We all love cemeteries around here. These are places of beauty and memorial, even the ones that have become overgrown and neglected. Headstones contain valuable information that can reveal the ethnicity, the demography or even the epidemiology of an area. Also, the feelings that people had at certain times or in certain places about religion and death. On this episode, we are not only going to talk about several haunted cemeteries: Cemetery Memorial Park in California, Oakland and Greenwood Cemeteries in Florida, Rosehill Cemetery in California and Mound City and Springdale Cemeteries in Illinois, but also some of the difficult issues with cemeteries: desecration and the burial of blacks. These kinds of issues can lead to unrest. Join us for Haunted Cemeteries 19!The Moment in Oddity features Outlaw Robert Clay Allison killed in a freak accident and This Month in History features Frances Pizarro coming to a bloody end.
The Jefferson Hotel, named for the city of Jefferson in Texas, has a fun history that continues on into today. From beginnings as a cotton warehouse to a speakeasy with women plying their trade to a gambling and dancing hub to a hotel full of uniquely named rooms and interesting antiques, this hotel has seen it all. And now it plays host to a variety of ghosts. Join us as we explore the history and hauntings of the Jefferson Hotel! The Moment in Oddity was suggested by Victoria Howard and features the Erfurt Latrine Disaster and This Month in History features the birth of Cole Porter. Our location was suggested by Sandra Parr Latham.
The DeSoto House Hotel sits at the corner of Green and Main Streets in downtown Galena, Illinois. This building has claims that it is the most haunted hotel in Illinois and with a history that includes President Abraham Lincoln, that reputation seems fitting. This was a beautiful hotel hosting grand balls until the economy hit it hard, but it has risen once again to provide the finest in accommodations. And with a Lady in Black who wandered the dining room so much that they left a hole in the wall for her, who wouldn’t want to stay here? Join us as we share the history and hauntings of the DeSoto House Hotel. The Moment in Oddity was suggested by Mike Rodgers and features the Charfield Railway Disaster and This Month in History features opening of the Brooklyn Bridge. Our location was suggested by listeners Amanda Allen and Jennie Douglas
Many of the buildings and homes in Bishop’s Stortford have changed very little since medieval and Tudor times. This is a historic market town in Hertfordshire, England with a history dating back to Roman occupation and Norman conquest. Many locations claim to have ghosts from churches to pubs to hotels and so much more. Join us as we explore the history and hauntings of Bishop’s Stortford! The Moment in Oddity was suggested by Mary Bright and Memory Burcalow and features Knocking On Wood and This Month in History features Operation Chastise and Bouncing Bombs.
We joined our listener Emily on a ghost hunt of the Old Clay County Jail in Green Cove Springs, Florida. This one will give you goose bumps by the end as we contacted not only spirits connected to the jail, but also a spirit connected to one of the investigators! The Moment in Oddity was suggested by Scott Booker and features an infinite pit that revives animals and This Month in History features the first wagon train leaving for California.
Boston is one of the oldest cities in America and full of history. One center of this history is the Boston Common, which is considered America’s oldest park. The Common has been around for well over 350 years and has been witness to some of the most important moments in American history from public hangings to wars to victories to protests to public mourning and so much more. Nearly every war since the city was established has had a connection to this central heart of Boston. So much emotion is wrapped up here, it’s not surprising that strange experiences are reported all over the Common. Join us as we explore the history and hauntings of the Boston Common. The Moment in Oddity was suggested by Robert Kruse and features The Green Mist of Chino Hills and This Month in History features the signing of the German Instrument of Surrender.
Bannack, Montana was a wild gold mining town with no sheriff to keep the peace until Henry Plummer came along and he turned out to be the worst criminal of them all. Brothels dotted the streets, as did saloons and within its first fourteen months of existence, seven people had been executed. The life of the town was short lived and unlike its sister cities of Helena and Virginia City, Bannack became a ghost town. The state government maintains the property and they have chosen to keep it in its dilapidated state. And perhaps that is why it seems that some ghosts are frozen in time here. Join us as we explore the history and hauntings of the ghost town of Bannack! The Moment in Oddity was suggested by Jenny Raines and features the Exeter Cathedral Clock and This Month in History features Tie a Yellow Ribbon Around the Old Oak Tree.
Why would a spirit hang around their grave? We recall that we had a listener named Maya write us a few months back and she had wondered if cemeteries were haunted because spirits were guarding their bodies, particularly from grave robbers. And we had wondered if maybe some spirits were hanging around because that is where their family would come to visit them. We may never know why a cemetery is haunted, but there are plenty to investigate to try to find out why. On this episode we have The Lost Cemetery of Infants from Texas, Citizens Cemetery in Arizona, 100 Steps Cemetery and Stepp Cemetery in Indiana and Erie Street Cemetery in Ohio. We also will be discussing cremation and a haunted crematory! Join us for Haunted Cemeteries 18! The Moment in Oddity was suggested by Jeannie Nolan and features Lost Lake Hole and This Month in History features Rita Moreno winning the first Oscar for a Hispanic woman.
Route 66 was once known as the “Main Street of America” and is still affectionately referred to as the Mother Road. It’s hard to believe this highway was once thriving with a host of businesses because now many of those businesses are closed and abandoned. One of these locations was The Diamonds, which started as a fruit stand, then became a restaurant and eventually a truck stop named the Tri-County Truck Stop that also had rooms to rent. The location is now closed and abandoned except for on certain nights when ghost hunts are offered. Many claim that this is the most haunted truck stop in the Midwest and perhaps even in the country. Join us as we explore the history and haunts of The Diamonds! The Moment in Oddity features two kings eating themselves to death and This Month in History features beer flowing again.
Ep. 380 features our investigation of another historic jail! The Hamilton County Jail was open for nearly 100 years and housed a variety of criminals and both men and women. Many people died here and at least three were executed and there are several bodies buried on the property. This has lead to claims of hauntings and based on our experiences, we would agree that this location is very active. Join us as we share our investigation of the Old Hamilton County Jail. The Moment in Oddity features The Great Pig War and This Month in History was suggested by Mike Rogers and features Corporal Hiroshi H. Miyamura becoming a hero.