The 13th Floor

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The Final Journey of Sir John Franklin

It had been fifteen years since Sir John Franklin had lead an expedition into the Arctic. He was old now, having just turned 59, but there was unfinished business for him. Since his last journey north ended in 1827, there was still some 300 miles of coastline that no man had bothered to survey. It […]


New Audio Podcast Brings You INSIDE PSYCHO!

I’m going to get personal for a paragraph or two here, if you guys don’t mind. Back in 2007, I began work on a extensive documentary about the PSYCHO movies, in particular the sequels which all starred Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates, a role that made him famous. In a time of special edition box […]

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Was Thomas Edison a Murderer? The Mysterious Disappearance of a Film Pioneer

Anyone who has taken a film history class has learned about the Lumiére Brothers and Thomas Edison, who are recognized as some of the earliest pioneers of motion picture camera technology. However, there is another name that only ever crops up in a paragraph or two, despite having the most intriguing story of all: Louis […]

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The Mad, Mad Trapper of Rat River!

Trapping in the early part of the 20th century wasn’t an easy job, and for the trappers of Rat River, a strange newcomer wasn’t making things any easier. The stranger arrived in 1931 with a lot of cash and few words. He quickly built himself a small cabin in the middle of prime trapping land, […]

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The Bizarre Case of Nicholas Barclay and His Imposter

When 13-year-old Nicholas Barclay phoned home for a ride in his San Antonio, Texas neighborhood, his older brother refused to help him. He would disappear following the call, never to be seen again. Until, three years later he called for help again—only this time he was calling from Spain. The day that Barclay disappeared was […]

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4 Possible Theories on Jack the Ripper’s Identity

For over 100 years, people have pondered over the true identity of Jack the Ripper, the man (or woman) responsible for the brutal deaths of five prostitutes in Whitechapel, London in 1888. Countless people were considered suspects in the slayings. Given that at the time DNA evidence was a laughable pipe dream and with opium […]

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The DEATH NOTE Franchise Inspired Frightening Real Events

Anime and manga have come a long way since series like DRAGON BALL Z and SAILOR MOON broke ground for international audiences, especially in the United States. One of the more popular series of the 2000s was the DEATH NOTE franchise. The series revolved around the titular notebook, dropped into our world by a Shinigami […]

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The Grisly Crime Spree of the Real-Life NATURAL BORN KILLERS

Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate were a pair of teenagers who went on a killing spree through Wyoming and Nebraska in the last week of January 1958. In nine days, they killed ten people. Their names may not be familiar, but they have been depicted in films over and over, most notably in Oliver […]

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San Francisco’s Unsolved Santeria Murder of 1981

On February 7th, 1981, LeRoy Carter Jr., a twenty-nine-year-old African American was walking through Golden Gate Park in San Francisco searching for a place to sleep. He found a secluded spot next to Alvord Lake where he slipped into his sleeping bag and went to sleep. The papers didn’t say much about the murder, those […]

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True Crime Podcasts: Where Should YOU Begin?

For true crime addicts that haven’t yet explored the recent surge of podcasts on the subject, it can be pretty difficult to figure out where to dive in. This is made twice as hard if it’s your first time trying out audio journalism at all. For one, iTunes doesn’t have “True Crime” or “Horror” listed […]

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Gilles de Rais: The Serial Killer Compatriot of Joan of Arc

“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” -Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy History is an ever closing wound that is easily ripped open again. We tend to mythologize […]

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The Dingo Ate My Baby: The Horrifying True Story Behind A Pop Culture Joke

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “The dingo ate my baby” at least once in your life. Elaine mimicked an Australian accent as she said it on an episode of SEINFELD in the 90s. Oz’s band was named Dingoes Ate My Baby in the BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER series, and the phrase was even used to […]

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The Strange Unsolved Murder of Holly Bobo

The dog’s barks went right through him like a bullet. He shot up in bed, in a daze. Something was wrong. He peered out his window and spotted his sister, Holly, kneeling on the ground. A person wearing camouflage shorts—who looked like her boyfriend—was standing above her, talking continuously. Holly’s face was contorted and confused. […]