Episode 133: Whaddya Gonna Do? | Great Molasses Flood and Jimmy Dimora


July 20th, 2022

1 hr 1 min 43 secs

Season 3

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About this Episode

Hillary and Tina cover the great molasses flood and former commissioner Jimmy Dimora.

Hillary’s Story
The Purity Distilling Company facility stored a considerable amount of molasses at the North End of Boston in 1919. BUT faulty storage vats lead to one of the greatest disasters in Boston history.

Tina’s Story
Jimmy Dimora served for decades as a County Commissioner and Chairman of the Democratic Party in Ohio. BUT when his pay for play schemes are revealed he is sentenced to federal prison in one of the largest corruption cases in Ohio history.

Hillary's Story
America Comes Alive
The “Boston Molassacre”--by Kate Kelly

Boston Magazine
Anarchists, Horses, Heroes: 12 Things You Didn’t Know about the Great Boston Molasses Flood--by Spencer Buell

Bright Hub
The Boston Molasses Disaster: Causes of the Molasses Tank Explosion

Why the Great Molasses Flood Was So Deadly

NBC News
The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 killed 21 after 2 million gallon tank erupted--by Ben Kesslen

Smithsonian--via Eric Postpishchil's Blog
Without Warning, Molasses in January Surged Over Boston--by Edwards Park

South China Morning Post
Great Molasses Flood: US marks 100 years since deadly wave of treacle trashed part of Boston

100 Years Later: Lessons From Boston's Molasses Flood Of 1919--by Jaime Bologna

Great Molasses Flood

North End of Boston after explosion--via Public Domain
Tank prior to explosion--via Public Domain
Cars covered in molasses--from Boston Globe via History

Tina's Story
Commissioner Jimmy Dimora driven by greed, charges show--by John Caniglia
Cuyahoga County votes to change government; Ohio to gamble on casinos and Frank Jackson re-elected: Election Roundup
Ex-Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora’s health is failing; attorney asks for release from prison at re-sentencing--by Adam Ferrise
Jimmy Dimora at center of one of biggest local corruption cases in U.S. history--by Tony Brown
Judge shaves 5 years off disgraced former Commissioner Jimmy Dimora’s corruption sentence--by Adam Ferrise
Summary of the counts in the Jimmy Dimora indictment--by Gabriel Baird

Cleveland Magazine
Life of the Party
The Cleveland 50: Jimmy Dimora Sentenced to 28 Years

Listen to Jimmy Dimora and Frank Russo Talk Like Assholes--By Vince Grzegorek

Find Law
OH County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora Arrested

Fox 8
10 Years Since Jimmy Dimora Conviction

Jimmy Dimora Gets Less Time For His Crimes As Judge Knocks Five Years Off His Prison Term

3News Investigates: Jimmy Dimora calls shorter prison term "disappointing to say the least!"
Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora's prison sentence reduced to 23 years--by Phil Trexler

Jimmy Dimora Mug Shot--from Cuyahoga County Jail via Fox 8
Gambling Video Evidence--from US Dept of Justice via Fox 8
Recipt Evidence--from US Dept of Justice via Fox 8

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