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Sadamichi Hirasawa & The Teigin Incident
Oct 13 • 60 min
Tokyo, Japan, 1948. A man walks into a bank, announces himself to the manager as an official of the local Government Health Department, instructs the staff to take an inoculation medicine and walks out leaving 12 of them dead from poison. Upon first…
Graham Young: The Tea Boy
Sep 29 • 71 min
Graham Young was an unusual boy. Infinitely fascinated with chemistry, he devoted large amounts of his early life pouring over thick medical textbooks, educating himself on the properties of various chemical compounds. What stood Graham out from his peers…
Harry price & The Séance of Rosalie
Sep 15 • 106 min
On a cold December night of 1937, renowned Psychical Investigator Harry Price strode up the steps outside a large, Victorian house in a quiet, well-to-do London suburb. He’d come to the house to partake in a séance, invited by a woman known only as Mrs X…
Death Raft: The Wreck of The Medusa
Sep 1 • 61 min
As The Medusa sailed from Rochefort in 1816, many aboard saw bright futures ahead for themselves. They were escaping a country torn asunder, harshly divided by war, revolution and eventual restoration. With the French Empire floundering and a band of…
James Dunham & The McGlincy Murders
Aug 18 • 72 min
Campbell, California. Lying in the heart of Santa Clara County, a periphery city of Silicon Valley and the birthplace of E-Bay. In 1896, 100 years before websites facilitating the auctioning of used underwear and haunted paintings had been dreamt up,…
William Cragh: The Not So Hanged Man
Aug 4 • 62 min
William the Scabby was lead out to the scaffold on which he was to be hanged. A rebel against the Anglo-Norman rule, he had been sentenced to death on 13 counts of Homicide. Now it was time for him to meet his maker. Except, that is not how the story…
Lost & Found: The Mysterious case of Pauline Picard
Jul 21 • 49 min
When Pauline went missing in 1922, all hope was initially lost of her return, until a month later, when she showed up 200 miles away. Her parents collected her, took her home and lived with her for several weeks before a body showed up just 800 metres…
Belle Gunness: Lady Bluebeard & The Murder Farm
Jul 7 • 89 min
When the Altic Farm House, on the outskirts of La Porte, Indiana burnt down in 1908, locals thought it a tragedy that claimed the lives of three children and their heroic mother, who had died trying to protect them from the flames. During the excavation…
The Dodleston Messages: Ghost in the Machine
Jun 23 • 87 min
On Dark Histories, we hear the words of people lost to history, echoing through the writings of labourers, servants, judges, juries, maids and mistresses exactly as they were written in decades and centuries past. This one way communication with history…
The Curious Case of Not Townsend
Jun 9 • 81 min
Getting away with murder has always been a difficult, and ultimately, unlikely affair, even in the 19th Century, before DNA analysis, fingerprint databases, or even any real, proper detective agencies, it was still a challenge that many criminals tried…
Detective Whicher & The Road Hill House Mystery
May 26 • 87 min
The events that took place in the village of Road during the year 1860 would seem straight out of Victorian detective fiction. The characters played their roles as the family, the live in staff, the day staff and all with their own lives and their own…
Terror in Gévaudan: The Beast
May 12 • 76 min
In 1764, France was a tumultuous place. On the eve of Revolution, the peasant farmers of the remote region of Gévaudan were suffering from decades of difficulties, brought about by war, poverty, poor agricultural conditions and plague. As the Summer…
The Balham Mystery: The Death of Charles Bravo
Apr 28 • 85 min
In April, 1876, Charles Bravo took to his bedroom, rubbed a dose of laudanum into his gums and poured himself a glass of water from the jug on his nightstand. Within minutes of retiring to bed, Charles Bravo fell desperately ill. Within two days, he would…
Waverly Hills: The History & The Hauntings
Mar 31 • 59 min
A much requested episode on the history of Waverly Hills, a Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Kentucky. These days, it features in just about every bad cable TV show on ghosts all around the world, but whats the reality behind the decrepit walls that are left…
Lurancy Vennum & The Watseka Wonder
Mar 17 • 66 min
This week, we have a story of a 19th Century spiritual possession, when 14 year old Lurancy Vennum began suffering from fits that eventually led her to visiting heaven, speaking with angels and finally, taking in the spirit of deceased 19 year old Mary…
The Disappearance of Lord Lucan
Mar 3 • 79 min
Lord Lucan, a name of considerable infamy, not as a member of the aristocracy, but for the murder of his children’s nanny in a house in the elitist district of Belgravia, London in 1973 and his subsequent disappearance. It was a story that the press went…
Bridget Cleary: Away with the Fairies
Feb 17 • 110 min
Faeries, changelings and herbalist doctors might seem like characters in a winding tale of medieval folklore today, but in 1895, Ireland bore witness to a case that saw these facets of folk tradition flare up in a very real way when Michael Cleary, a…
Everyday Sensationalism in Victorian Britain: The Illustrated Police News
Feb 3 • 51 min
We take a deep look at the Victorian press and in particular, hone in on the wonder that was The Illustrated Police News. Most famous today for its coverage of Jack the Ripper, the paper covered all manner of Victorian crime, punishment, murder, suicide…
Bonus Episode? January Patreon AMA
Jan 27 • 23 min
Bit of a massive cock-up this week, all is explained, but instead of skipping a week, I’m putting out this episode instead. Apologies, back to usual programming from next week!
Bella Wright & The Green Bicycle Mystery
Jan 13 • 97 min
It was the summer of 1919, in a leafy rural region of Leicestershire that we turn our focus towards today and a woman named Bella Wright, who was found lying dead by the roadside one quiet, Saturday evening. At first, police assumed her death to have been…
BONUS: Christmas Campfire 2018
Dec 24, 2018 • 50 min
We’re back for 2018 with more listener stories sent in specially for this Christmas Bonus. Thank you so much to all the contributors and to everyone for listening this year. Merry Christmas.
The Rise & Fall of Spring Heeled Jack
Dec 15, 2018 • 58 min
Victorian England, an age of great industry, enlightenment, of learning and of advancement. Equally, it was the age of spiritualism, parapsychology, and restrictive social practices. In the chaotic streets of the suburbs of London, the first Victorian…
The Euston Square Mystery
Dec 2, 2018 • 86 min
The Lodging houses of Victorian London held no shortage of scandal and intrigue for the more imaginative Londoners in the 19th Century. The Maids and their masters, the comings and goings of a transient household and the very concept of strangers living…
Room 1046
Nov 18, 2018 • 53 min
The tale of room 1046 of the President Hotel in Kansas City is a strange one. A murder mystery with almost no clues and no evidence at the crime scene, but a victim with three names, left beaten, possibly tortured and a trail of several peculiar phone…
Demons & Witches: Ann Glover & The Goodwin Children
Nov 4, 2018 • 63 min
This week, we have a tale of Devilry and witchcraft, demonic possessions and a good dose of Persecution on all fronts! Pre-dating Salem by 3 years, Ann Glover was an Irish immigrant living in Boston in 1688, hung for witchcraft, an event which laid the…
Halloween Bonus: Five Folk Horrors
Oct 30, 2018 • 43 min
Happy Halloween! As a special bonus episode to celebrate the good Hallows Eve, I decided to dig up and re-write five old folk horror tales from around the world. The stories span the last 500 years and range show that no matter what time you lived in or…
The Spider Man of Denver: Theodore Edward Coneys
Oct 21, 2018 • 51 min
In 1941, a man named Phillip Peters was found murdered in his home in Denver, Colorado. The doors and windows to the house showed no signs of forced entry and were locked when neighbours discovered the body. Strange stories of odd sightings flew around…
(Part 2) Phantom: The Texarkana Moonlight Murders
Oct 7, 2018 • 57 min
In 1946, The American twin city of Texarkana was plunged into the depths of panic and fear. The population of the postwar suburb was subjected to a series of murders that shook the dual cities to their core, prompting curfews, rumours and unease to spread…
(Part 1) Phantom: The Texarkana Moonlight Murders
Oct 7, 2018 • 45 min
In 1946, The American twin city of Texarkana was plunged into the depths of panic and fear. The population of the postwar suburb was subjected to a series of murders that shook the dual cities to their core, prompting curfews, rumours and unease to spread…
Russian Dolls: Anatoly Moskvin
Sep 23, 2018 • 53 min
In 2011, Russia bore witness to one the most bizarre cases in the countries criminal history. A story of Black magic, the Occult and one man’s unusual hobby.
Americas First Documented Ghost: The Nelly Butler Haunting
Sep 9, 2018 • 67 min
Half a century before the Fox Sisters showed up on the scene to propel mainstream spiritualism onto the populace of America, there was a much lesser known haunting taking place in the cellar of a small frontier settlement, named Sullivan in Maine. Though…
A Topper & A Beaver: Thomas Briggs & Franz Muller
Aug 26, 2018 • 67 min
All aboard, we’re going back to the Victorian era to shed some light on the first ever murder on a train in Britain at a time when people were already terrified on this crazy new technology. It’s not all high speed steam trains though, we’ve even got a…
The Murder of Julia Wallace
Aug 12, 2018 • 75 min
We’re crashing back to earth this week with the lesser known story of William Herbert Wallace and his wife Julia. This is a case named over and over again as the quintessential murder mystery, despite its relatively unknown status. For extended show…
Transmissions from nowhere: Numbers Stations
Jul 28, 2018 • 72 min
Starting off in 1890, we take a look back at the history of secret radio transmissions, leading up until today and unravel some of the mystery, whilst uncovering some new oddities, of what are known as ‘Numbers Stations’.
Zigmund Adamski & Alan Godfrey: A Tale of Two Halves
Jul 15, 2018 • 74 min
We head to the Yorkshire moors to take a look at one story of a mysterious death and then through bizarre coincidence, a second story of lights in the sky and little men with lamp like heads.
Roch Theriault & The Ant Hill Kids
Jul 1, 2018 • 59 min
We take a look at Roch Theriault, the brutal leader of the Canadian cult, The Ant Hill Kids. More than mere eccentric, Theriault brutally abused his followers in the name of God, going to depths of depravity that is rarely seen even for this podcast.
The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run: Clevelands Torso Murders
Jun 16, 2018 • 65 min
The Grisly story of one of Americas most evasive Serial Killers Vs one of Americas most famous crime fighters. The mad butcher carved up his victims throughout the 1930’s, evading capture from an entire police department, headed up by none other than the…
Emilie Sagée: The woman who wasn’t there
Jun 3, 2018 • 55 min
In 1845, Emilie Sagee took a job at the Neuwelcke boarding school. It was her 18th teaching position in 16 years. The girls of the school would soon find out why, when on numerous occasions, Emilie was seen wandering the halls or sitting at the front of…
The Crabb Affair
May 19, 2018 • 64 min
This episode I get stuck into The Crabb Affair, a strange disappearance from 1956, surrounded by Cold War suspicion and government cover-ups. Who doesn’t love a good spy tale? Especially one that is as suspicious as this. The intro to this episode…
Matthew Hopkins: Witchfinder General
May 6, 2018 • 49 min
we dig up the life and times of Matthew Hopkins, the self-proclaimed Witchfinder General. A man that, in just 2 years, was responsible for around 60% of all witch trials in England spanning 3 centuries. He hailed from a Puritan, East Anglian background,…
Tutankhamun: Pharaoh Curses & Fake News
Apr 22, 2018 • 34 min
In this weeks episode, Sally and I don our sceptic hats and delve into 1920s Egypt to dig up the story of Tutankhamun and the crazy publicity storm that followed Howard Carter after his uncovering of the tomb. For extended show notes, including maps,…
The Disappearance of Gary Mathias
Apr 8, 2018 • 23 min
An obscure one this week with the lesser-known case of Gary Mathias and his four friends from Yuba City, CA. Five guys who went to a basketball game and ended up disappearing on a mountain road, 70 miles away, with no explicable reason as to how they got…
Introducing Moya - Trailer
Apr 2, 2018 • 1 min
Introducing “Moya”, a brand new 12 part fiction podcast written and produced by me (Ben) from Dark Histories. Out now on all podcast platforms.
We are one
Mar 25, 2018 • 52 min
The episode is a bit different this week. We hit our one year anniversary on the day of recording, so we switched it up and had the first annual Dark Histories awards, taking a little look back at some of the people we’ve covered in the last year and…
The Arthurs Seat Coffins
Mar 11, 2018 • 25 min
In this weeks episode, we tell the story of the Arthurs Seat Coffins, 17 tiny 4” coffins, each holding a wooden doll complete with handmade clothing, uncovered from the Arthurs Seat area of Edinburgh in 1836. To this day, no one has any explanations for…
The Mysterious Deaths of the Jamison Family
Feb 24, 2018 • 60 min
This episode we take a look at the disappearance and eventual reappearance of the Jamison family. A mother, father and daughter trio who mysteriously went missing in the remote wilderness of Red Oak, Oklahoma only for the bodies to be found four years…
The Exorcism of Anna Ecklund
Feb 11, 2018 • 34 min
This weeks episode goes a bit more out there as we take a look at a historic exorcism that, despite being a well-documented case for the time, tends to fly under the radar. This is the story of Anna Ecklund, who found herself cursed and possessed by five…
The Circleville Letters Mystery
Jan 27, 2018 • 31 min
This week is a tireless effort to unravel the most tightly wound bundle of gossip, hearsay and bizarre facts that make up the Circleville Letter Mystery. A series of thousands of letters, spanning almost three decades that lead to at least one strange…
Adam: The Body in the Thames
Jan 14, 2018 • 34 min
This week we take a look at Adam, the name given to a body fished out the River Thames in 2001 and winds down a dark path that leads straight into a voodoo cult in the heart of London, embroiled with child trafficking and sacrifice. For extended show…
BONUS: Christmas Campfire Stories
Dec 24, 2017 • 29 min
Here’s the bonus episode to fill the Season 1 break. We’re rolling back to a little known Christmas tradition of sitting around the fire and telling creepy stories. This episode features stories sent to me from listeners especially for the episode. Ho Ho…
Krampus & Co.
Dec 17, 2017 • 22 min
This week is the final episode of 2017 and the final episode of Season 1. We take a look at some of the folklore behind Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas and specifically, his band of little helpers, who have a much darker history than the elves of today might…
Joshua Maddux: The Boy in the Chimney
Dec 10, 2017 • 27 min
This week we go true crime and take a look at a case of “accidental death” which appears to be anything but. Joshua Maddux went missing in 2008 and seven years later, was found in the chimney of a cabin just two blocks from his home. The question remains,…
The Second Life of Omm Sety
Dec 3, 2017 • 46 min
This week we look at the life of Omm Sety, an Egyptologist who claimed to have had a past life as an Egyptian priestess and reincarnated 3000 years later. For more in-depth show notes, including maps, links and full scripts for each episode, visit…
The Pimlico Poisoning
Nov 19, 2017 • 43 min
In the early hours of New Year’s morning, 1886, Adelaide Blanche Bartlett roused her landlord in Pimlico, London with a few simple words: “come down, I think Mr Bartlett is dead”. She had awoken suddenly, sitting at the foot of her bed where she had dozed…
Peter Stumpp: The Werewolf of Bedburg
Nov 12, 2017 • 33 min
This episode we take a look at the tale of Peter Stumpp. a man known as the Werewolf of Bedburg, who made a pact with the devil in trade for the ability to turn into a werewolf. We dig a little into the history of the folklore behind werewolves and have a…
Terri Hoffman & The Black Lords
Nov 5, 2017 • 58 min
This week is a monster episode, detailing the life of Terri Hoffman, the leader of a cult called Conscious Development of Body Mind and Soul, who fought Black Lords in the spiritual realm and on the side, benefitted financially from a dozen mysterious…
The Hinterkaifeck Murders
Oct 30, 2017 • 38 min
Working from contemporary German primary sources, this week we go in deep and take a look at the mysterious case of the Hinterkaifeck murders, a gruesome event from Germany in 1922, surrounded by suspicion and intrigue, but never solved. For more…
The Clapham Wood Mystery: Satanism & The Occult
Oct 22, 2017 • 36 min
In this episode, we take a look at a mystery that is local to me, the dark and winding story of the satanic and occult practices rumoured to take place in the Clapham Wood area in Sussex, UK. Linked with strange disappearances, bizarre phenomena and more…
The Fire from Within: Spontaneous Human Combustion
Oct 16, 2017 • 24 min
In this episode, we dig into the history of Spontaneous Human Combustion and take a look at several historical cases dating from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, along with the theories of the times. We then jump forward and have a look at two modern…
Vampires: From Myth to Murder
Oct 8, 2017 • 36 min
This week, we detail the history of the Vampire, from screen to the dark myths and very real folklore of Eastern Europe. Vampires are a staple in horror fiction the world over, the charismatic lady-killer or seductive succubi, biting necks and sucking the…
The Devils Footprints of 1855
Oct 1, 2017 • 26 min
In February of 1855, Britain was deep in the midst of one of the coldest winters recorded. Minus temperatures were reported from January to March, the nights were long and the conditions severe. In the early morning of the 9th February, people across the…
Eilean Mor: The missing lighthouse keepers
Sep 24, 2017 • 23 min
On the 26th December 1900, a small ship approached the remote island of Eilean Mor. It was a small eruption of land, uninhabited aside from a small battery of 3 men, whose job was to operate and maintain the isles lighthouse. The relief vessel Hesperus…
Who put Bella in the Wych Elm?
Sep 17, 2017 • 22 min
In 1943, four young boys, out poaching in Hagley Wood came across a large Wych Elm, a broad, spiderlike tree. One of the boys begun climbing the tree to look for birds eggs and upon reaching the topmost branches, looked down to find the tree was curiously…
Charles Walton: The Pitchfork Murder
Sep 9, 2017 • 26 min
On the night of February 14th, 1945. The body of Charles Walton was found on a farm in Lower Quinton, Warwickshire in England. His throat had been slashed open and the prongs of a pitchfork dug into the mud on either side of his neck, pinning the body to…
Zombies: A true story of Haitian Voodoo
Sep 3, 2017 • 31 min
In this episode, we explore the true stories of Zombies of Haitian Voodoo culture, from French colonial rule to an exhaustive search for the source of a compound which could scientifically prove the creation of zombies by Ethnobotanist, Wade Davis. Most…
Tamam Shud: the Somerton Man Mystery
Aug 27, 2017 • 28 min
For more extensive sIn this episode, we detail the mystery, researched from primary sources, of the Somerton Man, or as the case is widely and simply known, Tamam Shud. In 1948, the body of a man was found on Somerton beach, Adelaide, Australia. All…
The Dyatlov Pass Incident
Aug 13, 2017 • 45 min
Using legitimate research materials from both English and Russian sources, we tell the full story of one of the more strange cases in Russian and possibly the entire world. Still unexplained, though theories abound, this is the full story of the Dyatlov…
Burke & Hare: The West Port Murders
Aug 6, 2017 • 22 min
The story of William Burke and William Hare, two Irish men living in Edinburgh in 1827, who spied an opportunity to make money through murder. Now known as simply the Burke and Hare murders or The West Port Murders, this is dark history that took…
The Enfield Poltergeist Story
Jul 23, 2017 • 34 min
The true story of the Enfield Poltergeist. A historical haunting of a British family during the 1970s, the Enfield Poltergeist is still today Britains most famous haunting. This story would become the inspiration for several TV shows and also the film The…
Jack the Ripper: The Whitechapel Murders
Jul 16, 2017 • 50 min
For our first ever episode, we go big with the complete story of Jack the Ripper, one of England most notorious ever killers and infamous all over the world. With only five canonical murders, he wasn’t the most prolific serial killer in history, but his…