On this BonusCast Diane and Denise are unedited and unscripted as they discuss the Biblical view of ghosts. They examine the general belief in the Church about ghosts, which is way oversimplified and not Biblical and then they look at a couple of ghost examples in the Bible. This broadcast will not be for everybody, but if you do listen, we hope we give you some things to think about and consider. The Bible is one of the most supernatural books and Christianity does not have to be boring or what we see on television: Your best life now and God the big piggy bank in the sky. See if you come to the same conclusions that we do at History Goes Bump. We’d love to hear our listeners thoughts on the topic!
At the base of Mount Fuji in Japan lies a forest that is 14 square miles in size and is referred to by some as the Sea of Trees. The forest’s official name is Aokigahara Forest and is known for being very quiet. Aokigahara is notorious though for its reputation as a place people go to die by their own hand. Most people call this wooded area “The Suicide Forest.” There are rumors that demons run the place. And the tales of hauntings are numerous. Diane and Denise share the Japanese culture around suicide and why this place seems to be cursed. Moment in Oddity features sword swallowing and This Day in History deals with the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
Mark Twain authored some of the most beloved stories in American literature. Everyone knows the story of Tom Sawyer, his buddy Huck Finn and about whitewashing wood fences. Not many people know the details of the life of Mark Twain though. Twain’s life was one of literary genius, but it was also one of financial ruin and immense pain when it came to his family life. The Twain’s owned a home in Hartford, Connecticut and Twain claimed that the years that he and his family lived in the Hartford home were the happiest years of their life. They would eventually move from the home, but did their spirits actually leave the home? Twain was a lifelong skeptic, but is he now a true believer as his spirit continues to roam on this side of the veil? Moment in Oddity features the Spider-tailed Horned Viper and This Day in History features the eruption of the Huaynaputina Volcano.
The most notorious gangster shooting in history occurred on a day that was meant for the veneration of a saint and for the commercialization of love: St. Valentine’s Day. This event occurred during the era of Prohibition and tension between rival Mafia families was at an all time high. The crime was horrific and bloody and forever left its mark. But this event not only holds a place in history, it seems to hold a place in time and location in the present even though the building in which the massacre took place has been torn down. This event is haunted. Join Denise and Diane as they take you through the history and the haunting of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre! Moment in oddity features the inspiration behind Hitchcock’s “The Birds” and This Day in History features the discovery that the Earth wobbles.
Barren Hill Tavern and Brewery has only been open for a couple of years, but the history behind the building that this warm eatery is housed within has an extensive history. Some people who come to this establishment, that is located on the outskirts of Philadelphia near the Barren Hill Battlefield, get more than just a nice meal and the chance to sample an originally crafted beer. Some of them have an experience with the unseen. The former General Lafayette Inn might still be playing host to guests that decided to never leave. Moment in Oddity features the Skunk Ape and This Day in History features the sinking of the Larchmont.
In Leicestershire, England the ruins of a religious settlement can be found that was once the Grace Dieu Priory. Despite the fact that not much of the stone structure still stands today, people from all around the world come to visit the site for various reasons. Some are tourists interested in the history. Other visitors are interested in the esoteric and come to the ruins seeking the spiritual. They believe the ruins lie on top of ley lines. Still others come because of their interest in things unseen. Reportedly, the stones of the priory are not the only vestiges still here. The spirits of those who have come before seem to remain. Grace Dieu Priory is haunted. Moment in Oddity features the Nazca Lines and This Day in History features the Cripple Creek’s Miner Strike.
Delaware is one of America’s original thirteen colonies and the state’s roots in American history are deep. The city of Wilmington is not only its largest city today, but Wilmington is also the first city established in the state in an area that was once the settlement for the Lenape tribe. Wilmington is home to a mansion that is situated off Marsh Road that is formally called Rockwood Mansion. The mansion is old and beautiful, but it is also something else: haunted. This home is considered the most haunted house museum in the state of Delaware. Denise and Diane take you through the history of this home and then into the hauntings. Moment in Oddity is the Legend of Gray Man and This Day in History features New Amsterdam becoming a city.