Listen to Episode 52: Philly Ghost Stories:
Philadelphia is an old city, one of the first in America. Nestled between two rivers, The Delaware and Susquehannah, it made an excellent port where William Penn planned his new city for his religious experiment in the new world. Penn planned much of the city, though he only stayed in the colony a few years in his life. That city was born in the 1600s and in the centuries, many have been born, lived, died–and some remained even after death. The older a city, the more enrich it becomes with ghost folklore. Stories take on a life of their own and pass from generation to generation, accumulating more detail and new people experience hauntings of old. Episode 51 is the start of our Philadelphia trilogy. The hosts have invited paranormal investigator, psychic and author of Haunted Philadelphia, Darcy Oordt, to co-host these episodes to tell us about the many ghost stories of Philadelphia.
Darcy Oordt, Author of Haunted Philadelphia
She grew up in a ghostly desert: not one known haunted house in her hometown of Blue Earth, Minnesota. It wasn’t until she moved to Tennessee that she experienced her first ghost while working as a tour guide for a “ghost” tour. Her first book Finding Success After Failure: Inspirational Stories of Famous People Who Persevered and Won Out, tells about the early failures of famous people and how they overcame them. In her free time, Darcy enjoys swimming with sharks, flipping houses, and exploring museums in exotic locations…if by “enjoy” you mean watching it on television. When she is not writing, you will usually find her making jewelry or crafts, fussing with one of her freshwater aquariums, or spending time with her pets. Darcy currently lives near Cherry Hill, New Jersey, across the bridge from the many phantoms of Philadelphia.
Darcy shares her stories about the cheeky ghost of Ben Franklin, how she researches ghost folklore and her life as a paranormal author and psychic. On this episode, we share stories from her collected book of ghost stories from Phiily, Haunted Philadelphia. Check out her spooky website for ghost stories and experiences at http://www.thehauntedinternet.com/index.html
Darcy was also featured on an episode of My Ghost Story, Screams in the Dark, on A&E! Check out the episode on YouTube.
Philadelphia is known for many things: brotherly love, Revolutionary history, passionate sports fans, cheesesteaks, and Rocky are merely a few of them. But the Founding Fathers didn’t just walk the streets of Philadelphia 200 years ago, many still walk here…or so the story goes. Along the streets of Philadelphia you can find the ghosts of Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross, Alexander Hamilton, and Edgar Allen Poe. But those are only the famous ones. There are a few less known ghosts creeping around the historic streets. Nearby Fort Mifflin certainly has its share of hauntings, given its long history of sheltering soldiers and holding prisoners from the Revolutionary War up to the Civil War. And given all the cemeteries that have been established and then relocated–or not–it’s almost a given that thousands of disturbed graves might stir up a ghost or two. Available on Amazon.
We share two ghost stories on this episode from Haunted Philadelphia. The first is the story of the Hill-Physick House on 321 South Fourth Street in Philadelphia. British Folksinger David Walton narrates this story of historic ghosts.
She died in 1820, five years after the divorce was finalized. The cause of death is unknown, but some speculate it was caused by an overdose of opium. All was fine until her favorite tree was chopped down. Since then, a figure of a woman wearing a lavender gown has been seen and even heard sobbing in the garden.
Our second ghost story is set in Chestnut Hill College, read by Allison Ledbetter who works nearby. Both are tales of centuries of hauntings that still go on.
T. Fox Dunham reads part four of Die Musik Des Teufels. It’s a dark story set both during World War II and modern times. A German doctor experiments with ancient musical magic to compose a terrible concerto that drains life and heals. In the future, his descendant finds the music and uses it to heal his son who is dying of cancer. This story was published Savage Beasts from Grey Matter Press.
New Indiemusic: Jerry Griffin AKA Thunderfoot Lorefield
Another old friend from Second Life shares an original on the show. Thunderfoot Lorefield, in his Johnny Cash style, sings an eerie and haunting song, As Real as it Seems. Raised on classical music and the Methodist hymnal, Thunderfoot Lorefield began to find his voice by delving through his parent’s Peter Paul & Mary and Simon & …Garfunkel collections. Soon he was absorbing jazz, rock and country repertoire ranging from ABBA to ZZ Top, from Hank Williams Sr. to Ravi Shankar, from Mahavishnu Orchestra to Nickelback. With career highlights as varied as fronting a progressive rock band, playing bass in a rap metal band, and drumming for an Elvis tribute artist, Thunder is now bringing his wide range of experience and influences to Second Life audiences across the grid.
Next week, the show brings you part 2 of Philly Ghost Stories. And please, join us on Sept 16th 2017 at Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia for Horror at the Fort, a day of ghost tours, vendors, ghost tales, horror authors and a ghost hunt.
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(A Horror Medical Thriller Novel from Blood Bound Books.)
By T. Fox Dunham
(Host of What Are You Afraid of Horror & Paranormal Podcast)
FANGORIA gives MERCY 3.5 out 4 Skulls – “Dunham has channeled his many brushes with the other side into the exquisitely rendered, lyrical supernatural hospital thriller MERCY.“ READ FULL REVIEW HERE.
“Part medical horror, part supernatural suspense, MERCY is a hard-hitting fever dream of a novel. I enjoyed the hell out of it!” ~ Tim Waggoner, author of The Way of All Flesh and Eat The Night
“Pain and poetry flow in equal measure through these pages. Dunham’s prose strikes deep and hits all the right notes. MERCY is unforgettably vivid.” ~ David Dunwoody, author of Hell Walks and The 3 Egos
William Saint is dying of cancer. On most days death seems like a humane alternative to the treatment. Stricken with fever, William is rushed to Mercy—notorious as a place to send the sickest of the poor and uninsured to be forgotten—and finds the hospital in even worse condition than his previous visit. The grounds are unkempt, the foundation is cracking, and like the wild mushrooms sprouting from fissures of decay around it, something is growing inside the hospital. Something dark. It’s feeding on the sickness and sustaining itself on the staff, changing them. And now it wants Willie.
This was my death.
Life is an addiction.
Love is the only force that is real. Read . . . and understand what I saw. I put it in metaphor. You do not understand what you do not understand.
Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham
“The Chamber” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
“Lamentation” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
“Come Play With Me” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
“Ghost Story” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
“As Real as it Seems” played with permission from Jerry Griffin. All rights remain with the author.
Ghost stories from Haunted Philadelphia used with permission of from the author. This material may not be reproduced in any manner without written permission from Darcy Oordt, the author.
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