Monday, May 18, 2020

Episode 14: The Strange Grave of Sandra West

Beneath a tiny stone rectangle in a San Antonio cemetery, lies the remains of a Beverly Hills socialite and heiress...buried in her Ferrari...wearing her favorite lace nightgown. In this episode, I tell her story and how the her strange burial came to pass.

I also announce the opening of my online bookshop to help both my podcast and independent bookstores nationwide! Any book you buy using my link: will help cover the costs of the podcast, support the authors and support independent bookstores nationwide!

Don't forget to leave a review for Tales from the Moon Tower wherever you tune in.

The crate enclosing Sandra West and her Ferrari are lowered into the burial plot next to her husband, Ike West, on May 19, 1977 at
 the San Antonio Alamo Masonic Cemetery
Spectators watch as cement is poured over the crate to deter thieves from stealing her car.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Episode 13: Felix Longoria: Civil Rights Legacy of a Fallen Soldier

Felix Longoria never knew the part he played in the civil rights movement. When his widow was denied access to the funeral home in Three Rivers because "the whites wouldn't like it," Dr. Hector P. Garcia intervened and recruited the help of LBJ. As a result, Longoria was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. But his story doesn't end there. Bitter racial tensions continue to divide the town and the battle over Longoria's legacy persists to this day.
Listen as I interview Jennifer Gonzalez, history teacher and Three Rivers native, about the monumental civil rights movement this launched and the bitter divide that remains in the wake of the diginified burial of a fallen soldier.

Jennifer Gonzalez was also kind enough to share a list of reliable resources on this topic. The following is her list of recommended reading and viewing.

Felix Longoria's Wake: Bereavement, Racism, and the Rise of Mexican American Activism (History, Culture, and Society Series) by Patrick Carroll

Making of Chicano Militant by Jose Angel Gutierrez

Article: Three Rivers eager to whitewash civil rights watershed

NPR 10 minute Lesson on Tell Me More

Longoria Affair PBS

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Episode 12: Tonkawa Cannibalism: Fact vs. Fiction - Interview with Blane Conklin

I interview Blane Conklin with the Round Rock Historical Preservation Commission. We talk about his role in getting the Tonkawa honored as an official Local Legend in the city of Round Rock after decades of sensationalized misinformation about cannibalism prevented acknowledgement of their rightful place in Texas history.
If you want to learn more about what the Tonkawa Tribe are currently doing, you can follow them on their website.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Episode 11: Suzanna Dickinson - Her History and Museum

Listen as I interview Emily Collins from the Suzanna Dickinson Museum about her place in Texas history and what you can learn when you visit her charming house nestled in the middle of downtown Austin. If you want to visit her house (that is now a museum), you can find out more information here.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Episode 10: Austin Cemetery Special

Today I sit down with with Dale Flatt from Save Austin Cemeteries, a non-profit organization that works with Austin Parks and Recreation to preserve and maintain five of Austin’s historical cemeteries. I also interview Jennifer Chenoweth, the Museum site coordinator for Oakwood Cemetery, Austin’s oldest historic cemetery. They tell us some history of Austin's oldest cemeteries and talk about the programs they offer and what help they need from volunteers. You can find more information in the following websites:  - Save Austin Cemeteries

You can also find both on Facebook and Instagram.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Night of Texas Ghost Stories

What a great night we had at Lark and Owl Booksellers! The Night of Texas Ghost Stories was a hit. I loved the audience questions and I felt pretty special when they laughed in all the right places. :) Stay tuned for more events! Seems like people can't get enough strange tales of Texas history so more events are coming for sure. Thank you to Lark and Owl Booksellers for hosting this event and thanks to all the wonderful people that came out! 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

A Night of Texas Ghost Stories

Hey guys! If you want a fun night of Texas Ghost Stories, come out to Lark and Owl Booksellers in Georgetown where I will do a couple of fan favorites from the show as well as something new! Enjoy the books, bistro and bar while you're there!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Episode 8: Mysteries of Shoal Creek

Hey guys! Been busy with ghost tours and Nerd Nite, but I've been putting together the research for the next episode (and I ordered a new mic! Hurrah!) In the meantime, listen to Episode 8 on the Mysteries of Shoal Creek if you haven't already! Shoal Creek has so many stories, both with verifiable records and other things are the stuff of legend. Verifiable records include bodies that were buried along the banks, most of which were dug up and placed in proper cemeteries...but not were found. Other stories are from the famous writer, O.Henry, who went on a treasure hunt looking for gold buried at Shoal Creek. These stories and others keep the mystery alive around this lovely trail, especially when you walk after dark (at your own risk, of course!) 
Be back soon with new mic and new story!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Episode 7: Georgetown Ghost Tour and Paranormal Investigation Preview

Learn about what to expect on our ghost tour and paranormal investigation of the historical downtown square in Georgetown, Texas! Danelle Houck, Education Director of the Williamson Museum, tells us about a few of the ghosts we might meet on the tour. Tickets for the first group are almost sold out and we only have 2 groups available, so get your tickets now! Link below.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Episode 6: Jessie Daniel Ames: Early Texas Activist, with guest Dr. Christine Mann

Guest, Dr. Christine Mann, talks about how Jessie Daniel Ames inspired herself and other Texas activists to engage and register voters, and to work on behalf of civil rights. Dr. Mann is a current candidate for Texas congressional district 31. If you wish to learn more about her platform or to make a donation to her campaign, please visit her website.

If you would like to attend Dr. Mann's event, "Trauma and Tears: An Eyewitness Witness Account from the Border," you can find more details on the Facebook Event page here. She will discuss her experience as a volunteer physician helping migrants on the border that have been held in detention camps.