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.
There are various types of cemeteries all around the world. There are those that are huge with grand sculptures and palatial mausoleums. Others are boring with flat stones and markers and fake flowers. Still others seem abandoned to the elements and time. The one thing they all hold in common is that they are a testament to humanity. We lived and we died. And hopefully, somebody cared. Sometimes these cemeteries are haunted. On this episode, we’ll explore graveyards in New Hampshire, Florida, Colorado, Massachusetts, South Carolina and Georgia. Join me for Haunted Cemeteries 13! The Moment in Oddity features giant skeletons found in Lake Okeechobee and This Month in History features the first Drive-in Theater opening.
Ybor City was known as the “Wild West of the South.” This neighborhood just outside of Tampa, Florida has an amazing history, which has led to some interesting haunts. Several locations have been featured on ghost programs and we got to investigate one of them: The Cuban Club! Join me as I explore the history and hauntings of Ybor City. The Moment in Oddity features The Bloody Pit and This Month in History was suggested by Shelley Emary and features a balloon bomb killing six near Bly.
St. John’s is one of the oldest cities in North America and is found in Newfoundland and Labrador on the coast of Canada. St. John’s is said to be THE most haunted city in Canada. There are numerous historic locations here with a haunted reputation and we are going to look at several of them. Join me as I explore the history and hauntings of St. John’s! The Moment in Oddity features Birmingham’s Balloon Parade and This Month in History features Jim Thorpe born.
The Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium during World War I would be one of the bloodiest of the war, killing half a million men. The weather and mud at the field would contribute to dealing that heavy blow. Battlefields of all kinds seem to be epicenters for the paranormal. The blood becomes a part of the earth and seems to cry out from the afterlife. This area of ground would come to be known as Flanders Fields and there are spirits here. The Moment in Oddity was suggested by Jennifer White and features Myrtle Corbin and This Month in History features the death of Howard Hughes. Our location was suggested by listener Brian Morse.
Long before America was America, there was Salem. The town was a successful and busy port city, but it would become an infamous location that still causes a chill to run down our spines at the mere mention of its name. Based on my research, I would say that Salem has two main streets in its historic district that are the most haunted in the city. One is Essex Street and the other is Derby Street. On this episode, we are going to focus on the history and hauntings of Derby Street. The Moment in Oddity was suggested by John Michaels and features Fredric Baur buried in a Pringles can and This Month in History features Levi Weeks acquitted in Manhattan Well Mystery.
Dover Castle stands on the White Cliffs of Dover in Britain. This castle was originally not much to behold, but during the reign of King Henry II, it would become a grand structure. Tunnels lie beneath the castle and are built into a cliff, making it unique among castles. This is the largest castle in the country and has been around since the 12th century. The castle was a key defense and saw wars that were revolutionary, civil, Napoleonic and great. Today, it is a tourist destination with a reputation for being haunted. Join me for the history and hauntings of Dover Castle! The Moment in Oddity was suggested by John Michaels and features Rasputin connection to movie disclaimer and This Month in History features the premiere of My Fair Lady on Broadway.
The state of Kentucky is not only a place full of caves, these voids seem to exist under the entire state with the largest cave system in the world being located here. Add to the limitless possibilities of what could exist within caves, the fact that these caves are carved mostly out of limestone and you have the perfect makings for strange supernatural activity. I’ve been in two of these cave systems, Mega Cavern and Mammoth Cave. They are a wonder to behold. But there are stories of other things here that cannot be as easily explained as natural wonders and formations. Join me as I explore the history and hauntings of Kentucky’s caves and the Trickster who may be playing within them. The Moment in Oddity was suggested by Kayla Buss and features the Giant Penguin in Clearwater and This Month in History features Churchill talking about the Iron Curtain.
The Aradale Asylum would be home for the mentally ill for over a century and would feature conditions and treatments similar to other asylums around the world, most of which were not good. This misunderstanding and mistreatment of the mentally ill lends itself to the negative energy that sometimes feeds paranormal activity. The fact that the criminally insane were kept in J Ward only heightens that energy. Join me as I explore the history and hauntings of the Aradale Asylum! The Moment in Oddity features Moonshiners using cow shows to hide footprints and This Month in History features the first photo of an American President.