Robert the Doll

On this week’s episode we are delving into the history of one of the most famous haunted dolls in the world, Robert the Doll. This one has always given me the heebee jeebees. Maybe because it’s relatable. Robert has been to blame for people losing their jobs, relationships, deaths, and all sorts of mishaps. He has gained celebrity status from his little home at the Fort East Martello Museum in Key West, Florida where he receives 100s of visitors, letters, candy, and other presents a year. Many believe that he is the inspiration for the Chucky franchise.

But what/who is Robert? What haunts Robert the Doll? Has he come to life because of the love of an obsessive child or is he a demon? There’s so much to this one.

So lets get into shall we? Grab yourself a cup of tea, make sure the doors are locked and the sage is close by. I have a story to tell you. 

This week on the podcast we continue the month of Haunted Dolls with another of the most infamous, Annabelle. This sweet little Ragged Anne Doll has caused a lot of trouble. She tormented nurses, terrified priests, and even almost killed Ed and Lorraine Warren. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/myhauntedlife/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/myhauntedlife/support
  1. Annabelle
  2. Robert the Doll
  3. Ned the Alien and the 1897 UFO Crash in Aurora, Texas
  4. Top 10 Haunted Bathrooms
  5. Goatman's Bridge

Screaming Bridge

On this week’s episode, I’m taking you to the Screaming Bridge in Arlington, Texas, a creepy out of the way spot known to the locals as a place to hear disembodied screams from long dead teenagers who died on the road. Local legend states that some kids were out celebrating a football game win one night when they collided with each on the bridge. This seemed reasonable enough for me since football, especially high school football, you know, all of that Friday Night light stuff, is a big deal down in Texas. Apparently the area is now imprinted with the kids dying screams and legend has it that if you stare into the river where the car went in at midnight you can see the graves of those killed. This was all I knew about it going into this adventure. I’m doing something a little different this time. This time I’m going to be giving you the history, and then as an extra special treat, I will have the one and only Rayne on to discuss our adventures. I even have a little bit of video to share on the website. 

So lets get into shall we? Grab yourself a cup of tea, make sure the doors are locked and the sage is close by. I have a story to tell you.  

The death and ghosts of Stede Bonnet and Blackbeard, inspired by Our Flag Means Death

On this week’s podcast I am telling you about ghost pirates. As you should all know by now I’m a giant nerd and one of my newest obsessions is Our Flag Means Death on HBO starring Rhys Darby, who I would leave my husband for, and Taika Waitka as the pirates Stede Bonnet and Blackbeard. Some people might not realize that these were real guys! I feel like everyone has heard of Blackbeard from the 5 million pop culture references out there like Ian McShane in the Pirate of the Caribbean franchise and apparently Hugh Jackman in Pan. I need to go watch that apparently. 

Bonnet is less well known. Growing up I had a pirate phase, I mean who didn’t, and I remember reading about the Gentleman Pirate. He wasn’t my favorite. I kinda lumped him with the likes of Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye and the classic poor little rich kid archetype and I honestly hadn’t thought much about him since. And then I found out Rhys Darby was in a pirate show and I needed it in my life more than anything. Our Flag Means Death puts a comedic and romantic spin on Bonnet and Blackbeard’s relationship that made me care a little too much about these characters. And as I’m watching the show I couldn’t help but wonder if there’s ghost stories associated with them and of course there is! So I did some digging and honestly Bonnet might be one of my favorite pirates now! That being said, what happens to these guys is pretty rough so maybe prepare yourself for that. I actually teared up researching this one.

So lets get into shall we? Grab yourself a cup of tea, make sure the doors are locked and the sage is close by. I have a story to tell you.  

Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7730453/stede-bonnet

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Cape_Fear_River_(1718)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stede_Bonnet

https://northcarolinaghosts.com/coast/blackbeards-ghost/

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/three-centuries-after-his-beheading-kinder-gentler-blackbeard-emerges-180970782/

https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/6869/text

https://www.rmg.co.uk/stories/topics/letters-marque

https://time.com/5457008/blackbeard-death/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackbeard

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/three-centuries-after-his-beheading-kinder-gentler-blackbeard-emerges-180970782/

https://www.cbr.com/our-flag-means-death-the-real-gentleman-pirate-trivia/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackbeard

Lafayette Vampire

Ok so this week’s episode was suppose to come out 2 weeks ago but that’s when the death happened so it’s happening now. This week I’m talking to the wonderful Candace O’Ferein Black of the Julian Black’s Arcane Vampire Ball. We are talking about a Colorado vampire legend. Candy has told me this story before but this is the first time we really got to dig into it. And since its semi local we are planning on going to investigate it soon. 

For those in the area you might know that the Arcane Vampire Ball has already happened. In fact, Candy and I talk about it alot in this episode. I heard it was a really great event. I highly recommend you all come out next year. Julian is hosting the The Colorado Springs Vampire Soiree this weekend. This Saturday. Definitely check that out if you can. It’s only $10 to get in and it’s going to be a lot of fun! 

So lets get into shall we? Grab yourself a cup of tea, make sure the doors are locked and the sage is close by. I have a story to tell you.  

Sources

https://www.anamparanormal.com/114

“You want my stake?”
“We’re Here”
Happy Ghost
Orgasmic Ghost

Burying Point Cemetery

On this week’s episode I am finishing off the Salem episodes with a little trip to Old Burying Point Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in Salem and the second oldest cemetery in the nation. This is the quintessential colonial cemetery, 400 year old hand carved tombstones, big leafy trees creating long shadows and whose old roots are starting to push tombstones over. It’s immensely beautiful! And incredibly haunted. 

So lets get into shall we? Grab yourself a cup of tea, make sure the doors are locked and the sage is close by. I have a story to tell you.  

Photos at Night of Burying Point Cemetery, taken by me

My Photos from Burying Point Cemetery

Photos from inside Murphy’s

Sources

https://ghostcitytours.com/salem/haunted-places/burying-point-cemetery/

https://salemghosts.com/old-burying-point-cemetery/

https://salemghosts.com/murphys-restaurant-pub/

https://www.wickedlocal.com/story/cape-ann-beacon/2015/11/01/north-shore-historic-sites-have/33181573007/

https://www.salemnews.com/news/local_news/owner-of-bartending-school-admits-groping-student/article_7ec31d41-f0e4-519d-912e-1f12cdbd2c93.html

https://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/h/the-house-of-the-seven-gables/character-analysis/judge-jaffrey-pyncheon

Ropes Mansion in Salem, Mass

On this week’s episode we are continuing the Salem episodes with The Ropes Mansion. It is a gorgeous, two storied, white colonial mansion with cute little gabled windows. Its close to downtown Salem at 318 Essex Street. 

The Ropes Mansion housed 4 generations of Ropes family members that lived and died within it’s walls. It saw happiness and a lot of tragedy, which makes sense why it’s one of Salem’s most haunted house, and it’s not even connected to the Salem Witch Trials. It might look incredibly familiar to those that are fans of the disney cult classic, Hocus Pocus. The Ropes Mansion exterior was used as Allsion’s house. Remember the part when Max and Dani are trick or treating and they get into a fight and she goes and cries in the hay bale and Max has to make her feel better and they are in front of that gorgeous home, yep that one. 

So lets get into shall we? Grab yourself a cup of tea, make sure the doors are locked and the sage is close by. I have a story to tell you.  


Sources 

https://ghostcitytours.com/salem/haunted-places/ropes-mansion/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loyalist_(American_Revolution)

https://www.cdc.gov/smallpox/index.html

http://salemghostmap.com/ropes-mansion

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Ellis_Cahill#Published_books

https://www.viator.com/tours/Salem/Salem-Voodoo-Vampires-and-Ghosts-Walking-Tour/d22414-34439P1

https://www.wickedlocal.com/story/salem-gazette/2009/09/10/ropes-fire-prompts-look-at/38566951007/

https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/style/2015/05/27/ropes-mansion-the-reimagining-museum/0zIsuTYqLMLvPlWNoaXLcL/story.html

http://salemghostmap.com/ropes-mansion 

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/17060896/nathaniel-ropes

https://www.pem.org/visit/historic-houses/pem-walks/ropes-mansion

https://www.britannica.com/topic/crinoline

https://historydaily.org/crinoline-victorian-fashion

Salem Witch Museum Part 2

On this week’s and next week’s episode I’m continuing my interview with Rachel Chris-Doane, Director of Education of the Salem Witch Museum. This second part has become the most requested episode ever! I still can’t believe I got her on my little ole podcast. And the second part is just as good as the first! 

So lets get into shall we? Grab yourself a cup of tea, make sure the doors are locked and the sage is close by. I have a story to tell you.  

Salem Witch Museum Part 1

On this week’s and next week’s episode I’m talking to Rachel Chris-Doane, Director of Education of the Salem Witch Museum. You know the one in the beautiful castle looking structure, that was actually featured in FallOut 4. I still can’t believe I got her on my little ole podcast. As you all know I’m a bit of a history nerd, and Rachel absolutely annihilated most of what I thought I knew and taught me so many new things I had no idea about. I have been raving about this interview since it has happened. And I’m so excited to finally get it out to you. We talked long enough that I’m actually going to break it into two episodes so prepare for the first half. 

So lets get into shall we? Grab yourself a cup of tea, make sure the doors are locked and the sage is close by. I have a story to tell you.  

Bobby Mackay’s Music World


For this week’s episode I’m doing what is known as “the most haunted night club in America,” Bobby Mackey’s Music World in Wilder, Kentucky. I feel like this one is a two for one special. Not only is there a tale of love gone wrong that there are two! One is the unfortunate story of Pearl Bryan, whose story rivaled the murder of Lizzie Borden’s parents in media attention which happened only four years earlier and competed for the dubious distinction of “Crime of the Century.” The second story is that of Johanna and her rose perfume and how her story transcends time. 

So lets get into shall we? Grab yourself a cup of tea, make sure the doors are locked and the sage is close by. I have a story to tell you.

Sources

https://www.travelchannel.com/shows/ghost-adventures/articles/bobby-mackeys-haunted-history

http://sites.rootsweb.com/~kycampbe/legendpearlbryan.htm

https://sites.rootsweb.com/~kycampbe/piecespearlbryan.htm

https://bittersoutherner.com/honky-tonk-haints

http://www.murderbygaslight.com/2012/01/mysteries-of-pearl-bryan.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrbooH3jqIc Watch the real Paranormal Activity on Jerry Springer Part 1

https://www.youtube.com/user/hensley44/videos

http://www.murderbygaslight.com/2012/01/mysteries-of-pearl-bryan.html

https://www.wcpo.com/news/insider/fascination-behind-1896-murder-still-persists-feeding-rumors-of-ghostly-presence-at-bobby-mackeys

https://tedrickje.medium.com/the-haunting-history-of-bobby-mackeys-pearl-bryan-d9016058049b

http://www.americas-most-haunted.com/2015/11/16/who-killed-pearl-bryan-and-where-is-her-head/

http://hauntedhouses.com/kentucky/bobby-mackeys-music-world/

https://www.newsrecord.org/arts_and_entertainment/bobby-mackey-s-home-to-more-than-country-music/article_926c222a-6302-11e4-9713-0017a43b2370.html

https://www.miamighostchronicles.com/bobby-mackeys-music-world.html

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