We conclude our series of telling Victorian ghost stories with an absolute gem. A.M. Burrage's "One Who Saw" is a masterpiece of mood, atmosphere and anticipation. Late one a night, a hotel guest observes a strange and alluring figure sitting in the courtyard. Who is she? And what is her secret?
We continue our series reviving the Victorian tradition of reading ghost stories aloud during the Christmas season. The Toll-House written by W.W. Jacobs and first published in a book of his short stories in 1909, is unquestionably one of the best haunted house stories in British literature. Featuring special guest narrator, Margo MacDonald!
During the Victorian era, the reading aloud of ghost stories was a very common practice. Particularly at holiday parties and family gathering. Over the next few episodes we will be reviving this tradition. We start with Charles Dickens' other supernatural classic, The Signalman. Which some argue, is the greatest ghost story ever written.
There are few natural wonders in the world as impressive as Niagara Falls. The incredible sight draws millions of visitors each year. The history and culture are also fascinating. The receding glaciers that created the falls. The indigenous communities that long lived in the area. The daredevils who tempted fate. And the many wax museums, haunted houses and other tourist attractions. On Halloween night though, one of the Falls' most compelling stories took an unexpected turn.
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Nestled away in the gorgeous countryside of rural Ireland is one of the world’s most haunted castles. It has been a place of betrayal, murder, confinement and intense suffering. Home to restless spirits, monstrous demons, and a dark secret hidden beneath the floorboards, this is the grim story of Castle Leap.
The Enfield Poltergeist is a case that must give the most ardent skeptics pause. The story is not only terrifying, but spanning 2 years, it is also one of the most well-documented hauntings in history. There were many firsthand witnesses and hundreds of hours of audio recordings from inside the haunted house. All of which beg the question, how much evidence is enough? In the episode, we will explore the unsettling events and closely examine the key evidence that make the Enfield Poltergeist such a compelling and frightening case. (View Images)
This summer we gave ourselves a challenge. Could we definitively solve an urban legend about the Fairmont Château Laurier, one of Canada's most well-known (and haunted) hotels? After months of research, we believe we have uncovered the new evidence that decisively settles the matter. You can also check our blog post: "Château Laurier Mystery Solved!"
Vicksburg, Mississippi has a dark & troubled history. Sitting high above the Mississippi River, it was a key strategic position for the Confederate Army during the US Civil War. The Union attempted two unsuccessful assaults, before laying siege and bombarding the city for 47 days straight . There were over 20,000 casualties. We are joined by Morgan Gates, owner of Haunted Vicksburg, to discuss the city’s history and its many ghost stories.
We head to the West Coast to continue our conversations with some of the best ghost tour companies in the world. Ross Allison is not only the owner of Spooked in Seattle, he is also the Pacific Northwest’s only full-time paranormal investigator. He shares with us some of his favourite ghost stories from the "Emerald City" and the disturbing tale of Mr. Creepy, a haunted doll in his museum.
The Coral Castle, located in Homestead, Florida, is one of the most amazing & mysterious structures ever built. It was constructed by one man, who quarried, fashioned & transported megalithic blocks of rock (some weighing as much as 30 tons) setting them in place without assistance or modern machinery. In the episode, we will be exploring the mystery, including the strange magnetic properties of the site, with David Pierce Rodriguez of PRISM Paranormal Research and Ken Bourke from the Coral Castle Museum.
On February 4th, 1880, Canada’s most notorious family, The Black Donnellys, were massacred in their home by a vigilante group of their neighbours. We take you inside the Donnelly legend. What happened on that fateful night? Were the Donnellys “evil” or convenient scapegoats? Do their restless spirits still linger at the place where they met such a violent end?
Listener Advisory: This episode does contain descriptions of significant violence.
The spectators looked on in horror as the plane crumpled like paper and came crashing down. It was Scotland's first fatal aircraft accident. The pilot, though dead, would fly yet again. This is the story of Lt. Desmond Arthur and the phantom flyers of the Montrose Airfield.
Sharpsburg, Maryland is a place heavy with the weight of history. It was site of The Battle of Antietam during the Civil War. The battle was the bloodiest day in the history of the United States with over 22,000 dead, wounded, or missing. We explore the history and legends of the area with Mark Brugh, owner of Sharpsburg Civil War Ghost Tours. Mark also hosts his own Civil War podcast.
The truth is out there. Historical detectives like Lorine McGinnis Schulze use genealogy to solve mysteries. They hunt down old and often forgotten documents and records, looking for clues and new leads. In the episode, Lorine shares the tricks of the trade and three of her most intriguing cases, involving: a missing Grandmother, the burial of a foot, and a photo found lodged in the pages of an old book.
Gary Barrett achieved some every dubious distinctions. He was twice convicted of murder and twice sentence to death. He was the first person executed at a federal penitentiary in Canada. His hanging did not go well. Immediately raising questions about the identity of the unknown hangman.
Read the Warden's letter and see other documents.
In 1912, a local newspaper in Pennsylvania, The Times Leader, ran a ghost story contest for Halloween. Their “Ghost Editor” was drowned by a flood of over 1,000 spooky submissions from enthusiastic readers. 100 years later, we sort through those entries and share the best and most frightening tales.
Pierre Radisson was a co-founder of The Hudson’s Bay Company. He was also a cannibal. Really. A self-described cannibal. We are joined by Mark Bourrie to discuss his new book, “Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre—Esprit Radisson.” Quite possibly one of the most incredible lives ever lived.
In honour of International Pet Day, we explore one of the most intriguing (and sniffle-inducing) ghost stories about the unique bond between us and our animal friends. Silent movie sex symbol, Rudolph Valentino, loved his Doberman, Kabar. The two were inseparable. When the heartthrob died unexpectedly at a young age, his beloved pooch went to incredible lengths to try to find him – including from beyond the grave. See photos of Valentino and Kabar.