Ghosts of Ravensdale
In 1963, a group of teens desecrate a cemetery and wake up the spirits from their graves. Find out who these ghosts are and the tragedy that took their lives. Listen in after the jump.
One night in 1963, a group of teens on a double date went into the woods by an old ghost town. After kicking over and smashing graves, something came for them. It was angry and aggressive: It swiped at them, held them down, and hurt them like the teens hurt it.
Then we step back in time to see how this town fell away into obscurity. Lost in time. Only known for its disaster over a century ago.
Special thanks to Melissa Becker for additional research into the Ravensdale mining disaster.
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