These spooky stories will remind you why Halloween is the scariest holiday of the year.
The Enfield Poltergeist
"We begin in nineteen seventy-seven back in a little town called Enfield London. Okay. Okay. So we're across the pond. We are across the pond and because of that you're probably going to hear me do a lot of really terrible British accents. I love it. I'm here for that. Ye on top of that. I'm not really sure if I pronounce the name right of the town, but I think I've heard it said in field. So I mean that's how it's spelled. So yeah, I would assume as well but I don't know if it's like unveiled or like you know, that's your prestigious. Yeah, but because we're from America we're going to go with Enfield. I love it. So we're sitting in this Tiny Town. And we are going to visit our friends the Hodgson family. Okay? Okay. I've got Mom Peggy Hodgson who is in fact a single mom of four which at the time seemed like pretty weird, you know to be a single mother. Yeah. I mean, I guess divorce was still not like a big thing back then that's okay, especially in London, I guess so she was risky to the people of London. Yeah. Yeah. Okay. So it was just a weird thing to see her four children included Margaret who was twelve at the time Janet who was eleven Johnny who was ten and Billy who was seven so we got our two girls and two boys easy to keep up with exactly. They're all living their lives having a grand old time in this cute little like looks like a townhouse kind of thing. It's like wage one of those connected houses where it's like there's a few houses in one unit yeah I know exactly which yeah so this cute guy cute little garden gnome whatever they're living their lives then the evening of August 30th 1977 rolls around okay oh Peggy as wage most likely stressed out mother is it trying to get her kids to go to bed she's like guys I gotta wake up I got to go to work tomorrow y'all gotta go to school tomorrow let's get to bed so she's downstairs doing some gift bad stuff and she heard Janet the eleven-year-old saying from upstairs that her and her brothers beds were like wobbling what yeah wobbling wobbling oh baby wobble baby wobble baby wobble no dead But they don't fall down. That's a wee before you so it's a total natural night. Okay, and then Peggy, like I said super stressed at the time she was not having this and she was just like Janet stop mucking about go to bed. I'm done with you. Yeah. Okay. This seems seems pretty normal. Yeah, pretty sure well. I mean like for Peggy from her personal perspective, you know, like it's a normal night. Her kids are being like no, I don't go to bed. So we'll make up this excuse. Yeah, she's tired and she's like just do it. I'm just over y'all. Let's call it done. Like I need a glass of wine and he only because right so the next Thursday evening Peggy herself heard a crash from upstairs. So this time she actually goes to investigate and when she got to the room a chest of drawers wage, Coming towards her without anyone pushing it seemingly of its own volition. No way. Yeah. Yeah rural she said in an interview that it seemed like Tom Thumb something was trying to block off her family from the rest of the house using the chest of drawers. Oh my gosh, that's terrifying. I know. Oh my God, and I'm sure not at all what she expected. Oh gosh. No, I would burn the house down immediately. I mean, oh my gosh, you go to open a room and here comes a dresser just like back at you like this isn't Beauty and the Beast. Okay, right? No, she ain't talking to us. Probably not that friendly either probably not dead. If she was I probably would have a different reaction right? I guess jurors don't have pronouns. Wow. Wow, and Carol just broke. So after that my Janet's older sister Margaret, she goes on to say in many like interviews and articles that after that night be activity definitely started to increase she says there were strange little noises in the house. You couldn't make out what was going on and none of us got any sleep. We put on our dressing gown and slippers and we would always go next door which wasn't a direct quote but I changed a little pool. So there you go like down in plaid quote. It's an implied quote people. So anyways, they're all putting on their dressing gowns and slippers and whatnot and took over to their neighbor's house who are named Vic and Peggy which could in fact get confusing, but we're only going to talk about big so There you go. Okay, so that makes it easy. Yeah Vic Nottingham. Oh how fancy anyway, so the family goes over to their neighbors and Mistral Vic Vic nodding him. He is described as a Burly Builder and he's a big dude. He decides to go over and investigate by himself, which I don't know why anybody would do that either. I mean, I don't know how long as I get people not believing in it and not wanting to do her like not really caring to go over but like Even if there's a tiny hint that it could be real why wouldn't anyone else with me. I'm guessing he was just being neighborly to his, you know, single mom of four. Yeah and wanting to help out. I mean, I'm sure to it probably had to sound kind of ridiculous. Hm, you know, and he was probably like, well, there's gotta be a very clear explanation. Yeah. You're probably right. I just wouldn't go I would not have gone by myself. I know you wouldn't have come over like, oh my God a chance to see ghosts. I'm there. I'll grab my flashlight. Oh my gosh, so he goes over and he goes on record saying I went in there and I couldn't make out these noises. There was a knocking on the wall in the bedroom on the ceiling and I was afraid beginning to get a bit frightened. No, meaning the Pearly Builder got frightened. The Burly Builder was bewildered sounds like a kids book. It does that get dumped so then they finally decide. Hey, let's call the police and see what she going on. Maybe the police will figure something out that we haven't put together seems logical right? So the police come over and they start to have very similar experiences and they are I'm sure of what is going on. One of the officers even signed an affidavit claiming. She saw a large armchair move. Unassisted four feet across the floor. Oh my gosh. No thoughts on record. Yeah. Oh my goodness. Yeah. Yeah, so like I'm also assuming that they checked for like any kind of rigging or anything like that. I mean I would hope so being that there were police I would think they'd be pretty thorough in an investigation. Yeah just freaks me out. I'd be curious to read that affidavit. Yeah, so then I saw Shaq just a regular day in the field and then you know, we decided to leave which they did eventually the police did in fact leave cuz I know they don't deal in ghosts they deal in real people. So of course, they couldn't
Charlotte, the Ghost of South Africa's Nottingham Road Hotel
"DC O'Rourke. And this is hauntingly yours. Here. We all are together once again tuning in for yet another episode to learn the World's haunted places 4 episode 12 you and I will be putting on our safari gear as we are headed to the coastal province of wait for it off Hulu guitar in South Africa. This is truly a beautiful beautiful beautiful location guys. It's known for its beaches. It's mountains, it's Jose Jimenez that are full the wildlife. It's definitely a must-visit location. If you need a place to stay well, why not look into the office in Nottingham Road Hotel just on Old Main Road legend has it that there have been establishments on this site since 1851. Before that's a long time. There was a not he's in or Tavern situated here that provided a hang out spot for soldiers who were stationed at nearby Fort Nottingham. The soldiers they were brought in for one mission in particular and that was to protect the local farmers from the thieving Bushman who were coming around and stealing their livestock. Apparently it become a real problem in these men did absolutely whatever they could to put an end to it. The overall location at this establishment, but it was ideal. It was actually able to cater to the mini horse-drawn carriages that passed through the area. This was a long before way would even be thought about the First Recording. Thanks about the hotel. We know today indicate that the land for the noughties as locals like to affectionately call. It was bought by a George Irwin around 1889 following the deaths of landowner James Ellis and his sister Jani-King the land being sold by the facts to pay off the siblings the States. What was the price received for that land a whopping sum of 125 pounds per acre. Wow. This was actually mean pretty steep for the time. My guess. It has that it had something to do with the favorable Loco. chicken I mean we have to stop and look at the fact that it's pretty much at a Crossroads where the road to the interior leads to the road that takes you straight to Fort Nottingham door window. He went on to a ranked what he called the Railway Hotel to serve the station that was built at the tiny Nottingham Road settlement. Local farmer and settler George Smith. Yes, Smith s m y bhe he writes in his diary July 12th 1882 off. The railway has it lasts commenced and there is a large staff of men on gallery busy putting a buildings in beginning the Earthworks. The station is to be just at the cross the road for Nottingham about two miles from straight turn. The railway line finally reached out to him Road at the end of 1885. The station was initially called Harrison's Camp after the contractor prior to the station's opening before being called Clark Lewis station. However, the name was changed to Nottingham Road station in 1887 as the locals decided that it was too far from karkloof to be so named previously Littleton was the last stop the real we changed the lives of the Midland settlers forever. There was a daily postal system and almost anything they needed could now be ordered from Durban or. It's Burg produce from the area could be quickly sent to the city centers for sale and travel between the coast and the interior was a matter of hours rather than weeks or days the railway also led to the development of the Midlands as a viable area for settlement that my opinion is always a great thing. The Railway Hotel was built by a mr. Morgan and was completed at the beginning of 1891 and it soon became the center of social activity at Nottingham Road. A gracious two-story building was set and rolling Lawns the hotel offered guess the Comforts of proper lighting package tennis courts and a Billiards room as well as activities such as shooting and horseback riding at the turn of the century another family took over the the last name Singleton. They would go on to run the business as they saw fit. But Nottingham Road Hotel was always the local favorite haunt weather for a social drink in the pub or for supposedly more serious matters such as meetings of the Dead Nottingham Road Farmers Association. Apparently, the farmers will often only survived home safely because they're faithful horses knew the way back to their Stables off the the system works smoothly until a prankster swapped the horses between the different traps and cards. So that drunken farmers were taken off in completely different directions often the locals would decide to stay over at the hotel especially at the weather was bad. One such farmer a Christopher groom was trying to reach the hotel to Shelter From a storm. He was unable to reach it in time and was unfortunately struck by a bolt of lightning just down side right where the first tennis courts were located in his dead horse were actually discovered some time later when the storm had passed over the bridge just man quite unaware of his narrow escape a hole was found straight through his saddle and it showed where that bolt of lightning had struck. Like all hotels or the history the Nottingham Road hotel is reputed to be haunted. Of course right in the past two guests and staff have reported that the spirit of a woman roams the hotel especially room 10:00 and it's ground this house proud gentle ghosts. Apparently. She was flower arrangements Tiny's away clothes and straightens wedding Legend has it that she is Charlotte a beautiful prostitute who frequent in the hotel catering were soldiers from the 45th regiment in the latter part of the nineteenth Century, her story says that she fell in love with a regular at the hotel a soldier a handsome man ended up having to leave Charlotte at one point to go off and fight in the Bushman Wars. Unfortunately, he was killed on the fields of battle and birth. Made it back to his beloved Charlotte upon hearing the news took to the balcony of her room and was so stricken with grief that she threw herself to her deathbed. Send story right? I'd say that so pretty it's pretty good reason to come back as a ghost. She's not the only one that lurks around in the darkness though God. Oh, no as it would turn out Charlotte. She's just the one who likes to appear the most. Today not he's is one of the Midlands more popular hotels. It's dark and cozy it has a wood-paneled pub with Rory log fires on colder nights and and it offers tasty pub fare and beer on tap while the more elegant dining room doubles as a multi-purpose room off the bedrooms are comfortable in a spacious Garden offers a relaxed place to enjoy a sunny Midlands afternoon.
How do you feel about Halloween?
"Do you guys feel about Halloween? I'm not a big halloween person like in general during. In general used to be my favorite holiday especially in New York City like it. It was like really my favorite holiday and then last year was like really exciting because my daughter was to last year like the first time she could like walk from door to door she doesn't remember it but my neighborhood like goes all out. So like literally like we we we left the house with our drinks and then like every single person in our neighborhood and then people from other neighborhoods like friends we just happened to run in everybody's drinking on the street and your kids are getting candy and it's just like. A love it. This year we were trying to organize a thing are your kids going to Halloween this year? So we're GONNA have my sister and my nephews over, and we're GONNA like we're sort of trying to. We're trying to figure out what we'RE GONNA. Do I think we're going to? Trick or treat in the. House behind each and maybe do a holiday craft or something so. What are you going to jail? Scottie has a great tradition tradition. This year I don't know if we are normally I. My friend memory, heart who. Loves Halloween. We started about seven years ago. She was like, do you just want to hand out candy to kids? I was like that's perfect. We put on whatever costumes we had handy and we saw salt we handed out like we sold We made a lot of money. We ended out like. I mean maybe a thousand pieces of candies. So we were like one person would run the CVS and by five more bags because it's it's actually the same neighborhood as Kurt and it's just known as a safe neighborhood with tons. It's flat, which is also in La kind of a thing like you don't want to walk up and down the hills. And so now we rent a frozen Margarita machine. And for the parents, we hand out to go cups of frozen Margaritas. Get Candy and now there's three or four of us. We decorate her yard and smoke machines and all that. But it got to the point two years ago where people are like you're the Margarita House and then. Like the dodgers are in the world series now and the dodgers are usually in the playoffs. So like the DADS will come halfway into memories householding. Margarita, watching the dodgers game behind this while we hand out candy and. It's still you know they're so nice. I, gotTa say there are so polite like it's it's awesome. So this year we might do she has sort of like the gate to her fence is like one of those old barn doors where the top to the bottom open. So we might just barn door and then we'll probably skip the MARGARITAS sadly this year just hand out bags of pre bagged candy, underrun out. I don't know kids are going to trick or treating or not because I know that. Whoever is not the? CDC whoever like someone? Some official body locally was like. They you're not allowed to trick or treat now accounting and that's what I thought too. Yeah. Yeah they're just like the. newsome Moose and was just like right. Halloween's canceled. We're just like we organized with our neighbors I. think There's GonNa be like three houses and we're going to have a bowl of candy in front of each house. Like socially distance walk the three kids from one place to the other to the other and then let them walk around outside and then it's over thirty minutes in and done
The Empty House
"Certain houses, like certain person's managed somehow to Proclaim it once their character for evil in the case of the latter. No particular feature need betray them. They may boast and open countenance and ingenuous smile. Yes, a little of their company leaves the unalterable conviction that there is something radically a mess with there being that they are evil willy-nilly they seem to communicate in an atmosphere of secret and wicked thoughts which makes those in their immediate neighborhood shrink from them as from a thing has eased. and perhaps with houses the same Principle as operative and it is the aroma of evil Deeds committed under a particular roof long after the actual dose of passed away that makes the gooseflesh come and the hair rise something of the original Passion of the evildoer and of the horror of felt by his victim enters the heart of the innocent Watcher home and he becomes suddenly conscious of tingling nerves creeping skin and a chilling of the blood his terror-stricken without apparent cause There was manifestly nothing in the external appearance of this particular house to Bear out the tales of the horror that was said to rain within it was neither lonely nor unkempt stood crowded into a corner of the square and looked exactly like the houses on either side of it. It had same number of windows. It's neighbors the same balcony overlooking the gardens off the same white steps leading up to the heavy black front door. And in the rear there was the same narrow strip of green with neat box borders running up to the wall that divided it from the back of the adjoining houses. Apparently to the number of Chimney pots on the roof was the same the breadth and angle of the eaves and even the height of the dirty area railings month and yet in this house and the square seen precisely similar to its fifty ugly neighbors was as a matter of fact entirely different horribly different wearing latest marked invisible difference is impossible to say it cannot be ascribed holy to the imagination because persons who would spend some time in the house knowing nothing of the facts that declawed positively that certain rooms were so disagreeable. They would rather die than enter them again and that the atmosphere of the whole house produced in them symptoms of a genuine Terror while a series of innocent tenants who are trying to live in it and being forced to be camp at the shortest possible notice was indeed little less than a scandal in the town. One short has arrived to pay a weekend visit his aunt Julia and her little house on the seafront at the other end of the town. He found her charge to the brim with mystery and excitement. He had only received a telegram that morning and he had come anticipating boredom. But the moment he touched her hand and kissed at apple skin wrinkled cheek. He caught the first wave of electrical condition the impression deepened when he learned that there were to be no other visitors and that he had been telegraphed for with a very special object something with the wind and the something would doubtless bear fruit for this elderly spinster armed with a Mania for psychical research had brains as well as willpower and by hook or by crook. She usually managed to accomplish ends. The Revelation was made soon after T. When she cycled close up to him as they paced slowly along the seafront in the dusk. I've got the keys she announced in the deluge. To get half awesome voice got them till Monday the keys of the bathing machine or he asked innocently looking from the seat of the Town. Nothing brought her so quickly to the whole point is feigning stupidity. Neither. He whispered. I've got the keys of the haunted house in the square and I'm going there tonight shorthouse just conscious of the slightest possible Tremor down his back. He dropped his teasing tone something in her voice and manner thrilled him. She was in Earnest, but you can't go alone. He began that's why he lied for years. He said with decision. He turned to look at her the ugly lined enigmatic. Her face was the live with excitement. That was the glow of genuine enthusiasm rounded like a halo song is Shawn he caught another wave her excitement and the second Tremor more Market than the first accompanied it. Thanks, and Julie said politely thanks. Awfully. I shouldn't dad go quite alone. She went on raising her voice. But with you I should enjoy it immensely. You were afraid of nothing. I know God. Thanks so much. He said again is anything like this happen a great deal has happened. She whispered though. It's been most cleverly hushed up three tenants have come and gone in the last few months. And the house is set to be empty for good. Now in spite of himself short house became interested. His aren't was so very much in Earnest. The house is very old indeed to end off and the story and unpleasant one dates a long way back. It has to do with a murder committed by a journalist a woman who had some affair with a servant in the house one night. You managed to create himself in the cellar and when everyone was asleep, he crept upstairs to the servants quarters chased the girl down to the next Landing before anyone could come to the rescue through her birth. Any over the banisters into the hole below and the stableman the court I believe and hang for murder, but it all happened a century ago and have not been able to get more details of the story.
Think Twice Before You Eat That Halloween Candy
"The urban legend of Razor Blades in your Halloween candy or poison hidden behind the sweet taste of a snickers bar has been around for decades to this day. Parents are still worn to inspect all candy give into their children to make sure that it's safe for consumption quoted from a mental floss article written by Ethan treks quote it's easy to see how urban legends have taken hold because they're so terrifying after all parents Ben Three hundred, sixty, four days of every year telling their kids not to take candy from strangers precisely because of might be poisoned. Then, give the thumbs up to taking snacks from every house in the neighborhood on Halloween, and that's so true and it also calls to mind the whole idea of like when we re under it, we were told not to talk to strangers online and not to get in cars with strangers, and now we literally use the Internet to summon strangers to get in their cars yet. So. Weird. It's crazy. So in one, thousand, nine, hundred, five Joel Best, who's a professor of sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware publishing article that reviewed reports and press coverage of candy tampering in the United States between nineteen, Fifty, eight to nineteen eighty-four during the search he found a report as early as nineteen fifty nine where children were falling ill after a California dentist named. William. Shine had distributed four hundred fifty candies laced with laxatives. Two Children Jesus thirty of these children were actually affected by candy tampering and he was later charged with outrage of public decency and quote unlawful dispensing of drugs for a dentist. A dentist, a nine, hundred, sixty, four in New York a forty, seven year. Old Woman named. Helen feel was. Annoyed by the Halloween custom of handing out candy to children especially to children who she felt deserve to be given free candy for she handed out bags of treats including ant poison and dog biscuits while when she was confronted about her actions she said, she was doing it as a joke and only gave the items kid she felt were too old to be trick or treating. Is later reported that she was admitted to the State Hospital for mental observation. Good. God right. You don't know what their issues and why they're treating, and even if they don't have an issue like who fucking cares don't be so stingy. Yeah. Like would you want them taking part in egging in toilet paper toilet paper people's houses or would you like them going door to door and get some candy? Just let them go home with bags of candy and then do whatever they're going to do at the house. They're not gonNA come back at midnight to your house. They've if you give him dog biscuits. Yeah. It's like you just set yourself up for some mischief right in one thousand, nine, hundred, Sixty, eight, Toronto police had discovered razor blades and noodles and Halloween apples. The footage found in the CBC Archives Showed Police Displaying Candy that was supposedly poisoned in nineteen seventy, five year old boy named Kevin Dotson from Detroit died after supposedly eating heroin laced candy diseases. After news media outlets had a field day with telling all parents to dispose of their children's hard earned cash flowing treats. It was later discovered that the parents of the child were trying to hide the true events led to his death apparently the uncle of the boy. had a heroin stash in his home and the little boy had gotten into it and ingested a capsule filled with heroin. The parents sprinkled heroin on the boys Halloween candy after he had died as a cover up to protect the boy's uncle God. But that also kind of reminds me of the the thing that goes around of Lake don't watch out people are putting edibles in your candidate and like no nobody's giving you hundreds of dollars of drug senior kids. In two thousand and Minnesota a forty nine year old man named James Joseph Smith was charged with felony for tampering with candy after a fourteen year old boy was pricked with a needle after biting into a candy bar. Lou. He apparently had put needles into snickers bars and handed them out on Halloween. Night. He was charged with one count of adultery in substance with the intent to cause harm illness or death new four other boys were found to have the needle lace snicker Bar, but the only one boy was harmed. In Two thousand sixteen in Nova Scotia a twelve year old boy was injured when he reached into his candy bag and was cut by a razor blade poking out of a kick cap arc. In two thousand, seventeen multiple reports come out of Ontario Canada where eleven year old girl underwent surgery at U. ship it into recess peanut Butter Cup containing a metal object although it was unclear if this was a result of candy tampering or a manufacturing incident. And other eleven year old boy was also reported to have received a Tutsi roll containing melatonin pill before. Tone of all things so. Yes. So harmless but just go to sleep in two thousand, nineteen in Connecticut thirty seven year old Jason Racks was arrested and held on a two hundred fifty thousand dollar bond after the parents of at least two trick or treaters found razors in their children's candy bags. He was charged with risk of injury to a minor reckless endangerment and interfering with police officer apparently did not go quietly when arrested and he also stated that the razor blades were accidentally spilled into the Cannibal for boxer razors who just happened to have next to it. Yes. Yep Yeah I totally believer like you do a later unrelated incident involved someone handing out THC laced gummy candies in their Halloween trick or treaters. Each of the bags contained colorful gummy cubes each packed with ten milligrams of THC. It was stated that it was unknown if this was intentional or from might have been an unintentional oversight by the person handing out the treats but the packaging was obvious enough that it shouldn't be consumed by children Marcos is probably high end didn't notice it air probably high and just in the bag knows because there's pictures of it and that looks like little gummy little gummy bear bags. Yeah. So again, the joke comes up though that nobody's going to willingly hand over yet. They're edibles. Yeah. At the conclusion of Joel Best Research. So get it only went from nine, hundred, fifty, nine, thousand, nine, hundred, eighty, four, and a lot of these cases. I, told you about were in the two thousands So, this was his conclusion with his research at the conclusion of Joel Best Research into candy tampering incidents. He concluded that the vast majority of reported about seventy five percent who were either hoaxes conducted by children or their parents or didn't result in serious injury interesting. He also stated that contemporary legends are ways that society expresses anxiety and urban legends like Halloween Sadism could've stemmed from societal grievances like nineteen, eighty, two with the cyanide laced tylenol incident in. CHICAGO? The September eleventh terrorist attacks and subsequent Anthrax scare and of course now with Yeah. which actually plays into what you were saying. Devil's night about the depression and the war and how people just kind of like did what they did on Devil's night as a reprieve or as Cathartic. Occurrence. Yeah. So yeah, and that a lot of these urban legends Kinda just stemmed from people just having so much anxiety about the world in the world's problems. Yeah. Yeah. He has stated quote is it possible that someone maliciously passes out treats with the intent of harming children at random of course but this raises the question why they're usually aren't multiple reports from the same area effectively saying that the urban legend is just that nothing more than a hoax or scary story to tell her on time we're anxieties already
War of the Worlds: A Wave of Halloween Hysteria
"We're going to look back eighty-two years. Why because it's almost Halloween eighty-two years ago people America woke up to discover that the night before they had been the victim of a theatrical radio presentation. The date was October 30th 1938 the radio show was Orson Welles Mercury on the error version of HG Wells War of the Worlds now in 1938 war was brewing Germany invaded Austria. And Japan was strongly along with the Invader prior to World War II. It was forecasted Britain would suffer night are bombing attacks causing large numbers of Civilian casualties in Mass Destruction. It was widely agreed that navigation and targeting would be more difficult if man-made lights on the ground could be extinguished as early as July 1938 American citizens were off. To practice lights out beginning at dusk. It would not be called blackout drills until nineteen thirty-nine fear across the country as rumors spread about coming to the aid of our British allies should War break out but the sounds of war that came over the radio that October 30th 1938 were not from Europe but from Mars Choice a live broadcast Across America 5 p.m. In the west which would have made it about 8 p.m. Eastern time meant that there was no time to warn the West Palm about what was to come a wave of Hysteria that swept across United States at night before Halloween has risked realistic radio dramatization reached all the way to Portland, Oregon 2500 miles from the scene of the fictional Invasion. The telephone switchboard of The Oregonian newspaper in Portland was swamped by hundreds of excited dog. As people rushed into the business office of the newspaper demanding information hundreds of calls were made to the Portland Police most wanting to know what protection the city could off and what place might be safe in the event that wholesale destruction spread to the Pacific coast doctors reported cases of women fainting a mandamus reported to a loaded his family into a car and driven frantically through the streets of Portland searching for a Haven of Refuge Portland officers or the Western Union Telegraph company were jammed with person seeking to send off of grams to relatives in the East inquiring as to their safety just as an announcer was choked off by poisonous gas in what he had said might be the last broadcast ever made the town plunged Into Darkness would be the town of War again Portland, Oregon. Of course, this was the effect of the early blackout program announced a previous week off. Few people remembered that elsewhere in the Northwest calls poured into newspapers and press Association offices by the thousands a Seattle newspaper switchboard report hysterical calls from persons wanting to know if it was true that New York had disappeared beneath the Atlantic Ocean phrases, like here they come Paula skyscrapers, they're throwing Heatwave shocked and horrified listeners one, Oregon Journal newspaper reporter returning from the coast pulled into a gas station and was informed by a pack stricken McMinnville attendant not to bother gassing up that the world was coming to an end. That was Nineteen thirty-eight Americans today are much more Savvy and have many more ways of or receiving news other than radio. And of course if message came over Facebook Twitter or one of the other internet services, we wouldn't be fooled or would we change? Portland Oregon's response
The Girl in Black
"Why don't you start by telling us some your experiences, what you kind of happened to you and how that kind of contributes to your podcast. Or. The paranormal in as since of ghosts. Ghosts. Demons. have been the major story of what I've experienced on the ranch, the infamous ranch of ever. Listen so our episode, I. Talk about a lot Majority of everything that's happening have their fraum. Seeing white creature in the woods to cheering easy footsteps and knocks and walking around invoices or even I remember one especially experience where this is when I was working overnights. For about eight years when I was living there had her own room up in the apartment building about concrete my grandfather built he has so many kids he had to make more rooms. So all his kids already, you know adults Mary live in another state. So he offered me and my brother take up to those rooms I have one by myself. But I one I think he's like after new right because we use up during the day I I was between awake and asleep and I could've sworn I saw a girl probably like eleven twelve and all black and when I say on black I don't mean just her dress I mean her skin or hair or is everything was just black and I can hear her saying get up. Get up and then by bow on my nightstand gap and I see woke up and nobody was there. But I still see the vibration on a desk from somebody hitting it. So was this like a shadow person or was this just like a fully defined entity that was just Colored all black. I mean a show person. She see you can't see much detail with it's almost just like a silhouette of person this I could see detail because even you could see the lace in her dress. Oh that's that's. That's terrifying. That's just one of many experienced on that ranch and funny thing is I told my brother about it and he said you saw her to. You know you you use Tuesday. Yeah. He saw standing lynn his peripheral vision one night when he was playing video games and he looked in the corner is I guess you're standing in front of the door. Or that is so it wasn't just a while it only happened to you. This is something that's actively going on to other people in the building. But other than just me and him, and that one Pacific Times I haven't seen her in there. Ever since that one period that one moment say or when experience.
How Chicago's Death Alley Got Its Name
"By I decided to restart my day took a shower here. We are feeling good feeling in feel like I'm in the driver's seat. Good. Good. Yeah. That's a lesson forever and restart your day whenever you choose if you're not going the way, you want it. You get to restart it whenever you want and hydrate. And hydrate I'm going to a separate now. Everyone with us. Wasn't that refreshing. So before we get into the history of the Pittsburgh playhouse. Mercedes who again today script wrote us a little introduction. So without further ado, let's get into says. Introduction. She writes I love Pittsburgh. It's my home city, and in my humble opinion, it's one of the top two best cities on the planet. It's a place full of life and culture and history, but it's so small unleash that it tends to fly beneath the radar for most I grew up loving the city and knowing that it has a lot to offer when it comes artistic expression August Wilson, famously loved the city his home city so much that he created that connick Pittsburgh cycle it's an amazing city so to me, it just makes sense that if ghosts were real, they'd want to come back to hang out in the burgh I love for a little longer guests I love that you really heartfelt starts episode Mercedes. I think I need to go to Pittsburgh have you been now? Road trip I how far far could we drive from here? Yeah. I don't think it's far I think yeah I don't know. No I think. We'll take our stark reserves. Okay. So the history of the Pittsburgh playhouse. By Mercedes okay. The historic Pittsburgh playhouse originally on craft and was not so much a theater as it was a collection of buildings that were brought and then turned into theatrical spaces. The first of these was acquired in nineteen, thirty four and was formerly a German Social Club. This building was bought as a wedding present by Richard. Row for his wife Helen Wayne their stories actually very cute. So Richard. Fell in love with Helen when he first saw her perform in New York, his family was super rich and well-known Spanish factors in Pittsburgh. So he bought the location for Helen to give her a nice space to act in Pittsburgh. He basically did this so that they could live there together and she would feel fulfilled even though she wasn't a Big New York City Act trix actress. On that's so cute. Matching someone just give. The building. Just so that you can. Live in the and like feel like you're a big time. Yeah. I get jobs. Yes. Okay. So that their names are Helen and Richard Richard and So. With that, the Pittsburgh Civic playhouse was formed not just by Richard and Helen. It was a group of artists making up the company but like the rows. Oh but like the rows were moneybags. playhouses. Next purchase was an adjacent house to act as a lobby for what was then known as the Roth eater. The first performance in this theater and lobby space was in nineteen, thirty four. The playhouse was fairly popular in the thirties and forties staging productions of Noel Coward's private lives in Thornton wilders. Then new our town during his l.. Then new. Oh. I would like to, I. would like to live in a world where. Still felt new. During this, the playhouses signature leading lady was, of course, none other than Helen Wayne row, which seems like a pretty sweet deal and I'm jealous of her whole situation getting a sugar daddy to basically launch her acting career. Mercedes. SPEAK ON A. So the stage also housed musicals and featured a little known dancer choreographer just months before he would get his big break on Broadway you WanNa. Take a guess Fred Astaire. Close. Close. Oh Who Does skin I don't another dig her come on. It's obvious. Gene, Kelly. of. Yeah. Gosh. Okay. But I've heard he's like Not Nice well, did he like demand rehearsals like over and over again tell people bleeding? Yeah something wacko on in singing in the rain like I've brought up seeing in the rain on this podcast before which is funny. Okay. So that's NEAT I didn't know Gene Kelly was from. Pittsburgh neither that means Jim Kelly Okay Mall from the Burgh. What a gorgeous dancer what? Does little tap into. All right. Moving on. The third building that was additives Hodgepodge of theaters was formerly the tree of life synagogue the congregation moved to Squirrel Hill. I have to stop. I have to stop Squirrel Hill. Sounds like that sounds like a horrifying like like scary movie of chipmunks and squirrels like like. or or Blake dream. Yes my partner like squirrels. Okay. the congregation moved to Scroll Hill in nineteen fifty, one in this space was acquired by the playhouse making up their largest theater space. The Rock wealthier underneath the theater was a restaurant known as the playhouse restaurant. A former ballroom turned ice cream parlor. Cute. Wow. They're out here like setting up a small town. Lot of they got a restaurant. So there's three theaters. All connecting. So like spaces. Yeah. It was the playhouse restaurant, which is a ballroom to ice cream parlor. Got It. So you want got it another local Pittsburgh or to get their star at the playhouse before becoming a household name was one Shirley. Jones. I don't know that is. Listeners You do but I hope you do if you don't Google it we will. Profess, she performed in the playoffs. Many times Okay. Walmer says love that fact but. I feel like we're GONNA waking up in like feel stupid or something. Yeah. Well, another Pittsburgh native who has a history at the playhouse, oh? My Gosh is Jeff. Goldblum. We love chuckles literally Jeff. Goldblum pits. Pittsburgh playhouse butter boop. Out by I love. Jeff. Jacob Blue, that's the best I can I gotta wash him. Once when I go on benders watching Jeff Videos I can get that I can get that down pat? I can do really well that was impression to have like just in your back pocket it is it is when parties come back in twenty thirty I'll be sure to have perfected that party trick. Apparently, his first acting was done with the children's Cedar through playhouse junior an educational opportunities where children received professional training on a professional stage. Mercedes wrote feel free to have Goldblum here I would like to but I don't know why I love You love yes. We've why sorry I just I we did watch this show. But I'm just saying like outside of like that show on Disney plastic everyone by the way if you're busy plus stream Jeff. Goldblum show it's incredible but. I Love Jeff Goldblum I want his his interviews on Graham Norton also highly recommend every interview on. Yeah. True. True. Just pivoting entirely too grim noreen. My favorite episode did US maybe we are together. So don't get mad at me but did you watch that episode of Jeff. Goldblum the world according to Jeff Goldblum by the way is the full title did you watch the episode where he goes to Jeff Goldblum Day and gets like a tattoo like he'll give some tattoo people are getting Jeff. Goldblum. FLASH TATTOOS DID YOU. Know I didn't. But I've seen I've seen him Like. In an interview talking about people getting tattoos of him. And it's so funny. It's like I feel like we should be our next to you remember when we had just left London and somewhat some artists like installed this giant Jeff Goldblum statue on like Phil Lot on the lawn outside the the bridge theater setting somewhere around there and they had this like Gorgeous Gold Statue of Jeff Goldblum laying down like he doesn't Dross Park Oh. Yeah and he's like young his shirtless Yeah Walnut list but tank top or whatever no just a button down but it was like not buttoned half a Oh Anyway so you shouldn't. Superstar. He is he's got to love him. Okay. We're going to move on because this isn't his show but if he's listening it can be your show, Jeff. He's just sweet. Just send us an email. Go slight see the me calm your show. Can take over. So. The theater began to struggle financially and was acquired by point bark. Point Park University in nineteen sixty eight the playhouse continued to operate now mostly for students for many years this way this wasn't a perfect fit though the buildings of the playhouse were old and not originally intended for theater. They were also much farther from Point Park's main downtown campus making the playhouse more trouble for the school than it was worth in late two, thousand, eighteen, the old Pittsburgh playhouse buildings crafts avenue were demolished as the spirit of the playhouse was moved to a new home. Oh, that's a bummer. It's like cool history. The new Pittsburgh playhouse complex is located on Forbes and fourth, and while it may not have as many ghosts lingering as the old buildings had it is at the very least a space that was designed and intended to be used for theatre. Sad. Sad. Okay. Well, moving on things the hunting section of the Pittsburgh playhouse. We gotta get my my spooky vocal but We also Halloween town reference. Have you sir. Familiar. Halloween town. Longtime ago. I know. Collectively, Judge Lino, she was not raised on D. Calms and it shows in times like this. There's a wonderful line that Debbie Reynolds has when she corrects her grandson on how to make a ghost noise like make it like this out of a ghost sign it was one of the daughters anyway she's like she's like she says something about it being like like lower and more melancholic
What the CDC Knows About Zombies
"Welcome to hidden history. I'm your host. Ken crumb today. What the C. D. C. knows about zombies? y'All oh come on zombies really yes really. History shows that the word Zombie came out of the Congo and means spirit of a dead person used in Louisiana UCI creole. The word describes person that has died and was brought back to life without speech or free will it seems so. ZOMBIES are coming increasingly crushingly more popular pop culture as time goes on countless movies books video games and even TV shows based on Sambas dated back to nineteen thirty two. When the first feature length Zombie Phil White Zombie came out? Could have you ever wondered where the images and ideas of the reanimation automation of dead people came from rising from the grave rotting pasty. Looking Green skin an UNCANNY taste for human flesh question brains that can all be ended with a blow to the head. As far as how exactly the people came to Spezia Mambi varies but the characteristics assist described earlier usually stay pretty much constant voodoo folklore contends that Bo Cores Voodoo priests that are concerned with the study and application of black magic. Press the ability to resurrect the deceased. Through the administration of coup Padre compadres is a powder that is issued orally the primary ingredient of which is a tech stocks a deadly substance of the notorious Torius poisoning food or porcupine fish. According to legend Zombie as someone who has annoyed his or her family and community to the degree that they can no longer stand to live with this person they respond by bringing in Bogor to turn them into a Zombie once they had been issued sued. The Co Padre. The subjects be prepared for their descent. World of zombies would appear to die insofar as their heart rate would slow to to stop their breathing. Patterns would be greatly subdued and their body temperature would significantly decrease the public thinking that the person was dead would bury him or or her as if they were corpse they would then be exhumed still alive by the Bogor and although there physicality remained intact or memory would be erased and they would be transformed into mindless drones though still living they remain under the bulk. Horse power until lable dies well. There's here's your myth now. Let's flash forward to the present and the CDC Center for Disease Control's connection. Zombies may twenty the eleventh the. CDC created a blog post with tips for dealing with zombies by May Eighteenth. The blog site had received thirty thousand hits and shortly after the site crashed among other things like floods and earthquakes. The CDC gave instructions for dealing with zombies to CDC's blog post included precautionary tips about zombies along with its usual tips for preparing an emergency kit as well as emergency escape routes in case ace of an earthquake or hurricane for example after explaining how the public should be prepared. If Zombie started a period. Outside your doorstep it continues Tinubu's you can also implement this plan if there is a flood or earthquake or other emergency plan your evacuation route when zombies are hungry. They won't stop stop until they get food. That would be brains. Which means you need to get out of town fast? Remember all of these suggestions about dealing with zombies. NBC's come from the CDC plan where you would go and multiple routes. You would take ahead of time so that the flesh cheaters don't have a chance is really important strange but not as strange as their October. Twenty eleven graphic novel created by fantasy. Artist Bob Hobbs titled a Zombie Pandemic
A Church Haunting
"Hello so that the interesting times begin cousin. Night heard stories stories of a well-known church in town that was supposed to be haunted. Apparently there was a priest. I who worked there. who was on his way back to the parish and as he was on his way back he thought who's getting chased chased by something that was a dog but he turns around and instead it had hooves and a tail which sounded interesting so we decided to go? Check it out for ourselves. Of course we get there. All the gates are locked and the property sealed so he can take a proper look around but as were sitting there. We start getting irie vibes. We noticed some crackheads. Walking around town is pretty dangerous. You hear people yelling so people are doing other people just trying to get high so you never know what's is going to happen at this place or who you're gonNA wander upon so we're sitting thing we do a walk around the church and all seems fine except the part where the school is. I don't know what it was about it. But there's an eerie vibe babe. So as we're sitting there scoping everything out we go through and we noticed something just seems off so I pull out my phone and ask them. Hey do you WanNa do according session here. See if maybe we can't catch something on audio so we stop at plug my phone and we start recording. We start asking basic questions. It's you know something there that would like to communicate if there's any spirits anything evil what happened and do you like the church. Do you not like church a few different questions. You know just gauge. What kind of answers as we're GONNA get we get a few knock some a metal gay bias. Nothing significant but a few creepy things happen. We ask if there is something there if it can make the cat. That's been watching us the whole time on the other side of the fence. Look away and draw attention and as soon as I asked that had decided that it's going to turn the complete opposite way into an area that we get seen stared deeply like. There's something there that it staring at but after a while we start heading back to the car and get approached by a crackhead asking us for a ride for drugs and even if she could have the shoes off our backs well technically shoes off her feet clothes off our back. Same frame you know. And it's it's kind of weird because we ask her if she seen anything and she just keeps repeating yourself that she's seen a lot of Shit Shit but nothing else nothing detail so when we get back where she started listening to the footage and we hear responses saying you know when we ask if there's someone there and if there's anyone that would like to talk the only response we got was from buffet. Whisper of a woman saying this is the we can make out the last word we also got A.. Are you not a fan end of the church. We got a year response and then on top of that near the end. We gotta
The Devil's Chord: Satanism in Music
"A look into my eyes. You will see who are my name is Lucifer. Please take my hand. Those lyrics from a song called neighb- recorded by Black Sabbath in one thousand nine hundred seventy hi I'm FAO Hsun and today. We'll talk about satanism. In Popular American Music Wikipedia Satanism page states the following prior to the public practice satanism existed primarily as an accusation by various Christian groups toward perceived ideological opponents rather than a self identity religious studies scholars say that the very definition initiative the term has a history of being designation made by people against those whom they dislike. It is a term used for uttering and in the Bible Satan and the word was used as an ordinary noun. Meaning the adversary the terms satanism and Satanist I appear in English and French during the sixteenth century and Satanism didn't become an official religion until nineteen sixty six when the Church of Satan was established by Anton Levay besides being being a philosopher and occultist Levy was a musician who played multiple instruments including the Oregon in addition to his infamous satanic mass album. Other other albums would be released by levay in the nineties. This leveraging of music by the very person who established the Church of Satan made historical sense in context particularly Italy regarding art and entertainment where the concept of Satan has long been used as a symbol of expression. Many classical compositions were said to be vehicle for the the devil particularly due to the use of a specific combination of notes. A unique cord within music itself that was associated with evil. Known as the Devil's record the notes when played together has many other names including Diablo's in New Jersey. GotTa Latin for Devil and music or the devil's interval. The Tri tone the tree and the Flathead v basically. It's a combination of notes that when played together in accord become the musical equivalent of the Hebrew. GBD'S ABC's the court can be found in compositions from Beethoven and Wagner and even jazz composition such as the girl from EPA Nima and the Song Maria from West aside story fender dot com actually gives budding guitarists a tutorial on how to create the devils cord and it serves as a great description of what it is so our read it quote in simple terms tripod or yod is a fifth played. One Fret down to play of latiff with a G.. Power Cord place so your first finger on the third fred of the low e string. That's the root note or the G.. Now put your third finger to frets up on the fifth fret of with the a string. That's the fifth in this case the D. to complete the power cord placed your fourth finger next to your third finger on the next ring over the the destroying. That's the octave of the root note. Another G. strummed together. These three strings create a pleasant sounding. Chord G. D. G.. But but if you take your second finger and played a frat down as a D. Flatt instead of a d. it creates a flat. V when played after the I G or plucked slowly in a g root note G Octave d flat flat v Progression. It creates a dissonant or ugly tone especially with distortion and that that is the devils cord in their infancy. The genres of Blues and Jazz were routinely referred to as the Devil's music partially due to the innate rebellion within the sound and the lyrics themselves but also partially due to an institutionally dehumanized regard of black musicians and black people. In general neural. The devils cord first appeared in rock music when Jimi Hendrix used it in the opening of his classic Song Purple Haze it would later become a staple in the repertoire are black Sabbath. Who are cited as one of the pioneering bands of the heavy metal genre and it would be heavy metal that took the devils cord and ran like a bat out of hell? Oh with it with numerous metal bands. Such as Metallica slipknot and slayer who even named their nineteen ninety eight album. Diab Bula Sin Musica but it was black black Sabbath perhaps more than any other modern band that may the devils core part of American mainstream music the band which like every rock band at at the time was originally rooted in Blues. They first called themselves the Polka Tall Blues Band and then later they call themselves earth it was the latter name Earth Earth that presented a challenge as it was being used by another English group at the same time they were also inspired by nine hundred sixty three horror film called black Sabbath. That started the legendary Boris Karloff. They saw that a local horror movie. Theatre had a line of people waiting to buy tickets and intrigued by the appeal of this type of content. They went ahead head and wrote a song also titled Black Sabbath. The lyrics were based on a horror story and a nightmare. One of the members of the band had these horror movie lyrics combined with the foreboding introduced by the devils core helped the band create an unprecedented experience in music. According to Wikipedia the new sound was a a quote stark contrast to the popular music of the late nineteen sixties which was dominated by a flower power folk music and Hippie culture and an attempt at creating the musical equivalent of horror films and quote the commercial success of this new sound came despite being initially critically panned hand along with marketing stunts such as releasing titles on Friday the thirteen and recording music in dungeons it was clear. The dark side and music was connecting connecting with audiences it would be black Sabbath commercial embrace of the devils cord along with horror and demonic symbolism and themes that influenced every metal act that followed and laid the groundwork for every sub genre from the blackest and truly demonic to grunge to popular bands such as Nirvana van Halen soundgarden and Marilyn Manson
Skadegamutc: The Ghost-Witch
"Talking about the Scott. I saw it when I was is looking research. I was like good luck pronounce because I have no idea but I think I've heard that before didn't like from that Queen Song going to move at this is like close so for for thousands of years for the setup for these creatures cultures all around the world told stories of the dead returning to life like zombies. He's instead but although this phenomenon is largely confined to Europe and Asia which I guess I don't know is it. It's not unheard of in the Americas wants such creature sure is known widely among various indigenous tribes of North America but it is particularly feared by the WABAN. Nakae they call it. The it's gotTa move or the Ghost witch. That sounds scary pictures. I need to post the pictures of the ghost. which or the representation of quota? Yeah Yeah Yeah the representation of Oh. It's super creepy. undead monster with both got anthro. Enter your the Vegas Vampire tendencies. It is believed among the woman. Knock that this creature was once an evil sorcerer or practitioner of black magic who has died and refuses to stay dead however according to some tales anyone may become scheduled Mooch after they die this revenue hungers for the blood and the flesh of living humans and will kill and devour anyone who gets in. Its way there's no way to escape the creature short of destroying it had to look up put on through what is Cannibal Cannibal. Oh okay that's actually super interesting okay. I'm GonNa talk about that here in a little bit during during the day. Scuttled appears as an inert harmless human core during the night it reanimate wanders off in search of human prey to accomplish this it can take the form of a ball of light which enables it to cover greater distances. So that's why it's so they would actually see Phoenix lights or the light give you the chill. I would see that as much coming for them. And their different ways in which the Scud attacks one is to become indebted at Afresh Open Air burial. Once all the mourners have completed the funeral ritual in arresting the Scud attacks many legends speak of a group of Hunters Warriors Warriors. Taking refuge for the night somewhere near a recent open air burial or within a short distance from a corpse at nightfall at revives itself and this I think is creepy. That that if it revives itself you could actually be there with the burial and see the body there and it would come to live and then it would attack you and yeah yeah fuck that could you imagine sitting there and it just your nope the fuck out of there and then it comes after you and actually says though that people are just sitting there watching watching it waiting for it comes up all of life. It's like it gets you. Oh yeah and it prefers to target individuals who are alone or have been separated from group group. It is unknown if larger why they say always traveled chairs exactly traveling groups because it likes to pick you off one after another once. It's found its victim at attacks slaughtered the prey and then feast on. It's warm flesh and
Urban Legend: The Hanging Man on Halloween
"There are some people who just really covered bowls of peeled grapes and Jello brains look people who designed the most intense horror and haunted house experiences in the World it all comes from the same impulse the desire to scare and be scared to capture and control the things that would traumatize US outside of the bounds of a haunted house or a movie theater but Shaq good scare adrenaline rushing blood pumping makes us feel more live than anything else but as both horror media and haunted houses grow in number and ambition a small faction of fans have demanded more and more intense experiences from snuff film like realism to physical torture. It can be difficult to deliver these stunts in a believable way and the risks go up exponentially as a result the laws of physics don't care if it's fake or not especially eh when there's a noose around performance neck how real is to real and would you be able to spot the sprints