A podcast for the morbidly curious. From serial killers to ghosts, ancient curses to obscure medical conditions, let us satisfy your curiosity.
(Some episodes may not be appropriate for children. Listener discretion is advised.)
Tarrare was 18th century man who could eat almost anything, and did so in large quantities. That included live animals, wooden boxes, and feasts meant for 15 men. In this episode we discuss his life, and what might have been the cause of his condition.
In 1518, the city of Strasbourg was consumed by a strange epidemic: hundreds were struck by the irresistible urge to dance until they died. This incident of Dancing Mania was not the first, and no one knew the cause of such strange behaviour. In this episode, we discuss several incidents of dancing mania, as well as the theories - past and present - about its origin.
In this episode, we discuss a biological phenomenon that has been mistaken for a supernatural experience for hundreds of years. People of the past believed demons, witches, or spirits were sitting on their chests while they slept, crushing them, but today this experience is known as sleep paralysis, and it's far more common than previously thought.
TW: Sexual Assault
Bloodletting and Leeches
Bloodletting is an ancient treatment that persisted until the 18th century. One of the techniques used to let blood were leeches, blood-sucking worms. In this episode, we discuss both the history of bloodletting and these fascinating yet creepy creatures.
One of the most common types of magic in the ancient Graeco-Roman world were curses. These binding spells were placed on special tablets & figurines that have since been unearthed by archaeologists. In this episode, we discuss these curse tablets, & how they were made & used.
The Hinterkaifeck Murders
On March 31, 1922, an entire family and their maid were murdered in their home, an isolated farmstead in Bavaria, Germany, known as Hinterkaifeck. The killer has never been discovered, and a web of mystery has been woven around the incident since it occurred. In this episode we discuss the case, the suspects, and try to separate fact from fiction.
TW: Sexual Abuse, Violence Toward Children
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Well researched and I find Hallie’s voice comforting
In a world of loud podcasts that do not really say anything, I am overjoyed at finding a podcast that is well researched by the maker and her voice is relaxing. I am not sure if this is connected to the magazine from the 90s or the website I wrote an article or two for in the early 2000s. Blood pudding is delicious. I agree. Got a taste for it when I lived in Scotland.
Interesting topics but some big problems
Agree with so many others that the narrator’s voice and pace is hard to listen to. Even at 1.5 speed, she speaks soooo slowly, and there are periods of dramatic music that go on way too long. Her mispronunciations are a big problem for me; if you’re going to reference someone’s name, for example, make sure you say it correctly. Also, I think it’s hilarious that in the intro she says morbid curiosity has gripped “hundreds” of people throughout the ages. Hundreds? That’s it?! In that case we are part of a very exclusive club! I don’t hate this podcast and I’ll listen to it if I’m interested in the topic, but it could be a lot better.
Great research...great delivery...well worth the time to binge listen...