Rank #1: The Peripheral EP7: Stalkers
Guests Molly and Kelly share their terrifying stories of being stalked and raped. We discuss why rape goes unreported, the helplessness that accompanies trauma, and the internalizing of blame.
If you've been in this situation or are currently going through this, please reach out for help.
VictimsofCrime.org Stalking Resources
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Rank #2: Homicidal Tendencies Ep. 48
Today's guest talks about her lack of impulse control, harm thoughts, and OCD. She takes us down a path where she was on the brink of causing great harm to her fellow students. This episode will give listeners some insight into the Aurora shooter, Chardon HS shooting, and Parkland. We discuss things that can go right and wrong in the prevention of teens that could lash out towards others. We touch upon SSRIs and exposure therapy and their place in treating mental illness.
Rank #3: The Peripheral EP39: The Ones That Got Away
On this episode, my guests Erica and Debbie find themselves living in different cults. There are many similarities between how cults function but their impact on each is unique. They recall the shame and difficulty of leaving and how it destroyed families and relationships. Debbie and her friend Laura are starting a multipart series called "I Got The Hell Out." Keep a lookout for their first episode.
I give an important PSA for fellow podcasters at the beginning. It's something that affects all podcasters and using my podcast as a platform is the efficient way for me to get the word out.
Rank #4: Narcissism and Domestic Abuse Ep. 41
Happy Valentine's day. I didn't intend to release an episode on domestic abuse on this day we should be celebrating our partners. My first guest is from Russia but has migrated west to Sweden where her nightmare begins. She also has an interesting introduction that I thought listeners would want to hear about. My second guest Brandon is a fun and energetic guy. When he was a teenager, his mother found herself in with a man who would put the entire family in jeopardy.
Rank #5: The Peripheral EP30: Mysterious Deaths
It is said that the five most stressful life events are divorce, moving, major illness, job loss, and the death of a loved one. We search for answers and understanding in any crisis for closure and justice. The death of a loved one puts our lives in a tailspin where logic is gone and emotion takes over. This episode I speak with Julie about her father and Jolene about her brother. When there isn't a clear answer or reason, unanswered questions can consume our very being.
Rank #6: The Peripheral EP17: My Story
I'm turning 40 so this week I'd like to give the listeners what they want. Apparently "my story" is in high demand. I talk about all the times I was arrested, my drug use and give personal details about my teen years. I'll take you through some of the events that have molded my views and perceptions on life. I hope listeners gain some understanding and empathy for even the most troubled individuals.
Rank #7: The Peripheral EP3: Living With Mental Illness
When we hear the term “mental illness” we dismiss it as rare, someone else’s problem, or a criminal issue. It isn’t: it’s more common and afflicts more of us than you might believe.
One out of every five adults or around 43.8 million Americans are diagnosed with some form of mental illness every year. This means anyone who isn't suffering directly from mental illness is most likely living with or knows someone who is.
So why is it still being marginalized? This week I share my experience living with my brother who suffered from schizophrenia. My guest Tiffany discusses having bipolar disorder and tackling her personal demons.
Rank #8: The Peripheral EP34: Odd Medical Conditions - Turners and DID
This week is a Patreon request for odd medical conditions. First I speak with Sara who has Turners syndrome. She explains the levels of Turners and what inspires her everyday.
Then I speak with Eleanor who has been diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder. She explains her system and busts common myths about DID.
I had to read up on both before interviewing. I found their stories fascinating and inspiring and hope you do too.
Rank #9: The Peripheral Halloween Special!
For my Halloween special I have a collection of scary stories for you! These aren't exactly paranormal but horrifying situations where our lives or others are threatened.
First story - Arrow to the knee
Second story -Snake in your bra
Third story - Things that stay with you
Fourth story - Things change
Fifth story - Chivalry is not dead
Sixth story - Kansas Mothman
Seventh story - Trapped underneath
Rank #10: A Father's Betrayal Ep. 46
We've talked about parents a lot on this podcast. Our first story involves a father who supports his family by not so legal means. After his disappearance, a secret life is revealed. Emma's colorful description of the family's reaction to their father's whereabouts is classic.
The second story takes a darker turn. After Rose's family splits up she moves in with her father. Every daughter puts all their trust into their father and every father should protect that trust. His voyeuristic actions not only put her in danger but destroy the family. This is a situation that no child ever wants to find themselves.
Rank #11: The Peripheral EP26: Stabbed in the Back
You ever wonder what the prequel to the Peripheral was? Aaron and I have shared many of our own personal stories on the podcast but I wanted to hear listener stories. This was my first interview I did almost a year ago after asking listeners for tragic stories in their lives.
Being an IT guy myself, I'm always drawn to cyber crime or scandals and this story was so unbelievable to me that I had to share it. Mhyar wrote to me and told me about an incident that happened to him while chatting with a woman online.
Rank #12: Gaslit Ep. 55
My guest Sam, talks about domestic abuse from his girlfriend. They will end up getting married, moving away from friends and family, further isolating themselves into darkness. Sam will end up leaving her in the end and is safe.
Please listen to the whole episode. My guest gives an update at the end.
Rank #13: The Peripheral EP16: Ghost Stories
Inspired by Art Bell's Ghost to Ghost I bring you 3 terrifying listener stories that will leave you questioning everything you believe.
Danielle kicks us off with a story about a little boy who is upset that his photos have been taken down.
Lindsay gets a visit from an old co-worker who doesn't realize her shift has ended.
Denise who is struggling with health concerns receives a warning from something inhuman.
Rank #14: Two Sides of the Same Coin Sexual Disorders, Part 1 Ep. 43
This will be a two-parter on sexual disorders. I say upfront in the episode that sexual disorders are more mental disorders that can reveal themselves in numerous ways. My first guest has severe anxiety that's prevented him from being intimate with women. My 2nd guest will be featured in part 2 and falls on the other end of the spectrum. It shows two different stories can come from the same coin.
Finally show https://pleasingterrors.com/ some love. He's had a very rough week.
Rank #15: The Peripheral EP4: Let's Talk About Death
What comes after death - not the afterlife, but real life? If both of your parents die and someone asks about them, what do you say? Is it too sad or awkward to discuss how you really feel?
On this episode, I speak openly about grief with my guest Hannah. My second guest, Courtney, is an artist specializing in Victorian mourning art who offers insight into how our views of death and mourning have shifted over the years.
Rank #16: The Peripheral EP18: Blood is Thicker Than Water
I've always felt slightly alienated during the holidays. Everyone seems to love the time they get to spend with their families. I rarely speak with my mother and try to avoid family get togethers at all costs. Instead I make time for people that I feel truly love and support me, my friends and my wife. I haven't gone so far as to cut off any family but I do speak with two guests who have.
Rank #17: The Peripheral EP11: A Tale of Two Erins
At 17, my guest Erin from Australia gets her first real job. Her boss trusts her enough to give her access to his computer. But when he leaves for a week and asks her to get promo photos, she's horrified by what she finds amidst his files.
My second guest, Erinn from the U.K., shares a candid account of the sexual and physical abuse she endured as a child.
We cover some very disturbing topics on this episode so listener discretion is advised.
Rank #18: So You Want to Be a Podcaster? Ep. 50
Today's episode we explore the darker side of podcasting. Think actors reading mean tweets but we'll go a bit further than that. I've seen that first 1 star review destroy a podcasters confidence. I've seen trolls and harassers bring other podcasters to the brink. I've collected submissions from other podcasters that read some of the worst messages they've received or just the messages they've received today. What you'll hear only scratches the surface of what we endure on a daily basis. This isn't anything out of the ordinary. This is just a Tuesday in a podcasters life.
Rank #19: The Peripheral EP9: The Road to Hell is Paved in Silk
The Silk Road was famed in days of old as a mysterious, magical route to purchase exotic goods from then little-known India and China.
The Silk Road of modern times, built on the Dark Web by a troubled libertarian tech whiz, became a dark route to purchase anything illegal - from drugs to weapons to much worse.
My guest Broc talks about his journey down the Silk Road to addiction, his plummet to rock bottom, and his road to recovery.
Rank #20: The Peripheral EP5: Don't Drink and Drive
We see the billboards and PSAs against drunk driving and mutually express outrage against drunk drivers who kill. Yet many of us are too ashamed to admit we have started a car when we shouldn’t have.
In this episode I'm joined by Kathy, who made the mistake of getting behind the wheel after a night of drinking. Her story lets us know that drinking and driving even once could potentially destroy everything.