11 episodes

Located in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, Braley Pond is a popular recreational area located 30 minutes outside of Staunton, Virginia. It’s also one of the most haunted campsites in the United States. Reports of spirits hovering above the water there and the sounds of laughing children have been heard at night. Though rumors of at least one suicide have been reported there, the 2003 gang murder of Christopher S. Kennedy is what most locals believe is the cause of Braley Pond’s mysterious paranormal occurrences.
Six months after Kenedy’s murder, Shea Willis and her friend Chris Pugh, two well-known local paranormal investigators, took a trip to Braley Pond to investigate the hauntings themselves. What they found was unlike anything they’d ever experienced before.
What Happened at Braley Pond is a 9-part exploratory podcast about our need to understand the unknown. It's about our search for bigger truths, about life and death and the hereafter, about our need for connection, not just with each other, but with the loved ones we've lost in our lives. 


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What Happened at Braley Pond Charles Moss

    • True Crime
    • 4.8 • 52 Ratings

Located in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, Braley Pond is a popular recreational area located 30 minutes outside of Staunton, Virginia. It’s also one of the most haunted campsites in the United States. Reports of spirits hovering above the water there and the sounds of laughing children have been heard at night. Though rumors of at least one suicide have been reported there, the 2003 gang murder of Christopher S. Kennedy is what most locals believe is the cause of Braley Pond’s mysterious paranormal occurrences.
Six months after Kenedy’s murder, Shea Willis and her friend Chris Pugh, two well-known local paranormal investigators, took a trip to Braley Pond to investigate the hauntings themselves. What they found was unlike anything they’d ever experienced before.
What Happened at Braley Pond is a 9-part exploratory podcast about our need to understand the unknown. It's about our search for bigger truths, about life and death and the hereafter, about our need for connection, not just with each other, but with the loved ones we've lost in our lives. 


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    Episode 1: A Horrible Presence

    Episode 1: A Horrible Presence

    Braley Pond is a 4-and-a-half acre recreational area located in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest — just 30 minutes west of Staunton, Virginia. 
     
    On May 22, 2003, 19-year-old Christopher S. Kennedy was murdered by local gang members. Two of the members lured Kennedy to Braley Pond, stabbed him 13 times in the chest and back, and then dumped his body into the water. 
    Six months later, Shea Willis and Chris Pugh, two local paranormal investigators, visited Braley Pond to look into rumors of strange occurrences happening there - ghostly figures hovering above the water, the sounds of children laughing at night, and an evil, unexplainable presence lurking there. 
    What they found was unlike anything they could have ever imagined. 
    Charles Moss - Creator & Host
    Mike Trebilcock - Sound Designer & Composer
    Bill Colrus - Story Editor
    Shelton Brown - Logo Design
    Keith Finch - Additional Artwork
    Ashton Lance - Web Developer

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    • 27 min
    Episode 2: The Murder of Christopher Kennedy

    Episode 2: The Murder of Christopher Kennedy

    Seth Tinsley explains in detail how the events of May 22, 2003 unfolded, why he and another member of the Staunton-based gang Gangsta Disciples, lured Chris Kennedy to Braley Pond and murdered him, and the aftermath. Kennedy’s childhood best friend, Kevin  Robertson, reminisces about growing up together with Chris, his feelings about losing his friend so young, and how he heard about the murder.   
    Charles Moss - Creator & Host
    Mike Trebilcock - Sound Designer & Composer
    Bill Colrus - Story Editor
    Shelton Brown - Logo Design
    Keith Finch - Additional Artwork
    Ashton Lance - Web developer


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    • 26 min
    Episode 3: The Energy Around Us

    Episode 3: The Energy Around Us

    The events at Braley Pond were only the beginning of Shea Wilis’ troubles. She is plagued by mysterious events in the months that follow and her young son Zack is convinced he sees the ghost of Chis Kennedy in their house. Shea also goes into her background as an energy worker and empath and the troubled childhood she experienced because of them. Her mother Jennifer Hensley also talks about her own abilities, and we are introduced to their mentor, Joey Korn, who owns and operates Dowsers.com, a website that offers spiritual services and products such as space clearing, retreats, and dowsing tools. 
    Charles Moss - Creator & Host
    Mike Trebilcock - Sound Designer & Composer
    Bill Colrus - Story Editor
    Shelton Brown - Logo Design
    Keith Finch - Additional Artwork
    Ashton Lance - Web developer


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    • 50 min
    Episode 4: A Troubled Childhood

    Episode 4: A Troubled Childhood

    Gang-related violence was rampant across Virginia in the early 2000s.  In this episode, Ginny Newman, director of the Central Shenandoah Valley Office on Youth, talks about the Staunton area’s gang problem during the time of Chris Kennedy’s murder. Seth Tinsley, along with his sister and mother, reflects on his troubled childhood, and Jeff Kennedy, Chris’ father, as well as Kevin Robertson, Chris’s childhood best friend, talk about the path that led him to join a gang, and the choices Chris made that ultimately led to his death. 
     
    Charles Moss - Creator & Host
    Mike Trebilcock - Sound Designer & Composer
    Bill Colrus - Story Editor
    Shelton Brown - Logo Design
    Keith Finch - Additional Artwork
    Ashton Lance - Web Developer


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    • 42 min
    Episode 5: Haunted Staunton

    Episode 5: Haunted Staunton

    Staunton, Virginia has a rich history that goes back to 1738. But it’s the paranormal aspect of the city’s history that fascinates local ghost hunters like Marty Siebel, Curtis Lee Wimer, Dawn Biery, and others. The paranormal community in Staunton is tight, where everyone knows each other. Of course, this community is not without its controversies, some of which are explored in this episode, along with Staunton’s most haunted places. Another kind of paranormal investigator, a science enthusiast named Kenny Biddle, voices his opinion on the legitimacy of what Shea experienced at Braley Pond, along with parapsychologist Brandon Massullo, author of The Ghost Studies, a book that answers the questions, “What are ghosts and what causes them? 

    Charles Moss - Creator & Host
    Mike Trebilcock - Sound Designer & Composer
    Bill Colrus - Story Editor
    Shelton Brown - Logo Design
    Keith Finch - Additional Artwork
    Ashton Lance - Web Developer


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    • 55 min
    Episode 6: The Shadow People

    Episode 6: The Shadow People

    Logan Guinn isn’t like other paranormal investigators. He describes himself as more of a demon hunter, someone who doesn’t waste time on spiritual chants or rituals. Together with his wife Brynne, they seek out spirits, ghosts, and demons and kick their asses. At least that’s how he describes it. Logan has a knack for the dramatic. But he also believes he knows what’s going on at Braley Pond, and it’s not from this world or dimension. Shea Willis and her mother Jennifer also go into more of their past experiences with strange creatures that seem to have followed them throughout their lives.  
    Charles Moss - Creator & Host
    Mike Trebilcock - Sound Designer & Composer
    Bill Colrus - Story Editor
    Shelton Brown - Logo Design
    Keith Finch - Additional Artwork
    Ashton Lance - Web Developer
    Interested in learning more about Dybbuk boxes? Here’s a link to my article for Input Magazine.



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    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

Roamin’ Roman ,

A great tale of true crime and the paranormal

At its beginning, What Happened at Braley Pond is straightforward, as the murder of Chris Kennedy has been solved and the culprits are behind bars, but this true crime story quickly evolves into an analysis of the paranormal mysteries surrounding it. Throughout the nine episodes, Charlie Moss does an exquisite job interweaving the worldly with the otherworldly nature of his investigation. The podcast got me so interested in the story and the people involved that I found myself wanting to look up more about it. I appreciated that the website for the podcast had more information, including images to go along with the audio, such as photos and newspaper clippings, as well as full transcripts. It was overall a well-put-together podcast that is well worth a listen for fans of true crime and the paranormal.

#1 app fan ,

Wonderful!

I look forward to each new episode & I sincerely hope that Charles Moss will continue to do more episodes. Mr. Moss, in regard to Ep 9: Love, like Energy never dies & our loved ones are always close. 💜

Jra4776 ,

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I wish I could give more then 5 stars. Definitely recommend. Great Podcast. Heard about you from Strange Familiar’s

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