The Mummy of John Wilkes Booth & Feelin’ What You’re Readin’

Presidential conspiracies go back to the first assassination of a U.S. president. This week on Ripley Radio, the official broadcast program of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, historian James Taylor reveals that John Wilkes Booth, the actor who killed Abraham Lincoln, may not have been caught as thought and went on to live a long life and then a long second life on carnival and circus sideshows as a mummified exhibit. We also hear about MIT students who have created a way for a person to feel the sensations of the book that they are reading. It is truly a literary breakthrough!


  • Ripley archivist Edward Meyer picks up where James Taylor left off and explains that the body of John Wilkes Booth is actually hidden in a barn in Maryland and its owner has offered to sell it to Ripley’s on two different occasions. Edward explains why he hasn’t purchased it and why he doesn’t think it is genuine
  • Chad Lewis takes us on a road trip to the site of an alien landing in Aztec, N.M., and to an Enchanted Highway in North Dakota
  • Hollywood’s Dr. Edward Lamadrid explains the alternative and often kooky medical procedures the stars and starlets of Tinseltown choose, including the newest rage – cupping
  • Angela advises us if we mix our alcoholic drinks with a diet soda, any Breathalyzer test will spike an additional 18% over what it would be if we mixed it with regular soda; and Ralf celebrates that this year’s Ducktona 500 will take place now that rubber duck racing is legal in Wisconsin.

We go back into the vinyl archives to present this week’s musical egress, Song on the Radio, by Al Stewart!


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