In this episode, Josiah Coughran, host of The Darwin Awards Podcast, shares an experience he had in the Yucatan.
Nellie Bly, known for her book Ten Days in a Madhouse, was born in 1864 just outside of Pittsburgh. She would become a true suffragette and leader in women's voices. Nellie grew up living a typical life of domestic womanhood like many in those days, but she had a voice that needed to be heard. In 1885, she wrote to the Pittsburg Dispatch, going against an article that said the only purpose for women was to clean house and take care of children and that they had no business working outside the home. In her letter, she evoked a woman's God-given abilities to work and do other jobs well, despite what society thought. Her passionate rebuke landed her a job with the Dispatch for $5 a week. But women weren't respected in journalism. Women were allowed to write about food, gardening, household topics, and fashion. But Nellie wanted to be a real journalist.
Small town living in the South is full of history and haunts. These dying southern towns fill the country roads in the southeast, speckling the path from big city to big city. They're the heart of the southern people, where so many reside. The small city of Eufaula, AL, is an excellent example of days long ago, with a picturesque Antebellum landscape. And it's here… in these quaint, quiet settings that you just may have a terrifying ghostly encounter.
The horrors of murder permeate the very ground they touch. Their stories linger in the soil, in the atmosphere, and their whispers often repeated for centuries.
Why is that murder and mystery long-live, while goodness and grace are sweet but too-soon forgotten? Could it be that our innate longing for justice, for balance, outweighs most? Or does the thrill of adrenaline, pulsing through our veins, when we hear the stories give us some unholy joy? Either way, it's stories like Alice Riley’s, the first woman to be executed in Georgia, that haunt us in more ways than one.
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The most tragic events are often the ones that are the most remembered. Such is the case of the 1897 Paris tragedy. The Bazar de la Charité would be the end of many of France's most wealthiest women. Thirty terrifying minutes would change everything.
Death at a charity bazaar makes one remember the phrase, "No good deed goes unpunished." This horrible accident reminds us that tragedy isn't a respecter of persons. We're all fighting to survive.
Some places aren't safe. Have never been safe. Some would say they're cursed. Such is the case with St. Albans Sanatorium in Virginia. With its complicated and horrific past, it sits now as a relic of proof that even the cursed still survive.
I’m about to take you to a place of horrors—where madness and mayhem roam the halls. This is a story you don't want to miss.
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Every city has its ghosts, but the Tampa neighborhood of Ybor has more than its fair share. In this episode, you’ll hear tales of the most haunted buildings in Tampa. Once called the Wild West of the South, Ybor City’s lawless dead inhabitants are still wreaking havoc today.
Have you ever visited a haunted house? Did it live up to the hype? Did it give you all the spooky thrills? In this episode, we'll step inside the infamous Sorrel-Weed House located in Historic Savannah, Georgia. We'll uncover the history, debunk the legend, and I'll share my personal experience.
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Edgar Allan Poe had a sad life, losing every woman he ever loved. Of course, he’s famous for his macabre stories, but it’s his very last poem that is truly fascinating. Who was Poe’s Annabel Lee? Was she his wife or some secret love who’s been lost in history? There’s a legend in Charleston, South Carolina that you may find compelling. We know a lot about Poe’s dark mind, but in this episode, we’ll explore a lesser known side of him—his heart.