97 – Wisconsin Death Trip – Black River Falls, WI

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ODDTOBER has drawn to an end and the weather is turning colder. There’s a distinct chill in the air and the darkness of night comes earlier and earlier. So, settle in with Brett and Amy as they tell the tale of the horrors of Wisconsin in the late 19th century.

In 1973, Michael Lesy published the now cult classic, Wisconsin Death Trip. In the last decade of the 19th century, life in Black River Falls was filled with madness, suicide, murder, disease and child mortality. The horrors perpetrated by the citizens of Jackson County are depicted in stark reality in the photographs taken between 1890 and 1910 by a local photographer, with extracts from the local newspaper, the Badger State Banner, and from the records of the local mental asylum.

All this murder and madness can work up an appetite so we’ll stop by Re-Pete’s Saloon and Grill for some tasty treats. We’ll tell you all about the famous Re-Pete Offender and how you can win your very own Re-Pete t-shirt.

If you’re ready to walk off that giant lunch, we’ll take a trip to the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center. Learn all about the annual Wisconsin Cranberry Festival as you tour the interactive cranberry museum. Stop by the vintage ice cream parlor for a variety of cranberry flavored ice creams and visit their gift shop for some fantastic cranberry treats.

Music by Mike Masse
Wisconsin Death Trip Movie
Wisconsin Death Trip Book
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Black River Chamber of Commerce
Jackson County Chronicle
Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center
Re-Pete’s Saloon and Grill

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Dia de los Muertos

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At midnight on All Hallow’s Eve, the gates of Heaven open and the long dead spirits of the deceased are released from their eternal slumber to roam the Earth. Brett and Amy are talking sugar skulls, bad tequila and terrible Spanish pronunciations on this ODDTOBER odd spot.

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ODDtober – Halloween Special

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On all hollows eve, when the moon is round……..

As ODDTOBER draws to a resounding close, Harley, Brett and Amy gather around the table to cuss and discuss spooky listener stories. We send Season 2 of the Travel Oddities Podcast out in style with tales of battlefield specters, alien encounters, ghostly marchers and life saving ethereal interventions. You’ll never look at paint brushes the same again.

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96 – Raven’s Grin Inn – Mount Carroll, IL

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Grab a coat and button up, Oddballs. It gets a bit chilly where we’re heading. The beautiful New England-esque town of Mount Carroll Illinois holds the record for some frigid temperatures but the beauty of the quaint little midwestern town is sure to warm you right up.

What do you do with a ramshackle old 19th century mansion with no plumbing or electricity that sits just a block away from a creepy old cemetery? If you’re Jim Warfield, you drop three grand on it and spend the next 20 years fulfilling your lifelong dream of creating your very own wacky house of horrors. And if creepy secret passageways and slides that shoot you from the roof to 24 feet underground aren’t enough to lure you in, there are always the real ghosts…..

While you’re in town, stop by the Timber Lake Playhouse and grab a seat for their current stage production of Howard Ashman’s Little Shop of Horrors. Opened in 1962, they are the oldest semiprofessional summer stock theater company in Illinois.

Where do the hair impaired in Mount Carroll go to grab a quick bite to eat? To the BaldGuyz Coffee and Bistro, of course! Monster cheese burgers, Italian sodas and cinnamon bun frappes will leave you drooling on Granny’s apron. Tell her we said hi! And the good news is, you don’t have to be bald to indulge in their delicious fare. Just don’t rub it in with the focially impaired.

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OS – The Devil’s Tree – Basking Ridge, NJ

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The Devil’s Tree in Basking Ridge New Jersey has been saturated with blood, death, fear and sadness for over 200 years and yet it still stands. If you listen closely, you can hear the screams of the damned emanating from its bowels. Take a trip with Amy and Brett as they bring you another spooky odd spot for ODDTOBER.

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OS – Gurnsey Hollow Cemetery – Frewsberg, NY

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The haunting and sad history of the Gurnsey Hollow cemetery is filled with murder and tragedy. No wonder the spectral shenanigans of a long dead little girl still plague the visitors to this out of the way spot. Brett and Amy talk dead child ghosts and other weirdness.
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95 – The Curse of Dudleytown – Cornwall, CT

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Amy and Harley are taking a trip to picturesque Litchfield County, Connecticut and the quaint town of Cornwall. Known for its covered bridges and eco-conscious residents, Cornwall and the Housatonic River are a hiking and fly fishing hot spot. This calendar worthy quintessential New England town is perfect. But is it too perfect?

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Cornwall Chamber
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When Pigs Fly South
Music by Mike Masse

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OS – 13 Bumps Road – Watchung, NJ

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Harley and Amy are talking witches on this ODDTOBER odd spot. Thriteen of them to be exact. Are the 13 bumps in old Johnston road just a spooky legend or something bewitchingly more?

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Oddtober – The Raven – Edgar Allan Poe

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The words of Edgar Allen Poe resonate through time in Brett’s scary reading of this quintessential horror poem. First published in January 1845, it tells of a talking raven’s mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man’s slow fall into madness.

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OS – Spider Gates Cemetery- Leicester, MA

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Does the land around this old Quaker cemetery in Massachusetts hold special powers? Brett and Harley talk ancient Greek mythology and demonic conjuring in this cemetery tale (yes, another one). If you happen to find yourself deep in these Massachusetts backwoods at midnight, tell Marmaduke the Odd Squad says hi.

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