America’s “Second Salem,” you say? We’re on it! Aaron and Samantha dive in to explore the legends surrounding the town of Whitewater, Wisconsin. When they got down to the sources did they find evidence of witchcraft, cursed books, murder, and spiritualists? You’ll have to tune in to find out. The pair put their history skillz (yes, with a ‘z’) to the test in “Were There Witches in Whitewater?”.
Intro- 00:20 Whitewater Background- 02:15 The Legends- 04:29 Morris Pratt- 09:40 Pratt’s Spiritualist Temple- 12:27 Midway Break- 17:58 The Morris Pratt Institute- 23:26 Spiritualism 101- 26:21 Mary Worth- 38:38 Real Murder in Whitewater- 46:13 Wrapping It All Up- 52:45
The mystery of the Circleville, Ohio letters is a tangled web of accusations and threats that Samantha and Aaron attempt to unknot in this week’s episode. They begin by outlining the basic chronology of the strange happenings that began in Circleville in 1972 and then move on to look into the way the story has been shared by news outlets, television shows, and podcasts. Why are we fascinated with true crime? What is it about this mystery, in particular, that has pulled Aaron down a weird dark rabbit hole? Are we all worried someone will find our secrets?
Introduction- 0:00:40 The First Letters- 0:04:31 Letters Continue (And Signs!)- 0:10:37 Ron’s Death- 0:13:28 More Letters and a Gun (!)- 0:15:16 Midway Break- 0:18:01 Paul Freshour’s Arrest- 0:22:20 Freshour’s Appeal to the FBI- 0:29:43 The Weird Website- 0:34:00 Martin Yant Article (With More Letters!)- 0:36:25 Unsolved Mysteries- 0:40:50 48 Hours- 0:42:22 Whatever Remains Podcast- 0:47:17 Internet Forums and Why We Like True Crime- 0:56:32 United State Postal Inspection Service- 1:03:03 Final Thoughts (Finally!)- 1:05:51
Some places accumulate stories more readily than others and Mackinac Island is just that place. With thousands of years of history and deep spiritual connections, this 4.3 square mile island is oozing with stories demanding our attention. In this episode, Samantha and Aaron are joined by Claire Herhold, a public historian who spent six seasons working on the island, to dive into this rich and diverse history. We’re positive you’ll find the true history far more interesting than some of the ghost stories folks have made up over the years.
You can find Claire on Instagram and TikTok @clairherhold!
As you may have seen around our social media, our Patreon is now live! Cheeso Media, which produces Great Lakes Lore and The Saucer Life has launched a Patreon, which will give subscribers additional material for each show, every month! Two shows for the price of one! You can find it at patreon.com/cheesomedia.
Timestamps Introductions- 0:01:14 A Brief History- 0:04:34 Forts and War- 0:06:50 Natural Landmarks and Legends- 0:26:23 Break- 0:37:37 Mission House Boarding School- 0:39:21 Tourism- 0:46:52 The Drowning Pool- 1:00:35 Magdalaine LaFramboise- 1:07:17 The Problem with (some) Ghost Stories- 1:11:05 Postscript- 1:26:42
Aaron and Samantha travel back to the nineteenth century to explore the mystery airships that were spotted throughout the country in 1896/97. What started as a trio of lights above Sacramento, California, grew to reported sightings of actual ships that moved from the west coast to the Great Plains and into the Great Lakes States. Samantha and Aaron look at various sightings, possible explanations, and touch on the history of aviation. Fasten your seatbelts, it’s a wild ride.
The Gilded Age- 1:10
Midway Break- 22:08
Lanark, Illinois- 39:10
Aurora, Texas- 49:42
The History of Aviation- 53:30
Wrap-Up and Outro- 56:30
Maritime disasters, adolescent fascination with the paranormal, the importance of citations, regional variations in precipitation terms, and more! Join Samantha and Aaron as they respond to listener comments on The Witches’ Castle of Utica.
Audio version (which also goes out in the regular podcast feed) below!
In this episode, Samantha and Aaron step back from examining actual pieces of lore in order to share their own personal paranormal experiences. They examine the reasons why eye-witness testimonies of supernatural phenomena need to be handled with care, the ways their own experiences influence the way they interpret those from others, and how their training as historians has prepared them to analyze sources.
Time Stamps History of Paranormal Research- 2:20 Analyzing Sources- 13:46 Personal Stories- 15:55 Legend or Lie- 39:47 Interpreting the Paranormal- 44:06 The Desire to Have an Encounter- 54:07
Sources For this episode we relied on a lot of articles to help us explain some of the thoughts we had about why people believe in the paranormal, what can influence that belief, and the power of biases. In case you’d like to look at these, we’ve divided them into helpful categories.