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Going Dark Theatre
Going Dark Theatre is a horror storytelling podcast written and narrated by Josh Hitchens exploring in-depth tales of ghost stories, unsolved mysteries, and horrific history.
Feb 10, 2022
3.12 The Future of Going Dark Theatre
Although the Going Dark Theatre podcast has been on hiatus since May 2021 due to me writing my first two books about haunted history and folklore, the stories of the darker side of humanity throughout time will resume in this podcast beginning in April 2022. Thank you all for listening to these stories. There is much more to come soon.
May 4, 2021
3.11 The Tale of the Waxwork Woman, Part 2
Key West, Florida, 1933 - Maria Elena Milagro de Hoyos Mesa died in 1931 at the age of twenty-two. Carl Tanzler, the so-called doctor who was obsessed with her in life, continued his obsession after her death, visiting her every night in the tomb he built for her. But that was not enough, and his obsession becomes insanity and he removes her from the grave.
Apr 16, 2021
3.10 The Tale of the Waxwork Woman, Part 1
Key West, Florida, 1931 - In the island paradise of Key West, there lived a beautiful young Cuban woman named Maria Elena Milagro de Hoyos Mesa. Abandoned by her husband after a miscarriage, she came under the obsessive eye of a supposed doctor named Carl Tanzler. Elena dying of tuberculosis is only the beginning of this disturbing tale.
Jan 15, 2021
3.9 The Tale of the Skull in the Library
The DelMarVa Peninsula, 1769-1829 - Patty Cannon may be the first female serial killer in the United States. She also led a gang that created a Reverse Underground Railroad for thirty years, selling free Black men, women, and children South into slavery. This episode separates the myth from the truth.
Dec 22, 2020
3.8 The Tale of the Christmas Portrait
Germanton, North Carolina, 1929 - Two weeks before Christmas 1929, Charlie Lawson took his wife and their seven children to town, buying them all new clothes and then having a family photograph taken. By the end of Christmas Day 1929, all members of the Lawson family except one would be dead. The truth about why it happened remained hidden for 60 years.
1 hr 14 min
Nov 23, 2020
3.7 The Tale of the Rockwood Revenants
Wilmington, Delaware, 1851-1972 - Imagine if Downton Abbey, inhabited by several generations of a wealthy family and their faithful servants, was a haunted house with a ghost in nearly every room. That is the tale of the the Rockwood Mansion, where members of the Shipley-Bringhurst family and their servants remain behind decades after their deaths.
Oct 31, 2020
3.6 The Tale of the Chateau Poltergeist
In this special Halloween episode of the podcast, I talk about the history of All Hallow's Eve and then tell a tale of a terrifying haunting that occurred in a 19th century French chateau. Translated for the first time into English by Morgan Heussaff Zielinski, the diary of a true ghost story to chill you on Halloween.
Oct 26, 2020
3.5 The Tale of the Swamp Monster
Sussex County, Delaware, 1780-Present Day - Sussex County, Delaware, where I grew up, is a place filled with legendary superstitions. There are tales of spirit boards and witches killed by silver bullets, ghosts, and a creature known as the Burnt Swamp Monster, who continues to be seen to this day.
Oct 7, 2020
3.4 The Tale of the Frightening Fort
Pea Patch Island, Delaware, 1814-1865 - Fort Delaware is regarded as one of the most haunted places in the world, as I can attest from personal experience. Featured in my upcoming book of Delaware ghost stories, this island boasts a dark and cursed history that has left phantoms ready to tell their tales.
Sep 28, 2020
3.3 The Tale of the Headless Chicken
Fruita, Colorado, 1945 - A human head can remain conscious for twenty seconds after being decapitated, but did you know there was once a chicken who lived for eighteen months after being beheaded? Mike's tale is a prime example of truth being much stranger than fiction.
Sep 17, 2020
3.2 The Tale of the Madness of Mary Lum
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1758-1815 – When she was eighteen years old, Mary Lum married Stephen Girard, who would become one of the richest men ever to live in the United States. Mary is remembered primarily for being his wife, and for going insane. But what is the true story behind her madness?
Aug 18, 2020
3.1 The Tale of the Fiddler's Bridge
St. Georges, Delaware, 1800's - I am currently writing a book on the ghost stories and legends of my home state of Delaware for The History Press. This is one of the state's most famous ghost stories, a spooky legend born from some of the most horrific chapters of Delaware's history.
May 23, 2020
2.15 The Tale of the Black Dahlia
Los Angeles, California, 1947 - Elizabeth Short wanted to either become a famous actress in Hollywood or marry a military man. Instead, she became famous as one of the most haunting murder victims in history. But who was she really? This is the story of her life, separating the truth from the myth.
May 14, 2020
2.14 The Tale of the Terror in Room 1046
Kansas City, Missouri, 1935 - A man checks into a hotel under the name Roland T. Owen. Over the next few days, hotel staff witness many strange and unsettling events, eventually finding the man dead. Who was he, and who killed him? This is an unsolved mystery that will keep you up at night.
May 6, 2020
2.13 The Tale of the Hinterkaifeck Slaughter
Waidhofen, Germany, 1922 - During a snowy winter’s night, five members of the Gruber family and their maid were murdered one by one in the barn of an isolated farm. Investigators uncovered unsettling details that paint a haunting portrait of the family and the horror of their final hours.
Apr 29, 2020
2.12 The Tale of the Borden Tragedy, Part 6
Fall River, Massachusetts, 1893 - After the trial of Lizzie Borden ended in acquittal, what happened to those involved? This episode deals with the events following the trial, culminating in the deaths of Emma and Lizzie Borden in the twentieth century. Are we any closer to knowing the truth of what happened on August 4, 1892?
Apr 22, 2020
2.11 The Tale of the Borden Tragedy, Part 5
Fall River, Massacusetts, 1893 - The trial of Lizzie Borden enters its second week as the Prosecution rests its case. It is now up to the Defense team to prove Lizzie's innocence, and her older sister Emma Borden takes the stand as a star witness. The jury will decide the verdict in the trial of the century, but this tale is far from over.
Apr 18, 2020
2.10 The Tale of the Borden Tragedy, Part 4
Fall River, Massachusetts, 1893 - After spending nine months in jail, the trial of Lizzie Borden began on June 5, 1893. This episode, using words from the actual court transcripts, covers the first five days of the trial as the prosecution begins its case against Lizzie with several compelling witnesses.
Apr 13, 2020
2.9 The Tale of the Borden Tragedy, Part 3
Fall River, Massachusetts, 1892 - In the days following the murders of Abby and Andrew Borden, police observe many strange events. Finally, Lizzie Borden is arrested for the brutal slaying of her father and stepmother, setting the stage for the trial of the century.
Mar 17, 2020
2.8 The Tale of the Borden Tragedy, Part 2
Fall River, Massachussetts, 1892 - At 11:15am, Lizzie Borden discovers the body of her father Andrew, murdered with a hatchet. Family friends, doctors, and police flock to the house, and the corpse of Abby Borden is found upstairs. The investigation begins.
Feb 28, 2020
2.7 The Tale of the Borden Tragedy, Part 1
Fall River, Massachussetts, 1892 - In a quiet New England town, Abby and Andrew Borden are murdered with a hatchet on a hot summer's day. The prime suspect is the youngest daughter, Lizzie Borden. What was happening in the Borden house in the years leading up to this haunting unsolved mystery?
Feb 14, 2020
2.6 The Tale of the Whitechapel Women, Part 6
London, England, 1888 - After Mary Jane Kelly's murder, the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper vanishes into the shadows of history. Who was he? What was known? In the end, it doesn't matter. The lives of these six women continue to echo down to us through the years.
Feb 8, 2020
2.5 The Tale of the Whitechapel Women, Part 5
London, England, 1888 - After the double murder of Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes, the investigation intensifies, and a chilling letter is received "From Hell." The next part of this dark tale is devoted to the life of Mary Jane Kelly, the final victim of the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper.
Jan 31, 2020
2.4 The Tale of the Whitechapel Women, Part 4
London, England, 1888 - Only 45 minutes after the murder of Elizabeth Stride, another woman of Whitechapel, Catherine Eddowes, is found dead and horrifically mutilated. This episode is devoted to the tale of Catherine's life before her death at the hands of Jack the Ripper.
Jan 26, 2020
2.3 The Tale of the Whitechapel Women, Part 3
London, England, 1888 - Within a little over a month, three women have been killed in Whitechapel by a serial killer known today as Jack the Ripper. This episode relates the life of Elizabeth Stride, the first of two women to be murdered on September 30, 1888.
Jan 18, 2020
2.2 The Tale of the Whitechapel Women, Part 2
London, England, 1888 - This episode tells the life story of Annie Chapman, the next and perhaps most tragic of all the victims of the Whitechapel Murderer. Soon after her death, a news agency receives an ominous letter, and the horrific name "Jack the Ripper" is cemented into history.
Jan 9, 2020
2.1 The Tale of the Whitechapel Women, Part 1
London, England, 1888 - Whitechapel is a neighborhood of abject poverty, and the Autumn of Terror brought forth the first modern serial killer, known to history as Jack the Ripper, who murdered at least five women. This episode sets the scene, and tells the life stories of Martha Tabram and Mary Ann "Polly" Nichols.
Dec 28, 2019
1.13 The Tale of the Philadelphia Phantoms
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, the birthplace of America, is also one of its most haunted cities. It is also my home. I have been a storyteller for the Ghost Tour of Philadelphia since 2007, and these are a few of my favorite scary tales from Philadelphia's turbulent and haunting history.
Dec 22, 2019
1.12 The Tale of the Plague Island
Poveglia, Italy - There is an isolated island off the coast of Venice where it is now illegal for anyone to go. Hundreds of thousands of plague victims died there, and an insane asylum where atrocities were committed now stands abandoned. But there are many who say this island of death is not empty.
Dec 14, 2019
1.11 The Tale of the Amityville Horror
Amityville, New York - There is a house at 112 Ocean Avenue that was the site of a family massacre committed by Ronald DeFeo, Jr. After the Lutz family subsequently moved into the home, they experienced 28 days of paranormal activity that have since become legendary. What is the truth behind the Amityville Horror?
Dec 6, 2019
1.10 The Tale of the Bloody Castle
Coolderry, Ireland - Still standing after 800 years, Leap Castle has a long and sinister history of murder and bloodshed. Leap's violently terrifying hauntings have become legendary, and the most frightening apparition of all is an elemental spirit known only as "IT."
Nov 29, 2019
1.9 The Tale of the Haunted Plantation
St. Francisville, Louisiana - The Myrtles Plantation has a reputation for being one of America's most haunted houses. Built on a Native American burial ground and reportedly haunted by twelve spirits, the Myrtles is filled with ghostly echoes from its tragic past who continue to make their presence known.
Nov 23, 2019
1.8 The Tale of the Grey Ghost
Long Beach, California - 49 people have died aboard the RMS Queen Mary, which was known as the Grey Ghost during World War II. Since being retired as a museum and hotel, she’s gained an international reputation for being haunted. In fact, the most haunted ship in the entire world.
Nov 15, 2019
1.7 The Tale of the Deadly Witch
Adams, Tennessee - From 1817 to 1821, one family was tormented by a malevolent supernatural entity that has come to be known as the Bell Witch. This is one of the few tales in all known folklore where a spirit has directly caused the death of a human being.
Nov 9, 2019
1.6 The Tale of the Faceless Nun, Part 2
Essex, England - Borley Rectory, "the most haunted house in England," was demolished in 1944 after being destroyed by fire. In subsequent years, the truth about what was really happening at Borley was finally revealed. This is a tale of the human truth behind the ghostly legends, and how this story still continues to haunt us.
Nov 8, 2019
1.5 The Tale of the Faceless Nun, Part 1
Essex, England - Built in the nineteenth century, Borley Rectory was called "the most haunted house in England" until it mysteriously burned to the ground in 1939. However, the horrors that occurred within its walls are far from forgotten. This episode covers the terrifying haunted history of Borley Rectory's 82 years of existence before the blaze.
Nov 7, 2019
1.4 The Tale of the Immortal Monster, Part 2
Angus, Scotland - For well over 600 years, Glamis Castle has been regarded as one of the most haunted places in the world. This episode tells the grisly stories of servant specters at the castle, as well as the horrifying tale of the Monster of Glamis, and the terrible human truth behind the legend.
Nov 7, 2019
1.3 The Tale of the Immortal Monster, Part 1
Angus, Scotland - For well over 600 years, Glamis Castle has been regarded as one of the most haunted places in the world. This episode tells the origins of the supernatural history of Glamis, including the tale of Lady Janet Douglas, burned at the stake for witchcraft, and the night the castle was visited by the Devil himself.
Nov 3, 2019
1.2 The Tale of the Lonely Lights
Little Brewster Island, Massachusetts and Seguin Island, Maine - Two of the oldest lighthouses in America are also the most haunted. Often bathed in fog, the loneliness and isolation has driven more than one lighthouse keeper to madness and murder. These two historic island lighthouses are haunted by tragedy, and ghosts.
Nov 2, 2019
1.1 The Tale of the Hollywood Curse
Hollywood, California - There are two cursed houses in the Hollywood Hills connected by strangely shared tragedies and chilling tales of ghosts. Over the past century, several mysterious deaths and hauntings have been reported at the Harlow-Bern house, including a bloody vision by Sharon Tate that tragically turned out to be prophetic.