Dark Histories

61 EpisodesProduced by Ben Cutmore

Bi-weekly narratives on the strange and the macarbe. Unsolved mysteries, historical true crime, touches of paranormal and cultural peculiarities.

61 Episodes | 2017 - 2019

The Curious Case of Not Townsend

June 9th, 2019


Getting away with murder has always been a difficult, and ultimately, unlikely affair, even in the 19th Century, before DNA analysis, fingerprint …

Detective Whicher & The Road Hill House Mystery

May 26th, 2019


The events that took place in the village of Road during the year 1860 would seem straight out of Victorian detective fiction. The characters played …

Terror in Gévaudan: The Beast

May 12th, 2019


In 1764, France was a tumultuous place. On the eve of Revolution, the peasant farmers of the remote region of Gévaudan were suffering from decades of …

The Balham Mystery: The Death of Charles Bravo

April 28th, 2019


In April, 1876, Charles Bravo took to his bedroom, rubbed a dose of laudanum into his gums and poured himself a glass of water from the jug on his nightstand. Within minutes of retiring to bed, Charles Bravo fell …

Waverly Hills: The History & The Hauntings

March 31st, 2019


A much requested episode on the history of Waverly Hills, a Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Kentucky. These days, it features in just about every bad …

Lurancy Vennum & The Watseka Wonder

March 17th, 2019


This week, we have a story of a 19th Century spiritual possession, when 14 year old Lurancy Vennum began suffering from fits that eventually led her …

The Disappearance of Lord Lucan

March 3rd, 2019


Lord Lucan, a name of considerable infamy, not as a member of the aristocracy, but for the murder of his children's nanny in a house in the elitist district of Belgravia, London in 1973 and his subsequent disappearance. …

Bridget Cleary: Away with the Fairies

February 17th, 2019


Faeries, changelings and herbalist doctors might seem like characters in a winding tale of medieval folklore today, but in 1895, Ireland bore witness …

Everyday Sensationalism in Victorian Britain: The Illustrated Police News

February 3rd, 2019


We take a deep look at the Victorian press and in particular, hone in on the wonder that was The Illustrated Police News. Most famous today for its …

Bonus Episode? January Patreon AMA

January 27th, 2019


Bit of a massive cock-up this week, all is explained, but instead of skipping a week, I'm putting out this episode instead. Apologies, back to usual …

Bella Wright & The Green Bicycle Mystery

January 13th, 2019


It was the summer of 1919, in a leafy rural region of Leicestershire that we turn our focus towards today and a woman named Bella Wright, who was found lying dead by the roadside one quiet, Saturday evening. At first, …

BONUS: Christmas Campfire 2018

December 24th, 2018


We're back for 2018 with more listener stories sent in specially for this Christmas Bonus. Thank you so much to all the contributors and to everyone for listening this year. Merry Christmas.

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The Rise & Fall of Spring Heeled Jack

December 16th, 2018


Victorian England, an age of great industry, enlightenment, of learning and of advancement. Equally, it was the age of spiritualism, parapsychology, …

The Euston Square Mystery

December 2nd, 2018


The Lodging houses of Victorian London held no shortage of scandal and intrigue for the more imaginative Londoners in the 19th Century. The Maids and …

Room 1046

November 18th, 2018


The tale of room 1046 of the President Hotel in Kansas City is a strange one. A murder mystery with almost no clues and no evidence at the crime scene, but a victim with three names, left beaten, possibly tortured and a …

Demons & Witches: Ann Glover & The Goodwin Children

November 4th, 2018


This week, we have a tale of Devilry and witchcraft, demonic possessions and a good dose of Persecution on all fronts! Pre-dating Salem by 3 years, Ann Glover was an Irish immigrant living in Boston in 1688, hung for …

Halloween Bonus: Five Folk Horrors

October 30th, 2018


Happy Halloween! As a special bonus episode to celebrate the good Hallows Eve, I decided to dig up and re-write five old folk horror tales from …

The Spider Man of Denver: Theodore Edward Coneys

October 21st, 2018


In 1941, a man named Phillip Peters was found murdered in his home in Denver, Colorado. The doors and windows to the house showed no signs of forced …

(Part 2) Phantom: The Texarkana Moonlight Murders

October 8th, 2018


Part 2 of 2

In 1946, The American twin city of Texarkana was plunged into the depths of panic and fear. The population of the postwar suburb was …

(Part 1) Phantom: The Texarkana Moonlight Murders

October 8th, 2018


Part 1 of 2

In 1946, The American twin city of Texarkana was plunged into the depths of panic and fear. The population of the postwar suburb was …

Russian Dolls: Anatoly Moskvin

September 23rd, 2018


In 2011, Russia bore witness to one of the most bizarre cases in the countries criminal history. A story of Black magic, the Occult and one man's …

Americas First Documented Ghost: The Nelly Butler Haunting

September 9th, 2018


Half a century before the Fox Sisters showed up on the scene to propel mainstream spiritualism onto the populace of America, there was a much lesser …

A Topper & A Beaver: Thomas Briggs & Franz Muller

August 26th, 2018


All aboard, we're going back to the Victorian era to shed some light on the first ever murder on a train in Britain at a time when people were …

The Murder of Julia Wallace

August 12th, 2018


We're crashing back to earth this week with the lesser known story of William Herbert Wallace and his wife Julia. This is a case named over and over …

Transmissions from nowhere: Numbers Stations

July 29th, 2018


Starting off in 1890, we take a look back at the history of secret radio transmissions, leading up until today and unravel some of the mystery, whilst uncovering some new oddities, of what are known as 'Numbers …

Zigmund Adamski & Alan Godfrey: A Tale of Two Halves

July 15th, 2018


We head to the Yorkshire moors to take a look at one story of a mysterious death and then through bizarre coincidence, a second story of lights in the sky and little men with lamp like heads.

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Roch Theriault & The Ant Hill Kids

July 1st, 2018


We take a look at Roch Theriault, the brutal leader of the Canadian cult, The Ant Hill Kids. More than mere eccentric, Theriualt brutally abused his …

The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run: Clevelands Torso Murders

June 17th, 2018


The Grisly story of one of Americas most evasive Serial Killers Vs one of Americas most famous crime fighters. The mad butcher carved up his victims …

Emilie Sagée: The woman who wasn't there

June 3rd, 2018


In 1845, Emilie Sagée took a job at the Neuwelcke boarding school. It was her 18th teaching position in 16 years. The girls of the school would soon …

The Crabb Affair

May 20th, 2018


This episode I get stuck into The Crabb Affair, a strange disappearance from 1956, surrounded by Cold War suspicion and government cover-ups. Who …

Matthew Hopkins: Witchfinder General

May 6th, 2018


We dig up the life and times of Matthew Hopkins, the self-proclaimed Witchfinder General. A man that, in just 2 years, was responsible for around 60% of all witch trials in England spanning 3 centuries. He hailed from a …

Tutankhamun: Pharaoh Curses & Fake News

April 22nd, 2018


In this weeks episode, Sally and I don our sceptic hats and delve into 1920s Egypt to dig up the story of Tutankhamun and the crazy publicity storm …

The Disappearance of Gary Mathias

April 8th, 2018


An obscure one this week with the lesser-known case of Gary Mathias and his four friends from Yuba City, CA. Five guys who went to a basketball game and ended up disappearing on a mountain road, 70 miles away, with no …

Introducing Moya - Trailer

April 2nd, 2018


Introducing "Moya", a brand new 12 part fiction podcast written and produced by me  (Ben) from Dark Histories. Out now on all podcast platforms.

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We are one

March 25th, 2018


The episode is a bit different this week. We hit our one year anniversary on the day of recording, so we switched it up and had the first annual Dark Histories awards, taking a little look back at some of the people …

The Arthurs Seat Coffins

March 11th, 2018


In this weeks episode, we tell the story of the Arthurs Seat Coffins, 17 tiny 4" coffins, each holding a wooden doll complete with handmade clothing, …

The Mysterious Deaths of the Jamison Family

February 24th, 2018


This episode we take a look at the disappearance and eventual reappearance of the Jamison family. A mother, father and daughter trio who mysteriously went missing in the remote wilderness of Red Oak, Oklahoma only for …

The Exorcism of Anna Ecklund

February 11th, 2018


This weeks episode goes a bit more out there as we take a look at a historic exorcism that, despite being a well-documented case for the time, tends to fly under the radar. This is the story of Anna Ecklund, who found …

The Circleville Letters Mystery

January 28th, 2018


This week is a tireless effort to unravel the most tightly wound bundle of gossip, hearsay and bizarre facts that make up the Circleville Letter Mystery. A series of thousands of letters, spanning almost three decades …

Adam: The Body in the Thames

January 14th, 2018


This week we take a look at Adam, the name given to a body fished out the River Thames in 2001 and winds down a dark path that leads straight into a …

BONUS: Christmas Campfire Stories

December 25th, 2017


Here's the bonus episode to fill the Season 1 break. We're rolling back to a little known Christmas tradition of sitting around the fire and telling …

Krampus & Co.

December 17th, 2017


This week is the final episode of 2017 and the final episode of Season 1. We take a look at some of the folklore behind Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas …

Joshua Maddux: The Boy in the Chimney

December 10th, 2017


This week we go true crime and take a look at a case of "accidental death" which appears to be anything but. Joshua Maddux went missing in 2008 and seven years later, was found in the chimney of a cabin just two blocks …

The Second Life of Omm Sety

December 3rd, 2017


This week we look at the life of Omm Sety, an Egyptologist who claimed to have had a past life as an Egyptian priestess and reincarnated 3000 years …

The Pimlico Poisoning

November 19th, 2017


In the early hours of New Year's morning, 1886, Adelaide Blanche Bartlett roused her landlord in Pimlico, London with a few simple words: “come down, I think Mr Bartlett is dead”. She had awoken suddenly, sitting at the …

Peter Stumpp: The Werewolf of Bedburg

November 12th, 2017


This episode we take a look at the tale of Peter Stumpp. a man known as the Werewolf of Bedburg, who made a pact with the devil in trade for the …

Terri Hoffman & The Black Lords

November 5th, 2017


This week is a monster episode, detailing the life of Terri Hoffman, the leader of a cult called Conscious Development of Body Mind and Soul, who …

The Hinterkaifeck Murders

October 30th, 2017


Working from contemporary German primary sources, this week we go in deep and take a look at the mysterious case of the Hinterkaifeck murders, a gruesome event from Germany in 1922, surrounded by suspicion and intrigue, …

The Clapham Wood Mystery: Satanism & The Occult

October 22nd, 2017


In this episode, we take a look at a mystery that is local to me, the dark and winding story of the satanic and occult practices rumoured to take …

The Fire from Within: Spontaneous Human Combustion

October 16th, 2017


In this episode, we dig into the history of Spontaneous Human Combustion and take a look at several historical cases dating from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, along with the theories of the times. We then jump …

Vampires: From Myth to Murder

October 8th, 2017


This week, we detail the history of the Vampire, from screen to the dark myths and very real folklore of Eastern Europe.

Vampires are a staple in …

The Devils Footprints of 1855

October 2nd, 2017


In February of 1855, Britain was deep in the midst of one of the coldest winters recorded. Minus temperatures were reported from January to March, …

Eilean Mor: The missing lighthouse keepers

September 24th, 2017


On the 26th December, 1900, a small ship approached the remote island of Eilean Mor. It was a small eruption of land, uninhabited aside from a small battery of 3 men, whose job was to operate and maintain the isles …

Who put Bella in the Wych Elm?

September 17th, 2017


In 1943, four young boys, out poaching in Hagley Wood came across a large Wych Elm, a broad, spiderlike tree. One of the boys begun climbing the tree to look for birds eggs and upon reaching the topmost branches, looked …

Charles Walton: The Pitchfork Murder

September 10th, 2017


On the night of February 14th, 1945. The body of Charles Walton was found on a farm in Lower Quinton, Warwickshire in England. His throat had been slashed open and the prongs of a pitchfork dug into the mud on either …

Zombies: A true story of Haitian Voodoo

September 3rd, 2017


In this episode we explore the true stories of Zombies of Haitian Voodoo culture, from French colonial rule to an exhaustive search for the source of …

Tamam Shud: the Somerton Man Mystery

August 27th, 2017


In this episode, we detail the mystery, researched from primary sources, of the Somerton Man, or as the case is widely and simply known, Tamam Shud.In 1948, the body of a man was found on Somerton beach, Adelaide, …

The Dyatlov Pass Incident

August 13th, 2017


Using legitimate research materials from both English and Russian sources, we tell the full story of one of the more strange cases in Russian and …

Burke & Hare: The West Port Murders

August 6th, 2017


The story of William Burke and William Hare, two Irish men living in Edinburgh in 1827, who spied an opportunity to make money through murder. Now known as simply the Burke and Hare murders or The West Port Murders, …

The Enfield Poltergeist Story

July 23rd, 2017


The true story of the Enfield Poltergeist. A historical haunting of a British family during the 1970s, the Enfield Poltergeist is still today …

Jack the Ripper: The Whitechapel Murders

July 16th, 2017


For our first ever episode, we go big with the complete story of Jack the Ripper, one of England most notorious ever killers and infamous all over …

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