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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Deep in the rolling hills of North Carolina, sits a stately manor that rivals the castles of Europe. Built by a true visionary, the Biltmore Estate is a breathtaking place. And just beyond its borders, the town of Asheville has some secrets to share.
Let’s step back in time and visit America’s version of Downton Abbey and its neighboring town. There will be grandeur, and there just may be a few ghosts.
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The South has its beauty with dripping Spanish moss, massive oaks, thick woods, and vibrant green vegetation. Along with the remnants of abandoned mansions and decaying buildings—forgotten and buried in a time long ago—the South has more than a few skeletons in its closet. And its secrets keep crawling out of the grave, refusing to stay buried.
After a recent trip to Atlanta and its hauntingly beautiful Historic Oakland Cemetery, I picked up a few books that uncover some of the Gate City’s dark past. This is the horrifically true story of the Atlanta Ripper.
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The South is full of superstition, folklore, and spooks. I think it's because of our large number of Scottish descendants, but it could also be because people move slower here. We spend lots of time sitting around the table or on our dusty front porches. We're natural-born storytellers. We believe in community and keeping traditions alive.
Southern Gothic Literature focuses on grotesque themes, often featuring broken, damaged, and delusional characters with possible supernatural elements. It's a vibrant genre that has long captured the attention of audiences. Authors who write Southern Gothic embrace their heritage and write about what they know best--the mysterious, murky madness that staunch tradition, religion, and secrecy create.
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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Pirates have always been glamorized in entertainment. Just the mention of them brings images to our minds. They are history’s favorite bad guys, but as we'll discuss in this episode, there were a few fearsome women, as well.
And we’ll delve into the most famous legend and pirates’ tavern in history--The Pirates' House--which you can still visit today.
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If you take a ghost tour in Charleston, you'll likely hear the legend of Lavinia Fisher, reported to be the first female serial killer in America. But despite what we're told on the tours, the real story behind this infamous woman may surprise you. In this episode, we'll uncover the facts and search history for the truth behind the lore.
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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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There are certain things that once experienced, there’s no going back. In this episode, we'll meet the forgotten author, Conrad Aiken. He witnessed the most horrific thing a person could when he was eleven years old. That life-altering event both haunted him an defined him. We’ll discuss the most famous poet most people have never known.
Why is it that seemingly innocent things--children, dolls, clowns, churches--when turned on their heads make the most terrifying horrors? The juxtaposition of good and evil and holy and hell piques our attention when the benign unexpectedly becomes malicious.
In this episode, we'll tell you two stories and a few undeniable truths.