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Christmas Bonus: Holiday Horror Special Re-release

Episode 121 I am a Christmas movie junkie! We watch holiday movies all year long, and then double down in December. I love the classics, the comedies, even a few holiday romance films, but more than anything I love Christmas horror movies. No, Christmas horror movies don’t have much to do with Philly or Pennsylvania, … Continue reading "Christmas Bonus: Holiday Horror Special Re-release"


“The Unnatural Mother”

Episode 120 Can we apply today’s true crime labels to centuries old murders? Can a woman be considered a family annihilator? Does murdering your family make you a serial killer? How could what we know today about mental health disorders change the outcomes of jury verdicts and sentencing 100 years ago or more? In 1889 … Continue reading "“The Unnatural Mother”"


Fairmount Charms: Strawberry Mansion and Lemon Hill

Episode 119 In West Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park sit a number of historic homes, some dating back to the late 1700s. Long ago this section of the city was nothing but farmland and forests, an area where Philadelphians built country homes far from the noise and congestion of the city. These properties are rich with history, … Continue reading "Fairmount Charms: Strawberry Mansion and Lemon Hill"


The Town that Cancelled Halloween

Episode 118 – Special Re – Release from Halloween 2018 On Friday morning, October 30, 1992, the battered body of eleven year old Shauna Howe was found in a shallow creek bed a few miles outside the town of Oil City, Pennsylvania. Shauna was abducted Tuesday night, October 27, a few minutes after leaving a … Continue reading "The Town that Cancelled Halloween"


History Behind the Hauntings

Episode 117 Pennsylvania is filled with folklore and ghost stories from all over the state: ghost stories, cryptids, haunted houses and abandoned towns with misty forms wandering the forest. These legends aren’t enough for me. I always want to know the history behind the hauntings, what’s the real story that inspired the folk tales, and … Continue reading "History Behind the Hauntings"


Halloween Happenings 2019

Episode 116 Are you ready for a supersized, super spooky TwistedPhilly Halloween Happenings? If you’re looking for scary adventures, family fun, fall festivals, spooky shopping, twisted events, ghost tours, Halloween bars and so much more, look no further. Listen to Deana Marie’s recommendations for some of the best ways to celebrate fall and Halloween in … Continue reading "Halloween Happenings 2019"


Mount Moriah Cemetery & the Friends of Mount Moriah

Episode 115 Incorporated in 1855, Mount Moriah Cemetery sat high up on a hill next to Cobbs Creek at the edge of Southwest Philadelphia. Like Laurel Hill Cemetery in the 1830s, the location of Mount Moriah was chosen for it’s distance from the busy city, the pastoral setting and beautiful views. Originally 54 acres, the … Continue reading "Mount Moriah Cemetery & the Friends of Mount Moriah"


Twisted Artist Series featuring Cabinet of Curious Clay

Episode 114 For about a year I’ve wanted to start a series called Twisted Artists, where I bring a Pennsylvania artist or crafter who’s work I appreciate onto the show to get to know them, their mediums, learn more about their creations and how they began their journey as creators. I am a huge fan … Continue reading "Twisted Artist Series featuring Cabinet of Curious Clay"


“If I Stop Today, It Was Still Worth It” – The Story of Gia Marie Carangi

Episode 113 Her faced graced the cover of vogue and cosmopolitan dozens of times. She represented brands like Dior, Versace, Armani and Yves Saint Laurent. She was photographed by some of the world’s greatest photographers including Francesco Scavullo and Richard Avedon. She popularized the concept of a single name long before Madonna. And she grew … Continue reading "“If I Stop Today, It Was Still Worth It” – The Story of Gia Marie Carangi"


Part 2: The Luzerne County “Kids for Cash” Scandal

Episode 112 NOTE: If you have not yet listened to part 1, pause this episode and listen to part 1 first. Judge Mark Ciavarella sent thousands of children from Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, to juvenile detention centers for infractions that in many cases might have landed them in after school detention. But even the school districts … Continue reading "Part 2: The Luzerne County “Kids for Cash” Scandal"


Part 1: The Luzerne County “Kids for Cash” Scandal

Episode 111 In January 1996, attorney Mark Ciavarella was appointed a Luzerne County judge in Wilkes Barre, PA. Less than a year later he was made a juvenile judge, a position which according to the Pennsylvania State Juvenile Judge’s Bench Book gave him responsibility for presiding over juvenile cases and overseeing the entire juvenile delinquency … Continue reading "Part 1: The Luzerne County “Kids for Cash” Scandal"


Cinema in the Cemetery: Young Frankenstein

Episode 110 This is a special feature from my second show: Educating Jeremy, a movie podcast I co-host with Jeremy Collins, host of the Podcasts We Listen To podcast. Jeremy and I watch movies I love, yet he’s never seen, then we talk about the films, what he liked (or didn’t like,) and talk a … Continue reading "Cinema in the Cemetery: Young Frankenstein"


Twisted Road Trip: The Old St. John’s County Jail

Episode 109 Last week I was on the road for business, not far from St. Augustine, Florida. On my last evening in town I found myself standing outside the Old St. John’s County Jail, or the old jail as it’s called by many today. The old jail is just shy of 130 years old. It … Continue reading "Twisted Road Trip: The Old St. John’s County Jail"


Juneteenth in the City of Brotherly Love

Episode 108 Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865, more than two years after the end of the Civil War. In honor of this period in American history, I want to share with you a few stories of abolitionist history from Philadelphia. The … Continue reading "Juneteenth in the City of Brotherly Love"


Pride in the City of Brotherly Love

Episode 107 On Sunday, June 9, 2019, the city of Philadelphia celebrated pride month with our annual Pride Parade and Festival hosted by Philly Pride Presents. If you follow me on social media, you’ve seen some of the photos of that amazing event. This annual celebration takes considerable effort on the part of so many … Continue reading "Pride in the City of Brotherly Love"


Special Re-Release: Beyond the Bell Tours First Birthday!

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a first birthday party for Beyond the Bell Tours. Founded by Haverford College graduates Rebecca and Joey, Beyond the Bell tours is “committed to putting the people back into people’s history” by sharing less well known stories from Philadelphia history which highlight people of color, women, LGBTQ+ … Continue reading "Special Re-Release: Beyond the Bell Tours First Birthday!"


Ghosts of Germantown: Part 2 – Cliveden

Episode 106 The Germantown section of Philadelphia is filled with historic homes, many dating back to the 1700s, and the homestead of one is even older. If you wander a little further along Germantown Avenue, past Grumblethorpe, you’ll come to rather imposing Georgian home called Cliveden Mansion, built by Pennsylvania Chief Justice Benjamin Chew in … Continue reading "Ghosts of Germantown: Part 2 – Cliveden"


Ghosts of Germantown: Part 1 – Grumblethorpe

Episode 105 Germantown is a section of Philadelphia bordering the northwest suburbs of the city. Within Germantown is tiny little area called Wister. That’s a name you’ll hear quite a bit as we spend our time together today because of a very famous old house along Germantown Avenue, built by German immigrant John Wister in … Continue reading "Ghosts of Germantown: Part 1 – Grumblethorpe"


Springtime in Philly

Episode 104 I love putting together tourism episodes! They’re among some of the least twisted episodes in the catalog, and that’s OK because even those of us who love the more strange or unusual side of life enjoy basking in the sunshine and smelling the flowers now and again. There are so many places and … Continue reading "Springtime in Philly"


Return to Pennhurst: An Interview w/Pennhurst Operations Manager

Episode 103 On April 13, 2019, I had the opportunity to visit Pennhurst State School and Hospital to interview the Operations Manager, Jim. Jim and I walked the grounds for a time before sitting down to record together. During our tour Jim shared his thoughts with me about Pennhurst’s history, details about a few of … Continue reading "Return to Pennhurst: An Interview w/Pennhurst Operations Manager"