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Curl up and enjoy discovering the history and ghostly events that surround different places, locations and people.

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Curl up and enjoy discovering the history and ghostly events that surround different places, locations and people.

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English


Episodes

Supernatural Justice: Ghostly Encounters in Legal History With Richard Sugg

9/22/2023
In the realm of the unexplained, the boundary between the supernatural and the legal is often blurred, giving rise to extraordinary tales where ghosts, spirits, and mysterious occurrences intersect with the principles of justice and suspicion. In this episode overview, we delve into captivating cases and historical accounts where spectral entities become witnesses, suspects, or even instruments of judgment in courtrooms across centuries. Join us on a journey through the eerie corridors of the law, where the paranormal meets jurisprudence, and where the line between the tangible and the ethereal is tested like never before. My Special Guest is Richard Sugg Richard Sugg is the author of thirteen books, including John Donne (Palgrave, 2007); Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires (Turkish trans 2018; 3rd edn 2020); A Century of Supernatural Stories (2015); Fairies: A Dangerous History (Reaktion, 2018; Japanese trans 2022); The Real Vampires (Amberley, 2019); and Bloodlust (2020). He lectured in English and History at the universities of Cardiff and Durham (2001-2017), and his work has appeared in The Guardian, The Sun, the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, BBC History, the New Yorker, and Der Spiegel, as well as on international television. Cruentation Cruentation, or "ius cruentationis," traces its origins back to Germanic law systems in the medieval period. From its inception, this method of finding proof against a suspected murderer spread like a shadow across Germany, Poland, Bohemia, Scotland, and even European colonies in North America. It was one of several mystical ordeals used as tangible evidence, reflecting the superstitious nature of justice during that historical period. Cruentation, a belief held from the 1100s to the early 1800s, was a curious and outdated legal concept in which a corpse's bleeding was considered evidence of guilt in murder trials. This belief held that when a suspected murderer came into the proximity of a deceased person, the wounds on the corpse would spontaneously bleed, as if the blood itself was accusing the perpetrator. However, this notion contradicted scientific understanding, as blood typically clots and thickens shortly after death. Its eerie influence persisted in Germany until the middle of the 18th century. Ghosts, The Supernatural And The Law The William Edden murder case of summer 1829 is a remarkable chapter in legal history, marked by an eerie blend of superstition and justice. After William Edden's murder, his wife testified to encountering his ghost, a spectral appearance that would play a crucial role in the trial of Benjamin Tyler and Solomen Sewell, the accused murderers. In a macabre attempt to determine Tyler's guilt or innocence, Edden's widow permitted Tyler to touch her deceased husband's corpse, believing that the ghostly retribution would manifest if he were the true culprit. This case highlights the extent to which supernatural beliefs once influenced legal proceedings, showcasing an era where the boundary between the material and the spectral was blurred in the quest for justice. In this episode, you will be able to: 1. Uncover cases involving the police and courts where ghosts and the supernatural intertwine. 2. Explore the practice of 'cruentation:' the trial by touch. 3. Examine the question of ghosts and the law itself including rulings and precedents set. If you value this podcast and want to enjoy more episodes please come and find us on⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.patreon.com/Haunted_History_Chronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to support the podcast, gain a wealth of additional exclusive podcasts, writing and other content. Links to all Haunted History Chronicles Social Media Pages, Published Materials and more:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://linktr.ee/hauntedhistorychronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Guest...

Duration:01:51:05

Supernatural Stories: Helen Duncan and Charles Walton's Haunting Legacies

9/15/2023
Step into a realm where history's dark secrets resurface, and the spectral world confronts the tangible. In this episode, we delve into the unsettling cases of Helen Duncan and Charles Walton, two individuals ensnared by the lingering grip of witchcraft, even in the 20th century. Helen Duncan, a gifted spiritual medium, found herself accused of witchcraft, espionage, and fraud during World War II. Her story blurs the line between the ethereal and the rational, offering a disquieting glimpse into the enduring power of supernatural beliefs. Meanwhile, in a tranquil English village in 1945, a gruesome murder shocked the world. Charles Walton's brutal demise begs unsettling questions about the persistent influence of witchcraft beliefs, even in the modern age. The Witchcraft Act 1735 The Witchcraft Act of 1735 stands as a pivotal moment in the history of witch trials in Great Britain. This historic legislation, passed by the Parliament of the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1735, brought an end to the dark era of hunting and executing individuals accused of practicing witchcraft. Unlike its predecessors, the Act introduced a significant shift in perspective, assuming that there were no real witches with genuine magical powers but rather individuals who claimed such powers to deceive and exploit the vulnerable. The maximum penalty under this new law was a year's imprisonment, marking a stark departure from the earlier belief that witches derived their abilities from pacts with Satan. Instead, the Act embraced a more primitive and medieval view, in line with the early Christian Church's position, which had been contested over the centuries by witch-phobic Inquisitors. This Act, aligning with the broader European trend, led to the decline of witch trials in the 18th century after reaching a peak around 1600 and a series of outbursts in the late 17th century. It signaled a significant step toward the modern legal history of witchcraft and ultimately put an end to the persecution of those accused of being witches in Great Britain. The last execution for witchcraft in the region occurred in 1727 when Janet Horne met a tragic fate. The Last Convictions In England In September 1943, Helen Duncan found herself behind bars, a peculiar victim of the Witchcraft Act 1735. Her alleged crime? Claiming the ability to summon spirits, a practice that led to her arrest and imprisonment. However, her followers have long argued that her incarceration was not just a matter of supernatural beliefs but rather a sinister scheme concocted by superstitious military intelligence officers. The pivotal moment that drew the authorities' attention occurred when she purportedly made contact with the spirit of a sailor from the ill-fated HMS Barham, a sinking that was concealed from the public at the time. Helen faced a litany of charges, including conspiracy to contravene the Witchcraft Act 1735, obtaining money by false pretences, and public mischief. Duncan's nine-month prison term marked her as often described as the last person convicted under this archaic Act. However, Jane Rebecca Yorke, from Forest Gate in east London, shares this dubious distinction, convicted in September 1944 for similar offenses. The Witchcraft Act 1735 met its end in 1951 with the enactment of the Fraudulent Mediums Act, championed by Spiritualists and Thomas Brooks MP. In this episode, you will be able to: 1. Explore the life of Helen Duncan, her arrest and prosecution. 2. Explore the last witchcraft murder case in England. If you value this podcast and want to enjoy more episodes please come and find us on⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.patreon.com/Haunted_History_Chronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to support the podcast, gain a wealth of additional exclusive podcasts, writing and other content. Links to all Haunted History Chronicles Social Media Pages, Published Materials and more:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://linktr.ee/hauntedhistorychronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ --- Send in a voice message:...

Duration:00:35:25

Haunting History of Watchet: Accounts of Premature Burial, Ghosts and Eerie Folklore with Bobbie Rammond

9/8/2023
Nestled along the Somerset coast, Watchet is a captivating harbor town steeped in history and blessed with breathtaking geography. Watchet's origins trace back to a possible Iron Age fort, Daw's Castle, before evolving into a bustling settlement under Saxon influence, earning names like Weced and Waeced. Viking incursions in the 10th century failed to extinguish its spirit, as the town's maritime trade steadily flourished. Amidst this historical tapestry, the town's church, dedicated to Saint Decuman, stands as a testament to its enduring legacy. Watchet isn't merely a town; it's a living narrative of resilience and natural wonder, inviting all who venture there to partake in its captivating story. My Special Guest is Bobbie Rammond Bobbie Rammond is a history and archaeology enthusiast, with a degree in history, heritage, and archaeology from Plymouth University. During his time at university, he discovered his passion for history while working at Dunster Castle. This led him to delve into paranormal investigations, which he has been doing for several years. Last year, with Halloween approaching, Bobbie had an idea to combine his love for history and the paranormal by organising historical walking tours of Dunster. This sparked the creation of Extours, with their first event being the Dunster Ghost Walk. Ghost Lore The Somerset specter, Old Mother Leakey, tied to storms and shipwrecks in Minehead, haunted Alexander Leakey's home in 1636. Witnesses claimed the ghost suffocated a young relative, and Elizabeth, Alexander's wife, faced its torment. Old Mother Leakey assigned Elizabeth two tasks: retrieve a gold necklace and deliver a cryptic message to her brother-in-law, Dr. John Atherton, Bishop of Waterford. This seemingly benign message unravelled scandalous secrets, including Atherton's affair with Susan Leakey, branded as adultery and incest. Dark rumors of child murder to hide the affair swirled, leading to Atherton's hanging in December 1640. Old Mother Leakey's ghost played a role in this tragedy, leaving the Leakey family's fortunes in ruins and birthing the legend of her storm-summoning powers. Premature Burial Premature burial, often referred to as live burial or vivisepulture, is the horrifying ordeal of being interred while still alive and was once a very real problem. Taphophobia, the irrational dread of being buried alive, ranks among the most prevalent phobias, haunting the subconscious fears of many with its chilling specter. In this episode, you will be able to: 1. Uncover the story of Lady Wyndham and more about the problem of premature burial 2. Explore myths, history and accounts of murder from Watchet 3. Explore the fascinating folkore and ghost lore of Watchet. If you value this podcast and want to enjoy more episodes please come and find us on⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.patreon.com/Haunted_History_Chronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to support the podcast, gain a wealth of additional exclusive podcasts, writing and other content. Links to all Haunted History Chronicles Social Media Pages, Published Materials and more:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://linktr.ee/hauntedhistorychronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Guest Links:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠https://extours.co.uk/⁠ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/hauntedchronicles/message

Duration:01:50:02

The Bothell Hell House: A Terrifying Poltergeist Haunting With Keith Linder

9/1/2023
Step into a world where the ordinary turns chilling and the unseen clashes with reality. In this episode, we explore the haunting experiences of Keith Linder and Tina, a couple whose dreamy new chapter in Bothell, Washington, turned into a nightmare of paranormal proportions. Objects vanished, ghostly apparitions materialised, and a once-idyllic home became a battleground between the living and the unseen. Uncover the spine-chilling experiences, relentless investigations, and the enigma of the Bothell Hell House. Prepare to question reality as the paranormal meets the everyday in an unforgettable tale of terror. My Special Guest is Keith Linder In 2012, Keith Linder and his girlfriend Tina relocated to a house in Bothell, Washington, near Seattle. Their experiences in that house introduced them to the paranormal community and forever changed their lives. Regardless of whether you believe in the paranormal or not, the evidence and stories presented here may make you reconsider your beliefs. One expert in the field, Robb Tilley of the Australian Institute of Parapsychology Research, has praised the thorough and well-researched nature of this case, ranking it alongside other famous poltergeist cases such as the Enfield Poltergeist, South Shields Poltergeist, Bridgeport Connecticut case, and the Matthew Manning case. The Bothell Hell House is a significant contribution to poltergeist research. A Poltergeist Haunting: The Bothell Hell House In 2012, Keith Linder and Tina's dream of a tranquil home in Bothell, Washington, quickly transformed into a nightmare. As they settled into their new abode, the house seemingly came alive with eerie occurrences. Mundane objects vanished without a trace, while unsettling levitations and spectral apparitions shattered their sense of reality. One of the most chilling encounters involved the apparition of a grey lady, a solid, full-bodied figure. Desperate for answers, Linder called upon paranormal researchers and investigators to help them navigate the terrifying experiences. This included the Scientific Establishment of Parapsychology, who set up motion detectors and recording equipment in a bid to capture evidence of the supernatural phenomena. The house underwent two exorcisms, but the activity persisted, leading Linder and his girlfriend to confront the chilling reality that they were dealing with an intelligent haunting. Thunderous bangs. spontaneous fires, physical injury and inexplicably opened kitchen cabinets marked the escalation of the paranormal onslaught. With blessings from the church offering no respite, the malevolent entity's grip tightened. In their relentless pursuit of answers, Keith and Tina's lives were forever altered, leading them down a path of investigations and encounters. In this episode, you will be able to: 1. Uncover some of the history of The Bothell House. 2. Explore personal accounts of the paranormal activity experienced. 3. Discuss some of the thoughts and theories of what we know of poltergeist cases. 4. Examine newer concepts, investigation and research behind poltergeist cases. If you value this podcast and want to enjoy more episodes please come and find us on⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.patreon.com/Haunted_History_Chronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to support the podcast, gain a wealth of additional exclusive podcasts, writing and other content. Links to all Haunted History Chronicles Social Media Pages, Published Materials and more:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://linktr.ee/hauntedhistorychronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Guest Links: Youtube: ⁠⁠⁠ ⁠https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqEbwZ8f4PI4PY2m0FejXpQ Website: https://demonsinseattle.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/macqdor Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064680819273 Books: The Bothell Hell House https://amzn.to/3L2dpVG Attachments: https://amzn.to/47WvRIY The Night Side Of Physics: https://amzn.to/45NdKn2 ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ --- Send in a voice message:...

Duration:02:02:38

Whistle Stops and Wonders: Exploring the Great Western Railway

8/25/2023
Welcome aboard to a captivating journey through time on today's episode. Join us as we delve into the annals of one of the most iconic railway networks – the Great Western Railway. Unravelling its rich history, we'll explore how this engineering marvel transformed communities and landscapes, forging connections that have stood the test of time. From the remarkable feats of engineering that birthed this railway titan to the tales of courage, determination and tragedies by individuals who made it all possible, our guest, author and historian Robin Wichard, takes us on an enthralling ride. But that's not all – brace yourselves for some accounts of the supernatural, as we venture into the mysteries that enshroud the Great Western Railway's past. So, whether you're a history enthusiast or simply seeking a nostalgic journey through picturesque landscapes, hop aboard our railway time machine as we uncover stories that have been preserved along this true country branch line of the old Great Western Railway. All aboard for a captivating expedition into the heart of railway heritage! My Special Guest is Robin Wichard Robin Wichard has worked as a teacher of history for over 30 years and now retired works in various capacities on the West Somerset Railway - Britain's longest preserved heritage railway. He has written a number of books from school resource books to texts on Victorian Photography and Re-living the 1940s. The West Somerset Railway Dating back to its construction, this railway behemoth carved its path through the picturesque countryside, connecting ten unique stations across a twenty-mile scenic journey. The legacy of historic steam locomotives, charming coaches, and steadfast wagons comes alive, echoing tales of an era long past. The intricate architecture of these stations, each a testament to a rich industrial heritage, traverse through the Quantock hills, Exmoor, and idyllic villages nestled in leafy lanes offering glimpses into unspoiled landscapes. Behold the breathtaking vistas of the Bristol Channel and distant South-Wales, with the confident spires of churches and the imposing presence of Dunster Castle. Isambard Brunel At the centre of the Great Western Railway's history is the visionary figure of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. A turning point came when a collective of West Somerset landowners sought Brunel's expertise to transform a concept into reality – the West Somerset Railway, a link connecting Watchet, a historic harbor town, to the region and beyond. The area's wealth of quarries necessitated a means of efficient transportation, and though a railway already existed in the form of the West Somerset Mineral Line, the connection to the Bristol and Exeter Railway was seen as vital. The railway eventually opened in 1862, three years after Brunel's passing. His indelible influence endures in the heritage line that stands today, the longest of its kind in England. In this episode, you will be able to: 1. Uncover some of the history, significance and social impact that the West Somerset Railway had. 2. Explore aspects of life on the railway and in the communities nearby. 3. Discover some of the paranormal reports and ghost lore attached to the line. 4. Examine the role the railway played during WWII and hear more about an upcoming immersive event. If you value this podcast and want to enjoy more episodes please come and find us on⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.patreon.com/Haunted_History_Chronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to support the podcast, gain a wealth of additional exclusive podcasts, writing and other content. Links to all Haunted History Chronicles Social Media Pages, Published Materials and more:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://linktr.ee/hauntedhistorychronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Guest Links: Website for WSR including upcoming events: ⁠ https://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/events ⁠⁠⁠ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/hauntedchronicles/message

Duration:01:03:09

Haunting Songs of the Condemned: Singing The News of Executions with Una McIlvenna

8/18/2023
Step into the streets of Europe from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, where news of criminals' deeds and their ultimate fate was delivered through compelling songs. These execution ballads, often sold on bustling streets and marketplaces, turned crime and punishment into melodic tales; haunting melodies that once carried tales of compassion, violence, and humanity itself. Our guest, Una McIlvenna takes us through her research on this intriguing tradition. Songs featured in the podcast with guest permission, and obtained from the website (links below.) My Special Guest is Una McIlvena Una McIlvenna is Honorary Senior Lecturer in English at the Australian National University, and has held positions at the Universities of Melbourne, Sydney, Kent and Queen Mary University of London. A literary and cultural historian, she researches the early modern and nineteenth-century pan-European tradition of singing the news, and the history of crime and punishment, looking at songs in English, French, German, Dutch and Italian. Her monograph Singing the News of Death: Execution Ballads in Europe 1500-1900 (OUP, 2022) explores the phenomenon of the execution ballad, songs that spread the news of condemned criminals and their often ghastly ends. This is accompanied by her website ExecutionBallads.com which features recordings of some of these songs. She has published articles on news-singing in Past & Present, Renaissance Studies, Media History, Parergon, and Huntington Library Quarterly, and is a co-founder of the international Song Studies Network. Contrafactum Execution ballads intertwine music, emotion, and history, using 'contrafactum' or 'parody' to re-purpose well-known melodies. Identified with phrases like 'to the tune of...,' these melodies acquired intricate emotional associations. 'Fortune My Foe,' a somber melody, resonated across early modern northern Europe, accompanying songs of death and disaster. Surprising contrasts emerged as lively tunes like 'Row Well Ye Mariners' satirically celebrated John Felton's execution in 1570. Italian ballads deviated, employing metrical forms like ottava rima and terza rima. Notably, terza rima expressed nobles' remorse in the first-person voice during executions. This fusion of melody and verse crafted poignant narratives, embodying compassion, satire, and reflection through time. The Business Of Singing The News Printers meticulously inked the tales onto single-sheet broadsides and pamphlets, ready to be sold by the street singers who transformed words into melody. These itinerant vendors often bought songsheets wholesale, their lives hand-to-mouth as they navigated various trades. As they sang the contents of the ballads, they not only promoted their wares but also propagated stories that would resonate through the ages. Thus, execution ballads merged commerce and culture, leaving an indelible mark on the historical fabric. In this episode, you will be able to: 1. Uncover the significance of singing the news. 2. Explore aspects of crime and punishment. 3. Examine commonalities and differences between ballads. 4. Examine messages, themes and elements- including elements of the supernatural. If you value this podcast and want to enjoy more episodes please come and find us on⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.patreon.com/Haunted_History_Chronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to support the podcast, gain a wealth of additional exclusive podcasts, writing and other content. Links to all Haunted History Chronicles Social Media Pages, Published Materials and more:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://linktr.ee/hauntedhistorychronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Guest Links: Website: https://omeka.cloud.unimelb.edu.au/execution-ballads/about (podcast songs can be listened to here) ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://twitter.com/UnaMcIlvenna https://www.instagram.com/una_mcilvenna/ Book Link https://amzn.to/3KAL4FN ⁠ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/hauntedchronicles/message

Duration:01:28:42

In Memoriam: Reflections on Victorian Burial Practices and Calamities with Sam Perrin

8/11/2023
Today’s funerals are sombre affairs, but they can’t compare to funerals and mourning in the Victorian Age. The trend towards elaborate mourning customs gained prominence during the 19th Century (1837-1901), likely influenced by Queen Victoria's extended and highly publicised mourning for her cherished Prince Albert. This era saw the rise of intricate mourning protocols, characterised by extended periods of grief and elaborate rituals, accompanied by costly funerals and burials especially among the upper echelons of society. However, the opulence of these proceedings sometimes led to funerals going awry. Mishaps such as horse-drawn carriages faltering or inclement weather disrupting the planned processions were not uncommon. These unexpected incidents, though unfortunate, offered glimpses into the complexities of orchestrating such elaborate affairs and added an element of unpredictability to the otherwise meticulously choreographed events. My Special Guest is Samantha Perrin Sam is a social historian of the long nineteenth century, focusing primarily on death practices and cemeteries from that period. She holds an MA in Victorian Studies from Birkbeck, University of London, and is currently researching Victorian burial reform and the funerals that go disastrously wrong. She has previously delivered talks to the LNCSS, National Archives, Museums Show-Off, Camden History Society, Wellcome Trust, Pride in STEM, Dickens Fellowship and Museum of London. Burial Superstitions In British culture, mourning and burial superstitions have long been woven into the fabric of traditions. It was once believed that placing a sprig of rosemary on a casket could grant peace to the departed soul. Mourners would also refrain from sweeping the floors during a funeral, as it was thought that this could sweep away the spirit of the deceased. Additionally, the tolling of bells at a funeral was not only a sign of respect but also a means to guide the departed's soul safely to the afterlife. These superstitions, while now less prominent, reflect the intricate tapestry of beliefs that once enveloped the process of bidding farewell to loved ones and to give them their 'good death.' Funeral And Burial Industries The birth of the funeral and burial industries in Britain heralded a transformation in how society approached the departure of loved ones. In the Victorian era, with its elaborate mourning rituals, a burgeoning industry emerged to cater to the demands of proper funerals. Funeral directors, often referred to as undertakers, began offering a range of services to assist families in their time of grief. Lavish caskets, horse-drawn hearses, and intricate floral arrangements became symbols of social status and respect for the deceased. Public cemeteries also came into prominence, replacing churchyards, and creating a new landscape for the departed. This industry evolution not only provided practical support but also reflected the evolving cultural perceptions of death and commemoration in British society. In this episode, you will be able to: 1. Uncover some of the accounts of funerals going wrong. 2. Explore some of the reasons why Victorian mourning holds such interest. 3. Explore some of the motivations for burial decorum and practice. 4. Examine the significance of 'ars moriendi' or the 'art of dying.' If you value this podcast and want to enjoy more episodes please come and find us on⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.patreon.com/Haunted_History_Chronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to support the podcast, gain a wealth of additional exclusive podcasts, writing and other content. Links to all Haunted History Chronicles Social Media Pages, Published Materials and more:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://linktr.ee/hauntedhistorychronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Guest Links:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://twitter.com/misssamperrin?t=4cxf-cfvBwmHHpUSxZZe7A&s=09 https://instagram.com/londontombs?igshid=MzNlNGNkZWQ4Mg== https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100083106811609 ---...

Duration:01:35:15

The Alma Fielding And Nandor Fodor Poltergeist Chronicles: Uncanny Accounts of Psychic Heists, Terrapins, Tigers, and Vampire Attacks

8/4/2023
The Alma Fielding and Nandor Fodor poltergeist case remains a captivating episode in the annals of paranormal investigation. Taking place in London during the mid-20th century, this perplexing phenomenon captured the attention of researchers and sceptics alike. Alma Fielding, a seemingly ordinary woman, found herself at the center of inexplicable occurrences, including flying objects, spontaneous fires, and mysterious writings appearing on the walls of her home. Renowned parapsychologist Nandor Fodor undertook a meticulous investigation, employing a blend of scientific rigour and open-minded curiosity. To this day, the Alma Fielding and Nandor Fodor poltergeist case serves as a thought-provoking study in the intersection of human experience, the unexplained, and the quest for understanding beyond the bounds of conventional reality. Nandor Fodor Nandor Fodor, the distinguished Hungarian-British parapsychologist, occupies a significant place in the realm of paranormal investigation. With a keen intellect and a passion for uncovering the mysteries of the unknown, Fodor's work left an indelible mark on the study of the supernatural. His rigorous and systematic approach to exploring phenomena such as telepathy, precognition, and hauntings earned him respect from both supporters and sceptics. Fodor's seminal research into cases like the Alma Fielding poltergeist case showcased his ability to blend scientific inquiry with an empathetic understanding of the human psyche. Through his writings and investigations, he sought to bridge the gap between the scientific community and the uncharted territories of the paranormal, leaving a legacy that continues to intrigue and inspire seekers of truth in the enigmatic realms of the inexplicable. Alma Fielding Alma Fielding, a woman propelled from the quietude of her family life into the glare of public fascination, remains an intriguing protagonist within the annals of paranormal history. Hailing from London, Fielding found herself ensnared in a whirlwind of inexplicable and supernatural events that defied conventional explanation. From everyday objects levitating, psychic thefts, apporting terrapins, psychic tigers and vampire attacks Alma found herself thrust into a realm of the uncanny. As her story unfurled, the accomplished parapsychologist Nandor Fodor delved into her experiences, casting a discerning light on the interplay between her family dynamics and the manifestations that besieged her existence. Fodor's meticulous investigations unveiled a tapestry woven with psychological complexities and latent emotional undercurrents. Beyond the immediate intrigue of the poltergeist phenomenon, Alma Fielding's story ignited a blaze of interest and study, sparking debates and discussions that transcended the boundaries of science and the supernatural. In this episode, you will be able to: 1. Uncover the key people involved in the case. 2. Explore the poltergeist phenomenon experienced as it manifested and developed. 3. Explore some of the wider social issues and factors at play during this time. 4. Examine the process of investigation into the poltergeist case and Alma herself. If you value this podcast and want to enjoy more episodes please come and find us on⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.patreon.com/Haunted_History_Chronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to support the podcast, gain a wealth of additional exclusive podcasts, writing and other content. Links to all Haunted History Chronicles Social Media Pages, Published Materials and more:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://linktr.ee/hauntedhistorychronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Book Links:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ The Haunting Of Alma Fielding https://amzn.to/47gJWAL On The Trail Of The Poltergeist ebook https://amzn.to/3rKrlwD --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/hauntedchronicles/message

Duration:00:44:34

Unmasking the Witches of Aberdeen: Contagious Accusations and Persecution With Dee Lawlor

7/28/2023
The Scottish witch trials, a dark chapter in history, unfolded with chilling intensity. From the late 16th to the early 17th century, the city of Aberdeen witnessed a frenzy of accusations and persecutions against those accused of practicing witchcraft. Fear and superstition gripped the populace, leading to the torture, trial and execution, of mainly women, suspected of maleficent deeds. The trials left a haunting legacy, forever etched in the annals of Aberdeen's past, a stark reminder of the perils of mass hysteria and the tragic consequences of unfounded beliefs. My Special Guest is Dee Lawlor Dee is a professional writer and editor, based in Aberdeen, Scotland. She has a special interest in history, superstition, and local myths and legends. 'Contagious Enemies: First-hand accounts from the Aberdeen witch trials' is her second book. It recounts the witch trials in Aberdeen that ran from 1596-1597. The book takes the original court records from the witch trails and transcribes and translates them for the modern reader. St Mary's Chapel In the years before the Reformation, a small chapel in a church on the outskirts of Aberdeen had provided a quiet place for Catholic women to pray in peace. But within 30 years of the switch from Catholicism to the Protestant faith, St Mary's Chapel at the Kirk of St Nicholas in Aberdeen took on a far darker and sinister role. Historians have uncovered evidence that the chapel, built during the 15th century, served as a prison for suspected witches while they faced trial and before they were led away to their deaths. But records unearthed from Aberdeen's city archives have revealed this two inch wide ring was installed to chain the witches up while they were being held in the prison. They reveal that 23 women and one man were tried and executed for witchcraft in the city during the Great Scottish Witch Hunt of 1597. Extracting Confessions In Scotland's grim history of witch trials, torture was all too common, as authorities sought to extract confessions and evidence from the accused. One of the infamous methods used was pricking, where the accused was subjected to sharp instruments, often needles or bodkins, in an attempt to find the 'witch's mark' – a supposed spot on their body that was believed to be left by the Devil himself. Another horrifying practice was the dunking or swimming ordeal, where suspected witches were bound and thrown into water. If they floated, it was believed to indicate guilt, as water was seen as repelling evil spirits, and the accused would be considered a witch. If they sank, they were deemed innocent, but tragically, they often drowned. These barbaric methods, driven by fear, ignorance, and superstition, led to countless innocent lives being lost, forever haunting the pages of Scotland's history with a dark stain of suffering and injustice. In this episode, you will be able to: 1. Uncover some of the accounts of witch trials from Aberdeen. 2. Explore some of the language of the Aberdeen witch trial court records. 3. Explore some of the motivations for the persecution of witches. 4. Examine the process of identifying, prosecuting and executing an accused witch within Scotland. If you value this podcast and want to enjoy more episodes please come and find us on⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.patreon.com/Haunted_History_Chronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to support the podcast, gain a wealth of additional exclusive podcasts, writing and other content. Links to all Haunted History Chronicles Social Media Pages, Published Materials and more:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://linktr.ee/hauntedhistorychronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Guest Links:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://twitter.com/dee_scicomm?s=11 Link to book ⁠https://amzn.to/3K0ihKq --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/hauntedchronicles/message

Duration:01:51:09

Welsh Death Omens and Apparitions: Unveiling the Haunting Legends With Dr. Delyth Badder

7/21/2023
In Wales, a land rich in myth and folklore, tales of death omens and apparitions have long held the fascination of its people. Welsh folklore is teeming with eerie stories of supernatural encounters that serve as harbingers of impending doom. One such omen is the dreaded "Cŵn Annwn," spectral hounds said to be the guardians of the Otherworld. These ghostly dogs, with eyes as fiery as embers, are believed to roam the night, baying mournfully, signaling an imminent death. Another chilling apparition often spoken of is the "Wrachod," the tormented spirits of departed souls. These wraith-like figures are said to appear on moonlit nights, clad in tattered garments and veiled in sorrow. Crossing paths with a Wrachod is believed to foretell a tragic fate or even one's own demise. The tales of Welsh death omens and apparitions are haunting reminders of the ancient beliefs and superstitious customs that continue to captivate audiences. My Special Guest is Dr Delyth Badder Dr Delyth Badder is a folklorist, author, and antiquarian book collector who has channelled a lifetime’s interest in Welsh folklore into academic study, and an extensive library of some of Wales’s rarest antiquarian folkloric texts. She has expertise in Welsh death omens and apparitions, with a particular academic interest in the appearance of spirits within the Welsh tradition. She is an Honorary Research Fellow in Welsh folklore at Amgueddfa Cymru (Museum Wales), and is currently pursuing a masters degree in this field at Cardiff University. Delyth has co-authored 'The Folklore of Wales: Ghosts' with researcher and podcast host Mark Norman - an exciting new study of Welsh ghost-lore through the ages examined through a contemporary lens, using rare, unpublished and never before translated material. The Canwyll Corph In the folklore of Wales, there exists a chilling death omen known as Canwyll Corph, also referred to as Canwyllau Cryff, meaning "corpse candles" in English. These eerie phenomena are said to manifest as ghostly lights or flickering flames that appear in proximity to an impending death or funeral procession. The Canwyll Corph are described as ethereal lights, often seen hovering above the ground or floating along remote paths and desolate landscapes. It is believed that each flame represents a soul, guiding the departed to the afterlife or warning the living of an impending tragedy. The appearance of Canwyll Corph is met with both trepidation and awe, for they serve as a spectral reminder of the delicate balance between the mortal realm and the realm of the dead. The Tolaeth Within the rich tapestry of Welsh folklore, one encounters the chilling legend of the Tolaeth, a formidable death omen that inspires both fear and fascination. As described in ancient tales and passed down through generations, the Tolaeth is said to manifest as a ghostly figure, often clad in flowing white garments, appearing before an individual as a harbinger of impending doom. This spectral apparition is believed to be relentless, appearing to those whose time on this mortal plane is drawing to a close. In this episode, you will be able to: 1. Uncover the common Welsh death omens and apparitions. 2. Explore some of the common motifs. 3. Explore the fascinating uniqueness of Welsh folklore. 4. Discover some of the regional differences between common death omens and apparitions. If you value this podcast and want to enjoy more episodes please come and find us on⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.patreon.com/Haunted_History_Chronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to support the podcast, gain a wealth of additional exclusive podcasts, writing and other content. Links to all Haunted History Chronicles Social Media Pages, Published Materials and more:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://linktr.ee/hauntedhistorychronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Guest Links:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠https://twitter.com/delythbadder⁠ ⁠https://www.instagram.com/folklorewales/⁠ Link to book https://amzn.to/43t7oYy --- Send in a voice message:...

Duration:00:58:49

Exploring Poltergeist Hauntings: A Chilling Examination of 30 East Drive

7/14/2023
From the outside, number 30 East Drive in Pontefract looks like any other house on the street. It is a modest 3-bedroom semi-detached council house circa the 1950s. However, it has a sinister side hiding within. This house is the domain of a somewhat evil entity who has come to be known affectionately as ‘Fred’ or sometimes ‘The Black Monk’ or the Pontefract poltergeist. He is believed to be the most violent poltergeist in Europe, and he has been making his presence known for more than fifty years. Poltergeist Hauntings Poltergeist (German for "rumbling ghost" or "noisy spirit") is a type of ghost or spirit that is responsible for physical disturbances, such as loud noises and objects being moved or destroyed. They often include examples of punching, scratching and capable of the movement or levitation of objects such as furniture and cutlery, or noises such as knocking on doors. Foul smells are also associated with poltergeist occurrences, as well as spontaneous fires and different electrical issues such as flickering lights. Common Experiences Even after more than 50 years, the entity that lives at 30 East Drive is anything but dormant. The official website currently lists almost 300 ‘happenings’ reported from visitors, but there are many more. It seems that few visitors leave without having personal experiences. Common types of reported activity include foul smells, disembodied voices, scratches and other physical attacks, unexplained light anomalies, nausea and shadowy figures. Fred’s favourite party trick is moving marbles around. Not only will he roll them or throw them, but they sometimes appear to drop through the ceiling or appear out of thin air. Some visitors have even claimed to have had marbles appear in their homes and other locations after leaving East Drive. In this episode, you will be able to: 1. Uncover the history of the land the house was built upon and the possible connection to the phenomena. 2. Explore the experiences of The Pritchard family as well as the Farrars. 3. Explore typical activity experienced in a poltergeist haunting. 4. Look at the case of 30 East Drive alongside the Enfield Poltergeist Haunting to understand what has makes this location different. 5. Experience some of the paranormal reports from the present. If you value this podcast and want to enjoy more episodes please come and find us on⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.patreon.com/Haunted_History_Chronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to support the podcast, gain a wealth of additional exclusive podcasts, writing and other content. Links to all Haunted History Chronicles Social Media Pages, Published Materials and more:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://linktr.ee/hauntedhistorychronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/hauntedchronicles/message

Duration:00:33:10

Serpents, Altar Stones, and Monasteries of Dunster : Haunting History, Mysterious Ghosts and Intriguing Folklore

7/7/2023
On this episode of Haunted History Chronicles, we delve into the intriguing town of Dunster and its connection to Gallox Bridge. Join host Michelle Fisher and guest Bobbie Rammond as they explore the history of this ancient packhorse bridge and the fascinating role it played in the location's past. From Dunster's own harbour to the potential link between King Arthur and the area, we uncover the secrets and mysteries that surround this historic medieval village. But the eerie tales don't stop there. Prepare yourself for spine-chilling accounts of paranormal activity from a sceptic who experienced unexplained occurrences in their room at a local establishment. Objects moved mysteriously, and strange sounds filled the night, leaving one guest unable to find a logical explanation. Could there be a ghostly presence at play? The Gruesome Consequences of Rebellion: "These men were known to all in this village as they were surrounded by weeping relatives and friends. After the hangings came the gruesome dismemberment of the corpses and the burning of their entrails."— Bobbie Rammond My Special Guest is Bobbie Rammond Bobbie Rammond is a history and archaeology enthusiast, with a degree in history, heritage, and archaeology from Plymouth University. During his time at university, he discovered his passion for history while working at Dunster Castle. This led him to delve into paranormal investigations, which he has been doing for several years. Last year, with Halloween approaching, Bobbie had an idea to combine his love for history and the paranormal by organising historical walking tours of Dunster. This sparked the creation of Extours, with their first event being the Dunster Ghost Walk, which was a great success. Building on this achievement, Bobbie now hosts various events in Somerset, where people thoroughly enjoy the intriguing combination of history and the paranormal. Haunting Locations Bobbie takes us on a haunted tour of Dunster's infamous location, "The Luttrell Arms," where ghostly sightings of a monk and a ghost dog have been reported. Carvings of ships in the wood panels hint at a connection to Dunster's harbour, adding to the intrigue of this old building with a rich history. As we continue wandering through Dunster, we stumble upon the Forester's Arm, once a candle and soap production facility turned inn. Learn about the dark past of its owner and the connection to a road previously known as Gallows Road, suggesting a chilling proximity to executions. Haunting, Dark History of Dunster Gallox Bridge is a picturesque medieval packhorse bridge, dating to the 15th century, which runs across the River Avill on the southern outskirts of Dunster. The Bridge formed part of the main transportation route to the wool market in Dunster from the South. The bridge's name originally meant 'gallows bridge,' for a public place of execution that stood on a hill just outside the village. In 1685, three men from Dunster, Henry Lackwell, John Geanes and William Sully were hanged at the gallows for their part in the Monmouth Rebellion. In this episode, you will be able to: 1. Uncover the history of Gallox Bridge and its significance in Dunster 2. Explore Mother Leaky's ghostly encounters 3. Explore the fascinating folkore and ghost lore of Dunster and connections with local traditions 4. Explore haunted locations and paranormal encounters. If you value this podcast and want to enjoy more episodes please come and find us on⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.patreon.com/Haunted_History_Chronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to support the podcast, gain a wealth of additional exclusive podcasts, writing and other content. Links to all Haunted History Chronicles Social Media Pages, Published Materials and more:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://linktr.ee/hauntedhistorychronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Guest...

Duration:01:29:35

Unearth The Haunting Legacies of Women In the Paranormal With Alex Matsuo

6/30/2023
Discover the legacies of some of the most influential women in the paranormal field. Sharing the stories of over 35 groundbreaking women in a male-dominated field, paranormal researcher Alex Matsuo excavates the buried legacies of women in the paranormal who were often overshadowed and almost forgotten in her book, 'Women of the Paranormal Volume I.' From paranormal investigators to parapsychologists to psychic mediums to cryptozoologists, you’ll discover an incredible world where women not only inspired the paranormal world, but set the very foundation for modern-day investigation and psychic practices. My Special Guest is Alex Matsuo Alex Matsuo is a paranormal researcher, social media influencer, and author. She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study and runs “The Spooky Stuff.” If it’s weird, spooky, unusual, scary, macabre, or haunted, she wants to write and talk about it! Alex was recently seen on the third season of Haunted Hospitals in Episode 12 titled, “It Followed Me Home.” The episode can be seen on Discovery Plus!. She has also been seen on Travel Channel’s “Most Terrifying Places in America.” In addition, she is the host of the podcast, The Spooky Stuff. Alex has written several books about the paranormal including, The Hamptonville Hauntings: Ghosts of the Trivette Clinic, One Bed Over: A Hospital Haunting, The Brave Mortal’s Guide to Ghost Hunting, The Haunting of the Tenth Avenue Theatre, More than Ghosts: A Guide to Working Residential Cases in the Paranormal Field, and The Haunted Actor. Her latest book, Women of the Paranormal Volume I, is now available. Eleanor Sidgwick Most of Eleanor's writings related to psychical research, and are contained in the Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research. Eleanor was highly critical of physical mediumship and in 1886 and 1887 a series of publications by S. J. Davey, Richard Hodgson and Eleanor in the Journal for the Society for Psychical Research exposed the slate writing tricks of the medium William Eglinton. Eleanor regarded Eglinton to be nothing more than a clever conjurer. In 1891, Alfred Russel Wallace requested for the Society to properly investigate spirit photography. Wallace had endorsed various spirit photographs as genuine. Eleanor responded with her paper On Spirit Photographs (1891) which cast doubt on the subject and revealed the fraudulent methods that spirit photographers such as Frederic Hudson, William H Mumler and Édouard Isidore Buguet had utilised. Aiko Gibo The renowned Japanese psychic, Aiko Gibo, was one of the first to create a ghost hunting segment on TV. She came to visit The Real Mary King’s Close while making a film about the haunted places of Britain. When it came to stepping inside a room off Allan’s Close, she could barely enter the 17th-century room for the pain and unhappiness she could feel there: ‘I cannot enter this room… it is too strong… there is a child beside me, her little hand is clutching my trouser leg. I… I just cannot go into this room… she was separated from her parents. She wants to go home and see her family… her desire haunts this place very strongly.’ In this episode, you will be able to: 1. Delve into some of the lives and legacies of some of the incredible women featured in the book. 2. Discover some of the reasons why these women were overlooked and forgotten. 3. Explore the place women have had in the paranormal field. If you value this podcast and want to enjoy more episodes please come and find us on⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.patreon.com/Haunted_History_Chronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to support the podcast, gain a wealth of additional exclusive podcasts, writing and other content. Links to all Haunted History Chronicles Social Media Pages, Published Materials and more:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://linktr.ee/hauntedhistorychronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Guest Links:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ http://www.alexmatsuo.com http://amazon.com/stores/author/B00I4JEKR8 --- Send in a voice message:...

Duration:01:14:56

In The Presence Of Evil: Demonic Perception Narratives With Supernatural Folklorist Victoria Jaye

6/23/2023
Most negative supernatural spirits are not demons. Demons are actually pretty rare, though infestations do happen. Many people who claim experiences of possessions are not experiencing the demonic, either. Victoria Jaye , a supernatural folklorist, uses her background in supernatural folklore to deconstruct demonic cases and organise demonic phenomena into a classification system. My Special Guest is Victoria Jaye Victoria Jaye is a supernatural folklorist; she specialises in demonic narratives, experiences, and phenomena. Currently, she is working on her first book about demonic folklore, which started during her thesis research. Her thesis is available online through the USU library, called "In the Presence of Evil: Demonic Perception Narratives". Her podcast is called Demon Folklorist, available on most platforms through Paranormal Buzz Radio. There and on her website, she talks demons, horror, and folklore. The Exorcism Of Roland Doe In adult life, Hunkeler was a Nasa engineer whose work contributed to the Apollo space missions of the 1960s and who patented a technology that helped space shuttle panels withstand extreme heat. William Peter Blatty, who wrote the 1971 novel and the film based on the same name, first heard about Hunkeler’s apparent demonic possession when he was a senior at Georgetown University in Washington DC. The Rev Luther Schulze, Hunkeler’s family minister, eventually wrote to the Parapsychology Laboratory at Duke University, in North Carolina, in March 1949 and explained how “chairs moved with [Hunkeler] and one threw him out [of it.] His bed shook whenever he was in it.” Schulze also explained how the family’s floors were “scarred from the sliding of heavy furniture” and how “a picture of Christ on the wall shook” whenever Hunkeler was nearby. The family eventually sought the help of William Bowdern, a Jesuit who conducted more than 20 exorcism rituals on Hunkeler in the span of three months. Writing in his diary on 10 March 1949, Bowdern noted how Hunkeler entered a trance-like state as 14 witnesses watched during one of his exorcisms. Negative Supernatural Experiences A NSE (negative supernatural experience) is not automatically a demon because there are more dark, possessing entities than demons in the world. Many people who claim experiences of possessions are not experiencing the demonic, either. In this episode, you will be able to: 1. Delve into the demonic case of Roland Doe. 2. Understand what the 5 phases of demonic narratives highlight alongside common characteristics in each stage. 3. Discover some of the theories about the origins of demons. 4. Gain an understanding of what demonic folklore is. 5. Explore the connection and differences with other possessive type entities. 6. Gain an understanding of Victoria's research and how she has used demonic narratives to create a classification system. If you value this podcast and want to enjoy more episodes please come and find us on⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.patreon.com/Haunted_History_Chronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to support the podcast, gain a wealth of additional exclusive podcasts, writing and other content. Links to all Haunted History Chronicles Social Media Pages, Published Materials and more:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://linktr.ee/hauntedhistorychronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Guest Links:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://demonfolklorist.com https://www.spreaker.com/show/demon-folklorist_1 --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/hauntedchronicles/message

Duration:01:31:31

Karl Tanzler And His Corpse Bride: A Love That Would Not Die with Ben Harrison

6/16/2023
The story of Elena Hoyos and the man who called himself Count Carl von Cosel is a Key West legend. It's a true story if unbelievable in its macabre details. Karl Tanzler, though everybody still refers to him as Von Cosel showed up in Key West in the 1920s where he worked as a radiologist at the local hospital. That's where he met Elena Hoyos. She was a beautiful young Cuban-American woman who had tuberculosis. Von Cosel fell in love with her, and he treated her for her illness. When the treatments did not work and she died that didn't end their story. Two years later, he took her body from the mausoleum and lived with it.... For seven years. My Special Guest is Ben Harrison Ben Harrison is the author of Undying Love, a shocking true Key West story of a passion that defied death. In writing this definitive and mesmerising tale of the most obsessive love imaginable, Ben Harrison did his homework thoroughly, studying numerous press accounts from the 1930s as well as the von Cosel memoir. What makes Undying Love so special are the interviews Ben conducted with those old enough to have known the story participants and the way things were in Key West during the 1930s... Ben has been a guest on The Howard Stern Show, This American Life, Dr. Demento, The Dick Cavett Show and more. Winner of the Adeline Turner Award for Outstanding Performing Artist, he has recorded ten studio albums and is currently working on his fourth full-length theatre musical. "Ben Harrison separates fact from myth and untangles the thread of intrigue in this gothic tale of obsessive love and melancholy madness." Danny Elfman, musician, composer, record producer, and actor. "This story has it all. Obsession, madness, even a sweet May December romance." Florida Sun Sentinel Karl Tanzler Karl Tanzler, also known as Count Carl von Cosel, was a radiologist in Key West, Florida, who developed an obsession for one of his patients, Elena Milagro Hoyos. The beautiful young woman died from tuberculosis in 1931. With her parents' permission von Cosel had an above ground mausoleum built for her. He visited the tomb every night and by 1933 he had taken the body home. Elena Hoyos Elena de Hoyos came from a small family. They couldn’t afford an elaborate funeral after her death, her father made cigars and her mother was a maid. The Count made sure that Elena received a proper burial instead of the shoddy wooden box, which was the plan according to her family. Tanzler had Elena buried in a huge mausoleum, equipped with lighting, electricity, and a telephone connected to Elena’s grave. In this episode, you will be able to: 1. Delve into the story of The Count and Elena, who they were and how their stories became entangled 2. Explore the responses from the local and wider community, family and friends 3. Hear from Ben Harrison on the subject who spent years researching and interviewing people around this case 4. Gain an understanding of the historical backdrop of Key West at the time. If you value this podcast and want to enjoy more episodes please come and find us on⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.patreon.com/Haunted_History_Chronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to support the podcast, gain a wealth of additional exclusive podcasts, writing and other content. Links to all Haunted History Chronicles Social Media Pages, Published Materials and more:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://linktr.ee/hauntedhistorychronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Guest Links:⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://www.benharrisonkeywest.com/undying-love https://www.facebook.com/benharrisonkeywest?ref=hl --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/hauntedchronicles/message

Duration:00:52:10

The Ancient Ram Inn: A Visit To 'England's Most Haunted House' with Leanne Burnham-Richards

6/9/2023
Often cited as 'England's Most Haunted Home,' the moment you enter the old Ancient Ram Inn, an aura envelopes you signalling you are in the heart of somewhere quite unique. The bare walls, creaking floorboards, steep stairs and mysterious shadows are sufficient to elicit the coldest of shivers; whilst the legions of ghost stories that come marching from its mist-shrouded past can chill the blood of even the most steadfast cynic. With reports of phantoms, disembodied sounds and poltergeist activity in almost every corner; to cross its threshold is to step back in time, and the chance of an encounter with one of its many ghosts is something not to be missed. "The atmosphere was awful," is how one visitor put it, "I can only describe it as pure filth, dark and heavy." My Special Guest is Leanne Burnam-Richards Leanne has worked for various paranormal events teams as well as having been, until recently, the daytime tour guide of The Ancient Ram Inn. Leanne has also been involved in helping to set up the UK Paranormal Society and currently operates as the Vice Chair. Leanne is passionate about preserving heritage locations for future generations and firmly believes that for her, historical elements help cement her love of the paranormal. The UK Paranormal Society The UK Paranormal Society is a registered charity, setup to guide and support the public, heritage locations, and the paranormal field. Their purpose is to help protect the public and heritage locations from misinformation, malpractice, and exploitation relating to the paranormal. They do this by providing a freely accessible resource of reliable, factual, unbiased information and guidance; encouraging good ethical standards; and promoting scientific research into the paranormal. The Ancient Ram Inn The Ancient Ram Inn is an 800-year-old Grade II listed former Inn. The Deeds to The Ram Inn, are mostly in Norman French and are held at Gloucester Records Office. They read: “The Ancient Ram Inn dates to Time Immemorial,” evidence potentially that it could, in fact, have been in existence much earlier than 800 years ago. The Ancient Ram Inn was home to John Humphries and operated as a guest house, which then evolved into a paranormal location. It has a reputation few can ignore as it is widely regarded as one of the most haunted buildings. In this episode, you will be able to: 1. Delve into the captivating geography and history of The Ancient Ram Inn. 2. Explore the connection former owner John Humphries has to the Inn and to the paranormal. 3. Examine The Ancient Ram Inn's haunting connection with the capture and execution of a local woman as a witch, as well as possible connections with paranormal reports observed. 4. Delve into some of the paranormal encounters and reports experienced at The Ancient Ram Inn including some of Leanne's first hand experiences. 5. Examine the connection between heritage locations and the paranormal and how the UK Paranormal Society is supporting locations like these. If you value this podcast and want to enjoy more episodes please come and find us on⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.patreon.com/Haunted_History_Chronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to support the podcast, gain a wealth of additional exclusive podcasts, writing and other content. Links to all Haunted History Chronicles Social Media Pages, Published Materials and more:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://linktr.ee/hauntedhistorychronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Guest Links:⁠⁠ https://www.ukparanormalsociety.org https://ancientraminn.co.uk/ Leane: https://www.instagram.com/_ghostess_with_the_mostess_/ https://www.twitter.com/@ghostess_leanne --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/hauntedchronicles/message

Duration:00:54:14

Food For The Dead: On The Trail Of The New England Vampire With Michael Bell

6/2/2023
For nineteenth- century New Englanders, 'vampires' lurked behind tuberculosis. To try and rid their houses and communities from the scourge of the wasting disease, families sometimes relied on folk practices, including exhuming and consuming the bodies of the deceased. Author and folklorist Michael Bell has spent decades pursuing stories of the vampire in New England. My Special Guest is Michael Bell Michael E. Bell has a Ph.D. in Folklore from Indiana University, Bloomington; his dissertation topic was African American voodoo beliefs and practices. He has an M.A. in Folklore and Mythology from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a B.A. , with M.A. level course work completed, in Anthropology/Archaeology from the University of Arizona, Tucson. Bell was the Consulting Folklorist at the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, Providence, Rhode Island, for more than twenty-five years. He has also taught courses in folklore, English, anthropology and American studies at several colleges and universities. His book, Food for the Dead: On the Trail of New England's Vampires, was a BookSense 76 Pick and winner of the Lord Ruthven Assembly Award for Best Nonfiction Book on Vampires. He has completed the manuscript for a second book on American vampires, titled The Vampire’s Grasp: The Hidden History of Consumption in New England. The Savagery of Consumption and it's link with the Vampire Though scholars today still struggle to explain the vampire panics, a key detail unites them: public hysteria almost invariably occurred in the midst of savage tuberculosis outbreaks. Typically, a rural family contracted the wasting illness, and- even though they often received the standard medical diagnosis and treatment- the survivors blamed early victims as vampires, responsible for preying upon family members who subsequently fell ill. Often an exhumation was called for, to stop the vampire's predations. Vampire Exhumations The particulars of the vampire exhumations, vary widely, in many cases, only family and neighbours participated. But sometimes town fathers voted on the matter, or medical doctors and clergymen gave their blessings or even pitched in. Some communities in Maine and Plymouth, Massachusetts, opted to simply flip the exhumed vampire facedown in the grave and leave it at that. In Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont, though, they frequently burned the dead person's heart, sometimes inhaling the smoke as a cure. These rituals could be clandestine, lantern lit affairs or public knowledge with participants placing ads in the local newspaper for anyone to attend. In this episode, you will be able to: 1. Delve into the captivating stories of dying men, women and children who believed they were food for the dead. 2. Investigate questions surrounding the exhumation of a loved one. The impact on family and community and who these individuals and communities were. 3. Explore the ritual practices involved in dealing with the 'vampire' threat and how these could evolve and change. 4. Delve into first hand eye witness records, letters and diaries. 5. Examine testimony from interviews with descendants of Mercy Brown (Rhode Island, 1892) one of the best documented cases of the exhumation of a corpse in order to perform rituals to banish an undead manifestation. If you value this podcast and want to enjoy more episodes please come and find us on⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.patreon.com/Haunted_History_Chronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to support the podcast, gain a wealth of additional exclusive podcasts, writing and other content. Links to all Haunted History Chronicles Social Media Pages, Published Materials and more:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://linktr.ee/hauntedhistorychronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Guest Links:⁠https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100049057788689⁠ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/hauntedchronicles/message

Duration:01:30:49

Alehouse Haunts: Where History and Ghosts Collide with Lorien Jones

5/26/2023
Step into the world of the UK's oldest pubs, where time seems to stand still, and the echoes of bygone eras reverberate through the air. Join guest Lorien Jones from Alehouse Haunts, as she takes us through some of their doors. Get ready to embark on a journey through time to explore their unique history and the spirits of the departed that still make themselves known. My Special Guest is Lorien Jones Lorien's interest in the world of ghosts started when she was a child. She began investigating the paranormal in 2006, attending a public event at Alton Towers and hasn't looked back. She launched her business The Ghost Book on Halloween 2013. This was a website which covered many ghostly elements, including the Ghost Hunt Diary on which she advertised events for many of the respectable companies operating in the UK. From here she made many life long friends and acquaintances in the paranormal field. In 2020 she felt herself growing away from the events advertising and began her new venture, Alehouse Haunts. At this time she also began writing for the Haunted Magazine in the autumn of 2020 and was asked to be a brand ambassador in 2022. The Haunting History of Execution Dock At one time the world's largest port, it is hardly surprising that London has a prolific connection with piracy. Lorien explains the haunting history of this area and how if you were charged with piracy, and found guilty, convicts were paraded from the prison over London Bridge, past the Tower of London and towards Wapping where Execution Dock was located. Streets would often be lined with spectators. After a final quart of ale the prisoner would be led to the dock where a shortened rope was placed around their neck whereupon they were executed by hanging. During the suffocation, a prisoner's limbs would spasm and they would be seen to dance which was nicknamed by spectators as the Marshal's Dance. Once dead, the bodies were held in place for three tides. Ghostly goings-on at The Prospect of Whitby Despite being almost entirely destroyed by fire in the 1800s, the internal fittings of The Prospect of Whitby likely originated from shipping timbers. This popular establishment would have been one of the final drinking places for pirates as they broke their journey on their way to Execution Dock. It is said to be haunted by the spirits of many of those condemned men as well as 'moll cutpurse.' In this episode, you will be able to: Delve into the captivating historical past of The Prospect of Whitby and to the reported paranormal activity there. Investigate the types of mysterious occurrences and ghostly sightings at other haunted pubs. Explore some of the dark history of Execution Dock and some of the notorious figures to have been sentenced to death there. If you value this podcast and want to enjoy more episodes please come and find us on ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.patreon.com/Haunted_History_Chronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠ to support the podcast, gain a wealth of additional exclusive podcasts, writing and other content. Links to all Haunted History Chronicles Social Media Pages, Published Materials and more:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://linktr.ee/hauntedhistorychronicles⁠⁠⁠⁠ Guest Links: https://www.alehousehaunts.co.uk/ https://twitter.com/alehousehaunts?t=oBSVjGAqQx36EEA6XThAEg&s=09 https://instagram.com/alehousehaunts?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= https://m.facebook.com/groups/502793851376966?group_view_referrer=search --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/hauntedchronicles/message

Duration:01:17:42

Ghostly Goings-On At The Old Vicarage Hotel: Discover The Diverse History and Paranormal Activity with Candida Leaver

5/19/2023
Discover the history and paranormal encounters of The Old Vicarage Hotel in Bridgwater with guest and owner Candida Leaver. Featured in Help My House Is Haunted Season 4, the Hotel is full of charm and character as well as several locations that boast of paranormal activity. "I was staying in Room 5 alone when someone clearly sat on the end of the bed. I didn't feel scared, just curious." Guest Feedback "Whilst walking down the stairs in the main building I was tapped firmly on the shoulder." Guest Feedback My Special Guest is Candida Leaver Candida Leaver purchased The Old Vicarage Hotel in the heart of Bridgwater in 2019 with her husband Peter. Before taking on The Old Vicarage, they owned The Bower Inn. Having fallen in love with the Hotel the couple have lovingly spent time and resources to renovate the Hotel to make it an inviting and cosy place to visit for its beautiful garden, delicious food and luxurious facilities. The History of The Old Vicarage Hotel St Mary Street in Bridgwater contains a line of fourteenth century cottages including the Old Vicarage Hotel which was given in the sixteenth century by Edward de Chedzoy to be used as a vicarage. The Old Vicarage, which dates back to 1327, has a south facing patio and garden within its central courtyard, which is accessed by an ancient archway, once used by horses and carriages. Originally built of wattle and daub, The Old Vicarage is certainly the oldest domestic premises in the town, only the church itself dating back any further. As a one-time coaching house, it continued life as the Steynings Tea Rooms before reverting to its Old Vicarage title. The Hotel is a charming building with some wonderful historical links to Bridgwater’s past, including reputably being the place Judge Jeffreys stayed and, also, providing lodgings for Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who designed the train station and a bridge in the town. Ghostly goings-on at The Old Vicarage The Old Vicarage Hotel, located in Somerset, has a diverse history of paranormal activity. This quaint and atmospheric location has been the site of numerous ghost sightings and unexplained phenomena such as reports of unexplained footsteps, phantom women, ghostly pushes and objects being moved. Candy takes us through some of these experiences and reports from guests and staff as well as exploring their connections with the local history. With first hand accounts from staff and guests you can explore the ghostly goings-on for yourself. In this episode, you will be able to: Delve into the captivating past of The Old Vicarage Hotel and its connection with the Church opposite as well as historical figures such as Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Investigate some of the mysterious occurrences and ghostly sightings frequently reported. Explore some of the eerie ghostly encounters and their connection with the history of the local area. If you value this podcast and want to enjoy more episodes please come and find us on ⁠⁠⁠https://www.patreon.com/Haunted_History_Chronicles⁠⁠⁠ to support the podcast, gain a wealth of additional exclusive podcasts, writing and other content. Links to all Haunted History Chronicles Social Media Pages, Published Materials and more:⁠⁠⁠⁠ https://linktr.ee/hauntedhistorychronicles⁠⁠⁠ Guest Links: https://theoldvicaragebridgwater.com --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/hauntedchronicles/message

Duration:00:43:51

Terrifying Spirits of Willington Mill: Unravelling the Proctor Family Haunting

5/12/2023
Discover the forgotten haunting of Willington Mill, where the ghosts of an old witch and a murdered worker roam, terrorising the 19th century family who called it home. The History of Willington Mill Willington Mill, located in Northumberland, England, has a fascinating history dating back to its construction in 1801. This steam-powered flour mill became infamous in the 19th century for the unexplained and allegedly supernatural phenomena that plagued the Proctor family, who resided there. Today, the mill is in ruins, but this mysterious case of haunting captivates history enthusiasts and paranormal investigators alike, leaving many questions unanswered. We will explore the rich history of Willington Mill, discussing its origins and the dark reputation it garnered due to the frightening experiences of the Proctor family. Their Quaker and abolitionist beliefs add a layer of intrigue to the story, making the listener question if these ethical convictions might have triggered or influenced the haunting in any way. Dr. Drury's Experience Dr. Edward Drury, who was initially sceptical of the alleged haunting, teamed up with Thomas Hudson to investigate the case. They conducted one of the first recorded ghost hunts in England at Willington Mill in 1840. Surprisingly, Dr. Drury’s scepticism turned into panic when he encountered terrifying unexplained phenomena, leaving him fearful and shaken. In today's podcast we discuss the chilling account of Dr. Edward Drury's investigation at Willington Mill, showing how even the most sceptical individual became a believer after experiencing such unnerving events. The episode vividly details Dr. Drury's attempts to confront these supernatural occurrences, capturing the intrigue and horror that surrounded the investigation. In this episode, you will be able to: Delve into the captivating past of Willington Mill and its association with the Proctor family. Investigate the mysterious occurrences and ghostly sightings that shook the Proctor family. Unravel the eerie ghost hunt undertaken by Dr. Edward Drury and Thomas Hudson. Examine the various theories behind the haunting, such as a possible hidden crime. If you value this podcast and want to enjoy more episodes please come and find us on ⁠⁠https://www.patreon.com/Haunted_History_Chronicles⁠⁠ to support the podcast, gain a wealth of additional exclusive podcasts, writing and other content. Links to all Haunted History Chronicles Social Media Pages, Published Materials and more:⁠⁠⁠ https://linktr.ee/hauntedhistorychronicles⁠⁠⁠ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/hauntedchronicles/message

Duration:00:29:30