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The Odd Past with Matthew A.
By Matthew Perry
Welcome to the Odd Past where the weird, wacky, odd and grotesque side of history collide. Join History teacher and author, Matthew A. Perry as we explore the odd side of our collective past.
Urban Legends: The Phantom Hitchhiker
The long-told and wide-spread tale of phantom hitchhikers
April 22, 2019
Footnotes Edition: The Dangers of Religion In Schools
This week's footnotes edition, Matt discusses the dangers of organized religion in the public schools
March 24, 2019
The West Virginia Mine Wars Part 3: The Battle of Blair Mountain and Conclusion
The Miners and the Private Police meet in the field of battle.
March 21, 2019
The West Virginia Mine Wars Part 2: The Death of a Sheriff
The Murder of Sid Hatfield and the Explosion of Violence at Blair Mountain
March 11, 2019
The West Virginia Mine Wars Part 1 The Matewan Massacre
The largest armed insurrection during 20th century America
February 24, 2019
Executive Order 9066- The Interment of Japanese Americans
Roosevelt destroys the civil liberties of an entire race of Americans with one signature
February 17, 2019
Mothers who kill
Join Matt and medical history researcher Sherry Perry as they discuss three women who snapped
February 13, 2019
Stand Firm Ye Boys From Maine! Chamberlain at Little Round Top
The defense of Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg
February 10, 2019
Odd Past Footnotes Edition: Discussing Religion and Politics
In this first footnotes edition, Matt discusses why people are terrified to talk about religion and politics
February 7, 2019
The Execution of Black Jack Ketchum
A cowboy loses his head over a train robbery
January 30, 2019
The Mad Monk: Rasputin
We discuss the Great Man Theory of History and the lasting impact of the Holy Man Gregori Rasputin
January 20, 2019
Angels of death
Join Matt and medical historian/nurse Sherry Perry as they explore the twisted history of nurses who kilo
January 14, 2019
Stonewall Jackson: Military Genius and Weirdo
The Weird life and times of Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson
December 29, 2018
The Christmas Truce of 1914
The guns of World War I are silent during the first Christmas on the front.
December 25, 2018
The Blood Countess: Elizabeth Bathory
The Hungarian Mass Murderer, Elizabeth Bathory
December 15, 2018
The Black Dahlia Murder
Join us this week as we explore the gruesome murder of Elizabeth Short AKA the Black Dahlia
December 15, 2018
A Ghost Helps Convict a Man for Murder: Zona Heaster Shue, The Greenbrier Ghost.
Join us for the weirdest murder witness in American History
December 14, 2018
In this episode Matt, along with guests Lindsay and Emily, discuss their "favorite" serial killers to read about and research.
December 9, 2018
Join us this week as we explore the weirdest and most gross execution methods throughout history.
December 8, 2018
The Letters of Jack the Ripper
Saucy Jack sends a few letters from Hell
December 7, 2018
FDR's Strange Medical Procedure During Pearl Harbor
Just What exactly did FDR go through on December 7, 1941 as the Japanese attacked the Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor?
December 1, 2018
The Most Infamous Radio Broadcast of All Time: The War of the Worlds
Join us this week as we explore Orson Welles and his take on a Martian Invasion.
November 30, 2018
The Civil War General Who Labeled An Entire Town Hookers. Ben Butler
Want to know how to tick off an entire southern town? Label all their women prostitutes! This is the Odd story of Union General Ben Butler.
November 28, 2018
West Virginia's Most Notorious Serial Killer, the Bluebeard of Quiet Dell, Harry Powers
In this installment, we explore the twisted story of Harry Powers.
November 25, 2018
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