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Many hotels boast their ghosts, but for these two hotels, reality is scarier than the supernatural. Join Strange Country co-hosts Beth and Kelly as they talk about the strange tales of quack Dr. Norman Baker and the mysterious death Elisa Lam.
Theme music: Big White Lie by A Cast of Thousands
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