Forgotten Darkness

Strange things are lost and forgotten in obscure corners of the newspaper.

July 24th, 2018    

2 - The Beast of June Week

In this episode, we examine the supposed sighting of a gigantic shark in the waters off Annapolis, Maryland, some real shark encounters, visit the Calvert Cliffs, and hear of a strange religious vision the pastor who wrote the account of the monster shark had had previously. 



“10-foot shark in West River,” Baltimore Sun, August 19, 1918.

“A pest of sharks,” Baltimore Sun, August 31, 1895.

“Another appears off Annapolis,” Baltimore Sun, July 20, 1916.

“Capture of a shark,” Baltimore Sun, August 19, 1895.

Man-eater near Easton,” Baltimore Sun, July 20, 1916.

Man-eating sharks invade Severn,” Baltimore Sun, August 13, 1920.

“Mr. Smiley hears an angel at Annapolis singing 'peace on earth,' and awakes to find it all a dream,” Baltimore Sun, June 7, 1921.

“Precaution against sharks,” Baltimore Evening Sun, July 14, 1910.

Sharks after rock fish,” Baltimore Sun, August 15, 1898.

“Sharks in the Chesapeake,” Baltimore Sun, July 16, 1916.

“Sharks in the Patapsco,” Baltimore Sun, August 15, 1904.

“Submarines at Annapolis,” Baltimore Sun, March 21, 1907.

“The prey of sharks' hunger,” Richmond Times, June 13, 1891.

“Two sharks captured,” Baltimore Sun, August 7, 1903.

“Was it a shark?” Baltimore Sun, August 10, 1895.

A-7 (Submarine Torpedo Boat #8).

Anti-Vivisection Society of Maryland. Dawn: Denouncing the Pollution, and Advocating the Entire Suppression of Vivisection. Baltimore: Anti-Vivisection Society of Maryland, Incorporated, 1901-1908. 

Hadwen, Walter R. “Claim Everything.” Journal of Zoöphily 23:11 (November 1914). 

McLennan, Jeanne D. Miocene Sharks' Teeth of Calvert County. Maryland Geological Survey, 1971.

Mellin, John. “Anne Arundel vignettes: mysterious authors II,” Annapolis Capital, March 19, 1987.

July 12th, 2018    

1 - Homicide in a Manner Not Known

In the first episode of the Forgotten Darkness podcast, we examine the brutal murder - or was it? - of David Shearer in 1915 Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, and also hear a bizarre tale of a new type of phantom limb pain.



"Eyes cut out in brutal tragedy," Wilkes-Barre Evening News, June 12, 1915.

 Find a Grave: David Miles Shearer.

 "In other counties," Altoona Tribune, June 16, 1915.

 "Man found dead a case of murder and not suicide," Lock Haven Express, June 11, 1915.

 "Probing murder," New Castle Herald, June 12, 1915.

 "Tale of a severed arm," Philadelphia Inquirer, December 2, 1896.


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