of Robert the Doll, a haunted toy in Key West, Florida, contains more layers than it appears to when you first hear it. Matt discusses how this disturbing doll invokes ideas from psychology, modern gender politics, and the history of race relations in the United States.
In this episode, Matt is again joined by Albie Robles to discuss one of Mexico’s better known, and creepier, ghost stories: the tale of a haunted mannequin that is also rumored to be a well-preserved corpse… La Pasculaita.
Matt is joined by voice actor and host of the Scare Me Podcast, Albie Robles. Albie relates his own personal story about a ghost encounter in a mining town in Mexico and shares some of the tales he heard from his family’s experiences in that town.
Freetown State Forest in Massachusetts is said to be a center for high weirdness. There are many different locations within this forest that are haunted, and UFO and Bigfoot sightings are also common. This episode provides an overview of the location and discusses some of the most prominent stories.
Ghost towns dot the American Southwest, and many are said to be haunted. But Calico is the only one that is haunted by the ghost of a dog that delivers mail. In this episode, Matt considers how our often self-contradicting views of the Old West tell us something about how we view ourselves in the modern world.
In a very special supplemental episode, The Ghosthropologist answers listener questions and shares a fascinating story about a very famous (CENSORED) that, for obvious reasons, was not included in an earlier episode.
For the 25th episode of Ghosthropology, Matt does something a bit different. Rather than focusing on a specific ghost story, this long episode is dedicated to an interview with Dr. Michele Hanks, an anthropologist who studies ghost tourism and paranormal investigators. Dr. Hanks provides some thought-provoking comments on the search for evidence, what belief in ghosts means, and how this all ties into larger cultural issues.
There are many creepy stories associated with the British Museum, but in this episode, Matt focuses on two – one involving a fake artifact and the other involving a rather weird interpretation of a real artifact with a heaping helping of 19th century colonialist exoticism. Both are interesting in what they tell us about the people who first began circulating the stories.
Matt speaks about ghost beliefs of ancient humanity, at least as far as we can discern them. While there are some that seem a bit odd to us today, many of these ideas and concepts will seem very, very familiar. The similarities between these ancient stories and the ones we tell each other today seem to speak to continuity of tradition, but they also suggest a variety in beliefs about the returning dead.