Lore (podcast)

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Lore
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Sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction
Presentation
Hosted byAaron Mahnke
Genre
LanguageEnglish
UpdatesBiweekly
Length15 to 46 minutes
Production
ProductionAaron Mahnke
No. of episodes103
Publication
Original releaseMarch 19, 2015 – present
Websitelorepodcast.com

Lore is a podcast about non-fiction scary stories. Each episode examines historical events that show the dark side of human nature (usually through the lens of folklore) and is presented in a style that's been compared to a campfire experience. The series was created in 2015 by Aaron Mahnke as a marketing experiment[1] and received the iTunes "Best of 2015" Award.[2] The podcast was also given the award for the "Best History Podcast" by the Academy of Podcasters in July 2016.[3] At the end of 2016, the podcast was included in the top lists by The Atlantic[4] and Entertainment Weekly.[5] As of October 2017, the series has 5 million monthly listeners.[1]

The podcast airs on a bi-weekly basis, and is usually released on a Monday. The podcast is recorded in a studio in Mahnke's home office.[1] Mahnke's voice in the podcast is described as "coolly mesmeric".[1]

Content[edit]

Each podcast episode features various stories bound together by a common theme. Mahnke spends an average of 20 hours a week researching the folkloric tales and has stated, "All of the material is from documented stories or historical events. Some are ancient and some are modern, but they are all factual in the sense that people reported these things and believed they were true."[6]

TV adaptation[edit]

Lore has been adapted for television with the help of Gale Anne Hurd of the hit television series The Walking Dead.[7] Glen Morgan of The X-Files was announced as the showrunner, and the show was made in partnership with Valhalla Entertainment and Propagate Content.[8] The series aired on Amazon Video[9] followed the podcast's anthology format, with each episode featuring a new story and Mahnke remaining the narrator.[1][8] The show premiered on October 13, 2017.[10]

The show has been praised by The Economist as "good viewing" that manages "to shock and surprise"; however, adding that "it falls short as a television show in its own right."[1] In another review, The Verge said, "the show is able to turn the inherent creepiness of Mahnke's podcast into original stories that are even more unnerving and resonant."[11]

Episodes[edit]

# Title Length (minutes:seconds) Original release date
1[12]"They Made a Tonic"18:04March 19, 2015 (2015-03-19)
Explores folklore and legends involving vampires, including the Mercy Brown incident that occurred in Exeter, Rhode Island, in 1892.
2[13]"The Bloody Pit"14:37March 23, 2015 (2015-03-23)
Describes the history of the Hoosac Tunnel, a train tunnel constructed in the Berkshire Mountain Range between the towns of Florida and North Adams, Massachusetts, for the Troy and Greenfield Railroad, and the ghost stories associated with the tunnel.
3[14]"The Beast Within"18:45April 6, 2015 (2015-04-06)
Explores the folklore and legends surrounding werewolves, including the murders perpetrated by Peter Stumpp in Bedburg, Germany, between the years of 1582 and 1589.
4[15]"Dinner at the Afterglow"18:59April 20, 2015 (2015-04-20)
The history and ghost stories of the Hotel de Haro and the nearby Afterglow Vista – a mausoleum for the remains of John S. McMillin and his family – in the town of Roche Harbor on San Juan Island, Washington.
5[16]"Under Construction"19:00May 4, 2015 (2015-05-04)
Explores the folklore and legends surrounding elves and other elf-like beings, including the huldufólk of Iceland, as well as the makiawisug of the Mohegan Tribe in Montville, Connecticut.
6[17]"Echoes"20:00May 18, 2015 (2015-05-18)
The history of the Danvers State Hospital, a former insane asylum near Boston, Massachusetts.
7[18]"In the Woods"19:32June 1, 2015 (2015-06-01)
Explores the folklore surrounding the Bridgewater Triangle – an area of land between the towns of Abington, Rehoboth, and Freetown in Massachusetts – including the story of the creatures that Bill Russo allegedly encountered while walking his dog through the Hockomock Swamp near the town of Bridgewater in 1995.
8[19]"The Castle"22:58June 15, 2015 (2015-06-15)
Explores the life and crimes of H. H. Holmes, a serial killer who committed most of his murders in his home in Englewood, Chicago, Illinois, during the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893.
9[20]"A Devil on the Roof"23:51June 29, 2015 (2015-06-29)
Explores the folklore and legends surrounding the Jersey Devil of the Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey, including the string of sightings that allegedly occurred throughout the region in 1909.
10[21]"Steam & Gas"22:50July 13, 2015 (2015-07-13)
The history and ghost stories of the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, including the stories surrounding Room 217.
11[22]"Black Stockings"26:25July 27, 2015 (2015-07-27)
Explores the folklore surrounding fairy changelings. Also describes a selection of attempted fairy exorcisms, including the burning of Bridget Cleary in Ballyvadlea, County Tipperary, Ireland, in 1895.
12[23]"Half-Hanged"23:30August 10, 2015 (2015-08-10)
Explores the methods in which people attempted to detect and destroy suspected witches in Colonial New England, including the attempted hanging of Mary Webster in Hadley, Massachusetts, in 1685.
13[24]"Off the Path"25:00August 24, 2015 (2015-08-24)
Explores a selection of legends involving curses, including the story of the werewolves of Ossory, in which Saint Patrick cursed the Ossory clan of the former kingdom of Ossory, near modern-day County Meath, Ireland.
14[25]"The Others"24:31September 7, 2015 (2015-09-07)
Continues the exploration of various cultures’ legends of little people, including the reported sightings of the Dover Demon in Dover, Massachusetts, in 1977.
15[26]"Unboxed"25:00September 21, 2015 (2015-09-21)
The story of Robert, a doll owned by painter Robert Eugene Otto of Key West, Florida.
16[27]"Covered Mirrors"23:20October 5, 2015 (2015-10-05)
Presents the story of the Villisca axe murders, which occurred in Villisca, Iowa, in 1912.
17[28]"Broken Fingernails"27:00October 12, 2015 (2015-10-12)
Explores some of the ghost stories and legends of a selection of cemeteries, including the story of Ruth Blay, who was hanged and buried in South Cemetery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1768, for the crime of “concealment” (i.e., the killing of one’s illegitimate child).
18[29]"Hunger Pains"24:00October 19, 2015 (2015-10-19)
Explores the stories and legends surrounding the wendigo of Cree folklore, including the story of Jack Fiddler, the shaman of the Sandy Lake First Nation, located along the Severn River in Ontario, Canada.
19[30]"Bite Marks"25:00October 26, 2015 (2015-10-26)
Explores a selection of legends involving poltergeists, including the story of the alleged poltergeist of the Black Mausoleum (the tomb of Sir George Mackenzie) in the Greyfriars Cemetery in Edinburgh, Scotland.
20[31]"Homestead"24:53November 2, 2015 (2015-11-02)
Explores a selection of legends involving allegedly haunted houses, including the ghost stories surrounding the Benton Homestead in Tolland, Connecticut.
21[32]"Adrift"24:40November 16, 2015 (2015-11-16)
A selection of historical accounts of shipwrecks, including the wreck of the SS Valencia, a steamer that sank after colliding with the cliffs near Pachena Point on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, in 1906.
22[33]"Over the Top"25:45November 30, 2015 (2015-11-30)
Describes a selection of alleged encounters with Spring-heeled Jack in London, England.
23[34]"Rope and Railing"23:30December 14, 2015 (2015-12-14)
The story of the incident involving Thomas Howell and Thomas Griffith, which occurred at the Smalls Lighthouse – located on the Smalls off the coast of Pembrokeshire, Wales – in 1801.
24[35]"A Stranger among Us"26:45December 28, 2015 (2015-12-28)
Discusses stories and legends involving entities that reward and/or punish people during the Christmas season for their good or bad behavior. Also describes the legend of the Pied Piper that allegedly visited Hamelin, Germany, in 1284.
25[36]"The Cave"24:00January 11, 2016 (2016-01-11)
The stories and legends surrounding the Brujo de Chiloé, a mafia-like cult of alleged warlocks on the island of Chiloé off the coast of Chile, including the story of the imbunche, a deformed human that the cult supposedly creates to guard their caves.
26[37]"Brought Back"24:45January 25, 2016 (2016-01-25)
Explores stories and legends involving zombies, including the story of Clairvius Narcisse, who was allegedly turned into a zombie after he seemingly died in Haiti in 1962.
27[38]"On the Farm"24:30February 8, 2016 (2016-02-08)
Explores the circumstances surrounding the Hinterkaifeck murders, in which an unknown assailant murdered Andreas Gruber and his family on their isolated farmstead near Waidhofen, Bavaria, Germany, in 1922.
28[39]"Making a Mark"25:45February 22, 2016 (2016-02-22)
Explores a selection of stories and legends from the Outer Banks of North Carolina, including the story of the witch-trial of a woman named Cora and her infant in the town of Frisco on Hatteras Island.
29[40]"The Big Chill"25:15March 7, 2016 (2016-03-07)
Relates several ghost stories from the coast of Maine, including the ghost stories surrounding Owls Head Lighthouse in the town of Owls Head on the Penobscot Bay.
30[41]"Deep and Twisted Roots"31:13March 21, 2016 (2016-03-21)
Explores the origins of modern-day notions about vampires, including the outbreaks of a “vampiric condition” that occurred near the town of Paraćin, Serbia, in 1726 and 1732.
31[42]"Lost and Found"29:00April 4, 2016 (2016-04-04)
Explores the life of Kate Webster, who murdered Julia Martha Thomas in the Richmond area of London in 1879.
32[43]"Tampered"25:30April 18, 2016 (2016-04-18)
A selection of alleged accounts of gremlins, including a sighting reported by a former B-17 pilot from Jonesboro, Arkansas, as well as an incident that supposedly occurred at an air base in San Diego, California, in 1939.
33[44]"A Dead End"28:00May 2, 2016 (2016-05-02)
A selection of folktales and legends from Richmond, Virginia, including the story of the Richmond Vampire, which supposedly emerged from the Church Hill Tunnel and wandered into the Hollywood Cemetery in 1925.
34[45]"All the Lovely Ladies"26:30May 16, 2016 (2016-05-16)
The story of the life of Elizabeth Báthory, a countess who was convicted of the torture and murder of around 80 young women in her castle near modern-day Čachtice, Slovakia, between the years of 1580 and 1610.
35[46]"The King"26:40May 31, 2016 (2016-05-31)
The history of Clipperton Island, including the story of the rebellion led by Alicia Arnaud and Tirza Rendon against lighthouse keeper Victoriano Álvarez in 1917.
36[47]"When the Bow Breaks"25:30June 13, 2016 (2016-06-13)
The history of the RMS Queen Mary – an ocean liner docked in Long Beach, California – and the ghost stories associated with the ship.
37[48]"Passing Notes"31:53June 27, 2016 (2016-06-27)
The ghost stories associated with the Phelps Mansion in Stratford, Connecticut, including the story of the séance that was conducted there.
38[49]"The Mountain"24:00July 11, 2016 (2016-07-11)
Explores the circumstances surrounding the Dyatlov Pass incident, in which a group of hikers – all college students from Ural Polytechnical Institute – were found dead on Kholat Syakhl in the Ural Mountains of Russia in 1959.
39[50]"Take the Stand"25:30July 25, 2016 (2016-07-25)
The story of the trial of Edward Shue, which took place in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, in 1897. Shue was convicted for the murder of his wife, Elva Zona Heaster. In court, Zona’s mother testified that her daughter’s ghost had visited her in the night, and had told her that Edward had killed her after months of physical abuse.
40[51]"Everything Floats"27:20August 8, 2016 (2016-08-08)
A selection of stories and legends from New Orleans, Louisiana, including the story of the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, as well as the story of the alleged sultan who was murdered at the mansion on the corner of Dauphine Street and Orleans Avenue.
41[52]"Hole in the Wall"25:29August 22, 2016 (2016-08-22)
Explores the circumstances surrounding the witch-trials that occurred in Paisley, Scotland, in 1697.
42[53]"In the Bag"26:20September 5, 2016 (2016-09-05)
The history and legends of the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
43[54]"Supply and Demand"31:00September 19, 2016 (2016-09-19)
Explores the circumstances surrounding the murders committed by William Burke and William Hare, two Edinburgh resurrectionists who sold their victims’ bodies as cadavers in 1828.
44[55]"From Within"29:50October 3, 2016 (2016-10-03)
A selection of alleged cases of spontaneous human combustion, including the story of Mary Reeser in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1951.
00[56]"Trick or Treat 2016 - Set 1"17:30October 10, 2016 (2016-10-10)

Part 1 - "Peg & Button": The story of Peg Wesson, an alleged witch living in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and the story of the curse she placed on five soldiers before their excursion to Fort Louisbourg in Nova Scotia, in 1758, during the French and Indian War.

Part 2: - "Behind the Door": The story of Delphine LaLaurie. In 1834, a number of her slaves were found tortured and/or murdered in her mansion at 1140 Royal Street in New Orleans.
45[57]"First Impressions"30:30October 17, 2016 (2016-10-17)
Explores the circumstances surrounding the hoax perpetrated by Mary Toft in Godalming, Surrey, England, in 1726, in which Toft convinced several physicians that she was giving birth to rabbits.
00[58]"Trick or Treat 2016 - Set 2"16:10October 24, 2016 (2016-10-24)

Part 1 - "In a Pickle": The story of the mutiny against the pirate John Phillips, which was led by Andrew Harradine aboard the Squirrel after the ship departed from Annisquam Harbor in Gloucester, Massachusetts, in 1724.

Part 2 - "Drained": Explores the circumstances surrounding the murders committed by serial killer Béla Kiss. In 1916, the bodies of 24 women were found in metal drums on Kiss’s property in the town of Cinkota, which is now part of Budapest, Hungary.
46[59]"Dark Conclusions"30:55October 31, 2016 (2016-10-31)
Explores a selection of examples of monster hunters of various sorts throughout history, including David Farrant and Seán Manchester, who hunted for occultists and the Highgate Vampire in the Highgate Cemetery of London between the years of 1969 and 1974.
47[60]"Missing the Point"29:00November 14, 2016 (2016-11-14)
Explores a selection of alleged sightings of the Mothman in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and other surrounding areas of the Ohio River Valley between the years of 1966 and 1967. Also discusses the supposed connection between these sightings and the collapse of the Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant in 1967.
48[61]"Downriver"27:00November 28, 2016 (2016-11-28)
A selection of stories and legends about cities and towns that are said to be cursed, including the town of Kaskaskia on the Mississippi River in southern Illinois. In 1844 and 1888, the river flooded and devastated the town, allegedly due to a curse placed on the town.
49[62]"Seeing Double"27:30December 12, 2016 (2016-12-12)
The life and exploits of William Brodie, a town councillor who lived a double-life as a thief, including his execution by hanging at the Old Tolbooth Building in Edinburgh in 1788.
50[63]"Mary, Mary"31:45December 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)
The story of thirteen-year-old Mary Lurancy Vennum, who was supposedly possessed by the benevolent spirit of nineteen-year-old Mary Roff in Watseka, Illinois, in 1878.
51[64]"Within the Walls"30:15January 9, 2017 (2017-01-09)
Explores the history of several castles in the United Kingdom, as well as the legends associated with those castles, including the legend of the Monster of Glamis Castle, located in Glamis, Scotland.
52[65]"Negative Consequences"29:00January 23, 2017 (2017-01-23)
The life of serial killer Belle Gunness. Between the years of 1906 and 1908, Gunness murdered over 40 men by poisoning them with strychnine on her farm in La Porte, Indiana.
53[66]"Trees and Shadows"28:30February 6, 2017 (2017-02-06)
Explores a selection of alleged sightings of the Beast of Bray Road, which has been reported by multiple eyewitnesses driving down Bray Road near Elkhorn, Wisconsin.
54[67]"Teacher's Pet"29:30February 20, 2017 (2017-02-20)
A selection of stories and legends involving doppelgängers, including the story of Emilie Sagee, a teacher at the Pensionat Neuwelcke – a finishing school for girls – in Valmiera, Latvia, whose doppelgänger was allegedly sighted by many of her students in 1845.
55[68]"A Way Inside"29:30March 6, 2017 (2017-03-06)
A selection of ghost stories and legends from Boston, Massachusetts, including the stories associated with the Omni Parker House, as well as the legend of the attempted prison break at Fort Warren on Georges Island during the American Civil War.
56[69]"Going Viral"28:30March 20, 2017 (2017-03-20)
The story of the disembodied spirit that haunted the Bell family, beginning in 1817 at the family’s farm near the Red River in Tennessee. According to the legend, the spirit even managed to kill the head of the family, John Bell, in 1820.
57[70]"Quarantine"27:30April 3, 2017 (2017-04-03)
An exploration of the circumstances surrounding the Loudun trial, in which a priest named Urbain Grandier was tried, convicted, and executed for allegedly making a pact with the Devil in Loudun, France, in 1633.
58[71]"The Devil's Beat"26:30April 17, 2017 (2017-04-17)
Explores the story of the Drummer of Tedworth, in which the family of a former military officer, John Mompesson, allegedly experienced poltergeist-like phenomena in their house in England, beginning in 1662.
59[72]"A Deep Fear"28:30May 1, 2017 (2017-05-01)
A selection of stories and legends involving sea monsters, including the stories of the Gloucester sea serpent of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and the attempts to hunt and kill the creature in 1817.
60[73]"If Walls Could Talk"27:40May 15, 2017 (2017-05-15)
The history of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia, as well as the ghost stories associated with the building.
61[74]"Labor Pains"31:30May 29, 2017 (2017-05-29)
The story of the God Machine, which was created by spiritualist John Murray Spear in 1853 on High Rock in Lynn, Massachusetts. Also discusses the machine’s alleged destruction at the hands of a mob in Randolph, New York.
62[75]"Desperate Measures"28:01June 12, 2017 (2017-06-12)
Explores the circumstances surrounding the murder of pow-wow practitioner Nelson Rehmeyer in Hex Hollow, about 12 miles south of York, Pennsylvania, in 1928. Rehmeyer was killed by John Blymire, John Curry, and Wilbert Hess, because they believed that Rehmeyer had placed a hex on Blymire and Hess.
63[76]"Homecoming"29:46June 26, 2017 (2017-06-26)
Explores the exploits and schemes of H. H. Holmes after he abandoned his “castle” property in Chicago, including the murder of his partner Benjamin Pitezel in Philadelphia, as well as that of three of Pitezel’s five children in Toronto and Indianapolis.
64[77]"Behind Closed Doors"28:31July 10, 2017 (2017-07-10)
A selection of stories and legends of New York City, New York, including the story of English Loyalist William Axtell, his mistress Isabelle, and his slave Miranda in his Melrose Hall, in the area of Brooklyn known as Flatbush. According to the legend, in 1777, Axtell returned to Melrose Hall after serving in the Battle of Brooklyn, and encountered the ghost of Isabelle, who had been trapped in a secret chamber for a full year during Axtell’s service in the battle.
65[78]"Doing Tricks"30:31July 24, 2017 (2017-07-24)
An exploration of tricksters in folklore and mythology, including the Nain Rouge, and the curse it supposedly placed upon the city of Detroit, Michigan, as well as upon the city’s founder, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, in 1707.
66[79]"Where There's Smoke"30:01August 7, 2017 (2017-08-07)
Explores the circumstances surrounding the Great Amherst Mystery, in which a woman named Esther Cox was supposedly haunted by a poltergeist-like entity in Amherst, Nova Scotia, between the years of 1878-79. Throughout that time, the entity allegedly threatened to burn Cox alive.
67[80]"The Red Coats"30:01August 21, 2017 (2017-08-21)
A selection of legends associated with the Bennington Triangle, an area of forested land near the towns of Bennington and Glastenbury in Vermont. A number of deaths and disappearances have occurred in the area around Glastenbury Mountain: Carl Herrick in 1943; Middie Rivers in 1945; Paula Welden, who was last seen on the Long Trail in 1946; eight-year-old Paul Jephson in 1950; and Frieda Langer that same year.
68[81]"The Tainted Well"33:01September 4, 2017 (2017-09-04)
A selection of stories and legends from the island of Ireland, including the stories associated with Leap Castle in County Offaly. One of the stories associated with the castle is novelist Mildred Darby’s alleged encounter with a monster at her bedroom door; she published a written account of her experience in the journal The Occult Review in 1908.
69[82]"Wide Open"31:31September 18, 2017 (2017-09-18)
An exploration of stories and legends involving flying monsters, including the Van Meter Visitor, a creature that was allegedly spotted by a number of eyewitnesses in Van Meter, Iowa, in 1903.
70[83]"Familiar"32:31October 2, 2017 (2017-10-02)
Describes the life and career of Matthew Hopkins, an English witch-finder who practiced mostly around Suffolk during the English Civil War. Hopkins was partly responsible for the executions of more than 100 people, including the burning of Mary Lakeland in Ipswich in 1645.
00[84]"Trick or Treat 2017 - Set 1"20:02October 9, 2017 (2017-10-09)

Part 1 - "A Bridge Too Far": Describes the wreck of the Montreal Express, a passenger train that travelled between Boston and Montreal, Quebec. The wreck occurred in 1887, after the train departed for Montreal from the White River Junction railway station in Vermont.

Part 2 - "Rise Above": Relates the story of the 1706 witch-trial of Grace Sherwood, which occurred along the Lynnhaven River in modern-day Virginia.
71[85]"Silver Lining"32:46October 16, 2017 (2017-10-16)
Describes the panic surrounding the animal attacks attributed to the Beast of Gévaudan in the region of Gévaudan (modern-day Lozère), France, and the people who attempted to hunt down and kill the beast, including Jean Chastel, a peasant farmer from Mont Mouchet, who managed to kill the beast near his farm in 1767.
00[86]"Trick or Treat 2017 - Set 2"17:46October 23, 2017 (2017-10-23)

Part 1 - "A Head of Steam": Explores some of the legends surrounding the tomb of a chemist in the Sandy Bank Burial Ground in Malden, Massachusetts. According to the legend, the chemist’s body never decomposed.

Part 2 - "A Deadly Past": Explores the legend of the unusual death of a man named Henry, which allegedly occurred in Honey Grove, Texas, in 1913.
72[87]"A Grave Mistake"46:01October 30, 2017 (2017-10-30)
Describes some of the measures people employed to prevent premature burial. Also relates the story of Mary Howe, a spiritualist woman living in Damariscotta, Maine: In 1882, Howe either died or slipped into a sleep-like trance, and was later buried (possibly alive).
73[88]"A Sweet Embrace"37:02November 13, 2017 (2017-11-13)
The story of the life of serial killer Jane Kelley, a nurse who poisoned most of her victims with morphine. In 1901, Kelley gradually murdered the entire Davis family in Cambridge and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
74[89]"All Fall Down"32:31November 27, 2017 (2017-11-27)
Explores a selection of cases of unexplained weather phenomena, including an incident that occurred in 1876 in Olympian Springs (now part of Olympia State Forest) in Kentucky, in which chunks of meat fell from the sky.
75[90]"Black and Wild"29:45December 11, 2017 (2017-12-11)
Describes the exploits of two London men: John Dee, a self-proclaimed scientist who served under Queen Elizabeth I; and Edward Kelley, a con-artist who claimed to be able to talk to angels, as well as having other divinatory powers.
76[91]"Talk Show"34:01December 22, 2017 (2017-12-22)
Explores the circumstances surrounding the events that occurred in Sullivan, Maine, in 1799-1800, in which a “specter” claiming to be the late Eleanor Butler - who had died in childbirth - had come back to deliver messages and sermons to the town.
77[92]"Withering Heights"31:00January 8, 2018 (2018-01-08)
Discusses the history and hauntings of the Waverly Hills Sanatorium, a former tuberculosis sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky.
78[93]"Exposure"37:30January 22, 2018 (2018-01-22)
The story of William Mumler, a spirit photographer working in Boston and New York City. Mumler was eventually charged with fraud; he was held in New York City’s Tombs building while awaiting his trial in 1869.
79[94]"Locked Away"33:30February 5, 2018 (2018-02-05)
The story of the life of Sarah Winchester, and the construction of her Winchester House in the Santa Clara Valley near San Francisco, California, between the years of 1886 and 1922.
80[95]"Dark Imports"35:00February 19, 2018 (2018-02-19)
The history of Savannah, Georgia, as well as several ghost stories from the city, including the story of the ghost of Alice Riley, who was hanged from a tree in Wright Square in 1735.
81[96]"On the Edge"35:01March 5, 2018 (2018-03-05)
Explores a selection of unexplained disease outbreaks, including the mass poisoning incident that occurred in 1951 in Pont-Saint-Esprit, France, which was possibly caused by contaminated white bread flour.
82[97]"Forgotten"36:01March 19, 2018 (2018-03-19)
Explores the histories of a selection of ghost towns, including the specific reason each town declined, as well as the particular ghost stories associated with those towns. One such town is Avilla, Missouri, which contains the story of Rotten Johnny Reb, the ghost of a Confederate soldier who was killed and beheaded in the town.
83[98]"Carried Away"36:16April 2, 2018 (2018-04-02)
Explores the significance of curses in the folklore of the Romani people (also known derogatorily as “Gypsies”). Also explores the supposed link between a Romani curse and the circumstances surrounding the death of actor Charles Coghlan. According to the story, when he was a young man, Coghlan visited a Romani fortune-teller who told him that he would “be famous...but at the height of that fame, it would all come to an end with his tragic death. After that, his soul would wander until it could return home.” In 1899, Coghlan died in Galveston, Texas, and his body was placed in a coffin in a temporary vault. The next year, the Great Galveston hurricane swept Coghlan’s coffin out to sea. Eight years later, in 1908, his coffin was found on the coast of Prince Edward Island, Canada, where Coghlan had felt most at home during his life.
84[99]"A Family Affair"36:00April 16, 2018 (2018-04-16)
Describes the interactions between the supposedly clairvoyant Eddy family and skeptic Henry Steel Olcott in Chittenden, Vermont, in 1874.
85[100]"Creature of Habit"36:00April 30, 2018 (2018-04-30)
A selection of ghost stories from the Borley Rectory, a former rectory in Borley, England.
86[101]"Under Siege"41:00May 14, 2018 (2018-05-14)
Explores the life of Irish-born cook Mary Mallon, an asymptomatic carrier of typhoid fever who was imprisoned on North Brother Island in New York City to prevent her from infecting people living on the mainland.
87[102]"Road Trip"39:00May 28, 2018 (2018-05-28)
The story of the alleged alien abduction of Barney and Betty Hill in the White Mountains near Lancaster, New Hampshire, in 1961.
88[103]"Crossing the Line"42:01June 11, 2018 (2018-06-11)
Explores a selection of historical instances in which people have attempted to artificially create living beings, or to bring the dead back to life, and also discusses the unusual methods people have used to seek companionship. One such story involves Carl Tanzler, a German-born X-ray technician living in Key West, Florida. In 1933, Tanzler stole the body of a deceased woman named Elena, and attempted to keep her corpse preserved in his bed. He managed to keep the body in his home for seven years, until Elena’s sister discovered it in Tanzler’s bed in 1940.
89[104]"Fanning the Flames"35:15June 25, 2018 (2018-06-25)
A selection of ghost stories and legends from Chicago, including the stories surrounding the Hull Mansion.
90[105]"Mind the Gap"41:15July 9, 2018 (2018-07-09)
Explores various cultures’ legends of lake monsters, including the creature dubbed “Champ” that allegedly lives in Lake Champlain, on the borders of New York State, Vermont, and Quebec.
91[106]"Beneath the Surface"32:30July 23, 2018 (2018-07-23)
Explores the history and ghost stories of Mackinac Island, Michigan, including the ghost stories and legends of the Grand Hotel.
92[107]"Stronger"33:30August 6, 2018 (2018-08-06)
The story of the life of Mollie Fancher, a so-called “fasting girl” living in Brooklyn who supposedly developed the ability of “second sight” after suffering several accidents that rendered her bedridden. Also discusses physician William Hammond’s attempts to expose Fancher as a fraud.
93[108]"A Place to Lay Your Head"33:30August 20, 2018 (2018-08-20)
Explores the circumstances surrounding the murders committed by the Bloody Benders. Many of the Benders’ murder victims were discovered on their abandoned farm along the Osage Trail in Labette County, Kansas, in 1873.
94[109]"Hard Rain"34:00September 3, 2018 (2018-09-03)
An exploration of the Lithobolia, an account written by Richard Chamberlayne – the royal secretary of the Colony of New Hampshire – and published in London in 1698. Chamberlayne’s account describes the property dispute between George Walton and Hannah Jones – who Walton accused of witchcraft – on Great Island, New Hampshire, in 1682.
95[110]"Out of Sight"33:30September 17, 2018 (2018-09-17)
Explores a selection of cases in which people have gone missing, including a case in which a captain and his valet disappeared. According to the story, the captain and valet looked very similar. One night in 1812, in the city of Danzig (modern-day Gdańsk, Poland), the captain was found dead in his room after a night of heavy drinking. The valet swapped clothes with the dead captain, and assumed the captain’s identity. Two years later, in 1814, the valet (disguised as the captain) was charged with theft, and sentenced to prison in western France, where he later went missing.
96[111]"The Long Good-Bye"37:30October 1, 2018 (2018-10-01)
The story of the life, travels, and performances of spiritualist Daniel Dunglas Home, who could allegedly predict the future, speak with the dead, and make objects and himself levitate.
97[112]"Misplaced"35:30October 8, 2018 (2018-10-08)
Describes the circumstances surrounding the trial of Stephen and Jesse Boorn, which occurred in Manchester, Vermont, in 1819. The two brothers were convicted of murdering their father-in-law, Russell Colvin, seven years prior; Jesse was sentenced to life in prison, while Stephen was sentenced to death by hanging. Before Stephen’s execution could be carried out, a man claiming to be the murdered Russell Colvin was found living in Dover, New Jersey; he was brought to Manchester, and the brothers were cleared of their charges and freed.
98[113]"Never Alone"38:20October 15, 2018 (2018-10-15)
The history, stories, and legends of Seattle, Washington, including the ghost stories surrounding the Peter Gessner mansion (also known as the “Castle”), located in Pioneer Square within the Georgetown neighborhood.
99[114]"Out for Blood"32:15October 22, 2018 (2018-10-22)
A selection of stories and legends about vampire-like creatures that feed on blood, including the chupacabra. Also describes the string of animal mutilations attributed to the chupacabra, which occurred throughout Puerto Rico (beginning in La Parguera) in 1998.
100[115]"Home Sweet Home"45:45October 29, 2018 (2018-10-29)
Explores the circumstances surrounding the supposed haunting of a house in the village of Hydesville (now part of Arcadia, New York) in 1848. According to the legend, the house was allegedly haunted by the ghost of a murdered peddler. The house was owned by John and Margaret Fox, the parents of the Fox Sisters. According to the episode, the reports of the haunting within this house played an important role in the founding of Spiritualism.
101[116]"Worn Away"31:00November 12, 2018 (2018-11-12)
A selection of stories and legends involving the entity from Navajo folklore known as the skin-walker, including the sightings reported by Tom Gorman and his family, which occurred in 1994 on their ranch (known as Skinwalker Ranch) in the Uintah Basin in Utah.
102[117]"Devil in the Details"34:45November 26, 2018 (2018-11-26)
The story of Walburga "Dolly" Oesterreich, who was charged with the shooting death of her husband Fred in Los Angeles in 1922. Fred had actually been shot by Otto Sanhuber, one of Dolly's many lovers, who had been living in the attic of the Oesterreich home for nearly a decade.
103[118]"Disappointment"35:00December 10, 2018 (2018-12-10)
The history and ghost stories of the Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, including the story of Michael, the alleged ghost of an Irish stonemason who is said to haunt Room 218.

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