High Spirits Chicago is a Podcast dedicated to talking about all things GHOST. We also drink quite a bit.Hosted by CHICAGOS VERY OWN Noelle Schmitt and Jay Steigmann.


  • James Dean

    James Dean

    08/06/2020 Duração: 47min

    Our apologies for the error with the previous track. It has now been corrected. Jay fills us in on the fast life and death of James Dean, whose untimely death still has an affect on us today. This episode includes: 1. Despite the bad boy, loner reputation, James Dean was a popular kid and and exceptional student. 2. James dropped out of UCLA in 1951 and starred in his first movie in 1955, East of Eden. 3. The movie Rebel Without a Cause is said to be cursed, with all 3 lead actors dying tragic deaths. 4. Dean had aspirations of racing in the Indy 500. 5. Dean's Porsche Spyder, which was the vehicle he crashed, has long been the subject of mystery post-accident. Sweet dreams... xoxoxozzzzzzz

  • Episode 106: Lizzie Borden Part 2

    Episode 106: Lizzie Borden Part 2

    18/05/2020 Duração: 01h12min

    We round out our series on Lizzie Borden and offer our conclusions to what really happened. This episode includes: 1. Lizzie goes to trial. 2. The jury really thinks it over... for 1 1/2 hours. 3. You can spend the night in the room where Abby was murdered. (Or not) 4. Spoiler alert! There were other murders on the property! 5. Jay and Noelle have a differing opinion on how it all went down. What do you think happened? Sweet Dreams. XoxoZzzzzz.

  • Episode 105: Lizzie Borden Part 1

    Episode 105: Lizzie Borden Part 1

    11/05/2020 Duração: 45min

    Jay and Noelle deliver the facts of the Lizzie Borden case in this first part of our 2-part Lizzie Borden series: This episode includes: 1. The Bordens were a respected, church-going family. How could something like this happen to them? 2. Was Abby Borden a gold digger and evil stepmother or just a casualty of a sociopathic murder spree? 3. What really is the deal with Lizzie and those pigeons? 4. Would Elizabeth Montgomery, of TV's Bewitched fame, have played Lizzie if she knew they were 6th cousins??? (Probably) Sweet Dreams. XoxoZzzzzz.

  • Episode 104: Albert Le Grand, Alchemist Extraordinaire

    Episode 104: Albert Le Grand, Alchemist Extraordinaire

    08/05/2020 Duração: 50min

    Jay introduces us to French alchemist, Albert Le Grand. This episode features: 1. Wait. There are 2 Albert Le Grands? We'll explain. 2. We could all do magic if we just applied ourselves more. 3. Petit Albert was a best-selling book that no one owned, or at least said they did. 5. Albert Le Grand most likely influenced Marie Leveau, Aleister Crowley and Anton LaVey. You don't need to read the book for $925.89 to learn this. We just told you. Sweet Dreams. XoxoZzzzzz.

  • Episode 103: The Haunting of the Morris-Jumel Mansion feat. Megan Ensley

    Episode 103: The Haunting of the Morris-Jumel Mansion feat. Megan Ensley

    04/05/2020 Duração: 52min

    Noelle shares the story of the haunted Morris-Jumel Mansion of Manhattan This episode features: 1. The home was originally built as a modest summer home for Colonel Roger Morris and his wife Mary Philipse on 135 acres of land. No biggie. 2. George Washington and his soldiers moved in and used the house as a headquarters during the Revolutionary War. 3. After the war, the house is purchased by Eliza and Stephen Jumel for $2,000 less than the asking price due to Eliza's shrewd business sense. 5. The local elites were not fans of Eliza. Sounds like we've got a Real House Wives of the Revolution going on here. 4. Aaron Burr mismanages a whole lot of money. That guy can't seem to get a break. Sweet Dreams. XoxoZzzzzz.

  • Episode 102: A Ghost in Seattle - Alice B. Toklas Feat. Friend of the Show, Megan Ensley

    Episode 102: A Ghost in Seattle - Alice B. Toklas Feat. Friend of the Show, Megan Ensley

    23/04/2020 Duração: 46min

    Jay introduces Noelle and Megan to Alice B. Toklas, a ghost in life and in death. This episode features: 1. Alice B. Toklas takes a leap from piano student in Seattle to ex-pat living in Paris. 2. Alice B. Toklas meets Gertrude Stein, and they never spend a day apart again. 3. Was Alice B. Toklas the inspiration for many of Gertrude Stein's proteges? Probs. 5. How do we find that hash recipe? Asking for us. 4. How does a person who dies in Paris haunt Seattle? Do the math. Sweet Dreams. XoxoZzzzzz.

  • Episode 101: Davy Jones Locker

    Episode 101: Davy Jones' Locker

    21/04/2020 Duração: 34min

    Noelle takes us to the bottom of the sea to talk Davy Jones' and his locker. This episode features: 1. Who/what is Davy Jones and where did he get his locker? 2. Why did Duffer Jones fall from his ship often? 3. Is Noelle really related to Herman Melville? We'll never know. 4. Was Davy Jones really the captain of the Flying Dutchman, or is Bill Nighy that good of an actor? 5. What is the connection to the Davy Jones of the Monkees? Sweet Dreams. XoxoZzzzzz.

  • Episode 100: Turin, Italy - A Center of Good and Evil

    Episode 100: Turin, Italy - A Center of Good and Evil

    16/04/2020 Duração: 46min

    Jay takes us on a tour of the town of Turin, Italy. This episode features: 1. Turin, the 4th largest city in Italy, and also possibly the epicenter of white magic and black magic. 2. 3 caves below the city where you can see your thoughts, hopes and fears if you find them, also known as our first trip after the pandemic is over. 3. The location of the five palaces of the Savoys form a pentagram. Probably occult stuff. 4. We finally learn where the light ends and the darkness begins. Spoiler alert! It's in Turin. 5. Isis makes an appearance! Heeey! Sweet Dreams. XoxoZzzzzz.

  • Episode 99: Bermuda Triangle Part 2

    Episode 99: Bermuda Triangle Part 2

    14/04/2020 Duração: 39min

    Noelle continues discussing the disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle. This episode features: 1. What happened to flight 19? 2. Could it be leftover technology from the Lost City of Atlantis that is causing issues with navigation tools? 3. Noelle attempts to use naval terms and fails miserably. 4. A regular ol' conversation about Ancient Aliens. 5. Could these disappearances be because of underwater alien portals? (Probably) Sweet Dreams. XoxoZzzzzz.

  • Episode 98: Bermuda Triangle Part 1

    Episode 98: Bermuda Triangle Part 1

    10/04/2020 Duração: 26min

    In part 1 of this 2 part series, Noelle walks us through the history of the Bermuda Triangle. This episode includes: 1. Where is the Bermuda Triangle and why is it so mysterious? 2. Christopher Columbus recorded seeing a flash of light in the sky when in the West Indies (probably a meteorite). 3. The area became famous when Flight 19 disappeared in 1945. 4. Who is George Sand anyway? 5. Noelle introduces Kenny Chesney's latest "hit song." Disclaimer: Kenny Chesney did produce, write or sing this song. Thanks for being a fan, Kenny! Sweet Dreams. XoxoZzzzzz.

  • Edgar Allan Poe

    Edgar Allan Poe

    04/04/2020 Duração: 30min

    Episode 97: Edgar Allen Poe Jay shares the tragic tale of Edgar Allen Poe 1. In true poetic fate, the circumstances around Poe's death are very bizarre. 2. Poe's enemy, Rufus Wilmot Griswold, wrote Poe's obituary. 3. Poe's cat, Catterina (awesome!) died closely after his death. 4. His body was buried in an unmarked grave for 26 years. 5. Ghost Poe can be spotted at the places he felt most comfortable, his home in Baltimore and his favorite watering hole, The Horse You Came In On (we're going there!). Sweet Dreams. XoxoZzzzzz.

  • Roosevelt Hotel

    Roosevelt Hotel

    02/04/2020 Duração: 26min

    Episode 96: Roosevelt Hotel and Marilyn Monroe Jay takes us to Hollywood's famous Roosevelt Hotel. 1. The hotel used to be a hot spot for aspiring starlets who were hoping to be scouted. 2. The hotel was a hub for stars such as Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Charlie Chaplin and Montgomery Clift. 3. Its pool was the site of Marilyn Monroe's first-ever ad for suntan lotion. 4. Marilyn was a resident for 2 years. 5. Marilyn is the hotel's most famous guest and can often be found to join you at the bar if you order a glass of champagne. Sweet Dreams. XoxoZzzzzz.

  • Episode 95: Ursuline Convent

    Episode 95: Ursuline Convent

    25/09/2019 Duração: 01h20s
  • The Devil Made Me Do It

    The Devil Made Me Do It

    21/05/2019 Duração: 01h15min

    We're baaaack!!!! After a few months hiatus, we are honoring the one and only Lorraine Warren (RIP). Noelle walks us through two lesser known cases investigated by the Warrens. 1. The Devil Made Me Do It - Arne and Debbie bring her little brother along to move into their new house, but little bro David ends up getting possessed instead of sweeping the bedroom. 2. During one of the exorcisms, Arne challenges a demon to a battle and finds himself also possessed. 3. Arne murders Debbie's employer, but did he really, or was it the demon possessing him? A jury of his peers decides. 4. The Southend Werewolf - Since the age of 9, Bill Ramsey has suffered from sporadic rage episodes featuring super human strength and possible wolf-like features. 5. After Bill, now fondly known as the Southend Werewolf, chomps down onto a nurse's arms, Ed and Lorraine Warren are on the case! 6. And we know what that means! It's exorcism time! Sweet Dreams. XoxoZzzzzz.

  • Episode 93: Stull Cemetery, Kansas

    Episode 93: Stull Cemetery, Kansas

    26/01/2019 Duração: 01h09min

    Episode 93: Stull Cemetery, Kansas Noelle walks us through infamous Stull Cemetery in Stull Kansas. 1. The cemetery is located in Stull, Kansas – about 10 miles west of Lawrence, Kansas. (Stull has a population of 20-30 people.) 2. The cemetery was built in 1867 and abandoned in 1922. (It’s said to be the location of one of the 7 Gates of Hell!) 3. The Devil appears in Stull two times a year. (He shows up on the Spring Equinox and Halloween!) 4. A witch and The Devil fell in love in Stull Cemetery. (The bones of their offspring – “The Child of Satan” – are buried here!) 5. On Halloween in 1988, 500 people came to the cemetery to try to hang with Satan. (Don’t just show up in Stull. Those people damaged the grounds and gravestones. Be thoughtful!) This episode features Friend of the Show, Megan Ensley. Sweet Dreams. XoxoZzzzzz.

  • Episode 92: Ghosts of Nashville

    Episode 92: Ghosts of Nashville

    20/01/2019 Duração: 01h07min

    Episode 92: Ghosts of Nashville Jay walks us through the Ghosts of Nashville. 1. Nashville was founded in 1779 and named for Revolutionary War hero Francis Nash. (Dolly Parton and Country Music live there now!) 2. The Ryman Auditorium is haunted. (Patsy Cline and Hank Williams still perform there!) 3. Harpeth Haven subdivision was built on Pegram Family Cemetery. (Oops! floating coffins!) 4. Andrew Jackson still haunts his old home, The Hermitage. (Factoid: Ajax was a bigamist! Oops!) 5. Two Rivers Mansion and Golf Course is haunted by the spirits of Native Americans. (Stop. *clap* Building. *clap* Homes. *clap* On. *clap* Burial. *clap* Grounds.) This episode features Friend of the Show - Megan Ensley! Sweet Dreams. XoxoZzzzzz.

  • Episode 91: The Grimes Sisters – Murder in Chicago!

    Episode 91: The Grimes Sisters – Murder in Chicago!

    02/01/2019 Duração: 53min

    Episode 91: The Grimes Sisters – Murder in Chicago! Noelle walks us through Chicago’s notorious murder of the Grimes Sisters. 1. In December 1956, teen sisters Barbara and Patricia Grimes disappeared. (This is known as the “End of Innocence” in Chicago.) 2. The sisters went to a screening of the Elvis Presley film “Love Me Tender.” (It was the 11th time they’d seen the movie!) 3. Their disappearance launched one of the largest missing persons cases in the history of Chicago. (300,000 people were interrogated!) 4. The bodies were discovered on January 22, 1957. (The construction worker who found them thought they were mannequins.) 5. Autopsy ruled that death was caused by shock and exposure. (Do the ghosts of the sisters still roam Chicago?) Sweet Dreams. XoxoZzzzzz.

  • Episode 90: The Ghosts of Serial Killer Herb Baumeister and His Victims

    Episode 90: The Ghosts of Serial Killer Herb Baumeister and His Victims

    31/12/2018 Duração: 01h03min

    Episode 90: The Ghosts of Serial Killer Herb Baumeister and His Victims Jay walks us through the Ghosts of Serial Killer Herb Baumeister and his victims. 1. Herb Baumeister (April 7, 1947 – July 3, 1996) resident of Westfield, Indiana was notorious Serial Killer. (He found men in gay bars and buried them in his backyard.) 2. Herb married his wife Julie in 1971 and had three kids. (He founded the Sav-A-Lot chain of thrift stores in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1988.) 3. Herb moved his family to an 18-acre estate in the suburbs called Fox Hollow Farm. (Despite previous success at concealing odd behavior, Herb’s strange tendencies became apparent.) 4. The police investigation of Fox Hollow Farm up the remains of 11 men. (Only 5 of whom were ever identified.) 5. The ghost of Herb Baumeister still walks the property. (As do the souls of his victims.) Sweet Dreams. XoxoZzzzzz.

  • Episode 89: Annabelle

    Episode 89: Annabelle

    02/12/2018 Duração: 01h01min

    Noelle shares the tale of Annabelle, the haunted doll 1. Annabelle is a raggedy Anne doll, not the porcelain doll that is depicted in the movies. 2. She was a gift to nursing student, Donna, and allegedly was possessed by the spirit of a young girl named Annabelle Higgins. 3. Not so, said the Warren's (Psst... the episode features High Spirits favorites, Ed and Lorraine Warren). 4. Isn't anyone concerned about poor Lou? Listen in to find out what Lou's deal is! Sweet Dreams. XoxoZzzzzz.

  • Episode 88: Ghosts of Sports and Leisure

    Episode 88: Ghosts of Sports and Leisure

    22/11/2018 Duração: 01h08min

    Episode 88: Ghosts of Sports and Leisure Jay walks us through the Ghosts of Sports and Leisure. 1. U-W’s Camp Randall Stadium was a Union soldier training ground during the Civil War with a prison camp for Confederate soldiers nearby. (U-RAH-RAH WISCONSIN!) 2. Spoiler alert: roller rinks and ice-skating rinks are haunted as hell. (Many a DJ haunt those hallowed grounds!) 3. In 1999, wrestler Owen Hart fell to his death in Kansas City's Kemper Arena. (Maybe you can spot a resonant energy cable?) 4. In Kingman, AZ, Lee Williams High School is situated on the grounds of Pioneer Cemetery. (They play football on 300 coffins!) 5. Basketball Coach Bobby Knight haunts IU’s Assembly Hall. (Come for the Hoosiers, stay for the ghostly chair throwing!) Sweet Dreams. XoxoZzzzzz.

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