Episode 15 - The Bluebeard of Quiet Dell

This episode we talk about one of the first serial killers in modern history. Herman Drenth, AKA Harry Powers, AKA Cornelius O. Pierson, AKA Joe Gildaw, AKA The Bluebeard of Quiet Dell, AKA The Bluebeard of Clarksburg, AKA The Lonely Hearts Murderer. Whatever name you know him by, he was a bad man.


Quiet Dell, WV Wiki

Clarksburg, WV Wiki

1931 Info

“Quiet Dell Murders: West Virginia’s Crime of the Century” - WV Culture article by Stan Bumgardner.

”Harry Powers: Bluebeard of Quiet Dell” - Clarksburg Telegram article by Wilber M. Swiger. March 19, 1932.

“Hanging the bloodthirsty Bluebeard of Quiet Dell, W.Va.” - West Virginia Explorer by David Sibray. March 14, 2014.

“The Murders of the Eicher Family of Park Ridge in Quiet Dell, West Virginia“ - Chicago Tribune article by Patricia Lofthouse. October 12, 2014.

“Lonely Hearts Murderer” - Daily News article by Mara Bovsun. April 4, 2009.

“True crime: America's most notorious ladykiller” - The Telegraph article by Jayne Anne Phillips. May 14, 2014.

The Serial Killer Files. Book by Harold Schechter. Published in 2003.


Jackie Mitchell Wiki

“A baseball mystery: Did a teenage girl really strike out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig?” - Washington Post article by Theresa Vargas. April 5, 2017.

”The Jackie Mitchell Story” - Youtube

“1931: Teen Girl Strikes out Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig, Is Promptly Fired” - didyouknowfacts

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Intro Music:

She-Wolf In My Heart (bonus) by Sergey Cheremisinov is licensed under a Attribution License.

Outro Music:

Trio for Piano Violin and Viola by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.