Forgotten Darkness

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

May 26th, 2020    

72 - The Dwayyo and the Snallygaster

In the 1930s, a flying creature haunted Maryland, one whose name became almost synonymous with freakish beings. And thirty years later, another animal, one which was connected in some people’s minds to the previous one. These are most of the original accounts of these two creatures as described in the newspapers.

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“Bovalopus Scares Emmitsburg Folks.” Hagerstown Daily Mail, March 6, 1909.

“Bovalopus Snallygaster Swoops Down on Village.” Baltimore Evening Sun, November 25, 1932.

“Dwayyo Could Be A Modern Snallygaster.” Frederick News, December 3, 1965,

“Dwayyo Hunt Flops.” Frederick News, December 9, 1965.

“Dwayyo Hunt Planned.” Frederick News, December 6, 1965.

“Dwayyo Hunt Tonight.” Frederick News, December 8, 1965.

“Dwayyo Monster is Still Running Loose.” Frederick News, December 1, 1965.

“Elusive Dwayyo Still Uncaptured.” Frederick News, December 2, 1965.

“Hark! Ghastly Bovalopus Terrorizes Mountain Folk.” Camden (NJ) Morning Post, November 26, 1932.

“John Barleycorn Ends Career of Snallygaster.” Baltimore Evening Sun, December 1, 1932.

“Marylanders Oil Their Guns To Hunt That Danged Bovalopus.” Pittsburgh (PA) Press, November 27, 1932.

“Mysterious Dwayyo On Loose in County.” Frederick News, November 29, 1965.

“Saw the Vampire.” Cumberland Evening Times, February 8, 1909.

“Snallygaster Made First Boonsboro Visit Back in 1909.” Baltimore Evening Sun, November 25, 1932.

Opsasnick, Mark. The Maryland Bigfoot Digest: A Survey of Creature Sightings in the Free State. Xlibris, 2004.

May 14th, 2020    

71 - Dr. Francis Tumblety

Called a “notorious quack,” Dr. Francis Tumblety was a peddler of fake medicines, an abortionist, part of the Lincoln assassination plot, or even Jack the Ripper – depending on who you believe. We’ll look at his career and crimes and whether or not he’s even viable as a Ripper suspect.

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Buffalo (NY) Evening Post, July 25, 1856.

London Times, December 1, 1873.

New York Herald, February 8, 1869.

Rochester Daily Union and Advertiser, April 4, 1881.

Saint John (New Brunswick) Morning Freeman, October 16, 1860.

“Dr. Tumblety.” Buffalo Evening Courier and Republic, March 13, 1862.

“Dr. Tumblety.” San Francisco Chronicle, November 23, 1888.

“Dr. Tumblety’s Case.” Montreal Pilot, September 25, 1857.

“Dr. Tumblety Has Flown.” New York World, December 6, 1888.

“Dr. Tumblety in New York.” St. Thomas (Ontario) Weekly Dispatch, March 28, 1861.

“Dr. Tumblety Kills A Man and Runs Away.” Detroit Free Press, October 7, 1860.

“Dr. Tumblety Talks.” Troy (AL) Messenger, February 7, 1889.

“Eccentricities of Dr. Tumblety.” Pittsburgh Dispatch, June 6, 1889.

“Fortune Won By Herbs Root of Bitter Fight.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 28, 1903.

“Herbs, Salts and Cider.” Brooklyn Eagle, April 27, 1890.

“Inquest.” Saint John (New Brunswick) Morning Freeman, September 29, 1860.

“Jack is Back.” Lansing (MI) State Journal, November 10, 2002.

“Law Intelligence.” Montreal Pilot, September 28, 1857.

“Legal Medicine – Tumblety Affair.” Le Courier du Canada, November 4, 1857.

“Legal Medicine – Continuation of the Report of Mr. LaRue.” Le Courier du Canada, November 6, 1857.

“Mendacity of Quacks.” Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, vol. 91 (1875).

“Police.” Brooklyn Daily Eagle, May 6, 1864.

“Police Court.” Montreal Pilot, September 26, 1857.

“Recollections of a Police Magistrate.” Canadian Magazine, vol. 54 (November 1919 – April 1920).

“The ‘American Doctor’ and His Patients.” Liverpool Mercury, January 19, 1875.

“The Arrest of Dr. Tumblety, the Indian Herb Doctor, on a Charge of Attempting to Procure an Abortion.” Montreal Pilot, September 23, 1857.

“The Assassination.” Brooklyn Daily Eagle, May 4, 1865.

“The Case of Mr. Tumblety.” Montreal Pilot, September 24, 1857.

“The ‘Eccentric’ Dr. Twomblety.” New York World, November 19, 1888.

“The Indian Doctor in Court.” Brooklyn Daily Eagle, May 10, 1864.

“The Missing Tumblety.” Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, December 3, 1888.

“The Search for the Whitechapel Murderer.” Pall Mall Gazette, December 31, 1888.

“The Tumblety Case.” Montreal Pilot, September 30, 1857.

“The Whitechapel Murders.” Quebec Daily Mercury, November 22, 1888.

“To the Editor of the Pilot.” Montreal Pilot, September 16, 1857.

“Tumblety Arrested.” New York Evening World, June 5, 1889.

“Tumblety is in the City.” New York World, December 3, 1888.

“Tumblety is Missing.” New York World, December 2, 1888.

“Watch Him.” St.Louis Evening Star-Sayings, December 3, 1888.

Riordan, Timothy B. Prince of Quacks: The Notorious Life of Dr. Francis Tumblety, Charlatan and Jack the Ripper Suspect. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2009.

Shelley, Thomas J. “Twentieth Century American Catholicism and Irish Americans.” In Making the Irish American: History and Heritage of the Irish in the United States (J.J. Lee and Marion R. Casey, eds.).

Tumblety, Francis. A Few Passages in the Life of Dr. Francis Tumblety, the Indian Herb Doctor. Cincinnati: Published by the Author, 1866.

May 1st, 2020    

70 - The Lost Ninth

Sometime around the middle of the First Century AD, the Ninth Legion of the Roman army completely disappears from all records. In the oldest story I've yet covered on the podcast, I'll take a look at the known history of the Ninth Legion, as well as the theories on what happened to it.

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Cassius Dio. Roman History.

Mantel, Hugo. “The Causes of the Bar Kokba Revolt.” The Jewish Quarterly Review 58:3 (January 1968).

Tacitus. Agricola.

̶. Annals.

Thornbury, Walter. Old and New London (vol. 2). London: Cassell, Petter & Galpin, 1878.


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