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The Witch's Tale

The Witch's Tale premiered over WOR in 1931, making it one of the original “Hide-Under-the-Sheets” late night terror programs. Watch out for old Nancy and her cat, Satan. Update: additional episodes and sound upgrades

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"Graveyard Mansion"



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The Witch's Tale Radio Show

Miriam Wolfe, 12 years old, took on the voice role of 'Old Nancy' the witch.

WOR of New York: After the original
English-born "Witch" (Adelaide Fitz-Allen) died, many
character actresses auditioned, but none could approach
the eerie voice desired for the part, except this twelve year
old girl, Miriam Wolfe, who took over.

 Horror melodrama (1931 - 38)

Begun regionally on WOR radio in New York, this is one of the earliest of the horror genre shows. It also helped begin a trend in creepy hosts that "lives" on to this day in popular entertainment. "Old Nancy, the witch of Salem," was the cackling host of the show, and she was a caution! She quickly became a favorite of New York kids in the 1930s, who imitated her quips and cackles to scare their younger brothers and sisters at night

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Since Nancy was a witch from Salem, she knew of the old days, and relished a historical, and often hysterical, setting with her charming cat, Satan! Some say the cat was played by producer Alonzo Deen Cole MEOW!

John Dunning in his "On the Air, The Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio," relates the odd tale of getting the replacement for the original Nancy, Adelaide Fitz-Allen, who died at 79 in 1935. A radio veteran, only a mere 13 years old, Miriam Wolfe by name, was then on the fine children's program, Let's Pretend. Of course, she wasn't considered for the part. She stayed in the studio during a late-night broadcast by Witch's Tale writer/director, Alonzo Deen Cole, and began her "Nancy" without warning. Cole was so chilled by her mimicry of an ancient crone that she got the part on the spot. Later in the show's run, the role was taken by Martha Wentworth.

Witch's Tale promotional photoThe Witch's Tale was sometimes forced and obvious, but the good New York radio actors, ably directed by Roger Bower, transcended the occasional clunky scripting to be generally quite bold and horrifically enjoyable. The classical music used as interludes for commercials adds some class and charm to the preternatural proceedings. The scripts would sometimes use famous horror tales, such as Frankenstein or the Flying Dutchman. The show enjoyed popularity both the New York regional and Mutual national runs. As a sidelight, a version of the show is included in this compilation. But real fans would scream that they don't hold a candle to Old Nancy! When she started her spiel to Satan's bawling (one wonders who did the cat role) - the mood was right for another fright! Old Nancy was certainly the horror hostess with the mostess in those days. Why, today, she'd be crowing about being "183, I be today, 183." Be that as it may, you can now revisit her in her younger years, when she was just pushing the century mark.

For other horror hosts, listen to favorites such as Raymond, of the Inner Sanctum, the Man in Black of Suspense, The Whistler, Mysterious Traveler, and The Strange Dr. Weird. See also Quiet Please, Dark Fantasy, Escape, Lights Out, Mystery in the Air, Weird Circle, and The Unexpected.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
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    83 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 35 hours, 51 min
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    Volume 1 - 50 shows - total playtime 22 hours 17 minutes
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    1. Witchs Tale 310831 014 Firing Squad.mp3
    2. Witchs Tale 311005 019 Boa Goddess.mp3
    3. Witchs Tale 320516 050 Rat In Trap.mp3
    4. Witchs Tale 321017 070 Haunted Crossroads.mp3
    5. Witchs Tale 321031 072 In Devils Name Pt 1.mp3
    6. Witchs Tale 330102 081 Spirits Of Lake.mp3
    7. Witchs Tale 330227 088 Priest Of Sekhet.mp3
    8. Witchs Tale 330306 089 Graveyard Mansion.mp3
    9. Witchs Tale 330522 100 Statue Of Thor.mp3
    10. Witchs Tale 330529 101 Troth Of Death01.mp3
    11. Witchs Tale 330731 110 Boa Goddess.mp3
    12. Witchs Tale 330821 113 Firing Squad.mp3
    13. Witchs Tale 331218 129 Haunted Crossroads.mp3
    14. Witchs Tale 340000 00x Bronze Venus.mp3
    15. Witchs Tale 340000 00x Confession.mp3
    16. Witchs Tale 340000 00x Frankenstein Part 1and2.mp3
    17. Witchs Tale 340000 00x Graveyard Mansion Part 1and2.mp3
    18. Witchs Tale 340000 00x Hairy Monster Part 1.mp3
    19. Witchs Tale 340000 00x House Of Bridegroom Part 1.mp3
    20. Witchs Tale 340000 00x Share And Share Alike.mp3
    21. Witchs Tale 340000 00x Werewolf Part 1.mp3
    22. Witchs Tale 340108 130 Devil Doctor.mp3
    23. Witchs Tale 340426 145 Flying Dutchman.mp3
    24. Witchs Tale 340503 146 Violin.mp3
    25. Witchs Tale 340802 158 Rockabye Baby.mp3
    26. Witchs Tale 340907 163 Puzzle.mp3
    27. Witchs Tale 340928 166 Happy Ending.mp3
    28. Witchs Tale 341108 169 Physician To Dead.mp3
    29. Witchs Tale 350107 178 Entomologist.mp3
    30. Witchs Tale 350128 181 Rat In Trap.mp3
    31. Witchs Tale 350218 184 Wonderful Bottle Pt 1 And 2.mp3
    32. Witchs Tale 350613 198 Devil Mask.mp3
    33. Witchs Tale 350717 203 Tale Of Frankenstein.mp3
    34. Witchs Tale 350814 207 King Shark God.mp3
    35. Witchs Tale 350827 209 Knife Of Sacrifice.mp3
    36. Witchs Tale 351015 216 Werewolf.mp3
    37. Witchs Tale 351205 223 To Share And Share Alike.mp3
    38. Witchs Tale 360107 228 Spirits Of Lake, The.mp3
    39. Witchs Tale 360217 234 Confession 2.mp3
    40. Witchs Tale 360508 244 Priest Of Sekhet.mp3
    41. Witchs Tale 360825 258 Mannequin.mp3
    42. Witchs Tale 370108 265 In Devils Name Pt 1.mp3
    43. Witchs Tale 370122 267 Suicide.mp3
    44. Witchs Tale 370212 269 Bulldog.mp3
    45. Witchs Tale 370219 270 Devil Doctor.mp3
    46. Witchs Tale 370311 273 Truth Of Death.mp3
    47. Witchs Tale 370318 274 Boa Goddess.mp3
    48. Witchs Tale 370422 278 Statue Of Thor.mp3
    49. Witchs Tale 371012 301 Haunted Crossroads.mp3
    50. Witchs Tale 371019 302 Four Fingers And Thumb.mp3
    Volume 2 - 33 shows - total playtime 13 hours 34 minutes
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    1. Witchs Tale 371102 304 House Of Bridegroom.mp3
    2. Witchs Tale 371207 307 Power Of Lucifer.mp3
    3. Witchs Tale 380113 310 Altar Of Hate.mp3
    4. Witchs Tale 380120 311 Firing Squad.mp3
    5. Witchs Tale 380224 316 Violin.mp3
    6. Witchs Tale 380303 317 Tourists Accomodated.mp3
    7. Witchs Tale 380329 321 Wedding Gift.mp3
    8. Witchs Tale 380502 326 Devils Number.mp3
    9. Witchs Tale 380523 329 Gypsys Hand.mp3
    10. Witchs Tale 410000 02 Four Fingers And Thumb.mp3
    11. Witchs Tale 410000 19 Knife Of Sacrifice.mp3
    12. Witchs Tale 410000 20 Troth Of Death.mp3
    13. Witchs Tale 410000 23 Physician To Dead.mp3
    14. Witchs Tale 410000 24 Devil Mask.mp3
    15. Witchs Tale 410000 Altar Of Hate.mp3
    16. Witchs Tale 410000 Boa Goddess.mp3
    17. Witchs Tale 410000 Devil Doctor.mp3
    18. Witchs Tale 410000 Devils Number.mp3
    19. Witchs Tale 410000 Firing Squad.mp3
    20. Witchs Tale 410000 Haunted Crossroads.mp3
    21. Witchs Tale 410000 Puzzle.mp3
    22. Witchs Tale 410000 Rats In Trap.mp3
    23. Witchs Tale 410000 Statue Of Thor.mp3
    24. Witchs Tale 410000 Suicide.mp3
    25. Witchs Tale 410000 Violin.mp3
    26. Witchs Tale 410000 Wedding Gift.mp3
    27. Witchs Tale 430000 27 Tourists Accommodated.mp3
    28. Witchs Tale 430000 28 Power Of Lucifer.mp3
    29. Witchs Tale 430000 32 Priest Of Sekhet.mp3
    30. Witchs Tale 430000 33 Mannequin.mp3
    31. Witchs Tale 430000 40 King Shark God.mp3
    32. Witchs Tale xxxxxx 00x 01 Witchs Tale Promo Broadcast.mp3
    33. Witchs Tale xxxxxx 00x 02 Witchs Tale Siegelgassman Interview.mp3
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    83 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
    total playtime 35 hours, 51 min
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    Volume 1 - 50 shows - total playtime 22 hours 17 minutes
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    1. Witchs Tale 310831 014 Firing Squad.mp3
    2. Witchs Tale 311005 019 Boa Goddess.mp3
    3. Witchs Tale 320516 050 Rat In Trap.mp3
    4. Witchs Tale 321017 070 Haunted Crossroads.mp3
    5. Witchs Tale 321031 072 In Devils Name Pt 1.mp3
    6. Witchs Tale 330102 081 Spirits Of Lake.mp3
    7. Witchs Tale 330227 088 Priest Of Sekhet.mp3
    8. Witchs Tale 330306 089 Graveyard Mansion.mp3
    9. Witchs Tale 330522 100 Statue Of Thor.mp3
    10. Witchs Tale 330529 101 Troth Of Death01.mp3
    11. Witchs Tale 330731 110 Boa Goddess.mp3
    12. Witchs Tale 330821 113 Firing Squad.mp3
    13. Witchs Tale 331218 129 Haunted Crossroads.mp3
    14. Witchs Tale 340000 00x Bronze Venus.mp3
    15. Witchs Tale 340000 00x Confession.mp3
    16. Witchs Tale 340000 00x Frankenstein Part 1and2.mp3
    17. Witchs Tale 340000 00x Graveyard Mansion Part 1and2.mp3
    18. Witchs Tale 340000 00x Hairy Monster Part 1.mp3
    19. Witchs Tale 340000 00x House Of Bridegroom Part 1.mp3
    20. Witchs Tale 340000 00x Share And Share Alike.mp3
    21. Witchs Tale 340000 00x Werewolf Part 1.mp3
    22. Witchs Tale 340108 130 Devil Doctor.mp3
    23. Witchs Tale 340426 145 Flying Dutchman.mp3
    24. Witchs Tale 340503 146 Violin.mp3
    25. Witchs Tale 340802 158 Rockabye Baby.mp3
    26. Witchs Tale 340907 163 Puzzle.mp3
    27. Witchs Tale 340928 166 Happy Ending.mp3
    28. Witchs Tale 341108 169 Physician To Dead.mp3
    29. Witchs Tale 350107 178 Entomologist.mp3
    30. Witchs Tale 350128 181 Rat In Trap.mp3
    31. Witchs Tale 350218 184 Wonderful Bottle Pt 1 And 2.mp3
    32. Witchs Tale 350613 198 Devil Mask.mp3
    33. Witchs Tale 350717 203 Tale Of Frankenstein.mp3
    34. Witchs Tale 350814 207 King Shark God.mp3
    35. Witchs Tale 350827 209 Knife Of Sacrifice.mp3
    36. Witchs Tale 351015 216 Werewolf.mp3
    37. Witchs Tale 351205 223 To Share And Share Alike.mp3
    38. Witchs Tale 360107 228 Spirits Of Lake, The.mp3
    39. Witchs Tale 360217 234 Confession 2.mp3
    40. Witchs Tale 360508 244 Priest Of Sekhet.mp3
    41. Witchs Tale 360825 258 Mannequin.mp3
    42. Witchs Tale 370108 265 In Devils Name Pt 1.mp3
    43. Witchs Tale 370122 267 Suicide.mp3
    44. Witchs Tale 370212 269 Bulldog.mp3
    45. Witchs Tale 370219 270 Devil Doctor.mp3
    46. Witchs Tale 370311 273 Truth Of Death.mp3
    47. Witchs Tale 370318 274 Boa Goddess.mp3
    48. Witchs Tale 370422 278 Statue Of Thor.mp3
    49. Witchs Tale 371012 301 Haunted Crossroads.mp3
    50. Witchs Tale 371019 302 Four Fingers And Thumb.mp3
    Volume 2 - 33 shows - total playtime 13 hours 34 minutes
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    1. Witchs Tale 371102 304 House Of Bridegroom.mp3
    2. Witchs Tale 371207 307 Power Of Lucifer.mp3
    3. Witchs Tale 380113 310 Altar Of Hate.mp3
    4. Witchs Tale 380120 311 Firing Squad.mp3
    5. Witchs Tale 380224 316 Violin.mp3
    6. Witchs Tale 380303 317 Tourists Accomodated.mp3
    7. Witchs Tale 380329 321 Wedding Gift.mp3
    8. Witchs Tale 380502 326 Devils Number.mp3
    9. Witchs Tale 380523 329 Gypsys Hand.mp3
    10. Witchs Tale 410000 02 Four Fingers And Thumb.mp3
    11. Witchs Tale 410000 19 Knife Of Sacrifice.mp3
    12. Witchs Tale 410000 20 Troth Of Death.mp3
    13. Witchs Tale 410000 23 Physician To Dead.mp3
    14. Witchs Tale 410000 24 Devil Mask.mp3
    15. Witchs Tale 410000 Altar Of Hate.mp3
    16. Witchs Tale 410000 Boa Goddess.mp3
    17. Witchs Tale 410000 Devil Doctor.mp3
    18. Witchs Tale 410000 Devils Number.mp3
    19. Witchs Tale 410000 Firing Squad.mp3
    20. Witchs Tale 410000 Haunted Crossroads.mp3
    21. Witchs Tale 410000 Puzzle.mp3
    22. Witchs Tale 410000 Rats In Trap.mp3
    23. Witchs Tale 410000 Statue Of Thor.mp3
    24. Witchs Tale 410000 Suicide.mp3
    25. Witchs Tale 410000 Violin.mp3
    26. Witchs Tale 410000 Wedding Gift.mp3
    27. Witchs Tale 430000 27 Tourists Accommodated.mp3
    28. Witchs Tale 430000 28 Power Of Lucifer.mp3
    29. Witchs Tale 430000 32 Priest Of Sekhet.mp3
    30. Witchs Tale 430000 33 Mannequin.mp3
    31. Witchs Tale 430000 40 King Shark God.mp3
    32. Witchs Tale xxxxxx 00x 01 Witchs Tale Promo Broadcast.mp3
    33. Witchs Tale xxxxxx 00x 02 Witchs Tale Siegelgassman Interview.mp3
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    83 recordings on 41 Audio CDs
    total playtime 35 hours, 51 min

    Disc A001

    1. Witchs Tale xxxxxx 00x 01 Witchs Tale Promo Broadcast
    2. Witchs Tale xxxxxx 00x 02 Witchs Tale Siegelgassman Interview
    3. Witchs Tale 310831 014 Firing Squad

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    Disc A002

    1. Witchs Tale 311005 019 Boa Goddess
    2. Witchs Tale 320516 050 Rat In Trap

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    Disc A003

    1. Witchs Tale 321017 070 Haunted Crossroads
    2. Witchs Tale 321031 072 In Devils Name Pt 1

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    Disc A004

    1. Witchs Tale 330102 081 Spirits Of Lake
    2. Witchs Tale 330227 088 Priest Of Sekhet

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    Disc A005

    1. Witchs Tale 330306 089 Graveyard Mansion
    2. Witchs Tale 330522 100 Statue Of Thor

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    Disc A006

    1. Witchs Tale 330529 101 Troth Of Death01
    2. Witchs Tale 330731 110 Boa Goddess

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    Disc A007

    1. Witchs Tale 330821 113 Firing Squad
    2. Witchs Tale 331218 129 Haunted Crossroads

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    Disc A008

    1. Witchs Tale 340000 00x Bronze Venus
    2. Witchs Tale 340000 00x Confession

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    Disc A009

    1. Witchs Tale 340000 00x Frankenstein Part 1and2
    2. Witchs Tale 340000 00x Graveyard Mansion Part 1and2

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    Disc A010

    1. Witchs Tale 340000 00x Hairy Monster Part 1
    2. Witchs Tale 340000 00x House Of Bridegroom Part 1

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    Disc A011

    1. Witchs Tale 340000 00x Share And Share Alike
    2. Witchs Tale 340000 00x Werewolf Part 1

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    Disc A012

    1. Witchs Tale 340108 130 Devil Doctor
    2. Witchs Tale 340426 145 Flying Dutchman

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    Disc A013

    1. Witchs Tale 340503 146 Violin
    2. Witchs Tale 340802 158 Rockabye Baby

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    Disc A014

    1. Witchs Tale 340907 163 Puzzle
    2. Witchs Tale 340928 166 Happy Ending

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    Disc A015

    1. Witchs Tale 341108 169 Physician To Dead
    2. Witchs Tale 350107 178 Entomologist

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    Disc A016

    1. Witchs Tale 350128 181 Rat In Trap
    2. Witchs Tale 350218 184 Wonderful Bottle Pt 1 And 2

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    Disc A017

    1. Witchs Tale 350613 198 Devil Mask
    2. Witchs Tale 350717 203 Tale Of Frankenstein

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    Disc A018

    1. Witchs Tale 350814 207 King Shark God
    2. Witchs Tale 350827 209 Knife Of Sacrifice

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    Disc A019

    1. Witchs Tale 351015 216 Werewolf
    2. Witchs Tale 351205 223 To Share And Share Alike

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    Disc A020

    1. Witchs Tale 360107 228 Spirits Of Lake, The
    2. Witchs Tale 360217 234 Confession 2

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    Disc A021

    1. Witchs Tale 360508 244 Priest Of Sekhet
    2. Witchs Tale 360825 258 Mannequin

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    Disc A022

    1. Witchs Tale 370108 265 In Devils Name Pt 1
    2. Witchs Tale 370122 267 Suicide

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    Disc A023

    1. Witchs Tale 370212 269 Bulldog
    2. Witchs Tale 370219 270 Devil Doctor

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    Disc A024

    1. Witchs Tale 370311 273 Truth Of Death
    2. Witchs Tale 370318 274 Boa Goddess

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    Disc A025

    1. Witchs Tale 370422 278 Statue Of Thor
    2. Witchs Tale 371012 301 Haunted Crossroads

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    Disc A026

    1. Witchs Tale 371019 302 Four Fingers And Thumb
    2. Witchs Tale 371102 304 House Of Bridegroom

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    Disc A027

    1. Witchs Tale 371207 307 Power Of Lucifer
    2. Witchs Tale 380113 310 Altar Of Hate

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    Disc A028

    1. Witchs Tale 380120 311 Firing Squad
    2. Witchs Tale 380224 316 Violin

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    Disc A029

    1. Witchs Tale 380303 317 Tourists Accomodated
    2. Witchs Tale 380329 321 Wedding Gift

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    Disc A030

    1. Witchs Tale 380502 326 Devils Number
    2. Witchs Tale 380523 329 Gypsys Hand

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    Disc A031

    1. Witchs Tale 410000 02 Four Fingers And Thumb
    2. Witchs Tale 410000 19 Knife Of Sacrifice

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    Disc A032

    1. Witchs Tale 410000 20 Troth Of Death
    2. Witchs Tale 410000 23 Physician To Dead

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    Disc A033

    1. Witchs Tale 410000 24 Devil Mask
    2. Witchs Tale 410000 Altar Of Hate

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    Disc A034

    1. Witchs Tale 410000 Boa Goddess
    2. Witchs Tale 410000 Devil Doctor

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    Disc A035

    1. Witchs Tale 410000 Devils Number
    2. Witchs Tale 410000 Firing Squad

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    Disc A036

    1. Witchs Tale 410000 Haunted Crossroads
    2. Witchs Tale 410000 Puzzle

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    Disc A037

    1. Witchs Tale 410000 Rats In Trap
    2. Witchs Tale 410000 Statue Of Thor
    3. Witchs Tale 410000 Suicide

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    Disc A038

    1. Witchs Tale 410000 Violin
    2. Witchs Tale 410000 Wedding Gift

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    Disc A039

    1. Witchs Tale 430000 27 Tourists Accommodated
    2. Witchs Tale 430000 28 Power Of Lucifer

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    Disc A040

    1. Witchs Tale 430000 32 Priest Of Sekhet
    2. Witchs Tale 430000 33 Mannequin

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    Disc A041

    1. Witchs Tale 430000 40 King Shark God

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