The Morbid Curiosity Podcast

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Interesting, but listening to a sponsor in the middle of the show for five minutes is unacceptable for my taste.

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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.)

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The Pyramids of Nubia
35:34

South of Egypt lies Nubia, the ancient home of of the Kushite Kingdom. The Kushites built their own pyramids and even rose to rule Egypt at one point. In this episode we discuss the history of Kush and the many pyramid tombs they built in the red sands of Sudan. 

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Aug 03, 2020
Footbinding in Imperial China
39:23

The practice of footbinding - binding the feet tightly in order to change their shape - appeared sometime before the 10th century in Imperial China among noble women. As time passed, it became popular among women of all classes, despite the pain and debility it caused. In this episode, we discuss the process and the reasons why women continued this practice into the 20th century.

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Jul 20, 2020
The Ebony Frame by Edith Nesbit
28:07

While The MCP is on summer break, we like to present short horror stories in place of our usual episodes. Without Further ado, please enjoy The Ebony Frame, a tale of supernatural obsession, by Edith Nesbit.

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Jun 22, 2020
The Lancashire Witch Trials
34:26

Nine women and two men were tried and executed for witchcraft in 1612 near Pendle in Lancashire. This was an unprecedented death toll for a single witch trial at the time. In this episode, we discuss witchcraft in England, and why these trials may have resulted in so many executions. 

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Jun 08, 2020
Waverly Hills Sanatorium
35:37

While hundreds of urban legends surround Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Kentucky, there is also plenty of documented history. Some of the rumours may hold a grain of truth to them. In this episode, we shine a light on the history of Waverly Hills, a grim history tied to the disease tuberculosis.

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*Information provided by Kentucky Historical Institutions is used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

May 25, 2020
Plants That Kill Vol. 2
39:25

Back by popular request, Hallie discusses more toxic plants! Poisonous plants have been used throughout history for many purposes, including hunting, medicine, cosmetics, and of course, murder. In this episode we discuss several of the most poisonous plants with emphasis on those associated with murder and medicine.

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May 11, 2020
Doppelgängers
34:16

The Doppelgänger, or supernatural double, has been featured in almost every modern media genre, from romance to science fiction. However, the roots of this folkloric creature are ancient, and the concept of the double and what it represents has been the subject of deep professional curiosity since the 19th century.

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Apr 27, 2020
The 1918 Influenza Pandemic
38:26

1918 saw the end of World War One but also a pandemic that killed more soldiers than the fighting. It wasn't until 1997 that the lethal disease, sometimes called the Spanish Flu, was identified as Influenza. In this episode, we discuss the spread of the pandemic, the effects it caused and the virus itself. 

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Apr 13, 2020
The Black Hole of Calcutta
35:37

During the night on June 20th, 1756, a large number of prisoners were crowded into a single cell at Fort William, Calcutta, and died due to suffocation. This incident was later used to legitimize British rule in India, as well as fight against it. In this episode, we discuss the validity of this story and the context in which it occurred. 

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Mar 30, 2020
The Plague, Part 3: The Third Pandemic
34:43

In the finale of this three part episode, we discuss the last of the three Great Plague Pandemics, known as the Plague of Bombay and the Third Pandemic, which began in 1855.

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Mar 16, 2020
The Plague, Part 2: The Black Death
37:07

In this now three part episode, we discuss the three Great Plague Pandemics. In Part Two, we discuss the Black Death, Plague Doctors, and the Great Plague of London

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Mar 02, 2020
The Plague, Part 1: the Plague of Justinian
32:17

In this two part episode, we discuss the three Great Plague Pandemics. In part one, we discuss the bacterium behind the plague, Yersinia pestis, and the Plague of Justinian, which occurred in the 6th century CE. In part two, we will discuss the Black Death and the Third Pandemic. 

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Feb 17, 2020
Amelia Earhart
42:37

In 1937, Amelia Earhart, a pioneer of aviation, attempted to fly around the world. Near the end of this journey, she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared over the Pacific Ocean.  In this episode we discuss Earhart's rise to fame, her world flight, her mysterious disappearance, and the theories about what might have happened to her.

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Feb 03, 2020
Victorian Post-Mortem Photography
34:24

During the Victorian era, the practice of capturing photographs of the dead was part of a complicated etiquette surrounding death and mourning. In this episode, we examine that etiquette and how post-mortem photography developed, its processes and how it aided in the mourning process.

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Jan 20, 2020
A Strange Christmas Game by Charlotte Riddell
23:38

The Morbid Curiosity Podcast brings the Victorian tradition of telling ghost stories during the holidays into the present with the tale, 'A strange Christmas Game' by Charlotte Riddell. Enjoy! And Happy Holidays.

Dec 24, 2019
Franklin's Lost Expedition, Part 2
36:54

In 1845, Sir John Franklin and 129 men sailed into the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in search of the Northwest Passage. They were never seen again, and what happened on that expedition has remained a mystery. In this episode, we explore the 19th century attempts to find them, and the more recent information gleaned from what's been found, including artifacts and human remains.

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Dec 16, 2019
Franklin's Lost Expedition, Part 1
34:43

In 1845, Sir John Franklin and 129 men sailed into the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in search of the Northwest Passage. They were never seen again, and what happened on that expedition has remained a mystery. In this episode, we explore the man, the mission, and one of the early attempts at rescue.

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Dec 02, 2019
The Destruction of Pompeii
37:37

In the year 79 CE, Mt. Vesuvius erupted, burying the Roman city of Pompeii. The ruins were only rediscovered in the the late 1700s, and have been under excavation ever since. In this episode we discuss written references and the archaeology of Pompeii, Vesuvius and the day the volcano destroyed the city. 

TW Detailed discussion of traumatic death by natural disaster

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Nov 18, 2019
Halloween Special 2019- The Tell-Tale Heart
15:07

Every Halloween, Hallie reads a creepy story to celebrate! This year we present the Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe. Enjoy, and Happy Halloween!

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Oct 31, 2019
Ghostly Women in White
35:06

Women in White, or White Ladies, are female ghosts, spirits, or apparitions that are dressed in white. They are also one of the most commonly told ghosts stories in the world. In this episode, we discuss the many variations of this legend and its possible origins.

 

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Oct 28, 2019
Madame Delphine Lalaurie
35:49

There is a moment in the history of New Orleans that has lived on in infamy since it occurred. That moment was a raging fire that broke out at 1140 Royal Street on April 10th, 1834, and revealed seven enslaved people who had been brutally tortured. The number one suspect in this crime was Madame Delphine Lalaurie.

TW: Torture, Enslavement

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Oct 14, 2019
Rats
33:26

Rats have a reputation for being disgusting plague carriers, but they're also thought of as integral to the scientific process and loving pets. In this episode we explore the three versions of the rat, their place in human history, and the ways in which they are more like humans than most people think.

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Sep 30, 2019
Skeleton Lake
36:59

High in the Himalaya Mountains sits a tiny lake surrounded by hundreds of shattered human skeletons. Known as 'Skeleton Lake' in the media, its true name is Roopkund and it seems determined to keep its secrets. In this episode, we try to shed some light on this shroud of mystery.

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Sep 16, 2019
Corpse Medicine
36:13

Corpse medicine, or medicinal cannibalism, is the practice of eating human flesh as medicine. During the European Renaissance, it became incredibly popular for all kinds of ailments. In this episode we discuss why and which body parts were most often used to treat different medical conditions.

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Sep 02, 2019
The Tamam Shud Case
40:48

One of the most baffling Australian cold cases is the 1948 death of an unidentified man at Somerton Beach. To this day, the man’s identity and the cause of his death remains cloaked in mystery, the only clues being a suitcase full of clothing and a scrap of paper with the words ‘Tamam Shud typed on it. There are many theories as to who the man was and what may have occurred to cause his death. In this episode, we summarize the details of the Tamam Shud Case and discuss several of the most prevalent theories.

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Aug 19, 2019
6 & Out: The Murder of Claude Tozer
33:58

Claude Tozer was a doctor and a rising Australian cricket star in 1920, but his career was cut short when he was shot by Mrs. Dorothy Mort, a woman with whom he was having an affair and also treating for mental illness. In this episode we discuss this intriguing and very tragic case.

TW: War and Suicide discussed

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Jul 08, 2019
Plants That Kill
45:15

Poisonous plants have been used throughout history for many purposes, including hunting, medicine, cosmetics, and of course, murder. In this episode we discuss several of the most poisonous and historically significant plants, with emphasis on those associated with medicine and witchcraft.

 

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Jun 24, 2019
Ötzi the Iceman
36:01

In this episode, we discuss the amazing discovery of a Neolithic man frozen in the ice of Italian Alps, including what his life could have been like and the mystery of his death.

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Jun 04, 2019
The Golem
32:06

In this episode, we discuss the legend of the Golem, which has its origins in Jewish Mythology, but has become ingrained in all forms of entertainment media all over the world.

 

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May 20, 2019
Hysteria, Part 2
39:02
In this episode, we discuss hysteria as a common psychiatric diagnosis of females from the 16th to the 20th century, including the ideas of Charcot, Freud and the contested diagnosis of male hysteria.
 
NOTE: This episode contains discussions of female anatomy, masturbation, sex, sexual abuse, and misogyny.
May 06, 2019
Hysteria, Part 1
37:38
In this episode, we discuss the supposed Ancient Greek origins of Hysteria, a common psychiatric diagnosis of females from the 18th to the early 20th century. We also cover how the symptoms of hysteria were interpreted in the Medieval era.
 
NOTE: This episode contains discussions of female anatomy, masturbation, sex, misogyny and religious persecution.
 
Apr 22, 2019
Ghost Ships of the Arctic
31:59

In this episode, arctic ghost ships of the Northwest Passage are discussed, both historic and legendary. The plight of the crews, whether rescued, frozen or mysteriously disappeared is also discussed. The ships covered in this episode include the Octavius, The USS Baychimo, The HMS Investigator, The HMS Resolute, the HMS Terror and the HM Erebus.

 

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Apr 08, 2019
The History of Lunatic Asylums in Victoria
43:58

Asylums of the past hold our fascination due to their dark histories. In this episode, the asylums of the late 1800s and early 1900s in Victoria, Australia are discussed in detail.

TW: Institutionalization, Suicide, Abuse

Mar 18, 2019
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce
27:29

While Hallie is away, let's hear a classic short horror story by Ambrose Bierce!

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Mar 04, 2019
Teratomas
29:48

Teratomas are a unique type of tumor that are best known for containing human teeth and hair. Let's discuss the history of these tumors, and how those teeth and hair end up inside them.

 

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Feb 18, 2019
The Contagious Disease Acts
36:09

In 1864, the British Parliament passed the Contagious Disease Acts, which attempted to regulate prostitution in hopes of protecting their troops from sexually transmitted infections, then known as venereal diseases. However, the public, the medical community, and the military all had different opinions on whether or not these acts were effective, and more importantly, whether or not they were ethical.

Feb 04, 2019
Typhoid Mary
39:02

Typhoid Mary is a term used to describe someone who spreads disease. Many people know the name refers to a real woman, but not many know the details of her story. In this episode, we discuss Mary Mallon, who was discovered to be spreading typhoid through her cooking in New York City in 1906, despite the fact that she was never sick herself.

 

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Jan 21, 2019
The Dyatlov Pass Incident pt. 2
58:11

In celebration of our 50th episode, we bring you our longest, most detailed episode yet on one of the most mysterious incidents in history. In January of 1959, 9 hikers mysteriously perished on the frigid slopes of Ural Mountains in Russia. To this day, no one knows what killed them. In part 2, we discuss the the theories put forth over the years as to what happened to the hikers.

Warning: This episode contains detailed discussions of autopsies.

Dec 24, 2018
The Dyatlov Pass Incident pt. 1
01:05:01

In celebration of our 50th episode, we bring you our longest, most detailed episode yet on one of the most mysterious incidents in history. In January of 1959, 9 hikers mysteriously perished on the frigid slopes of Ural Mountains in Russia. To this day, no one knows what killed them. In part 1, we discuss the hikers, their journey, their disappearance, the search and discovery of their bodies, and the strange circumstances of their deaths.

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Dec 10, 2018
Vampire Burials
30:47

Archaeologists have found many unusual graves throughout Eastern Europe, graves in which stakes have been driven through the deceased's body. These burials, and the historical documents from the time, suggest that these individuals were suspected of being vampires by those that buried them. They are known as Vampire Burials, and in this episode, we explore exactly what was at stake.

 

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Nov 19, 2018
The Philadelphia Experiment
38:06

Rumors of an experiment that resulted in the invisibility and teleportation of a ship began in 1955 thanks to a set of letters sent by a man named Carlos M. Allende. These letters sparked a conspiracy theory that still exists today. Is there any truth to it? In this episode we dig deep into the mystery of Philadelphia Experiment.

 

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Nov 05, 2018
Halloween Special 2018- The Masque of the Red Death
15:59

Every Halloween, Hallie reads a creepy story to celebrate! This year, we present The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allen Poe. Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

 

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Oct 31, 2018
The Beast of Gevaudan
42:53

In 1764, a strange creature began killing people in an isolated region of France known as the Gevaudan. No one could say what it was, so the creature was known only as La Bête, the Beast of Gevaudan, and it seemed unstoppable.

 

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Oct 22, 2018
Objects Made From Human Skin
32:10

In the 1800s, there was a surge in the creation of leather objects made from human skin. None of the people making the objects were considered criminals or even particularly disturbed. In this episode we discuss some of these objects, how they were made, and why.

 

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Oct 08, 2018
The Radium Girls
32:42

In the early 1900s, Radium became all the rage due to the luminous green light it gave off. It was used to paint watch dials and instrument panels, making them glow in the darkness. Little did most people know, Radium was highly radioactive. Some precautions were taken but an entire workforce of dial painters was seemingly forgotten and they suffered dearly for their employer's negligence. 

 

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Sep 24, 2018
Poveglia
30:53

Poveglia is known as the most haunted island in the world, thanks to its supposed history as a plague hospital and later a psychiatric asylum. But is there any truth to this reputation? In short, yes, but not in the way you might expect.

 

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Sep 10, 2018
Spontaneous Human Combustion
36:31

The myth of Spontaneous Human Combustion, which holds that it is possible for people to spontaneously burst into flames, has been prevalent since the 1600s, but what can modern science reveal about these mysterious deaths by fire? In this episode, we discuss some of the well-known cases, as well as the theories proposed throughout history about how these deaths may have occurred.

 

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Aug 27, 2018
Corpse Theft with Dr. Dittmar
32:05

In this episode, the MCP presents an interview with expert Dr. Jenna Dittmar about Corpse Theft in 18th-19th century England. Hallie and Dr. Dittmar discuss the connection between the rise of human anatomical studies and the gruesome rise of corpse theft that came with it.

 

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Aug 13, 2018
Summer Session 2 - Q & A
08:08

Hallie is still on vacation, so here are the answers to the most recent questions asked by you, the listeners! We should be back to our regular episodes next week.

 

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Jul 30, 2018
Summer Session - The Mezzotint
28:14

This week, Hallie is on vacation, but we have a great horror story from M.R. James' collection Ghost Stories of and Antiquary. It's called the Mezzotint, and we hope you enjoy it.

 

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Jul 16, 2018
The Villisca Axe Murders
35:12

To this day, the brutal 1912 axe murder of an entire family in Villisca, Iowa remains unsolved. In this episode we explore the evidence, discuss possible suspects, and wonder if this murder could be tied to any others.

 

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Jul 02, 2018
Creepy Dolls
31:23

What is it about dolls that creeps us out? Is it their staring eyes? Their vague smiles? Or is it the fact that they have a history of being used as vessels for supernatural beings? In this episode we discuss the history of dolls, some famously haunted ones, and why they creep us out.

 

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Jun 18, 2018
The Bimini Road
30:25

The Bimini Road has been surrounded by controversy since it was discovered in the 1960s, with some researchers stating it formed naturally, and others believing it to be a remnant of the Lost city of Atlantis. This episode we discuss this rock formation and why it is still controversial today.

 

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Jun 04, 2018
The Huldufolk of Iceland
32:58

The international media has made Iceland well-known for some of its people's belief in elves, also known as the Huldufolk, which means Hidden People. In this episode we explore the folklore surrounding the Huldufolk, what they represent, and why they are still part of Iceland's cultural heritage.

 

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May 21, 2018
Excarnation
35:02

Different cultures dispose of their dead in different ways. One of these is excarnation, where the flesh is removed from the bones by exposing the body to the elements or with tools. One of the most famous examples of excarnation is Tibetan Sky Burial, or Jhator. In this episode, we discuss this and many other forms of excarnation.

 

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May 07, 2018
Death on Mt. Everest
35:05

There is a place where the bodies of the dead lie exposed for decades, frozen in their moment of death. Hundreds of people pass them every year, and even use them as landmarks. That place is the Rainbow Valley, which lies in the Death Zone on the slopes of Mount Everest.

 

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Apr 23, 2018
Folie a Deux
27:04

Imagine someone close to you, someone you trusted, convinced you that they were being followed. Imagine you became so wrapped up in their paranoia that you followed them into dangerous situations without question, until finally someone got hurt, and it was revealed to you that it was all a delusion caused by mental illness.

This sounds like a nightmare, one that is lived by people affected by Folie a deux.

 

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Apr 09, 2018
The Bloody Countess, Elizabeth Bathory
01:01:43

With the reputation being a vampire and one of history's most notorious serial killers, Elizabeth Bathory's legend has captured our attention, but is there any truth to the rumors that she bathed in the blood of her victims? 

 

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Mar 26, 2018
The Yellow Wallpaper
32:57

While Hallie moves and gets settled, please enjoy this fantastic psychological story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. 

 

Trigger Warning: This story depicts the point of view of a person suffering from mental illness (post-natal depression and anxiety). The 'treatment' standard for the time and the lack of support by family and friends worsens this condition over the period covered in the story.

 

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Feb 19, 2018
Operation Mincemeat
34:25

During World War II, both the Axis and Allies used spies to gather information and also deceive the enemy. This is the story of one the most unique spies, one whose career began just after he died.

 

 

 

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Feb 05, 2018
The Mary Celeste
36:45

The Mary Celeste is claimed to be the most mysterious ghost ship to have sailed the Atlantic. Find out more about the strange disappearance of the crew and the theories behind what might have happened.

 

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Jan 22, 2018
Q & A with Hallie
11:05

Hallie answers questions from MCP listeners!

Hear about her favorite episodes, her background and why she thinks morbid curiosity is healthy.

 

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Jan 08, 2018
Krampus
22:10

Many cultures and religions seem to have holidays around this time of year. Without much effort, the layers of the Christian holiday of Christmas can be peeled back to reveal its origins in more ancient pagan traditions from across Europe. Characters like Santa Claus, Jack Frost and the elves all have their bases in far more ancient characters of myth and folklore. Some of these characters are far less jolly than their modern counterparts. One of these darker characters is the Krampus.

 

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Dec 25, 2017
10 Morbid Phrases
25:53

The English language is full of phrases and sayings that reference things from our past. Some of these phrases are rumored to have darker origins than others, and in this episode, we explore the origins of 10 of them.

 

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Dec 11, 2017
Ice Mummies of Peru
33:22

The Inca people of Peru are known for many things, but one of the most well known things that the Inca produced amongst those of us who are morbidly curious are the mummified remains of child sacrifices. One of the most famous of these, is Juanita the Ice Maiden.

 

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Nov 27, 2017
Slenderman with Dr. Andrea Kitta
34:14

This episode, Hallie interviews Dr. Andrea Kitta about a creepy creature of modern folklore, Slenderman. They touch on his origins, what he represents and what actions he has inspired in those who believe in him.

 

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Nov 13, 2017
Halloween Special 2017- The Raven
10:50

In celebration of Halloween, Hallie reads the classic creepy poem, The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe (who we now know, thanks to the previous episode, likely died of rabies). 

Please Enjoy!

We'll be back to our regular topics next time, although the next episode is also rather special. See you next time, and Happy Halloween!

 

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Oct 31, 2017
The Winchester Mystery House
29:45

There are hundreds of houses that people claim are haunted, sometimes just because the house seems creepy, or perhaps its owner is odd or acts in unconventional ways. One house that has been rumored to be haunted since the land its on was purchased, is the Winchester Mystery House.

 

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Oct 23, 2017
Rabies
24:08

What condition causes the suppression of fear, heightened aggression, and is transmitted by the bite of an infected creature? Sadly, even though this condition sounds like something out of a horror movie, it's real, and it's called Rabies.

 

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Oct 09, 2017
Frances Glessner Lee
23:11

Murder scenes are often messy, but they hold a wealth of evi­dence in the form of blood spatter, bullets and bodies. Forensic investigators gather all of this evidence, but where do they start their search? The current system used for gathering physical evidence from crime scenes was created in a unique way, and developed by a very unique person; Frances Glessner Lee.

 

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Sep 25, 2017
The Red Room
27:23

This week, Hallie reads The Red Room, a short horror story by H.G. Wells.

Tune in in two weeks for our next full episode!

 

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Sep 11, 2017
Unit 731
31:09

Many governments were involved in non-consensual human experimentation during World War II. One of the lesser known participants was Japan's Unit 731, run by Shiro Ishii. The types of medical experiments conducted by Unit 731 were particularly cruel, and in this episode we discuss them and what to do with the data they produced.

 

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Aug 28, 2017
The Codex Gigas
26:41

Legend tells of a monk who wrote a giant manuscript with the aid of the Devil. This legend is attributed to a real artifact, a huge bible called the Codex Gigas, also known as the Devil's Bible.

 

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Aug 14, 2017
Muddled Waters
31:39

The Lusitania; a ship that was just as luxurious as the Titanic and its demise just as tragic. However, the Lusitania went down not by accident, but as an act of war. It's demise set things in motion that brought the US into World War 1. 

Jul 31, 2017
The Swapped Child
25:34

When most people think of fairies, they think of small winged humanoid creatures that are tricksters, but are mostly helpful to humans. This version of the fairy is far from the fae of traditional European folklore.  These fairies stole human children and in their place left a creature known as a changeling. This episode discusses the history of changeling folklore, and the psychology behind the myth. 

 

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Jul 17, 2017
A History of Headhunting
27:51

Headhunting is the practice of seeking, removing and preserving human heads. It has been practiced worldwide and may date as far back as the Mesolithic era. This episode focuses mainly on the historic reports of headhunting in Indonesia and the Philippines, and the preservation of this ritual into the modern era.

 

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Jul 03, 2017
Summer Session 3: Blooper Reel
09:37

Hello Creepy Community,

The podcast is still on vacation, but we have some more bloopers to share with you in the meantime! Recording a podcast isn't easy, and mistakes are made often, but are also often hilarious. Enjoy these bloopers, we hope they make you laugh as hard as we did.

Stay tuned!

 

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Jun 19, 2017
Summer Session 2: The Cask of Amontillado
17:36

Hello MCP Community,

The podcast is still on vacation, but we have a great horror story to share with you in the meantime. We are proud to present The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe.

Stay tuned for more special summer episodes!

 

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Jun 05, 2017
Summer Session 1: Your Questions Answered
08:48

Hello MCP Community,

The podcast is going on vacation for a month or so, but we don't want to leave you with nothing! We want to answer some of the questions you sent to us over Facebook, Twitter and our website!

Stay tuned for more special summer episodes!

 

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May 22, 2017
What Lies Beneath
25:50

The city of Paris is known for many things; romance, wine, art, culture and more. But Paris is also home to one of the most famous ossuaries in Europe, the Catacombs of Paris. And that is subject of this episode.

 

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May 08, 2017
Getting Ahead in Life
28:24

Modern medicine seeks to find ways to ease the struggle for those affected by disease and disability. One of these that went from science fiction to actual scientific possibility is head transplantation, transplanting the head of one individual onto the body of another. 

 

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Apr 24, 2017
King of His Castle
32:16

In Chicago between 1886 and 1894, H.H. Holmes was rumored to have killed over 200 people by drawing them into his specially built 'murder castle.' In this episode, we discuss the possible truths behind the gory rumors of this prolific con artist.

 

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Apr 10, 2017
Ghosts Amongst the Ruins
28:23

The civilization along the East Coast of Africa during the medieval age is known today as the Swahili Coast, and one of its grandest cities was Gedi. Sometime in the late 17th century, this flourishing city was mysteriously abandoned. It's a mystery we thought worth doing an episode on. The rumor that the ruins of the city are haunted by local spirits also drew our curiosity.

 

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Mar 27, 2017
Punishment & Pain
35:05

During the Medieval period in Europe, torture was just a part of the justice system. Therefore, some extremely violent and gruesome methods were developed to punish the worst criminals. In this episode we discuss several these devices.

 

Listener Discretion is Advised: Explicit Content

 

 

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Mar 13, 2017
Waves of Mystery
36:39

The Bermuda Triangle evokes a sense of foreboding due to its reputation for swallowing the ships and planes that pass through it and leaving no trace behind. In this episode we discuss the possible reasons for these tales of disappearance.

 

 

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Feb 27, 2017
Sickness & Ghoul Bloopers
03:00

Even though our narrator is out sick, the MCP won't leave you hanging! Please enjoy these bloopers while we delay our next episode by one week.

Thank you for your understanding.

 

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Feb 20, 2017
Scavenger in the Wastes
24:21

Generally used as a blanket term for Halloween horrors, the ghoul is actually a creature all its own. This episode we delve into it's origins and learn how the ghoul evolved from a desert scavenger to a cemetery corpse-eater and enemy in all our favorite role playing games.

 

 

 

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Feb 06, 2017
The Pit of Bones
24:07

Deep within a cave in Spain, there is a pit where thousands of shattered bones have lain hidden for thousands of years. In this episode we learn who they belong to and why they might be there.

Sima de Los Huesos

(Image from the Journal of Human Evolution, vol. 33 (1997), p. 109-127)

 

 

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Jan 23, 2017
Behind Barbed Wire
31:50

The bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 is well know for leading America to enter into World War II. Less well known is the fear the attack sparked, which resulted in the forced incarceration of thousands of Japanese Americans in internment camps. This episode is about one of these camps, Manzanar, and the people that were imprisoned there.

 

 

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Jan 09, 2017
Holiday Special: The Kit Bag
32:07

Like you, we are spending our holidays with family, so instead of a normal episode, here is a reading of the Christmas horror story, The Kit-Bag by Algernon Blackwood.

Happy Holidays!

 

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Dec 26, 2016
Imposter
25:21

What would you do if suddenly your husband or wife was someone else? They look the same but something is different, something is missing. They swear they are themselves, but you know something isn't right. You might begin to think that, for some reason or another, they have been replaced by some sort of imposter. This is the experience had by people suffering from Capgras Delusion, and that is the topic of today's episode.

 

 

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Dec 12, 2016
Mouse and Elephant
26:40

Before he was known as the Elephant Man, his name was Joseph Merrick. In this episode we discuss his childhood, his time as a human curiosity and the mystery of his condition.

 

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Nocturne in C Minor - composed by Frederic Chopin, performed by Diana Hughes

 

 

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Nov 28, 2016
An Unfortunate Disappearance
38:17

Before the colony of Jamestown, another colony was attempted on Roanoke Island, but after several years and many unfortunate events, the people and the village disappeared with much trace. The Colony of Roanoke is known as the Lost Colony, and it is the topic of this weeks episode.

 

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Duuiensela, composed by Antonio de Cabezon, performed by Joan Benson

Lachrime Tristes composed by John Dowland, performed by I. Solipsisti

Lachrime Antique composed by john Dowland, Performed by I. Solipsisti

 

 

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Nov 14, 2016
Halloween Special: Lost Hearts
27:49

Even though it's always Halloween here on the Morbid Curiosity Podcast, in honor of my favorite holiday, I'd like to share a scary story written by M.R. James. This special episode is a reading of Lost Hearts, published in 1931 as part of a collection of short horror stories called Ghost Stories of an Antiquary.

 

Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

Oct 31, 2016
An Indecipherable Mystery
26:31

The Voynitch Manuscript is a mysterious Medieval book filled with an unreadable script and images that are at best confusing. The author, the origin and the the language or code are unknown, but hints about this information may be concealed within. In this episode, we discuss the manuscript, the theories about its origin, and what information may hide in its pages.

 

 

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Oct 24, 2016
These Dangerous Waters
26:59

There are some places in the sea that are more dangerous than others, especially for the ships that sail them. One of these places has brought down over 2000 ships and still claims lives today. It's called the Graveyard of the Pacific, and in this episode, we'll discuss shipwrecks, sunken treasure, and ghost stories surrounding this famously tragic coastline.

The Graveyard of the Pacific

 

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Oct 10, 2016
Of Flesh and Snow
29:33

What is a wendigo? According to various television programs and horror stories, they're man-eating humanoid beasts that live in the forests of Northern Minnesota and Canada. They were once humans who were turned into wendigos after eating human flesh. As we all know television has a way of sensationalizing anything it touches. As we dug deeper into Native American legends, we learned that Wendigos are many things, but most of all, they are very dangerous.

 

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Sep 26, 2016
Undeath in the Depths
36:52

In this episode, we're going to discuss those miracles of preservation, Bog Bodies. Most of these naturally mummified corpses date to the Iron Age and died due to violence. We're going to ask the big questions: how they were made, who they were, and why they might have ended up in the bog.

 

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Sep 12, 2016
An Inescapeable Island
34:22

Surrounded by the frigid waters of the San Francisco Bay, the Island of Alcatraz has a long history of isolation and imprisonment. In this episode we discuss the history of the island, the evolution of the prison, the lives of its inmates, and the violent and sometimes mysterious things that occurred there.

 

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Aug 29, 2016
Three Stages of Stigma
32:37

History has given us a lingering fear surrounding the venereal disease syphilis.  This episode discusses the symptoms, long term skeletal effects, history of the disease, the many treatments associated with it over the centuries as well as unpacks the cultural views surrounding those infected.

 

Listener discretion is advised.

 

*Today, syphilis is a fully treatable disease, but it spreads fast. If you think you have symptoms syphilis, please go to your doctor as soon as possible and get tested.*

 

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Aug 15, 2016
An Axe to Grind
29:58

"Lizzie Borden took an axe..."

Or did she?

In this episode, the MCP goes over the details of the case and discusses what may have happened in Fall River that summer day in 1892. Other facts and theories are also shared

 

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Aug 01, 2016