Does President Polk Still Haunt this Earth?
Does President Polk still haunt this earth? The United States’ 11th president was unique as a dark horse candidate that promised to finish his four-point plan and did. But there are also claims of his ghost haunting his tomb after his body was moved twice. Does his spirit live by his grave? Listen and vote!
Questions Explored in this Episode
What was Polk’s childhood like? How did he get involved with politics? What led to him becoming president? What were his four-point goals? Did he achieve his goals as president? How did he die? Where was he first buried? Why was his body moved twice? Where is he buried now? What ghosts have people seen at Polk’s tomb? Is it his spirit?
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History of President Polk
Pat explores the history of the 11th president. From a childhood with illness to unlikely presidential candidate, Polk led an extraordinary life.
Pat and Rebecca debate the paranormal evidence. Visitors claim to see apparitions, including a man in a dark suit and a shadowy figure. There are also pictures of a face that looks like Polk as well as a mysterious beam of light.
Video of evidence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNFHAQnFLkY
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Sources for this Week’s Episode
Atlas Obscura: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/james-k-polk-tomb
Ghost City Tours: https://ghostcitytours.com/nashville/haunted-nashville/polks-haunted-tomb/
Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/03/28/tenn-senate-okays-moving-james-polks-body-but-the-battle-over-the-11th-presidents-grave-isnt-over/
YouTube (Randolph Walker “James K. Polk Ghost”): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNFHAQnFLkY and (History Pod “5th December 1848: President James K. Polk sparks the California Gold Rush”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqW70QviA4c
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
“Pat Facts” and “Ghost Story” themes by Mondo
“Time for a Debate” theme by Gail Gallagher gailgallaghermusic.com