058 Four Ghost Stories With No Debate

Transparent woman ghost in a hallway by a door.

Four Ghost Stories with No Debate

Pat and Rebecca continue the annual Christmas tradition of telling ghost stories. For many years, people engaged in the tradition of telling ghost stories on Christmas Eve. This episode takes a ghostly twist by including ghost stories with the history. Enjoy some ghostly tales as you settle in for Christmas.

Listener Mail and Questions

This week’s listener mail is about a Texas Haunted House with a “Hi Ghost”. Have a spooky story or question of your own (or someone you know)? Send your story or question to info@ghostlypodcast.com or leave a voicemail at 630-448-2138 and we might read or share it on the podcast. You could be on a future episode of Ghostly!

Story 1 – Hartford Castle (Lakeview) in Hartford, IL

Pat dives into the fascinating history Harford Castle in southern Illinois. From beautiful castle with a moat to an abandoned home turned speakeasy, this land has a rich history. And a woman who haunts the land.

Hartford Sources:
Haunted Illinois: https://www.hauntedillinois.com/realhauntedplaces/hartford-castle.php
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hartford_Castle
Michael Kleen: https://michaelkleen.com/2018/03/20/hartford-castles-once-majestic-remains/

Story 2 – The Axman Bridge in Crete, IL

Rebecca tells the story of the Axe Man. There are several variations of the story, but they all end in death and a haunted bridge.

Axman Sources:
Haunted Illinois: https://www.illinoishauntedhouses.com/real-haunt/axmans-house–axmans-bridge.html
Michael Kleen: https://michaelkleen.com/2018/11/20/axemans-bridge-in-crete-illinois/
Haunted Places: https://www.hauntedplaces.org/item/ax-mans-house-ax-mans-bridge/

Story 3 – The Faceless Lady in Belvelly Castle, Cork Harbour

Pat relates the tale of Lady Margaret Hodnett and Lord Rockenby. The tragic story ends in Pat’s favorite thing, a Woman in White!

Faceless Lady Sources:
Emerald Isle: http://emeraldisle.ie/the-faceless-lady
Ireland Stole my Heart: https://irelandstolemyheart.com/haunted-castles-in-ireland/

Story 4 – “True Irish Ghost Stories”

Rebecca found a collection of ghost stories sent in by locals in 1914 to two collectors of Irish paranormal tales (are they truth or fiction?). Hear about the haunted Barracks and the multiple ghost stories told by a police constable.

Project Gutenberg.org: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/14099/14099.txt

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Music for this episode was performed by Michael Rivers
Intro: “III. Allegro moderato from Gargoyles” by Lowell Liebermann
Outro: “Dream Images (Love-Death Music)” by George Crumb
Bumper: “Ghost Waltz” by Lowell Liebermann