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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 v…
 
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 sci…
 
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 affecte…
 
Every year, thousands of people are suddenly thrown into a state of limbo when a loved one goes missing. These people never get to move on until the find out what happened to the ones they love, but sometimes they never do get the closure that they direly need. Today, the cases we are going to speak about happened a some time ago. Their loved ones …
 
About 61 years ago, something happened in the Ural Mountains that has resulted in a conspiracy theory that just wont go away. A band of skiers trekked through this mountains stashing food, and extra skis in a valley to pick up on their way back from their trip. Later that same night, these nine experienced skiers and hikers burst out of their tents…
 
A lonely hearts killer which is otherwise known as a want-ad killer is someone who finds their victims historically through classified or personal ads, or match making organizations. With the evolution of the internet, this has evolved to include dating apps, and looking for love chat rooms. The motivation of these type of killers vary with some pl…
 
For many people their reputation is everything. For some it determines their status in society, and for others it is a measure of their influence. A person’s reputation is a sum of all actions that is reflected by the people around us - in the way they treat or interact with us. It is an indirect result of anything and everything we do, and even th…
 
In episode 10, we discuss famous hauntings in two plantations. Lore developed around these plantations for several reasons. One of these was to help bring in tourists, but the other - was that historically lore that surrounds plantations is many times altered to emphasize the horrors of slavery. In the story you will hear today, these don’t apply. …
 
By the dawn of the 19th century, consumption which is now known as tuberculosis had killed one in seven people. Throughout much of the 1800s, tuberculosis patients looked for a cure in sanatoriums where it was believed that resting in a healthy environment would result in a cure. But for many it wasn’t, and they never left. For most patients, time …
 
Genetics can be a funny thing sometimes. In my case for example, I look like my mom but when I had my DNA tested I was genetically more my dad. In the case of my niece and nephew, they both have the most beautiful shade of red hair. Apparently, my sister-in-laws grandfather had a red beard…but no one is positive why these two won the genetic lotter…
 
I love to travel. I love experiencing other cultures, eating new foods, and seeing new locations. I enjoy traveling to places with a lot of history. I love to learn about the people and events that came before me, and how this changed the world I live in today. Sometimes history isn’t just history though. Sometimes that history is still alive in so…
 
History is full of great tales about interesting events and people. But sometimes history can be dark...sometimes it can be creepy. It is these stories that I find the most interesting, and crazy. It is these types of stories that I live for. Welcome to Episode 52…The Creepiest Moments of History that You Never Heard Of. We got merch! Shop now: htt…
 
The legend of the Bell Witch is one of the most famous in American lore. It is story about a spirit who tormented a family in Tennessee over 200 years ago, and this story has been the inspiration of multiple books, tv shows, and movies. What makes this story stand out is that unlike other paranormal lore, this story is supported by eyewitness accou…
 
Imagine for a moment that one night you hear a knock on your door. You open it to find several young children on your front step. They seem like they need your help. The kids do not look threatening right away, but soon they ask to come inside your home. They quickly become persistent…let us inside! That is when you notice that something isn’t quit…
 
There are places in the world where people should feel safe. One of these places is Vatican City which is a city state that is surrounded by Rome. This is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, home to the Pope, and is a location filled with iconic art and architecture. But for Emanuella Orlandi, this place was not safe. It was from here th…
 
A Lady in White is a type of female ghost who typically dresses in a white gown or dress, and is seen in usually areas that are associated with tragedy. These legends are found in many areas of the world, and the common themes seem to be accidental death, murder, suicide, unrequited love, and betrayal by a husband or fiancé. Today you are going to …
 
Between the years of 1482 and 1782; thousands of people were accused of witchcraft and were executed. People believed that witches were everywhere plotting with the devil to cause harm. They started appearing in local lore and in fairytales as a versatile symbol for evil and transgression, and by the late 16th and 17th centuries people of all class…
 
The Palace of Versailles has a special place in my heart. My nine times great grandfather managed the farms at this location that was the royal seat of power for over 100 years. When you walk towards the Palace of Versailles there are a few things you will realize right away…that this was the location for opulence, and political intrigue. But for E…
 
Some people believe that the afterlife can only be accessed by a spiritual means, and others currently and throughout history believe that you can reach the underworld using portals on Earth. Some of these gateways involve Christian concepts of hell while others are said to lead to some very unpleasant afterlives alternatives. Today we are going to…
 
In the novella “The Death of Ivan Ilyich”, Leo Tolstoy writes about a man who is shocked to discover that his death is inevitable. This is what we all realize sometime in our lives, and we hope that while here we live great lives and will be remembered fondly in death. For most this happens, but for some their legacy is overshadowed by how they die…
 
As people get older, it is natural that they think about their mortality. Many plan for their end by writing a will, and planing their funeral. But no one normally plans for their body to be stolen. Welcome to Episode 46…Body Snatchers - Past and Present. We got merch! Shop now: https://www.redbubble.com/people/HorrifyingHist1/shop?asc=u&ref=accoun…
 
One of our lovely listeners reached out to me to ask about my thoughts on Countess Elizabeth Bathory. In the spooky world, Elizabeth is one of the most famous people there is…or should I say infamous. I first heard the tale of Elizabeth when I was a teen, and instantly wanted to hear more. Could it be true that a noblewoman was actually a vampire l…
 
For well over a century, some have made claims that a person can suddenly, and without explanation explode into a ball of fire. The phenomenon of spontaneous human combustion or SHC has been talked about in countless books and television shows concerning unexplained mysteries. I remember as a kid, I read stories about SHC in what my grandma called …
 
Christmas is a time of celebration, and joy. To me, it’s not about getting presents. The best gift is the gift of spending time with the ones I love, and making new memories. But we wouldn’t be Horrifying History if we spoke about that. In our very first Christmas special you will hear about the Christmas traditions and legends that will send chill…
 
When you walk down the streets of New Orleans, you will hear the sounds of jazz music wherever you go. It normally is calming and soothing, but on March 19, 1919 it only brought fear. Why? If you were not playing that music you were going to die. Welcome to Bonus Episode 10 - The Axeman of New Orleans We got merch! Shop now: https://www.redbubble.c…
 
If there is one thing that Disney is known for is their re-telling of fairy tales. They take a fairy tale, and Disney it up for the big screen. All the women are beautiful, but oppressed in some way. All the men are strong and valiant. Somehow facing insurmountable odds they are always victorious against the bad guy, take their thrones, and live ha…
 
An Angel of Death is a type of criminal offender that often becomes a serial killer. They are usually employed as a caregiver or as someone who is supposed to protect the most vulnerable, but decides that their victims would be much better off if they no longer suffered and they end up killing them. Many times it is said that this behaviour starts …
 
The act of deliberately inflicting severe physical or mental suffering on people as a form or punishment, fulfilling a twisted desire, or to force action from the victim has been done from the beginning of time, and it still occurs today. It has been carried out by or sanctioned by individuals, groups, and states for many reasons like punishment or…
 
Statistics are collected for everything, including death. Mortality data answers questions like how long can we expect to live, or are we gaining any ground against our most life threatening public health crises. This data is relied on by researchers, physicians, policy makers, and many others to identify problems, find solutions, and save lives. S…
 
The word “Occult” is difficult to define, and because of this many have different understandings to what it means. To some it is a fascinating world of paranormal and mystery. To others it represents sorcery and darkness. Historically, the ideology of Occultism has been thought of with fear, bias, or that people use it for unscrupulous reasons. But…
 
In late 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of the King Tutankhamun who died at the age of approximately 18 years old in 1323 BC. This discovery created folklore that flew around the world about curses that befall anyone who intruded on a sealed Egyptian tomb. The press further sensationalized this by releasing stories lik…
 
One of my favourite quotes about prophecies was said by a man named Peter Drucker who stated; “Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window. But according to some, this is about as far from the truth than you can get. In Episode eight, we heard all about the life …
 
Every year, countless people are reported missing. It is estimated that world wide eight million children go missing, and if you were to add the number of adults - the total tally is staggering. Of those who go missing most are eventually found, but for some, they simply vanish without a trace. Sadly, many of these cases are forgotten about, but so…
 
When I was a kid, my mom told me about something she experienced as a young child. She grew up in a French Canadian Catholic family, and attended a school where she was taught by nuns. As you can imagine, religion was an important part of my mother’s childhood. When she was in grade one, she was assigned a part in her school’s play due to she was t…
 
A Lady in White or White Lady is a type of female ghost that is usually seen in rural areas, and are usually associated with local legends of tragedy. They are typically wearing a white dress or gown, and are commonly part of legends concerning accidental death, murder, and suicide. This ladies are part of lore from around the world, and are usuall…
 
About 30 miles or about 43 kilometres outside New York City is the Long Island town called Amityville. In this town there is one house that is known around the world. It is said that this house was the location of multiple deaths which were caused by the actions of evil. In fact, this house is said to be the epicentre of evil…but is it? What actual…
 
References to mental illness and disabilities can be found throughout history. In current times, people see the connection between mental health and overall well-being, but it wasn’t always this way. In fact, many individuals of disability were abused, or believed to be possessed, a witch, or that their condition was payback from god. Now imagine i…
 
In episode 6, you came with me on a world tour of cryptids. Some of these evolved from very real fears, while others just seem a bit silly. The thing is as much as we want to say cryptids are a joke, some of them have been proven to really exist. Welcome to Bonus Episode 7…Cryptids that are Actually Real We got merch! Shop now: https://www.redbubbl…
 
In politics - power is everything. But as Sir John Dalberg-Acton once said “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Some politicians are willing to do anything to gain or keep their power, and don’t care about the destruction that they leave in their wake. Welcome to Episode 32…Victims of Politics - Death, Abuse, and Cover-…
 
One day Elizabeth Fritzl’s father asked her for some help with a project he was working on. For months he was building a cellar underneath the family home, and he needed Elizabeth’s help to lift a door on a frame. Elisabeth climbed down the stairs, and helped him put the door up. When she turned to leave, her father Josef grabbed her and forced a p…
 
In Episode 2, you heard stories about people that were buried alive. Many of these tales are from long ago, but that doesn’t mean that this still doesn’t happen today. If the circumstances are just right, you too may find yourself buried alive – just like the people in our next tales did. Welcome to Bonus Episode 6…Buried Alive, Part 2 We got merch…
 
Did you ever wonder about the origin of something? I do…like potatoes. How did people decide that potatoes were delicious? Thousands of years ago, was a cave man just walking along and saying to himself, “ I am so hungry, but I had sabertooth tiger last night. Hmmm (caveman looks to the ground) that plant looks interesting…(caveman then pulls leaf …
 
Saying goodbye is never easy. When it comes to TV icons or movie stars it doesn’t seem real, because they are now immortal in film. Even though many of the people that we will take about today died years ago, conspiracy theorists still talk about these people today in hopes they will find what they think is the truth. Although scores of celebrities…
 
Everyone is born or moves to their country as an accident of birth, or as fate. When one ages and starts to travel they may visit a country that they feel a sudden kinship with, and that may turn into love. When I travelled to Spain, I felt at home. It is absolutely breathtaking, is full of sunshine, and has some of the best beaches in the world. T…
 
Charismatic, sophisticated, beautiful, and full of angst…this is the image that we have of vampires. Whether they sparkle in the sun, or live in the shadows…vampires are firmly seated in folklore around the world. But this isn’t how everyone sees them. Welcome to Bonus Episode 5…History of the Vampire We got merch! Shop now: https://www.redbubble.c…
 
In the late 1970s, Wes Craven was a struggling filmmaker who created his first horror movie which is now the classic The Last House on the Left. He did want to branch out, but could only find financing for horror films. He soon realized that he was really, really good at scaring people, and soon became the best known horror filmmaker of all time. F…
 
When a person thinks about haunted places, cemeteries usually come up. There are lots of dead bodies there, so it must have ghosts…right? According to lore, ghosts usually haunt the places they died or suffered trauma. This does not normally happen in a cemetery. That is usually where their go after all the bad happened, but it doesn’t mean that ce…
 
When it comes to the world of the paranormal, there are two people who stand out - Ed and Lorraine Warren. Ed was a self taught demonologist who met a lovely young psychic named Lorraine. Together, they became two of the most well known paranormal investigators in world, and became permanently embedded into the horror genre. Welcome to Episode 25…E…
 
Do you believe in ghosts? Many people have claimed to have seen ghosts, but this doesn’t necessarily mean a floating spirit in a in a white bed sheet. People around the world have claimed to see what is called Ghost Ships that are lost vessels that haunt our waters, and they are deeply engrained in sailor lore. While many stories of ghosts ships ar…
 
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