Episode 27: Mammoth Cave Explorations, Experiments and Enemies

September 10, 2018
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Mammoth Cave is the longest cave system in the world. It was also ground zero for a desperate medical experiment and the Kentucky Cave Wars that drove Floyd Collins to make a decision that made him a media sensation in 1925

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Mammoth Cave National Park Cave Tours
Read Trapped!: The Story of Floyd Collins Paperback by Robert K. Murray and Roger W. Brucker
Watch Robert Murray discuss his book Trapped! at Western Kentucky University in 1980
University of Virginia Records on Mammoth Cave Tuberculosis Hospital Experiment
Read Roger Brucker’s "Grand, Gloomy, and Peculiar: Stephen Bishop at Mammoth Cave"

Music
Theme Song "Dark & Troubled" by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use
“I Am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor” by Chris Zabriskie Licensed under Creative Commons
“Almost in F Tranquility MacLeod” and “Ever Mindful” by Kevin MacLeod Licensed under Creative Commons
“Surrender” by Dan Lebowitz Licensed under Creative Commons
"The Death Of Floyd Collins" by Charlie Oaks. August of 1925 recording from original 78rpm. Public Domain

Coming Soon: The Color Line Murders

September 9, 2018
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Coming October 2018, a historical true crime podcast telling the stories of victims of racial terror in the American South

Music
"Eight" by Ross Gentry, couresy of Headway Recording in Asheville, North Carolina 

Episode 26: Edgar Watson The Desperado of Chatham Bend

August 27, 2018
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The Florida Everglades are full of fascinating wildlife, eerie beauty and countless natural wonders. But within this dense wilderness, is the story of one of a man believed to be one of Florida’s most prolific serial killers. And the people who decided to stop him.

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Read Peter Matthiessen's Watson Trilogy, inspired by the life of Edgar Watson. The trilogy consists of Killing Mister Watson, Lost Man’s River and Bone by Bone.
The Decemberists "E.Watson" - a retelling of the story of the posse that faced down Watson

Music Credits
Theme Song "Dark & Troubled" by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use
“Lost Cowboy" by Coyote Hearing Licensed under Creative Commons 
"Long Note One”, “Long Note Two”, “Long Note Four”, “Drone in D” and "Almost in F Tranquility" by Kevin MacLeod  Licensed under Creative Commons 

Episode 25: The Living Funeral of Felix Bush

July 30, 2018
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In June of 1938, a Tennessee hermit threw himself a funeral party. The "living" funeral made Felix Bush famous. But why had Felix lived as a hermit for decades? And why did he decide to throw himself a funeral and invite all of Roane County, Tennessee?

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Music Credits
Theme Song "Dark & Troubled" by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours andPantherburn for permission for use.

“Passing Time”, “Almost in F Tranquility”, “Ever Mindful”, “Dreams Become Real” by Kevin MacLeod Licensed under Creative Commons
“I Am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor” by Chris Zabriskie Licensed under Creative Commons
"Hold to God’s Unchanging Hands" by Hosea Hudson. Performed at Appalachian South Folklife Festival in Pipestem, West Virginia on July 20th 1979

"Where We’ll Never Grow Old" by The Lower Lights. Buy the song here. Learn more the band at lowerlights.com

More about this episode
Webpage with more info on Uncle Bush, created and maintained by Breazeale Family. Definitive guide to life of Felix Bush
Official Get Low website. Watch the movie based on the real life of Felix Bush

 

 

Episode 24: Gribble House Murders of Savannah

July 16, 2018
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In December of 1909, three women were murdered in a violent axe attack in a boarding house in Savannah, Georgia known as the Gribble House. The attack remains one of the most diabolical crimes in the history of Savannah. Who was the murderer? And what was the motive?

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Music Credits
Theme Song "Dark & Troubled" by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours andPantherburn for permission for use. “Lightless Dawn”, “Long Note 1”, "Long Note 2", “Long Note 4” and “Dark Times” by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under Creative Commons

More about this episode
Ghost haunts Savannah’s ‘most diabolical crime’
Who killed the women in the Gribble House? A forgotten Edwardian axe massacre

 

Episode 23: Cahill Mansion

July 2, 2018
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For decades families moved in and out of Cahill Mansion near Gulfport, Mississippi with stories of restless spirits inside including a pyromaniac ghost. And the scariest manifestation happened on the day of one of the most tragic events in US history.

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Music Credits
Theme Song "Dark & Troubled" by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours andPantherburn for permission for use. 
“Giant Wyrm”, “Shadowlands 1”, “This House” and “Master Disorder”  by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under Creative Commons

More about this episode

Ghosts Around the House by Susy Smith
Cahill House Destroyed by Fire

 

Episode 22: Missing Sodder Family Children

June 18, 2018
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For decades, anyone traveling Route 16 near Fayetteville, West Virginia would have passed a billboard featuring the photos of five children. Above the photos - the question: "What Was their Fate? Kidnapped? Murdered?" What happened to the Sodder Children?

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Music Credits
Theme Song "Dark & Troubled" by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours andPantherburn for permission for use

“Ever Mindful”, “Ambient”, “White Sand Passage”, “Immersed”, “Drone in D”, “Atlantean Twilight” by Kevin MacLeod.
Licensed under Creative Commons

More about this episode

NPR All Things Considered 2005 story by Stacy Horn
Author Stacy Horn’s Blog Post about Sodder Mystery Findings in 2005
West Virginia Unsolved Murders & Infamous Crimes by George Bragg
WebSleuths Thread About Sodder Mystery
Smithsonian.com 2012 Feature on Sodder Mystery

 

 

 

 

Episode 21: Love and Hatred in Birmingham - Murder of Father Coyle

June 4, 2018
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One of the most shocking murders in Birmingham, Alabama history happened in 1921. Father John Coyle, a Catholic priest, was shot and killed by a Methodist minister. The KKK paid for the minister's defense team, that was led by Hugo Black. 

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Music Credits

Theme Song "Dark & Troubled" by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours and Pantherburn for permission for use
"Quinn's Song: First Night"; “Ever Mindful”; “Long Note One”; “Echoes of Time”; “Ghostpocalypse 3” Road of Trials”; “Private Reflection” Music by Kevin MacLeod Licensed under Creative Commons

More about this episode
Father James E. Coyle Memorial Society
Brendan Shine, Coyle’s Grandnephew, Discusses Murder
Rising Road: A True Tale of Love, Race, and Religion in America
Murder in the Cathedral

 

Episode 20: The Mystery of Old Mike

May 19, 2018
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In the summer of 1911 an unidentified man died in the town of Prescott, Arkansas. With no ID and no way to find his family, the town undertaker put the man’s body on public display for over 60 years. Who was this man? And why did it take 60 years to bury him?

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Music Credits
Theme Song "Dark & Troubled" by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours and Pantherburn for permission for use

Additional Music:
Nicolai Heidlas “Letting Go
Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 
Nicolai Heidlas “Beyond”
Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution
Kevin MacLeod “Wounded”
Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution
Kevin MacLeod “Mesmerize”Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution
Kevin MacLeod “Cryptic Sorrow” Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution
Whitesand “Passage” Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution

More about this episode
Old Mike Documentary film, produced by 2009/2010 film class at AR School for Mathematics, Sciences and Arts
 

 

 

 

 

Episode 19: Frenchy McCormick and Tascosa, Texas

May 7, 2018
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Frenchy McCormick lived by herself in the Texas ghost town of Tascosa for almost 30 years. She refused to leave because of a promise she made to someone. Frenchy is a folklore legend in Texas but much of her life story is a mystery. MUCH, but not all. 

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Music Credits
Theme Song "Dark & Troubled" by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours and Pantherburn for permission for use
More Music:
The Gunfight by Everet Almond. Licensed under Creative Commons
Ghost Town, Night in the Prairie and Campfire Tales by Brandon Fletcher licensed under Creative Commons
Wild West by Ross Budgen licensed under Creative Commons
Honky Tonkin' by Doug Maxwell/Media Right Productions licensed under Creative Commons

More about this episode
Cowboy Strike 1883 & Demise of Tascosa
Tascosa's Lone Settler Recalls Wild Days by AB MCDONALD KANSAS CITY STAR Frontier Times Feb 1931
Panhandle Pilgrimage: Illustrated Tales Tracing History in the Texas Panhandle, book, 1978; Amarillo, Texas