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The Conspirators is a bi-weekly show dedicated to the dark and disturbing stories from history your teacher never told you about. On the show I discuss unsolved mysteries, serial killers, survival stories, strange disappearances and other bizarre true events from the past.

The Conspirators Podcast Dark Myths

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 915 Ratings

The Conspirators is a bi-weekly show dedicated to the dark and disturbing stories from history your teacher never told you about. On the show I discuss unsolved mysteries, serial killers, survival stories, strange disappearances and other bizarre true events from the past.

    Ep. 168 - The Silver Star

    Ep. 168 - The Silver Star

    Throughout the history of the old west, there are few lawmen with as interesting a story as that of Bass Reeves. He was a former slave who became known far and wide as perhaps the most prolific law enforcement officer in history. Some stories claim he arrested more than 3,000 criminals in his career, and shot and killed as many as fourteen men. He's also widely believed to be the inspiration for the one of the most famous fictional cowboys ever, the Lone Ranger.






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    Notes:



    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003SLFBOS/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1






    https://www.texasmonthly.com/being-texan/the-resurrection-of-bass-reeves/






    https://www.ranker.com/list/wild-west-misconceptions/nida-sea









    Music:






    Relaxing Piano Music by Kevin MacLeod



    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4273-relaxing-piano-music




    License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license









    Despair and Triumph by Kevin MacLeod




    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3641-despair-and-triumph




    License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

    • 34 min
    Ep. 167 - The Prodigy

    Ep. 167 - The Prodigy

    You've probably heard stories about child prodigies, those remarkable children who show incredible aptitudes in art, music, science and mathematics at an early age. Well, once there lived a little girl named Barbara Newhall Follett, who published her first novel at age 12, and for a time became the darling of the literary world. But fame and critical acclaim at such an early age comes with a price, and one day when Barbara was 25 years old, she walked out of her apartment and was never seen again.




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    Notes:



    https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/celebrity/vanishing-act






    https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/a-place-of-vanishing-finding-barbara-newhall-follett/






    https://www.npr.org/2010/12/18/132135938/barbara-newhall-follett-disappearing-child-genius






    https://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2015/05/20/the-benefits-and-pressures-of-being-a-young-genius/often-child-prodigies-do-not-grow-into-adult-genius






    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2010/may/15/child-geniuses-prodigies






    https://vtdigger.org/2017/12/03/vermont-prodigy-wows-world/









    Music:




    Relaxing Piano Music by Kevin MacLeod






    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4273-relaxing-piano-music






    License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

    • 34 min
    Ep. 166 - The Night Hag

    Ep. 166 - The Night Hag

    Scientists estimate anywhere from eight to fifteen percent of the public suffers from the condition known as sleep paralysis sometime during their lives. Although scientists believe they can explain this strange sensation of waking up feeling paralyzed with fear. The people who suffer this affliction often insist they are being terrorized by evil forces bent on harming them. In this episode I'll tell you about the long history of sleep paralysis, and about the time during the late 1970s and early 80's when 117 otherwise healthy men died in their sleep.

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    https://www.teepublic.com/stores/the-conspirators-podcast?ref_id=13696







    Notes:


    https://www.amazon.com/Terror-That-Comes-Night-Experience-Centered/dp/081221305X/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=david+hufford&qid=1634695361&sr=8-1





    http://alexandrabittner.com/mara-the-nightmare-legend/





    http://www.furorteutonicus.eu/germanic/ashliman/mirror/nightmare.html





    https://www.sleepfoundation.org/parasomnias/sleep-paralysis





    https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2011/09/the-dark-side-of-the-placebo-effect-when-intense-belief-kills/245065/





    https://www.history.com/news/nightmare-on-elm-street-real-inspiration-hmong-death





    https://thehatmanproject.com

    • 32 min
    Ep. 165 - The Premonitions Bureau

    Ep. 165 - The Premonitions Bureau

    In October 1966 a terrible mining disaster occurred in the Welsh village of Aberfan, killing 116 children and 28 adults. One strange thing that occurred following the disaster were the number of stories that began emerging that several children who were killed along with a number of other adults who should have had no knowledge of the flood, began reporting having psychic premonitions of the disaster before it occurred. This led a British psychiatrist named John Barker to create a premonitions bureau, where he collected stories of psychic visions, in the hope that they could one day use this information to save lives.




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    Notes:






    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-aberfan-disaster-featured-crown-180973565/






    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-is-the-nocebo-effect-5451823/






    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/03/04/the-psychiatrist-who-believed-people-could-tell-the-future






    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1360777/Can-dreams-predict-future-Book-examines-psychology-paranormal.html






    https://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/11-07-06/

    • 38 min
    Ep. 164 - The Guru

    Ep. 164 - The Guru

    In part two of my two-part series, I tell you about what happened next with cult leader Terri Hoffman and the mysterious deaths that continued to occur among the members of her North Dallas cult known as Conscious Development.







    Patreon:
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    Notes:

    https://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-magazine/1982/december/rise-and-fall-of-a-north-dallas-cult-conscious-development/

    https://culteducation.com/group/1188-terri-hoffman/20405-the-curse-of-the-black-lords.html

    https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1994-02-13-mn-22283-story.html

    https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Charles_Southern_Jr.

    https://truenoirstories.wordpress.com/2016/12/31/terri-hoffman/







    Music:

    Despair and Triumph by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3641-despair-and-triumph


    License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license


    Cryptic Sorrow by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3568-cryptic-sorrow


    License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license


    Mesmerize by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4994-mesmerize


    License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license


    Dexter Britain, The Tea Party

    https://dexterbritain.com/

    • 31 min
    Ep. 163 - The Black Lords

    Ep. 163 - The Black Lords

    During the early 1970s, a new age movement called Conscious Development run by a guru named Terri Hoffman became popular in Dallas, Texas. But this group also had a lot of dark secrets behind it. Some say, even murder.

    Patreon:
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    Notes:

    https://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-magazine/1982/december/rise-and-fall-of-a-north-dallas-cult-conscious-development/

    https://culteducation.com/group/1188-terri-hoffman/20405-the-curse-of-the-black-lords.html

    https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1994-02-13-mn-22283-story.html

    https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Charles_Southern_Jr.

    https://truenoirstories.wordpress.com/2016/12/31/terri-hoffman/







    Music:

    Despair and Triumph by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3641-despair-and-triumph


    License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license








    Cryptic Sorrow by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3568-cryptic-sorrow


    License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license








    Mesmerize by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4994-mesmerize


    License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license


    Dexter Britain, The Tea Party

    https://dexterbritain.com/

    • 38 min

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With out some crazy stuff the world would be bland. This podcast points out the out of this world stuff in this world in an intelligent way. Thanks! Get well soon. 🙏🏽 Glad you’re back!

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