History Goes Bump turns 5 today! That is five years of Moments in Oddity, This Month in Histories and haunted history. We’ve produced 350 episodes with over 4 million downloads and entertained while educating. But HGB isn’t just about the production. It’s about the community of listeners that have gathered around this little indie podcast and built it into a success. So, as we’ve done for the last three anniversary shows, this anniversary special features a Flash Fiction contest with stories by our listeners. We have our three winners and two runner-ups to share. Thanks for the listens!
Ep. 308 is up and we take you inside the Squirrel Cage Jail for an investigation! The Squirrel Cage Jail is very unassuming. This is a regular looking historic brick building in the middle of Council Bluffs, Iowa. No one would really know there was a jail inside, save for a few windows with bars in them. A black wrought-iron gate closes off the back of the jail and a colorful statue of a horse decorated with lights stands behind it. We had featured the Squirrel Cage Jail in Ep. 284, but this would be the first time we would actually get to go inside and tour the building. But we did more than just tour this location. This was the inaugural ghost hunt hosted by History Goes Bump and seven listeners joined myself and Kelly as we searched for communication with something from beyond the veil. And we believe we received that. Join me as I share the investigation of the Squirrel Cage Jail in Council Bluffs! The Moment in Oddity was suggested by Chelsea Flowers and features Jacob Miller, a war survivor and This Month in History features the premiere of The Magic Flute.
Why is it that we persecute those who believe differently than we do? Why do neighbors turn on each other? On this episode, I present a brief overview of the history of witch hunts starting with the early Biblical accounts of witches to the hysteria of the European and American witch hunts of the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries and beyond. People were left dead in their wake. This has left spiritual residue leading to hauntings. The Moment in Oddity was suggested by listener Laura Ann Williams and features a death mask becoming model for Annie the CPR Doll and This Month in History features the Jetsons airing for the first time. Special thanks to Deana Marie of the TwistedPhilly Podcast and Jessica Walters of the Shoes, Boos and Tattoos Podcast for their contributions!
When we look at haunted graveyards, we have many questions. Why are there ghosts or at least, unexplained things happening in cemeteries? Can we find answers in the history? In the stories? We’re up to episode 14 of these haunted cemeteries and I don’t know that I’m any closer to answers. One thing that is very clear though, is that cemeteries are very important! Join me as we explore Elkhart Cemetery in Illinois, Dawson Cemetery in New Mexico, Lone Fir Cemetery in Oregon, Spider Gate Cemetery in Massachusetts and Oakwood Cemetery in Texas! Moment in Oddity features the Mysterious Stone Monuments of Markawasi, Peru and This Month in History features King William II dies by accident or assassination.
The “Black Dahlia Murder House” is actually the John Sowden House. The man I believe killed Elizabeth Short lived here for a time and I believe he murdered her and many other women in this house. The torture and murder that took place here has left a negative spiritual residue that has lead to hauntings. Not only that, but the Black Dahlia herself is not at rest and has been seen in several locations in her spirit form. Join me as I explore the murder of the Black Dahlia, her killer and the history of the house that ties the two together, the Sowden House! The Moment in Oddity was suggested by Michael Rogers and features the Aztec Death Whistle and This Month in History features Congress taking over lighthouses.
Ep. 304 is up! The Penitentiary of New Mexico has the dubious distinction of being the site of the worst prison riot in American history. Prisons are already notorious for being havens for paranormal experiences, but what ensued during that riot, left behind a residue just begging to feed negative spiritual energy. There are those who claim the land here is cursed. Join me as I explore the history and hauntings of the Penitentiary of New Mexico! The Moment in Oddity features The Earling Possession and This Month in History features St. Columba’s account of the Loch Ness Monster. This episode brought to you by the Executive Producers and Care Of. For 25% off your first order, go to http://TakeCareOf.com and enter code BUMP
Keg Mansion Steakhouse in Toronto, Canada is considered Canada’s most infamous and haunted restaurant. The Steakhouse is the former home to a radio station and the Bombay Bicycle Club, but for many of its years, it was a home to some very well-known Torontonians. Several family members died here as well as a staff member. Many have claimed to have unexplained experiences at the steakhouse. Could these be caused by spirits of the family? Join me as I explore the history and hauntings of the Keg Mansion Steakhouse. The Moment in Oddity was suggested by listener Ariel Facey and features the tree with matchmaking powers and This Month in History features Percy Shelley drowning.
Alton, Illinois’ position along the great Mississippi River made it a good place to stay and when mineral springs were discovered under the spot where the Mineral Springs Hotel now sits, it became a place to stay for relaxation and the curative powers of the water. This was a grand hotel that has faded and now houses shops and possibly spirits. This is said to be one of the most haunted locations in Alton and on this episode we share its stories as we venture into every nook and cranny from the dug out spaces underneath the building to the empty pool room and beyond. Join us on our investigation into the Mineral Springs Hotel! The Moment in Oddity was suggested by John Michaels and features the Peck San Theng Columbarium and This Month in History features German radar foiled.
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Alton, Illinois is a great little river town that Diane has had the pleasure of visiting four times. Haunts and legends abound in this little city with a big history. Many consider this to be one of the most haunted little towns in America. One of its haunted locations is the McPike Mansion. Diane took part in an investigation here and had some pretty amazing experiences that border on full-bodied apparitions. On this episode, she is joined by Kelly and they share their experiences and also share the experiences of listener Tammie Burroughs and her husband Brian and they take you inside the dark session they joined. The Moment in Oddity features the Gentle Giant, Robert Wadlow and This Month in History features the first anti-rabies vaccine being given.
This episode is going to be a little different and why shouldn’t it be since this is officially HGB’s 300th episode! June 2019 marks a few things. I’ve been producing the podcast for exactly 4.5 years. We’ve hit a big episode number and have almost 4 million downloads of the podcast. And the month of June is gay pride and 2019 marks 50 years since the StoneWall Riots that started the big push for gay rights in America. This coming together of big milestones inspired this episode and what I will present here for your listening pleasure is a bit of gay history that has hauntings connected to it and after producing a haunted history podcast for this many years, I have changed my opinions, beliefs and practices in regards to the paranormal and will share that perspective. Plus, my top 10 most haunted places I’ve visited! Join me on an exploration into my haunted gay life! The Moment in Oddity was suggested by Carren Sanders and features the Whispers of Yellowstone Lake and This Day in History features the Pulse Nightclub Massacre.