In the Warner Bros film, “Orphan”, Peter Sarsgaard and Vera Farmiga star as a couple who adopt a 9-year-old girl after losing their own baby … then slowly discover their new daughter is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be. Deciding to adopt a girl at the local orphanage, the couple are immediately drawn to a beautiful little girl by the name of Esther. But innocent-looking Esther is not what she appears to be. The wife desperately tries to get her husband and others to see past Esther’s sweet facade. Now, as her warnings go unheeded… it may be too late — for everyone. The 2009 film was a controversial one; it terrified not just moviegoers, but also adoption agencies and even the federal government. But it was just a movie. Until, ten years later… when it wasn’t.
Bad omens – to most it’s just as silly to believe them as to believe in flying monsters or that a solar eclipse will bring about the end of life as we know it. But when looking at the correlations between odd or strange events, and the Mothman, you might begin to wonder if bad omens may be real after all. Which just might also give you a bit of a hesitation and a few goosebumps when you experience the next solar eclipse.
IN THIS EPISODE: Following the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp, American troops felt an urge to personally punish the camp’s guards. What exactly transpired still isn’t known. (How Dachau Concentration Camp Guards Got Their Comeuppance) *** When someone in her town was ill, Bertha was to first to pick up her medical bag and rush to the scene to try and help the sickly individual. It never failed though – shortly after her visit, Bertha’s patients would pass away. (The Horrible Bertha Gifford) *** The Chicago Water Tower is one of the oldest buildings in the Windy City. Is it also one of the most haunted? (Chicago’s Haunted Water Tower) *** A bell ringing team in England is plagued by phantom footsteps. (The Phantom Footsteps That Haunt Our Church) *** The crate was picked up and delivered to the docks. It was scheduled to leave for New Orleans that afternoon, but inclement weather kept the boat and crew in port for a week. That’s when sailors began complaining of a foul odor coming from the hold. (The Corpse In The Shipping Crate) *** In the already exceedingly odd history of mysterious encounters with unexplained entities, there are sometimes some that stand out as particularly bizarre, to the point of being almost ludicrous. And I’ll share a few. (Absurd Entities) *** Just because you’re working in a busy office in the middle of the day doesn’t mean you can’t be disturbed by the paranormal. (The Haunted Office) A restaurant owner sees a man standing outside in the rain – but none of his employees can see the man. (No Entry!) *** Surrounded by sunny beaches, lush palm trees, and warm sand… and still one man is terrorized by an entity. (I Think My Hotel Room is Haunted) *** If you plan on staying at a strange hotel, be sure it wasn’t built on a sacred burial ground. (The Ancients Walk at Night) *** Just because your family doesn’t know of a death taking place in your house in the past, doesn’t mean there wasn’t one. (A Visitation From The Great Beyond) *** A girl babysits a group of children, but feels she’s not the only one awake in the house. (The Other Babysitters) *** A man is pelted with candy by an unseen entity. (The Poltergeist Who Won’t Leave Us… Ever) *** Can a house be haunted by… a smell? (A Ghostly Smell) *** A man checks in to a hotel he had no idea was haunted – yet the hotel staff knew. (The Crying Ghost of Galveston) *** A girl’s dorm room becomes haunted on her last day at school… but upon arriving home, she discovers the phantom has followed her. (The Voice) *** At the end of the podcast, a full chapter from the audiobook “Into Darkness” by Jason R. Davis!
True, scary stories from Weirdo family members! If you have a true scary, bizarre, or dark story to tell about something that happened to you or someone you know, you can send it to me by visiting the Tell Your Story page at WeirdDarkness.com.
It’s Creepypasta Thursday, and I’m sharing a story recommended to me by a fellow Weirdo family member. It’s from professional writer/screenwriter Jesse Clark – it’s called “Never Accept An Invitation To Labyrinth”.
IN THIS EPISODE: One of the strangest reports of extraterrestrial abduction took place the night of January 25th, 1967 in South Ashburnham, Massachusetts. The events Betty Andreasson experiences are so incredible, her story has become legendary in UFO lore. (The Abduction of Betty Andreasson) *** It has been suggested that extraterrestrial intelligence may be capable of altering our reality. Could it be possible? The answer to this question is yes and no. (Reality-Shifting Aliens) *** What do UFO enthusiasts, Bigfoot seekers, and the anti-vaccination community all have in common? According to the FBI, these groups have all contributed to the recent rise of domestic terrorism and violence. (The Truth Is Out There And It’s A Threat To National Security) *** More than 37 years later, the mystery of Sarah Joe’s disappearance leaves law enforcement with more questions than answers. (The Sarah Joe Mystery) *** Imagine being a woman sent to prison. Regardless of the reason you may be sent there, it would be a very scary ordeal. Now… add to that, you are wide awake at two in the morning in that cold, damp jail cell… and then you hear the wailing. Not from your bunkmate or other prisoners, but from a ghost that walks the halls of your prison barracks – not just once, but every single night. (Ghosts Torment Prisoners) *** A family in Gary, Indiana is convinced their home and lives are in danger, being tormented by demons – or possibly Satan himself. (The Demon House of Indiana)
IN THIS EPISODE: The founder of the website Chicago Hauntings, Ursula Bielski, shares how the paranormal first invaded her life. (My Paranormal Life) *** The death of Thomas Becket shook the middle-ages. It’s believed his assassination in Canterbury Cathedral on December 29th, 1170 changed the course of history. (The Assassination of Thomas Becket) *** We’ll take a humorous look at the insane life of Boston Corbett – the man who was a hero because he killed John Wilkes Booth, but was also an idiot, cutting off his own manhood. (Abraham Lincoln’s Insane Avenger) *** Female serial killers… they are a lot more common than you think. (We’re Surrounded by Female Serial Killers)