The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope

"Series 11"

Series 11 of the Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope podcast ran from June 27 to October 16, 2022 and featured episodes from #6, #7, #13, #16 and #42 on America’s first kidnapping for profit, the tiny neutral territory of Moresnet, sci-fi controversies from the 1940s, and two different ships with the same name.

George Jacob Schweinfurth

Holy Ghost Babies

ten times worse than Brigham Young (or so they say)

George Jacob Schweinfurth was a charlatan who mocked religion, stole money, and despoiled women with his hypnotic powers. Then he did something unexpected.

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map of Neutral Moresnet

Independent by Accident

a brief history of Neutral Moresnet (1814-1918)

An ambitious Prince William Frederick, prince of Orange-Nassau, was an ambitious man. The House of Orange had been chased from Holland by French revolutionaries, so when the Napoleonic empire crumbled in the final months of 1813 he was determined to grab as much of the spoils as he possibly could. His ultimate ambition was to […]

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Charles Brewster Ross

Your Heart’s Sorrow

the 1874 abduction of Little Charley Ross

In 1874 four-year-old Charley Ross was kidnapped in front of his family's Philadelphia home... and became America's first case of kidnapping for ransom.

Categories: Intriguing & Unsolved Mysteries, People & Places, Series 11

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