RAS #525 – The Ghost Story Show

On Ron’s Amazing Stories this time it is all about the ghosts. We have two stories from you guys that just might be some of the best that we have ever had. One is about a haunted home, the other about a shadow that is quite grabby. Our featured story comes from the creative mind of Robert Aurtur who just happens to be the genius behind the radio series The Mysterious Traveler. We end the program with a Johnny Is It True that is part ghost tale and a part history lesson.

Featured Story – The Haunted Trailer
Our featured story for this week comes from the active mind of Robert Arthur. Who was he? Well, Robert was the writer and director of the OTR series The Mysterious Traveler. This is one of my very favorite radio dramas and the episode you are about to hear is a big part of why. We have had ghost stories before, but not quite like this one. Imagine a ghost with a chip on his shoulder and wanting a new place to haunt. Long comes Melvin McGraw in his brand new travel trailer and insanity ensues. The story is titled The Haunted Trailer and it first aired on June 3, 1952.

Other Stories Include – Rocky Stebin’s Alibi, The X-Files: Cold Cases, My Haunted House, The Hand Under The Bed, The Haunted Trailer, and Johnny Is True – Ghost edition.

Program Note: Here is the link to the episode of the Mysterious Traveler that I spoke of on the show. It is called Behind The Locked Door. Also, if you want to view the drawing that FearFiest made for his story The Hand Under The Bed you can find it here.

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These Are Your Stories #37 – Big Jimmy Calhoun

This time on These Are Your Stories we have one that comes from the old west and was sent to us by Big Jimmy Calhoun. Big Jimmy lives in the great state of Arizona and is a real cowboy. In fact, he comes from the lineage of real cowboys. I spent some time on the phone with Jimmy and here is the story he told me about his great-grandpa Jerico. 

His great-grandpa was a bit of a legend in Arizona. You won’t find his name in any history books and Jimmy doesn’t even have a picture of him. What we do have is a journal of his stories. All of which he swore was true. Jimmy never got to meet Jerico, but he did get to meet his Chiricahua wife, Zi-Yeh. She was very old at the time and gave Jimmy his great grandpa’s journal. This story is one of the last in the book. The words were copied directly from the journal, so please don’t expect perfect English. Big Jimmy had this to say, “This is as true a story you find about the old west, well mostly true anyway.”

I was shot by my friend Sam waters.  If he had not done it, I would have been dead for sure. 

We had been sent out to collect strays in the north end of the ranch near Willow canyon. We made our campsite near a stream and enjoyed a hearty meal of beans and trout. It was our last night out and had collected 15 cows and a few calves.  We had an iron on the spit with plans to brand the calves after supper.

Sam had brought a bottle with him and we agreed that we would share it on our last night. We knew that we had to stay sharp, because the “REZ” was not too far away and there had been some jumpers over the last few weeks. Jumpers are what we call illegal Indian hunts. You had to be careful because the Indians were not always in the best of moods. Also, they had been known to shoot cattle rather than look for other game.

I had first watch. We had hobbled the horses but the cattle had been left to graze. Wolfs or Rouge Indians could easily run them off and have their pick of them. It was after midnight when I heard a rustling in the bushes. I threw a rock at Sam to wake him up. I pointed off into the bushes and he reached for his rifle.

It was quiet, too quiet and we both knew that there was going to be trouble. We didn’t know if it was going to be Indian or wolves. I had just turned my back when the first howl rose into the night. The cattle all raised their heads and were off.  Sam yelled, “Stampede!” and a pack of hungry wolves appeared nipping at cattles hooves.

All of this would have been fine, we would collect what was left, and in all likelihood the wolves would take the calves rather than bring down a 400 pound cow. The problem was that the cattle all were heading straight to me. I was turned around and didn’t see the danger until it was too late.

Sam took aim with this Winchester and shot me straight through and through in the shoulder. The impact knocked me sideways over a rock and cattle changed their direction. The herd missed me only a couple of feet. The bullet had gone right through me leaving a neat hole which Sam quickly closed with the whiskey and that hot branding iron. As it turned out I was branded that night and will carry a scar to prove it.

Jericho Calhoun

Well, there you have it straight from Big Jimmy Calhoun. My thanks to him for sharing with us. This was one of the best interviews I have ever done. It is my hope that we get more stories from that journal someday.

This Week’s Podcast:

On the show this week we are all about ghosts. A podcast full of them including a tale from the OTR series The Mysterious Traveler titled The Haunted Trailer. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from Apple Podcasts, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Thursday at 10:00 pm and Sunday Night at 11:00 PM (EST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link

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RAS #524 – PT 109

It is a new year and with that comes new things to Ron’s Amazing Stories. On the podcast, we have a brand new segment called Our Amazing Stories. This will be about people and the things that they have done. It might be historical, current, or even futuristic. Today we delve into the past to look at the story of John F. Kennedy and PT-109. Also, on the show are two brand new listener stories and a classic from the golden age of science fiction. So sit back, relax, and press that play button.

Featured Story – Circus

Our Featured story comes from the novel The Counterfeit Man by Alan E. Nourse. What if your truth sounded too fantastic to believe and the only person who would believe you was the last person on earth who could help you. That is what our hero faces. It is titled Circus and first appeared in print in 1963.

Other Stories Include – A Scarlet Letter, Shadeslinger – The Ripple System, The Man With The Red Eyes, The Scratching Ghost Dog, Circus, and Kennedy and PT-109.

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These Are Your Stories #36 – A Private Eye Moment

I love a story that presents us with a unique point of view. I received the following email from a professional gumshoe. I thought, how cool is that! While it is not a long story it does show us some of what the modern private detective’s job is like.  So, here is the email from Sargent Jason Aims – California Highway Patrolman ret.

A Private Eye Moment

After my retirement in 2009, I became bored and decided to take on odd jobs from a local detective agency. I get to pick the cases I work on, but there are times they will call and ask me to fill in. This was one of those times.

The case was a stolen identity. Most of the time there is not much we can do to help the victims of this type of crime, but in this case, the perp was known and my agency was hired to follow her and catch her using fake ids or credit cards. I took over from another detective about 3pm in the afternoon. 

Our agency uses cars that on the outside are, shall we say, low-key.  However, inside they have the very latest gadgets. There are hidden cameras everywhere. There are microphones, lots of different kinds from the old standby parabolic type to a laser scope that will blow your mind. The car will lock up tighter than Fort Knox and it is bulletproof. To top it all off a custom computer system runs everything and is tied back to the home office. The cigarette lighter has been replaced and it serves as a two-way switch. Turn it right and everything starts to record and the home office is notified. Smash it down and you just hit the panic button. The police and the home office are on their way.

We were doing an old-fashioned stake-out of a motel where the perp has been staying. I settled in and after about an hour the passenger door opened. A large Latino man got into the car and sat down. I reached over and turned the cigarette lighter to the right. 

We had a rather heated exchange. Basically, he wanted me gone or I would be killed. I told him to open the glove box. He did so and that revealed a small monitor. After a moment it came to life with a picture of the man and a description of his latest crimes. Also, that he had a bounty and was wanted for armed robbery and assault. The look on his face was priceless. He tried to open the car door, but I had locked it and had my 38 in my hand. After two more minutes, the police were there and the man was in custody. The last thing he asked was how did I know. To which I said, I didn’t. 

I don’t know whatever happened to him. In the end, we did catch the girl using a stolen credit card and she is currently in jail serving ten years. I was the lead witness in that one.

Jason Aims – Orange County, CA.

I love this story, simple but yet quite descriptive. In my head, I can hear the banter between you two and can imagine the tension and relief when the police arrived. Were you as calm as you sounded? Thank you Sargent for your story and I am happy you remained safe.

This Week’s Podcast:
On the program this week we will debut a brand new segment called Our Amazing Stories. I am excited about this one and I can’t wait for you to hear it. The first installment will come from the life and times of John F Kennedy and his adventure aboard the PT-109. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from Apple Podcasts, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Thursday at 10:00 pm and Sunday Night at 11:00 PM (EST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link

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RAS #523 – Number 500

This is the last week before the new year and I am taking the week off. For the first time in quite a while, we will have a replay of a past show. What we have is my favorite episode from 2021. the 500th episode of Ron’s Amazing Stories. What can I say about this week’s show other than to thank you for allowing me to continue to bring these to you each week. If you would have told me in 2011 that I would still be making podcasts in 2021 I would have said that I highly doubt it. However, here we are and there are so many people to thank for making this all happen. On this show, we play another round of Ghost Story Throwdown with Sylvia Shults. If you don’t remember the last one, they’re a lot of fun and this time we have a special guest who, I might add, is quite the character. So please press that play button and enjoy our 500th attempt to entertain you!

Stories Include – The Broken Wheel, Lake Superior Never Gives Up It’s Dead, The History Of Battle Ground, The Sigma Phi Fraternity Ghost, The Slocum House, The Cremation Aboard the Swift, and Park Hill Cemetery Strangeness.

About Sylvia Shults:  Sylvia is a Librarian, Author, and Ghost Hunter. She has spent a lifetime in the pursuit of the weird and strange. Her non-fiction works include Ghost of the Illinois River, Fractured Spirits, 44 Years in Darkness, Hunting Demons, The Spirits of Christmas, and her latest release Fractured Souls. All of her books are available on Amazon and you can find out more at her WordPress Home Page.

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