Southern Mysteries Podcast
By Shannon Ballard
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Hi, I'm Shannon Ballard. I explore historical mysteries and legendary figures of the American South. Hope y'all enjoy.
||CleanEpisode 27: Mammoth Cave Explorations, Experiments and Enemies||Mammoth Cave is the longest cave system in the world. It was also ground zero for a desperate medical experiment and the Kentucky Cave Wars that drove Floyd Collins to make a decision that made him a media sensation in 1925||9/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComing Soon: The Color Line Murders||Coming October 2018, a historical true crime podcast telling the stories of victims of racial terror in the American SouthMusic "Eight" by Ross Gentry, couresy of Headway Recording in Asheville, North Carolina||9/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26: Edgar Watson The Desperado of Chatham Bend||The Florida Everglades are full of fascinating wildlife, eerie beauty and countless natural wonders. But within this dense wilderness, is the story of one of a man believed to be one of Florida’s most prolific serial killers. And the people who decide||8/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25: The Living Funeral of Felix Bush||In June of 1938, a Tennessee hermit threw himself a funeral party. The "living" funeral made Felix Bush famous. But why had Felix lived as a hermit for decades? And why did he decide to throw himself a funeral and invite all of Roane County, Tennessee?||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24: Gribble House Murders of Savannah||In December of 1909, three women were murdered in a violent axe attack in a boarding house in Savannah, Georgia known as the Gribble House. The attack remains one of the most diabolical crimes in the history of Savannah. Who was the murderer? And what w||7/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23: Cahill Mansion||For decades families moved in and out of Cahill Mansion near Gulfport, Mississippi with stories of restless spirits inside including a pyromaniac ghost. And the scariest manifestation happened on the day of one of the most tragic events in US history.||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22: Missing Sodder Family Children||For decades, anyone traveling Route 16 near Fayetteville, West Virginia would have passed a billboard featuring the photos of five children. Above the photos - the question: "What Was their Fate? Kidnapped? Murdered?" What happened to the Sodder Childre||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21: Love and Hatred in Birmingham - Murder of Father Coyle||One of the most shocking murders in Birmingham, Alabama history happened in 1921. Father John Coyle, a Catholic priest, was shot and killed by a Methodist minister. The KKK paid for the minister's defense team, that was led by Hugo Black.||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: The Mystery of Old Mike||In the summer of 1911 an unidentified man died in the town of Prescott, Arkansas. With no ID and no way to find his family, the town undertaker put the man’s body on public display for over 60 years. Who was this man? And why did it take 60 years to b||5/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: Frenchy McCormick and Tascosa, Texas||Frenchy McCormick lived by herself in the Texas ghost town of Tascosa for almost 30 years. She refused to leave because of a promise she made to someone. Frenchy is a folklore legend in Texas but much of her life story is a mystery. MUCH, but not all.||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Hermit of Fort Fisher - Robert Harrill||From 1955 - 1972, Robert Harrill was known as The Hermit of Fort Fisher Island, North Carolina. He spent his life inviting in strangers and teaching them about living a life free of social norms. And in the end, the strangers he welcomed in, may have ki||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: Three Sisters in Black||Meet sisters Caroline Martin, Virginia Wardlaw and Mary Snead. They left a trail of devastation and death in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and on to New Jersey where they were implicated in the mysterious death of Ocey Snead, known as the Bath Tub Mys||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Longwood Plantation Natchez - Nutt's Folly||Longwood Plantation in Natchez, Mississippi epitomizes the rise and fall of the antebellum south. The history of the home may explain why spirits of the former owners are said to linger here.||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: William Johnson Barber of Natchez||On June 16, 1851 William Johnson was murdered. 75 years later, his diary was discovered and became one of the most important firsthand accounts of life in the antebellum South. What was his story? And how did the man who murdered Johnson get away with i||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Natchez City Cemetery||Natchez City Cemetery is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the South. Behind each monument, beneath each grave site, is a story of a life marked by tragedy and mystery. Love and devotion. This is the story of some its most fascinating occupants.||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Goat Castle Murder of Natchez||On August 4 1932 Jenny Merrill was shot and killed in her Natchez, Mississippi home, Glenburnie. An eccentric couple who lived in a run down mansion known as the "Goat Castle" were arrested and charged with murder. But an innocent African American woman||3/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Coral Castle - The Taj Mahal of the South||Imagine a 5 foot tall, 100 pound heartbroken man excavating, shaping and hoisting massive coral blocks into a structure all by himself. Literally building walls to try to deal with a broken heart. This is the story of Edward Leedskalnin. This is the mys||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Loreta Velazquez||Meet one of the most controversial women of the 19th century - Loreta Velazquez . She challenged gender, social and ethnic boundaries during the Civil War. But who was she? Did she really exist or is her story one of the greatest hoaxes of her time?||1/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Lands End Road||Three legendary haunts along the eight mile stretch of Lands End Road on St Helena Island, South Carolina, have led to this road being named one of the most haunted in the South||12/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Death Keeps A Tryst - Thomas Hotard and Audrey Moate||On November 24, 1956, Thomas Hotard was discovered murdered near Lake Ponchatrain in Louisiana. His lover, Audrey Moate went missing the same day. Retired detective, Wayne Norwood, investigated the cold case and discusses his theories surrounding the ca||12/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Georgia Tann's Children||From the 1920s until 1950, Georgia Tann used a network of powerful accomplices to take advantage of the poor and helpless in and around Memphis, Tennessee. Her crimes made her one of the most notorious child traffickers of the 20th century and led to co||11/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: The Legend of the Pope Lick Monster||In this episode we're exploring an urban legend that has led countless seekers to a dangerous trestle bridge in Louisville, Kentucky. Connect on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthernMysteriesPodcast Connect on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: It's Raining Strange Eels||In 1892 The New York Sun published a story about strange eels raining on small town Coalburg, Alabama. Did it really happen or was this sensationalized Southern folklore?||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: The Phantom Barber||For three weeks, in the summer of 1942, residents of Pascagoula, Mississippi were terrorized by “The Phantom Barber” who broke into homes and cut the hair of his sleeping victims. Included is an interview with author, Sandra Moncrief, who grew up in||10/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Legends with sweet southern humor
I just love this pod. It instantly reminded me of a book series I read over and over as a child - “13 southern ghost and Geoffrey”. Can’t wait for the next episode.
Already in love! This is a well-researched and well-produced podcast. If you’re interested in unexplained, mysterious weird stuff, I highly recommend it. Super charming and informative. (Loved learning about those eels!)
These 2 are great together. They also bring comedy into it as well. Great podcast!