Dark Histories

68 EpisodesProduced by Ben Cutmore

Dark Histories tells the stories of some of our darkest moments, deepest mysteries and strangest happenings, from large cultural events, to smaller, localised legends. Main episodes bi-weekly on Sundays. Yesterday, Today companion mini-episodes released daily, Monday - Friday.

68 Episodes | 2017 - 2019

Yesterday Today: 21/02/2019

February 21st, 2019

6:10

Today, we go back to dig up tales from The Norfolk News, 21st February 1903. Yesterday Today are daily, Monday - Friday companion mini-episodes that …

Yesterday Today: 20/02/19

February 20th, 2019

7:09

Today, we go back to dig up tales from The Marylebone Mercury, 19th February 1943. Yesterday Today are daily, Monday - Friday companion mini-episodes that run alongside the main, bi-weekly episodes, released on Sundays.

Yesterday Today: 19/02/19

February 19th, 2019

5:24

Today, we go back to dig up tales from The Hereford Journal, 19th February 1812. Yesterday Today are daily, Monday - Friday companion mini-episodes that run alongside the main, bi-weekly episodes, released on Sundays.

Yesterday Today: 18/02/19

February 18th, 2019

4:43

Today, we go back to dig up tales from The Dorset County Chronicle, 18th February 1866. Yesterday Today are daily, Monday - Friday companion mini-episodes that run alongside the main, bi-weekly episodes, released on …

Bridget Cleary: Away with the Fairies

February 17th, 2019

1:50:16

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

Yesterday Today: 15/02/19

February 15th, 2019

5:52

Today, we go back to dig up tales from The Sussex Advertiser, 15th February 1762. Yesterday Today are daily, Monday - Friday companion mini-episodes that run alongside the main, bi-weekly episodes, released on Sundays.

Yesterday Today: 14/02/19

February 14th, 2019

5:04

Today, we go back to dig up tales from across Centuries, chronicling some of the strange views on Valentines Day throughout the eras. Yesterday Today are daily, Monday - Friday companion mini-episodes that run alongside …

Yesterday Today: 13/02/19

February 13th, 2019

6:19

Today, we go back to dig up tales from The Sunday Post, 13th February 1921. Yesterday Today are daily, Monday - Friday companion mini-episodes that run alongside the main, bi-weekly episodes, released on Sundays.

Yesterday Today: 12/02/19

February 12th, 2019

5:01

Today, we go back to dig up tales from The Liverpool Daily post, 12th February 1868. Yesterday Today are daily, Monday - Friday companion …

Yesterday Today: 11/02/19

February 11th, 2019

5:52

Today, we go back to dig up tales from The Dover Express 1898. Yesterday Today are daily, Monday - Friday companion mini-episodes that run alongside the main, bi-weekly episodes, released on Sundays.

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Yesterday Today: 08/02/19

February 8th, 2019

5:35

Today, we go back to dig up tales from The Dundee Courier, 8th February 1869. Yesterday Today are daily, Monday - Friday companion mini-episodes that run alongside the main, bi-weekly episodes, released on Sundays.

Yesterday Today: 07/02/19

February 7th, 2019

6:18

Today, we go back to dig up tales from The Gloucestershire Echo, 7th February 1907. Yesterday Today are daily, Monday - Friday companion mini-episodes that run alongside the main, bi-weekly episodes, released on Sundays.

Yesterday Today: 06/02/19

February 6th, 2019

5:25

Today, we go back to dig up tales from The Shields Daily Gazette, 6th February 1867. Yesterday Today are daily, Monday - Friday companion mini-episodes that run alongside the main, bi-weekly episodes, released on …

Yesterday Today: 05/02/19

February 5th, 2019

5:28

Today, we go back to dig up tales from The Newcastle Courant, 5th February 1732. Yesterday Today are daily, Monday - Friday companion mini-episodes that run alongside the main, bi-weekly episodes, released on Sundays.

Yesterday Today: 04/02/19

February 4th, 2019

4:38

Welcome to the first ever episode of Dark Histories: Yesterday, Today, a new companion podcast that will run Monday - Friday, alongside the main, bi-weekly podcast released on Sundays! Yesterday, Today goes back to a …

Everyday Sensationalism in Victorian Britain: The Illustrated Police News

February 3rd, 2019

51:31

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

23:52

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

1:37:27

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

50:51

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.

The music in this episode …

The Rise & Fall of Spring Heeled Jack

December 16th, 2018

58:27

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

1:26:15

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

53:35

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

1:03:33

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

43:47

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

51:20

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

57:08

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

45:46

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

53:15

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

1:07:52

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

1:07:10

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

1:15:00

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

1:12:53

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

1:14:21

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.

For extended show notes, …

Roch Theriault & The Ant Hill Kids

July 1st, 2018

59:43

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

1:05:42

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

55:56

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

1:04:15

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

49:40

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

34:19

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

23:15

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

1:17

We are one

March 25th, 2018

52:30

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

25:55

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

1:00:28

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

34:59

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

31:15

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

34:56

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

29:12

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

22:12

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

27:12

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

46:07

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

43:08

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

33:15

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

58:48

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

38:46

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

36:14

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

24:25

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

36:21

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

26:20

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

23:31

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

22:14

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

26:58

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

31:31

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

28:09

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

45:31

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

22:38

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

34:21

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

50:27

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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