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  • Today’s podcast is about "places you CAN'T GO, and people who went anyways..." This will be a "top 3" style episode, so you’ll hear three unique stories back to back, with each story being more intense than the last. The audio from all three stories has been pulled from my YouTube channel, which is just called MrBallen, and they have all been remastered for today's podcast.

    Story names, previews & links to original YouTube videos:

    #3 -- “The Limpopo" -- There is a waterway in South Africa that locals refuse to go near. (Original YouTube link -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7cwHK5gVR8)#2 -- “No Way Out" -- What a worst case scenario looks like in the rugged Top End of Australia. (Original YouTube link -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tul0S0xFzh8)#1 -- "Black Water" -- A tale so terrifying, it was adapted into 2 major motion pictures. (Original YouTube link -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQDnwbav-cE)

    For 100s more stories like these, check out my YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallen

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    #3: The Limpopo

    1) A story on the Darwin Awards blog: https://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin2010-01.html

    2) Wikipedia page for Limpopo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limpopo_River

    3) Crocodiles feasted on bodies of migrants: https://www.scotsman.com/news/world/crocodiles-feasted-bodies-migrants-1539879

    4) Croc victims didn't even scream -- https://www.news24.com/news24/croc-victim-didnt-even-scream-20100104

    5) Wikipedia for Crocodile River -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocodile_River_(Limpopo)

    #2: No Way Out

    1) YouTube channel "Video Dust" uploaded this video about the "No Way Out" story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAusFIi6DBI

    2) Dailymail writeup: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4146144/Model-Ginger-Meadows-eaten-alive-saltwater-crocodile.html

    3) Fine Fishing writeup: http://www.finefishing.com/1freshfish/aawhereto/australianewzealand/croc.htm

    4) AP News writeup: https://apnews.com/article/2ea84bf69308f118cbb1fb4b537ef944

    #1: Black Water

    1) Most detailed account of the entire event -- https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2008/jan/19/weekend.barbaramcmahon

    2) Blog article that gives additional color -- https://medium.com/@bmovchris/eaten-alive-five-killer-croc-attacks-b5af9870b41b

    3) List of dangers in the Northern Territory of Australia -- https://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-01/nts-long-list-of-potential-killers/5779022

    4) List of similar attacks (this was number 8 on the list) -- https://listverse.com/2015/04/28/10-real-stories-that-became-terrifying-horror-films/

    5) Talks about how everything in Top End is trying to kill you -- https://rooftopantics.com/deadly-animals-northern-territory-australia/

    6) NBC's coverage of the story, short blurb -- https://www.nbcnews.com/id/wbna3791626

    7) BBC's coverage of the story, short blurb -- http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3342657.stm

    8) Wikipedia page for Top End of Australia -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_End

    9) Wikipedia page for 2007 horror movie "Black Water" -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Water_(2007_film)

    10) Wikipedia page for 2007 horror movie "Rogue" -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogue_(2007_film)

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  • On the morning of August 10th, 1991, in a little rural town in Arizona, two women walked across a parking lot toward a Buddhist temple. They were there to prepare a meal for the monks who lived inside. As they walked, the women noticed that none of the monks were outside meditating or gardening, which was strange. And, when they reached the front door, not only was it locked, which was strange, but also, there was also this huge puddle of water forming in front of it which they just couldn't understand. The women sensed something was off, but they shrugged and left the front door, and found an open door on the side of the building and went inside. Minutes later, those women would come running back out, hysterical, screaming for help.

    For 100s more stories like this one, check out my YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallen

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    1. Innocent until interrogated: the true story of the Buddhist Temple Massacre and the Tucson Four

    Stuart - The University of Arizona Press - 2020

    2. "1991 Buddhist temple murders in Waddell" -- https://www.azcentral.com/picture-gallery/news/local/surprise/2014/03/14/1991-buddhist-temple-murders-in-waddell/6419153/

    3. Temple floor plan -- https://framedpod.com/pages/temple-layout

    4. Framed: Season 2 -- https://framedpod.com/pages/season-two-episodes-and-info?_pos=1&_sid=0603ed70f&_ss=r

    5. "Arizona Killing Fields" -- https://tricycle.org/magazine/arizona-killing-fields/

    6. "A Place of Peace—A Place of Blood" -- https://www.myazbar.org/AZAttorney/PDF_Articles/0508GaryStuart.pdf

    7. "Robbery suspected in temple murders" -- https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1991/08/12/robbery-suspected-in-temple-murders/43a1ed36-5dfe-4a45-82c8-e5efc9a6bace/

    8. "Drugs: The Thai connection" -- https://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/the-thai-connection-6426011

    9. "Dealing with a confessed serial killer" -- https://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/dealing-with-a-confessed-serial-killer-6426015

    10. "Arizona Murder Probes Put Wrong Men Behind Bars : Crime: Experts say the interrogation techniques used show how the innocent can be pushed into confessions." -- https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1993-02-13-mn-1343-story.html

     11. "Time to remember 1991 massacre at Thai Buddhist temple" -- https://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=64,3025,0,0,1,0

    12. "Arizona man gets nine life terms for Buddhist temple murders" -- https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-temple-murder/arizona-man-gets-nine-life-terms-for-buddhist-temple-murders-idUSBREA2D0SB20140314

    13. "On the 25th anniversary of infamous Buddhist temple murders, community honors victims" -- https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2016/08/06/25th-anniversary-infamous-buddhist-temple-murders-community-honors-victims/88345818/

    14. "Montini: Arpaio tweets a reminder about how a mass murder made him sheriff" -- https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/ej-montini/2016/08/08/montini-buddist-temple-murders-sheriff-joe-arpaio/88382642/

    15. "27 years later, Waddell Buddhist temple commemorates victims of 1991 temple massacre" -- https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/surprise/2018/08/20/waddell-buddhist-temple-commemorates-victims-1991-massacre-wat-promkunaram/1042642002/

    16. UNITED STATESUS 9TH CIR.DOODY V. SCHRIRO, Decided: February 25, 2010 -- https://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-9th-circuit/1509160.html

    17. Johnathan Doody court documents -- https://corrections.az.gov/public-resources/inmate-datasearch

    18. Archival newspaper articles from: https://www.newspapers.com/image/123198664

    18a) Slayings at Buddhist Temple, The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona) · S un, Aug 11, 1991 · Page 4/5 Downloaded on Jun 14, 2022

    18b) Tuscon Four, Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, Arizona) · S un, Aug 9, 1992 · Downloaded on Jun 14, 2022

    18c) Alibis claimed in slaying of 9, The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona) · S un, S ep 15, 1991 ·Downloaded on Jun 15, 2022

    18d) Temple killings fuel fear and racism, The Age (Melbourne, Victoria, Victoria, Australia) · Sun, Aug 18, 1991 · Page 13 Downloaded on Jun 14, 2022

    18e) Day of celebration at wat, Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona) · S at, Feb 15, 2003 · Page 325 Downloaded on Jun 15, 2022

    18f) Massacre: forgiving not forgetting, Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona) · S un, Aug 12, 2001 · Downloaded on Jun 15, 2022

    19. "How does a Buddhist monk face death?" -- https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/26/opinion/buddhist-monk-death.html

    20. "Death and Dying in Tibetan Buddhism" -- https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/tibet/understand/dying.html

    21. Buddha monk life -- https://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/buddhistworld/wat_m5.htm

    22. Wat Promkunaram, Harvard University Pluralism Project -- https://hwpi.harvard.edu/pluralismarchive/wat-promkunaram

    23. Forensic ITC services -- https://forensicitc.com/about-us/in-the-news/wat-promkunaram-temple-murders/

    24. Historical weather -- https://www.wunderground.com/history/daily/us/az/waddell/date/2021-1-1

    25. Gardening in Arizona -- https://growinginthegarden.com/vegetable-gardening-in-arizona/

    26. Arizona desert sounds -- https://sound.stackexchange.com/questions/6821/what-does-the-arizona-desert-sound-like

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  • Today’s podcast features two separate, unique, stories that are both themed around the same thing, strange events that took place in the wild. The first story you will hear is called, “The Russian Death March,” and it’s about an event that was so terrifying, the one person who survived it could not speak when she finally stumbled, bloody and terrified, out of the forest. The second story you will hear is called, “Bells Canyon,” and it’s one of, if not the most, talked about episodes in the entire MrBallen content catalogue; It is about a solo hiker who comes face to face with a very strange nighttime visitor

    DISCLAIMER: This podcast is the remastered audio from two popular videos on my "MrBallen" YouTube channel. The first story, "The Russian Death March" is from a video of the same name. (Here is the link to that video -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vGtcfJOPOY). The second story, "Bells Canyon" is the top video inside of a Top 3 style video called, "Top 3 SCARIEST true stories | Spooky Stories Part 2." (Link to that video -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k402yukZAxE)

    For 100s more stories like these, check out my YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallen

    If you want to reach out to me, contact me on Instagram, Twitter or any other major social media platform, my username on all of them is @mrballen

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    Story 1: The Russian Death March

    1) Dyatlov Pass info -- https://dyatlovpass.com/hamar-daban

    2) "AUGUST 1993 HAMAR DABAN GROUP KOROVINA. THE MOST MYSTERIOUS ACCIDENTS IN DOMESTIC TOURISM" -- https://zizuhotel.ru/en/registraciya-ip/avgust-1993-hamar-daban-gruppa-korovinoi-samye-tainstvennye-neschastnye-sluchai-v/

    3) "Hamar-Daban tragedy (English subtitles)" -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnYphRRF71M

    4) Wikipedia page for Lake Baikal -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Baikal

    5) Wikipedia page for Khamar Daban -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khamar-Daban

    Story 2: Bells Canyon

    1) Reddit post discussing Bells Canyon encounter (User gave written permission to use their story) -- https://www.reddit.com/r/LetsNotMeet/comments/gjr66c/a_strange_man_hunted_me_through_a_national_park/

    2) The Reddit post about Bells Canyon was written by -- https://www.reddit.com/user/ValyrianJedi/

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  • On September 6th, 1988, a middle aged woman named Cindy Borton, was washing dishes in her little house in Shenandoah, Iowa. As she did this, she heard a knock on her back door. She glanced at her watch and saw that she only had a few minutes before she had to get ready for work, and so she just hoped that whoever was there, was not expecting a long visit.… A few hours later, the police would arrive at Cindy’s house and they would discover a crime scene so gruesome, that they had to call in a special investigative unit just to process it.

    For 100s more stories like this one, check out my YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallen

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    1. Court documents Bettis v Iowa -- https://law.justia.com/cases/iowa/court-of-appeals/1996/94-1680-0.html

    2. 6park news -- https://6park.news/iowa/james-bettis-killed-cynthia-borton-why.html

    3. Oxygen text description -- https://www.oxygen.com/an-unexpected-killer/crime-news/james-bettis-killed-cynthia-borton-why

    4. Unexpected KIller: Nightmare in Shenandoah (2021) -- https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B09KCLYVKY/ref=atv_yv_hom_c_unkc_1_2

    5. Murder comes to town (2016) -- https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B01A5WO4KY/ref=atv_yv_hom_c_unkc_1_1

    6. Transcript of video Murder comes to town -- https://murder-town.com/solved-cases/cynthia-borton-killed-by-james-bettis/

    7. Where is James Bettis now -- https://thecinemaholic.com/cindy-borton-murder-where-is-james-bettis-now/

    8. Historical weather for Shenandoah Iowa -- https://www.wunderground.com/history/daily/us/ia/shenandoah

    9. Famous people from Iowa -- https://www.traveliowa.com/getinspireddetails/famous-people-from-iowa/64/

    10. Shenandoah attractions and events -- https://www.sciaiowa.com/attractions.php

    11. Life in Shenandoah going back to the 1960s -- https://offenburger.com/index.php/from-shenandoah-iowa-to-paris-france-what-a-trip-harriet-welty-rochefort-has-taken-a-bunch-of-us-along/

    12. Farm crisis and church closures in the 80s in Iowa -- https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/caucus/2015/07/05/doak-caucus-lens-distorts-real-iowa/29702067/

    13. Farm crisis of the 1980s -- https://www.iowapbs.org/iowapathways/mypath/2422/farm-crisis-1980s

    14. Newspaper articles retrieved from subscription service Newspapers.com/NewspaperArchive

    a) The Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa) · Thu, Sep 8, 1988 · Page 22 Downloaded on Jun 6, 2022: Shenandoah woman slain; was minister’s wife

    b) The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) · Thu, S ep 8, 1988 · Page 10 Downloaded on Jun 6, 2022 Ex-Garwin woman stabbed to death

    c) The Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa) · Fri, Dec 30, 1988 · Page 2 Downloaded on Jun 6, 2022 Mayor seeks details of probe

    d) The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa) · Thu, S ep 8, 1988 · Page 8 Downloaded on Jun 6, 2022 Obituary

    e) Cedar Rapids Gazette, February 04, 1989 Pg. 5, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, US charges filed against Jim Bettis

    f) The Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa) · Sun, Apr 8, 1990 · Page 15 Downloaded on 

    Jun 8, 2022 Six month nightmare ends for Robert Borton 

    g) The Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa) · Sun, Apr 8, 1990 · Page 18 Downloaded on Jun 8, 2022 Six month nightmare ends (con’t)

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  • In 2008, a young man saw a strange looking dead animal lying on the side of the road. Curious, he stopped his car, got out and began walking over to see what it was. When he got close, he still couldn't tell what it was, so he bent down to get a closer look. As he did this, he heard the sound of something moving behind him, and then everything went black….

    DISCLAIMER: This podcast is the remastered audio from a popular video on my "MrBallen" YouTube channel. The video is called "The WORST kidnappers in Australia" (Here is the link to the video -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOSr_EXx5SY)

    For 100s more stories like this one, check out my YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallen

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    1. "Case 07: Julian Buchwald and Carolynne Watson" --  @Casefile Presents  -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUC4dWpdWmY

    2. Square Mile of Murder podcast episode: "34: Julian Buchwald Kidnapping" -- https://squaremileofmurder.com/julian-buchwald-kidnapping/

    3. "Nailed, bailed, jailed then derailed. The bush plot that cost a man his country" -- https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/nailed-bailed-jailed-then-derailed-the-bush-plot-that-cost-a-man-his-country-20160427-gofuxd.html

    4. "Man who kidnapped girlfriend for sex loses appeal in Oz" -- https://www.deccanherald.com/content/213097/man-kidnapped-girlfriend-sex-loses.html

    5. "Satanic Kidnap 'Fake' Claim" -- https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/satanic-kidnap-fake-claim-971587

    6. "Gippsland man appeals kidnap sentence" -- https://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-25/gippsland-appeals-kidnap-sentence/2855750

    7. "Wanted German passed himself off as an Indian" -- https://www.smh.com.au/national/wanted-german-passed-himself-off-as-an-indian-20091004-ghhv.html

    8. Wikipedia page for Alpine National Park -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpine_National_Park

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  • Very late one night in 2004, a woman in Connecticut pulled into the driveway of a house that had just been put on the market for rent. She didn't know if the owner was home or not, but she figured even if they were, they probably wouldn't mind if she just quickly walked around the outside of their property and then left. So, after turning her car off, she hopped out of her vehicle, and began walking down the driveway toward the dark backyard. But, before getting there, she stopped, because something on the ground was staring up at her...

    For 100s more stories like this one, check out my YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallen

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    1. The coldest case (Foreign policy magazine) -- https://foreignpolicy.com/2016/07/07/the-coldest-case-cold-fusion-eugene-mallove-mit-infinite-energy/

    2. Freedom of Information request documents containing crime scene photos and summary of forensic evidence: -- https://documents2.theblackvault.com/documents/fbifiles/scientists/eugenemallove-fbi2.pdf

    3. Go-to collection of articles about Eugene Mallove and cold fusion: -- https://www.infinite-energy.com/genemallovecollection/biography.html

    4. Postscript: Cold Fusion’s potential sustains the memory of its advocate -- https://www.thewesterlysun.com/opinion/guest-columns/postscripts-cold-fusion-s-potential-sustains-the-memory-of-its-slain-advocate/article_33900722-28b6-11ec-a6cf-639105e6cca8.html

    5. The day: Candace Foster  implicates boyfriend -- https://www.theday.com/article/20120419/NWS02/304199425

    6. The day: Mallove begs for help -- https://www.theday.com/article/20100525/NWS01/100529803

    7. The day: Mozzelle trial underway -- https://www.theday.com/article/20141007/NWS02/141009742

    8. The Day: Smiling mozzelle simulates attack -- https://www.theday.com/article/20141017/NWS02/310179952

    9. The Norwich Bulletin: M. Brown sentenced to 58 years -- https://www.norwichbulletin.com/story/news/courts/2014/10/24/mozzelle-brown-found-guilty-murder/36083789007/

    10. The day: Guilty verdict satisfies Mallove family a decade after the murder -- https://www.theday.com/article/20141024/nws02/141029855

    11. Legal documents detailing Mozzelle Brown criminal record -- https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/usao-ct/legacy/2011/11/23/09-4991-crUSvBrown.pdf

    12. State of CT versus Brown -- https://casetext.com/case/state-v-brown-1282640/

    13. Mozzelle Brown prison record: -- https://www.insideprison.com/state-inmate-search.asp?lnam=Brown&fnam=Mozzelle&county=&st_abb=CT&id=2025856429

    14. Oxygen -- https://www.oxygen.com/an-unexpected-killer/crime-news/eugene-mallove-scientist-murdered-after-housing-dispute

    15. A Genius Murder (purchased from Amazon) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13949114/

    16. Eugene Mallove -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Mallove

    17. Advocating for cold fusion -- https://msuweb.montclair.edu/~kowalskil/cf/110politics.html

    18. Article about DOE review in EM magazine:  -- https://www.infinite-energy.com/iemagazine/issue55/doereview.html

    19. DOE review of cold fusion -- https://www.terradaily.com/reports/Department_of_Energy_To_Revisit_Cold_Fusion.html

    20. Advocating for cold fusion -- https://msuweb.montclair.edu/~kowalskil/cf/110politics.html

    21. Article about DOE review in EM magazine: -- https://www.infinite-energy.com/iemagazine/issue55/doereview.html

    22. Various subscriber only newspaper articles about the Mallove case accessed from Newspapers.com

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  • Today’s podcast features two separate, unique, stories that are both themed around the same thing, family secrets. The first story you will hear is called, “The Most Terrifying Family You’ve Never Heard Of," and it’s about an obscure cult who admitted to performing a heinous ritual in the 1970's. The second story you will hear is called, “Someone in This Family Has a Secret,” and it’s about a family in Ohio who started noticing some very strange people lurking around the outside of their house at night.

    DISCLAIMER: This podcast is the remastered audio from two popular videos on my "MrBallen" YouTube channel. The first story, "The Most Terrifying Family You’ve Never Heard Of" is from a video of the same name. (Here is the link to that video -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pyj8FKZaW0A). The second story, "Someone in this family has a secret" is from a video called, "Someone in this photo has an EVIL SECRET." (Link to that video -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MC8ZfyNBPu0)

    For 100s more stories like these, check out my YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallen

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    Story 1: The Most Terrifying Family You've Never Heard Of

    1) World Encyclopedia of 20th Century Murder -- ebook purchasable on Amazon

    2) English coverage -- https://www.pressreader.com/canada/the-western-star/20110208/281754150795400

    3) Spanish coverage roughly translated to English -- https://digismak.com/crime-of-the-century-information/

    4) Short informative blurb (is number 1 on their list) -- https://listverse.com/2015/10/26/10-disturbing-cases-of-consensual-homicide/

    5)  @Criminally Listed  covered this story (is the top story in their video list) in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOYEFBPRnFA

    6) Wiki on Lorber Society -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neu-Salems-Gesellschaft

    7) Wiki on Self Denial -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-denial

    8) More info on Self Denial in Christianity -- https://www.gotquestions.org/deny-yourself.html

    Story 2: Someone in This Family Has a Secret

    1) Thank you to L & J for not only suggesting this story, but also providing 1st hand knowledge of the case.

    2) Full sentencing video --  @Scales of Justice  -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INJNPx044SU

    3) Potential motive for crime discussed here -- https://www.wkyc.com/article/news/crime/jeffrey-scullin-to-be-sentenced-for-killing-strongsville-teacher-melinda-pleskovic/95-609067024

    4) 911 Audio recording -- https://www.cleveland.com/strongsville/2017/10/listen_to_911_call_of_man_accu.html

    5) Local news write up about case -- https://fox8.com/news/man-accused-of-killing-strongsville-teacher-changing-plea-to-no-contest/

    6) Full court documents for appeal -- https://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/rod/docs/pdf/8/2019/2019-Ohio-3186.pdf

    7) Additional color on Melinda -- https://www.insideedition.com/teachers-future-son-law-charged-her-murder-after-he-was-pallbearer-her-funeral-37764

    8) Writeup on Morbidology -- https://morbidology.com/the-intruder-the-murder-of-melinda-pleskovic/#easy-footnote-1-6292

    9) Lengthy writeup that discusses the 2 year lead up to attack -- https://expressdigest.com/man-killed-future-mother-in-law-then-went-to-applebees/

    10)  @WKYC Channel 3  breakdown of what we know about killer -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08ba-T-Bslc

    11) Shows the restaurant where Anna worked -- https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5047645/Man-killed-future-mother-law-went-Applebee-s.html

    12) Trampoline reference -- https://www.wfmynews2.com/article/news/local/cuyahoga-county/future-son-in-law-jeffrey-scullin-arrested-for-murder-of-strongsville-teacher-melinda-pleskovic/95-487594829

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  • One September night in 2006, a man left his office in upstate New York and walked across the nearly vacant parking lot to his truck. When he climbed inside the driver’s seat, he instantly noticed that the back left of his vehicle seemed to be sagging slightly. But before he could figure out why that was, he thought he saw something moving in his peripheral vision off to his left. Reflexively, he turned and looked out his window into the dark night, and there, only a few feet away from him was a shadowy figure looking right at him. Then, whoever it was began to raise their hands...

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    1. "WIRED article by Nadya Labi -- https://www.wired.com/2007/08/ff-internetlies/

    2. ABC -- https://abcnews.go.com/US/online-love-triangle-deception-end-murder/story?id=14371076

    3. The Daily Beast -- https://www.thedailybeast.com/webs-killer-love-triangle

    4. Wikipedia -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talhotblond_(2009_film)

    5. Online therapy institute -- https://issuu.com/onlinetherapyinstitute/docs/tiltissue11/23

    6. Daily Mail (UK) -- https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2163757/Tall-hot-blonde-internet-love-triangle-left-man-shot-dead-jealous-rival.html

    7. Buffallo News -- https://buffalonews.com/news/love-triangle-killer-takes-plea-deal/article_178b08b7-a2e3-50cf-97b8-b40e4e8d0e09.html

    8. New York Daily News: CRIME Internet love triangle -- https://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/internet-love-triangle-article-1.311952

    9. Guilty Pleas on internet love triangle -- https://www.lockportjournal.com/news/local_news/murder-guilty-plea-in-internet-love-triangle/article_b830ed18-879e-5816-9fa3-62201f90782b.html

    10. COURTS: Montgomery gets 20 years -- https://www.lockportjournal.com/news/local_news/courts-montgomery-gets-20-years-in-internet-love-triangle-killing/article_d124d951-07a1-5d2e-bdae-b15098085262.html

    11. About Dynabrade -- https://www17.dynabrade.com/index.html

    12. CNN transcript -- https://transcripts.cnn.com/show/ng/date/2012-06-28/segment/01

    13. Talhotblond documentary (amazon purchase) -- https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B0030949FU?autoplay=1/ref=kinw_myk_watch_video_title

    14. Radiogunk -- https://www.radiogunk.com/forums/threads/true-story-time-what-happened-when-talhotblond-and-marinesniper-struck-up-an-online-love-affair.2352/

    15. Victims heartland -- https://victimsheartland.forumotion.com/t4552-online-love-triangle-deception-end-in-the-murder-of-22-yr-old-brian-barrett-46-year-old-thomas-montgomery-a-married-father-of-two-poses-as-an-18-yr-old-has-been-arrested-for-barrett-s-murder-montgomery-sentenced-to-20-years-in-prison

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  • Today’s podcast features two separate, unique, stories that are both themed around the same thing, deaths that were completely avoidable. The first story you will hear is called, “The Gap," and it is about a terrible, horrible thing that is, amazingly, NOT illegal. The second story you will hear is called, “The Man in Cobb Park,” and it is about a discovery that was made on a park bench in Texas, in 2001.

    DISCLAIMER: This podcast is the remastered audio from two popular videos on my "MrBallen" YouTube channel. The first story, "The Gap" is the number one story of a "Top 3" style video called, "The most INSANE man on TV." (Here is the link to that video -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sj1nh-qnv0E). The second story, "The man in Cobb Park" is from a video called, "She made one of the worst decisions ever." (Link to that video -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxjVH0HC1Ws)

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    Story 1: The Gap

    1. Web of Lies TV show, Season 7, Episode 9 "Cruel Intentions" -- Google Play link: https://play.google.com/store/tv/show/Web_of_Lies?cdid=tvseason-O9dwjZbdZXQ.P&gdid=tvepisode-qKzevbaYxBo.P&id=39EkRea6Fsc&hl=en&gl=US

    2. Kiley's True Crime blog about this case -- https://kileystruecrime.squarespace.com/kileystruecrimeaddict-blog/the-death-of-renae-marsden

    3. The Crimeaholic story -- https://thecinemaholic.com/renae-marsden-death-where-is-camila-zeidan-now/

    4. Coroner reaction on The Guardian -- https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/may/20/coroner-condemns-catfisher-over-sydney-woman-renae-marsdens-suicide

    Story 2: What Happened in Room 348?!

    1. CourtTV Documentary about case -- https://www.courttv.com/title/judgment-with-ashleigh-banfield-tx-v-chante-mallard/

    2. LA Times article -- https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2002-mar-08-mn-31784-story.html

    3. NY Times article -- https://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/28/us/woman-is-sentenced-to-50-years-in-case-of-man-in-windshield.html

    4. CBS News article -- https://www.cbsnews.com/news/windshield-aftermath-described/

    5. CNN article -- https://www.cnn.com/2003/LAW/06/27/windshield.death/

    6. People article -- https://people.com/crime/chante-mallard-2017-movie-about-homeless-man-murder-windshield/

    7. Murderpedia write up -- https://murderpedia.org/female.M/m/mallard-chante.htm

    8. Wikipedia write up -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Gregory_Glenn_Biggs

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  • In May of 2009, someone in Guatemala uploaded an 18 minute long video to YouTube titled, “YouTube Murder." Within hours of it being published, the video had gone massively viral to the point where YouTube’s servers began to crash, and in Guatemala, angry crowds of people began forming up in the streets demanding justice. When the president of Guatemala reluctantly authorized an investigation into what the video actually meant, no one was ready for the insane truth it would reveal. Today's story includes graphic violence, so listener discretion is advised.

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    1. The New Yorker article, "A Murder Foretold" -- https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2011/04/04/a-murder-foretold

    2. The Guardian newspaper, "The Truth about Guatemala’s YouTube murder" -- https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/jan/13/guatemala-murder-rodrigo-rosenberg

    3. Guardian news article, "Lawyer in YouTube murder plot video hired his own assassins – UN" -- https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/jan/13/guatemala-lawyer-youtube-suicide-conspirac

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    4. Article from the Sydney Morning Herald, "YouTube coup in a dirty war" -- https://www.smh.com.au/technology/youtube-coup-in-a-dirty-war-20100201-n7y6.html

    5. Time Magazine, "The Guatemalan who ordered his own murder" -- http://content.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1953486,00.html

    6. I will be murdered (Documentary) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2837866/

    7. Britannica online encyclopedia, Guatemala -- https://www.britannica.com/place/Guatemala

    8. Wikipedia, Rodrigo Rosenberg -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodrigo_Rosenberg_Marzano

    9. Fodor’s Travel, Guatemala City -- https://www.fodors.com/world/mexico-and-central-america/guatemala/guatemala-city

    10. Historical weather, Guatemala City -- https://www.wunderground.com/history/daily/gt/guatemala-city/MGGT/date/2009-5-10

    11. "Luis Medizabal the Tailor of Guatemala" -- https://guatemalachronicle.wordpress.com/2015/09/09/luis-mendizabal-the-tailor-of-guatemala/

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  • Today’s podcast features two separate, unique, stories that are both themed around the same thing, true crime stories that have big plot twists at the end. The first story you will hear is called, “Basketball With Friends," which is about a secret, forbidden relationship. The second story you will hear is called, “What Happened in Room 348?!,” and it is about a crime, or more specifically a crime scene, that made absolutely no sense, until a detective noticed a very small detail.

    DISCLAIMER: This podcast is the remastered audio from two popular videos on my "MrBallen" YouTube channel. The first story, "Basketball With Friends is from a video called "This girl is about to live a NIGHTMARE." (Here is the link to that video -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7j1sSFdsC8&t=540s). The second story, "What Happened in Room 348!?" is from a video of the same name. (Link to that video -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iI5chSkHjwg&t=526s)

    For 100s more stories like these, check out my YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallen

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    Story 1: Basketball With Friends

    1. "Ashley Reeves case: Illinois teen survives attack, returns to where she was left for dead" -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbH6S4z57hE

    2. Vizaca write up about the case called "A Miraculously Story of Ashley Reeves Who Survived After 30 Horrific Hours in Between of Life and Death" -- https://www.vizaca.com/ashley-reeves-story/

    3. Another Vizaca write up called "Ashley Reeves Life’s Biggest Mistake Was To Be In Relationship With Sam Shelton" -- https://www.vizaca.com/ashley-reeves-and-sam-shelton/

    4. Bustle did a story about where Ashely Reeves is today, "Left For Dead Revisits The True Story Of A Teacher-Student Relationship Turned Violent" -- https://www.bustle.com/entertainment/wheres-ashley-reeves-now

    5. Oxygen coverage about Sam Shelton and where he is today, "He Left Ashley Reeves For Dead But She Survived Against All Odds. Where Is Sam Shelton Now?" -- https://www.oxygen.com/true-crime-buzz/where-is-sam-shelton-who-tried-to-kill-ashley-reeves-now

    Story 2: What Happened in Room 348?!

    1. "The Body in Room 348" -- https://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2013/05/true-crime-elegante-hotel-texas-murder

    2. "What Caused This Man's Mysterious Death in a Texas Hotel Room?" -- https://abcnews.go.com/US/caused-mans-mysterious-death-texas-hotel-room/story?id=20656854

    3. "Greg Fleniken" -- https://icantbelieveitsnonfiction.com/2020/10/20/greg-fleniken/

    4. "Update: Lance Mueller gets 10 year prison sentence for shooting" -- https://chippewa.com/news/local/update-lance-mueller-gets-10-year-prison-sentence-for-shooting/article_89fe685a-2218-11e2-ab52-0019bb2963f4.html

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  • On December 11th, 2006, in a beautiful little town in Italy, two men were out for a walk when they noticed a fire in a nearby second story apartment window. They quickly ran up the outside stairs to get to that apartment, but when they reached it and looked through the open front door, they froze, because what they saw was nothing short of a nightmare. Today's story is about the "Erba Massacre" and it is extremely graphic, upsetting, and it involves harm to a child, so listener discretion is advised.

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    1. The Guardian -- https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/jan/13/italy.mainsection

    2. Reuters -- https://jp.reuters.com/article/us-italy-murders-idUSTRE4AP6VE20081126

    3. Shock confession -- https://www.corriere.it/english/articoli/2007/01_Gennaio/12/erba.shtml

    4. Schematic of the crime scene -- http://www1.lastampa.it/redazione/cmsSezioni/infografica/200802articoli/30227girata.asp

    5. Italy ponders the crime -- https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/italy-ponders-lessons-of-killers-next-door-case.29812

    6. BBC world news -- http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6255433.stm

    7. Italian news site -- https://cultura.biografieonline.it/quer-pasticciaccio/

    8. Kierkegaardian choice of evil -- https://another-fucking-madman.tumblr.com/post/154640238973/la-strage-di-erba-erba-massacre-erba-italy-11

    9. Repubblica -- https://www.repubblica.it/2007/01/sezioni/cronaca/erba-ris/erba-legale-azouz/erba-legale-azouz.html

    10. Ciao como newspaper -- https://www.ciaocomo.it/2013/12/11/11-dicembre-2006-erba-cerca-di-dimenticare/32077/

    11. Ciao como newspaper: various -- https://www.ciaocomo.it/tag/strage-erba/

    12. Scotsman newspaper -- https://www.scotsman.com/news/world/couple-trial-murders-over-noise-next-door-2508751

    13. Wikipedia in translation -- https://it-m-wikipedia-org.translate.goog/wiki/Strage_di_Erba?_x_tr_sl=it&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=wapp

    14. Reflections on the massacre -- https://traccesent.com/2007/01/11/la-strage-di-erba/

    15. Weather -- https://www.wunderground.com/history/daily/it/erba/LSZA/date/2007-12-11

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  • Today’s podcast features two separate, unique, stories that are both themed around the same thing, people who suddenly just snapped. The first story you will hear is called, “The Horrifying True Story of Katy Perry’s Ex-Boyfriend." Her ex was a famous actor, and what he did will forever change the way you view the shows and movies that he was in. The second story you will hear is called, “This Demon Still Lives Among Us,” and it is about one of the most notorious crimes in English history.

    DISCLAIMER: This podcast is the remastered audio from two popular videos on my "MrBallen" YouTube channel. The first story, "The Horrifying True Story of Katy Perry's Ex-Boyfriend" is from a video of the same name (Here is the link to that video -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYUKVwP-AVQ). The second story, "This Demon Still Lives Among Us" is from a video of the same name. (Link to that video -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfnbgIkT_jk)

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    1. Billy Jensen (http://billyjensen.com) wrote the article called "The Secret Life of Johnny Lewis" which was used extensively to make today's podcast

    2. Billy's article, "The Secret Life of Johnny Lewis" -- https://www.lamag.com/longform/the-secret-life-of-johnny-lewis/

    3. Wikipedia for Johnny Lewis -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Lewis

    4. "Sons of Anarchy Actor Johnny Lewis Kills Woman, Dies in a Fall: Cops" -- https://people.com/crime/johnny-lewis-of-sons-of-anarchy-falls-to-death-after-murdering-woman/

    5. "Three Celebrities Who Became Murderers" -- https://einsteinshrugged-92813.medium.com/three-celebrities-who-became-murderers-60bb6a1d2e82

    6. "The Tragic Death Of Sons Of Anarchy Actor Johnny Lewis" -- https://www.looper.com/265779/the-tragic-death-of-sons-of-anarchy-actor-johnny-lewis/

    7. "Sons of Anarchy: Why Johnny Lewis' Half-Sack Left the Series" -- https://www.cbr.com/why-sons-of-anarchy-johnny-lewis-half-sack-left/

    8. "Did Johnny Lewis’s head trauma turn the actor to mayhem and murder?" -- https://filmdaily.co/news/johnny-lewis/

    Story 2: This Demon Still Lives Among Us

    1. Michael Taylor Wikipedia page -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Taylor_(British_killer)

    2. "DREAD: THE UNSOLVED Takes On The Exorcism of Michael Taylor" -- https://www.dreadcentral.com/news/401927/dread-the-unsolved-takes-on-the-exorcism-of-michael-taylor/

    3. "Conjuring 3: Michael Taylor & The Other Demon Legal Case Explained" -- https://screenrant.com/conjuring-3-demon-legal-cases-michael-taylor-true-story/

    4. People Pill coverage of Michael Taylor -- https://peoplepill.com/people/michael-taylor-11

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  • On march 22nd, 2003, a highly intelligent, very successful couple decided to play a strange new game. The game was very involved, and required handcuffs and blindfolds and heavy chairs, but once they were in position, they got the hang of it quickly and thought it was actually pretty fun. But after playing for a little while, something very unexpected happened, and before either of them could comprehend it, a scream filled their apartment, then there was silence. (This story is a wild ride with one of the strangest conclusions we've covered on this show, so make sure you stick around to the end.)

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    1. Phelps, M., 2014. Obsessed. [S.l.]: Kensington Publishing Corp. Print edition

    2. Obsessed by William Phelps (Internet Archive) -- https://archive.org/details/obsessed00phel

    3. Video: documentary Dateline “Obsession” on YouTube (6 parts):

    3a. Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaNGnrOKgc8

    3b. Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dk92DvGNwFQ

    3c. Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nt3JuXl3ijs&t=5s

    3d. Part 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFbBjalbc8U&t=2s

    3e. Part 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvQuZMHuMh0

    3f. Part 6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1O_E0p491UE

    4. Kaplan V Davalloo--court documents -- https://casetext.com/case/davalloo-v-kaplan-6

    5. Court rejects Sheila Davalloo appeal 20219 -- https://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/18/18-8958/97423/20190424154225943_00000018.pdf

    6. Murderpedia -- https://murderpedia.org/female.D/d/davalloo-sheila.htm

    7. Stamford Courant -- https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Closing-arguments-in-Stamford-murder-trial-3146169.php

    8. Ranker -- https://www.ranker.com/list/facts-about-sheila-davalloo/cat-mcauliffe

    9. Your Tango -- https://www.yourtango.com/2019329939/who-is-sheila-davalloo-facts-convicted-female-murderer-oxygen-snapped-behind-bars

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  • Today’s podcast features two separate, unique stories, that are both themed around the same thing, true Mexican horror. The first story you'll hear is called “The Ritual” and it is about a young man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time during spring break in Matamoros, Mexico. The second story you'll hear is called, “The most feared girl in Mexico” and it is about the horrible thing that a young boy witnessed, when he accidentally stumbled into a cave, high up in the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range.

    DISCLAIMER: This podcast is the remastered audio from 2 popular videos on my "MrBallen" YouTube channel. The first story, "The Ritual" is from "Top 3 stories that sound fake but are 100% real | Part 12" (Here is the link to that video -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK6MIl28b-8). The second story, "The most feared girl in Mexico" is from a video of the same name. (Link to that video -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNkA9BRRwpY)

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    1. "Mark Kilroy Abduction: 30 Years Later" -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMyGxp9fKII

    2. Reddit post with several useful links -- https://www.reddit.com/r/mrballen/comments/ndo4ub/they_must_die_screaming_el_padrino_told_his_flock/

    3. "The Believers: Cult Murders in Mexico" -- https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/the-believers-cult-murders-in-mexico-53577/

    4. "The Story of Mark Kilroy" -- https://emmalinaalessandrya.medium.com/he-was-tortured-and-sacrificed-for-police-enforcement-protection-3aae6124a163

    5. Adolfo Constanzo blog (by invite only to get this link) -- "http://truecrimecases.blogspot.com/2012/08/adolfo-constanzo.html"

    Story 2: The most feared girl in Mexico

    1. Wikipedia page -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magdalena_Sol%C3%ADs

    2. Blog post -- https://medium.com/lessons-from-history/magdalena-sol%C3%ADs-the-high-priestess-of-blood-1278a81dea48

    3. Murderpedia page -- https://murderpedia.org/female.S/s/solis-magdalena.htm

    4. Ranker article -- https://www.ranker.com/list/magdalena-solis-facts/jessika-gilbert

    5. The Sun coverage -- https://www.the-sun.com/news/1470063/killer-cults-prostitute-priestess-blood-human-sacrifices-voodoo/

    6. Demographics for La Yerbabuena -- https://en.mexico.pueblosamerica.com/i/la-yerbabuena-51/

    7. Sierra Madre Oriental Wikipedia -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_Madre_Oriental

    8. YT Channel "Pop Trigger" covered story -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STb2oZZ9fIg

    9. People Pill coverage -- https://peoplepill.com/people/magdalena-solis

    10. Wicked We coverage -- https://wickedwe.com/magdalena-solis-serial-killer/

    11. Dr. Tony Zavaleta spoke about his connection to Magdalena -- https://drtonyzavaleta.com/the-cult-of-yerba-buena/

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  • On the morning of March 8, 1961, a 13 year old boy living near Seattle, Washington, walked up the front steps of his house, opened the front door and went inside. He called out to see if anyone was home, but it was silent. He shrugged, then dropped his books and walked straight across the dining room and down a narrow hallway. When he reached the end of that hallway, where it led into the kitchen, the boy stopped. Frozen with fear, he just stared at what was in front of him…. (Today’s story has a VERY unlikely ending, so be sure you stick around to the end to hear it.)

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    Main Sources:

    1. The multiple murders of Mary Kelley Campbell: a true story, Stroschein & Campbell - Elk River Press - 2020

    2. Reddit story summary -- https://www.reddit.com/r/mrballen/comments/u0cau1/the_murder_of_mary_sunshine/

    3. State versus Swenson -- https://law.justia.com/cases/washington/supreme-court/1963/36248-1.html

    4. Newspapers from Ancestry -- Daily News (New York, New York) 05, January 1964, Sunday -- https://www.newspapers.com/image/459966253

    5. Newspapers from Ancestry -- Longview Daily News (Longview, Washington) 13 March 1961 Monday page 13 -- https://www.newspapers.com/image/575662652/?terms=%22Mary%20campbell%22&match=2

    6. Mormonism -- https://www.britannica.com/topic/Church-of-Jesus-Christ-of-Latter-day-Saints

    7. Historical weather information -- https://www.wunderground.com/history

    8. Maps and directions -- https://www.google.com/maps/place/11015+SE+240th+St,+Kent,+WA+98031/@47.3867082,-122.1980942,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x54905ea2707eae2d:0xa4a73b095db4cdcd!8m2!3d47.3867046!4d-122.1959002

    9. Child safety seats -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_safety_seat

    10. Washington state drivers license 1960 -- https://dannyslicenseplates.com/vintage-drivers-licenses/

    11. White Center, Seattle -- https://www.loghousemuseum.org/history/white-center/

    12. Burley Idaho -- https://www.cassiacounty.org/cassia-county-history

    13. Hypnosis -- https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/hypnosis/about/pac-20394405

    14. Mind control -- https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hypnosis-the-power-trance/201509/is-total-mind-control-possible

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  • Located in the northwestern section of Canada lies an 11,000 square mile stretch of untouched wilderness called the "Nahanni Valley" (aka "The Headless Valley"). This area is virtually inaccessible, as there are no roads, trails or other obvious access points. It is full of large dangerous animals, steep cliffs and brutal weather conditions. And it is believed to be haunted. Today's episode is based on the first hand accounts of the people who have actually found a way inside this valley and lived to tell the tale. What they saw and experienced is truly terrifying.

    DISCLAIMER: This podcast is the remastered audio from a popular video on my "MrBallen" YouTube channel. The video is called "The Valley of Headless Men" (Here is the link to the video -- https://youtu.be/wF2fa2nY0oo)

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    1. "Mysteries of the Nahinni Park Reserve in Canada" -- https://www.strangeoutdoors.com/mysterious-stories-blog/2018/2/21/mysteries-of-the-nahinni-park-reserve-in-canada

    2. "The Mysterious Valley of the Headless Corpses" -- https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2014/10/the-mysterious-valley-of-the-headless-corpses/  

    3. "Legends of the Nahanni Valley" -- https://mysteriesofcanada.com/nwt/legends-of-the-nahanni-valley/  

    4. "Nahanni" -- https://www.nfb.ca/film/nahanni/  

    5. "The Obsession of Albert Faille" -- https://archive.macleans.ca/article/1962/10/6/the-obsession-of-albert-faille  

    6. "The Valley of Headless Men -- Nahanni Canada" -- https://buildfutureenergy.wordpress.com/2012/01/01/the-valley-of-headless-men-nahanni-canada-mystery-legend-hollowearth-hmmm-interesting/  

    7. "Top 10 Lesser Known Mysteries" -- https://listverse.com/2010/09/25/top-10-lesser-known-mysteries/  

    8. "The strange deaths of David Horesay and Frederick Hardisty in the Northwest Territories" -- https://www.strangeoutdoors.com/mysterious-stories-blog/david-horesay-frederick-hardisty  

    9. "Canada: NORTHWEST TERRITORIES: Home of Devils?" -- http://content.time.com/time/subscriber/article/0,33009,854301,00.html  

    10. "Canada, The Valley of the Headless Men" -- https://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread787656/pg1 

    11. "Legend of Deadmen Valley" -- https://spectacularnwt.com/story/legend-deadman-valley  

    12. "The Legend of Deadmen Valley" -- https://markozen.com/2017/07/24/the-legend-of-deadman-valley/  

    13. "13 Day Nahanni River Class" -- https://canoenorthadventures.com/adventures/new-nahanni-classic  

    14. "The Yukoner" -- https://www.yukoner.com/Yukoner11pdf.pdf  

    15. "The Haunting History of This Canadian National Park" -- https://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/canada/experiences/news/the-haunting-history-of-this-canadian-national-park

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  • In 1995, an 18 year old named Reggie was serving a life sentence inside one of the most violent prisons in the USA. Reggie tried to keep his head down to avoid trouble, but at some point he offended an inmate they called “The Devil”… and when you upset The Devil, you’re doomed. But Reggie wasn’t going to just roll over and die. Instead, he made a plan to save himself... What happened next shocked the world.

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    Main Sources:

    1. Survivors guide to prison – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4323370/

    2. Calipatria video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YctyQDiJ9wQ

    3. Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calipatria_State_Prison

    4. Jails in CA – https://www.allprobailbond.com/blog/california-jails/the-best-and-worst-jails-in-california/

    5. How prison works – https://templeton1.org/california/state/calipatria-state-prison/

    6. Riot – https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-xpm-2014-mar-11-la-me-ln-calipatria-prison-riot-20140311-story.html

    7. Rape – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prison_rape_in_the_United_States

    8. 2020 audit – https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/prea/wp-content/uploads/sites/186/2020/08/CAL-2019-PREA-Final-Report.pdf

    9. Info Calipatria – https://www.laweekly.com/friends-wrongfully-imprisoned-for-nearly-two-decades-until-the-innocence-project-won-their-freedom/

    10. Mass Transfer – https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/news/1996/sep/15/mass-transfer-madness/

    11. Legal materials – https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/news/1996/mar/15/prison-officials-cant-moot-law-library-suit-by-transfer/#case-1185

    12. Electric fence – https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/news/2020/mar/3/lethal-prison-electric-fences-may-violate-international-law/

    13. Prisoner assault – https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/news/1995/sep/15/ca-prisoners-assault-prison-office/

    14. Innocence Project -- https://crimestory.com/2021/10/11/ca-innocence-project-reggie-cole-freed-from-15-year-nightmare-of-unjust-captivity/

    15. Rolling Stone -- https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/how-a-wrongfully-convicted-inmate-killed-his-way-out-of-prison-153932/

    16. LA Times - https://www.latimes.com/local/crime/la-me-0412-lapd-suit-20150412-story.html

    For rest of sources - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FFEiYxFNEnouGeIUAsYJ16rUlX_Y79yg_J107p5GVxs/edit?usp=sharing

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  • In 2006 a couple found themselves lost in the rugged San Jacinto mountain range in California. Starving, dehydrated, and desperate, they stumbled upon a campsite tucked away in an isolated ravine. They rushed over to it to see if the owner was nearby, but before they could locate them, the couple saw something hidden inside of the tent. This discovery would change their lives forever.

    DISCLAIMER: This podcast is the remastered audio from a popular video on my "MrBallen" YouTube channel. The video is called "This trail is a death trap'" (Here is the link to the video -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PXwLa6mTEA)

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    1. "The Death--and Afterlife--of Thru-Hiker John Donovan" -- https://www.backpacker.com/trips/trips-by-state/california-trails/lost-found/  

    2. I Shouldn't Be Alive (Season 2, Ep 22 "Date from Hell") -- https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/amzn1.dv.gti.2ab94e1f-1df8-d1f5-9477-3c03ede4a7fc?ref_=imdbref_tt_wbr_pvs_piv&tag=imdbtag_tt_wbr_pvs_piv-20  

    3. "Pacific Crest Trail: Most Diverse - San Jacinto Mountains, CA" -- https://www.backpacker.com/trips/pacific-crest-trail-most-diverse-san-jacinto-mountains-ca/  

    4. "An overview of the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) Deaths" -- https://www.strangeoutdoors.com/mysterious-stories-blog/tag/John+donovan+death+PCT

    5. "Lost: How a dead man saved two Dallas hikers" -- https://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-magazine/2006/december/lost/  

    6. "Couple recalls how missing hiker saved them" -- https://www.nbcnews.com/id/wbna127375127) https://www.dailynews.com/2006/06/06/missing-hikers-remains-found/

    7. "Missing hiker's remains found" -- https://www.dailynews.com/2006/06/06/missing-hikers-remains-found/

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  • In 2010, a young tutor stepped inside of her student's apartment. At first it was quiet, then a terrified voice called to her from the back bedroom... Had she known what was waiting for her inside of that bedroom, she would have turned and ran.

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    1. Book: Killing for you: a brave soldier, a beautiful dancer, and a shocking double murder, Greenberg - Saint Martins True Crime - 2017

    2. ABC: This community theater actor's final performance was a chilling confession to double murder -- https://abcnews.go.com/US/community-theater-actors-final-performance-chilling-confession-double/story?id=63181588

    3. ABC Mystery in room 419 -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2DsrabOdic

    4. ABC 20/20 final act -- https://abc.com/shows/2020/episode-guide/2019-05/31-the-final-act

    5. Dateline 20/20 plot twist (TRANSCRIPT) Internet Archive 10.10.2021 -- https://archive.org/details/MSNBCW_20211010_070000_Dateline

    6. Dateline plot twist video episode -- https://www.peacocktv.com/watch/playback/vod/GMO_00000000378583_01/e7887f23-f4cd-3b52-ac1e-353a52b3b509?paused=true

    7. The Mercury News -- https://www.mercurynews.com/2016/08/19/daniel-wozniak-case-full-story-of-california-double-murder-investigated-on-2020/

    8. OC Weekly--actor found guilty -- https://www.ocweekly.com/jury-finds-actor-daniel-wozniak-guilty-in-gory-double-murder-6842327/

    9. Los Angeles Times -- https://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-xpm-2012-05-25-tn-dpt-0526-wozniak-20120525-story.html

    10. Wikipedia -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Wozniak_(murderer)

    11. CBS -- https://www.cbsnews.com/news/behind-the-scenes-of-killer-performance-covering-the-daniel-wozniak-case/

    12. CBS News: sentencing -- https://www.cbsnews.com/video/prosecutor-wozniak-deserves-death/

    13. WCBI: Detailed description of crime -- https://www.wcbi.com/prosecutoreven-the-most-demented-hollywood-writers-would-not-have-dreamed-up-an-ending-like-this/

    14. Rachel Buffett, an actress and former Disney princess -- https://www.insideedition.com/daniel-wozniak-murder-case-fiancee-rachel-buffett-convicted-lying-police-pleads-innocence-tapes

    15. FAST FACTS -- https://heavy.com/news/2019/05/rachel-buffett-daniel-wozniaks-fiancee/

    16. Medium: case file -- https://themaverickfiles.medium.com/american-actor-murders-army-veteran-for-62-000-life-savings-c66972ac5b5c

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