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Harry price & The Séance of Rosalie

9/15/2019
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On a cold December night of 1937, renowned Psychical Investigator Harry Price strode up the steps outside a large, Victorian house in a quiet, well-to-do London suburb. He’d come to the house to partake in a séance, invited by a woman known only as Mrs X whom in their communications leading up to the night, had guaranteed a spirit manifestation for him. Price had seen it all before, he had crafted a career from debunking such fraudsters and in all likelihood, this event was to be much the...

Duration:01:47:00

Death Raft: The Wreck of The Medusa

9/1/2019
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As The Medusa sailed from Rochefort in 1816, many aboard saw bright futures ahead for themselves. They were escaping a country torn asunder, harshly divided by war, revolution and eventual restoration. With the French Empire floundering and a band of Hard-Right ultra-royalists creating laws in France, the promise of a new start in a fresh land was enticing for many. Little did they expect to meet such a high degree of incompetency on their voyage, had they foreseen even a fraction of the...

Duration:01:01:57

James Dunham & The McGlincy Murders

8/18/2019
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Campbell, California. Lying in the heart of Santa Clara County, a periphery city of Silicon Valley and the birthplace of E-Bay. In 1896, 100 years before websites facilitating the auctioning of used underwear and haunted paintings had been dreamt up, Campbell was the scene for a gruesome family killing that saw posses of bounty hunters and bloodhounds, looking to cash in on the reward placed on the head of the murderer, embark on manhunt across mountains and valleys that would span years and...

Duration:01:12:27

William Cragh: The Not So Hanged Man

8/4/2019
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William the Scabby was lead out to the scaffold on which he was to be hanged. A rebel against the Anglo-Norman rule, he had been sentenced to death on 13 counts of Homicide. Now it was time for him to meet his maker. Except, that is not how the story ends, for though William was hanged “until dead”, he was not to stay as such and later in the day, his miraculous resurrection was witnessed by a large proportion of the population of Swansea, including the highly experienced executioner...

Duration:01:02:46

Lost & Found: The Mysterious case of Pauline Picard

7/21/2019
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When Pauline went missing in 1922, all hope was initially lost of her return, until a month later, when she showed up 200 miles away. Her parents collected her, took her home and lived with her for several weeks before a body showed up just 800 metres from their house. The body alone was shocking enough, but quickly became doubly so as it was identified as the body of the lost & found Pauline. SOURCES: ‘Whose Child?’ (1922, May 27), The Pall Mall Gazette, London. P.8. ‘Killed & Stripped...

Duration:00:49:55

Belle Gunness: Lady Bluebeard & The Murder Farm

7/7/2019
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When the Altic Farm House, on the outskirts of La Porte, Indiana burnt down in 1908, locals thought it a tragedy that claimed the lives of three children and their heroic mother, who had died trying to protect them from the flames. During the excavation of the debris, the story flipped on its head as far more than the 4 bodies expected were eventually found. Butchered and cast into pits they were victims of Belle Gunness, a woman the newspapers would come to call the La Porte Ghoul, The...

Duration:01:29:33

The Dodleston Messages: Ghost in the Machine

6/23/2019
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On Dark Histories, we hear the words of people lost to history, echoing through the writings of labourers, servants, judges, juries, maids and mistresses exactly as they were written in decades and centuries past. This one way communication with history is always limited by it’s very definition and no matter how much we dig, we can never ask the writers what were they feeling as they wrote each line, and whilst we judge them by the information they give, we can never invite them to ask what...

Duration:01:27:57

The Curious Case of Not Townsend

6/9/2019
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Getting away with murder has always been a difficult, and ultimately, unlikely affair, even in the 19 Century, before DNA analysis, fingerprint databases, or even any real, proper detective agencies, it was still a challenge that many criminals tried and failed. There were some however, that did manage to achieve the feat, whether it be through cool calculation, or dumb luck, there was always opportunity for the enthusiastic murderer willing to think outside the box. In Canada during the...

Duration:01:21:25

Detective Whicher & The Road Hill House Mystery

5/26/2019
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The events that took place in the village of Road during the year 1860 would seem straight out of Victorian detective fiction. The characters played their roles as the family, the live in staff, the day staff and all with their own lives and their own secrets entwined inside the gated middle class household of Road House, one of them guilty of a shocking murder. With all its twists, turns and bombastic, final unravelling, the Murder of Road Hill House is the original...

Duration:01:27:27

Terror in Gévaudan: The Beast

5/12/2019
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In 1764, France was a tumultuous place. On the eve of Revolution, the peasant farmers of the remote region of Gévaudan were suffering from decades of difficulties, brought about by war, poverty, poor agricultural conditions and plague. As the Summer brought about favourable weather and life for the population of the barren and sparse region should have begun an upswing in fortune, a series of attacks marked the beginning of a reign of terror that would last almost three years, headed by a...

Duration:01:16:49

The Balham Mystery: The Death of Charles Bravo

4/28/2019
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In April, 1876, Charles Bravo took to his bedroom, rubbed a dose of laudanum into his gums and poured himself a glass of water from the jug on his nightstand. Within minutes of retiring to bed, Charles Bravo fell desperately ill. Within two days, he would be pronounced dead, the victim of Antimony poisoning. Suicide, manslaughter and murder have been cast forward by amateur historians and famous crime writers alike. 145 years on, some have claimed to have solved the mystery of the death of...

Duration:01:25:20

Today in 1912

4/10/2019
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Today, we go back to dig up tales covering the launch of the Titanic, 10th April 1912. Yesterday Today are daily, Monday - Friday companion mini-episodes that run alongside the main, bi-weekly episodes, released on Sundays. Support the show by using our link when you sign up to Audible: http://audibletrial.com/darkhistories or visit our Patreon for bonus episodes and Early Access: https://www.patreon.com/darkhistories Connect with us on Facebook:...

Duration:00:06:14

Today in 1912

4/9/2019
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Today, we go back to dig up tales from The both sides of the Atlantic, 9th April 1912. Yesterday Today are daily, Monday - Friday companion mini-episodes that run alongside the main, bi-weekly episodes, released on Sundays. Support the show by using our link when you sign up to Audible: http://audibletrial.com/darkhistories or visit our Patreon for bonus episodes and Early Access: https://www.patreon.com/darkhistories Connect with us on Facebook:...

Duration:00:04:42

Today in 1791

4/8/2019
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Today, we go back to dig up tales from The English papers, 8th April 1791. Yesterday Today are daily, Monday - Friday companion mini-episodes that run alongside the main, bi-weekly episodes, released on Sundays. Support the show by using our link when you sign up to Audible: http://audibletrial.com/darkhistories or visit our Patreon for bonus episodes and Early Access: https://www.patreon.com/darkhistories Connect with us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/darkhistoriespodcast Or find us...

Duration:00:05:31

Today in 1842

4/5/2019
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Today, we go back to dig up tales from The both sides of the Atlantic, 5th April 1842. Yesterday Today are daily, Monday - Friday companion mini-episodes that run alongside the main, bi-weekly episodes, released on Sundays. Support the show by using our link when you sign up to Audible: http://audibletrial.com/darkhistories or visit our Patreon for bonus episodes and Early Access: https://www.patreon.com/darkhistories Connect with us on Facebook:...

Duration:00:05:04

Today in 1929

4/4/2019
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Today, we go back to dig up tales from The both sides of the Atlantic, 4th April 1929. Yesterday Today are daily, Monday - Friday companion mini-episodes that run alongside the main, bi-weekly episodes, released on Sundays. Support the show by using our link when you sign up to Audible: http://audibletrial.com/darkhistories or visit our Patreon for bonus episodes and Early Access: https://www.patreon.com/darkhistories Connect with us on Facebook:...

Duration:00:05:06

Today in 1866

4/3/2019
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Today, we go back to dig up tales from The both sides of the Atlantic, 3rd April 1866. Yesterday Today are daily, Monday - Friday companion mini-episodes that run alongside the main, bi-weekly episodes, released on Sundays. Support the show by using our link when you sign up to Audible: http://audibletrial.com/darkhistories or visit our Patreon for bonus episodes and Early Access: https://www.patreon.com/darkhistories Connect with us on Facebook:...

Duration:00:07:11

Today in 1913

4/2/2019
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Today, we go back to dig up tales from The both sides of the Atlantic, 2nd April 1913. Yesterday Today are daily, Monday - Friday companion mini-episodes that run alongside the main, bi-weekly episodes, released on Sundays. Support the show by using our link when you sign up to Audible: http://audibletrial.com/darkhistories or visit our Patreon for bonus episodes and Early Access: https://www.patreon.com/darkhistories Connect with us on Facebook:...

Duration:00:04:49

Today in 1895

4/1/2019
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Today, we go back to dig up tales from The both sides of the Atlantic, 1st April 1895. Yesterday Today are daily, Monday - Friday companion mini-episodes that run alongside the main, bi-weekly episodes, released on Sundays. Support the show by using our link when you sign up to Audible: http://audibletrial.com/darkhistories or visit our Patreon for bonus episodes and Early Access: https://www.patreon.com/darkhistories Connect with us on Facebook:...

Duration:00:06:04

Waverly Hills: The History & The Hauntings

3/31/2019
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A much requested episode on the history of Waverly Hills, a Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Kentucky. These days, it features in just about every bad cable TV show on ghosts all around the world, but whats the reality behind the decrepit walls that are left standing today? And how much truth is there to the ghosts that allegedly walk the halls? Sources: Thomas, C. C. (2007) With their dying breaths: A history of Waverly Hills Tuberculosis Sanatorium. C C Thomas, 2007 Opening of Waverly Hill...

Duration:00:59:51