Month: July 2016

Bridgewater Triangle, Massachusetts

This area in southern Massachusetts is about 200 square miles and super creepy. It seems to be a hotspot of paranormal activity and unexplained events. The name was originally attributed to the area by the paranormal researcher, Loren Coleman, in his book Mysterious America. The area has a few landmarks of note. Obviously, the rock on […]

Ricky McCormick’s encrypted notes

Not only is Ricky McCormick’s death unsolved, there is the mystery of these bizarre notes found on his body. Codes are always interesting but it is made more noteworthy when you consider that his family went on record claiming that Ricky was only able to write his name, much less legible code. So, who created […]

Cryptozoology and Ivan T. Sanderson

Ivan T. Sanderson is credited with coining the term “cryptozoology,” the study of unknown creatures, as we all know very well. Sanderson was born in Scotland but immigrated to the United States and became a US citizen after WWII. He did a lot of traveling in his life, including with his family, and, sadly, his […]

“Picture of Unexplained Creature posted in the Berea, KY gallery”

Unfortunately, this picture is hard to pin down. It doesn’t seem to have a clear origin. The best we could find was a website called “topix,” which didn’t seem to be the most reliable website. The caption on the photo there said: “This picture I took while hiking down from the west pinnacle one evening around […]

Episode 13

Creepy Americana’s Podcast Check out this episode on libsyn or on iTunes! We discuss cults and horror movies.

Michigan Dogman

This cryptid was supposedly first reported in 1887, though there are some accounts of a similar creature by Odawa First Nations (according to local folklore, anyway). The above image was supposedly captured in 1961, the first physical evidence. There is also a narrative that accompanies the photo but it is difficult to find a source […]

Mad Gasser of Mattoon

It is unclear if the gasser in Botetourt County, Virginia in the 1930s and the one in  Mattoon, Illinois in the 1940s were the same but they share a Wikipedia article and was/were referred to as “the ‘Anesthetic Prowler’, Friz, the ‘Phantom Anesthetist’, the ‘Mad Gasser of Roanoke’, or simply the ‘Mad Gasser.’” This person or these people reportedly […]

The Ourang Medan Ghost Ship

If you’re familiar with the paranormal, you’re probably familiar with this ghost ship (as well as the Mary Celeste). It isn’t exactly Americana, but it did have an almost global impact, including finding its way into American publications. So, the interesting thing about this story is that it was initially reported by the Associated Press […]

The Cecil Hotel

If you watched the most recent season of American Horror Story, American Horror Story: Hotel, this place probably seems familiar. It’s hard to believe that that hotel was inspired by a real hotel, right in downtown Los Angeles. It was built in 1924 as a low-budget hotel that was meant for business travelers but low […]