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Each week, folklorist, author, and historian Jeff Belanger, and radio host Ray Auger explore a legend from somewhere in New England. Topics range from ghostly, unexplained, to the just plain weird.

Each week, folklorist, author, and historian Jeff Belanger, and radio host Ray Auger explore a legend from somewhere in New England. Topics range from ghostly, unexplained, to the just plain weird.
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Each week, folklorist, author, and historian Jeff Belanger, and radio host Ray Auger explore a legend from somewhere in New England. Topics range from ghostly, unexplained, to the just plain weird.




Two Legends of Matinicus Rock Lighthouse

In Episode 57 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger sail out to Matinicus Rock Lighthouse off the coast of Maine in search of two legends. For years, lighthouse keepers and coast guard staff claimed the facility was haunted. But this facility is also the former home of a hero -- Abbie Burgess -- a young girl who, in 1856 saved her family from a brutal storm, and saved countless sailors and ships during some of the roughest seas this tiny island had ever endured. Could these two legends be more...


Connecticut's Melon Heads

In Episode 56 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger motor down Dracula Drive in Trumbull, Connecticut, in search of the mysterious Melon Heads. These small humanoids with enormous heads have been talked about in southwestern Connecticut for more than half a century. But who are they? Some monster? An alien? Or something else?


Narragansett Rune Stone

In Episode 55 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger walk the shores of Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island searching for the ancient mystery of the Narragansett Rune Stone. This enigmatic rock may hold the key to European contact centuries before Christopher Columbus ever buckled his first shoe. Others claim this rock isn't what it seems. Still, it recently became the most famous rock in Rhode Island!


New Hampshire's Haunted Lake

In Episode 54 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger row out on Scoby Lake in Francestown, New Hampshire... a place better known by its official name: Haunted Lake (seriously)! How did this lake get that name? Is it really haunted, or just a story? Jeff and Ray find out!


The Black Flash of Provincetown

In Episode 53 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger visit the streets of Provincetown, Massachusetts, at night in search of the Black Flash -- a creature said to be cloaked in black, over eight feet tall, who lurks the streets of town late at night, leaping over tall fences and bushes. In the late 1930s his presence was known on the streets and in the newspapers, but who was he? And could he come back?


New England's Darkest Day

In Episode 52 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger mark the one-year anniversary of the podcast in the dark! On May 19, 1780, the skies over all six New England states turned black at 11 in the morning. The darkness lasted over 16 hours. Many believed this was judgment day and turned to their churches. Others turned to their taverns. What caused this strange phenomenon? And could it happen again?


Buried Alive in Vermont?

In Episode 51 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger visit Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven, Vermont, in search of the final resting place of Timothy Clark Smith -- a man who suffered from taphephobia -- the fear of being buried alive. Smith's 1893 grave was designed with a chimney and a window. Why did he do it? And what's down there?


Razor Shins

In Episode 50 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger head to the forests of northern Maine on a quest to find Razor Shins -- an immortal monster in search of alcohol. When Maine loggers left out an acceptable offering, Razor Shins could prove helpful. If they failed to leave him hooch, he could turn deadly... Razor Shins is reminiscent of an ancient song and story about John Barleycorn. Do Jeff and Ray break into song for the first time in 50 episodes? Is that why Jeff brought his guitar on this...


Hartford: New England's First Witch Execution

In Episode 49 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger visit the site of America's first witch trial and execution in downtown Hartford, Connecticut. Then they travel north of Hartford to Windsor to speak with author Beth Caruso about Alse Young, the first victim. We'll learn Young wasn't alone, and this was decades before the 1692 Salem trials. Did Connecticut cover-up their own witch trials?


The Devil Left His Mark in Rhode Island

In Episode 48 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger visit North Kingstown, Rhode Island, in search of a footprint left by devil himself. Back in Colonial times they say a Native American girl murdered a white man and then made her way down to a rock in North Kingstown where she encountered the devil who dragged her off to her doom. But is this more than just a story?


Ruth Colbath - A Woman Who Waited

In Episode 47 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger visit the Russell-Colbath house near the Kancamagus Highway in Conway, New Hampshire, to learn about Ruth Colbath; a woman who waited. In September of 1891, Ruth's husband Thomas left their home one afternoon and didn’t return. Each night for the next 39 years Ruth lit a lantern and set it in the window for him. But whatever became of Thomas?


The Legend of the Boston Massacre

Episode 46 -- Our Independence Day Special! Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger visit Boston's North End and swing by Paul Revere's house to discuss the Boston Massacre. On March 5, 1770, five colonists were killed in the streets of Boston by British soldiers. Six more were wounded. The event became known as the Boston Massacre. This tragedy helped start a revolution because of a now-famous and legendary engraving made by Paul Revere. The only problem is... Revere's image doesn't depict what really...


The Rod Men of Middletown

In Episode 45 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger try their hands at dowsing rods in Middletown, Vermont. Back in 1801 an end-of-the-world event took place here... or rather, DIDN'T take place here that inspired a boy to take up dowsing, and later to start a religion that today boasts millions of members worldwide. Could it all have begun with dowsing or divining rods?


Help This Ghost... Or Else

In Episode 44 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger take a drive down Route 182 near Cherryfield, Maine, in search of the headless ghost who haunts the area of Catherine's Hill and Fox Pond. They say if you don't stop to offer her help it can spell your doom. But is this more than just a story? And who was Catherine? Author and professor Marcus Librizzi joins the guys in the quest to solve this mystery.


New Haven's Ghost Ship

In Episode 43 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger visit the shores of New Haven Harbor in Connecticut in search of a ghost ship that was first sighted in the mid-17th century. In January of 1647 a Great Ship set sail from New Haven bound for England, but it was never seen again until perhaps that June when dozens on the shores of New Haven watched a ghostly ship enter the harbor. The story of this sighting spread throughout New England and eventually made it into the pages of Cotton Mather's book on...


Ghosts in the Machines

In Episode 42 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger visit the haunted Slater Mill in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Known as the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, this mill dates back to the 1790s and has seen its share of triumphs and tragedies. Children as young as 7-years-old once worked here long hours. Some lost limbs in the machinery, others lost their lives. Today, along with the Wilkinson Mill and the Sylvanus Brown House, this complex is one of Rhode Island’s most active haunts. But...


The Adventures of John Capen Adams

In Episode 41 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger visit Bay Path Cemetery in Charlton, Massachusetts, to visit the grave of John Capen Adams, a man who went on to inspire a folk hero legend, books, a popular television series in the 1970s, and a generation of kids eager to explore the great outdoors and tame wild animals. So who is John Capen Adams?


It Gave Me the Willeys

In Episode 40 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger visit the Willey House on Rt. 302 in Crawford Notch, New Hampshire. Here in the heart of the White Mountains, something horrific happened on August 28, 1826. The story may just give you the willeys…


The Witch Curse on Buck's Grave

In Episode 39 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger visit the cursed grave of Bucksport, Maine, founder Col. Jonathan Buck. When an outline of a lower leg with a pointy toe appeared on Buck's grave 150 years ago, locals began to wonder if this grave was cursed. They say Buck executed a woman for witchcraft around 1790, and before her sentence was carried out, she vowed to one day dance on his grave. How did this prophecy happen?


The Monster of Lake Champlain

In Episode 38 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger visit Lake Champlain on the Vermont/New York border in search of a lake monster whose legend dates back over 500 years to the time of the Abenaki and Iroquois people. The story of a 40-foot serpent shows up in many newspaper accounts as well as folklore over the centuries. But in the 1940s, things changed, but why? There have been hundreds of witnesses over the years, but can Jeff and Ray find one willing to share their own story?