Episode 59: Holiday Happenings Round 2

Christmas in Philadelphia is my absolute most favorite time of  year to be in the city.  There are so many wonderful ways to celebrate winter, Christmas and the year end holiday season.

Last year I released an episode about some of my favorite holiday happenings in Philadelphia, the surrounding suburbs and a little farther out beyond the city.  It’s hard to find other activities besides the ones shared last year like the light festival at Franklin Square in the historic district, Longwood Gardens in Kennet Square, Christmas Village whidh moved back to Love Park this year, although there are a few chalets at City Hall this year too, and the Macy’s light show.

Of course I don’t want to simply re-release last year’s episode, or tell you all about those same events I love so much.  So I dug a little deeper,  searched a little harder and ventured in and outside the city to bring you a new list of holiday happenings from city of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.  And we’ll have some from the burbs too.

If you haven’t listened to Episode 16, TwistedPhilly holiday happenings, go back and listen to that episode.  It’s filled with so many fun and exciting events in and around Philadelphia, some of the obvious events that I won’t be featuring in this episode.  Once you listen to Episode 16 then you can listing to this episode of round 2.  Although I’d have no way of knowing whether or not you actually listened to episode 16 first.

So pour yourself a mug of hot coco, or some spiced mulled wine, put on your PJs, kick back and tune in to hear all about some of my new favorite ways to celebrate the holidays in TwistedPhilly!

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BONUS Episode: John David Booter from Done Disappeared

Recently I discovered a new podcast by a fellow Pennsylvania podcaster.  It’s a long form true crime podcast focused on the disappearance of a young mother back in 1987 from all the way across the state in Davistown, Pennsylvania.  From the first moment I heard this podcast I knew you would want to know more about this case, especially because its a story from the Keystone state.  As a fellow Pennsylvanian I want to do everything I can to to help this brave host who is a new voice in podcasting as he pursues answers in a story that only leads to dead ends.

John David Booter has quickly made a name for himself in the true crime genre.  He’s not a podcaster; according to John David Booter, he’s never even made a podcast.  He’s a documentary filmmaker, although he hasn’t yet made a documentary film either.  In an effort to recover from a devastating breakup with his fiancee Lisa – which was filled with betrayal and heartache – John David Booter threw himself into investigative journalism.  His mission?  To uncover what happened to 32 year old Davistown Pennsylvania resident Clara Pockets who done disappeared in 1987.

John David Booter is the host of Done Disappeared, and I’m thrilled he took time away from his quest to find Clara Pockets and share his journey with all of us.  You can follow John David Booter and the Done Disappeared podcast on Twitter @DoneDisappeared and on Facebook at Done Disappeared Hosted by Me, John David Booter.

(In case you can’t tell, this is a parody.  Yeah, figured I needed to put that out there because we all know there’s someone who won’t get it.)

 

Episode 58: Krampus – Philly Style!

I am one of those annoying people who really get into Christmas.  I know the holidays are not a festive time of year for everyone – sometimes that includes me.  When I feel a little grinchy I fall back on holiday traditions that make me think of times when I was little, or when my daughter was young, and sooner or later the Christmas spirit takes over.

My Christmas spirit is a little different.  I’m the sort of person who revels in tinsel and twinkle lights, as well as the idea of Santa coming down the chimney with a sack full of gifts or ghouls, maybe even an ax in his hands. I love holiday horror and the darker Christmas legends.  Here in Pennsylvania, the history of our state is rooted in the Pennsylvania Dutch traditions, filled with old world holiday legends that blend good and evil, light and dark.

I love Christmas horror! I love it so much I dedicated an entire episode last year to one of my favorite holiday traditions – Christmas horror movies. One of the movies I flipped over last year was A Christmas Horror Story.  I’m not going to take you through a recap of the film but I do want to mention one of the reasons I loved that movie was the epic smack down between Santa and Krampus.  It’s like a cage match, the battle of Christmas cheer versus Christmas fear.

Who is Krampus, and why is he suddenly everywhere?   What connection does he have to TwistedPhilly?  You’ll learn all that, and so much more, including a story from New Oxford, PA, about  sculptor Jeff Asper who created a larger than life size Krampus statue.  Join me on this holiday episode about Krampus – Philly style!

You can find out more about artist Jeff Asper on his website at tossedandfoundart.com and on Facebook at Tossed and Found Art.

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Special thanks to Emmy Cerra for the music you hear in every episode of TwistedPhilly.  You can learn more about Emmy on her website, http://www.emmycerra.com and download her music on iTunes.

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Episode 57: Twisted Trip LIVE Show

About a month ago, Haley Gray, host of the Murder Road Trip podcast, and Jeremy Collins, hot of the Podcasts We Listen To podcast, were in Philadelphia for a long weekend.  So the three of us decided to host a joint live show.  Jeremy, Haley and I, along with listeners from Philly, New Jersey and Delaware, spent an evening together at the historic Center Theater in Norristown, PA, answering questions and telling tales.

Jeremy kicked things off with a Q/A for me and Haley.  Then Haley and I each shared two short stories; Haley told true crime tales, I shared a local legend and the story of the Swiss Cheese Fucker.  Yeah, you read that right.  Only n Philly!

We had an absolute blast and were joined by Rachel from We’re All A Little Mad Here podcast and Kim, co host of the Harry Potter Revisited Podcast.  I can’t wait for all of you to hear the mischief and mayhem we got up to with one another!

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Episode 56: A Tale of Two Terrors Thanksgiving Special

While most people who celebrate thanksgiving are up early brining their turkey, starting their meas en plasse for stuffing – or filling, because different people call that carb loaded side dish different names – and settling in to watch one or more thanksgiving day parades, there are some twisted fucks who are up early on turkey day with something more nefarious on their minds – murder.

This is a tale of two thanksgiving terrors.  Yes, we have not one but two true crime tales with ties to Pennsylvania.  Actually there are more but I’m only covering two today.  So while you’re up removing the neck and gizzards from inside the cavity of your bird, or sitting back with a coffee or cocktail in another part of the world wondering why we here in America celebrate our first thanksgiving with this nation’s indigenous persons from whom we stole this country, I’ve got an episode full of murder and mayhem on deck.

The first story comes from the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia, when 21 year old Ryan Kelly was gunned down just a block from his home early Thanksgiving morning in 2015.  The second tale crosses the country, from York, PA to Hollywood, CA, where Melissa and Edward Garcia fulfill their drug riddled fantasies with murder and bloodshed.

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Episode 55: Oh, Those Wildwood Days – the Story of Dolores DellaPenna

NOTE: This episode contains mature subject matter including descriptions of murder that may be difficult for some listeners.  Listener discretion is advised.

On July 11, 1972, 17 year old Dolores DellaPenna disappeared from her Tacony, Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood.  It was midnight, and she was mere feet from her home. Dolores was a recent high school graduate who just returned from a trip to Disneyworld with her family, after spending a few weeks in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey, after graduation.  Dolores planned to become an x-ray technician and was excited about spending the summer with high school friends before beginning her studies at Nazareth Hospital in the fall.

Eleven days after Dolores disappeared, her remains were found in a desolate section in the New Jersey Pine Barrens in Tom’s River, New Jersey. Philadelphia police worked around the clock to solve Dolores murder yet it took over 20 years to identify multiple suspects.  Today, 45 years after Dolores DellaPenna’s murder, no one was ever charged.

Thank you to Margo D, co-host of Book vs. Movie podcast, Best Neighbors podcast and host of the Not Fade Away podcast, and Jeremy Collins, host of Podcasts We Listen To, for their voice over work n this episode.

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Episode 54: Holmesburg Prison Part 2 – Twisted Prisons

Continuing our series of TwistedPrisons, our next tale takes us to Northeast Philadelphia to the site of Holmesburg Prison. Holmesburg closed in 1995, operating for almost 100 years, leaving behind a legacy of pain, torture and despair.

In 1938 Holmesburg was the site of the Bake Oven Murders.  23 inmates were locked in an isolation cell block known as the Klondike for four days.  On the morning of the fourth day four men were dead after being baked alive.

A little over 30 years later, Holmesburg Prison made headlines for another prisoner abuse scandal, except this one lasted for 20 years while inmates were subjected to medical, chemical and scientific testing like guinea pigs, with no idea what was put on or in their bodies.

In part one we discuss Holmesburg’s origins in North Philly when it opened in 1896, the first hint of abuse in 1922 and the Bake Oven Murders of 1938.  Part two tells the story of experiments conducted at Holmesburg from 1951 till 1974, and the men who still suffer to this day.  I hope you’ll check out both parts of this dark, disturbing story.

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Special thanks to Emmy Cerra for the music you hear in every episode of TwistedPhilly.  You can learn more about Emmy on her website, http://www.emmycerra.com and download her music on iTunes.

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Episode 53: Holmesburg Prison Part 1 – TwistedPrisons

Continuing our series of TwistedPrisons, our next tale takes us to Northeast Philadelphia to the site of Holmesburg Prison. Holmesburg closed in 1995, operating for almost 100 years, leaving behind a legacy of pain, torture and despair.

In 1938 Holmesburg was the site of the Bake Oven Murders.  23 inmates were locked in an isolation cell block known as the Klondike for four days.  On the morning of the fourth day four men were dead after being baked alive.

A little over 30 years later, Holmesburg Prison made headlines for another prisoner abuse scandal, except this one lasted for 20 years while inmates were subjected to medical, chemical and scientific testing like guinea pigs, with no idea what was put on or in their bodies.

In part one we discuss Holmesburg’s origins in North Philly when it opened in 1896, the first hint of abuse in 1922 and the Bake Oven Murders of 1938.  Part two tells the story of experiments conducted at Holmesburg from 1951 till 1974, and the men who still suffer to this day.  I hope you’ll check out both parts of this dark, disturbing story.

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Special thanks to Emmy Cerra for the music you hear in every episode of TwistedPhilly.  You can learn more about Emmy on her website, http://www.emmycerra.com and download her music on iTunes.

Support TwistedPhilly on Patreon! $2/m gets you an exclusive bonus episode, $5/m gets you two exclusive episodes plus monthly swag gifts including stickers, buttons and more!  https://www.patreon.com/user?u=4093396

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Episode 52: Horror in TwistedPhilly

It’s October.  It’s almost Halloween and I love horror movies. Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to record with my dear friend Nick from Epic Film Guys podcast and kick off their Halloween horror series.  And it got me thinking about some of the horror movies I love, especially those filmed in Philly and PA.  You probably remember my Christmas tradition of watching holiday horror movies.  Well, this is more traditional horror but every movie was filmed, if not all then in great part, in the Keystone state.  So sit back, turn off the lights, turn on the TV and watch some of my favorite TwistedPhilly horror films.

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Special thanks to Emmy Cerra for the music you hear in every episode of TwistedPhilly.  You can learn more about Emmy on her website, http://www.emmycerra.com and download her music on iTunes.

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Episode 51: TwistedPrisons – Eastern State Penitentiary

In last year’s Halloween episode, Haunted Happenings, listeners were given just a tease about Eastern State Penitentiary.  I waited almost a year to offer up a full length episode about one of America’s most historic, innovative, architecturally significant and haunted prisons in the country.

In the late 1700s, the Philadelphia Prison Society had dreams of creating the gold standard for prisons based on the philosophy that a truly penitent man could gain redemption of his soul, and rehabilitation, through thoughtful isolation.  Thus began a 40 year journey among the prison society,  corrections inspetors, and Pennsylvania legislature to create a unique, model prison system – Eastern State Penntentary.

Most prisons in the 19th century were modeled after Eastern State, and for all it’s glory and grandeur, the Pennsylvania System – a system of penitent isolation – was doomed.  By 1966 the prison was in a complete state of disrepair.  Over 20 years later the city was ready to tear it down for redevelopment until a task force stepped in, preserving the history, the legacy that is Eastern State Penitentiary.

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Special thanks to Emmy Cerra for the music you hear in every episode of TwistedPhilly.  You can learn more about Emmy on her website, http://www.emmycerra.com and download her music on iTunes.

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