Mystery History

Hunting for the Buried Treasure of Captain Kidd

Will the ill-gotten fortune of the pirate captain William Kidd ever be found? No one knows. But the next time you’re strolling the shoreline along a New Jersey beach you might just want to keep your eyes open for a shiny souvenir in the rolling surf––because sometimes what glitters may actually be gold. Continue reading

The Cult of Mysterious “Monk’s Castle”

In the late 70s and early 80s rumors of a “Sex and Drugs” cult residing at “Monks Castle” began circulating around Montclair. One resident described the reaction of the community as “panic stricken” in a New York Times article about the cult, which ran under the headline “Guru’s Cult in Castle Troubles Montclair.” Continue reading

NEW Weird Gear Galore!

Now you can have all of your favorite Weird NJ icons on all kinds of cool new Weird Wear, like Tee Shirts, Girls Tees, Sweatshirts, Long Sleeve Tees, Hoodies, Unisex Tanks, Kids Tees, Tie Dyes or Onesies! All are available in all sizes and … Continue reading

Newark’s Steam Powered Robo-Man

These days there’s a popular fashion or “cosplay” fad known a “Steampunk.” Steampunk is based on the idea of futuristic technology existing in the past, usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of … Continue reading

Thomas Edison’s Spirit Phone

Few people would argue with the opinion that Thomas A. Edison is one of the most influential figures of the past hundred years.  Just try to imagine the Twentieth Century without recorded sound, motion pictures, or even electric light, and … Continue reading

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

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

The Unsolved Case of 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