IN THIS EPISODE: Many people have claimed to see ghosts near the iconic “Hollywood” sign in California – but one particular ghost is seen more often than the others – and it comes with a sad story. *** Weirdo family member Andrew Horne tells of his ghostly experience in Gettysburg. *** Why did Nellie Blye intentionally check herself into an asylum for a harrowing ten days? *** Statistically speaking, you will walk past a murderer 10.76 times in your life. But what if you didn’t just walk past a murderer – what if they were a part of your family and you didn’t know it?
Something happened in Illinois in January 2000 that has never really been explained. A number of UFO sightings occurred in the southwestern part of the state and got a lot of attention. And it wasn’t just in Illinois. The sightings gained national attention because there has likely been no other time that so many people witnessed something so unexplainable that it managed to perplex people all over America. The incident involved a number of reliable witnesses, which consisted mostly of police officers from a number of small towns in the area, and led many to believe that something very strange was going on in the skies over Illinois. Even more convincing than mere sightings, the officers maintained radio contact through most of the event, which carefully tracked the progress of a huge UFO that passed over the area. Adding to this, Scott Air Force base was only a mile or so out of the flight path of the anomalous craft and this helped to focus media attention on the event for weeks after it actually occurred. Something very strange visited southwestern Illinois on January 5, 2000 –— but what it was remains a mystery to this day.
It’s one of the most-enigmatic unsolved cases of the 21st Century. A family of three goes missing in 2009, and despite an abundance of evidence, law enforcement is no closer to solving this mystery today. In fact, it could even be said that the more clues that are uncovered only result in additional questions. Were drugs involved? Was it a murder-suicide? Did the family wind up in the wrong place at the wrong time? Could someone have had a motive resulting in their disappearance? Was it random? Did they simply get lost in the woods? Or could something far stranger have been at play? In this episode of Weird Darkness, we’ll explore the disappearance of the Jamison family. And you never know—You may hold the key to unraveling this enduring mystery.
Dracula is one of the primary evil beings living in pop culture. The history of vampires goes back perhaps thousands of years to ancient superstitions, but what is the origin of Dracula as we know him today? In general, people believe the history of Dracula is an open and shut case, beginning and ending with Vlad Tepes the Impaler. However, there may be more to the story than meets the eye.
The story of Bonnie Leigh Scott is a forgotten Chicago tragedy. Bonnie vanished on September 22, 1956. That evening, around 6:30 p.m., she left the home where she lived in Addison, Illinois, and told her grandmother that she was going out to look for a blouse. Bonnie lived with her aunt and uncle, Mrs. Robert Schwolow; their daughter, Sue, 15; and Bonnie’s maternal grandmother, Mrs. Doris Hitchins. Her parents were separated and in the midst of a divorce. Bonnie was an ordinary girl, a sophomore at York Community High School and a babysitter for many of the young children who lived in the quiet suburban community. The five-room, newly built ranch house where she lived was virtually identical to all the others on the street. Before the night of September 22, Bonnie never caused a problem, never drew much attention, and seemed like every other girl her age. But that night, she became a mystery. As the police began tracing her steps, assuming that she was a runaway, they managed to find four teenagers who saw her at a diner in Addison around 7:30 p.m. that night. She was also seen at a surplus store, located next door to the town’s police station. After that, she had apparently vanished into thin air.
IN THIS EPISODE: A university apartment is filled with ghostly voices, shadows and footsteps. *** The playful spirit of a child haunts a home in Canterbury, England. *** A woman hears footsteps in an empty bedroom. *** The biblical story of the witch of Endor. Just a story, or was she a real woman with supernatural powers? *** Did a British Air Force pilot somehow slip into a time portal and fly into the past? *** 87 years ago a fire broke out at the Ohio State Penitentiary – yet somehow, souls still linger there.
When the Martians first land on Earth in the 1996 sci-fi comedy Mars Attacks!, for a moment it appears all will be fine. “We come in peace,” says their leader, as the music swells and a dove soars overhead. Seconds later the Martian pulls out a laser gun and opens fire on a crowd of human onlookers. Yet another blockbuster alien invasion has begun. That’s Hollywood, of course. But the melodrama underscores one of humanity’s most widely held fears: that if and when we do encounter extraterrestrial beings, they will wreak all kinds of havoc, much as they do in the movies. Or will they?
Poltergeist activity is probably the most misunderstood form of paranormal activity, at least in conjunction with haunted houses. The word poltergeist actually means “noisy ghost” when translated from German and for many years, researchers believed that noisy ghosts were causing the phenomena reported in these cases. It was assumed that the things which occurred in a house that was “haunted” by a poltergeist were caused by an outside force. While some cases of real-life “poltergeists” have turned out to be both “intelligent” spirits and the work of human agents, some cases exist that lead researchers to believe that they may actually be combination of the two. But then… what if it’s possible that some locations actually attract both kinds of phenomena?
IN THIS EPISODE: A dream home becomes a house of nightmares… A woman living alone hears a raspy man’s voice speak to her in the dark… While exploring a haunted ship, a woman gets burned – literally… A non-believer in the paranormal becomes a believer… in his own house… Howard Carter became the first person to peer inside of the tomb of King Tutankhamen in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. It turned out to be the discovery of a lifetime and the start of an ancient curse. *** The Wendigo… a shapeshifter, a cannibal, and many believe it to be completely real. *** Puzzling loud booms have been heard in many locations this year and despite lots of speculations no-one knows what’s behind this disturbing phenomenon. *** Why would something want to possess a department-store mannequin? *** Samuel Clemens – better known as Mark Twain. There is a part of his life that is all too often ignored by historians and biographers. Most scholars ignore the fact that Twain had a lifelong interest and fascination with the supernatural. *** Plus, if you’re a fan of cryptozoology, you’ll love my last story… a creepypasta called “The Fairies”.
IN THIS EPISODE: The ghost of a man in gray haunts a London theater. *** The boogeyman – where did he come from, and is he based on a real person? *** A disaster that took place at the Pemberton Mill on January 10, 1860 – a disaster that left a community, and a nation stunned! *** A night of children telling scary stories to each other turns into the real thing. *** A young girl bumps into her father in the hallway… which is impossible, as her father isn’t home. *** James Bond, 007 himself tells his own personal story of the paranormal. Sir Roger Moore tells of his terrifying experience. *** A young teen girl wakes up in the dark of night being choked by a red-eyed being. *** Friends hear a crash in the kitchen… and though everything appears normal, what they eventually find is the stuff of nightmares. *** The discovery of a body in the local river leaves one town with a gruesome mystery – and possibly the framing of an innocent man for the murder. *** Known to the outside world as the City of the Dead, Dargavs is a truly remarkable and mysterious place we know little about. *** Do you ever get the feeling that you are being watched, or that someone is following you? Perhaps it’s not your imagination. *** A father in South Yorkshire claims his family is being haunted by the ghost of an old lady. *** Two men, a forest, and a ouija board – will that be enough to find a rumored black eyed child that has been seen there? *** A man hears pounding on the walls of his apartment – from the outside of the building. *** What appears to be a poltergeist continues to torment office colleagues… or is it just being playful? *** Plus, I’ll share an original creepypasta from a fan of Weird Darkness… it’s a story called “Amoeba”.
In the midsts of the UK’s history of serial murderers, Peter Tobin is a man with a dark past. Convicted of the murder of three women across the UK, and an earlier brutal attack on two teenage girls, Tobin is currently serving three life sentences with a recommendation that he is never to be released. This is a man who traveled around the country, used up to 40 aliases to avoid detection and to avoid anyone discovering his previous crimes. Caught for murder at 60-years-old, authorities’ fear he has been operating for more than 40 years and could be responsible for many more deaths. Peter Tobin was in the Glasgow area at the time of the Bible John murders and known to frequent the Barrowland Ballroom where all three victims met their killer. His appearance at that time bears a striking resemblance to the artist’s impression of Bible John. He has connections to religion and he was jailed for burglary and forgery right at the time the Bible John murders stopped. Could Peter Tobin be Bible John?
IN THIS EPISODE: In the Oakland Cemetery, a bronze monument to tragedy is said to bring death to anyone who touches it. (Black Angel of Death) *** While camping, a man has dreams of a dark-haired woman several nights in a row. Normally it wouldn’t be anything to be all that concerned about, but it’s something to fear if you are near the French Broad river. (Siren of the French Broad) *** Alien visitors, beings from a different dimension, our planet even had tree monsters and sentient pyramids showing up – and all in the year 1965. (The Inter-Dimensional Interlopers of 1965) *** A retired naval officer reports rocks falling through his home’s roof – dozens in a single day – with no explanation of where they came from. (Cappy Ricks and the Stones) *** In 1994 a man has a paranormal experience with a popular song recorded two decades earlier. (The Joker) *** Is there a clandestine space program designed to save the elite from a global catastrophe? (Alternative 3) *** On this date, October 24, 1953, Evelyn Hartley, a 15-year-old sophomore from La Crosse, Wisconsin, vanished without a trace while on her way to a babysitting job. It was like something out of a Halloween urban legend but in this case, the horror was real. (The Babysitter Who Vanished) *** The odd happening that takes place here and there in a house more than likely can be explained in some rational way. Even quite a few strange occurrences could probably be explained by science. But when the events seem to never stop, perhaps it’s time to think something else is going on. (An Assortment of Experiences) *** Legend tells a centuries-old curse was placed upon Dudleytown in Connecticut. The town turned into a horrible place where people committed suicide or went insane. (Cursed Dudleytown) *** Exactly 92 years ago today – October 24, 1926 – something went wrong during a performance by Harry Houdini. A week later, he would be dead. (Houdini’s Final Performance) *** The Hamilton-Byrne family was anything but typical, rather it was a doomsday cult with a leader who believed herself to be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. (Inside the Family Cult) *** AND MORE!
True! –nervous –very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses –not destroyed –not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily –how calmly I can tell you the whole story.
IN THIS EPISODE: A young wife, home alone with her husband in the military, begins experiencing strange happenings in their apartment. *** On a rainy night, a man begins to hear strange sounds from above that can’t be explained. *** A WeirdDarkness listener tells their story of being terrified by an entity… for over 21 years. *** A deceased relative saves the life of one woman – her husband tells us the story. *** An invisible friend decides to show up, uninvited, on a camping trip in an original story submitted by a WeirdDarkness subscriber. *** A chat with a small boy at a wedding unexpectedly turns into a paranormal encounter. *** A female presence haunts a newly married Japanese couple. *** A conman teams up with a necromancer… and it does not bode well for either one of them. *** The old Lake View Sanitarium, constructed in 1930 as a tuberculosis sanatorium, is now one of the most haunted places in Wisconsin. *** A young girl encounters a terrifying entity… in the bathroom. *** Is a time portal hidden in the Arizona Mountains near Mexico? One man swears to it.
“This is the Zodiac speaking”. With those words, written in a letter to The San Francisco Examiner, a killer was christened and a mystery born that continues to this day. The letter, received by the newspaper on August 4 1969, was claiming credit for 2 sets of recent murders in the Bay Area around San Fransisco. It was the second letter from someone claiming to be the killer, but this time he gave himself his soon to be legendary name — ‘The Zodiac’. More murders would follow, along with more letters to local newspapers and police. The Zodiac’s terrible crimes were being publicly played out in the nation’s newspapers, with each twist and turn holding the American public under a grim spell. And then he stopped. Less than a year after his first murder, the Zodiac killer simply stopped killing. But did the Zodiac killer actually ever exist?
If a person was forced to choose what the greatest ghost story in Wisconsin might be, it would almost undoubtedly be the legend of Summerwind. This haunted mansion has spawned more strange tales and stories that any other location in the state. What dark secrets remain hidden in the ruins of this once grand estate? Were the stories of ghostly encounters and messages from beyond really true… or were they part of an elaborate publicity hoax?
IN THIS EPISODE: (Dark Archives episode with stories from October 14-15, 2018) *** A castle in the Czech countryside is not only rumored to be haunted… but also to contain a crack leading to the gates of Hell. *** A shadow person appears in a Texas funeral parlor. *** Two occult magicians feud over who can destroy the vampire terrorizing their community. *** The purchase of a beautiful table leads to a haunting of one couple’s bedroom. *** Shadows horrify a woman when her husband is away and her child is asleep. *** PLUS, the incredible classic story of Bisclavret: The Werewolf! *** Quite possibly the most controversial episode I’ve ever narrated; a theory about the Manson family murders that you likely have never heard before. (Helter Skelter)