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The (True) Tale of the Haunting of Bertha Sybert

October 24, 2021 Amy Clark Spain Season 2 Episode 4
Southern Salon: a podcast about culture & communication
The (True) Tale of the Haunting of Bertha Sybert
Show Notes


In this culture episode, Amy retells the legend of 9 year old Bouncing Bertha Sybert, a chilling ghost tale from the mountains of southwest Virginia that was documented in 1938 news accounts all over the world. Witnesses watched as her bed violently rattled and bounced, ghostly hands pulled her hair, food mysteriously jumped from plates on her family's table. Her haunting was so well documented, she received letters from all across the U.S. asking for her help in contacting dead relatives.
Amy has been collecting stories for years, and took this account from an oral history with a surviving witness, along with documented news accounts. If you're looking for a scary tale this Halloween season, listen along!

Thanks to Jason Davis and the Just Off the Wilderness Road CD for use of the song "Bouncing Bertha," written by Jason Davis and performed by Neil Huff.

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