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Award-winning podcast hosted by voice artist Darren Marlar who narrates true stories of crime, the unexplained, and paranormal.
* Ranked #2 in Podcast Magazine‘s “Best True Crime and Horror” podcasts for 2020
* Named one of the “Best Storytellers in Podcasting” in 2019 by Podcast Business Journal
* Darren Marlar’s narration of “The Tell-Tale Heart” won Bronze at HEAR NOW 2020 Podcast Palooza
* Reached #5 worldwide on the “HOT 50” chart for November 2020 by Podcast Magazine
* Finalist for”Storyteller-Drama” award for the “People’s Choice Podcast Awards” in 2019

Weird Darkness: Stories of the Paranormal, Supernatural, Legends, Lore, Mysterious, Macabre, Unsolved Darren Marlar

    • True Crime
    • 4.6 • 3.3K Ratings

Award-winning podcast hosted by voice artist Darren Marlar who narrates true stories of crime, the unexplained, and paranormal.
* Ranked #2 in Podcast Magazine‘s “Best True Crime and Horror” podcasts for 2020
* Named one of the “Best Storytellers in Podcasting” in 2019 by Podcast Business Journal
* Darren Marlar’s narration of “The Tell-Tale Heart” won Bronze at HEAR NOW 2020 Podcast Palooza
* Reached #5 worldwide on the “HOT 50” chart for November 2020 by Podcast Magazine
* Finalist for”Storyteller-Drama” award for the “People’s Choice Podcast Awards” in 2019

    “GERTRUDE BANISZEWSKI: THE TORTURE MOTHER” and 3 More Horrifyingly True Stories! #WeirdDarkness

    “GERTRUDE BANISZEWSKI: THE TORTURE MOTHER” and 3 More Horrifyingly True Stories! #WeirdDarkness

    Find Weird Darkness wherever you listen to podcasts: https://linktr.ee/weirddarkness

    #paranormal #truestories #paranormalstories #ghoststories #horrorstories #truecrime #cryptids
    IN THIS EPISODE: On January 2, 1935, a man who signed the guest register as “Roland T. Owen” checked into the President Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri – and never checked out. (The Man in Room 1046) *** If you ask a dying loved one to try and reach you from the other side when they finally pass away, don’t be surprised if they follow up on that promise. (My Mom’s Wake) *** The last cabin standing along the beach at Hunting Island State Park is a celebrity among locals and visitors as folks have taken to a love affair with the little blue cabin’s fight against nature over the past few years. Oh… and it also appears to be haunted. (Little Blue Ocean Cabin) *** But first… the story I warned you about. Gertrude Baniszewski – a woman whose evil ran so deep, it flowed through her children and their friends and displayed itself in the torture, mutilation and murder of a young girl. (Torture Mother)
    SOURCES AND ESSENTIAL WEB LINKS…
    “The Man in Room 1046” by Troy Taylor: http://bit.ly/2QJcZpW
    “My Mom’s Wake” by Pete Inesc: http://bit.ly/2EObXUE
    “Little Blue Ocean Cabin” posted at GhostsNGhouls.com (link no longer available)
    “The Torture Mother” posted at Murderpedia.org: http://bit.ly/2WfFAcm
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    Weird Darkness theme by Alibi Music Library. Background music provided by Alibi Music Library, EpidemicSound and/or StoryBlocks with paid license. Music from Shadows Symphony (https://tinyurl.com/yyrv987t), Midnight Syndicate (http://amzn.to/2BYCoXZ), Kevin MacLeod (https://tinyurl.com/y2v7fgbu), Tony Longworth (https://tinyurl.com/y2nhnbt7), and Nicolas Gasparini (https://tinyurl.com/lnqpfs8) is used with permission of the artists.
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    (Over time links seen above may become invalid, disappear, or have different content. I always make sure to give authors credit for the material I use whenever possible. If I somehow overlooked doing so for a story, or if a credit is incorrect, please let me know and I will rectify it in these show notes immediately. Some links included above may benefit me financially through qualifying purchases.)
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    "I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." — John 12:46
    Trademark, Weird Darkness®, 2022. Copyright Weird Darkness©, 2022.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Chamber of Comments: September 27, 2022 #WeirdDarkness

    Chamber of Comments: September 27, 2022 #WeirdDarkness

    Find Weird Darkness wherever you listen to podcasts: https://linktr.ee/weirddarkness

    #paranormal #truestories #paranormalstories #ghoststories #horrorstories #truecrime #cryptids
    IN THIS EPISODE: Here in the Chamber of Comments I answer the emails I’ve been sent recently. Sometimes it’s just a nice complimentary email I receive, sometimes it’s heart-wrenching, sometimes it’s asking for advice. Your emails always come directly to me – not an assistant or service – and I try to read every one of them. And often, I’ll reply to those emails here in the Chamber of Comments. You can email me anytime at darren@weirddarkness.com.
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    "I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." — John 12:46
    Trademark, Weird Darkness®, 2022. Copyright Weird Darkness©, 2022.

    • 13 min
    “THE HORRORS OF DR. LINDA HAZZARD” and 4 More Terrifying True Horror Stories! #WeirdDarkness

    “THE HORRORS OF DR. LINDA HAZZARD” and 4 More Terrifying True Horror Stories! #WeirdDarkness

    Find Weird Darkness wherever you listen to podcasts: https://linktr.ee/weirddarkness

    #paranormal #truestories #paranormalstories #ghoststories #horrorstories #truecrime #cryptids
    IN THIS EPISODE: We rarely hear about women serial killers. I think the most talked about female killer is Aileen Wuornos, who was brought onto the public’s attention due to books and a movie that was released in the last few years. Rarely do I hear people talk about, much less know the horrific history of Elizabeth Bathory, the Hungarian Countess who is said to have butchered more than 600 young girls and bathed in their blood. And you likely have never heard of a serial killer named Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard. Until now.
    SOURCES AND ESSENTIAL WEB LINKS…
    “Ancient Mystery in Mongolia” by Ellen Lloyd (link no longer available)
    “Nursing Home Shuffler” (link no longer available)
    “The Horrors of Doctor Hazzard” by Xavier Ortega: http://bit.ly/2WkKOU7
    “Dreaming of Grandmother” written by Weirdo family member C.C., submitted at WeirdDarkness.com.
    “The Chilling, Unexplained Disappearance of Maura Murray” by Catherine Phelan: http://bit.ly/2WCUh8C
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    Weird Darkness theme by Alibi Music Library. Background music provided by Alibi Music Library, EpidemicSound and/or StoryBlocks with paid license. Music from Shadows Symphony (https://tinyurl.com/yyrv987t), Midnight Syndicate (http://amzn.to/2BYCoXZ), Kevin MacLeod (https://tinyurl.com/y2v7fgbu), Tony Longworth (https://tinyurl.com/y2nhnbt7), and Nicolas Gasparini (https://tinyurl.com/lnqpfs8) is used with permission of the artists.
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    (Over time links seen above may become invalid, disappear, or have different content. I always make sure to give authors credit for the material I use whenever possible. If I somehow overlooked doing so for a story, or if a credit is incorrect, please let me know and I will rectify it in these show notes immediately. Some links included above may benefit me financially through qualifying purchases.)
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    "I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." — John 12:46
    Trademark, Weird Darkness®, 2022. Copyright Weird Darkness©, 2022.

    • 40 min
    “THE HOUSE THE DEVIL BUILT” and More Terrifying True Horror Stories! #WeirdDarkness

    “THE HOUSE THE DEVIL BUILT” and More Terrifying True Horror Stories! #WeirdDarkness

    Find Weird Darkness wherever you listen to podcasts: https://linktr.ee/weirddarkness

    #paranormal #truestories #paranormalstories #ghoststories #horrorstories #truecrime #cryptids #serialkillers #reincarnationstories #flight401 #congeliermansion #skyquakes #murdersuicide #kasparhauser #OliviaMabel
    IN THIS EPISODE: A chance meeting brings two people love, then marriage… then jealousy and murder. (The Bitter Fruit of a Jest) *** He terrified citizens in Australia in the 1990s – suspected of at least twelve murders, and sentenced to seven life terms in prison. His name was Ivan Milat. (Serial Killer Ivan Milat) *** How can a young woman remember herself being old? (Hannah’s Past Lives) *** A toddler plays with an imaginary friend – who ends up being his deceased grandmother whom he has never met. (Panteletas) *** In 1972 an aircraft crashed into the Florida Everglades - and has become one of the most famous aircraft flights in the annals of the supernatural. (Ghosts of Flight 401) *** A young girl is beaten and abused as a child, ignored by her family and schoolmates, and ended up crying each night alone in her room… although she was not truly alone. (Who Is With Me) *** The dark and strange history of the Congelier Mansion in Pittsburgh is lost to time, but not to those who’ve heard the stories. (The House The Devil Built) *** There is no doubt that something puzzling did happen hundreds of years ago in Ireland. Scientists, historians and locals admit this particular place is shrouded in mystery. (Unexplained Phenomenon in Ancient Ireland) *** Skyquakes. Mistpouffers. Seneca Guns. The mysterious booms in South Carolina have many names, but no one knows what causes them. (Mysterious Booms in South Carolina) *** A man had apparently leapt off the roof of a building, committing suicide. That would’ve been the end of it, except that police found a note in the man’s pocket with instructions on how to find the pieces of his girlfriend. (The Zach and Addie Murder/Suicide) *** No one paid much attention to Kaspar Hauser when he strolled into Nuremberg one morning in 1828. But that would soon change. (The Enduring 200 Year Mystery of Kaspar Hauser) *** When a man goes to prison, only to come home a year later and find his wife with another man, you know the ending already. (The Brown Tragedy) *** A woman’s body was found in a secluded Texas home, sitting upright in a rocking chair in front of a mysterious altar. The murder of Olivia Mabel is so strange that authorities are asking for your help in solving the mystery. (The Bizarre Death of Olivia Mabel)
    SOURCES AND ESSENTIAL WEB LINKS…
    “The House The Devil Built” posted at The Occult Museum: http://bit.ly/2WqLUgd
    “The Bitter Fruit of a Jest” by Robert Wilhelm for Murder By Gaslight: http://bit.ly/2WtC2Cy
    “Serial Killer Ivan Milat” by Robert Keller (link no longer available)
    “Hannah’s Past Lives” was submitted anonymously.
    “Pantaletas” submitted by Michy from Upcycle Creations: http://bit.ly/2WqMwCx
    “Ghosts of Flight 401” by Troy Taylor in his book, “Cabinet of Curiosities”: https://amzn.to/2KEWqI5
    “Who Is With Me” from YourGhostStories.com: http://bit.ly/30Q2WnJ
    “Unexplained Phenomenon in Ancient Ireland” by Ellen Lloyd: (link no longer available)
    “Mysterious Booms Plague South Carolina”: (link no longer available)
    “The Zach And Addie Murder/Suicide” by Shelly Barclay for Historic Mysteries: http://bit.ly/2HZq8qR
    “The Enduring 200 Year Mystery of Kasper Hauser” by Gina Dimuro for All That’s Interesting: a href="http://bit.ly/2Kgll7l"...

    • 1 hr 25 min
    SEPTEMBER 25, 2022 #WeirdDarknessRadioShow

    SEPTEMBER 25, 2022 #WeirdDarknessRadioShow

    Weird Darkness podcast subscribers get the recorded radio show in their podcast feed! And Patreon members (https://WeirdDarkness.com/patrons) get the commercial-free version!
    HOUR ONE:
    “The Strange Mystery of the Eddy Brothers” from the book “Hauntings of America” by Troy Taylor: https://amzn.to/2F5zroC
    *** SUDDEN DEATH OVERTIME:
    *** “It Was My Duty To Kill Him” by Troy Taylor: http://bit.ly/2R6KMtd
    *** “Red McLaughlin’s Last Swim” by Troy Taylor: http://bit.ly/31nQuM5
    *** “The Vanishing of the Springfield Three” by Troy Taylor: http://bit.ly/2Ka31gS
    *** “The Clay Pigeon of the Underworld” by Troy Taylor: http://bit.ly/2KHJzHt
    *** “The Unlucky Widow of Gangland Chicago”: http://bit.ly/2KGOSae
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    HOUR TWO:
    “Homicidal Poltergeists” by Sean Casteel: http://bit.ly/2R8tgEV
    “The Ghost of a Serial Killer Lurks Within This Abandoned Farmhouse” from Backpackerverse: http://bit.ly/2F2XaFW
    “The Argentina Entity” posted at Inexplicata: http://www.inexplicata.blogspot.com/
    “Ghostly Voice Causes Hiker To Get Lost” by Steve Almasy: https://cnn.it/2WAxw1j
    *** SUDDEN DEATH OVERTIME:
    *** “Caught Between Heaven and Hell” by Sean Casteel: http://bit.ly/2XdbuGh
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    Weird Darkness theme by Alibi Music Library. Background music, varying by episode, provided by Alibi Music, EpidemicSound and/or AudioBlocks with paid license. Music from Shadows Symphony: https://tinyurl.com/yyrv987t, Midnight Syndicate: http://amzn.to/2BYCoXZ, Kevin MacLeod: https://tinyurl.com/y2v7fgbu, Tony Longworth: https://tinyurl.com/y2nhnbt7, and/or Nicolas Gasparini/Myuu: https://tinyurl.com/lnqpfs8 is used with permission. 


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    WeirdDarkness™ - is a production and trademark of Marlar House Productions. Copyright, Weird Darkness, 2022.

    • 1 hr 54 min
    “WENDIGO PSYCHOSIS” and 4 More True, Macabre Stories! #WeirdDarkness

    “WENDIGO PSYCHOSIS” and 4 More True, Macabre Stories! #WeirdDarkness

    Find Weird Darkness wherever you listen to podcasts: https://linktr.ee/weirddarkness
    IN THIS EPISODE: Lauretta Lyons was killed in her own home on June 9th, 1966. And now, so many decades later, authorities are still at a loss as to who committed the murder. (It Was Just An Ordinary Day) *** What does it feel like to die? We obviously won’t know personally until we die ourselves, as it’s hard to talk to someone about their experience of dying if they are… well… dead. But Reverend J.T. Mann can describe it – as he was hanged… died… and then came back to life to tell the story of what happened to his soul while he was gone. (He Was Hanged As a Spy But Came Back to Life) *** The Wendigo is terrifying enough – with its backstory claiming it is the creation of a person who chose to become a cannibal, and ended up twisting up into the legendary monster. But that’s just it – so far, it’s only just a legend. We have no solid proof of its existence. But even more horrifying than the Wendigo is Wendigo Psychosis – something that is not a legend at all. (Wendigo Psychosis) *** We’ll look at a few other legendary creatures and cryptids that have some interesting stories attached to them! (More Mythological Monsters)
    SOURCES AND ESSENTIAL WEB LINKS…
    “Wendigo Psychosis” by Kathy Weiser for Legends of America: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/ymvwr3cr
    “More Mythological Monsters” by Estelle for ListVerse: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/dd9dy63a
    “It Was Just An Ordinary Day” by Kathi Kresol for Haunted Rockford: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/ysmfm8ap
    “He Was Hanged As a Spy But Came Back To Life” by Robert A. Waters for the website Kidnapping, Murder and Mayhem: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/82vvt58p
    “Hell House” by Weirdo family member, Reverend Terry Wheless – submitted directly to WeirdDarkness.com.
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    Weird Darkness theme by Alibi Music Library. Background music provided by Alibi Music Library, EpidemicSound and/or StoryBlocks with paid license. Music from Shadows Symphony (https://tinyurl.com/yyrv987t), Midnight Syndicate (http://amzn.to/2BYCoXZ), Kevin MacLeod (https://tinyurl.com/y2v7fgbu), Tony Longworth (https://tinyurl.com/y2nhnbt7), and Nicolas Gasparini (https://tinyurl.com/lnqpfs8) is used with permission of the artists.
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    (Over time links seen above may become invalid, disappear, or have different content. I always make sure to give authors credit for the material I use whenever possible. If I somehow overlooked doing so for a story, or if a credit is incorrect, please let me know and I will rectify it in these show notes immediately. Some links included above may benefit me financially through qualifying purchases.)
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    "I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." — John 12:46
    Trademark, Weird Darkness®, 2022. Copyright Weird Darkness©, 2022.

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
3.3K Ratings

3.3K Ratings

Anxiety doesn't define me ,

Love, love, love it!

By far my favorite podcast. Always interesting topics/stories. Darren is an awesome narrator and a wonderful , funny, caring person! Can’t get enough of Weird Darkness!😍😍😍 Thank you Darren for everything you do. You’re awesome!

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2022 Dark History and Horror Con Champaign, IL

Great to meet you in person at 2022 Dark History and Horror Con Champaign, IL. Subscribed and listening regularly.

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ad break every ten minutes

i get the need to generate revenue in order for this to be a sustainable project. but two hours split into 12 ad breaks ain’t for me. the stories don’t justify the means sadly.

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