The Queen

Bobbie and Diana

How Linda Taylor saved one family and destroyed another.

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This is Episode 4 of The Queen. Listen to Episode 1 here, Episode 2 here, and Episode 3 here. Subscribe to the show via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn, Stitcher, Overcast, Google Play, or iHeart.

Linda Taylor had a tendency to emerge from out of nowhere, upend everything in her path, and then vanish without leaving a forwarding address. The final episode of The Queen focuses on two different stories about the lives Taylor changed. In one case, she helped a vulnerable family escape the degradations of the Jim Crow South. In the other, she kidnapped a child and may have been responsible for her own husband’s death.

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The podcast is based on Josh Levin’s new book, The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth.

Podcast production by Emma Morgenstern.