“GHOSTS, GRAVITY, AND ISAAC NEWTON” and Other True Stories! #WeirdDarkness


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Jul 25 2020 59 mins   177
Please share a link to this episode in all of your social media to help enlarge our Weirdo family! And please recommend Weird Darkness to your friends, family, and co-workers who love the paranormal, horror stories, or true crime! Thank you! IN THIS EPISODE: The scientist Isaac Newton is best known for his being the first to create the theory of gravity. But now we’ve learned it is very possible that would never have happened had this scientist not had a bit of sorcerer in him as well. (Ghosts, Gravity, and Isaac Newton) *** 
On Easter Sunday, 1475, in the city of Trent, a 2-year-old boy named Simon was found dead. This one act triggered a wave of anti-Semitism that wiped out a community of Jewish males and threatened the power of a pope. All from the death of one child. (History’s Most Dangerous Toddler) *** "I am innocent, that mark of mine will NEVER be wiped out. It will remain forever to shame the county for hanging an innocent man…. " Alexander Campbell said these words on June 21, 1877 shortly before his hanging. And true to his word, the handprint he left behind refuses to fade away – no matter how hard people try to remove it. (The Reappearing Handprint) *** A century ago, in July 1920, The Illustrated Police News, ran a single story on its front page, complete with a drawing of a man lying on top of a woman, both surrounded in blood. But even more disturbing – a young boy, very much alive, and apparently watching the whole thing. (The Little Boy Who Watched His Parents Die) *** It took a while before the first woman to be hanged would take place in the USA – but in 1778 it finally happened. And her name was Bathsheba Spooner. (The Hanging of Bathsheba Spooner) TRANSCRIPT FOR THIS EPISODE… Find a full or partial transcript at the bottom of this blog post: https://weirddarkness.com/archives/6954 MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE… BOOK: “Never At Rest: Isaac Newton Biography” by Richard Westfall: https://amzn.to/39sjNS7 BOOK: “Ghostwalk” by Rebecca Stott: https://amzn.to/3eYzilN BOOK: “Trent 1475: Stories of a Ritual Murder Trial” by Po-Chia Hsia: https://amzn.to/3fTNnSS BOOK: “The Martyrdom of the Franciscans: Islam, the Papacy, and an Order of Conflict” by Christopher MacEvitt: https://amzn.to/39qHYjF BOOK: “Most Haunted Crime Scenes in The World” by David Pietras: https://amzn.to/2CYWNxT BOOK: “Murdered By His Wife” by Deborah Navas: https://amzn.to/2ZXkH5V BOOK: “Bathsheba Spooner: A Novel” by Deborah Navas: https://amzn.to/3fZMMiq “The Lizzy Borden Newspaper Hoax” story is in this episode: https://weirddarkness.com/archives/6637 SUPPORT THE PODCAST… Become a patron: https://WeirdDarkness.com/WEIRDO Visit the Weird Darkness store: https://WeirdDarkness.com/STORE Find my social media, email and contact info: https://WeirdDarkness.com/CONTACT STORY AND MUSIC CREDITS/SOURCES… (Over time links can and may become invalid, disappear, or have different content.) “Ghosts, Gravity, and Isaac Newton” by Stuart Clark for The Guardian: https://tinyurl.com/yyuh7drh “History’s Most Dangerous Toddler” by Candida Moss for The Daily Beast: https://tinyurl.com/yytph8ck “The Reappearing Handprint” by Ellen Lloyd for Ancient Pages: https://tinyurl.com/y6cxde8r “The Little Boy Who Watched His Parents Die” by Dr. Nell Darby for Criminal Historian: https://tinyurl.com/y4tzofj3 “The Hanging of Bathsheba Spooner” posted at Executed Today: https://tinyurl.com/y267xktg Weird Darkness theme by Alibi Music Library. Background music, varying by episode, provided by Alibi Music, EpidemicSound and/or AudioBlocks with paid license; Shadows Symphony (http://bit.ly/2W6N1xJ), Midnight Syndicate (http://amzn.to/2BYCoXZ), and/or Nicolas Gasparini/Myuu (https://www.youtube.com/user/myuuji) used with permission. 

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