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The truth is often hard to find. This can be especially true when talking about ghost stories. Ghostly Podcast takes a deeper look into these stories in a bi-weekly podcast. Each episode, we tell a ghost story – one that some believe is true. Talk about the history and then, we will debate the facts of that story. From the most popular ones - to ones that are more obscure, each story will be explored from/using whatever evidence can be found.

Expect arguments, jokes, and, sometimes, maybe, an agreement.

Ghostly Patrick Harrington & Rebecca Rivers

    • History

The truth is often hard to find. This can be especially true when talking about ghost stories. Ghostly Podcast takes a deeper look into these stories in a bi-weekly podcast. Each episode, we tell a ghost story – one that some believe is true. Talk about the history and then, we will debate the facts of that story. From the most popular ones - to ones that are more obscure, each story will be explored from/using whatever evidence can be found.

Expect arguments, jokes, and, sometimes, maybe, an agreement.

    035 Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary

    035 Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary

    Is Alcatraz Haunted?







    Is Alcatraz haunted? In Ghostly’s thirty-fifth episode, Pat and Rebecca explore Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. Not only does this former fortress have an interesting history, it also is shrouded in spooky stories. But is it a home for ghosts?







    Older drawing of Alcatraz and the Lighthouse with two men in a rowboat.







    Questions Explored in this Episode







    What is the history of Alcatraz Island, and how did it get its name? What role did the prison play in the Civil War? How did it go from military fortress to Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary to tourist destination? Did anyone ever escape from Alcatraz? Which cell blocks are considered the most haunted and why? Who are some of the most famous “residents” of the island? What are the biggest ghost stories? Is Alcatraz haunted?







    Warden’s House (Alcatraz Island). Photo by Bernard Spragg







    Listener Mail and Questions







    Special Bonus Reader Request! Eric, son of Mondo, requested we tell a story in honor of Chinese New Year, so listen to how the beginnings of this major holiday actually stem from a supernatural creature.







    We also have some great personal stories from listener Elisa involving a personal ghost…or do they? Have a story or question of your own (or someone you know)? Send your story or question to info@ghostlypodcast.com and we might read it on the podcast. You can also email us individually at pat@ghostlypodcast.com or rebecca@ghostlypodcast.com. You could be on a future episode of Ghostly!







    Ghost Story – Alcatraz







    Listen to Rebecca tell a story based on one of the most famous ghost sightings on Alcatraz involving one of its most famous residents.







    History of Alcatraz







    Listen to Pat give the history of Alcatraz prison. He explains how it came into the hands of the United States government, and then discusses the Rock’s dark history of being first a military fortress and then a maximum-security federal penitentiary.







    Alcatraz was only in use for 29 years as a federal prison. But during that time it housed some of the most notorious criminals in American History.







    * Al Capone* The Birdman of Alcatraz – Robert Franklin Stroud (who was actually a Ornithologist, but he couldn’t keep birds on Alcatraz) (he was also a pimp at the age of 18 in Alaska)* George “Machine Gun” Kelly* Bumpy Johnson (got the name from a bump on the back of his head)* Rafael Cancel Miranda (a member of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party who attacked the United States Capitol building in 1954)* Mickey Cohen (who was actually a Professional Boxer and a mobster boss)* Arthur R. “Doc” Barker (he was killed while trying to escape Alcatraz)* Alvin “Creepy” Karpis (holds the record for the most time in prison on Alcatraz – 26 years) named creepy because of his sinister smile. He was a Canadian and of Lithuanian decent















    Alcatraz, Island, California, Prison, alcatraz, island, corridor, indoors, cellar, architecture, day







    Time for Debate!







    Join Pat and Rebecca for a debate on several of the most often told stories of the prison.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    034 The Tarot

    034 The Tarot

    Can Tarot Cards be used to Predict the Future?







    Can Tarot Cards be used to Predict the Future? In Ghostly’s thirty-fourth episode, Pat and Rebecca explore the mysterious world of Tarot Cards. Many believe that these cards hold the power to predict the future and give advice. But can they?







    Tarot Card Collection Photo by Rebecca Rivers







    Questions Explored in this Episode







    What are Tarot cards? What is the history of the cards and why were they created? How are they used today, and who uses them for mystical purposes? What other uses do tarot cards have? What are the rules for doing a tarot reading and are there some rules that aren’t true? Can anyone read tarot cards? What do the cards mean, and what is the best way to learn how to read them? How should I act as a reader, and how should I act as a questioner? Can tarot cards be used to predict the future?







    The Queen of Staves from the Visconti-Sforza deck. Attributed to Bonifacio Bembo (15th century)







    Rebecca Does A Reading For Ghostly



















    Listener Mail and Questions







    This episode we have some really creepy home story from listener Adam Gibson involving some middle of the night spookiness. Have a story or question of your own (or someone you know)? Send your story or question to info@ghostlypodcast.com and we might read it on the podcast. You can also email us individually at pat@ghostlypodcast.com or rebecca@ghostlypodcast.com. You could be on a future episode of Ghostly!







    Ghost Story







    Listen to Rebecca tell the rules of how to conduct a tarot reading.







    History of Tarot Cards







    Listen to Pat give the history of tarot cards. After exploring when the cards were created and why. Pat explores the evolution of how they have been used over the centuries. Surprisingly, they have not always been used for psychic readings. Even today they have many different uses.







    Time for the Debate!







    Join Pat and Rebecca for a good old-fashioned debate on the meaning behind tarot cards. They also debate how they are used. You might be surprised at the turn this debate takes on the morality readings.







    Sample of Ghostly’s Tarot Reading Photo by Patrick Harrington







    Vote on the Episode!







    Vote on if Tarot Cards can Predict the Future using the poll on our Facebook page.  Search for Ghostly Podcast on Facebook and be sure to Like us so you don’t miss anything!







    Poll Results







    No poll results from our feel-good Christmas episode on helpful spirits. Still, need to listen to our previous episode? Check it out here.







    Done Listening to the Episode?







    Please subscribe to Ghostly and give us a rating on iTunes or any podcast app where they let you. Tell your friends! Then you can debate the truth yourselves! Word of mouth is one of the best ways to grow our audience, so we can do all the amazing things we have planned for this year. And be sure to find us on all social media at Ghostly Podcast.







    Then visit our website, www.ghostlypodcast.com, to learn more about Ghostly, and, of course,

    • 1 hr 22 min
    033 Holiday Special - Big John and The Gray Man

    033 Holiday Special - Big John and The Gray Man

    Helpful Spirits







    Helpful Spirits. In Ghostly’s thirty-third episode, Pat and Rebecca tell the lore of Big John and The Gray Man. These folktales of helpful ghosts are a perfect way to continue the old English tradition of telling ghost stories at the holidays. Except these stories are ones many believe to be true.  







    The Gray Man Shadow







    Listener Mail and Questions







    Our first listener mail ghost story with a skeptic bent. Have a story or question of your own (or someone you know)? Send your story or question to info@ghostlypodcast.com and we might read it on the podcast. You can also email us individually at pat@ghostlypodcast.com or rebecca@ghostlypodcast.com. You could be on a future episode of Ghostly!







    Big John







    Listen to Rebecca tell the story of Big John, the helpful headless miner of West Virginia. After a tragic death involving explosives, this miner returns as a caring spirit to help guide lost miners to safety. Big John and the Gray Man both work to save those threatened by their environment.







    The Gray Man







    Listen to Pat tell the story of the Gray Man of Pawleys Island in South Carolina. This legend tells of a figure that appears to warn residents of impending severe storms, with the sightings as recent as 2018. There are several explanations of who the Gray Man is, so Pat dives into two of the most popular. Both involve missing fiances, and one is named Enoch Arden.







    Drawing of Big John







    Poll Results







    Also included in this episode are the results from last episode’s poll. The voting came down to the wire! Did listeners believe that Hull House is haunted? Still need to listen to our previous episode? Check it out here.







    Done Listening?







    Please subscribe to Ghostly and give us a rating on iTunes or any podcast app where they let you. Tell your friends! Then you can debate the truth yourselves! Word of mouth is one of the best ways to grow our audience, so we can do all the amazing things we have planned for this year. And be sure to find us on all social media at Ghostly Podcast.







    Then visit our website, www.ghostlypodcast.com, to learn more about Ghostly, and, of course, give us your opinion on our polls on Facebook. Also be sure to check out our new merchandise Zazzle store at http://ghostlypodcast.com/store for all your Ghostly merch!







    We want to hear from you! Tell us your ghost stories or even your non-stories if you later realized you saw nothing paranormal. We would also love your suggestions for stories to cover in the future. Email us both at info@ghostlypodcast.com or individually at pat@ghostlypodcast.com or rebecca@ghostlypodcast.com  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram at GhostlyPodcast







    Sources for this Week’s Episode







    https://rare.us/rare-life/the-gray-man-hurricane-ghost/https://en.wikipedia.

    • 30 min
    032 Hull House, Jane Addams, and the Devil Baby

    032 Hull House, Jane Addams, and the Devil Baby

    Is Hull House Haunted?















    Is Hull House haunted? In Ghostly’s thirty-second episode, Pat and Rebecca and special guest Mondo explore Jane Addam’s Hull House and the Devil Baby in Chicago. Visitors often call Hull House one of the most haunted locations in the city. In its heyday as a settlement house, legends told of a devil baby born and kept at the mansion. Stories of a woman in white and other spirits draw visitors from all over the world. But is it haunted?







    ‘Devil Child’ Still Sought By Thousands Newspaper Headline







    Questions Explored in this Episodes







    What was Hull House? What is it today? Who was Jane Addams and what did she accomplish at Hull House and in her life? Who was Charles Hull, the house’s namesake? What were the stories about the Devil Baby, and were those stories real? Who haunts the second floor? Why did those who lived there keep a pitcher of water by the door to the attic? What man or men haunt the staircase and make the chandelier move? Can you hear little girls playing around the fountain? Is Hull House haunted?







     Famous image taken by Dale Kaczmarek in 1980 that shows monk-like ghosts floating down the Hull House staircase.







    Listener Mail and Questions!







    Listener mail about The Clown Motel from someone who works in Tonopah, NV, and this reader has some great insight into the story behind it. Have a story or question of your own (or someone you know)? Send your story or question to info@ghostlypodcast.com and we might read it on the podcast. You can also email us individually at pat@ghostlypodcast.com or rebecca@ghostlypodcast.com. You could be on a future episode of Ghostly!







    Hull House Fountain photo by Rebecca Rivers







    Ghost Story







    Listen to Rebecca tell a ghost story inspired by the paranormal sightings at Hull House and learn some history as well.







    History of Hull House, Charles Hull, and Jane Addams







    Listen to Pat and Rebecca give the history in this extra long episode. Pat explores the amazing philanthropic background of Charles Hull and his heir, Helen Culver before discussing Hull House itself and the legend of the Devil Baby. Rebecca covers the history of Jane Addams, including her life and all the social work she inspired.







    Jane Addams







    Time for the debate!







    Join Pat, Rebecca, and Mondo for a debate on all the different ghost people have claimed to see over the years at Hull House. Everyone lays out their best case, so then you the listeners can decide. Who do you believe?







    Charles J. Hull Memorial at Rosehill Cemetary Chicago







    Now is the time to vote on this episode!







    Vote on if Hull House is haunted using the poll on our Facebook page.  Just search for Ghostly Podcast on Facebook and be sure to Like us so you don’t miss anything!







    Poll Results







    Also included in this episode are the results from last episode’s poll. The voting came down to the wire! Is the Clown Motel is haunted? Still need to listen to our previous episode on the Clown Motel? Check it out here.

    • 1 hr 44 min
    031 Clown Motel

    031 Clown Motel

    Is the Clown Motel Haunted?







    Is the Clown Motel Haunted? In Ghostly’s thirty-first episode, Pat and Rebecca explore the Clown Motel in Tonopah, NV. This motel is full of clowns in all shapes and sizes, and is also located right next to a cemetery. Many claim they have seen and heard paranormal activity while spending the night. Is it haunted?







    Famous Signs outside the Clown Motel







    Questions Explored in this Episode







    Where is the Clown Motel? Who built it and who has owned it since? Why did they give it the theme of clowns, and then fill it with many, many clowns? What is the history of Tonopah, Nevada? How did it become a town? What paranormal sightings have guests and employees had? Is the Clown Motel haunted?







    Listener Mail and Questions







    This episode we have some really creepy home stories from listener Adam Gibson. They involve doors, dogs, and shadow figures. Have a story or question of your own (or someone you know)? Send your story or question to info@ghostlypodcast.com and we might read it on the podcast. You can also email us individually at pat@ghostlypodcast.com or rebecca@ghostlypodcast.com. You could be on a future episode of Ghostly!







    Ghost Story at the Clown Motel







    Listen to Rebecca tell a ghost story inspired by the paranormal sightings at the motel over the years, while putting yourself in the position of a guest at this famously haunted motel.







    One of the potentially haunted clowns at the Clown Motel







    History of Tonopah and the Clown Motel







    Listen to Pat give the history of Tonopah as a town. The story of how it started is fascinating, as is the story of how the cemetery next to motel started.  So many people were buried there in such a short time, it was only open for a few years. The history of the motel itself is also odd and a bit mysterious.







    Big Clown in the lobby







    Time for the debate!







    Join Pat and Rebecca for a good old fashioned debate on the paranormal activity reported at the Clown Motel by guests and employees over the years. Both lay out their best case, but who do you believe?







    Now is the time to vote on this episode!







    Vote on if the Clown Motel is haunted using the poll on our Facebook page.  Just search for Ghostly Podcast on Facebook and be sure to Like us so you don’t miss anything!







    Poll Results







    Find out what listeners voted on our previous episode! Does John Wayne Gacy haunt this earth? Still need to listen to our previous episode on Gacy? Check it out here.







    Done listening to the episode?







    Please subscribe to Ghostly and give

    us a rating on iTunes or any podcast app where they let you. Tell your friends!

    Then you can debate the truth yourselves! Word of mouth is one of the best ways

    to grow our audience, so we can do all the amazing things we have planned for

    this year. And be sure to find us on all social media at Ghostly Podcast.







    Then visit our website, www.ghostlypodcast.com, to learn more about Ghostly, and, of course,

    • 45 min
    030 John Wayne Gacy The Killer Clown

    030 John Wayne Gacy The Killer Clown

    Does John Wayne Gacy Haunt this Earth?















    Does John Wayne Gacy still haunt this earth? In Ghostly’s thirtieth episode, Pat and Rebecca explore the life, death, and possible afterlife of serial killer (and clown!) John Wayne Gacy. They were joined in this live episode by Nick Mataragas, the last man to have played Gacy on the TV show Ghost Adventures. Special thanks to Lawlor’s on Archer for hosting Ghostly and The Southside Podfest and thank you to Memoriam Development for organizing such a great festival!







    Nick Mataragas as John Wayne Gacy dressed as Pogo the clown







    Questions Explored in the Episode







    Who was John Wayne Gacy? What were his crimes? What was his childhood like? How did he become a clown? What happened in his personal and professional life, and how did that fit with his criminal life? How did the police catch him? Did he confess? Who were people that talked to him in jail? How did he die? What happened after his death? Where is his brain? Does his spirit still haunt this earth?







    John Wayne Gacy in red suit







    Announcement







    Kickstarter for Memoriam Development! Sponsor of the Southside Podfest and home to several podcasts that Pat and Rebecca perform on, Memoriam Development has a Kickstarter to help free themselves for their own network. Check out the awesome rewards, including podcasting lessons with Pat, naming characters, and even being on a podcast! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1806989398/freedom-for-memoriam-development-podcasters







    Listener Mail and Questions







    This episode we took questions and stories LIVE while recording our episode. Hear several spooky stories about Lawlor’s, the very bar where we did the recording. Have a story or question of your own (or someone you know)? Send your story or question to info@ghostlypodcast.com and we might read it on the podcast. You can also email us individually at pat@ghostlypodcast.com or rebecca@ghostlypodcast.com. You could be on a future episode of Ghostly!







    History of Gacy







    Listen to Pat give John Gacy’s history. We learn about his childhood and upbringing as well as some horrific things that happened to Gacy and how he got his start doing horrific things himself. Pat also covers how he stalked and murdered his victims, and then explains how he was finally caught.







    Debate on Gacy’s Ghost







    Time for the debate! Rebecca tells several stories of researchers who met with Gacy before his execution and who claim to be haunted by him after his death. Nick Mataragas tells us what it was like to dress up as Pogo, one of Gacy’s clown alter-egos, and how it was on the set of Ghost Adventures at Old Joliet Prison. Then Nick joins Pat on #teamskeptic to debate Rebecca and most of the bar on #teambeliever. Who do you believe?







    Time to Vote!







    Now is the time to vote on this

    episode! Vote on if John Wayne Gacy still haunts this earth using the poll on

    our Facebook page.  Just search for Ghostly Podcast on Facebook and

    be sure to Like us so you don’t miss anything!







    Have you listened to our previous

    episode on our final debate of “Are Exorcisms Real?” If not, check it out here.

    • 1 hr

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