50 episodes

Southern Mysteries explores history and mysteries of the American South. Each episode features a story that originates in a southern state. The show is unique in that subject matter varies with each new episode. From true crime to folklore and mysteries to legendary figures, you’ll hear a unique take on the story and the history behind it.

Southern Mysteries Podcast Shannon Ballard

    • History
    • 4.9 • 650 Ratings

Southern Mysteries explores history and mysteries of the American South. Each episode features a story that originates in a southern state. The show is unique in that subject matter varies with each new episode. From true crime to folklore and mysteries to legendary figures, you’ll hear a unique take on the story and the history behind it.

    Episode 116 The Murder of Mamie Thurman

    Episode 116 The Murder of Mamie Thurman

    It’s been 90 years since Mamie Thurman was brutally murdered in Logan County, West Virginia. While investigating the murder of the wife of a local police man, authorities learned Mamie had been leading a double life. 
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    Episode Sources
    Mamie’s Husband Didn’t Wait Long to Remarry. Coal Valley News. October 23, 2019
    WV: The 1932 Murder of Mamie Thurman. Thoughts and Ponderances. March 10, 2020
    The Secret Life and Brutal Death of Mamie Thurman. F. Keith Davis
     
    Episode Music
    Evening Fall Harp. Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons.Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

    • 24 min
    Episode 115 The Sinister Bell Witch

    Episode 115 The Sinister Bell Witch

    The Bell Witch legend is one of the most recognized examples of the unexplained in Southern American lore. How did the legend take hold of and define a small town in Tennessee?  
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    Episode Sources
    Bell Witch lore spins dark tale, but could science explain it all?. The Tennessean. October 28, 2021
    Tennessee Myths and Legends. Tennessee State Library and Archives. 
    The Year of the Witch. Tennessee Historical Society. October 13, 2017
    John William Bell. Findagrave. 
    The Mark of the Bell Witch (Documentary). Seth Breedlove, Small Town Monsters. 2020
    Historian, descendant recount Bell Witch legend. Associated Press. November 4, 2018
    Episode Music
    Industrial Music Box. Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons.
    Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use
     

    • 33 min
    Southern Mysteries Shorts Rhonda Belle Martin

    Southern Mysteries Shorts Rhonda Belle Martin

    Southern Mysteries is on hiatus. I’m taking a much needed break from researching murders and mysteries this summer. I’ll be back with new episodes in time to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the show this fall.  
    If you’re a patron of Southern Mysteries, you’ll still hear the Patreon exclusive episodes, The Lesser Knowns, each month. If you don’t already support the show you can check out patreon.com/southernmysteries to catch up on the show archive and hear Patron exclusive episodes like the one I’m sharing today. 
    Before we say goodbye for the summer, this is the story of a cold blooded killer who became the last woman to die by electrocution in Alabama….Rhonda Belle Martin
     
    Episode SourcesRhonda Belle Martin. Murderpedia.A Plot Full of Poison. LIFE. 26 March, 1956The Penalty Is Death: U. S. Newspaper Coverage of Women's Executions by Martin Shipman. University of Missouri Press.Governor Holds Murderess' Fate. Montgomery Advertiser. 10 October 1957Grisly Momma. The Malefactors Register. 
     
    Music
     
    Emotional and Alone. Purple Planet Music. Licensed Under Creative Commons
     

    • 16 min
    Episode 114 The Shelton Laurel Massacre

    Episode 114 The Shelton Laurel Massacre

    The Shelton Laurel Massacre in January 1863 is a striking example of divided loyalists and complicated battle lines in North Carolina during the Civil War. 
     
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    Episode Sources
    The Massacre Men. Scalawag. July 27, 2017
    Atrocity at Shelton Laurel. Our State. April 29, 2012
    Blood in the Valley: The Shelton Laurel Massacre’s Haunting Legacy. Mountain Xpress Asheville
    History and Writing about the Massacre. Vicki Lane Tales of Appalachia 
    The Shelton Laurel Massacre, Madison County, NC,Winter of 1863. Shelton Family History Blog
     
    Episode Music
    Leoforos Alexandras by Dan Bodan.  Licensed under a Creative Commons.
    Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

    • 22 min
    Episode 113 Sumter County Does

    Episode 113 Sumter County Does

    In the summer of 1976 two bodies were discovered in rural Sumter County, South Carolina. Their identities remained a mystery for nearly 45 years
     
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    Website: southernmysteries.comFacebook: Southern Mysteries PodcastTwitter: @southernpod_Instagram: @explorethesouthEmail: southernmysteriespodcast@gmail.com 
     
    Episode Sources
     
    Sumter Couple Mystery Website dedicated to the case 
    Killer Remains Nameless. January 2021.
    Sumter County Does. The Doe Network
    Sumter County murder victims laid to rest. The Index Journal. August 15, 1977
     
    Episode Music
    Long Note One by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Source: http://incompetech.com
     
    Sense of Loss courtesy of Purple Planet Music.  https://www.purple-planet.com/
    Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

    • 22 min
    Episode 112 The Color Line Murders

    Episode 112 The Color Line Murders

    Some of the oldest true crime cases in America are racial terror lynchings. To understand the history of lynching in the American South you have to know what led to the acceptance of racial terror and the brave people who led anti lynching campaigns in an effort to end the violence and save lives. 
     
    Want more Southern Mysteries? 
    Hear the Southern Mysteries show archive and immediately access exclusive content when you become a patron of the show.  Join now at patreon.com/southernmysteries
     
    Connect
    Website: southernmysteries.comFacebook: Southern Mysteries PodcastTwitter: @southernpod_Instagram: @explorethesouthEmail: southernmysteriespodcast@gmail.com 
     
    Episode Sources
    Hanging Bridge: Racial Violence and America's Civil Rights Century by Jason Morgan Ward. Oxford University Press
    The Cross and the Lynching Tree (James Hal Cone and Bill Moyers). The Journal. 
    Emmett Till Antilynching Act. Public Law No: 117-107 (03/29/2022). This bill makes lynching a federal hate crime offense.
    This Bridge in Mississippi Has Hosted Decades of Racial Violence. Vice. April 27, 2016
    What happens when we forget? Facing South. May 7, 2018
    Thirty Years of Lynching in the United States 1889-1918. NAACP Report on Lynching 
    Equal Justice Initiative, Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror (3d Ed., 2017).
    How one Civil Rights activist posed as a white man in order to investigate lynchings. Fresh Air, NPR. March 30, 2022
     
    Episode Music
    “One” courtesy of Ross Gentry. Special thanks to Headway Recordings, in Asheville, North Carolina. Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
650 Ratings

650 Ratings

Whit0604 ,

Great stories, soothing voice

This show is absolutely fantastic. I normally listen to serialized podcasts. But Shannon has such a great way of summarizing the most interesting and obscure stories. Her voice is one of the best amongst podcasters. Whether you like true crime, or history, or the American South, or any combination of the above… this is the podcast for you!

PW from GR ,

Great stories, writing, narrator

Shannon knows her stuff and tells it well. I love it.

wild wild south ,

Outstanding

Kept us well entertained from New Orleans to Atlanta and back!

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