Finding Hester Foster (Part 2)

This week, we will continue the search for the 19-year-old African American woman, Hester Foster. It has seemed, for the most part, that Hester Foster had been left out of the history books. Nothing existed about her life story except for some scanty newspaper articles about her execution and a mention or two in several Ohio history books. However, in this exciting follow up and season ending episode, we reveal Hester's authentic story and change history - all with the help of Hester herself. Well, her ghost anyway.

You'll never believe what we discover, in finding Hester Foster!

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Finding Hester Foster

This week, we explore the story of Hester Foster. In what may be our most important episode to date, and one that will undoubtedly rewrite the history books, we tell you the story of Hester's life. In our attempts at contacting her spirit by investigating a building she is said to haunt, we make a miraculous discovery that leads us down some surprising paths and eventually solves a nearly 200 year old mystery.

Hester Foster was a 19-year-old, African-American woman, or so the official story goes, who was not only the first woman executed by the state of Ohio but along with William Clark, the first person EVER put to death upon the gallows that once stood at the intersection of the southwest corner of Mound and 2nd St in downtown Columbus.  It is estimated that between 12-20,000 people came to see her hang by the neck until dead on February 9th, 1844  but... did they have any clue who this woman really was?  Did they even care? And beyond the cursory mentions of her in several Ohio history books and newspapers, it seems that absolutely no one, knows her story or even how her life ended in such notorious fashion. 

We decided it was high time... to find... the real Hester Foster.

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Mother's Murder Day

This week we're taking a twisted turn on Mother's Day by diving into the murderous true crime tale of Ethel Geller Yeldem.

Ethel's story is one of a woman at her wits' end and a society that failed her. Any honest account of her life, and one not told just for morbid murder porn, makes it clear that her story and life, and the stories and lives of her victims, should have been much different.

The Q Files is a personal, purposeful, paranormal podcast about the highly strange and weirdly unknown. Join us on our queer adventures as we explore the people, places, and phenomena, outside popular consciousness.

The documentary series features astonishing stories about the paranormal, the supernatural, occulture, forgotten history, and the strange.

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Stay in touch: Facebook: The Q Files Podcast, Twitter: TheQFilesPod, Instagram: TheQFilesPod The music for The Q Files is provided by Sounds Like An Earful, this episode also includes music from Myuu. You can learn more about Bucky Cutright, or take one of his tours by visiting Columbus Ghost Tours.

The Blackbird of Chernobyl

On this week's show, we'll be discussing the "blackbird of Chernobyl" and sharing a grim anniversary. 35 years ago today (April 26), an explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, in the northern region of Soviet Ukraine, led to the worst nuclear disaster in history. The Chernobyl accident, as it is called,  put 400 times more radioactive material into the Earth's atmosphere than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.

With such a landscape of human and environmental destruction, it only makes sense that the paranormal would find a home within this abandoned, condemned and yes, haunted place where nobody lives.

The Q Files is a personal, purposeful, paranormal podcast about the highly strange and weirdly unknown. Join us on our queer adventures as we explore the people, places, and phenomena, outside popular consciousness.

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Doctoring the Devil - Appalachian Folk Magic with Jake Richards

On this weeks magical show, we'll be discussing Appalachian folk magic with Jake Richards. Jake is an expert practitioner of Appalachian folk magic and the author of "Backwoods Witchcraft" and his latest, "Doctoring the Devil: Notebooks of an Appalachian Conjure Man". To celebrate having Jake on the show, we're also hosting a giveaway where you can potential receive a copy of "Doctoring the Devil" AND a set of Jake's brand new conjure cards.

You can enter the giveaway here or on any of our social media!

American folk magic comes in all shapes and sizes and is found in every region of the U.S. - Appalachian folk magic is part of that melting pot of superstitions, energy, and spiritual will. Created as our ancestors moved to the United States, their various folk magic practices intertwined and sometimes mixed with each other and the practices of Native Americans and oftentimes that of enslaved people as well.

The Q Files is a personal, purposeful, paranormal podcast about the highly strange and weirdly unknown. Join us on our queer adventures as we explore the people, places, and phenomena, outside popular consciousness.

The documentary series features astonishing stories about the paranormal, the supernatural, occulture, forgotten history, and the strange.

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The Last, Last Supper

In this follow up episode to our special Easter show, The Last Supper, we will continue examining the lore, legend, and menu of, arguably, one of the most sacred events in Christianity known as "The Last Supper", and discuss executions in America, today.

We'll also dive into Lori's real life experience with one of America's most notorious serial killers, Aileen Wuornos.

The Q Files is a personal, purposeful, paranormal podcast about the highly strange and weirdly unknown. Join us on our queer adventures as we explore the people, places, and phenomena, outside popular consciousness.

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The Last Supper

In this special Easter episode, we will be examining the lore, legend, and menu of, arguably, one of the most sacred events in Christianity known as "The Last Supper", the very basis of the Holy Eucharist or Communion.

Ultimately, we'll take a look at, executions. And more importantly, solitary, final dinners of the condemned known as, "The Last Meal".

If ya want tales of the Easter Bunny, Chocolate Eggs, and Peeps, well...this isn't the place. Frankly, Easter ain't pretty.

The Q Files is a personal, purposeful, paranormal podcast about the highly strange and weirdly unknown. Join us on our queer adventures as we explore the people, places, and phenomena, outside popular consciousness.

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Dark Air with Terry Carnation

Dark Air with Terry Carnation premiers April 1st - wherever fine podcasts are sold.

In this bonus episode of The Q Files, we have a very special show, with a very special guest. Legendary AM radio host, provocateur, world traveler, bon vivant, raconteur, owner of a great set of gams and a glorious VHS rental store,  philosopher and paramour of the paranormal, a god incarnate, and host of Dark Air, Terry Carnation.

Dark Air is a fictional dark comedy podcast that explores the on and off-air life of Terry Carnation (Rainn Wilson) - a late-night talk-radio show host who deals with terrifying true tales, bizarre paranormal topics, and outrageous callers.

The Q Files is a personal, purposeful, paranormal podcast about the highly strange and weirdly unknown. Join us on our queer adventures as we explore the people, places, and phenomena, outside popular consciousness.

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Painting the Unexplained - Ralph Walters

Welcome back to The Q Files, in this episode, we'll be discussing the mystical, magical, and paranormal. Events and experiences that are often hard to describe with words. The overwhelming power of such an unusual experience is often processed instead as raw emotion, splintered memory, wonder, confusion or even horror.  How do we convey our own reality to others in truly persuasive and authentic communication?

For this episode, we have invited our very own Columbus artist, Ralph Walters, to talk with us about his new, exciting and unique project entitled, "Painting the Unexplained".  As Keith Haring once said, "Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives... through magic".

For updates on Ralph's series, Painting the Unexplained, make sure you've liked The Q Files Facebook page.

The Q Files is a personal, purposeful, paranormal podcast about the highly strange and weirdly unknown. Join us on our queer adventures as we explore the people, places, and phenomena, outside popular consciousness.

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Is This Spontaneous Human Combustion Or Am I Just Getting Warm?

Welcome back to The Q Files. In this episode we'll be sharing the fascinating history of spontaneous human combustion - also known as preternatural combustibility and auto-oxidation -  the idea that people can, while simply minding their own business, burst into flames, with no external source of ignition. The fire is believed to start within the body of the victim.

We all know the story: A seemingly perfectly normal person retires to bed for the evening, or they quietly drift off and nap in their favorite chair. While they sleep, they catch on fire and burn to ash. In the aftermath, the authorities can't find any discernible source of the blaze. Even stranger, the objects around the victim — aside from maybe their clothes, or the chair they were dozing in — are perfectly fine.

The Q Files is a personal, purposeful, paranormal podcast about the highly strange and weirdly unknown. Join us on our queer adventures as we explore the people, places, and phenomena, outside popular consciousness.

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