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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


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


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


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


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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