Poveglia Island - The ParaPod Series 2, Episode 6 Review

March 22, 2016 5:24 PM ‐ The ParaPod

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Poveglia Island
Barry Dodds has come armed with two mysteries this week for the fifth episode of 'The ParaPod: Mysteries', before he could get into his topics, his cohost Ray Peacock forced him to explore the mystery of the Mary Celeste a little further, after having brought up the topic in the previous podcast.

Barry started off talking about an eerie island off the coast of Italy that has a history of murder, death and hauntings. Poveglia Island is a small island located between Venice and Lido in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy.

Talking about the history of the island, Barry says "if you had the plague, the Romans used to ship you across to this island let you die and the bury you," in fact he says "there's a lot of dead people got put there," so many in fact that "50 percent dirt, 50 percent human ashes."

Later in the islands history, the island was put to a new use as Barry explains, "n the 1920s for some reason, they decided to build a mental hospital" and according to Barry, instantly everyone starts seeing ghosts.

Barry then tells us about an unknown mad doctor who Barry says is "f**King bonkers," apparently he performed unauthorised secret experiments on the patient on the island. Until those he'd killed and tortured came back for revenge, "the ghosts of all the people he hurt and did experiments on haunted him, he climbed to the top of the bell tower and jumped out to his death."

Apparently when the doctor hit the ground, he was still alive and it's said that one of the nurses from the hospital saw a mist close around his neck and strangle him.

After this Barry then went on ti briefly discuss the Pollock Twins, two young girls who tragically died in a road traffic accident. It's claimed that several years later their mother gave birth to another set of twins and many believe these girls are the reincarnation of their deceased daughters.


Poveglia Island wasn't Barry's most detailed or in depth argument, it didn't take much for Ray to debunk the story and Barry didn't put up much of a fight.

The same was true of the Pollock Twins which only made up about five minutes of the podcast and was summed up by Ray as "utter bollocks."

Barry was once again defeated in this week's episode, not just in relation to Poveglia Island and the Pollock Twins, but also in the discussion about Mary Celeste. So technically it was a triple win for Ray, but let's be nice and call it just one point.

Ray 6 - Barry 0.

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