Episode 47 Clotilda and Africa Town

The last ship to bring slaves to America arrived in Alabama’s Mobile Bay in 1860, carrying in its hull more than 100 Africans who had been kidnapped from their villages and sold into slavery. The slavers hid the evidence of their illegal operation by burning and sinking the Clotilda in the Mobile River Delta. For … Continue reading Episode 47 Clotilda and Africa Town

Episode 46 Boy Under the Billboard

Frank Bender's clay model of "The Boy Under The Billboard" Photo: Frank Bender Documentary/Karen Mintz September 25, 1998. A hot and humid Friday in Mebane, North Carolina. With the sun bearing down, a landscaping crew worked to cut grass next to a billboard near the intersection of interstates 85 and 40. One of the workers … Continue reading Episode 46 Boy Under the Billboard

Episode 44 Clementine Hunter and the FBI Folk Art Forgery File

Clementine Hunter One of the most detailed records of daily life along Louisiana's Cane River was told through the paintings of a self taught folk artist who lived on Melrose Plantation near Natchitoches. Her art is treasured history and remains a favorite among folk art collectors. For decades, a trio of suspects took advantage of … Continue reading Episode 44 Clementine Hunter and the FBI Folk Art Forgery File

Episode 43 The Sleeping Preacher X+Y=Z

Constantine Blackmon Sanders https://radiopublic.com/southern-mysteries-podcast-GAOPDB/ep/s1!2325b SUBSCRIBE AND LISTEN FOR FREE: Apple Podcasts | Google Play | Radio Public | RSS Feed In the late 19th century, Constantine Sanders was known as Alabama's Sleeping Preacher. Often writing down premonitions and visions from a "trance state" that would be signed by his "companion" X+Y=Z. Was Sanders evil? Possessed? Or haunted by X+Y=Z? A "sleeping preacher” … Continue reading Episode 43 The Sleeping Preacher X+Y=Z

Episode 42: Mystery of Missing Heiress Jacqueline Levitz

In October 1995, an heiress who had tired of high society life in Palm Beach, relocated to Vicksburg, Mississippi. She was drawn to Vicksburg because she wanted to be near family. She bought her home on Riverwood Circle because it overlooked the Mississippi River. She wanted to wake up to the view of the river … Continue reading Episode 42: Mystery of Missing Heiress Jacqueline Levitz