250: The Murder of Cecil Wells w/ James T. Bartlett - A True Crime History Podcast

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In the early morning hours of October 17, 1953, a frightened, battered woman named Diane Wells told a horrific tale to police. She said intruders had broken into the top-floor penthouse apartment she shared with her husband Cecil, murdered him, beat her, and then made their escape. It was an especially sensational story because 31-year-old "blonde bombshell" Diane Wells was nicknamed "the most beautiful woman in Alaska", and Cecil (twenty years her senior) was a wealthy and well-known Fairbanks businessman.
There were suspicions, however, that Diane was lying. It was soon learned that she was having an affair with a local musician and also being comforted by a dance instructor who worked downstairs.
My guest is James T. Bartlett, author of "The Alaskan Blonde: Sex, Secrets, and the Hollywood Story that Shocked America. He shares details from his research into the almost 70 year old cold case, including an account of Diane's own tragic end.
More information about the author can be found at these links:
https://www.thealaskanblonde.com
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https://www.twitter.com/alaskanblonde53
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