DON'T SKIP THIS EPISODE! I know it's not about ghosts or vampires, but hear us out:
Tonight host Eric Dwinnells has invited his nearly life-long friend Jennie Lecesse (aka Blades) over to discuss a childhood trauma that nobody seems to talk about or even remember: The Nightmare World of Punky Brewster!
If you're a child of the 80's, there is a good chance you have fond memories of the precocious little rainbow girl in pigtails known as Punky Brewster...but hold on. How much do you really remember about the show? There was A LOT of creepy stuff going on in several episodes. Sure, you remember when Punky and her friends made their own workout video, or when her foster father, Henry, took her to see The Cubs play, and you may even remember the infamous episode where Punky's friend Cherie got stuck inside a refrigerator. But it got WAY more serious than that.
What about the one where Punky has to fight a demon in a cave? Or the one about a serial killer? Those are the ones we'll be focusing on tonight and warning: it may bring up childhood trauma you've blocked out all these years.
We'll also discuss what REALLY happened to Punky's mom. They say she simply abandoned Punky....but we think she was murdered and we even name a suspect tonight on Spooky A S!
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Host Eric Dwinnells was out of town and didn't think he'd have time to put together an episode this week, but then he remembered one he had in the vaults: Cult Brainwashing with Tom Cole!
WARNING:There is an issue with the audio on this one. You'll hear a crackling noise, but hopefully after the first minute or so, your brain will adjust and it will become white noise to you.
In this episode, Eric and Tom discuss how cults generally recruit new members and how they "brainwash" them to make sure they stay in the cult. We'll also discuss the fine line between a religion and a cult as well as which groups/religions are often accused of being cults and why.
Eric Dwinnells is talking to ghosts! Well, not directly. He has to speak out loud into a microphone and record himself then keep the recorder going for a while waiting for a response. Oh, he won't hear the response at first because ghosts usually speak through infrasound, but when he plays the recording back and "enhances" the audio, he just might hear the voice of a spirit! Paranormal investigators call this Electronic Voice Phenomena or EVP for short.
Tonight Eric will give you a brief history of EVP in America and the people who support it including Sarah Estep, Raymond Bayless, The Ghost Hunters, the Ghost Adventures, and many other modern paranormal investigation groups. He'll also play actual EVP recordings and invite you to interpret what the ghosts are saying. He even went so far as to record EVP's in his apartment! You'll want to hear the results for yourself!
But are we really hearing the voices of the dead, or is it just a form of audio pareidolia? Is our brain forcing us to turn random noises caused by static or radio interference into messages from the great beyond?
Find out tonight on Spooky A S!
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Host Eric Dwinnells is keeping a promise he made all the way back in episode 10; to continue talking about American Vampires. But, as he warns guest co-host Fatima Elmi, this is not a story for the faint of heart. Yes, this story is particularly depraved and gruesome, so listener discretion is advised. Tonight we'll be discussing the Sacramento Vampire, Richard Chase.
Chase was a clearly disturbed young man who lived under the delusion that a nazi crime syndicate was paying his mother to poison his blood. The only way he could same himself, according to Chase, was to imbibe the blood of others. But that's not even the worst of his crimes.
In 1978, Richard Chase was charged with a series of grisly murders and other unspeakable acts but the real question was, due to his mental condition, should he be held fully responsible for his crimes or had his parents, schools, and the mental health system failed him so badly that they should share in some of the blame?
Music by Occult Overtones
It's been a few weeks since host Eric Dwinnells has had a guest on the show so to make up for it, he's got several tonight!As you may recall, Eric had been playing "Lonny" in a production of the musical Rock of Ages. In-between shows, Eric recorded some of his castmates sharing their own spooky stories.
Tonight you'll learn about the Poltergeist of Salve Regina University, a friendly phantom who may have saved a life, Aliens in Salem, The Ghost of Bowditch Hall at Salem State, The Murder of Beryl Atherton and her Ghost Haunting The Glover School in Marblehead, Family Members who pass on...but then come back, Historic Haunts in Marblehead, and the Cannibalistic Albinos of Mt. Umunhum and Hicks Rd!
All this and more on tonights extra special edition of Spooky A S!
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