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A real-life horror story, a gruesome unsolved crime, and rumors of witchcraft make the case of Charles Walton an unforgettable one.

After a few episodes away from the usual stuff, we’re back with another true-crime mystery! As with most of the interesting cases out there, this one takes place in the past — in 1945 to be exact — and involves an Englishman by the name of Charles Walton. The thing that makes this case interesting is that some believe it to have some witchcraft involved. The details of this case are quite gruesome like something ripped from a horror movie.


The story goes that Walton, a 75-year-old man, was working on a farm he’d worked at for the better part of a year when his niece discovered he hadn’t come home that evening. He wasn’t a party animal and had very few friends, so Walton just going out seemed unlikely. A small search party formed, and eventually, his body was found in the field he’d last been seen working in.

It was a devastating affair, especially for his niece, naturally. It was such a big case for the area that Scotland Yard got involved and a number of suspects began to prop up.

In this two-part episode exploring this gruesome unsolved crime, we look at some of the suspects and the potential witchcraft involved.

While there was ever really only one suspect in Alfred Potter, he was never charged despite being caught red-handed in several lies, misdirections, and peculiar behavior. But why was he the main suspect? Well, there are many, many reasons including, but not limited to: he was the last person to see Walton alive, he was his employer, and they may have had financial disputes, just to name a few.

But what of the witchcraft? Well, interestingly enough, there’s a weird, convoluted family tree that may link Walton to a murder from roughly 75 years prior, and Walton shares the name of a local folklore character that has to do with a phantom dog.

But, as always, if you want to know more, you’ll just have to listen.


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Welcome to the Ominous Origins Podcast, a Horror Shots production. If you were previously a fan of the Horror Shots Podcast, this is the same great show with the same compelling content focused on myth, mysterious creatures, unexplained events, spooky stories — and even some of the strangest and most disturbing true crime stories. As always, our goal is to entertain, but also to enlighten with short, well-researched episodes on a variety of fascinating topics.

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