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In this episode of Obscurities, we uncover the fascinating history behind the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, exploring the legends of ghostly apparitions that haunt its corridors and the unsolved mysteries that linger in the mountain air. From its opulent origins as a haven for the elite to its role in wartime espionage, this luxurious retreat has a narrative as captivating as the landscape that cradles it.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Basketball cards have been around for over 100 years, even prior to the inception of the National Basketball Association (NBA.) It was not until the 1980s however, until they really began to take off and create that similar trading frenzy that baseball cards had. With now-legendary players like Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller, Hakeem Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing, and of course Michael Jordan entering the NBA, fanship was on an upward trajectory. You may be wondering how this ties into this podcast however that covers the more dark and obscure parts of our culture. Well, unknown to anyone at the time, a certain basketball card released by NBA Hoops during the 1990-1991 season captured two murderers sitting courtside prior to their arrest, but after the time of the actual killings committed.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Criminal Somnambulism

Criminal Somnambulism

2023-06-2717:53

Somnambulism: A sleep disorder involving complex motor acts; also referred to as sleepwalking. But what happens when those complex motor behaviors involve criminal acts? There have been a few cases in history where defendants have claimed this excuse for violent crimes with deadly consequences. But can you really get away with murder with this excuse? The answer may surprise you.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Ghosting or Amnesia?

Ghosting or Amnesia?

2023-03-0216:44

With today’s technology, it is easy to stay in touch. But sometimes, someone cuts off all communication without any explanation. Ghosting is a relatively new term, most frequently used when someone disappears and avoids all contact, usually from a romantic partner in a casual dating relationship. But what if your spouse goes missing completely? And what if the reason is something a little more nefarious? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The murder of young Texas couple Shane Stewart & Sally McNelly has been a mystery for decades. For nearly three decades, there had been virtually no progress in cracking the case. The story begins in 1987 in a Central Texas ranching town when 17-year-old Sally McNelly took a liking to a cute and muscular boy a year younger. Shane Stewart and Sally McNelly immediately connected, but allegedly became involved in strange parties with satanic and cult-like undertones involving drugs, sex and illegal weapons. Listen to how the story unfolds and bring the story back from obscurity. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Can you imagine a world without a need for fossil fuels? Even more incredible, can you imagine a time where all we would need is water to fuel vehicles? This wouldn’t even be any special kind of water; tap water, spring water, water from a lake, or even melted snow would be sufficient to run your car. A man from Columbus, Ohio claimed to have invented a water powered automobile, and worked on its development from 1975 to the mid-1990s until his sudden death… See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The Rendlesham Forest Incident of 1980 is considered by many to be the most corroborated UFO sightings in military history. The sightings took place in Rendlesham forest, adjacent to the Royal Air Force Woodbridge station in Suffolk, England during the week between Christmas and New Year’s. Listen now to hear what happened during ‘Britain’s Roswell.’ See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The Lake Shawnee Amusement Park was a popular attraction in West Virginia from 1926 until it closed in 1967. Its history of fun and laughter, though, was marred by at least two tragic deaths. The park briefly reopened in 1987, but it struggled to escape its calamitous history. Today, the park remains abandoned, and some say the grounds are haunted by the spirits who perished there, and by the horrifying events which took place on the property more than two centuries ago. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
It was a cold, dark November night in 1930 when a fur trapper, Joe Labelle, arrived in a small Inuit village. A village on the banks of Lake Anjikuni, where, like many Innuit communities at the time, took place in a thriving European fur trading operation. As the chilled fur trader approached the lake village, a strange silence met him; the only sound was the howling of the wind. There were no lights, no fires burning in the homes. It was as if the village had been abandoned. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
An eerie painting created by artist Bill Stoneham in 1972 has spooked many people who have viewed the image of a young boy standing next to a girl doll with hollow eyes and a sad, downturned mouth. Even more disturbing are the creepy stories of those who have come into contact with the painting. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The Hudson River Valley is a beautiful area stretching from Westchester County to Albany, New York. The Hudson River cuts through the Hudson Highlands. The Catskills and the rest of the Appalachian Mountains rise from the west and the Taconic Mountains to the east. The area is filled with orchards, vineyards, farms, and quaint villages. The valley stands out as an affluent and cosmopolitan region, with New York City just a short drive away. But from 1983 to 1989, over 5000 residents from various towns in the area reported visitations from unidentified flying objects. One of those residents, Dennis Sant, has a story to tell, and he intends to tell it. Here is his story. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Secrets of Area 51

Secrets of Area 51

2022-06-1720:07

Speculation regarding the existence of intelligent life outside our planet dates back perhaps thousands of years. But in 1947, the United States Army Air Forces found debris of a reported flying disc in Roswell. Officials quickly retracted reports of the unidentified flying object, but questions remained as all information related to the matter was classified. One scientist with specific experience with Area 51 decides to open up about what is happening at the top-secret government facility. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The historic Hot Wells of Bexar County park opened in April 2019. It is the site of the former Hot Wells Hotel and Spa, which lie in ruins, but has been stabilized and featured on the 4-acre site as part of the San Antonio River Walk. The unique history of the former hotel and spa and its life afterward is fascinating. But prior to its adaptation to a county park, pervasive rumors of hauntings within the ruins caught notice of ghost hunters across the country. Their experiences did not temper those reports. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Skull and Bones

Skull and Bones

2022-04-1517:58

Skull and Bones was established in 1832 at Yale University. When you view its list of notable alumni, it is plain to see that this is no ordinary fraternal organization. Since its inception, the men who have been hand-picked by its members to join are what many refer to as “the power elite.” After graduating college, a giant chunk of these names goes on to become people of significant influence, domestically and internationally. But what goes on at Skull and Bones? Why is the organization so secretive?Voting for the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards ends on Sunday, April 17. Vote for BEST PODCAST Obscurities with Debbie Rochon! To vote, simply email your name and 'Best Podcast: Obscurities' to taraco@aol.com . For a list of all the categories and nominees, go to rondoaward.com .See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Denver International Airport opened in 1995 to much fanfare and currently ranks in the top twenty busiest airports in the world. Construction delays and a flawed state-of-the-art automatic baggage handling system pushed the costs to almost five billion dollars, two billion over budget. Conspiracy theorists have embraced many aspects of the facility, debating its true purpose and supposed hints left throughout the sprawling 52 square mile complex. Is Denver International Airport a typical airport, or does it hide nefarious activities? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
On the night of December 29, 1980, Betty Cash and Vicki Landrum would experience a UFO sighting which would impact them long after that evening. Deteriorating health, government denials, and conspiracy theories swirled around the incident and continues to fascinate forty two years later. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
King's Park, Long Island. A pleasant hamlet touted as a great place to live and raise a family. Three miles of beautiful beaches. But its history is a little more dark, as it hosted the Kings Park Psychiatric Center from 1885 to 1996. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The Portland underground is known as the Shanghai Tunnels. Many of these tunnels have collapsed and are in disrepair. But in the late 19th century, Portland was referred to as the Forbidden City of the West. Tales and legends of able-bodied men being drugged, kidnapped, sold to sea captains, and forced to work on ships bound to Shanghai, came alive here. From 1850 to 1941 the fear of being “shanghaied” or crimped screamed the loudest. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Lizzie Borden is known to most as an American woman who was tried and acquitted of the grisly murders of her father and stepmother. More than 192 years later, the crime continues to fascinate us. The evidence of hideous transgression, carried out with excessive strikes from an ax, indicated a clear-cut verdict. Yet Lizzie was acquitted. The details of the case are remarkable. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Ouija

Ouija

2021-09-0321:301

The Ouija board is far different than any other board game. It supposedly taps into the subconscious mind, causing the body to make involuntary movements to spell out words or answer questions. However, from the darker spiritual perspective, some believe these boards are used to make contact with the dead, to communicate the messages of passed on spirits to those who tap into this device. How did the Ouija board become a mainstream game from such a dark origin? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Comments (2)

gus eid

so intriguing. keeps my interest and teaches me despite my short attention span lol.

Jan 23rd
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Lee Claypool

I love this podcast and Debbie Rochon is one of a kind.

Nov 9th
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