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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Sources:

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)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirit_photography)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ectoplasm_(paranormal)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Stainton_Moses

https://blog.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/photography-a-z-ghosts-spirit-photography/

http://www.thoughtco.com

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S2 Ep. 4: Burrito Ghosts

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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.

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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 Heads.podbean.com

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Terrible Decorating: The Island of the Dolls

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?

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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!

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Janine

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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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Aokigahara: Death among the trees.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Michigan’s Stoned or Michigan’s “Stonehenge”

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I like to roam the internet for the weird and wonderful and this morning I came upon an article about a 9,000 year old stone structure, located only 40 feet below the surface and Stonehenge-like in composition, from 2015. Nestled snugly between an advertisement for Ink+Volt and a promo for a “free” Numerology reading was a remarkable tale regarding stone structures found at the bottom of Lake Michigan.

The stones are located near Grand Traverse Bay Underwater Preserve. Mark Holley, a professor of underwater archaeology at Northwestern Michigan University College, found the site with his colleague Brian Abbot in 2007. The ship they were piloting was equipped with sonar equipment used to find shipwrecks on the bottom, but the two found much more.

The stones appeared to be lined up, some in octagonal formations, and included one stone on which was carved a mastodon, a prehistoric creature that lived over 10,000 years ago.  Researchers were shown photos of the carving and requested additional imaging of the ancient petroglyph.  Charles Cleland, former curator of Great Lakes archaeology and ethnology at Michigan State University says that, although petroglyphs are rarely seen in the Upper Midwest, he can see the value of investigating further and does not rule out the idea that this may be an authentic piece of ancient history.

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The structure at the bottom of Lake Michigan is not unique. Other stone structures have been located in other Great Lakes and ancient structures found underwater are not entirely unusual. In the Mediterranean alone, over 100 cities have been discovered as well as pyramids and other ancient structures. Geographical history of the location (coordinates have been kept secret to prevent visitors from disturbing the site) shows that the land would have been tundra 6000-9000 years ago, so the stones could have been used to mark some sort of ceremonial site. It has also been speculated that the stones could have been some sort of “drive line” and used as early hunting blinds. If you consider the fact that a meager 5% of the world’s oceans have been explored, who knows what else could be down there.

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What are your thoughts about the mastodon stone? Let us know in the comments!

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Don’t chew on the walls, kids! S1 Ep.1

Episode 1 of Haunt Heads is now available on Podbean.com!  https://hauntheads.podbean.com/e/dont-chew-on-the-walls-kids-haunt-heads-s1-ep1/

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Chi Town’s Capone: A Haunted Man

He employed over 1,000 gunmen and half of the police in Chicago were on his payroll. Dozens of city officials were paid off and he controlled elections with threats and terror. That man was Alphonse “Al” Capone. He was perhaps the most powerful crime boss of his day and one of the most recognized men in American history. During prohibition, Capon basically owned the city of Chicago.

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Capone was born in 1899, in Brooklyn, NY. He moved to Chicago in 1920 with his uncle, a mob boss named Big Jim Collisimo and worked for him until he and a fellow mobster had Collisimo killed. By the time Capone was 26, he controlled a crime organization worth over $30 million and had a payroll of over $300,000.

Eventually arrested for tax evasion in 1934, Capone was sentenced to 11 years in Federal Prison in Atlanta, but was eventually transferred to Alcatraz, one of the toughest prisons of the time. Prisoners were severely beaten for the slightest infraction and spent long stretches in solitary confinement, also called The Hole. Capone was arrogant and had a difficult time believing that the rules of the prison applied to him, so he was sent to The Hole several times during his stay, once for bribing a guard and twice for speaking. Each time he emerged, fellow inmates reported that Capone appeared shaken and changed for the worse.

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In Alcatraz, Capone’s life was threatened regularly and he was often attacked by other inmates, receiving beatings and, in one instance, a stabbing. He was granted permission to spend rec time in his cell and, in an effort to give him something to occupy his mind, his wife Mae sent him a banjo. He often sat in his cell and played.

After five years, Capone had snapped. He refused to go to the mess hall to take his meals and was often seen crouched in a corner of his cell rocking and  babbling to himself. He made his bunk several times a day and was said to have entire conversations with something unseen. Capone left Alcatraz in 1939 and retired to his mansion in Miami, FL, reportedly flitting between lucidity and psychosis for the remainder of his life.

Some visitors to Alcatraz have reported hearing banjo music in Capone’s cell, but his ghost is not said to haunt the structure. Rather, Capone himself was a haunted man. Capone had ordered James Clark, the brother in law of Bugs Moran, killed, and asserted that Clark’s ghost haunted him daily. Capone’s body guards reported hearing him begging to be left in peace and, when they broke down the door to his bedroom fearing for his safety, they found Capone alone and shaking.  His employees would often hear him talking to himself and asking to be left alone. Capone had even employed a psychic, Alice Britt, to rid him of the spirit causing him unrest. All of these instances were before Capone was ever imprisoned.

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Was Capone haunted by the ghost of James Clark? Capone ordered the murder of many people during his time as a crime kingpin. Why would only one ghost attach itself to him?

Do you think Capone was actually being haunted by Clarke’s ghost? Have you visited Alcatraz and heard Capone’s banjo music? Let us know in the comments.

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Sleep Tight: The Hag of Newfoundland Folklore (Newfoundland, Canada)

I learned of The Hag in grade school, sometime around 1994.  It was close to Halloween and my teacher had added a little bit of folklore into her lesson plan. It was a story I hadn’t heard before and I was instantly intrigued.

Most people call it what it is: sleep paralysis. That feeling of being unable to move in the moments just before your fall into REM sleep. If you have issues falling into or out of REM sleep, and your experience involves hallucinations or you’re unable to move or speak as you begin the waking process, you might be experiencing sleep paralysis. Where I come from, it means you’ve been “Hagged.”

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The Hag is a demon called down upon an unsuspecting individual by another person. There are many reasons why The Hag might be summoned, but the tale my teacher wove involved a vengeful wife. As the story goes, the woman made a pact with the devil and offered her husband’s soul in exchange. He had many women interested in him, but one woman in particular had set her sights on him and the two were often seen in each other’s company. This angered the man’s wife, so she called The Hag down upon him.

One night, the man awoke from a deep slumber to a pressure on his chest. His eyes slowly came to focus on a dark form perched there, its eyes glowing and its teeth glinting in the moonlight. Although the man tried to scream, no sound could he make. Although he tried to move and push the figure away, he could not make his arms or legs react. The growling form pried his mouth open with long, sharp talons and placed its mouth upon his, draining the life from his body. The Hag swallowed his soul and forever imprisoned it in hell. The man’s wife lived a long and happy life without the burden of her cheating husband.

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There is no definitive cause for sleep paralysis, though some doctors suggest that getting more sleep, as sleep deprivation is often reported by sufferers, could be a cure-all. Perhaps getting better and longer sleep will help, but the stories in cultural folklore still persist.

As long as there are unexplained phenomena in this world, there will be folklore tales to craft a response. Although this response may sound illogical, the folklore tale of The Hag was rooted deeply in the lives of early settlers on the island. These tales were handed down from generation to generation and allowed sufferers to give a real face to something they could not explain.

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Side Note: I’m pretty sure my teacher was disciplined for sharing such a story with a grade school class, even if it was just for laughs.

Have you ever experienced sleep paralysis? Do you have a Hag story to share? Please comment below. Sweet dreams.

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