Previously: Childhood Traumas.
One of the great joys of the Halloween season is all the haunted houses and other fear-based experiences that pop up during the month of October. If you’re looking for some unusual haunts for Halloween 2017, though — ones that aren’t just your run-of-the-mill walk-through haunted house (or ride-through haunted hayride, and so on and so forth) — well, there are plenty of those, too… if you’re willing to dig a little deeper.
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Previously: ‘The Polybius Conspiracy.’
October is certainly turning out to be a good month for new podcasts about spooky things; hot on the heels of The Polybius Conspiracy, the podcast Inside The Exorcist has arrived, taking us on a strange, frightening, and thrilling journey through the making of The Exorcist — the 1973 film directed by William Friedkin, which, although initially only slated for an extremely limited release, went on to earn 10 Oscar nominations (of which it won two) and become one of the highest-grossing films in history. And if it’s anything like Inside Psycho, the six-part deep dive into the making of Psycho that marked Inside The Exorcist’s creators’ first outing, this podcast is going to be extraordinary.
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If you’re reading this right now, odds are you’re familiar with the urban legend known as Polybius. It’s one of the most enduring urban legends of the digital age; indeed, perhaps the most interesting element of the tale is this: We still don’t really know whether Polybius was real. Signs point to no, but even some of the most rigorous examinations of the legend have been unable to confirm or refute key pieces of the whole thing. That uncertainty is what fuels the new podcast The Polybius Conspiracy — although what The Polybius Conspiracy, created and superbly researched by Jon Frechette and Todd Luoto, has that most other investigations of the legend I’ve seen do not is an alleged victim: A man named Bobby who grew up and still resides in the Portland, Ore. area — and who swears that he was abducted by men in suits after playing an unmarked video game cabinet that appeared in his favorite local arcade in October of 1981.
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A quick and, happily, definitive update to the “H. H. Holmes’ body is being exhumed” story we’ve been tracking for the past few months: The test results are in, and we can now conclusively say that H. H. Holmes was indeed buried in the grave bearing his name at Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon, Pa, reports the Associated Press — that is, he did not fake his death and escape. Holmes, real name Herman Webster Mudgett, was executed by hanging on May 7, 1896, after which he was, in fact, interred according to a set of oddly specific requirements.
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So, hey, remember back in May when we learned that the body of serial killer H. H. Holmes was going to be exhumed? Well, we know what the researchers found now… sort of. There’s still work to be done, but here’s the update — and for the curious, the short version is this: Yes, there was actually a coffin in H. H. Holmes’ grave.
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