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A podcast about life's mysteries, oddities and of course, the macabre. Hosted by Stephanie Meloche and Erin Vance.

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A podcast about life's mysteries, oddities and of course, the macabre. Hosted by Stephanie Meloche and Erin Vance.

    Episode 26: The Case of the Cottingley Fairies

    Episode 26: The Case of the Cottingley Fairies

    No, your eyes do not deceive you.  This IS a new episode of Femmes Macabres!  In this week's episode, Erin and Steph are dancing with the fairies!  Tune in to learn about the history of fairies and the most famous fairy hoax of all, the Cottingley Fairies.
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    Dark Hallway by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license. Allegro by Emmit Fenn is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license. (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    SOURCES

    Branagan, Mark, and Stephen Jones. “A Professor Fell for a Hoax about Fairies - and His Life Was Shattered.” Irish Mirror, 15 Jan. 2017, www.irishmirror.ie/news/weird-news/curse-cottingley-fairies-how-professors-9626260.
    “Cottingley Fairies Fake Photos to Go under the Hammer.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 31 Mar. 2019, www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/mar/31/cottingley-fairies-fake-photos-go-under-the-hammer.
    Forsberg, Laura. “Nature's Invisibilia: The Victorian Microscope and the Miniature Fairy.” Victorian Studies, vol. 57, no. 4, 2015, pp. 638–666. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/victorianstudies.57.4.03. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.
    Hewitt, Alden. “The Fairy Lore of the Elizabethans.” The Elementary English Review, vol. 11, no. 1, 1934, pp. 1–29. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/41380900. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.
    Maher, FR. The Secret of the Cottingley Fairies. Amazon Publishing, 2017.
    Saunders, Michèle J. “A Small Trip Through Tooth Lore, or Where Did the Tooth Fairy Come From?” Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging, vol. 40, no. 3, 2016, pp. 16–18. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/26556210. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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    Episode 25: The Radium Dial Painters: Society of the Living Dead

    Episode 25: The Radium Dial Painters: Society of the Living Dead

    This week, the femmes discuss the discovery of radium and the harrowing story of the radium dial painters.
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    Music:
    Dark Hallway by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license.
    Allegro by Emmit Fenn is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license.
    (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/?keywords=Hallway&Search=Search Artist: http://incompetech.com/
    Works Cited and Further Reading:
    Cengix, Mehtap. “The Radium Girls: Glowing Dials: Radium: Marie Curie: Pierre Curie: Mollie Maggia.” HOROBOX, 31 Mar. 2020, www.horobox.com/en/review-detail/american-radium-glowing-girls.
    Dean Pilcher, Lydia, director. Radium Girls. Cine Mosaic, 2018.
    Des Jardins, Julie. “Madame Curie's Passion.” Smithsonian.com, Smithsonian Institution, 1 Oct. 2011, www.smithsonianmag.com/history/madame-curies-passion-74183598/.
    Haley, Helena M. “Health Program for Radium Dial Workers.” AJN, American Journal of Nursing, vol. 45, no. 12, 1945, pp. 998–1001., doi:10.1097/00000446-194512000-00008.
    Moore, Kate. The Radium Girls: the Dark Story of America's Shining Women. Sourcebooks, Inc, 2018.
    Pool, Sandy. Undark: an Oratorio. Nightwood Editions, 2012.
    “Radium Cures.” The Museum of Quackery, www.museumofquackery.com/devices/radium.htm.
    “RADIUM PAINT TAKES ITS INVENTOR'S LIFE; Dr. Sabin A. Von Sochocky Ill a Long Time, Poisoned by Watch Dial Luminant. 13 BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS Death Due to Aplastic Anemia-- Women Workers Who Were Stricken Sued Company.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 15 Nov. 1928, www.nytimes.com/1928/11/15/archives/radium-paint-takes-its-inventors-life-dr-sabin-a-von-sochocky-ill-a.html.
    Sinclair, J. Michael. “Undark™ The Radioactive Paint.” DIEDFAMOUS, DIEDFAMOUS, 23 Jan. 2020, diedfamo.us/blog/2020/1/17/undark-the-radioactive-paint.
    Tasch, Barbara. “Marie Curie's Belongings Will Be Radioactive For Another 1,500 Years.” ScienceAlert, 31 Aug. 2015, www.sciencealert.com/these-personal-effects-of-marie-curie-will-be-radioactive-for-another-1-500-years.
    Wilcoxson, Samantha. Luminous: The Story of a Radium Girl. Amazon, 2020.
    Witman 07.20.2017, Sarah, et al. “When Undark Was Lethal: A New Look at the 'Radium Girls'.” Undark Magazine, 2 July 2020, undark.org/2017/07/20/radium-girls-book-review/.

    • 33 min
    Episode 24: A Victorian Death Extravaganza: Death & Mourning in the 19th Century

    Episode 24: A Victorian Death Extravaganza: Death & Mourning in the 19th Century

    Inspired by the research Steph did for her Halloween story, this week's episode of Femmes Macabres finds Steph and Erin reading through Victorian era newspapers for strange ways people died during the time period.  They also discuss the 19th century outlook on death and mourning and compare it to the death positive movement currently taking the world by storm thanks to organisations like the Order of the Good Death.

    Coming up next week on Femmes Macabres: how the radium girls inspired workplace health and safety reform.

    Music:

    Dark Hallway by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/?keywords=Hallway&Search=Search Artist: http://incompetech.com/

    Sources:

    Bradford, Adam. “Inspiring Death: Poe's Poetic Aesthetics, ‘Annabel Lee," and the Communities of Mourning in Nineteenth-Century America.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 12, no. 1, 2011, pp. 72–100. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/41506434.

    https://thebabydied.blogspot.com/

    https://dying.lovetoknow.com/death-cultures-around-world/behind-victorian-mourning-veil-10-surprising-facts

    http://victorian-era.org/victorian-era-mourning-period.html

    https://www.history.co.uk/history-of-death/victorians-and-the-art-of-dying

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8DxI8Pn1Uw

    https://www.tchevalier.com/fallingangels/bckgrnd/mourning/

    https://www.thecollector.com/post-mortem-photography/

    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/understanding-grief/201812/death-and-mourning-practices-in-the-victorian-age

    • 31 min
    Episode 23: How NOT to Ring in the New Year: The Egans' Murders of 1964

    Episode 23: How NOT to Ring in the New Year: The Egans' Murders of 1964

    In this week’s episode, Steph and Erin ring in the new year and discuss 2020, plans for Femmes Macabres in 2021, and talk murder as they investigate the mysterious murders of the Egan family gang in Watertown, New York on New Year's Eve 1964.
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    Music:
    Dark Hallway by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 ) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/?keywords=Hallway&Search=Search  Artist: http://incompetech.com/
    Sources:

    Curry, Glenn. The Egan Murders, Trouble in the North Country, 5 May 2020, www.youtube.com/watch?v=my6MDbTSMoI.
    Dwyer, Brian. “Unsolved But Not Forgotten: Who Murdered the Egans?” Spectrum News, 4 Nov. 2014, www.spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/watertown/cold-cases/2015/01/15/unsolved-but-not-forgotten--who-murdered-the-egans-
    Shampine, Dave, and Daniel Boyer. The Jefferson County Egan Murders: Nightmare on New Year's Eve, 1964. The History Press, 2014.

    • 44 min
    Episode 21: Ask a Vampire

    Episode 21: Ask a Vampire

    This week, we learn all about vampires and how Steph convinced her students she is one. We had SO much fun with this episode- thank you for listening!

    Sources

    Backstein, Karen. “(Un)Safe Sex: Romancing the Vampire.” Cinéaste, vol. 35, no. 1, 2009, pp. 38–41. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/41690852. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

    https://www.livescience.com/40843-real-dracula-vlad-the-impaler.html

    https://serialkillershistory.wordpress.com/2017/12/20/the-true-story-of-elizabeth-bathory-the-blood-countess-2/

    -------- Music: Dark Hallway by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/?keywords=Hallway&Search=Search Artist: http://incompetech.com/ --------

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    Episode 20: The Curse of Clophill Church

    Episode 20: The Curse of Clophill Church

    In this week’s episode, Erin and Steph discuss the storied history of England’s “Black Magic Church.” Go say hi to the inspiration for this episode, Liliana, on instagram, @adaughterofmoths!

    -------- Music: Dark Hallway by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/?keywords=Hallway&Search=Search Artist: http://incompetech.com/ -------- 

    Sources: https://www.spookyisles.com/the-curse-of-clophill-church/

    https://www.spookyisles.com/haunted-clophill-church/

    https://clophillhistory.mooncarrot.org.uk/OldChurchPost1848.php

    https://enacademic.com/dic.nsf/enwiki/4301341

    https://mjwayland.com/black-alchemist-1963/

    https://hero-magazine.com/article/72027/occult-filmmaker-gary-parsons-on-why-60s-britain-was-obsessed-with-witchcraft/

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    ARCHIVAL REFERENCE
    The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0750, Page 284

    Image and data © National Folklore Collection, UCD.

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