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Dark Histories
Dark Histories
Ben Cutmore

Fortnightly narratives on the unsolved and the unexplained, mysteries, historical true crime, touches of the paranormal and cultural peculiarities.

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The Wreck of the Wager

In 1741, amidst the treacherous waters of Cape Horn, on the southernmost tip of South America, the British warship HMS... more

10 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
A Shot in the Dark: The Hammersmith Ghost of 1804

In the last twenty-five years, ghost hunting has entered something of a golden age, with all sorts of technology playing... more

26 May 2024 · 48 minutes
William Corder & The Red Barn Murder

In the first half of the 19th century, there was a single murder that, having ensnared the English countryside in... more

13 May 2024 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Fritz Haarmann: The Vampire of Hanover

Following the first world war, Germany, having never found its feet economically throughout the conflict, now found itself crumbling under... more

28 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Story Time: Dark Rituals & Pagan Rites

Hi everyone, something a little different this week, but I'll be back as usual with next episode. Thanks as always! ------- For... more

14 Apr 2024 · 54 minutes
Counterfeiting, Undercover Agents & The Abduction of Abraham Lincoln

The ingenuity of the criminal class has rarely been criticised for lacking in imagination. One of the finer examples of... more

02 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
The Mysterious Murder of Mary Jane Bennett

In Victorian England, the press were never shy of calling a crime the “sensation of the century” or a murder,... more

19 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Prophecy, Second Sight & John Barker’s Premonitions Bureau

“As to the divination which takes place in sleep, and is said to be based on dreams, we cannot lightly... more

04 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
The Druce-Portland Affair: The Duke That Never Was

Cases of stolen, mistaken and fraudulent identity were not an entirely uncommon thing in Victorian Britain. Somewhat more unusual was... more

19 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Zsuzsanna Fazekas & The Angel Makers of Nagyrév

Hungary during the first world war was a difficult place to live, especially if you happened to live in one... more

11 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Dark Histories
The Wreck of the Wager
Dark Histories