Episode 72: Halloween Listener Stories IV

Welcome to our fourth (!!!) volume of Halloween Listener Stories. Yes, we know it’s almost a month after Halloween, but it’s always Halloween in our hearts, right!? Listen to hear us try to debunk three creepy tales featuring a haunted (?) hotel room, mysterious nocturnal jewelry removals, and a phantom smell. Have your own story to share? Be sure to send it to us any time to hear it debunked next Halloween! Listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandoraiHeartRadio, and more.

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Episode 53 Sources: New Orleans Birthday Extravaganza!

We went to New Orleans for Paige’s 30th birthday, and thought this was a perfect opportunity to tell you about some of the spookiest stories from one of America’s spookiest cities! Listen to hear our take on the heinous crimes of Madame LaLaurie, the ghosts of Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar, and burial practices in the Big Easy. Listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandora, or iHeartRadio.

While you’re here, we’d love it if you could subscribe to our YouTube channel! There you’ll find extra video content related to the podcast, and Meagan will be going live from time to time to play spooky games or just hang out with listeners! Additionally, if you are interested in any books we’ve discussed on the podcast, you can find them in our new Amazon storefront. We also have recommendations for other books and products we love.

Here are our sources for this episode:

  1. https://deepsouthmag.com/2014/01/15/real-madame-lalaurie-legends-american-horror-story-coven/
  2. https://www.vice.com/en/article/3b7x53/a-portrait-of-cruelty-madame-marie-delphine-lalaurie-92
  3. https://www.inquisitr.com/1709485/american-horror-storys-madame-lalaurie-was-even-more-evil-in-real-life/
  4. https://www.flavorwire.com/426021/the-strange-true-story-of-kathy-bates-american-horror-story-character-delphine-lalaurie
  5. https://www.legendsofamerica.com/lalaurie-mansion/
  6. https://thehauntedplaces.com/history-of-lafittes-blacksmith-shop/
  7. https://64parishes.org/entry/delphine-lalaurie
  8. https://ghostcitytours.com/new-orleans/haunted-places/lafittes-blacksmith-shop/
  9. https://www.forbes.com/sites/bradjaphe/2020/08/20/is-this-the-worlds-most-haunted-bar/?sh=131c54b965a9
  10. https://www.wwno.org/podcast/tripod-new-orleans-at-300/2016-10-06/the-cemetery-under-the-french-quarter
  11. https://nolacatholiccemeteries.org/st-louis-cemetery-1
  12. https://www.tripshock.com/blog/nola-cemetery-guide/

Episode 42 Sources: The (Not-So-Mysterious) Winchester Mystery House

In this episode we are joined by the fabulous Karen Stollznow (author and host of the Monster Talk podcast) to talk about the history and rumors surrounding Sarah Winchester and her famed California mansion. As with the Mystery House itself, things aren’t always what they seem when it comes to the reclusive widow who built it.

You can listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandora, or iHeartRadio.

Here are our sources:

  1. The Meg Conley article mentioned by Meagan: https://www.megconley.com/the-winchester-mystery-house/
  2. Karen’s book Haunting America where she tells the story of the Winchester Mansion: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B087FC3MYB/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i9
  3. The book on Sarah Winchester recommended by Karen, Captive of the Labyrinth by Mary Jo Ignoffo: https://www.amazon.com/Captive-Labyrinth-Winchester-Heiress-Fortune/dp/0826219837/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=captive+of+the+labyrinth&qid=1646405516&sprefix=captive+of+the+la%2Caps%2C63&sr=8-1
  4. Photo of the original Hayes Mansion: https://www.mercurynews.com/2016/06/14/herhold-the-woman-behind-san-joses-hayes-mansion/
  5. https://www.winchestermysteryhouse.com/sarahs-story/
  6. https://www.biography.com/personality/sarah-winchester
  7. https://thetruthaboutsarahwinchester.com/
  8. Criminal Podcast – Episode 107: https://thisiscriminal.com/episode-107-the-widow-and-the-winchester-2-1-2019/
  9. https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/02/winchester-helen-mirren-haunted-house-san-jose
  10. https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/real-story-of-sarah-winchester-mystery-house-12552842.php
  11. https://www.7×7.com/the-top-10-lies-about-the-winchester-mystery-house-1786563456.html
  12. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/26/movies/horror-movie-based-on-a-true-story.html 
  13. https://fronterasdesk.org/content/1752944/new-local-musical-shows-only-thing-haunting-sarah-winchester-was-fake-news  
  14. https://www.guns.com/news/2012/07/19/winchester-1873

Episode 37 Sources: Halloween Listener Stories II

Happy (Belated) Halloween! In our second annual Halloween Listener Stories episode we will share (and debunk) three spooky stories that came to us from your fellow listeners! Has something similar happened to you? Do you have an explanation that we didn’t cover?  Let us know your thoughts! You can listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandora, or iHeartRadio.

Special thanks to Sophie, DJ, and Tyson for sharing their amazing stories!

Here is the sketch Sophie included with her story about the Monte Cristo Homestead.

Here are our sources:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monte_Cristo_Homestead
  2. https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/history-culture/2018/09/the-haunting-of-the-monte-cristo-homestead/  
  3. https://www.sciencefocus.com/science/strange-but-true-the-mystery-of-the-monte-cristo-homestead-and-the-supernatural-science-that-explains-it/
  4. https://www.science.org/content/article/illuminating-shadow-people-rev2
  5. https://bigthink.com/neuropsych/sleep-paralysis-terrifying-encounter-mind/

Halloween Listener Stories II

Happy (Belated) Halloween! In our second annual Halloween Listener Stories episode we will share (and debunk) three spooky stories that came to us from your fellow listeners! Has something similar happened to you? Do you have an explanation that we didn’t cover?  Let us know your thoughts! 

Special thanks to Sophie, DJ, and Tyson for sharing their amazing stories!

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