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Listen to Lunatics Radio Hour's Coverage of The Most Cursed Town in New England

From Audio: Episode 39 - The Curse of Dudleytown, Connecticut

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Lunatics Radio Hour
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The Lunatics Radio hour explores what's thought to be New England's most haunted ghost town, Dudleytown.
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The Lunatics Radio hour explores what's thought to be New England's most haunted ghost town, Dudleytown.
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Dudley Town was settled in the 1740s and part of what is now Cornwall Connecticut. It was first settled by Thomas Griffiths, but quickly followed by Gideon Dudley. Subsequently other Dudley family members joined the settlement. It was never actually a town, more of a small village again, located in a very weird section in the middle of the woods because many of the first founding settlers were members of the deadly family. This home set was given the fitting name of Dudley town. With time. More non deadly families also settled here. It was not just a town of Dudley's, although much of cornwall was farmland, the obscure placement of doubly town on top of a hill made it difficult to grow crops. Okay, so that is sort of the setting, right? Yeah. Now let's talk about the ghost stories. Yeah, it just seems like people settle the town. Okay. To understand the U. S. And ghost stories that surround Dudley town. We must first understand the rumors that surround the deadly family. It all started back in England before the deadly family migrated to the United States. There was one Edmund Dudley who was an English nobleman and he was actually beheaded for treason under the rule of Henry VIII. And even though his family moved all the way across the ocean to New England to try to escape his bad reputation, the supposed curse followed them. There were also rumors of an evil book that the Dudley's messed around with allegedly unleashing a demonic presence in possession upon the town. Say what? Tell me more about this book? Well, that's all. I know what I know that I refuse to believe that it has been said that the founding Dudley's all found untimely ends, though, none of this has been able to be confirmed by historians. You're really just gonna softball in. Oh. And they had this crazy haunted book that summoned demons because it's mentioned on various sort of like blogs and articles, but there's not a ton of, there's no historical evidence that supports that it was something I believe that came about with the rumors that surround the town that's kind of like it built, but it wasn't really substantiated. Well, if any listeners out there no more about this super haunted, deadly book, please click the link below. It was this curse that was blamed for the crop failure and instances of mental illness in the village. Many thought the settlement was plagued by murder, suicide and mental health issues. Again, a lot of the rumors swirling around this town centre on mental health and suicide and we now know how normal mental health issues are and there's nothing shameful or evil about that. But this was a time when normal mental health issues, they meant witchcraft, right? Or crop failures were explained away by possession and hauntings. Right? Like people were trying to explain these things that they didn't understand by supernatural. Well, what do you expect? You started messing around with a demonic book And all your crops start dying. You put two and 2 together, right, But that doesn't mean that if you are mentally ill that you're possessed. No, certainly not. The village likely faltered because it was far from clean drinking water and was located on a hill and had poor soil nutrition. Oh, jeez, deadly. What are you thinking? They were also regional considerations. The iron industry was on the decline and many settlers were moving towards the open lands of the midwest. So it would make sense that the settlers would want to set up a new farm on the soil that wasn't so difficult to work with and thus would leave the village. And so the last of the deadly town home setters died or gave up and headed out to greener pastures, leaving dark entry forest to take over the town. And now we have arrived at our abandoned town in the woods. Okay, so deadly sets up this town in a spot that was a really, really stupid place to make a town and people leave because there's no reason to stay correct and now it's a ghost town because he's a doofus. Well, yeah, I mean people left and there was rumors that sort of sparked because it seems like maybe there was some, you know, mental health issues going on in the deadly family, right? And they had this whole curse lingering over them and he's trying to start a new thing, but he picks the world's worst spot, right? And so, you know, people just trying to explain away literally like normal crop failure, expected mental health issues by creating these stories that help them rationalize that, right? Oh sure, right. Because they're not going to be like, oh, this soil doesn't have the right nutrients because that's a little bit before their time, right? It'll just feel like this shit is fucked up. So we're moving to Ohio. Okay. Ohio. Yeah. So in the seventies, the warrens recorded a Hollowing special from Dudley Town. The warrants. Yeah. So you remember Ed and Lorraine Warren who are a married paranormal investigator team that have passed away. But there, you know, they did like the Amityville Horror House. No relation contrary Elizabeth. I know you said you said is every time we talk about it well, I apparently need lots of clarity. No, no relationship to Elizabeth. They came to the conclusion. So in the seventies they did like a live Halloween special on the radio from Doubly Town. Which is really cool. I wish I could find out recording of it. And they investigated it live on the air and they came to the conclusion that the town was possessed by demons. Wow. Yes. So of course the ruling from the warrens sparked a ton of interest and perpetuated the rumors of haunting in the abandoned village. Right? Because these are like two very famous paranormal investigators. If they come anywhere and put their stamp of like this is haunted, of course people are going to freak out. Right? Totally. Yeah. So then we are in the 1990s and the movie, the Blair Witch project was released which reopened the local interest in Dublin Town because a lot of the town. No, but a lot of people equated it as sort of like a similar new England haunted town as is depicted in the movie until like 90s teens started revisiting the site. You know, to kind of dig up ghost stories. Like I just said the town was often visited by teens ghost hunters, those looking for demonic sites for rituals on and on and on. One interesting thing I found in my research, you might remember from the episode with my mom, she mentioned that she went with her parents to the village in the 70s. They noted at the time that it was dead silent. There was no leaves wrestling birds chirping, nothing. Why did your grandparents bring her there? Because it was sort of like a hike in the woods. I don't know. You know, they're they're an adventurous bunch. My mom, as I think she made clear in her episode, is very interested in the paranormal. So they thought it would be a fun thing to do. I mean, Power to You. And my grandfather was a huge skeptic, so he did not think that there was like, he thought it was going to be just like a stroll. You know, he didn't think there was going to be anything creepy about it. Okay. But my grandfather was also a forest ranger and he was struck by how odd it was that there were no animal noises or even sounds of wind wrestling the leaves. Takes a quick sample the sub taste like brimstone. Yeah, but I mean, again, he was a forest ranger. He was not, you know what I mean? That was something he would have been a credible source on. Absolutely. In my research for this episode, I found several stories from people online who had visited Dudley Town and echoed the same sentiment. It was totally quiet. No typical forest sounds great for podcast recording. Yeah, we should go record there. Other visitors would report weird cellphone behavior. Weird static. No self service phone's dying. Also reported GPS is going insane in the area. So all kinds of it would seem to be maybe like electromagnetic activity. R. F interference is bad for podcast recording off the table. I'm sorry. Like there was one woman on a forum who was posting about how she went and her cell phone worked, but anytime she picked it up, it was just crazy. Crazy static. What year is this That woman went? Yes. I mean she posted a comment on a message board. So I would say like the last 10 years. The last 10 years. Well, I guess so. Now we're just talking into electromagnetic interference and what it actually means. And it was early 2000s when cell phones switched from analog to digital. But it's kind of tough to get like a like hear static on a digital cellphone, but on any kind of analog transmission. Absolutely. So if there was some kind of E. M. Field that was present maybe from the either, you know, maybe it's over some kind of electromagnetic fault or something like that because clearly it's not a man made in uh instance of interference because there's nothing out there, right? It's just completely baron. So it's something geological, seemingly unless we're just getting into supernatural when the rules just don't apply.
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