13 O’Clock Episode 31: The Black Mausoleum

Edinburgh’s Greyfriars Kirkyard is famous for many things, including being the final resting place of one of Scotland’s most reviled historical figures, Lord Advocate Sir George Mackenzie.

In 1998, so the story goes, a hapless homeless man fell through the floor of Mackenzie’s tomb – known as the Black Mausoleum – and apparently unleashed a paranormal shitstorm that continues to this day. Hundreds of visitors to the tomb have reported all sorts of terrifying events and injuries taking place at the Black Mausoleum, and the supernatural onslaught has evidently spread to encompass surrounding homes, and even allegedly follows tourists back to their hotels.

On this episode, Tom and Jenny discuss the fascinating case of the Mackenzie Poltergeist of the Black Mausoleum, and along the way wander off into inexplicable digressions about Casey Kasem’s Top 40, Bigfoot-themed reality shows, peeing on the Blarney Stone, and 80s-era video games featuring spear-based butt horking. Just listen, it will make sense then. (Not really.)

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13 O’Clock Episode 30: British Serial Killers Peter Sutcliffe and Dennis Nilsen

Well, we WERE gonna go with something more cheerful this episode, since we did creepy necrophiliacs on last week’s show, but NO, we had to go and sort of accidentally do another episode about serial killers (one of whom also happens to be a necrophile, for added fun). Sorry.

On episode 30 of 13 O’Clock, Tom and Jenny cross the pond to discuss infamous British serial killers Peter Sutcliffe (aka The Yorkshire Ripper) and Dennis Nilsen (aka The Kindly Killer). Join us for yet another twisted, rambling, factually dubious gabfest about the worst humanity has to offer, like dudes beating women to death with ball peen hammers and other dudes happily boiling heads in cooking pots and flushing pieces of people down toilets. Yay.

After the show is over, you might want to go hug a puppy or something. Just saying.

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13 O’Clock Episode 29: Loving the Dead – Necrophiles Anatoly Moskvin and Carl Tanzler

Most of us understandably fear death, but there is a very tiny subset of fairly creepy folks out there who literally embrace it. On this episode, Tom and Jenny “dig” into the bizarre, unsettling cases of two confirmed necrophiles: Carl Tanzler (aka Count Carl von Cosel) and Anatoly Moskvin. Neither were killers, but both had a forbidden affinity with the no-longer-living, and their stories are equal parts disturbing and pitiful. In fact, the morbid “love story” between Carl Tanzler and the corpse of Maria Elena Milagro de Hoyos has become the stuff of legend.

The show also features digressions on the excellent Miriam Allen DeFord story “A Death in the Family,” and the wacky world of necrophilia in the animal kingdom. This episode is probably not for the faint of heart; Tom himself becomes so skeeved out by the details of the cases at one point that he entertainingly threatens to abandon the show in utter disgust! So pull up a coffin and settle in for this exploration into the macabre world of the lovers of the dead. You sickos, you. 🙂

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13 O’Clock Episode 28: The Dyatlov Pass Incident

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In 1959, in a remote area of the Ural Mountains in Soviet Russia, the bodies of nine hikers were discovered under very unusual circumstances. Bizarre details of the scene, such as oddly cut tents, lack of clothing, unexplained injuries, radioactivity, reported fireballs in the sky, and various other anomalies have inspired countless conspiracy theories about what happened to the unfortunate young people, ranging from secret KGB weapons testing to an alien encounter to tribal murder to an attack by the fearsome Russian Yeti. On this episode of 13 O’Clock, Tom and Jenny delve into the mystery of the Dyatlov Pass Incident, discussing the various theories and trying to recreate a plausible scenario that could account for all the strange clues found at the site of the tragic deaths.

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13 O’Clock Episode 27: Out of Body Experiences

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You wake up suddenly in the middle of the night and find yourself floating up near the ceiling, looking down at your body. Or you’re undergoing traumatic surgery or involved in an accident, and you feel as though you’re being pulled upwards into a bright light with welcoming celestial beings showing you your past and your future. Out of body and near death experiences are surprisingly common, but what does it all mean? Do we actually have “souls” that are separate from our physical bodies? Or is there some aspect of our brain wiring that is responsible for the sensation of being outside of the physical realm?

On this episode, Tom and Jenny discuss various aspects of the OBE and the NDE, including paranormal explanations, results of various consciousness experiments being performed in the lab, similarities with sleep paralysis and lucid dream scenarios, and common aspects of the experience across cultures. In the second segment, Tom also describes his own OBE and NDE, and the insights he gained from experiencing them. Tether your astral body to your silver cord and listen in as we temporarily escape from our flesh envelopes and explore the outer dimensions.

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13 O’Clock Episode 26: Going Underground – Strange Subterranean Discoveries

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As we merrily traipse down the sunlit city streets of our mundane daily existences, most of us remain blissfully unaware that an entirely different world might lie just beneath our feet. On this episode of 13 O’Clock, Tom and Jenny don their mining helmets, jump in their subterrene, and tunnel deep into the earth to uncover a few of the strange, forgotten wonders that lurk below the surface, including vast underground cities and mysterious tunnel networks, creepy abandoned military bunkers, a priceless treasure trove possibly hidden beneath a famous landmark, and even a shadowy secret society that gets up to all sorts of delightfully clandestine activities beneath the avenues of one of the world’s great metropolises. Specific topics of discussion include the Burlington Bunker, Dixia Cheng, Derinkuyu and the underground cities of Cappadocia, erdstall tunnels, the Wieliczka Salt Mine, the lost library of Ivan the Terrible, and the secretive collective of French catacomb dwellers known as the UX.

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13 O’Clock Episode 25: The Scole Experiment

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Often bandied about as one of the most compelling investigations into the reality of spirit communication, the Scole Experiment was actually a five-year-long series of around 500 Spiritualist seances attended by mediums, researchers, and scientists in various fields. The list of witnessed phenomena seems impressive: disembodied spirit voices, moving lights, spinning and tilting tables, and the appearance of bizarre images and writing on unexposed film kept in a locked box. But how solid is the evidence gathered by the Scole experimenters really? On this episode, Tom and Jenny give an overview of the project and examine some of the problems with methodology that cast doubt on the conclusions drawn by the experimenters.

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13 O’Clock Episode 24: Fun Facts and Myths About Aleister Crowley

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Aleister Crowley is one of the most fascinating figures of the 20th century. Known as “The Great Beast 666” or “The Wickedest Man in the World,” facts and rumors about Crowley’s occult shenanigans have become so intertwined that it’s now impossible to separate the reality from the legend. On this episode, Tom and Jenny examine some of their favorite facts, anecdotes, myths, and conspiracies about Crowley, including the possibility that he was a Jack the Ripper copycat killer who carried out the Curse of King Tut, that he fought off a female vampire sent to attack him by a rival, that he might have been Barbara Bush’s father, that his writings were the inspiration for Scientology, and that he once helmed a disastrous mountaineering expedition that ended in four deaths.

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13 O’Clock Episode 23: Sybil and the Multiple Personality Controversy

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The book and TV movie called Sybil told the extraordinary story of a woman who manifested sixteen different personalities, allegedly triggered by the horrific abuse she had suffered as a child. In the 1970s and 80s, the case was a cultural phenomenon, and became the flash point in a psychiatric debate that to some extent is still raging today. Is multiple personality disorder (now called dissociative identity disorder) a real illness or simply a misdiagnosed aspect of something else? Did Sybil (whose real name was Shirley Ardell Mason) really have sixteen personalities, or was she coaxed into displaying these symptoms by her ambitious therapist and the author of the best-selling book? Was Sybil truly a victim of her mother’s extreme cruelty, or were these memories implanted under hypnosis? Tom and Jenny discuss the fascinating aspects of this troubling case and try to sort out the fact from the fiction.

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13 O’Clock Episode 22: The Devil’s Breath – Zombie Drug or Overhyped Hallucinogen?

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Known alternately as Devil’s Breath, Angel’s Trumpet, Burundanga, or by many other names, the drug produced by the flowers of the Colombian borrachero tree has a fearsome reputation of being able to completely zombify a person simply by having it blown in said person’s face. The alkaloid called scopolamine that is responsible for the drug’s effects is certainly dangerous and has indeed been used as a date rape drug in addition to facilitating robberies and other crimes, but how much of this drug’s terrifying legend is legitimate and how much is wildly exaggerated? Can you really lose your free will completely, simply by touching the stuff? On this episode of 13 O’Clock, Tom and Jenny try to sort out myth from reality regarding the so-called “world’s scariest drug,” and along the way tell a few of their own stories about being dosed with various substances.

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13 O’Clock Episode 21 – Houdini vs. The Spiritualists

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Harry Houdini, of course, is the legendary illusionist whose unbelievable escapes still amaze, even a century later. But near the end of his short life, Houdini took on a new crusade, battling against the spiritualists and fraudulent mediums who he felt were giving people false hope that the living could talk to the dead. On this episode of 13 O’Clock, Tom and Jenny discuss Houdini’s entry into the murky world of spiritualism and séances, his famed debunking of medium Mina Crandon (aka Margery), his shattered friendship with spiritualist advocate Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and the ten-year quest by his widow Bess to contact Houdini after his death, using a special, agreed-upon code.

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13 O’Clock Podcast – Episode 20: Hauntings and Poltergeists with Parapsychologist Steve Mera

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Happy 2017! On this first episode of the new year, Tom and Jenny have a very special guest, parapsychologist Steve Mera. Steve has been in the field for more than 30 years and has investigated hundreds of paranormal cases. Jenny even co-authored two books with him about two of his most fascinating investigations, The Rochdale Poltergeist and House of Fire and Whispers: Investigating the Seattle Demon House. On this episode, he talks about both those cases, as well as his career in the paranormal in general, including the differences between poltergeist infestations and hauntings, and what he thinks of popular “ghost hunting” shows. Tune in and enjoy the science behind the spooky.

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