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Do you love cryptic & intriguing true tales of Mystery? Join bestselling author Steph Young for some truly mysterious cases & the cast of characters who star in them. Each episode looks at baffling creepy mysteries, and the clues & riddles left behind. Strange disappearances, weird encounters, no easy answers...



Bestselling Author Steph Young has appeared on national radio & podcasts talking about the many strange & mysteries she writes about in her books.



Baffling cases, cryptic clues, and the Mysteries behind them.

Tales of Mystery with Bestselling Author Steph Young Steph Young

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 310 Ratings

Do you love cryptic & intriguing true tales of Mystery? Join bestselling author Steph Young for some truly mysterious cases & the cast of characters who star in them. Each episode looks at baffling creepy mysteries, and the clues & riddles left behind. Strange disappearances, weird encounters, no easy answers...



Bestselling Author Steph Young has appeared on national radio & podcasts talking about the many strange & mysteries she writes about in her books.



Baffling cases, cryptic clues, and the Mysteries behind them.

    Smiley Face Killers – part 4 The Conclusion

    Smiley Face Killers – part 4 The Conclusion

    Smiley Face Killers – part 4 – the conclusion Scores of young men have vanished without a trace, only to be found dead weeks or months later, in remote rivers or creeks, shallow ponds or canals, in areas that search parties have searched multiple times before; then later their bodies are discovered there, as though they have been placed there deliberately to be found. There is something very sinister happening to college-age men. It has been going on since the early ’90’s, and quite probably since before then. It isn’t stopping; it appears to be escalating. Young men attending college are going missing; the numbers are rising as they disappear in what can only be described as the most sinister and inexplicable circumstances.  Then they are found dead; always in water, often very shallow water. Very often however, they have not drowned. “I couldn’t get through to him. He couldn’t talk. He couldn’t tell me where he was. 8 minutes into the call there was suddenly this ghastly screaming. I started crying.” How does a young man end up dead in water that is only a couple of feet deep? Why can’t he get out of that water, even though he is not drunk? Why can’t he be found in that water, often for weeks when it is searched multiple times? Why would he go to the most remote body of water, in the opposite direction to the one in which he was heading? Why did his cell phone suddenly go dead after he said something disturbing? Why do many of them make desperate phone calls just moments before something happens to them? Why are some of them in such a state of terror or horror when they phone their parents or friends? Why does it always happen on a night out? How do they disappear from bars yet no-one sees them go? What are they seeing, in the final moments before their phone is cut off? Why are many missing one shoe? Why do few of them have any signs of injury or trauma on their body…? Who are the Smiley Face Killers? based on the book https://www.amazon.com/investigation-Horrifying-Smiley-Killers-Serial-ebook/dp/B01G0SWK0I

    • 27 min
    THE SMILEY FACE KILLERS – part 3

    THE SMILEY FACE KILLERS – part 3

    THE SMILEY FACE KILLERS

    • 30 min
    THE SMILEY FACE KILLERS -part 2

    THE SMILEY FACE KILLERS -part 2

    Scores of young men have vanished without a trace, only to be found dead weeks or months later, in remote rivers or creeks, shallow ponds or canals, in areas that search parties have searched multiple times before; then later their bodies are discovered there, as though they have been placed there deliberately to be found. “They go directly into the shallow water. And then they are all gone….. no ghost, no memories.….as if they never lived in the first place. And then they stay there; awake and afraid.” “The evil is rampant and deep and widespread. He was tortured, taken to the river and killed. Then his body was ‘positioned.’’  “Loaded in cargo van. Paid in dollars green.”  “We take what we need and leave. Understand this: This is necessary. Life feeds on life feeds on life feeds on death feeds on life….”  There is something very sinister happening to college-age men. It has been going on since the early ’90’s, and quite probably since before then. It isn’t stopping; it appears to be escalating. Young men attending college are going missing; the numbers are rising as they disappear in what can only be described as the most sinister and inexplicable circumstances.  Then they are found dead; always in water, often very shallow water. Very often however, they have not drowned. ‘He is screaming, pleading and growling in raw, animalistic agony. In the background, a voice interrupts his screams and calmly tells him, in a cold, emotionless, detached voice, “Stop it.” “I couldn’t get through to him. He couldn’t talk. He couldn’t tell me where he was. 8 minutes into the call there was suddenly this ghastly screaming. I started crying.” How does a young man end up dead in water that is only a couple of feet deep? Why can’t he get out of that water, even though he is not drunk? Why can’t he be found in that water, often for weeks when it is searched multiple times? Why would he go to the most remote body of water, in the opposite direction to the one in which he was heading? Why did his cell phone suddenly go dead after he said something disturbing? Why do many of them make desperate phone calls just moments before something happens to them? Why are some of them in such a state of terror or horror when they phone their parents or friends? Todd Geib, Chris Jenkins, Joshua Guimond, Josh Szostak, Colin Ellis, Josh Snell, Brandon Swanson, the list goes on…. The Smiley Face Killers? Or just a Smiley Face Murder Theory? One gang….. or several… ? A group, or separate loners…. ? Serial Killers? or a Serial Killer Gang?

    • 32 min
    The Return of The Smiley Face Killers

    The Return of The Smiley Face Killers

    Scores of young men have vanished without a trace, only to be found dead weeks or months later, in remote rivers or creeks, shallow ponds or canals, in areas that search parties have searched multiple times before; then later their bodies are discovered there, as though they have been placed there deliberately to be found. “The evil is rampant and deep and widespread. He was tortured, taken to the river and killed. Then his body was ‘positioned.’’ “I couldn’t get through to him. He couldn’t talk. He couldn’t tell me where he was. 8 minutes into the call there was suddenly this ghastly screaming. I started crying.” How does a young man end up dead in water that is only a couple of feet deep? Why can’t he get out of that water, even though he is not drunk? Why can’t he be found in that water, often for weeks when it is searched multiple times? Why would he go to the most remote body of water, in the opposite direction to the one in which he was heading? Why did his cell phone suddenly go dead after he said something disturbing? Why do many of them make desperate phone calls just moments before something happens to them? Why are some of them in such a state of terror or horror when they phone their parents or friends? Why does it always happen on a night out? How do they disappear from bars yet no-one sees them go? What are they seeing, in the final moments before their phone is cut off? Why are many missing one shoe? Why do few of them have any signs of injury or trauma on their body…? Who are The Smiley Face Killers ….?

    • 32 min
    The Strange Disappearance of Stacy Arras

    The Strange Disappearance of Stacy Arras

    • 20 min
    True Detective or Deliverance?

    True Detective or Deliverance?

    It was late in the night when David Smith became separated from his friend, Heath Bullard. They had been running frantically in blind panic in the dark and when they reached a creek, Heath couldn’t go any further – he couldn’t swim, and maybe David didn’t notice, but David plunged headlong into the water, and their separation for a descent into surreal horror began.   It was August the 8th 1994, and it would be some days before Heath and David would be reunited, but the space in between would see them changed beyond all recognition from their former selves… 

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
310 Ratings

310 Ratings

abdorima ,

Great work!!

Great podcast! Fun to listen to and keeps you engaged! Great for a long car ride or when you’re working out. Give it a shot if you haven’t already!!

bethh20 ,

Please clear your throat

I know you’re trying to sound mysteriously but please stop with the raspy voice thing. It’s obviously an intentional affectation and it sounds terrible. Just clear your throat and speak normally, thanks.

Jetta J ,

Full of inaccuracies.

I’m listening to the “...rise of the super soldier episode” about the Swedish twins, and I had to stop as the narrator says two or three words then pauses and does this over and over again. It’s absolutely annoying. Who narrates that way? If she thinks it makes her sound mysterious it doesn’t. It makes her sound daft.

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