Show Notes: The Baron of Arizona

Tracy Wilson

ca. 1898-99, Globe, Arizona, USA --- Panoramic view of reduction works and copper mines. Globe, Arizona Territory, ca. 1898-99. --- Image by © CORBIS

We've mentioned (probably too many times) that we get so many ideas from listeners that we can't possibly cover them all. Within three months of joining the podcast, we'd logged more than 300 episode ideas just from listeners' suggestions. But sometimes, somebody suggests something that captures one of us so immediately and so completely that it becomes the very next episode we do. That's exactly what happened when @sharkjack asked us to talk about the Baron of Arizona on Twitter. Not only does this story hinge upon an incredibly ambitious (and kind of crackpot) fraud scheme, but it was also a 1950 Vincent Price movie. In other words, right up Holly's alley.

Our listener mail is from Jackie, one of many who wrote to us about possible reasons for discrepancies in Crown Prince Sado's age from our episode on him. (Essentially, in Korean culture, people begin their lives at one year old, and ages advance at the New Year rather than on the birthday.)

For more knowledge: How Con Artists Work

Episode download link: The Peralta Grant and the Baron of Arizona

Holly's research:

  • Cookridge, E.H. "The Baron of Arizona." John Day Co. 1967.
  • History of New Mexico: Its Resources and People, Volume 1 (Google eBook) Pacific States Publishing Company. 1907. Pages 210 - http://books.google.com/books?id=rbM1AAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false
  • Johnson, Royal A. "ADVERSE REPORT OF THE SURVEYOR GENERAL, OF ARIZONA, ROYAL A.JOHNSON, UPON THE ALLEGED PERALTA GRANT: A Complete Expose of Its Fraudulent Character." 1890. http://www.archive.org/stream/adversereportofs00arizrich/adversereportofs00arizrich_djvu.txt
  • Kollenborn, Tom. "The Baron of Arizona." Apache Junction Public Library Archives, courtesy of Apache Junction News. 1999. http://www.ajpl.org/aj/superstition/stories/baron%20of%20arizona.pdf
  • Powell, Donald M. "The 'Baron of Arizona' Self-revealed: A Letter to His Lawyer in 1894." Journal of the Southwest. Volume 1, No. 2, summer 1959. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40166939
  • Powell, Donald. "The Peralta Grant: James Addison Reaves and the Barony of Arizona." University of Oklahoma Press. 1960.

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