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Welcome to Horrifying History where you are about to hear about the unexplained, paranormal, and supernatural happenings that has stained the pages of history.

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The power of play is very important in helping a child thrive.  It is more than a chance to have fun, but it is also vital to a child’s health and development which enriches a child’s brain, body, and life in many ways.  Now games usually should not result in someone getting hurt, but it happens.  I remember a time playing hide and seek in the dark resulting in me getting one of the worst black eyes I have ever seen, and another time resulting in me getting attacked by hornets.  This is not the norm.

 

But there are some games that are now part of legend, and some believe that if you chose to play, that you may die.

 

Welcome to Episode 65 - The Origins of Bloody Mary

 

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When you come home you expect to be safe...after all...your home is your castle…right?  But even though you may not want to believe this, the truth is that there is no way to guarantee for your safety no matter where you are.  

 

For one small town in Ohio, they learned this lesson the hard way when an unknown individual began mailing threatening and sexually explicit letters to residents.  Now if that isn’t scary enough, what made this worse is that in small towns everyone knows everyone else.  There are no real strangers, and the person who wrote those letters knew way too much.  For years locals looked over their shoulders.  Some wondered if they would be targeted, while others wondered how they got in the letter writers crosshairs.

 

Welcome to Episode 64 - The Circleville Letters

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Be sure to listen all the way to end to hear our hidden Easter egg from the podcast Perhaps Its You.  You can find them at www.perhapsitsyou.wordpress.com or wherever you find your favourite podcasts

 

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In 1893, a man named H.H. Holmes was the master of his domain.  He lured victims to his macabre hotel that he outfitted with trap doors, gas chambers, and a basement crematorium.  According to some claims, he killed up to 200 people inside his Murder Castle, and is considered to be one of America’s first serial killers.

 

Welcome to Episode 63 - The Master of the Murder Castle

 

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What are the ingredients for the perfect modern day urban myth?  Well…it needs to be something that a quick Google search will not give away its true origin.  It also needs to be something that lingers and re-manifests...something that jostles memories of the first time it supposedly creeps out of the darkness, and makes itself known.  Today, the tale you will hear has these elements, and has been one of the most talked about of all modern based myths.  The Mothman is a creature that was first documented in the late 1960s, and since then has been spotted countless times in the United States.  Some claim it comes before cataclysmic events, and others claim it is connected to UFOs and the Men in Black.  But others believe it is a hoax, or maybe a product of mass hysteria.

 

Whatever the Mothman is, it continues to appear in both real life and pop culture, and is now deeply embedded into modern American folklore.

 

Welcome to Bonus Episode 17 - The Mothman

 

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We at Horrifying History are proud to present our latest show - History Coles Notes releasing on July 22, 2012 at 09:00 EST on the Horrifying History Channel on YouTube!  

 

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A little while ago, we did a show about fairytales, and how Disney has a talent of retelling these ancient tales that were passed from generation to generation.  They take these stories and Disney-fy them for kids.  These stories were not made for kids though...they were dark, full of deception and death. These stories are often more complex than folk lore, and have a lesson for us to learn.  

 

Disney makes all the women and their true loves heroes.  The women are delicate but strong, and the men are valiant and brave.  They somehow make it through insurmountable odds to save the world against evil.  They defeat the bad guys, take their thrones, and live happily ever after in castles with their woodland friends.

 

The lessons that the Disney versions tell us are still there, but some have changed from the original version.  So gather around friends...its time for another story.

 

Welcome to Episode 62 - The Dark Side of Disney, The Tales Behind The Fairytales, Part 2.

 

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Most murders follow a pattern, or have clues.  Many times the motive is made clear by what is found at the crime scene.  But sometimes cases do not fit into a handy template.  Sometimes the reason for the death is not clear.  In our day and age though, due to advances in DNA technology there is always a hint to where to start.  But this was not always so, and this was the case of a man found in the capital of South Australia in 1948.  

 

Welcome to Bonus Episode 16 - The Somerton Man

 

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Be sure to listen to catch this episode's hidden Easter egg from the podcast Realm of Unknown.  You can enter the Realm of Unknown anywhere you find your favourite podcasts.

 

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Haiti is located on the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles of the Caribbean Sea.  It is east of Cuba and Jamaica, and south of the Bahamas, and it has a very interesting history.  It was originally inhabited by an indigenous population that migrated from South America before the first Europeans arrived on December 5, 1492 during the first voyage of Christopher Columbus.  The island was claimed by Spain, who ceded to France in 1687.  During the French Revolution of 1789 to 1799, slaves and free people of colour launched the Haitian Revolution which changed the countries trajectory forever.  After years of conflict, France was defeated and Haiti declared their sovereignty on January 1, 1804 becoming the first independent nation of Latin America and the Caribbean.  It was the second republic in the Americas, was the first country to abolish slavery, and the only state in history established by a successful slave revolt.

 

With all this dramatic history it would make for many dark and haunting tales.

 

Welcome to Episode 61 - The Horrifying Side of Haiti

 

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I remember one day my mom brought up that she was thinking of donating her body to science when she dies.  She said to me that she wasn’t going to use it anyway, so why not?  Why not help someone?  I told her that I would support whatever she chooses, and ultimately she told me that she decided to be an organ donor and not donate her whole body to science.  People who decide to donate their organs to others are heroes.  People who decide to donate their bodies to science are helping people learn and help with studies that save lives.  

 

But sometimes when people decide to do this selfless act, it doesn’t work out like they planned.

 

Now it's time for a bit of heads up, today we will be talking about human remains…listener discretion is advised.

 

Welcome to Episode 60 - Human Chop Shops

 

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Today, I am presenting an episode that I wanted to put out to all of you since the very beginning of this podcast.  The thing is…I avoided it until now.  The reason is that the subject matter is a sensitive one, and close to my heart.  I honestly started to try to develop this episode multiple times over the past year, and walked away since it affected me so deeply.  But I feel that it is vitally important to speak out about our subject matter today…child abuse.

 

Child abuse is physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and/or neglect.  It can include both physical and mental injuries that last a lifetime.  It involves an abuse of power and a breach of trust, and even one event no matter how small can destroy lives.

 

But the stories that you are going to hear today are not small.  They are in fact some of the worst case scenarios, and I feel that it is important that they are remembered.  It is important that these children are remembered.  Today we will be talking about abuse so severe that it resulted in what is called a feral child.  A feral child is a human child who has lived isolated away from other human contact from a very young age.  They have little to no experience with human care, behaviours, or even language.  These children at times were victims of severe abuse, or trauma before running away or being abandoned.  They are sometimes are the subjects of folklore or legend, and are often portrayed as having been raised by animals.

 

So if you haven’t guessed it by now…we are going to be talking about some dark stuff today…listener discretion is advised.

 

Welcome to Episode 59 - Feral Children

 

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