50 episodes

Exploring historical mysteries and legendary figures of the American South.

Southern Mysteries Podcast Shannon Ballard

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Exploring historical mysteries and legendary figures of the American South.

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    • 4 min
    Episode 62 The Widow of Hazel Green

    Episode 62 The Widow of Hazel Green

    Between the 1830s and 1850s, Elizabeth Dale, was married and widowed, six times. When Elizabeth’s neighbor, Abner Tate, claimed the men had been poisoned, he learned that questioning Elizabeth could cost you your life. View photos for this episode and learn more in the full show notes at southernmysteries.com
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    MUSIC Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use ***Additional Music: Plantation by Audionautix; Anguish, Ambient, Osuary 1, Ossuary 6, Evening Fall Harp, Dreams Become Real, Drone in D by Kevin MacLeod; I Am A Man Who Will Fight -Chris Zabriskie; Gloomy Night – Marwan Nimra Licensed under Creative Commons.
    “One Mile East of Hazel Green” by Shane Adkins, from performance at Von Braun Center, Huntsville Alabama on June 7th, 2014 as part of Jim Parker‘s Songwriter Series

    • 35 min
    Episode 61 Laurence Jones The Little Professor of Piney Woods

    Episode 61 Laurence Jones The Little Professor of Piney Woods

    Laurence Clifton Jones moved to the Deep South at a time when it was dangerous to be a black man in Mississippi. He chose to make the move to do what some considered to be impossible - build a school for children of color in rural Rankin County. He would face cultural and financial struggles and miraculously survive a lynching in pursuit of his dream.See photos from this episode, show sources and learn more about Piney Woods at southernmysteries.com
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    MUSIC Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use ***Additional Music: Thoreau by Spazz Cardigan; Concentration and Peace of Mind by Kevin MacLeod; Slow Hammers by The Mini Vandals, Wandering by Lee Rosevere, Firefly by Chris Haugen All licensed under Creative Commons. Devouring the Whole and Burial Grounds, courtesy of Ross Gentry

    • 36 min
    Episode 60 What Happened to Patty Vaughan?

    Episode 60 What Happened to Patty Vaughan?

    32-year-old Patty Vaughan was looking forward to her future as she celebrated Christmas Eve with her family in 1996. Her family never imagined this would be the last day they saw her alive. Patty went missing on Christmas Day 1996. What happened to Patty Vaughan? southernmysteries.com
    Anyone with information that could be relevant in the case of Patty Vaughan, is asked to contact the 81st Judicial District Attorney's Office at 830-393-2200
    If you are in an unhealthy or unsafe relationship or are concerned that someone you know might be, you can call the National Domestic Violence hotline any hour of the day or night at  1−800−799−7233. You can also get help without saying a word. You can chat online at thehotline.org and find more information about creating a safety plan...a personalized, practical plan that includes ways to remain safe while in a relationship, planning to leave, or after you leave. 
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    Music Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use ***Additional Music: “At Rest”, “Ambient”, “In Your Arms”, “Almost in F”, “Echoes of Time” and “Reawakening” by Kevin McLeod. “I Am A Man Who Will Fight” by Chris Zabriske. All music licensed under Creative Commons

    • 40 min
    Episode 59 Christmas Eve Nightmare in Saltville

    Episode 59 Christmas Eve Nightmare in Saltville

    On December 24, 1924, Saltville, Virginia was covered in what witnesses described as a “blanket of white”. The town’s muck dam ruptured, sending tons of alkali sludge pouring into the community. Was the deadliest dam failure in Virginia history intentional? Who was responsible? Learn more about Saltville and see photos of the town in the days following the disaster in the show notes at southernmysteries.com
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    MUSIC Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use ***Additional Music: “Elegy” by Wayne Jones; "Passing Time”, “Fairy Tale Waltz”, “Dark Times” and “Drone in D” by Kevin McLeod. “Prelude No 1” by Chris Zabriske. All music licensed under Creative Commons

    • 25 min
    Episode 58 The Legend of Octavia Hatcher

    Episode 58 The Legend of Octavia Hatcher

    In 1891, Octavia Hatcher died in Pikeville, Kentucky. After her death, people in town contracted a sleeping disease which caused them to fall into a coma, but wake up weeks later. Was Octavia dead when she was buried? Or had a tragic mistake been made? Learn more about Pikeville, Kentucky and how Octavia’s husband, James Hatcher, made a lasting mark on this town in the show notes at southernmysteries.com
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    MUSIC Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use ***Additional Music: “Tranquility Base”, “Ambient”, Lost Time”, “Dark Fog”, “Dhaka”  and “Epilogue Ghostapocolypse” by Kevin MacLeod; “Gloomy Night” by Morwan Nimra All music licensed under Creative Commons
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    • 29 min

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