American Hauntings Podcast

American Hauntings Podcast

History, hauntings, legends, lore, true crime, and the paranormal activities of small-town America. Hosted by Cody Beck and Troy Taylor, Season 7, "GONE" is now live. Previous seasons cover Alton, IL, St. Louis, New Orleans, Hollywood, Heartland Horrors and Homicides, and the Villisca Axe Murders.


March 21, 2023 90 min

On August 23, 1912, a four-year-old boy named Bobby Dunbar vanished while on a fishing trip to Swayze Lake in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. When Mrs. Lessie Dunbar realized that her son was gone, she contacted the police, who began a massive search for the boy. 

Eight months passed before the family’s hopes for Bobby’s return were finally realized —– or at least that’s how it seemed. But no part of this story would turn out to be si...

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A newspaper in 1910 wrote about Dorothy:

"She disappeared from one of the busiest streets on earth, at the sunniest hours of a brilliant afternoon, with thousands within sight and reach, men and women who knew her on every side, and officers of the law thickly strewn in her path."

Such a young woman simply does not just disappear. And yet she did. Because no matter how perfect Dorothy seemed, not everything was as it appeared...

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February 21, 2023 70 min

In 1874, just nine years after President Lincoln was slain, the nation was again shocked by a terrible event. It was not the death of a great leader but the disappearance of a previously unknown four-year-old name Charles Brewster Ross. “Little Charlie Ross” – as Americans would soon know him – was stolen away in what became the first kidnapping for ransom in the history of the United States.

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February 14, 2023 36 min

Troy and Cody go live in Alton IL at the Mineral Springs Hotel for the annual Dead of Winter festival....and then all hell breaks loose.

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The Mary Celeste had set sail for Genoa about 10 days before Dei Gratia had left port. What was she doing out here, off course and drifting? And where was the crew? These are just some of the many questions we tackle regarding the most infamous ghost ship in history.

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January 24, 2023 62 min

It was at the Sandman where the man in the green pajamas was staying when he came to Jacksonville. Of course, that wasn’t his name. It was Bruce Campbell, and he was a stockbroker from Massachusetts. He came here to visit his son, who was then a professor at MacMurray College in town. Bruce’s first grandchild had just been born and it was meant to be a happy visit for the family.

But it turned out to be a tragic one.

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January 10, 2023 18 min

Season seven of the American Hauntings Podcast, "GONE", will include stories of mysterious and impossible disappearances that we found in the archives to be the most intriguing, compelling, and downright chilling.

If all these people vanished so easily from the face of the earth, then it means that it could happen to anyone – perhaps even you.

Because, as you’ll learn this season, a disappearance doesn’t have to be possible i...

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December 13, 2022 84 min

Movies discussed include:

  • Slapface
  • The Free Fall
  • X
  • The Cursed
  • The Black Phone
  • The Barbarian
  • Mr Harrigan's Phone
  • The Harbinger
  • Hellraiser
  • Prey

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December 6, 2022 98 min

Charlie Lawson, the quiet, unassuming man had become more outgoing, especially with the children. He laughed and told jokes, which he never did. His wife might have been happy with those changes in her husband if they hadn’t been so abrupt – and if Charlie had not been spending an inordinate amount of time with their 17-year-old daughter, Marie. Something terrible was going to happen, and it would ruin Christmas in a way that only ...

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November 22, 2022 91 min

One of the strangest murder sprees in American history occurred across Louisiana and Texas in the early 1910s. Local newspapers called the first crime "the most brutal murder in the history of this section," and there would be many more -- all linked to the same killer. The newspapers of the era, dealing with murder victims that were all African-Americans, claimed the killings were connected to a deranged Voodoo woman and a...

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November 8, 2022 80 min

During the early years of the Great Depression, the crimes of Harry Powers appalled and fascinated thousands of people, but he is barely remembered today – much like the methods that he used to find his victims. He sought out women through matrimonial mail-order ads, seeking wives to live on his peaceful West Virginia farm. But those who answered the ads were never seen again.

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This Halloween Season, we are discussing our favorite Religious Horror Movies, including:

  • The Exorcist
  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose
  • Midsommar
  • The Wicker Man
  • The Omen
  • Prince of Darkness
  • Stigmata
  • Apostle
  • The Believers
  • Frailty
  • The Witch
  • And more!

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October 18, 2022 99 min

On March 14, 1960, the bodies of three women from the Chicago suburbs were discovered in St. Louis Canyon, one of the many natural wonders at Starved Rock State Park, near Utica, Illinois. The crime shocked northern Illinois and led to a manhunt that snared a confessed killer who spent the next 59 years behind bars. It is one of the most shocking stories to ever occur in this otherwise peaceful region – and it left lingering spirit...

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One of the most disturbing multiple murders in California history occurred on April 11, 1981, when three victims – a mother, her teenage son, and the son's friend – were beaten to death in a remote cabin in the woods while children slept soundly in the next room. A fourth victim – a 12-year-old daughter – vanished in the night, and her body was found a year later, miles away from the gruesome scene. The murders remain unsolved ...

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Enter the dark, twisted underworld of vampires in the official podcast about AMC’s Interview with the Vampire. Each week, writer/comedian/vampire-enthusiast Naomi Ekperigin will be joined by the actors and writers behind this adaptation of Anne Rice's classic novel – unpacking the twists and turns of every episode. You'll hear exclusive be...

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On November 12, 1917, the body of an unknown woman was discovered on some wooded property outside of the village of Linden, New York. Her identity was unknown – and so was that of her killer. It became the first in a series of horrific murders that remain unsolved to this day.

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September 6, 2022 65 min

On January 23, 1897, the body of a young woman named Zona Heaster Shue was discovered in her home in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. It seemed to be a rather ordinary case of perhaps domestic discord gone wrong, but in the end, the case turned out to be anything but ordinary. In fact, it went on to become the only case in which the word of a ghost helped to solve a crime and convict a murderer!

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August 23, 2022 47 min

On March 19, 1874, horror came to the small town of Millstadt, Illinois. It was a place where nothing bad could ever really happen – or at least that's what the residents there in the latter part of the nineteenth century believed. However, the murders that occurred on Saxtown Road forever shattered that illusion. When a local German family was brutally slaughtered in 1874, it created a dark, unsolved mystery – and a haunting t...

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August 9, 2022 53 min

On November 16, 1982, two Wyoming highway patrolmen discovered an abandoned car along a desolate stretch of rural highway. The engine was running, the driver's door was standing open, but the driver was gone. The car belonged to successful ad executive Don Kemp, and the story of his disappearance is one of the strangest in modern history, filled with twists, turns, and many unanswered questions.

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July 26, 2022 65 min

One of the most shameful events to ever occur in American history happened in the small southern Illinois town of Herrin in the summer of 1922. It would be a horrific labor union massacre that would garner national outrage and would forever stain the area with blood. It would also leave behind a fearful haunting that would linger in a place outside of town called Harrison Woods for more than three decades after the carnage occurred...

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