Welcome to Haunted Talks – The Official Podcast of the Haunted Walk. Hosted by Jim Dean, Creative Director.

Covering the paranormal, dark and weird history, road side attractions or anything else we find interesting and fascinating and are eager to share. New episodes the last Friday of every month.

HT28 – The JFK Files – Dec 8, 2017

Over the past few months over 500 previously unreleased and over 15,000 previously redacted documents on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy were released to the public. For years the public has debated if Lee Harvey Oswald could have acted alone. Do these new files shed any light on one of the most believed conspiracy theories in the world?

View the documents discussed in the show:

Memo From J. Edgar Hoover – Dallas PD Were Notified Twice by FBI About Threat Against Oswald

Oswald Spoke to KGB Agent Connected to Assassinations and Sabotage

Oswald Was Seen with Jack Ruby, Two Weeks Before Assassination

Jack Ruby’s Call to “Watch the Fireworks”

Strange Call to Cambridge News on Day of Assassination

Letter from Chinese Embassy in Stockholm Claiming Responsibility

Fidel Castro’s Comments on the Assassination

Reaction of Soviet Officials to Assassination

Secret Service Files on Threats Made Against Pres. Kennedy in 1963 (Oswald empty entry from day of assassination is on page 176)

CIA Propaganda Notes on the Warren Report

HT27 – Behind the Scenes with The Haunted Walk – Oct 27, 2017

Go behind the scenes with The Haunted Walk in the midst of the Halloween Season! Tag along with three members of our management team as they prepare for the biggest weekend of the year.

Bonus Episode – Stories Beneath Our Feet – Oct 13, 2017

The fascinating and surprisingly touching story of the unmarked graves discovered under a busy street in downtown Ottawa. How do we honour early inhabitants of the city who were originally buried over 150 years ago? Join Haunted Walk tour guide and researcher, Margo MacDonald, as she attends a one-of-a-kind day of remembrance. See some of Margo’s photos here.

HT26 – Curses! – September 29, 2017

Curses have played a significant role in human history for over 4,000 years. Is it possible that supernatural forces can inflict harm, punishment or cause bad luck to befall us? Or is there another explanation? In our search for answers we examine some of the most intriguing curses including: the disappearance of Bill Barilko, James Dean’s killer Porsche, Robert Johnson’s deal with the Devil and King Tutankhamen’s revenge from beyond the grave. Knock on wood.

HT25 – The Science of Fear – August 25, 2017

What are you afraid of? Fear is one of the most complex human emotions. Why do people seek out frightening adventures (like ghost tours) for fun? What happens to our brains when we get scared? Do these “adventures” have a mental health benefit? Join us as we chat with sociologist and haunted attraction consultant, Margee Kerr, about her book, “Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear.”

HT24 – Sounds From The Dark – July 28, 2017

Are we alone in the universe? On August 15th, 1977, the University of Ohio’s Big Ear radio telescope recorded something very unusual while pointed in the direction of the constellation Sagittarius. The “Wow! Signal” remains to this day the strongest potential alien radio transmission ever detected. Join us as we travel deep into the great unknown.

HT23 – Tales From The Tours – June 30, 2017

Perhaps the most common question our storytellers are asked is, “Has anything ever happened to you?” Join us as Haunted Walk tour guides from Toronto, Ottawa and Kingston, share some of the unusual, strange and downright spooky things that have happened to them while leading guests through our haunted locations.

HT22: America’s Stonehenge – May 26, 2017

In an unsuspecting field in Northeast Georgia, four massive granite slabs, each 16 feet tall, rise out of the ground. The Georgia Guidestones are often referred to as America’s Stonehenge, due the many mysteries that surround them. Who built them? And why? What is the meaning of their strange inscriptions? Why are they repeated in 8 different languages? Buckle up your seat belts as we are taking a road trip to explore one of the strangest monuments in the United States.

Photos and video of the Guidestones.

HT21: Versailles is Haunted – April 28, 2017

While touring the grounds of the Palace of Versailles in 1901, did two well-respected English women unknowingly bump into the ghost of Marie Antoinette and other members of her court? After 10 years of researching their experiences, they published a book detailing their findings and came to an extremely surprising conclusion. Is it possible they had briefly travelled back in time?

HT20: David Ridgen, Behind the Scenes at Someone Knows Something – March 31, 2017

David Ridgen is a modern day Sherlock Holmes. He is the host of the CBC’s extremely popular true crime podcast, Someone Knows Something. Join us as he gives us a behind the scenes look at the making of one of the most listened to podcasts in the world and how he negotiates the tricky (personal and professional) waters of investigating cold cases.

HT19: The Fate of Kingston Pen – February 24, 2017

Should Canada’s most infamous maximum security prison be preserved, redeveloped or torn down? Our five uniquely qualified guests share their thoughts on the past, present and future of the Kingston Penitentiary. We will also take a trip to Alcatraz Island for a personal tour by one of the longest serving Park Rangers and hear about his experiences working at the world’s most famous prisons.

City of Kingston Pen Consultation Page


Glen Shackleton, Tour Operator
Janice Nickerson, Genealogist
Geoffrey James, Photographer
Laurie Armstrong, Director of Media Relations – San Francisco Travel Assoc.
John Cantwell, Alcatraz Park Ranger

HT18: The Dyatlov Pass Incident – January 27, 2017

One of the world’s most chilling mysteries! What could explain why a group of expert Russian skiers cut their way out of their own tent in the middle of a freezing cold night and wandered off into the dark without jackets and in bare feet? Avalanche? Animal attack? Military testing? Or…something much more sinister? Join us as we investigate!

HT17: The Strangest Coincidence Ever Recorded – December 5, 2016

Did the strangest coincidence ever recorded take place today, December 5th, in 1664, 1785 and 1820? We head to the coast of Wales and delve into the creepy improbability of the three deaths of Hugh Williams.

HT16: Disney’s Haunted Mansions – October 26, 2016

Watch your step as you board your Doom Buggy for a behind the scenes look at the most popular haunted houses in the world. From the decade long struggle to open the attraction, to the incredible ride mechanics and effects, to the creepy legends and bits of trivia…welcome, foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion!

Ride the three versions of the Haunted Mansion: Disneyland, Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland.

HT15: Two for the Rope – September 23, 2016

In Kingston, Ontario, the gruesomely botched double hanging of Daniel Mann and James Deacon has become something of a legend. Join us as we journey back to that fateful day in 1870 to discover what happened and the unique set of the circumstances that led these two men to face the hangman’s rope. Due to the subject matter of the episode, listener discretion is advised.

HT14: The Man Who Fell From The Sky – August 5, 2016

On November 24, 1971, a man only identified as Dan (or D.B.) Cooper hijacked a Northwest Boeing 727 en route from Portland to Seattle. He cunningly ransomed the plane and its passengers for $200,000, before parachuting from the aircraft mid-flight. Despite exhaustive searches and investigations, the man, the money, and the parachutes, have never been found. Join us as we explore one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in U.S. history in episode 14 of Haunted Talks!

HT13: Dr. Gregory Klages, The Many Deaths of Tom Thomson – June 10, 2016

Tom Thomson is one of Canada’s most celebrated artists and cultural icons. However, the events surrounding his tragic death in 1917, at the age of 39, continue to be source of interest and controversy. Was it an accident? Suicide? Or, a conspiracy to hide a grizzly murder? Join us as we chat with distinguished Thomson researcher, Gregory Klages, about his new book, The Many Deaths of Tom Thomson: Separating Fact From Fiction.

HT12: Prof. David J. Hand, Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day – May 6, 2016

Are miracles nothing more than statistical probabilities? Are unobserved rare events happening around us all the time? Can you give yourself better odds at wining the lottery? In episode 12 we speak with distinguished statistician, Professor David J. Hand, about his book: The Improbability Principle – Why Coincidences, Miracles and Rare Events Happen Every Day. The odds are very favourable that you will enjoy this interview.

HT11: The Black Donnellys – Mar. 15, 2016

On February 4th, 1880, Canada’s most notorious family, The Black Donnellys, were massacred in their home by a vigilante group of their neighbours. In Episode 11 of Haunted Talks, we take you inside the Donnelly legend. What happened on that fateful night? Were the Donnellys “evil” or convenient scapegoats? Do their restless spirits still linger at the place where they met such a violent end?

Listener Advisory: This episode does contain descriptions of significant violence.

HT10: Stu De Haan – The Friendly Satanist – Feb. 19, 2016

In Episode 10 of our “Haunted Talks” podcast we chat with international newsmaker Stu De Haan, of The Satanic Temple. He shares common misconceptions about his beliefs and why Phoenix City Council did everything in their power to try to stop his group from speaking at a recent meeting. This is a must-listen episode!

HT9: Brian Clegg – The Science of Time Travel – Jan. 18, 2016

Few things capture the imagination like the thought of travel time. Many great works of fiction have been based on the concepts of changing the past, experiencing a distant future or the many paradoxes that exist in between. In Episode 9 we chat with prodigious science writer, Brian Clegg, about his book, “How to Build a Time Machine: The Real Science of Time Travel”. How close are we getting? What barriers stand in our way? What is spaghettification and is it as bad as it sounds? All this and more in episode 9!

HT8: Adam Selzer – Ghosts of Lincoln – Nov. 30, 2015

We are joined by historian, author and tour guide, Adam Selzer, to discuss his new book, “Ghosts of Lincoln: Discovering His Paranormal Legacy.” There are few figures in American history that capture the imagination like Honest Abe. From rumoured séances in the White House, to premonitions of his pending assassination, to claimed sightings long after his death, Adam Selzer helps us work through the fact and the fiction of the Lincoln legend.

HT7: Chris Medina – The Life of a Psychic – Oct. 29, 2015

In Episode 7, we speak with renowned psychic-medium, Chris Medina, on what it is like to be a psychic. We ask him what it is like to have these unique abilities and how he uses them to help people. To show us how he works, he graciously conducted a reading for Jim, as well as two of our listeners. The results were extremely surprising. Join us as we discuss the future, the afterlife and all things in between!

HT6: The Flashing Lights of Hastens: A Haunted Walk Mystery – Sept. 15, 2015

For the first time ever, Haunted Walk tour guides have recorded potential paranormal activity at one of our story locations. Watch the video above, and then join us as we interview all of the eye-witnesses, the manager of Hastens and an electrician from Toronto Electrical Experts. Can anyone explain this very unusual activity?

HT5: Prof. Chris French, On Being a Professional Skeptic – Aug. 10, 2015

We speak with world-renowned skeptic, Prof. Chris French (Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit – Goldsmiths, University of London) about his investigations into paranormal experiences, conspiracy theories and UFOs. Can you guess which supernatural experience he can’t explain? Join us to find out! The APRU is co-hosting the European Skeptics Conference in London, September 11 – 13, 2015.

HT4: Prof. Dimitry Anastakis, The Dark Side of Canadian History – July 28, 2015

We speak with Prof. Dimitry Anastakis (Death in the Peaceable Kingdom: Canadian History Since 1867 Through Murder, Execution, Assassination, and Suicide) about the mysterious death of artist Tom Thomson, Canada’s most notorious female bootlegger, and the day a bomb went off just steps from the House of Commons!

HT3: Margo MacDonald, Reburial of Richard III – July 2, 2015

Margo MacDonald won the history lovers lottery when she was one of the 200 people selected from over 10,000 entries to attend the re-interment of King Richard III. She talks with us about the historical figure of Richard III, the service itself, connections to ghost stories and how it felt to sit 10 feet away from the remains of one of the world’s most infamous kings.

HT2: Sue Miller, Bytown Paranormal – June 12, 2015

Sue Miller from Bytown Paranormal talks with us about ghost investigations and how they differ from what we see on TV.

HT1: Glen Shackleton, Founder, Haunted Walks Inc. – May 28, 2015

In our first episode, Glen Shackleton, founder of The Haunted Walk, answers your questions and gives his insights on 20 years in the ghost tour business.

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