The Bizarre Murders at Hinterkaifeck Farmstead (Flash Edition)

For this week’s podcast, I wanted to explore a bit of the darker side of history. Historic mysteries are the best kinds of mysteries, and while Geeked on History tries to steer clear of history that is difficult to cite, exceptions will be made for certain topics.

In 1922, one of the most unsettling unsolved mass murders occurred in farm country, Germany. While the fact that the murders remain unsolved, the secrets of the murdered family contribute to this odd and creepy story.

Who would want to murder a family living on a farm in the middle of nowhere in Germany? What happened inside that barn? What horrors did 7-year-old Cazilia see when she walked into the pitch darkness of the old farm shed?

As promised, you can find a few of the crime-scene photos taken at the Hinterkaifeck farmstead attached to this post.



The Massacre at Mountain Meadows

September 11th symbolizes tragedy for Americans for the terrorist attacks in 2011. For some people in the USA, September 11th stands for another American tragedy – the massacre of 120 innocent travelers through Utah territory.




Season 2 Mascott

Last season, I chose the esteemed J. Robert Oppenheimer – famed lead engineer for the Manhattan Project as our mascot for the podcast.

This season, I have decided on a particularly striking photograph of Audrey Hepburn, famous for her film roles during the 1950’s and 60’s.

Later in life, she was a humanitarian working in countries like Vietnam, Turkey, Somalia and Bangladesh to name a few.

Introducing the new podcast formats for season 2

In recent podcasts, I’ve alluded  to some changes in the format that will be taking place during season 2. So in preparation for the upcoming release of episode 1, here’s what you can expect to hear over the course of the next season:

Flash Edition podcasts -10-15 minutes in length on a variety of topics which have a concentrated amount of appeal, and don’t require a lengthy timeline to cover. We’ve already had one Flash Edition podcast (The Anacreontic Song) but in the upcoming seasons, I may be posting more of these.

Normal length podcasts – The normal length podcasts run between 30 and 45 minutes. When you see a new normal length podcast, you can be sure that the content has quality research behind it, and will go into some depth on the topic. Season 1 was comprised primarily of normal length podcasts, so you can continue to expect the same quality, with perhaps a bit of narrative style mixed in to improve the entertainment quality. While the entertainment quality is important to me, the value of the information I deliver has always been, and will continue to be #1 on the agenda

Totally Geeked Edition – The Totally Geeked Edition podcasts will run 50 minutes and over depending on how much depth I decide to get into with the topic. This is a new addition to the planned line-up for Geeked on History, and I’ll be experimenting with this concept by releasing a Totally Geeked Edition for the first episode of season 2. Totally Geeked Edition podcasts will be lighter on narrative structure, but will make up for that in the density of information.

Honestly, this category of podcast is mainly being created for my self-indulgence. I wanted to have the freedom to live without borders in the production of this project, and the best way I can see to follow through with that ambition is to lose myself in the topic and take my time researching through as many sources as I want in order to cover every angle I find interesting. This category is also the reason that I have decided to abolish release dates.

So I hope that gives you all some insight into some of the changes you’ll see coming up. I’m excited to see where season 2 takes us, and I really hope that you’ll join me on this journey. I also hope you’ll all begin a dialogue with me on what you like about the podcast, what you don’t like about the podcast, or whatever else you feel like talking to me about.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Stay geeky!

Supplemental blogpost: The Deseret Stone

Did you know that the Washington monument bears a vestige of the independent Mormon state that never was?

As a prelude to the content in the upcoming Season 2 episode 1 podcast (to be released in the very near future!) This blog-post is a nod to a Mormon Easter egg located in our humble federal capitol.

Before Utah territory was officially recognized and sanctioned by the United States government, Brigham Young and his band of settlers established a provisional state which existed for just over 2 years. This early territory was named “Deseret” after the word for “honeybee” in the Book of Mormon.

This gave rise to the Utah state symbol of a beehive and the nickname for Utah,  “The Beehive State”.

In recognition of their new provisional territory, A brick was commissioned by the legislature of Deseret to represent Deseret in the iconic monument being constructed in the District of Columbia.

The unassuming brick is located on the 220 ft. landing inside of the monument, the brick is adorned with the symbolic beehive and an inscription that reads “Holiness to the lord” and “Deseret”.

The brick was crafted by Mormon pioneer artist William Ward and was donated to the project in 1853 just before federal funding for the monument project dried up temporarily.

Be sure to look for it if you ever visit the nation’s capitol, and decide to hoof it up the stairs of the Washington Monument rather than taking the convenient elevators!