Ghostbumps with Jovie and Bridey

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S1/E8 - Famous Haunts

There are a lot of famous haunts all over the world, but in this episode, we focus on the United States. We start with private residences because those are always some of the most frightening.

We talk about multiple cases including the nightmare that was the Amityville Horror.  In a small affluent town in New York State the murder of an entire family led the stage for an infamous haunting.  In the mid 1970’s Ronald DeFeo Jr. was tried and convicted for murdering six members his family. Then the Lutz family purchased the house and lived there for less than 30 days, become so frightened that they move out in the middle of the night abandoning all of their worldly goods. Now, you had to be really scared to leave everything you own behind and not be willing to go back and pack up. But depending on who you listen to, there was paranormal activity before the murders. We’ll explore this case in more details.

We also look at paranormal activity at the Bell Witch farm in Tennessee, the Lizzy Borden Inn, the Villisca Axe Murder House and many others.

Join us for some Halloween fun!

 

S1/E7 - Ghosts

We're in mid-October and the veils are thinning this time of year. For a lot of Earth based people, we believe that the dark half of the year starts three days after summer solstice. The reason why we believe that is because each day after that, the nights get a little bit longer. And this time of year, everything is getting very noticeably dark early and the veils are thinning.

We believe that the spirits can move through the veils more readily to come join us. Most cultures have some sort of event that they celebrate at the end of the month, usually between October 30th and about November 5th, somewhere in that window of time. A lot of different cultures and religious beliefs will celebrate their ancestors and their family members who have passed and their pets, anyone they have loved that has influenced them and meant something to them.

In this episode we discuss ghosts and haunting activity.  We’ll discuss the three categories of haunting activity, residual, active and poltergeist.  We’ll discuss the characteristics of these types of haunts and talk about some famous and personal examples of these types of haunts.

Join us next week where we’ll expand the discussion to include more tales of hauntings.

S1/E6 - Vampires

Folklore and stories of blood sucking creatures have been abounding for thousands of years but there is a true modern subculture of vampires. But what is a vampire?  The term vampire was not created until the 19th century. And before that, vampire traits that defined modern day vampires were attributed to a variety of creatures such as ghosts, evil spirits, ghouls, demons, the devil and even Deities.

One of the most famous was Vlad the Impaler. He ruled Romania from something 1456 to 1462.  He was known for killing his enemies by impaling their heads on wooden stakes and then dining among his victims while dipping bread in their blood.  Bram Stoker based his story of Dracula on Vlad. Bram Stoker has set the modern tone for how we generally interpret vampires and their stories.

Another famous vampire is Countess Elizabeth Bathory, who over the course of her tenure of ruling this castle in Romania is rumored to have killed over six hundred and fifty peasant girls and not only drank their blood, but bathed in it because she thought it would keep her young.

There is also a subculture of people who self-identify as vampires. And then there is this other group that do role playing in games and they play vampires.  There are two main branches of vampirism which are referred to as sanguinarian and a psychic or pranic vampirism.

If you are interested in more information about vampirism, we urge you to do your own research. 

S1/E5 - Ghost Ships

The legends of ghost ships fill our minds and bring out our deepest fears about the unknown, about death and about the vastness of the ocean.

 

So open up your minds to those fears and talk about some true stories of ghost ships.

From the Mary Celeste to the Joyita, the Baychino and the Sayo.  Ghost Ships invade our psyche and remind us that nothing is permanent.

 

A ghost ship is a ship that sails the ocean without a crew. Sometimes these ships are seen in the distance and sometimes they run aground with the crew missing, never to be found.

 

We're never going to fully know what happened to these vessels, making them ghost ships. And really, that's what intrigues us and makes us repeat these stories, keeping these ghost ships alive in our collective consciousness.