A podcast for the morbidly curious. From serial killers to ghosts, ancient remains to obscure medical conditions, let us satisfy your curiosity.
In 1864, the British Parliament passed the Contagious Disease Acts, which attempted to regulate prostitution in hopes of protecting their troops from sexually transmitted infections, then known as venereal diseases.
Typhoid Mary is a term used to describe someone who spreads disease. Many people know the name refers to a real woman, but not many know the details of her story.
In January of 1959, 9 hikers mysteriously perished on the frigid slopes of Ural Mountains in Russia. To this day, no one knows what killed them. In part 2, we discuss the the theories put forth over the years as to what happened to the hikers.
In January of 1959, 9 hikers mysteriously perished on the frigid slopes of Ural Mountains in Russia. To this day, no one knows what killed them.
These burials, and the historical documents from the time, suggest that these individuals were suspected of being vampires by those that buried them. They are known as Vampire Burials, and in this episode, we explore exactly what was at stake.
Rumors of an experiment that resulted in the invisibility and teleportation of a ship began in 1955 thanks to a set of letters sent by a man named Carlos M. Allende. These letters sparked a conspiracy theory that still exists today. Is there any truth to it? In this episode we dig deep into the mystery of Philadelphia Experiment.
Every Halloween, Hallie reads a creepy story to celebrate! This year, we present The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allen Poe. Enjoy and Happy Halloween!
In 1764, a strange creature began killing people in an isolated region of France known as the Gevaudan. No one could say what it was, so the creature was known only as La Bête, the Beast of Gevaudan, and it seemed unstoppable.
In the 1800s, there was a surge in the creation of leather objects made from human skin. None of the people making the objects were considered criminals or even particularly disturbed. In this episode we discuss some of these objects, how they were made, and why.
In the early 1900s, Radium became all the rage due to the luminous green light it gave off. It was used to paint watch dials and instrument panels, making them glow in the darkness. Little did most people know, Radium was highly radioactive. Some precautions were taken but an entire workforce of dial painters was seemingly forgotten and they suffered dearly for their employer's negligence.
Poveglia is known as the most haunted island in the world, thanks to its supposed history as a plague hospital and later a psychiatric asylum. But is there any truth to this reputation? In short, yes, but not in the way you might expect.
In this episode, we discuss some of the well-known cases, as well as the theories proposed throughout history about how these deaths may have occurred.
In this episode, the MCP presents an interview with expert Dr. Jenna Dittmar about Corpse Theft in 18th-19th century England. Hallie and Dr. Dittmar discuss the connection between the rise of human anatomical studies and the gruesome rise of corpse theft that came with it.
Hallie is still on vacation, so here are the answers to the most recent questions asked by you, the listeners! We should be back to our regular episodes next week.
This week, Hallie is on vacation, but we have a great horror story from M.R. James' collection Ghost Stories of and Antiquary. It's called the Mezzotint, and we hope you enjoy it.
In this episode we explore the evidence, discuss possible suspects, and wonder if this murder could be tied to any others.
The Bimini Road has been surrounded by controversy since it was discovered in the 1960s, with some researchers stating it formed naturally, and others believing it to be a remnant of the Lost city of Atlantis.
In this episode we explore the folklore surrounding the Huldufolk, what they represent, and why they are still part of Iceland's cultural heritage.
Different cultures dispose of their dead in different ways. One of these is excarnation, where the flesh is removed from the bones by exposing the body to the elements or with tools. ..
There is a place where the bodies of the dead lie exposed for decades, frozen in their moment of death. Hundreds of people pass them every year, and even use them as landmarks. That place is the Rainbow Valley, which lies in the Death Zone on the slopes of Mount Everest.
Imagine someone close to you, someone you trusted, convinced you that they were being followed. Imagine you became so wrapped up in their paranoia that you followed them into dangerous situations without question, until finally someone got hurt, and it was revealed to you that it was all a delusion caused by mental illness.
With the reputation being a vampire and one of history's most notorious serial killers, Elizabeth Bathory's legend has captured our attention, but is there any truth to the rumors that she bathed in the blood of her victims?
While Hallie moves and gets settled, please enjoy this fantastic psychological story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
During World War II, both the Axis and Allies used spies to gather information and also deceive the enemy. This is the story of one the most unique spies, one whose career began just after he died.
The Mary Celeste is claimed to be the most mysterious ghost ship to have sailed the Atlantic. Find out more about the strange disappearance of the crew and the theories behind what might have happened.
Hallie answers questions from MCP listeners!Hear about her favorite episodes, her background and why she thinks morbid curiosity is healthy.
Many cultures and religions seem to have holidays around this time of year. Without much effort, the layers of the Christian holiday of Christmas can be peeled back to reveal its origins in more ancient pagan traditions from across Europe.
The English language is full of phrases and sayings that reference things from our past. Some of these phrases are rumored to have darker origins than others, and in this episode, we explore the origins of 10 of them.
The Inca people of Peru are known for many things, but one of the most well known things that the Inca produced amongst those of us who are morbidly curious are the mummified remains of child sacrifices. One of the most famous of these, is Juanita the Ice Maiden.
This episode, Hallie interviews Dr. Andrea Kitta about a creepy creature of modern folklore, Slenderman. They touch on his origins, what he represents and what actions he has inspired in those who believe in him.