11 episodes

After the death of her husband, Janet Milliken moved her two children from California to Pennsylvania to start over. Their new house, a colonial on a quiet street, seemed idyllic. But once they moved in, things started to go wrong: Odd sounds, strange sensations, whispers from the neighbors. Eventually, the Millikens discovered the dark history of the house. “The Ghosts of Pickering Trail,” by Will Hunt and Matt Wolfe, offers a gripping portrait of a family ravaged by grief and driven to the edge by experiences that defy explanation.

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After the death of her husband, Janet Milliken moved her two children from California to Pennsylvania to start over. Their new house, a colonial on a quiet street, seemed idyllic. But once they moved in, things started to go wrong: Odd sounds, strange sensations, whispers from the neighbors. Eventually, the Millikens discovered the dark history of the house. “The Ghosts of Pickering Trail,” by Will Hunt and Matt Wolfe, offers a gripping portrait of a family ravaged by grief and driven to the edge by experiences that defy explanation.

    The Ghosts of Pickering Trail Episode 3

    The Ghosts of Pickering Trail Episode 3

    After a six-year court battle, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court hands down a final decision on what it means to purchase a “haunted house."

    • 23 min
    The Ghosts of Pickering Trail Episode 2

    The Ghosts of Pickering Trail Episode 2

    Plagued by unexplainable events, Janet Milliken files a lawsuit to return the house to its sellers.

    • 19 min
    The Ghosts Of Pickering Trail Episode 1

    The Ghosts Of Pickering Trail Episode 1

    A family moves across the country to leave a tragedy behind, but their new house has a horrific history of its own.

    • 20 min
    American Hippopotamus Podcast Episode 3

    American Hippopotamus Podcast Episode 3

    Decades of obsession take a toll on the champions of the hippo scheme.

    • 52 min
    American Hippopotamus Episode 2

    American Hippopotamus Episode 2

    A plan to raise African animals for food gets support from unlikely allies.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    American Hippopotamus Episode 1

    American Hippopotamus Episode 1

    An American frontiersman cheats death and hunger in the African bush.

    • 30 min

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The casino bomber story was a fantastic start, but the hippo story was a catastrophe - an irritating labyrinth that never should have been released. Can Atavist recover?

The answer is no since a bungled third story has been released. True crime? Check. Ghosts? Check. 40 minute detailed lecture on the mind-numbing nuisances of real estate law? Check!!!

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