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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The Beadle Family Murders

Updated 2 months ago.

In Episode 87, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger head to Wethersfield, Connecticut, on the hunt for a ghost who has been haunting this town since December of 1782. Fresh off the heels of the American Revolution, wealthy merchant William Beadle has lost almost everything because he followed the law, and did the right thing. Once the new congress devalued his currency, he was broke, and couldn't live that... so he spent years plotting the murder of his entire family. This is a dark, downward spiral into insanity that led to America's first mass murder-suicide.