Ain’t it Scary? with Sean & Carrie

Ep. 86: Cursed Jewelry

Among the legends of allegedly cursed objects, stories of cursed jewelry and gemstones reign supreme. There’s something mystical about these items, which often fall into the hands of the extremely wealthy, famous, and powerful – from bone-fide royalty to your run-of-the-mill tycoons and socialites. But can these gaudy possessions really be cursed? We cover the…

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Ep. 85: The Guillotine and the Reign of Terror

Even among all the creative execution methods mankind has dreamed up over the years, the Guillotine stands out, raising nightmares of show trials and cutting (ahem) an imposing silhouette. Originally created as a more “humane” capital punishment, the head-chopping machine soon became synonymous with the bloodthirsty excesses of the French Revolution. This week, Sean takes…

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Ep. 84: The Disappearance of Amy Lynn Bradley

In March 1998, the Bradley family – dad Ron, mom Iva, son Brad, and daughter Amy – embarked on a “trip of a lifetime”: a luxurious cruise on the Rhapsody of the Seas, sailing between Puerto Rico, Aruba, and Curacao on a whirlwind vacation of carefree fun and family time. Three days into the trip,…

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Ep. 83: The Philadelphia Experiment

This week we dive into one of the most persistent legends of secret U.S. military experimentation – the famed Philadelphia Experiment. In the fall of 1943 – so the story goes – highly classified government tech made the destroyer escort USS Eldridge completely invisible – and, as an unexpected side effect, displaced it in time…

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Ep. 82: TV Mysteries – The Max Headroom Incident & Other Signal Hijackings

In November 1987, one of the weirdest moments of TV history happened right underneath the noses of the Chicago viewing public. That night a mysterious figure wearing a full-head “Max Headroom” mask invaded the broadcasts of local Chicago TV stations WGN and WTTW. Initially, on WGN, the masked marauder was only able to cut in…

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Ep. 81: Blackbeard

Inspired by the new hit show “Our Flag Means Death”, we’re covering the most famous pirate in history: Blackbeard! At the dawn of the 18th century, the Caribbean was ruled by roving bands of seaborne criminals who robbed and murdered with impunity. The British colony of the Bahamas even lost an entire island to pirate…

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Ep. 80: Fresno Nightcrawlers

After a long month of axe-murder mayhem, Carrie takes a break from the grim and gory to tell a strange tale about what may be the most adorable cryptids of all time! The Fresno Nightcrawlers first came on the scene in security camera footage from 2007, when a California homeowner named José checked his tape…

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Ep. 79: Axe Murder Fever, Pt. 4 – The Cross-Country Murders

Axe Season 2022 comes to a close with the end of our discussion of Bill and Rachel James’ ‘Man From The Train’ theory. We follow our proposed serial murderer from his probable several-year stint in prison to his roving, cross-country murder spree – a spree that will claim dozens of victims as the axeman tears…

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Ep. 78: Axe Murder Fever, Pt. 3 – The Man from the Train

We’re rounding out Axe Murder Month with two weeks on Sean’s favorite solution to last week’s unsolved mystery, the 1912 axe murders in Villisca, Iowa: the roving serial-murderer theory proposed by famed baseball writer Bill James in his 2017 book “The Man From The Train.” This week Sean spends a long time raving about Bill…

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Ep. 77: Axe Murder Fever, Pt. 2 – The Villisca Axe Murders

Sometime in the overnight hours of June 9-10, 1912 in the tiny town of Villisca, Iowa, eight people – including six children – were killed by an intruder, with an axe, in cold blood. The case caused a national uproar and years of investigation…and it remains unsolved to this day. This week, Sean takes us…

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