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Dark Histories

By: Ben Cutmore
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  • Fortnightly narratives on the unsolved and the unexplained, mysteries, historical true crime, touches of the paranormal and cultural peculiarities.
    Copyright © Ben Cutmore . All rights reserved.
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  • Nov 16 2022
    In 1838 a violent murder took place in the Lambeth area of London that set a trend for the stories of the Victorian penny papers for decades to come. Inspiring Charles Dickens, who paid close interest to the case, supplying him with the details he would later adapt to in several of his murder scenes, it was a grim affair that made headlines for months whilst the murderer was blindly chased across London. But was it really an isolated crime or part of something much bigger? Murder, confession and conspiracy all manage to play a role in what would become known as The Grimwood Murder.   SOURCES   Somerville, Alexander (1841) Eliza Grimwood: A Domestic Legend of the Waterloo Road. B. D. Cousins, London, UK   Bondeson, Jan (2017) The Ripper of Waterloo Road. The History Press, Gloucestershire, UK.   Bracebridge, Hemyng (1851) Prostitution in London. Griffin, Bohn & Co. London, UK.   Mayhew, Henry. Et al. (2005) The London Underworld In The Victorian Period. Dover Publications, USA.   Ion, J.L. (1838) Post Mortem Appearances of Eliza Grimwood. The Lancet, Volume 30, Issue 772, P399-400, June 16, 1838. UK.   Kelly, Debra & Cornick, Martyn (2013) A history of the French in london. University of London School of Advanced Study Institute of Historical Research. London, UK.   The Morning Chronicle (1838) Murder and Suicide. The Morning Chronicle, Mon 28 May 1838, p.3. London, UK.   Aberdeen Press & Journal (1840) Murder fo Lord William Russel. Aberdeen Press & Journal, Wednesday 13 May 1840, p.4. Aberdeen, UK.   The Globe (1840) Re-Examination of The Valet Corvoisier at Bow Street. The Globe, 14 May 1840, p.3, London, UK.   London Evening Standard (1840) Murder of Lord William Russel. London Evening Standard, 11 May 1840, p.3. London, UK.   Edinburgh Witness (1840) Confession of Courvoisier. Edinburgh Witness, 1 July 1840, p.2. Edinburgh, UK.  

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    The Dark Histories Butterfly was drawn by Courtney, who you can find on Instagram @bewildereye

    Music was recorded by me © Ben Cutmore 2017

    Other Outro music was Paul Whiteman & his orchestra with Mildred Bailey - All of me (1931). It's out of copyright now, but if you're interested, that was that.

     

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    1 hr and 8 mins
  • Nov 2 2022

    A hiker terrorized for days by two unknown figures… A man stalked through the woods while camping, who barely escaped with his life… two cops who quit their job at a local theater because of unexplained encounters with an alleged demon…

    These are just some of the unbelievable cases you’ll hear on the MrBallen Podcast on Amazon Music. Each week you’ll get new inexplicable encounters, shocking disappearances and other strange, dark and mysterious stories.

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    8 mins
  • Nov 1 2022

    Nothing is as terrifying as the sounds we hear in the dark. The slow creak of a door opening late at night... or a whisper in a room when you thought you were alone... or a distant scream in the wind. One noise at the wrong time or place can scare us for days.

    Each episode of I HEAR FEAR plunges the listener into a tale inspired by real events, from a deadly dance party to a cursed film set. Join host and two-time Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan for six immersive stories designed to jangle your nerves and haunt your dreams.

    Listen – if you dare. Only on Amazon Music.

    Listen to I Hear Fear: www.amazon.com/IHF_us_pfd_AA_110122

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    6 mins

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A pleasure every time

I discovered this podcast during the pandemic, when I was in need of good stories, well researched info-tainment, and some form of human interaction. Sure, it isn't interaction in the classical sense of the word, I think of it as "delayed interaction." I was also in the midst of the break-up of the relationship I'd been in for 15 years, and I couldn't manage to pick out, hold, and read my books, but I could listen to stories if they were well done and the narrator's voice didn't grate. Enter Dark Histories and Ben! He's got a lovely voice, one of a few I could happily listen to narrate instructions on how to change a flat tire or reading ingredients lists. He does us one better by narrating these true crimes and social phenomena stories. I like his gentle narrating voice, and I also like the alternate effect he uses to differentiate between the overall narrative and the reports from various sources of media, which have a little bit of the radio announcer's flair of 100 years ago. My absolute favorite moments are the infrequent times when the absurdity of the situation of the story hits while he's reading and there is just a momentary laugh that breaks into his voice. I've listened to his Christmas Campfires, and look forward to them now during the holidays; every "Sleep tight" puts a smile on my face. Also, the outro music he's been using gets me humming snatches of All of Me and thinking about the film of the same name starring Lily Tomlin and Steve Martin. Congratulations on getting your Dark Histories books published Ben!

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Excellent content

I absolutely LOVE listening to each episode. The dedication to actual research and primary resources is beyond incredible. Keep up the great work! 💕

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Love it so much.

This was the original podcast that got me into podcast. and is still oneof my favorites to this day. Thank you, Ben for a beautifully dark podcast. 💙💙💙

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Great work listen

Love the stories and Ben. He does a great job giving all known information without boring you to death.

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Great podcast

Always an interesting story here. Interesting also to find how history does seem to repeat itself. Just good stories. Some are just plain creepy.

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Best podcast voice hands down

Not much for podcasts for several reasons, but mostly because so many feel rushed with too many irritating voices that aren't made for radio, much less a podcast. Ben's narration and style is hands down the best I've ever heard on radio or any podcast. He crafts fun, interesting, scary and sometimes macabre stories filled with rich detail that paints a truly vivid picture for some of history's odd yet fascinating tales. His style hearkens back to radio before television, which was long before my time; however I've seen and heard enough about those times to understand the importance of telling a good story. The comfort derived in those days by families and friends gathered around the radio to hear good storytelling is something of a lost art. Podcasting has attempted to bring this back through a different medium, but sadly most fail to deliver anything compelling. And even when it's compelling the person's narrative style or not made for radio or podcasting voice ruins the experience. Obviously Ben has a passion for the subject matter and moreover, telling a good story. He deserves to have an immensely popular podcast given the quality of both content and style. I rarely, if ever, write reviews, but felt I should here, given how much I enjoy it. Since I started following about two months ago, I believe I've listened to almost all of the episodes. Until finding this podcast I've avoided most and had nearly zero interest. Keep up the good work Ben! And although I know it's quite the common phrase in the UK, you should make "let's crack on" your signature line.

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Just Right!

Deeply researched, richly presented, intellectual, dark enough for my black heart with wrapups diffusing grimness.

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Great Podcast!

The only issue I have is that I will get WAY into a story and then it jumps 15 min, 20 min ahead or behind....this happend on MANY episodes. They are FAR too well written, performed, and executed to have such a sh*tty glitch ruin them! LOVE your podcast!

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I really enjoy this podcast.

I've listened to each episode many many times. The stories are interesting and are left open for interpretation, no conclusion is forced upon you.. Plus his voice puts me to sleep sometimes, which is a complement.

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This voice now narrates my dream...

I LOVE this podcast and listen to episode after episode while I work at the point his voice is my internal narrator. Excellent stories!!

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  • 05-18-22

Wonderfully researched

Ben is a first class researcher, always passionate and excited about the subjects he's covering. the detail in building the story and setting the scene is always very done and whilst some people might not appreciate this, I love that he provides context and background to the stories. To some that find the narration a little flat, I would say give it time. When the podcast started out the narration did seem a little unnatural to me but as with everything, you learn as you progress and Ben's narration grows with him as the years have progressed. A five star listen, with some weird and wonderful tales, some familiar to me, others brand new and very intriguing.

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  • Mizzle
  • 04-03-22

Hooked!

A while ago I'd bookmarked a few history podcasts for a rainy day, and I'm glad I did!
Ben is a very passionate and personable storyteller, who meticulously researches all of his subjects. I enjoy all the dark, twisted and spooky stories and also the calmness of his voice. Keep up the great work, Ben!

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  • 12-11-21

I adore this podcast

I love these well-researched stories. Narrator clearly loves what he's doing and it shows.

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  • 12-10-21

Ugh

I struggled to understand this stutterring fella so much I quit after 2min.one big oof

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  • 11-22-21

Wow, how have I never heard of this?

This is the best thing I've heard on audible. well researched, well delivered, I lost time listening to this story. A sleazy murder, illegal abortions, the press and cops in competition, and the police losing, under resourced and under funded. the press ruled and the headlines dominated as readership wars lost truth, but discovered clues.
if you can find a better pod cast, I'll be surprised.