News of the Weird

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typewriterAs I’ve mentioned elsewhere on this blog, I have insomnia, and that means I sometimes have to come up with pretty creative ways to keep myself entertained in the wee hours when sleep is not in the offing. I love researching newspaper archives for my writing. Usually, I’m looking for articles about a specific moment in history, but when I can’t sleep I’ll sometimes just plug in interesting keywords and arbitrary date ranges and see what I find.

 

So on this page I’ll be sharing a little bit of everything — ghosts, UFOs, monarchs switched at birth — whatever I find that seems like it would be fun to share.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

Buzzkill at a Ghost Hunt

 

An Inopportune Haunting

 

An Iffy Treasure Map

 

Well Mannered Flapper Ghost

 

Charm Against Hostile Mesmerists

 

Ghost or Hibernating Burglar?

 

New Jersey Banshee

 

Crime Ring Run By Witch Doctors

 

 

A Most Unusual Last Will and Testament

 

A Plea for Poltergeists

 

Child Poltergeist Medium

 

Beauty Queen with a Spider Bite

 

A La Carte Exorcisms

 

Death By Glacier

 

An Article That Is Not Really About Banshees

 

Terrifying New York Thruway

 

 

Ghosts in the Laboratory

 

St. Pierre — A Lazy Bootlegger’s Paradise

 

Romanian Pickpocket Poltergeist

 

Yonkers Exorcism Cult

 

 

Strange, Sad Tale of Victor Hugo’s Daughter

 

A Sort-Of Exorcism

 

Nepalese Yeti Permit

 

Rip Van Winkle Tourism

 

Mutant Frogs Liberated From Government Lab

 

1960s Garage Door Ghost

 

Static Electricity Boy

 

French Sorceress Arrested

 

Retired Boxer’s Weird New Career

 

Vampire 101

 

10 Ships Vanish in 18 Months

 

UFOs Spotted on the East Coast

 

West Point Ghosts

 

Famous People and Their Wills

 

Ghost Census

 

This Computer Thing Will Never Last

 

Matchmaking by Ghost Fire

 

Catholic Ghost Goes to Church

 

Spirit Rapping in 1858

 

Canadian Ghost Hysteria

 

Servant Signs Last Will and Testament

 

No Gallery Showing for this Ghost

 

A Husband’s Last Wish

 

Even Ghosts Get Hungry

 

Vampire Personal Ads

 

Phantom White Dog Guards Oil Well

 

Curse of the Stolen Bible

 

Scared to Death by a Tweet

 

Getting the Ocean Drunk

 

The Ghost at the Card Table

 

Vampire Sentenced to Life in Prison

 

If Harry Potter Played Golf

 

Ghost Gets 40 Lashes

 

Christmas Ornaments or Witch Balls

 

Death of a Witch

 

A Colicky Ghost

 

Vampire Hunting in Winter

 

An Expensive Ghost

 

A Piano-Playing Ghost

 

Arthur Conan Doyle and the Ghost of the Murdered Groom

 

The Sheridan Family Curse

 

Tales of Scottish Fairies

 

The Ghost Who Loved Diamonds

 

Ghost Busting in the Early 20th Century

 

Prankster Bride Lingers in Lovel Castle

 

Ghost or Bad Whiskey?

 

Bearded Lady Sells Curse Remover

 

Bram Stoker thought Queen Elizabeth was a man. Really.

 

Vampire Job Application

 

Lord Byron and the Curse of Newstead Abbey

 

Faking a Haunting for Fun and Profit

 

Long Island Ghosts Mean Business

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