New podcast aims to unpack the region’s many myths and legends.
Cape Codders may have heard the local stories about hauntings, conspiracy theories and UFO sightings, but those myths are about to be explored.
Three Cape natives will shed some light on the unknown with their new podcast, “Three Girls One Cape.”
Rachel Clovis, Vanessa Morgan and Linda Anisia, all 28, became friends when they were young and bonded over their mutual interest in the paranormal and the occult. Now, they’re going to dive into various mysteries ranging from the paranormal to aliens to cryptids to conspiracy theories.
“There’s lots of interesting, unsolved mysteries to this day,” said Clovis, who works as an office manager for Bernie & Phyl’s. “Most of the podcasts are going to be unsolved mysteries or general strangeness that surrounds all of us.”
Clovis and Morgan grew up together andattended school in Mashpee. While in high school the two met Anisia, who Morgan called the duo’s “missing musketeer.”
When Clovis lived in Mashpee she started to notice weird things. On multiple occasions, she saw an old woman sitting in her room in a rocking chair. Those experiences piqued her interest in the paranormal.
As teenagers, Clovis and Morgan and her friends started ghost hunting in places around the Cape such as Highfield Hall, as well as an abandoned Air Force base and abandoned houses. They would bring an electromagnetic field meter and a so-called spirit box, which generates white noise that provides entities with the energy they need to communicate.
One of the podcast’s first episodes will cover past occurrences atBeebe Woods and Highfield Hall in Falmouth.
Local legends of cult activity, suicides and mysteries surround the famous hall and gardens. One tells the story of the Beebe family’s daughter who had a relationship with the stable boy. As the story goes, the two ended up hanging themselves, Clovis said.
Another lore centers upon a mysterious fort in the woods called Land Land Never. Falmouth residents have heard the story of a young man who returned from fighting in Afghanistan, became a recluse and built a camp near the Punch Bowl, a pond that lies deep in the woods.
As teenagers, Clovis and her friends went to Land Land Never and asked questions, bringing along their spirit box. They did not hear anything, so Clovis said, “If you want us to leave, just tell us to leave.”
“Leave now,” a voice replied.
As they were almost out of the woods, the spirit box picked up on the words “hurry,” “getting closer,” “behind you,” and “run.”
“We started running back to the car,” Clovis said. “At this point we were pretty much at the entrance.”
Clovis said after that one of her friends would not return to Beebe Woods. Morgan remembers another friend who left there with scratches on his back, while she herself felt a small child’s hand on her back. .
“I feel like there’s a very dark history about Beebe Woods, and I think it’s kind of crazy that they developed it the way they did,” said Morgan, who works as an operator of alternative medicine.
The trio has done its research, digging through documents at town all. But while Morgan found records of the Beebe family’s daughter being pregnant, there were no records of a child.
“There is something about the Beebe family that people don’t really know about, and I think it has to do with a very small child,” she said.
The hosts plan to feature such research, as well as talks with local people and historians, in the podcast in addition to their own stories and experiences, Clovis said.
Anisia said she also has had a few experiences with the paranormal, sparking her interest in creepy places. She once lived in Vermont in a house that was part of the Underground Railroad, and remembers hearing knocks on doors and voices outside.
Anisia, who is now a filmmaker, is excited to share her own experiences as well as talk about other people’s experiences with all things creepy.
Besides the paranormal, Clovis said the trio will discuss other mysteries such as aliens and cryptids, which are creatures like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster.
“There’s people all over the Cape who have experienced a lot of UFO sightings, so we might do the significance of UFO sightings across the Cape,” Clovis said.
The hosts want to include Cape Cod residents on the podcast and are open to topics they want investigated.
The trio will also discuss stories and legends beyond the Cape, including those about the Bridgewater Triangle and the Lizzie Borden house in Fall River, which was the center of a gruesome 1892 murder.
But despite subject matter that can often be creepy, the three friends also want to make the podcast lighthearted and funny, Clovis said. She one of her favorite podcasts, “The Last Podcast on the Left,” as an inspiration for where the friends might take the podcast.
“They’re really funny,” Clovis said. “I don’t think we’ll be that funny, but we’ll definitely try.”
For one of their first episodes, the hosts will discuss something more lighthearted: Frequently asked questions about Cape Cod and different Cape stereotypes.
The trio is finalizing its logo and theme music but is planning on publishing the first episode within the next week or so.
There are challenges in producing the podcast. The hosts live far away from each other, with Morgan living in Dennis Port and Clovis and Asinia off-Cape. They are experimenting with different apps to record the podcast long-distance.
But despite the distance, the three remain close.
“What I’m excited about is that we’re going to share conversations that the three of us have practically every day,” Morgan said. “I think it will be fun because we want to make it fun. We want to present it in a comical sense. But we’re also going to hit you with as many facts as we can. It will be humorous but there will be quite a bit of truth to what we say.”
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