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
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Wisconsin Death Trip Book
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Jackson County Chronicle
Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center
Re-Pete’s Saloon and Grill

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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 – 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
Cornwall Chronicle
When Pigs Fly South
Music by Mike Masse

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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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OS – Chesterville Witch – Chesterville, OH

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Does the ghost of a long dead Amish woman, once accused of witch craft, still roam the tiny Chesterville Cemetery? The locals think so. Brett and Amy find out what they did to keep her in her grave on this Oddtober Odd Spot.

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94 – The Monsters of Devil’s Lake – Baraboo WI

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The shadowy spirits elephants, mysterious disappearances, native legends and the most beautiful landscapes you could wish to see on any road trip. We’re traveling to the heart of the dairy belt to visit the Devil’s Lake State Park to dive into some very disturbing legends.

Don’t let the postcard views of this gem in Wisconsin fool you. This town seems to be a hotbed of the paranormal. From lake monsters to Bigfoot to ghosts and native american curses, Baraboo has it all.

If you aren’t feeling like taking on the local oddities, there is fishing, boating, kayaking and camping adventures for all. I would say to watch out for bears…but they say there are none. Maybe the giant ghost mammoths ate them?

If the outdoors and the paranormal are not your cup of tea, this town is home to Circus World. This is a working circus and museum devoted to the history of the circus, with artifacts and exhibits and tigers!

No trip to the cheese capitol of the world would be complete without stopping in to the Gem City Saloon and Eatery for a cheesy slice of the “best pizza in Wisconsin.

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OS – Emma Crawford Coffin Races – Manitou Springs, CO

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Emma Crawford’s corpse just wouldn’t stay put so the town of Manitou Springs Colorado decided to celebrate it by throwing a party. So, grab your friends and a pine box for this unique annual event.

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93 – Ghosts of Smallwood’s Store – Chokoloskee, FL

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The shadowy spirits of long dead outlaws, unsolved murders, whispered secrets and fried green tomatoes……..this roadtrip ain’t for the faint of heart. We’re headed deep into the wilds of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge for a visit to Ted Smallwood’s legendary Smallwood Store on Chokoloskee Island.

If you’ve got the nerve to brave the labyrinth of mangrove islands, back wood marshes, brackish ponds and winding channels , you’ll discover a wild land steeped in history and shrouded in myth. Step into Smallwood’s and step back in time as you peruse the shelves of this 1920’s time capsule But don’t be fooled by the beauty of this amazing landscape. Ghosts walk these old plank floors, who’s secrets have yet to be told.

This is an outdoors man’s (or woman’s) paradise. Fishing, boating, kayaking and camping adventures abound. There are plenty of guided canoe or kayak trips, dolphin ecotours and birding or wildlife powerboat tours for newbies. Our Defense Against The Dark Arts will hopefully protect you from the mosquitoes and the elusive Florida panthers…….hopefully……

Once you get your land legs back, head on over to Triad Seafood in Everglades City for home made desserts and it’s infamous “All You Can Eat Stone Crab”. We hear the Alligator Tail is pretty tasty, too. This no frills eatery offers gorgeous views of the Barron River and a Key Lime pie so good, it’s been know to make grown men drop to their knees in the middle of the restaurant, throw their hands in the air and uncontrollably weep with unbridled gastric ecstasy….not really. But it’s supposed to be really good.

No trip to the Everglades would be complete without a trip to the Skunk Ape Research Headquarters in Ochopee, Florida. We’ll discuss the “Jane Goodall of Skunk Apes” and find out the Skunk Ape’s favorite snacks. Let’s just hope it’s not chubby podcasters from Oklahoma!

Chokoloskee, FL
Everglades Mullet Rapper
Smallwood’s Store
Skunkape Research Center
Triad Seafood Market Cafe
Music by Mike Masse

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OS – St Omer Cemetery Witch Grave – Ashmore,IL

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The old St Omer Cemetery in Coles County is said to be home to an obscure but enduring legend that has haunted this defunct town for generations. Dated Feburary 31, the glowing tombstone on a moonless night is said to damn those who attempt to take it’s picture. Join us for this dark tale of haunted history and cemetery horror as we continue the frightening tales of ODDTOBER.

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