Tripping on legends

Let's take a trip. Small town, USA. This is where the pulse of the paranormal resides. There are thousands of stories and experiences out there. Some have been told, and retold hundreds of times, and some are kept hidden, known only by the people that live there; this is where we come in. We're exploring the untold, and breaking down the overly familiar. Journeying through the one stoplight towns and discovering local urban legends, myths, lore, and paranormal episodes. Researching the backgrounds and developing the voices unheard. Our goal is not to capture evidence, but rather to capture the moment and bring our listeners along for the ride. Keep visiting the site for the trip log of our travels and other urban legends at: Follow us at: Twitter: @SpookyBalzano Instagram: @SpookyTripping

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Episode 117...The Mirror of Ma Ba(r)ker

Updated 5 months ago.

True crime and ghostly folklore go together like Chicago and bootlegging or guns and bullets…

…and when you’re in the shadow of Ocala, no gangster can rest in peace without a ghost story.

Florida’s haunted locations act as a map of unusual crime and famous villains, but there is one name that keeps coming up when you talk old time criminals and Florida phantoms. Ma Barker might be one of the lesser known names to some outsiders, but her family’s story is intermixed with that of the state. Her house, or the reflection of it, forces us to keep asking about both sides of the mirror.

Join Trippers Christopher Balzano and Nicole MU as they look into the true story of this infamous woman and the ghosts who continue to rat tat tat at the scene of her death.

And we would love to hear your local urban legends about haunted crime scenes.

Feel free to call our new phone number during our live shows to get involved, share a legend you’ve heard, or to just ask a question at (813) 418-6822.

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