“THE BEAST OF GWANDA TOWN” and More True and Macabre Stories! #WeirdDarkness
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IN THIS EPISODE: I’ve covered numerous stories here in the podcast on people gone missing, never to be seen again. But it’s much more rare to have a story about a corpse going missing, never to be seen again. (How Daniel Murdock Saved on Funeral Expenses) *** One thing that has always been a constant in human history is adultery; as is the jilted spouse always being angry about it. One thing that has not been a constant is how society judges those involved in the infidelity. In 1885, there were different opinions about both adulterers as well as the one who murders a homewrecker. (Shot By a Jealous Husband) *** Part of the tablet’s translation, according to Isaac Newton, states: “By this means you shall have the glory of the whole world and thereby all obscurity shall fly from you. Its force is above all force, for it vanquishes every subtle thing and penetrates every solid thing.” Cryptic yes, but it appears to indicate immense power for the one who understands and wields it. It comes from the Emerald Tablet – and it’s no surprise there are many now who want to know where it is. (The Mystery of the Emerald Tablet) *** The Shimokubo Dam in Japan is unique in that it is supposedly haunted. I’ve heard of haunted lakes, and haunted roads that go around lakes or past lakes, but I’ve never heard of a lake that was created by a haunted dam. Shimokubo Dam is supposedly so haunted, that Japan says the stream of ghost hunters and paranormal enthusiasts is out of control. (Japan’s Haunted Dam) *** A mysterious creature is reported to be living near a bridge in Zimbabwe which has killed numerous men. What is the Beast of Gwanda Town? (Beast of Gwanda Town) *** A year before the infamous Lizzie Bordon was born, came the birth of Lizzie Halliday – who, though becoming less well known, went on to commit atrocities that would’ve made Lizzie Bordon’s stomach turn. (The Worst Woman on Earth)
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“Japan’s Haunted Dam” by Paul Seaburn for Mysterious Universe: https://tinyurl.com/y4ht2q55
“Beast of Gwanda Town” from News Dze Zimbabwe: https://tinyurl.com/yyhequxx
“The Worst Woman on Earth” by Kieran W. for Mystery Confidential: https://tinyurl.com/y65c4npd
“How Daniel Murdock Saved on Funeral Expenses” from Strange Company: https://tinyurl.com/y5x2q45e
“Shot By a Jealous Husband” by Robert Wilhelm for Murder by Gaslight: https://tinyurl.com/y6ma3cpn
“The Mystery of the Emerald Tablet” by Brent Swancer for Mysterious Universe: https://tinyurl.com/y3pvg2ya
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