Mystery History

Martians Attack NJ on Halloween Eve!

‘Twas the night before Halloween, mischief night, in 1938 that a young Orson Welles’ now infamous radio broadcast of War of the Worlds caused widespread panic. An adaptation of H. G. Wells’s 1898 novel, the program was presented live as an … Continue reading

UPDATED: Who Killed Jeannette DePalma?

In this all-but-forgotten unsolved case from 1972, the body of a teenage girl was discovered atop a cliff, high above an abandoned quarry in the town of Springfield. The corpse was found thanks to a dog that brought home a badly decomposed human forearm to its master. The deceased would later be identified as Jeannette DePalma, a local teenager who had been missing for six weeks. Before long, witchcraft, satanism and police conspiracies would all become suspects in the bizarre case. Continue reading

The Mount Holly Witch Trials

While most people are familiar with the story of the infamous witch trials that took place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 and 1693, less well known are the legends told in the Mount Holly, NJ area of women being tried … Continue reading

Happy Hollow Earth Day!

Exploring the Inner Earth with John Cleves Symmes, Jr. It seems there’s a lot of crackpot theories going around these days. There are Flat-earth believers, moon landing deniers, and all kinds of Q-anonsense. One such far-fetched idea was hatched by … Continue reading

The Mystery of the Morro Castle

On Sept. 8th in 1934, that the passenger liner S.S. Morro Castle ran aground just a few yards from Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ. 137 passengers and crewmembers died aboard or while trying to escape from the fire engulfed ship. Many mysteries still surround the wreck of the Morro Castle, which remains one of the worst maritime disasters in U.S. history. Was one of the heralded heroes of that fateful day, radio operator George White Rodgers, actually the true villain of the catastrophe? Continue reading