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Episode 107: The Widow and the Winchester

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Episode 107: The Widow and the Winchester

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Criminal is a podcast about crime. Not so much the "if it bleeds, it leads," kind of crime. Something a little more complex. Stories of people who've done wrong, been wronged, and/or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. We are a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.

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When Sarah Winchester's husband died, she inherited millions from the family business: the manufacture of the famous Winchester Rifle. A medium reportedly told Sarah that she would be haunted by the victims of that rifle unless she used her fortune to build a house, and never stop building. That's exactly what she did. Pamela Haag’s book is The Gunning of America: Business and the Making of American Gun Culture. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Bouqs Go to BOUQS.com and enter CRIMINAL for 20% off. Man Crates Just for Valentine’s Day, get 14% off when you spend $100 or more at ManCrates.com/CRIMINAL Quip Go to GETQUIP.com/CRIMINAL and you can get your first refill pack for FREE. Robinhood Robinhood is giving listeners a FREE stock to help build your portfolio! Sign up at criminal.robinhood.com Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Enjoy a free trial and 10% off your first purchase with offer code CRIMINAL. Sun Basket Go to SUNBASKET.com and enter promo code CRIMINAL today to get 50% off your first order. Toyota Visit BuyAToyota.com to locate a dealer, search our inventory, and find all our current offers.

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