Episode 40: The Phantom Barber // Hang Down Your Head, Tom Dula

It’s the scapegoat episode! Patrice and Marleah drink absolutely *perfect* Manhattans and talk hair fetishes, mass hysteria, love quadrangles, murder ballads, and syphilis.

The Phantom Barber of Pascagoula //

In Pascagoula, MS, in the summer of 1942, two little girls woke up to find that an intruder had broken into their room and butchered their hair. Thus began the short and really weird series of break ins by the man soon dubbed the Phantom Barber. Police eventually arrested a German chemist … but he may have had nothing at all to do with the crimes.

The Phantom Barber

Mississippi’s Phantom Barber

Southern Mysteries: The Phantom Barber

Finding the Phantom Barber


Hang Down Your Head, Tom Dula //

The North Carolina soldier who inspired the Kingston Trio’s famous murder ballad may not have actually done the murder that made him a (misspelled) legend. Patrice tells the real story.

Tom Dula (Wiki)

Tom Dooley (Song)

Blue Mass

Ferguson, North Carolina: Graves of Tom “Dooley” Dula and Victim Laura Foster



The Absolutely Perfect Manhattan

Made Strange by Bartender Courtney
  • 3oz Jack Daniels Rye
  • ½ oz dry vermouth
  • ½ oz sweet vermouth

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a martini glass. Drop a maraschino cherry in it unless you hate those.




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