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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 • 2.9K 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

    “IF ACCUSED, COULD YOU PROVE YOU ARE NOT A WITCH?” #WeirdDarkness

    “IF ACCUSED, COULD YOU PROVE YOU ARE NOT A WITCH?” #WeirdDarkness

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    “IF ACCUSED, COULD YOU PROVE YOU ARE NOT A WITCH?” #WeirdDarkness

    Like the podcast on Facebook – https://facebook.com/weirddarkness, join the Weirdos Facebook Group – https://facebook.com/groups/marlarhouse, and sign up for the fee email newsletter - https://weirddarkness.com/newsletter! Please SHARE Weird Darkness with someone who loves paranormal stories, true crime, monsters, or unsolved mysteries like you do! Recommending the show to others helps make it possible for me to keep doing the show!

    IN THIS EPISODE: We’ve all heard of the Salem Witch Trials – but accusations of witchcraft took place everywhere, not just Massachusetts. But who were these individuals, and were they guilty of what they were convicted of and killed for? (People Killed As Witches) *** Of course, not all those charged with witchcraft died in the 1600s during the witch trial mania – some died much much later, like the 21st century. Yes, it still happens even today. (Modern Witch Killings) *** The ways witches were tested during the mass hysteria of the witch trials resulted in some bizarre and cruel ways to determine if someone was a witch. And I’d bet most all of us would be deemed witches if forced to take the tests today. (How To Test a Witch) *** But before we get into the people who were accused, the tactics used to test them or make them confess, and how many of them were killed, we’ll look at some of the misconceptions of the Salem Witch Trials that you probably think are true. (Salem Witch Trial Misconceptions)
    SOURCES AND ESSENTIAL WEB LINKS…
    “Witch’s Brew” poem: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/n7p3j8us
    “Salem Witch Trial Misconceptions” by Tamar Altebarmakian for Weird History: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/57ah3yw5
    “How To Test a Witch” by Tamar Altebarmakian for Ranker’s Witchcraft: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/34vsfs9r
    “People Killed As Witches” by Laura Allan for Ranker’s History: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/3pejpv5c
    “Modern Witch Killings” by Greg Beneven for Ranker’s History: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/rafzhksz
    ***EVIDENCE FOR A WORLDWIDE FLOOD: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/588c4bkx, https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/3kmmez28, https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/ybxct2u3
    Weird Darkness theme by Alibi Music Library. Background music 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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    • 1 hr 21 min
    OCTOBER 17, 2021 #SuddenDeathOvertime

    OCTOBER 17, 2021 #SuddenDeathOvertime

    WANT TO HEAR THE SHOW AS IT AIRS ON SUNDAY NIGHTS?  Visit https://WeirdDarkness.com/RADIO to get a list of broadcast stations and times!  Patreon members (https://WeirdDarkness.com/patrons) get a commercial-free version of the show, complete with both hours of the broadcast, immediately after the show has finished airing nationwide!  And subscribers of the podcast get the SUDDEN DEATH OVERTIME episodes with content I didn’t have time to air because I ran over time, along with bloopers from that night’s show you didn’t get to hear!

    SUDDEN DEATH OVERTIME: A man calling himself Roland T. Owen checked into room 1046 of the Hotel President in Kansas City, Missouri, on January 2, 1935. In just two days' time, he would be dead. But no one knows who killed him, and it has become one of history’s most popular mysteries – The Mystery of Room 1046. (The Mystery of Room 1046)
    SOURCES AND ESSENTIAL WEB LINKS…
    “The Mystery of Room 1046” by Orrin Grey for Unspeakable Times: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/cxu2zhp9
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    WeirdDarkness™ - is a production and trademark of Marlar House Productions. Copyright, 2021.

    • 13 min
    OCTOBER 17, 2021 #WeirdDarknessRadioShow

    OCTOBER 17, 2021 #WeirdDarknessRadioShow

    WANT TO HEAR THE SHOW AS IT AIRS ON SUNDAY NIGHTS?  Visit https://WeirdDarkness.com/RADIO to get a list of broadcast stations and times!  Patreon members (https://WeirdDarkness.com/patrons) get a commercial-free version of the show, complete with both hours of the broadcast, immediately after the show has finished airing nationwide!  And subscribers of the podcast get the SUDDEN DEATH OVERTIME episodes with content I didn’t have time to air because I ran over time, along with bloopers from that night’s show you didn’t get to hear!

    HOUR ONE: "The voice sounded close, yet at the same time, so far away. It was the most pitiful and horrifying cry I had ever heard." That’s how a seasoned paranormal investigator described what they heard in an abandoned asylum. (A Ghost Encounter In a Forsaken Asylum) *** We’ll also take a look at a few asylums that are said to be so creepy, so haunted, that you would never want to be locked in there – day or night. (Five Haunted Asylums) *** If you’re a fan of the movie “Ferris Bueler’s Day Off” you might remember the “Sausage King of Chicago” scene. That person was fictional of course, and the title was played for laughs. But have you ever heard of the Sausage Ghost of Chicago? That too may sound like it was made-up for laughs – but no, the Sausage Ghost of Chicago is a story that is all too true. (The Sausage Ghost of Chicago)
    SOURCES AND ESSENTIAL WEB LINKS…
    “A Ghost Encounter In a Forsaken Asylum” by John D. Mimms for The Line Up: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/y2e7b4a7 (EVP audio by John Mimms: https://youtu.be/6sQiWC-yKoU)
    “Five Insane Asylums” by Aubrey Webster for The Line Up: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/33r7r86c
    “The Sausage Ghost of Chicago” from The Scare Chamber: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/56hjnk9e, https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/49z6k22p
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    HOUR TWO: Ghosts are spooky – but zombies are even worse. But what if you came across a ghost zombie? That’s exactly the terror Scandinavian Vikings had to deal with! (Ghost Zombie of the Vikings) *** Can you raise someone in a way to create a phobia within them? Sure, that would be cruel and inhumane to do – but is it possible? That’s what a couple of behaviorists wanted to find out… and so they went about studying on it by experimenting on a tiny child. (The Little Albert Experiment) *** Did a woman accidentally kill her husband because of a Bugs Bunny cartoon… or was it murder? It’s the bizarre case of Linda Duffey Gwozdz. (The Looney Tunes Murderess)
    SOURCES AND ESSENTIAL WEB LINKS…
    “Tasmania’s Haunted Separate Prison” by Orrin Grey for The Line Up: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/6fru6th6
    “Ghost Zombie of the Vikings” from The Scare Chamber: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/rp5d8jnh, https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/zd38jtbf
    “The Little Albert Experiment” by Jacob Shelton for Unspeakable Times: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/bzevawfz
    “The Looney Tunes Murderess” by Patrick Thornton for Ranker: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/3bre8eaz
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    #RetroRadio “The Whistler (1944): Not If I Kill You First” #WeirdDarkness

    #RetroRadio “The Whistler (1944): Not If I Kill You First” #WeirdDarkness

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    IN THIS EPISODE: A fool-proof alibi depends on a double… an actor who looks just like the killer. 

    SOURCES AND ESSENTIAL WEB LINKS…
    The stories in this episode were provided by https://www.classicradiostore.com
    Weird Darkness Retro Radio theme by https://www.storyblocks.com/audio
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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
    Find out how to escape eternal darkness at https://weirddarkness.com/eternaldarkness
    WeirdDarkness™ - is a production and trademark of Marlar House Productions. Copyright, 2021.
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    • 36 min
    “WAS ‘BELLA IN THE WYCH ELM’ A NAZI SPY?” and 12 More Paranormal and Macabre Stories! #WeirdDarkness

    “WAS ‘BELLA IN THE WYCH ELM’ A NAZI SPY?” and 12 More Paranormal and Macabre Stories! #WeirdDarkness

    Like the podcast on Facebook – https://facebook.com/weirddarkness, join the Weirdos Facebook Group – https://facebook.com/groups/marlarhouse, and sign up for the fee email newsletter - https://weirddarkness.com/newsletter! Please SHARE Weird Darkness with someone who loves paranormal stories, true crime, monsters, or unsolved mysteries like you do! Recommending the show to others helps make it possible for me to keep doing the show!

    IN THIS EPISODE: (Dark Archives episode with stories from November 26-27, 2018) *** Jonathan Reed couldn’t bear to be separated from his wife ... so he moved into her tomb. (Til Death Do Us Part) *** Dr. Milton Rokeach forced three men who all believed themselves to be the Messiah to live together for two years in an effort to bring them out of their irrationality. But what Rokeach learned had little to do with the men themselves. (The Three Christs of Ypsilanti) *** A bodiless voice torments a lone beachgoer camping out. (Spirit Voice on the Beach) *** Only months after the infamous ax murders in Villisca, Iowa - the quiet farm community of Payson, Illinois was shattered by its own terrifying murder case. (The Pfanschmidt Murders) *** Was a woman found dead in a wych elm tree in wartime England actually a Nazi spy? (Bella in the Wych Elm) *** In an effort to test one of his theories on social behavior, psychologist Muzafer Sherif released twenty-two 12-year-old boys into a sparsely supervised wilderness camp — and then covertly provoked them to fight each other. (The Robbers Cave Experiment) *** Witch hunts and trials. They didn’t end in Salem – they live on even today in Papua New Guinea. (Papua New Guinea Witchcraft) *** A man in Japan sees small, childlike ashen white aliens. (Childlike Aliens) *** How can a holy book such as the Christian bible bring bad luck? One paranormal museum in West Virginia has the answer with an infamous display of the 666 Bible. (The 666 Bible) *** The people of Hannibal, Missouri in the late 1800s would remain appalled that one of their most prominent residents could be murdered without retribution. Even a $10,000 reward couldn’t bring justice. (The Stillwell Murder) *** A father takes his son to the ruins of an old, burned down building – and the boy sees something his father doesn’t. (The Old Factory Visit) *** “The Devil’s Advocate” - it’s a phrase that can be traced to the Roman Catholic Church that long had an actual official office for a person who was employed to be exactly that – an advocate for the devil. And he still works for the church even today. (The Devil’s Advocate)
    SOURCES AND ESSENTIAL WEB LINKS…
    “Til Death Do Us Part” by Jessica Ferri: http://ow.ly/Pmkb30mLah9
    “Bella in the Wych Elm”: https://tinyurl.com/wtxqr7l
    “The Pfanschmidt Murders” by Troy Taylor: https://tinyurl.com/uolq6b8
    “Spirit Voice on the Beach” by Berggraf38: https://tinyurl.com/qngcm6l
    “The Three Christs of Ypsilanti” by Taig Spearman: https://tinyurl.com/w9delgl
    “The Robbers Cave Experiment” by Taig Spearman: https://tinyurl.com/yx66lpob
    “Papua New Guinea Witchcraft” by Caleb Strom: https://tinyurl.com/rvpyyva
    “The Devil’s Advocate” by Ellen Lloyd: https://tinyurl.com/vluuhdg
    “Childlike Aliens”: a href="https://tinyurl.com/snrkrbm"...

    • 1 hr 27 min
    “TERRIFYING TRUE STORIES OF WORKING ALONE” and 4 More Creepy True Stories! #WeirdDarkness

    “TERRIFYING TRUE STORIES OF WORKING ALONE” and 4 More Creepy True Stories! #WeirdDarkness

    Like the podcast on Facebook – https://facebook.com/weirddarkness, join the Weirdos Facebook Group – https://facebook.com/groups/marlarhouse, and sign up for the fee email newsletter - https://weirddarkness.com/newsletter! Please SHARE Weird Darkness with someone who loves paranormal stories, true crime, monsters, or unsolved mysteries like you do! Recommending the show to others helps make it possible for me to keep doing the show!

    IN THIS EPISODE: Fog and mist are a staple of creating a perfect horror atmosphere. In some cases, such as movies like “The Fog” or “The Mist”, it is the creeping haze that is the danger itself. But then there is the true story from the Florida woods of a supernatural fog bank that appeared to eat people alive. *** How did The Devil's footprint get in a rock in North Carolina? *** One of our Weirdo family members didn’t used to believe in the supernatural – but that changed when he insisted that the ghost prove it exists. *** Mysterious fires and moving objects have terrified the residents of a house in central Morocco. *** Complete isolation sounds horrifying, but for people who work alone, it just becomes part of the process.
    SOURCES AND ESSENTIAL WEB LINKS…
    “Creepy Working Alone Stories” by Stefanie Hammond: https://tinyurl.com/tuxe6zd
    “The Strange Tale of the Carnivorous Pink Mist” by Brent Swancer: https://tinyurl.com/vyveg7a
    “Devil’s Rock”: https://tinyurl.com/trcpobe
    “Demanding Proof” by Weirdo family member Christopher Gray, submitted directly to WeirdDarkness.com
    “Poltergeist in Morocco” originally posted in Hespress of Morocco, translated by The Fortean: https://tinyurl.com/y8s7glte
    Weird Darkness theme by Alibi Music Library. Background music 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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    "I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." — John 12:46
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Summer Ry ,

Look forward to the updates

I get so excited when a new episode pops up on my phone, I tend to listen to this more than any other podcast

El chicano 509 ,

Thank you!

To MR. Darren Marler, I doubt you will ever see this but if you do one day hopefully. I want to say thank you so much for what you do. I started listening in the summer of 2021 and I’ve been hooked since. I’m currently working the graveyard shift but the first thing I do when I get home from work after cleaning up is I check and see if you uploaded. After a long night of work I cuddle in bed with my 3 dogs and we listen to your show.! I do this every day! Thank you so much again, for your hard work and dedication. May you be well. Ps I know what it’s like to deal with depression stay strong and focus on what you love. 👋😎

Dorei Jewl ,

My new favorite podcast !

Excellent voice , great sound quality , fascinating stories ! I listen to this podcast Every day ! Very down to earth and relatable . An advocate for people suffering from depression .
GREAT true stories ( except for the few thrown in and labeled as not being true . Wish they’d just ditch those, but I just ignore those ). A first rate podcast !!

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