What if your mother left to follow a cult… or you woke up in a morgue… or if your boat got caught in a storm and began to sink -- what would you do? This is Actually Happening brings you extraordinary true stories of life-changing events told by the people who lived them. From a man who finds out a celebrity crush isn’t who she seems to a woman stranded in a Mexican desert fighting to survive, these stories will have you on the edge of your seat waiting to hear what happens next.
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What if the family glue came undone?
Growing up in a strict, sheltered household, a woman must confront a new reality when her older sister, who was the glue of her family and her identity, begins to fall apart.
Wondery Presents: Even the Rich - Kidnapping American Royalty: The Patty Hearst Story
One night, 19-year-old college student Patty Hearst, who happened to be the heir to the Hearst newspaper fortune, was kidnapped from her apartment. She was kept in a closet for weeks, while her captors demanded millions from the Hearst family and the release of their imprisoned co-conspirators. But after she was released, she shocked the world when she robbed a bank with her captors and announced that her name was now Tania. In an all-new series of EVEN THE RICH, dive into the wild and unpredictable story of Patty Hearst.
Listen to the full episode at wondery.fm/ETR_PH_TIAH.
What if you saw the face of death?
From the ashes of her own descent into severe mental illness, a nurse finds resilience to face her job’s gravest challenges.
Introducing Families Who Kill: The Donut Shop Murders
In the era of some of the most heinous serial killers of all time — one murderous family went curiously unnoticed: The McCrary’s. Led by a psychopathic patriarch and his cunning son-in-law, this Texas clan roamed the country robbing, kidnapping, and killing up to 20 people, most of them taken from donut shops. “Families who Kill: The Donut Shop Murders” recounts the wild and deeply disturbing story of an unhinged American family and the terrible brutality they unleashed. The podcast features the taped confessions of one of the killers, given when he was serving a life term in Colorado.
Listen to the rest of this episode at wondery.fm/DSM_ThisisHappening.
What if the Devil was battling for your mind? [Rebroadcast - #116]
A man attempts to reconcile the sudden onset of psychotic symptoms with his Catholic identity.
What if everything turned to mayhem? [Rebroadcast - #110]
A woman fights for survival during an infamous mass shooting in Las Vegas.
This podcast is INCREDIBLE!! I just discovered it recently, and Ifind myself binging it. I did NOT know that I would feel that way from the start, as I don't normally binge a particular podcast; but this has grown on me. I love it a lot. Give it a try. If it's your thing, you will feel the connection. Thank you!!
Pretty mediocre podcast! Not a lot of editing or mixing. It’s one way of doing things but doesn’t strike me as high quality podcasting compared to say, Criminal.
5 star stories
Scouts honour, this podcast has taught me more than my entire university degree. Such a rare and well articulated insight into the human psyche—absolutely love this podcast.