PREVIEW: The Vanishing Hitchhiker Podcast

This week Janine has something special for ODDentity Podcast listeners, a sneak peek at her new podcast The Vanishing Hitchhiker! Don’t worry, the ODD Pod will return with new episodes very soon. Janine and Katie are just dealin’ with life at the moment.

If you like The Vanishing Hitchhiker, stay tuned! A channel and more episodes will be available soon.


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S2 Ep 17: World Peace and Sippy Cups

S2 Ep. 17: World Peace and Sippy Cups

This week, Janine unravels the dark and twisting truth behind spirit photography, ectoplasm, and mediumship and welcomes guest podcaster Katie McAuly to the pod. Katie tells the tale of Mary Nohl and the Witch House in Fox Point, WI and talks a little bit about her personal experiences with the location.

This episode contains a rousing game of hide the cheesecloth, a man named Mummler, chicken bone art, and a spooky sculpture of squished children.

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Makenzie Boettcher – Who was ‘The Witch of Fox Point’? (6/13/16)

Carrie Trousil – The Unusual Sculpture Garden of Milwaukee Artist Mary Nohl (5/31/18)

Allison Meier – Saving the Art and Home of Mary Nohl, Whose Neighbors Called Her a Witch (8/16/17)

Matthew Reddin – A House Divided (7/7/14)

Lori Kennedy – Silent Sunday (2/19/17)

Brian Noggle – The Milwaukee Witch’s House (10/28/06)

S2 Ep. 4: Burrito Ghosts

A new intro, but the same old dance from us!

S2 Ep. 4: Burrito Ghosts

Janine explores the practice of Spiritualism and tells the tale of the Stratford Knockings and the Fox Sisters. Mimi again takes us across the pond to the Thirsk Museum in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, UK, for a sit and a cuppa. Whatever you do, don’t sit in Busby’s Chair!

This episode contains turkey talk and traditions, a (potentially) dropped burrito, an entity named “Mr. Splitfoot,” and a little healthy raggin’ on Bagans.

St. James Infirmary, is generously provided by Fox and Branch and is used with their permission. For more info about them and additional samples of their music, visit their website HERE. You can also purchase digital and physical copies of their CD’s, which is something we’re sure they’d love. =)

S1 Ep. 3 Available!

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S1 Ep.3 A Lupine Dancer is A Steppin’ Wolf OR Sh!t Just Goat Serious

This episode features stories about the Goatman of Kewaskum, WI and The Beast of Bray Road (WI.) Find it at Haunt

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Terrible Decorating: The Island of the Dolls

Just behind the eyes of every Cabbage Patch doll I ever owned was a murderous inclination. It just never made sense to me that someone would enjoy dolls, play with dolls, collect them en mass, and display them where they slept. They’re clearly out to get you. Why would anyone want to be surrounded by them?

I’ve always hated dolls. Without question, the dolls I owned as a child were some of the most terrifying toys I had. From the walking doll with eyes that opened and closed to the Raggedy Ann whose eyes were just stitched, black holes, I was fairly certain that they came alive at night with the intention of doing me grievous bodily harm. Just behind the eyes of every Cabbage Patch doll I ever owned was a murderous inclination. It just never made sense to me that someone would enjoy dolls, play with dolls, collect them en mass, and display them where they slept. They’re clearly out to get you. Why would anyone want to be surrounded by them?

Hanging Dolls-Island of the Dolls

Just south of Mexico City lies Isla de las Munecas (Island of the Dolls), a place where hundreds of dolls are nailed to/hung from the trees and soulless eyes follow you wherever you go. The island has become a nightmarish destination for tourists, but this was not the intention of the original caretaker.

Don Julian Santana Barrera took care of the island, having abandoned his wife and child in 1950 to live a reclusive life on Teshuilo Lake in the Xochimilco canals. As the story goes, Barrera was wandering the island and came across a young girl who was drowning. He tried to save her life, but was unable to do so. Several days later, he came upon a doll floating in the water and retrieved it. Believing this doll contained the soul of the young girl, and swamped with grief over his inability to rescue her, he hung the doll from a nearby tree. For the next 50 years, Barrera would dedicate his life to retrieving hundreds of dolls, despite their condition, to appease her spirit (Barrera believed she was haunting him) and transformed the island into a shrine for the young girl he couldn’t save. El senor Julian Santana BarreraThose close to Barrera said that he appeared to have been driven by some unseen force. Some discount the story as just that, believing that Berrera made it all up, but despite this fact, the island trees continue to accumulate new dolls, even long after Barrera’s passing. Some are left by tourists, but the collection seems to have taken on a life of its own.

Visitors to the island have claimed they’ve heard the dolls whispering to one another and they say that their eyes follow you wherever you go. Local legends state that the dolls move their heads and arms and even turn their heads. That’s not creepy at all, right?


Have you ever visited the island? Do you think the story about the young girl is fact or the fictitious rambling of a lonely man? Let us know in the comments!

Sweet dreams!


Your Fellow Haunt Head,


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Come to the dark side…we have bacon. Haunt Heads S1 Ep.2

Haunt Heads S1 Ep. 2 NOW AVAILABLE‼️
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“Come to the dark side…we have bacon.”
This week, Janine brings you the tales of the *Villisca Axe Murder House in Villisca, Iowa, and a classic piece of Hag folklore from Newfoundland, Canada. This episode features a severely contaminated crime scene, a snarling demon from hell, and bacon (potentially) used for a dark purpose.
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*This episode contains graphic descriptions of violence. Listeners, be advised.

Aokigahara: Death among the trees.


Located on the northwest flank of Japan’s Mt. Fuji, trees thrive on 30 square kilometers of hardened lava and individuals determined to end their lives are lost within a vast expanse of green. The canopy is so dense that sun barely permeates and nobody can hear your cries for help.

Many people choose to end their lives in the Suicide Forest, also known as Aokigahara or Sea of Trees. It is the second most popular place to take your life, the Golden Gate Bridge takes first place, and people have been wandering into the depths of the forest since the 1950’s, never to return. On average, there are 10-20 suicides per year. In 2003, 105 people took their lives, a chart-topping year for Aokigahara.

As you enter the forest and make your way around, you come upon various signs to deter suicidal individuals. The signs read, “Your life is a precious gift from your parents” and “Please consult the police before you decide to die.” Due to the dense foliage and meandering pathways, many visitors will never encounter another living human being, so the signs were placed by park officials. Annually, upwards of 70 corpses per year are found by volunteers who wander the forest. Many of those who go into Aokigahara are never seen again, dead or alive, so bodies can sit for years without being discovered. Volunteers and authorities have tried to reach out to visitors to inform them of the forest’s history and to make them aware of the real possibility of forever being part of Aokigahara. Japanese spiritualists believe that death has permeated the soil and trees, causing the forest to be a hub of paranormal activity. Japanese folklore states that ghosts, known as yurei, lure unsuspecting individuals off the path to their deaths. At night, it is said that you can hear lost spirits crying out.


Volunteers are tasked with locating remains and bringing them back to a small ranger’s station set aside specifically for cases of suicide. The workers then essentially flip a coin to decide who must sleep in the same room with the body as Japanese culture dictates that it is bad for the ghost of the person if the body is left alone. The remains are said to scream and the bodies sometimes move in the night.

Visitors to the park who decide to venture off the main trails are often greeted by gruesome discoveries. As many sets of remains are concealed by overgrowth and tree roots, those stumbling through the forest often find corpses. Tape and string are also strewn about in a seemingly illogical fashion. Some come to the forest to explore and mark their way into the dense portions. The tape helps them find their way out, because cell phones and GPS are rendered useless due to high levels of iron in the volcanic soil. Occasionally, tents are also found in the forest. Volunteers have come to believe that a person who brings a tent is in doubt of their choice to take their life. They camp for a few days and then either find their way out or become part of Aokigahara.


The most popular way to commit suicide appears to be hanging. Nooses hang from trees, stained with the remains of decomposing corpses. Occasionally, you’ll stumble upon a rope that has been cut and is left hanging in a tree. These ropes are cut when volunteers find a body. The body is cut down and brought out of the forest. Many volunteers consider these people the lucky ones.

**Note** I have refrained from posting any graphic images on this page. If you would like to search images for the Suicide Forest, Google is your friend. If you are faint of heart, I would recommend sticking to the images in this article.

Have you ever visited Aokigahara? Would you spend the night in the forest? Chat us up in the comments or tweet us @hauntheadscast!

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