True Sunlight: Listen Now: New Podcast “Ghost Story”

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Hi listeners, it's your host Mandy.

There is a new podcast I think you'll like and I'm going to tell you about it.

It's called Ghost Story.

Journalist Tristan Redman is going where no son-in-law should ever go.

Deep into his wife's family history, digging up the cold case of his wife's murdered

great-grandmother and asking questions no one in the family wanted answered.

Oh, and did I mention, he's looking into whether the murderer was actually his wife's

great-grandfather, the beloved family patriarch.

Well, this all started with a ghost.

That's right, a ghost.

Growing up, weird things would happen in Tristan's bedroom.

Objects moving around with no explanation, light switching themselves on and off.

But ultimately, he shrugged all this off until a couple years ago when he discovered that

every subsequent occupant of his old room was convinced they had experienced inexplicable

things in there too.

From Wondery and Pineapple Street Studios comes Ghost Story, a podcast about family secrets,

overwhelming coincidence, and the things that come back to haunt us.

I'm about to play a clip from Ghost Story.

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I want to tell you a story, well, it's really three stories all wrapped around each other.

It's a ghost story, it's a murder mystery, and it's a family drama, by which I mean it's

about my wife's family, her family's history, and there's a chance they'll disown me for

doing this.

If you come out with a piece that says he was a murderer, then I will be sorry that

we ever said we would contribute to it.

But before we get into any of that, let's start at the beginning with the thing that

set all of this in motion.

When I was 16 back in the 90s, my family moved to an old Victorian house in London on a street

called Queens Road.

I slept in a bedroom tucked into the creaky top floor, and weird things would happen out


I'd wake up and objects would have moved across the room, specifically this one vase.

When I go to bed, it'd be on the mantelpiece, and then in the morning I'd find it on the


I'd put it back, and the next morning I'd find it somewhere else.

Lights would flash on and off on their own, and I'd get this uncomfortable cold feeling

whenever I was alone in the house.

It freaked me out at the time, but the truth is, I didn't really think much of it.

I was a teenager, I had other things on my mind.

Every now and then, I'd ask my sister if she was messing with me, but she always swore

she wasn't.

I grew up, left home, and became a journalist for Al Dazeera.

I cover things like French labour strikes and the war in Ukraine.

I don't believe in ghosts, so when my family moved out of the house on Queens Road, I completely

forgot about the weird stuff that happened in there.

Until that is, a few years ago, a man reached out, an old neighbour of ours, with a story

about that very room.

I mean, it's quite a story.

His name is Charles Pinellis, and he knows everything about this neighbourhood.

You could say he's a bit of a gossip, but you probably shouldn't.


Gives completely the wrong impression.

Anyway, this is what he told me.

Charles was walking around my old neighbourhood one day, going door to door, collecting donations

for the local museum.

I was there rattling a tin.

And definitely not gossiping.

Well, I mean, it was just sensei's still there, and sensei's moved out, and they've

had a divorce and all that sort of business.

Eventually, he gets to my old house and knocks on the door.

A woman answers, she's the mother of the house.

After chatting for a bit, she invites him inside, and she tells him a story unlike anything

he's ever heard before.

The story goes, the American swans up with a hello and...

Here's what she tells him.

One day, the woman is at home at my old house.

She looks out of the window, and she sees a man standing on the driveway.

So the mother of the house opens the door.

It's someone who used to live in the house.

An American man who'd lived there with his wife and two children.

The American says to her, I'm so sorry to bother you, but I just have to know.

Do you still have that ghost in the top bedroom, straight like that?

What the American man proceeds to tell her.

The things his family experienced on the top floor, it makes her go completely white.

Because this isn't the first time she's heard of something going on up there.

She just never believed it before.

She had struck a chord since the daughter had always insisted that there was a ghost

in her bedroom, which would manifest itself on occasions and sit on her bed.

The woman's daughter, starting when she was around 10, began complaining about a ghost

visiting her room at night, specifically the ghost of a faceless woman.

She said to me, oh yes, my daughter told me about some goings on.

Some sort of faceless woman who comes and sits on my bed.

And she said, I always batted them away on the basis that we don't believe in that sort

of thing.

So I rang your father and he said, that was Tristan's room.

So I imagine he phoned you and the cat was out of the bag.

I promise you, and I hope you believe me, that I don't normally find myself having conversations

like this or even entertaining these sorts of ideas, but it's kind of weird, right?

You now have three completely unconnected families who have had some sort of strange

inexperienced experience and the top floor of that house.

I think it's wonderful.

It was definitely intriguing, but it probably wouldn't have been anything more than a story

I'd tell my friends in the pub.

Except I couldn't stop thinking about this faceless woman.

And that's because there's another coincidence, something I hadn't thought about in years.

So I guess Tristan and I had just started going out and they invited my parents around

to his house to come and say hi.

I first learned about it when my wife, Kate and I had just started dating about 20 years


My family still lived in the house on Queens Road, the one with the supposed ghost.

And Kate was staying with us.

And my granddad was in London, so they invited him over too.

She was very close to her grandfather, so my folks asked if he'd join us.

So granddad arrived.

He's got nice rosy cheeks, granddad, like all the men in my family.

He wore a berry every day to keep his bald head warm.

And then my granddad walked into the house and before he said anything else, he said

my mother was murdered in the house next door.

And I don't think we had ever put two and two together between where Tris lived and

this big murder that happened in the family.

To be clear, I'd never heard about this murder before.

In fact, Kate didn't know a lot about it either.

Just that her great grandmother had been killed decades before.

She had no idea that it happened here.

Neither of us had any clue at the time that my new girlfriend's family had any connection

to this neighborhood, let alone the house next door.

But the details of the murder make the coincidence even stranger.

Because just next door to my house, the house supposedly haunted by a faceless woman.

Kate's great grandmother was killed by two gunshots to the face.

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Tristan Redman is a journalist who doesn’t believe in ghosts. But weird things happened in his teenage bedroom – weirder than normal. When, years later, he discovers subsequent occupants of his family home say they have been visited by the ghost of a faceless woman, he’s curious. It just so happens that the house Tristan grew up in is right next door to the house where his wife’s great grandmother, Naomi Dancy, was murdered – killed by two gunshots to the face. Could there be a connection? Tristan decides to investigate and soon finds himself where no son-in-law should ever be: delving deep into his wife’s family history asking questions no-one wants answered. Wondery and Pineapple Street Studios present Ghost Story — a seven-part podcast series about family secrets, overwhelming coincidence, and the things that come back to haunt us.


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