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Blurry Photos

A podcast that explores the unexplained and explains the unexplored, Blurry Photos seeks the facts behind the fiction of the world’s most fascinating, unbelievable, and chilling mysteries and legends. Focusing on lesser-known topics of Forteana, conspiracy, history, and folklore, Blurry Photos is driven by the desire for a better understanding of fringe subjects through research, storytelling, and rational thinking. Prepare your butts, because it’s time to learn something weird.

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Episode 137: Flat Earth Theory

Tackling a topical subject, Blurry Photos take a brief look at the infamous flat earth theory. More famous than the hollow earth and more popular than HAARP, flat earth theory is the thought that the earth is a flat disc … Read More The post Episode 137: Flat Earth Theory appeared first on Blurry Photos.

1hr 41mins

4 Feb 2016

Rank #1

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Episode 38: Kenneth Hite, The Nazi Occult

In this jam-packed episode, the boys of Blurry Photos conduct their first interview, announce the winner of the 2013 Miss Cryptid Contest, and announce the winner of the Miss Cryptid Sweepstakes! In an exciting turn of events, David and Dave … Read More The post Episode 38: Kenneth Hite, The Nazi Occult appeared first on Blurry Photos.

1hr 26mins

11 Jun 2013

Rank #2

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Ep 183: Alien Abduction Stories

The boys beam to the mothership for alien abduction stories in this eerie episode! In a fun tale-telling show, Flora and Stecco find several alien abduction stories that are sure creepy and most likely more fiction than fact. But the … Read More The post Ep 183: Alien Abduction Stories appeared first on Blurry Photos.

1hr 44mins

6 May 2017

Rank #3

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Ep 153: The Dark Web

Time to log on and disappear, the boys of Blurry Photos are diving into the Dark Web! A part of our connected world that many don’t even think about, the Dark Web is full of urban legends and touted as … Read More The post Ep 153: The Dark Web appeared first on Blurry Photos.

1hr 37mins

14 Jul 2016

Rank #4

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Ep 179: Living Dinosaurs

Dust off your brushes and chisels and grab your machete and spear, David and Dave are hunting living dinosaurs in this episode! From the Arctic Circle to deepest Africa, tales of living dinosaurs have sprung up over the years – … Read More The post Ep 179: Living Dinosaurs appeared first on Blurry Photos.

1hr 27mins

24 Mar 2017

Rank #5

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Ep 233: Creepy Cults

WARNING: This episode has extremely explicit content. Listener discretion is strongly advised. Blurry Photober kicks off with an incredibly eerie episode about Creepy Cults. Three Creepy Cults are examined, including Aum Shinrikyo, the Ant Hill Kids, and the Marcus Wesson Family. Flora sifts through this heavy topic and tries to suss out the info from the hyperbole. Cults exist in a grey area of accepted but not really trusted. These three examples prove just why cults are often regarded suspiciously. Aum Shinrikyo launched one of the worst terrorist attacks against the public in Japan's history. The Ant Hill Kids was headed up by someone who proved to be one of the most notorious men in Canada's history. And Marcus Wesson presided over one of the worst tragedies in Fresno, California's history. David breaks down the timelines for each cult, giving a background, description of activities, and ultimate fate for them. This episode is not for the faint of heart. Serious and tragic issues such as rape, incest, murder, torture, and child molestation is discussed. Please be forewarned. Please vote for Blurry Photos for Best Podcast of Chicago!   Music Myst on the Moor, Snowdrop - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 So Cold, Garden of Gethsemane, Red Tears, Cut the Glass Rose, He Lies Broken by Your Shame, Elise Will Take You and Show You No Mercy, Dark Rage, The Witches They Weren't Able to Burn - Co.Ag Music (https://www.facebook.com/COAG-Music-146339785905623/) Sources DeLong, William. Aum Shinrikyo Believed They Alone Would Survive The Apocalypse – So They Decided To Start It On Their Own. All That is Interesting. Apr 24, 2018. Web. https://allthatsinteresting.com/aum-shinrikyo Ito, Masami. Cult Attraction: Aum Shinrikyo’s Power of Persuasion. Japan Times. Mar 24, 2015. Web. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/03/14/national/history/cult-attraction-aum-shinrikyos-power-persuasion/#.XZlktudKgUt Baffelli, Erica, and Reader, Ian. The Aim Shinrikyo Executions: Why Now? Fair Observer. Jul 13, 2018. Web. https://www.fairobserver.com/region/asia_pacific/aum-shinrikyo-asahara-shoko-execution-tokyo-subway-attack-japan-news-71111/ Moore, Jonathan J. Secret Societies and Crazy Cults. New Burlington Books. London. 2018. Blanco, Juan Ignacio. Roch Theriault. Murderpedia. Web. https://murderpedia.org/male.T/t/theriault-roch.htm Roch Theriault and the Ant Hill Kids. Grim Happenings. Sep 8, 2017. Web. https://grimhappenings.com/roch-theriault-ant-hill-kids McPadden, Mike. Roch Thériault: The Horrifying Savagery (& Home Surgery) Of Canada's Most Violent Cult Leader. Investigation Discovery. Sep 28, 2017. Web. https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/crimefeed/murder/roch-theriault-the-horrifying-savagery-home-surgery-of-canadas-most-violent-cult-leader Bartlette, DeLani R. Marcus Wesson: Vampire King of Fresno. Medium. Jun 17, 2019. Web. https://medium.com/@delanirbartlette/marcus-wesson-vampire-king-of-fresno-c362bb15ec7b Blanco, Juan Ignacio. Marcus Delon Wesson. Murderpedia. Web. https://murderpedia.org/male.W/w/wesson-marcus.htm Fontana, Cyndee, Anderson, Barbara, and Coleman, Donal E. The Many Portraits of Marcus Wesson. The Fresno Bee. Apr 18, 2004. Web Archive. https://culteducation.com/group/1225-the-wesson-family/21877-the-many-portraits-of-marcus-wesson-.html

1hr 8mins

14 Oct 2019

Rank #6

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Episode 142: Goblins

Crawl out of your caves and holes, it’s time to gab about goblins! Creatures of dubious origins, goblins have a longer history than most fantastic critters, and have evolved as time went on. Current culture paints them as terrible, vicious … Read More The post Episode 142: Goblins appeared first on Blurry Photos.

1hr 24mins

6 Apr 2016

Rank #7

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Episode 141: Plum Island

Time to hop a ferry to conspiracy-town as David and Dave take a peek at Plum Island! A small piece of real estate on Long Island Sound, Plum Island has been home to a disease testing facility, but just what … Read More The post Episode 141: Plum Island appeared first on Blurry Photos.

1hr 24mins

25 Mar 2016

Rank #8

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Ep 234: Werewolves part 1

Howl's wolfing castle. Blurry Photober continues as Flora cracks open the history book on werewolves! A classic horror monster, werewolves have been around different cultures for millennia, but maybe not quite the way you think. David explores the origins of this popular mythology, including tales from antiquity, global versions, and the beginning of their evolution to what we know and love today. Joining the fun is folklorist, cultural anthropologist, and editor of The Skeptic magazine, Deborah Hyde. Deborah is kind enough to share her insight into werewolf history and lore. The subject is wild and wooly, and just one part won't cut it. Enjoy this, the first of 2 parts all about the wildest, most transformative monster you ever need poop bags for! Music Myst on the Moor, Blue Sizzle, Unlight, Evil Incoming - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Wolf, We Approach the Night, Dark Fear, Cut the Glass Rose, He Lies Broken by Your Shame, Elise Will Take You and Show You No Mercy, Dark Rage, The Witches They Weren't Able to Burn - Co.Ag Music (https://www.facebook.com/COAG-Music-146339785905623/) Landing On a Dark Planet by Doug Maxwell/Media Right Productions. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Music provided by Royalty Free Music: https://www.youtube.com/royaltyfreezone Music used: For You King by Ender Güney https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/... Sources Koosmen, Tanika. The Ancient Origins of Werewolves. The Conversation. Oct. 28, 2018. Web. http://theconversation.com/the-ancient-origins-of-werewolves-104775 The Epic of Gilgamesh. Translated by Maureen Gallery Kovacs. https://uruk-warka.dk/Gilgamish/The%20Epic%20of%20Gilgamesh.pdf Herodotus. The Histories. http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.01.0126%3Abook%3D4&force=y Bennett, Adelaide. Global Legends and Lore: Vampires and Werewolves Around the World. Mason Crest Publisher Inc. Broomall, PA. 2011. Werewolf Page. http://www.werewolfpage.com/index.html English Pamphlet on Peter Stumpp. https://quod.lib.umich.edu/e/eebo/A13085.0001.001/1:3?rgn=div1;view=fulltext Howison, Del. When Werewolves Attack. Ulysses Press. Berkley, CA. 2010. Guiley, Rosemary Ellen. Werewolves and Dogmen. Visionary Living, Inc. New Milford, CT. 2017.

47mins

1 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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Ep 173: Skinwalkers

Roll up the car windows and lock the doors, Blurry Photos is driving you down the lonely road full of skinwalkers! A Navajo legend both creepy and gruesome, skinwalkers are supposed practitioners of evil magic that can transform into animals through … Read More The post Ep 173: Skinwalkers appeared first on Blurry Photos.

1hr 44mins

7 Jan 2017

Rank #10

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Episode 91: Men in Black

Blurry Photober dawns anew with an episode all about the men in black! Join David and Dave as they begin another month of creepy coolness by discussing one of the most infamous icons in Forteana. Mysterious, unsettling, and to-date unexplained, … Read More The post Episode 91: Men in Black appeared first on Blurry Photos.

1hr 44mins

8 Oct 2014

Rank #11

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Episode 42: Shadow People

Ever get the feeling you’re being watched, only you’re the only person in the room, it’s night, and you’re sort of asleep? Well, rest easy knowing that you probably are being watched – by Shadow People. The Davids delve into … Read More The post Episode 42: Shadow People appeared first on Blurry Photos.

1hr 18mins

9 Jul 2013

Rank #12

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Ep 178: Scottish Cannibals

Season 6 begins with a bloody bang, as Blurry Photos take a look at Scottish cannibals! Scotland’s history is even bloodier than advertised with such harrowing Scottish cannibals as Sawney Bean and Christie Cleek looming over it. But how much of … Read More The post Ep 178: Scottish Cannibals appeared first on Blurry Photos.

1hr 22mins

17 Mar 2017

Rank #13

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Episode 131: The Lost Colony of Roanoke

Grab some fresh water and ration the foodstuffs, you’re taking a trip to find the lost colony of Roanoke! Steeped in mystery and dipped in legend, the lost colony of Roanoke is the infamous and unfortunate initial attempt to establish an … Read More The post Episode 131: The Lost Colony of Roanoke appeared first on Blurry Photos.

1hr 33mins

20 Nov 2015

Rank #14

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Episode 134: Mel’s Hole

David and Dave round out the regular episodes for 2015 with a look at Mel’s Hole. A story straight from the annals of Coast to Coast AM, Mel’s Hole is a tale of strangeness, conspiracy, and otherworldly occurrences that supposedly … Read More The post Episode 134: Mel’s Hole appeared first on Blurry Photos.

1hr 36mins

25 Dec 2015

Rank #15

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Episode 113a: Alien Taxonomy

Flora and Stecco begin to tackle the immense subject of alien taxonomy in part one of this 2 part mega episode! With alien taxonomy (or delving into the different alien races) as the ultimate goal, the boys lay the groundwork … Read More The post Episode 113a: Alien Taxonomy appeared first on Blurry Photos.

1hr 37mins

27 May 2015

Rank #16

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Ep 212: Mirrored Men with Monsters Among Us

Creepiness in triplicate. Flora welcomes back Derek Hayes from the Monsters Among Us podcast to discuss the high strangeness of Mirrored Men. A truly bizarre and recent phenomenon, Mirrored Men are strange men in odd locations who witnesses say move in synchronization and possibly cause missing time. Derek has fielded several calls of encounters with them, but is no closer to an explanation than anyone else. He and David talk about their origins, descriptions, and he even shares a couple of the calls he received. What are these odd entities? Can anything explain their appearances? David and Derek share ideas and get pretty out there in this one! Also, the winner of Week 3 of the 2018 Miss Cryptid Contest is announced, completing the list of finalists. Now it's up to you to head over to the Blurry Photos Homepage to cast your vote on who should win the 2018 Miss Cryptid Contest! Music Danse Macabre, Myst on the Moor - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Links Monsters Among Us podcast, hosted by Derek Hayes Possible Australian Encounter

1hr 9mins

4 Jun 2018

Rank #17

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Episode 78: Blackbeard

Brace yourselves as Blurry Photos pull up alongside you and unleash a full broadside of Blackbeard! Perhaps the most famous pirate of all time, Blackbeard had a penchant for theatrics and naval strategy that propelled him into the stuff of … Read More The post Episode 78: Blackbeard appeared first on Blurry Photos.

1hr 21mins

5 Jun 2014

Rank #18

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Episode 101: The Fouke Monster

David and Dave return to form with a search for the legendary Fouke Monster! An Arkansas cryptid that has been called the “Southern Sasquatch,” the Fouke Monster came on the radar with a 70’s movie but may have been around … Read More The post Episode 101: The Fouke Monster appeared first on Blurry Photos.

1hr 22mins

26 Jan 2015

Rank #19

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Episode 127: The Flatwoods Monster

The Blurry Photober machine cruises along with an infamous cryptid from the 50’s, the Flatwoods Monster! A classic story of a close encounter of the third kind, the Flatwoods Monster was an entity seen by a group of West Virginians … Read More The post Episode 127: The Flatwoods Monster appeared first on Blurry Photos.

1hr 24mins

14 Oct 2015

Rank #20