Christmas Bonus: Holiday Horror

I am a Christmas movie junkie! We watch holiday movies all year long, and then double down in December.  I love the classics, the comedies, even a few holiday romance films, but more than anything I love Christmas horror movies. 

No,Christmas horror movies don’ have much to do with Philly or Pennsylvania, but they are certainly twisted.  In December 2016 I released an episode about some of my favorite Christmas horror films.  That is one of the most re-listen episode for TwistedPhilly fans.  I’ve been repeatedly asked to release another episode about Christmas horror films.  Being a fan of the Princess Bride, my only response to that request is as you wish!

In this Christmas bonus episode I share a few new holiday horror films that have become fast favorites and are at the top of my list this season.  

TwistedPhilly is created, researched, produced and recorded by Deana Marie.

Special thanks to Emmy Cerra for the music you heard in this and almost every episode of TwistedPhilly. You can find out more about Emmy on her website at www.emmycerra.com and download her music on iTunes.

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Episode 92: Unique Eats and Eateries of Philadelphia with Irene Levy Baker

It’s hard to believe the last time Irene Levy Baker was a guest on TwistedPhilly was almost two years ago!  When we first sat down, Irene  just released her book 100 Things To Do In Philadelphia Before You Die.  Since then Irene has been hard at work on her second book: Unique Eats and Eateries of Philadelphia.

Irene Levy Baker knows the Philly food scene.  Her nearly 30 year career in public relations here in Philadelphia, focusing on restaurants and hospitality, makes her an expert (in my opinion.)  She knows about the neighborhoods  filled with terrific places to eat, popular restaurants and out of the way locations about which you may be unfamiliar but once you find them you’ll be craving more.

In her book Unique Eats and Eateries of Philadelphia, Irene shares history about Philadelphia, our restaurants, our chefs, plus amazing stories you’d never expect, like a marriage proposal over chocolate, a surprise 90th birthday party, and so many other secret tales hidden under the tablecloths or behind the kitchens.  Please join me in welcoming Irene Levy Baker back to TwistedPhilly podcast to talk about her new book Unique Eats and Eateries of Philadelphia!

TwistedPhilly is created, researched, produced and recorded by Deana Marie.

Special thanks to Emmy Cerra for the music you heard in this and almost every episode of TwistedPhilly. You can find out more about Emmy on her website at www.emmycerra.com and download her music on iTunes.

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Episode 91: Holiday Happenings 2018

I love this time of year because it means I get to share an episode favorite with all of you; Holiday Happenings.

We’ve got a super sized episode this year, filled with old favorites, events and attractions I haven’t shared before and we go a little farther out the turnpike  to share some recommendations in other parts of Pennsylvania.

While I know many of you live outside of Philadelphia, whether you’re in another part of the US or another part of the world, my hope is listening to these holiday happenings episode makes you wish you could spend the holidays with us in the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection.   Should ever have the chance to visit Philly and the surrounding areas during the winter, you’ll already have a fantastic list of places to enjoy while you’re here.  And maybe this episode will encourage you to check out events and celebrations in your own community.

TwistedPhilly is created, researched, produced and recorded by Deana Marie.

Special thanks to Emmy Cerra for the music you heard in this and almost every episode of TwistedPhilly. You can find out more about Emmy on her website at www.emmycerra.com and download her music on iTunes.

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Episode 90: “Walk of Death” – America’s First Mass Shooter

WARNING: This episode discusses a mass shooting from 1949.  If that subject matter is a trigger, or something that may make you uncomfortable, please consider skipping this episode.  Additional warnings are contained within the episode.

According to a 2015 article in  Smithsonian.com, although the united states only represents about 5% of the population on the planet, we are home to almost 33% of the worlds mass shooters.

On the morning of September 6, 1949, 28 year old East Camden resident Howard Unruh shot 16 people in about 15 minutes, killing 13 and severely injuring 3 others. The police in Camden were ill equipped to deal with a mass murder of this scale because this was one of the first crimes of this nature in America.

Howard was a WWII veteran, a quiet young man who studied pharmacology at Temple University.  He split his time between Philadelphia and Camden, where he believed he was harassed by his neighbors.  One day his paranoid perceptions took over, pushing Howard to commit wage war on his own neighborhood.  In this episode we talk about  Howard, his victims, the survivors, especially one man in particular who was only 12 years old when he lived through Howard’s killing spree.

Primary research  sources for this episode include:

  • Camden Courier Post/Evening Courier Archives
  • Philadelphia Inquirer Archives
  • Philadelphia Daily News Archives
  • Delaware County Daily Times Archives
  • Smithsonian.com
  • Inside the Minds of Mass Murderers by Katherine Ramsland

TwistedPhilly is created, researched, produced and recorded by Deana Marie.

Special thanks to Emmy Cerra for the music you heard in this and almost every episode of TwistedPhilly. You can find out more about Emmy on her website at www.emmycerra.com and download her music on iTunes.

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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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