65 episodes

A podcast to explore the unexplained, Straight-Up Enigmas discusses paranormal and supernatural events, as well as true crime, cold cases, and other mysteries.

Straight-Up Enigmas Jaden McKell

    • True Crime
    • 4.8, 58 Ratings

A podcast to explore the unexplained, Straight-Up Enigmas discusses paranormal and supernatural events, as well as true crime, cold cases, and other mysteries.

    Episode 50: Creepiest Things Alexa Has Said and Done

    Episode 50: Creepiest Things Alexa Has Said and Done

    Why does Amazon's Alexa randomly speak without being prompted? Could she possibly be haunted? Is this the Skynet takeover we’ve all been waiting for? Join us as we discuss a few of the very weird, creepy things Amazon’s Alexa has said and done.
     
    Sources:
    https://www.the-ambient.com/features/the-creepiest-freakiest-things-alexa-has-ever-said-and-done-2154
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-amazon-com-alexa-insight/kill-your-foster-parents-amazons-alexa-talks-murder-sex-in-ai-experiment-idUSKCN1OK1AJ
    https://www.zdnet.com/article/has-alexa-snapped-why-alexa-sometimes-laughs-or-does-other-creepy-things/
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/21/technology/amazon-alexa-world.html
    https://www.zdnet.com/article/has-alexa-snapped-why-alexa-sometimes-laughs-or-does-other-creepy-things/
    https://www.cnet.com/how-to/the-weirdest-things-your-amazon-echo-can-say-and-do/
     
    Music:
    "Grove" by Edmond Aggabao. 
    "Long Note Two" by Kevin MacLeod. 
    "Straight-Up Enigmas" theme song by Chuck Flyer.
     
    Promos:
    https://www.urbanfantasist.com/weird-tales-radio-show
    https://www.octoberpodvhs.com/menu
     
    We are proud to be a member of the Straight-Up Strange Network! Check out the network's Facebook's page at https://www.facebook.com/straightupstrange/.
     

    • 20 min
    Episode 49: The Von Erich Family Curse

    Episode 49: The Von Erich Family Curse

    In the 1950s, wrestler Jack Adkisson created his alter ego, Fritz Von Erich, and began what would become a very successful career in the sport. Tragedy, however, struck in 1959, when Jack's six-year-old son died in a bizarre electrical accident. This terrible event would only be the beginning of the so-called Von Erich Family curse. In the years that followed, illness, injuries, depression, drug addiction, and suicide would plague all of Jack’s remaining sons until only one child survived. Can it really be just a horrible happenstance that Fritz Von Erich outlived 5 of his 6 children? If there was a curse, what could he possibly have done to bring it upon himself and his family? Can fame and fortune instead be blamed for the athletes’ deaths? Stay with us as we explore the mysterious and deadly curse of the Von Erich family.
     
    Content Sources:
    https://medium.com/wrestling-deep-end/wrestling-abuse-and-death-the-twisted-tale-of-the-von-erich-family-ba689fd51021
    https://www.oxygen.com/martinis-murder/von-erich-family-curse-wrestling-family-story-dark-side-of-the-ring
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heel_(professional_wrestling)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kayfabe#:~:text=In%20professional%20wrestling%2C%20kayfabe%20%2F%CB%88,predetermined%20nature%20of%20any%20kind
     
    Music:
    Quarantine Isle was created by Edmond Aggabao: https://soundcloud.com/drumj8/quarantine-isle.
    Our theme song, “Straight-Up Enigmas,” was written and created for the podcast by Chuck Flyer.
    Long Note One by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100418
    Artist: http://incompetech.com/
    Lightless Dawn by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100655
    Artist: http://incompetech.com/
     
    Promos:
    Happily Ever Haunted Podcast: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/happily-ever-haunted-podcast
    The Can’t Make This Up History Podcast: https://cantmakethisuppodcast.podbean.com/
     
    Straight-Up Enigmas is part of the Straight-Up Strange Podcast Network. Join our network’s Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2303355863253191/?source_id=1940822245930372.
    Support our show by becoming a Patron! Join us on Patreon at patreon.com/straightupenigmas.
     
    If you're thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, help is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 to speak with a counselor today.

    • 22 min
    Bonus Patreon Episode #4: Haunted Toys

    Bonus Patreon Episode #4: Haunted Toys

    You've probably heard of Annabelle and Robert the Doll, but listen in to hear about five more haunted toys you might not know about. (I for sure had never heard of them). Want to help support our show? Become a patron at https://www.patreon.com/straightupenigmas!
     
    Music:  
    The Children's Room by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Artist: http://audionautix.com/

    • 8 min
    Episode 48: Servant Girl Annihilator

    Episode 48: Servant Girl Annihilator

    In Austin, Texas, a killer who became known as the “Servant Girl Annihilator” was responsible for the deaths of eight people between late 1884 and Christmas Eve 1885. Attacking victims in their beds and then dragging them outside to mutilate their bodies, the murderer eluded police, private investigators, and civilian mobs who took to the streets of newly settled Austin. He has been called America’s first serial killer, and his crimes remain unsolved to this day. Some investigators believe that before he prowled the foggy streets of London, Jack the Ripper struck first in the Texas Hill Country. Could the Annihilator and Jack the Ripper be one and the same? Stay with us as we discuss the case of the Servant Girl Annihilator.
     
    Articles/Research:
    https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/94680/how-servant-girl-annihilator-terrorized-1880s-austin
    https://www.britannica.com/biography/Jack-the-Ripper
    https://www.battlefields.org/learn/articles/civil-war-facts
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Texas_(1865%E2%80%9399) 
    https://texashillcountry.com/austins-axe-man-jack-the-ripper/
     
    Music:
    Long Note One by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100418
    Artist: http://incompetech.com/

    Echoes of Time v2 by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1300030
    Artist: http://incompetech.com/
     
     
    Sponsored by Best Fiends: www.bestfiends.com
    Straight Up Strange Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/straightupstrange/
     

    • 17 min
    Small Town Spirits: Chapter 2 (Outlaws)

    Small Town Spirits: Chapter 2 (Outlaws)

    In chapter two of our fictional mini-series, Small Town Spirits, Andie tries to recover from the voice she heard in the attic on her first day of work. She makes some new friends (maybe — she's still not sure about the standoffish but very attractive Emmet) and learns about the town's troubling and macabre history. Could the spirit of a murdered college student be haunting the building just across the square? How will she find out who the voice in the attic belongs to?
     
    If you enjoy our second episode, pop over to Apple Podcasts to leave us a review! We would really appreciate the support. Be sure to check out all our spooky, spine-tingling episodes on Straight-Up Enigmas!
     
    Industrial Music Box by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100812
    Artist: http://incompetech.com/
     
    Promo by GraveYard Tales: https://www.graveyardpodcast.com/.
     
    This episode was written and produced by Jaden McKell.

    • 28 min
    Episode 47: The Curse of Rosemary's Baby

    Episode 47: The Curse of Rosemary's Baby

    Rosemary’s Baby is considered one of the most cursed films of all time. Actor Sidney Blackmer (who played coven leader Roman Castevet) once said on set, “No good will come of all this ‘Hail Satan’ business.” Was the movie actually cursed? Did thinking, writing, speaking, and filming scenes all about the devil invite a dark energy onto the set and into the lives of the people involved? From illness, tension among the crew, and divorce to “accidental” death and grisly murder, it sure seems like it. Join us on Straight-Up Enigmas as we explore the curse of Rosemary’s Baby.
     
    Research/Articles:
    https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/504972/13-devilish-facts-about-rosemary%E2%80%99s-baby
    https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/06/the-most-cursed-hit-movie-ever-made-rosemarys-baby
    https://www.ranker.com/list/rosemarys-baby-curse-facts/jacob-shelton
     
    Music:
    Classic Horror 1 - Dark World by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100471
    Artist: http://incompetech.com/

    Long Note Four by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100467
    Artist: http://incompetech.com/
    The Straight-Up Enigmas theme was created and produced by Chuck Flyer.
     
    Thank you to tonight's sponsor, Best Fiends: www.bestfiends.com.
    Promo by Arbitrary Advice: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/arbitrary-advice/id1472051783.
    The Strange Room Discussion Forum: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2303355863253191/?source_id=1940822245930372.
     
    This episode was created by Jaden McKell.
     

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

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Satisfying stories

Jaden is a really good story teller with a pleasing voice and command of her subject

Tamara tilthebreakof Dawn ,

Interesting

I listened to episode 60. It was engaging, and a great way to break up my workday

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Review

I work 12-hour shifts & have lots of time for podcasts. Glad I discovered this one. Jaden is a brilliant narrator. Subject matter is original, creative and interesting. I only have one complaint. The episodes are too short. I much prefer a 2-hour podcast compared to a 30-minute one.

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