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”. During the following days, a postmortem was conducted and evidence found of a large quantity of Chloroform in the stomach of the deceased, however, there were no signs of how it had been ingested. In the words of the Attorney General who oversaw the inquest: “How came the Chloroform there?”
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 forward and have a look at two modern cases, that of Mary Reeser in Florida, and Michael Faherty from Galway, Ireland.
In 1943, four young boys, out poaching in Hagley Wood Came across a large Wych Elm. One of the boys begun climbing the tree to look for birds eggs. He looked down to find the tree was hollow. Inside the blackness of the broad trunk there was no trace of any nests, instead he saw a human skull staring blankly back at him.
In this episode, we go back to 1945, the last breaths of WWII, to detail a grisly murder of a 74-year-old man which takes a bizarre turn into the realms of folklore and still to this day remains unsolved. Known as the pitchfork murder or the witchcraft murder, this is the case of the murder of Charles Walton, on 14th February 1945 in Lower Quinton, England.
In 1948, the body of a man was found on Somerton beach, Adelaide, Australia. All identification marks had been removed from his clothing and to this day the man’s identification and cause of death are unknown. The mystery goes even deeper, however, when a small scrap of paper is found in a pocket of the man’s clothing, with the printed line: Tamam Shud.
The Dyatlov Pass Incident, a mysterious event that claimed the lives of nine Russian hikers in 1959 that remains unexplained to this day.
Using legit research materials from both English and Russian sources, in the first part, we tell the full story of the incident, from the events leading up to the fateful night on the slopes of the mountain of the dead to the autopsy reports months later.
The true story of the Enfield Poltergeist. A haunting in a British family during the 1970s, still today Britains most famous haunting. This story would become the inspiration for several TV shows and also the film The Conjuring 2.
In part one, we are introduced to the Hodgson family and after some disruption in the house, including knocking on walls and items being thrown about, investigators are called in.
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 the world. With only five canonical murders, he wasn’t the most prolific serial killer in history, but his reign terrorised East London in 1888 and his identity has been a mystery ever since.