Philadelphia’s State Hospital for Mental Diseases, also known as Byberry Insane Asylum, was built at the end of Roosevelt Boulevard in the Somerton section of Northeast Philadelphia. For nearly 200 years Byberry was the home to thousands with mental illness. Several investigations into the conditions at the hospital at various points revealed that patients were neglected, abused, and experimented on.
A horror host is a person who acts as the host or presenter of a program where horror films and low-budget B movies are shown on television or the Internet. Usually the host assumes a horror-themed persona, often a campy or humorous one.The horror host has had a long and storied history in radio, comic books and local television. So, today we want to shed some light on Philadelphia’s campy creatures of the night.
Theodore Bundy was an American serial killer who kidnapped, raped, and murdered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s and possibly earlier. He confessed to 30 homicides, though, his true victim total is unknown, and could be much higher. Bundy was regarded as handsome and charismatic; traits that he exploited to win the trust of his victims. He was also a college boy and studied right here in Philadelphia. So, join us as we recount Ted Bundy’s semester at Temple.
Continuing our long march to Halloween, this week we want to talk about Philadelphia’s most famous blood sucker; Vampirella. The heroic heretic started her indie comics career in the East Oak Lane home of publisher James Warren. He made Vampirella queen of the undead thanks to a healthy dose of cheesecake and gore. Join us now as we search the depths of hell for the North Philly Nosferatu.