:02:43). 

This episode was researched & scripted by Minnie Williams.

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History With No Chaser: Harlem Stories part 1 Queenie aka Stephanie St Clair, Bumpy Johnson, Dutch Shultz, Bub Hewlett.

Stephanie St Clair – Queen of Policy – Extra History


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