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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. Horrifying History would like to thank Envi…
 
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 Horrifying H…
 
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. Horrifying History would like to thank TruBrai…
 
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…
 
In the 1980’s and 1990’s, satanic ritual abuse allegations started popping in the United States and soon travelled to other parts of the world. This moral panic was named Satanic Panic, and was filled of reports of physical and sexual abuse of people in rituals of devil worship. In its most extreme, the allegations involved a conspiracy of a world …
 
Vacation...every year everyone can’t wait until they can take a vacation. It is an opportunity to experience and learn from other cultures while expanding your perspective. You get to escape your regular life while having an adventure. But, there are some places that the adventure you may have is one that you may come to regret… Welcome to Episode …
 
I recently received a question from one of our listeners who listened to Season 1, Episode 3 which is concerning possession. The listener was wondering what the difference was between channeling a spirit, and spiritual possession. To some there is a very thin line between the two, and in today’s bonus episode we will look into both of these and the…
 
Toys are created to entertain, and for play. They are supposed to create joy. Some do not. These objects have become a favourite storyline for plenty of horror novels and movies. Is it because of their dead eyed stares, unsettling appearance, or is it more? There are many urban legends about toys that are cursed, haunted, or possessed, or even all …
 
A curse is any expressed wish that some form of misfortune will befall on a person, place, or object. Some believe that curses are created by a supernatural power while some believe that it can be created by magic or witchcraft. It is also thought that sometimes events occur that stain a person or object, and because of this a curse develops. Many …
 
Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty with discarding or parting with possessions due to a perceived need to save them. People suffering with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of items, and because of this, excessive accumulation of items occurs regardless of their financial value. There is little recorded …
 
People go missing all the time. All of us have seen terrified families on TV begging for their loved ones to come home, and then many people turn the channel. For those families, they can’t change the channel. Children alone account for an estimated 8 million individuals who go missing world wide per year. This is a massive amount, and an even larg…
 
The American Founding Fathers. Without them, there would be no United States of America. This group of predominantly weathy plantation owners and business men united the thirteen colonies, fought for independence from Britain, and wrote a series of governing documents that still steers the countries direction today. These men revolted against their…
 
Historically, royalty around the world have led dramatic lives that revolved around war, death, and controversy. The locations where all this happen was marked by this intrigue, and it is because of this that these locations are rich in ghost stories and sightings. Many monarchies have stood the test of time, but they were not the only ones who stu…
 
Throughout history, ancient relics and treasures from many cultures has been either stolen or has gone missing. Often this happens during war time or when a disaster strikes leaving these precious objects unprotected. Sometimes they are recovered, but many still remain missing. The items you will hear about today have suffered this fate. Some may b…
 
The Hanged Man, The Chariot, The Devil, Judgment….with their iconic imagery, ancient symbols, and links to religion; tarot cards are seen as full of mystery. To sceptics, practices like card reading are not relevant in our modern times. But when you take a closer look, these beautiful pieces of art reveal that the power in the cards is not mystical…
 
There have been many studies done on why people stay in relationships with partners that do not fulfill their desires and needs. Many of these studies show that people who stay in these types of relationships suffer from low self esteem, may perceive themselves to be less attractive, or have lower standards. Others believe that it also has to do wi…
 
Today is a really special day for me for several reasons…first - this episode is our last episode for season one! The other reason is that today you will hear an interview that I did recently with an amazing lady. Malia Miglino is an actor and makeup artist who lives and works out of Los Angeles, California. She has her own YouTube Channel, and is …
 
The idea that the dead can remain earthbound started in the most ancient times, and has appeared in countless tales since then. It has spawned its own folklore genre - ghost stories. People believing in ghosts is actually part of a larger belief system, which gives people comfort. After all, who wouldn’t want to believe that loved ones who are gone…
 
Since the beginning of time, people have looked to the heavens and thought about the meaning of life and how fragile our existence actually is. Some people believe that we move on to the afterlife and some people believe the lights just turn off, but all these people do have the same wish…to leave a legacy. In this episode we will hear about some v…
 
When I was a child my mom would regularly drop me off at my grandmother’s house when she did the weekly grocery shopping. One reason why I liked going was because when there I would read grandma’s newspapers. They weren’t like the newspapers that were in my home. They did not tell about the local news or events. Grandma’s newspapers were different.…
 
What do we mean when we talk about “monsters”? When people hear the word “Monster”, they usually start thinking of classic gothic horror images like Frankenstein or Dracula. How myths behind monsters was created is actually indicative of the moral challenges facing society, versus the realities that people have encountered. The fact of it is, fable…
 
A few days ago I was speaking to one of my listeners. I happen to speak to her every Sunday since she is my 74 year old mother. She said to me…I was listening to your podcast with your Auntie Henriette, and we loved it (thanks mom), but when are you going to talk about Wendigos? I don’t know what shocked me more…the fact that my 74 year old mother …
 
Spiritualism is a belief system that is based on the supposed communication with the spirit world. It started to develop in the mid-1800’s and reached it’s peak in the 1920’s, but many of it’s practices continue today and are more common than you think. Many of you listeners have likely used tools that were created as part of this movement, but may…
 
Do you know there is a place on earth that where on average 500 to 2000 people go missing a year never to be heard from again? On this episode you will learn about the Alaska Triangle and the theories behind this dangerous place. You will also hear about one of the most famous unsolved mysteries from the United States – Roanoke. Welcome to Episode …
 
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