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FAQs: What is Death in the West?

What is Death in the West? Glad you asked. Death in the West is a history and true-crime podcast dedicated to the American West’s strange crimes and historically resonant intrigues.

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Cast of Characters

Season one of Death in the West brings together a menagerie of larger-than-life characters who thrived, battled, and collided as the Old West met the Industrial Age. In Butte, Montana during the summer of 1917 low-down thugs cross paths with kingpins who alter the course of capitalism while revolutionary idealists plead their cause to frontier rogues.

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So, Four Friends Start a History Podcast …

The Death in the West podcast team are not co-hosts by accident or whim. As two sets of siblings growing up in Missoula, Montana, we spent hours together making art in a place that was influenced by the Seattle and Portland music scenes but still had the kind of “charming” mountain town qualities that pushed bored teenagers to create new things.

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Our Team

Chad Dundas

Co-Host

Chad is a journalist, podcaster and novelist from Missoula, Montana. His novel Champion of the World was a 2016 Boston Globe best book of the year.

Erika Fredrickson

Co-Host

Erika is a longtime newspaper editor and journalist with awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. She lives in Missoula.

Leif Fredrickson

Co-Host

Leif is an award-winning historian of cities and the environment. He teaches public history and the history of the American West at the University of Montana.

Zach Dundas

Co-Host

Zach is the former editor-in-chief of Portland Monthly. He authored the pop cultural history of Sherlock Holmes, The Great Detective in 2015. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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