Rank #1: The Chernobyl Disaster – Aftermath, Myths, & Legends
In this episode Sean & Eric of Strange Matters team up with The Eastern Border Podcast, hosted by Kristaps Andrejsons, to delve into all the strange events and urban legends that surround the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster. The incident at the Chernobyl Power Plant is the worst nuclear disaster in human history so far, as dozens of workers and emergency helpers died from lethal radiation poisoning and the entire population of Chernobyl and Pripyat were ordered to evacuate. One of the most disturbing facts to come out of this event is that it could have all been avoided if the proper safety measures had been taken, along with the fact the men in charge of the power station were not competent in their duties.
In the first part of this episode we go over the background, causes, and aftermath of the disaster. Then for the second half of the episode we of course cover our favorite myths and urban legends that have come from Chernobyl. Ranging from mutated men, government conspiracies, strange creatures, and even alien intervention, we discuss the stranger side of this nuclear disaster. We hope you enjoy learning and hearing all about the dark history and legends of Chernobyl and its tragic story.
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Mar 21 2016
Rank #2: Cults
In this episode we discuss a number of legendary and infamous cults, and the terrible atrocities they are known for.
The People’s Temple, lead by the notorious Reverend Jim Jones, was a socialist minded, tightly knit religious congregation. Though the People’s Temple and Jones himself was initially known for striving for social equality, this cult would unfortunately go down in history for a more sinister event. Jim Jones would lead his dedicated, or brainwashed, followers into what he called an act of ‘revolutionary suicide’ against the cruelties of the outside world. He convinced over 900 people to “drink the kool-aid,” in reality a mixed concoction of poison, resulting in the largest instance of mass suicide in modern history.
The Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments was a strict religious cult that was based of the Roman Catholic church. The Movement was what is known as a doomsday cult, known for predicting the apocalypse and preparing its members for it. When the date of the end times came and went, the leaders of the movement were forced to make a new plan to prevent their mass of members from fleeing. Instead of admitting they were wrong, those in command would set plans in motion that would see that all of their followers would perish in a fiery trap that would claim the lives of over 300 innocent people.
The Order of the Solar Temple was a secret organization that traced its origins to the Knights Templar. This group celebrated a bizarre mix of ceremonies borrowed from Christianity, UFO religions, and the Freemasons. Just as this group was starting to unravel from the inside, a tragic series of suicides and murders would cause it to leave its mark as one of the strangest cults in history.
Scientology is a current religious group that has reached popularity over the years for its celebrity members and strange science fiction like beliefs. The darker side of this religious cult is its supposed use of brainwashing, fraud and financial means to force its members into submission and complete loyalty.
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Jun 01 2016
Rank #3: Montauk – Part 1 – The Philadelphia Experiment
This episode of Strange Matters is the first part of a series discussing the legendary Montauk Project, a rumored series of top-secret military projects carried out by the United States government. The Montauk Project includes experiments in psychological warfare, teleportation, and even time travel. However, years before the Montauk Project would supposedly be created, another secret military operation took place that acted as a predecessor: The Philadelphia Experiment.
The Philadelphia Experiment was an alleged top secret military operation that took place in 1943 at the Naval shipyards in Philadelphia, PA. Seeking an advantage over the Germans, the US Navy used newly developed scientific equipment in an attempt to create a ship that would be undetectable to enemy radar. The events that would actually occur during the experiment would instead baffle the observing scientists, even going so far as defying the laws of physics as we understand them.
As extraordinary and fantastic as the story of the Philadelphia Experiment is, many believe the whole thing is simply fiction. Only a few witnesses exist who claim to know about the experiment, and there is no evidence or records that the secret project ever took place. Is the Philadelphia Experiment a hoax? Or is it one of the greatest secret military projects in history?
Part II discussing the Montauk Project coming soon!
May 05 2017
Rank #4: The Most Strange and Unexplained Audio Recordings
In this episode we discuss some of the strangest sounds ever recorded starting with underwater recordings then moving to outer space and finishing up back on earth with several mysterious “sky-quakes”.
“The Bloop” is one of the more famous underwater recordings and is thought by many to be created by some still undiscovered, deep-ocean creature. “The Julia” is a slightly more sinister recording that resembles a muffled, underwater cry for help. “The Upsweep” also remains a mystery however all of these underwater recordings share the trait that they are far louder than any noise ever created by a known animal. Many more practical theories exist including that of icebergs fracturing and dropping massive chunks of ice into the ocean. Listen and decide for yourself!
Numerous recordings from outer space have fans debating whether this is the voice of an extra-terrestrial being or simply space dust colliding with the atmosphere of planets in our solar system. In this episode we also discuss the “Frantic Caller” who calls in to Art Bell’s Coast to Coast AM radio station, warning of extra-dimensional beings that have infiltrated the United States’ military and government. Is this a simple hoax or does this terrified caller speak the truth?
Finally, we finish up with a discussion of “sky quakes” which are varying, trumpet-like sounds that seem to come from above. Many potential explanations exist for these terrifying noises; however many of them remain to be confirmed. These recordings are creepy beyond what words can describe… but what could they truly be? Are they man made noises or something more sinister? Listen to this episode and judge for yourself!
Feb 06 2016
Rank #5: Creepy & Unexplained Listener Stories V
In this episode of Strange Matters we present a collection of creepy and unexplained stories that have been sent in to us by our listeners. In Part V of our Listener Story series, we share scary stories that include night terrors, dark figures like the Hat Man and Slenderman, and even human night prowlers. Each of these stories involve personal encounters and experiences that can not be easily explained, and are sure to give anyone listening the chills.
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Oct 11 2017
Rank #6: Mysteries of the Ancient World!
In this episode of Strange Matters we delve deep into the past and discuss two mysteries that have gone unsolved for ages. First Eric presents the bizarre phenomenon of the Ever-Burning Lamps. These strange lights have appeared in multiple places and times in history, and are claimed to be able to burn for centuries. Though there is no physical evidence of a working lamp, there are many written records of such devices. Are they some form of magic or supernatural ability, or are they a precursor of advanced scientific instruments?
Next Sean discusses the disastrous and apocalyptic event that is known as the Late Bronze Age Collapse. Suddenly and violently, the high empires and nations of the Bronze Age completely collapsed without warning, every major city in the Mediterranean area left in ruins. This is considered by many historians to be the worst societal and technological collapse in human history. Just what caused so many advanced civilizations to fall into oblivion at nearly the same time? Listen to our episode and decide which theory you think is most likely!
Jan 05 2016
Rank #7: The Dyatlov Pass Incident
In the freezing winter of 1959, nine experienced hikers traveled deep into the Russian mountains. When these hikers missed their deadline on what was supposed to be a brief journey, a search and rescue attempt was sent into the mountains. What the investigators discovered would become one of the most baffling and intriguing mysteries of all time, known today as the Dyatlov Pass Incident.
Rescuers would eventually find the hikers, all frozen and deceased, spread out across the mountain slope and woods. For unknown reasons, at some point in the middle of the night the hikers had all run out of their tent into the freezing cold. Their equipment and supplies were all found intact and undamaged. Stranger still, the hikers had not even taken the time to properly dress before scattering away from the tent. The bodies of the hikers would eventually be found in separate locations on the mountain. To further confuse the investigators, several of the bodies showed traumatic internal damage, without any outward wounds or signs of distress.
What exactly happened to those veteran hikers that night? Were they chased out by a pack of veracious animals, or even violent humans? Were they the unfortunate victims of a secret soviet military experiment? Or perhaps the mountain claimed them with an unstoppable avalanche.
Listen to this episode as we discuss of one of our favorite mysteries as we go over all the theories, both plausible and outlandish, and also dispel some of the myths and legends that are attributed to the Dyatlov Pass Incident.
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Aug 05 2016
Rank #8: The Mandela Effect
The Mandela Effect is a trendy term used to describe a particularly strange phenomenon that a large number of individuals feel they are experiencing. Numerous different people all over the world have discovered that they share the exact same memories of certain subjects and events… Memories that in reality turn out to be completely false. Those who dig deeper into this theory have used it as evidence of such outlandish claims as time travel, parallel dimensions, and shifting timelines.
The root of the Mandela Effect lies in circumstances when people suddenly find out that something that they believe they know from their past is suddenly changed. This can range from song lyrics, movie lines, and even to how the way words are spelled being completely different from how they remembered in the past. In certain people’s memories, what they used to remember clearly and vividly is no more, and never has been. While many consider the Mandela Effect to be merely a case of mass misremembering or false memories, others aren’t so sure. There are claims that due to the large amount of people sharing these similar false memories, that it could be evidence of something, or someone, tampering with our past. These theories range from meddlesome time travelers, to people being unknowingly shifted into a different timeline in which things are much different from what they remember.
So is it possible that there are multiple parallel dimensions that we are constantly switching between? Or is the Mandela Effect simply a case of mass coincidences? Tune in and listen to some of the theories and popular examples of the Mandela Effect in action!
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Oct 01 2016
Rank #9: Unexplained Activity of British Columbia
In this episode of Strange Matters we discuss a wide variety of creepy and unexplained activity all coming from British Columbia. This region of Canada is well known for its long history of bizarre stories and events. From UFO sightings, to haunted islands, and even its own legendary cryptid, British Columbia is a treasure trove for anyone who is interested in the strange and unusual.
Oct 04 2017
Rank #10: The Mysterious Death of Debbie Wolfe
In the winter of 1985, a young nurse named Debbie Wolfe left her shift at the hospital and headed back to her secluded cabin in the woods. When she did not show up to work the next day, a search began to find the missing woman. A few days later, a bizarre and unusual discovery would start off an investigation into one of the strangest deaths you could imagine.
In this episode the death and subsequent investigation of Debbie Wolfe is covered. This unique death is made interesting by the fact that the police and detectives working the case were quite adamant that the whole thing was just a complete accident, while Debbie’s family and friends were convinced that foul play was involved in some way. As more clues and pieces of evidence were found following Debbie’s untimely death, the amount of new questions raised would quickly outgrow what few answers were found.
Was the death of Debbie Wolfe just a freak accident that somehow seems to defy much of the evidence found? Or was there a mystery killer involved setting the whole thing up? Listen to this episode and hear for yourself about all the unbelievable twist and turns that followed the mysterious death of Debbie Wolfe.
Jan 10 2017
Rank #11: The Grinning Man
Around the same time that reports of the Mothman were surfacing, another mysterious creature had been sighted nearby. Encounters with a strange creature now known as Indrid Cold, a humanoid creature with strange features including an unusually large, frozen grin, were spreading around the area. While sightings were not as prevalent as with the Mothman, they were no less unsettling. Sometimes Cold would simply stare at passers-by, other times he would give chase and even engage in conversation. Just about everyone reports feeling at best, uncomfortable, at worst horrified for their life. However it is unclear at this time whether or not Cold actually possessed any nefarious intent or whether he was simply observing humankind. Furthermore no one truly understands Cold’s purpose for visiting our planet or whether or not this was even an alien in the first place. While some witnesses claim that Cold revealed all to them and even took them to their home planet, other simply report being terrified. Could this mysterious “Grinning Man” be an alien from another planet or even a government “Man in Black”? Is he a single entity or a community or species? Or was Point Pleasant West Virginia simply a hot spot for paranormal activity at time?
Jul 21 2017
Rank #12: The Black-Eyed Children
What could be more terrifying? You are in your home late at night… hoping to be alone. Then suddenly it happens… a knock at the front doorstep. You quietly walk over to the door, peer through the peep hole and see two young children, with jet black eyes.
Stories of these “black eyed children” became popular in the 1990’s. Ever since rumors and stories have been circulating and growing on the internet. These children are usually described as showing up in pairs and asking for permission to enter your home or vehicle. Most people describe their encounters as being consumed with an overwhelming since of fear and impending danger. Little is known about what happens if you invite these children into your home. However it’s likely not good. All you have to do, is turn them away.
What are these “creatures” that pose as children? What is their purpose and what do they want? Tune in for this episode where Eric shares a couple of the creepiest stories of the “black-eyed children” around!
Mar 14 2016
Rank #13: The Keddie Cabin Murders
The Keddie Cabin Murders is a disturbing quadruple homicide that took place in Keddie, California. This infamous unsolved crime involves the murder of several family members in a cabin in the late night of April 11, 1981. This brutal murder case is notorious not just for its dark and gruesome nature, but also for the fact that many believe the investigation was a failure and the main suspects were allowed to be let go despite the large amount of evidence against them.
Sue Sharp and her five children had recently moved from the east coast to California following a troubled marriage. Sue would rent a cabin in the sparsely populate Keddie area, a run down town in a county that had a rampant drug problem. On the morning of April 12, Sheila, the oldest daughter, returned to the family cabin. Sheila never could have imagined that when the door opened she would find three bloody corpses laying in the main room. Even more disturbing, her younger sister Tina was no where to be found.
The police investigation has been noted as being quite poor and incompetent, law enforcement missing physical evidence and ignoring other pieces that should have been looked at further. The following interrogations of the primary suspects was handled in a confusingly half hearted way, the men who were thought to have been the culprits were allowed to simply leave without any follow up actions to their shady statements made about the crime. To this day the mystery of the Keddie Murders is still unsolved, but the continued work into the case has many hopeful that someday we will finally get the full story on what happened in that cabin on that fateful night.
May 24 2017
Rank #14: The Gates of Hell – Stull, Kansas
To wrap up the month of September we have a special guest episode where we interview Stephanie Craig on one of her favorite legends, The Gates of Hell in Stull, Kansas. Stephanie is a fellow podcaster, traveler and history fanatic so be sure to check out her website www.historyfangirl.com.
Stull is the very definition of a small town with just a few inhabitants and a small number of buildings within the city limits. However the lore that is interwoven into the history of Stull reaches far and wide, as it is said to contain one of the Gates of Hell. Its believed that on Halloween and the Spring Solstice the Devil comes to Earth through this gate to summon the spirits of those who died in violent ways. While some of the legends might be thought to be far-fetched, there are numerous rumors of strange encounters that have occurred on the cemetery property in Stull, including the demolishing of the church in a most mysterious manner.
Sep 30 2017
Rank #15: The Mysterious Deaths of Elisa Lam and Edgar Allan Poe
What do Elisa Lam and Edgar Allan Poe have in common? Both of these artistic individuals died in extremely mysterious ways and have since become well known on account of their mysterious passing. In this episode we discuss the details that shroud the mysterious deaths of Lam and Poe.
Elisa Lam was an extremely talented and ambitious young woman who suffered from anxiety and depression. Her body was found in a water tank atop a hotel in which she had been staying. However many accounts suggest that it would be extremely difficult for her to gain access to this water tank much less actually get in on her own. Does this indicate she may have been murdered? Perhaps… however what makes this case even more bizarre is the security camera footage that shows Lam dancing around the hotel’s elevator in a mechanical and somewhat disturbing manner. What exactly caused this strange behavior? Drugs? Alcohol? A mental breakdown of some sort?
Edgar Allan Poe was a talented man who was no stranger to death growing up. After the passing of many of his loved ones, he developed an interest in writing dark and macabre stories. Poe is well known for his famous poem known as “The Raven”. He was found in a delirious state on the side of the street strangely dressed in someone else’s clothes and later taken to the hospital. He was delirious and uttered only a few words during his stay in the hospital. Unfortunately, shortly thereafter, he died leaving us with more questions than answers. Was his death related to his erratic drinking behavior? His attending physician was quite convinced otherwise. Tune in for this episode and hear the many theories regarding the mysterious deaths of these two individuals.
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Feb 28 2016
Rank #16: A Twisted Family – The Sharon Marshall Story
Sharon Marshall was a friendly, pretty, and intelligent young girl. Those that knew her all said she had great potential with a bright future. What people did not know however, was that her entire life was a lie. Sharon was not really Sharon, in fact she had no idea who she really was. All this girl knew in her life growing up was a constant state of deceit, abuse, and terror at the hands of one man, her father Franklin Floyd.
In this episode we discuss the twisted and bizarre family situation of Frank Floyd and Sharon Marshall. This disturbing and confusing story involves kidnappings, abuse, and even murder. For years the mystery of who Sharon Marshall really was has intrigued many who were invested in her story and that of her family, and fortunately in the recent years enough light has been shone on this case to finally reveal her true identity.
Dec 11 2016
Rank #17: The Mysterious Death of Elfrieda Knaak
In this episode we discuss the mysterious and bizarre death of Elfrieda Knaak. In the early hours of the morning Elfrieda was discovered alone and locked inside the basement of a police station, suffering from severe burns from the nearby furnace. Investigators were baffled from the start, as Elfrieda claimed she had carried out the horrible act herself in order to purify herself for her ‘psychic lover.’
While she was slowly dying in her hospital bed, Elfrieda would make increasingly confusing and strange comments. These statements lead to more questions than answers for the police. She claimed she burned herself to prove herself to her so called astral lover, Charles Hitchcock. However Charles claimed he knew nothing about this situation at all.
Hitchcock would be ruled out as a suspect due to his broken leg, but many believe he still had something to do with her death, whether directly or indirectly is still unknown. Elfrieda continued on, speaking of a mysterious woman who holds all the answers, an unknown man who threw her down, along with other weird and supernatural comments… However she was unable to answer further questions due to her increasingly worsening health. Unfortunately Elfrieda Knaak would die from her burns before any solid leads or answers could be found, and to this day her death remains a complete mystery.
Did Elfrieda really burn and torture herself all alone? Was somebody with her in that basement, either assisting or forcing her into the furnace? Listen and hear all about the strange twists and turns to the bizarre and disturbing death of Elfrieda Knaak.
Jan 30 2016
Rank #18: Without a Trace
In this episode of Strange Matters, three cases are presented in which someone suddenly vanished without a trace. In each of these unsolved mysteries, the victims would be going about living normal lives, until the next moment they were simply gone, forever.
Danielle Imbo and Richard Petrone were hanging at a bar late one night with some friends. At around midnight, the pair left the bar to head towards Richard’s truck. Neither of them would ever be seen again. This case has puzzled police and the community for over a decade, as no one can see how its possible for two people and a truck could simply go missing without a shred of evidence.
Angela Hammond was on a payphone late at night, talking to her fiance Rob. Suddenly, she screamed into the phone. Her fiance ran to his car and raced towards to where she was, when a truck passed by with a woman inside screaming his name. Unfortunately, Rob could not catch up and the truck would drive away, apparently taking Angela with it. No signs of her would ever be found.
In the last case, teenage Laureen Rahn was enjoying a day with two friends in her apartment. Later that night, Laureen’s mother came home, to find that only her daughter’s friend was still at the apartment. Her daughter was gone, with no signs of forced entry or a struggle, and all her belongings left behind. It’s as if Laureen stepped outside and was suddenly gone, without a trace. Though there were a few odd leads in this case, the police could find absolutely no clues as to what happened to the missing teenager.
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May 14 2016
Rank #19: The Mystery of Dorothy Jane Scott
For months, Dorothy Jane Scott had been receiving disturbing phone calls from an obsessed and violent stalker. This mysterious caller promised Dorothy that he would soon take her, and that she belonged to him. On one fateful night, Dorothy dropped a wounded colleague off at a hospital, and then later walked back out into the dark parking lot. That was the last time she was seen.
As strange as this event was, it is merely the beginning of what is one of the darkest and creepiest mysteries yet covered by Strange Matters. Once Dorothy had vanished, her stalker did not simply disappear as well. Instead, he turned his attention to her family, persistently tormenting them with conflicting knowledge of their loved one’s fate.
Check out this episode where the dark and downright unnerving mystery of Dorothy Jane Scott is discussed. All the known theories and ideas are also presented in an attempt to make sense of it all.
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Aug 14 2016
Rank #20: Unexplained Hauntings, Spirits, & Paranormal Activity
In this episode of Strange Matters we discuss four unexplained mysteries and legendary tales. Each of these cases involve the potential of hauntings, paranormal activity, and spiritual involvement. From one of the world’s most haunted locations, to a mysterious bleeding house, and two tales of malignant spirits, the topics discussed in this episode are as interesting as they are spooky.
In the Black Forest Haunting, the Lee family moved into an isolated log home set in the thickest regions of the woods. Shortly after moving in, the family began to experience strange and disturbing activity for which they could not explain. Loud and random sounds, lights turning on and off, mysterious break-ins, and most disturbing of all sightings of shadow figures and ghostly apparitions in the house. Neither the police nor home security systems could explain logically what was going on. In desperation, the Lees turned to Psychic Investigators, ghost busters, and local shamans in an attempt to understand the bizarre nature of their home.
The Atlanta Blood House makes for a strange and unique mystery. The Winston couple shockingly discovered one day a red substance splattered and pooled all over their house. After a quick police investigation and forensic testing, it was confirmed that the red liquid found in the Winston’s home was actually human blood. Where this large amount of blood came from and for what reason it appeared is still unknown to this day.
Lastly we cover two old legendary tales involving troublesome spirits. The Taotaomo’na is an ancestral spirit believed to roam certain areas of Guam. These spirits were known to be very territorial, and great care and respect must be given when passing through these lands… or else.
Finally we present the tale of La Llorona, a malevolent spirit which has been haunting Southwestern Hispanic cultures for centuries. La Llorona was once a beautiful young woman who became a mother to two children. However, after she committed an unspeakable crime, this woman would pass on to becoming this fearful spirit. The legend goes that La Llorona still prowls the nights in search of young victims to claim as her own.
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Oct 26 2016