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Your go-to for ghost stories, true crime, aliens, the unsolved and everything else in the dark .

The Darker Side of Life Podcast Kristen & Dana

    • True Crime
    • 4.9 • 174 Ratings

Your go-to for ghost stories, true crime, aliens, the unsolved and everything else in the dark .

    The Disappearance of Nicholas Barclay

    The Disappearance of Nicholas Barclay

    In summer of 1994, 13-year-old Nicholas Barclay went missing. He was playing basketball with some friends, and never returned home. Three years later, his family received a phone call that Nicholas had been finally found - in Europe, as a victim of an international sex trafficking ring. 
    When Nicholas came home, he was...different. He looked the same, acted the same, and was "glad to have his family back." But soon his family learned an unbelievable secret about Nicholas...

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Tuberculosis Hospital of Mammoth Cave

    The Tuberculosis Hospital of Mammoth Cave

    Mammoth Cave in Kentucky is the world's largest known cave system. It's known for many things: soaring passages, ancient artifacts left behind by its first explorers and some of the most breathtaking underground scenery you could imagine. No one would expect to find a tuberculosis hospital. But for several people in the mid 1800s suffering from tuberculosis, they were willing to try anything to find a cure for an incurable disease. Even if it meant living in the depths of Mammoth Cave. 

    • 56 min
    The Murder of Ruthie Mae McCoy

    The Murder of Ruthie Mae McCoy

    In 1987, Ruthie Mae McCoy called 911. She told the dispatcher that someone was "trying to tear the cabinet down" and to please send help. Police came, but left. A few days later she was found dead in her apartment in one of Chicago's ABLA housing projects. 
    Her murder illustrates a problem that plagued ABLA Homes - that people climbed between apartments and broke into units via tunnels built behind bathroom medicine cabinets. Even moreso, her death highlights issues that poor people still face today, and her life was on track to become an example of the societal benefits of stopping the cycle of poverty. 

    • 53 min
    Hy Brasil

    Hy Brasil

    Hy Brasil: The mysterious island where you can have riches of gold and silver, possible immortality and hang time  with the gods and giant bunnies. All you have to do is find it! Believe us, it's harder than it sounds. 

    • 1 hr 28 min
    The Centralia Mine Fire

    The Centralia Mine Fire

    In 1962, a routine landfill cleanup went underway in Centralia, Penn. Burning trash was a common way of clearing it out, except this time something was different - fire fell into a hole leading to an abandoned coal mine.  What proceeded was decades health issues for the residents, toxic gases in homes and schools, the threat of the ground opening up from underneath their feet, and .... government inaction on almost every level. Today, the town is near abandoned and looks like something from an apocalypse movie. We'll talk about what happened and how it ended up as a worse-case scenario, and how the incident should serve as a warning (and example) for current leaders in our climate crisis. 

    • 1 hr 29 min
    The Murder of Elizabeth "Liz" Barraza

    The Murder of Elizabeth "Liz" Barraza

    Liz Barraza was a light in the world. She was creative, imaginative and loved getting lost in the world of sci-fi and fantasy with her husband and friends. But in the early morning hours of January 25, 2019, it all ended when someone approached Liz in her driveway and shot her. Who would target someone like Liz Barraza? Why would someone target Liz Barraza? These are questions many are still trying to find answers too. 

    • 1 hr 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
174 Ratings

174 Ratings

nonopenick ,

Darker but not depressing

Kristen and Dana are great; and their podcast is just the right mix of personalities and cases. Wonderful!

Numb3r2 ,

Bingeworthy!

I absolutely love this podcast. I came across it not too long ago so I had to go back and binge from the beginning. I love the stories and the friendship between these two. All very interesting stories and even if you know the majority of the details of one of the topics covered, there’s always a surprise fact in there. And anyone who mentions “Hey Dude” in a podcast episode is pretty awesome in my book!

Reviewer of podcast ,

Too much profanity

One of the hosts uses a lot of profanity. I used to enjoy this podcast but it has become unbearable due to the vulgar language.

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