The Queen of Ohio

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Cassie Chadwick was a career criminal who conned her way into high society and spent money like she was a Carnegie…which she claimed she was. What happened next was a $20 million swindle that collapsed a bank.

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This episode also features a guest appearance from Javier Leiva from Pretend Radio, a documentary style podcast telling stories of real people pretending to be someone else.


Wikipedia — “Cassie Chadwick

Karen Abbot — “The High Priestess of Fraudulent Finance” via Smithsonian, June 27, 2012


Fabrizio Paterlini — Untitled (Lost Letters)
Myuu — Don’t Die on Me
Dana Boule — Grace
Dexter Britain — Dance for One

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