This is a very special episode for readers of the Hyde Park Bulletin and fans of Hyde Park 150. Back in episode 19, we featured the story of James Gately, the Hermit of Hyde Park. Gately was born in England, and he moved to Boston in 1847. After a series of mishaps, he became fed up with human society, and walked off into the woods. The woods he found were right here in Hyde Park, and he spent the rest of his life hunting, fishing, and trapping in our neighborhood. Listen to his story!
We used our studio time this week to record something special that will air next month. Without a new episode, we didn’t want to leave you without any HUB History this week. Instead, here are three classic episodes honoring black and white abolitionists in 19th Century Boston. Recorded last February, in the wake of President Trump’s attempt to implement a “Muslim Ban,” these episodes focus on Boston’s resistance to the Fugitive Slave Act, which was seen as an unjust law.
If you’ve been listening to the show for a while, you’ll know that the Boston Harbor Islands are one of our favorite local destinations. This week, we’re sharing three stories from the Harbor Islands, all of which originally aired within the first 20 episodes of the podcast. We’ll hear about the zoo shipwreck, a hermit who made her home on the harbor, and the secret Harbor Island base where Nazis were smuggled into the country after World War II.
got us thinking about serial killers in Boston. In this week’s show, we’re revisiting two classic episodes about Boston’s lesser known serial killers. Meet The Nightmare Nurse and a chilling figure who called himself The Giggler.