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Ben Cutmore

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Dark Histories tells the stories of our darkest moments, deepest mysteries and strangest happenings. From large cultural events to smaller, localised legends, we dabble in true crime, touch on the paranormal and revel in the underbelly of the strange...Show More

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The Rise & Fall of Spring Heeled Jack

58:27 | Dec 16th, 2018

Victorian England, an age of great industry, enlightenment, of learning and of advancement. Equally, it was the age of spiritualism, parapsychology, and restrictive social practices. In the chaotic streets of the suburbs of London, the first Victoria...Show More

The Euston Square Mystery

1:26:15 | Dec 2nd, 2018

The Lodging houses of Victorian London held no shortage of scandal and intrigue for the more imaginative Londoners in the 19th Century. The Maids and their masters, the comings and goings of a transient household and the very concept of strangers liv...Show More

Room 1046

53:35 | Nov 18th, 2018

The tale of room 1046 of the President Hotel in Kansas City is a strange one. A murder mystery with almost no clues and no evidence at the crime scene, but a victim with three names, left beaten, possibly tortured and a trail of several peculiar phon...Show More

Demons & Witches: Ann Glover & The Goodwin Children

1:03:33 | Nov 4th, 2018

This week, we have a tale of Devilry and witchcraft, demonic possessions and a good dose of Persecution on all fronts! Pre-dating Salem by 3 years, Ann Glover was an Irish immigrant living in Boston in 1688, hung for witchcraft, an event which laid t...Show More

Halloween Bonus: Five Folk Horrors

43:47 | Oct 30th, 2018

Happy Halloween! As a special bonus episode to celebrate the good Hallows Eve, I decided to dig up and re-write five old folk horror tales from around the world. The stories span the last 500 years and range show that no matter what time you lived in...Show More

The Spider Man of Denver: Theodore Edward Coneys

51:20 | Oct 21st, 2018

In 1941, a man named Phillip Peters was found murdered in his home in Denver, Colorado. The doors and windows to the house showed no signs of forced entry and were locked when neighbours discovered the body. Strange stories of odd sightings flew arou...Show More

(Part 2) Phantom: The Texarkana Moonlight Murders

57:08 | Oct 8th, 2018

In 1946, The American twin city of Texarkana was plunged into the depths of panic and fear. The population of the postwar suburb was subjected to a series of murders that shook the dual cities to their core, prompting curfews, rumours and unease to s...Show More

(Part 1) Phantom: The Texarkana Moonlight Murders

45:46 | Oct 8th, 2018

In 1946, The American twin city of Texarkana was plunged into the depths of panic and fear. The population of the postwar suburb was subjected to a series of murders that shook the dual cities to their core, prompting curfews, rumours and unease to s...Show More

Russian Dolls: Anatoly Moskvin

53:15 | Sep 23rd, 2018

In 2011, Russia bore witness to one the most bizarre cases in the countries criminal history. A story of Black magic, the Occult and one man's unusual hobby.

Americas First Documented Ghost: The Nelly Butler Haunting

1:07:52 | Sep 9th, 2018

Half a century before the Fox Sisters showed up on the scene to propel mainstream spiritualism onto the populace of America, there was a much lesser known haunting taking place in the cellar of a small frontier settlement, named Sullivan in Maine. Th...Show More

A Topper & A Beaver: Thomas Briggs & Franz Muller

1:07:10 | Aug 26th, 2018

All aboard, we're going back to the Victorian era to shed some light on the first ever murder on a train in Britain at a time when people were already terrified on this crazy new technology. It's not all high speed steam trains though, we've even got...Show More

The Murder of Julia Wallace

1:15:00 | Aug 12th, 2018

We're crashing back to earth this week with the lesser known story of William Herbert Wallace and his wife Julia. This is a case named over and over again as the quintessential murder mystery, despite its relatively unknown status. For extended show...Show More

Transmissions from nowhere: Numbers Stations

1:12:53 | Jul 29th, 2018

Starting off in 1890, we take a look back at the history of secret radio transmissions, leading up until today and unravel some of the mystery, whilst uncovering some new oddities, of what are known as 'Numbers Stations'.

Zigmund Adamski & Alan Godfrey: A Tale of Two Halves

1:14:21 | Jul 15th, 2018

We head to the Yorkshire moors to take a look at one story of a mysterious death and then through bizarre coincidence, a second story of lights in the sky and little men with lamp like heads.

Roch Theriault & The Ant Hill Kids

59:43 | Jul 1st, 2018

We take a look at Roch Theriault, the brutal leader of the Canadian cult, The Ant Hill Kids. More than mere eccentric, Theriault brutally abused his followers in the name of God, going to depths of depravity that is rarely seen even for this podcast.

The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run: Clevelands Torso Murders

1:05:42 | Jun 17th, 2018

The Grisly story of one of Americas most evasive Serial Killers Vs one of Americas most famous crime fighters. The mad butcher carved up his victims throughout the 1930's, evading capture from an entire police department, headed up by none other than...Show More

Emilie Sagée: The woman who wasn’t there

55:56 | Jun 3rd, 2018

In 1845, Emilie Sagee took a job at the Neuwelcke boarding school. It was her 18th teaching position in 16 years. The girls of the school would soon find out why, when on numerous occasions, Emilie was seen wandering the halls or sitting at the front...Show More

The Crabb Affair

1:04:15 | May 20th, 2018

This episode I get stuck into The Crabb Affair, a strange disappearance from 1956, surrounded by Cold War suspicion and government cover-ups. Who doesn't love a good spy tale? Especially one that is as suspicious as this. The intro to this episode...Show More

Matthew Hopkins: Witchfinder General

49:40 | May 6th, 2018

we dig up the life and times of Matthew Hopkins, the self-proclaimed Witchfinder General. A man that, in just 2 years, was responsible for around 60% of all witch trials in England spanning 3 centuries. He hailed from a Puritan, East Anglian backgrou...Show More

Tutankhamun: Pharaoh Curses & Fake News

1:20:49 | Apr 22nd, 2018

In this weeks episode, Sally and I don our sceptic hats and delve into 1920s Egypt to dig up the story of Tutankhamun and the crazy publicity storm that followed Howard Carter after his uncovering of the tomb. For extended show notes, including ma...Show More

The Disappearance of Gary Mathias

1:12:26 | Apr 8th, 2018

An obscure one this week with the lesser-known case of Gary Mathias and his four friends from Yuba City, CA. Five guys who went to a basketball game and ended up disappearing on a mountain road, 70 miles away, with no explicable reason as to how they...Show More

Introducing Moya - Trailer

01:17 | Apr 2nd, 2018

Introducing "Moya", a brand new 12 part fiction podcast written and produced by me (Ben) from Dark Histories. Out now on all podcast platforms.

We are one

52:30 | Mar 25th, 2018

The episode is a bit different this week. We hit our one year anniversary on the day of recording, so we switched it up and had the first annual Dark Histories awards, taking a little look back at some of the people we've covered in the last year and...Show More

The Arthurs Seat Coffins

1:04:11 | Mar 11th, 2018

In this weeks episode, we tell the story of the Arthurs Seat Coffins, 17 tiny 4" coffins, each holding a wooden doll complete with handmade clothing, uncovered from the Arthurs Seat area of Edinburgh in 1836. To this day, no one has any explanations ...Show More

The Mysterious Deaths of the Jamison Family

1:01:05 | Feb 24th, 2018

This episode we take a look at the disappearance and eventual reappearance of the Jamison family. A mother, father and daughter trio who mysteriously went missing in the remote wilderness of Red Oak, Oklahoma only for the bodies to be found four year...Show More

The Exorcism of Anna Ecklund

1:38:40 | Feb 11th, 2018

This weeks episode goes a bit more out there as we take a look at a historic exorcism that, despite being a well-documented case for the time, tends to fly under the radar. This is the story of Anna Ecklund, who found herself cursed and possessed by ...Show More

The Circleville Letters Mystery

1:28:57 | Jan 28th, 2018

This week is a tireless effort to unravel the most tightly wound bundle of gossip, hearsay and bizarre facts that make up the Circleville Letter Mystery. A series of thousands of letters, spanning almost three decades that lead to at least one strang...Show More

Adam: The Body in the Thames

1:09:26 | Jan 14th, 2018

This week we take a look at Adam, the name given to a body fished out the River Thames in 2001 and winds down a dark path that leads straight into a voodoo cult in the heart of London, embroiled with child trafficking and sacrifice. For extended s...Show More

BONUS: Christmas Campfire Stories

29:12 | Dec 25th, 2017

Here's the bonus episode to fill the Season 1 break. We're rolling back to a little known Christmas tradition of sitting around the fire and telling creepy stories. This episode features stories sent to me from listeners especially for the episode. H...Show More

Krampus & Co.

22:12 | Dec 17th, 2017

This week is the final episode of 2017 and the final episode of Season 1. We take a look at some of the folklore behind Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas and specifically, his band of little helpers, who have a much darker history than the elves of today m...Show More

Joshua Maddux: The Boy in the Chimney

27:12 | Dec 10th, 2017

This week we go true crime and take a look at a case of "accidental death" which appears to be anything but. Joshua Maddux went missing in 2008 and seven years later, was found in the chimney of a cabin just two blocks from his home. The question rem...Show More

The Second Life of Omm Sety

46:07 | Dec 3rd, 2017

This week we look at the life of Omm Sety, an Egyptologist who claimed to have had a past life as an Egyptian priestess and reincarnated 3000 years later. For more in-depth show notes, including maps, links and full scripts for each episode, visit...Show More

The Pimlico Poisoning

43:08 | Nov 19th, 2017

In the early hours of New Year's morning, 1886, Adelaide Blanche Bartlett roused her landlord in Pimlico, London with a few simple words: “come down, I think Mr Bartlett is dead”. She had awoken suddenly, sitting at the foot of her bed where she had ...Show More

Peter Stumpp: The Werewolf of Bedburg

33:15 | Nov 12th, 2017

This episode we take a look at the tale of Peter Stumpp. a man known as the Werewolf of Bedburg, who made a pact with the devil in trade for the ability to turn into a werewolf. We dig a little into the history of the folklore behind werewolves and h...Show More

Terri Hoffman & The Black Lords

58:48 | Nov 5th, 2017

This week is a monster episode, detailing the life of Terri Hoffman, the leader of a cult called Conscious Development of Body Mind and Soul, who fought Black Lords in the spiritual realm and on the side, benefitted financially from a dozen mysteriou...Show More

The Hinterkaifeck Murders

38:46 | Oct 30th, 2017

Working from contemporary German primary sources, this week we go in deep and take a look at the mysterious case of the Hinterkaifeck murders, a gruesome event from Germany in 1922, surrounded by suspicion and intrigue, but never solved. For more ...Show More

The Clapham Wood Mystery: Satanism & The Occult

36:14 | Oct 22nd, 2017

In this episode, we take a look at a mystery that is local to me, the dark and winding story of the satanic and occult practices rumoured to take place in the Clapham Wood area in Sussex, UK. Linked with strange disappearances, bizarre phenomena and ...Show More

The Fire from Within: Spontaneous Human Combustion

24:25 | Oct 16th, 2017

In this episode, we dig into the history of Spontaneous Human Combustion and take a look at several historical cases dating from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, along with the theories of the times. We then jump forward and have a look at two mode...Show More

Vampires: From Myth to Murder

36:21 | Oct 8th, 2017

This week, we detail the history of the Vampire, from screen to the dark myths and very real folklore of Eastern Europe. Vampires are a staple in horror fiction the world over, the charismatic lady-killer or seductive succubi, biting necks and suc...Show More

The Devils Footprints of 1855

26:20 | Oct 2nd, 2017

In February of 1855, Britain was deep in the midst of one of the coldest winters recorded. Minus temperatures were reported from January to March, the nights were long and the conditions severe. In the early morning of the 9th February, people across...Show More

Eilean Mor: The missing lighthouse keepers

23:31 | Sep 24th, 2017

On the 26th December 1900, a small ship approached the remote island of Eilean Mor. It was a small eruption of land, uninhabited aside from a small battery of 3 men, whose job was to operate and maintain the isles lighthouse. The relief vessel Hesper...Show More

Who put Bella in the Wych Elm?

22:14 | Sep 17th, 2017

In 1943, four young boys, out poaching in Hagley Wood came across a large Wych Elm, a broad, spiderlike tree. One of the boys begun climbing the tree to look for birds eggs and upon reaching the topmost branches, looked down to find the tree was curi...Show More

Charles Walton: The Pitchfork Murder

18:11 | Sep 10th, 2017

On the night of February 14th, 1945. The body of Charles Walton was found on a farm in Lower Quinton, Warwickshire in England. His throat had been slashed open and the prongs of a pitchfork dug into the mud on either side of his neck, pinning the bod...Show More

Zombies: A true story of Haitian Voodoo

20:09 | Sep 3rd, 2017

In this episode, we explore the true stories of Zombies of Haitian Voodoo culture, from French colonial rule to an exhaustive search for the source of a compound which could scientifically prove the creation of zombies by Ethnobotanist, Wade Davis. ...Show More

Tamam Shud: the Somerton Man Mystery

18:07 | Aug 27th, 2017

For more extensive sIn this episode, we detail the mystery, researched from primary sources, of the Somerton Man, or as the case is widely and simply known, Tamam Shud. In 1948, the body of a man was found on Somerton beach, Adelaide, Australia. A...Show More

The Dyatlov Pass Incident - Part 2 - Theories

10:29 | Aug 20th, 2017

In part 1 we told the story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident, now in part 2, we take a look at some of the main theories put forward to explain what happened on the night of the hikers' deaths on the Dyatlov Pass. Using legitimate research materials f...Show More

The Dyatlov Pass Incident - Part 1 - Mountain of the Dead

16:55 | Aug 13th, 2017

Part one of a two-part series on the Dyatlov Pass Incident, a mysterious event that claimed the lives of nine Russian hikers in 1959 that remains unexplained to this day. Using legitimate research materials from both English and Russian sources, i...Show More

Burke & Hare: The West Port Murders

12:38 | Aug 6th, 2017

The story of William Burke and William Hare, two Irish men living in Edinburgh in 1827, who spied an opportunity to make money through murder. Now known as simply the Burke and Hare murders or The West Port Murders, this is dark history that took adv...Show More

The Enfield Poltergeist Story - Part 2 - Bill

06:54 | Jul 30th, 2017

The true story of the Enfield Poltergeist. A historical haunting of a British family during the 1970s, the Enfield Poltergeist is still today Britains most famous haunting. This story would become the inspiration for several TV shows and also the fil...Show More

The Enfield Poltergeist Story - Part 1 - Knock Knock

07:07 | Jul 23rd, 2017

The true story of the Enfield Poltergeist. A historical haunting of a British family during the 1970s, the Enfield Poltergeist is still today Britains most famous haunting. This story would become the inspiration for several TV shows and also the fil...Show More

Jack the Ripper: A History - Part 5 - Suspects

08:24 | Jul 20th, 2017

Part five of a series on the history of Jack the Ripper, a renowned serial killer investigated during the Whitechapel murders of East London in 1888. Part 5 - Jack the Ripper has vanished into the dark streets of Whitechapel and we take a look at ...Show More

Jack the Ripper: A History - Part 4 - From Hell

07:16 | Jul 19th, 2017

Part four of a series on the history of Jack the Ripper, a renowned serial killer investigated during the Whitechapel murders of East London in 1888. Part 4 - The Whitechapel Vigilance Committee receive a letter from the Ripper entitled "From Hell...Show More

Jack the Ripper: A History - Part 3 - Dear Boss

07:47 | Jul 18th, 2017

Part three of a series on the history of Jack the Ripper, a renowned serial killer investigated during the Whitechapel murders of East London in 1888. Part 3 - The night of the double murders of Catherine Eddowes and Elizabeth Stride. Evidence and...Show More

Jack the Ripper: A History - Part 2 - First Blood

07:10 | Jul 17th, 2017

Part two of a series on the history of Jack the Ripper, a renowned serial killer investigated during the Whitechapel murders of East London in 1888. Part 2 - Jack strikes for the first time (officially), in this episode, we detail the murders of M...Show More

Jack the Ripper: A History - Part 1 - The Beginning

05:20 | Jul 16th, 2017

Part one of a series on the history of Jack the Ripper, a renowned serial killer investigated during the Whitechapel murders of East London in 1888. Part 1 - We take a look at the East End during the times of the killings and learn about the attac...Show More