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SHOCK WAVES Bonus Episode: The Notorious Cecil Hotel and Hotel Horror Movies

On this special bonus episode of SHOCK WAVES, join co-host Rebekah McKendry along with special guest and weird history expert David McKendry for a journey into strange hotels and why they often serve as a haunting backdrop for both ghost stories and movies. The duo discusses the notorious, supposedly haunted Cecil Hotel located in downtown […]

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The Shocking Story of Rasputin the Mad Monk

They poisoned him, shot him, stabbed him and threw him, bound, into an icy river – still RASPUTIN, the mad monk of Russia, wouldn’t die! A hundred years after his demise, his origin and his supernatural control of the Tsar of Russia has been chronicled by dubious memoirs, sensational movies and the unrelenting legend of […]

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An American Stonehenge: The Mysterious, Unexplained Georgia Guidestones

When we study an ancient culture, it’s almost always through the artifacts they leave behind. The Egyptians, the Babylonians, the Romans, and the Ancient Greeks all left behind stone carvings, statues, and buildings that withstood the test of time. These artifacts give us a glimpse into their way of life. But we come from a relatively disposable culture, […]

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He Fed Victims to his Pet Alligators: The REAL Story Behind EATEN ALIVE

By 1977, Tobe Hooper had already terrified audiences with his 1974 film THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE. Loosely based on real-life serial killer Ed Gein, the film quickly became an iconic horror movie. Then in 1977, Hooper released his follow up film, EATEN ALIVE, based on another real-life serial killer, Joe Ball. Bluebeard of South […]

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7 Absolutely Horrifying REAL Beauty Treatments

By now, we are all aware that up until about 200 years ago, beauty treatments contained a wide variety of deadly chemicals: lead-infused foundation, arsenic for hair removal, bromine lipstick, and mercury for radiant skin. Today, we know that all of these chemicals are poisonous, but that hasn’t stopped entrepreneurs from marketing the weirdest, scariest, […]

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5 Real Serial Killers Who Believed They Were Actually Vampires

Vampires don’t just exist in the realm of fiction. There are those serial killers who operate under the delusion that they must kill in order to live. Here are five real life murderers who believed they were actually vampires, terrorizing their victims and communities for years before being brought to justice. James P. Riva Riva claimed […]

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The Movie THE QUIET ONES is Based on a Real Event: The Phillip Experiment

In John Pogue’s 2014 film THE QUIET ONES, Professor Coupland, played by Jared Harris, sets to prove that supernatural events are just manifestation of the mind. Along with a group of students, Coupland heads to an isolated house in the country where they can study Jane, a young girl with a troubled past who is […]

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Mississippi’s Vengeful Witch of Yazoo and the Creation of a Legend

In Yazoo City’s Glenwood Cemetery in rural Mississippi, there is a story etched into one of the tombstones. It’s the story of the witch of Yazoo, a woman who lived on the outskirts of town and came to an untimely death.Then twenty years later she rose from the grave and burned the entire town of Yazoo to […]

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The Disturbing, Unexplained Mystery of the Jamison Family Disappearance

Bobby and Sherilyn Jamison, and their six-year-old daughter Madyson, went missing in the Red Oak Mountain area of southeast Oklahoma in October 2009. Over 100 people were enlisted to search for the Jamison family, but no sign of them was found until November 2013, when the skeletal remains of two adults and a child were […]

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One of the Strangest Unexplained Mysteries Ever: What Happened to the Mary Celeste?

The Mary Celeste’s Background On November 5, 1872, a ship called The Mary Celeste set sail from New York City bound for Genoa hauling about 1700 barrels of denatured alcohol (a poisonous alcohol mostly used as fuel). The captain, Benjamin Spooner Briggs, was a highly moral and religious man who selected his crew based upon […]

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Killer Cats and Iron Shackles: Weird Superstitions to Help You Sleep

Sleep wasn’t always the safe repose it is for most of us today. In earlier days, it was a time fraught with dangers both real and imagined. It was also a time when it wasn’t unheard of to go to bed healthy and wake up dead. Because of this, a lot of superstitions were developed to […]

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Give Back to the Earth by Turning Your Decomposing Body Into a Mushroom Patch!

In 2013, in only the second episode of the series, HANNIBAL featured a pharmacist who would abduct diabetics, monkey with their insulin in order to send them into a diabetic coma, then bury them in neat little rows in the forest. Buried in shallow graves lined with nutrient-rich mulch, these bodies were used as food […]

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Visiting the Real Frankenstein’s Castle

When Frankenstein’s Castle was built sometime in the thirteenth century, it was just one of many castles in what is now Germany, at the bottom of the Odenwald mountain range. It wasn’t until the nineteenth century that Frankenstein became a household name with Mary Shelley’s novel. The historical link between the novel and the goings-on […]