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Coffee and Chitchat and Real Life Vampires

Have you ever wondered how Bram Stoker dreamt up Dracula?  Well, we might have the answer for you!  Join us as we discuss Elizabeth Bathory and Vlad the Impaler, two despicable human beings who could be considered real life vampires. Both abused their power and left carnage in their wake.  Enjoy this episode about these sadists whose rampages will haunt your Memorial Day!

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Coffee and Chitchat and What You Didn’t Learn in History Class

Did you know……?  If you love history as much as we do, or if you just want to learn a few interesting historical facts, this episode is for you!  Join us as we discuss little known tidbits including a Pope who caused the Black Death, Chinese Foot Binding, and Ronald Reagan, life saver to name a few.  Sit back on a Sunday and gather little nuggets you can share at your next social gathering!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Mommie Dearest

No More Wire Hangers!!!!  Join us as we discuss one of the most notorious mothers of all time.  Joan Crawford was a huge movie star, and her fame spanned four decades in Hollywood.  We discuss her early life, rise to fame, as well as Joan’s  relationships and motherhood.  We dug a little deeper than the notorious scandal that was Mommie Dearest, and we found some interesting information about this old Hollywood broad.  Happy Mother’s Day to all, try not to tie your children to their beds!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Real Urban Legends

Have you heard of the escaped mental patient with the hook who terrorizes couples out at night?  What about the legend of Bloody Mary?  How about the vanishing hitchhiker?  Well, although those can’t be proven as true, join us as we discuss some substantiated urban legends.

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Coffee and Chitchat and Cold Case Axe Murders

Listener discretion advised!  In today’s episode, we will be discussing two gruesome murders.  If you’re okay with that, join us as we talk about cold case mysteries involving the infamous Lizzie Borden and the Hinterkaifeck murders.  Although horrific, you may learn something from these stories.  We sure did, listen to your gut and watch out for your head!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Al Capone

Al Capone, a name synonymous with organized crime…but sometimes, there’s more to a man than just his notoriety.  Join us as we discuss some lesser known facts about the head of The Chicago Outfit.  We will make you an offer you can’t refuse about our hometown favorite gangster, Scarface himself, Al Capone.

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Coffee and Chitchat and the Cabbage Patch Craze

If you remember the 80’s, or even if you don’t, this episode is just pure, unadulterated Xavier Roberts fun! Listen as we discuss some facts you may not know about this iconic toy and the craze it created pre-holiday 1983.  Long lines, lack of supply, parents who don’t want to disappoint equals a marketing coup!  Sit back, have a Sanka, and enjoy some time travel back to the decade of excess!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Queen Victoria and Jack the Ripper

Queen Victoria and Jack the Ripper in the same episode?  Just you wait to see how they might be related.  Join us as we talk about the life of the Queen and some strange Victorian Era facts.  Then, we will discuss the possible identity of Jack the Ripper, one of the great mysteries to this day!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Recluses

Wouldn’t we all like to live a solitary life and avoid other people every once in awhile? Sure!  But, the three people we discuss today take it to a whole different level.  Join us as we discuss Big and Little Edie Beale of Grey Gardens fame, a mother and daughter duo who shut out the world in favor of each other on their Hampton’s estate.  In addition, we also explore the life of Howard Hughes including his successes, love life, questionable personal hygiene habits and the other odd behaviors he exhibited as he descended into the life of a hermit.  Enjoy the sad, but interesting and eccentric stories of these recluses and make a vow to yourself to stay connected to the outside world!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Ahoy, Murder?

Abandon ship!  But, don’t abandon this episode where Admiral Joyce and Captain Laura discuss two mysterious deaths aboard celebrity yachts.  As mentioned in the previous podcast, we chat about the death on William Randolph Hearst’s yacht.  We also delve into the mysterious demise of Hollywood icon Natalie Wood and the facts surrounding what may have really happened that fatal night.  Drop your anchor and settle in for episode 11 of Coffee and Chitchat!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Kidnapped!

Listen carefully!  We are about to drop two kidnapping cases in your lap.  We demand that you pay attention as we discuss the Patty Hearst and Lindbergh Baby kidnappings! We require you to share our podcast with others!  We command that you subscribe, rate and review Coffee and Chitchat.  If you do not meet our requirements, you will miss out on the pure enjoyment of our podcast!  We insist you meet our demands, as your entertainment and that of the ones you love is at stake!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Vanishings!

Throughout history people have vanished without a trace.  This week we discuss the five Sodder children of West Virginia who disappeared as their house burned to the ground on Christmas Eve 1945 and the Lost Colony of Roanoke, a histories mysteries favorite! These two unexplainable cases are full of intriguing details and possible theories, so join us as we talk about the investigations which have been unsolved to this day!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Hidden and Missing Treasures

 

Treasure…from the ancient riches of Egypt’s pharaohs to the current search for the cache at Oak Island, humans have been seeking hidden and lost loot for thousands of years.  Join us as we discuss some secret and vanished riches you may not know about.  Gold, silver, and jewels of the South, Faberge Eggs, and The Amber Room piqued our interest.  We hope they will appeal to our listeners too!  Come along as we hunt for the stories about these literal gems!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Frankenstein’s Castle and A Girl Named Sue

Frankenstein’s Castle is one of the many names of the mysterious tower that sits alone in a popular park in Dayton, Ohio.  It has quite the history and lore attached to it.  Join us to uncover what’s truth and what’s fiction and also enjoy some ghostly eyewitness accounts!  Then, take a break from ghost stories to hear about one of our hometown favorites, Sue the T-Rex, who is housed at the Field Museum.  Learn about her discovery and how she ended up here in Chicago!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Who Will Tend the Graves and Resurrection Mary

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Why can’t visiting a grave be both a peaceful experience and one of shared family memories?  It can, join us as we tell you how.  In addition, learn about Chicago’s most famous ghost, Resurrection Mary!

 

 

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Coffee and Chitchat and Old Wives Tales and Superstitions

Have you ever wondered why we fear the number thirteen or why horseshoes are good luck?  We did too, join us as we discuss why you should never open and umbrella in the house, why you should never leave shoes on the table and the origins of other famous old wives tales and superstitions.