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Each week, legend hunter, author, and historian Jeff Belanger and radio host Ray Auger explore the ghosts, monsters, folklore, history, and legends of New England in this award-winning podcast. If you give us about ten minutes, we’ll give you something strange to talk about today. The bizarre is closer than you think!

Each week, legend hunter, author, and historian Jeff Belanger and radio host Ray Auger explore the ghosts, monsters, folklore, history, and legends of New England in this award-winning podcast. If you give us about ten minutes, we’ll give you something strange to talk about today. The bizarre is closer than you think!

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Each week, legend hunter, author, and historian Jeff Belanger and radio host Ray Auger explore the ghosts, monsters, folklore, history, and legends of New England in this award-winning podcast. If you give us about ten minutes, we’ll give you something strange to talk about today. The bizarre is closer than you think!

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Episodes

The Broke-Neck Shadow Man

12/1/2022
In Episode 276 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger head to Lewiston, Maine, to search for a house that’s “ridden with ghosts” according to the headline of a December 1894 local newspaper article. A shadowy man whose neck appears broken in a most unnatural way had been reported throughout the tenement house for years. Some believe he was a harbinger of bad things. But he’s not the only ghost reported here. See more here: https://ournewenglandlegends.com/podcast-276-the-broke-neck-shadow-man/

Duration:00:17:46

The White Mountains Search for Pammy

11/24/2022
In Episode 275 – the Thanksgiving Special – Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger search the White Mountains near Albany, New Hampshire, for Pamela Hollingworth, a five-year-old girl who went missing back in the Autumn of 1941. What followed was one of the largest and most closely-watched search parties to ever grace the region. For days New Englanders held their breath waiting for news of little Pammy’s fate. See more on our Web site: ...

Duration:00:25:55

A Ship Crewed By the Damned

11/17/2022
In Episode 274, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger sail out of Gloucester Harbor in Massachusetts, aboard the fishing schooner Charles Haskell. In March of 1869, the Haskell was fishing on Georges Bank when a perfect storm knocked her into another vessel sinking the other ship and damning her crew. The ghosts of the sunken crew came back to haunt the Haskell. The story still haunts Gloucester Harbor. See more here: https://ournewenglandlegends.com/podcast-274-a-ship-crewed-by-the-damned/

Duration:00:23:16

Little Shop of Ponemah Bog Horrors

11/10/2022
In Episode 273, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger hike into Ponemah Bog in Amherst, New Hampshire, searching for some strange carnivorous plants that grow in the region. These plants are downright deadly… to the right species. Like the Venus Fly Trap that grows in the Carolinas, Ponemah Bog is home to plants like Sundews, Pitcher Plants, and Bladderworts. Could these plants have inspired the classic story and musical Little Shop of Horrors? Seymour (get it?) here: ...

Duration:00:25:28

The Phineas Gage Incident

11/3/2022
In Episode 272, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger walk along the railroad tracks just south of Cavendish, Vermont, in search of the location of a horrible 1848 accident that launched an iron rod through the skull of railroad worker Phineas Gage. Gage became a medical miracle surviving the incident and becoming the subject of medical studies as well as a temporary living exhibit in P.T. Barnum’s American Museum. Today a monument in Cavendish commemorates the event and the doctor who saved Gage’s...

Duration:00:21:54

Halloween: The Shadow People

10/27/2022
For Halloween Episode 271, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger remake an old radio drama called “The Shadow People.” Our friends Lorna Nogueira, Michael Legge, and John Wilbur join us to help recreate this spooky audio drama from the 1950s. We break our usual format for the sake of the most haunted holiday of the year. Enjoy! See more here: https://ournewenglandlegends.com/podcast-271-halloween-the-shadow-people/

Duration:00:31:30

Berlin’s Crying House

10/20/2022
In Episode 270, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger search for a house in Berlin, Connecticut, that was once so haunted locals wouldn’t live there very long. Doors opened and closed by themselves, but most frightening, the last tenant was haunted by the ghostly cries of an infant, though no children lived in the house at the time. The haunt made the newspapers back in 1888. See more here: https://ournewenglandlegends.com/podcast-270-berlins-crying-house/

Duration:00:18:51

The Ghost Ship Sea Bird

10/13/2022
In Episode 269, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger search for the Sea Bird, a seaworthy ghost ship that beached near Newport, Rhode Island, in the Autumn of 1750. With no crew on board, and no sign of any trouble or theft, a legend was born. The captain and crew were never seen again. 135 years later, a plausible tale of mutiny and murder surfaced that made the newspapers, keeping us wondering what happened to the Sea Bird. See more here: ...

Duration:00:20:55

Bangor Library’s Death Couch

10/6/2022
In Episode 268, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger explore the Bangor Public Library in Maine, in search of a couch where former Vice President Hannibal Hamlin drew his last breath. The couch has become a macabre attraction in the library due to its connection with presidential royalty… but you can’t sit on it! What happened? And how did it get here?

The Dover Demon

9/29/2022
In Episode 267, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger cruise down Farm Street in Dover, Massachusetts, looking for a strange monster who made an appearance back on April 21, 1977. Bill Bartlett didn’t have a camera, but being an artist, he was able to draw what he saw. It was like no other creature anyone had ever seen before. By the following night, three more people witnessed this strange creature that Loren Coleman first chronicled and dubbed the Dover Demon. Was it a cryptid? An alien? Something...

Duration:00:18:56

The Haunted Mt. Washington Hotel

9/22/2022
In Episode 266, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger explore the haunted Mt. Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. Built in the White Mountains in 1900 by Joseph Stickney, he didn’t live long enough to get much use out of the hotel. His widow, Princess Carolyn inherited the hotel and made a reputation for throwing lavish parties and always being the best dressed. In 1944, the hotel was home to a huge international conference that would give rise to the IMF, the World Bank, and conspiracy...

Duration:00:21:28

The Goonyak of Northern Vermont

9/15/2022
In Episode 265, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger hunt for an eight-foot-tall humanoid giant of a creature in Craftsbury, Vermont, that locals called the Goonyak. Back in November of 1978, the Goonyak was all the talk on morning radio and in the newspapers. Some even said the body was recovered and sent to the University of Vermont. Is this the Northeast Kingdom’s version of Bigfoot? What exactly happened back in 1978?

Duration:00:18:26

The Ghost of Wadsworth Athenaeum

9/8/2022
In Episode 264, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger hunt for the ghost of the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, Connecticut. Opened in 1844, this is the oldest continually-operating art museum in the United States. The haunting first made the newspapers back in 1911, when a group of past and present employees gathered to share their unexplained experiences inside the old building. The group thinks they know who is haunting the old Athenaeum.

Duration:00:18:47

Purgatory Chasm’s Lover’s Leap

9/1/2022
In Episode 263, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger explore a dangerous piece of rock at Purgatory Chasm in Middletown, Rhode Island, called Lover’s Leap. It was here long ago that they say a young heiress dared her would-be suitor to prove his love to her by jumping across the chasm. Will he make the jump? Will he get the girl? This was also the place where the Devil once landed after a cross-harbor leap.

Duration:00:19:36

The Haunted Well of Sabattus

8/25/2022
In Episode 262, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger search for a haunted well located at the back of Sabattus, Maine, cemetery where they say back in 2001, a kid was lowered down, and when he came back up his hair turned white, he’d ages decades, and he lost his mind. But is it true? We found the source!

Duration:00:20:19

Half-Hanged Mary of Hadley

8/18/2022
In Episode 261, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger explore Old Hadley Cemetery, in Hadley, Massachusetts, which is the final resting place of accused witch, Mary Webster. A ward of the town, Webster was accused of witchcraft in 1683 but found innocent. Though the court’s verdict wasn’t good enough for the people of Hadley. When a prominent church deacon fell under a strange illness in 1684, some locals were sure he was under a spell of Mary Webster, and they took matters into their own hands. They...

Duration:00:21:52

Orford is Electric Lady Land

8/11/2022
In Episode 260, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger explore the small town of Orford, New Hampshire, searching for a woman written up in the 1837 American Journal of Science for exhibiting the strange ability to shoot sparks from her body all day long with no ability to stop. Dr. Willard Hosford or Orford, documented this strange case that we’re still talking about today.

Duration:00:17:54

From the Vault: The Bootlegger Queen of Vermont

8/4/2022
In Episode 259, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger are forced to take a week off because they both have Covid! So this week they introduce you to an episode from the vault: The Bootlegger Queen of Vermont, which originally aired September 24, 2020. Back to 1925 in West Halifax, Vermont, during the height of prohibition, Hilda Stone made a name for herself running illegal booze from Canada. Stone became an icon in the newspapers, and was arrested more times than you can count on one hand.

Duration:00:15:52

Connecticut’s Sleeping Giant

7/28/2022
In Episode 258, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger explore the hilly woods of Hamden, Connecticut, searching for a giant named Hobbomock. For centuries the Quinnipiac people told the story of a pesky giant who plagued their people. A giant who could change the course of rivers, and devour the local delicacies. The giant was ultimately tricked, and today you can still see where he lies sleeping in Hamden.

Duration:00:17:23

From the Vault: The Day it Rained Fish in Olneyville, Rhode Island

7/21/2022
In Episode 257, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger take a week off, so they introduce you to an episode from the vault: The Day it Rained Fish in Olneyville, Rhode Island, which originally aired June 24, 2021. At an unremarkable intersection in Providence, it once rained fish down from the sky back on May 15, 1900, but that wasn’t the only weird thing to make the headlines that day. Just across town, an explosion in a trolley car covered the occupants with a mysterious goo. May 15, 1900, may just...

Duration:00:13:33