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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.

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English


Episodes

New Haven's Ghost Ship

6/14/2018
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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...

Duration:00:12:18

Ghosts in the Machines

6/7/2018
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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....

Duration:00:13:23

The Adventures of John Capen Adams

5/31/2018
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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?

Duration:00:14:07

It Gave Me the Willeys

5/24/2018
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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…

Duration:00:12:25

The Witch Curse on Buck's Grave

5/17/2018
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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?

Duration:00:10:11

The Monster of Lake Champlain

5/10/2018
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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?

Duration:00:13:25

An Island Three Times Cursed

5/3/2018
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In Episode 37 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger visit the coastal town of Milford, Connecticut, in search of Charles Island -- a place three times cursed. From Paugusset sachem Ansantawae's initial curse, to the cursed pirate treasure of Captain Kidd, to a reference of cursed Aztec treasure buried here, we explore the history, the curses, and the effects. Some say Captain Kidd's ghosts still haunts the island protecting his booty!

Duration:00:11:14

Ram-Tail Factory: Officially Haunted

4/26/2018
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In Episode 36 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger visit the ruins of the Ram-Tail Factory in the woods of Foster, Rhode Island. The site is officially haunted according to the 1885 state census. Passers-by hear a work bell tolling late at night, others see an apparition of a man holding a lantern walking through the woods. They say a man hanged himself from the work bell rope long ago, but what really happened here? As with every episode, you can see photos related to this episode on our Web site.

Duration:00:11:30

The Ghost of Elsie

4/19/2018
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In Episode 35 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger park alongside Evergreen Cemetery on Route 67 in New Braintree, Massachusetts, in search of the ghost of Elsie. On April 18th each year her spirit is said to rise from her grave and wander by the stone wall next to the cemetery. She's said to be the spirit of a bride who was murdered on her wedding day by a jealous groom. But what do we really know about Elsie? We investigate and learn there’s more to this ghost than just a story.

Duration:00:10:15

The Witch of Hampton

4/12/2018
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In Episode 34 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger head to the quiet coastal town of Hampton, New Hampshire, in search of a Witch. Eunice Cole, or Goody Cole, as she was better known, was in an out of jail for decades due to witchcraft accusations. When she died in 1680, she was buried with a stake through her heart and horseshoe on her head. But what did she do to earn those charges? If you watch the news and social media today, her story rings eerily familiar. Maybe that's why she still haunts us.

Duration:00:11:33

The North Pond Hermit

4/5/2018
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In Episode 33 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger head to the woods of central Maine in search of the North Pond Hermit. In 1986 Christopher Knight walked into the forest and lived out there for 27 years stealing supplies from local cabins and camps. How did he survive the Maine winters outside? How did he live with no human contact for almost three decades? How did he get caught? The Stranger in the Woods author Michael Finkel joins us to discuss the legend of the North Pond Hermit.

Duration:00:15:37

The Hayden Family Curse

3/29/2018
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In Episode 32, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger head to the town of Albany in northern Vermont to the haunted Hayden Mansion. They explore a curse that was set in motion in 1806 on the deathbed of Mercie Dale. Dale vowed the Hayden name would perish in the third generation, and the remaining children would die penniless. But did it come to pass?

Duration:00:08:37

The Wild Man of Winsted, Connecticut

3/15/2018
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In August of 1895, there were multiple sightings of a hairy "wild man" running through rural Winsted and Colebrook, Connecticut. Some claimed he was human, others said he was some kind of primate. Hundreds of people searched for him; the creature made headlines across New England before he seemingly vanished… until there were other sightings in the 1970s. Could it be the same creature? In Episode 30, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger head into the woods of northern Connecticut in search of the...

Duration:00:10:14

Block Island's Burning Ghost Ship

3/8/2018
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In December of 1738, a ship called the Princess Augusta wrecked off the northern coast of Block Island, just off the shore from Rhode Island. Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger visit the island and explore how this tragic and historic wreck turned into a ghost ship that still haunts the coast. Locals call it The Palatine Light. Folklorist and author Dr. Michael Bell joins us on this adventure.

Duration:00:12:21

Ocean Born Mary

3/1/2018
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Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger pay a visit to the Ocean Born Mary house in Henniker, New Hampshire, to learn about its ghosts, its stories of scallywags, buried treasure, and an infant born at sea and named for the dear mother of the pirate who spared her life.

Duration:00:10:00

Paul Bunyan's Controversial Birthplace

2/8/2018
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Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger delve into the story of Paul Bunyan, America's most famous lumberjack. Many say he hails from the Great Lakes region, but one city in Maine stakes their own claim. We learn Bunyan's backstory, his influence, rise to fame, and we pick apart this legendary bit of American folklore. Could Paul Bunyan still be out there somewhere?

Duration:00:13:02

Connecticut's Fairy Village

2/1/2018
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Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger explore the ruins of Little People Village in the woods of Middlebury, Connecticut. Who built these miniature stone houses, and why? Is this forest haunted by an elderly couple who went mad listening to the chittering voices of the fairies? And what's the connection to Lake Quassapaug? Listen to find out!

Duration:00:08:29

The Weather Prophet of Beartown Mountain

1/25/2018
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Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger explore the folk legend of Levi Beebe, the Weather Prophet of Beartown Mountain in Lee, Massachusetts, who predicted the devastating Blizzard of 1888 that claimed 400 lives in March of that year. How did he make this and his many other weather predictions? Listen to find out!

Duration:00:11:34

Fingernail Freddy

1/18/2018
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Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger explore the woods around Camp Ker-Anna in Cumberland, Rhode Island, in search of Fingernail Freddy and Hot Shot Charlie; two reclusive men/monsters who are said to stalk the children of the summer camp should they get out of line. Is there a connection between these legends and the Nightmare on Elm Street movie franchise?

Duration:00:10:19

Boston's Molasses Disaster

1/11/2018
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Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger explore the Boston Molasses Disaster of January 15, 1919, that left 21 people dead and 150 injured. What happened and why? Could it have been avoided?

Duration:00:10:38