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For 113 years, Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary housed some of the country's most violent criminals and claimed more than 10,000 souls. Many believe that their ghosts still linger there. In this episode we look at Brushy's deadly history, profiles of some of its most infamous inmates and evidence of the hauntings that are still happening there to…
 
It's hot as a murphistopholes today, but we shouldn't complain! Not when there are hundreds of unfortunate souls who've gone up in smoke due to a phenomenon known as spontaneous human combustion. For centuries there have been countless reports of people who've caught fire without warning and without explanation. All of them share eerie similarities…
 
If you love the great outdoors, you might change your mind after you hear these 5 tales of haunted hiking trails that you can explore in the South. In this episode we cover Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana and Tennessee! There's nothing spooky in the woods, right? RIGHT??? Sources: Haunted Hikes: Real Life Stories of Paranormal Activity in the Woods, b…
 
It's Memorial Day, so let's remember those who gave their lives for our freedom. Today we place flowers on the graves of those who fought for our country. Memorials are not exclusive to the United States, though. Today we take a look at some morbidly curious memorials that I visited on my tour of Italy: The Capuchin crypts with its chapels made of …
 
If Indiana Jones taught us anything, it's that you should never steal anything from a sacred temple! Too bad Indy wasn't around to school Jean-Baptist Tavernier on that, otherwise a beautiful blue terror might not have been unleashed into the world. Some believe that the curse of the Hope Diamond is just hooey, but after you hear all its been throu…
 
Y'all know we're all obsessed with what happens after we die, no matter what your faith. Followers of New Orleans Voodoo are in for a special treat, because when they die, they must pass through the 7 Gates of Guinee. There's a guard at each gate, and you better make them happy if you want to get through all 7 and onward to heaven! In this episode …
 
On April 10, 1834, a fire broke out at the lavish French Quarter mansion of Delphine and Dr. Louis LaLaurie. What rescuers found behind the locked doors of the upstairs servant's wing shocked and enraged the people of New Orleans. What drove a spoiled socialite and a mild-mannered physician to such depravity? In this episode, we cover the backgroun…
 
Music is magic and these stories prove that sometimes that magic is of the black variety. Listen to these tales about some of the most famous rock stars in history and their experiences with fatal premonitions, curses, deals with the devil, magical powers and aliens. From The 27 Club to the Curse of the Grunge Singers, we cover it all in this episo…
 
Breakups hurt. Sometimes it feels like the pain will never end and for some, it doesn’t. Here are the tales of six unlucky souls who took their breakup drama into the afterlife. Journey into Darkness, Ghosts and Vampires of New Orleans, Kalila Katherina Smith https://glasgow-grinning-blog.tumblr.com/kuchisake-onna https://www.seisen.com/student-lif…
 
Looking for a new vacation destination? How about Hades? I hear you can visit your favorite dead celeb and get all your questions about the future answered down there, as long as you bring a vial of your own blood as a snack. Listen and learn about 13 places on Earth that contain portals to Hell. Sources: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/11-hi…
 
RASSLIN'! It was the sport of choice in my home in the 80s, despite the fact that we had no health insurance. What does professional wrestling have to do with the paranormal? Well, the family that ruled the wrestling ring back then was also the most cursed. In this episode we cover the Von Erich clan, whose patriarch made a series of choices that m…
 
A lot of places claim to be America's Most Haunted house but the Myrtles Plantation is the queen of them all. She needs no introduction, but let me do it anyway: this 226 year old homestead houses a dozen or so ghosts, all with their own unique and terrifying backstories. Last week I spent the night there, and let me tell you, it was an experience …
 
What could be better than a random appendicitis attack? How about an undead nun to nurse you back to health! Listen to a collection of bone-chilling stories of hospital hauntings from the healthcare workers who lived to tell the tales. Then we top this horror sundae off with a review of one of the most haunted hospitals in America - Waverly Hills T…
 
They say money can't buy happiness (I disagree), but winning a multi-million dollar jackpot could, right? You'd think! Listen to these true stories of seven lotto winners who flushed their money - and sometimes their lives - down the drain. Tell me - do you think the lottery is cursed? https://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/tragic-stories-lottery-w…
 
You'll never hear a story quite as bizarre as that of Bobby Mackey's Music World, a haunted honky tonk in Wilder, Kentucky. It's true crime meets demonic possession! Within its walls is a long history of murder, mob activity and Satanic cults, all set to the tune of a steel guitar. Bring your vial of holy water to this one, guys! Sources: Ghost Hun…
 
Elevators. Escalators. Turtles falling from the sky. We all have a phobia about the things that could kill us. In this episode we explore the probability of you getting killed by what you fear most, as well as some of the most bizarre, improbable and downright dumb ways people have bit the dust. WARNING: Graphic content, death and dismemberment. Pl…
 
Happy President's Day, Ya'll! In this episode we explore the family who would stop at nothing to get one of their own into the White House and the nonstop tragedy that pummeled them every step of the way. The Kennedy saga has been the subject of countless books, movies and documentaries and that's because their story is fascinatin'! Are they really…
 
In their heyday, Earnestine Mitchell and Hazel Jones rubbed elbows with some of the biggest names in rock and soul history. Their juke joint was the go-to hangout for the after-show party crowd. After decades of decadence, 13 souls remain at the bar to party for eternity. From a haunted jukebox to a fire-haired phantom to a cheeseburger that'll mak…
 
In 1918, the SS Princess Sophia sank in a freak accident off the coast of Juneau, Alaska. All 353 passengers aboard her perished. But some of them found their way out of their watery graves and still reside in the basements of Juneau businesses. Sources: Haunted Inside Passage, by Bjorn Dihle “The Alaskan Titanic”, S1, E6, of The Alaska Triangle ht…
 
In 1871, the city of Memphis, Tennessee was paralyzed with fear. Pink Lizzie had returned from the grave looking for a buried treasure...and revenge on the man who wronged her family. Get ready to hear Memphis' oldest ghost story and to really hear my accent at it's absolute worst! https://sharetngov.tnsosfiles.com/tsla/exhibits/myth/ghosts.htm htt…
 
Beer and baseball, it's what St Louis is made of! But there's a dark side to the city, and in it a haunted mansion that was once home to a German beer baron who made it all possible. In this episode we cover the history of the Lemp family, the tragic circumstances that led to six of their deaths (four of which happened inside the mansion) and the h…
 
Food, drink and ghosts are a few of my favorite things (top 3, actually). In this episode, I present you with the haunted history of Muriel's, Lafitte's Blacksmith Tavern and The Court of Two Sisters, all located in the French Quarter, as well as food and drink recommendations at each. Sources: Personal experience! Also: www.muriels.com http://www.…
 
I recently found a mysterious book in my library that I'd never seen before. It's called The Demon Hunter's Handbook and it was written by a cat named Abelard Van Helsing. Although I don't recall applying for or accepting such a job, and I'm not sure how the HR department slid this handbook onto my home bookshelf, I read it anyway. And now wish I h…
 
Well, maybe they won't exactly eat your soul. They will definitely nibble some holes in it though! Today we discuss 6 pieces of art that are famously haunted, cursed, or both. These paintings, sculptures and vases do everything from making you flunk your algebra midterm to outright killing you and your entire family just for laying hands on it. Hit…
 
It's the 97th anniversary of the day that freakin' jerk named the Cecil Hotel opened and the mouth of Hell opened with it. She seemed so cool at first, but she turned into a psycho real fast. Just like me! Almost from the beginning, the Cecil drew in desperate souls and quickly became a vortex of misery, violence and despair. In this episode, I chr…
 
Each year, hundreds of people attempt to climb Mount Everest. Each year, someone dies trying. More than 200 bodies remain there, making the mountain a graveyard in the sky. In this episode, we look at why the climb is so deadly and the lives behind some of the most well-known climbers who still reside on Everest. Do you love to cry? Do you think my…
 
Thanks to the pandemic, there's been a fresh wave of end times furor and a super annoying trend of people creating memes declaring that the Covid-19 vaccine is the dreaded Mark of the Beast. Read your Bibles, people! This ain't it. But history tells us who it probably is, which is what we discuss in this episode. And don't worry, he's already dead.…
 
Shiver me timbers, it's a ghost ship! Hands down, the RMS Queen Mary holds the title of America's Haunted. In this episode, we cover her glory days as The Grey Ghost, a wartime vessel who murdered friend and foe alike, her time as a luxury cruise liner with a penchant for drowning her guests, and how throwing people around until they broke their ne…
 
Everyone has heard of Tall Man, the freaky deaky urban legend that some kids take a little too seriously. But I bet none of you know about our Tall Man. This ghost, or collection of ghosts (there's definitely more than one) likes to hang out in my cousin's bathroom and scare the bejesus out of visitors. Is he a dead confederate soldier? The lost so…
 
It's HALLOWEEEEEEEEEN! Can you tell I'm excited?!? In this episode, we cover 3 horrific and TRUE tragedies that occurred on Halloween night, as well as the origins of Halloween and some weird 'ween traditions that thankfully died a natural death and are no longer with us. Sources: https://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-halloween https:…
 
In 1996, Texas journalist Brian Bethel encountered two children who demanded to be let inside his car. What made him yeet out of there instead of helping them was the fact that the kids had solid black eyes. After sharing his story, similar tales from people who were approached by Black Eyed Kids began to fill the internet. Are BEKs simply an urban…
 
The Ursuline nuns came to New Orleans hoping to better the city. But did they accidentally unleash demons as well? In this episode, we investigate the origin of the evil influence on Ursulines Ave - and some believe the origin of vampires in the United States - the Ursulines Convent. https://www.kmmcfarland.com/blog/new-orleans-vampires-and-the-urs…
 
Grisly threads tie four horrific murders together on the block of Rue Ursulines in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Is the origin of this evil influence housed in one of the oldest buildings in Louisiana? Part 1 of 2. https://www.hnoc.org/publications/first-draft/amid-roaring-twenties-new-orleans-brutal-french-quarter-murder-shocked-city https://…
 
The 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, holds the title of America's Most Haunted Hotel. In this episode, we explore its bloodied past, the ghosts that roam its halls and the madman who was responsible for sending countless souls to rest inside its walls. Show notes/citations: https://www.americasmosthauntedhotel.com/ https://www.ilove…
 
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