The North Pond Hermit

In the technology and digital age, being removed from the rest of humanity is difficult. We need each other for a variety of necessities and doing any sort of job without some technology involved is nearly impossible for those in the United States. But there’s one man who went close to thirty years without technology or even speaking to another person – the North Pond Hermit.

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“Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm?”

We, as a society, seem to be obsessed with true crime and the morbidly horrifying. Pop culture is filled with shows, podcasts, and films about true crime and we can’t seem to get enough. The podcast Casefile True Crime has maintained a large audience over the last year; several shows and documentaries have come out about O.J. Simpson and his trial; Netflix recently released a documentary about Amanda Knox; and a mini series about JonBenet was released last year.

There is one case that remains open after 75 years and theories range from a Nazi spy ring to witch craft. The heart of the case comes down to a single question: who put Bella in the old wych elm?

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Robert the Doll

Dolls are often a fond childhood memory for many – cultures around the world have ones made of different materials for different reasons and each person will bring their own meaning to each doll. Some dolls are used as toys for children, while others have been used in magic and religious rituals for centuries. But while many dolls are frequently beloved by their person now, there’s one doll that has supposedly brought terror to many.

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Before sharing any specific stories, there are some general things to know about folklore. While there’s no definitive and official definition for it, the term can be obviously broken down to ‘folk’ and ‘lore’. The folk part is the people behind the stories and traditions and these groups share at least one common factor. There are numerous types of folks, with individuals belonging to a variety of groups that each create specific folklore. Some of the more basic folk groups are children, families, and communities.

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