New England Legends Podcast

Each week, folklorist, author, and historian Jeff Belanger and radio host Ray Auger explore the ghosts, monsters, folklore, history, and legends of New England. If you give us about ten minutes, we’ll give you something strange to talk about today. The bizarre is closer than you think!

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Laughed to Death in Newport

Updated 6 months ago.

In Episode 68, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger stroll the streets of Newport, Rhode Island, in search of the story behind 20-year-old Rosa Walker, who, according to dozens of 1878 newspaper accounts, laughed herself to death. Could this really happen? We call upon a medical doctor to help explain how. You may just learn something on this episode (sorry).