Episodes & Updates

Episode 3: The Black Heart of Montana

In episode three, the DITW team visits a vintage, prohibition-era speakeasy and learns how Butte, Montana’s massive underground copper deposits transformed it from a mining camp to an urbanized center of wealth and power. In Oklahoma, the Little’s family’s dream of homesteading hits rock bottom.

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Episode 2: Poisonville

In episode two, the wildest city in the West gives Frank Little a grand funeral, but making the man a martyr leaves his real life largely unexplored. Meanwhile, what...

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Finding the murder site

How do you find a murder site from more than 100 years ago? When we started digging into the case of lynching of Frank Little, we found there were...

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Episode 1: 3-7-77

In episode one, we re-open the case of Frank Little, a union organizer whose brutal unsolved murder shocked the nation during the tumultuous summer of 1917. Our team travels to the mining city of Butte, Montana and reconstructs the night of the crime, including using vintage maps to pinpoint the secluded site of Little’s murder.

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Season One: Coming 9/29/20

After two years of interviewing the people closest to the case, visiting the sites and sifting through the archives, season one of Death In The West is (almost) ready. We’re excited to announce episodes will start hitting the airwaves on Sept. 29, 2020. Time to subscribe to the show at iTunes, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Introducing Season One: The Murder of Frank Little

On August 1, 1917, a union organizer named Frank Little was abducted and brutally murdered in the wild, high-mountain mining town of Butte, Montana. Though the forces behind the death seemed obvious, no one was ever arrested. The mystery around Little’s killing has swirled for more than 100 years. On season one of Death in the West, we’re reopening the case. Full episodes coming in early 2020.

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Our Team

Chad Dundas

Co-Host

Chad is a journalist, podcaster and novelist. He is the author of the novels Champion of the World and The Blaze. He lives in Missoula, Montana with his wife and children.

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 an editor for the independent travel and culture publisher Wildsam and author of The Great Detective, a pop-cultural history of Sherlock Holmes. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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