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Join acclaimed ghost storyteller Mike Brown for a bi-weekly tour through the shadows of history. The Pleasing Terrors Podcast features stories about haunted places, creepy history, and forgotten folklore.
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Sep 29, 2017

The history of the Navajo goes back in time to the Four Corners region in Arizona. Where the spider grandmother spun a giant web and threw it into the night sky to create the stars. This area known as Canyon de Chelly is also known as the Canyon of the Dead after a misguided weaver’s warning resulted in a cruel cave massacre.

Like the art and designs of the Navajo weaver’s blanket, the Navajo legends are intertwined with a ranch purchased by a Utah couple. The Sherman ranch seemed like an idyllic place to raise premium cattle, but strange things started happening almost immediately upon the family's arrival. This ranch is now known as the Skinwalker Ranch and the legends continue.

Episode Highlights:

  • Spider rock and the legend of the weaver and Navajo blankets.
  • Terry and Gwen Sherman purchase a Utah ranch in 1994.
  • The Sherman’s experienced strange phenomena and decided to sell.
  • Robert T. Bigelow purchases the ranch and dispatches the National Institute for Discovery Science to investigate.
  • A terrifying dark force grabs one of the observers before fading away.
  • Night vision goggles expose a tunnel through the light used by the black creature.
  • The Ute Tribe and the legend of the Navajo Tribe in New Mexico.
  • New Mexico, 1863 Kit Carson and his troops round up the Navajo for transport.
  • Canyon de Chelly and “The Long Walk” of the Navajo.
  • The legend of the skinwalker.

Resources:

Battle of Canyon de Chelly

Kit Carson’s Campaign Against the Indians

Skinwalker Ranch

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Sep 29, 2017

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Sep 19, 2017

On November 20th, 1850 night watchman George Pollard Jr. makes his nightly rounds on the foggy Island of Nantucket, MA. An island once inhabited by proud tribes of Native Americans before the addition of the colonists. An island that was the whaling capital of the world for over a century.

The inhabitants and the whalers themselves were haunted with superstition and legends about the dark underworld of the sea and the evil that lied beneath the depths. The dangers were all too real, yet it wasn’t a sea monster or a devil ascended from Davy Jones’ Locker that posed the threat. It was an invisible threat that lurked in the hearts of men like the night watchman.

  • George Pollard Jr. Nantucket Nightwatchman
  • Davy Jones Locker and the dark underworld of the sea
  • The story of Jonah and being cursed by god
  • Pliny the Elder, sea monsters, the merman, and the Krakken
  • Sightings of mermaids, sirens, and mermen
  • WWI German U-boat surrenders to British patrol ship after sea monster attack
  • The legend of the black demon of the sea or megalodon
  • The story of Moby Dick based on a Nantucket whaling ship voyage
  • Mocha Dick the albino sperm whale and the voyage of the Ann Alexander
  • Captain George Pollard Jr. and the last voyage the whaling ship Essex
  • Owen Coffin and becoming what you fear most
  • November 20th, the anniversary of the destruction of the Essex

Resources:

Nantucket

How Nantucket Came to Be the Whaling Capital of the World

George Pollard Jr.
The True-Life Horror That Inspired Moby-Dick

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Book of Jonah

Pliny the Elder

Megalodon

Mocha Dick

 

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