Ever driven by, walked by or flown over an abandoned building or house and wondered what the inside looked like? Do you see a haunting beauty in the decay? Jay Farrell does and he joins me this week to talk about exploring abandoned places throughout Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Mississippi.
It was an unlikely place for a city, scourged by disease-ridden mosquitos and pummeled by hurricanes. But for more than three hundred years, Mobile has thrived on the unlikely and endured the unimaginable. Mobilians love their gumbo but are likely unaware that it was first served up here by women sent from France to foster population growth. Times were once so dire for free blacks that a shocking number petitioned the courts to become slaves. The city witnessed the first operational submarine, the first Mardi Gras celebration and the last major battle of the Civil War. Author Joe Cuhaj navigates the backwaters of Mobile’s fascinating history.
On this episode I speak with author Dale Perelman.
In the summer of 1978, a mother and her four-year-old were stabbed to death in the quiet town of New Castle. Police suspected the husband, Lou Kadunce, but were unable to find either a weapon or a motive. Sitting in a Lawrence County jail in 1981, convicted serial killer Michael Atkinson accused Frank Costal—a carny, petty thief and Satanist—of having an affair with the Kadunce husband and participating in the murder. A series of intense trials ensued as Costal was convicted of the homicides and a jury found the husband not guilty. Questions surrounding the case gripped the region and grabbed headlines in the Pittsburgh Press. Author Dale Richard Perelman tells this tragic story.
We are back for a new year and with a new theme song!
What do Edgar Allan Poe and Pirates have in common? The city of Charleston, SC obviously. This week author Chris Downey is my guest as we speak about what brought Edgar Allan Poe to Charleston which is the subject of his latest book. We also delve into the Golden Age of Piracy. A subject about which Chris is not a stranger having already published two books on the matter
This week we speak with the "King of Nostalgia" Tim Hollis. Tim has a museum attached to his house in Alabama full of collectibles and has written multiple books about roadside attractions, amusement parks of by gone eras, and the way things used to be in yesteryears. Who better to talk about to about Christmas and the Holidays of days gone by?