They flew under the cover of darkness in bare-bones plywood biplanes. Their planes were too small to show up on radar. Radio locators were useless as the female-flying Soviet squadrons never used radios on their after-dark missions. Their bomb runs were so deadly accurate that the Nazi soldiers were terrified to the point of being afraid to light a cigarette for fear of giving away their position. They braved bullets and frostbite in the air… and skepticism and sexual harassment on the ground. From pilot, to mechanic, to officer, every one… female. They flew silently, with the only hint of their approach being the soft whooshing sound their cheaply constructed wooden planes made in the wind, a sound resembling that of a sweeping broom, thus the Germans gave them the nickname “Nachthexen”. The “Night Witches”.
As a listener of true crime podcasts, you likely are more than familiar with names like H.H. Holmes, Richard Ramirez, and Gary Ridgeway. But what happens when the serial killer hasn’t even reached adolescence?
If you were a kid reading comic books in the mid-20th century, chances are you saw ads in every issue selling x-ray vision glasses. If they worked, you could’ve been like Kuda Bux, known as “The Man with the X-Ray Eyes.”
Those who work nights are already in the creepy position of working what is called the “graveyard shift” – so you have to expect something to go wrong. If you are a security guard actively looking for something out of the ordinary during the graveyard shift, you know you’re going to go home with stories to tell.
IN THIS EPISODE: Are you feeling a bit unlike your normal self nowadays? Micah Edwards understands, and tells us his own thoughts in the story “I’m Not Myself These Days”. We’ll read a few “Letters From Ben” by author Nick Botic. Jackson Barnard brings us an interesting techno-creepypasta in the story “Awaiting Input”. And we’ll end with a longer creepypasta that Redditors will eat up; it’s a tale by Holly Riordan called, “I Played a Game On Reddit”. But first, we’ll begin with Fritz Bassus as he brings us a very appropriately titled creepypasta, “I Don’t Experience Thursdays!”
THIS EPISODE: An eerie tombstone stands watch over one of Portland Oregon’s oldest cemeteries. And the story behind that tombstone is a strange one. (The Guardians of Lone Fir Cemetery) *** Don’t take a gift from Little Gracie’s grave… or her life-like statue might cry tears of blood. (The Ghost of Gracie Watson) *** When it came to her daughter’s Elsa doll, one mom was eager and ready to “Let It Go”. But the doll supernaturally refused to be let go! (Haunted Elsa Doll) *** An ancient stone cross is said by locals to be cursed, and the curse infects anyone who dares to disrespect it. (Curse of the Saxon Stone Cross) *** Two authors reported a very strange encounter with a mysterious entity they believed was not of this world. What did they see and why were they under the impression this being was not of this world? (An Author’s Encounter With A Not-Of-This-World Entity)
We’ve all had our fair share of wrong numbers. More often than not they’re pretty harmless. You tell the other person they made a mistake and then you go about your day. But some times, you get a phone call that sticks with you the rest of your life. The kind you can’t explain. You know…the ones you can only describe as “phone call creepypasta” (or perhaps even “cell phone creepypasta”). Well, the good news is you’re not alone. There are tons of people who got creepy phone calls…and chances are, theirs have been just as bad if not worse. Creepy phone calls that have kept people up at night for weeks or even years. Were they real people? Ghosts? Versions of people from a parallel dimension? I’ll let you decide.
Coming up in this episode of Weird Darkness… I’ll be sharing numerous stories, all written by Weirdo family members. Some may be moribd, some creepy, some just dark… but they are all interesting.
IN THIS EPISODE: We’ve all heard of the Headless Horseman – but Sleepy Hollow’s lesser-known ghost will terrify you all the more. (The Bronze Lady of Sleepy Hollow) *** Theodore Roosevelt was so tough, that during one of his speeches he was shot in the chest – but still kept going until his speech was over. And then there was Alice, his daughter – who may have been even tougher than Teddy! (A Bullet And a Voodoo Doll) *** An icy cold hand caresses a girl in the middle of the night. (A Comfort) *** For most people, spotting a UFO would be considered extremely unusual, but for two Ohio women, seeing a UFO was the least surprising part of their experience. (UFOs And Time Distortions) *** Was there another gunman in the notorious Amityville House murders? (The Defeo Family Massacre) *** AND A WHOLE LOT MORE!
Few things freak people out as much as being alone – not necessarily in the relationship sense, but the actual deafening and eerie stillness of being isolated in a place where no one would know if something happened to you. When you get down to it, complete isolation sounds horrifying, but for people who work alone, it just becomes part of the process. Scary stories from people who work alone reveal just how lucky you are to work in an office full of coworkers. Sure, they can get annoying, but at least you’re among other warm bodies. Much like people who work graveyard shifts, people who work alone tend to become spooked once they realize they might not be alone, but rather, in the company of an unknown party.
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.