Episode 5: Haunted Hill

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In this episode we delve into the world of spirits.  This is the story of Haunted Hill.  Ok, it’s really Chestnut Hill, and it’s home to reportedly one of the most haunted houses not only in Pennsylvania but in the United States. When the Easby family first moved into Baleroy Mansion in 1926 their youngest son Steven, only 5 at the time, looked into a fountain on the property with his brother George.  George’s reflection peered back at him but Steven’s reflection had morphed into a skeletal face.  Steven died five years later of undetermined causes.

Over the next 80 years the Baleroy mansion would experience hauntings from at least 9 different ghosts and report three more deaths, which owner George Gordon Meade Easby, Jr. – the great-great grandson of General George Meade – attributed to a 200 year old haunted blue chair. Join me as we visit the Baleroy mansion and explore legends and haunted history surrounding this mysterious manor.

You can also check out an article from People Magazine Archives featuring George Easby Jr., and his notorious and nefarious ghosts.

http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20104250,00.html

 

Episode 4: The Twisted Old Man who Lived in the Shoe

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A few weeks ago a Twitter follower, Maria, asked me about a seriously twisted Philly killer.  At the time I told her I’d be getting to him in a few episodes, ‘case there’s more twisted and nefarious goings on in Philly besides murder.  Well, I hope she feels it was worth the wait.  This is the episode where we talk about the twisted old man who lived in the shoe.  Some call him the cobbler, some call him the shoemaker, I call him one seriously twisted, creepy, disturbing, deluded individual – Joseph Kallinger.

Bonus Mini Ep: Best Little Whorehouse in TwistedPhilly

What happens when you’re up at 3AM, researching future podcast episodes and find the most twisted publication about the city of Brotherly Love?  You create a mini episode!

The Strangers’ Guides were like Yelp in the 1800s, advising visitors to TwistedPhilly where to go, and in some cases where not to go.  One little Strangers’ Guide is a veritable map of Victorian whorehouses from 1848.  This thing reads like a tame version of Playboy stories, while ad the same time admonishing young men for even considering visiting a house of ill repute, which the author obviously did or he’d have no idea about where to visit and where to avoid.

Who knew Philly was twisted even during the Victorian times?

 

Episode 3: General Wayne Trifecta

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This episode has everything I like to share in the Twisted Philly Podcast: history, hauntings and murder.  Living in one of the cities that started it all, we have so many historic buildings that been here since before the revolutionary war.  Until it closed, the General Wayne Inn was America’s oldest operating restaurant and inn.    This is the story of the General Wayne, the spectral guests that inhabit the inn, and the murder of executive chef Jim Webb at the hands of his partner Guy Sileo in 1996.

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Podcasting on Vacation: To record or not record?

Hey twisters!  Happy Thursday.  Hope you’re enjoying the last bits of summer before August comes to a close.

This week I’m in Cape May, NJ, for the final week of summer before my daughter resumes school.  She’s a junior this year.  When the hell did I become old enough to have a kid in 11th grade?  This week is our annual tradition, although Cape May itself is a year long tradition as we visit throughout the year, especially in fall and winter.

But this week I had a dilemma.  Episode 2 of Twisted Philly was burning a hole in my computer.  I so wanted to get it posted, yet wasn’t sure how successful it would be recording in my hotel room.

Now, recording at home isn’t necessarily the most ideal environment, although I managed to carve out a space in my home office with little background noise where I can focus and do my damnest to deliver a quality cast for your listening enjoyment.

ButBeach here, at the Camelot Hotel (where we always stay during this last week of summer – off season, you’ll find me at the Red Cottage) although the room is lovely there wasn’t a great space to record.  It’s a family hotel, lots of kids, lots of noise  – as there should be, families enjoying a week at the beach.  But there’s also the sound of toilets flushing in adjacent rooms, spillover bells and whistles from the arcade at the promenade across the street, and an echo.

Some kick ass women who have been at this game longer than me recommended I use the closet – but the Camelot doesn’t have actual closets.  They have an incredibly spacious open closet in the bedroom, and I love my space with a living room ,separate kitchen and bedroom.  But no matter where I sat I couldn’t get the sound quality I was hoping for.

So I said fuck it.  If Serial can record an episode under a bathrobe in a hotel room, then I can record in an open closet. Yeah, I tried the bathroom but the fan was just too loud.  And I felt really weird with my equipment in there.

As a new podcaster I didn’t want to delay getting my next episode out.  And as a new podcaster I want to ensure you’re getting content on a regular basis so you don’t forget about me.

Obviously I made the decision to record.  And I’m working on a bonus episode about Cape May – another episode I’ll record in the closet.

Episode 2: Mutter Butter

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There’s so much that I love about the twisted city of Philadelphia, especially our museums. If I had to pick just one museum as my most twisted favorite it is the Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

In 1858, Dr. Thomas Dent Mutter willed his vast collection of medical curiosities to the college of physicians, to carry on his legacy of education long after his death.  Over 150 years later the Mutter Museum is one of the coolest, creepiest and most unique museums in the country.

But there would be no Mutter Museum without Dr. Mutter.  Step back in time as we explore Dr. Mutter’s life and legacy, a few skulls and wet specimen jars along the way.

Episode 1: The Corpse Collector

I’d like to tell you the story of a collector.  This isn’t your average collector.  Stamps, dolls, beer cans, none of these mundane items appear to him.  No, he’s a collector of an entirely different sort.  This man collects corpses.

In August of 1987, Harrison “Marty” Graham had been living in his North Philadelphia apartment for about four years.  On August 9 Marty was evicted because of horrific odors emanating from his third floor apartment.  When his landlord’s son was unable to open Marty’s bedroom to clear out the unit, Philadelphia police were called to investigate.  What they saw through a keyhole on the other side of Marty’s bedroom door was too gruesome to be believed.

Adventures in Twisted Podcasting

So here’s what happened……

About three months ago I was laid off from a company where I’d worked for over 14 years.  The company shall remain nameless.  I’d dodged reorg and restructure bullets almost every year since I started; eventually the bullets caught up with me.

For the first two months I started building an independent consulting business.  I have considerable experience as a customer experience expert, leadership development coach, a terrific professional network, and am comfortable and confident in front of an audience.  Made sense to hang up my own shingle, try my hand as an independent consultant and professional speaker.

I landed a few clients, thought I would land one very large client and they pulled out at the last minute.  Some days that’s a blessing, in this case? Not so much.  And the thing is, while I enjoy coaching others, helping them find their professional path, what I really want to do is write.

For as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to be a writer.  Personally, professionally, I’m blessed that most people who know me tell me “you should be a writer.”  So I did a 180, stopped coaching, published my first short story on Amazon and said to myself,  “I want to do a podcast too.”

Now, what did I know about podcasting other than listening to podcasts?  Jack shit.  I knew nothing.  But see, there’s this thing called the internet.  And my ex husband knows audio engineering, and friends of mine who also know nothing about podcasting but can find great Life Hack articles about podcasting started sending me links.

I know how to write.  And I like twisted, freaky shit.  And I love Philadelphia.  I love the history, the food, the people, the prisons, the museums, the original cobblestone streets in Society Hill.  I love the ghost stories from Allen’s Lane and Elfreth’s Alley, the haunted mansions along the Main Line, and the twisted killers that once called Philly their home.

I love Centrailia, and the haunted Hotel Bethlehem, and Hotel Hershey – haunted, yes. Best place to go for a chocolate facial?  Also yes.  I love the Amish and am blessed that my parents enjoyed the Pennsylvania country side and Valley Forge and Gettysburg; they taught me so much about both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.  I love Cape May.  Like, I’m totally obsessed with Cape May.  No, it’s not in Philly, nor is it in PA.  Too bad.

So between this love fest I have with my city, the time I had on my hands between jobs and my passion for writing and the macabre, I am now a writer and a podcaster.

IAs of 7:31PM, August 18, 2016, ‘ve been a writer for about three weeks, and a podcaster for less than 24 hours.  I’m learning as I go.  Please forgive me.  But I’m also happier than I’ve ever been.

Tomorrow I have my fourth interview with a terrific company to head back to corporate America because none of my passion projects quite pay the bills yet.  YET.  Did you see I wrote the word yet?  Keep your fingers crossed for me tomorrow – if someone could have written the dream job other than writing/podcasting, the dream job in corporate America, this job is it.

Ciao, and keep twisting.Twisted Philly Face