Forgotten Darkness

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

April 24th, 2019    

31 - The Kissing Bug

An 1899 panic mentioned by Charles Fort - and relatively few since.  Also other types of bug that were reported that summer - the ankle bug, the Dooleybug, the strangling bug, Sunkhazer flies and Walapai tigers.

Opening music by Kevin MacLeod.

Closing music by Soma.

April 17th, 2019    

30 - The Story of the Ghost

A young French woman, Mademoiselle Julie Gautard, kills herself in Youngstown, Ohio under somewhat mysterious circumstances.  A year later, a "woman in white" ghost is seen near the house where she met her end. 

The Bonnell Mansion: https://www.ohiomemory.org/digital/collection/p267401coll36/id/2820

“Missing from Columbus,” Philadelphia Inquirer, November 13, 1888.
“Missing Miss Fairweather,” New York Times, November 13, 1888.
“Obituary: Henry O. Bonnell.” The Iron Age vol. 51 part 1. Obituary is in February 2, 1893.
“Solved a mystery,” Pittsburgh Dispatch, April 16, 1889.
“The Fairweather mystery,” Philadelphia Inquirer, November 16, 1888.
Woodyard, Chris. The Headless Horror: Strange and Ghostly Ohio Tales. Dayton, OH: Kestrel Publications, 2013.

Opening music by Kevin MacLeod.
Closing music by Soma.

April 2nd, 2019    

29 - Robert Nicholls

A young boy from Los Gatos, CA poisons his foster parents.  Or does he?  All parties waffle back and forth quite a lot on whether the offense ever even took place.  With stories of hypnotism, Spiritualism, and a bizarrely-placed newspaper advertisement.

“Boy insists he tried to poison foster parents,” San Francisco Call, April 7, 1911.
“Boy poisoner now declares tale untrue,” San Francisco Examiner, April 17, 1911.
“Boy poisoner still sticks to first story,” San Francisco Chronicle, April 16, 1911.
“Doctors smile at Mrs. Bazus' story,” San Francisco Examiner, April 6, 1911.
“Mother barred from seeing boy 'poisoner',” San Francisco Examiner, April 11, 1911.
“Still insists he drugged Mrs. Bazus,” San Francisco Examiner, April 7, 1911.
“Think boy was hypnotized by fakir,” San Francisco Examiner, April 8, 1911.
“Try hypnotism on boy's tale of poisoning,” San Francisco Examiner, April 9, 1911.
“Woman is fed Rough on Rats by foster son,” San Francisco Call, April 5, 1911.

Opening music by Kevin MacLeod.
Closing music by Soma.

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