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Ever heard the Tale of the man who tried to kill time as we know it? The mysterious beast which stalked a remote French village in the 1760s? What about the time a prankster ‘Zipped’ two Chicago television stations?

Tales of History and Imagination tells the Tales from history less told. We discuss strange, enigmatic characters, the cameo roles in life’s play, and, sometimes, major events from a viewpoint rarely seen.

Tales of History and Imagination Simone Whitlow

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Ever heard the Tale of the man who tried to kill time as we know it? The mysterious beast which stalked a remote French village in the 1760s? What about the time a prankster ‘Zipped’ two Chicago television stations?

Tales of History and Imagination tells the Tales from history less told. We discuss strange, enigmatic characters, the cameo roles in life’s play, and, sometimes, major events from a viewpoint rarely seen.

    24 The Campden Wonder - The ‘Murder’ of William Harrison

    24 The Campden Wonder - The ‘Murder’ of William Harrison

    This week we’re in the town of Campden, Gloucestershire. The date August 16th, 1660. William Harrison, the ageing rent collector - disappears while on a two mile walk to Charringworth. A local man is arrested, and a disturbing tale of betrayal emerges - but was any of it true?


     


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    • 12 min
    23: Franz Reichelt - What Goes Up….

    23: Franz Reichelt - What Goes Up….

    Today’s tale is set on a freezing cold morning, 57 metres above the ground, in Paris, France. The date February 4th 1912. Our subject, one unfortunate soul we’ll come to in a few minutes. Before I even begin this tale, I needs must take you all on a flight of fancy. 


    This week we discuss Franz Reichelt, the flying tailor - and the early days of powered flight. 


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    Music, writing, narration, mixing all yours truly.


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    • 16 min
    22. Spring Heeled Jack - The Terror of London

    22. Spring Heeled Jack - The Terror of London

    Spring Heeled Jack would enter the public consciousness of Londoners at the tail end of 1837, as reports emerged of numerous attacks on lone women in the city. Tall, demonic, with glowing red eyes and an almost supernatural ability to scale tall objects - some wondered if the devil had come to London. 


    Over time his legend spread and took on a surprising life of his own. 


    This week’s Patreon only episode is on The Carrington Event. For just $2 US a month you can support the show, and get access to exclusive content.  


    The blog post of the episode is here. Check out the blog at historyandimagination.com


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     Music, writing, narration, mixing all yours truly.


    Main texts: Sorry it’s been so long since I wrote this that I’ve lost track, Mike Dash’s work on Spring Heeled Jack would have to be the main source - all subsequent articles owing much to his scholarship.


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    • 18 min
    21: The Max Headroom Incident

    21: The Max Headroom Incident

    On 9:14 pm, 22nd November 1987, Chicago’s WGN TV was ‘zipped’ by a mysterious attacker - a figure wearing a rubber Max Headroom mask. The attacker would strike again, upsetting Whovians in the Windy City. 


    In this short Tale we discuss the Max Headroom Incident.


    This week’s Patreon only episode is on The Hammersmith Ghost. Support the show for just $2 US a month, and get access to exclusive content.  



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     Music, writing, narration, mixing all yours truly.


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    • 11 min
    20: Willie The Wimp (and His Cadillac Coffin)

    20: Willie The Wimp (and His Cadillac Coffin)

    South Side Chicago Still think of him often… so today we’re talking bout Willie ‘Wimp’ Stokes and his Cadillac Coffin. 


     


    This week’s Patreon only episode is on Idi Amin and the Enfundu. For just $2 US a month you can support the show, and get access to exclusive content.  


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    Music, writing, narration, mixing all yours truly.



    Main texts: Mostly newspaper articles, and an online back catalogue of Jet Magazine articles - though I did use Flukey Stokes biography Flukey Stokes: Drugs, Gangs and Police Corruption in Chicago




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    • 6 min
    19: Mussolini’s Hat

    19: Mussolini’s Hat

    This week is all about presidents, dictators, mobsters, islands and how the theft of a hat was taken a little too seriously.  Apologies again, voice a little scratchy in this one (was recorded 2 weeks ago) so have turned the background music down a little in this one. 


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    Writing, music, narration, editing all yours truly. 


     


    Main texts: This tale was cobbled together from a dozen texts, but grew out of a chapter of Selwyn Raab’s ‘Five Families’


     


    About the Author: Simone Whitlow is an academic, collector of odd tales, songwriter and musician.


    Transgender, she uses she/her pronouns. 


     

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