Episode 37 Sources: Halloween Listener Stories II

Happy (Belated) Halloween! In our second annual Halloween Listener Stories episode we will share (and debunk) three spooky stories that came to us from your fellow listeners! Has something similar happened to you? Do you have an explanation that we didn’t cover?  Let us know your thoughts! You can listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandora, or iHeartRadio.

Special thanks to Sophie, DJ, and Tyson for sharing their amazing stories!

Here is the sketch Sophie included with her story about the Monte Cristo Homestead.

Here are our sources:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monte_Cristo_Homestead
  2. https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/history-culture/2018/09/the-haunting-of-the-monte-cristo-homestead/  
  3. https://www.sciencefocus.com/science/strange-but-true-the-mystery-of-the-monte-cristo-homestead-and-the-supernatural-science-that-explains-it/
  4. https://www.science.org/content/article/illuminating-shadow-people-rev2
  5. https://bigthink.com/neuropsych/sleep-paralysis-terrifying-encounter-mind/

Episode 36 Sources – Black-Eyed Children: Creepypasta or Creepy Kids?

Are Black-Eyed Children just a product of a Creepypasta run rampant, or is there some science behind reported sightings of creepy kids? We discuss the origins of this popular urban legend, and then dive into possible explanations – Meagan has a theory of her own that we’re excited for you to hear! You can listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandora, or iHeartRadio.

Here are our sources:

  1. Astonishing Legends podcast, Ep. 87 and 88: Black Eyed Kids Parts 1 and 2
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-eyed_children
  3. https://texashillcountry.com/black-eyed-kids-legend-abilene/
  4. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/black-eyed-children/
  5. https://web.archive.org/web/20151208221117/http://www.reporternews.com/news/columnists/brian-bethel/brian-bethel-recounts-his-possible-paranormal-encounter-with-beks-ep-384772497-348207271.html
  6. https://www.tbsnews.net/splash/legend-black-eyed-children-55705
  7. https://www.pararational.com/what-are-black-eyed-kids/
  8. https://www.buzzsprout.com/1340278/6287302
  9. http://ineversausageaplace.com/2013/03/the-black-eyed-kids-of-the-iroquois-legends/
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonist_(The_X-Files)#Black_oil
  11. https://web.randi.org/swift/behind-black-eyes-reports-of-spooky-black-eyed-kids
  12. http://www.bizarrejournal.com/2012/12/debunked-black-eyed-children.html  
  13. https://skeptoid.com/blog/2013/01/15/the-black-eyed-children/
  14. https://partypinching.com/pear-bunny-salad/

Episode 35 Sources: 2 Short 2 Spooky

Our second Short & Spooky episode is here! Paige covers Deja Vu – what are we really experiencing and how is it studied? She also shares the story of the mysterious disappearance of Flight 513. Meagan gives an update on Oumuamua – the first interstellar object that we’ve been able to observe passing through our solar system – and our scariest topic yet, Bloody Mary. You can listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandora, or iHeartRadio.

Reminder: We’re collecting spooky stories for our Annual Halloween Listener Stories episode! If you have a paranormal or other creepy experience that you were able to debunk, or that you’d like us to take a stab at, you can send it to [email protected] or DM us on any of our social media accounts. Happy Spooky Season!

Here are our sources:

Deja Vu:

  1. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/can-science-explain-deja-vu/
  2. https://www.businessinsider.com.au/why-we-get-deja-vu-2017-12

Flight 513:

  1. https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/52255/8-weekly-world-news-headlines-turned-out-be-true
  2. https://www.mensxp.com/special-features/features/79021-mystery-santiago-flight-513.html

Oumuamua:

  1. https://observer.com/2021/03/oumuamua-alien-interstellar-object-ice-comet-study-reveal/

Bloody Mary: Source #8 includes the Strange Face Illusion photos we discuss.

  1. https://u.osu.edu/vanzandt/2019/04/17/bloody-mary-from-the-bathroom-to-the-laboratory/
  2. https://people.howstuffworks.com/bloody-mary-legend.htm
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catoptromancy
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Mary_(folklore)
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWORTeImS44
  6. https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/558091/origin-bloody-mary-and-why-we-think-we-see-things-mirrors
  7. https://www.livescience.com/62274-disappearing-optical-illusion-troxler-explained.html
  8. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/illusion-chasers/locking-eyes-with-a-monster/

Episode 34 Sources: Damn Oceans, You Scary – AKA The Whale Episode

Thalassophobia, the fear of the ocean or other large bodies of water, is a common phobia, and in this episode we discuss what makes large bodies of water so spooky. Whether it be the size of the ocean, ghost ships, or what could be lurking beneath the surface of the water there are plenty of reasons to be creeped out! You can listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandora, or iHeartRadio.

Reminder: We’re collecting spooky stories for our Annual Halloween Listener Stories episode! If you have a paranormal or other creepy experience that you were able to debunk, or that you’d like us to take a stab at, you can send it to [email protected] or DM us on any of our social media accounts. Happy Spooky Season!

As always, here are our sources:

  1. https://amp.capecodtimes.com/amp/7653838002?__twitter_impression=true
  2. https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/a19000/less-than-one-percent-worlds-shipwrecks-explored/
  3. https://theconversation.com/ten-things-you-never-knew-about-the-oceans-deepest-places-55172
  4. https://www.usharbors.com/2018/10/the-science-of-ghost-ships/
  5. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-enchanting-sea-monsters-on-medieval-maps-1805646/
  6. https://medium.com/short-history/christopher-columbus-cant-tell-a-manatee-from-a-mermaid-b008e117c78d
  7. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-real-sea-monsters-brought-life-early-naturalists-180953155/
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogue_wave
  9. https://www.boatinternational.com/luxury-yacht-life/lifestyle/best-ghost-ship-stories–29737
  10. https://www.ripleys.com/weird-news/ss-ourang-medan-ghost-ship/
  11. https://www.historicmysteries.com/ourang-medan/
  12. https://www.marineinsight.com/maritime-history/ghost-ship-the-mysterious-flying-dutchman/
  13. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-did-whales-evolve-73276956/

Episode 33 Sources: Spooky True Crime Vol. 2 w/ Kyna: Was Elizabeth Bathory Innocent?

We’ve all heard stories of Elizabeth Bathory, who is known as the most torturous and prolific female serial killer in history. Was she really the monster we all know her as, or was she the Regina George of her time – a powerful woman with enemies just as mean as she was? Kyna, host of the Historical AF podcast joins us for our second spooky true crime episode. Listen in for a giggle-filled discussion on the famed Blood Countess and her residence-turned-prison, Cachtice Castle. You can listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandora, or iHeartRadio.

Here are our sources:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_B%C3%A1thory
  2. https://www.thoughtco.com/elizabeth-bathory-mass-murderer-or-victim-1221244
  3. https://stmuhistorymedia.org/elizabeth-bathory/
  4. https://www.historyofroyalwomen.com/elizabeth-bathory/elizabeth-bathory-countess-dracula/
  5. https://allthatsinteresting.com/elizabeth-bathory-true-story
  6. https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/bathorys-torturous-escapades-are-exposed
  7. https://www.biography.com/crime-figure/elizabeth-bathory#:~:text=In%201610%20she%20was%20accused,for%20most%20prolific%20female%20murderer.
  8. https://ir.library.illinoisstate.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1134&context=etd
  9. https://www.historyhit.com/the-blood-countess-facts-about-elizabeth-bathory/
  10. https://www.thetravel.com/elizabeth-bathory-history-education-hungary-travel/
  11. https://www.istrianet.org/istria/legends/vampires/bathory.htm
  12. https://historycollection.com/real-countess-dracula-12-facts-life-crimes-elizabeth-bathory/6/
  13. https://www.orellfuessli.ch/shop/home/artikeldetails/ID3093779.html
  14. https://stmuhistorymedia.org/elizabeth-bathory/#marker-96966-11
  15. https://serialkillershistory.wordpress.com/2017/12/20/the-true-story-of-elizabeth-bathory-the-blood-countess-2/
  16. https://amyscrypt.com/cachtice-castle-elizabeth-bathory/
  17. https://historycollection.com/10-ghosts-of-the-most-famous-historical-figures-and-where-to-find-them/6/
  18. https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/blood-countess-slovakia/index.html
  19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egNckCeKevE

Episode 32 Sources: Can We Crowdfund a Crop Circle?

Thousands of crop circles have appeared in fields worldwide. Theories about what created them have included everything from horny hedgehogs to extraterrestrials. In this episode we discuss the history of crop circles and cover who (or what) is really behind them. You can listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandora, or iHeartRadio.

Here are our sources:

Podcasts: Stuff You Should Know, “What’s the Deal with Crop Circles?”; Astonishing Legends, Episodes 206-208: Crop Circles; Unexplained Mysteries, “Crop Circles”

Key Images Discussed in the Episode:

  1. Hedgehogs cartoon: https://twitter.com/yerufoguy/status/1363101028380516354?s=21
  2. The Mowing Devil: https://mercuriuspoliticus.wordpress.com/2008/06/07/the-mowing-devil/
  3. Arecibo message & hoax: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arecibo_message

Other sources:

  1. http://www.knowledgebank.irri.org/ericeproduction/I.a_Plowing_patterns.htm
  2. https://www.livescience.com/26540-crop-circles.html
  3. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/crop-circles-the-art-of-the-hoax-2524283/
  4. https://daily.jstor.org/pssst-crop-circles-were-a-hoax/
  5. https://www.nature.com/articles/465693a.pdf?origin=ppub
  6. www.circlemakers.org
  7. http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2016/03/two-men-started-phenomenon-crop-circles-planks-wire/
  8. https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-cave-artists-might-ve-knowingly-deprived-themselves-of-oxygen-to-paint
  9. https://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2011-08/popsci-qampa-using-modern-tech-make-crop-circles/

Episode 31 Sources: Spooky Movie Science

Do you enjoy scary movies? Have you ever wondered why that is? In this episode we chat about what science has to say about why scary movies are so enjoyable, and what is happening to your body while you watch them. We discuss a list of the top 20 scariest movies and give our rankings. Whether you are a fan of psychological thrillers or prefer a classic slasher, this episode is for you! You can listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandora, or iHeartRadio.

Here are our sources:

  1. https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2020/10/these-are-the-scariest-horror-movies-according-to-science/
  2. https://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbean/2020/10/17/what-is-the-scariest-movie-ever-well-science-now-has-an-answer-to-that-question/?sh=1e7e19ad56a2
  3. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02298/full
  4. https://now.tufts.edu/articles/why-do-we-horror-movies
  5. https://www.pennmedicine.org/updates/blogs/health-and-wellness/2017/october/fear
  6. https://news.usc.edu/151096/why-do-we-like-to-be-scared-usc-experts-explain-the-science-of-fright/
  7. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/anxiety-love-watching-horror-movies_l_5d277587e4b02a5a5d57b59e
  8. https://read.dukeupress.edu/poetics-today/article-abstract/25/2/283/20819/I-ll-Never-Have-a-Clown-in-My-House-Why-Movie?redirectedFrom=fulltext

Episode 30 Sources: Debunking Hauntings with Kenny Biddle Vol. 2

Kenny Biddle joins us for another fun, goofy, and giggle-filled episode about famous hauntings! In this episode we look at audio and visual evidence for supposed hauntings at the Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago, IL and Victoria’s Black Swan Inn in San Antonio, TX. Kenny helps us do some investigative work to figure out what is really going on with these videos of EVP recordings, shadowy figures, and spooky voices. You can listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandora, or iHeartRadio.

Congress Plaza Hotel, Chicago, IL:

The YouTube video we discuss can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BihfOGHAI8

Key timestamps are:

  1. EVP in ballroom: 15:00-16:00 min
  2. “Face” in door: 25:00-25:35 min
  3. Voices in hallway: 27:00-28:00 min

Additional background links:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congress_Plaza_Hotel
  2. https://www.theodysseyonline.com/dark-history-congress-plaza-hotel
  3. https://www.choosechicago.com/blog/chicagos-most-haunted-hotels/
  4. https://dementedmittentours.com/blog/room-441-chicagos-most-haunted/

Victoria’s Black Swan Inn, San Antonio, TX:

The videos we discuss include:

  1. SLS footage from Black Valley Paranormal: https://fb.watch/55J0tNvwFk/
  2. Dairy barn EVP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7eZs5oW-XU&t=10s
  3. EVP of little girl laughing ~1:40 min: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_rEamHeluw
  4. Whistling sound from hallway: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=899366823917557
  5. Shadow figure in dairy barn: https://www.instagram.com/p/BE8mG0lKZBp/?igshid=r7wccgklfke7

Additional background links:

  1. https://www.slotsource.com/haunted-hotspots
  2. http://www.ghostsofamerica.com/
  3. https://bunewsservice.com/they-saw-something-they-couldnt-explain-the-strange-case-for-ghost-sightings-in-the-u-s/
  4. https://www.victoriasblackswaninn.com/about
  5. https://www.sanantoniomag.com/events/overnight-ghost-hunt-and-campout-at-victorias-black-swan-inn-san-antonio-tx/

Episode 29 Sources: Spooky True Crime Vol. 1

A mother helps solve her daughter, Zona’s, murder after a visit from Zona’s ghost. An urban legend from the Hudson Valley area in New York turns the Boogeyman real. In our first ever spooky true crime episode we cover two horrifying, but real, stories. Listen now to learn more about the Greenbrier Ghost and Cropsey on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandora, or iHeartRadio.

Sources:

  1. https://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/11917
  2. https://www.appalachianhistory.net/2018/01/greenbrier-ghost.html
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenbrier_Ghost
  4. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=o9tdAAAAIBAJ&pg=1068,3035905&dq=shue&hl=en
  5. https://skeptoid.com/episodes/4679
  6. http://www.wvdnr.gov/wwvmagazine/Archive/Batch1999/1999%20-%2009%20September.pdf
  7. https://www.gothichorrorstories.com/gothic-travel/the-death-resurrection-and-retribution-of-zona-heaster-shue-the-greenbrier-ghost/
  8. https://heathermonroe.medium.com/the-curious-murder-of-zona-shue-the-greenbrier-ghost-33a4058f9d13
  9. https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/30608/elva-zona-heaster-ghost-who-helped-solve-her-own-murder
  10. https://dustyoldthing.com/greenbrier-ghost/
  11. Cropsey documentary: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1277936/
  12. http://cropseylegend.com/urban-legends
  13. http://cropseylegend.com/
  14. https://morbidlybeautiful.com/ominous-origins-cropsey/
  15. https://timeline.com/willowbrook-the-institution-that-shocked-a-nation-into-changing-its-laws-c847acb44e0d?gi=d1f5cfd8c442
  16. https://murderpedia.org/male.R/r/rand-andre.htm
  17. https://the-line-up.com/cropsey-monster-of-staten-island

Episode 28 Sources: Werewolf Folklore & Science with K.T. Katzmann

Werewolves (AKA lycanthropes) are typically described as a human with the ability to shapeshift into a vicious wolf. In this episode K.T. Katzmann (Twitter @IWriteMonsters), author of Murder with Monsters, joins us for a fun-filled discussion on the folklore and science behind werewolves. We cover everything from rabid dogs and clinical lycanthropy to the parallels between changes that occur during puberty and the werewolf transformation. You can listen to this episode on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandora, or iHeartRadio.

Sources:

  1. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cocktail-party-physics/bad-moon-rising-the-science-of-werewolves/
  2. https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2019/1018/1084230-the-science-of-werewolves/
  3. https://boingboing.net/2012/10/31/a-case-report-on-lycanthropy.html
  4. https://dnascience.plos.org/2012/12/27/the-curious-genetics-of-werewolves/
  5. https://theconversation.com/the-ancient-origins-of-werewolves-104775
  6. https://www.livescience.com/24412-werewolves.html
  7. https://twistedphysics.typepad.com/cocktail_party_physics/2009/11/bad-moon-rising.html
  8. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/thoughtful-animal/real-life-werewolves-dog-bites-and-full-moons/
  9. https://dnascience.plos.org/2012/12/27/the-curious-genetics-of-werewolves/
  10. https://gizmodo.com/werewolf-science-do-dogs-really-bite-more-people-durin-1652449939
  11. https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2019/1018/1084230-the-science-of-werewolves/
  12. https://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/strange-creatures/werewolf.htm
  13. https://historydaily.org/werewolf-trials
  14. https://www.livescience.com/44875-werewolves-in-psychiatry.html