At the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay sits the home of the United State Naval Academy, the city of Annapolis, which claims to have more original structures dating back to the 18th century than any other city in America. One of those structures is The Brice House. A house that exudes a malevolent energy that might be carrying over from the corrupt family that once inhabited the residence. Tales of skeletons in walls and other legends have lead to claims that the mansion is haunted. Join us as we explore the history and hauntings of the Brice House. Moment in Oddity features the Ozark Spooklight and This Day in History features the Battle of Ezra Church by Richard Schaffer. This location was suggested by listener Amanda Prouty who also joins us to share her thoughts and stories. Our Research Assistant was Steven Pappas.
The Battle of the Somme began on July 1st 1916, one hundred years ago this month, and it lasted until the 18th of November. This was the defining battle of the first world war and the very first day of this clash was the bloodiest in the history of the British Army. Hundreds of thousands would lose their lives in the four months of fighting. This was a campaign fought between the German and British empires and the Battle of the Somme has been called the beginning of modern all-arms warfare. The bloodshed is similar to the Gettysburg and Antietam battles during the American Civil War and as we have found with the locations where these meetings took place, the Battle of the Somme battlefield is reputed to be incredibly haunted. Join us as we explore the history and hauntings of the Battle of the Somme! The Moment in Oddity was suggested by listener Brittany Cox and features Crybaby Bridge and This Day in History features the discovery of the Hale-Bopp Comet. Our location was suggested by and researched by Oddity Editor Bob Sherfield.
The Stickney House is one of the most unique houses in America and in the world because it was built with nearly no right angles. This was no accident and served a very specific purpose. The owners who built the home wanted to maximize the movement of spirits because they enjoyed interacting with spirits, but also wanted to prevent evil spirits from getting stuck in the corners. The same superstititions that inspired the Winchester Mansion seem to have inspired this home as well. The Stickneys were avid Spiritualists. It is no wonder that this home is reported to be haunted. Join us as explore the history and hauntings of the Stickney House! The Moment in Oddity features Big Phil the cannibal and This Day in History is by April Rogers-Krick and features Nadia Comaneci receiving her first perfect 10. Our location was suggested by listener Kelsey Hunt.
Diane is solo on Ep. 136, but Denise does manage to sneak in for a bit! Along the most scenic route to Yosemite National Park is the city of Coulterville, which is home to the historic Hotel Jeffery. The Magnolia Saloon that is part of the hotel is one of the only saloons in America that still has the traditional bat-wing doors and it is the oldest working saloon in California. The hotel has hosted the famous, but it also hosts some unique guests. The hotel is rumored to be haunted by 17 individual spirits and the unnerving part is that the hotel claims that most of the spirits are not malevolent, meaning that some are. Join us for the history and hauntings of Hotel Jeffery! The Moment in Oddity was suggested by listener Tammie McCarroll-Burroughs and features the graves of Charlie Silver and This Day in History is by April Rogers-Krick and features colonists landing in Roanoke for the first time. Our location was suggested by listener Scott Stuller and our research assistant was Kristin Swintek.
A tiny, uninhabitable, rocky island sits off the coast of Pointe du Raz, in western Brittany, France in Raz de Sein. This island is home to Tevennec Lighthouse. Lighthouses are meant to prevent deaths by guiding ships through dangerous waters. But Tevennec has been the scene of death many times and even before the lighthouse was built, local folklore tells of a history of death and haunting on the island. Legend says that Tevennec was home to Ankou, the Breton name for Death himself. Join us as we explore the history and hauntings of Tevennec Lighthouse! The Moment in Oddity features the burial of a shaman 12,000 years ago and This Day in History is by April Rogers-Krick and features the UFO crash in Roswell. Our location was suggested by listener Janet Sheppard and our Research Assistant was April Rogers-Krick.
In one of their longer episodes to date, Diane and Denise bring you their experiences from the Haunted America Conference 2016 held in haunted Alton, Illinois. Hear sound bites from lectures by Dr. Alan Brown featuring haunted B & Bs and Sherri Brake featuring Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum! Join them for snippets from the Haunted Alton Ghost Walk and hear about experiences felt by Spooktacular Crew members Heather and Tammie. And finally they share part of their private tour of the Lemp Mansion! If you like to hear about ghostly experiences and get a taste of what a trip with Diane and Denise is like, you’ll really enjoy this BonusCast. Never miss a BonusCast by becoming an Executive Producer at the $5 a month level. You make things like this possible!
The island of Corregidor in the Phillipines is a battle-scarred stretch of land known by some as “The Rock.” Debris reminds the visitor that this once was a part of the war theater during World War II. The island has played host to fishermen, pirates, the Spanish, American military and the Japanese. Today, it is a vacation destination for people around the world who can enjoy a stay at either a hotel or resort on the island. The turmoil that has been experienced on the island has lead to it being rumored as haunted and the legend of the bloodstones was born. Join us as we explore the history and hauntings of Corregidor Island! The Moment in Oddity features the Legend of the Piasa and This Day in History is by April Rogers-Krick and features Washington Taking Command of the Continental Army. Our location was suggested by listener April Garaci and our Research Assistant was Richard Schaffer.