This is part three of the the Ballechin House haunting, known as the most haunted house in Scotland when the story was told in the newspapers in 1897.
This case caused a fair amount of embarrassment for the Society of Psychical Research who tried to distance themselves from the investigation that was led by Ada Goodrich Freer.
The past three podcasts have been inspired by Trevor H Hall's book 'Strange Things'.
Please be aware that this podcast has been recorded in one take and pronunciations are not my strong point, neither is narration, so apologies for all words that have mangled. I had wanted to tell the story in one podcast but since researching the story earlier this month (May 2023), one podcast would not have done justice to it.
The Ballechin House story was the inspiration to the Borley House haunting which I did a couple of podcasts about two or three years back.
I have not listed the sources used, sorry but I do not have the time or patience, but they are those as listed in the relevant chapters of the Trevor Hall book, I have not come across any new sources.
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Strange Stories UK: Ladock, Cornwall. Madness and murder
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32:10This is a podcast about Cornwall in 1959, a strange and sad double murder that seems to have been forgotten about. I am thinking that my microphone needs replacing which won't happen until November when I next visit an urban centre and take some advice. So, I my take a break after posting a few more short pods. I will post a Southampton murder and a Pirate radio murder and then the Halloween episode, so three more pods for Series 6, then I will take a break. I will start series 7 around Christmas 2023.I wanted to do some more research before finishing my series on the Krays. I want to have an episode on the Kray gang members, who they really were based on primary sources, so that will be posted perhaps around Christmas. I realise that I have not posted a crypto zoology episode for some time, so I hope to remedy that early in Series 7.www.strangestoriesuk.gmail.com
Strange Stories UK: Krays 2, Bob Boothby, Ronnie Kray and Bacon Bonce.
1:22:13Part 2 of the untold Kray stories. This tells of the corruption that resulted from the sexual interests of Ronnie Kray who was a predatory homosexual paedophile who corrupted others including well known politicians of the day at the sex parties he held.The main criticism is on the Conservative and Labour governments of the day that could have stopped the corruption but allowed it to continue to avoid negative publicity.www.strangestoriesuk.gmail.com
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Strange Stories UK: The Krays One (part 2) The True Story regarding affray and murder at Catford.
30:10This is the second part of the podcast about a shoot out and affray at a club in Catford during March 1966.This podcast is not really about the Krays but an incident that finished their main rivals in London, The Richardson gang. The podcast is recorded in one take without editing and are lo-fi.I am not sure how much other kray podcasts can be trusted as many are based on biased books or biased accounts which often glorify the Kray gang.The podcasts I am trying to produce are based on police records which are often doubtful, but probably the truest accounts that exist. I also use accounts or books that I think can be trusted such as Albert Donoghue's 'The Krays' lieutenant. Donoghue turned against the Krays after they tried to make him take a murder charge on their account. I am hoping to make three or four Kray podcasts on specific incidents rather than an overall assessment on them. www.strangestoriesuk.gmail.com
Strange Stories UK: The Krays 1: The true story of affray and murder at Catford. Part One.
44:41I have had the intention of doing some podcasts on the Kray gang for some time. As the story has been so well told and so well known I am concentrating on some background and lesser known stories. This is part one of the first Kray podcast. So part one of part one! I will post part two tomorrow. This podcast is not really about the Kray gang, but of an incident that gave the Krays the chance to become the dominant gang in London. The affray and shoot out at Mr Smith's club in Catford in South London.I will be posting other Kray podcasts over the next couple of months, these will be based on police records and other available material trying to get past the myths and tell the true story.www.strangestoriesuk.gmail.com
Strange Stories Uk: Hells Angels fall out in Yorkshire UK during 1975.
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Strange Stories : The Ghosts of Preston Park, Brighton.
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Strange Stories UK: The Monster of Margate.
39:49This story dates back to August 1965 and events between then and 2014. I have called this episode the Margate Monster referring to Alan Houchin who served ten years for murder was then released, still being in denial, to commit more crime. I am working on some longer complicated cases at present, one of which will be the next paranormal episode. I will try to post photos on the Facebook page although I seem to have upset someone who has hacked my account and uploaded some terrorist and child abuse type material which has resulted in the account being suspended and there is no appealing to Facebook. I will post some images on Instagram. www.strangestoriesuk.gmail.com
Strange Stories UK, Al Watson and Ruby Roberts.
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Strange stories UK, A double murder at Aldington, Kent. 1961.
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