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Troy Taylor and the Haunted America Conference – The Big Séance Podcast #59

Interview with Troy Taylor on the 20th Anniversary Haunted America Conference in Alton, Illinois - The Big Séance Podcast: My Paranormal World

Troy Taylor shares his journey from writing the first of 118 books in 1993 to his successful Haunted America Tours and the upcoming 20th Anniversary Haunted America Conference on June 24th – 25th 2016!

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Ghost Tours for the Theatre of the Mind with History Goes Bump – The Big Séance Podcast: My Paranormal World #40

Interview with the hosts of the History Goes Bump podcast, Big Séance Podcast with Patrick KellerDo you like ghost tours? Are you a fan of the kind of paranormal history that… goes bump? Diane and Denise from The History Goes Bump podcast take us behind the scenes of their ghost tours for the theatre of the mind.


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Missouri History and Hauntings – The Big Séance Podcast: My Paranormal World #23

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Ginger Collins-Justus of Missouri History and Hauntings on The Big Séance Podcast

Ginger Collins-Justus poses with her hearse in front of the Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion.



You won’t want to miss my conversation with Ginger Collins-Justus, owner and operator of Missouri History and Hauntings. Ginger shares some odd tales and little known haunted history of the state that I call home. We also chat about some of the historic connections that Missouri has with spiritualism.


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In this episode:

  • Her intuitive gifts and ability to speak with spirits and spirit guides. 
  • Ginger chats about her latest event at Maevas Coffee House at the historic Milton Schoolhouse in Alton, Illinois. The Milton Schoolhouse was featured on Syfy’s Ghost Hunters a few years back.
  • Just before the interview, I give an update on the Third Annual Big Séance Thanksgiving Ouija Séance.
  •  Ginger drives a hearse!
  • Some of Missouri’s history with witchcraft and Voodoo.
  • Some old Missouri legends and ghost stories.
  • Early St. Louis and Bloody Island.
  • Pearl Curran and the fascinating story of Patience Worth.
  • The Fox sisters and their connection to Missouri.
  • The tragic love story of Leona Corder and Jesse Wall.
  • Morbid Mondays
  • Ginger’s upcoming events!


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Crescent Hotel 1886 Skeleton Room Key

Crescent Hotel 1886 Skeleton Room Key, The Big Seance


Recently I was in my classroom before school, when Carol, a colleague of mine, walked in and surprised me with a special gift. She handed me a vintage skeleton key, which is supposedly an original room key from the famous Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The hotel’s history goes all the way back to 1886 and has a dramatic and haunted history. One of the most talked about episodes of the Ghost Hunters is an episode from several years back, where they investigated the Crescent. (I know I’ll never forget seeing the very clear heat signature of a human form turn to look at the camera!)

I cannot verify the authenticity of the key, but I’m told that Elise Roenigk, current owner of the hotel, gave the key to my colleague’s sister. I’m now the proud owner of the mysterious key. 


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I vacationed in Eureka Springs with my family years ago, and we drove by, admiring the absolutely beautiful Crescent Hotel perched high on a hill. I was not the paranerd then that I am now, but if I knew about its haunted history, I’d like to think I would have at least visited the lobby! But since I’ve never been a guest there, I’m not sure if there’s a story to these keys.

In a post from 2012, a blog online displays a picture of two keys that look nearly identical to mine, including the decorative plate engraved with “1886 Crescent Hotel”. In the blog post, they seem to mention that they bought the keys as souvenirs, but they also state that “they still use skeleton keys at the Crescent Hotel…” In the Crescent Hotel’s own blog, a post from September 2013 says the following about an upcoming Halloween event for that year: “This year will be especially interesting as this is the year the Crescent has worked very hard to restore the old morgue in the basement and in doing so has found some artifacts that might be useful during a séance. The items include several room keys that date back to the first time the building was used as a Hotel, as well as a front desk bell.”

So is my key one of several discovered recently in the morgue? Do they still use skeleton keys and I have a room key that could potentially still open a door? Does their gift shop sell cheap old skeleton keys from a local junk store after adding the engraved plate? I’m not sure.

If anyone has special Crescent Hotel knowledge, or if you can speak to the authenticity of this key, I’d love to hear from you! Either way, I think it’s kind of cool how it just fell into my lap. Thanks, Carol! 


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