28 episodes

Chilling stories told by Cassandra Harold. Topics include strange and anomalous phenomena, mind benders, head scratchers and mysterious true crime cases. EM Hilker is our principal writer and researcher.

Unpleasant Dreams Jim Harold's Spooky Studio

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    • 4.9 • 467 Ratings

Chilling stories told by Cassandra Harold. Topics include strange and anomalous phenomena, mind benders, head scratchers and mysterious true crime cases. EM Hilker is our principal writer and researcher.

    Dyatlov Pass

    Dyatlov Pass

    The mysterious disappearance of a group of nine Soviet hikers in 1959 has puzzled the world for decades. What happened? Was it simply horrible weather? A secret weapons test? Or, something otherworldly? That is the subject of this very Unpleasant Dream.
    EM Hilker is our writer and researcher with additional writing by Cassandra Harold. Jim Harold is our Executive Producer.
    CLICK HERE for EM Hilker’s original article.
    SOURCES
    Borzenkov, Vladimir. “Trek Categories and Sports Ranks.” Dyatlov Pass. Retrieved 17 August 2022. 
    Eichar, Donnie. Dead Mountain: the Untold Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident. Chronicle Books, 2013.
    Hadjiyska, Teodora, and Igor Pavlov. “Dyatlov Group.” Dyatlov Pass. Retrieved 17 August 2022.
    Gaume, Johan, and Alexander M. Puzrin. “Mechanisms of Slab Avalanche Release and Impact in the Dyatlov Pass Incident in 1959.” Nature News, Nature Publishing Group, 28 January 2021. Retrieved 17 August 2022.
    “Nikita Khrushchev.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 9 November 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2022.
    Niziol, Tom. “Whirls, Curls, and Little Swirls: The Science Behind Von Karman Vortices.” Weather Underground. Retrieved 18 August 2022. 
    Osadchuk, Svetlana. “Mysterious Deaths of 9 Skiers Still Unresolved.” The St. Petersburg Times, 19 February 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
    Solly, Meilan. “Have Scientists Finally Unraveled the 60-Year Mystery Surrounding Nine Russian Hikers’ Deaths?” Smithsonian.com, Smithsonian Institution, 29 January 2021. Retrieved 17 August 2022. 
    Speltz, Lorin. “Salo.” Russiapedia. Retrieved 17 August 2022. 
    Wedin, B, et al. “‘Paradoxical Undressing’ in Fatal Hypothermia.” Journal of Forensic Sciences, U.S. National Library of Medicine, July 1979. Retrieved 18 August 2022.

    • 29 min
    The Circleville Letters

    The Circleville Letters

    A seemingly idyllic Ohio town becomes the setting for one of the most mysterious cases of the 20th Century. Sinister letters are sent for years, a life is lost, while others are ruined and the whole matter remains a puzzle to this very day.
    EM Hilker is our writer and researcher with additional writing by Cassandra Harold. Jim Harold is our Executive Producer.
    CLICK HERE for EM Hilker’s original article.
    TRANSCRIPT
    CLICK HERE for a full transcript and sources
     

    • 23 min
    Did This Movie Kill John Wayne?

    Did This Movie Kill John Wayne?

    Did shooting a 1956 movie in the irradiated Utah desert eventually kill John Wayne and a host of his co-stars and crew? It seems very possible and that is the just the start of tragedy on this week’s edition of Unpleasant Dreams.
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    EM Hilker is our writer and researcher with additional writing by Cassandra Harold. Jim Harold is our Executive Producer.
    CLICK HERE for EM Hilker’s original article.
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    • 22 min
    Houdini, Seances and Arthur Conan Doyle

    Houdini, Seances and Arthur Conan Doyle

    Houdini was the greatest magician in history…few realize that one of his best friends was the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle! They quickly bonded over their interest in Spiritualism but that was only the beginning of the story…
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    The Paranormal Podcast is sponsored by BetterHelp. BetterHelp is professional therapy done securely online, available to people worldwide. They have a special offer for my listeners: get 10% off your first month at BetterHelp.com/dreams
    EM Hilker is our writer and researcher with additional writing by Cassandra Harold. Jim Harold is our Executive Producer.
    TRANSCRIPT & SOURCES
    CLICK HERE for a full transcript and source list.

    • 17 min
    Weird Numbers Stations

    Weird Numbers Stations

    Numbers stations are real and very weird. What are these and what are the successors to these bizarre transmissions? We delve into the mystery in this edition of Unpleasant Dreams.
    CLICK HERE for E.M. Hilker’s original article.
    TRANSCRIPT
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    • 14 min
    What In The World Are The Georgia Guidestones

    What In The World Are The Georgia Guidestones

    Granite columns in the middle of rural Georgia were placed in 1980 containing strange guidance for future generations. Who put them there and why? That is the subject of this week's Unpleasant Dreams.
    CLICK HERE for E.M. Hilker's original article.
    Show Art Photo Credit: Quentin Melson via Wikipedia
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    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
467 Ratings

467 Ratings

Theptg ,

Not sure when I will dream again!

Love this brilliant podcast. It is historical, cteative and Cassandra’s voice is soothing and lyrical. At points there is an air of the sinister.
Refreshing and highly teccommendef!!!!

Sax fiend ,

Great stuff!

Just wanted to let Cassandra know re “sticking to what you know”. Previous review.. if that person wasn’t creeped out by the irresponsible actions of people I don’t know what would be creepier. We grow by pushing the boundaries. If it is interesting to the podcaster why not share it? This is your space! Do not let small minds box you in!

Kevinr5 ,

Amazing

Love the stories!

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