Author: Epitaph

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ep·i·taph [ˈepəˌtaf]


1. a speech or written passage composed in commemoration of a dead person

2. a final judgment on a person or thing

Epitaph is a bi-weekly, paranormal podcast dedicated to doing more than just sharing ghost stories and lore. We follow the ghosts back to the where their stories began.

We will share the legends, but we will also dig deep into the historical record -- newspaper archives, genealogical records, and other primary source documents -- to find out just who these ghosts were before, steal a glimpse into their lives and, then, share their stories with you.

We will try to discover how they died, what things they may have left unfinished, and how their stories fit within the legends they've become.

And maybe, by telling their stories, we can help them finally find rest.
15 Episodes
In May of 1916, detectives in Czinkota, Hungary, made a gruesome discovery: two dozen people, drained of blood, and preserved in metal barrels full of wood alcohol. Their murderer was Bela Kiss, a man who'd been recently killed in World War I. Except that, even after his supposed death, Bela Kiss continued to be seen and continued to remain one step ahead of capture for the next three decades. On this episode, we explore the gruesome crimes of serial killer Bela Kiss, the Vampire of Czinkota.
The mythology of the vampire dates back millennia. But, in the 16th and 17th centuries, in the mountains of southeastern Europe, these sorts of legends -- stories of the dead who'd come back to harm and kill the living -- started having names attached. In this episode, we begin our exploration of "real vampires" with the stories of three of these men -- Giure Grando, Petar Blagojevic, and Arnod Paole -- and, when possible, those that became their victims
Resurrection Mary is one of Chicago's most famous ghosts. For decades, people fascinated with the story have been trying to answer the question: Who was she? Over the years, a number of "candidates" have been put forth. And, in researching this episode, we found one of our own. On this episode, we present the story of Mary Kovac who, we believe, may have been the young woman whose ghost Jerry Palus met at the Liberty Grove and Hall in 1939: The original Resurrection Mary.
Resurrection Mary is one of Chicago's most famous ghosts and, over the years, a number of "candidates" have been put to answer the question: Who was she? Mary Bregovy, like the girl in the Resurrection Mary legend, had lived on Damen Avenue and had died in an automobile accident in the 1930s. But, despite people who knew her while she was alive having reported seeing her on Archer Avenue after her death, Mary Bregovy didn't look like the girl who is normally described in Resurrection Mary sightings. On this episode, we discuss how she fits into the Resurrection Mary legend.
The Waldheim Flapper

The Waldheim Flapper


Chicago's most famous Vanishing Hitchhiker is, without a doubt, the ghost of the young woman (or women) who has come to be called Resurrection Mary. But, we'll come back to that. On this episode, we explore the story of one of Chicago's other vanishing hitchhikers: The Waldheim Flapper.
Between the towns of Uniondale and Willowmore, witnesses have reported encounters with one of South Africa’s most famous ghosts: the Uniondale Hitchhiker.
The story is unbelievable, like something out of a bad horror film: A girl walking home along Wilfred Barrett Drive on the Central Coast of Australia is brutally assaulted and left for dead on Jenny Dixon Beach. After dying of the injuries they'd inflicted, her ghost seeks vengeance on the men who had attacked her, ending their lives one by one. While the lore that surrounds it may have been embellished to the point of unbelievability, at its core, the story is true. And what's more, her murder may have had ties to one of Australia's most famous unsolved crimes.
A girl walking quietly beside the road before disappearing. An old woman in a black tartan shawl carrying a bundle of sticks or heather, A girl who steps into traffic, disappearing after being struck. And a pair of Vanishing Hitchhikers. Join us on this episode as we discuss the Many Ghosts of Blue Bell Hill.
Today, on the eighth anniversary of the disaster, we remember its victims through the stories told by Japan's taxi drivers of the Phantom Fares of Ishinomaki.
Since the late 1930s, reports have surfaced of people seeing the spectral apparition of a young woman who'd drowned beneath the waves of White Rock Lake. And, she isn't content to just ask strangers to drive her home.
The Ghost of 22 Mountain

The Ghost of 22 Mountain


Clarence Stephenson wrestled to corpse to the side of the road and, then, panted and grunted as he pushed the body of a woman he’d once considered a friend into a gully and watched it disappear into a bramble of blackberry thorns. He thought she’d never be seen again. He was wrong.
Two mountains. One legend. In 1938, an encounter with the Ghost of the Buckhorn launched two weeks of ghost hunts. Dozens of people reported having seen her, having given her a ride or, even, having chased her through the mountains. And, before it was over, she'd been seen by hundreds of school children. But, who was the real person who became the Ghost of the Buckhorn and the White Lady of Wopsy?
In the 1950s, a plane trying to make it through a thunderstorm to land at the Greenville airport crashed into the mountainside just a few yards off of Highway 107 near Walhalla, South Carolina. The wreckage of his small, single-engine aircraft was found but the pilot's body was never recovered. But, that doesn't mean that no one has seen him since ...
Known locally as "Lydia," on this episode of Epitaph, we investigate the history of the Jamestown underpass, the accidents that took place there and find the story of a young woman whose tragic, brutal death near the underpass may have inspired one of North Carolina's most well-known legends.
Introducing Epitaph

Introducing Epitaph


Part ghost story and part history, Epitaph aims to find the people behind familiar and not-so-familiar hauntings, explore their stories, and find out why they're coming back to us.
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