Folks who enjoy celebrating the month of October with spooky or mysterious tales will enjoy Lore, a podcast dedicated to "dark historical tales." Launched in 2015 by Aaron Mahnke, Lore has approximately 70 podcasts as of this write up, each exploring the history behind a variety of folklore stories. For example, one recent podcast entitled Wide Open, tells the story of the so-called Van Meter Visitor, a mysterious, gigantic bat-like creature that a handful of well-respected Van Meter, Iowa resident reported seeing in 1903. Another recent episode, Desperate Measures, tells the story of the 1928 murder of Nelson Rehmeyer and its connection to a group of central Pennsylvania residents who practiced a form of folk magic. Rehmeyer's main assailant, John Blymire, believed that Rehmeyer had placed a hex on him. In each episode, Mahnke situates each story in the context of universal human behavior, humanizing his historical subjects and offering insight into how we all make sense of a sometimes mysterious world.
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