Old Tyme Weird

  • The St. Louis Witch Murder
    8:09 PM

    Many people believe that women being murdered for being a “witch” ended once the Salem Witchcraft Trials were over. Unfortunately, it did not and it still goes on around the world to this day. This is only one of those tragic stories. 1911 As the month of May came to a close in 1911 so

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  • Old Time Halloween Games for Finding a Lover
    11:10 PM

    Halloween is, of course, filled with bats, spiders and ghosts but it’s also filled with opportunity to find love. Most Halloween parties, of the more turn-of-the-century variety, were simply excuses for men to touch women’s arms or for women to fondle a man’s mustache, how profane. These aspects of the Halloween season have been mostly

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  • The Glow-in-the-dark Werewolf… maybe
    11:14 PM

    The cold December nights of 1913 seem filled with a strange creature which only served to chill the blood of citizens in the Bronx more than usual. Some newspaper accounts labelled the creature a “Werewolf” and parents were told, by police, to keep a watchful eye on their children. As if a werewolf roaming the

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  • The Strange Saginaw Spook House
    2:52 PM

    In the latter-half of the 1800’s newspapers in Saginaw, Michigan began reporting stories of a house which seemed, to the citizenry, to be haunted. For years families which moved into the location were allegedly “driven” from the house by encounters with spirits that wandered the grounds and knocked on the walls. With tensions running high

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  • Fifty-Thousand Dollars for a Ghost
    3:06 PM

    Long before James Randi’s million-dollar psychic challenge, a wealthy South American mining tycoon offered $50,000 for any substantial “proof” of the afterlife. Buying a Ghost Remez de Romaldo was a well-to-do businessman in the early 1900’s and his wife was well-known among the spiritualist communities of that time. When his wife died of typhoid fever,

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  • Bayonne Bound Bus Bumps Boo
    3:24 PM

    The (very)old jokes goes,“There is always one weirdo on a bus, so if you get on a bus and don’t see one, the weirdo is you.”Well in the Spring of 1922 riders on a bus traveling from Jersey City to Bayonne really knew who the weirdo was. A bump in the night Around 3 o’clock

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  • Professor Pickering’s Prehistoric Aliens
    7:55 PM

    Since scientists now know everything and since the whole universe and all of the cosmos has been scientifically explained reality can seem pretty boring*. But, a hundred years ago when scientists were questioning reality, history and their own beliefs they came up with some really awesome ideas. Of course none of these ideas are real

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  • A Bottle of Spirits: Space Traveling Ghosts Caught!
    8:20 PM

    It’s not uncommon these days for ghost-hunters to claim that they’ve communicated with denizens of the spirit world. Mostly, these communications come in the form breathy, almost indistinguishable sounds captured via a digital recording device or through a radio which has been, in some manner, broken. Yet, in 1913 two professors, Matla and Zaalberg Van

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