1. a speech or written passage composed in commemoration of a dead person
2. a final judgment on a person or thing
Epitaph is a bi-weekly, paranormal podcast dedicated to doing more than just sharing ghost stories and lore. We follow the ghosts back to the where their stories began.
We will share the legends, but we will also dig deep into the historical record -- newspaper archives, genealogical records, and other primary source documents -- to find out just who these ghosts were before, steal a glimpse into their lives and, then, share their stories with you.
We will try to discover how they died, what things they may have left unfinished, and how their stories fit within the legends they've become.
And maybe, by telling their stories, we can help them finally find rest.
Bela Kiss, the Vampire of Czinkota
In May of 1916, detectives in Czinkota, Hungary, made a gruesome discovery: two dozen people, drained of blood, and preserved in metal barrels full of wood alcohol. Their murderer was Bela Kiss, a man who'd been recently killed in World War I.
Except that, even after his supposed death, Bela Kiss continued to be seen and continued to remain one step ahead of capture for the next three decades.
On this episode, we explore the gruesome crimes of serial killer Bela Kiss, the Vampire of Czinkota.
The Vampires of Eastern Europe
The most common place to encounter a vampire today is in the Young Adult Fiction section of your local bookstore, or in the movies and television shows that are inspired by these novels. But, to the peoples of southeastern Europe, where the dead have long been believed to have the ability to harm living, the vampire is something far more serious.
In this episode, we will explore the stories -- well-documented by historians, priests and surgeons -- of three men from the 17th and 18th centuries who lives, and whose continued appearances after death, were the inspiration for much of what we believe about vampires today.
Resurrection Mary, Part 4: Mary Kovac
Resurrection Mary is one of Chicago's most famous ghosts.
For decades, people fascinated with the story have been trying to answer the question: Who was she?
Over the years, a number of "candidates" have been put forth. And, in researching this episode, we found one of our own.
On this episode, we present the story of Mary Kovac who, we believe, may have been the young woman whose ghost Jerry Palus met at the Liberty Grove and Hall in 1939: The original Resurrection Mary.
Resurrection Mary, Part 2: Mary Bregovy
Resurrection Mary is one of Chicago's most famous ghosts and, over the years, a number of "candidates" have been put to answer the question: Who was she?
Mary Bregovy, like the girl in the Resurrection Mary legend, had lived on Damen Avenue and had died in an automobile accident in the 1930s. But, despite people who knew her while she was alive having reported seeing her on Archer Avenue after her death, Mary Bregovy didn't look like the girl who is normally described in Resurrection Mary sightings.
On this episode, we discuss how she fits into the Resurrection Mary legend.
The Waldheim Flapper
The most famous Vanishing Hitchhiker in Chicago is, no doubt, Archer Avenue's Resurrection Mary.
And, we'll come back to that.
On this episode, we go the Des Plaines Avenue to tell the story of Chicago's *other* hitchhiking ghost: The Waldheim Flapper.
Bonus: The Uniondale Hitchhiker
Between the towns of Uniondale and Willowmore, witnesses have reported encounters with Maria Roux, perhaps better known one of South Africa’s most famous ghosts: the Uniondale Hitchhiker.
Interesting mix of legend and history
Not your average paranormal podcast. Rather than just telling stories skimmed from the internet, this podcast’s stories are extensively researched to try to match up where the ghost stories intertwine with real, verifiable history. An interesting, fresh take. Worth listening to.
I happened upon this at a suggestion from a friend. I’m so glad I did! Listened start to finish on one sitting. You can’t miss how thoroughly researched the stories are, and this translates into feeing you are right there with the characters. The story telling is impeccable. Again, there’s no mistaking how much time and effort has been put into presenting these stories in so that the listener is as entertained and she is educated. Can’t wait for more!