In the late eighteenth century, the untamed country of Kentucky and Illinois was still the wild frontier. Before it could be tamed by settlers, it was the domain of some of the most bloodthirsty killers and thieves in American history. Among them were two men who terrorized the frontier out of pure blood-lust. It took years for the authorities to end their killing spree because the Harpe brothers didn’t choose their victims – they simply killed anyone who got in their way, including women and children. In fact, on August 16, 1798, one of the brothers smashed a baby’s head against a tree. He said he did it because she annoyed him by constantly crying. That was bad enough, but the worst part? It was his own daughter.
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IN THIS EPISODE: Are ghosts and shadow people the same thing? Author Jacob Shelton doesn’t think so – and gives us an in-depth essay behind his reasoning. (Ghosts And Shadows) *** In September, 1935, the Labor Day Hurricane obliterated the Florida Keys, killing hundreds. Even today, more than 83 years later, skeletal remains still continue to occasionally be found… as do some of their ghosts. (Ghosts Of The Labor Day Hurricane) *** Nathaniel Bar-Jonah was accused of murdering a child. Soon, his neighbors remembered the strange meat he’d given them years before. (Child Killer and Cannibal) *** Was the notorious Dr Crippen, convicted and executed in 1910 for the murder of his wife Cora, actually innocent? (Dr. Crippen and the Chamber of Murder and Horror) *** Two women decide to move into a flat together – but quickly find out they might have a paranormal third roommate they didn’t know about. (The Other Flatmate) *** In the wild frontier of the 1790s, Americans had much to be worried about. Drought, famine, being injured with no one there to get help for you, poisonous snakes, hungry wolves, even being scalped by bloodthirsty natives of the land. But nothing was so scary as… the Harpe brothers. You see, the Harpe brothers didn’t choose their victims – they simply killed anyone who got in their way, including women and children. (Two of the Outlaws of Cave-In Rock)
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“Child Killer and Cannibal” by Wyatt Redd: http://ow.ly/w3LT30m1fSy
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“The Harpe Brothers: Two Of The Outlaws Of Cave-In Rock” by Troy Taylor: http://ow.ly/hk4930m1fy1
“The Other Flatmate” by Jubeele: http://ow.ly/wSxJ30m1fzu
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