120 episodes

Twice each week, legend hunter, author, and historian Jeff Belanger and radio host Ray Auger explore the ghosts, monsters, aliens, folklore, history, roadside oddities, true crime, and legends of New England in this award-winning podcast. If you give us about twenty minutes, we’ll give you something strange to talk about today. The bizarre is closer than you think!

New England Legends Podcast Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 901 Ratings

Twice each week, legend hunter, author, and historian Jeff Belanger and radio host Ray Auger explore the ghosts, monsters, aliens, folklore, history, roadside oddities, true crime, and legends of New England in this award-winning podcast. If you give us about twenty minutes, we’ll give you something strange to talk about today. The bizarre is closer than you think!

    Carl Rettich’s Deadly Footwear and Murder Mansion

    Carl Rettich’s Deadly Footwear and Murder Mansion

    In Episode 344 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger explore Warwick Neck, Rhode Island, to search for the Crime Castle of Carl Rettich. In the 1920s, during the height of Prohibition, Rettich ran Rhode Island’s bootlegging game with an iron fist, and if you crossed him… with a mobster staple of his own invention: cement shoes. 
     
    See more here: https://ournewenglandlegends.com/podcast-344-carl-rettichs-deadly-footwear-and-murder-mansion/
     
    Listen ad-free plus get early access and bonus episodes at: https://www.patreon.com/NewEnglandLegends

    • 19 min
    FtV - The Downs Road Monster

    FtV - The Downs Road Monster

    Welcome to New England Legends From the Vault – FtV Episode 55 – Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger take a stroll down a road to nowhere in search of ghosts and a monster. The abandoned section of Downs Road in Bethany, Connecticut, is home to a host of legends whose roots date back more than a century-and-a-half and include ties to a strange New Haven cult whose leader claimed to have the ability to raise the dead. This episode first aired July 16, 2020.
     
    Listen ad-free plus get early access and bonus episodes at: https://www.patreon.com/NewEnglandLegends

    • 23 min
    The Birth of the Legendary Donut

    The Birth of the Legendary Donut

    In Episode 343 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger sail the harbor of Rockport, Maine, to witness the birth of the donut. In 1847, a young sailor named Hanson Crockett Gregory, made an innovation in the “oily-cake” that changed Maine… New England… America… the World… the Time-Space Continuum. Every legend, every icon, starts somewhere. WARNING: This episode WILL make you hungry!
     
    See more here: https://ournewenglandlegends.com/podcast-343-the-birth-of-the-legendary-donut/
     
    Listen ad-free plus get early access and bonus episodes at: https://www.patreon.com/NewEnglandLegends

    • 19 min
    FtV - English Jack: The Hermit of the White Mountains

    FtV - English Jack: The Hermit of the White Mountains

    Welcome to New England Legends From the Vault – FtV Episode 54 – Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger hike up to Crawford Notch in New Hampshire in search of English Jack: The Hermit of the White Mountains. In the late 1800s, this enterprising man lived in a shack in the woods selling postcards, his biography, trinkets, and even beer. The story of his life is both tragic and cinematic, but is it true? This episode first aired July 11, 2019.
     
    Listen ad-free plus get early access and bonus episodes at: https://www.patreon.com/NewEnglandLegends

    • 19 min
    The Lizzie Bourne Tragedy

    The Lizzie Bourne Tragedy

    In Episode 342 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger hike New England’s tallest peak in search of a marker that commemorates where Lizzie Bourne left this mortal coil near the summit of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire back in September of 1855. 
     
    See more here: https://ournewenglandlegends.com/podcast-342-the-lizzie-bourne-tragedy/
     
    Listen ad-free plus get early access and bonus episodes at: https://www.patreon.com/NewEnglandLegends

    • 22 min
    FtV - The Robin Hood of Massachusetts

    FtV - The Robin Hood of Massachusetts

    Welcome to New England Legends From the Vault – FtV Episode 53 – Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger hang around an unassuming Westborough, Massachusetts, street corner in search of Tom Cook, an 18th-century man who once out-smarted the devil, and just may be the real-life inspiration for the British Robin Hood you know from centuries of books and movies. This episode first aired November 7, 2019.
     
    Listen ad-free plus get early access and bonus episodes at: https://www.patreon.com/NewEnglandLegends

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
901 Ratings

901 Ratings

StarkTargaryen430 ,

Love this podcast!!

The after the legend talk on the FtV episode about the Molasses disaster was really great!

Marney E ,

New England Legends

Love this podcast! Loved episode 321 From the 9th hole to the moon! My mom was a child and was there when they unveiled the monument. Her dog ran up and peed on the monument right after they unveiled it. I grew up selling lemonade and golf balls on Pakachoag golf course.

james0980! ,

New Englander by heart

I enjoy your podcast so much! Learning about the history and legends of New England is something that have always loved. I don’t live in New England right now. But after my first visit to Boston and Salem years ago. I was hooked, it felt like I belonged there. Tracing my family roots back to Massachusetts and Connecticut in the 1600s.

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