Nimitz unidentified flying object indie doc sheds light in the darkness

December 06, 2018
When filmmaker Dave Beaty heard about the strange encounter in November of 2004 between dozens of ‘Tic-Tac’ shaped UFOs, several Naval fighter jets, and the USS Nimitz battle group, he was captivated. Much like the rest of the tireless researchers, filmmakers, and writers who forge the Ufological narrative, Beaty stayed up late, spending countless hours of his personal time to tell a story.

12 creepiest crimes featured on my favorite murder

December 01, 2018
IF the existence of a podcast that combines the gruesome retellings of true crime murders and the all-too-real anxieties of actually getting murdered with truly hilarious comedy seems impossible to fathom, then you clearly haven’t listened to My Favorite Murder. Hosted by self-proclaimed true crime addicts, comedian Karen Kilgariff and food expert Georgia Hardstark, the pair may be the only duo capable of creating a podcast that is both suspenseful and hysterical.

Science says silence is vital for our brains

November 30, 2018
Studies show that noise has a powerful physical effect on our brains, causing elevated levels of stress hormones. Sound travels to the brain as electrical signals via the ear. Even when we are sleeping these sound waves cause the body to react and activate the amygdala, the part of the brain associated with memory and emotion, leading to the release of stress hormones. So, living in a consistently noisy environment will cause you to experience extremely high levels of these harmful hormones.

Band won’t play in studio until exorcist removes ghosts

November 26, 2018
Rock bands are notorious for their excessive contractual demands, from the famous “no brown M&Ms” of Van Halen to Iggy Pop’s order for seven dwarfs to meet him at the door. Now you can add “bring in an exorcist to chase out the ghosts” to the list. A music act scheduled to play an event at the famous Old Granada Studios on Quay Street in Manchester reportedly demanded an exorcist to clear out whatever was messing with their equipment during rehearsals.

Inside the Flat Earth Conference, where the world’s oldest conspiracy theory ishot again

November 24, 2018
Thousands of years after ancient Greeks began referencing Earth as a sphere in mathematical proofs, people who believe in a flat Earth have become a movement. They’ve found their voice in the disinformation age, fueled by YouTube videos. For true believers, it’s more than just a conspiracy theory. It’s whole world view, a level plane onto which hucksters, trolls, and Christian fundamentalists can insert their own ideologies.

Strange tales of blood-suckers, cults, and sacrifice

November 23, 2018
ON each and every occasion that I have visited Puerto Rico, I have heard fragmentary accounts of a very controversial nature. They are tales to the effect that the island’s chupacabra phenomenon has very little to do with real blood-suckers and far more to do with something else: full-blown animal sacrifice on the part of local occultists. In essence, the tales told to me suggested the chupacabra phenomenon was exploited by one or more cults that used the legend of the (allegedly) blood-sucking chupacabra as a cover to protect and hide their identities and their sacrificial rites and rituals. Moving on…

Rage personified: The brutal life of crime of Carl Panzram

November 17, 2018
Carl Panzram has been called a “one-man crime wave” and described as “too evil to live”. His crime spree spans nearly two decades, even though he was hanged at the age of 38. During that time, he committed arsons, burglaries, and more, and confessed to more than 20 murders and the rape of as many as 1,000 men and boys. His plans for grander crimes -- while never realized -- would have been right at home coming from the lips of a comic book supervillain. While he was sitting on death row in Leavenworth, he wrote a memoir, which began with a chilling one-sentence summary of his dark deeds, followed by the simple statement, “For all these things I am not in the least bit sorry.”

Phantom Killer: The unsolved mystery of the Texarkana murders

November 17, 2018
Texarkana, a small town that straddles the state line between Texas and Arkansas, is also known as The Town That Dreaded Sundown, thanks to the 1976 horror flick of the same name. Set in Texarkana and based loosely on a string of local slayings, the proto-slasher film came out just two years after The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Black Christmas, and two years before Halloween.