As a special thank you to our listeners, here is BonusCast 4 featuring some outtakes from the show. We’re not sure you’ll think of it as much of a gift, but we pull back the curtain to reveal we aren’t perfect…shocking we know! Enjoy!
The Lord Milner Hotel appears to be a mash-up of old Victorian London and a medieval castle. The hotel is located in Matjiesfontein on the Grand Karoo in South Africa and sits along national highway N1 that links Cape Town to Johannesburg. The hotel is lauded as a tranquil escape, but some parts of the hotel seem to be disturbed. Could there be spirits at unrest in this historic old building? The Moment in Oddity features red haired breast feeding and This Day in History features the Massacre at Chios. Compelling picture and video included in show notes today!
The Island Hotel and Restaurant that is located on Cedar Key in Florida was originally made to be a general store and it was built to last. The building material that was used was Tabby, which is a mixture of oyster shells, sand and limestone, and the structure has lasted 155 years. The building has survived severe weather, the Civil War, fire, passing through the hands of many owners, a stint as a brothel, foreclosure and death. It would seem that the spirits of many who have passed through the doors have survived as well. Island Hotel is not only one of the better known hotels in Florida, but it has a reputation of being haunted. The actual number of haunts seems to be thirteen ghosts.The Moment in Oddity features surviving lightning strikes and This Day in History features publication of the Book of Mormon.
No other actress has ever had the notoriety and fame or stirred the emotions quite like Marilyn Monroe. She was a legend in her own time and that legend has only grown since her untimely death. Not only was her rise to fame epic, but her personal life was a tale fit for the silver screen filled with torrid love affairs that included a president, drugs, scandal, tragedy, conspiracy and a mysterious death. Such a tumultuous life is hard to completely snuff out and perhaps Marilyn Monroe’s spirit continues to live on in the afterlife. Not just in our memories, but as a spirit still walking among us. Moment in Oddity features the Tarim Mummies and This Day in History features the Great New Orleans Fire of 1788.
Kilmainham Gaol is an immense structure found in Dublin, Ireland that holds a place in the annals of Ireland’s fight for independence and has a history that spans over two centuries. Today, it is the largest unoccupied prison in the country and is now a museum, but at one time it was home for hundreds of prisoners and was the scene of many executions. Those prisoners included not only notable revolutionaries, but also ordinary men, women and yes, children. And now it seems to be home for the spirits of several of these former occupants. Kilmainham Gaol is rumored to be haunted. The Moment in Oddity features the Legend of the Ourang Medan (very strange story) and This Day in History features the first female pharmacist Susan Hayhurst.
The Morse Mill Hotel in Hillsboro, Missouri has it all for history and ghost enthusiasts alike. This location has not only served as a private residence, tavern and inn, but also as a hospital for the Confederate wounded during the Civil War. And during Prohibition, this building was both a speakeasy and a brothel. A female serial killer has been connected to the Morse Mill Hotel as well. This nearly two hundred year old structure is full of surprises and quite possibly, ghosts. The Moment in Oddity features the Carnac Stones and This Day in History features the Spanish Influenza Pandemic.
Seguin Island is an island off of Maine, which can only be reached by boat, and is home to Maine’s tallest and second oldest lighthouse, Seguin Island Lighthouse. This lighthouse is known by its more common name, Seguin Light, and not only dates back to the birth of America, but it carries a rich history that includes a gruesome tale. What has happened at this lighthouse seems to live on, not only through stories, but through spirits as well. The light is always on at this lighthouse. Come with us as we climb the spiral staircase of legend into the afterlife.The Moment in Oddity features self mummification (bet you didn’t know someone could do that) and This Day in History features The Battle at the Alamo!
The Oliver House Bed & Breakfast is located in Bisbee, Arizona. Bisbee is a quaint town with a historic mining background. As is the case in most mining towns, this town has a rich history with gambling, prostitution and murder taking center stage. The Bisbee of the modern era may have quieted considerably, but the unseen world has not stopped kicking up its heels. Long dead residents still seem to be hanging around and one of their favorite places to knock about is the Oliver House. Diane and Denise are both under the weather during this podcast and the tail end of the show devolves into weird ghost vocals, a rooster banshee and other fun! Moment in Oddity features the MacKenzie Tomb and This Day in History features the Blood Bath at Vassy.