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 48 Sources: Spooky True Crime Vol. 4 – Oops, All Witches

In our fourth Spooky True Crime episode, we’re taking you back to Pennsylvania Dutch country in 1928 for the story of the Hex Hollow murder. Listen to hear about the traditional medicine and folk magic traditions of Brauche or Powwow, and what happens when we succumb to fear and suspicion to try to remedy a string of bad luck.

Link with pictures from a tour of the Hex Hollow House: https://housecrazysarah.life/the-house-at-hex-hollow/

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

Here are our sources:

  1. Supernatural with Ashley Flowers, Episode 62
  2. Lore podcast, Episode 62: Desperate Measures
  3. Morbid podcast, Episode 153
  4. https://the-line-up.com/hex-hollow-nelson-rehmeyer
  5. https://www.ydr.com/story/news/history/blogs/york-town-square/2017/10/14/murder-and-witchcraft-incredible-story-york-countys-hex-murder/764018001/
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rehmeyer%27s_Hollow
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legend_tripping
  8. https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/rehmeyers-hollow
  9. https://occult-world.com/blymire-john/
  10. https://www.glencairnmuseum.org/newsletter/2017/3/2/powwowing-in-pennsylvania
  11. https://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/ny-metro-justice-story-rehmeyer-20181121-story.html
  12. https://www.ydr.com/story/news/history/blogs/york-town-square/2009/12/06/hex-murder-rehmayer/31681709/
  13. https://www.wgal.com/article/tales-of-witchcraft-spells-murder-surround-rehmeyer-s-hollow/6239526

Episode 46 Sources: The Enfield Poltergeist

In this episode we get back to our paranormal roots to cover a listener request, the Enfield Poltergeist! You may be familiar with this story from the movies, but we are here (per usual) to tell you that what happened to the Hodgson family may not have been as spooky as it seems. Join us to hear about Peggy Hodgson, her children, their G-H-O-S-T, and what we think was actually going on at 284 Green St. in 1977.

Featured promo in this episode comes from our friends at 3 Spooked Girls!

Link including pictures taken by Graham Morris of Janet “levitating” (i.e., jumping off of her bed): http://features.sky.com/enfield-haunting/

Here are our sources:

  1. Monster Talk podcast, Episodes 123 & 124 https://www.skeptic.com/podcasts/monstertalk/17/03/08/, https://www.skeptic.com/podcasts/monstertalk/17/04/12/
  2. Generation Why podcast, “The Enfield Poltergeist”, https://podcasts.apple.com/ro/podcast/the-enfield-poltergeist-151/id541481026?i=1000354821499
  3. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/may/01/the-enfield-poltergeist-a-skeptic-speaks
  4. https://www.timeout.com/london/blog/five-reasons-why-londons-most-famous-poltergeist-case-is-a-hoax-061616
  5. http://www.theoccultmuseum.com/interview-poltergeist-true-story-enfield-haunting/
  6. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4GjC93L35KcswfsR13Gvj8F/what-it-s-like-to-meet-a-poltergeist
  7. https://psi-encyclopedia.spr.ac.uk/articles/enfield-poltergeist
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Society_for_Psychical_Research
  9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enfield_poltergeist
  10. https://www.thehistoryreader.com/us-history/1977-the-amityville-haunting-and-the-enfield-house/
  11. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2054842/Enfield-Poltergeist-The-amazing-story-11-year-old-North-London-girl-levitated-bed.html  
  12. https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-15524459

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!

To see our sources for this episode, head to our website at www.spookysciencesisters.com. Hit subscribe to be notified of future episodes, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@SpookySciPod), TikTok (@SpookyScience), and Facebook (@SpookyScienceSisters) for even more spooky content! Help us grow by sharing with a friend and leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. You can also support the show further by buying us a “spirit”!

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Episode 33 Sources: Spooky True Crime Vol. 2 w/ Kyna: Was Elizabeth Bathory Innocent?

We’ve all heard stories of Elizabeth Bathory, who is known as the most torturous and prolific female serial killer in history. Was she really the monster we all know her as, or was she the Regina George of her time – a powerful woman with enemies just as mean as she was? Kyna, host of the Historical AF podcast joins us for our second spooky true crime episode. Listen in for a giggle-filled discussion on the famed Blood Countess and her residence-turned-prison, Cachtice Castle. You can listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandora, or iHeartRadio.

Here are our sources:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_B%C3%A1thory
  2. https://www.thoughtco.com/elizabeth-bathory-mass-murderer-or-victim-1221244
  3. https://stmuhistorymedia.org/elizabeth-bathory/
  4. https://www.historyofroyalwomen.com/elizabeth-bathory/elizabeth-bathory-countess-dracula/
  5. https://allthatsinteresting.com/elizabeth-bathory-true-story
  6. https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/bathorys-torturous-escapades-are-exposed
  7. https://www.biography.com/crime-figure/elizabeth-bathory#:~:text=In%201610%20she%20was%20accused,for%20most%20prolific%20female%20murderer.
  8. https://ir.library.illinoisstate.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1134&context=etd
  9. https://www.historyhit.com/the-blood-countess-facts-about-elizabeth-bathory/
  10. https://www.thetravel.com/elizabeth-bathory-history-education-hungary-travel/
  11. https://www.istrianet.org/istria/legends/vampires/bathory.htm
  12. https://historycollection.com/real-countess-dracula-12-facts-life-crimes-elizabeth-bathory/6/
  13. https://www.orellfuessli.ch/shop/home/artikeldetails/ID3093779.html
  14. https://stmuhistorymedia.org/elizabeth-bathory/#marker-96966-11
  15. https://serialkillershistory.wordpress.com/2017/12/20/the-true-story-of-elizabeth-bathory-the-blood-countess-2/
  16. https://amyscrypt.com/cachtice-castle-elizabeth-bathory/
  17. https://historycollection.com/10-ghosts-of-the-most-famous-historical-figures-and-where-to-find-them/6/
  18. https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/blood-countess-slovakia/index.html
  19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egNckCeKevE

Spooky True Crime Vol. 2 with Kyna: Was Elizabeth Bathory Innocent?

We’ve all heard stories of Elizabeth Bathory, who is known as the most torturous and prolific female serial killer in history. Was she really the monster we all know her as, or was she the Regina George of her time – a powerful woman with enemies just as mean as she was? Kyna, host of the Historical AF podcast joins us for our second spooky true crime episode. Listen in for a giggle-filled discussion on the famed Blood Countess and her residence-turned-prison, Cachtice Castle.

To see our sources for this episode, head to our website at www.spookysciencesisters.com. Hit subscribe to be notified of future episodes, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@SpookySciPod), TikTok (@SpookyScience), and Facebook (@SpookyScienceSisters) for even more spooky content! Help us grow by sharing with a friend and leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. You can also support the show further by buying us a “spirit”!

Promo at the beginning of the episode from Ain’t It Scary? with Sean & Carrie. Spooky Science Sisters is a member of the Straight Up Strange Podcast Network.

Episode 30 Sources: Debunking Hauntings with Kenny Biddle Vol. 2

Kenny Biddle joins us for another fun, goofy, and giggle-filled episode about famous hauntings! In this episode we look at audio and visual evidence for supposed hauntings at the Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago, IL and Victoria’s Black Swan Inn in San Antonio, TX. Kenny helps us do some investigative work to figure out what is really going on with these videos of EVP recordings, shadowy figures, and spooky voices. You can listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandora, or iHeartRadio.

Congress Plaza Hotel, Chicago, IL:

The YouTube video we discuss can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BihfOGHAI8

Key timestamps are:

  1. EVP in ballroom: 15:00-16:00 min
  2. “Face” in door: 25:00-25:35 min
  3. Voices in hallway: 27:00-28:00 min

Additional background links:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congress_Plaza_Hotel
  2. https://www.theodysseyonline.com/dark-history-congress-plaza-hotel
  3. https://www.choosechicago.com/blog/chicagos-most-haunted-hotels/
  4. https://dementedmittentours.com/blog/room-441-chicagos-most-haunted/

Victoria’s Black Swan Inn, San Antonio, TX:

The videos we discuss include:

  1. SLS footage from Black Valley Paranormal: https://fb.watch/55J0tNvwFk/
  2. Dairy barn EVP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7eZs5oW-XU&t=10s
  3. EVP of little girl laughing ~1:40 min: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_rEamHeluw
  4. Whistling sound from hallway: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=899366823917557
  5. Shadow figure in dairy barn: https://www.instagram.com/p/BE8mG0lKZBp/?igshid=r7wccgklfke7

Additional background links:

  1. https://www.slotsource.com/haunted-hotspots
  2. http://www.ghostsofamerica.com/
  3. https://bunewsservice.com/they-saw-something-they-couldnt-explain-the-strange-case-for-ghost-sightings-in-the-u-s/
  4. https://www.victoriasblackswaninn.com/about
  5. https://www.sanantoniomag.com/events/overnight-ghost-hunt-and-campout-at-victorias-black-swan-inn-san-antonio-tx/

Debunking Hauntings with Kenny Biddle, Vol. 2

Kenny Biddle joins us for another fun, goofy, and giggle-filled episode about famous hauntings! In this episode we look at audio and visual evidence for supposed hauntings at the Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago, IL and Victoria’s Black Swan Inn in San Antonio, TX. Kenny helps us do some investigative work to figure out what is really going on with these videos of EVP recordings, shadowy figures, and spooky voices. All of the videos we discussed and corresponding timestamps will be posted on our website (www.spookysciencesisters.com) and shared on social media!

Hit subscribe to be notified of future episodes, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@SpookySciPod), TikTok (@SpookyScience), and Facebook (@SpookyScienceSisters) for even more spooky content! Help us grow by sharing with a friend and leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.

Spooky Science Sisters is a member of the Straight Up Strange Podcast Network.