BONUS Episode: Nosteratu at Laurel Hill Cemetery from Educating Jeremy

Hey Twisters!  This week I’m on the road so while I’m traveling I wanted to share a special bonus episode with you from my other show, Educating Jeremy. Recently my fiance Jeremy and I watched the classic silent film Nosferatu outside on a big screen at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia.  Cinema in the Cemetery is just one of the incredible events hosted by Laurel Hill.  The film was accompanied by a small orchestra called the Not So Silent Cinema, a group of musicians who create original scores to accompany silent films.  It was a fantastic experience, except of for the woman in front of us who poured her wine all over our stuff.

I hope you enjoy this special episode and maybe check out Educating Jeremy wherever you get your podcasts.

TwistedPhilly Podcast is created, researched, produced and published by Deana Marie.

Music graciously provided by independent artist Emmy Cerra.  Find out more about Emmy on her website at www.emmycerra.com and download her music on iTunes.

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Episode 89: The Town that Cancelled Halloween

On Friday morning, October 30, 1992, the battered body of eleven year old Shauna Howe was found in a shallow creek bed a few miles outside the town of Oil City, Pennsylvania.   Shauna was abducted Tuesday night, October 27, a few minutes after leaving a Girl Scout Halloween event.  For days Oil City police, the Pennsylvania State Police, family and neighbors searched for Shauna, hoping to return her to her family alive.  Sadly, their hopes were crushed when she was found murdered.

While we know small towns aren’t immune to the same tragedies we suffer in bigger cities, Oil City experienced very little violent crime.  Most of their criminal activity centered around property theft and petty crimes.   They weren’t prepared for a case like this one, a little girl abducted on her way home from a Halloween party, just a few blocks from her house.  Oil City, which sits about an hour and a half north of Pittsburgh, cancelled Halloween.  No one wanted their children out at night, after dark, for any reason whatsoever.

Police tested DNA from over 100 people in the community, including all the men in Shauna’s family, expecting to get a match to the DNA found on Shauna Howe’s body and clothing, but they didn’t.  It took 10 years for someone to uncover what happened to Shauna, and bring her killers to justice.   Yet once her murderers were behind bars, the city hadn’t reinstated nigh time trick or treating.  Eventually Halloween was reinstated, but only from 2PM till 4PM,  Finally in 2008, a little girl not much different from Shauna Howe convinced Oil City council to let their children trick or treat again at night.

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Episode 88: I Put a Spell on You – the Story of Hex Hollow and Other Tales

October is the season of the witch.  Maybe that’s why so many of you have asked for episodes about witches and witchcraft.  In March, 2017, I released an episode about a man named Nelson Rehmeyer, a pow-wow doctor who lived in York County, PA. While I work on a new episode about a Pennsylvania witch that will be up later this week, I thought I’d re-release this episode as it seems many of you hadn’t yet heard it.  This episode also included some spooky stories of my own experiences with hauntings.

In November, 1928, Rehmeyer was murdered by a neighbor who believed Nelson put a curse on him.  This neighbor was advised by another local witch to steal Nelson Rehmeyer’s spell book, and destroy it with fire, cut a lock of his hair and bury it six feet deep.  When John Blymire and his accomplices broke into Rehmeyer’s house, they were interrupted by the pow-wow doctor and murdered him.  To hide their crime they burned Nelson Rehmeyer’s body and his home, but his house stands today; it never burned down although some how pass what’s now called Hex Hollow claim they can see smoke billowing from the house as if it were still on fire.

This episode also includes the story of Getter’s Island, a haunted island in Easton, Pennsylvania, which is now for sale! Anyone want to buy a haunted island?

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Episode 87: Seance It Isn’t So – Spiritualism in Victorian Philadelphia

In the late 1840s, two young women in a small town outside of Rochester, NY, caused quite a stir when it was discovered they could communicate with the spirit world.  Although some people associate the concept of spiritualism with the Fox sisters, the believe in an afterlife existed long before anyone heard the names Margaret and Kate Fox.

Spiritualism was a strongly held belief in Victorian Philadelphia.  In fact, it was so great that in 1852 First Association of Spiritualists of Philadelphia met for the very first time.  While we weren’t the first official spiritualists, this association is one of the oldest in the world.  A little over 10 years later the association ratified a spiritualist constitution, founded on the belief in a higher power and equality of all mankind.  While many practicing spiritualists in the city of brotherly love truly believed in doing good throughout this life in preparation for the next, some were actually charlatans who capitalized on peoples’ belief in spirits for their own financial gain.

In this episode I’m joined by special guest Diane, host of the History Goes Bump podcast, as we discuss the spiritualism movement in Philadelphia. Diane and I pull back the curtain on one of the most famous ghosts ever conjured by mediums – a young spirit named Katie King – and reveal the trickery self professed mediums Nelson and Jennie Holmes perpetrated on Philadelphia in the 1870s.

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Episode 86: Halloween Happenings 2018

This is my favorite time of  year, and Philly is a terrific place to get your spooky on!  As in previous years, in this episode I share my best recommendations to get you in the spirit of the season and celebrate Halloween.  Unlike previous years, my focus in this episode is on more mature activities.  While some of these may be family friendly for you and yours, my recommendations for this round of Halloween Happenings includes cemetery tours, ghost tours,  creepy historic events, classic horror films around the city and witchy retail therapy.

If you’re looking for the more traditional Halloween events, tune in to TwistedPhilly episode 12, which is filled with family friendly activities for kids of all ages.  All of those events are still on deck in 2018, and the websites for details where you can get updated dates, etc., are featured as well.

But this week, I’m sharing with you what I want to do most in the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection.

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Episode 85: The Making of a Horror Movie – the Murder of Randi Trimble

When the Blair Witch Project hit the big screens, many independent filmmaker had aspirations of creating the next big found footage horror movie.  That was especially true for 25 year old Blaine Norris from Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.  Blaine developed a script for a horror movie to be shot in the woods of the Appalachian mountains.  Only problem was Blaine Norris knew nothing about making a movie, nor did he have a camera man or equipment.  Luckily for him, Blaine’s friend Brian Trimble signed on as Director of Photography with his camera in tow.

But this partnership would soon falter.  Brian’s wife Randi Trimble, a 28 year old speech pathologist, wasn’t too keen on Brian camping in the woods for a week filming a horror movie.  Brian suffered from MS and both his wife and his doctor thought spending a week sleeping on the ground could be detrimental to Brian Trimble’s health.  That decision may have cost Randi Trimble her life.

Randi was murdered in January, 2003.  Initially the police suspected her husband Brian Trimble, however Brian had a verified alibi.  Detectives had a tough job ahead of them, sorting between fact and fiction, movie scripts and reality, to uncover who killed Randi Trimble and why.  After Randi’s death her mother, Nancy Chavez, worked tirelessly to raise awareness about domestic violence, creating multiple charities in Randi’s name to support local domestic violence centers in Cumberland County, PA.  This episode is as much Nancy’s story as it is Randi’s.

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Episode 84: Exit Zero – The Physick Estate

At the very bottom of New Jersey is a tiny Victorian town called Cape May.  This is my home away from home.  Filled with historic charm, and “painted ladies” – what we affectionately call the vibrant Victorian homes – you feel as if you’re transported back in time to the 1800s.   One particular house has ties to Philadelphia; the Emlen Physick estate.  Built by Philadelphia architect Frank Furness in 1879, the Phyick estate was home to Dr. Emlen Physick Jr., grandson of Dr. Phillip Syng Physick, known as the “father of American surgery.”

Dr. Emlen Physick never actually practiced medicine.  Instead, he left the bustling streets of Philadelphia for the life of a country gentleman in Cape May.  There he farmed on 11 acres, raised dogs and lived with his mother Frances and his maiden aunts Isabelle and Emilie.  The estate passed out of the Physick family in 1935, with the passing of it’s last Physick family resident Emilie Parmentier.  But some people believe Emilie never left and claim her ghost, among other spirits, lingers in the estate today.  Join me on this trip down the shore to Cape May, NJ, as we visit the Emlen Physick Estate and do a little ghost hunting!

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Episode 83: The “Mainline Murders”

Susan Reinert was an English teacher at Upper Merion High School, a district in suburban Philadelphia about 20 miles outside the city.  When she wasn’t teaching classrooms filled with students who adored her, she was with her two adoring children, Karen and Michael.  Susan was amicably divorced from her ex husband Ken Reinert.  She seemed to have most of what she wanted in life – a successful career, two beautiful children, a loving and supporting circle of friends.  The one thing missing in Susan’s life was romance.

In 1978 Susan began dating a fellow teacher, William Bradfield.  Bradfield was eloquent, well educated, charming and a Lothario.  Susan Reinert wasn’t his only partner.  While she knew about a relationship Bradfield had with another teacher, he assured Susan he wanted to end his other relationship and start a future with Reinert.

In June, 1979, Susan planed a short trip with her children to Allentown, PA.  She had a speaking engagement with an organization called Parents Without Partners on Saturday morning, June 23.  She and the kids packed her car and left Ardmore on Friday night.  By Monday morning Susan Reinert was found murdered, dumped in the hatchback of her car, which was abandoned in a hotel parking lot in Harrisburg.  Karen and Michael Reinert were missing.

How could such a wonderful woman who lived a simple life wind up murdered, and in such a cruel, brutal manner?  Who would do such a thing to a beloved teacher, mother and friend?  It was’t just one person responsible for Susan’s death; there were two culprits – fellow teacher William Bradfield and Upper Merion High School principal Jay C Smith, who was under suspicion for the disappearance of his daughter and son in law.  Smith was also arrested for armed robbery.

What unfolded in the months and years after Susan Reinert’s death played out like a Hollywood movie, and eventually that’s what it became.  Joseph Wambaugh, former police officer turned crime writer, immortalized Susan’s murder in his best selling novel Echoes in the Darkness.  In 1987 the made for TV movie based on his book aired on CBS, starring Stockard Channing and Peter Coyote as Susan Reinert and William Bradfield.

Join me and special guest co host Margo D from Book vs. Movie Podcast, the Best Neighbors Podcast,  Not Fade Away Podcast and the Fit Bottomed Girls Podcast and Blog as we unravel this tangled and bizarre tale of betrayal.

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PSA: Help Save the Philly Insectarium & Butterfly Pavillion

The Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion is a science museum providing educational programming about insects.  Recently the museum was robbed.  Over 7,000 insects, bugs, spiders and other critters were stolen from the museum.  As a result of this theft, the museum lost over 80% of their insects and they need help to rebuild.  It will cost close to $50,000 to replenish the arthropod inhabitants.  The museum established a Go Fund Me account in the hopes public donations will save the museum.  Please tune into this brief call for help.  If you can make a donation any amount would be appreciated.  If you’re not in a position to donate, you can still help by sharing their website and their Go Fund Me account on social media.

For more information about the insectarium and how you can help go to their website at https://www.phillybutterflypavilion.com/

Episode 82: Ghosts of Kutztown – Old Main and Crystal Cave

It’s back to school for many students across the country and in this episode we’re going to Kutztown, PA, where we’ll visit Old Main,  one of the oldest and most recognizable buildings on Kutztown University campus.  We’ll talk about the history of the university, including the haunted history of Old Main, where the ghost of a young woman named Mary Snyder wanders the 5th floor of this historic building.  Students report sightings of Mary for over 120 years.  How did she die, and why does she linger on the university?

We’ll also take a trip to Crystal Cave,   subterranean wonderland that’s always a cool 54 degrees.  Formations in the cave date from anywhere between 80,000 years old to over three times that age.  Filled with crystals that adorn the walls and the rock formations, legends of Cyrstal Cave date back over 150 years featuring reports of ghosts inside and outside the cave grounds.  Head back to school with me to Kutztown, Pennsylvania!

Promos in this episode include Framed Podcast and Ghost Press Podcast.  Follow Framed on twitter @framedpod and Ghost Press @ghostpresspod

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