Episode 42: The Jersey Devil

While many aspects of the legend seem too fantastical to believe, there have been hundreds of sightings of the Jersey Devil reported over the years. Is it possible that a rare, undiscovered species has taken up residence in South Jersey? Are all of the sightings hoaxes, or are people simply mistaking some other kind of animal for a demon? Or, as Harry Leeds, a former mayor and direct descendant of Mother Leeds claims, does a devil stalk the Pine barrens to this day?

https://www.livescience.com/28167-jersey-devil.htmlhttps://weirdnj.com/stories/jersey-devil/https://www.history.com/topics/us-states/jersey-devil-videohttps://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/local/the-devil-you-know-how-leeds-descendants-see-their-jersey/article_d129aa12-cf96-53aa-8ba7-d76c970fabbc.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/1998/04/26/nyregion/jerseyana-once-upon-a-time-the-new-jersey-devil-meant-more-than-hockey.html

Episode 41: Jamison Family Deaths

What really happened to the Jamison family? Were they murdered by drug dealers or hitmen hired by Bobby’s father? Were they possessed by evil spirits and driven to a gruesome end? Stay with us as we explore the mystery of the Jamison family murders.

https://www.ranker.com/list/jamison-family-facts/lea-rose-emery

https://www.ranker.com/list/unsolved-mysteries-families/mike-bedard

https://allthatsinteresting.com/jamison-family

https://medium.com/true-crime-by-cat-leigh/family-goes-missing-four-years-later-their-remains-are-found-abaaca7da760

Long Note One by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100418

Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Aftermath – Madness Paranoia by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100575

Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Episode 40: Sacred and Sonic Geometry

CaptureAs humans, we’re wired to find patterns, so are all of the repeating numbers we see in nature and music simply a coincidence? Can we safely say that we’re creating patterns where there are none? Or, as mystics and philosophers have long believed, are mathematics, geometry and sound actually the key to the universe? Join us as we take a closer look at the mystery of Sacred and Sonic Geometry.

Sources:

What is Sacred Geometry?

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/everything-in-the-universe-is-made-of-math-including-youhttps://www.storyofmathematics.com/sumerian.html

Episode 38: Karen Silkwood — Killed Because She Knew Too Much?

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When one woman blew the whistle on the nuclear power plant where she was employed, she ended up dead — killed in a fatal car crash. Was she murdered because of her actions against a large, powerful company? Was it a conspiracy, or a tragic accident? Join us as we discuss the mysterious death of American chemical technician, Karen Silkwood.

Sources:

https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/headlines/society/20140514STO47018/forsmark-how-sweden-alerted-the-world-about-the-danger-of-chernobyl-disaster

https://www.britannica.com/event/Chernobyl-disaster

http://womenwhistleblowers.com/main/2018/12/20/karen-silkwood-nuclear-power-activist/

https://time.com/3574931/karen-silkwood/

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/karen-silkwood-the-case-of-the-activists-death-52287/

Music:

Interloper by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100401

Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Episode 37: Door to Hell

2560px-Darvasa_gas_crater_panoramaJoin us as we discuss a molten cavity in Turkmenistan, nicknamed by locals “The Door to Hell,” or “The Gates of Hell.” As sinister as its burning flames sounds, they’re just the half of it. Located in the Karakum Desert, the pit, which has been on fire for almost 50 years, attracts hundreds of tourists each year. It also reportedly attracts nearby desert wildlife. The locals claim that from time to time, spiders are seen plunging into the pit by the thousands, lured to their deaths by the flickering flames. 

Sources:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/giant-hole-ground-has-been-fire-more-40-years-180951247/https://www.advantour.com/turkmenistan/darvaza-gas-crater.htmhttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/18/-sp-door-to-hell-turkmenistan-in-pictureshttp://hauntedattractiononline.com/we-found-gates-hell/

Photo:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darvaza_gas_crater

 

Bonus Episode 36: “My Kentucky Nightmare”

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Happy Halloween, everyone! To conclude our special mini-series, 13 Nights of Halloween, we’re releasing a third bonus episode! Jennifer, the host of Haunted Happenstance, narrates a horrifying, vivid nightmare she had of an inky black figure looming on the ceiling above her as she slept. Was this sleep paralysis or… something else? Her storytelling abilities and attention to detail really bring this terrifying tale to life. Have a happy, safe and spooky Halloween!

Source: “My Kentucky Nightmare” was written and performed by Jennifer of Haunted Happenstance (https://hauntedhappenstance.libsyn.com/)

Bonus Episode 35: “Dagon” by H.P. Lovecraft (Performed by Kris Rustic)

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H.P. Lovecraft has been called one of the most influential horror fiction authors of all time. Stephen King himself explained, “Now that time has given us some perspective on his work, I think it is beyond doubt that H.P. Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.” In today’s special bonus episode as part of our 13 Nights of Halloween, Kris Rustic of Obscure Anomalies performs Lovecraft’s short story, “Dagon.” Settle in for a creepy, spooky creature tale like no other!

Sources: https://www.biography.com/writer/hp-lovecraft

The reading of “Dagon” by H.P. Lovecraft is performed by Kris Rustic of Obscure Anomalies: https://www.obscure-anomalies.com/podcast/

Bonus Episode 34: Homicidal Sleepwalkers (Straight Up Strange Crossover)

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In celebration of Halloween, and with the help of two of my sister podcasts from Straight Up Strange Productions, you’re in store for a unique show tonight. This episode ties together each of our three, very different podcasts and styles to cover one overlapping, and relatively dark topic: the phenomenon of crimes committed while sleepwalking (and not just any crimes, but heinous, sometimes fatal ones.) First up is a fictionalized storytelling by Jennifer from Haunted Happenstance, then followed by some historical true crime facts by yours truly. This is then followed by another factual spin from the sleep/dream and science side from Meranda of All Things Dreams. Join us for this special, spooky episode! https://www.straightupstrange.com/the-lineup

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homicidal_sleepwalking#Parks_case

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/day-in-day-out/201212/sleepwalking-killers-and-what-they-tell-us-about-sleep

https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/sleepwalking

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Tirrell

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5zr2UrwfB8

https://www.sleepassociation.org/sleep-disorders/more-sleep-disorders/sleep-walking/

https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/sleepwalking

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/03/17/sleepwalking_n_6847100.html

https://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/facts-about-sleepwalking

Episode 33: The Footless Ghost of Benton Falls

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One spring night in a second-floor bedroom of an old creaky house in Benton, Maine, Alan Linnell lay terrified as he felt a presence sit on his bed. He then felt something cold touch his arm. That was just one of dozens of strange events the Linnell family experienced over 13 years beginning in 1964, a year after the family bought the home. The incredible stories might have been dismissed if not for a grisly discovery made in the walls of the home. Join us for another mini-episode as part of our 13 Nights of Halloween, where we discuss the haunting of the “Footless Ghost.” 

Sources:

https://www.pressherald.com/2019/05/19/get-spooked-at-maines-haunted-places/

https://mainetoday.com/from-the-archives/wicked-bloody-history-true-stories-murder-mayhem-maine/

This episode was written and produced by Jaden McKell. The theme song was written and produced by Chuck Flyer.

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