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BADASS KY WOMEN- Sarah “Sadie” Frances Price

Sarah Frances Price was a teenager during the Civil War. When the war came to an end, both her parents died, along with her brother. Then she was bedridden for a year with a mysterious ailment. When things finally started looking up, she became an accomplished researcher and publ ...   Show more

The Cicadas Are Coming!

Every seventeen years, Kentucky gets a visit from a new batch of periodical cicadas. They are loud, they are numerous, but they are generally not harmful, except to young trees and vineyards. You’ll come away from this episode armed with all kinds of great cicada fun facts. Enjoy ...   Show more

Ventriloquism & the Vent Haven Museum

Learn the eerie origins of ventriloquism, how it evolved into the modern form of entertainment it is today, and then enjoy an overview of the fascinating Vent Haven Museum started by W.S. Berger- now home to over 980 ‘figures’ plus oodles of other memorabilia. Check out venthaven ...   Show more

Nancy Green- Aunt Jemima

It’s difficult to decipher which information about Nancy Green’s life is true. In this episode, I’ve tried to separate fact from fiction, while giving an overview of Green’s life and the racist stereotypes perpetuated by the flour companies who used her (and others after her) for ...   Show more

Kentucky Death Row- Kevin Dunlap

In 2008, Kevin Dunlap pretended to be interested in buying a home for sale in the Roaring Spring community. The owner let him in, where he proceeded to tie her up, rape her, leave her for dead, set the home on fire and murder her children. He was arrested and charged three days l ...   Show more

Why Public Officials Can’t Duel in Kentucky

While dueling has been out of style for quite some time in the state of Kentucky, public officials must still swear under oath before taking office that they’ve never participated in a duel or challenged anyone to fight one. Find out why in today’s episode. Be sure to check out t ...   Show more

HAUNTED- Anne Mitchell & John Bell Hood

This is a love story. That turns sad. And then violent. And then spoooooky. A woman fell in love with a man, but was forced into marrying someone else. Find out how she retaliates... Check out this story and more Kentucky mysteries in the book ‘Myths and Mysteries of Kentucky’ by ...   Show more

Montgomery Blair- Dred Scott v. Sanford and Other Things

A person with a unique role in political history. I didn’t choose this guy because he was an exceptionally great guy, but because his series of roles was interesting and his life might make for a good tv show. This is the story of Montgomery Blair. For more on The Belknap Scandal ...   Show more

BADASS KY WOMEN- Willa Brown

So. Many. Firsts. This woman was not afraid to set records. I get so excited talking about her accomplishments. I hope you enjoy the story of Aviatrix Willa Brown as much as I enjoyed researching it. For more on some of the topics I cover in this episode check out ‘The Other Harl ...   Show more

BADASS KY WOMEN- Nurse Mary W. Arvin

Mary Arvin was born in Henderson, Kentucky. She graduated from nursing school in Owensboro and then joined the Red Cross Harvard Base Unit #5 which was sent to France in 1917. She cared for patients throughout the war years and witnessed two German night raid bombings before comi ...   Show more

Louis Sansbury Takes on Cholera

Cholera was a real problem in the 1800s. We didn’t know where it came from or how to treat it. In Springfield, Kentucky, one slave stayed behind while his owner and several other people fled the area completely. He ran the businesses of those who left while caring for the sick an ...   Show more

Brenda Sue Schaefer- Part 3

In the late 1980s, a Louisville woman named Brenda Sue Schaefer went missing. For months, police and FBI were extremely frustrated. They knew who did it, but they didn’t have the evidence to prove it. After going cold for months, they finally got a break in the case. But what wou ...   Show more

Brenda Sue Schaefer- Part 2

In the late 1980s, a Louisville woman named Brenda Sue Schaefer went missing. For months, police and FBI were extremely frustrated. They knew who did it, but they didn’t have the evidence to prove it. After going cold for months, they finally got a break in the case. But what wou ...   Show more

Brenda Sue Schaefer- Part 1

In the late 1980s, a Louisville woman named Brenda Sue Schaefer went missing. For months, police and FBI were extremely frustrated. They knew who did it, but they didn’t have the evidence to prove it. After going cold for months, they finally got a break in the case. But what wou ...   Show more

Madame Belle Brezing of Lexington- Part 2

Find out what happens to Belle and her Megowan St. mansion in part 2 of the Belle Brezing story. A great resource on Belle and the history, politics and economic revolution of Lexington is the book ‘Madam Belle: Sex, Money and Influence in a Southern Brothel’ by Maryjean Wall. -- ...   Show more

Madam Belle Brezing of Lexington- Part 1

Belle Brezing had a difficult childhood and early life. The odds were definitely against her. But she managed to create a life so interesting and impactful we still consider her a Lexington Legend today. Find out how her life was intertwined with politics, economics, and of cours ...   Show more

Lillian Patrick & Mary Magdalene Pitts

This episode will be tough to listen to. Both of these children were murdered before they even had a chance to really live. But their stories are every bit a part of Kentucky history as any other topic I’ve covered and touch an important point which is- if you suspect someone is ...   Show more

Mastodon Graveyard- Boone Co.

Mastodons and stag moose and giant sloths, oh my! This story is actually a little sad but also fascinating and you will come away with some excellent fun facts for future use. Source material for this episode includes “It Happened in Kentucky- Remarkable Events That Shaped Histor ...   Show more

Louisville Rail History

Louisville has toyed with the idea of bringing back commuter light rail. And some say the infrastructure is already there in Louisville. Here’s a brief history of streetcar and commuter rail transportation in Louisville and the surrounding region. For a great photo archive go to ...   Show more

Alma Kellner- Part 3

Find out the fate of Joseph Wendling. Check out Shawn M. Herron’s book ‘Louisville’s Alma Kellner Mystery” and please on behalf of this story go to www.stjohncenter.org/support-our-mission and donate to a wonderful cause. Thank you --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/j https://anchor.fm/j ...   Show more

Alma Kellner- Part 2

If you missed part 1, go back to episode 22 and then come back to this one. In this episode, Captain Carney makes the journey home with his suspect, Joseph Wendling. From the book ‘Louisville’s Alma Kellner Mystery’ by Shawn M. Herron --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.f https://anchor.f ...   Show more

Alma Kellner- Part 1

Eight year old Alma Kellner vanished without a trace in Louisville, KY in December 1909. Her disappearance shocked the city and the way things played out afterwards are so bizarre, I’m sitting here talking about them over 100 years later. Thank you to Shawn M. Herron for doing SO ...   Show more

Hopkinsville Goblins

Owls? Monkeys? Hallucinating drunks? Or did a group of tiny green men really land their UFO in Kelly, Kentucky on the night of August 21, 1955? Sources include ‘Mysterious Kentucky- The History, Mystery and Unexplained of the Bluegrass State’ by Barton M. Nunnelly; ‘Strange Kentu ...   Show more

Kentucky Death Row- Virginia Caudill

There is one woman on death row in the state of Kentucky. That woman is Virginia Caudill. She was convicted in 2000, along with her accomplice Johnathan Wayne Goforth. The strange thing about this is that we don’t truly know which one of them committed the murder. We do know that ...   Show more

Pope Lick Monster

This mischievous creature hangs out around the Pope Lick Trestle- a tall, bridge-like structure about 15 miles from downtown Louisville. Though his existence is an urban legend, the consequences of his story are very real. Check out the short film The Legend of The Pope Lick Mons ...   Show more

Killer Coroner- Louisville

Dr. Hugh McCollough was re-elected to his position as Jefferson Co. coroner and all was well. Until the peacock incident. From the book Cruelly Murdered by Keven McQueen --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jessie-bartholomew/message https://anchor.fm/jessie-bartholomew/message Support this podcast: https://anchor https://anchor ...   Show more

NUCLEAR- Maxey Flats

So much nuclear waste, y’all. This story takes place in Hillsboro, Kentucky, where the state approved a site for the Maxey Flats Waste Disposal Facility in the 1960s. What could possibly go wrong? I’ll tell you what. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jessie-bartholom https://anchor.fm/jessie-bartholom ...   Show more

Tent Girl- Georgetown

A body is found in 1968. Thirty years later she’s identified, but with her identification comes more questions than answers. Instead of donating to the podcast, for this episode I’m asking listeners to go to thecenter.org and click donate in the top right corner. Thank you. Check ...   Show more

HAUNTED- Liberty Hall

Do you love a creepy ghost? A friendly ghost? A lovesick ghost? No matter your preference, you can find them at Liberty Hall- a stately brick building in Frankfort, constructed by the first Kentucky Senator, John Brown. Check out Libertyhall.org for more info and to schedule your ...   Show more

Murder of Marlene Oakes

In Verona, KY, a daughter desperately seeks closure about her mother’s murder over two decades prior. The story gets dark fast but has a (kind of) happy ending. Instead of donating to the podcast, for this episode I’m asking listeners to go to thecenter.org and click donate in th ...   Show more

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